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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: I’m Thankful For You! Town Hall Recording Included Here!

Friends and Neighbors,

First, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and families! I hope your and yours are safe, healthy, and in good spirits. 

I am thankful for my loved ones, family, and my friends. I am also thankful to be representing such a wonderful district, along with working alongside a great team of fellow Board Members and our dedicated staff. 

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 much information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.

You can read our latest newsletter here: https://milesformaysville.com/2022/11/16/special-edition-of-the-maysville-voice-personal-property-tax-deadline-delayed-and-town-hall-meeting-this-saturday/

REMINDER: Personal Property Tax Delay to Help Taxpayers

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the due date for personal property taxes until Jan. 5 instead of Dec. 5. You can read more on our website using the link above.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! The Maysville Voice Town Hall Meeting

For those of you who missed our final Maysville Voice Town Hall meeting last Saturday, you can view the recording here: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/690521875744438

As always if you have any question, concerns, or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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 23921www.MilesforMaysville.com

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Personal Property Tax Deadline Delayed and Town Hall Meeting This Saturday

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 much information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.

Personal Property Tax Delay to Help Taxpayers

On Tuesday evening, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the due date for personal property taxes until Jan. 5 instead of Dec. 5 and we also voted to waive the 3% convenience fee for credit card payments until March 1 for personal property taxes. This is to help those on fixed incomes, those struggling financially, and those who live pay check to pay check pay their tax bills which, because of the economy, have seen higher values in their vehicle assessments. Of note, the Board did give assessment relief by concurring with the Commissioner in using a reduced value formula. Please help me spread the word!

Town Hall Meeting is Saturday at 9 AM

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I welcome you to join us for the final 2022 edition of The Maysville Voice, which will be held virtually, online. Those invited include School Board Member Joii Goodman, along with CenturyLink representative Rich Schollman, to provide updates to the Maysville District. You’ll hear updates from our previous board meetings (we will discuss gold mining, telecommunications, taxes, and more). I will be taking questions from my constituents. Please make plans to attend!

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Contact Me!

Should you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or opinions about this newsletter, county government, services, opportunities, etc., please never hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at 434-390-7023 via text or phone, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or write me at PO Box 188, Buckingham, Virginia 23921.

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: Personal Property Taxes, Our Upcoming Tuesday Meeting, Presentations, Grants, and State Gold Mining Committee Update

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 much information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.

Some topics we will be considering or hearing about during our meeting on this Tuesday include: Honoring Tyshea Chambers for being crowned Miss Five County Fair 2022 and her other amazing accolades, which I am so proud of and glad we can honor our youth; consideration of appointments/reappointments to the Planning Commission and Industrial Development Authority; consideration of an EMS grant; hard surfacing the Route 56 Solid Waste Site and the Glenmore EMS Parking Lot; presentations from Ben Price with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Kelly Jones with the Peter Francisco Soil and Water Conservation District; and updates on the hotel coming to Buckingham (which they have obtained their building permit) and the Centra Medical Facility in Dillwyn.

Your Personal Property Tax Bill

Onto a very important topic: Personal Property tax bills. I, like you, saw a drastic increase in my bill this year on my vehicle, a used pickup truck, which I purchased used in late 2019. Let me be clear, the tax rate DID NOT INCREASE AND HAS NOT GONE UP IN MANY YEARS. The increased bills are being driven by the assessed value and the result of the economy being in the state it is. The Commissioner of the Revenue, who is tasked per the Virginia Constitution with assessing certain property, even changed her assessment method some time ago to a lesser value to help bear the brunt of the tax assessment.

Here is my plan: I plan on proposing waiving the fee for paying personal property taxes with a credit card and the county eating that fee, and waiting penalties past December 5 for a date to be determined.

There is no doubt that, because of the economy and interest rates and inflation over 8 percent, this will be a hard winter, especially for the working poor and those on fixed incomes. I do feel that these two measures can help ease the burden somewhat.  Also, the County Treasurer will work with you on what you owe. Like what I plan to do, you can set up a payment plan to pay your Personal Property taxes in a structured way rather than all at once. Please contact the Treasurer for more details.

In other news, during our Statewide Gold Mine Committee Meeting last Thursday, I called on the committee to include, in our report, a recommendation to the Virginia General Assembly to ban and/or put a moratorium on new gold mining in the Commonwealth as our Committee findings and those of the National Academy of Sciences have clear and compelling evidence that Virginia’s regulatory structure does not have what it takes to protect our air, water, environment, and way of life against a gold mine operation.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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 during three minute increments. You must sign up before our meeting to speak.

Continued Outages with CenturyLink

As you know, even as BrightSpeed has taken over CenturyLink, I have continued to lean in and fight hard to get the company to restore telephone and internet outages that have been persistent in our county, but more so for the company to replace its failing infrastructure. I am still getting messages and calls about their failing infrastructure and billing errors for those who even have transition to FireFly!

Here are some links of past media coverage of that effort.

https://www.wtvr.com/problem-solvers/buckingham-phone-line-issues

https://www.nbc29.com/2021/09/30/century-link-customers-buckingham-complain-not-having-telephone-services/

https://www.nbc12.com/2021/09/30/century-link-customers-buckingham-county-complain-not-having-telephone-services/

Join our Chamber of Commerce!

The Buckingham Chamber of Commerce, which I am humbled to serve as President of; is our county’s largest and most impactful civic group. For this month and during December, for only $35 per year, you can be a member, whether you’re a business owner or not, of an organization that holds monthly meetings with speakers, food, and many updates; receive a monthly newsletter; participate and be recognized as Business of the Month or recipient of the Community Pride Award; attend ribbon cuttings and other special events; receive discounts in the annual Buckingham Guidebook; and receive many other perks, including participating in our annual Chamber Banquet held in January. But the best thing about our Chamber is the camaraderie and networking that we have amongst our small businesses. This month, our meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 PM, which includes a bake off featuring casseroles! To join, email info@buckinghamchamberofcommerce.com or call 434-983-2372. Dues will be $40 per year after Jan. 1, 2023 to join today.

Contact Me!

Should you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or opinions about this newsletter, county government, services, opportunities, etc., please never hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at 434-390-7023 via text or phone, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or write me at PO Box 188, Buckingham, Virginia 23921. You can also come see me at my house at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham, Virginia 23921.

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

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: NAS Study Finds Regulatory System Cannot Properly Oversee Gold Mining in Virginia

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, a newsletter for those living in the Maysville District. I am pleased, as always, to bring you links, resources, and information about what’s going on in Buckingham County.

This special edition centers around a State Legislature-driven study of the impacts of gold mining in Virginia. Part of this process, which a report will reflect by Dec. 1 of this year, includes a study from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which is linked to below for your reading.

A reminder that our separate study by the State Committee studying impacts of a gold mine in the Commonwealth, which I serve on, will be held 9 am-3 pm Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Buckingham Community Center on U.S. Route 15 in Dillwyn. I encourage you to attend, if you are able.

The NAS study reports the following: “The report concludes that Virginia’s current regulatory framework, which typically addresses sand and gravel mining, is not adequate to address the potential impacts of commercial gold mining and lacks an adequate financial assurance system, which poses a fiscal and environmental risk to the Commonwealth.  Additionally, Virginia lacks opportunities for the public to be engaged in permitting processes and a modern system for review of environmental impacts from potential gold mining projects.”

The Farmville Herald requested a statement from me regarding the NAS Report:

“Upon a cursory review of the NAS Report’s conclusions and recommendations, and in reviewing the draft report that our Committee is finalizing, I am not surprised at the NAS’ conclusions. It is crystal clear that the Commonwealth does not have a regulatory system that effectively and consistently reviews and examines the environmental impacts of gold mining. Without such, the impacts on water, public health, air, soil, and the livelihoods of those living anywhere near a gold mine would prove to be detrimental and dangerous at best. 

As I also have mentioned numerous times, Virginia’s bonding requirements are far from sufficient from where they need to be to protect the environment, the community, and in the case of potential abandonment or bankruptcy of a mining enterprise, would leave the community to foot the bill. From performance standards, public engagement and environmental justice, financial assurances, and, most importantly, the human and environmental impacts of a gold mine, Virginia currently does not have what it takes to safely regulate a gold mine–it’s that simple. 

In the final draft report that our Committee will discuss on Thursday during our meeting, we will consider opportunities that localities in the Commonwealth have using their zoning ordinances specific to regulating uses and activities in certain zoning designations, which include the mining of gold.”

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As always, should you need to communicate about a local issue, I hope I can be of service as I strive to represent all of my constituents in the Maysville District. Feel free to call, text, or email me anytime.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, 6 PM Board Meeting: Honoring the late Supervisor John Kitchen; Two SUP Hearings; Reappointment/Appointment Considerations; Animal Rabies Vaccination Event; Recording of Gold Mine Study Committee; 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 Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 Board Meeting, which I hope you will consider attending.

Take note that this month we will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 11, not Monday, Oct. 10 due to the Columbus Day Holiday the County observes.

We don’t have an overloaded agenda for next week. We have no new zoning cases to consider, though we do have two Special Use Permit hearings for two Air BnBs, campsites, and event venues; a separate public hearing on adjusting some building permit ordinance fees; a presentation of a resolution in memoriam to the family of the late John Kitchen Jr., who served honorably for many years as the Maysville District Supervisor; a consideration of reappointments to the Planning Commission and Industrial Development Authority; appointment of a new board member to the Anti-Litter Task Force; and consideration of a recommendation regarding pit privies.

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. 

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, Oct. 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://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link where our agenda and full Board Packet is posted: 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
Tuesday. 

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.

Recording of the Latest Statewide Gold Mine Committee Meeting

Here is the recording of our latest Statewide Gold Mine Committee Meeting, which I hope you’ll take a look and listen at. Joe Lerch, of the Virginia Association of Counties, outlined how local zoning works and noted ways Boards of Supervisors could ban gold mining in their Zoning Ordinances with ease.

Here is the link: https://covaconf.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/covaconf/recording/playback/0f97772a1fcd103bbcbb00505681e464

Recording password: VAEnergy1

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

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The County will offer, back by popular demand, a Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the County Administration Complex on US Route 60 on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9-11 AM. Information needed is dog or car owner’s name, address, and the animal’s name, sex, age, breed, and color. Note that all cats must be restrained by cage or crate. Owners and responsible for their cats. The price per vaccination is $8. The event is sponsored by the Health Department and the County Animal Control Office. My friend and constituent, Dr. Bryan Auten, will be the attending veterinarian.

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: Planning Commission Permit on Proposed Mixed Use Project Withdrawn & State Gold Mine Study Committee Meeting is Monday

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.

Permit for Mixed Use Project Withdrawn

This is somewhat of a deviation of our normal newsletters as this information pertains to the County Planning Commission’s upcoming Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, 7 PM Meeting, to be held at the County Administration Building on U.S. Route 60.

This hearing on Monday is expected not to be held by the Planning Commission based on the fact that the applicant, Atlantic Investment Corp., has withdrawn their proposed Special Use Permit.

The Planning Commission voted several months ago, to hold a Public Hearing regarding the Special Use Permit of the Industrial Park Property that the Board of Supervisors, months ago, voted to enter into a contract of sale with Atlantic Investment Corp, LLC. You can find information on the proposed Special Use Permit here: https://cms9files.revize.com/buckinghamcounty/Document_Center/Agenda%20&%20Minutes/Planning%20Commission/2022/PC%20Packet%209-26-2022.pdf

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/.

Statewide Gold Mine Study Committee Meeting is Monday morning

A meeting of the Statewide Gold Mine Study Committee will be held at 9 AM at the Community Center located on U.S. Route 15 North across from the FasMart. It is the former Dillwyn Primary School. It is located at 16266 N James Madison Hwy, Dillwyn, VA 23936.

You can find more information on the Committee, which I served on, here: https://energy.virginia.gov/mineral-mining/GoldMiningStudy.shtml.

If you cannot attend, here is the virtual meeting information:

Here is the webex info for 9/26.  This should be on our webpage shortly.

Join from the meeting link
https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m053738cf48e62faf8929e8ef2fa9ad88
 
Join by meeting number
Meeting number (access code): 2428 473 0660
Meeting password: VAEnergy1
 
Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only)
+1-517-466-2023,,24284730660## US Toll
+1-866-692-4530,,24284730660## US Toll Free
 

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: Upcoming Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, 6 PM Board Meeting: Honoring the Coach Pitch State Champions; Four Public Hearings; Finance Committee Recommendations; Zoning Matters; Piedmont Health District Offering Free COVID-19 Bivalent Boosters; 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, Sept. 12, 2022 Board Meeting, which I hope you will consider attending. SpecialTouch1Bham We also have three rezoning and zoning-related public hearings and one hearing amending our Fiscal Year 22-23 budget because of an adjustment in school funding, along with four presentations.  It will indeed be a long meeting. The hearings revolve around, not only our operating budget, but a proposed sawmill on Ranson Road, a proposed ammunition sales operation on Sawmill Road, and a commercial repair shop and rental yard on Slate River Mill Road. 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 setting public hearings for October for two zoning cases.  We will also consider forming a committee to study our Zoning Ordinance, allowing staff to undertake an extensive review of zoning actions taken since adoption of the ordinance; and having an outside agency complete our Comprehensive Plan. We also have several Department/Agency Reports, including a request from the School Board to use Carry Over Funds for a specific purpose, two Finance Committee recommendations regarding increases for Sheriff’s Office staff and an appropriation to the Firemen’s Association for the purposes of a new location for their Tractor Pull. We will also discuss a recommendation from the Solar Committee. We’ll also be honoring the Buckingham Coach Pitch State Championship Team, which placed third in the World Series representing Virginia during their tournament in Alabama, who also brought home the Sportsman Award! Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, 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 is posted: 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.

Piedmont Health District Offering Free COVID-19 Bivalent Boosters

FARMVILLE, Va. – Beginning Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, the Piedmont Health District is offering the updated, FDA-approved COVID-19 bivalent boosters. The boosters offered include Pfizer-BioNTech for those 12 years and up and Moderna for those 18 years and up. Anyone 12 years of age and older may receive an updated booster if it has been at least 2 months since completing the primary series or receiving any booster. These updated boosters target the original SARS-CoV-2 strain as well as the currently circulating omicron subvarients to provide protection against serious illness. All of our local health departments are administering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for those 6 months old and up at our vaccination clinics. All COVID-19 vaccinations are free. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments are preferred. All immunization clinics run from 8:30am – 4pm. The clinic schedule is as follows: Charlotte Co. – Monday, (434) 542-5251 Nottoway Co. – Monday, (434) 645-7595 Lunenburg Co. – Tuesday, (434) 696-2346 Prince Edward Co. – Tuesday, (434) 392-8187 Amelia Co. – Wednesday, (804) 561-2711 Cumberland Co. – Thursday, (804) 492-4661 Buckingham Co. – Thursday, (434) 969-4244 For general questions, please call the Piedmont Health District information hotline at (434) 392-8187 x 137. For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit the VDH Covid-19 webpage (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus). For more information on services offered in the Piedmont district, visit the Piedmont Health District website (www.vdh.virginia.gov/piedmont).

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

http://www.MilesforMaysville.com

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

tjmheadshot

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