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Albemarle Supervisors Respond to Proposed Legislation
A state budget amendment that could significantly impact the planned Route 29 Solutions infrastructure investment in Albemarle County was introduced this week in the General Assembly by Delegate Rob Bell. This proposed legislation has not been presented to or ever discussed with the Albemarle County Board, and the Board has not requested this legislation. Because of the importance of this issue to our community, and our responsibility as the locally elected governing body for decision making regarding major infrastructure projects in the County, we would like to take this opportunity to clearly state the Board’s adopted position on the Route 29 Solutions Package.

VDOT Issues Notice of Intent to Award Rt. 29 Solutions Design-Build Contract
Transportation board will consider recommendation for award at Feb. 18 meeting

The Virginia Department of Transportation this morning informed Lane-Corman Joint Venture of its intent to award the contract to design and construct three Route 29 Solutions design-build projects to the team.

3 Firms Submit Price Proposals for Route 29 Solutions Projects
Final ranking, notice of intent to award contract will be posted on VDOT’s website

Three design-build teams submitted price proposals to design and construct the three projects included in the Route 29 Solutions design-build package. Those proposals were opened this morning at the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Central Office in Richmond. VDOT sought proposals to build the three projects using a two-phase, best value Design-Build project delivery process.

AWARE Symposium
Monticello High School, with Help Save the Next Girl and the Albemarle County Police Department, will be hosting its first AWARE (Always Watch and Recognize (your) Environment) – Help Save the Next Girl Symposium.

Design Public Hearing
Hydraulic Rd. & Barracks Rd. Sidewalk Improvements | Project Number: 9999-002-R45 (UPC: 102886)

A Design Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Jack Jouett Middle School cafeteria. The purpose of this event is to provide information and receive public comments related to the Hydraulic/Barracks Road Sidewalk Improvement project. A brief presentation on the project will be made at 6:45 pm and 7:45 pm (the same presentation will be given each time). The public will be provided an opportunity to review the preliminary engineering design plans, the schedule, and right-of-way acquisition information. Project engineers and County staff will be available to receive and respond to questions about the projects.

Dick Woods Rd. Bridge Over Ivy Creek Closes Jan. 26
VDOT will detour traffic using Routes 250 and 677 while replacement bridge is constructed

Next Monday, Jan. 26, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville will begin work to replace the Route 637 (Dick Woods Road) bridge over Ivy Creek in Albemarle County, weather permitting. The bridge is located one half-mile south of Route 250 (Ivy Road).

County Offices Closed in Observance of Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Albemarle County Local Government offices, including Albemarle County Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and Sheriff's Office will be closed on Friday, January 16, 2015 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day, and on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The School Division will also be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Black Cat Road in Keswick Closes Jan. 19 for Bridge Replacement
VDOT project will replace aged railroad bridge; detour established for motorists

Next Monday, Jan. 19 the Virginia Department of Transportation and contractor Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville will begin work to replace the Route 616 (Black Cat Road) bridge over Buckingham Branch Railroad in Albemarle County, weather permitting. The bridge is located approximately 0.4 mile south of Route 22 (Keswick Road).

Auxiliary Police Officers Ceremony
As we mark the one year anniversary of the Auxiliary Police Officers Program, the Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to recognize the service of our Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs). Since graduating from the program last January, the six Level III APOs have worked 2,355.25 hours. Their time volunteering for the department equals a cost savings of $57,680.07.

County Offices' Holiday Closures
County Offices will be closed from December 24, 2014 through December 26, 2014 and from January 1, 2015 through January 2, 2015 in observance of the winter holidays.

Christmas Tree Recycling Details Announced!
It’s almost that time of year again! As in the past, the Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning December 26, 2014 through January 18, 2015. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects discarded Christmas trees which are chipped into mulch and then offered to the public at no cost. This program has collected an average of 2300 trees annually since 1988, when the program began. This yields over 109 cubic yards of mulch. Not only does this recycling program provide citizens a place to dispose of a potentially large and cumbersome item, it also reduces the impact on our landfill.

Bids Received for Rt. 29 / Rt. 250 Interchange Improvements
Two construction companies submitted bids to build the improvements to the Route 29 / Route 250 interchange in Charlottesville. That project is the first roadway improvement in the Route 29 Solutions package to advance to construction.

Online Tracking of Private Property
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to share some valuable information about how you can document and protect your personal belongings. Should you become the victim of theft or fraud, it is incredibly important to have an inventory of your valuables. This is especially relevant around the holidays when many people are buying new electronics and gifts.

Improving Citizen and Police Relationships
A groundbreaking breakfast was held Thursday morning to address the issue of police and community relations. The three police chiefs, Chief Tim Longo with the Charlottesville Police Department, Chief Michael Gibson with the University of Virginia Police Department and Colonel Steve Sellers with the Albemarle County Police Department, met with Pastors Alvin Edwards, Lehman Bates, Hodari Hamilton, and Xavier Jackson. The meeting was a crucial step in addressing concerns and developing real strategies to achieve specific goals.

Voter Registration Office Closed December 15
The Albemarle County Department of Voter Registration and Elections will be closed, on Monday, December 15, 2014, for a staff development day.

Shenandoah National Park Proposes Revised Fee Structure
In compliance with a nation-wide review being conducted by the National Park Service, officials at Shenandoah National Park are inviting the public to comment on proposed entrance fee increases for the park. No increase in camping fees is currently proposed. Fees collected at the park are critical to the park’s operation. Eighty percent of fees collected stay in the park for visitor related projects and services. The other twenty percent are distributed to other national parks that
do not collect fees.