Message from the County Administrator
This message is a monthly update in 2012 to better update our citizens and visitors to the website. The information serves as a status report for ongoing projects, and also serves as a preview to different happenings that are in the planning stages.
County government offices will be closed Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 4.
The Public School Division will begin classes on Tuesday, September 4. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in school zones and yield to busses and students walking.
The Board of Supervisors will hold its meetings this month at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 25 in the Board Room of the County Administration Building.
A worksession at 5 p.m. has been tentatively scheduled to precede the September 11 meeting. Tentative topics to be discussed at the worksession are: Update on relocation of certain County offices and the use of private roads in residential subdivisions.
A worksession at 5 p.m. has been tentatively scheduled to precede the September 25 meeting. The topic is an overview of the County’s participation in the Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART) program and to discuss renovations to the Old Carson School for use by the Carson Volunteer Fire Department.
The Board of Supervisors will hold three public hearings as part of its September 11 meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the following matters:
--Rezoning request from developer Jimmy Jones on parcels located in the Jefferson Park area.
--Special exception request from developer Jimmy Jones on parcels located in the Jefferson Park area.
--Ordinance amendment on nuisance animals and limits on dogs in residential zones.
The Board of Supervisors will hold five public hearings as part of its September 25 meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the following matters:
--Four special exceptions for hotels to comply with amended County ordinance on extended stay lodging.
--Ordinance amendment defining discarded material.
Plans will be announced at the September 11 meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding the opening of the new Animal and Adoption Center.
Mandatory water restrictions continue this month for customers on the Prince George Utility System.
The Fall Sports Tourism season will get underway September 1-2 with the Kevin Ferguson Memorial Baseball Tournament and September 29-30 with the Fall Odd Age Group State Tournament. Both will be played at Prince George High School and Moore Middle School. The tournaments are hosted by the Swamp Things Baseball Organization.
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will hold a free workshop on Tuesday, September 18 at Redemption Inn & Conference Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. Business owners are encouraged to attend and receive information on new funding sources.
The Regional Heritage Center will commemorate the Great Beefsteak Raid on September 19 at Scott Park from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Prince George Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Community Yard Sale from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. September 15.
The Prince George Fire & Rescue Awards Picnic will be held from 12:00 Noon – 2 p.m. September 22 at Temple Park.
Prince George Farmer’s Market will be held September 8, 15, 22 & 29 beginning at 8 a.m. through 12:00 Noon. An expanded Farmer’s Market will be held on September 29 until 2 p.m. which will include crafts and food vendors.
The Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 12:00 on September 12 in the Recreation Office near Scott Park.
Members of the Board of Supervisors and County Staff will be attending the Virginia Association of Counties’ High Growth Coalition meeting September 14 in Fredericksburg.
The Volunteer Fire & EMS Chiefs Committee will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. September 20 at the Emergency Operations Center.
The Industrial Development Authority will hold a special meeting at 12:00 Noon September 25 at the Prince George Library.
The Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold its next meeting at 11 a.m. September 27 at the Emergency Operations Center.
The next meeting of the Riverside Criminal Justice Agency is 3 p.m. September 5 at the Hopewell Library.
Southside programs for adult continuing education GED testing will be held at Prince George High School September 26-27 from 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.
The Planning Commission will meet September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.
The Prince George Police Department will facilitate Drug Take Back Day on September 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Bland Building.
Prince George Promise will hold its next Board of Directors meeting at 2 p.m. September 21 in the Prince George Library.
The Hopewell-Prince George United Way will hold its kickoff luncheon September 13 at Jordan Point Golf Club.
The Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Shrimp Feast beginning at 4:30 p.m. September 27.
The Fort Lee Run for the Fallen will be held beginning at 10 a.m. September 15. Funds collected will go to support the CPT Jesse Ozbat Scholarship Fund.
Here is a capsule glance of other activities that will be happening within County government during the month of September:
· VDOT will unveil the results of its study of Route 460 to the Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting.
· The Board of Supervisors as part of its September 11 meeting will continue its discussion on a $20,000 funding request from Carson Volunteer Fire Department for its 50th anniversary celebration planned for October 13.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will discuss a proposal to advertise for a public hearing an ordinance that would give personal property tax relief for disabled veterans.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will continue discussion on a tabled item regarding waiving certain permit fees associated with renovation and reconstruction of facilities at Disputanta Ruritan Club.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will discuss the placement of new signs around the Courthouse Complex.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will consider a bid proposal for renovation of the Scott Park restrooms.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will consider approval of purchase of 123.75 acres near Scott Park and the Buren Property known as the “Tacon” parcel.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will discuss staggered elections for members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting will discuss current capacities for water and wastewater and potential opportunities to expand.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 25 meeting will discuss implementation of General Assembly actions in 2012.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 25 meeting will discuss revisions to the Fire Ordinance.
· The Board of Supervisors at its September 25 meeting will receive a report from Katie Sloan of Smart Beginnings.
· VDOT is moving forward with plans to widen Laurel Springs Road to assist with traffic concerns near Clements Junior High School. Construction is expected in 2013.
· The Planning Commission continues its work on modifications to the Comprehensive Plan. The changes will be brought before the Board of Supervisors by the end of the year.
· Renovations continue this month at the Old North Elementary School in preparation for Parks & Recreation to move its offices. Repairs are underway on the roof, restrooms and flooring.
· Fire and Rescue personnel continue to work with state officials to potentially lower the County’s insurance rating for property owners (ISO).
· Police and Fire & Rescue departments will be conducting a public campaign to remind property owners the importance of having address numbers that are visible at their home or business. This is key to a timely response.
· The Department of Environmental Quality will consider shortening the time needed to monitor the Prince George closed landfill. This could mean considerable budget savings for the County.
· County Staff continues to work with representatives of Munis to implement a new technology system.
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