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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: Approved 149.5 MW Solar Facility, Siting Agreement, EMS Update, New Planning Commissioner, Anti Litter Success, Upcoming Town Hall Meeting with CenturyLink

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 most recent Monday, Nov. 6 Board Meeting, including information about an approved 149.5 megawatt solar facility in northeastern Buckingham, a siting agreement for the project, appointment of a new Planning Commissioner for the Maysville District, introduction of two very small-scale solar facilities, an update on our successes with the Anti-Litter Task Force, our next Town Hall meeting in December where CenturyLink will attend, an update from our EMS Department (Rescue Squad Transition), and various other updates.

149.5 Megawatt Solar Facility, Siting Agreement Approved

On last Monday, we voted 4-2, following a very lengthy public hearing, to approve of a 149.5 megawatt solar facility that would be sited on roughly 2,000 acres in northeastern Buckingham County. The solar panels would encompass about 900 acres of the 2,000.

I intently listened to and read all submitted comments from the public during the meeting, and engaged with landowners and those with concerns and supporters of the project. The numerous conditions and rules we have approved and the siting agreement for Riverstone go above and beyond in ensuring that this project will ensure the protection of the environment and the well-being of those who live near the project’s footprint. These include a 350-foot setback from existing residences, buffers within and around the entire project, strict erosion and storm water control measures, wildlife corridors, numerous runoff basins, and third party, professional consultants to review all plans before construction. Additionally, this is clean, green energy and Buckingham will benefit from this project. Solar energy is clean, safe, and ecologically beneficial. The project will emit no carbon pollution, release no heavy metals, acid gases or small particles, and require no water to operate.

Riverstone Solar represents an initial capital investment of about $190 million. Based on the county’s adoption of the revenue share ordinance option, it is estimated that the project will initially contribute about $209,000 per year. This amount will escalate by 10 percent every five years, with the total county revenue under the revenue share anticipated to be about $12.7 million over the project’s 40 year life. Additionally, the project will contribute real estate taxes that are estimated to be around $2.1 million over the project’s 40 year life. We also voted 4-2 on the siting agreement, which memorializes many of the financial benefits of the project, including professional, third party reviews of the project.

Riverstone will create about 480 full-time equivalent positions during construction, many positions of which will be targeted for Buckingham County residents, representing about $24.3 million in wages in our county’s construction sector. Once operational, Riverstone will provide more than 355,400 megawatts of clean, green energy to the local transmission grid, which is enough to power about 30,000 homes annually. Several full time jobs will be created after construction, which, again, will be targeted toward hiring Buckingham residents.

To read more about the numerous conditions we placed on the project, follow this link: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php.

Hearings Set for December on Small Scale Solar Projects

On Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 at 6 PM, we will hear from the public on two small scale 2 megawatt solar projects proposed by Impact Power Solutions — one on Gravel Hill Road and the second off of Route 20. Each project is proposed to have about 26 conditions on the facilities. The first is about 36 acres and the second is 21 acres, and both are being termed “Community Solar Gardens.”

EMS Transition Update

On last Monday, we received an update from EMS Chief Cody Davis, as to the transition we are deeply in with a new county department and many new county staff responsible for emergency medical services.

In the past two months, the department has fielded 446 calls for care, resulting in 394 treatments/evaluations, and 52 canceled or refused calls. During that same time, the new transition has seen roughly $452,327 in income, which is outstanding and overperforming budget expectation. I am very proud of the work our county staff and the EMS Committee and the Board have invested into this new venture. I have heard many stories, including one involving a member of my family, regarding the fast, professional care shown by our EMS department.

Litter Pickups in 2021 Net 440 Bags off Buckingham’s Roadways; Fall Clean Up sees 180 Bags Collected

The Buckingham County Anti-Litter Task Force recently celebrated another successful roadside clean up, one that netted 180 bags of litter being collected.
“We are so proud of the efforts of the 11 groups and 70 people who picked up litter along our roadways and volunteered their time and energy,” said Board of Supervisors’ Vice-Chairman and District Four Supervisor Thomas Jordan Miles III, who serves on the Task Force. “We all see the trash along the roads and it is up to us to do something about it and to make changes, and the Task Force helping fix this problem.”

The First Place Award went to St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Second Place went to Buckingham Branch Railroad, and Third Place went to Shawn Miller.

Miles also offered thanks to members of the Task Force, who all worked hard to recruit, organize, publicize, and make the effort a success. “We owe a great deal to Liz Jones, our main contact for volunteers who worked hard to process applications and hand out bags and grabbers, and Roger Eitelman, with Keep Virginia Beautiful who helped us organize and inspired us.”

New Planning Commissioner

After many years of service to Buckingham County, Dabney Crews’ term on the Planning Commission has expired. On a unanimous vote on last Monday, we appointed J.D. Crews to fill his position. J.D. is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and is an active cattle farmer, and has used many innovative ways to do business. He also serves on the Buckingham Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and the Farm Service Agency Board of Directors. I have confidence he will do an outstanding job in this new role.

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

Our final Town Hall Meeting of 2021 will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7 PM via call in, Facebook Live, and Zoom. See more details as how to attend below. Many representatives will join us, namely CenturyLink, whom I met with today.

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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. You can also come see me at my house at 13170 West
James Anderson Highway, Buckingham, Virginia 23921.

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-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, Nov. 8, 2021 Meeting at 6 PM

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 Monday include: A public hearing on the roughly 150 megawatt solar project on about 2,000 acres of property in Northern Buckingham (which I visited today for a lengthy period of time, which now has new, and more restrictive proposed conditions to ensure the quality of life for residents and landowners there), a new request for a public hearing for a much more small-scale solar facility, a Planning Commission appointment for District 7 and our Maysville District, an update on the redistricting process, and an update on our EMS Department (Rescue Squad Transition).

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, 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. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of
    Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to
    500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to
    publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to
    500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played
    to the board by calling 434-969-5039

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.

Ongoing Dialogue with CenturyLink

As you know, I have been fighting hard to get CenturyLink to restore telephone and internet outages, but more importantly, upgrade their infrastructure.

This week, I had a productive meeting with the CenturyLink/Lumen representative during the Governor’s Rural Summit at Longwood University regarding upgrading their infrastructure, funding sources for enhanced services, and expanded maintenance for existing clients. I was pleased with our discussion and am hopeful for additional investment in infrastructure and fewer telephone outages.

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

Vice-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

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Services Move to Buckingham County

(DILLWYN, VA)  — Effective October 25, the Piedmont Health District will move its free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing services to the Buckingham County Library and Community Center, located at 16268 N. James Madison Hwy.. This testing event will replace the one previously offered at Southside Virginia Community College in Keysville.  Testing will be available every Monday from October 25 to November 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Testing remains an important tool to help identify individuals with illness, protect those around them and monitor trends in COVID-19 infections.” said Piedmont Health Director Maria Almond, MD, MPH. “We move around our community testing events based on need in our communities.”

This event is a drive-thru event. Those seeking tests from a vehicle should sit near a window. Walk-ups are accepted. Tests are available on a first-come, first-served basis and at no cost to the patient. No insurance needed. No appointment or advanced registration needed.

The testing event will use the three-day PCR test. A rapid test option is not available. Testing is available to all ages. However, a parent or guardian should accompany anyone under 18 years old.

To protect yourself and healthcare workers, wear a cloth face covering or mask. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people at all times. Be sure to tell the testing providers if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, deep cough or shortness of breath, or believe that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

VDH recommends that the following people be tested for COVID-19:

  • Those with symptoms or signs of COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Those who have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19.
    • Fully vaccinated people should be tested three to five days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately after an exposure, and again five to seven days following exposure if the first test is negative.
  • Those who participate in activities that are higher risk for COVID-19 exposure (e.g. travel, attending large events where social distancing is not possible, or being in crowded indoor settings).
  • Those who have been referred for COVID-19 testing by their healthcare provider or the health department.
  • Those who plan to travel or who have recently returned from travel with some exceptions for fully vaccinated people.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated and who plan to visit people at high risk of developing severe COVID-19.

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“It’s critical that we reserve our hospital emergency rooms and rescue squads for medical emergencies, so if you’re seeking a COVID test and it is not an emergency, please utilize our community testing events or testing at one of our retail pharmacy partners,” Dr. Almond said.

For more information about this event, call (434) 392-3984. For questions about COVID-19 testing or a list of testing locations, visit the VDH website or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Maysville Voice: Recap of Our October BOS Meeting

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.

Here are some of the highlights from our Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting (which can be viewed on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA):

  • We heard from many concerned citizens regarding the nearly 2,000 acre Riverstone solar facility being proposed by Apex Energy. You can find more information about the project here. Some inquiries I offered were regarding amending the 50 foot vegetative buffer to 100 feet in a universal manner, making pile driving only Monday-Friday, rather than Monday-Saturday, and storm water runoff considerations. I am confident Apex Energy will addresses these matters and those brought forth by concerned citizens.
  • The Riverstone project would represent an investment of about $190 million in Buckingham, according to a presentation from the company. The project capacity would be 149.5 megawatts, resulting in about 482 FTE seasonal construction jobs, and would offset 277,709 metric tons per year of CO2. Up to 30,000 homes per year would see the results of the proposed electrical production.
  • We approved the request for a 199’ cellular tower in northern Buckingham that would serve Verizon customers and, in the future, other cell providers.
  • Chairman Matthews and I were appointed to the committee to oversee the construction of a new Animal Control Facility.
  • We heard an exciting update from FireFly/Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. According to the presentation, 78 percent of the locations in the Tower Hill Substation have signed up for better broadband service, and construction and in home connections are underway. Regarding the Mt. Rush Substation, much of which covers our Maysville District, fiber construction is complete on the south and west circuits and will be completed soon north circuit up Howardsville Road. Fiber is being spliced to completed circuits and connections are underway along Union Church and Perkins Mill Road. About 49 percent of locations have signed up for service and FireFly expects that to increase as more connections become available.
  • The Board approved a solar revenue sharing ordinance.
  • We agreed to a contract for engineering with Architectural Partners for repairs to the old portion of the Courthouse for $74,105, originally $88,135, saving taxpayers around $14,000. This was a fiscally prudent and conservative approach, which I supported.

Our November meeting is usually held on the second Tuesday of the month, however, next month, our meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month, which is Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. I hope you will consider attending in person or joining us via YouTube.

Continued Outages with CenturyLink

As you know, I have been leaning in and fighting hard to get CenturyLink to restore telephone and internet outages that have been persistent in our county, but more so for the company to replace its failing infrastructure. Here are some links to 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/

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

Vice-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. 12 BOS Meeting

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: An update on The Firefly project from CVEC, a public hearing on a 199’ cellular tower in northern Buckingham and a public hearing on revenue sharing with solar projects, introduction of a case from the Planning Commission regarding a nearly 2,000 acre solar facility off Bridgeport Road, forming a new committee to oversee the construction/renovation of our animal control facility, and authorization of a contract for repairs to the older portion of the courthouse.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, NOT TOMORROW BECAUSE OF COLUMBUS DAY, 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. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039

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.

Continued Outages with CenturyLink

As you know, I have been leaning in and fighting hard to get CenturyLink to restore telephone and internet outages that have been persistent in our county, but more so for the company to replace its failing infrastructure. Here are some links to media coverage of that effort.

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

https://ilovecville.com/jordanmilesandleahpuryear/

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/

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 Vice-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

 

 

 

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing September 10 in Farmville

(Farmville, Virginia)  — The Piedmont Health District will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing Friday, September 10 at the at Prince Edward Farmville Youth Association Gymnasium at 2750 Layne Street, Farmville from 10 am. to 2 p.m. or until supplies run out.

“We are pleased to bring this testing event to our community and encourage residents to come get tested. Test results from this community-wide testing event will give us a good indicator of the prevalence of the disease in our community,” said Acting Piedmont Health District Director Sulola Adekoya, M.D., MPH.

This event is a drive-thru event, but walk-ups are accepted. Testing is available to all ages.  However, a parent or guardian should accompany anyone under 18 years old. Those seeking tests from a vehicle should sit near a window.

Tests are available on a first-come, first-served basis and no cost to the patient. No insurance is needed. No appointment is needed.

To protect yourself and healthcare workers, wear a cloth face covering or mask. Keep at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people at all times. Be sure to tell the testing providers if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, deep cough or shortness of breath, or believe that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

To lower the risk of spreading respiratory infections, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages everyone to:

·       Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are at higher risk of serious illness. If you must go out in public, wear a cloth face covering;

·       Stay home when you are sick;

·       Avoid contact with sick people;

·       Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;

·       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer ONLY if soap and water are not available;

·       Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;

·       Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;

·       If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor;

·       Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of space between yourself and other individuals when out in public; and avoid crowds of people.

For more information about this event, call (434) 392-3984. Information on COVID-19 in Virginia is available at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Meeting; Dillwyn Solid Waste Site IS OPEN; Town Hall Meeting; CenturyLink; Mum Sale at BCHS; Tobacco Commission News

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.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 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/9lI-wnJjvc0.

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. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039

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.

Dillwyn Recycling Center is OPEN!

The Dillwyn Recycling Center is open, despite the planned construction, which will greatly improve the site. Concrete has been poured in some areas, which is resulting in a new traffic pattern. Please proceed with caution when entering and exciting the facility as crews are pouring concrete, moving dirt, and working to result in that site being more efficient for the taxpayers of Buckingham.

Topics Set to be Covered and Addressed During Our Meeting

On Monday, we’ll address and cover many topics, including the following, all of which can be found in the link above to our Board Meeting Packet.

  • An ordinance regarding revenue sharing for solar farms.
  • Two Zoning Cases: One for the purposes of a Zoning Map Amendment and Rezoning for a Non Retail Office Space and Other Permitted Uses on Route 15 South near Sheppards, and a Special Use Permit for a 199′ cell tower off 602 near the James River.
  • Resignation of Alice T. Gormus (whom I thank for her tireless service) to the Planning Commission and new appointment.
  • Appointment or Reappointment of Dabney Crews to the Planning Commission for the Maysville District.
  • Carryover request from the Health Department.
  • Sheriff’s department bonuses and additional full time employees.
  • Entering into a contract to determine the repairs needed to the retention wall and improvement of the old part of the courthouse.
  • And funding the forensic audit of Crossroads Community Services Board.

Continued, Lingering Issues with CenturyLink

I have fielded and continue to field a large number of calls, texts, and emails about issues with outages from those of you who use CenturyLink for phone and internet. This is not a new problem, but it is one I intend to see resolved with improvement for the ratepayers and taxpayers of Buckingham County. This issue has lingered all too long, for especially the most vulnerable in our communities: older adults on fixed incomes, who pay their telephone bills despite continued outages, in addition to our working parents and school children. I have pressed and leaned in on them on improving their infrastructure and invited them to our upcoming town hall meeting (see below) to discuss these issues. The people of Buckingham County deserve better and I am determined they will get better.

Upcoming September Virtual Town Hall Meeting — CenturyLink has been invited; state leaders and School Board Member Joii Goodman to attend

Join us Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at 10 AM via call in and Zoom and Facebook live for our quarterly town hall meeting for the constituents of the Maysville District! Hear from Supervisor Jordan Miles, and other agencies on updates and community events. Confirmed now are Del. Matt Farris and School Board Rep. Joii Goodman. CenturyLink has been invited, but has not yet responded.

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Mum Sale at BCHS

BCHS is excited to offer mums for sale this year! We will only be selling by pre-order this year. The mums are in 7-inch pots at $6 each with the colors red, yellow, orange, white, purple, and bronze available. You may use the 2021 Mum Order Form to place your order by September 15th and pickup will be on September 20th and 21st.   We are asking that you come between 3:15 pm and 4 pm if possible on those dates. We appreciate your support of the BCHS FFA and Horticulture Department.

Tobacco Commission Updates

As the region’s representative on the Virginia Tobacco Commission, I am responsible for updating you on our actions and decisions. See the below link for more information. Contact me with any questions or concerns.

https://mailchi.mp/tic/tobacco-commission-holds-spring-meeting

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

Vice-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 August 9, 2021 Meeting

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.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021 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/9lI-wnJjvc0.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: 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 or by using the following methods:

  1. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  4. 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.

Work Begins at Dillwyn Recycling Center

As you can see in the image above, Pearson Construction Inc. has started renovation work of the Dillwyn Recycling Center as we modernize the center to mirror what others look like in terms of a secure, gated recycling center for the residents of Buckingham County. This is our last solid waste site that we are modernizing, hence saving our tax dollars in removing the out-of-county and commercial abuse at the sites. I ask our county residents to be patient as the project may result in uncomfortable traffic patterns and changes as the project progresses.

Public Hearings for the Purposes of Rezoning

The Board will hold two public hearings for the purposes of rezoning: One regarding a property on Route 15 South, rezoning it from A1 to B1 for non-retail office space and other permitted uses, and a second, A1 to Industrial-Heavy M-2 for the purpose of Zoning Consistency and Continuation of Mining. The first applicant is from Shelly Mays Couch, and the second is Kyanite Mining Corp.

Firefly Broadband Funding Request

On Monday, we will hear a funding request from Firefly, a subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, in an effort to provide access to broadband internet to those who are underserved Dominion Energy customers. The Committee on Finance also met with Firefly regarding their request and coverage area they are set to provide broadband to.

I find this to be an exciting project to better connect underserved businesses, homes, and those in need of better internet to conduct business.

Other Items to be Discussed

The Board of Supervisors will also consider redistricting procedures and operations, budget adjustments from the sheriff’s office, a report from the Buckingham Fireman’s Association as to the success of the Tractor Pull, a potential appointment to the Piedmont Regional Jail Authority Board, an update on the Courthouse Renovation Committee, and other items, which can be found in our board packet/agenda.

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

Vice-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 July 12, 2021 BOS Meeting at 6 PM, Town Hall Meeting, Crossroads CSB News

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.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021 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/9lI-wnJjvc0.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: 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 or by using the following methods:

  1. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  4. 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.

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting on July 17

Our second Maysville District Town Hall Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9:30 AM. This will be a virtual event via Facebook live, Zoom, and telephone. I hope you can attend or view the Town Hall meeting recording. We will cover the actions of our July 12 Board Meeting, and many other county projects and informational items. Details are below:

Click here to join with video live: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84360463953, or call in at 1-301-715-8592, meeting ID is 843 6046 3953. You can also join us via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/.

Updates Regarding Crossroads Community Services Board (CSB)

If you’ve been following the news regarding Crossroads CSB, there has been a lot of coverage regarding actions of the agency, which I serve as a voting member of representing Buckingham County. Below are news links regarding the actions we have taken to better protect a segment of our most vulnerable population at risk — those dealing with substance abuse, mental health, intellectual and developmental disability issues.

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

Vice-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: Karl Carter appointed County Administrator of Buckingham County

I am excited to announce that, effective July 1, 2021, Karl R. Carter will serve as County Administrator of Buckingham County.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday, June 14, 2021 to appoint Carter, our current Assistant County Administrator, to the top county position. The board also unanimously agreed to advertise for the soon-to-be vacant position of Finance Director.

Mr. Carter, who possesses a wealth of county government skills, knowledge and talents, has served with the county for 15 years, starting as Finance Director, transitioning to Assistant County Administrator approximately 8 years ago. He has played an integral role in many successful projects and transitions, notably his involvement in the county budget and county finances, and supervision of other departments outside of finance.

I am excited to work with Mr. Carter in his new role come July! Please join me in congratulating him.