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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.

Statement on Commercial Core Drilling

The action we took as the result of the motion I offered does not mean a gold mine is coming to Buckingham County. Let’s make that clear. My motion was a compromise to protect private property and environmental rights while remaining business-friendly. 

Our action was to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow a common activity to be permitted — core drilling for commercial purposes. We heard from numerous experts from state agencies and groups, including the Department of Mines, Mineral and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality, that stated this is a common and safe practice. I’ve seen core samples and they’re about three inches in diameter, and can vary in depth depending on the exploration. My motion was to define commercial core drilling as the exploration for the material, including but not limited to, mineral, stone, gas or rock, for commercial purposes, by core sampling/drilling and allow it as a by-right activity in the A-1, A-C, M-1, and M-2 Zoning Districts. We also defined “use” and “accessory use.”  


Rest assured that mining, of any kind, is a special-permitted use in the A-1 District that would have to go through public hearings, vetting, testimony, permitting, and potential conditions to protect human health and the environment if, in fact, a special use permit application were to be submitted, which has not taken place. Mining is a highly regulated process at the state and federal level. And, again, the Board of Supervisors would hear from the Planning Commission and the Board would vote on that permit. 

I very much enjoyed hearing from our citizens and those concerned about this very important topic. It’s important the public have a voice in this process. Many of the comments were geared toward the assumption that if the Board of Supervisors were to allow commercial core drilling to be a by-right use, then a gold mine would automatically be allowed to operate in the county. That’s not the case.   


What this action means is that essentially one has the right to sample what’s under the ground on their property to determine its mineral characteristics. In theory, it’s really no different than core sampling, say for a silo, road, or a garage. It’s my opinion that the government doesn’t have an interest in regulating core sampling. That’s a personal property right and should be by-right.

The Maysville Voice: Happy 2021! A Look at Our Meeting on Monday and looking back on 2020’s successes

Friends and neighbors,

Happy New Year! I pray you and your family are having a healthy, safe, and blessed 2021.

We’ve got a busy meeting coming up on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending virtually, calling in, or writing us (there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend), via phone, or via YouTube.

Once uploaded, you can access the full Board Packet by clicking here: www.buckinghamcountyva.org.

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal public comment.

As always, I would love to hear from you on any issue important to you, including any issue in this newsletter. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

A Look Back at 2020’s Successes for Buckingham

The year 2020 was my first year to have the honor to serve and represent you on the Board of Supervisors. Overall, this has been one of the best experiences I have ever had or will have in my life, and I hope to continue it for many years to come.

Though 2020 was not the best year to remember, your Board of Supervisors was able to complete many projects and tasks for all of our citizens and taxpayers, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Reducing the Real Estate Tax Rate by three cents with many large projects going on. In addition, we were and will continue to be fiscally responsible stewards of your tax dollars and conservative in our spending. Much of our budgetary success is because of the work of County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter and her staff.
  • Having FireFly (via CVEC) Broadband begin their five-year roll out of high speed internet in Buckingham. Many have already been connected.
  • Strengthening and assuming control of our County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations by investing and creating a better, more professional infrastructure — again without increasing tax rates.
  • Selling the former Gold Hill Elementary School to David and Ramona Christian, bringing in several hundred thousand dollars to our county, which will bring jobs to Buckingham through their business innovation.
  • Giving bonuses to our public school employees, along with our county staff.
  • Creation of the new Anti-Litter Task Force Committee to clean up our roadways.
  • Created the Economic Development Committee to bring more jobs into Buckingham.
  • Supporting our public schools in many ways, including investing about $100,000 for hundreds of hot spots for school students to use for remote learning.
  • Allotting at least $180,000 in CARES Act Funds to small businesses and nonprofits who demonstrated losses due to COVID-19.
  • Distributing hundreds of Health Equity Packages to residents, which included masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Our appointment to the Virginia Tobacco Commission, giving Buckingham a strong seat at the table.
  • And last but not least, the completion of the state-of-the-art, beautiful Library and Community Center which, again came in without increasing taxes rates.

These accomplishments came in large part due to the hard work of Mrs. Carter and her staff, along with the vision of our Board of Supervisors.

BeWellVA

BeWellVA, in conjunction with PAPSA, or Piedmont Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, under the Crossroads Community Services Board, of which I am proud to represent Buckingham on, is promoting a positivity campaign during the struggles of COVID-19, which has been tied to vast increases in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Please let me know if you’d like a yard sign to encourage positive messages for your neighbors.

If you have any questions about Crossroads CSB, visit our website here: http://www.crossroadscsb.org/.

How to Engage With Your Board of Supervisors During Our Meetings

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, our meeting will be live streamed on YouTube. Public Hearing Comments for our hearings will be received either in person at the meeting using social distancing guidelines 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 (Monday).

Update on Commercial Prospecting Matter

As I said last month, I maintain that we need to continue to be business-friendly to draw more commerce and private enterprise in Buckingham while protecting the rights of private property owners.

On Monday, we will hold a Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Commission regarding an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to do the following:

  1. Add “Registered Commercial Prospecting” as a Use by Right to A1, M1, and M2 Zoning Districts. 
  2. Define “Registered Commercial Prospecting” as the exploration for the material, including but not limited to, mineral, stone, gas, or rock for commercial purposes, by drilling, excavating, or other land disturbing activity for commercial purposes by an entity that has provided the following information to the Zoning Administrator:  name, contact information, location of prospecting, method of prospecting and length of time for the activity etc.

This proposal would leave mining as a special permitted use in Agricultural District, meaning that several public hearings, ample opportunity for public and other input, and scrutinizing conditions should a permit be recommended by the Planning Commission and ultimately approved by the Board of Supervisors.

I have reservations about the information that is needed (which will be public) regarding this “register” for commercial prospecting as it could very well allow for proprietary information to be disseminated, which could lead to a negative outcome for a business or enterprise seeking to locate in Buckingham. I welcome your thoughts on this. As a note, most every other county in the Commonwealth allows for core sampling as a by-right use, meaning no permit is required of the use.

The Board and Planning Commission have been discussing commercial core sampling/prospecting with regards to the previous commercial core sampling conducted by Aston Bay near Warminster Church Road, along with the potential for a mining operation for gold by Aston Bay.

Last month, we met with the Planning Commission to add “commercial prospecting” as a special use in the A-1 and M-1 districts, and making it by right in M-2; defining “commercial prospecting;” and adding that definition to the Zoning Ordinance; and leaving mining in A-1 as a special use permitted use in A-1 and M-1, hence why we are in the posture we are today with the pending hearing.

GO Virginia in Southern Virginia

I am proud to represent Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties, along with others in Southside Virginia, on the GO Virginia Region 3 Project Review Committee. GO Virginia is a business-led economic development initiative with funding to invest in collaborative projects that bring more business and opportunities to the commonwealth and lead to high-paying jobs in the region. For more information, click here: https://govirginia3.org/.

Please Contact Me!

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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

http://www.MilesForMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Joint BOS/Planning Commission Meeting, Actions From Monday Meeting & Holiday Information and Links to Resources

Merry Christmas and Happy Near Year! Let’s remember the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ, the only son of God. Let’s also remember and thank those on the front lines as we battle COVID-19, and pray for them. Let’s also thank our service men and women for their valiant efforts to protect our liberties.

This will be the final installment in 2020 of The Maysville Voice, our newsletter to keep you, the voters our neighbors and friends in the Maysville District, informed on decisions that impact you and your families. The next newsletter will be in January 2021. One of our campaign goals was to introduce this newsletter to keep clear and consistent communications, and I am proud we have consistently done this.

The year 2020 has been one we will never forget. It’s been my first year as your supervisor, one where our county, commonwealth, and nation has seen unprecedented challenges, and many opportunities as well. See more below regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, and please continue to stay safe, wear a face covering when in public places indoors, and social distance.

As always, I would love to hear from you on any issue important to you. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

Joint BOS and Planning Commission Regarding Commercial Prospecting is Monday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will be jointly meeting with the Planning Commission on Monday to hear from a panel of experts with the state and various associations and agencies, other mining operations and their representatives, along with Aston Bay Holdings and the two landowners or their representatives where commercial sampling has taken place.

Download and view our joint meeting agenda and supporting documents here: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/Planning%20Commission%20Packets/2020/PC%20Packet%2012-21-20.pdf. You can view the joint BOS and Planning Commission meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnMeTfQAXvI.

I am looking forward to hearing from these professionals and representatives on this matter. I maintain that we need to continue to be business-friendly to draw more commerce and private enterprise in Buckingham while protecting the rights of private property owners.

As you know, the Board and Commission have been discussing commercial core sampling/prospecting with regards to the previous commercial core sampling conducted by Aston Bay near Warminster Church Road, along with the potential for a mining operation for gold by Aston Bay. To reiterate, we are meeting with the Planning Commission to add “commercial prospecting” as a special use in the A-1 and M-1 districts, and making it by right in M-2; defining “commercial prospecting;” and adding that definition to the Zoning Ordinance; and leaving mining in A-1 as a special use permitted use in A-1 and M-1. See specifics below. I would like to hear your opinion on this proposal. See below for more details.

VDOT Six-Year Road Improvement Plan Approved

Over the next six years, VDOT has forecasted a total of $3.6 million dollars into our construction program regarding our Six Year Road Improvement Program here in Buckingham. In the Maysville District, roads included in the plan are Hunters Road and Red Road, both of which have had state money spent on them via construction work.

Because Red Road connects two major U.S. Highways, and the existing homes and new homes on this road, I have pushed this entire road road to be fully surface treated as soon as possible. Half of the road was surface treated in the last year and a half while the other half needs to be completed. The whole road should have been completed when the first half was. According to VDOT, with roads in the Plan that have already seen work done, those roads are locked in, hence the inability to switch and move them around within the plan.

Repair, Replacement of Roofs at High School

We received a request from the School Board for approval of bids to replace and repair two roofs at Buckingham County Public High Schools — a metal roof and a flat roof. The Board discussed this matter, and I support the result of discussions which include the School Board receiving bids for replacement and/or repair. There are several leaks in the respective roofs, and this is a matter that needs our urgent attention.

Revenue Share Hearing for Solar Farms/Projects Tabled

While a public hearing request was tabled for a proposal to assess $1,400 annually on AC megawatt on solar farms in Buckingham consisting of 20 megawatts or less, we will be working with experts and our county staff and legal counsel on how we can make more revenue on this ever-growing industry. If we assessed the $1,400 per megawatt revenue share, we would have to forego assessing a machinery and tools tax. If we were to see a solar farm approved of more than 150 megawatts, we could lose revenue for several reasons.

I support negotiating host/site agreements for each solar farm of substantial size that wants to enter Buckingham County, which could include a component of revenue sharing. If we approve this proposal, we could be locked into this, even if a very large solar farm were to located in Buckingham, which we have the capability of having here. It is my understanding that, from a business perspective, we, as a rural locality, would be at a much greater advantage to first 1. Address our desire for how much solar and where in our Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and 2. Understand that assessing machinery and tools with a host agreement in place could yield more revenue for our county, rather than relying so heavily on tax dollars.

Holiday Information and Links to Information

If you’ve missed any Board meeting, you can click this link to view our past meetings: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

The County Administration Complex will be closed several days next week and the week after for Christmas and New Years. The County Administration Complex will be open on the following dates: Dec. 21, 22, 28, 29, and 30.

COVID-19 Information from Buckingham County Public Schools: https://www.bcpschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=71820&pageId=27344006.

If you are a customer with Dominion Energy, and are having trouble paying your bills, click here for an opportunity for assistance.

If you are having difficultly paying your rent or mortgage, click here for information from STEPS Inc. and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Buckingham FFA in Virtual National Convention: https://www.bcpschools.org/news/what_s_new/buckingham_f_f_a_in_virtual_national_convention.

Taxes were due in early December. If you’ve not paid, you can pay online. The Board of Supervisors has waived the service fee to pay with credit cards online. Click this link for more information: https://pay.paygov.us/EndUser/LocationCode.aspx.

BCPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR2MBwdMTwh-nvjdLLEFR7-NBH9jg-JnflDqslpAe5hzZipjIRDhB33i0yw&v=A17GGRzT2XU&feature=youtu.be

Giving Back To Our Community

Do you know of any individuals and/or families in the community who may be in need this holiday season? My friend Cam Johnson is doing a Christmas holiday giveback and would love to specifically target some people in the community who are in need.

Please Contact Me!

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday Night BOS Meeting, Expanding Broadband, Utility & Rent and Mortgage Relief, VDOT Six Year Road Plan, Core Sampling and Gold Mining, and More

Friends and neighbors,

Our Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 meeting will be held in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending in person (though there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend due to COVID-19), via phone, or via YouTube. Here is a link to the full Board Meeting Packet: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/dec%2014%202020%20bos%20pckt.pdf.

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu37DIHfh3s, you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal, recorded public comment.

As always, I would love to hear from you on any issue. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

Checking In With You

I hope your Thanksgiving was great, and your Christmas season will be even brighter! I pray you and your family are staying staying safe as we enter the days of winter, amid COVID-19. Over the past few months, we have seen several members of our community pass or become ill, not only with COVID-19, but other illnesses and ailments. We have lost some great people in our community, and families have lost loved ones recently due to various illnesses. Please pray for them and our community, especially the residents and staff at Heritage Hall in Dillwyn, which is being hit hard by COVID-19. Pray for strength for the employees and for those infected with the virus. If you’d like to help support the staff and residents there, Kim Saunders Page has set up this Amazon Wish List that you can purchase items to have directly shipped to her for Heritage Hall: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3VK2YO1844Z4O?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR02phJckwJ9bjOkp4shkybvDiBsMKnHlrZEw3Ye_aXbreOhHrIfuUWp40I.

Core Sampling and Potential Gold Mine

As you know, the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission have been discussing commercial core sampling/prospecting with regards to the previous commercial core sampling conducted by Aston Bay near Warminster Church Road, along with the potential for a mining operation for gold by Aston Bay. We will be considering a potential meeting with the Planning Commission to add “commercial prospecting” as a special use in the A-1 and M-1 districts, and making it by right in M-2; defining “commercial prospecting;” and adding that definition to the Zoning Ordinance; and leaving mining in A-1 as a special use permitted use in A-1 and M-1. See specifics below. I would like to hear your opinion on this proposal.

Update on CVEC/FireFly Broadband Expansion

Fiber Build in Buckingham from Central Virginia Electric as of Dec. 2, 2020:

Pamplin: Currently installing service, 188 active accounts as of last week. 268 customers have registered for service- this is about a 52% take rate out of this substation.

Curdsville: Splicing and service drops are being finalized. 347 customers have registered for service. In-home connections are scheduled to begin soon.

Tower Hill and Mt. Rush: Sites for fiber huts at both substations are being designed and survey/permitting work is being completed. Make ready work on over-head lines is complete. Connections expected in 2021.

Centenary and Schuyler: Fiber design and make ready engineering are complete. The next steps will be the make ready contractors working to change poles and equipment on poles where necessary to prepare them for fiber. Connections expected in 2022.

Buckingham County has approximately 8,200 homes and businesses. Almost 4,600 are served by Central Virginia Electric Cooperative and will have internet options from their system wide fiber build which will be completed by 2023. In addition, Firefly has applied for a ReConnect grant for some non-CVEC territory which will cover almost 300 additional homes and businesses. With 783 being passed with this project and if the ReConnect grant is awarded this fall, Firefly will have fiber optic service passing almost 5,800, or 71% of the county homes and businesses. There are a few areas with CenturyLink DSL that exceeds 25/3, and another local fiber based internet company provides service to the school system and a small portion of the residences and businesses; with these two providers plus Firefly, more than 80% of all county buildings will have access to broadband after this project.

Utility and Rent and Mortgage Relief

If you are a customer with Dominion Energy, and are having trouble paying your bills, click here for an opportunity for assistance. Also, if you are having difficultly paying your rent or mortgage, click here for information from STEPS Inc. and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Please pass this along to anyone who may need this assistance.

VDOT Six Year Road Improvement Plan

Over the next six years, VDOT has forecasted a total of $3.6 million dollars into our construction program regarding our Six Year Road Improvement Program. In the Maysville District, roads included in the plan are Hunters Road and Red Road. Because Red Road connects two major U.S. Highways, and the existing homes and new homes on this road, I am pushing this entire road road to be fully surface treated as soon as possible. Half of the road was hard surfaced in the last year and a half while the other half needs to be completed. The whole road should have been completed when the first half was.

Appointment to the Virginia Tobacco Commission

I’m honored and humbled to serve and represent rural Virginia — which has always been my home — on the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.

This position will allow me to not only support the good work the Tobacco Commission is already doing, but also ensure its new investments meet rigorous economic development priorities in rural Virginia, including my beloved home of Buckingham County.

Growing up in my dad’s general merchandise store in Glenmore and being raised on a farm taught me a lot about life. It taught me that hard work, respect, seeking common ground, and listening are of the utmost importance. 

Rural Virginia has so much to offer all of Virginia, yet we have unique challenges compared to other parts of the Commonwealth, such as Northern Virginia. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to address the lack of affordable and accessible high-speed internet in Southside Virginia. My other priorities include supporting skill building in the trades through our educational institutions, and increasing healthcare options in our region. I also look forward to enhancing economic development by marketing our region to potential employers and new businesses. 

Contact Me

As always, I would love to hear from you on any issue. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

Best,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

Maysville District Newsletter: November 2020 BOS Meeting Preview

Our November 2020 meeting — this week — will be held on, NOT MONDAY, BUT ON Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending in person (though there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend), via phone, or via YouTube.

Here is a link to the full board packet: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/NOV%2010,2020%20bd%20pckt.pdf.

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA, you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal, recorded public comment.

Agenda Items We Will Consider

Some of the many items we will consider this week include:

  • Zoning request regarding a playground and private park on Sleepy Hollow Road,
  • Request for a joint work session with the Planning Commission regarding Core Sampling (see board packet for more information on this or click here),
  • A request from the School Board for a two-percent bonus for school contracted employees using FY20 year end funds,
  • Update on Rescue Squad/EMS Transitions and Committee Authority, and
  • Application through the Commonwealth Regional Council for Fast Track Broadband Funding in partnering with MBC.

Be sure to review our board packet and agenda, and please contact me if you have any issues or questions or concerns about any topic.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Link

In case you missed our virtual town hall meeting, held via telephone and virtual means, you can view the recording here: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/2804685189809644. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any content.

Please Contact Me!

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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.

Maysville District Newsletter: November 2020 BOS Meeting Preview

Our November 2020 meeting — this week — will be held on, NOT MONDAY, BUT ON Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending in person (though there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend), via phone, or via YouTube. Here is a link to the full Board Packet: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/NOV%2010,2020%20bd%20pckt.pdf.

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA, you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal, recorded public comment.

Agenda Items We Will Consider

Some of the many items we will consider this week include:

  • Zoning request regarding a playground and private park on Sleepy Hollow Road,
  • Request for a joint work session with the Planning Commission regarding Core Sampling (see board packet for more information on this or click here),
  • A request from the School Board for a two-percent bonus for school contracted employees using FY20 year end funds,
  • Update on Rescue Squad/EMS Transitions and Committee Authority, and
  • Application through the Commonwealth Regional Council for Fast Track Broadband Funding in partnering with MBC.

Be sure to review our board packet and agenda, and please contact me if you have any issues or questions or concerns about any topic.

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Link

In case you missed our virtual town hall meeting, held via telephone and virtual means, you can view the recording here: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/2804685189809644. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any content.

Please Contact Me!

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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.

Join us during our upcoming Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28 @ 6 p.m.

Please join us for our upcoming Town Hall for the Maysville District, hosted by Supervisor Jordan Miles. District Four School Board Member Joii West Goodman will join us!

We’ll discuss many issues and county updates important to you and your family, including the proposed core drilling for commercial purposes topic, our new library and community center, the formerly proposed Noise Ordinance, COVID-19 updates and how we have responded to the pandemic, our finances, VDOT road matters, and much more.

If you have a topic you’d like to discuss or hear more about, contact us. Join on Facebook at Miles for Maysville (https://www.facebook.com/events/3305875179495770) or call in here: Dial-in number (602) 580-9572, Access code 5317332.

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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.

Join us during our upcoming Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28 @ 6 p.m.

Please join us for our upcoming Town Hall for the Maysville District, hosted by Supervisor Jordan Miles. District Four School Board Member Joii West Goodman will join us!

We’ll discuss many issues and county updates important to you and your family, including the proposed core drilling for commercial purposes topic, our new library and community center, the formerly proposed Noise Ordinance, COVID-19 updates and how we have responded to the pandemic, our finances, VDOT road matters, and much more.

If you have a topic you’d like to discuss or hear more about, contact us. Join on Facebook at Miles for Maysville (https://www.facebook.com/events/3305875179495770) or call in here: Dial-in number (602) 580-9572, Access code 5317332.

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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.

This Month: Eight Public Hearings, Zoning Cases, Core Sampling ZTA, Proposed Revised Noise Ordinance, Selling Gold Hill School, Amending Budget For CARES Act Funds, and More

We’ve got a busy meeting coming up on NOT MONDAY, BUT ON Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending in person (though there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend), via phone, or via YouTube. Here is a link to the full Board Packet: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/oct%2013%202020%20bos%20pckt.pdf.

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmbZ8SPVBk0, you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal, recorded public comment.

Public Hearings Regarding Zoning Changes

In terms of business we have before us, we have eight public hearings, ranging from zoning (special use permit, etc.) cases, a proposed zoning text amendment that will allow core sampling after a special use permit is issued, and amending our FY20-21 budget to allow for the approximately $3 million in CARES Act Funding, the sale of the former Gold Hill School to a new business enterprise, and the proposed noise ordinance revisions.

Regarding the Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) that would allow core sampling for commercial use in Agricultural Zoned District with a special use permit, this comes as a result of an existing, non-compliant use in that specific area and on two specific parcels on Warminster Church Road where some core sampling has already taken place. Activity has ceased as this is not a permitted use in an Agricultural District.

I have spoken to the landowners, community members in that area, Aston Bay Holdings, and others, and I am continuing to gather information on this topic.

If the ZTA is approved, it would be a use with a special use permit (which comes with hearings and recommendations from the Planning Commission). I want to be clear that this hearing on Tuesday is not one that will allow Aston Bay Holdings to core sample as they still have to apply for a Special Use Permit if we approved the ZTA. So, voting for the ZTA does not mean Aston Bay has a Special Use Permit to core sample. They are two different processes.

County Assuming EMS Duties and Services

We are also going to consider several actions to continue the progress in fully assuming the roles and responsibilities of providing emergency medical services to county residents, including contracting with Delta Response Team (DRT) to provide EMS services through June 2022, along with hiring our own Basic Life Support staff to run calls in the county, which would be a county-manned 12-hour crew. Much of the funding for this new venture has come from good budgeting and CARES Act Funding.

CARES Act Funding For Small Businesses Hurt By COVID-19

We also have great news regarding our CARES Act-funded grant awards to several small businesses in the county, which were recommended by the Buckingham Small Business Assistance Committee, which I proudly served on. The IDA agreed to allocate our recommendation of $60,000 in CARES Act Funding to nine small businesses that demonstrated a qualified need for assistance.

I am proud of all of our small businesses for continuing to weather the storm that COVID-19 has created.

Proposed Noise Ordinance

Here is a copy of the proposed revised Noise Ordinance that we are holding a public hearing on: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Docs/County%20Admin/Noise_Ordinance.pdf. As I have said in the past, I appreciate the many comments I have received regarding the changes, which have been almost unanimously opposed to the measure. I voted against holding a public hearing on the ordinance because of concerns over the restriction on gun shooting and other unenforceable and unnecessary conditions, and I will vote against the ordinance as it currently reads. While I believe in the necessity of a noise ordinance to protect residents’ rights and peace, these revisions are unnecessary and unreasonable.

If you want to register your opinion on this ordinance, you can attend our meeting (following social distancing guidelines), e-mail publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal public comment.

The news of the closure of Sentara’s Buckingham Family Medicine has caused profound disappointment in our community.  We’ve met with leaders of Sentara and are making little headway. We are scheduled to meet with them again next week. Not only is it disheartening to lose a health care provider during a worldwide pandemic, and when our community is suffering from a shortage of healthcare providers, but it’s also upsetting that eight jobs will be lost or relocated to another county.  I would implore those who want to see this facility kept open to sign our petition at https://forms.gle/4effNAkFVTzXBnfD8.

Please Contact Me!

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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.

Upcoming Monday, Sept. 14 BOS Meeting: Help Save Buckingham Family Medicine, Four Zoning Introductions, Welcoming Dennis Davis to Board, Draft Noise Ordinance, Drug Dropbox at Sheriff’s Office

We’ve got a busy meeting coming up on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending in person (though there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend), via phone, or via Youtube. Here is a link to the full Board Packet:  http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/sept%2014%202020%20bos.pdf

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmbZ8SPVBk0 you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal public comment.

Help Save Buckingham Family Medicine

The news of the closure of Sentara’s Buckingham Family Medicine has caused profound disappointment in our community.  On Friday, I, along with Chamber of Commerce Representative Sandra F. Moss, spoke with NBC 29 and News Radio WINA of Charlottesville regarding our efforts.

We met with leaders of Sentara on Friday and are making some headway, hopefully. I will have an update on this sometime this coming week.

Not only is it disheartening to lose a health care provider during a worldwide pandemic, and when our community is suffering from a shortage of healthcare providers, but it’s also upsetting that eight jobs will be lost or relocated to another county. 

Hundreds of people in Buckingham rely on the services of this doctor’s office for their overall health, and their families for many generations.  This is evidenced by the more than 1,300 signatures petitioning to keep the practice open since just late Thursday night. This figure is current as of tonight. 

I would implore those who want to see this facility kept open to sign our petition at https://forms.gle/4effNAkFVTzXBnfD8, and to join the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 3-4 p.m. Petitions can be signed at Moss Motor Co. in Dillwyn as well.

Zoning Introductions

We have four zoning-related introductions that we will consider setting public hearings for during our October meeting. Please take a look at these here: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/sept%2014%202020%20bos.pdf.

Welcoming Supervisor Dennis Davis

We are pleased to welcome District One Supervisor Dennis Davis during our September meeting. Mr. Davis will serve in the interim in the position that has been vacated by the late R.C. “Bobby” Jones, whom we will honor in a resolution in memoriam during our September meeting. I was very honored to serve with Supervisor Jones and am honored to serve with Supervisor Davis!

Draft Noise Ordinance

I hope you will take a look and let me know your thoughts about the draft noise ordinance that’s being proposed to us on Monday. While there is a set decibel level for measure of noise, there are also several exemptions. I want to hear your opinions on this matter. See page 263 of this document: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/sept%2014%202020%20bos.pdf.

Drug Drop Off Box at Sheriff’s Office

We’ve been working with the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office in attempting to secure by way of a grant a drop box for unwanted prescription drugs to better help combat the opioid epidemic our nation and region faces. We will be voting to support this measure in an effort with law enforcement and CVS, and I am hopeful we can secure this drop box.

Please Contact Me!

PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). 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.