UPDATED: March BOS Meeting, COVID-19 Updates, Six Year Road Plan, Growing Our Economy, Route 60 Study, and Budget Meetings and Taxes

We had a very productive March 9, 2020 Board of Supervisors’ meeting. Below are some of the highlights. If you need more information about a topic, please contact me.

Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC), and Economic Development Administration (EDA) Representative Lauren Stuldreher, as part of her visit to see Planning District 14 in tandem with our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Review (CEDS), met in Buckingham with County Administrator Rebecca Carter, CRC Executive Director Melody Foster, and Zoning and Planning Director/Community and Economic Developer Nicci Edmondston.
  • Regarding the VDOT Six Year Improvement Plan, we proposed preliminary adding Avon Road, Pembleton Road, Old Fort Road, Hill Top Road and Plantation Road to the plan for surface treatment. Hunters Road and Red Road (the second half, last mile closest to Route 60) are currently on the plan and will remain as these projects have been allocated funding. The Board will meet again next month to sort out which roads from our respective districts we will add. If you have any suggestions as to road improvements and issues in District Four, please contact me.
  • As noted last night, back in February, county staff, myself, representing Buckingham on the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC), and Economic Development Administration (EDA) Representative Lauren Stuldreher, as part of her visit to see Planning District 14 in tandem with our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Review (CEDS), met in Buckingham. This approval of the CEDS, which I predict will occur in the coming weeks, will be a huge step forward for Buckingham and CRC members. In addition, a CEDS is a prerequisite for designation by EDA as an Economic Development District (EDD), which will allow us access to millions of dollars in money for economic development, infrastructure, small business development, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, etc. 
  • UPDATE: As you are aware, COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is spreading across the state and has been across the U.S. and worldwide. There’s a great deal of concern and alarm about this virus, but I’d offer that the best thing we can do (to avoid this AND the flu and other illnesses) is wash our hands, avoid large crowds, and limit contact with those who are ill or have medical issues. Today county staff put issued a notification email, text and call regarding COVID-19 and resources to empower our citizens to stay well. Please know our county staff are working with numerous agencies, namely the Virginia Department of Health, to ensure our safety and security. You can find more information about the state’s response, including the closure of Virginia’s public schools for two weeks, at www.buckinghamcountyva.org.
  • UPDATE: The Planning Commission Meeting has been canceled for March 16th.
UPDATE: THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED: VDOT is holding a Citizen Information Meeting on Thursday, March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ag Center on Route 60 regarding draft recommendations for potential corridor improvements along Route 60 through Buckingham and other counties. If you have interest in this, please plan on attending!
  • The Board of Supervisors is entering the budget season for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. As you know, much of what we do hinges on the actions of the General Assembly and their biennial budget, which will be voted on Thursday. I have been following this very closely, and there are many advantages and disadvantages to what the Governor, House of Delegates, and Senate are proposing. I will continue to update you on this. The Board will meet with the School Board on March 18 at 5 p.m. in the county administration complex, which will be followed by our budget work session at 6 p.m. I encourage you to attend if you have interest in how your money (tax dollars) are being spent! As I said during the campaign, I am committed to keeping our tax rates low and growing our tax base with new businesses while keeping an eye on ALL expenditures.
  • We had a handful of speakers during public comment, some of whom spoke about their opposition to the proposed ACP, support for Second Amendment Rights, and their disapproval of actions of the Virginia Legislature. If you ever wish to speak before the Board of Supervisors, please arrive to the meeting at least 5-7 minutes before 6 p.m. to sign up for comment in the lobby. I encourage public comment during our meetings.
  • Ashley Shumaker was appointed to the Planning Commission to Represent District 2.
  • We approved the release (which was already budgeted) of $50,000 to the Buckingham Volunteer Rescue Squad. This allocation was review was recommended by the Rescue Squad Committee, which includes county supervisors.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to call me or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me. I’d love to hear from you.

CVEC Broadband is on the way, upcoming March BOS meeting agenda, and other items

We’re headed out of what seems to be an easy winter and a fast spring in Buckingham, and your Buckingham Board of Supervisors has a busy agenda coming up for our 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020 in the Peter Francisco Auditorium at the County Administration Complex. I hope you can attend!

Before the 6 p.m. meeting, the Board will meet with VDOT at 5 p.m. to consider amending our Six Year Improvement Plan for state roads. I have many unpaved roads, including Red Road, Avon Road, Hunters Road, Knights View Lane, and others I plan on addressing with VDOT. If you have any road concerns, please contact me.

Here is a link to the full Board Agenda and Packet: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/march%209%202020%20bos.pdf. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Items for consideration or action include a presentation to the family of the late Sallie Atkinson Mowbray, a special use permit for a commercial garage and sale of ag-related equipment on Meadow Creek Road, road matters (see above), an update on the fire department’s tractor pull plans for this year, a budget request from Piedmont Senior Resources, consideration of releasing funding for the Buckingham County Rescue Squad, and an update from our Noise Ordinance Committee.

I am happy to speak with you before the meeting about any agenda items.

Talking with and learning about our most important asset…our young people

It was great being with the children at the Buckingham Pre-School on Friday, along with those at other schools across the county.

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to tour the Primary and Elementary School, the Middle School and the Pre-School in Buckingham. Learning about the needs and successes of our public schools is so important, especially as we enter the season of the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.

I am an ardent supporter of our public schools here in rural Virginia, with a focus on being financially prudent and responsible with an emphasis on keeping our taxes low.

Members of the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter, Zoning and Planning and Community Development Planner Nicci Edmontondston, Assistant County Administrator Karl Carter, and CVEC Director Dr. Brian Bates celebrate the broadband announcement on Friday.

CVEC is expanding rural broadband in Buckingham and Central Virginia

In case you missed the big news, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is expanding broadband internet in Buckingham and many other counties with using a $28 million USDA ReConnect Grant. Buckingham will see the first signs of expansion under this program.

This is great news for all of us here in Buckingham County and for CVEC’s customers and I am proud to support this great effort in getting high speed fiber optic broadband, not only to the Maysville District, but across Buckingham. This infrastructure will surely lead to more businesses locating here, more students able to complete research and do their homework more efficiently, more teleworking, and more growth overall in our county.

We are so grateful to CVEC, the USDA, our county staff, and everyone else who has worked so long and hard for this great milestone!

Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/central-virginia-electric-cooperative/central-virginia-electric-cooperative-receives-28-million-reconnect-award-from-u/10158108115633899/.

Progress at Sewer Expansion at Sprouse’s Corner at Routes 15 and 60

Work is progressing very well at Sprouse’s Corner with the expansion and installation of sewer capacity for the four corners at that Route 15 and Route 60 intersection.

This will bring more businesses and industry to this vital intersection in our community and Buckingham.

Before sewer was expanded at the intersection of Routes 20 and 15, there was little to no business and industry. Since sewer was installed there, we have seen Food Lion, Lucky’s, Farmer’s Bank, McDonald’s, and many other small and local businesses open up shop. I am confident the same will happen at Sprouse’s Corner once our project is complete!

Contact me!

Should you have any questions, concerns, comments or would like to discuss more, please do not hesitate to contact me at 434-390-7023 (call/text), email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by my house on Route 60.

Board of Equalization meeting dates, connecting more with broadband, Route 60, CRC work, and more updates

Months ago, it came to my attention that many landowners and homeowners in the Maysville District/District Four were concerned about their “Notice of 2020 Real Estate Assessment Change” from the County Reassessment Office, notably the increases in assessed values.

If you, as a taxpayer and homeowner or landowner, take issue with the assessment increase or decrease — I cannot stress this point enough — it is of the utmost importance for you to follow and understand the process by which you can appeal the assessment value.

The quick and short of it is that your values ARE NOT set in stone yet. Once the reassessment is completed, the values set by the assessors become the values used for taxing, subject to such changes can be made. You may appeal your assessment in writing or through a hearing with the Board of Equalization. The goal is of the assessment to maintain accuracy and consistency and to reflect current real estate market conditions.

According the Code of Virginia, the Board of Supervisors has no legal concern with the reassessment procedure. After the conclusion of the reassessment process, and during the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget cycle process, the Board of Supervisors will exercise its duty to set the tax rates for real estate, personal property, etc. for the fiscal year budget, and the real estate tax rate is contingent on the values set by the assessors.

This is the schedule of the Board of Equalization.

If you have questions or concerns about your assessment, you should contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 434-969-4972 or visit http://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/commissioner.html.

Click here to learn more information on understanding real estate assessment values and the process. Also, you can refer to the Code of Virginia for more information at https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title58.1/chapter32.

Working hard for Broadband and high speed internet

Buckingham County has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology’s Virginia Commonwealth Connect Broadband Team to work toward having more residents connected to high speed internet. This is a step in the right direction and one that I campaigned on and advocated for, toward empowering more residents, school children, and business owners to have the access they need to internet that will allow them to study and research, do business and sell products, and connect with each other.

In addition, Buckingham County has joined forces with the Virginia Local Broadband Network. This initiative is intended to serve as a platform for local broadband leaders to communicate, share strategies, and work with the Governor’s broadband team directly. I thank county staff for their hard work in pursuing these options.

I very much enjoyed meeting with representatives of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary during the Buckingham Chamber of Commerce meeting this week.

CRC Project Updates

I am very proud to represent Buckingham County on the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC) as a voting member of the council and its treasurer. We met Wednesday morning in Farmville to discuss project updates, planning activities, grant applications, and other regional matters.

The CRC provides a variety of technical and program services to member local governments. They include grant application assistance, management services for program implementation, development/update of Comprehensive Plans, transportation planning, and land mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) services.   

With the CRC’s direct assistance, the Town of Dillwyn is under contract with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for an awarded grant for a housing rehabilitation project. The two remaining homes as part of this grant funded project, will be put to bid once all inspections and ownership has been resolved. Also, as part of Dillwyn’s Phase IV Extended/Phase V of its VDOT funded Streetscape Project, once cost estimates have been worked out, the revised work plans and cost estimate will be submitted to VDOT for approval to advertise the project.

Route 60 Closure

I’d like to give a big hand, thank and commend Central Virginia Maintenance and Pipeline Services, Transco Pipeline, VDOT, our local and state law enforcement, and others involved in getting the pipeline that crosses Route 60 at Whispering Creek completed so soon this month. Despite heavy rain, crews worked around the clock, literally 24 hours a day, to get the job done and on time! Many thanks to them for their hard work.

Census Information

Survey regarding small business spaces

Attention all small business owners, freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, craftspeople, and creatives. Mid-Atlantic Broadband and GoVirginia need community input on proposed innovative office space in Southern Virginia.  Those who take the survey have the option to remain anonymous or to be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card. The survey is available exclusively online at www.investsova.com/survey.  This study is designed to gauge whether or not there is a need for additional coworking and makerspaces, the spaces’ desired offerings, and also the amount people would be willing to pay as a member or occasional user of such a space.  This region-wide study of market demand for coworking and makerspaces is being conducted by The Institute for Service Research, a full service market research and economic modeling firm with extensive experience in Southern Virginia. The study is part of a larger innovation and entrepreneurship strategy being developed by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) and Longwood University supported by funding by GO Virginia Region 3.  MBC and Longwood are urging people who plan to relocate or who currently work or live in the Southern Virginia Tobacco Region to complete the survey. The region includes Buckingham County. 

February 10, 2020 Board Meeting Summary and Updates

We had a long but very productive Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020! We heard from many, many people, and took actions to continue to promote business growth and better protect the citizens of our county. Below is a summary of actions we took. If you want more information from the full board agenda, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

It was great chatting recently with our State Delegate, Del. Matt Fariss, regarding issues of local and state importance.
  • I offered the motion, which passed unanimously, to appoint myself, District Three Supervisor Don Matthews, key county staff, Ron Hudgins (representing Kyanite), and businessmen and woman Sandra Moss, Keith Steger, Pete Kapuscinski, and Gary Cline to the newly-appointed Buckingham Business Development Committee. Zoning and Planning Administrator and Community Development Director Nicci Edmondston will serve as chairman of this facility. I am very proud of this initiative that Supervisor Matthews and I have been working on over the past several weeks. As I said Monday night, in Buckingham, though we face challenges like any other rural Virginia locality, we have lots to be excited for, and that is our upcoming review and rewrite of the Comprehensive Plan, which guides our future and details what we want the county to look like; the great potential of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, especially with regards to the gas tap; and the new position that Nicci Edmondston is filling in terms of her role in growing our economic development.
  • We graciously accepted another $200,000 donation from CAT Action Team to go toward efforts to improve our current Animal Control Facility.
  • Katie Lewis, who lives on Knights View Lane in the subdivision between the high school and middle school off of High School Road, proposed that the county take in the private road into the VDOT State Roadway System. VDOT will review this and report back.
  • My motion to adopt a resolution in honor and memory of the late Sallie Atkinson Mowbray passed unanimously.
  • The board unanimously adopted a motion I offered to allow the Sheriff’s Office to use a small portion of the former Love Landfill off of Andersonville Road for the purposes of a Shooting Range for only law enforcement officers. See details on the proposal on page 69 here. I visited all 20-plus homes that would be closest to the proposed shooting range along Andersonville Road, and an overwhelming majority were supportive of the Shooting Range, but some were concerned about noise. We did not vote on any funding or funding mechanisms, but only to allow permission to use the property (county owned) for this purpose. See below for answers to questions you all who I visited over the weekend posed.

I would like to thank you for the support you are giving to the Sheriff’s Office and the time you’ve taking to speak with the citizens along Andersonville Rd. This email is to address your concerns about the proposed firing range. 

The noise issue will be dampened greatly by the 12’ feet tall berms and the trees surrounding the range. The closest residence to the range is 718 yards away. At that distance, only a faint “pop” will be heard from each round fired. No training at the proposed range will violate the county noise ordinance. Aside from building an indoor shooting range, the design of the range is the best we can do to eliminate as much noise as possible. As for notifying the residents surrounding the range when is in use. The standard operating procedure is to place a red flag and signage indicating “Range In Use” at the front entrance to the landfill on Andersonville Rd.  

All Sheriff’s Deputies are issued a pistol (40 cal.), patrol rifle (223 cal.) and a shotgun (12 Ga). As directed by DCJS, each Deputy most qualify with all three firearms. Firearms qualification will take place 4 times a year that will also include night time qualification. However, specialized firearms training will be conducted as well. This type of training will include training with other Law Enforcement Agencies such as Virginia State Police and Conservation Police as well as Animal Control Officers. Other types of range use will consist of test firing firearms that have been repaired prior to re-issue and required firearms re-qualification once a Deputy has returned to duty after an injury. Also testing of new firearms and ammunition. In the event a new Deputy is hired, that Deputy will have to qualify with all three firearms prior to duty assignment or prior to attending the Police training academy. 

Unless things change in the future, only Law Enforcement and Animal Control Officers will be training on the range and a DCJS certified firearms instructor will be on site during all range use. According to EPA guidelines, no vapor barrier is needed unless we decide to construct a permanent structure that will be inhabited by humans. 

As to lead deposits at the range, the EPA does not consider lead discharged into dirt berms as hazardous waste until the range is no longer in use and the lead is not cleaned up. A lead abatement process needs to be in place in the event the range is shut down for whatever reason. The EPA has addressed this issue in the Best Management Practices guidelines. This abatement can be handled in a few different ways. First, a lead abatement company can be hired to separate the lead from the soil. Once cleaned up the soil will be redeposited on the berms and the lead sold to a recycling center. Average cost for an abatement company is upwards of $30,000 for berms containing at least 1 million rounds of ammunition. At the current staff of the Sheriff’s Office, it would take approximately 20 years before the agency would fire a million rounds into the soil. Second option is to rent a shakerscreener on an 8 to 10 year interval and use county employees as well as county equipment to recover the lead and redeposit the soil. This will  allow for the county to sell the lead to a recycle center. Rental costs for the shaker varies. Third option is to purchase our own shaker and use county equipment and manpower to clean the berms as needed. The cost of a shaker the size we would need is approximately $12,000.

  • The board approved Stephanie Rainey Roach, a realtor and former construction business owner, to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals, representing the Maysville District. I am proud to have nominated her.
  • The board made additional appointments to our Ad Hoc Noise Ordinance Committee, which include Supervisor Joe Chambers and Supervisor Donnie Bryan, the sheriff, citizen Eddie Slagle, and other county staff. We have heard from you on this subject and are taking action.
  • During discussion on inviting the School Board to a joint meeting at 5 p.m. on March 18, 2020, I noted that I would like school officials, not only to bring budgetary plans and narratives, but also to offer the Board of Supervisors insight into their past and foretasted division enrollment of students, along with efforts for all schools to reach full accreditation. I think these factors are crucial and vital when planning ahead for the future and budgeting. I am very much-pro education and I think public education is the great equalizer, and I want to see the successes of our schools and how they can be aided as well. I look forward to a robust conversation with the school board in March.

  • During the VDOT portion of the meeting, I brought up the following road issues:

Median sign down on 15 head north at Sprouse’s Corner

Walton’s bridge status on 602

Red Road project (the other half of the roadway will have to come from Rural Rustic funds, which I plan on putting forth for consideration in the Six Year Improvement Plan).

Rough patches and pot holes on Spencer road at Ranson Road and at bridge on Spencer road 

Width of bridge over Rosney Creek. VDOT says the bridge was built to VDOT Specs.

  • Ten people spoke during the public comment period. Topics included our Second Amendment Rights, which I support, the solid waste facilities, the new library, litter and junk cars, and the Colonial Pipeline improvement project that is resulting in the detour this week.

Other items

CTE & Electives Open House –Buckingham County High School is having a CTE and Electives Open House for 8th graders and their parents on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Click on the Read More link for details.

Buckingham Preschool Registration — Buckingham Preschool is holding its registration on Friday, March 13, 2020, and Friday, March 20, 2020. For times and additional requirements, please click on the Read More link.

Lots of Info: Upcoming Monday, February 10, 2020 Board Meeting Agenda, and more

There’s a lot in our upcoming Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting! I hope you’ll consider attending our meeting and engaging with us regarding agenda items and other issues.

The meeting agenda and packet can be found here: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/february%2010%202020%20bd%20pckt.pdf. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about any items, one of which includes the planning of a shooting range for the Sheriff’s Office on Andersonville Road on the site of the former Love Landfill. I want to hear your feedback!

During our January meeting, I was proud to have seconded and supported a motion by District Three Supervisor Don Matthews to re-start the Business Development Committee, focusing on new businesses and growth of existing businesses in our county. Click here for more information: https://www.farmvilleherald.com/2020/01/economic-development-committee-reestablished-in-buckingham/.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, there is a meeting of the Piedmont Area Habitat For Humanity in the Ag Center on Route 60. Here is for information: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Docs/County%20Admin/Application%20information%20meeting%202020%20-%204%20Counties%20pdf.pdf.

Again, there will be a temporary road closure in place along Route 60 East this month. More information can be found here: https://milesformaysville.com/2020/02/01/temporary-road-closure-detour-planned-due-for-colonial-pipeline-maintenance/.

Tonight, I had the pleasure of representing Buckingham County at the Rural Virginia Legislative Caucus Reception in Richmond, where I was able to meet with state officials and state senators regarding broadband, support for agriculture, agriculture diversification, and many other topics.

Senator Emmett Hangar speaks on the importance of investing in rural Virginia.

As always, should you need any assistance with any issue or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 434-390-7023 or email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov.

Jordan Miles

Supervisor, Maysville District/District Four

Temporary road closure & detour planned due for Colonial Pipeline maintenance

As part of a planned maintenance project, part of Route 60 will be closed in February due to Colonial Pipeline’s scheduled work.

The road closure will be temporary, planned between Monday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. through Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The project will include excavation of pipe of the pipeline, conducting maintenance work required, and restoring the road way and property.

Between these times, VDOT will close Route 60 between Rosney Road and Scotts Bottom Road. If inclement weather delays this project, the project may include Feb. 15 and 16.

During this work, traffic will be diverted using Route 15 to Bell Road, Main Street, and Scotts Bottom Road. Local traffic can still use Route 60 for access, except for the area between Rosney Road and Scotts Bottom Road.

Below are the letter from Colonial Pipeline and maps of the impacted area.

January 2020 Meeting Summary

First, as I was jogging today, it (again) dawned on me how blessed and proud I am to represent you and your families in the Maysville District on the Buckingham Board of Supervisors. I thank God and you all for this opportunity. I hope you know it is truly my honor to be your voice on the board, and to do that successfully, I need to hear from you on what’s important to you and your family. Please never hesitate to call/text me at 434-390-7023 or email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov or visit me at my home (13170 W. James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham).

During our meeting on Monday, I expressed my desire, while representing and working hard for you and District Four on the board, my commitment in working with my fellow board members as a team. I seek to learn from my fellow supervisors and to represent your values and interests in the Maysville District.

Board Actions from January 13, 2020

If you have any questions or concerns about the following or anything I didn’t cover on the agenda (see prior post/email), please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  • The board appointed District Five Supervisor Harry Bryant as Chairman and District Three Supervisor Don Matthews as Vice-Chairman. The board also adopted bylaws (operating rules).
  • The board a public hearing planned regarding a zoning text amendment (regarding private parks and playgrounds).
  • During VDOT matters, I brought up the issues, among others, you have told me about Red Road and the need to complete the surface treatment on the Route 60 end. VDOT also addressed a petition presented by Jessy Warner, signed by many residents and neighbors on Route 15 near Sprouse’s Corner, about extending the 45 MPH speed limit from just south of Sprouse’s Corner to Andersonville Road, which I support. VDOT will perform a traffic study and return in about two months with results.
  • Robinson, Farmer & Cox reported on their financial audit regarding the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit, which was returned with an unmodified or “clean” audit.
  • There were many committee appointments, and I am proud to say that I will represent District 4 on the Utilities (Sewer and Water) Committee, and will represent Buckingham on the Commonwealth Regional Council (where today I was appointed Treasurer) and on the Crossroads Community Services Board (CSB).
  • I also voted in favor of creating two new committees: One in which to create to form a committee to draw new businesses and industry into the county and better market our county, which I offered the motion for, and another to address recycling needs across the county. Expanded recycling is one issue that many of you brought up during the campaign, and I am proud to support this.
  • The Board voted in favor of a request for an easement from the engineer who is designing the utilities for the new hotel on Wingo Road off of Route 15 that they needed for the purpose of a sewer lateral. This project will invest more than $6 million into our county and bring several jobs with it.
  • I also voted in favor of resolutions to memorialize the late Brady Jones and to honor Dan Senger.
  • Emergency Management Coordinator Cody Davis, along with District One Supervisor Bobby Jones, offered a report from the Amish Safety Committee. Their report was extensive, and their work has included proposed actions, such as more signage, vehicle reminder stickers, the Amish considering additional white or amber strobes on rear of buggies, a comprehensive “Share the Road” educational campaign, distributions of literature with county decal purchases, partnering with the school division to include additional curriculum in driver’s education courses, and holding a “Safety Day” in conjunction with Historic Buckingham’s Mayfest in May of this year. I expressed my support for these innovative measures in that distracted driving is the root of many of these issues, which not only include horses and buggies, but joggers, tractors, walkers, bicyclists, and other slow moving vehicles. The Amish community is going to be polled for these and various ideas to improve their safety and ours.
  • I expressed concern, which was shared by the board, regarding bills being considered by the Virginia General Assembly that would result in less control by localities, especially rural counties, amid the growth and expansion of solar farms in our county and region. I will address that in another post.
  • As always, should you need any assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

There is work being performed as part of an exciting project at Sprouse’s Corner. This is a project that has been very long in the works. This is an over $1.2 million project that will not only bring businesses to this area, but a project is not being paid for by county taxpayers, but other granted funds the county has been seeking over the past several years. Photo below. After water and sewer were expanded to the Route 20 and 15 intersection, several businesses came. I am confident the same will happen at Sprouse’s Corner.

Maysville District Newsletter: January 2020

I hope your Christmas and New Year have been blessed, in good health and productive! 

Please take note of my newly established email address, jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, and use this for further email communications. Of course you can always call or text me at 434-390-7023. 

Here is the agenda and meeting packet for the Monday, Jan. 13 (6 p.m.) meeting: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/jan%2013%202020%20bos%20pckt.pdf. There is a public hearing planned regarding a zoning text amendment (regarding private parks and playgrounds). Please consider attending! If you can’t make it, I send out an after-meeting summary. But it would be great to see you. 

Please continue to pray for the Yoder and Lee families, who have been impacted by the tragic Amish buggy accident before Christmas. The Amish Transportation Committee, established by the Board of Supervisors, is taking this very seriously. You can donate to the Yoder family by contacting Wise Ridge Country Store at 434-983-1111 or stopping by the store on Route 15 South.

As I noted last month, the reassessment notices have been mailed to all land owners. For more information on this and the process to appeal, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at 434-969-4972.

I had the opportunity to attend, along with Assistant County Administrator Karl Carter, a VACo forum on the governor’s proposed fiscal year 2020-2022 budget, which will impact all localities, including Buckingham.

I had the opportunity to attend, along with Assistant County Administrator Karl Carter, a VACo forum on the governor’s proposed fiscal year 2020-2022 budget, which will impact all localities, including Buckingham. Here is a link with more information: https://www.vaco.org/finance-forum-previews-busy-general-assembly-session-ahead/ Let me know any questions you have. 

There is work being performed as part of an exciting project at Sprouse’s Corner. This is a project that has been very long in the works. This is an over $1.2 million project that will not only bring businesses to this area, but a project is not being paid for by county taxpayers, but other granted funds the county has been seeking over the past several years. Photo below. After water and sewer were expanded to the Route 20 and 15 intersection, several businesses came. I am confident the same will happen at Sprouse’s Corner.

Sprouse’s Corner Sewer Expansion

Please consider ways to continue supporting our youth this new year, such as attending a basketball or other winter sporting game. Visit bcpschools.org  for more information. 

Here is a link for planned VDOT road work. Be aware of bridge work being done on Route 60 East of Sprouses Corner and the bridge is restricted to one lane. http://www.virginiadot.org/VDOT/Travel/Travel_Alerts/Lynchburg/asset_upload_file503_29807.pdf. Use caution in this area. 
As always, should you have an issue or questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me or text me at 434-390-7023, or email me here, or even drop by and visit. I’d love to hear from you and am always open to listen. 
I’m proud to represent you and your family on the Buckingham Board of Supervisors!

Take care, Jordan Miles
Thomas Jordan Miles IIIDistrict Four Supervisor (Maysville)

Note change in email: jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188Buckingham, Va. 23921

434-390-7023 (voice/text)


Board Meeting Summary — December 2019

I’m pleased to offer you a strictly factual summary of some of the high points of the Monday, Dec. 10, 2019 Buckingham Board of Supervisors’ meeting last night. If you’d like my opinion on any of these agenda items, of if you want more information on any agenda item I summarized or didn’t, please don’t hesitate to email, call, or text me. We can even meet if you’d like. A great deal of information pertaining to context for the below items can be found in the board packet at: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2019/dec%209%202019%20bos.pdf . Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions.

  • Consideration of a Resolution of the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors In Support of Second Amendment Rights — This resolution was unanimously adopted.
  • Public Comments — Most spoke in favor of the Resolution Regarding Supporting the Second Amendment, while a few spoke in favor of more gun control and concern regarding gun violence.
  • Public Hearing:  Consideration of Lessening the Board of Equalization’s Setting Time for Hearing — This hearing was held with no speakers. The board took no action on lessening the Board of Equalization’s setting as many landowners have seen increases in their reassessment statements.
  •  Public Hearing for the Trans Tech Alliance Ordinance — Following the public hearing, the board adopted the bylaws of the alliance, also known as Virginia Growth Alliance (VGA), and also decided to give its 6-month notice to leave the organization.
  •  Introduction of Zoning Application 19-ZTASUP268, Allen Perkins to Add Privately Owned Parks and Playgrounds to the list of Special Use Permits in the Agricultural 1 Zoning District — The board set a public hearing in January during its regular meeting on this matter.
  • Rescue Squad Committee Recommendation to Release $50,000.00 of the $195,000.00 Appropriation to the Buckingham County Rescue Squad — The board agreed to this. This totals $100,000 for this fiscal year from the county from the $195,000.
  • Consider Regional Airport Authority Concept Investigative Committee Appointees — District Three Supervisor Don Matthews, along with County Staff, were appointed to this investigative committee.
  • Consider Recognition of Trevor Agee for his Achievements with the National FFA Convention and Expo — Board Chairman Donnie Bryan presented Trevor with the adopted resolution.
  • Consider Resolution of Tribute to Willie Marshall Pete Agee and Extending of Sympathy to his family — Board Chairman Donnie Bryan presented members of the Agee Family with the adopted resolution.
  • Consider Resolution to the Virginia General Assembly petitioning for the Scenic River Designation of a segment of the James River –— The board agreed to this matter.

Dec. 4, 2019: Upcoming Board Meeting and Events

As promised during my campaign, I am in the beginning stages of starting a  newsletter to those living in the Maysville Voting District/District 4, and to those who have shown interest in such a newsletter, which will be emailed on a monthly basis, at minimum.

  • To kick things off, I am attaching the agenda and board packet for the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting for Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 at 6 p.m. See the attachment. I will send a summary of the board’s actions and discussions following the Monday meeting. Here is a link to the full board packet: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2019/dec%209%202019%20bos.pdf  
    Also, Buckingham County Administration, Comm. of Revenue, and Treasurer’s Office will have extended office hours for the week of 12/2 – 12/6. 8:30 AM-5 PM.  
  • The reassessment notices have been mailed to all land owners. For more information on this and the process to appeal, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at 434-969-4972 or Reassessment Office at 434-969-5026 or email reassessment@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov
  • Also, in order to insure the county has adequate fire protection and to keep the fire hydrants in proper working order, the county has scheduled their hydrant maintenance. Fire hydrant flushing has been scheduled through December 13th , 2019, excluding weekends.You may experience some discoloration in the water as they flush the hydrants.The water will still be safe for consumption. You may wish to consider taking precautions when washing any white clothing. 
  • Finally, I hope you can join the community for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Here are details: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Docs/County%20Admin/2019%20tree%20lighting.pdf.

If you have any other issue or matter you would like to discuss, please let me know. 
I will continue to add (and remove) email addresses to this newsletter/update as addresses come in. Feel free to suggest to me others living in the Maysville District who wish to be on the mailing list. If you wish to be removed from the mailing list, just let me know and I will do so. 

I pray you and your families have a great holiday season and a very Merry Christmas. I look forward to representing you and your family in the New Year (starting Jan. 2020)! 

If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or at 434-390-7023 (call or text).