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.

Join More than 800 in Signing Petition — Save Sentara Buckingham Family Medicine

The news of the pending closure of Sentara’s Buckingham Family Medicine has caused nothing short of profound disappointment in our community.  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 800 signatures petitioning to keep the practice open since just late Thursday night. This figure is current as of tonight. 

I have also communicated with Sen. Mark Peake and Del. Matt Fariss about this matter and they are going to help.

I ask members of our community not to lose hope as we have meetings scheduled for this upcoming week with health care providers, including Sentara, to work through this issue and to identify avenues we can take to keep quality healthcare in Buckingham.

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. for its March for Medical Care at the Pocket Park on Main Street in Dillwyn.  The March will conclude at Buckingham Family Medicine.

Update on expanding broadband access via Firefly and Kinex, addressing CenturyLink concerns

Please see the below update from Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) regarding Firefly broadband internet in Buckingham. I am very pleased with the progress that this great partnership is resulting in.

An update on Firefly from CVEC.
An update on Firefly from CVEC.

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.

This project will be an important step towards Buckingham County completing its goal of 100 percent connectivity for its citizens. If this grant is successful, it will open the northern Rt. 15 corridor to further expansion of broadband access.

Earlier this month, the Board agreed to making grant applications with Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (Firefly) and Kinex Telecom Inc. with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for grant funding from the 2020 Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI).

The area for this project is adjacent to the northern border of the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (“CVEC”) fiber build and the retail internet access service area of Firefly Fiber Broadband (“Firefly”), a wholly owned subsidiary of CVEC. The project will connect to that network and extend north along Rt. 15 through Dillwyn and further north to Bell Road. The project area then continues east along Bell Road and then down Scotts Bottom Road back to Rt. 60. From there the project area map goes back west to Sprouse’s Corner. There is also a small area along Rt. 60 west of Sprouse’s Corner that provides service to the Va. State Police office, U.S.D.A. office and several other businesses and homes.

The total number of serviceable units, or passings, for this area has be estimated to be 783, including 74 businesses. The services offered by Firefly Fiber Broadband will include 100 mbps for $49.99 and 1gbps for $79.99. All services include unlimited data and speeds are symmetrical for upload and download. If citizens register for service while construction is taking place in the area, the $100 installation fee will be waived. Voice over IP telephone service is also offered for $34.99 with a $5.00 per month bundling discount if paired with internet service.

The Firefly connection grant would include about 700 homes and more than 20 miles of fiber for access to high speed internet.

With many of these new connections being in the Maysville District, I am very proud of the work we are doing and have done to help better connect our community, resulting in more jobs and opportunity for everyone.

Follow-Up To Century Link Comments

I spoke with a CenturyLink representative at length this week about your comments regarding connections, equipment, and reliability. The spokesman said this summer has been the worst for summer storms in Virginia in years, and lightening does a great deal of damage to lines.

He said technicians are working overtime to work and repair lines, as are other staff. He emphasized the importance of reporting these issues to CenturyLink (see website and number below).

When new broadband is installed, that should increase reliability for phone connectivity, he said, because of the proximity of the equipment to the residence. But the further away the equipment from the residence, the more likely a storm (mainly lightening) could damage the telephone line or broadband connection.

Regarding CenturyLink’s DSL project (see this link for previous history), the spokesman noted that by the end of this year the homes in questions should be connected in the county. Homes without traditional CenturyLink telephone connections may see an additional connection charge, he said, but this would not be applicable to those with phone service with CenturyLink. Again, with broadband there is less chance for damaged lines because of the proximity of the equipment.

They’re aiming to have all of these areas turned up by the end of the year, but it could take longer if we run into issues with construction. 

Here are the areas across Buckingham that CenturyLink is working in to improve internet access:

  1. Int. Hwy 20 & 679 (Paynes Pond Rd)
  2. Near 2810 Hundley Branch Rd.
  3. Warren’s Ferry Rd. & Rock Island Rd.
  4. Enonville (near intersection of Oak Hill and Andersonville),
  5. Dixie Hill Rd. just north of Andersonville Rd – we have some very slow speeds (~1.5 Mbps) to this area now and they will be able to get much faster speeds.
  6. Andersonville Rd. just north of Perkins Mill Rd.

He noted that with CenturyLink’s DSL, the highest speed (with homes closest to the equipment) would be 100 megabytes per second (homes in first 1,000 feet of equipment), and then the further the homes from the equipment, the less internet speed, going as low as 10 megabytes per second. He did note this access closes the “homework gap.”

Helping Students Learn Remotely

We are receiving great feedback on the Board’s decision to purchase 500 Verizon internet hot spots for school students in Buckingham without access to internet. We are working with the school division on this, and also looking into purchasing more hot spots via T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. We are very proud of our decision to help empower more students and families to access internet as they begin their courses in this new and uncharted school year of virtual learning.

Should you need to contact me, please call, visit, email or text me.

Thomas Jordan Miles III

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
Note change in my email: jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com