The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 BOS Meeting: Public Hearing on Transfer of Building to Centra Health, Hearings, Budget Requests, Carter G. Woodson Day, Vaccination Clinic, Holding CenturyLink Accountable, Bridge Road Closure

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 Board Meeting. We are meeting with the Virginia Department of Transportation at 5 PM to review and amend the Six Year Improvement Plan for state maintained roads, and I have several issues to bring up after hearing from you about many concerns on many roads in our District.

We will be considering and possibly taking action on the following items: Action following a 6 PM public hearing of the transfer of the former Sentara Buckingham Family Medicine Building to Centra Health (which I am thrilled and very excited about that we potentially are seeing a new doctor’s office in Dillwyn); several budget request presentations; a presentation from the Commonwealth Regional Council regarding a repayment due to their excess of revenues; a 6 PM hearing regarding adoption of a solid waste fee ordinance; tire day appropriation; considering an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals and to the Planning Commission to replace former District Three Commissioner Pat Bowe, who passed away last month.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Bridge Road (Route 644) to Temporarily Close

Route 644 – Road closing. Motorists should expect d­elays due to a bridge rehab project on Route 644 in Buckingham County. Route 644 (Bridge Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 24 (Mt. Rush Hwy) to Route 638 (Dixie Hill Road). Road closure is scheduled to begin March 28, 2022 and is planned until May 06, 2022. VDOT says this bridge currently only has a rating of fair.  This project will fix deficiencies and ultimately keep the bridge from having to become posted with weight restrictions.

CenturyLink’s Ongoing Infrastructure Issues

Last night (Tuesday, March 8) we had the slightest bit of rain, which resulted in many neighborhoods losing their telephone dial tones and internet. I continue to work with their representatives on repairing these outages and investing in their infrastructure. I am also working with many other localities on being a voice for Rural Virginia as the State Corporation Commission considers the transfer of control of the parent company to a new firm. I promise I will continue to work to hold CenturyLink accountable to the people of Buckingham and Rural Virginia.

Carter G. Woodson Day Approaching in April

I was pleased to meet with the Forward 2020 and other representatives regarding Carter G. Woodson Day, which will be held in April at Historic Buckingham Inc. at Lee Wayside off of Route 60. See below for details!

Vaccine Clinic Coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Glenmore, Co-Sponsored by Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Facility–Public Hearing on Monday at 6 PM

Friends and neighbors:

This is a Special Edition of The Maysville Voice relating to facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Project Special Use Permit.

We will take up the proposed 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit and Siting Agreement on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 during a joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter at 6 PM in the Peter Francisco Auditorium in the County Administration Complex.


This newsletter will serve as a recap and update of the status of the Riverstone application for a special use permit (SUP) in Buckingham County.

Please read the facts below and visit links below for the proposed Siting Agreement, Erosion and Sediment Control Factsheet, Special Use Permit Conditions, and more.
WHAT IS IT?
Riverstone is applying to establish a utility scale solar farm in Buckingham County. The size of the solar farm is 149.5 MW. The footprint of the entire project is limited to 1,765 acres.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Riverstone Solar, LLC (Riverstone) is a company associated with Apex. Apex is the project developer.
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation and the land owner on which the project will be built.
Weyerhaeuser has as part of its business timberlands and wood products.
No individual property owners are involved in the footprint of the project. There are, of course, adjoining landowners who are individuals.
Buckingham County is involved because Apex/Riverstone is seeking a special use permit from the County to build this project. The County Zoning Ordinance requires a special use permit for this use.
IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS SUP THAT WAS APPROVED?
This is a new application totally separate from the earlier SUP relating to Apex/Riverstone approved by the Board of Supervisors.
This project is for a larger area (35 acres) that is involved only for parking and storage. The decision on this SUP does not change the County’s approval of the earlier Apex/Riverstone SUP.
WHAT WILL BE THE COUNTY’S ROLE IN THE PROJECT?
If the project is approved, there are extensive conditions in the special use permit.
The County has responsibility for making sure there is compliance with the conditions and permits. This will be accomplished by review, monitoring and enforcement.
The County has also negotiated a siting agreement with the applicant that will relate to this project. The siting also has requirements and conditions independent of the SUP conditions.
The County will also negotiate a decommissioning agreement with the applicant that controls the closure of the project.
If the project is approved, the County will be involved in the application and approval of the sediment – erosion control permit. The County will be engaging professional services to help with this. That will be at no expense to the County.
The County will have to issue a building permit for this project and will have to approve the construction as it progresses. Additional inspectors will be hired, again at no expense to the County.
The County will hire professionals to make sure that the permit relating to erosion and sediment control is implemented correctly; that there is compliance and appropriate response to any issue that may result. This includes stop orders. Again, these experts will be hired by the County at no expense to the County.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTY?
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation that manages and timbers land. It owns the property where this project will be constructed. Commercial solar projects, such as the one proposed by Apex/Riverstone, require transmission lines and need to locate in proximity to those transmission lines. There are two major transmission lines in Buckingham. Generally, one runs from the Scottsville area to the power station at Bear Garden. The other runs from Bear Garden south, crossing US Route 60 near the Cumberland County line. The proximity to the transmission is why this project is being constructed in this area of the County.
ARE SOLAR PROJECTS SAFE?
Solar projects of this size exist throughout the State of Virginia, throughout the United States, and throughout the world.
Solar is recognized as one of the safest forms of producing energy. There are no air emissions and are no medical/health hazards associated with the production of electricity from solar.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE COUNTY?
The county will receive significant financial benefits from this project. Those benefits will come to the county in multiple ways.
First, Buckingham County will receive payments authorized by the State of Virginia for each megawatt of capacity of this site. This payment will increase every 5 years as authorized by law. In about 2 years, if this project goes on line, the payments will be $1450 per megawatt. That means each year Buckingham County will receive more than $200,000 per annum from the solar revenue share. That amount will increase in future years. $200,000 is approximately a penny and a half on real estate tax.
Second, Buckingham County will receive additional real estate taxes from the increased value of the land involved in this project. It is expected that the value of the land involved inside the fence on this project will be taxed at a value of $10,000-$12,000 per acre. The current assessment of this land is substantially less than that. So the project will generate additional tax revenue.
Third, the siting agreement provides for additional payments to Buckingham County. If approved, Apex/Riverstone, will pay to Buckingham County $1,750,000, $250,000 for a building permit, and $400,000 for the county to use for evaluating, monitoring, inspecting, and compliance assurance concerns relating to this project.
In total, the expected financial benefit to Buckingham County is expected to exceed $14 million over the life of the project.
This will help stabilize and reduce the pressure on the need to increase real estate and personal property taxes.
WHAT DEMANDS WILL THIS PROJECT MAKE ON THE SERVICES OFFERED BY BUCKINGHAM COUNTY?
This project will not increase the demand for services from Buckingham County.
The demands on law enforcement will not be significantly increased.
The demands on emergency services will not be increased significantly.
The developer will be working with EMS and the fire department to make sure if a response is needed it will be appropriate.
No new infrastructure will be required from the County.
WHAT ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE PROPERTY VALUES ADJOINING OR NEAR THE PROJECT?
Studies that have been conducted show that there is no significant decrease in property values in the counties where these projects are built.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SEE THIS PROJECT AFTER IT IS CONSTRUCTED?
After the project is constructed and the buffering has grown you will not be able to see the solar panels or the substation of this project.
If the project is approved, the conditions of the special use permit require a buffering around the project so that the visibility of the panels etc. will be obscured.
WILL THE TREES BE CUT DURING THIS PROJECT?
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation in the timber business. The trees will be timbered on this land regardless of whether this project is built or not. If the project is built, there will be a natural built required to be built around the project so that the visibility of the solar panels etc. are obscured.
WILL THE ENTIRE PROPERTY BE GRADED?
No. Only certain areas.
WHAT ABOUT EROSION AND WATER RUNOFF DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT?
This project may seem large, but the County is requiring that it be developed built in phases. The project, in terms of the erosion and sediment control issue, will involve four phases. Certain things need to happen with each phase before the next phase can be begin. Thus, it a becomes a more manageable project.
Also, it is helpful to understand how the permitting process works to answer this question: At this point, the County only has preliminary drawings dealing with erosion and sediment control and runoff. With the current status of the application, neither DEQ or other state agencies will comment specifically on the requirements of this project. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is not involved in this project and will not be if the SUP is approved and the project moves forward.
DEQ will only become involved if the project goes forward, after approval.
The County will be actively involved in this. The County, in the siting agreement, is having the applicant pay Buckingham County for costs that may be incurred by the County to review the application for the settlement and erosion control permit so that the county will be able to have input on that permit. The county will be
able to hire its own engineers and consultants to do this. It will not be relying on the engineers of the applicant.
The County, in the siting agreement, is having the applicant pay Buckingham County for the costs that may be incurred by the County to monitor the project as it is constructed. If there are violations of the project the County has the ability and the proper circumstances to issue stop orders until the problems are solved. DEQ also has enforcement authority with this project.
WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC DURING CONSTRUCTION?
Buckingham County recognizes that there will be increased traffic during construction.
The County is addressing this by requiring a traffic management plan. It will also work with VDOT to ensure proper speed limits and construction zone signs.
Law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State police, will participate in the enforcement of these restrictions.
ARE THE ROADS ABLE TO HANDLE THIS TYPE OF TRAFFIC?
The roads that serve this project currently have no restrictions placed on them by the Virginia Department of Transportation. That suggested that the roads are able to handle the traffic. Any concerns will be addressed in the traffic management plan to ensure the safety of these roads.
WHERE WILL ALL THE WORKERS STAY?
Workers will stay in various accommodations around the area, including hotels and motels in Buckingham County and other jurisdictions.
The County will not allow camping or trailers, etc. on the property being developed. Camping facilities and mobile home parks in Buckingham County must be approved by the County before they can operate.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SOLAR FARM IS NO LONGER OPERATING?
When the solar farm is no longer operating, it will be decommissioned and disassembled. The County will have a decommissioning agreement to insure that happens. The cost of decommissioning will be assured by a bond with surety. Salvage value will not be included in the estimated cost of decommissioning. The cost is reviewed and revised periodically, every five (5) years, and the cost and bond and surety are adjusted accordingly.
ARE THERE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE?
The County has added substantial conditions to the SUP to make sure this project is appropriate.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1. In person Public Comments must sign up to speak. Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434‐969‐5039
  5. 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.

Riverstone Solar Farm Update and Fact Sheet
Riverstone Solar Proposed Special Use Permit Conditions
Riverstone Solar Siting Agreement
Riverstone Solar ES and SWM Summary
Communication Methods for the Public Hearing

The Maysville Voice: A Recap of Our Valentine’s Day Meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022

Welcome to the Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who live and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.

First off, I participated virtually during our Monday, Feb. 14. 2022 meeting due to the fact that I had a direct exposure to a serious case of COVID-19. As I have said, if you are able, please get vaccinated and boosted. See below for two upcoming clinics in our community.

We held four public hearings, including the following: a special use permit to consider an AirBnB and event center on Route 24. As this SUP contains a portion of property in my district, I have been in constant communication with the applicant since and prior to our Monday meeting. We amended the advertised conditions to reflect the following, which I discussed with the applicant prior to our meeting: No more than 2,000 guests rather than 3,500, a max of 200 people in planned in attendance before law enforcement is notified three weeks prior to any event (rather than 300), notifying adjoining landowners before any large event, and no music between 9 PM and 11 AM (rather than 9 PM and 8 AM). While I was not in support of the original project conditions, I voted in favor of the amended conditions.

We also approved an AirBnB and Breakfast, campsites, and an event center; continuing the agricultural use that has been consistent with the existing Special Use Permit at the BARN on Route 60; and a Special Use Permit for an AirBnB on Belle Meade Lane.

We also took up two small-scale solar facilities, which were approved. Both, which will be located on Gravel Hill Road and Route 20, are 2 megawatts and on small parcels.

We honored former longtime Planning Commissioner Dabney Crews, who served on the Buckingham County Planning Commission for many years, and offered leadership, guidance, and sound planning advice to the Commission and Board. J.D. Crews has been appointed to represent the Maysville District.

We also heard from the school division regarding budget updates (mostly federal monetary changes), which we approved; reaffirmed our vote for the incentive package for the proposed new hotel—which is a go; agreed to explore refinancing two holder high rate loans; discussed consideration of joining a new regional economic development organization the CRC is working on; accepted a $17,000 donation from Kyanite Mining Corp. to the Buckingham County Department of Emergency Service; accepted $15,000 back from the County Extension Office, approved an lease agreement with the Buckingham County Youth League for the use of Gene Dixon Memorial Park; agreed to hold a public hearing in March regarding our Solid Waste Ordinance; among other business.

Second Public Hearing Coming for Solar Facility on Feb. 28 – A Joint Hearing

We will soon take up, again, the 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit. We scheduled to set a Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter. In November, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-2, following a very lengthy public hearing, to approve of this facility that would be sited on roughly 2,000 acres in northeastern Buckingham County.

The solar panels would encompass about 900 acres of the 2,000. Last year, I intently listened to and read all submitted comments from the public during the meeting, and engaged with landowners and those with concerns and supporters of the project. The numerous conditions and rules we have approved and the siting agreement for Riverstone go above and beyond in ensuring that this project will ensure the protection of the environment and the well-being of those who live near the project’s footprint. These include a 350-foot setback from existing residences, buffers within and around the entire project, strict erosion and storm water control measures, wildlife corridors, numerous runoff basins, and third party, professional consultants to review all plans before construction. Additionally, this is clean, green energy and Buckingham will benefit from this project. Solar energy is clean, safe, and ecologically beneficial. The project will emit no carbon pollution, release no heavy metals, acid gases or small particles, and require no water to operate.

Riverstone Solar represents an initial capital investment of about $190 million. Based on the county’s adoption of the revenue share ordinance option, it is estimated that the project will initially contribute about $209,000 per year. This amount will escalate by 10 percent every five years, with the total county revenue under the revenue share anticipated to be about $12.7 million over the project’s 40 year life. Additionally, the project will contribute real estate taxes that are estimated to be around $2.1 million over the project’s 40 year life. In November, we also voted 4-2 on the siting agreement, which we will also hold a public hearing on Feb. 28. This memorializes many of the financial benefits of the project, including professional, third party reviews of the project.

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

VDOT Projects

Route 24/60 – Installing centerline markings on Route 24. See photo below.

Route 665 – Road closing. Motorists should expect delays due to a culvert replacement project. Route 665 (Fanny White Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 631 (Troublesome Creek Road) to Route 60 (James Anderson Hwy). Road closure is planned until March 11, 2022. 

Piedmont Health District Offers Five COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

in Prince Edward, Buckingham Counties

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Piedmont Health District will offer five additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week in Prince Edward and Buckingham counties. The clinic will offer first, second, additional primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to the public.

The times and locations of the clinics are:

Monday, February 21               9 to 11 a.m.               Farmville Farmer’s Market, 213 North St., Farmville

Monday, February 21               2 to 5:30 p.m.            Dollar General, 8255 Patrick Henry Highway, Green Bay

Wednesday, February 23         11 a.m. to 1 p.m.       Farmville Farmer’s Market, 213 North St., Farmville

Friday, February 25                  10 to 11:30 a.m.        The Crystal Cathedral, 16764 Oak St., Dillwyn

Friday, February 25                  2 to 5:30 p.m.            Dollar General, 4814 Penlan Road, New Canton

These clinics are all outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Our next Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. This will serve as our Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Commission with regards to the large solar project. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to where our agenda and full Board Packet will be posted: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the

packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

 In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.

Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.

Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039

To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. You will receive notice with the link and/or telephone number necessary to connect virtually during the meeting.

Please note: Please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments. All correspondence must be received only by the methods above, and are due by 12:00 PM the day of the meeting.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023 

13170 West James Anderson Highway 

PO Box 188 

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

 www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Our Upcoming Feb. 14, 2022 BOS meeting

Welcome to the Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who live and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 Board Meeting.

What’s Coming Up Monday Night

We have four public hearings scheduled to address the following: a special use permit to consider an AirBnB and event center on Route 24; an AirBnB and Breakfast, campsites, and an event center; continuing the agricultural use that has been consistent with the existing Special Use Permit at the BARN on Route 60; and a Special Use Permit for an AirBnB on Belle Meade Lane. We will also take up two small-scale solar facilities, honor former longtime Planning Commissioner Dabney Crews, hear from the school division regarding budget updates, discuss the proposed new hotel, discuss refinancing two holder high rate loans, discuss consideration of joining a new regional economic development organization the CRC is working on, and more.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Second Public Hearing Coming for Solar Facility

We will also soon take up, again, the 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit. We are scheduled to set a Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter. In November, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-2, following a very lengthy public hearing, to approve of this facility that would be sited on roughly 2,000 acres in northeastern Buckingham County.

The solar panels would encompass about 900 acres of the 2,000. Last year, I intently listened to and read all submitted comments from the public during the meeting, and engaged with landowners and those with concerns and supporters of the project. The numerous conditions and rules we have approved and the siting agreement for Riverstone go above and beyond in ensuring that this project will ensure the protection of the environment and the well-being of those who live near the project’s footprint. These include a 350-foot setback from existing residences, buffers within and around the entire project, strict erosion and storm water control measures, wildlife corridors, numerous runoff basins, and third party, professional consultants to review all plans before construction. Additionally, this is clean, green energy and Buckingham will benefit from this project. Solar energy is clean, safe, and ecologically beneficial. The project will emit no carbon pollution, release no heavy metals, acid gases or small particles, and require no water to operate.

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

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

As you know, you all and our community have been experiencing severe problems with outages with CenturyLink, causing health and safety issues for many. At the same time, CenturyLink wants permission from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to transfer its assets to Connect Holding, LLC. (It is case number PUR-2021-00246). The official SCC filing is attached to this email. Please consider forwarding this to anyone who has had issues with CenturyLink.

This is a great opportunity for our community to reach out and offer comments on the lack of service, lack of maintenance, and lack of investment in the infrastructure in Buckingham and Rural Virginia. The deadline is Feb. 16, so please act quickly!

There are a number of ways you can do this: 

  1. You can complete this form: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/1691e052-07da-4e8e-9c4d-532694e5f9ed/PW-2021-00246.pdf.
  2. You may also register by one of the following methods: From the SCC website: https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Public-Witness By Telephone: (804) 371-9141 (weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.) 

Here is a copy of the SCC filing: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/0321f393-2e55-4b18-8246-4eed3ce4efe7/nr210246.PDF.

More information:

A public evidentiary hearing on the Petition shall be convened at 10 a.m. on February 24, 2022, either in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by electronic means, to receive testimony and evidence offered by the Petitioners, respondents, and the Staff on the Petition. Further details on this hearing will be provided by subsequent Commission Order or Hearing Examiner’s Ruling.

A hearing for the receipt of testimony from public witnesses on the Petition shall be convened telephonically at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, with no public witness present in the Commission’s courtroom.

To promote fairness for all public witnesses, each witness will be allotted five minutes to provide testimony. On or before February 16, 2022, any person desiring to offer testimony as a public witness shall provide to the Commission (a) your name, and (b) the telephone number that you wish the Commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony. This information may be provided to the Commission in three ways: (i) by filling out a form on the Commission’s website at see www.Virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting; (ii) by completing and emailing the PDF version of this form to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov; or (iii) by calling (804) 371-9141. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, the Commission will telephone each person who has signed up to testify as provided above. 

This public witness hearing will be webcast at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.   

PUBLIC WITNESS NOTICE OF INTENT TO COMMENT Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 Case Number: PUR-2021-00246 Joint petition of Lumen Technologies, Inc., Embarq Corp., United Telephone Southeast LLC d/b/a CenturyLink, Central Telephone Co. of Virginia d/b/a CenturyLink, CenturyTel Broadband Services, LLC, and Connect Holding, LLC for approval of transfer of control.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Offering Comment to the SCC Regarding Transfer of CenturyLink

Friends and neighbors,

As you know, you all and our community have been experiencing severe problems with outages with CenturyLink, causing health and safety issues for many. At the same time, CenturyLink wants permission from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to transfer its assets to Connect Holding, LLC. (It is case number PUR-2021-00246). The official SCC filing is attached to this email. Please consider forwarding this to anyone who has had issues with CenturyLink.

This is a great opportunity for our community to reach out and offer comments on the lack of service, lack of maintenance, and lack of investment in the infrastructure in Buckingham and Rural Virginia. The deadline is Feb. 16, so please act quickly!

There are a number of ways you can do this: 

  1. You can complete this form: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/1691e052-07da-4e8e-9c4d-532694e5f9ed/PW-2021-00246.pdf.
  2. You may also register by one of the following methods: From the SCC website: https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Public-Witness By Telephone: (804) 371-9141 (weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.) 

Here is a copy of the SCC filing: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/0321f393-2e55-4b18-8246-4eed3ce4efe7/nr210246.PDF.

More information:

A public evidentiary hearing on the Petition shall be convened at 10 a.m. on February 24, 2022, either in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by electronic means, to receive testimony and evidence offered by the Petitioners, respondents, and the Staff on the Petition. Further details on this hearing will be provided by subsequent Commission Order or Hearing Examiner’s Ruling.

A hearing for the receipt of testimony from public witnesses on the Petition shall be convened telephonically at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, with no public witness present in the Commission’s courtroom.

To promote fairness for all public witnesses, each witness will be allotted five minutes to provide testimony. On or before February 16, 2022, any person desiring to offer testimony as a public witness shall provide to the Commission (a) your name, and (b) the telephone number that you wish the Commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony. This information may be provided to the Commission in three ways: (i) by filling out a form on the Commission’s website at see www.Virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting; (ii) by completing and emailing the PDF version of this form to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov; or (iii) by calling (804) 371-9141. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, the Commission will telephone each person who has signed up to testify as provided above. 

This public witness hearing will be webcast at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.   

PUBLIC WITNESS NOTICE OF INTENT TO COMMENT Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 Case Number: PUR-2021-00246 Joint petition of Lumen Technologies, Inc., Embarq Corp., United Telephone Southeast LLC d/b/a CenturyLink, Central Telephone Co. of Virginia d/b/a CenturyLink, CenturyTel Broadband Services, LLC, and Connect Holding, LLC for approval of transfer of control.

As always, please contact me with any issue that is important to you, or if I can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. A reminder you can keep up with what is going on in our District and with the Board at https://milesformaysville.com/newsandupdates/.

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: A Recap of Our January Meeting, Fanny White Road Work Planned, COVID-19 Resources, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our latest Board Meeting held on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

There is lots in this newsletter, including information on a VDOT Project on Fanny White Road, COVID-19 information and resources, winter storm preparation, and more.

During the Board Meeting, we took the following actions:

  • The Board elected me as Board Chairman, and District Six Supervisor Joe Chambers Jr. as Vice-Chairman.
  • We considered committee assignments: I will continue to serve on the Committees on Finance, COVID-Relief Funds, and Water and Wastewater. I also represent the Board on the Commonwealth Regional Council and the Crossroad Community Services Board.
  • The Board denied a Special Use Permit for a commercial sawmill on Allen’s Lake Road. I voted in favor of denying the permit for many reasons, namely because the road is narrow, the area is residential, and there is a troublesome culvert pipe under a portion of the road that would be used. Additionally, there was an issue with the use of an existing driveway not on the applicant’s property.
  • The Board scheduled four public hearings for our Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 meeting, which include three special use permits for an Air BnB Bed and Breakfast, campsites, and one with an event center.
  • We also tabled two small scale solar projects (2 MGW) as we finalize our Solar Policy.
  • We approved a rezoning request for Rock Wood Products on U.S. Route 15 North as the business seeks to expand its operations and conform with existing uses. With their expansion, the owner anticipates 10-13 new jobs. Currently Rock Wood employs 57 people.
  • The Board also appointed an ad hoc committee of two supervisors to work with school leaders on a request from Interim Division Superintendent Dr. John Keeler regarding using space in the Community Center for Alternative Education.
  • We also approved a Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendment and an Ordinance Regulating or Prohibiting the Making of Fires following public hearings on both ordinances.

VDOT Work on Fanny White Road/665

Fanny White Road will be closed from Feb. 14-March 11, 2022. According to VDOT, motorists should expect delays due to a culvert replacement project. Route 665 (Fanny White Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 631 (Troublesome Creek Road) to Route 60 (James Anderson Hwy). Road closure is scheduled to begin February 14, 2022 and is planned until March 11, 2022.

COVID-19 Resources

As we all know, COVID-19 cases have been skyrocketing. On Wednesday of this week, there were 600 public school students out of school and 59 instructional staff absent due to COVID exposures and infections. Please remember to keep your distance, get vaccinated and boosted if you are able, and wear a mask while in public spaces indoors. Our hospitals and health care facilities are over stressed because of the ongoing pandemic.

Here are some resources regarding COVID-19:

  • CVHS Buckingham will do testing for anyone in the community, and as a FQHC have received sufficient tests to likely meet the county needs. Call them at 434-581-3271.
  • You can order free COVID-19 tests at www.covidtests.gov. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order FOUR free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
  • There will be free PCR Testing on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 from 12 noon-3 PM at the Buckingham Community Center on U.S. Route 15 across from FasMart. Another testing site will be held at the PEFYA Building on Layne Street (across from Davis Pontiac off of West Third Street) in Farmville from 1-4 PM.
  • A vaccination clinic will take place from 2-5 PM at Piedmont Senior Resources at The Shoppes at College Park at 1413 S. Main St. in the parking lot in front of Buffalo Wild Wings. Please bring your vaccination card, if able.

Winter Storm Preparation Resources

For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, click this link: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-preparedness/winter-weather-preparedness/.

February Meeting

Our next Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

A link to our agenda and full Board Packet will be uploaded mid-week before the Monday of our meetinghttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60. If there is an issue I can work on on your behalf, a question, or concern, please contact me.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Our Upcoming Jan. 10 2022 BOS meeting

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 Board Meeting.

We have four public hearings to hold Monday, a rezoning matter introduction (regarding Rock Wood Products), a special use permit introduction (regarding a commercial sawmill), a Burn Ban Ordinance/Emergency Ban on Burning, and a Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendment. We also will be reorganizing our Chairman/Vice Chairman leadership and our committees, among taking up various other matters.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, 2021, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Power Outages

As of this evening, Dominion Energy Reports there are 1,360 outages with 45 work projects currently going on in the County. More winter weather is expected tomorrow, so now is the time to prepare if you have not done so. In addition to stocking up on necessities, please check on your neighbors. Snow is expected to begin tonight and end tomorrow, Friday, early.

More from Dominion:

Dominion Energy has restored power to over 87% of the nearly 400,000 customers affected by Monday’s winter storm. As of 2:00 p.m., just over 43,300 customers remain without power. As our restoration and assessment efforts have progressed, we have identified significant additional damages and access challenges that will extend our restoration efforts in some areas. As a result, and despite around-the-clock work by 4,800 of our crews and 900 additional mutual aid workers, our restoration will extend beyond our original estimate in areas in and around Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and some smaller pockets where damage was particularly severe. We are now committing that nearly all customers affected by Monday’s storm will be restored by Friday evening. We are proactively communicating with customers whose restoration estimate is being extended.

We are also closely monitoring and making preparations for more winter weather overnight and into tomorrow morning. Any weakened trees or broken limbs from Monday’s storm may also cause trouble during tonight’s snow. In advance of the new storm, we are ensuring we continue to have enough equipment and manpower on-hand to handle impacts and will keep all crews currently engaged until we have restored all customers.

CVEC reports more than 250 outages in Buckingham. Out of the more than 38,000 CVEC customers, just under 7,000 remain out in their footprint.

For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, click this link: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-preparedness/winter-weather-preparedness/.

VDOT’s Lynchburg District reports primary roads are clear and secondary roads have been cleared from Sunday/Monday’s storm – with the exception of a few isolated locations with minor traffic implications still being handled.
The focus has now shifted to tonight’s storm, which will run into tomorrow morning. The highest impact and biggest snowfall amounts are expected to the north and west within the district. The storm is expected to move out of the area sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. Peak snowfall rates could reach as high as 3/4“ per hour.
We are also expecting fairly strong winds with this event, with gusts up to 25 miles per hour. That means downed trees and power lines could once again make roads treacherous. The advice remains, if you do not need to be on the roads during a storm event, please stay off of them and allow work crews to plow.
Primary and major secondary roads will be cleared first, to aid in emergency services and allow vital public agencies to continue to function.
If you must drive:
• Postpone travel as long as possible to give crews time to treat roads
• Before you leave, check road conditions and traffic cameras along your route on VDOT’s traffic and travel website, http://www.511Virginia.org
• Allow plenty of time to reach your destination
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you
• Brake lightly to keep your tires from slipping on slick pavement
• Do not pass snowplows
• Keep an emergency winter weather kit in your vehicle which includes food, water, first aid materials, tools and blankets – in the event of a breakdown or stoppage.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or contact us online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, Dec. 13 BOS Meeting Preview

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 Board Meeting.

We have several public hearings to hold Monday, including new redistricting voting maps, two small-scale solar projects, and a special use permit for events held by Historic Buckingham Inc. We will also discuss: a rezoning matter introduction (regarding Rock Wood Products) and a special use permit introduction (regarding a commercial sawmill), solar farm policy, replacement/repair of the high school roof, disbursement of federal relief funds, a Burn Ban Ordinance/Emergency Ban on Burning, and much more.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

DATE CHANGE: Our final Town Hall Meeting of 2021 will NOW be held WEDNESDAY, Dec. 15 at 7 PM via call in, Facebook Live, and Zoom. See more details as how to attend below. Many representatives will join us, namely from CenturyLink, whom I met with a few days ago, to update us on their infrastructure upgrades.

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Contact Me

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

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

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

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our most recent Monday, Nov. 6 Board Meeting, including information about an approved 149.5 megawatt solar facility in northeastern Buckingham, a siting agreement for the project, appointment of a new Planning Commissioner for the Maysville District, introduction of two very small-scale solar facilities, an update on our successes with the Anti-Litter Task Force, our next Town Hall meeting in December where CenturyLink will attend, an update from our EMS Department (Rescue Squad Transition), and various other updates.

149.5 Megawatt Solar Facility, Siting Agreement Approved

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

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

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

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

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

Hearings Set for December on Small Scale Solar Projects

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

EMS Transition Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Planning Commissioner

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

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

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

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Contact Me

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

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Our Upcoming Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 Meeting at 6 PM

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you much information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.

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

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

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

To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. You will receive notice with the link and/or telephone number necessary to connect virtually during the meeting. Please note: Please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments. All correspondence must be received only by the methods above, and are due by 12:00 PM the day of the meeting.

Ongoing Dialogue with CenturyLink

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

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

Contact Me!

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

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com