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County Offices Will Close in Observance of Labor Day
8/31/2016
All Albemarle County Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, September 6, 2015 as scheduled.

Woodbrook Community Meeting on Tuesday, September 6
8/29/2016
Changes to the Plan for a New Woodbrook—No Second Floor, Fewer New Students

A community information meeting on a project that would modernize and expand Woodbrook Elementary School will be held in the school’s media center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. The Woodbrook project is one of four that comprise a bond referendum that will be on Albemarle County ballots this Election Day, November 8. Collectively, the projects would improve 25 schools across the county. If approved by voters, the referendum would authorize the issuance of up to $35 million in General Obligation Bonds.


League of Women Voters to Conduct Public Information Forums on Albemarle County Bond Referendum on October 4, 11 and 26 at Three Local High Schools
8/25/2016
For the first time in more than 40 years, voters in Albemarle County will have the opportunity to cast ballots on a bond referendum that would impact local public schools. This November 8, the ballot in Albemarle County will include not just candidates for President of the United States and for Congress, but also a question on whether the county should issue $35 million in general obligation bonds to finance improvements at 25 of 26 school facilities. Schools in all three of the county’s feeder patterns are involved.

Albemarle County Ranks Second in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
8/3/2016
For the fourteenth year in a row, Albemarle County has been named among the top ten most technologically advanced, cutting edge county governments of its size in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their annual Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County, which competed with hundreds of counties nationwide, ranks second in the nation and first in Virginia in utilizing information technology to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.

CACVB Announces the ‘Capture Charlottesville and Albemarle’ Photography Contest
7/26/2016
Deadline to Submit Photos is September 16, 2016

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today a lucrative summer photography contest designed to identify the most captivating pictures of both Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The ‘Capture Charlottesville and Albemarle’ Photography Contest asks visitors and local photographers to share their most captivating snapshots of the area and compete for one of three cash prizes. The grand-prize winner will receive $1000, with $500 and $250 prizes going to two runner-up participants. The CACVB invites both amateur and professional photographers to submit their best entries. Winners will be announced in early October 2016.


New Transfer Station coming to the Ivy Materials Utilization Center
7/20/2016
The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) and Albemarle County are pleased to announce that a new transfer station will be constructed on a parcel of land at the existing Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC) site. The new transfer station will be designed to meet all current regulatory requirements for solid waste handling while creating a more user-friendly experience by reducing wait times, improving traffic flow through the site, alleviating traffic congestion on household hazardous waste amnesty days, and providing room to streamline enhanced recycling at a future date. The new facility will retain existing services, including “tag-a-bag” household waste disposal, mulching, and special collections. 

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Announces Latest Graduates from Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Fire Officer Academy
7/15/2016
Albemarle County is proud to announce that today two Fire Rescue captains, Captain Phillip Burkett from Monticello Fire Station and Captain Meade Whitaker from Hollymead Fire Station, will graduate from the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Fire Officer Academy.

Crozet Park Parking Lot Improvements
7/14/2016
The parking lot at Claudius Crozet Park is being improved this summer. The purpose of this work is to provide additional parking and create a more efficient circulation pattern that enhances pedestrian safety. Construction began on Tuesday, July 5, and is expected to continue through Saturday, October 5. During this construction period, please consider the parking area an active construction site. Drive slowly, be alert, and follow all posted signage. Work is being staged in order to provide parking at all times, so available parking areas will shift as work progresses. Handicap spaces will be available along the front of the building throughout much of the project. Disruption to handicap spaces will be held to a minimum. Construction work will wrap up by 3 pm to accommodate the Crozet Gators Swim Meet on July 20.

Albemarle County and Smart Cville Announce Budget Visualization Tool
7/13/2016
Albemarle County is excited to announce the launch of an online budget visualization tool created by Smart Cville, a locally-based non-profit organization whose mission is the advancement of open data, civic innovation, and technology-driven solutions throughout local government. Smart Cville’s budget visualization tool allows the public to understand where the County’s revenues come from and how they are spent in a simple, straightforward manner. Visitors to the site can input their annual property tax and fees and see how that money is expended, broken down by categories such as Public Safety, Health and Welfare, Community Development, and more. Additionally, visitors can view budget information from as far back as 2011 and easily see how spending has changed for a particular category over time. To explore the County budget visualization site yourself, visit http://albemarle.smartcville.com.

Albemarle County Conducting Small Area Plan in the Vicinity of Rio / 29
7/11/2016
A small area plan is a tool used to define a detailed plan for urban development and redevelopment in a focused area of strategic importance for the County. Small area plans also create road maps for implementation.The small area plan will incorporate the new Rio Road grade-separated intersection with future land use, transportation and capital projects in the area.To learn more and to get involved in the development of the Rio/29 small area plan, visit online at www.albemarle.org/Rio29SAP or in person at the lobby at Northside Library. Sign up for the Places29 A-mail distribution list at www.albemarle.org/amail to receive notifications about the small area plan progress, meetings, and other events.