In case you have not heard, we now have a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Buckingham. As you will see below, our county staff and the Virginia Department of Health are working hard to ensure your health and safety. I am sure the number of cases will grow as it will and has across the Commonwealth.
Our great and hardworking staff have assembled an excellent online great resource in how you can keep up with what and how your local government is continuing to serve you while keeping our county staff and residents safe. Also, there is a link here that will lead you to a YouTube channel where you can live stream our meetings: http://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/COVID19.HTML. The governor today announced a stay at home order for all Virginians for non essential needs. You can read details here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-855702-en.html. I hope you will take this seriously not only for you and your family, but for those whom you could contact inadvertently.
The board will hold a special meeting will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. regarding COVID-19. This meeting will be available virtually in the following ways: Live Stream on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sVpJ6BFKek0 and Audio Only Telephone call in: 1-877-853-5247 Meeting ID: 4623508430. I would advise you to remain home and call in and listen to our meeting or view and listen online. Staying home is important in preventing the spread of COVID. Please practice social distancing, don’t go anywhere that is non-essential, and follow CDC and medical professional’s guidelines and the orders of the governor.
My friends and neighbors, we will get through this together. We will be stronger, not only as a family and community, but as a county. It will take sacrifice and strife, but we will be a better county because of and after this.
Thomas Jordan Miles IIIDistrict Four Supervisor (Maysville) Note change in my email: firstname.lastname@example.org 434-390-702313170 West James Anderson HighwayPO Box 188Buckingham, Virginia 23921www.MilesforMaysville.com
The Farmville Herald reached out to me Friday regarding a statement in regards to the proposed effective real estate tax rate increase in the proposed Fiscal Year 2020-2021 county operating budget. I am sharing my statement, along with additional comments on proposed school funding, with you in full should you have any questions or concerns.
First, I commend the County Administrator and her staff for working hard in putting together a budget that reflects the wants and needs of our county and its citizens.
Due to the reassessment of real property, the proposed budget reflects an effective real estate tax increase. This means that although the tax rate will remain at 55 cents, the increased revenue reflects the overall increase in values of property of about 10 percent. So the property values are driving the increase in what many people will pay in their taxes for their homes and real estate. This percentage may change based on appeals by landowners to the Board of Equalization. I implore and highly stress to any landowner who is unhappy with their reassessment to appeal to them.
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has rocked our reality, our economy, and the livelihoods in our Commonwealth, including Buckingham. People here have lost their incomes and jobs and their hours have been cut, and more will lose their jobs before this virus has run its course, I predict.
Just like any other business or family, the county has to live within its means, and that essentially means having enough money in the bank to operate. We’re operating in unprecedented times and in uncharted waters and I suspect our collection rate will take a hit. With less revenue coming in, it will likely unbalance our proposed budget, which would mean cutting our budget.
While I do not support the effective tax increase, forecasting has already shown that the approved state budget over the next two years will have to be cut by at least $2 billion dollars. That cut will trickle down and affect Buckingham County. State legislators are already considering putting employee increases on the chopping block. Such action will be just one of many financial consequences that we may see down the line.
With this being said, I encourage constituents of the Maysville District to reach out to me via phone, email, and social media and let me know what they think, keeping in mind social distancing and minimizing physical contact. I represent them, not my own ideas, and I encourage an open dialogue about this topic.
Proposed School Funding
Regarding proposed school funding for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021, the board, and myself, voted to advertise level funding to the school division. As I said earlier, I want to hear from you on the proposed school funding that is being proposed.
The school board is requesting an additional $80,000 in instruction. I am actively seeking clarification as to the purpose of the additional funding from school board staff so I can make an educated and informed decision on behalf of the taxpayers and voters in the Maysville District. I also have outstanding questions that I would like more information on. I am dedicated to supporting our public schools and our teachers, staff, administrators, and, most importantly, our students, but I am also dedicated to fiscal accountability and responsibilityin order to keep our taxes low and fiscal burden on our residents at a minimum.
As always, you can email me at email@example.com, or call/text me at 434-390-7023. I encourage and hope you will reach out and call or email me.
First, I’d like to offer my thanks to County Administrator Rebecca Carter, Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Davis, and the entire staff in our County Administration for the hard, around-the-clock work they have been doing in response to COVID-19, protecting our staff and citizens. They truly deserve a big hand and tip of the hat, and please know they and we are working hard to protect our staff and citizens.
Tonight, along with discussing the proposed fiscal year budget (which will be addressed in the coming days), the Board of Supervisors voted to do the following:
Confirm a Declaration of Emergency for Buckingham County.
Change the deadline to purchase county decals from April 15 to April 30.
Enact new protocol and policies to limit face to face and physical interaction with the public and staff, including closing the offices in the County Administration Complex and adding a telephone to the entrance to the county building with department telephone numbers and extensions. Staff will remain in the building and in their respective departments to assist you via phone, mail and email.
Encourage use of the drop box for bill payment. This secure box is in front of the County Administration Complex.
We are encouraging online activity (i.e. bills) and telephone communication between the public and departments, including county staff mailing documents to citizens if need be.
Not cut off water and sewer for non payment from customers for 60 days.
Suspend the rules and bylaws of the Board to allow for greater flexibility and access. Please know this is an evolving process in response to an unprecedented public health crisis. This allows us to make some changes to how the board operates, including live-streaming our meetings, and establishing a committed telephone service and email to submit public comment in a manner to urge public not to attend our meetings unless directly involved in a matter before the board. Those submitted communications would be made part of the record.
Note that the Board of Supervisors is planning on holding all scheduled public meetings and meetings remain open to the public, though the board encourages those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms of the virus to not attend board meetings. Also take heed of any state or federal measures, including the governor’s limit on no more than 10 people in certain public places.
If you have any questions about any of this, or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact county staff, or email, call or text me at 434-390-7023 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, my friends, please know that we will get through this together. And we are all in this together. This too shall pass. Believe in your fellow man and woman, our God and Savior, and always have hope. The darkest of night is always right before the dawnbreaks.
We had a very productive March 9, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Below are some of the highlights. If you need more information about a topic, please contact me.
Regarding the VDOT Six Year Improvement Plan, we proposed preliminary adding Avon Road, Pembleton Road, Old Fort Road, Hill Top Road and Plantation Road to the plan for surface treatment. Hunters Road and Red Road (the second half, last mile closest to Route 60) are currently on the plan and will remain as these projects have been allocated funding. The Board will meet again next month to sort out which roads from our respective districts we will add. If you have any suggestions as to road improvements and issues in District Four, please contact me.
As noted last night, back in February, county staff, myself, representing Buckingham on the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC), and Economic Development Administration (EDA) Representative Lauren Stuldreher, as part of her visit to see Planning District 14 in tandem with our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Review (CEDS), met in Buckingham. This approval of the CEDS, which I predict will occur in the coming weeks, will be a huge step forward for Buckingham and CRC members.In addition, a CEDS is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD), which will allow us access to millions of dollars in money for economic development, infrastructure, small business development, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, etc.
UPDATE: As you are aware, COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is spreading across the state and has been across the U.S. and worldwide. There’s a great deal of concern and alarm about this virus, but I’d offer that the best thing we can do (to avoid this AND the flu and other illnesses) is wash our hands, avoid large crowds, and limit contact with those who are ill or have medical issues. Today county staff put issued a notification email, text and call regarding COVID-19 and resources to empower our citizens to stay well. Please know our county staff are working with numerous agencies, namely the Virginia Department of Health, to ensure our safety and security. You can find more information about the state’s response, including the closure of Virginia’s public schools for two weeks, at www.buckinghamcountyva.org.
UPDATE: The Planning Commission Meeting has been canceled for March 16th.
The Board of Supervisors is entering the budget season for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. As you know, much of what we do hinges on the actions of the General Assembly and their biennial budget, which will be voted on Thursday. I have been following this very closely, and there are many advantages and disadvantages to what the Governor, House of Delegates, and Senate are proposing. I will continue to update you on this. The Board will meet with the School Board on March 18 at 5 p.m. in the county administration complex, which will be followed by our budget work session at 6 p.m. I encourage you to attend if you have interest in how your money (tax dollars) are being spent! As I said during the campaign, I am committed to keeping our tax rates low and growing our tax base with new businesses while keeping an eye on ALL expenditures.
We had a handful of speakers during public comment, some of whom spoke about their opposition to the proposed ACP, support for Second Amendment Rights, and their disapproval of actions of the Virginia Legislature. If you ever wish to speak before the Board of Supervisors, please arrive to the meeting at least 5-7 minutes before 6 p.m. to sign up for comment in the lobby. I encourage public comment during our meetings.
Ashley Shumaker was appointed to the Planning Commission to Represent District 2.
We approved the release (which was already budgeted) of $50,000 to the Buckingham Volunteer Rescue Squad. This allocation was review was recommended by the Rescue Squad Committee, which includes county supervisors.
As always, should you have any questions or concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to call me or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at email@example.com, or stop by and visit me. I’d love to hear from you.
We’re headed out of what seems to be an easy winter and a fast spring in Buckingham, and your Buckingham Board of Supervisors has a busy agenda coming up for our 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 in the Peter Francisco Auditorium at the County Administration Complex. I hope you can attend!
Before the 6 p.m. meeting, the Board will meet with VDOT at 5 p.m. to consider amending our Six Year Improvement Plan for state roads. I have many unpaved roads, including Red Road, Avon Road, Hunters Road, Knights View Lane, and others I plan on addressing with VDOT. If you have any road concerns, please contact me.
Items for consideration or action include a presentation to the family of the late Sallie Atkinson Mowbray, a special use permit for a commercial garage and sale of ag-related equipment on Meadow Creek Road, road matters (see above), an update on the fire department’s tractor pull plans for this year, a budget request from Piedmont Senior Resources, consideration of releasing funding for the Buckingham County Rescue Squad, and an update from our Noise Ordinance Committee.
I am happy to speak with you before the meeting about any agenda items.
Talking with and learning about our most important asset…our young people
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to tour the Primary and Elementary School, the Middle School and the Pre-School in Buckingham. Learning about the needs and successes of our public schools is so important, especially as we enter the season of the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.
I am an ardent supporter of our public schools here in rural Virginia, with a focus on being financially prudent and responsible with an emphasis on keeping our taxes low.
CVEC is expanding rural broadband in Buckingham and Central Virginia
In case you missed the big news, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is expanding broadband internet in Buckingham and many other counties with using a $28 million USDA ReConnect Grant. Buckingham will see the first signs of expansion under this program.
This is great news for all of us here in Buckingham County and for CVEC’s customers and I am proud to support this great effort in getting high speed fiber optic broadband, not only to the Maysville District, but across Buckingham. This infrastructure will surely lead to more businesses locating here, more students able to complete research and do their homework more efficiently, more teleworking, and more growth overall in our county.
We are so grateful to CVEC, the USDA, our county staff, and everyone else who has worked so long and hard for this great milestone!
Progress at Sewer Expansion at Sprouse’s Corner at Routes 15 and 60
Work is progressing very well at Sprouse’s Corner with the expansion and installation of sewer capacity for the four corners at that Route 15 and Route 60 intersection.
This will bring more businesses and industry to this vital intersection in our community and Buckingham.
Before sewer was expanded at the intersection of Routes 20 and 15, there was little to no business and industry. Since sewer was installed there, we have seen Food Lion, Lucky’s, Farmer’s Bank, McDonald’s, and many other small and local businesses open up shop. I am confident the same will happen at Sprouse’s Corner once our project is complete!
Should you have any questions, concerns, comments or would like to discuss more, please do not hesitate to contact me at 434-390-7023 (call/text), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by my house on Route 60.
Months ago, it came to my attention that many landowners and homeowners in the Maysville District/District Four were concerned about their “Notice of 2020 Real Estate Assessment Change” from the County Reassessment Office, notably the increases in assessed values.
If you, as a taxpayer and homeowner or landowner, take issue with the assessment increase or decrease — I cannot stress this point enough — it is of the utmost importance for you to follow and understand the process by which you can appeal the assessment value.
The quick and short of it is that your values ARE NOT set in stone yet. Once the reassessment is completed, the values set by the assessors become the values used for taxing, subject to such changes can be made. You may appeal your assessment in writing or through a hearing with the Board of Equalization. The goal is of the assessment to maintain accuracy and consistency and to reflect current real estate market conditions.
According the Code of Virginia, the Board of Supervisors has no legal concern with the reassessment procedure. After the conclusion of the reassessment process, and during the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget cycle process, the Board of Supervisors will exercise its duty to set the tax rates for real estate, personal property, etc. for the fiscal year budget, and the real estate tax rate is contingent on the values set by the assessors.
Working hard for Broadband and high speed internet
Buckingham County has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology’s Virginia Commonwealth Connect Broadband Team to work toward having more residents connected to high speed internet. This is a step in the right direction and one that I campaigned on and advocated for, toward empowering more residents, school children, and business owners to have the access they need to internet that will allow them to study and research, do business and sell products, and connect with each other.
In addition, Buckingham County has joined forces with the Virginia Local Broadband Network. This initiative is intended to serve as a platform for local broadband leaders to communicate, share strategies, and work with the Governor’s broadband team directly. I thank county staff for their hard work in pursuing these options.
CRC Project Updates
I am very proud to represent Buckingham County on the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC) as a voting member of the council and its treasurer. We met Wednesday morning in Farmville to discuss project updates, planning activities, grant applications, and other regional matters.
The CRC provides a variety of technical and program services to member local governments. They include grant application assistance, management services for program implementation, development/update of Comprehensive Plans, transportation planning, and land mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) services.
With the CRC’s direct assistance, the Town of Dillwyn is under contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for an awarded grant for a housing rehabilitation project. The two remaining homes as part of this grant funded project, will be put to bid once all inspections and ownership has been resolved. Also, as part of Dillwyn’s Phase IV Extended/Phase V of its VDOT funded Streetscape Project, once cost estimates have been worked out, the revised work plans and cost estimate will be submitted to VDOT for approval to advertise the project.
Route 60 Closure
I’d like to give a big hand, thank and commend Central Virginia Maintenance and Pipeline Services, Transco Pipeline, VDOT, our local and state law enforcement, and others involved in getting the pipeline that crosses Route 60 at Whispering Creek completed so soon this month. Despite heavy rain, crews worked around the clock, literally 24 hours a day, to get the job done and on time! Many thanks to them for their hard work.
Survey regarding small business spaces
Attention all small business owners, freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, craftspeople, and creatives. Mid-Atlantic Broadband and GoVirginia need community input on proposed innovative office space in Southern Virginia. Those who take the survey have the option to remain anonymous or to be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card. The survey is available exclusively online at www.investsova.com/survey. This study is designed to gauge whether or not there is a need for additional coworking and makerspaces, the spaces’ desired offerings, and also the amount people would be willing to pay as a member or occasional user of such a space. This region-wide study of market demand for coworking and makerspaces is being conducted by The Institute for Service Research, a full service market research and economic modeling firm with extensive experience in Southern Virginia. The study is part of a larger innovation and entrepreneurship strategy being developed by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) and Longwood University supported by funding by GO Virginia Region 3. MBC and Longwood are urging people who plan to relocate or who currently work or live in the Southern Virginia Tobacco Region to complete the survey. The region includes Buckingham County.
We had a long but very productive Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020! We heard from many, many people, and took actions to continue to promote business growth and better protect the citizens of our county. Below is a summary of actions we took. If you want more information from the full board agenda, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I offered the motion, which passed unanimously, to appoint myself, District Three Supervisor Don Matthews, key county staff, Ron Hudgins (representing Kyanite), and businessmen and woman Sandra Moss, Keith Steger, Pete Kapuscinski, and Gary Cline to the newly-appointed Buckingham Business Development Committee. Zoning and Planning Administrator and Community Development Director Nicci Edmondston will serve as chairman of this facility. I am very proud of this initiative that Supervisor Matthews and I have been working on over the past several weeks. As I said Monday night, in Buckingham, though we face challenges like any other rural Virginia locality, we have lots to be excited for, and that is our upcoming review and rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan, which guides our future and details what we want the county to look like; the great potential of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, especially with regards to the gas tap; and the new position that Nicci Edmondston is filling in terms of her role in growing our economic development.
We graciously accepted another $200,000 donation from CAT Action Team to go toward efforts to improve our current Animal Control Facility.
Katie Lewis, who lives on Knights View Lane in the subdivision between the high school and middle school off of High School Road, proposed that the county take in the private road into the VDOT State Roadway System. VDOT will review this and report back.
My motion to adopt a resolution in honor and memory of the late Sallie Atkinson Mowbray passed unanimously.
The board unanimously adopted a motion I offered to allow the Sheriff’s Office to use a small portion of the former Love Landfill off of Andersonville Road for the purposes of a Shooting Range for only law enforcement officers. See details on the proposal on page 69 here. I visited all 20-plus homes that would be closest to the proposed shooting range along Andersonville Road, and an overwhelming majority were supportive of the Shooting Range, but some were concerned about noise. We did not vote on any funding or funding mechanisms, but only to allow permission to use the property (county owned) for this purpose. See below for answers to questions you all who I visited over the weekend posed.
I would like to thank you for the support you are giving to the Sheriff’s Office and the time you’ve taking to speak with the citizens along Andersonville Rd. This email is to address your concerns about the proposed firing range.
The noise issue will be dampened greatly by the 12’ feet tall berms and the trees surrounding the range. The closest residence to the range is 718 yards away. At that distance, only a faint “pop” will be heard from each round fired. No training at the proposed range will violate the county noise ordinance. Aside from building an indoor shooting range, the design of the range is the best we can do to eliminate as much noise as possible. As for notifying the residents surrounding the range when is in use. The standard operating procedure is to place a red flag and signage indicating “Range In Use” at the front entrance to the landfill on Andersonville Rd.
All Sheriff’s Deputies are issued a pistol (40 cal.), patrol rifle (223 cal.) and a shotgun (12 Ga). As directed by DCJS, each Deputy most qualify with all three firearms. Firearms qualification will take place 4 times a year that will also include night time qualification. However, specialized firearms training will be conducted as well. This type of training will include training with other Law Enforcement Agencies such as Virginia State Police and Conservation Police as well as Animal Control Officers. Other types of range use will consist of test firing firearms that have been repaired prior to re-issue and required firearms re-qualification once a Deputy has returned to duty after an injury. Also testing of new firearms and ammunition. In the event a new Deputy is hired, that Deputy will have to qualify with all three firearms prior to duty assignment or prior to attending the Police training academy.
Unless things change in the future, only Law Enforcement and Animal Control Officers will be training on the range and a DCJS certified firearms instructor will be on site during all range use. According to EPA guidelines, no vapor barrier is needed unless we decide to construct a permanent structure that will be inhabited by humans.
As to lead deposits at the range, the EPA does not consider lead discharged into dirt berms as hazardous waste until the range is no longer in use and the lead is not cleaned up. A lead abatement process needs to be in place in the event the range is shut down for whatever reason. The EPA has addressed this issue in the Best Management Practices guidelines. This abatement can be handled in a few different ways. First, a lead abatement company can be hired to separate the lead from the soil. Once cleaned up the soil will be redeposited on the berms and the lead sold to a recycling center. Average cost for an abatement company is upwards of $30,000 for berms containing at least 1 million rounds of ammunition. At the current staff of the Sheriff’s Office, it would take approximately 20 years before the agency would fire a million rounds into the soil. Second option is to rent a shakerscreener on an 8 to 10 year interval and use county employees as well as county equipment to recover the lead and redeposit the soil. This will allow for the county to sell the lead to a recycle center. Rental costs for the shaker varies. Third option is to purchase our own shaker and use county equipment and manpower to clean the berms as needed. The cost of a shaker the size we would need is approximately $12,000.
The board approved Stephanie Rainey Roach, a realtor and former construction business owner, to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals, representing the Maysville District. I am proud to have nominated her.
The board made additional appointments to our Ad Hoc Noise Ordinance Committee, which include Supervisor Joe Chambers and Supervisor Donnie Bryan, the sheriff, citizen Eddie Slagle, and other county staff. We have heard from you on this subject and are taking action.
During discussion on inviting the School Board to a joint meeting at 5 p.m. on March 18, 2020, I noted that I would like school officials, not only to bring budgetary plans and narratives, but also to offer the Board of Supervisors insight into their past and foretasted division enrollment of students, along with efforts for all schools to reach full accreditation. I think these factors are crucial and vital when planning ahead for the future and budgeting. I am very much-pro education and I think public education is the great equalizer, and I want to see the successes of our schools and how they can be aided as well. I look forward to a robust conversation with the school board in March.
During the VDOT portion of the meeting, I brought up the following road issues:
Median sign down on 15 head north at Sprouse’s Corner
Walton’s bridge status on 602
Red Road project (the other half of the roadway will have to come from Rural Rustic funds, which I plan on putting forth for consideration in the Six Year Improvement Plan).
Rough patches and pot holes on Spencer road at Ranson Road and at bridge on Spencer road
Width of bridge over Rosney Creek. VDOT says the bridge was built to VDOT Specs.
Ten people spoke during the public comment period. Topics included our Second Amendment Rights, which I support, the solid waste facilities, the new library, litter and junk cars, and the Colonial Pipeline improvement project that is resulting in the detour this week.
CTE & Electives Open House –Buckingham County High School is having a CTE and Electives Open House for 8th graders and their parents on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Click on the Read More link for details.
Buckingham Preschool Registration — Buckingham Preschool is holding its registration on Friday, March 13, 2020, and Friday, March 20, 2020. For times and additional requirements, please click on the Read More link.
Tonight, I had the pleasure of representing Buckingham County at the Rural Virginia Legislative Caucus Reception in Richmond, where I was able to meet with state officials and state senators regarding broadband, support for agriculture, agriculture diversification, and many other topics.
As always, should you need any assistance with any issue or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 434-390-7023 or email me at email@example.com.
As part of a planned maintenance project, part of Route 60 will be closed in February due to Colonial Pipeline’s scheduled work.
The road closure will be temporary, planned between Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. through Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.
The project will include excavation of pipe of the pipeline, conducting maintenance work required, and restoring the road way and property.
Between these times, VDOT will close Route 60 between Rosney Road and Scotts Bottom Road. If inclement weather delays this project, the project may include Feb. 15 and 16.
During this work, traffic will be diverted using Route 15 to Bell Road, Main Street, and Scotts Bottom Road. Local traffic can still use Route 60 for access, except for the area between Rosney Road and Scotts Bottom Road.
Below are the letter from Colonial Pipeline and maps of the impacted area.
First, as I was jogging today, it (again) dawned on me how blessed and proud I am to represent you and your families in the Maysville District on the Buckingham Board of Supervisors. I thank God and you all for this opportunity. I hope you know it is truly my honor to be your voice on the board, and to do that successfully, I need to hear from you on what’s important to you and your family. Please never hesitate to call/text me at 434-390-7023 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit me at my home (13170 W. James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham).
During our meeting on Monday, I expressed my desire, while representing and working hard for you and District Four on the board, my commitment in working with my fellow board members as a team. I seek to learn from my fellow supervisors and to represent your values and interests in the Maysville District.
Board Actions from January 13, 2020
If you have any questions or concerns about the following or anything I didn’t cover on the agenda (see prior post/email), please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The board appointed District Five Supervisor Harry Bryant as Chairman and District Three Supervisor Don Matthews as Vice-Chairman. The board also adopted bylaws (operating rules).
The board a public hearing planned regarding a zoning text amendment (regarding private parks and playgrounds).
During VDOT matters, I brought up the issues, among others, you have told me about Red Road and the need to complete the surface treatment on the Route 60 end. VDOT also addressed a petition presented by Jessy Warner, signed by many residents and neighbors on Route 15 near Sprouse’s Corner, about extending the 45 MPH speed limit from just south of Sprouse’s Corner to Andersonville Road, which I support. VDOT will perform a traffic study and return in about two months with results.
Robinson, Farmer & Cox reported on their financial audit regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit, which was returned with an unmodified or “clean” audit.
There were many committee appointments, and I am proud to say that I will represent District 4 on the Utilities (Sewer and Water) Committee, and will represent Buckingham on the Commonwealth Regional Council (where today I was appointed Treasurer) and on the Crossroads Community Services Board (CSB).
I also voted in favor of creating two new committees: One in which to create to form a committee to draw new businesses and industry into the county and better market our county, which I offered the motion for, and another to address recycling needs across the county. Expanded recycling is one issue that many of you brought up during the campaign, and I am proud to support this.
The Board voted in favor of a request for an easement from the engineer who is designing the utilities for the new hotel on Wingo Road off of Route 15 that they needed for the purpose of a sewer lateral. This project will invest more than $6 million into our county and bring several jobs with it.
I also voted in favor of resolutions to memorialize the late Brady Jones and to honor Dan Senger.
Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Davis, along with District One Supervisor Bobby Jones, offered a report from the Amish Safety Committee. Their report was extensive, and their work has included proposed actions, such as more signage, vehicle reminder stickers, the Amish considering additional white or amber strobes on rear of buggies, a comprehensive “Share the Road” educational campaign, distributions of literature with county decal purchases, partnering with the school division to include additional curriculum in driver’s education courses, and holding a “Safety Day” in conjunction with Historic Buckingham’s Mayfest in May of this year. I expressed my support for these innovative measures in that distracted driving is the root of many of these issues, which not only include horses and buggies, but joggers, tractors, walkers, bicyclists, and other slow moving vehicles.The Amish community is going to be polled for these and various ideasto improve their safety and ours.
I expressed concern, which was shared by the board, regarding bills being considered by the Virginia General Assembly that would result in less control by localities, especially rural counties, amid the growth and expansion of solar farms in our county and region. I will address that in another post.
As always, should you need any assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
There is work being performed as part of an exciting project at Sprouse’s Corner. This is a project that has been very long in the works. This is an over $1.2 million project that will not only bring businesses to this area, but a project is not being paid for by county taxpayers, but other granted funds the county has been seeking over the past several years. Photo below. After water and sewer were expanded to the Route 20 and 15 intersection, several businesses came. I am confident the same will happen at Sprouse’s Corner.