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The Maysville Voice: Sentara Gifts Facility to County, More Than 260 Bags of Litter Picked Up, Town Hall Meeting Link, CenturyLink Update, Graduation 2021 and More

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of The Maysville Voice! You’ll find lots of news, resources, and information below. Please contact me if you have any questions. Our next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021. Find our board packet, meeting agenda, and live YouTube channel here: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Also, please consider attending the meeting.

Sentara Gifts Former Medical Practice to County

The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during our regular, May 10 meeting to approve of the contract agreement for the donation of the building and land.

Our community should be so proud of this big, bold achievement!!! It took some time, but we got it done!!!💊😁🩺

As I said last year to you, there is such a thing as corporate responsibility with private industry. Sentara owed it to the people of Buckingham County to compromise, to meet us halfway, AND THEY DID! Rural Virginia and rural America will NOT BE FORGOTTEN, and again, I stress corporate responsibility matters in our medically undeserved areas, such as Buckingham County — our home.

County staff were in negotiations with Sentara for a period of time that resulted in this successful and exciting opportunity. County Administrator Rebecca Carter and I stayed in close touch with Dr. Bruce Clemons, with Sentara, for months prior to this.

It is our intention to use the donated facility to incentivize a medical provider to locate or expand into Buckingham to offer affordable, reliable and accessible health care for our neighbors. 

We’re going to be aggressive in our search and have already started that process. That’s the first step. There’s clearly a need for  more medical and healthcare options in our county, so there is definitely a market for a provider.

The Chamber of Commerce, every member of the Board of Supervisors and every patient and staff member of Sentara/BFM were essential in seeing this through. We’re so pleased that Sentara stepped up to the plate for the county as we exit this terrible pandemic of COVID-19 and knocked the ball out of the park.

News Links Regarding Coverage:

https://www.nbc29.com/2021/05/20/buckingham-county-taking-ownership-former-sentara-health-clinic/?fbclid=IwAR3_LDyKzcdRIxhsG4bxRLolPlH9jkL0MJfnTIcISCqLhCd2-C41w-_QRFI

Buckingham Roadway Clean Up Event Celebrated May 15th

From left are, Sherrie Holbrook, Chair of the Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF), Brother Maximillian of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and Elizabeth Jones, Chair of the BATF Registration Committee. The Seminary won first place in the BATF Spring 2021 Roadside Clean-Up Event. The Seminary students filled 179 bags with trash and covered 50 miles of Buckingham County Roads.

The Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF) held a Roadway Clean Up Event from April 22nd -May 13th with a celebration held Saturday May 15th at 11:30 am at the Buckingham County Library pavilion. A total of 265 bags of litter were collected.

Eddie Slagle, a BATF member was the master of ceremonies. He introduced the guest speaker, Roger Eitelman from Keep Virginia Beautiful. Sherrie Holbrook, the Chair of BATF introduced Elizabeth Jones, also a BATF member, who gave out the awards.

“I believe that the Anti-Litter Task Force did an amazing and outstanding job on the roadways in Buckingham County,” said District Three Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Matthews. “Thanks to the entire group that helped to organize and implement the total process from start to finish. It was a really great group to work with.”

“We are so proud of the hard work of our volunteers who picked up litter,” said District Four Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Thomas Jordan Miles III, who helped revamp the Anti-Litter Task Force. “We are so thankful too for those who served on the Task Force, who organized, promoted, registered, collected, and went above and beyond in their efforts to Keep Buckingham Beautiful.”

Miles and Matthews serve on the Anti-Litter Task Force.

The first place award went to The Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary, whose students collected 179 bags of trash. Second place went to the Buckingham Branch Railroad and third place went to Shawn Miller. There were three prizes for the most bags of trash collected. First place won $300, 2nd place won $200 and 3rd place won $100. There were 13 entrants.

A special recognition certificate was presented for Maggie Snoddy for her help with signage advertising the event. Kyanite Mining and Blue Rock Resources were also recognized as a community leader. Kyanite and Blue Rock hold an annual employee roadside litter pick-up in the spring.

“Our Buckingham neighbors saw a need, and put feet on the ground to improve a litter issue,” Holbrook stated. “They walked the walk in lieu of just talking the talk I, as one, can thank those who participated. Those who didn’t will have plenty of opportunities ahead. Get ready, get ready!”

High School and Pre-K Graduations

I was fortunate and blessed to be able to attend both the Pre-School Graduation and the Senior 2021 Graduation several days ago. I am so proud of our youngest graduating class headed to Kindergarten, and our 2021 BCHS graduates headed into the world to influence positive change and work hard and contribute to our society and economy. Congrats to the Class of 2021 and our Little Knights!

Link To Town Hall Meeting

Our most recent Town Hall meeting, held in person and via telephone and Zoom, was held several weeks ago. We had a large participation online and little in person. Here is a link to the video, which you can view at your pleasure. I welcome your questions, concerns, and any feedback. Link: https://www.facebook.com/356217581540939/videos/2894790637467995.

Redesigned County Website

If you have not noticed, our County Website at www.buckinghamcountyva.org has been totally overhauled and redesigned, thanks to our very talented county staff. The website offers greater transparency, access, and ease of navigation. You can view our meetings, agendas, minutes, documents, ordinances, staff contacts, and much more. Take a look and explore!

Meetings with CenturyLink

I very recently had a very informative meeting with CenturyLink last week. We had a very candid and healthy conversation, and will continue it.

A few updates regarding the outages and their service:

• CenturyLink is bringing another technician on board to help with the issues, maintenance and outages.

• Please report your outages: https://www.centurylink.com/…/internet-or-phone-not… Dont assume they will know your phone or internet are out. If you see a damaged telephone pole, wire, cable or pedestal, call them at 800-244-1111 to report the problem.• There is no common theme in the outages.

• Less than 10 percent of Americans today have a landline phone, which I find interesting. • Biggest issue is lightning hitting cards

• Regular maintenance is performed

• Adding pea gravel to bases of pedestals to keep moisture out Please contact CenturyLink if you’re having issues and I’m more than happy to help with that process if you have trouble.

Federal Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Learn more here: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Contact Jordan

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me . If you have any comments, ideas, criticisms, compliments, or anything to say regarding my representing you on the Buckingham Board of Supervisors, please get in touch with me. You can call/text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or come see me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway in the court house village. I would be pleased and happy to hear from you anytime.

Thomas “Jordan” Miles III

District Four/Maysville Supervisor

(434) 390-7023

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesForMaysville.com

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Town Hall Video Link, Additional Rescue Coverage, New Format For Public Hearings, Updated COVID-19 Information, Continuity of Learning For Our Students

Here is a link to our first town hall meeting which was held on Tuesday, just in case you missed it: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/561328897823149/. Our first town hall was loaded with lots of information! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Increasing Rescue Coverage In Response to COVID-19

Buckingham County Administration’s Office of Emergency Management will be placing into service an additional staffed ambulance for the duration of the COVID-19 growth and peak pandemic phases. This ambulance will be staffed by basic life support personnel, stationed at the Glenmore Rescue Squad station, beginning Monday, April 6, 2020.  

While this additional staffing is being put into service in anticipation of an excessive call volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge Buckingham citizens to only call 911 for true emergencies.

Remember that the most effective means of protecting yourself and those around you are;

• Hand and surface hygiene to include washing your hands

• Social distancing (6 feet or more)

• Avoiding close contact with groups of ten or more

• Avoiding touching your face,

• Avoiding others who are sick

• Respecting Virginia’s STAY HOME ORDER

We also encourage you to remain up to date on COVID-19 information by visiting the following websites:

• VDH COVID-19 website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus

• CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

• Contact the VDH Call Center at 1-877 ASK VDH3.

New Format For Public Hearings

The Board of Supervisors’ will hold four public hearings on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. They will regard the values of the reassessment of real property, the proposed tax rates, the proposed $57 million fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, and a USDA grant for equipment for the new library.

Additional Updates

Here are some articles from The Farmville Herald covering some of our actions.

— As you know, I am opposed to the effective tax rate increase. You can read more about my stance and full statement on the proposed tax rates and budget here: https://milesformaysville.com/2020/03/29/my-thoughts-on-the-proposed-effective-real-estate-tax-increase-and-school-funding-proposal/. *https://farmvilleherald.com/2020/04/10-effective-tax-rate-increase-proposed-for-buckingham/

— Please note that I voted against the motion to suspend all public comment during regularly-held Board meetings as the county has the means and technology to allow you to submit public comment during meetings. It is important to me that your voice be heard and part of the record of our meetings. This does not mean that public hearings are suspended. *https://farmvilleherald.com/2020/04/ordinance-passed-public-comments-suspended/

— This week, Cody Davis, our Emergency Manager for the county, offered this information during our Special Board Meeting. Please practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible, and keep your hands clean and don’t touch your face! *https://farmvilleherald.com/2020/04/buckingham-warned-of-rapid-community-spread-of-virus-within-72-hours/

Continuity of Learning For Our Students

In response to a constituent’s inquiry, please see the following from Division Superintendent Dr. Daisy Hicks regarding continuity of learning for Buckingham County Public Schools. Let me know if you have any questions.

I hope you are well. In response to your email, we are mailing distance learning packets to the students for continuity of learning during this early school closure.

We mailed out the first learning packet on Monday, March 30, and we will plan to do a second mailing around mid-April. Teachers are making contact with students/families periodically to answer any questions they may have relating to the learning packets and to just check in with their students.

Unfortunately, like many other rural area school divisions, we were unable to provide online distance learning opportunities for our students since we have limited broadband/internet access. Even though there are some families who may have access to the internet, we had to continue to consider equity during this time.

We are continuing to provide weekly meals for students by distributing meals to students at three locations throughout the county (Centenary United Methodist Church, Gold Hill Elementary School, and Buckingham Middle School) twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 12noon-2pm.

For those who need to register for PreSchool, PreSchool applications can be printed from our website or parents may contact us at 434-969-6100 and we will mail them an application. We are asking that the completed application and a copy of the required documents are mailed back to us. We will use this same process for Kindergarten registration.

Employees are encouraged to work from home and many of us are coming to the office at least two days a week to take care of the business that we can not do from home.

We are continuing to follow all the guidelines that we are receiving by the State Superintendent, Dr. James Lane, CDC, and the Governor. 

‘Connected in the Challenge’ by Angela Patterson-Jones

Here is a poem regarding what we all are going through by Angela Patterson-Jones, who lives in the Maysville District and is a school principal. I hope it brings you as much peace as it has brought me.

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Who knew that COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, could make its presence known throughout the world and nation,

And, Oh! How it has caused great disruption and devastation!

Our normal schedules basically went away,

And all we could do was adjust and pray.

Businesses closed and as a result, some peoples’ jobs were gone and people could work no more,

What a shocking thing for everyone, especially for the low income and the extremely poor!

It is hard to believe that schools have closed for the rest of the academic year,

For parents, students, teachers, and administrators, this definitely created some anxiety and fear.

Divisions worked diligently to create a plan for students while they are out of school,

So they can still get meals, learn, and do creative things that are cool.

Sometimes in life, we are met with challenges that we may not understand,

It is during these times that we can come together and unite across this great land.

For if we already had a plan, would the result be the best?

There is tremendous growth and amazing results through each of life’s most difficult tests.

During this time, we are made to really reflect on our lives and the blessings we are given each day.

We should ask ourselves, “How will I be better from this crisis, when it all goes away?”

If we really are still, listen, and observe what is happening all around us each day,

Then, we would realize that, if we stay positive, we know that everything will be okay.

There is a repositioning that is taking place before our eyes,

Things are working out more than we can realize.

The family structure is being reconnected in an amazing pace,

And, we are being given such wonderful grace.

The nation is able to see just how much work teaching is all about,

Educators are to be appreciated frequently and they deserve a big shout out!

For our children, they are able to experience some interest-based projects like never before,

For those that don’t perform well on standardized testing, this may enable their learning to soar!

Everyone is learning to look at things differently, wherever they may be,

A great plan is at work in our nation, just wait and see!

Through it all, we must remember this:

Our love and compassion for one another must continue when the devastation has ended,

We will be a much better community, state, nation, and world that is truly blended.

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, Aug 8, 2022, 6 PM Board Meeting: Six New Zoning Related Hearings Set, Presentations, Three New Zoning Matters, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our Monday, Aug 8, 2022 Board Meeting, which I hope you will consider attending. 

We also have six rezoning and zoning-related public hearings which were set on July 11 for this coming Monday.  It will indeed be a long meeting. The hearings revolve around a private Amish one room school, a proposed campsite venue, AirBnB, and event center, a Dollar Tree, a natural gas storage and distribution expansion, a general convenience store, and an agricultural based business including feed and supplies. 

Please make sure to pay close attention to what you sign up for to speak as you must sign up and be recognized before speaking during public comment or any public hearing. 

We will also consider several budgetary requests from the sheriff’s office, along with a recommendation from the ARPA Finance Committee regarding funding requests. 

We’ll also consider a vote on allocating $5,000 for the Youth League for travel expenses for the Coach Pitch Team Expenses in a retroactive manner. We are all so proud of them!

We’ll also be hearing presentations from the Department of Wildlife Resources, the Department of Forestry, and a presentation for a resolution in memorial for the late Bonnie Lou LeSueur Wood. 

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link where our agenda and full Board Packet will be posted the week before: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php.

Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. Again please be cognizant of what you sign up for to speak to as if you don’t sign up you won’t be allowed to speak on Monday. 

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of

Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

http://www.MilesforMaysville.com

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Change in Re-Zoning Process for Mixed Use Housing/Business Development Application Proposed; Monday Hearing Cancelled

This is a Special Edition of The Maysville Voice, informing those living and voting in the Maysville Election District of upcoming actions and considerations that affect them by the Board of Supervisors.

This is somewhat of a deviation of our normal newsletters as this information pertains to the County Planning Commission’s upcoming Monday, July 25, 2022, 7 PM Meeting, to be held at the County Administration Building on U.S. Route 60.

The Planning Commission voted last month, in June, to hold a Public Hearing regarding the rezoning of the Industrial Park Property that the Board of Supervisors voted to enter into a contract of sale with Atlantic Investment Corp, LLC.

This hearing has been cancelled as the principal of Atlantic Investment Corp. LLC, Ted Lloyd, had decided that, rather than a rezoning application, a special use permit would better serve the intent of his purpose for the property due to the fact that the park is not fully zoned, as advertised, as M-1, light industrial.

This revelation, which was recently dawned on County Staff and the Planning Commission, is the impetus for the change by the applicant. It is not zoned as such. The zoning change came in 2015 by the then members of the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

To be clear, there will be no public hearing on the matter on Monday, July 25. Those in favor and in opposition can speak during the public comment portion of the meeting before the Planning Commission though you must sign up before the meeting begins.

You can find the video for the Planning Commission meetings and their agenda and supporting documentation here: https://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/planning_commission.php.

You can find more information on the proposed mixed use development here: https://milesformaysville.com/newsandupdates/.

The applicant, because he was provided incorrect information by the County, is seeking a joint public hearing with both the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, in seeking remedy as not to be slowed in his process for a matter that was not in his control, that being the incorrect zoning of the industrial park which was conveyed to him.

As always, should you need to reach me, please do not hesitate to email, call, or text me, anytime.

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Report from our Monday, July 11, 2022, 6 PM Board Meeting: Hearings Held on Three Rezoning Cases, Six New Zoning Related Cases Set for Monday, August 8, 2022 meeting, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our Monday, July 11, 2022 Board Meeting.

I was away on pressing work matters at a National Aging Association Conference in
Austin, Texas, but I bring you this report as to keep you updated.

The Board presented a resolution honoring Charles W. White Sr. and presented of certificates honoring the Buckingham County Varsity Baseball Team. The Board will present a resolution in memoriam to the family of Bonnie Lou LeSueur Wood in August as her family was unable to attend in July.

The Board heard many speakers during our Public Comment portion of the
meeting regarding an ordinance that would severely restrict if not outright
ban–using a rights-based rather than a regulatory premise–on Gold Mining in
the county. I currently serve on the Commonwealth’s workgroup studying this
issue, which is still ongoing.

Three public hearings were held: One for Ike and Rebecca Yoder for the purpose of operating a sawmill at 7041 Crumptown Road, which resulted in the issue being tabled until August to work more on the conditions in the proposed Special Use Permit.
A second was held, which resulted in approval, for Dominick and Erin Lamonte
for an AirBnB Bed and Breakfast and campsites at 1867 Mulberry Grove Road. The
third was for Roy and Janice Turner for an AirBnB Bed and Breakfast and Event
Center and Campsites at 429 Maple Top Lane. Some of the maximum event attendance stipulations were altered in this application by the Board (no more than 1,500 in attendance at any event four times per year).

We also have six rezoning and zoning-related public hearings in August which
were set on July 11. It will indeed be a long meeting.

The board authorized staff to develop a goldmining ordinance for Buckingham.
The Board referred a request from Straight Street for assistance with getting
public water to the building to the Committee on Finance, which I serve on.

The Board heard from our County Attorney regarding an update on the Centra
Health Medical Facility in Dillwyn (working through minor deed issues), and an
addendum to an agreement and sales contract with Atlantic Investment Corp. regarding a performance bond assuring the construction of the Knights Valley Association’s (the mixed use project of businesses and residences the Planning Commission is considering via a zoning-related case) pool house/club house and the lap pool amenities. The preliminary cost to construct the pool house is $210,000, the pump station, concrete decks and swimming pool at an estimated cost of $220,000. The total costs for the pool house and clubhouse along with fencing and landscaping is projected at $485,000.

A contract has been received by the County regarding repairs and renovations
to the old part of our historic courthouse, and kick-off meeting is set for
this coming Monday in our Courthouse Renovation Committee, which I serve on. This is very exciting!

The board also approved a one-time firearm safety training with no live ammunition
at the community center that will be conducted by a private entity.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link where our agenda and full Board Packet will be posted the week beforehttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php.
Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

Contact Me

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As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023,
email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of
Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Our Upcoming Monday, July 11, 2022, 6 PM Board Meeting: Hearings on Three Rezoning Cases, Introduction of Five New Rezoning Cases, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, July 11, 2022 Board Meeting.

We also will be considering and possibly taking action and considering the following items:

We will begin with the following presentations: Resolution in memoriam for Lynda Baber Anderson, resolution in memoriam for Bonnie Lou LeSueur Wood, resolution honoring Charles W. White Sr., and presentation of certificates honoring the Buckingham County Varsity Baseball Team.

We will also hold three public hearings: one for Ike and Rebecca Yoder for the purpose of operating a sawmill at 7041 Crumptown Road, for Dominick and Erin Lamonte for an AirBnB Bed and Breakfast and campsites at 1867 Mulberry Grove Road, and for Roy and Janice Turner for an AirBnB Bed and Breakfast and Event Center and Campsites at 429 Maple Top Lane. We also have five rezoning introductions to consider setting public hearings for possibly in August, and will hear from staff regarding potentially considering a goldmining ordinance and consideration of a grant acceptance, along with a request from Straight Street. We will also hear from our county attorney regarding an update on the Centra Health Medical Facility in Dillwyn and an addendum to an agreement and sales contract with Atlantic Investment Corp.

Statement Regarding Red Arrow Explosion

The Farmville Herald has reached out to me regarding the recent explosion that Red Arrow has taken credit for on social media where tannerite was used to blow up a vehicle near Arvonia. The following is my statement to them.

“I have reached out to Red Arrow Weapons for more information on this incident, but they have not responded as of this writing. They did not reach out to the county per our county administration leadership prior to the blast. Though it is not required by law per our staff, it would have been nice for the company to have notified either law enforcement or our emergency services department before the explosion took place so authorities could have notified those in that community. Second and third hand I am told that the blast shook numerous homes and even damaged some, but I have no official reports of this. We are researching what can be done, if anything, in response to the incident. We would encourage Red Arrow to be good neighbors and be conscious of the impact of such activities.”

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Public Hearing on Consideration of Sale of Industrial Park Property is Monday; Upcoming Town Hall Meeting; Introduction of Zoning Cases; Hearing on Zoning Ordinance; Recycling Presentation; and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, June 13, 2022 Board Meeting.

This newsletter has much information on the proposed 125-plus-acre mixed use housing and industrial development being proposed on property owned by the county known as the county industrial park, which lies behind Wingo Road, around the Central Virginia Christian School and John Deere Store, and along LeSueur Street.

We also will be considering and possibly taking action and considering the following items: A presentation from Replenysh regarding a new recycling program in the county; consideration of a continued commitment to Firefly expansion; EMS updates; consider adopting a policy regulating excessive tires on private property; setting public hearings regarding three zoning matters for a sawmill on Crumptown Road, and two Air BnBs; an update on Firefly’s expansion from Firefly/CVEC; presentation of a resolution in memoriam for Robert Earl Bryant and presentation of certificates honoring the Buckingham County Varsity Girls Basketball Team; and a hearing on a change to the Zoning Ordinance regarding sign placement for upcoming public hearings pertaining to the posted property.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

AGAIN, I ask that you read this carefully and in its entirety. This information is according to the developer and county documents.

Information on Proposed 125.28-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal

As the Board of Supervisors prepares to hold a public hearing on Monday, June 13 at 6 PM regarding the sale and potential development (by a private corporation, Atlantic Investment Corp. with Ted Lloyd as its principal) of 125.28 acres (this is up from the 114 acres as the roughly 10 acres with an option for sale to the Central Virginia Christian School is included) acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park, there has been a previously-announced compromise/change in the number of single family dwellings and townhomes, which I was at the table for, bringing your concerns to the developer.

The developer is seeking to see only around 67 town homes (about half what was originally proposed) constructed (opposed to 124 as earlier mentioned), 28 single family dwellings (1,800 sq. ft. minimum on half to 2.3 ac. Lots), and 20 smaller (1,600 sq. ft. homes on 1.4 ac. Lots), which would replace the Third Phase (in the southern footprint of the original town home footprint) of the previously proposed town house development. Breaking this new proposal down:

  • The 67 town homes, selling at about $275,000-350,000 each, would add $16.75 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
  • The 28 single family dwellings, selling at about $360,000 each, would add $10.8 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
  • The 20 smaller single family homes, selling at about $345,000 each, would add $6.9 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

This is a conservative total value added of $33.73 million to the county’s tax rolls. Again, this does not include sales tax revenue increases (more sales), personal property tax revenue (more vehicles, etc.) increases, and more investment by the business community in the county. This would equate to $175 thousand dollars in tax revenue increase, and, again, conservatively forecasting.

As noted before, before anything substantial happens, the Board will on Monday hold a public hearing on the sale of the property as it is owned by the County. If that passes, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must also hold hearings on rezoning the property, so there is ample time for public comment. I want to hear from you on this matter during our hearing.

Again, the overall goal is to add, at minimum, $15 million to our tax base within 5 years. Along with the added tax base, other benefits will include adding a new VDOT-approved road from Wingo Road, and adding some new light industrial and/or commercial businesses. The new road will have to be accessible by the public within two years from closing and must be accepted in the VDOT Road System within 4 years from closing. The base price of the property is $6,000 per acre with credits for meeting certain goals and benchmarks. The goals for the benchmarks are as follows:

  • $345,840 is due to the county at closing ($3,000 per acre minus the $60,000 which is the value of the 10 acres adjacent to the Christian School, leaving an option to purchase the land from the Christian School).

The value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls. Something important to consider is that, based on how that 136 ac. park is currently zoned, a ConAgra industrial facility with massive lighting, smells, and other massive impacts to the community could locate in the industrial park by right, meaning that no special use permit nor public hearing would be necessary.

It is my intent, as the Maysville District Supervisor, to maintain our low real estate tax rate of $.52 cents per $100 of assessed value (which is less than half of the statewide average of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value), and grow our economic base as not to continue to burden the farmer, small parcel owner, and retiree and those on fixed incomes as prices continue to increase. Also, once our COVID-19 relief funding is depleted, along with the funding Dominion Energy allocated to the county, we are looking at essentially a $2 million per year need in new revenue to fund our rescue squad/Emergency Management Services, and, again, I do not intend to raise your taxes and it is my opinion that the county should be open minded to new avenues to take the tax burden off of those who own land in the county.

The developer wishes to also develop commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the property. We are already seeing some interest and dialogue regarding this from prospects. There is some question as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child, and that answer is roughly $3,400 per pupil per year. On top of that, our annual average daily membership (AADM) is down in terms of percentage per month and on a four year trend, especially at the middle and high schools, demonstrating we have space and will see more space in the lower level grades in our schools for more students.

There has also been concern about the price point for the homes. Looking at our April 2022 building permit report alone, we issued seven permits for homes valued conservatively at more than $210,000 – most of which are upwards of $300,000. In addition, I pulled permit values from January 2020-March 2022, and missed two months, and during that time frame the County issued 145 permits for new dwellings valued at $100,000 or more. The total value of those permits is $30 million, with the average home constructed at $207,000. This demonstrates a need for housing and the market meeting the price point.

Again, as to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value. The developer expects to exceeds this forecast.

Also, there has been much discussion about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally separate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Wednesday

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. This day rings close to home for me in my work as Director of Nutrition and Transportation at Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging, where we provide longterm care ombudsman services in an effort to protect those older adults who are in nursing homes and long term care facilities.

  • Elder abuse is a silent problem that robs seniors of their dignity, security, and—in some cases—costs them their lives.
  • Up to five million older Americans are abused every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial abuse is estimated to be at least $36.5 billion.
  • The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has worked to advance legislation that funds the Elder Justice Act and elder abuse protections of the Older Americans Act.

GOOD NEWS! Red Road is Hard Surfaced

Red Road, State Route 630, which lies between Routes 60 and 15, is now no longer dirt–100 percent of it is tar and gravel! This is a longtime coming and I am pleased VDOT has nearly completed this project. I visited Red Road the same day the road was hard surfaced (Monday), and the residents are very pleased with the project as the rock and tar settles.

Upcoming Thursday, June 16 Town Hall Meeting

📌Join us on Thursday, June 16 at 7 PM for our Quarterly Town Hall meeting! You can join on Facebook Live at http://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville or using the below Zoom link and telephone number to call in! We will have state representatives, our school board member, and CenturyLink joining us as we discuss county projects and updates.

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Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com 

The Maysville Voice: Hearing in June for Mixed Use Housing and Business Development; Sawmill SUP Approved; 240 bags of litter picked up; Dominion Project Open House; Open House on Golding Mining Study, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those living in the Maysville District as to update those in and around our District as to actions voted on and being considered by the Buckingham Board of Supervisors.

We considered many items of interest, including voting on a public hearing on the potential sale of a large portion of the Industrial Park for the purposes of a mixed use housing and business development, approval of a Special Use Permit for a sawmill, the great success of the Buckingham Anti Litter Task Force, an upcoming Dominion Energy open house, and more.

Our latest Board of Supervisors regular meeting was held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. If you were unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Hearing to be Held on Monday, June 13 at 6 PM Regarding Sale of County Land for Mixed Use Project.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to hold a public hearing on Monday, June 13, 2022 regarding the sale of a large portion of property of the County Industrial Park to Atlantic Investment Corp. for the purposes of a mixed use project that would include space for industry/business development and housing. I voted in favor of this action in order to hear from the public on this matter. The meeting begins at 6 PM and those who wish to speak need to sign up in person before 5:55 PM with the Clerk. You may sign up at and after 5:30 PM.

As the Board of Supervisors continues to consider the sale and potential development (by a private corporation, Atlantic Investment Corp. with Ted Lloyd as its principal) of 114 acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park, there has been a compromise/change in the number of single family dwellings and townhomes, which I was at the table for, bringing your concerns to the developer.

The developer is NOW seeking to see only around 67 town homes (about half what was originally proposed) constructed (opposed to 124 as earlier mentioned), 28 single family dwellings (1,800 sq. ft. minimum on half to 2.3 ac. Lots), and NEW 20 smaller (1,600 sq. ft. homes on 1.4 ac. Lots), which would replace the Third Phase (in the southern footprint of the original town home footprint) of the previously proposed town house development. Breaking this new proposal down:

  • The 67 town homes, selling at about $275,000-350,000 each, would add $16.75 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
  • The 28 single family dwellings, selling at about $360,000 each, would add $10.8 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
  • The 20 smaller single family homes, selling at about $345,000 each, would add $6.9 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

This is a conservative total value added of $33.73 million to the county’s tax rolls. Again, this does not include sales tax revenue increases (more sales), personal property tax revenue (more vehicles, etc.) increases, and more investment by the business community in the county. This would equate to $175 thousand dollars in tax revenue increase, and, again, conservatively forecasting.

The value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls. Something important to consider is that, based on how that 136 ac. park is currently zoned, a ConAgra industrial facility with massive lighting, smells, and other massive impacts to the community could locate in the industrial park by right, meaning that no special use permit nor public hearing would be necessary.

It is my intent, as the Maysville District Supervisor, to maintain our low real estate tax rate of $.52 cents per $100 of assessed value (which is less than half of the statewide average of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value), and grow our economic base as not to continue to burden the farmer, small parcel owner, and retiree and those on fixed incomes as prices continue to increase. Also, once our COVID-19 relief funding is depleted, along with the funding Dominion Energy allocated to the county, we are looking at essentially a $2 million per year need in new revenue to fund our rescue squad/Emergency Management Services, and, again, I do not intend to raise your taxes and it is my opinion that the county should be open minded to new avenues to take the tax burden off of those who own land in the county.

The developer wishes to also develop commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the property. We are already seeing some interest and dialogue regarding this from prospects. There is some question as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child, and that answer is roughly $3,400 per pupil per year. On top of that, our annual average daily membership (AADM) is down in terms of percentage per month and on a four year trend, especially at the middle and high schools, demonstrating we have space and will see more space in the lower level grades in our schools for more students.

There has also been concern about the price point for the homes. Looking at our April 2022 building permit report alone, we issued seven permits for homes valued conservatively at more than $210,000 – most of which are upwards of $300,000. In addition, I pulled permit values from January 2020-March 2022, and missed two months, and during that time frame the County issued 145 permits for new dwellings valued at $100,000 or more. The total value of those permits is $30 million, with the average home constructed at $207,000. This demonstrates a need for housing and the market meeting the price point.

Again, as to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value. The developer expects to exceeds this forecast.

Also, there has been much discussion about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally separate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

Sawmill Permit Approved Unanimously

We held a public hearing regarding a Special Use Permit at 257 Sprouse’s Lane requesting use for a sawmill (this is off of Route 20 across from the Prison). The applicant/landowner agreed with all of the conditions, including a new and safer VDOT-recommended driveway entrance from Route 20 being installed per the VDOT Permit, with the driveway width to the sawmill being at least 15′ wide to accommodate proper ingress and egress of all traffic, to include emergency vehicles. Another condition included mandatory signage to alert the public of a Commercial Sawmill Entrance at the new entrance, and signage placed at Sprouse’s Lane to indicate No Truck Traffic.

Dominion Open House Regarding Economic Development Opportunity

Spring Anti-Litter Task Force Campaign Nets 240 bags of litter filled

Pictured are, from left, Anti Litter Task Force participants and supporters Mike Hart, Maggie Snoddy, Marie Flowers, Liz Jones, and Bro. George Deans. Team 602, led by Maggie Snoddy, took First Place during this year’s spring campaign.

The Buckingham Anti Litter Task Force recently celebrated its award winners during the annual Mayfest celebration in Buckingham.

“We are so impressed with the nearly 100 individuals who collected and filled 240 large bags of litter from along our roadways in Buckingham,” said Board Chairman and Maysville District Supervisor Thomas Jordan Miles III, who spearheaded the initiation of the Task Force. “We have some of the best and most community-minded people in the Commonwealth living here, and this is evidence of that. Litter along our roadways is a major issue and we are tackling it head on.”

First Place went to Team 602, led by Maggie Snoddy, which saw more than 35 volunteers who worked to clean up Buckingham’s roadways. They picked up 88 bags along Howardsville Road.

“I would like to thank all the wonderful participants who worked so hard the past two years in helping to keep our county and roads litter free,” said District Three Supervisor Don Matthews, who serves with Miles on the Task Force. Matthews also spearheaded the effort to revive the Task Force. “Thanks to all for a great job.”

Second Place went to St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, organized by Bro. George Dean, which had 14 participants picking up 37 bags along The Barn Road and Ranson Road.

Third Place went to the Buckingham County Democratic Committee, also organized by Snoddy, picking up 30 bags of trash with 11 participants in their individual neighborhoods.

This year, a total of 12 applications were submitted, and nearly 100 people picked up litter. 

In addition, the Buckingham Branch Rail Road picked up 26 bags, Boxley Inc. picked up 15, The Arvonia/New Canton Group picked up 12, Rock Spring Hunt Club picked up 10, Cindy Cook picked up 10, and Buckingham Lions Club picked up 7.

Statewide Committee to hold Open House Regarding Gold Mining

Other Actions

The Board of Supervisors also took the following actions:

  • The Board recognized the Central Virginia Community Health Services Center and the Buckingham Office of the Virginia Department of Health for their response to COVID-19 in outreach, education, vaccinations, and testing.
  • Approved the VDOT Six Year Road Improvement Plan.
  • Set a June public hearing regarding zoning ordinance and sign placement for public hearings
  • Allocated $2,500 for the Commonwealth Regional Council’s application for a grant being sought for the creation of a Regional Economic Development Organization
  • Voted to continue with seeking bids regarding renovation and repair of the damaged portions of the old portion of the Courthouse.
  • Approved allocations from federal funds to the sheriff’s office.
  • Support to VDOT to work with the county in erecting speed limit detectors/readers in the Court House Village and Town of Dillwyn.
  • The Board directed staff to develop a policy that would regulate the amount of tires one can have on their property (this is an issue that I have been hearing about for years).

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, May 9, 2022 BOS Meeting: NEW Updates on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal, Presentations for COVID-19 Efforts, Local Appropriations, Proposed Policy on Excess Tires, Public Hearing on Special Use Permit for Saw Mill, and More

 

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, May 9, 2022 Board Meeting.

***Please note that this newsletter has much NEW information on
the proposed 114-acre mixed use housing and industrial development being
proposed on property owned by the county known as the county industrial park,
which lies behind Wingo Road, around the Central Virginia Christian School and
John Deere Store, and along LeSueur Street. I want to hear from you on this
issue so please give me your opinion on this matter!***

We also will be considering and possibly taking action and
considering the following items
: A public hearing regarding a Special
Use Permit at 257 Sprouse’s Lane requesting use for a sawmill (this is off of
Route 20 across from the Prison); potentially purchasing speed readers for both
ends of the Court House Village and the Town of Dillwyn; presentations of
appreciation and congratulations to the Buckingham Health Department, Central
Virginia Community Health Center, and the Women’s Varsity Basketball Team; a
public hearing on our Secondary Six Year Road Improvement Plan for VDOT-maintained roadways; several appropriations for the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency  Services; and consideration of continuing with the repair and restoration of the older, original portion of the courthouse, among other items. Staff will get the board’s direction on a policy that would regulate the amount of tires one can have on their property (this is an issue that I have been hearing about for years).

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6
p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022, 
in the Peter Francisco Board Room in
the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to
learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If
you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php.
Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

AGAIN, I ask that you read this carefully and in its entirety. This information is according to the developer and county documents. Again, I REALLY want to hear from you on this proposal.

NEW Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal

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As the Board of Supervisors continues to consider the sale and potential development (by a private corporation,
Atlantic Investment Corp. with Ted Lloyd as its principal) of 114 acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park, there has been a compromise/change in the number of single family dwellings and townhomes, which I was at the table for, bringing your concerns to the developer.

The developer is NOW seeking to see only around 67 town homes (about half what was originally proposed) constructed (opposed to 124 as earlier mentioned), 28 single family dwellings (1,800 sq. ft. minimum on half
to 2.3 ac. Lots), and NEW 20 smaller (1,600 sq. ft. homes on 1.4 ac. Lots), which would replace the Third Phase (in the southern footprint of the original town home footprint) of the previously proposed town house development. Breaking this new proposal down:

·        The 67 town homes, selling at about $275,000-350,000 each, would add $16.75 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

·        The 28 single family dwellings, selling at about $360,000 each, would add $10.8 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

·        The 20 smaller single family homes, selling at about $345,000 each, would add $6.9 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

This is a conservative total value added of $33.73 million to the county’s tax rolls. Again, this does not include sales tax revenue increases (more sales), personal property tax revenue (more vehicles, etc.) increases, and more investment by the business community in the county. This would equate to $175 thousand dollars in tax revenue increase, and, again, conservatively forecasting.

As noted before, before anything substantial happens, the Board must hold a public hearing on the sale of the
property as it is owned by the County. If that passes, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must also hold hearings on rezoning the property, so there is ample time for public comment. I want to hear from you on this matter during our hearing.

The value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently
at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls. Something important to consider is that, based on how that 136 ac. park is currently zoned, a ConAgra industrial facility with massive lighting, smells, and other massive impacts to the community could locate in the industrial park by right, meaning that no special use permit nor public hearing would be necessary.

It is my intent, as the Maysville District Supervisor, to maintain our low real estate tax rate of $.52 cents per
$100 of assessed value (which is less than half of the statewide average of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value), and grow our economic base as not to continue to burden the farmer, small parcel owner, and retiree and those on
fixed incomes as prices continue to increase. Also, once our COVID-19 relief funding is depleted, along with the funding Dominion Energy allocated to the county, we are looking at essentially a $2 million per year need in new revenue to fund our rescue squad/Emergency Management Services, and, again, I do not intend to raise your taxes and it is my opinion that the county should be open minded to new avenues to take the tax burden off of those who own land in the county.

The developer wishes to also develop commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the
property. We are already seeing some interest and dialogue regarding this from prospects. There have been questions as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child, and that answer is roughly $3,400 per pupil per year. The remainder is paid for by the Commonwealth. On top of that, our annual average daily membership (AADM) of students is down in terms of percentage per month and on a four year trend, especially at the middle and high schools, demonstrating we have space and will see more space in the lower level grades in our schools for more students.

There has also been concern about the price point for the homes. Looking at our April 2022 building permit report
alone, we issued seven permits for homes valued conservatively at more than $210,000 – most of which are upwards of $300,000. In addition, I pulled permit values from January 2020-March 2022, and missed two months, and during that time frame the County issued 145 permits for new dwellings valued at $100,000 or more. The total value of those permits is $30 million, with the average home constructed at $207,000. This demonstrates a need for housing and the market meeting the price point.

Again, as to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer, not those who purchase the lots. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value. The developer expects to exceeds this forecast.

Also, there has been much discussion  about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally separate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is activley working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

Bridge Road and Red Road Update

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Red Road, which lies between Routes 60 and 15, is on schedule to be completed by June 1, and state crews should be working on surface treatment around the second or third week of this month. As for the culvert replacement project on Bridge road, about eight weeks remains until complete.

Exciting Anti-Litter Task Force Campaign Update – More than 120 bags filled!

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📌Anti-Litter News! 📌 So far, our Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force
has seen 122 bags of litter collected, 85 participants, and 10 application of
organizations and participants wanting to join this great effort! With this
being only May 5, this is amazing as we still have about *A FEW* days to go! Here
is a photo of bags of litter picked up by Buckingham Branch Rail Road (BBRR), a
great partner in our efforts!

 

CenturyLink’s Continued Issues

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Here is what I am told from CenturyLink is the reason for the most recent massive county outage, which led to days of no telephone for many older adults and small businesses:

“The root cause of the power issue with the switch was due to a commercial power failure. In response to the event, we have submitted a battery replacement request to help power the switch in case of a local failure.” I ask, why was not a backup in place before?

It’s past time for reaction instead of proactive efforts for telephone and internet services in Rural Virginia! I will continue to advocate for those who continue to struggle with the telephone company.

Contact Me

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As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of
Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

 434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com 

 

 

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, April 18, 2022 BOS Meeting: Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal, Public Hearing on FY 22-23 $63 million Budget with NO Tax Rate Increases, Special Use Permit Consideration for Saw Mill, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, April 18, 2022 Board Meeting. This meeting is on the third Monday of the month instead of the second Monday because of the adopted budget calendar change.  

***Please note that this newsletter has much information on the proposed 114-acre mixed use housing and industrial development being proposed on property owned by the county known as the county industrial park, which lies behind Wingo Road, around the Central Virginia Christian School and John Deere Store, and along LeSueur Street. I want to hear from you on this issue so please give me your opinion on this matter!***

We also will be considering and possibly taking action and considering the following items: A public hearing on our upcoming $63 million 2022-23 Fiscal Year Operating Budget (no tax rate increases in proposed budget), introduction of a Special Use Permit at 257 Sprouse’s Lane requesting use for a sawmill (this is off of Route 20 across from the Prison), an appointment to the Planning Commission representing District Three, and scheduling a public hearing for the new VDOT Six Year Secondary Road Improvement Plan. We will also be hearing from our auditor, Architectural Partners regarding the Courthouse Project, Davenport and McGuire Woods regarding refunding two Rural Development Bonds, and a presentation of a resolution in memorial for the late Planning Commissioner and Commission Chairman Pat Bowe.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal

First, I ask that you read this carefully and in its entirety. This information is according to the developer and county documents. Again, I REALLY want to hear from you on this proposal.

The Board of Supervisors is considering the sale and potential development (by a private corporation, Atlantic Investment Corp.) of 114 acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park. Before anything substantial happens, the Board must hold a public hearing on the sale of the property as it is owned by the County. If that passes, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must also hold hearings on rezoning the property, so there is ample time for public comment. I checked the value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls.

The developer wishes to develop the property for about 124 town homes and about 23 single family dwellings, along with commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the property. There is some question as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child and I am verifying those figures and will report back.

Ted Lloyd, Principal with Atlantic Investments Corp., invited the Board and Planning Commission, and the public, to an informational, informal meeting on Monday at the Community Center at 6 PM. There was much new information presented and many good questions from the public. I will touch on this later.

According to the developer, as the project stands, if approved, he notes he will add $30 million of value to the tax base within five years from closing on the property. This is, in part, according to the sale price of both the single family homes and town houses. As to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value.

The developer will be responsible for building internal roads to state specifications and having them accepted into the VDOT system. The County will have VDOT accept the current road into the state system, and at the end of year five, all roads will be state maintained (VDOT) roads.

During Lloyd’s presentation on Monday, he noted that the single family houses would be built first. If this is not successful, he noted he would transition the project into an older adult/retirement community. If Phase One is successful, he noted he would move to Phase One of constructing the townhouses in the property closest to Central Virginia Christian School. Starting in this phase, roads built to state specs would be constructed, and the developer would be working on preparing the commercial areas of the project, as described above. If phases Two and Three of building the townhouses is successful, the developer would then move to developing the Home Owners Association-operated tennis course, pool, and recreation center — only if 50 percent of the housing capacity has been met.

No lots will be sold as speculative investments to individuals or builders. Performance criteria and deed restrictions will apple, including HOA restrictions. Strict building minimums and front elevation standards will apply to all homes.

“As a result of the Knights Valley subdivision, new businesses will emerge to serve the public at large. These include personal services, eating establishments … Current business establishments will see an increase in demand for their services or project lines.”

According to the developer, a townhome could be sold at a price point between $250,000-350,000. A home could sell at $425,000.

Regarding traffic, which I have concerns about, among many other ramifications of this project, there would be a new road coming out on Wingo Road with two access points along Route 15, and a road that currently is used by the Christian School. Another road, he noted, would be built to the left of the John Deere store potentially to allow for ease of traffic in and out of the area in question.

In terms of housing standards, there would be 1,800 minimum of livable square footage, excluding garages. No above ground pools would be permitted, and junk cars would be banned, again, all in accordance of Home Owners Association (HOA) rules. No mobile homes and doublewides are allowed. All homes must be built on a poured, permanent cement foundation. Block will only be accepted on a case by case basis. Gravel to the homes doors or garage will not be permitted, homes will have not less than a 25-foot poured concrete or paver driveway adjoining the home. Vinyl facades will be approved on a case by case basis—a consistent aesthetic appeal is desired throughout the proposed development. Brick and high-end composite facades are preferred. Façade colors will be limited by the HOA and approved before building. Also, modular homes will be scrutinized for quality and appeal and approved on a case by case basis.

There is ample room for water and sewer capacity to handle what is being proposed.

The developer provided the following during his presentation:

  • More than $30 million will be added to the real estate tax base.
  • Applying the money multiplier with the new residents, expenditures will generate $2.8 million in new business revenue within five miles of the new homes.
  • No subsidized housing or Section 8 Housing is being built at this location.
  • The development is a planned community with a HOA for governing and managing its own internal affairs.
  • The swimming pool, clubhouse, and possible tennis courts belonging to Knights Valley resident and managed by the Knights Valley HOA is a private facility.  A majority of residents can decided to allow public use of those facilities.
  • “Motor Vehicle flow will have enhanced throughways for ingress and egress upon completion of the project.”

Also, there has been much discussion about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally sperate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

Red Road to be Hard Surfaced by June 1

According to VDOT, Red Road, which is not half hard surfaced, will ALL be fully hard surfaced by June 1. Much work, including widening and graveling and ditching has been completed on the road, which is seeing many new homes and families moving in. While the road is scheduled to be completed by June 1, next week VDOT crews will continue to work on stone and drainage.

Bridge Road (Route 644) is Temporarily Closed

Route 644 – Road closing. Motorists should expect d­elays due to a bridge rehab project on Route 644 in Buckingham County. Route 644 (Bridge Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 24 (Mt. Rush Hwy) to Route 638 (Dixie Hill Road). Road closure is scheduled to begin March 28, 2022 and is planned until May 06, 2022. VDOT says this bridge currently only has a rating of fair.  This project will fix deficiencies and ultimately keep the bridge from having to become posted with weight restrictions.

Anti-Litter Task Force Campaign Prepares to Kick-Off!

Please consider helping clean up OUR COMMUNITY!

Grant Opportunity for Houses of Worship

Houses of worship (churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc.) 

are invited by Virginia Department of Health to apply for 

·        up to $20,000 or as little at $1000 for program(s) that 

·        address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities, 

·        with special interest in applicants with programs that will serve racial and ethnic minority groups, and rural communities

The Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention (Virginia P3) programming made available through the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity facilitates partnerships between marginalized communities, faith and interfaith organizations and the state public health agency. This programming focuses on building a community infrastructure for wellness and health equity. VAP3 collaborative approach supports the establishment and strengthening of faith and interfaith consortia in engaging upstream prevention (the social determinants of health) as well as primary and secondary prevention activities to better the health of their respective congregations and communities.* Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention programming serves to broaden the scope of prevention on several key public health issues disproportionately impacting underserved and marginalized communities.

*What does ‘upstream prevention’ and ‘social determinants of health’ mean?  

These are needs in the community that are not being met, or not being met completely, that can lead to poor health including Covid infections.  There are many ‘upstream’ issues and ‘social determinants’.  Some examples might be:

low literacy: so  a faith group might consider seeking funding to offer literacy programs in their congregation (perhaps as part of a summer Bible School, or a family reading program, etc)

·        lack of empowerment to seek better health: so a faith group might consider seeking funding to have a series to learn how their faith tradition promotes concern for health, family health, community health

·        poor access to health information: so a faith group might consider seeking funding to bring health providers – e.g. a series of Sabbath suppers, etc –  into the congregation to talk about health issues

·        and many more ideas.   The best ideas are the ones you know are needed or can work well in your faith community and local community! 

Learn more at the website linked – 

Visit eva.virginia.gov to review 

RFA 2022-02-OHE 

and find additional guidance for applicants.

If any prospective applicant has questions about the specifications or other application documents, the prospective applicant should contact the Program officer indicated below no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (COB).  

Veronica Cosby, VAP3 Program Manager, Email: Veronica.cosby@vdh.virginia.gov, Phone:(804) 864-7361

If any prospective applicant has questions about the specifications or other application documents, the prospective applicant should contact the Program officer indicated below no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (COB).  

Taxes due on Friday, and Please get your County Sticker!

Please don’t forget to file your federal and state income taxes, and to purchase your $25 county sticker, which is purple this year. This sticker allows you unlimited access into all of our solid waste sites to dispose of household waste, along with recyclables and construction debris and donated clothing in the blue boxes.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 BOS Meeting: Public Hearing on Transfer of Building to Centra Health, Hearings, Budget Requests, Carter G. Woodson Day, Vaccination Clinic, Holding CenturyLink Accountable, Bridge Road Closure

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 Board Meeting. We are meeting with the Virginia Department of Transportation at 5 PM to review and amend the Six Year Improvement Plan for state maintained roads, and I have several issues to bring up after hearing from you about many concerns on many roads in our District.

We will be considering and possibly taking action on the following items: Action following a 6 PM public hearing of the transfer of the former Sentara Buckingham Family Medicine Building to Centra Health (which I am thrilled and very excited about that we potentially are seeing a new doctor’s office in Dillwyn); several budget request presentations; a presentation from the Commonwealth Regional Council regarding a repayment due to their excess of revenues; a 6 PM hearing regarding adoption of a solid waste fee ordinance; tire day appropriation; considering an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals and to the Planning Commission to replace former District Three Commissioner Pat Bowe, who passed away last month.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. You will receive notice with the link and/or telephone number necessary to connect virtually during the meeting.

Please note: Please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments. All correspondence must be received only by the methods above, and are due by 12:00 PM the day of the meeting.

Bridge Road (Route 644) to Temporarily Close

Route 644 – Road closing. Motorists should expect d­elays due to a bridge rehab project on Route 644 in Buckingham County. Route 644 (Bridge Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 24 (Mt. Rush Hwy) to Route 638 (Dixie Hill Road). Road closure is scheduled to begin March 28, 2022 and is planned until May 06, 2022. VDOT says this bridge currently only has a rating of fair.  This project will fix deficiencies and ultimately keep the bridge from having to become posted with weight restrictions.

CenturyLink’s Ongoing Infrastructure Issues

Last night (Tuesday, March 8) we had the slightest bit of rain, which resulted in many neighborhoods losing their telephone dial tones and internet. I continue to work with their representatives on repairing these outages and investing in their infrastructure. I am also working with many other localities on being a voice for Rural Virginia as the State Corporation Commission considers the transfer of control of the parent company to a new firm. I promise I will continue to work to hold CenturyLink accountable to the people of Buckingham and Rural Virginia.

Carter G. Woodson Day Approaching in April

I was pleased to meet with the Forward 2020 and other representatives regarding Carter G. Woodson Day, which will be held in April at Historic Buckingham Inc. at Lee Wayside off of Route 60. See below for details!

Vaccine Clinic Coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Glenmore, Co-Sponsored by Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Facility–Public Hearing on Monday at 6 PM

Friends and neighbors:

This is a Special Edition of The Maysville Voice relating to facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Project Special Use Permit.

We will take up the proposed 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit and Siting Agreement on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 during a joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter at 6 PM in the Peter Francisco Auditorium in the County Administration Complex.


This newsletter will serve as a recap and update of the status of the Riverstone application for a special use permit (SUP) in Buckingham County.

Please read the facts below and visit links below for the proposed Siting Agreement, Erosion and Sediment Control Factsheet, Special Use Permit Conditions, and more.
WHAT IS IT?
Riverstone is applying to establish a utility scale solar farm in Buckingham County. The size of the solar farm is 149.5 MW. The footprint of the entire project is limited to 1,765 acres.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Riverstone Solar, LLC (Riverstone) is a company associated with Apex. Apex is the project developer.
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation and the land owner on which the project will be built.
Weyerhaeuser has as part of its business timberlands and wood products.
No individual property owners are involved in the footprint of the project. There are, of course, adjoining landowners who are individuals.
Buckingham County is involved because Apex/Riverstone is seeking a special use permit from the County to build this project. The County Zoning Ordinance requires a special use permit for this use.
IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS SUP THAT WAS APPROVED?
This is a new application totally separate from the earlier SUP relating to Apex/Riverstone approved by the Board of Supervisors.
This project is for a larger area (35 acres) that is involved only for parking and storage. The decision on this SUP does not change the County’s approval of the earlier Apex/Riverstone SUP.
WHAT WILL BE THE COUNTY’S ROLE IN THE PROJECT?
If the project is approved, there are extensive conditions in the special use permit.
The County has responsibility for making sure there is compliance with the conditions and permits. This will be accomplished by review, monitoring and enforcement.
The County has also negotiated a siting agreement with the applicant that will relate to this project. The siting also has requirements and conditions independent of the SUP conditions.
The County will also negotiate a decommissioning agreement with the applicant that controls the closure of the project.
If the project is approved, the County will be involved in the application and approval of the sediment – erosion control permit. The County will be engaging professional services to help with this. That will be at no expense to the County.
The County will have to issue a building permit for this project and will have to approve the construction as it progresses. Additional inspectors will be hired, again at no expense to the County.
The County will hire professionals to make sure that the permit relating to erosion and sediment control is implemented correctly; that there is compliance and appropriate response to any issue that may result. This includes stop orders. Again, these experts will be hired by the County at no expense to the County.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTY?
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation that manages and timbers land. It owns the property where this project will be constructed. Commercial solar projects, such as the one proposed by Apex/Riverstone, require transmission lines and need to locate in proximity to those transmission lines. There are two major transmission lines in Buckingham. Generally, one runs from the Scottsville area to the power station at Bear Garden. The other runs from Bear Garden south, crossing US Route 60 near the Cumberland County line. The proximity to the transmission is why this project is being constructed in this area of the County.
ARE SOLAR PROJECTS SAFE?
Solar projects of this size exist throughout the State of Virginia, throughout the United States, and throughout the world.
Solar is recognized as one of the safest forms of producing energy. There are no air emissions and are no medical/health hazards associated with the production of electricity from solar.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE COUNTY?
The county will receive significant financial benefits from this project. Those benefits will come to the county in multiple ways.
First, Buckingham County will receive payments authorized by the State of Virginia for each megawatt of capacity of this site. This payment will increase every 5 years as authorized by law. In about 2 years, if this project goes on line, the payments will be $1450 per megawatt. That means each year Buckingham County will receive more than $200,000 per annum from the solar revenue share. That amount will increase in future years. $200,000 is approximately a penny and a half on real estate tax.
Second, Buckingham County will receive additional real estate taxes from the increased value of the land involved in this project. It is expected that the value of the land involved inside the fence on this project will be taxed at a value of $10,000-$12,000 per acre. The current assessment of this land is substantially less than that. So the project will generate additional tax revenue.
Third, the siting agreement provides for additional payments to Buckingham County. If approved, Apex/Riverstone, will pay to Buckingham County $1,750,000, $250,000 for a building permit, and $400,000 for the county to use for evaluating, monitoring, inspecting, and compliance assurance concerns relating to this project.
In total, the expected financial benefit to Buckingham County is expected to exceed $14 million over the life of the project.
This will help stabilize and reduce the pressure on the need to increase real estate and personal property taxes.
WHAT DEMANDS WILL THIS PROJECT MAKE ON THE SERVICES OFFERED BY BUCKINGHAM COUNTY?
This project will not increase the demand for services from Buckingham County.
The demands on law enforcement will not be significantly increased.
The demands on emergency services will not be increased significantly.
The developer will be working with EMS and the fire department to make sure if a response is needed it will be appropriate.
No new infrastructure will be required from the County.
WHAT ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE PROPERTY VALUES ADJOINING OR NEAR THE PROJECT?
Studies that have been conducted show that there is no significant decrease in property values in the counties where these projects are built.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SEE THIS PROJECT AFTER IT IS CONSTRUCTED?
After the project is constructed and the buffering has grown you will not be able to see the solar panels or the substation of this project.
If the project is approved, the conditions of the special use permit require a buffering around the project so that the visibility of the panels etc. will be obscured.
WILL THE TREES BE CUT DURING THIS PROJECT?
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation in the timber business. The trees will be timbered on this land regardless of whether this project is built or not. If the project is built, there will be a natural built required to be built around the project so that the visibility of the solar panels etc. are obscured.
WILL THE ENTIRE PROPERTY BE GRADED?
No. Only certain areas.
WHAT ABOUT EROSION AND WATER RUNOFF DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT?
This project may seem large, but the County is requiring that it be developed built in phases. The project, in terms of the erosion and sediment control issue, will involve four phases. Certain things need to happen with each phase before the next phase can be begin. Thus, it a becomes a more manageable project.
Also, it is helpful to understand how the permitting process works to answer this question: At this point, the County only has preliminary drawings dealing with erosion and sediment control and runoff. With the current status of the application, neither DEQ or other state agencies will comment specifically on the requirements of this project. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is not involved in this project and will not be if the SUP is approved and the project moves forward.
DEQ will only become involved if the project goes forward, after approval.
The County will be actively involved in this. The County, in the siting agreement, is having the applicant pay Buckingham County for costs that may be incurred by the County to review the application for the settlement and erosion control permit so that the county will be able to have input on that permit. The county will be
able to hire its own engineers and consultants to do this. It will not be relying on the engineers of the applicant.
The County, in the siting agreement, is having the applicant pay Buckingham County for the costs that may be incurred by the County to monitor the project as it is constructed. If there are violations of the project the County has the ability and the proper circumstances to issue stop orders until the problems are solved. DEQ also has enforcement authority with this project.
WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC DURING CONSTRUCTION?
Buckingham County recognizes that there will be increased traffic during construction.
The County is addressing this by requiring a traffic management plan. It will also work with VDOT to ensure proper speed limits and construction zone signs.
Law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State police, will participate in the enforcement of these restrictions.
ARE THE ROADS ABLE TO HANDLE THIS TYPE OF TRAFFIC?
The roads that serve this project currently have no restrictions placed on them by the Virginia Department of Transportation. That suggested that the roads are able to handle the traffic. Any concerns will be addressed in the traffic management plan to ensure the safety of these roads.
WHERE WILL ALL THE WORKERS STAY?
Workers will stay in various accommodations around the area, including hotels and motels in Buckingham County and other jurisdictions.
The County will not allow camping or trailers, etc. on the property being developed. Camping facilities and mobile home parks in Buckingham County must be approved by the County before they can operate.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SOLAR FARM IS NO LONGER OPERATING?
When the solar farm is no longer operating, it will be decommissioned and disassembled. The County will have a decommissioning agreement to insure that happens. The cost of decommissioning will be assured by a bond with surety. Salvage value will not be included in the estimated cost of decommissioning. The cost is reviewed and revised periodically, every five (5) years, and the cost and bond and surety are adjusted accordingly.
ARE THERE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE?
The County has added substantial conditions to the SUP to make sure this project is appropriate.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1. In person Public Comments must sign up to speak. Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434‐969‐5039
  5. To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email
    publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. You will receive notice with the link and/or telephone number necessary to connect virtually during the meeting.
    Please note: Please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments. All correspondence must be received only by the methods above, and are due by 12:00 PM the day of the meeting.

Riverstone Solar Farm Update and Fact Sheet
Riverstone Solar Proposed Special Use Permit Conditions
Riverstone Solar Siting Agreement
Riverstone Solar ES and SWM Summary
Communication Methods for the Public Hearing