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County Offices Close for Thanksgiving
In recognition of Thanksgiving, County offices will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Offices will reopen on the usual schedule on Monday, November 30, 2015.

Carrsbrook Drive Pipe Replacement Project Closure Update
Reminder that a full closure of Carrsbrook Drive between Indian Spring Road and Marlboro Court will begin at 7:30 AM Monday morning, November 16, 2015 for the duration of the project. The project is expected to be completed within 4 weeks. This is a joint-project with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Due to the deteriorating condition of the pipes and concerns about a future failure, the project is proceeding as soon as possible.  We regret the inconvenience this will cause, especially over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

Grand Opening Celebration of the Scottsville Supply Company Set for November 21
Scottsville Supply Company, a small, locally-owned bee supply and gift store, is gearing up to celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM. The ceremony will be held at the store, located at 531 Valley Street in historic Scottsville, and will be attended by Scottsville Town Council members and representatives from the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.

Crozet and Pantops Sidewalk Projects Update
Crozet Avenue North and the State Farm Boulevard / South Pantops Drive sidewalks projects were combined into a single project for bidding under VDOT's Revenue Sharing program. As previously announced, the lowest bid for this project came in approximately $300,000 over the project budget. As a result, on November 4 the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to adjust the project scope as follows:
  • The Crozet Avenue North sidewalk will be constructed in its entirety from St. George Avenue to the Old Crozet Elementary School.
  • The State Farm Boulevard sidewalk will be reduced in scope to build only the portion between Route 250 and Hickman Road. The segment between Hickman Road and South Pantops Drive will not be included at this time but additional funding will be requested to complete this section in the future.
  • The South Pantops Drive sidewalk connection will be bid as an additive alternate.

Carrsbrook Drive in Albemarle County Closed November 16 - December 11
Motorists detoured during drainage pipe rehabilitation

A portion of Route 854 (Carrsbrook Drive) in Albemarle County will be closed to through traffic for drainage pipe rehabilitation work beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. The road will be closed between Route 1432 (North Indian Spring Road) and Route 1419 (Marlboro Court) for approximately four weeks while crews make repairs to a drainage structure under the roadway. The road is expected to reopen the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 11, weather permitting.

Downtown Crozet Streetscape Project, Phase 2, Receives Honorable Mention in Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance 2015 Transportation Engineering Awards
Albemarle County is proud to announce that Phase 2 of the Downtown Crozet Streetscape project has received honorable mention in the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance’s (VTCA) 2015 Transportation Engineering Awards. This recognition comes nearly a year after the completion of Phase 2 of the Crozet Streetscape project was celebrated, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, by a grateful community.

Carrsbrook Drive Update
The Carrsbrook Drive Pipe Replacement Project is finally underway. A pre-construction meeting was held with the ACSA and VDOT this past week and in an effort to complete this important project before the winter and Christmas holidays, the project will begin next week.

Albemarle County Announces Video-Streaming
Albemarle County is pleased to announce that residents are now able to watch live and archived Board of Supervisor meetings on their computer or mobile device! This new video-streaming system dovetails with the new agenda management system and legislation tracking tool the County introduced in May, 2015. Combined, these new systems provide simplified tracking of legislation from inception through approvals and actions taken. Additionally, with video-streaming, we are now able to connect videos directly to agenda items!

Notice Regarding 2015 2nd Half Real Estate Tax Bills for Albemarle County
During the process of uploading mortgage company files as part of the Finance Department's tax bill processing work for the 2015 2nd Half Real Estate Tax Bills, a file identifying Lereta, LLC as the mortgage company on property accounts that were not Lereta's was accidentally and erroneously uploaded - unfortunately as a result of this error the incorrect mortgage company information was printed on the bills of the affected properties. Those bills were mailed out late last week.

If you feel you may have been one of the affected taxpayers, please visit for more information.

Albemarle County to Receive Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative (VATPI) Grant
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Albemarle County will receive $75,000 in grants through the Virginia Telecommunication Planning Initiative (VATPI). The VATPI program provides funding for communities to develop a comprehensive community-based telecommunications plan.

Albemarle County Introducing Digitial Scan Voting Machines
The Albemarle County Department of Voter Registration and Elections wants to alert voters that a new, digital scan voting system will be used in all County voting precincts in the upcoming November 3, 2015 general election. The previously used “touchscreen” voting machines have been replaced by the new voting systems as a result of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s mandate which requires jurisdictions move toward the use of digital scan technology.

The Brand New Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in Crozet Invites Community to Take Part in Program
Ephemeral nature art will be discussed at the October 24th event

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is happy to announce the third event in a series of free programs offered at the brand new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center located in downtown Crozet. Dan Mahon, Albemarle County’s Park and Greenway Guy, invites everyone to a lively discussion about art and nature, followed by a wild ‘art safari’ into the Mint Springs Valley Wilderness. Guests will meet on Saturday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center before traveling to Mint Springs (guests must use their own transportation). Photography enthusiasts will have wonderful opportunities to capture unique shots on this excursion.

Local Artist to Represent Albemarle County on the Holiday Tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion
This December, the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond will be adorned with ornaments handmade by artisans/artists from communities all over Virginia in honor of the theme, “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.” Albemarle County is excited to be represented on the tree with a one-of-a-kind ornament, handmade by local artist Lynn Eheart, that uniquely reflects the quality of life and attributes of Albemarle.

Community Forum on "Free Range Parenting"
“Free-range” parenting has been a hot topic in recent months in the news and in online forums after two Maryland children were detained while walking home from a local park. As a parent of young children, it can be difficult to gauge when and in what situations it is appropriate to leave a child unsupervised.  “Am I going to be arrested for having my children walk home from the bus?” “How far is too far from home?” "Can I leave my child in the car if it is only going to be for two minutes so I can pay for gas?" “What does ‘appropriate supervision’ look like?”

Board Receives FY15 Preliminary Unaudited End of Year Financial Report
The Board of Supervisors today received the Unaudited Annual Financial Report for FY15. While the external audit of the County’s FY15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is still a work in progress, staff believes that the information presented today is materially correct and accurate.

Albemarle County Ranks Seventh in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
For the thirteenth 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 2015 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County, which competed with over 400 counties nationwide, ranks seventh in the nation in utilizing information technology to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.

The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot Hosts Joint Opening Celebration on October 9
This family-friendly event will feature local artisan exhibits, live music, and art activities for children

The community is cordially invited to join in the celebration on Friday, October 9th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., as the new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot will host a grand opening extravaganza. Kicking off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference, the grand opening festivities will include local artisan exhibits, live music, and art activities for children, compliments of Torn Paper Collage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chiles Peach Orchard will provide apple cider donuts, and Generations 102.3 FM will broadcast live from the event. Starr Hill Brewery is proud to join in the celebration by providing a discount all day on pint beers, at their tasting room located just down the road. Following the opening celebration will be an after-party with the Artisans, concluding at 8:00 p.m.

Albemarle County Announces Application Deadline for ACE Program
Applications accepted through October 31

Albemarle County is accepting applications through October 31, 2015 for the upcoming round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a voluntary, non-regulatory program established to protect land and working farms in the rural area. Any landowner in the County whose land is worthy of protection after an ACE evaluation is eligible. This evaluation process system scores and ranks properties by 17 different criteria that measure conservation value including: 1) open space resources (such as size of parcel and whether it joins a permanently protected area); 2) threat of conversion to development and; 3) natural, cultural, historical or scenic resources (such as mountaintops, working family farms, important viewsheds, scenic highways and rivers, watersheds, productive soils and historically significant properties). Any property that scores a minimum of 20 points is eligible for consideration, however, properties in the applicant pool with the highest point total have the highest priority. The Program will pay up to 100% of easement value depending on an applicant’s average adjusted gross income over the previous 3 years.

Featured Events
Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee
11/23/2015, 4:30 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Pantops Community Advisory Council (PCAC)
11/23/2015, 6:15 PM
County Offices Close for Thanksgiving
11/25/2015, 12:00 PM
Various Locations
5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee
11/30/2015, 7:00 PM
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
12/2/2015, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Meeting with State Legislators
12/4/2015, 12:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)

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