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Back to School Safety
8/18/2014
As a new school year approaches, the Albemarle County Police Department would like to provide a few school safety reminders. For the first day of school on Wednesday, August 20, the ACPD will have additional officers monitoring areas around the schools and along bus routes. School Resource Officers and patrol officers will be on hand to help direct traffic and ensure a safe commute for the start of the new school year.

VDOT Holding Public Hearing on Proposed Berkmar Drive Extension Project
8/15/2014
VDOT will hold a location public hearing on the Berkmar Drive Extension project on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Doubletree Charlottesville Hotel. The public hearing brochure and comment sheet, as well as a display showing the three alignment alternatives, are available at www.route29solutions.org, under Information and Resources
 

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Revise Monthly Meeting Schedule
8/15/2014
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has revised their monthly meeting schedule to increase accessibility and to provide more frequent and convenient opportunities for engagement by citizens.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue and Western Albemarle Rescue Squad Holding Community Information Session Regarding Ambulance Billing and EMS Cost Recovery
8/14/2014
As a result of two new important changes to Albemarle County’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) billing program, Albemarle County Fire Rescue and Western Albemarle Rescue Squad will be holding a community information session on August 25, 2014 at the Crozet Library meeting room from 6:30 – 8:00pm.

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue Announces Citizens Fire Rescue Academy
8/4/2014
Have you ever wondered how heavy that firefighting gear really is? Try it on and see for yourself! Do you want to know why a fire engine shows up for a 911 medical call? Wonder why firefighters travel to the grocery store in the fire engine? Learn about a day in the life of Albemarle County Fire Rescue. The Citizens Fire Rescue Academy will answer questions you didn't know you had and offer experiences you won't soon forget.

National Night Out August 5th, 2014
7/29/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to invite the community to join us for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at Darden Towe Park on Pantops. The event is free for the public and will run from 5:30-8:30 pm.

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. The event compliments our efforts with Geographic-Based Policing and allows the Department to foster positive relationships with the citizens of Albemarle County. It is an opportunity to learn more about the Department and for us to hear from the citizens we serve.


VDOT Announces Request for Qualifications Issued for Rt. 29 Projects
7/28/2014
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from companies that may be interested in submitting bids for a design-build contract for three Route 29 (Seminole Trail) improvement projects.

Albemarle County Announces Several Important Changes to Ambulance Transportation Billing Program
7/28/2014
Albemarle County Fire Rescue officials are announcing two important changes to the County’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Cost Recovery program related to ambulance transportation.

On August 1, 2014, Albemarle County will initiate a Residents Program that will eliminate billing of residents and will only bill their insurance companies and non County residents for ambulance transport. It has always been Albemarle County’s goal to only collect for ambulance transport from insurance companies and non-residents, and the County recently received approval from the Office of the Inspector General to implement this Residents Program.


Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in Economic Benefit
7/25/2014
Report shows visitor spending supports 889 jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.

Albemarle County Announces Upgrades to Audio System in Lane Auditorium to Enhance Quality
7/24/2014
Albemarle County is pleased to announce that a new audio system installed in Lane Auditorium will increase the sound quality of meetings and live streaming for the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Planning Commission, and other groups that meet in that space. The new and improved system will improve the meeting experience for those in attendance and will provide better clarity for those listening on line.

New Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Forms and Process!
7/21/2014
On July 1st Albemarle County became a state VSMP authority. Also, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) transferred administration of their “General VDPES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities” (a.k.a. DEQ General Permit) to the County. You can find the new application form in the Engineering and WPO Forms Center. If you have a project in process or under construction, you may need to make an application with the County. You will need to provide the full Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  More thorough instructions can be found in this letter.

Albemarle County Ranks Second in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
7/16/2014
For the twelfth 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 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County ranks second 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 highest ranking ever received by Albemarle.

Second Community Meeting Scheduled for Regional Firearms Training Center
7/14/2014
Attendees will review schematic design concepts.

Albemarle County is working with regional partners to develop a regional firearms training center on Milton Road in eastern Albemarle. The center will provide unprecedented training and education in the use of firearms and will improve the safety and effectiveness of our local law enforcement agencies.  There will be a second community meeting regarding the new training center at the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6 - 7:30 pm.   All interested citizens are encouraged to attend to receive an update on the project and to review schematic design concepts for the facility.   A third community meeting will be held in August to review results of a sound study being conducted as part of the project.


Finance Office Temporary Closures
7/9/2014
Albemarle County Revenue and Taxation and Business Taxation Divisions of the Finance Department will be closed to the public on Friday, July 11, 2014, and Monday, July 14, 2014, due to a system conversion that will provide more efficient customer service to our citizens.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Receive Accolades from Five Leading Media Outlets
7/7/2014
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to announce that Charlottesville and Albemarle County have received multiple accolades and recognitions in the past two weeks. The Central Virginia destination has ranked highly on multiple top-five and top-ten lists, as follows:

A Note from Dominion Virginia Regarding Severe Storm Warning in Effect Across Virginia
7/3/2014
A series of severe weather events is expected across Virginia and North Carolina beginning with thunderstorms today and Hurricane Arthur’s arrival expected early Friday. Although our region is not in Arthur’s crosshairs severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, which could bring heavy lightning, rain and winds through the area.

Survey, Geotech Crews to Begin Work Along Rt. 29
7/2/2014
Subsurface borings, environmental investigations planned in multiple locations

Survey, geology, and environmental crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will soon begin working in several areas along Route 29 north of Charlottesville as preliminary engineering work begins on the Route 29 corridor improvement projects that were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in its annual update of the Six-Year Improvement Program.


July 4th Naturalization Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
7/1/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to share some travel and planning information regarding the upcoming Naturalization Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The ceremony will begin at 9am on Friday, July 4th, 2014. The ACPD is working with representatives from Monticello to ensure that the event is a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone attending.

“Solarize Charlottesville” Makes Solar Easy and Affordable Summer Deals for Homeowners to Add Rooftop Solar
7/1/2014
Starting today and through September 2014, solar power for homes will be easier and more affordable than ever thanks to Solarize Charlottesville, a new program that offers bulk purchasing discounts and free solar site assessments. It is a limited-time, one-stop-shop for community members to learn more about solar power options for their homes and facilitate the installation and financing of their own project.

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Applications Now Available for Non-profit Tourism Marketing Funding of Festivals & Cultural Events
7/1/2014
Information session to be held at City Space on July 9

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that on Wednesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at CitySpace, it will provide an overview of its Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding for Festivals and Cultural Events program and walk-through with prospective applicants on the process. Reservations are not required to attend.