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Albemarle County Fire Chief Named Career Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Chief Eggleston to be recognized at the IAFC’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on August 27

Albemarle County is proud to announce that Dan Eggleston, Chief of the Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue, received the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing at the general session of Fire Rescue International (FRI), IAFC’s annual conference.

Safety Project Under Way on Rt. 53
Construction of right-turn lane at Milton Rd. will require lane closure, flagging

This week the Virginia Department of Transportation begins work to construct a right-turn lane at the intersection of westbound Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 729 (Milton Road) in Albemarle County, where limited sight distance is a safety concern. Excavation for the new lane will require a single lane closure on Route 53 with flaggers controlling traffic between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to drive with caution through the work zone and stay alert for changes to the traffic pattern.

Traffic Pattern Changing as Rt. 29 Projects Advance
Two intersections closing, two temporary signals active Sept. 9; all areas open for business

Two intersections along the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County will be closed in early September to accommodate construction activities on the Rio Road grade-separated intersection project. While the traffic pattern and access to some commercial entrances will change, all areas remain open for business. On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Virginia Department of Transportation will permanently remove the existing intersections on Route 29 at Fashion Square Drive and Albemarle Square. At both locations, the traffic signals will be deactivated and the crossovers blocked with barriers. Entrances into Fashion Square Mall and Albemarle Square will remain open to traffic making right turns into and out of both driveways.

Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment Study
The Albemarle County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment under consideration to adjust the Development Area Boundary and associated land use designation(s). This public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6 PM the County Office Building at 5th Street, Room A, 1600 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA.

Clarification of 2016 Revalidation Process of Albemarle County’s Land Use Assessment Program
Albemarle County is providing updated information to assist participants in the County’s Land Use Assessment Program in complying with the 2016 revalidation process. The 2016 process requires some additional information than has not been required in previous years. Some participants may find it difficult to provide all of the documentation by the September 1 deadline. It is important for those participants to realize that they can submit the initial application by the September 1 deadline, and then they have 90 days (until December 5) to submit the additional information required by this year’s revalidation process to avoid incurring any late fees.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District Awarded National Accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board
The Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD)* announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s Tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments. Staff at TJHD began working towards national accreditation standards in 2011, and as of Friday, August 7, 2015, is the second accredited health district in Virginia.