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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.


Albemarle County to Pilot New Ticketing Program for Zoning Violations
6/27/2014
Albemarle County will begin a pilot program for ticketing zoning violations to allow for quicker resolution of certain types of zoning violations on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The new process is expected to reduce the amount of time that violations remain unaddressed in areas including illegal signage and inoperative vehicles.

Four Seasons Pond - Silt Removal Project
6/26/2014
Albemarle County will be resuming construction activities related to the removal of accumulated sediment and debris in the Four Seasons Pond, located on Four Seasons Drive, adjacent ACAC Adventure Central and across from the North Woods at Four Seasons garden apartments and townhomes.The project involves the removal of accumulated sediment and debris in order to increase pond depth, reduce summer algae blooms, and generally improve the water quality and overall attractiveness of the pond. It will also help the County meet mandated reductions in pollutant discharges to State waters.

Police, Fire Departments Issue Guidelines for Safe and Legal Fireworks
6/25/2014
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, public safety officials are advising citizens on guidelines for the safe and legal sale and use of fireworks. It is illegal for any person or business to transport, manufacture, store, sell, purchase or ignite any fireworks that explode, rise into the air or travel laterally, or fire projectiles into the air other than sparks. This law does not pertain to public or private displays conducted by qualified personnel operating under a valid permit issued by the County Fire/Rescue Division Office. Fireworks which are legal for public use include sparklers, fountains, pharaoh's serpents, and pinwheels, although these fireworks must be ignited on private property with the property owner's consent.

Save the Date: July 24 Community Input Session on Southern Development Area Master Plan
6/25/2014
Albemarle County is updating our community's Comprehensive Plan, which guides decisions about land use, public projects like schools, parks, and libraries, transportation improvements and environmental and historic resource protection initiatives. The Comprehensive Plan update has been approved by the Planning Commission but is still under consideration by the Board of Supervisors.  Work will be completed sometime in the late fall.

Global Police Tweet-a-thon
6/25/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department invites you to join us for a virtual ride-along. The ACPD will be joining law enforcement agencies around the world for a Global Police Tweet-a-thon on Friday, June 27th.

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management Announces Lightning Safety Week
6/20/2014
June 22nd through June 28th is Lightning Safety Week. So far this spring the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle region has experienced several severe thunderstorms and the Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to educate themselves about proper safety procedures when lightning is in the area.

CBIC to Focus on "Making it Local" During June 26 Tech Night Takeover
6/19/2014
Local Manufacturing in the Spotlight for Area Innovation Council

Manufacturing in Charlottesville and Albemarle County will be front and center at the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC)’s June Tech Night Takeover when local company reps will talk about the challenges and opportunities of “making it local.” The panel discussion will be held on Thursday, June 26, beginning at 4:15 pm at Relay Foods’ new headquarters at 1317 Carlton Avenue – registration is available online, and early bird rates end June 24.


Governor McAuliffe Announces The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Virginia Wine Partnership To Fund Major Cancer Research Initiative
6/19/2014
“Virginia Vine: The Commonwealth Crushes Cancer” to take place April 2015; Kick-off Event Today at Executive Mansion

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia will partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research to host “Virginia Vine: The Commonwealth Crushes Cancer,” a weekend event to be held in April 2015 at Trump Winery and other locations in Charlottesville. The V Foundation, one of the nation’s leading cancer research foundations, is partnering with the Virginia wine industry, the University of Virginia (UVA) Cancer Center and the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to raise critical funds for cancer research. Governor McAuliffe will host a kick-off event tonight at the Executive Mansion.


This Summer: Stay Local, Play Local
6/17/2014
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is inviting this area’s residents to “Stay Local, Play Local” again this summer. This initiative aims at inspiring citizens to discover and experience the wide variety of free and low cost activities appealing to all age ranges and interests that our area has to offer.

In addition, the CACVB is calling for creative blog entries that highlight our area as a fantastic place for locals to “play” this summer. Three winners will each receive a $150 Visa gift card, be featured on the CACVB blog and Facebook page, AND have the opportunity to become a regular contributor to the blog! Submissions will be posted on the CACVB website, and linked to our Experience Charlottesville Facebook page. At the conclusion of the summer, the three entries with the most engagement (likes, comments, shares) will be determined the winners. The deadline for entries is August 15, 2014, but participants are urged to submit blog posts as soon as possible, as the CACVB will be posting the blog entries throughout the summer.


Charlottesville and Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals this Summer
6/17/2014
It's all about the arts and agriculture with LOOKbetween, the Heritage Theatre Festival (HTF), Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Albemarle County Fair getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike!

Albemarle County Invites Online Engagement and Asks Citizens to Take Part in Planning for Community's Future
6/11/2014
Albemarle County is pleased to announce the launch of Engage Albemarle, a new comprehensive community engagement website where citizens can connect, communicate and collaborate with community decision makers and other residents on the future of our community.

The purpose of Engage Albemarle is to provide an accessible and transparent way for the community to get involved in the decision-making processes. Along the way, Engage Albemarle will be used as an interactive platform to generate new ideas and feedback from citizens. Feedback from the site will be used by decision makers throughout the County in order to lay out plans on a variety of projects.


Shenandoah National Park Expands Neighbor Appreciation Day
6/6/2014
Each year Shenandoah National Park staff invite community neighbors to enjoy a fee-free day in the park in celebration of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day. On June 21, 2014, Shenandoah will waive entrance fees for those residents living in counties bordering the park, including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, and Warren. Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day is an annual event held on the third Saturday of each June.

Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run this Thursday, June 5th.
6/4/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to be joining our regional law enforcement partners and participating in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run this Thursday, June 5th.

Officers with the ACPD will join officers from all across Virginia as they carry the Flame of Hope on part of a 1,900 mile journey to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Richmond. The seven-day Torch Run involves more than 2,000 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 agencies across Virginia.


Crozet Library Awarded LEED Silver Certification
6/4/2014
Albemarle County is proud to announce that the Crozet Library has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Crozet Library achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.


County Tax Bills are due Thursday, June 5, 2014
5/30/2014
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Thursday June 5, 2014. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 or albemarlecountyfinance@albemarle.org before the deadline.

Citizens Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Season
5/28/2014
Hurricane season starts June 1. Virginians are at risk for the damaging effects of coastal and inland tropical storm systems and widespread flooding. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week, which coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, sponsored by the National Weather Service, and the Virginia annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Public Hearing Planned Re: Route 29 Recommended Concept Solutions Package
5/27/2014
A public hearing regarding the Route 29 Advisory Panel’s Recommended Concept Solutions Package is scheduled for 6 pm in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014. Former VDOT Commissioner Philip Shucet who led the Advisory Panel will present the recommendations package at the beginning of the public hearing. Because of this public hearing, the previously advertised joint community meeting that was to be co-hosted by Supervisors Sheffield and McKeel on May 27 will be postponed.

At the hearing, community members will have the opportunity to address the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors regarding the US29 Advisory Panel’s concept solutions package. The Board is also interested in hearing suggestions about the best ways to assist affected businesses during construction of the proposed improvements.
 


Albemarle County Police Deparment to Host Upcoming Crozet Car Show
5/22/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to host the upcoming Crozet Car Show, benefitting the local charity Big C New Me. The Crozet Car Show will be held on Saturday, May 31st at Old Trail Village Center in Crozet. The event is free to the public and will start at 10 a.m. Awards will be presented around 2:30 p.m. and the event will wrap up at 3 p.m.

County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend
5/22/2014
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer. On Saturday, May 24 swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on Friday, June 13.

Celebrate National Trails Day at Shenandoah National Park
5/20/2014
Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014. In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm. Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

With over 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah is a paradise for hikers. There are trails for every goal, from a stroll on the Limberlost Trail to an excursion on the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy the rewards and challenges of hiking to mountain summits and cascading waterfalls, while reconnecting with family, friends and yourself.


Albemarle County Kicks Off Regional Firearms Training Center
5/20/2014
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 community meeting regarding the new training center at the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6 – 7:30pm. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

Click It or Ticket
5/19/2014
The 2014 national Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off on May 19th and will last through June 2nd. This campaign focuses on keeping the roads safe and saving lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.

In conjunction with the national campaign, the Albemarle County Police Department will be stepping up our traffic enforcement efforts. For this two week period, multiple officers will be focusing primarily on traffic safety with an emphasis focus on speed, seat belt use, drinking and driving and other traffic safety violations.


Route 20 Closed South of Charlottesville
5/16/2014
Route 20 (Scottsville Road) remains closed south of Charlottesville due to a pipe failure and resulting flood damage. The Virginia Department of Transportation must wait for floodwaters to recede in order to start repair work and anticipates the closure will extend into the weekend.

May 27 Community Meeting Cancelled due to Public Hearing
5/16/2014

Save Money: Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31
5/13/2014
Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is happening May 25-31. This is the perfect time to create and stock up your emergency kit for your home, car, and office.

Upcoming Community Meeting Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
5/12/2014
Albemarle County Supervisors Brad Sheffield (Rio District) and Diantha McKeel (Jack Jouett District) are co-hosting a community meeting to present the US29 Advisory Panel’s concept recommendations package. The intent of this meeting is to provide the public with an understanding of the projects recommended, the impacts they will have on the larger transportation network, and an opportunity to ask questions and/or express concerns regarding implementation.

The meeting will be held at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) at 1000 East Rio Road in Charlottesville on Tuesday, May 27th from 7 – 9pm.


Roundtable Discussion on Albemarle County’s Cash Proffer Policy Scheduled
5/8/2014
On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Albemarle County will host an open roundtable discussion regarding the County’s cash proffer policy. The roundtable will be held from 4 to 6pm in room 241 of the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.

Albemarle County Police Department Welcomes New K-9
5/6/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to introduce you to our newest K-9, Cleo. Cleo will eventually replace our current bomb dog, Drak, who is easing into retirement.

Cleo is a 5 ½ year old black lab. She was given to us by the U.S. Marine Corp. She served two tours of duty as a bomb dog in Afghanistan. After her service with the Marines, Cleo and many other military bomb dogs were opened up for adoption to local law enforcement agencies. She was given to the agency free of charge, with only a $5 notary fee for the documentation.


Upcoming Community Meeting Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
4/29/2014
Albemarle County Supervisors Brad Sheffield (Rio District) and Diantha McKeel (Jack Jouett District) are co-hosting a community meeting to discuss planned transportation projects, ideas already developed for the US29 corridor, and to provide an update on the Route 29 Charlottesville Corridor Advisory Panel.
 
The meeting will be held at the Jack Jouett Middle School Library at 210 Lambs Lane in Charlottesville on Monday, May 5th from 7 – 9pm.
 
Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest related to these topics. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this meetings.

Foxfield Enforcement Results
4/28/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to thank all the public safety personnel who assisted with the enforcement efforts at the Spring Foxfield Races. There were a total of 237 public safety personnel assigned to the event.

For the third year in a row, there was a decrease in the number of individuals arrested at Foxfield. The Albemarle County Police Department arrested 16 individuals on a total of 21 charges. The Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement arrested one individual and the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office arrested one individual. There were a total of 18 arrests with 23 charges. In 2013, there were 33 arrests at Foxfield. In 2012, 61 people were arrested at the event.


Special Meeting of Board of Supervisors Scheduled
4/22/2014
The Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting of the Board for the purpose of allowing a quorum of the Board to attend the Route 29 Advisory Panel Meeting on April 24, 2014. The meeting will be held at 1pm at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, 530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Albemarle PD Prepares for Foxfield Spring Races
4/22/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is preparing for the Foxfield Spring Race and would like to share some information regarding this event. The Spring running of the Foxfield Races will be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2014. The Spring race has developed into a major event for thousands of college students and young adults. Attendance at the Spring race typically ranges from 15,000 – 25,000. This is the ninth year of intensified enforcement efforts surrounding the event. The gates open at 9:00 am and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. The last race is at approximately 4:00 pm.

Traffic will be impacted by the influx of cars and buses traveling to and from the event. Expect delays the entire day, especially during peak travel times in the morning and late afternoon. Officers will be directing traffic along Barracks Road and Garth Road and also Free Union Road. If you are not attending the races, please avoid these areas.

The Albemarle County Police Department will work closely with local and state law enforcement, and several private partners, to ensure that this event is safe for spectators, guests and participants.


Charlottesville Mayor, Albemarle County Planner Named To Prestigious College of Fellows
4/18/2014
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will induct Albemarle County planner Elaine Echols, AICP, and Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja, AICP, into the elite membership of AICP’s College of Fellows April 27 at a black-tie ceremony being held in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.

Stream Cleanup of Woodbrook Lagoons Stormwater Management Area
4/17/2014
As part of Rivanna Conservation Society’s (RCS) Go X-Stream Makeover project, Albemarle County is hosting a clean-up of a stormwater management area in the Woodbrook neighborhood at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 19.  A forested area south of the neighborhood is home to arecent stream restoration and water quality improvement project.

Persons interested can register at RCS’s website. Volunteers will meet at the site (adjacent to 2701 Idlewood Drive, Charlottesville) at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 19. The event will begin with a tour of the site and explanation of the improvements. RCS will provide trash bags, water, snacks, and some tools. Volunteers are asked to please wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toed shoes; we also suggest wearing a hat.


Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed on Monday
4/11/2014
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Monday, April 14, 2014 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday.  

Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Called for April 15
4/10/2014
The Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting of the Board for the purpose of allowing Board members to discuss and adopt the Calendar Year 2014 tax rates Resolution and discuss and adopt the FY 2014/15 Capital and Operating budgets. The meeting is called for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., in the Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, of the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
 

Broadband Survey Now Available
4/9/2014
In an effort to determine how high-speed broadband Internet access might be extended to underserved parts of the County, a Broadband Task Force was established in October 2013. Among the action items identified by the Broadband Task Force is the need to identify and analyze demand. To that end, a survey has been created for citizens to weigh-in on their broadband desires. It is critical that all county residents and business owners, particularly those in rural areas, participate in the survey in order to establish important baseline data.

Century Link Cellular and Landline Phone Service Interruptions in North Garden and Covesville Areas
4/7/2014
As the result of a crash this afternoon, the Century Link Fiber Optics box was hit impacting cellular and landline phone service in the southern portion of Albemarle County. There is currently no service in the North Garden and Covesville areas.

Century Link representatives are on scene but say the service will not be restored until at least 6:00 am tomorrow morning. If you have an emergency, attempt to call 911 first. If you cannot reach the Emergency Communications Center, the North Garden Fire Station will be staffed overnight. They will have radio contact with the ECC and can request appropriate services. The ACPD will have officers patrolling the area during evening and midnight shifts.

Any questions about the restoration of service should be directed to Century Link.


Charlottesville Marathon Tomorrow
4/4/2014
Tomorrow the Charlottesville Marathon will step off at 7 am from the intersection of Park and E. High Streets. This race will impact traffic movements in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The major impact will be in the downtown area where 7th St N.E. intersects with East Market St.  7th Street will be closed prohibiting East and West bound traffic movements. Drivers should consider utilizing routes to the east of this area along 9th St N.E. via Avon St. to avoid Market St.

7th Street N.E. by the Pavilion will close Friday, April 4th at 3 pm.

7th Street N.E.at East Market St. full closure will begin Saturday April 5th at 6 am until 2 pm   

In Albemarle County motorist can expect delays at the intersection of 250 / Ivy Road at the Belair Subdivision. Runner should begin arriving in this area at 7:45 am and runners should be clear of the area by 9:15 am. 


Upcoming Board of Supervisor's Meetings
4/4/2014
April 8, 2014: Budget Public Hearing
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold an adjourned meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m., in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. The following items are scheduled on the agenda:
  • Public Hearing to receive comments on Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets for FY 2014/2015.
  • Public Hearing on the Proposed Calendar Year 2014 Tax Rates.

April 9, 2014: Work Sessions
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold Work Sessions on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, starting at 4:00 p.m., in Room 241, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. The following work sessions are scheduled on the agenda:

  • Courts Projects
  • FY 2014/2015 Operating and Capital Budgets

Crozet Running Announces Inaugural Trail 5k to be Held May 10
4/3/2014
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation is pleased to be partnering with Crozet Running for the inaugural Trail 5k to be held at 8am on May 10, 2014, at Mint Springs Valley Park in Crozet, Virginia. The race is a community event meant to bring runners, walkers, and hikers of all ages and abilities out on the trails together.

Safety Day Event
4/3/2014
Please join the Albemarle County Police Department for Public Safety Day on Saturday, April 5th, 2013 at Target in the Hollymead Shopping Center. The event will last from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm and is meant to promote police-community partnerships and crime prevention. It allows the community to meet and interact with some of the officers from the Albemarle County Police Department.

Hatton Ferry 2014 Operating Season
4/2/2014
The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday, April 19th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, a historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry operates from April 19th until late October and is free; donations appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.

Albemarle County Police Department Accepting Applications for Auxiliary Police Officers
4/1/2014
In a continuing effort to build capacity at the Albemarle County Police Department, the APCD will be accepting applications for two additional Auxiliary Police Officers or APOs. The volunteers would be a Level II Auxiliary Officer.

County to Break Ground on Crozet Streetscape Project at April 1 Ceremony
4/1/2014
Albemarle County officials, including Supervisor Ann Mallek, joined Crozet residents and business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape project on Tuesday, April 1, at noon on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library.

GRACE Gang Assessment
4/1/2014
In an effort to address the issue of gangs in our community, Gang Reduction Through Active Community Engagement (GRACE) has conducted a comprehensive gang assessment. The results of this assessment will help us better understand what is occurring in our community. It will be beneficial as we move forward with a strategic plan of action. The conclusions of the study will be shared with the community in an upcoming presentation on Monday, April 14th at 1:30 p.m. at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) on East Rio Road.

March 25 Town Hall Meetings Rescheduled
3/31/2014
The final two town hall meetings to discuss the proposed FY 2014-15 Local Government and School Division budget, which were originally scheduled for March 25, 2014, have been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Samuel Miller district representative, Liz Palmer, will hold her final town hall meeting on April 7, 2014 at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Rio district representative, Brad Sheffield, will hold his final town hall meeting on April 7, 2014 at the Woodbrook Elementary School Library from 6 – 9 pm.

Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.


County to Break Ground on Crozet Streetscape Project at April 1 Ceremony
3/31/2014
Albemarle County officials including Supervisor Ann Mallek will join Crozet residents and business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape project on Tuesday, April  1, at noon on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library.  The new streetscape enhancements will improve Crozet Avenue to Tabor Street, including sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian/street lighting, crosswalks,  and  bio-filters. The streetscape project is an essential step in achieving the goals of the Crozet Master Plan by improving pedestrian connectivity within downtown Crozet, providing economic benefits and increased vitality for business owners, balancing the needs of all users including vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and aesthetically enhancing the entry way and main thoroughfare of downtown.

Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Called for March 27
3/26/2014
The Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting of the Board for the purpose of allowing a quorum of the Board to attend the Rt. 29 Advisory Panel Meeting on March 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, 530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals this Spring
3/26/2014
Virginia Festival of the Book, Dogwood Festival, Tom Tom Founders Festival, Taste of Monticello Wine Trail, Foxfield Spring Races, Historic Garden Week & Festival of Cultures getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike.

County of Albemarle Police Department Hosting Flag Football Tournament to Benefit the Special Olympics
3/26/2014
The Region 8 Law Enforcement Torch Run will be hosting a Flag Football Tournament on Sunday, April 13th. The tournament, benefitting the Special Olympics, will be played on the turf at Scott Stadium.

Tonight's Town Hall Meetings Postponed
3/25/2014
Two Albemarle County Supervisors Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for this Evening have been Postponed due to Inclement Weather.

POSTPONED MEETINGS:

  • Rio Representative Brad Sheffield's March 25 Town Hall meeting at Woodbrook has been rescheduled. The new date is Monday, April 7th in the school library from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Samuel Miller Representative Liz Palmer's March 25 Town Hall meeting at Meriwether Lewis is also postponed. A new date/time will be provided at a later time.

REMINDERS
Remaining Meetings this Week:

Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting two community meetings:

  • Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium
  • Saturday, March 29, 9:30 - 11:30 am at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Gordonsville Road in Keswick

ACPS After-School Student Activities Canceled this Afternoon
3/25/2014
Due to weather conditions, all after-school student activities have been canceled today. The EDEP after-school program will operate until 6 pm.

Important Notice to the Voters of the Town of Scottsville, Virginia
3/24/2014
A General Election for residents of the Town of Scottsville will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, to elect the Scottsville Town offices of Mayor and the six-member Scottsville Town Council. Polls will open at 6 am at the Scottsville Municipal Building, located at 401 Valley St., Scottsville. Polls will close on Election Day at 7 pm.

Update on Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
3/21/2014
This month several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings to discuss the proposed FY 2014-15 Local Government and School Division budgets and recent developments in their districts. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

RESCHEDULED MEETING:
Scottsville Representative Jane Dittmar's March 17 meeting, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm, at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room.

NEWLY ADDED MEETING:
Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting a community meeting at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Gordonsville Road in Keswick on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:30 - 11:30 am.

REMINDERS:
Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting a community meeting at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Liz Palmer, who represents the Samuel Miller District, will host three community meetings:

  • Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the B.F. Yancey Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria

Diantha McKeel, who represents the Jack Jouett District, is hosting a community meeting on Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center. Ms. McKeel will be joined by Supervisor Brad Sheffield.

Brad Sheffield, who represents the Rio District, is hosting the following community meetings:

  • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Diantha McKeel
  • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodbrook Elementary School Cafeteria
    (at this meeting the developer of Northfield Greene is expected to present some revised drawing concepts for his proposed development along Old Brook Rd.)

Crozet Streetscape Traffic Update
3/19/2014
The closure of Tabor Street, which was previously advertised to begin on Monday, March 17th, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The new closure start date is Thursday, March 20th. The closure will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks.

Update on Upcoming Board of Supervisors Hosted Community Meetings
3/18/2014
This month several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings to discuss the proposed 2014-15 Local Government and School Division budgets and recent developments in their districts. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

RESCHEDULED MEETING:

  • Jane Dittmar’s March 17 meeting in Scottsville, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room.

REMINDERS:

  • Jane Dittmar and Liz Palmer’s March 18th meeting will be held as planned: 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Monticello High School Forum.
     
  • Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting two community meetings:
    • Thursday, March 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Stony Point Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium 
    • Saturday, March 29, 9:30 - 11:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick
       
  • Liz Palmer, who represents the Samuel Miller District, will host three community meetings:
    • Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the B.F. Yancey Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria
       
  • Diantha McKeel, who represents the Jack Jouett District, is hosting the following meeting:
    • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Brad Sheffield 
       
  • Brad Sheffield, who represents the Rio District, is hosting four community meetings:
    • Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Agnor-Hurt Elementary School Gym
    • Thursday, March 20, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the CATEC Auditorium
    • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Diantha McKeel
    • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodbrook Elementary School Cafeteria
      (at this meeting the developer of Northfield Greene is expected to present some revised drawing concepts for his proposed development along Old Brook Rd.)

Tonight's Town Hall Meeting Postponed Due to Inclement Weather
3/17/2014
Jane Dittmar’s Town Hall meeting scheduled for this evening in Scottsville has been postponed due to weather, a new date will be announced as soon as it is scheduled.  The status of tomorrow night’s meetings at Monticello High School (Supervisors Dittmar and Palmer) and Agnor Hurt Elementary School (Supervisor Sheffield) will be announced as soon as further information is available.

Inclement Weather Delays Opening of Government Offices
3/17/2014
Albemarle County Government will open at 10:00 am this morning due to inclement weather. Additionally, the GRACE Gang Assessment presentation scheduled for today at 11am has been postponed. 

Tabor Street Detour Confirmed for Monday, March 17
3/13/2014
Detour signals major milestone in the Crozet Streetscape Project

The closure of Tabor Street is confirmed for Monday, March 17th. As previously advertised, the closure will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks. Signage has been in place since Monday, March 10, notifying motorists of the closure.


Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
3/12/2014
Several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings for their constituents during the month of March. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

New Meetings:

Ken Boyd

  • Thursday, March 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Stony Point Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium

Liz Palmer

  • Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the B.F. Yancey Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria

Brad Sheffield

  • Saturday, March 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am, at the Hollymead Fire Station
  • Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Agnor-Hurt Elementary School Gym
  • Thursday, March 20, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the CATEC Auditorium
  • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Diantha McKeel
  • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodbrook Elementary School Cafeteria

Reminders:

Jane Dittmar

  • Monday, March 17, 5:00pm - 6:30 pm at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room

Jane Dittmar and Liz Palmer

  • Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Monticello High School Forum

The Albemarle County Police Department Announces the Return of the Citizen’s Police Academy
3/10/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to announce the return of the Citizen’s Police Academy which provides citizens with the opportunity to learn about the Albemarle County Police Department and the role the department plays in our community. The incoming class will complete the eight week course which starts on Tuesday, March 11 and ends in May.

Practice your Tornado Shelter Plan – Register for the March 11 Statewide Tornado Drill
3/10/2014
The Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at 9:45 a.m. The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management encourages every home, business, organization, and school to participate in the annual statewide tornado drill.

Since 2011, 67 tornadoes have struck Virginia, affecting nearly every part of the state. Tornadoes are common in Virginia, so it is critical that everyone knows what to do when a tornado warning is issued.

To alert the community, the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management will send out a test alert through the Community Emergency Alert system. Additionally, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning through all NOAA Weather Radios. This will prompt local radio and TV stations to broadcast a test message.


Info Re: Board's Considerations of Recommended FY15 Budget Posted
3/7/2014
Information regarding the Board’s considerations of the Recommended FY 2015 Operating and Capital Budget, including impacts of the advertised tax rate, has been posted to the Budget page – www.albemarle.org/budget.

County Government Offices Closed due to Winter Storm
3/3/2014
Due to winter storm, Albemarle County Government Offices are closed today.

Inclement Weather Delays Opening of Government Offices
3/3/2014
Due to inclement weather, Albemarle County's government offices will open at 10:00 A.M. today.

BOS Budget Work Session Postponed
3/2/2014
The Board of Supervisors' budget work session originally scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014, will be postponed until Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM due to impending weather. A decision on the status of local government operations will be announced tomorrow morning, March 3, by 6:30 AM.

Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
2/28/2014
Several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings for their constituents during the month of March. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

Diantha McKeel

  • Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Jack Jouett Middle School media center

Jane Dittmar

  • Tuesday March 11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Stone Robinson Elementary School
  • Monday, March 17, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room

Jane Dittmar and Liz Palmer

  • Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Monticello High School Forum
     

Civil War 150 HistoryMobile Rolls into Charlottesville
2/24/2014
The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission will bring its traveling exhibit, the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, to Charlottesville and Albemarle County on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, 2014. The HistoryMobile will be located at the Rio Hill Shopping Center and will be open to schools only on Friday and the public on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Board to Receive FY 2015 Recommended Budget, Public Hearing Scheduled
2/21/2014
On Friday, February 20, 2014, The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting to receive the County Executive’s FY 2014-2015 recommended budget. The meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. in Room 241 at the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA. The public will have an opportunity to respond to the recommended budget at a Public Hearing on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building.
 

FHA Letter Regarding Route 29 Western Bypass
2/20/2014
At the February 19th Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on the proposed Route 29 Western Bypass, a letter from the Virginia Division Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation was read by County Executive Tom Foley. Click here to read it.

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on Route 29 Western Bypass
2/18/2014
The next Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road.
 
At 4:00 p.m., the Board will hold a Public Hearing to receive comments regarding the proposed Route 29 Western Bypass and to consider possible Board action.
 
A sign up sheet will be available in the Auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m., and sign ups will be permitted during the entire public hearing. Online sign ups will be available at www.albemarle.org/bosspeakers until Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.
 
The Board is committed to hearing from all interested citizens, therefore anyone who cannot be in attendance until after 6:00 p.m., will still be allowed to sign up to speak at the meeting. 
 
Each speaker will be allotted 2 minutes to speak; individuals cannot relinquish their time to another speaker.   
 
Click here for complete agenda information...

Albemarle County Firefighters And Sparky The Dog Want To Teach You How To Be A Fire Hero
2/17/2014
March 1st from 1:00 – 5:00 Located in the Pantops Shopping Center in front of Food Lion

Albemarle County Firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog ® are working together to raise awareness and provide safety tips to our citizens. On March 1st, they will share valuable information and conduct exciting and informative demonstrations - all designed to keep you and your family safe.


County Parks Closed to Vehicular Traffic
2/14/2014
All Albemarle County parks are closed to vehicular traffic due to recent winter weather. We will inform the public once parks are able to be reopened to vehicles.

Public Hearing on Route 29 Western Bypass Announced
2/14/2014
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to take public comment regarding the proposed Route 29 Western Bypass on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building on McIntire Road beginning at 4:00 pm. A sign up sheet will be available in the Auditorium beginning at 2:00 p.m., and sign ups will be permitted during the public hearing. Online sign ups will be available at www.albemarle.org/bosspeakers from Monday, February 17, 4:00 p.m., until Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.
 

Emergency Updates
2/13/2014
Updated 2/13/2014 4:25 pm

Updated 2/13/2014 3:15 pm 

Please check back frequently. Visit our Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness page.


Update on February 12, 2014, Board of Supervisors Meeting
2/12/2014
The start of the Board work session scheduled for 4:00 pm this afternoon and including public input will be delayed until 4:30 pm. The Board of Supervisors will open their regular meeting at 6 pm and will consider the consent agenda items, but all other items including public hearings will be rescheduled to March 12. Details will be posted to the website as they are available.

Any change to the operating hours of local government offices will be posted to the County website as of 6:00 am on Thursday morning, February 13, and will be announced to the media and shared via social media at that time.

Emergency updates related to the evolving weather situation will be posted to the County website – www.albemarle.org/emergency.


Emergency Information
2/11/2014
Snow will advance northward over Dominion Virginia Power's system on Wednesday evening. It will fall heaviest overnight and Thursday morning and end by early Thursday evening. Check this page for updates, if any, on the upcoming storm.

Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Should Prepare Now for Winter Weather
2/11/2014
Our area is likely to experience winter weather Wednesday evening into Thursday, and people should take actions now to be ready for possible power outages and challenging road conditions. The forecast includes possible 8 to 14 inches of accumulating heavy, wet snow. With these types of conditions we encourage all citizens to gather and update emergency supplies and pay close attention to weather forecast. We suggest citizens stay home and travel only when necessary. If you have medical needs that require electricity, double check your backup plans to make sure you are safe at home.

Diverging Diamond at Zion Crossroads Opening Feb. 21, 2014
2/10/2014
New traffic pattern will go into effect overnight; motorists advised of stops, delays

CULPEPER — On Feb. 21 the Virginia Department of Transportation will conduct an overnight traffic switch on the Zion Crossroads diverging diamond interchange (DDI) project on Route 15 in Louisa County.

Beginning at 9 p.m., all traffic through the work zone will be controlled by flaggers and police. Only through travel on Rt. 15 and right turns on and off Interstate 64 will be permitted. Vehicles wishing to turn left on and off the I-64 ramps will be redirected using short detours.


Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend at Shenandoah National Park
2/10/2014
Luray, VA - In celebration of Presidents Day, the Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) in Shenandoah National Park will be open from Saturday, February 15 through Monday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rangers will be available to answer questions and help plan visitor trips. Movies, exhibits, and the bookstore are available. Backcountry camping permits may also be obtained during open hours.

Public Hearing on Comp Plan Update Scheduled for February 12
1/31/2014
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Wednesday evening, February 12, at 6:00 pm on the proposed update to the County's Comprehensive Plan. The public hearing will be held in the auditorium of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. A copy of the draft document that incorporates all changes made by the Planning Commission last summer is available HERE: PDF FIle

The Master Plan recommendations are in the Appendix, including the Southern and Western Neighborhoods Master Plan.


Reassessment Notices Mailed by January 31st
1/29/2014
Albemarle County is sending 2014 reassessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County's recently completed annual reassessment. The 2014 reassessments show changes in property values resulting from stabilization of the real estate market being experienced locally as well as nationwide. The change in the County's total "Fair Market Value" base has increased by 1.28% over the 2013 base.

Construction Improvements to Swimming Dock and Bridge at Mint Springs Lake Begin This Week
1/28/2014
Albemarle County Parks is beginning our Swimming Dock and Bridge Capital Improvement Replacement Project at Mint Spring Park's Upper Lake "Swimming Lake" this week. The project will require the pumping down of the lake and maintaining the level low enough to allow the repair and rebuild of the Swimming Dock and Beach Access Bridge. This scheduled maintenance rebuild will involve the removal and replacement of the sub structure, cross members, deck trusses, decking and bridge railings. The project is expected to take 45 days pending weather and pump down progress.

Albemarle County Receives $149,678 Farmland Preservation Grant
1/24/2014
Albemarle County is one of eight localities awarded as part of the 2014 farmland preservation grant, Governor McAuliffe announced earlier this week. This grant is issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and totals just over $1,058,000. Other county recipients include Clarke, Fauquier, Isle of Wright, James City, Rappahannock, and Stafford, as well as the City of Virginia Beach. Since 2008, state matching funds for the purchase of development rights program has totaled nearly $8.7 million.

Albemarle Fire Officials Release Information Regarding Cause of Fatal Fire
1/24/2014
Albemarle fire officials are releasing information regarding the cause of the fatal fire that occurred Saturday, January 18, 2014. Following a very thorough investigation, officials were able to narrow down the area of the fire’s origin to the immediate vicinity of a baseboard heater in the residence. Due to the very devastating nature of the fire, which destroyed evidence necessary to establish a specific cause, investigators have declared this as an undetermined fire. They stress that no evidence was found to indicate that the fire was anything other than accidental in nature, and the investigation has been concluded. "We regret that despite an extremely rigorous investigation we were not able to get any closer to resolution for what we realize is a very emotional and impactful event for our community," said Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston.

Roundtable to Review Zoning and Subdivision Text Amendments Pertaining to Flood Hazard Overlay District (FHOD)
1/22/2014
Albemarle County's Community Development Department will host a public roundtable on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 4:00 PM in Conference Room 241 of the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Rd.

County Officials Release Additional Details, Clarifications Regarding Recent Fatal House Fire
1/22/2014
Albemarle County Fire Rescue officials are providing the following additional information and clarifications regarding a fatal fire that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 18, 2014. The victims have been identified as Sayeda Nadia Ghaffer, age 34; Ammar Sheikh, age 7; and Aiza Hussain, age 2.

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed Friday and Monday
1/13/2014
Albemarle County Local Government offices, including will be closed on Friday, January 17, 201 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day, and on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Albemarle County Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney Office, Sheriff’s Office and Courts will also be closed on Friday and Monday. The School Division will also be closed on Monday January 20, 2014. Schools have a half day on January 16 and 17.

Board of Supervisors Appoints Planning Commission, EDA Members
1/9/2014
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors announces the following appointments:

Planning Commission Members:
Karen Firehock –Samuel Miller District
Mac Lafferty – Jack Jouett District
A. Bruce Dotson – Rio District
Julia Monteith – UVA Liaison

Economic Development Authority Member:
Lettie Joy Bien – Rio District


Board Selects New Chair, Vice Chair
1/8/2014
The Board of Supervisors conducted its first meeting of 2014 and as part of their organizational activities they elected Jane Dittmar, representative from the Scottsville District, to a one year term as Chair. Diantha McKeel, representative from the Jack Jouett District, was elected as Vice Chair.

Prepare for Extreme Cold
1/6/2014
Tonight will be colder than any other night in the past 20 years in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Fortunately the forecast does not include snow and ice, so the threat of power outages is minimal. Take action now to stay warm during this cold snap!

Schools Delayed Opening 1/7/2014
1/6/2014
Albemarle County Schools have announced a two-hour delayed opening on Tuesday, January 7, due to extreme cold.

Registration Opens for Second Annual Agribusiness Marketing Conference
1/6/2014
Albemarle County Economic Development together with the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Corporation will host the second annual Agribusiness Marketing Conference on Monday, January 27, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. The conference looks to help local producers build on the success that Albemarle has achieved as an agribusiness center and destination, including being named both the top spot in the country for agritourism by the website Go Green Travel Green last September and a Top Wine Vacation Destination by U.S. News Travel among recent accolades.

Traffic Stats for 2013
1/6/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department has compiled traffic statistics for the 2013 calendar year. In comparing this data to the 2012 calendar year, there has been a decrease in reportable crashes, reportable crashes with injury, reportable crashes involving alcohol, reportable crashes with injury involving alcohol and total crash numbers.

Albemarle County Receives $137,750 State Grant
12/27/2013
Program Established by Governor McDonnell will help localities comply with new mandates

RICHMOND - Virginia has awarded the first round of grants under the new Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, Governor Bob McDonnell announced last week. The grants total $22.9 million and cover 71 projects in 31 localities, and Albemarle County received a $137,750 award.


DUI Checkpoint Results
12/27/2013
In an effort to keep the roads safe this holiday season, the Albemarle County Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint on Friday, December 20th. The checkpoint was held at Rockfish Gap Turnpike at Greenwood Station Road. The checkpoint began at 10:00 pm and lasted until 1:00 am on Saturday morning.

Improvements for Mint Springs Park Scheduled to Begin in Early January
12/20/2013
Starting in early January Albemarle County Parks will begin our Swimming Dock and Bridge Capital Improvement Replacement Project at Mint Spring Park’s Upper Lake “Swimming Lake”. The project will require the pumping down of the lake and maintaining the level low enough to allow the repair and rebuild of the Swimming Dock and Beach Access Bridge.

Christmas Tree Recycling Details Announced
12/20/2013
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning December 26, 2013 through January 15, 2014. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects discarded Christmas trees which are chipped into mulch and then offered to the public at no cost.

Change in Regulations Regarding Inoperable Vehicles Goes Into Efffect January 1, 2014
12/19/2013
Albemarle County is announcing a change in regulations regarding the storage and screening of inoperable vehicles that will go into effect on January 1, 2014. These changes are the most recent effort by the County aimed at improving community appearance and quality of life, which have also included enforcement of uncontrolled vegetation on vacant properties and removal of illegal signs along the County’s entrance corridors.

Asset Forfeiture Funding
12/18/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to announce funding for two major projects from the Office of the Attorney General. Colonel Steve Sellers will receive two checks from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Wednesday, December 18th at the State Capitol. A $397,207 check is for Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) training and equipment. The second award provides additional funding for a regional firearms training facility.

Public Hearing for Solid Waste Convenience Center Site
12/16/2013
The Board of Supervisors is holding a public hearing on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the County Office Building on McIntire Road to allow citizens to share comments regarding the site selection for a convenience center to serve southern Albemarle County. The Board will be choosing between a site in the Mill Creek area near the Monticello Fire Rescue Station and a site in Keene and welcomes public input regarding their final site decision.

County Announces Communications and Outreach Program for Crozet Streetscape Project
12/13/2013
The County has launched a website for the Crozet Streetscape project at www.albemarle.org/CrozetStreetscape where accurate and up to date information regarding the status and progress of the project will be posted once construction starts in early January, 2014. Currently the site includes project background and overview information, graphics, and information from the December 3, 2013, community meeting including the consultant presentation, construction phasing and a summary of questions/answers and comments from the meeting.

Dominion Virginia Power Preparing for Winter Weather
12/6/2013
Dominion Virginia Power employees are preparing for the impending winter. As local media has reported, there is the potential for freezing rain across the state on Sunday and Monday. Although there is still some uncertainty in the forecast, it appears that the greatest ice potential will be in Western VA, along the I-81 corridor and in Charlottesville. As you know, freezing rain coats trees and can cause tree limbs to come down into wires. This can lead to power outages.

We encourage customers to be prepared as well! Customers can report and check the status of power outages when using the company's website at www.dom.com via smartphone, other mobile device or computer. You will need the account number or 10-digit phone number listed on the account, and the last four digits of your Social Security number, federal tax identification number or PIN. Another way to report an outage is by calling the automated phone system at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).


Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Should Prepare Now for Winter Weather
12/6/2013
Charlottesville, Va. -- Most of Virginia is likely to experience winter weather this weekend, and people should take actions now to be ready for possible power outages and challenging road conditions. This weekend's forecast includes sleet, light snow, and potentially significant freezing rain. With these types of conditions we encourage all citizens to gather and update emergency supplies and pay close attention to weather forecast. See full news item for safety tips for winter weather.

Toy Lift Motorcade
12/5/2013
This year, Santa Claus will be getting a little help delivering toys. Instead of reindeer pulling the sleigh, the ACPD Motor Unit will be delivering toys to the Toy Lift. On Friday afternoon, the Motor Unit will create a motorcade delivering the toys with blue lights and sirens as we enter the Toy Lift at Fashion Square Mall.

Community Forum on Sexting for Parents, Students and Citizens
12/2/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department, Albemarle County School Division and the Commonwealth's Attorney Office are working together to educate the community about "sexting". Sexting is a growing problem affecting our students, schools and citizens. The teenagers involved are sending text messages, often to a friend or significant other, with sexually explicit images attached. These images are often forwarded to other students. Not only is this harmful for everyone involved, but it is illegal and a very serious offense.

Crozet Streetscape Project Focus of December 3 Town Hall Meeting
11/22/2013
The public is invited to a community meeting to discuss details of the second phase of the streetscape project that will bring enhancements along Crozet Avenue in downtown Crozet scheduled for Tuesday evening, December 3, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Western Albemarle High School cafeteria. The streetscape project is one of the projects in the Crozet master plan focused on preserving downtown as the focal point and community center of Crozet as well as fostering economic vitality and accentuating historic character. A contractor has been selected for construction of the streetscape improvements, and construction is scheduled to begin later in December.

Albemarle Goes Gold in VML Green Government Challenge
11/20/2013
Albemarle County received a gold level certification in the 2013 Green Government Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League's larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. This is the sixth year that Albemarle County has received a certification from VML's Green Government Challenge. The Green Government Challenge is a friendly competition among local governments to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions generated by both the local government and broader community. Cities, towns and counties can become a certified "Green Government."

County Receives AAA Rating from Fitch, Reaffirmed AAA Rating from Moodys and AAA from Standard & Poor's
11/11/2013
Albemarle one of only 39 Counties Nationally to Achieve this Triple AAA Rating

Albemarle County joins an elite group of counties nationwide to have received a triple AAA credit rating with its recent first assignment from Fitch Ratings and reaffirmation from both Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services following a comprehensive assessment by the rating agencies. All three agencies noted the county's strong financial management track record, revenue stability, healthy economic profile and low debt burden in making the AAA assignment. Nationally only 39 Counties are rated AAA by all three agencies.


Board Receives FY 12/13 End of Year Financial Report
11/6/2013
The Board of Supervisors today received the Unaudited Annual Financial Report for FY 13. While the external audit of the County’s FY 13 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is still a work in progress, staff believes that the information presented today is materially correct and accurate.

County Tax Bills in the Mail
11/1/2013
Tax relief available for elderly and disabled residents; email reminder of tax deadline sign up

Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are in the mail to county residents. Tax payments are due Thursday, December 5, 2013. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 or albemarlecountyfinance@albemarle.org before the deadline.


Election Results Reporting Procedure Announced
11/1/2013
For the upcoming November 5 general election, in order to provide local news organizations with election night results when they become available, the County Voter Registration Department, in conjunction with the County Community Relations Department, has made the following arrangements:

News organizations can view the precinct-by-precinct unofficial results, as they are posted to the Virginia State Board of Elections website by county staffers, at:

http://www.sbe.virginia.gov


Final Plans for the New Northside Library to be Discussed with Community November 7
10/28/2013
Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the third and final community meeting to discuss Albemarle County’s Northside Library project on Thursday, November 7, at 7:00 pm at the current Northside Library location at Albemarle Square Shopping Center.

Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services to Host “Engaging Families for Success Conference” October 28
10/25/2013
Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services (ACDSS) will partner with the City of Charlottesville Department of Social Services and the Division of Child Support Enforcement – Charlottesville District to host the “Engaging Families for Success Conference” on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.

County Police Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative
10/21/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department, in conjunction with Martha Jefferson Hospital, is taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. This is an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs. The Albemarle County Police Department on 5th Street and the Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center at Pantops will serve as drop off locations. You can stop by either location from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Supervisor Duane Snow to Host Upcoming Community Meetings
10/18/2013
Duane Snow, Vice-Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors representing the Samuel Miller Magisterial District will host two upcoming Community Meetings for his constituents. Snow plans to discuss sites for solid waste convenience centers and internet and cell coverage. All members of the Samuel Miller District are encouraged to attend.

Albemarle Parks and Recreation to Recognize Volunteers at an Appreciation Celebration on October 19
10/15/2013
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation will hold an appreciation celebration on Saturday, October 19, 2013 to thank the numerous park volunteers who help to keep Albemarle County’s parks in great shape. The celebration will take place at Mint Springs Valley Park (Shelter #1) and will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. While this event is not open to the public, anyone interested in signing up to volunteer with Albemarle County Parks and Recreation in the future is invited to attend.

Piedmont Regional Community Animal Response Team to Host Animal Sheltering Information Session on October 17
10/11/2013
The number one reason people refuse to evacuate their homes during an emergency is because they don’t want to leave a pet behind. The Piedmont Regional Community Animal Response Team (PRCART) works to address the needs of animals during an emergency and is looking to help educate the community on this important role. Learn how to volunteer at an Introduction to Animal Sheltering information session which will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Room 241 of the Albemarle County Office Building, located at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville.

County Police Participate in "Tip-A-Cop" Fundraiser to Benefit Special Olympics Virginia
10/10/2013
Officers with the Albemarle County Police Department, along with other area Law Enforcement, will soon be serving up burgers and fries to bring in big bucks for the Special Olympics Virginia. Officers, deputies and law enforcement professionals will be waiting tables this Saturday, October 12 at Red Robin, located at Fashion Square Mall. All proceeds will go directly to the Special Olympics Virginia.

Albemarle Fire Rescue Offer Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week at Family Fun Day on October 12
10/7/2013
October 6-12, 2013 is Fire Prevention Week and this year’s message focuses on preventing kitchen fires. More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and Albemarle County Fire Rescue will teach how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.

Board Recognizes Albemarle County Department of Finance for Two Accomplishments
10/2/2013
At today’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors recognized the Department of Finance for two recent accomplishments – GFOA Certificate of Achievement and Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) Manager of the Year.

Federal Government Shutdown Closes Shenandoah National Park
10/1/2013
Due to the government shutdown, Shenandoah National Park is closed. All recreation activities are suspended. Entrances, trailheads, backcountry, visitor facilities, lodges and campgrounds are closed.

County Announces October 9 Information Open Houses on Northside Library, Convenience Centers
10/1/2013
Albemarle County will provide information and an opportunity to talk to staff regarding two major projects underway in the County – the new Northside Library and new convenience centers – at a joint open house to be held on Wednesday, October 9, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby and Room 235 of the County Office Building on McIntire Road.

Better Business Challenge Kicks Off Thursday
9/30/2013
The Better Business Challenge will launch its first Lunch n’ Learn for all local businesses, churches, schools and non-profits on Thursday, October 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at CitySpace downtown. “Light Up the Savings” will highlight energy efficient lighting options for commercial spaces as well as give an overview of the Challenge, a year-long competition aimed at helping business incorporate efficiency and sustainability into their daily operations.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Honor Guard to Attend Ceremony to Honor World War II Veterans in Washington, D.C. this Weekend
9/27/2013
The Albemarle County Fire Rescue Honor Guard will be attending a special ceremony to honor World War II veterans this weekend in Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored by Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices, by transporting the heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.

Dry Bridge Road in Ivy Will Close September 30
9/27/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Corman Construction, Inc. of Annapolis, Md. will begin work on Monday, Sept. 30, to replace the Route 708 (Dry Bridge Road) bridge in Albemarle County. The bridge spans the Buckingham Branch Railroad and is located approximately 0.6 mile southeast of Route 250 (Ivy Road) in Ivy.

Proffit Road in Albemarle Open to Through Traffic
9/25/2013
Proffit Road in Albemarle County reopened to through traffic this morning. On Monday the road was closed to through traffic at the Rivanna River bridge while a crew from the Virginia Department of Transportation removed storm debris lodged against the bridge pier.

Move 2 Health in Albemarle Parks - Thursday Evening Tours of County Parks
9/24/2013
Move 2 Health with your family and friends this fall at an Albemarle County park! Albemarle County is pleased to announce the Get Moving in County Parks program each Thursday evening for the next four weeks. The walks will highlight a different park each week beginning with Old Mills Trail near Pantops this Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The Old Mills Trail has been in operation since late 2012, and is about 3 miles long.

Community to Celebrate Opening of New Crozet Library
9/24/2013
The community is invited to attend the official grand opening ceremony for the new Crozet Library to be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:00 a.m. at the new library on the corner of Crozet Avenue and Library Avenue.

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches its Brand New Visitors Guide
9/19/2013
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CAVCB) is proud to announce the release of a brand new visitors guide. Resembling a magazine more than a traditional visitors guide, the 24-page brochure is an alluring piece, which aims to entice potential visitors to choose the Charlottesville area for their next leisure trip, meeting or special event.

Profit Road Closed to Through Traffic September 23-25
9/19/2013
Proffit Road (Route 649) in Albemarle County will be closed to through traffic at the Rivanna River bridge next week to allow removal of storm debris that has lodged against the bridge pier.

Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue Names Thomas LaBelle as New Division Chief of Volunteer Services
9/18/2013
Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that Thomas LaBelle has been named Division Chief of Volunteer Services. Chief LaBelle will be responsible to ensure that the County continues to develop a vibrant volunteer fire and rescue force by working closely with all volunteer members and with the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Board.

Albemarle County Registrar Releases Important Information Regarding November 5 General and Special Elections
9/11/2013
A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, for the offices of Governor of Virginia; Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; Attorney General of Virginia; Virginia House of Delegates; Board of Supervisors (Rio, Jack Jouett and Samuel Miller Magisterial Districts); and School Board (Rio, Jack Jouett, and Samuel Miller Magisterial Districts). In addition, a Special Election will be held to fill the unexpired term for the office of Board of Supervisors, Scottsville Magisterial District.

Albemarle County Investigates September 10 Fatal Motorcycle Crash
9/11/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The crash happened at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Rio Road and Pen Park Lane.

Albemarle County Citizen Fire Rescue Academy Kicks Off October 7; Registration Currently Underway
9/10/2013
Have you ever wondered how heavy firefighting gear really is? Try it on and see for yourself! Do you want to know why a fire engine shows up for a medical 911 call? Join Chief Dan Eggleston and his Chief Officers for this insightful and fun academy! Learn about a day in the life of Albemarle County Fire Rescue at the Citizen Fire Rescue Academy, which will answer questions and offer experiences you won't soon forget.

Second Community Meeting on New Northside Library to be Held September 12
9/4/2013
Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the second community meeting to discuss Albemarle County's Northside Library project on Thursday, September 12, at 7:00 pm at the current Northside Library location at Albemarle Square Shopping Center.

Important Update on County's Land Use Revalidation Program
8/29/2013
County residents with property in land use recently received a mailing which included September 1 as the deadline for this year’s Land Use revalidation applications. Due to what was determined to be an insufficient amount of notice regarding that deadline, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors authorized a one-time deadline extension for property owners to file their Land Use Revalidation applications.

Dedication Ceremony for New Ivy Fire Rescue Station Held August 29
8/29/2013
Albemarle County was pleased to unveil the new Ivy Fire Rescue Station at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon at the Ivy Fire Rescue Station located at 640 Kirtley Lane, Charlottesville. This new station has been in operation since July 1, 2013.

Urban Training Exercise to be Conducted in Central, Western Virginia
8/21/2013
The Marines and Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct urban training near the towns of Charlottesville, Dinwiddie and Natural Bridge, Va., in the coming days to help them prepare for their upcoming deployment early next year.

Albemarle Police Remind Drivers to Use Caution as Children Head Back to School
8/20/2013
With the start of a new school year, the Albemarle County Police Department would like to remind the community of a few traffic safety laws. The ACPD will have additional officers monitoring areas around the schools and along bus routes.

Community Meeting on New Northside Library August 22
8/14/2013
Members of the public are cordially invited to a community meeting to discuss Albemarle County’s Northside Library project on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the current Northside Library location at Albemarle Square Shopping Center.

Steep Slopes Open House and Work Session - August 13
8/7/2013
Albemarle County will be holding an Open House to discuss the proposed revisions to the County’s regulation of steep slopes on August 13, 2013 from 4-6 pm in the lobby of the Albemarle County Office Building located on McIntire Road. During the Open House, staff will be available to provide information on the proposed ordinance including how it will affect specific parcels.

Albemarle County Police Department Receive National Recognition
8/5/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department is honored to receive the Above and Beyond award, a national recognition by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR, an office of the Department of Defense, promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Service members and their civilian employers.

Albemarle County Police to Participate in National Night Out August 6
7/30/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to invite the community to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Old Trail Village in Crozet. The kids fishing event will be from 5pm-7pm and the main events will be from 6pm-9pm.

Albemarle County Department of Social Services Participates in Statewide Adoption Campaign
7/29/2013
Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services is participating in a statewide campaign to provide opportunities for area families to learn more about growing their family through adoption in the foster care system. The Virginia Department of Social Services will host a local event designed to provide educational information for parents and families interested in adoption on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road.

VDOT to Begin Brush Spraying in Albemarle County
7/26/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin spraying Krenite S to control brush on its right of way along state-maintained roads in Albemarle County. The herbicide will be applied on several primary and secondary roads between August 26 and September 27.

Letter to the Board of Supervisors Regarding the Legality and Purpose of Public Safety Checkpoints from Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford
7/25/2013
Click HERE to read a letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors written by Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford regarding the legality and purpose of Public Safety Checkpoints.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Recognized as an Up and Coming Wine Region
7/24/2013
When you think of top wine regions in the U.S., Napa Valley comes to mind, but according to nerdtravel.com, several wine regions are on the rise, including the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.

Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted
7/24/2013
With Virginia’s severe summer heat and humidity, staying cool is not a luxury, but rather a health and safety issue. Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services (ACDSS) is accepting Cooling Assistance applications now through August 15, as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Energy Assistance Program.

Virginia Employment Commission to Host Employer Conference on August 27
7/23/2013
The Virginia Employment Commission will host the 2013 Employer Conference on Tuesday, August 27, 2012 at the Boar’s Head Inn, located at 200 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville. The all-day conference starts at 8:00 a.m. and will benefit small, medium and large companies and businesses as well as persons who just might be considering starting a new business venture.

Albemarle Ranks Fourth in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
7/22/2013
For the eleventh 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 and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2013 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County is the highest-ranking Virginia locality for this population category, ahead of Roanoke, Franklin and Gloucester Counties.

Supervisor Rodney Thomas to Host Town Hall Meeting for Belvedere Residents July 22
7/18/2013
Supervisor Rodney Thomas, along with County staff, welcomes residents of the Belvedere community to a town hall meeting on Monday, July 22, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m. at CATEC. The purpose of this meeting is to update Belvedere residents on the County’s plan to repair and complete the improvements to Belvedere Blvd. and the neighborhood street network.

Two Biotech Start-Ups Begin Operations at the UVA Research Park
7/16/2013
Albemarle County, the Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development, and the University of Virginia Foundation are pleased to announce the location of two new biotech start-up companies, RioGin and Alexander BioDiscoveries, to the University of Virginia Research Park this month.

Candidate Qualification Deadline for Board of Supervisors Scottsville Seat is August 16
7/15/2013
Albemarle County’s Department of Voter Registration and Elections is reminding residents about the upcoming candidate qualification deadline for the Special Election that will be held on November 5, 2013 in the Scottsville Magisterial District of Albemarle County, to fill the unexpired term of: Member, Board of Supervisors, Scottsville Magisterial District.

Partial Closure of Crozet Avenue Delayed Until Monday
7/15/2013
UPDATE: The partial closure of Crozet Avenue that was scheduled for July 11, has been postponed and will now take place on Monday, July 15, weather permitting.

County Releases 2013 Citizen Survey Results
7/12/2013
Albemarle County is releasing results of its 2013 Citizen Survey which indicates that citizens continue to rate overall quality of life in the County very high. The overall quality of life in Albemarle County was rated as “excellent” or “good” by 92% of respondents, which is “much above” the national comparison to other localities included in the survey.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Chosen To Participate in a Statewide Study on Volunteer Recruitment and Sustainability
7/11/2013
The Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (VFCA) announced that Albemarle County Fire Rescue has been selected as one of 14 departments in Virginia to participate in a federally-funded program designed to increase the recruitment of volunteer firefighters.

Latest Draft of Albemarle County's Comprehensive Plan Now Available, Public Comment on July 23
7/11/2013
Following a lengthy and thorough review process by the Planning Commission, including significant opportunities for public engagement, the latest draft of the Comprehensive Plan is now available online: CLICK HERE.

County Announces Expanded Fire Rescue System Services Beginning July 1
7/9/2013
On July 1, Albemarle’s Fire Rescue System implemented two major new initiatives that will result in a higher level of public safety services for the County - a new fire rescue station in Ivy area and the expansion of emergency medical services (EMS) along the Route 29 North Corridor.

This Summer, "Stay Local, Play Local"!
7/8/2013
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is inviting this area’s residents to “Stay Local, Play Local” again this summer. This initiative aims at inspiring citizens to discover and experience the wide variety of free and low cost activities appealing to all age ranges and interests that our area has to offer.

Route 859 in Albemarle County will Close July 8
7/6/2013
Route 859 (Overlook Drive) in Albemarle County will be closed to through traffic at the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing on Monday, July 8. The closure, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., will allow the railroad to make repairs to the highway crossing.

Gran Fondo Virginia Cycling Event Comes to Albemarle County
7/3/2013
SportVista, LLC, a sport event management company, announces the inaugural Gran Fondo Virginia in Albemarle County, VA on Sunday, Sept. 8. Often described as “marathons for bikes”, gran fondos feature three or more challenging and scenic courses to suit everyone from beginners to professional cyclists, a mass-start with the pomp and circumstance of a race, and participant timing to include both uphill climb segments and overall elapsed time.

Expect Traffic Congestion Around July 4 Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello
7/2/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to share some important travel and planning information regarding the upcoming Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The ACPD is working with representatives from Monticello to ensure that the event is a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone attending.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Named "Best Medium Town" by Blue Ridge Country Magazine's Readers
7/1/2013
The 325,000 readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine chose Charlottesville as a multiple award winner. Our destination received the top honor of the Platinum Award in the “Best Medium Town” category. Charlottesville also came in third place, with a Silver Award in the “Best College Town” category.

Police, Fire Departments Issue Guidelines for Safe and Legal Fireworks
6/28/2013
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, public safety officials are advising citizens on guidelines for the safe and legal sale and use of fireworks. It is illegal for any person or business to transport, manufacture, store, sell, purchase or ignite any fireworks that explode, rise into the air or travel laterally, or fire projectiles into the air other than sparks.

Albemarle County Finance Department Receives Achievement Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
6/18/2013
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Albemarle County’s Department of Finance by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

McCormick Road Bridge Project to Close Emmet Street
6/10/2013
Route 29 Business (Emmet Street) will be closed overnight on June 17 and 18 as work continues on the McCormick Road bridge project at the University of Virginia. The closure, occurring each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., will allow the Virginia Department of Transportation and contractor Corman Construction Inc. to install the new bridge’s beams.

Chris Dumler Resigns from Board of Supervisors
6/5/2013
Board of Supervisors member Chris Dumler, representing the Scottsville Election District, today announced his resignation from the Board of Supervisors effective immediately.  The tender of resignation was made by a letter that was read by Supervisor Duane Snow at the beginning of the Board’s regularly scheduled June 5 meeting.

County Police to Participate in Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run
6/4/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department will participate in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run this Thursday, June 6, 2013. Officers with the ACPD will join officers from all across Virginia as they carry the Flame of Hope on part of a 1,900 mile journey to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Richmond. 

Register for Community Emergency Alert
6/4/2013
Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Communications Center has updated their mass notification system with a new tool to reach community members in an emergency. Citizens can now register with the Community Emergency Alert system to receive recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency.

Shenandoah National Park Continues Neighbor Appreciation Day
6/3/2013
Shenandoah National Park is inviting community neighbors to enjoy a day in the park as a part of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day.  On June 15, 2013, the park will waive entrance fees for those residents living in counties bordering the park including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren. 

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Recognized by its Peers
6/3/2013
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) was presented with two prestigious VIRGO Travel & Tourism Awards at the 2013 Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus annual meeting in Abingdon, Virginia. The tourism organization took home two out of the 13 state awards, handed out to "individuals, groups, businesses and destination marketing organizations that significantly contribute to the Commonwealth of Virginia's economy through tourism promotion and development."

County Tax Bills are Due Wednesday June 5
6/3/2013
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Wednesday June 5, 2013. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 or albemarlecountyfinance@albemarle.org before the deadline.

Route 665 to Close June 3 for Bridge Rehabilitation
5/30/2013
On June 3 the Virginia Department of Transportation will close Route 665 (Millington Road) in Albemarle County to restore the bridge over Wards Creek. The bridge is located approximately 1.9 miles north of Route 671 (Ballards Mill Road).

Albemarle County Police Set to Participate in Jefferson Area Motor Squad Competition
5/28/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department will be participating in the first-annual Jefferson Area Motor Squad Competition.  The competition will take place on May 30, 31 and June 1 in the parking lot at Fashion Square Mall. The Jefferson Area Motor Squad Skills Competition is a way for motor officers to improve their riding skills, exchange new training ideas and improve or create interagency relationships.

Rt. 29 Bypass Interchange Concepts Available for Review
5/23/2013
Three concept designs for the southern interchange of the Route 29 Charlottesville Bypass have been posted to the project page on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s web site. The renderings will also be displayed at VDOT’s citizen information meeting this evening at the Holiday Inn Charlottesville (University Area).

I-64 Closures End on Afton Mountain
5/22/2013
Stabilization of the Afton Mountain slope above Interstate 64 has progressed to the point where closures of I-64 are no longer necessary. The final closure was completed just before noon today. Engineers with the Virginia Department of Transportation determined that the remaining soil can safely be removed without restricting traffic.

County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend
5/22/2013
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer.  On Saturday, May 25, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. 

Albemarle County Offices Closed Monday for Memorial Day Holiday
5/20/2013
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 28, 2013 on regular schedule.

County Police Participate in Click It or Ticket Enforcement
5/20/2013
Buckle up or beware!  The 2013 national Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off on May 20 and will last through June 2.  This campaign focuses on keeping the roads safe and saving lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.

Afton Mountain Work Postponed for Monday
5/20/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s emergency project to remove unstable soil from a slope above Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain has been suspended today due to weather conditions. There will be no restrictions on traffic on I-64 between Charlottesville and Waynesboro today.

County Improves BOS Audio Streaming Technology; Planning Commission Now Offering Podcasting
5/17/2013
Albemarle County continues its efforts to improve accessibility options in making major meetings available to the public. The Board of Supervisors launched its live audio streaming program in 2012; and while the program was successful, the advertisements that periodically interrupted the live meeting proved to be a distraction.

Soil Removal to Resume on I-64 at Afton on Monday
5/17/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s emergency project on Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain will resume on Monday, May 20 and continue through Thursday, May 23. Intermittent closures of I-64 will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and continue throughout the day.

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Preparedness Items Starts May 25
5/15/2013
Virginia residents can prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and save money at the same time. The Virginia sales-tax holiday on emergency items such as batteries, flashlights, tarps and first-aid kits runs Saturday, May 25 through Friday, May 31.

Public Invited to Review Rt. 29 Bypass Interchange Concepts
5/10/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting on Thursday, May 23 at the Holiday Inn Charlottesville (University Area) to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on three design concepts for the southern interchange of the proposed Route 29 Charlottesville Bypass project.

Celebrate National Trails Day at Shenandoah National Park
5/10/2013
Celebrate National Trails Day in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 1.  In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

“Celebrate Shenandoah” Officially Created to Continue Efforts to Support Shenandoah National Park
5/8/2013
On Thursday, April 11, representatives of various local government organizations that surround Shenandoah National Park met officially for the first time to begin efforts to build on the success of the 75th Anniversary of the Shenandoah National Park. 

Weather Again Postpones I-64 Work at Afton Mountain
5/6/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s emergency project to remove unstable soil from a slope above Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain has been suspended today and Tuesday due to weather conditions. There will be no restrictions on traffic on I-64 between Charlottesville and Waynesboro today or tomorrow.

Committee Appointed to Report on Need for Enhanced Community Services in Southern Part of the County
5/3/2013
County Executive Thomas Foley and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pamela R. Moran have appointed an 11-member citizens advisory committee to develop recommendations for providing enhanced community services in the southern part of the county while sustaining the role of Yancey Elementary School as a neighborhood school.

I-64 Work at Afton Mountain Will Continue May 6-9
5/3/2013
The Virginia Department of Transportation’s emergency project on Interstate 64 at Afton Mountain will resume on Monday, May 6. The work involves removal of an area of unstable soil from Afton Mountain above the highway at milepost 100.3 in Albemarle County.

Albemarle Police Release Enforcement Results from Foxfield Races
5/2/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department reports a total of 33 arrests made during the Foxfield Races on April 27, 2013. In addition to these arrests, a total of 66 charges were placed.

Albemarle County Citizen Survey Set to be Mailed This Week
4/30/2013
Albemarle County is one of many jurisdictions in the U.S. to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ in 2013. Within the next week, questionnaires will be sent to a random sample of 1,200 Albemarle households, asking for feedback on the quality and usefulness of county services.

Albemarle County Social Services Receives National Recognition for its Family Support Program
4/29/2013
The Albemarle County Department of Social Services (ACDSS) was recognized in the April issue of Policy & Practice, a national magazine published by the American Public Human Service Association, for its Family Support Program.

Police Caution Drivers About Traffic Congestion Due to Foxfield Saturday
4/26/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) would like residents to be aware of some traffic congestion associated with the Spring running of the Foxfield Races which will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013.  This year, 15,000 – 25,000 people are expected to converge in Albemarle County to attend the event.  Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.  

2013 PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest Open Through May 31
4/26/2013
The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and the UVA Community Credit Union announce the official start of the 2013 PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest, which is a great way to increase awareness of the benefits that energy-efficient home improvements can provide above and beyond saving energy such as healthier and more comfortable homes, improved property values, more money in homeowners’ pockets, and a cleaner environment for our community.

VDOT's I-64 Emergency Project Will Continue Next Week
4/26/2013
Intermittent traffic restrictions on Interstate 64 between Charlottesville and Waynesboro will resume next week during operations to remove unstable soil from Afton Mountain above the highway at milepost 100.3 in Albemarle County. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 29, traffic on I-64 will be restricted in both directions for 30-45 minutes.

County Police Partner with Martha Jefferson for Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative
4/23/2013
On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Albemarle County Police Department, in conjunction with Martha Jefferson Hospital, will take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. Drop off expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:  the Albemarle County Police Department on 5th Street, Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Center on Pantops and the new Martha Jefferson Hospital ER on Profitt Road.

Albemarle County Parks & Rec Co-Sponsor Kid's Fishing Day at Mint Springs Park on April 27
4/15/2013
The ninth annual Kid’s Fishing Day will be held at Mint Springs Park in Crozet, Virginia on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Kingfishers, and the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation. 

Important Notice to County Voters - June 11 Primary Election Information
4/15/2013
A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, for the Democratic Party nominations for the offices of: Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and Attorney General of Virginia. Absentee voting for the June 11 primary election begins on Friday, April 26, 2013. The Deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, May 20, at 5 pm.

2013 Brew Ridge Trail Collaboration Beer
4/15/2013
Starr Hill Brewery will host the 2013 edition of the Brew Ridge Trail Collaboration Beer on Monday, April 15th at 2:00 P.M.  The attending breweries will include Blue Mountain Brewery, Blue Mountain Barrel House, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, South Street Brewery, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed Friday
4/9/2013
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Friday, April 12, 2013 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. Albemarle County Courts, the School Division’s Administrative offices, as well as County schools, will all be open on their normal schedule.

Planning Commission Extends Comment Period for Comprehensive Plan Input
4/5/2013
The Planning Commission has extended the comment period for input on the Comprehensive Plan update.  Comments are most useful if provided in writing, either by e-mail or letter.  Please provide feedback on the April 2, 2013 Draft of the Comprehensive Plan no later than April 16.

April 6 Road Closures Associated with Charlottesville Marathon
4/4/2013
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to notify the public about a few road closures associated with the Charlottesville Marathon on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

County Announces Sponsorship of Tom Yum Festival - April 13
4/4/2013
Albemarle County is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Tom Yum community food and music festival that will take place at Charlottesville’s Farmers Market on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8AM to 1PM as part of the Tom Tom Festival.  A morning of hands-on workshops, culinary demos, food talks, delicious local food and music, the Tom Yum festival will be a unique and fun, yet educational opportunity for the entire community. 

Local Education to Build Life Sciences Career Pathways
4/2/2013
The Charlottesville/Albemarle County community is sponsoring a Life Sciences Education Summit as part of the upcoming Celebration of the Biosciences in Virginia hosted by Virginia Bio to be held at Boars Head Inn on May 2. The Education Summit will bring together area educators, government officials, biotechnology industry representatives and economic developers for an energetic conversation focused on the future of STEM-H education in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community.

County is Enforcing State Law Banning Advertisements in Highway Right-of-Way
3/26/2013
Albemarle County is currently enforcing an existing state law against advertising signs in the highway right-of-way, along designated entrance corridors in the County. This program is  conducted in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s ongoing illegal sign removal efforts, and County staff  has been authorized to conduct this enforcement through a signed agreement with VDOT.

Albemarle County Participates in Dog Licensing Event
3/25/2013
The Albemarle County Finance Department will join forces with the Fluvanna County SPCA for a unique event that will allow dog owners to take care of two important needs at the same location – rabies vaccination and dog licensing. On Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tractor Supply located at 921 River Road, Albemarle County Finance Department staff will be on-hand selling dog licenses to Albemarle County residents.

Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development Launches New Name, Brand
3/21/2013
The Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development—a public/private partnership that helps create new jobs and investment in Charlottesville and seven surrounding counties—today unveiled a new name, brand and messaging.

National 2013 County Health Rankings Show Where Virginia Localities Do Well, Provide Roadmap for Improvement
3/20/2013
The fourth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, indicates that Fairfax County has the healthiest residents in Virginia followed by Loudoun, Arlington, Albemarle and York counties.

April 8 Launch of New Hub Linking Small, Women, and Minority Owned Maintenance Service Businesses with Area Customers
3/20/2013
Small businesses that provide home repair, cleaning, landscaping, and painting have a new way to reach a larger base of residential and commercial clients: C’ville Central.  C’ville Central kicks off with a launch event Monday, April 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road.

Update on EMS Call Statistics
3/20/2013
After the shift in responsibility for weekday daytime EMS calls in the urban areas of Albemarle surrounding Charlottesville on February 4, 2013, Fire Rescue staff have watched closely the performance of our EMS system.  Staff have projected an improvement in response times as a result in system changes, but will need several months of data before any conclusions may be drawn. 

Education Innovation the Focus of Upcoming Startup Weekend
3/19/2013
To take advantage of our area’s prolific and active entrepreneurial and education talent, Albemarle County and  Albemarle County Schools are joining with Google for Entrepreneurs™, Microsoft Bizspark™, the Curry School of Education, and the Kauffman Foundation to sponsor the upcoming Startup Weekend EDU to be held April 5-7 at the Albemarle County Building on 5th Street Extended in Albemarle County.

Albemarle County Proposed Comprehensive Plan Updates Now Available
3/18/2013
Albemarle County has completed proposed updates to its Comprehensive Plan, which is required every five years according to the Code of Virginia. The updates will go before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for final approval and adoption.

UPDATE: Route 29 In Albemarle County Has Reopened After Gas Leak Investigation
3/13/2013
Route 29 from Albemarle Square to the intersection of Hilton Heights near Wal-Mart is back open and traffic is moving again after gas leak investigation earlier this afternoon.

Revised Protocols in Place for March 13 Special Board Meeting
3/12/2013
Due to the cancellation of last week’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, many of the previously scheduled items have been carried over and will be addressed during a Special Meeting that will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. Because this is a Special Meeting, there will not be an opportunity for public comment. At 6:00 p.m., the Board will hold its Regular Night Meeting in which public comment will be allowed.

Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday (3/12) at 9:45 a.m.
3/11/2013
Charlottesville is not in ‘Tornado Alley” but during the past two years, 62 twisters hit Virginia. It’s critically important to know what to do when a tornado warning is issued. Businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, families and individuals can practice taking cover during the Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill, set for approximately 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12.

Comp Plan Update Schedule Adjusted – Public Hearing Set for April 2
3/7/2013
Due to the power outages yesterday, staff has been unable to complete production of the Comprehensive Plan draft which was originally scheduled for public view on March 11. The new date for distribution of the draft Comprehensive Plan update is March 18. An open house will be held on March 21 in the lobby of the McIntire COB from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The new public hearing date is April 2.

Thursday March 7, 2013 Schedule
3/7/2013
Albemarle County local government will be operating on a regular schedule today, March 7, 2013.

Storm Updates
3/6/2013
Visit the Community Emergency Preparedness website for the latest storm updates http://www.communityemergency.org

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed Today, Board Meeting Cancelled
3/6/2013
Due to inclement weather, Albemarle County Local Government offices are closed today, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. In addition, today's Board of Supervisors meeting has been cancelled.

EOC Storm Update
3/6/2013
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated this morning at 7:00 am at the Emergency Communications Center on Ivy Drive. Emergency officials from Albemarle County, Charlottesville and UVA are monitoring the storm and conditions from the EOC.

Winter Storm Preparation
3/5/2013
Albemarle County officials are carefully monitoring the weather situation and making all appropriate plans to respond if inclement weather impacts the community.  An update on the status of the opening of the County Office Buildings, and any potential impacts to the Board of Supervisors meeting scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, will be provided to the media and posted to the County website by 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
2/28/2013
Four Albemarle County Board Members will be holding Town Hall Meetings for their constituents during the month of March.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Expand Industrial Land Options
2/28/2013
As part of Albemarle County’s Economic Vitality Action Plan implementation, the Board will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the County Zoning Ordinance aimed at modernizing the ordinance to help support the County’s target industries and basic manufacturing functions on March 13th at 6:00 pm at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. 

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches a New Brand
2/27/2013
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) proudly revealed its new brand identity at a launch celebration. In addition to a new logo, which now includes Albemarle County, the CACVB also boasts a new tagline: “Where Tradition Is Always New”. 

Albemarle County Parks and Rec Now Offers Online Reservations, Payments for Classes and Shelters
2/27/2013
The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce a new website feature that will, for the first time, allow the community to register and pay for Albemarle County recreational programs and facility rentals online.

County to Host Native Plant Symposium on February 27
2/25/2013
Albemarle County will host a unique symposium that will present marketing strategies and local incentives, in the spirit of a ‘buy local’ campaign, for this area’s unique native plants. The Piedmont Native Plant Landscape Symposium will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 and will bring together a variety of information and resources that will benefit nursery managers, owners and growers, as well as landscape designers and gardeners in their marketing efforts.

County Presents FY 2013/14 Operating and Capital Budgets to the Board of Supervisors
2/22/2013
County Executive Tom Foley today presented his Recommended Fiscal Year 2013/2014 combined capital and operating budget to the Board of Supervisors.  The budget totals $321,153,559, and is an increase of 2.3%, or $7.2 million, over last year.   This budget is balanced on the existing tax rate of 76.2, resulting in a slight decrease in the tax bill for the average homeowner due to a continued decline in real estate values. 

County Executive's FY 2013/2014 Budget Available Online this Friday; Public Hearing Set for Monday
2/20/2013
County Executive Tom Foley will present his FY 2013/2014 Recommended Budget to the Board of Supervisors on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. After the presentation, the budget will be published online at www.albemarle.org/budget.

Utility Relocation Project in Crozet Currently Underway
2/20/2013
Crozet residents should be aware of some potential traffic disruptions due to a utility relocation project currently underway on Crozet Avenue, Tabor Street, High Street and The Square. The utility relocation is an integral part of the larger Downtown Crozet Streetscape Project which will enhance the downtown Crozet area.

Monticello, Montpelier, and CACVB Re-Launch Presidents Passport With Sweepstakes
2/19/2013
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB), Monticello and Montpelier announce the re-launch of the Presidents Passport— a cooperative marketing program designed to encourage tourism to the greater Charlottesville area—with a significant sweepstakes totaling more than $1,000 in prizes. 

Southern Albemarle Residents Invited to Serve on Community Advisory Committee
2/14/2013
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the Albemarle County School Board are seeking community representatives to serve on an advisory committee that will study community services in the southern portion of Albemarle County and make recommendations on how best to address unmet needs for the community. The committee will include six community representatives and six appointees who will represent various community service agencies.

Albemarle County Receives Community Improvement Grants for Housing Rehabilitation
2/7/2013
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced an additional $3.9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for six projects in Virginia. The six community improvement projects are in addition to the $6.2 million of funding provided in June 2012.

Reassessment Notices Mailed this Week
2/7/2013
Albemarle County is sending 2013 reassessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County’s recently completed annual reassessment. The 2013 reassessments show changes in property values resulting from softening in some segments of the real estate market being experienced locally as well as nationwide. 

Albemarle Names New Assistant County Executive
2/7/2013
Albemarle County has named Douglas Walker as its new Assistant County Executive for Community Services effective  April 1, 2013.  Walker, who is replacing Bryan Elliott following his retirement in December, 2012, will supervise the County’s Social Services, Housing, Police, Fire Rescue, Community Development and Parks and Recreation departments. 

What Should You Do to Get Ready for Winter Weather?
1/17/2013
Snow is on the way! We all know that winter storms can bring loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies...especially if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Get your emergency kit and supplies ready now, so you don’t have to scramble once the storm is here.

State Tax Refunds No Longer Offered by Check
1/17/2013
The Albemarle County Finance Department would like to make residents aware of a significant change to this year’s state tax refund process. If you usually receive your state tax refund by check, you will have to choose a new option.

Monticello High School Academy Now a Governor’s Health Services Academy
1/15/2013
The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) has designated Albemarle County Public Schools ’ Health and Medical Sciences Academy as a regional Governor’s Health Services Academy. The division will receive a $10,000 state planning and implementation grant.

County to Sponsor Advisory Council Town Hall Meeting
1/14/2013
Albemarle County officials will host a Town Hall Meeting for the County’s four appointed Community Advisory Councils this evening, January 14, from 6:30 pm until 8:30 p.m., in Room 241 of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. 

VOF Adds to Protected Open Space in Counties Surrounding Charlottesville
1/9/2013
Albemarle and surrounding counties gained nearly 3,500 acres of protected open space thanks to 23 conservation easements donated by area landowners to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in 2012.  VOF protected 650 acres in Albemarle, 79 acres in Fluvanna, 144 acres in Greene, 100 acres in Louisa, 1,288 acres in Nelson, and 1,183 acres in Orange.

Albemarle County Real Estate Tax Relief Applications Now Available
1/8/2013
Albemarle County offers real estate tax relief to elderly and disabled property owners who meet certain criteria and those applications are currently being accepted.  The renewal application filing deadline is April 1, 2013. First time applicants have until October 31, 2013 to file.

Albemarle County to Host Agribusiness Marketing Conference
1/4/2013
Albemarle County Economic Development and the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the area’s first Agribusiness Marketing Conference on Monday, January 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. The conference looks to help local producers build on the success that Albemarle has achieved as an agribusiness center and destination.

Albemarle County Police Foundation to Receive Canine Fund Donation
12/20/2012
Today, the Albemarle County Police Foundation will be receiving a check from the City of Charlottesville and American Heritage Voices Foundation on behalf of the four  host organizations that brought His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Charlottesville in October. 

Albemarle County to Host Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop
12/19/2012
Albemarle County and Virginia Clean Cities will host a Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 235 of the Albemarle County Office Building, located at 401 McIntire Road.

Albemarle County Local Government Holiday Building Closure Schedule
12/18/2012
Albemarle County local government offices will be closed on several dates for the upcoming winter holidays. Offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th, 25th and 26th for the Winter Holiday, with offices reopening on Thursday, December 27th.

Christmas Tree Recycling Details Announced
12/17/2012
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, 2012 through January 16, 2013. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects discarded Christmas trees which are chipped into mulch and then offered to the public at no cost. 

Ivy Bridge Projects Subject of December 20 Hearing
12/17/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a public hearing on the proposed replacement of two bridges in the Ivy area of Albemarle County. It will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Murray Elementary School, 3251 Morgantown Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. The hearing was previously scheduled for Oct. 30, but was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy.

County Invites Residents to Join Albemarle Against Hunger Food Drive
12/3/2012
Albemarle County employees are holding a food drive to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank – Albemarle Against Hunger – running now through Friday, December 14, and citizens are invited to join in the effort.

VACO's Go Green Program Recognizes Albemarle County
12/3/2012
The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) has announced the recipients of the 2012 Go Green Awards and for the 4th year in a row, Albemarle County has been named a winner. The program is designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that not only reduce carbon emissions, but can save local governments money.

Downtown Crozet to Welcome New Framing and Art Company
12/3/2012
Creative Framing & The Art Box will celebrate the opening of a third location in downtown Crozet adding to existing operations in Charlottesville and Lynchburg at a Grand Opening scheduled for December 8. 

County Announces Opening of Old Mills Trail
11/16/2012
Albemarle County today announces the opening of Old Mills Trail, a 3-mile multi-use trail that connects Darden Towe Park to Martha Jefferson Hospital along the Rivanna River.

Monticello Artisan Trail Celebrates Successful First Year of Operation
11/15/2012
Albemarle and Nelson Counties join the Artisans Center of Virginia in celebrating the successful first year of the Monticello Artisans Trail (MAT),  a regional pathway that connects over  100 destinations including craft artisan studios, galleries, agri-artisan farms, markets, local restaurants, lodging, and area points of interest in the two Counties and the City of Charlottesville. 

Home Heating Caution Urged
11/14/2012
With the recent cold snap, Albemarle County would like to remind its residents to take certain safety precautions when dealing with home heating devices. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that heating equipment fires are the second leading causes of fire deaths in American homes and the biggest fire culprit during December and January. 

Board of Supervisors Now Offer Online Sign-Up for its Public Hearings
11/9/2012
The Board of Supervisors is pleased to offer a new service that will make signing up to speak at Public Hearings more convenient. Online Public Hearing Sign-Up will be available online 24 hours prior to the Board Meeting and will remain open until 3 hours before the start of the meeting.

Board Receives FY 11/12 End of Year Financial Report
11/7/2012
The Board of Supervisors today received the Unaudited FY12 Annual Financial Report .  While the external audit of the County’s FY12 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is still a work in progress, staff believes that the information presented today is materially correct and accurate. 

Albemarle County Police Department Receive Reaccreditation Award
11/7/2012
Today, Board of Supervisors presented the Albemarle County Police Department's reaccreditation certificate from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).  The Department successfully completed the recertification process for the Virginia Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, signifying a commitment to law enforcement excellence. 

Albemarle County Police Department to Host Animal Summit on November 12
11/6/2012
The Albemarle County Police Department will host an Animal Summit to bring community members together to have a discussion on issues affecting our animal population. The summit will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium, Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. Community members with animal concerns are strongly encouraged to attend.

Election Day Reminders
11/2/2012
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Albemarle County Electoral Board would like to remind voters about what to expect and what to bring when coming out to the polls.

Crozet Town Hall Meeting Rescheduled for November 8
11/1/2012
Supervisor Ann Mallek, along with the Crozet Community Advisory Council and Albemarle County staff, invite residents to attend a Crozet Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2012 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Field School (Old Crozet Elementary School). 

Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries - A Simple Lifesaving Change
10/31/2012
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 4 and Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

County Tax Bills in the Mail
10/31/2012
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are in the mail to county residents.  Tax payments are due Wednesday December 5, 2012. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department before the deadline.

EOC and Non-Emergency Phone Line Set to Close at Noon Today
10/30/2012
Today at 12 noon the Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville and University of Virginia Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will officially close. Our region was spared the brunt of  Sandy's effects, while approximately 2,486 residents are still without power. The area power companies are continuing to work on restoring power to their customers. 

Flooding, Power Lines Close Central Virginia Roads
10/29/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reporting 17 secondary roads in Central Virginia are closed at this hour due to Hurricane Sandy. Twelve are flooded and another five are impassable due to power lines or trees that have fallen. All primary roads and interstate highways in the region are open.

Storm Updates - 10/29/12, Regional Website Activated
10/29/2012
Emergency officials from Albemarle County, Charlottesville and the University activated a regional Emergency Operations Center this morning at 8:00 am and are closely monitoring the storm’s progress and potential impacts on the community. All regional public information is being posted to a joint website – www.communityemergency.org – which will be updated on a regular basis with the most accurate and up-to-date information available.  Also, the non-emergency information line – (434) 979-INFO – has been activated and is staffed to respond to general storm-related inquiries

Weather Cancels Hearing on Route 637 and 677 Bridges
10/29/2012
Due to hazardous conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has canceled the design public hearing on the Route 637 (Dick Woods Road) and Route 677 (Broomley Road) bridge projects in Albemarle County. The hearing was scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Murray Elementary School, 3251 Morgantown Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

Charlottesville-UVa-Albemarle Emergency Operations Center to Open at 8AM Monday
10/28/2012
City, County and University officials met today to discuss preparations and response strategies to support the community as Hurricane Sandy slowly moves past Virginia Monday and Tuesday. The regional Emergency Operations Center will open at 8AM on Monday, October 29, 2012 with a Level 1 activation which unifies public safety response efforts.

Crozet Town Hall Meeting Postponed
10/28/2012
Monday's Crozet Town Hall meeting (October 29, 2012) has been postponed due to the uncertainty of the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date.

Storm Preparedness Updates - 10/28/12
10/28/2012
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management encourages you to finish your preparations today for a potentially major, prolonged weather event.

Dominion Prepares for Hurricane Sandy
10/26/2012
With Hurricane Sandy approaching, Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power are preparing to respond quickly, as conditions merit.  The company has requested additional crews from other states to supplement its restoration workforce.  The company is asking its customers to take steps to brace for the storm.

Albemarle County Encourages All to Prepare for the Effects of Hurricane Sandy
10/26/2012
We all need to keep an eye on Hurricane Sandy for the next few days and plan for the possibility of local impacts.  While the exact track of the storm and the magnitude of impacts is still uncertain, the situation  could include heavy rains, flooding, high winds, downed trees and power outages for our area.

Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Now Offer 360 Degree Tour of County Trails
10/24/2012
Have you ever wondered what a trail was like before you hiked it? The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation department has partnered with Terrain360.com to offer a new tool that will solve that dilemma. By visiting www.albemarle.org/trails, hikers can take a 360 degree panoramic tour of the trails at Darden Towe, Preddy Creek, Byrom, Mint Springs, Ivy Creek Natural Area and Walnut Creek from their computers or smart phones.

Halloween Safety - Pointers for Parents, Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
10/23/2012
Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little scary! Concerns about children’s safety - whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of goodies – are important.   Make Halloween a safe experience for everyone by remembering some helpful safety tips.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings in the White Hall District
10/19/2012
Supervisor Ann Mallek welcomes residents of the White Hall district to three drop-in town hall meetings. Each of the meetings will feature a presentation by Police Lt. Pete Mainzer or Lt. Greg Jenkins, who will talk about the new community policing program. Participants will also learn about and provide feedback on the Comprehensive Plan rural area update and other upcoming decisions on the Comp Plan.

Crozet Town Hall Meeting Set for October 29
10/18/2012
Supervisor Ann Mallek, along with the Crozet Community Advisory Council and Albemarle County staff, invite residents to attend a Crozet Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 29, beginning at 7:00 pm at Western Albemarle High School. 

ECC Encourages Residents to Participate in October 18 “The Great ShakeOut” Earthquake Preparedness Drill
10/17/2012
Last year’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake took our region by surprise and was an important reminder of our vulnerability to these no-notice events. On October 18, 2012, join more than 10 million others who have committed to take a few moments to refresh their understanding of what to do in the event of an earthquake.

International Trade Briefing Set for October 24
10/16/2012
Albemarle County Economic Development and the City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development will host an International Trade Briefing in which information will be shared about existing state resources for supporting international trade and our new partnership with Culpeper County to create a Foreign Trade Zone.

Tech Tour to Focus on Technology Pioneers for the Next Generation
10/15/2012
Thursday, October 18, marks the launching of 2012 Tech Tour, a local event to introduce over 400 area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region.

County, City to Sponsor Bulky Waste Collections This November
10/12/2012
In November, three bulky waste amnesty days will be held at the Ivy Material Utilization Center located at 4576 Dick Woods Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. November 3 - Furniture/Mattresses, November 10 - Appliances, and November 17 - Tires. These items will be collected from 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

Farm Loans Available As Albemarle County Designated Primary Natural Disaster Area
10/12/2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has named Albemarle County as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by excessive rain, hail, high winds and lightning associated with this summer’s derecho.

CAT Transit Service Study Public Open House and Online Presentation
10/12/2012
CAT is conducting a study to evaluate the structure of public transit services in the region. On October 16, 2012, the study team will hold an Open House to share service improvement ideas, including adjustments to existing routes. We would like to hear from you to help plan the future of our transit system.

Doing Business with Albemarle County - How To Make It Happen - October 16
10/9/2012
Albemarle County is anxious to support the start up and expansion of local businesses, and to “demystify” the processes and procedures of local government with a workshop: “How to Do Business with Albemarle County” on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

Fuel Assistance Program Accepting Applications through November 9
10/8/2012
Albemarle and Charlottesville Social Services departments are accepting applications for the Fuel Assistance Program beginning October 9, 2012 through Friday November 9, 2012. Assistance will be provided to eligible households who have a heating expense, and are within program income guidelines

Albemarle County Police Participate in "Tip-A-Cop" Fundraiser to Benefit the Special Olympics
10/5/2012
Officers with the Albemarle County Police Department will trade in handcuffs and weapons to help wait tables this Saturday at the Red Robin and they hope you’ll help by leaving them a big tip which will go directly to the Special Olympics Virginia. Our officers will be serving at the Red Robin at Fashion Square Mall on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m and then again from 5 p.m until 9 p.m. 

Charlottesville/Albemarle Named Best College Town by Southern Living Magazine
10/5/2012
According to Southern Living Magazine, Charlottesville/Albemarle County is one of the best college towns in the south. This area was chosen based on its overall southern charm, the dedicated and active alumni base, and a lively local scene.

ACE Applications Accepted Now Through October 31
10/4/2012
Albemarle County is accepting applications for the current round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE) now through October 31, 2012.  Any landowner in Albemarle County whose land is worthy of protection according to the County’s Comprehensive Plan is eligible to participate in ACE. 

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-14
10/4/2012
Fire Prevention Week is October 7-14 and Albemarle County Fire Rescue is announcing a variety of activities. This years theme is "Have Two Ways Out".

Whole Foods Market Develops a “Crush” on October Virginia Wine Month
10/2/2012
Virginia is a Commonwealth of wine, with more than 200 wineries statewide. This fall, Whole Foods Market is joining with the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Wine Marketing Office for a special October Virginia Wine Month: Discover Your Local Crush promotion.

Celebrate our Local Wineries During Virginia Wine Month
10/2/2012
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to invite visitors and local residents to celebrate Virginia Wine Month. Charlottesville and Albemarle County are at the epicenter of Virginia wine country, with over 30 wineries located in a thirty mile radius.

Albemarle's Citizen Fire Rescue Academy Kicks Off October 22
9/28/2012
If you have ever been interested in knowing more about how Albemarle County Fire Rescue works, this is the perfect opportunity for you. The Citizens Fire Rescue Academy is designed to allow Albemarle County residents the opportunity to gain a realistic view into the operations of our Fire Rescue Department.

Starr Hill Brewery to distribute in Philadelphia
9/27/2012
Albemarle County's Starr Hill Brewery is expanding its distribution to Philadelphia beginning in October.The Charlottesville area brewery will sell all of its beers in the city. The beers will be distributed by Penn Distributors and Gretz Beer Co.

County Police Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative
9/27/2012
The Albemarle County Police Department is taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.  This is an opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs.  The Albemarle County Police Department on 5th Street will serve as a drop off location.  You can stop by on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

David Puckett Promoted to Deputy Chief of Albemarle County Fire Rescue
9/26/2012
Albemarle County is pleased to announce that David Puckett has been named Deputy Chief of Albemarle County Fire Rescue (ACFR). Puckett, who brings nearly 20 years of experience to this position, joined the ACFR staff in 1998 as a firefighter before rising to the ranks of Captain and Battalion Chief. 

Absentee Voting in Albemarle County for November 6 General Election is Underway
9/24/2012
Voters who are registered to vote in Albemarle County, and who are eligible to vote absentee, may do so either by mail or in person, except for certain first-time voters who registered by mail, and those who must vote absentee in person.

VDOT Completes JPA Bridge, Jarmans Gap Road Improvements
9/24/2012
Two major construction projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Culpeper District were recently completed on schedule. The new bridge on Jefferson Park Avenue Extended in the city of Charlottesville opened to traffic at 2 p.m. Friday. In western Albemarle County, the Jarmans Gap Road improvement project was also finished Friday, meeting its scheduled September 21 completion date.

Route 748 Bridge in Albemarle County will Close September 24
9/20/2012
On September 24 the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the bridge over Turkey Run Creek on Route 784 (Doctors Crossing) in Albemarle County for replacement of its superstructure. Route 784 will be closed to through traffic at the bridge.

Albemarle County Police Share Results of Operation Air Brake Safety
9/19/2012
In an effort to keep the roads safe, the Albemarle County Police Department Motor Carrier Safety Unit participated in a national campaign, Operation Air Brake Safety.  The campaign focused on motor carrier safety with a special focus on proper brake adjustment standards. 

Albemarle County Police Warn of Scam Spree that Targets the Elderly
9/19/2012
Albemarle County Police have received a number of calls and complaints regarding scams that are targeting the elderly in the area. The scams vary in form and fashion but include phone calls, on-line offers and home visits/requests. 

Route 29 Bypass Albemarle County Citizen Information Meeting
9/19/2012
VDOT will host a Route 29 Bypass Citizen Information Meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Find out about the results of the environmental assessment that serves as a re-evaluation and update of previous environmental studies for the Route 29 Bypass in Albemarle County.

Introduction of the Watershed Improvement Plan for Moores Creek, Lodge Creek,Schenks Branch, and Meadow Creek
9/19/2012
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in cooperation with local partners will host a public meeting and discussion on September 20, 2012 on a watershed improvement plan for several streams in the Charlottesville City and Albemarle County area.

Supervisor Duane Snow to Host Town Hall Meeting for Samuel Miller Magisterial District
9/18/2012
Albemarle Supervisor Duane Snow will host a Town Hall Meeting for residents of the Samuel Miller Magisterial District on Thursday, September 27, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Yancey Elementary School. Residents of the Samuel Miller District are invited to bring any questions or concerns related to Albemarle County government.

Albemarle County Offers New Regional Native Plant Web Database
9/17/2012
Albemarle County’s Natural Heritage Committee, local native plant experts and County staff have created a comprehensive list of the best growing, commercially available and most showy native plants that are found in Albemarle County. This list of native plants is available as an online searchable database at www.albemarle.org/nativeplants.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Announces Pilot Program and Financial Incentives for Cooperative Members
9/7/2012
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) have partnered with the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) to offer a pilot energy efficiency program for REC’s members in the counties of Albemarle, Louisa, Greene, Madison, Culpeper, and Orange.

Charlottesville/Albemarle County Named Top Spot for Agritourism
9/7/2012
The website Go Green Travel Green has named Charlottesville/Albemarle County the top spot in the country for agritourism. Our community quickly rose to the top based on the abundance of organic produce and fruit options, including Carter’s Mountain Orchard and Charlottesville’s City Market.

County Releases Important Information for County Voters in Regards to Upcoming Election
9/5/2012
A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, for the offices of: President and Vice President of the United States, Member United States Senate, and Member United States House of Representatives.  The full ballot will also present two proposed amendments to the Constitution of Virginia.

Federal Grant to Fund Additional County Firefighters
9/5/2012
Albemarle County recently received a two year, $1.3 million federal grant to support staffing at the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department and at the new Ivy station. 

Charlottesville Community Career Conference Announced
9/5/2012
On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 from 9am to 3pm at John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville area job seekers will have an opportunity to network and learn how to move up the career ladder. The first Charlottesville Community Career Conference is an all-day event to help job seekers market themselves to top employers in the local community.

Charlottesville/Albemarle County Named Top Wine Vacation Destination by U.S. News Travel
8/27/2012
Charlottesville/Albemarle County has landed a coveted spot on U.S. News Travel's Best Vacations list, ranking this area as one of the best wine vacation destinations in the world. Charlottesville/Albemarle County was one of only three U.S. destinations to make the list; Napa Valley in California and Portland, Oregon were the others.

Albemarle County Police Department Garners Recognition for its Traffic Safety Programs
8/17/2012
The Albemarle County Police Department was recognized for its traffic safety programs, receiving two honors at the 2011 Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge Awards.  Albemarle County was selected out of forty-one agencies that entered the state and national competitions.

Travel + Leisure Ranks Boar's Head Inn Among Best College-owned Hotels
8/17/2012
The Boar’s Head Inn was recently named one of the top five college-owned hotels in the U.S. by New York-based Travel + Leisure magazine. In a review published in June, the magazine wrote that college-owned and operated hotels and inns are very appealing because they maintain high standards and have individual personality while offering “an exceptionally adult, dignified experience.”

Crozet Avenue Lane Closure Set to Begin August 27
8/17/2012
Due to the progress of the new Crozet Library construction, Crozet residents should be aware of an upcoming traffic interruption. Beginning on Monday, August 27, one lane of Crozet Avenue will be closed at a time between Jarman’s Gap Road and Library Avenue to accommodate installation of a water line and stormwater sewer beneath the roadway.

Supervisor Mallek Recognized at State Artisan Conference
8/16/2012
Board of Supervisors chair Ann Mallek was recently recognized by the Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) at their statewide artisan conference for her support and encouragement of the growth and sustainability of the artisan movement in Virginia.

Albemarle County Finance Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting Designation by GFOA
8/6/2012
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to County of Albemarle by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

Albemarle County Honors Active-Duty Military and Veterans by Waiving Park Entry and Shelter Rental Fees
7/30/2012
As a small gesture to show gratitude and appreciation for the brave men and women of the military who serve(d) our country, the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation department will waive entry fees into Chris Greene, Mint Springs and Walnut Creek parks for all active-duty military and their immediate family members, as well as veterans, for the remainder of the season.

Board Seeks Applicants for Seats on Places29 Community Advisory Council
7/25/2012
Albemarle County’s Board of Supervisors has several vacancies on its Places29 Community Advisory Council and is asking interested and qualified County residents to apply. The Places 29 Community Advisory Council is an advisory committee that provides assistance to County staff and the Board of Supervisors on civic/community issues related to implementation of the Places 29 Master Plan in accordance with established County procedures.

Mint Springs Debris Collection Site to Close Sunday
7/24/2012
The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department announce the closure of the debris collection site at Mint Springs Valley Park on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Until then, the debris collection will remain on the same schedule.

Albemarle Announces Expanded Business Support Program
7/24/2012
Albemarle County is announcing several new initiatives aimed at supporting and encouraging the success of existing local businesses.  These initiatives are an expansion of the County’s Albemarle Business First program, an outreach and information referral effort that connects existing businesses to the information and resources they need to be successful in this challenging economic climate.

Albemarle Ranks Sixth in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
7/18/2012
For the tenth 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 and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2012 Digital Counties Survey.

Albemarle County Storm Debris Disposal Updates
7/13/2012
As County residents continue storm clean up, please be aware of the following updates regarding Albemarle County’s storm debris collection and disposal efforts.

Friends of Shenandoah Day is Saturday, July 28
7/11/2012
Shenandoah National Park Trust will host its Second Annual Friends of Shenandoah Day on Saturday, July 28th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in the national park. This is a special day of hikes, park ranger programs, entertainment and cook-out for members of Shenandoah National Park Trust, the official philanthropic partner of our national park.

Emergency Update Information
7/9/2012
Check this page for the latest updates on storm-related information.

Food Benefit Replacement for Participating Households
7/5/2012
Albemarle County households may request a replacement for food that was purchased with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program) benefits and was subsequently destroyed in a household disaster.  

Martha Jefferson Named America's Most Beautiful Hospital
7/3/2012
Martha Jefferson Hospital was named America’s most beautiful hospital for 2012 in a nationwide survey. Completed last year, features that helped the Martha Jefferson building earn the honor are its pitched roof, gardens, frosted glass windows and handcrafted bathroom tiles. The $275 million, 176-bed, six-level hospital is split into the top of Pantops Mountain.

County to Open Shelters for Residents Impacted by Storm
6/30/2012
Albemarle County officials have declared a local emergency in the wake of powerful thunderstorms that passed through the area on Friday evening at approximately 9:00 pm. 

Community Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Crozet Library
6/26/2012
Albemarle County government officials joined representatives from the Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL), Crozet residents and other invited guests at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crozet Library. The 23,000 square foot library building is scheduled for completion in approximately a year at a construction cost of approximately $5.8 million. 

Shenandoah National Park Continues Neighbor Appreciation Day
6/15/2012
Shenandoah National Park will celebrate its communities and neighbors with the continuation of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day.  On July 21, 2012, the park will waive entrance fees for those residents living in the following counties adjoining the park: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren.

Albemarle Fire Rescue to Demonstrate a Live Burn to Show Importance of Residential Sprinkler Systems
6/14/2012
As a part of Albemarle County’s Citizen Fire Rescue Academy, Fire Rescue personnel will demonstrate a “live burn” event to promote the value of residential sprinkler systems.

New Regional Emergency Management Coordinator Hired
6/14/2012
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Kirby Felts as the new Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Charlottesville, University of Virginia and County of Albemarle.

Shadwell Bridge Will Open Friday After 9AM
6/13/2012
The Route 250 bridge at Shadwell will reopen to traffic after 9 a.m. on Friday, June 15, three weeks ahead of the scheduled July 9 reopening. Motorists should continue to use the detour route during the morning commute on Friday.

New Crozet Library Parking Lot to be Closed as Part of Library Construction Project
6/7/2012
The public parking lot serving the new Crozet Library site on Library Avenue will be closed to the public beginning Monday, June 11, to allow for construction activity to be staged from that space. 

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Community Commemorates Flag Day and the US Armed Forces
6/7/2012
The Charlottesville/Albemarle Community Flag Day of Honor commemorates the adoption of the Flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. This year’s event is designed to show appreciation for our country, our active Armed Forces, our veterans and their families on Thursday, June 14 at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Downtown Charlottesville.

County Celebrates Business Appreciation Week by Recognizing Four "Albemarle Entrepreneurs to Watch"
6/5/2012
Albemarle County will celebrate Business Appreciation Week 2012, designated for June 4 – 8 by Governor Bob McDonnell,  by recognizing four “Albemarle Entrepreneurs to Watch” at 9:00 am at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on June 6.

Albemarle’s ACE Program Closes on New Property that Protects 40 Additional Acres
5/29/2012
Albemarle County recently acquired an easement on 40.6 acres near Crozet as part of the County’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements, or ACE program. With this new acquisition, the County will retire six development rights and establish a streamside buffer along Stockton Creek, a major tributary in the drinking supply watershed of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir. 

Trucks Temporarily Banned from Two Shadwell Roads
5/29/2012
Beginning Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Transportation will place a temporary restriction on truck traffic on Route 731 (Keswick Road) and Route 744 (Hacktown Road) in Albemarle County. The restriction is due to safety concerns over trucks using the two secondary roads to shortcut the prescribed Shadwell bridge detour route onto Interstate 64.

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Preparedness Items Starts Friday
5/24/2012
Virginia residents can prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and save money at the same time. The Virginia Department of Taxation says the state's sales-tax holiday on emergency items such as batteries, flashlights, tarps and first-aid kits runs Friday, May 25 through next Thursday, May 31.

Magazine Calls Westminster-Canterbury the Best Retirement Community in the Region
5/23/2012
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge was named Central Virginia’s Best Retirement Community in an inaugural survey of 10,000 readers by Virginia Living magazine. The nonprofit retirement community is located on Pantops Mountain Road and bills itself as the area’s only nationally accredited continuing care retirement community.

Better Business Challenge Announces Upcoming Awards Night
5/21/2012
Winners of the first Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge competition will be unveiled in a green Oscars style event open to the whole community.  This is the culmination of a year-long effort to bring awareness to environmental stewardship and cost-savings opportunities for energy efficiency, water/waste/transportation reduction strategies in the business community.

County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend
5/18/2012
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer.  On Saturday, May 26 swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. 

Active Duty U.S. Military Offered Free Entrance to All National Parks
5/17/2012
To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

Artisan Trail Honored by Tourism Board
5/9/2012
Albemarle County, Nelson County and the Waynesboro-based Artisans Center of Virginia were named joint winners of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 2012 Tourism Achievement Award. The annual award honors entities in the region that have demonstrated leadership in supporting and advancing tourism.

Albemarle County Announces Sponsorship of Locavore Expo
5/8/2012
The Locavore Expo of Tom Tom Founders Festival will celebrate innovation in the local food community on Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm in conjunction with the Charlottesville Farmers’ Market. The full schedule is available at the Tom Tom website and the event is sponsored by Albemarle County and is free and open to the public.

Stony Point Community to Hold History Day Event on May 19
5/8/2012
The Stony Point History Day will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Stony Point Ruritan Building and Grounds. The event will include display exhibits of historical maps, documents and photos that bring together the collective history of the Stony Point Community. 

Local Public Safety Personnel Compete in Battle of the Badges
5/4/2012
Local public safety personnel will battle each other in a flag football game on Sunday, May 6, 2012 to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia and Local Burn Camp.  This event will take place at Monticello High School and the gates will open at 12:00 P.M.  Members from the Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville Police Departments will take on members of the Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville Fire Departments.

Albemarle County Police Department to Host Police Memorial Service
5/4/2012
In recognition of National Peace Officer Memorial Day, the Albemarle County Police Department will hold a memorial service to honor local and state law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.  The service will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building located at 401 McIntire Road.

Extension Announced for Route 29 Bypass Proposals
5/3/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that the deadline for submission of the price proposals for the Route 29/Charlottesville Bypass has been extended until May 9. The price proposals from the responsive design-build teams will be opened at 9 a.m. on May 11 in Richmond.

Albemarle Police Captain Schwertfeger Named New Police Chief for Wheeling, West Virginia
5/3/2012
The Albemarle County Police Department today announce the early retirement of Captain Shawn Schwertfeger, who is leaving the ACPD after 21 years of dedicated service to become the new Chief of Police for Wheeling, West Virginia. 

Albemarle Board of Supervisors Adopt New Vision, Strategic Plan
5/3/2012
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors adopted a new vision statement and strategic plan at their May 2 meeting that sets the County’s priorities over the next five years. This plan includes seven goal statements accompanied by clear objectives that respond to community priorities.

May is Electrical Safety Month
5/3/2012
Albemarle County’s Department of Community Development reminds you that May is Electrical Safety Month.  Annual reviews of home safety can prevent many accidents involving electricity.

Foxfield Races 2012 Enforcement Results
5/2/2012
The Albemarle County Police report that there were a total 61 arrests made during Foxfield Races on April 28, 2012.  These arrests are the combined enforcement efforts of the Albemarle County Police Department, Albemarle County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Local Law Enforcement to Participate in Cover the Cruiser Fundraising Event
5/1/2012
On May 2, 2012 local law enforcement personnel and CiCi's Pizza will partner to raise funds for Special Olympics Virginia in the Dough Raiser and Cover the Cruiser Event.  Patrons can purchase $1.00 icons to cover the police cruisers, and by mentioning that you are with Special Olympics, 10% of your bill will be donated to local Special Olympics athletes.

VDOT Completing Work for Shadwell Bridge Closure
4/27/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is completing preparations for the closure of the Route 250 bridge at Shadwell. The bridge will close to traffic at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1. During the closure eastbound traffic on Route 250 will be detoured onto Interstate 64 at Exit 124 (Shadwell) and back onto Route 250 at Exit 129 (Route 616/Black Cat Road). Westbound traffic will reverse the detour.

Albemarle County Receives Community Development Block Grant Funds
4/26/2012
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded Albemarle County $185,200 from their Community Development Innovation Fund for the reconstruction of two substandard houses in the County.  The County’s application for funding was on behalf of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), which will carry out the activities.

County, City Police Participate in National Take Back Initiative for Unwanted Prescription Drugs
4/23/2012
The Albemarle County Police Department and the City of Charlottesville Police Department are partnering with the DEA to take part in the taking back of unwanted prescription drugs on April 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Drop off sites will be at the Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville Police Department and the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center located at 595 Martha Jefferson Drive.

Electronic Recycling Event to be Held April 21
4/20/2012
Area recyclers are celebrating Earth Day with a comprehensive electronics recycling event that will provide an opportunity for the safe and environmentally friendly disposal and recycling of consumer electronics. The recycling event will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena. 

Albemarle County to Cosponsor Kids Only Trout Fishing Day in Crozet
4/20/2012
The Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation—along with the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Kingfishers—will sponsor a free, ages 12 and under, kid’s only trout fishing day on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mint Springs Park.

Albemarle Winery Hosts Kickoff of New State Winery Signage Program
4/20/2012
Albemarle County’s King Family Vineyards on Thursday hosted the launch of a statewide initiative to increase the visibility of Virginia’s homegrown wines.  The program will allow for the installation of 17 highway signs across the state that highlight designated American Viticultural Areas (AVA).

Message Boards in Place for Shadwell Bridge Closure
4/20/2012
Today the Virginia Department of Transportation began placing electronic message boards in the Shadwell area to announce the closure of the Route 250 bridge. In the coming week, VDOT will add an additional lane on the entrance ramp from Route 250 east onto I-64 east at Shadwell to increase capacity during peak traffic times.

Ivy Creek Barn Set to Reopen April 21
4/17/2012
The Ivy Creek Foundation, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville are proud to announce the reopening of the historic Ivy Creek barn on Saturday, April 21, at 2:00 pm.  The reopening ceremony will feature donors to the project along with representatives from the Ivy Creek Foundation and local elected officials. 

Rivanna River Canoe & Kayak Races to be Held May 12
4/16/2012
The 7th annual Charlottesville Area Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Bring your own boat, paddle, and life jacket and join us on the water for friendly competition or just plain fun!  No boat? Then come out to watch the fun and bring a picnic basket to enjoy the day.

Shadwell Bridge Will Close May 1
4/6/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation has finalized a closure date of May 1 for the Route 250 bridge at Shadwell. The bridge is undergoing rehabilitation, including replacement of the entire bridge deck, which requires its complete closure for 70 days, through July 9.

D.C. Metro Station to Feature Charlottesville/Albemarle County Artwork in April
4/3/2012
Riders of the D.C. Metro commuting through the Center City station will be exposed to artwork promoting the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area throughout the month of April. The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau purchased this valuable advertising space through a co-op program initiated by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. We are one of only seven destinations participating in this program.

Albemarle Ranks Fourth in the State in 2012 National Health Rankings Report
4/3/2012
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, today released the results of the 2012 nation-wide County Health Rankings. Albemarle County ranked fourth among 132 Virginia jurisdictions included in the study, with Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties in the top three spots for health outcomes.

Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Named as Tastiest Town
3/29/2012
Southernliving.com has listed the Charlottesville/Albemarle community as one of the top ten ‘Tastiest Towns’ in the South. Earlier this year, readers were asked to vote for the best food destinations in the South. This community rose to the top because of the broad, yet unique variety of food choices. Also highlighted was this area’s dedication to agriculture and the use of local ingredients.

County Strengthens Enforcement of State Law Banning Advertisements in Highway Right-of-Way
3/28/2012
Albemarle County  has begun strengthening its enforcement of an existing state law against advertising signs in the highway right-of-way along designated entrance corridors in the County.  This enforcement program is being conducted in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s ongoing illegal sign removal efforts, and County staff has been authorized to conduct this enforcement through a signed agreement with VDOT.

Monticello AVA Big Winner at Governor's Cup
3/19/2012
Local grapes swept the competition at the 2012 Governor’s Cup Award held recently in Richmond. 11 of the 12 top scoring wines that were selected for inclusion in the 2012 Virginia Governor’s Case were produced from grapes grown in the Monticello AVA (American Viticultural Area), cementing the reputation of Central Virginia as the premier grape growing region in Virginia. Eight of the winners are members of the Monticello Wine Trail.

Amtrak Virginia Joins the Presidents Passport Program
3/16/2012
Amtrak Virginia has joined the Presidents Passport—a travel program offering tourists special promotions, discounts and travel tips for visits to the Charlottesville, Va. area in 2012. Amtrak Virginia’s Northeast Regional Service which provides convenient service from the Northeast Corridor to Charlottesville has joined the Presidents Passport as a travel sponsor offering 40 percent off companion fares on trips to and from Charlottesville.

Albemarle to Hold Master Plan Meeting for Southern and Western Urban Neighborhoods
3/15/2012
The County’s Comprehensive Plan is being updated this year, including development of a “framework” Master Plan for Neighborhoods 4, 5, 6 and 7 that will include a new land use plan based on updated goals for the Neighborhoods. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 2, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building, 5th Street, Room A.

VDOT, Albemarle County Plan for Route 250 Bridge Closure
3/13/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Albemarle County are coordinating a public outreach effort to inform motorists of the upcoming closure of the Route 250 bridge at Shadwell. The bridge is undergoing extensive rehabilitation work that will require its complete closure for 10 weeks beginning in early May. During the closure the entire bridge deck will be replaced.

Statewide Tornado Drill March 20
3/8/2012
There is no such thing as a “tornado season.”  Tornadoes can strike anytime, anywhere.  Last year, there were 51 tornadoes in Virginia.  10 people died and more than 100 were injured. On Tuesday, March 20 at 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio, simulating what you will hear during an actual tornado warning.

Apple Cider Feasibility Study Now Underway
3/8/2012
A USDA Specialty Crop Competitive Grant in the amount of $30,000 was recently awarded to Nelson County to study the production and expansion of hard cider production in Albemarle and Nelson Counties and across the Commonwealth.  The grant funds a feasibility study which will assess the market for and economic viability of hard cider production and also conduct research to support growing more specialized cider apple varieties.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery: A Practice that Could Save Your Life
3/8/2012
The Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue reminds the community to change the batteries in smoke alarms to coincide with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. On Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2 a.m., clocks will spring forward one hour. This is a good time to change smoke alarm batteries. It’s a simple task that could save your life in the event of a household fire

DEQ Announces Public Meeting on Water Quality Study Update on Local Streams
3/6/2012
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Technical Advisory Committee (composed of local stakeholders, and Virginia Tech’s Biological Systems Engineering Department will host a public meeting on a water quality study for Moores Creek, Lodge Creek, Meadow Creek and Schenks Branch. 

MEETING RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 8: Albemarle to Hold Master Plan Meeting for Southern Urban Neighborhoods
3/5/2012
Albemarle County’s Comprehensive Plan is being updated this year, including development of a “framework” Master Plan for Neighborhoods 4 & 5, the southern urban areas of the County,  that will include a new land use plan based on updated goals for the Neighborhoods. Come join your neighbors in learning about the Comprehensive Plan process, find out what the existing plan says, and learn the status of development projects in the area.

Supervisor Thomas to Hold Community Meeting for Earlysville Residents Regarding Rockydale Quarry
3/2/2012
Albemarle Supervisor Rodney Thomas has scheduled a community meeting regarding Rockydale Quarry to take place on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Hollymead Fire Rescue Station beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format with representatives available to answer questions from various state and local departments.

Supervisor Christopher Dumler to Host Town Hall Meetings for Scottsville Magisterial District
2/29/2012
Albemarle Supervisor Christopher Dumler has scheduled three town hall-style community meetings across the Scottsville district. Residents are invited to bring any ideas, concerns, comments, questions, and thoughts about the future of the Scottsville District and Albemarle County. Scottsville District School Board Member and Chairman Steve Koleszar will also be in attendance.

Charlottesville Community Job Fair Sponsors Career Clothing Drive
2/29/2012
In an effort to ensure that job seekers in our community have professional clothing, the Charlottesville Community Job Fair is sponsoring a clothing drive. The goal is to provide all job seekers in need of professional clothing at least one outfit that they can wear when they attend the 2012 Charlottesville Community Spring Job Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, April 25th. To meet this goal, donations of gently-used career apparel are needed.

Public Hearing on Recommended FY 2012/13 Operating and Capital Budget Scheduled for Wednesday, February 29
2/28/2012
Members of the public will have their first opportunity to comment on the budget at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday evening, February 29, beginning at 6:00 pm in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road.  Sign ups to speak at the public hearing will start at 4:00 pm in the auditorium lobby.

BOS Appoints Dotson to Planning Commission At-Large Seat
2/24/2012
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors appointed A. Bruce Dotson to the At-Large seat on the Albemarle Planning Commission. Dotson, who holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, brings a wealth of experience on a wide range of planning matters to his appointment.

County Presents FY2012/2013 Operating and Capital Budgets to the Board of Supervisors
2/24/2012
County Executive Tom Foley today presented his recommended FY12/13 Operating and Capital Budget to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  The recommended budget totals $311,677,759 and is balanced on an equalized tax rate of 76.4¢, resulting in no tax increase for the average homeowner for the fourth year in a row.

Board to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Community Development Block Grant Application
2/23/2012
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on March 14, 2012, at 6:00 p.m., Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, McIntire Road to solicit public input on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the proposed Orchard Acres Housing Rehabilitation Project and the Scattered Site Rehabilitation Project.

Boyd, Buyaki Add Third Community Meeting for Rivanna Magisterial District
2/17/2012
Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd and School Board Member Jason Buyaki have added a third Community Meeting for all residents of the Rivanna Magisterial District. This will be a great opportunity for residents of the Rivanna District to engage in a dialogue with their elected officials on any subject.

Two Albemarle County Inns Proclaimed "Best Romantic" and "Coziest"
2/16/2012
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that two local lodging partners have recently been awarded the title of "Best Romantic Inns". Foxfield Inn and The Clifton Inn (both located in Albemarle County) have made the independent online national travel hub Fathom's list of "Most romantic hotels in the south".

Explore Local Historical Attractions with the Presidents Passport Program this Weekend
2/16/2012
The President’s Day holiday is Monday, February 20. This is the perfect weekend to take advantage of the Presidents Passport program, which brings together three historic sites — Monticello, Montpelier and Ash Lawn-Highland — as key destinations for visitors wanting to continue the conversation about early American history and slavery. See the landscape of the presidents and soak up the rich historical and cultural offerings of the surrounding area.

Supervisor Rodney Thomas to Host Town Hall Meeting for Rio Magisterial District
2/15/2012
Albemarle Supervisor Rodney Thomas will host a Town Hall Meeting for residents of the Rio Magisterial District on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodbrook Elementary School Gym.

SPCA Offering Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries for Low/Middle Income Area Residents
2/15/2012
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is currently offering subsidized spay/neuter surgeries to low/middle income residents in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the surrounding counties.  For a limited time only, County and City residents can make an appointment with the CASPCA to receive spay/neuter surgery for their cats or pit bulls for free, and all other dogs for only $30. 

Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District Offers Cost-Share Assistance to Moore’s Creek Watershed Residents
2/14/2012
The Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) is offering supplemental cost-share assistance to farmers and homeowners within the Moore's Creek Watershed for farm conservation practices and septic system repairs. Homeowners and farmers in the watershed area qualify for targeted funding to clean up potential sources of bacteria.

Boyd, Buyaki to Host Community Meetings for Rivanna Magisterial District
2/10/2012
Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd and School Board Member Jason Buyaki will be hosting two Community Meetings for residents of the Rivanna Magisterial District. Residents of the Rivanna District are invited to bring any questions or concerns related to Albemarle County government or schools.

Deadline to Register in March 6 Republican Presidential Primary is Monday
2/10/2012
The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming March 6 Republican Presidential Primary election is this coming Monday, February 13, at 5 pm. Voters are strongly encouraged to inquire before the registration deadline if they wish to check their voter registration status.

County Annual Report Available Online
2/10/2012
Albemarle County’s 2012 Report to the Community, which outlines basic county information, budget data and highlights from last year, is now available online by clicking here. The theme of this year’s report is “Focusing Our Future on Progress & Opportunity”.

Upcoming Samuel Miller Magisterial District Open Houses Sponsored by Duane Snow
2/7/2012
Residents of the Samuel Miller Magisterial District are cordially invited to attend one of the four Open Houses being sponsored by Board of Supervisor member Duane Snow this month. Residents of the Samuel Miller District with any questions or interest in discussing matters pertinent to the County are highly encouraged to attend.

Albemarle Board of Supervisors Now Offer Live Audio Streaming During Meetings
2/6/2012
As another effort to make Board meetings more accessible to the public, Albemarle County announces the launch of live audio streaming of its Board of Supervisors Meetings. Board meetings can be time-consuming and most are unable to be physically present during the meetings. Starting this week, those interested can listen in live from the comfort of their homes or offices.

FEMA, VDEM to Hold Town Hall Meeting for Residents Who Experienced Earthquake Damage
2/6/2012
FEMA and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will hold a town hall meeting for Albemarle County residents who have experienced earthquake damage on Monday, February 13, 2012. This meeting will be held in the Lane Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

223-Acre Forestry Easement Granted in Albemarle
1/30/2012
The Virginia Department of Forestry has been granted a working forest conservation easement on 223 acres in Albemarle County. The land, made up of four parcels owned by Benjamin, Terry and Thomas Warthen, sits due west of Monticello and contains a tributary of Biscuit Run. The easement received funding under the Forests to Faucets program, which helps protect water quality in the Rivanna River Basin. The Warthen easement is the second in the county to fall under Forests to Faucets in the last 12 months.

Local 911 Director Tom Hanson Attends Prestigious Department of Justice Program Focused on Protecting Local Children
1/27/2012
Tom Hanson, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center, just returned from the prestigious  Missing & Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executives which was designed to provide attendees with a better understanding of the issue of missing and sexually exploited children – and how to specifically deal with the situation of a child who’s been reported missing – when time is critical.

Charlottesville/Albemarle County Area Named 8th Best Unexpected Beer City
1/26/2012
Livability.com has named the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area as number eight in its list of top ten unexpected "beer cities." Among the breweries that earned Charlottesville a spot on the list is Starr Hill Brewery, which is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have half a dozen seasonal and reserve beers and offer tastings on site.

VDOT to Hold a Design Public Hearing on Route 53 Intersection Improvements
1/17/2012
Find out about three Highway Safety Improvement Program projects that will improve safety on Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) at Kenwood Farm, near the entrance to Monticello and at the intersection of Route 20 (Scottsville Road) in Albemarle County. The Design Public Hearing will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at PVCC from 5 - 7 p.m.

Governor McDonnell Announces $1.2 million in Farmland Preservation Grants
1/17/2012
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the distribution of $1.2 million in farmland preservation grants from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to 13 Virginia localities. Albemarle County received $110,952.46 which will be used to preserve farmland through  Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs which compensate landowners who permanently preserve their land by voluntarily placing a perpetual conservation easement on it.

FEMA Denies Individual Earthquake Assistance for Albemarle County Residents; Limited Time for Appeal
1/9/2012
Albemarle County was denied FEMA individual assistance for the August 2011 earthquake.  There is a limited time to appeal this decision.  If you have earthquake damage to your home, it is important for you to contact the local Office of Emergency Management immediately. 

John W. Warner Parkway Officially Opens
1/9/2012
Albemarle County’s portion of the Meadow Creek Parkway, renamed the John W. Warner Parkway, was officially opened on Friday, January 6, 2012. Area dignitaries were on-hand for the ceremony and ribbon-cutting event.

VDOT to Open Meadow Creek Parkway on January 6
1/5/2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new Meadow Creek Parkway. The event is scheduled for Friday, January 6, at 10 a.m. on the new parkway at its northern terminus near the Charlottesville Albemarle Technology Education Center (CATEC). The public is invited to attend.

2012 Republican Primary Election Details and Reminders Announced
1/5/2012
A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, for the Republican Party nomination for the office of: President of the United States.  The names of the candidates for the Republican Party nomination for the office of President of the United States will appear on the ballots in all Albemarle County voting precincts.  The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling Details Announced
12/21/2011
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, 2011 through January 13, 2012. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects discarded Christmas trees which are chipped into mulch and then offered to the public at no cost.

Albemarle's Presson Named Most Outstanding Fire Corps Volunteer in Virginia
12/20/2011
Albemarle County’s Kathryne Presson was recently named Most Outstanding Fire Corps Volunteer in the State of Virginia by the Virginia Citizen Corps. Kathryne Presson is the founder of the Albemarle County Fire Corps program and has invested an average of 30 hours monthly during the past year to ensure its success.

Monticello, Montpelier and CACVB Collaborate to Create Presidents Passport
12/20/2011
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, Monticello and Montpelier announce a cooperative marketing program designed to encourage tourism to the greater Charlottesville area starting in late January 2012. The Presidents Passport campaign is designed to build on the excitement surrounding the opening of the new landmark Smithsonian/Monticello exhibition opening in D.C.

Albemarle Board of Supervisors Members to be Sworn-In December 15
12/12/2011
Newly elected members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will be sworn into office on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. Supervisor Ken Boyd will begin his third term, while Supervisor Ann Mallek will begin her second term. Supervisor-elect Christopher Dumler will succeed Lindsay Dorrier.

Darden Towe Dog Park Reopens
12/9/2011
The Darden Towe Dog Park has reopened. The new location, adjacent to the previous location, boasts several improvements including: segregated areas for large and small dogs and greater terrain variety.

County to Host Webinar – The Innovation Imperative: How Your Community Can Lead the Next American Upgrade – December 13
12/7/2011
Albemarle County will host a webinar entitled “The Innovation Imperative: How Your Community Can Lead the Next American Upgrade” presented by Gig.U on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, McIntire Road. The webinar will be followed by a discussion led by Michael McPherson, the University of Virginia’s representative for this project. This event is free and open to the public.

VDOT Begins Final Preparations to Open Meadow Creek Parkway
12/7/2011
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin the final work necessary to open the Meadow Creek Parkway to traffic after receiving a resolution from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors requesting that the road be opened. The necessary work includes installing the traffic signal heads at the Parkway’s southern terminus at Melbourne Road as well as installing and programming the traffic signal controllers.

Albemarle Police Announce Start of Alarm Registration
12/1/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department has procured a third party vendor to manage registration and billing related to false alarms.  Effective today, alarm owners may begin to register their alarms HERE.  Alarm owners will be given thirty days to register their alarm before any fees are assessed for failure to register.

Reopening of Darden Towe Dog Park Delayed
11/30/2011
There has been a delay the relocation of the Darden Towe Dog Park. As a result, the park will remain closed until construction is complete. The current Dog Park at Darden Towe Park is being reconfigured to accommodate the construction of the New Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center and will reopen soon.

Albemarle Police to Participate in Click it or Ticket Holiday Campaign
11/11/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across Virginia and the country for the Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Occupant Protection Campaign. During the mobilization, law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth will be cracking down on motorists who fail to obey all traffic laws -- including seat belt and child safety seat use -- both day and night.

Moody’s, Standard and Poor’s Reaffirm Albemarle’s Aaa Bond Rating
11/11/2011
Following recent evaluations and onsite visits, Moody’s and Standards and Poor’s have both reaffirmed Albemarle County’s Aaa/AAA issuer credit ratings, keeping the County among an elite group of less than 90 counties nationwide to achieve and maintain the double Aaa designation even during these challenging economic times.  Eight of those counties are in Virginia, which has a total of 95 counties.

LEAP Offers Workshop: Five Steps to Understanding Your Home in Winter
11/9/2011
The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is sponsoring a workshop that will cover the five things you need to know about your home to help save money and be cozy this winter. LEAP will address trouble spots like fireplaces and windows, conduct a demonstration on how to build a professional style attic hatch cover, and much more.

County Installs LED Lights at its McIntire Road Parking Lots
11/9/2011
Over the next two weeks, the parking lots at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road will be getting an energy efficiency retrofit as the lot’s 48 metal halide lights are being replaced with LED models. This project is fully funded through a federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, which means that Albemarle County did not have to match or contribute any local tax dollars to this project.

First National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Scheduled for November 9
11/4/2011
On November 9, at approximately 2:00 p.m. EST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System that will be heard on the radio and seen on local, cable, and satellite TV.

County Appoints Lorna Gerome as New Director of Human Resources
11/3/2011
Albemarle County and Albemarle County Public Schools jointly announced today that Lorna Gerome has been appointed as the new Director of Human Resources.  In this role, Ms. Gerome will be responsible for employee recruitment, employee relations, compensation and benefits policies, organizational development, performance management, legal compliance and employee wellness and safety programs.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries
11/2/2011
Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries need to be changed at least once a year. So when you change your clocks back to standard time this Sunday, November 6th, remember to change the batteries in your detectors as well. Be sure to remind your friends, family and neighbors to do the same!

Albemarle Goes Gold in VML/VACO Green Government Challenge
10/31/2011
Albemarle County recently received a gold level certification in the 2011 Go Green VA Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) and the Virginia Municipal League’s larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. 

Construction Underway on Downtown Crozet Stormwater Project
10/31/2011
Albemarle County officials are announcing the beginning of construction for the Downtown Crozet Stormwater Management Project to improve the quality of runoff from Crozet’s Downtown district before it enters Powell’s Creek, helping to preserve one of the healthiest streams within Albemarle County’s development areas. 

County and TJPED Convene Third School/Business Partnership Roundtable
10/31/2011
Albemarle County local government, school division and the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development (TJPED) are convening a third roundtable discussion focused on how the business community, local government and County schools can work together on behalf of Albemarle's economic prosperity.  This roundtable will be held on Tuesday, November 1, beginning at 6:00 pm in Classroom 120 at the Darden School.

County to Sponsor Bulky Waste Amnesty Days in November
10/30/2011
Albemarle County and the Ivy Material Utilization Center will host three Bulky Waste Amnesty days in which  specific amnesty items will be accepted from residents of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville at no charge, as the County and City will finance the disposal fee. 

The Rivanna Garden Club Wins Garden Club of Virginia's Commonwealth Award for Hatton Ferry Project
10/28/2011
The Rivanna Garden Club’s “ Hatton Ferry Project” has been awarded the 2011 Common Wealth Award by the Garden Club of Virginia. Since 1979, the Common Wealth Award has provided an annual grant to one of its 47 member clubs to promote projects in the interest of conservation, beautification, horticulture, preservation and education. This year’s award provides a grant of $10,500.

Fire Rescue to Hold Community Meeting for East Ivy Fire Rescue Station on November 2
10/28/2011
In response to a gap in future service and an increase in demand for services in the Ivy area and urban areas west of the City of Charlottesville, a new fire rescue station is planned for East Ivy in 2013.  Albemarle County Fire Rescue will host a community meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Murray Elementary School.

Halloween Safety - Pointers for Parents, Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
10/28/2011
Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little scary! Concerns about children’s safety - whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of goodies – are important.  To make Halloween a safe experience for everyone, please remember these safety tips...

Routes 250 and 22 Closed at Shadwell
10/27/2011
Route 250 (Richmond Road) and Route 22 (Louisa Road) are both closed at their intersection at Shadwell due to a crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer truck. The cleanup is expected to take at least five hours and both Route 250 and Route 22 will be closed until the truck is removed.

Local Law Enforcement Agencies Participate in National Take Back Initiative
10/26/2011
On October 29, 2011 local law enforcement agencies will work collaboratively with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our medicine cabinets.

Monticello Artisan Trail Announces Official Launch
10/24/2011
The Monticello Artisans Trail celebrated its launch on Thursday, October 20, at an event at Albemarle Ciderworks where the website - www.ArtisanTrailNetwork.org - officially went live and brochures including a map showing all 96 trail destinations were made available to the public and to trail partners.

ACE Program Celebrates 10 Years of Success in Albemarle County
10/17/2011
Albemarle County is celebrating ten years of success for the Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Program, during which time significant progress has been made in purchasing development rights in the rural area to protect open spaces and natural resources.  While funding for the program has been reduced in recent years due to the economic downturn , funds are still available and interested landowners are encouraged to apply to the program by October 31.

Two Albemarle Programs Receive Statewide Recognition at COVITS Conference
10/10/2011
Virginia’s Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon presented Albemarle County with two awards during the Governor’s Technology Awards ceremony at the 2011 Commonwealth of Virginia’s Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) on September 26, 2011. Albemarle's eProcurement and IT Intern Programs both garnered Honorable Mentions at the award ceremony.

It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire
10/7/2011
Albemarle County Fire Rescue along with Albemarle County Fire Corps are following the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) program during October 8-15, 2011, to let our community know: “It’s Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!” This year, the campaign is  urging people to protect their homes and families with planning and life-saving technology -- like smoke alarms! 

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Wilderness
10/3/2011
Shenandoah National Park will honor America’s wilderness heritage during its 11th annual Wilderness Weekend, October 15 - 16, 2011. This year commemorates the 35th anniversary of Shenandoah’s wilderness designation.

Albemarle Fire Rescue Department to Kick Off Red and Pink Fridays on September 30
9/29/2011
With the past month being the 10th year anniversary of 9/11 and October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, career staff members of Albemarle County Fire Rescue are trading in our traditional blue shirts for Red and Pink shirts. For the month of October, on Fridays, staff will be wearing pink shirts to support Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Albemarle's Fire Corps Team Recognized for Community Service Efforts
9/29/2011
The Fire Corps division of Albemarle County’s Fire Rescue Department was recently highlighted on the National Fire Corps website for its service to the community. Specifically, the Albemarle Fire Corps Team was applauded for its fire prevention efforts, assistance to residents affected by fire, and institution of the Citizen Fire Rescue Academy to educate residents about fire rescue operations.

Important Notice to County Voters – November 8 General Election Information
9/22/2011
The next General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 17, at 5:00 p.m. Voters are strongly encouraged to inquire before the registration deadline if they wish to check their voter registration status. Absentee voting for the November 8 general election begins on Friday, September 23, 2011.

Town Hall Meeting Set for Western Rt. 29 Bypass Northern Terminus Task Force
9/22/2011
Kenneth C. Boyd, Board of Supervisor Member for the Rivanna District, will host a town hall meeting on Monday, September 26, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Baker-Butler Elementary School at 2740 Proffit Road.  Along with members of the Rt. 29 Bypass Northern Terminus Task Force, officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be present. 

Albemarle County Police Sponsor Big Red Shoes Poker Run Car & Bike Show
9/14/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department, in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville, are sponsoring a Poker Run and Car Show on September 17, 2011 in the Sam's Club parking lot located at 970 Hilton Heights Road.  The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be door prizes, food, face painting and finger printing for children attending this event. 

Albemarle County Police Department Seeks to Fill Volunteer Coordinator Position
9/13/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department is in need of volunteer support to fill the position of Volunteer Coordinator of the Albemarle County Police Department’s Volunteer In Police Service (VIPS) Program. The duties of the position range from seeking volunteers for the VIPS program to coordinating the annual VIPS Awards Ceremony and require approximately 20 hours a week.

2011 Charlottesville Community Fall Job Fair to be Held September 29
9/12/2011
The 2011 Charlottesville Community Fall Job Fair will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. More than 70 employers from a wide variety of industries such as hospitality, healthcare, retail, food service, education, and government are expected to be in attendance.

Closure of Jarmans Gap Road Will Begin September 12
9/9/2011
Closure of Jarmans Gap Road in Crozet will begin September 12, following yesterday’s completion of underground utility work that had caused several delays. VDOT will close Jarmans Gap Road between Haden Lane and Blue Ridge Avenue on September 12 and begin installation of a new box culvert in Powells Creek. The work is expected to take 45-60 days.

Night Paving on West Rio & Hydraulic Roads Begins September 7
9/2/2011
On Wednesday, September 7, paving of West Rio Road and Hydraulic Road west of Route 29 in Albemarle County will begin. To minimize traffic impact, the work is being done at night between 7:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. During that time, motorists should expect travel delays due to lane closures during work hours, and are asked to drive with caution in the work zone or use an alternate route.

Community Invited to Participate in ‘Weekend of Remembrance and Honor’ Events for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11
9/2/2011
Most people vividly recall exactly what they were doing on September 11, 2001. It was a day that we will never forget. This year marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and local groups have organized a weekend full of events to commemorate this day in American history.

County Voters Urged to Check their New Precinct and District Information
9/1/2011
The 2011 decennial state and local redistricting process for Albemarle County voters is complete. This process has affected over 49,000 County Citizens. Voters are urged to check their new precinct and district information online or by contacting the Albemarle County Voter Registration Office at 434-972-4173. The State Board of Elections will be mailing out new voter cards to all affected voters prior to the upcoming November 8, 2011 General Election.

Temporary Signal Installed at Dunlora Drive
8/31/2011
A temporary traffic signal is being activated on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the intersection of East Rio Road and Dunlora Drive. The signal will assist drivers turning in and out of the Dunlora community. Traffic volumes on East Rio Road have made those turning movements difficult during heavy traffic.

Final Deadline for Land Use Revalidation Approaching
8/30/2011
Albemarle County is reminding citizens that the final deadline for filing 2012 land use revalidation forms without late fee is September 1, 2011.  Anyone filing a form from September 2, 2011 through the December 5, 2011 final deadline will incur a late fee of $125.00 per parcel.

Office of Emergency Management Seek Volunteers to Participate in Local Disaster Exercise
8/30/2011
The Office of Emergency Management for Charlottesville, UVA and Albemarle County is looking for volunteers to play the “victims” of an airplane accident.  This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of a local disaster exercise and to see how we work together to protect our community. 

Hurricane Irene Update
8/24/2011
Virginia state agencies are in a heightened state of readiness with Hurricane Irene predicted to track up and near the east coast this weekend.  There is constant communication and coordination between the National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation and other agencies. County emergency officials are closely monitoring the situation as well and have posted hurricane awareness information on the County website.

Closure of Jarmans Gap Road Moved to August 29
8/19/2011
Closure of Jarmans Gap Road in Crozet has been postponed to August 29 while underground utility work is completed. General Excavation, Inc., contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation, has encountered complications while installing and pressurizing two water mains being relocated to accommodate a new box culvert in Powells Creek. Crews need an additional week to finish and test their work.

Georgetown Road to Reopen Friday Evening
8/19/2011
Friday evening, August 19, VDOT will lift the around-the-clock southbound lane closure on Georgetown Road in Albemarle County. Georgetown Road has been closed to southbound traffic since July 5 while sidewalk and curb and gutter were installed. This portion of the work was finished early, allowing the road to reopen ahead of the planned August 25 date. 

Health Officials Remind Virginians to Practice Healthy Swimming Behaviors
8/17/2011
The Virginia Department of Health reminds everyone about the steps they can take to prevent recreational water illnesses. Germs on and in swimmers' bodies end up in the water and can make other people sick. Even healthy swimmers can get sick from recreational water, but pregnant women and people who are young, elderly, or have weakened immune systems are especially at risk.

County to Dedicate Byrom Park on Friday, August 19
8/16/2011
The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation department will hold a dedication ceremony for the Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park on Friday, August 19, 2011 starting at 11:30 a.m. The Byrom family and Albemarle County dignitaries will be participating in this dedication ceremony which is also a sanctioned event for the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Shenandoah National Park.

Parents, Motorists Reminded of Back-to-School Safety Tips
8/16/2011
Albemarle County students are back to school on Wednesday, August 24. With summer ending and the start of school just around the corner, Albemarle County would like to encourage area motorists and parents to be proactive and keep in mind some important safety tips to protect students as they head back to school.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Encourages Local Business Leaders to Participate in the Better Business Challenge with Proclamation of Support
8/5/2011
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors showed their support for the first-ever Charlottesville Area Better Business Challenge Wednesday with an official Proclamation of Support. Local government leaders agreed to support both “innovation and leadership in business” and “the broader community economic vitality” as well as the collaborative and community-oriented nature that is at the heart of this friendly competition.

Jarmans Gap Road to Close for Construction Work
8/3/2011
Beginning August 15, construction work will close Route 691 (Jarmans Gap Road) in Crozet between Route 1209 (Haden Lane) and Route 1201 (Blue Ridge Avenue). The closure, expected to last 45-60 days, will allow for reconstruction of a box culvert in Powells Creek. The creek will be temporarily diverted while the existing box culvert is removed and the new pre-cast concrete box culvert is installed.

Albemarle Public Safety Personnel Partner for National Night Out
8/2/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department, Albemarle County Fire/Rescue and the Albemarle County Sheriff's Department are partnering with the Target Department Store in observation of National Night Out (NNO). The event will be held this evening, Tuesday, August 2, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Target parking lot, located in the Hollymead Town Center.

Virginians Can Save Money During Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
8/1/2011
Virginia's sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place August 5-7.  During this three-day period, many school supplies and clothing items will be exempt from the state and local sales tax, easing the financial burden of families as they prepare to send their children back to school.

Governor Bob McDonnell Appoints Battalion Chief Steve Elliott to EMS Advisory Board
7/31/2011
On July 22, 2011, Governor Bob McDonnell announced appointments to Virginia boards and commissions which included the appointment of Battalion Chief Steve Elliott to the State’s EMS Advisory Board. Chief Elliott will represent the region’s EMS agencies through the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council during his three year term.

Redistricting Plan Now in Effect
7/25/2011
The U.S. Department of Justice has notified the County that it does not impose any objection to the specified changes in the Redistricting Plan adopted by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on May 4, 2011. The redistricting ordinance is now effective and the new district lines, precincts, and polling places are legally established and are in place for the 2011 elections.

Stay Safe in Summer Heat
7/22/2011
With recent temperatures reaching near the 100-degree mark and above, it is very important that people play it safe and protect themselves from the potential ill effects of extreme heat.  

Board of Supervisors to go into Session at MPO Meeting July 27
7/22/2011
Because more than three Board of Supervisors members are interested in attending and actively participating in the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting on July 27 at 4:00 pm in the Albemarle County Office Building auditorium, the Board will officially come to order and be in session for that meeting. 

Albemarle County Police Announce Crime Prevention Officer Appointment
7/21/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department proudly announces the re-assignment of Officer Steve Watson to Crime Prevention Officer.  Officer Watson has worked for the police department for ten years, and was most recently assigned to Daylight Patrol Division.

County Police to Step Up Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement
7/21/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department Traffic Unit has two certified Federal Motor Carrier Safety Inspectors.  Officer Rhodes and Officer Lytton attended a two week school sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and was hosted by the Virginia State Police.  These officers completed this rigorous course in November 2010. 

Albemarle Ranks Ninth in the Nation for Delivering Services
7/18/2011
For the ninth 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 and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2011 Digital Counties Survey.   Albemarle County ranks ninth in the nation in utilizing information technology (IT) to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.

Route 29 South in Albemarle County will Close Briefly on Thursday
7/12/2011
Removal of a damaged tree will require a brief closure of Route 29 southbound on Thursday morning in the North Garden area of Albemarle County. Approximately one half-mile south of Route 692 (Plank Road), both southbound lanes on Route 29 will be closed for 15 minutes for removal of a large poplar tree damaged by lightning and subsequent decay.

County Releases Citizen Survey Results
7/1/2011
Albemarle County is releasing results of its 2011 Citizen Survey which indicate that citizens continue to rate overall quality of life in the County very high.  According to the survey’s Executive Summary, “Most residents experienced a good quality of life in Albemarle County and believed the County was a good place to live.

Library Avenue in Crozet Opens
6/28/2011
Albemarle County officials  are announcing the official opening of the new Library Avenue in Crozet. Library Avenue, known as new Main Street in the Crozet Master Plan, intersects Crozet Avenue and joins the alley which runs behind The Square shopping center in downtown Crozet.

VDOT to Repair Bridge Over Emmet Street in Charlottesville
6/28/2011
Tomorrow, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin a bridge repair project on the Route 29/250 Bypass bridge over Route 29 Business (Emmet Street North) in Charlottesville, near Best Buy.

Traffic Shift to Occur Wednesday Night on East Rio Road
6/27/2011
A shift in the traffic pattern on East Rio Road will occur Wednesday night between the bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad and the entrance to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, Faulconer Construction Company, Inc., a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation, will shift traffic to the outside lanes on East Rio Road.

Albemarle County Department of Social Services Achieves SPQA Designation
6/22/2011
Albemarle County’s Department of Social (ACDSS) has achieved the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia (SPQA) which recognizes commitment to performance excellence. SPQA is the Commonwealth’s premier awards program for performance excellence. 

Construction Will Begin July 5 on Georgetown Road
6/22/2011
The afternoon of July 5, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Vess Excavating, Ltd. of Charlottesville will begin the project to make pedestrian improvements on Georgetown Road in Albemarle County. The project is designed to provide safer pedestrian facilities in the 0.8-mile stretch between Hydraulic Road and Barracks Road.

Charlottesville/Albemarle Chosen as Site for Wine Bloggers Conference
6/21/2011
The Virginia wine industry is in the national spotlight thanks to an effective marketing effort supported by the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring more than 300 wine bloggers to Charlottesville July 22-24.

Charlottesville Area Transit Announces Route 5 Detour
6/15/2011
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) is announcing a detour on Route 5, which provides service to Barracks Road Shopping Center and Walmart.  The detour is a result of road construction on Georgetown Road, and will be in effect from Tuesday, June 28 through Thursday, August 25. 

Let "Stay Local, Play Local" Create Your Perfect Backyard Vacation
6/10/2011
Local officials today launched a summer tourism partnership called “Stay Local, Play Local” sponsored by the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB).  The goal of “Stay Local, Play Local” is to inspire citizens to discover and experience the wide variety of free and low cost activities appealing to all age ranges and interests that our area has to offer. 

Shenandoah National Park Continues Neighbor Appreciation Day
6/10/2011
Shenandoah National Park will celebrate its communities and neighbors with the continuation of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day.  On June 18, 2011, the park will waive entrance fees for those residents living in the following counties adjoining the park: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren.

Rio Road Bridge Work Scheduled for Next Week
6/9/2011
Drivers should be aware of traffic pattern changes on Rio Road starting early next week. On Monday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 14th, from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., there will be night time flagging operations to direct this temporary traffic pattern change while work is being done on the new Rio Road bridge.

Albemarle Police Caution Area Residents about Craigslist Scams
6/9/2011
The Albemarle County Police has fielded calls for service and documented two different types of scams that are taking place within the community.  The first scam involves Craigslist; in this particular scam, legitimate rental properties or houses that are for sale by credible realtors are being listed on Craigslist by scam artists. 

Local Law Enforcement to Participate in Torch Run to Benefit the Special Olympics
6/9/2011
On Friday, June 10, 2011 local Law Enforcement Officers will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  The run will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Albemarle County Police Department and will end at the Ntelos Pavilion on the Downtown Mall. 

Preddy Creek Trails Day to be Held on Saturday, June 11
6/2/2011
Now that the ribbon has been cut on Albemarle County’s newest park, it’s time to share with the community all that Preddy Creek Trails Park has to offer. Albemarle County Parks and Recreation, along with local outdoor groups and enthusiasts, are coming together to host “Preddy Creek Trails Day” on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Preddy Creek Trails Park.

Berkmar Drive Traffic Affected by Emergency Work
6/1/2011
Berkmar Drive in Albemarle County will be limited to one lane of traffic beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 1. The lane closure is necessary so a contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation can replace a pipe that carries storm water under the road. The pipe washed out during the recent heavy rains.

County Residents Prepare to Graduate from Citizen Fire Rescue Academy
6/1/2011
After 18 hours of training over the past seven weeks, the next class of Albemarle County’s Citizen Fire Rescue Academy is prepared to graduate. The graduation ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., Monticello Fire Station, 25 Mill Creek Drive.

Dr. Bruce Benson, Assistant Superintendent for Operations & Systems Planning, Accepts Superintendent Position in Accomack, VA
5/31/2011
Dr. W. Bruce Benson recently announced his resignation as Assistant Superintendent for Operations & Systems Planning with Albemarle County Public Schools. Dr. Benson has been appointed Division Superintendent for Accomack County Public Schools in Accomack, Virginia.

Construction Begins on Pantops Sidewalk
5/31/2011
Construction has begun on 2,786 linear feet of new sidewalk on the north side of Route 250 East on Pantops Mountain in Albemarle County.  The sidewalk starts in front of CarMax on Pantops and extends east along Route 250 all the way to Westminster Canterbury. 

Charlottesville-Albemarle Health Department Informing Residents of Possible Measles Exposure
5/27/2011
Out of an abundance of caution, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Health Department is informing the public of two cases of measles because there may have been exposures in the community. Measles is a highly contagious illness. It is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected person. 

Leash Law Reminders for Albemarle County Parks
5/27/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to remind patrons of the leash laws as it relates to Albemarle County Parks.  There are only two parks in the County that have off leash areas, and they are Chris Greene and Darden Towe.  There are specific areas designated with signage for off leash enjoyment with your dog.

May is Older Americans’ Month
5/24/2011
The Virginia Department of Social Services, in collaboration with other state agencies and community partners, seeks to bring the issue of adult abuse to the attention of all Virginians.  Last year in Virginia, 17,000 incidents of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of elderly persons and adults with disabilities were reported to Adult Protective Services.

County Beaches will Open for Memorial Day Weekend
5/24/2011
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer.  On Saturday, May 28 swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend.  Beaches are open from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session (Swimming will be available 7 days a week beginning Saturday, June 12). 

County to Dedicate Preddy Creek Trails Park
5/18/2011
The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation department will hold a dedication ceremony for Preddy Creek Trails Park on Thursday, May 19, 2011 starting at 11:00 a.m. The 571 acre Preddy Creek Trails Park boasts over eight miles of trails for hiking, running and mountain biking.   Preddy Creek also becomes home to Albemarle County’s first park with designated trails for equestrian use.

Albemarle County Police to Host Event to Help Raise Awareness for Internet Crimes Against Children
5/17/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department will be holding an event entitled “Take 25” which will be geared towards bullying and cybercrimes, specifically internet crimes against children. The event will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, County Office Building, 1600 5th Street, Room A. There will be many activities on hand including free fingerprinting and a bicycle rodeo.

Construction Now in Progress on Jarmans Gap Road
5/16/2011
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton have begun the project to improve Route 691 (Jarmans Gap Road) in Crozet. The project is designed to improve safety for motorists, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians, along a 0.9-mile stretch of the road extending west from its intersection with Route 240.

Albemarle County Names New Finance Director
5/13/2011
Albemarle County has named Betty Burrell as its new Director of Finance effective June 13, 2011,  to replace Richard Wiggans who retired in February, 2011.   Burrell brings to the position 30 years of progressively responsible leadership in large, complex government finance operations, serving since 2007 as Chief Financial Officer for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia, where she was responsible for leading the city’s financial operations and management with a $547 million operating and $450 million capital budget.

Police Memorial Ceremony to be Held May 13
5/12/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department and surrounding jurisdictions will honor the lives of the 162 brave men and women that lost their lives in the line of duty during the calendar year of 2010. The Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road on Friday, May 13, 2011 starting at 5:00 p.m.

10th Annual Bright Stars 5K Run/Walk - May 21
5/11/2011
The 10th Annual Bright Stars 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 starting at 8:00 a.m. The race starts in front of Greer Elementary School. The registration fee is $15 in advance and $20 on race day. Money raised from this event is used to purchase books to send home to the children in the summertime.

Public Safety Personnel Discover Improvised Explosive Device
5/10/2011
On May 9, 2011 at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Albemarle County Police, City of Charlottesville Police, Virginia State Police, Albemarle County Fire, City of Charlottesville Fire and C.A.R.S. personnel responded to 801 Franklin Street for a report of a suspicious circumstance.  Upon arrival emergency personnel observed what appeared to be an improvised explosive device.

ACE Program Purchases its 38th Easement
5/10/2011
Albemarle’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program has just purchased its 38th easement, the 96-acre Fairview Farm near Crozet. The farm is used for livestock grazing and hay production and has been in the same family for almost 100 years. To date, 7,320 acres in Albemarle have been protected through the ACE program.

Bike Week Events Offer Free Opportunities to Learn About and Gain Encouragement to Ride
5/9/2011
If you haven't already, it's time to get your bike out of the garage, dust off the seat, pump up the tires and of course, put those safety tips to use because May is National Bike Month and May 16-21 is Charlottesville Albemarle Bike Week. To celebrate, Bike Charlottesville, Charlottesville Community Bikes, Alternative Choices in Community Transportation, and UVa Parking & Transportation have teamed up with local sponsors to offer a bevy of free events for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Albemarle County Police Department Release Foxfield Arrest Report
5/2/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department reports that a total 55 arrests were made during the Foxfield Races on April 30th, 2011.  There were 28 custodial arrests, the majority of which were for public intoxication.  Other custodial arrests included underage possession of alcohol.

Local Food Hub and Albemarle County Announce “Fresh from the Farm” Courtyard Market to Begin May 4
4/29/2011
On Wednesday, May 4, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, Albemarle County and the Local Food Hub will kick off the “Fresh from the Farm” Courtyard Market, a unique partnership that will offer county staff regular access to fresh, healthful, locally-grown food at the County Office Building. 

Local Law Enforcement Participate in National Take Back Initiative
4/28/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department, City of Charlottesville Police Department and the University of Virginia Police Department are partnering with the DEA to take part in the taking back of unwanted prescription drugs on April 30, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Drop off sites will be at each respective agencies lobby.

Board to Receive Public Comment on Proposed Redistricting Plan at May 4 Public Hearing
4/26/2011
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to receive public comments on the County’s proposed redistricting plan on May 4, 2011, at 9:40 a.m., in the Auditorium of the Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Open House for the Launch of the Updates of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County Comprehensive Plans and the Regional Long Range Transportation Plan
4/20/2011
The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) will host the first Many Plans, One Community Open House to begin the update process for the City of Charlottesville's Comprehensive Plan, the County of Albemarle's Comprehensive Plan & the Regional Long Range Transportation Plan. 

County Applauds MicroAire Expansion Project
4/19/2011
Albemarle County officials are pleased to join Governor Bob McDonnell in announcing that MicroAire Surgical Instruments LLC will invest $8 million to expand its operations in Albemarle County.  The expansion, which brings several new product lines to the company, will create 51 jobs.

County Citizen Survey in the Mail This Week
4/19/2011
Albemarle County is one of many jurisdictions in the US to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ in 2011. Within the next week, questionnaires will be sent to a random sample of 1,200 Albemarle households, asking for feedback on the quality and usefulness of county services. The results will be included in a final report that county officials will use to guide future strategic and financial planning and budgeting decisions.

Local Public Safety Groups Participate in Flag Football Game to Benefit Local Charities
4/8/2011
Local Law Enforcement Officers will take on Charlottesville and Albemarle Professional Firefighters this weekend in the first annual Battle of the Badges Flag Football Challenge.  All proceeds will benefit the Central Virginia Burn Camp and the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The event will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Albemarle High School.

Gillums Ridge Road to Close for Railroad Crossing Repairs
4/7/2011
The Virginia Department of Transportation will close SR-682 (Gillums Ridge Road) in Albemarle County to thru traffic for Buckingham Branch Railroad to make emergency repairs to the at-grade railroad crossing. The road closure will take place on 4/11/2011 at 7:00 am and should reopen to traffic on 4/12/2011.

Albemarle County, Charlottesville Host State Economic Development Conference on Friday
4/6/2011
Economic development professionals from across Virginia will gather at the Virginia Economic Developers Association annual spring conference on Friday, April 8, at the Omni Hotel beginning at 9:00 am.

Albemarle Supervisors Adopt FY 2011/12 Operating and Capital Budgets, Set Tax Rate
4/6/2011
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors today adopted the FY11/12 Operating and Capital Budget. The budget totals $304,473,215 and is balanced on the existing tax rate of 74.2, resulting in a tax decrease for the average property owner for the second year in a row.

LEAP Seeks Pilot Participants for New Commercial Program
4/6/2011
Commercial property owners can take advantage of cash rebates for energy and water efficiency upgrades through a new commercial program announced today by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). The program will offer an Energy Improvement Rebate of up to $25,000 for commercial properties that are projected to improve the building's energy use by a minimum of 15% as documented by modeled or deemed savings.

Albemarle County Ranks 5th Out of 132 Virginia Cities and Counties in Annual Health Check-Up
4/4/2011
A new set of reports released today rank the health of nearly every county in the nation and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. Albemarle County has achieved a 5th place rank out of 132 Virginia Cities and Counties in the second annual County Health Rankings report that confirms the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, and environment play in how healthy people are and how long they live.

Save the Date for Public Kick-Off Event for Key Albemarle/Charlottesville Plan Updates
4/4/2011
Albemarle County will be hosting a public Kick-Off Event to begin the update process for the City of Charlottesville's Comprehensive Plan, the County of Albemarle's Comprehensive Plan & the Regional Long Range Transportation Plan. This event will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building, 2nd Floor, 401 McIntire Road. Details will follow as the date approaches.

Route 250 (Richmond Road) Bridge Replacement Design Public Hearing to be Held April 5
4/4/2011
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a Public Hearing on April 5, 2011 regarding the planned replacement of the superstructure of the Route 250 (Richmond Road) bridge over the Buckingham Branch Railroad at Shadwell.

Board to Discuss Proposed Redistricting Plan Options
4/1/2011
The Board of Supervisors will hold a work session on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium of the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, on two proposed redistricting plan options.


Annual Albemarle County Surplus Auction to be Held April 6
3/31/2011
Albemarle County will hold its annual Surplus Auction on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 starting at 12:00 p.m. at the Albemarle County Vehicular Maintenance Facility, 110 Lambs Lane. There will be vehicles, computer equipment, tools, furniture and more available for auction. For more information contact the Purchasing Office at 434-296-5854. Click here for more details and a complete list of auction items.

Arrest Made in Dog Shooting Incident
3/31/2011
The Albemarle County Police have made two arrests regarding the dog shooting incident that occurred on January 15, 2011 in the Frays Ridge Crossing Subdivision.

Preservation Week 2011 Kicks Off March 30
3/30/2011
Preservation Piedmont, in conjunction with the Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance is announcing its third annual Preservation Week.  The public is invited to participate in a wide range of events and learning opportunities that will take place March 30th through April 9th.

Albemarle County Citizen Fire Rescue Academy Kicks Off May 3 – Register Today
3/29/2011
Have you ever considered volunteering for your local fire department, but do not want to wear the gear and put out the fire?  Are you interested in knowing more about how Albemarle County Fire Rescue works? The Citizen’s Fire Rescue Academy is designed to allow Albemarle County residents the opportunity to gain a realistic view into the operations of our Fire Rescue Department.

Governor McDonnell Announces more than 100 New Jobs in Albemarle County
3/18/2011
Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Virginia-based CustomInk.com has established a new digital and screen printing operation for custom apparel in Albemarle County. The project will create more than 100 new jobs in the next few years.

Agritourism: It's More Than a Farm Tour -- Training on April 6
3/17/2011
The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center and Albemarle County are hosting an information and training session for local residents who are interested in exploring the possibilities of developing a tourism experience related to their agricultural enterprise on Wednesday, April 6, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the County Office Building on Fifth Street.

Remind Your Friends, Family and Neighbors to Change Their Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries
3/11/2011
Daylight-saving time begins Sunday, March 13, and marks the 24th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® (CYCCYB) program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.

Statewide Tornado Drill Set for Tuesday, March 15
3/11/2011
When it comes to tornadoes, there's no such thing as a "tornado season." Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know the drill. All Virginians can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill, set for Tuesday, March 15, at 9:45 a.m.

County Applauds Groundbreaking for the Shops at Stonefield Set for Spring 2011
3/10/2011
A groundbreaking moment has arrived for the Shops at Stonefield—with the new development set to begin construction in spring of this year. Creating a dynamic new shopping, entertainment and residential district in the heart of Albemarle County, the first phase of the project includes 270,000 square feet of retail, a 135 room hotel, along with a diverse mix of residential properties.

Monticello Artisan Trail Round-Up Thursday, March 10
3/7/2011
Attention Craft Artisans & Venues, Agri-Artisans & Farmers, Supporting Businesses & Cultural Sites in Nelson & Albemarle Counties and ACV Juried Artisans, Affiliates & Retail Alliances in the City of Charlottesville! Because so many last minute requests have been received we are providing one more opportunity for you to get your questions answered and enroll in the Monticello Artisan Trail.  

Weight Limit on Route 250 Bridge at Shadwell Reduced to 15 Tons
3/3/2011
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has reduced the maximum weight for vehicles using the Route 250 bridge at Shadwell to 15 tons. The decision was made based on the engineering analysis of an inspection of the bridge that found the concrete deck is deteriorating.

County Presents FY 2011/2012 Operating Budget to the Board of Supervisors
2/25/2011
County Executive Tom Foley today presented his recommended FY11/12 Operating and Capital Budget to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  The budget totals $301,078,469 and is balanced on the existing tax rate of 74.2, resulting in a tax decrease for the average property owner for the second year in a row.

Home Energy Score Now Available to Charlottesville Area Homeowners
2/22/2011
Homeowners in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson can be among the first in the nation to receive a Home Energy Score as part of a pilot program with the Department of Energy. The pilot runs through early summer, so homeowners are encouraged to take advantage of this limited time opportunity.

Further Information Regarding the Ragged Mountain Fire
2/22/2011
On Saturday, February 19, 2011, Albemarle County experienced several brush fires in the Ivy area, which burned approximately 800 acres in the Ragged Mountain Farm, Rosemont Taylors Gap, and Blandemar neighborhoods. 

Albemarle County School Board Seeks Applicants for Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee
2/22/2011
The Albemarle County School Board is accepting applications for membership on the Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee from all magisterial districts and will inform and advise the Superintendent and School Board in the development of comprehensive, long-term plans to address the Division’s facilities needs in the most effective and efficient way in support of the Strategic Plan.

Carbon, Our Energy Future and You - A Community Workshop Hosted by Charlottesville, Albemarle and UVa
2/16/2011
The City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle and the University of Virginia are hosting an informational Community Workshop related to an ongoing local climate action planning process.

Red Flag Warning Issued for Albemarle County
2/14/2011
The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag” warning for Albemarle County. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

County Annual Report Available Online, In Print
2/10/2011
Albemarle County’s 2011 Report to the Community, which outlines basic county information, budget data and highlights from last year is available online and also in printed form by calling the County Executive’s Office at 296-5841 or coming by the office on the fourth floor of the County Office Building on McIntire Road. 

Critical Water Resource Projects Get Underway this Spring
2/7/2011
Albemarle County will begin a series of water resource improvement projects this spring with the help of major funding assistance from state and federal grants. Construction of the improvements at this time will allow the County to  leverage existing and accumulated funds in the current  favorable bidding and construction climate.

Three Town Hall Meetings Set for Samuel Miller Magisterial District
2/4/2011
Board of Supervisors member Duane Snow who represents the Samuel Miller magisterial district will hold a series of open meetings for his constituents during the week of February 14. The format will consist of a brief opening presentation by Mr. Snow followed by an opportunity for questions and answers from those in attendance.  All interested Samuel Miller residents are encouraged to attend.

County Census Data Reveals Modest Growth
2/4/2011
The 2010 Census counts for localities are available, and data for Albemarle County is showing an average annual growth rate of 1.63% for the 10 year period.  The 2010 population for Albemarle County is reported at 98,970.  This represents an increase of 14,784 or 17.6% over the 2000 population of 84,186.

Thomas Jefferson EITC Coalition Provides Free Income Tax Preparation
2/4/2011
The Thomas Jefferson Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition is partnering with BB&T to provide free Income Tax Preparation on February 9th and 10th. The free tax preparation assistance for families that earned less than $49,000 in 2010 will be provided by IRS certified volunteers.

Albemarle County Police Department to Participate in the Polar Plunge to Benefit the Special Olympics of Virginia
2/2/2011
Colonel Steve Sellers will lead members of the Albemarle County Police Department and Region 8 in the 19th annual Polar Plunge that will be held at Virginia Beach on February 5, 2011.  Since the inception of this event it has raised $5.5 million dollars that supports 10,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. 

Albemarle Seeking Local Artisans to Join Monticello Artisan Trail
2/2/2011
The Artisans Center of Virginia, Artisan Trail Network urges local Nelson, Albemarle and Charlottesville craft-artisans, agri-artisan farms and supporting businesses to “saddle up” and enroll onto the “Monticello Artisan Trail” by March 1, 2001.

Reassessment Notices to be Mailed on Wednesday
1/31/2011
Albemarle County is sending reassessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County’s recently completed annual reassessment. The 2011 reassessments show changes in residential values resulting from a continued weakening of the economy being experienced locally as well as nationwide.  Overall assessed values, excluding new construction, declined 1.24%.

Town Hall Meeting Set for Jack Jouett Magisterial District
1/31/2011
Board of Supervisors member Dennis Rooker and School Board member Diantha McKeel who both represent the Jack Jouett magisterial district will hold a joint open meeting for their constituents on Tuesday, February 15, from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm in the cafeteria at Jack Jouett Middle School. 

Community Meeting on Proposed Hollymead Expansion Area will be Held Tonight as Scheduled
1/27/2011
Ken Boyd, Board of Supervisors Member for the Rivanna District, will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. in the auditorium at Hollymead Elementary School to solicit community input on the potential expansion of the Hollymead Development Area that is being discussed as part of the Places29 Master Plan process. 

POSTPONED: Carbon, Our Energy Future and You - A Community Workshop Hosted by Charlottesville, Albemarle and UVa
1/25/2011
This event has been postponed due to the possibility of inclement weather. A new date will be announced soon. 

Applications Being Accepted for the Village of Rivanna Community Advisory Council
1/24/2011
Applications are being accepted for the Village of Rivanna Community Advisory Council. The Village of Rivanna Community Advisory Council will provide assistance, feedback and input to County staff and the Board of Supervisors on community and county efforts related to implementation of the Master Plan, in accordance with established county procedures.

Albemarle County Police Department Announces Promotions
1/24/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to announce the promotions of Shawn Schwertfeger, Peter Mainzer and Robert Beck.

Details on Vehicle Fire at COB-McIntire Released
1/13/2011
County fire officials are releasing details related to the early morning car fire that occurred at the County Office Building on McIntire Road.  At approximately 8:10 am, a driver’s education vehicle from the County School Division was being fueled by an instructor at the gas pump behind the building when a fire was ignited, destroying the vehicle.  There were no injuries,  and the building was evacuated for approximately 30 minutes. 

Albemarle Launches Prescription Discount Card That Can Be Used by All Residents
1/12/2011
Albemarle today launched a discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions. The county is making free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers average savings of 24 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.  Complete details are available on the County website at www.albemarle.org/drugcard.

State Program Prepares Eight Virginia Companies – Including an Albemarle County firm - for Export
1/12/2011
Eight companies from across the Commonwealth, including one firm from Albemarle County, will graduate Thursday from VEDP’s Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program, touting impressive results from their newly acquired tools to successfully export products and services overseas.

County Police Release Photosafe Results for First Month of Enforcement
1/11/2011
Albemarle County’s PhotoSafe Program, a photo-based traffic safety system to monitor red light runners at dangerous intersections in the County, began active enforcement on Sunday morning, December 12, at 1:00 am.   Cameras are installed at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road as the first PhotoSafe location in the County. 

County Debuts Performance Management Website for Increased Transparency, Accountability
1/10/2011
Albemarle County today released a Performance Management website that displays a dashboard of select key performance metrics to allow citizens to track the county’s progress on important areas of service.  The website – www.albemarle.org/performance -  was developed in-house at minimal cost by staff working closely with University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College interns.

Albemarle County Receives $12,500 Farmland Preservation Grant from the State
1/7/2011
Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the distribution of $100,000 in grants from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to eight Virginia localities, including $12,000 to Albemarle County. Albemarle County will use the grant funds to support the Acquisition of Conservation Easements, or ACE, program.

Second Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Copsicle to Support the Special Olympics
1/7/2011
The Albemarle County Police Department and surrounding jurisdictions will be hosting the Second Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Copsicle at Wintergreen Ski Resort this Sunday, January 9, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Officers will be raising awareness and donations for the Special Olympics athletes that compete from around the state.

Albemarle Names New Assistant County Executive
1/5/2011
Albemarle County has named Bill Letteri as its new Assistant County Executive for Financial and Management Services effective January 1, 2011.  Letteri, who is moving into the position vacated by Tom Foley following his appointment to County Executive, will supervise the County’s Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities Development and General Services departments.

Board of Supervisors Selects Leaders for 2011
1/5/2011
The Board of Supervisors selected its 2011 leadership on January 5 at the Board’s first meeting of 2011.  The Board Chairman is Ann Mallek, who will be serving her second year in this position, and the Vice Chairman is Duane Snow.

Redistricting of Magisterial Districts and Voting Precincts
1/4/2011
The County of Albemarle will hold a public meeting on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 241 of the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, at which County staff will present information and receive public comments regarding the upcoming redistricting process for the County's magisterial districts and voter precincts.

Christmas Tree Recycling Details Announced
12/20/2010
It’s almost that time of year again!  As in the past, the Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Dept will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program beginning December 26, 2010 through January 17, 2011. The Christmas Tree Recycling Program collects discarded Christmas trees which are chipped into mulch and then offered to the public at no cost. 

Bob Tucker Retirement Celebration Postponed Due to Inclement Weather
12/16/2010
The retirement celebration for County Executive Bob Tucker that was scheduled for today, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The retirement celebration will be held tomorrow, Friday, December 17, 2010, starting at 3:00 p.m., Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road.

Albemarle County Offices to Close at 3:30 p.m. Today
12/16/2010
Albemarle County offices will close at 3:30 p.m. today due to deteriorating weather conditions.

UPDATE ON ROAD CONDITIONS
12/16/2010
Emergency officials in the county are reporting that most roads are relatively clear of snow and mostly passable at this point, we do advise motorists to proceed with caution especially after dark as lower temperatures may cause refreezing of spots that have become slushy during the day.  Officials report a somewhat busy day with some minor motor vehicle accidents but we have not experienced any major accidents or an extremely high volume of calls in response to the weather conditions.

Recent Mailbox Incidents Cause Safety Concern
12/15/2010
Investigators with the Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office are working to collect evidence in two separate attempted mailbox bombing incidents in Albemarle County involving explosive devices made from soda bottles. Officials want to caution residents to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious and to not attempt to move any type of device.

Albemarle Names New Parks and Rec Department Head
12/15/2010
Albemarle County has named Bob Crickenberger as its new Director of Parks and Recreation following the retirement of Pat Mullaney.  Crickenberger, who has been with the Parks and Recreation Department since 1974 and has served as Deputy Director since 1990, will assume his new position on January 1, 2011

Mallek Announces ACSA Appointment
12/15/2010
Ann Mallek is delighted to announce the appointment of Bill Kittrell, of Crozet, to fill the White Hall district representative appointment to the Albemarle County Service Authority.

Winter Weather Driving Tips
12/15/2010
Even experienced drivers can find their nerves and skills tested by winter road conditions. Here are some tips to help you drive safely as the weather turns cold:

Ten Tips for a Greener Holiday
12/14/2010
While the holidays bring joy and cheer for many, they can be a Grinch to the environment with tons of extra wrapping paper, megawatts of blinking lights, and many leftover Christmas trees.  With just a little planning, however, everything from gift-giving to decorating can be an act of conservation in addition to holiday celebration.

Planning Commission 12/14/2010 Meeting CANCELLED
12/13/2010
The Planning Commission has cancelled its December 14, 2010 meeting. The agenda items will be carried over to the Commission’s next meeting on Tuesday, December 21st.

County Appoints New Police Chief
12/13/2010
Albemarle County is pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Sellers as its new Police Chief effective Tuesday, January 18th.  Sellers is a 28 year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department and most recently held the position of Deputy Chief of Police for Fairfax police.

Photosafe Program Begins Active Enforcement December 12 at 1:00 a.m.
12/8/2010
Albemarle County’s PhotoSafe Program, a photo-based traffic safety system to monitor red light runners at dangerous intersections in the County, will begin active enforcement on Sunday morning, December 12, at 1:00 am.  This enforcement phase begins following the conclusion of a 30-day warning period.  Cameras are installed at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road as the first PhotoSafe location in the County. 

Home Heating Caution Urged
12/8/2010
With the recent cold snap, Albemarle County would like to remind its residents to take certain safety precautions when dealing with home heating devices.  Over one-third of home fire deaths in the United States occur during the winter.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that heating equipment fires are the second leading causes of fire deaths in American homes and the biggest fire culprit during December and January. 

Winter Weather is Here. LEAP’s Free Workshop Helps Homeowners Get Ready
12/6/2010
With the first snow of the season under our belts and temperatures hovering around freezing, homeowners in Central Virginia might think their only option to stay warm is to turn up the thermostat and pay the price. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is offering a free Home Energy 101 Workshop on Thursday evening to help homeowners learn more about how they can winterize their homes and wallets.

New Fire Rescue Volunteer Website Launched
12/2/2010
Those interested in volunteering for the Albemarle County Fire Rescue System have an informative and convenient new tool to help them understand what volunteering for the County is all about.  www.joinalbemarle.org  is a new website that is part of a recruitment campaign designed by County volunteer and career fire rescue leaders to increase the number of people volunteering in Albemarle.

Albemarle Goes Green in VML/VACO Green Government Challenge
11/30/2010
Albemarle County received a gold level certification in the 2010 Go Green VA Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) and the Virginia Municipal League’s larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. 

City and County Launch Expanded Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative
11/30/2010
Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville announced today that state funding will aid our community to assist with the long-term success of prisoner re-entry following incarceration.  The Second Chance Act grant funds will be coming to both the Charlottesville and Albemarle County Departments of Social Services to enhance the existing community reentry project by expanding services to state-sponsored ex-offenders.

Meeting to Discuss Addition of Local Lewis and Clark Center to National Historic Trail
11/23/2010
During the months of November and December, the National Park Service (NPS) is inviting the public to participate in a series of public meetings across 5 states and the District of Columbia to discuss the potential addition of “Eastern Legacy” sites to the existing Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (NHT).

East Rio Road will Reopen to Through Traffic November 22
11/19/2010
East Rio Road will be reopened to traffic on Monday, Nov. 22 and the temporary detour on Meadow Creek Parkway will be closed. The traffic switch will begin after 7 p.m. on Monday evening and the new traffic pattern on East Rio Road will be in place by Tuesday morning.

AHIP Welcomes Funding for Treesdale Park: First New Affordable Multifamily Rental Community of its Kind in Greater Charlottesville in 15 Years
11/19/2010
Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) and Pinacle Construction & Development Corporation announced at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday that Treesdale Park – a new, 88 unit affordable rental community – is now a reality. The project is expected to serve more than 880 working families and 2,000 people in the next 50 years.

Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston Completes International Professional Designation Process
11/18/2010
The Commission on Professional Credentialing recently announced the launch of a new credentialing for EMS leaders. Chief Eggleston has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Medical Officer” (CMO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on November 16, 2010 to officially confer the designation upon Chief  Eggleston .

Roundtable to Assess Issues Related to New Farm Winery Regulations
11/18/2010
Albemarle County will host a roundtable discussion to focus on issues related to the new farm winery regulations that were adopted in May that is scheduled for Thursday, December 2, at 5:00 pm in Room 241.  This roundtable will be a preliminary conversation, open to the public, to discuss any issues of interest or concern that have arisen since the adoption of the new regulations.

County's Photosafe Program Begins 30-Day Warning Period November 12 at 1AM
11/10/2010
Albemarle County’s PhotoSafe program, a photo-based traffic safety system to monitor red light runners at dangerous intersections in the County, will become operational with a 30-day warning period beginning on Friday morning, November 12, at 1:00 am. Cameras are installed at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road as the first Photosafe location in the County. 

The Artisan Center of Virginia Announces Two Artisan Trail Network Kick-Off Events for the "Monticello Artisan Trail"
11/8/2010
The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), the state’s official craft organization dedicated to promoting Virginia Artisans and their work as a viable economic and cultural industry in Virginia, announced the Artisan Trail Network kick-off of the Monticello Artisan Trail with two town hall events designed to begin the enrollment period. 

Dunlora Entrance Will be Shifted November 10
11/8/2010
Traffic into and out of the Dunlora community will be shifted to a new entrance on Wednesday, Nov. 10 so that the current entrance can be reconstructed and connected to the new alignment of East Rio Road. On Nov. 9 the new entrance will be paved and connected to Dunlora Drive. During that work motorists on Dunlora Drive may experience brief delays; traffic will be controlled by flaggers.

Local Food Hub to Celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week, November 8th – 12th
11/6/2010
The Local Food Hub is proud to support Virginia Farm to School Week November 8-12, 2010 by supplying regional public and private schools with fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and meat. Participating schools include: Charlottesville City Schools, Albemarle County Schools, Greene County Schools, St. Anne’s Belfield, Charlottesville Day School and the University of Virginia.

One Lane Closed Monday on I-64 West at Milepost 121
11/5/2010
Traffic on Interstate 64 westbound will be restricted to one lane at the bridge over Route 20 at milepost 121 near Charlottesville on Monday, Nov. 8. A contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation will mill the concrete surface of the bridge deck and install seals on the bridge joints at each end of the deck.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue with an Important Reminder: November 7, Change Your Clock Change Your Battery
11/3/2010
Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, November 7, and marks the 23rd anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® (CYCCYB) program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.

County, City Offer Joint Bulky Waste Amnesty Program
11/2/2010
Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville, with assistance from the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority, are sponsoring several bulky waste amnesty days this fall during which there will be no charge to county or city residents to deliver specified large trash items to the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC).

The Albemarle County Police Department Introduces its Newest K-9 Team Members
11/1/2010
The Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) is proud to introduce their newest K-9 team members.  Since 2008, the agency has retired two patrol/narcotics canines, K-9 Officer "Merlin" and K-9 Officer "Rico".  These retirements left the agency with no partol/narcotic teams, and one explosive detection team. 

Traffic Advisory for Friday, October 29
10/28/2010
While we are not able to disclose exact route information related to President Obama’s visit to our community tomorrow due to security concerns, we want to inform the public that we anticipate road and intersection closures along the Route 29 corridor from Charlottesville Albemarle airport into downtown Charlottesville in the timeframe between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm as the Presidential party arrives at and departs from the airport. 

The Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Superior Energy Efficiency
10/27/2010
The Albemarle County Office Building located on 5th Street has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. 

Halloween Safety - Pointers for Parents, Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
10/27/2010
Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little scary! Concerns about children’s safety - whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of goodies – are important. 

Shenandoah National Park Begins 75th Anniversary Celebration
10/25/2010
Shenandoah National Park will launch a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of its establishment with a ceremony at McCormick Gap Overlook at milepost 102 on Skyline Drive at 2:00 p.m. on November 5, 2010.

Hillsdale Drive Extension Public Hearing - November 16
10/18/2010
The City of Charlottesville announces a public hearing for the Hillsdale Drive Extension Project. The project proposes the extension of Hillsdale Drive from Greenbrier Drive in the County of Albemarle to Hydraulic Road in the City of Charlottesville. Federal funding is being proposed for construction of this project.

October 21 Tech Tour to Focus on Technology Pioneers for the Next Generation
10/18/2010
Thursday, October 21, marks the launching of 2010 Tech Tour, a local event to introduce 300 area middle and high school students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region. Sponsored by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, this day-long technology tour is aimed at exposing students to the challenging and diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community.

County Announces Finance Head Retirement
10/15/2010
Albemarle County is announcing the retirement of Richard Wiggans, Director of Finance, effective February 1, 2011.   Wiggans was appointed Finance Director for the County in May of 2004.  Before being employed by the County, he held budget and finance positions for three Texas cities (Cedar Park, Arlington, and Dallas) for twenty-two years. 

Board of Zoning Appeals Special Meeting Announced
10/12/2010
The Albemarle County Board of Zoning Appeals has called a special meeting to consider a Motion to Rescind the approval of SP201000024, granted at the October 5, 2010 meeting; and to take further action on the SP application, including the applicant’s request to withdraw its application. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, McIntire Road.

Need Help with Your Heating Costs? Fuel Assistance Applications are Now Being Accepted
10/12/2010
Applications for Fuel Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program are being accepted from Tuesday, October 12, through Friday, November 12, at local departments of social services.  The Fuel Assistance program helps eligible households with the costs of heating their homes, with eligibility guidelines depending on household size and income levels.

Deadline to Register to Vote in Upcoming November Election is October 12
10/11/2010
The Deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November election is Tuesday, October 12, at 5 pm. Voters are strongly encouraged to inquire before the registration deadline if they wish to check their voter registration status.

Regional Amtrak Train Celebrates its First Successful Year of Service
10/8/2010
Central Virginia's first new passenger rail service in over half-a-century has just turned one year old,  and local elected leaders from Charlottesville, Albemarle County and CvilleRail joined State and Amtrak officials at the Charlottesville Amtrak station to wish the train a "Happy Birthday." 

Workshop Offers Insight on Selling to the Government
10/8/2010
In good and challenging times, opening new markets for your products is a high priority. The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of Central Virginia are sponsoring a workshop teach you how to expand your business with federal, state and local governments.

East Rio Road to Close October 11 for Construction
10/8/2010
Traffic will be moved from East Rio Road onto the Meadow Creek Parkway as a temporary detour on Monday, October 11 so a section of East Rio Road can be rebuilt to complete the northern connection with the parkway project. The traffic switch will be done overnight Monday and the detour will be in place by Tuesday morning.

Weather Delays Postpone Photosafe Start Date Until the Week of October 25
10/7/2010
Due to recent heavy rains, construction has been delayed on the camera installation for the County’s PhotoSafe program. Construction at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road will begin on October 11 and the system is expected to become operational during the week of October 25.

Tax Holiday on Green Products that Qualify for Energy Savings Starts October 8
10/6/2010
Virginia’s fourth sales tax holiday on Energy Star and WaterSense products starts Friday, October 8th; items will be exempt from the state sales tax through Monday, October 11th. The items must each cost $2500 or less and be used for noncommercial or personal use.

Albemarle Sheriff's Office Receives State Reaccreditation
10/6/2010
The Albemarle Sheriff’s Office was recognized for receiving State Reaccreditation today at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Chief Tim Longo, a board member of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC), presented the certificate to Sheriff Chip Harding.

East Rio Road Will Not be Closed on October 5
10/4/2010
East Rio Road will not be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 5 for reconstruction work related to the Meadowcreek Parkway project as previously announced.  The closure is being delayed to complete work so that traffic can safely use the Parkway as a temporary detour between East Rio Road and Melbourne Road. The closure will likely be done early next week but a firm date will be announced later this week.

Albemarle County Awarded Federal Reimbursement from State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP)
10/4/2010
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the award of $35,373.00 to the Albemarle County Regional Jail  to reimburse some of the costs of incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens who have committed serious crimes in the United States.  The goal of this program is to enhance public safety in communities throughout the nation.

Fire Prevention Week October 3 - 9; This year's theme: Focus on Smoke Detectors
10/1/2010
The Albemarle County Fire Rescue Department is hosting several activities in honor of Fire Prevention Week, which is October 3-9. This year's theme is: Focus on Smoke Detectors.

Two Local Residents Win $10,000 for Home Improvements in Home Energy Makeover Contest
9/29/2010
Two local homeowners have been selected as the winners of the Charlottesville Home Energy Makeover Contest and will receive up to $10,000 each in home energy improvements. All homeowners in the region can now take advantage of special rebates of $1,250 or more per owner to improve their homes’ energy efficiency and comfort and save money on utility bills.

County IT Director Mike Culp Named to Governor's Cost Cutting Task Force
9/28/2010
Governor Bob McConnell is establishing an Operational Review Task Force to look for cost cutting best practices in Virginia’s operational costs. County Information Technology Director Mike Culp has been appointed to the Operational Review of the Commonwealth’s Usage of Phones and Data group to represent local government.

County Launches PhotoSafe Program to Improve Traffic Safety
9/23/2010
Albemarle County is announcing the launch of its PhotoSafe program, a photo-based traffic safety system to monitor red light runners at dangerous intersections in the County.  Cameras will soon be installed at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road as the first Photosafe location in the County.

East Rio Road to Close October 5 for Six-Week Reconstruction Project
9/22/2010
East Rio Road will be closed to traffic between Dunlora Drive and Pen Park Lane for approximately six weeks beginning Oct. 5. The closure is necessary so the road can be rebuilt to complete the northern connection with the Meadowcreek Parkway project.

2nd Annual Crozet Health Fair and 1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk
9/20/2010
Bring your family and friends to the 2nd Annual Crozet Health and Wellness Fair.  Last year’s health fair was a resounding success, with over 500 attendees! On Sunday, September 26, 2010, the Crozet Business Networking Group is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Crozet Health Fair from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Brownsville Elementary School on Rockfish Gap Turnpike.  This free event promotes healthy living for all ages, with over 20 Crozet health care professionals providing free health screenings, education, assessments and other services.

Jarmans Gap Road in Crozet will be Closed to Through Traffic Starting September 15
9/14/2010
Route 691 (Jarmans Gap Road) will be closed to traffic at the Route 240 (Crozet Avenue) intersection for five weeks beginning Sept. 15. The closure is necessary so Dominion Virginia Power can relocate its overhead power lines into underground facilities.

November Election Information
9/13/2010
A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, for the office of: Member of the United States House of Representatives, Virginia 5th District.  The names of the candidates for this office will appear on the ballots in all Albemarle County voting precincts.  Also on the ballot will be three proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution. To see the choices that will be on the ballot on November 2, go to the Voter Registration homepage at the Albemarle County website and click on “Current Ballot”.

Board Appoints Foley as New County Executive Effective January 1, 2011
9/10/2010
The Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant County Executive Tom Foley to succeed Bob Tucker as County Executive for Albemarle County effective immediately upon Mr. Tucker’s retirement on December 31, 2010.

County Announces Albemarle County Citizen Fire Academy
9/10/2010
Are you interested in volunteering for your local fire department, but do not want to wear the gear and put out the fire?  Are you interested in knowing more about how Albemarle County Fire Rescue works? If so, you can sign up now for the Albemarle County citizen fire academy!  Call the main number – (434)296-5833 for more information.

Fire Chief Urges Against Open Burning Due to Dry Conditions
9/10/2010
Albemarle County Fire Officials are urging citizens not to conduct any open burning. Citing weather conditions over the past several weeks, specifically a lack of rain, decrease in humidity and an increase in winds, Fire Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston asks citizens to voluntarily suspend open burning until conditions improve.

County Announces Parks and Rec Chief Retirement
9/3/2010
Albemarle County is announcing the retirement of Pat Mullaney, Director of Parks and Recreation, effective December 31. Mullaney joined the County as a recreation program coordinator in 1978 after graduating from Frostburg State College with a degree in recreation administration.  He was promoted to Director in 1981. 

Glenmore Incident Update
9/1/2010
The Albemarle County Police Department has concluded its investigation into the incident occurring Sunday evening, August 29, 2010.  The victim in this case is believed to have been struck by a "stray" bullet.

September is Library Card Signup Month
9/1/2010
Jefferson-Madison Regional LibraryThe Jefferson-Madison Regional Library reminds everyone that a FREE library card may be the most valuable school supply. Studies show that children with library cards read more and do better in school.  Adults can also benefit from a library card with use of a variety of database resources and help with job searches.  http://www.jmrl.org/librarycard

Hurricane Earl Update
8/30/2010
Virginia state agencies are in a heightened state of readiness with Hurricane Earl predicted to track up and near the east coast.  There is constant communication and coordination between the National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Transportation and other agencies.  County emergency officials are closely monitoring the situation as well.

County Executive Bob Tucker Announces Retirement Effective December 31
8/26/2010
Albemarle County Executive Bob Tucker today announced his retirement from the County effective December 31, 2010.  Tucker makes his announcement after 41 years of public service, 37 of which have been with the County of Albemarle and 20 of those years as County Executive.

Update on Residential Fire in Earlysville
8/25/2010
The County Fire Marshall’s Office is continuing its investigation into a major residential fire in the Earlysville area yesterday afternoon. 

Construction Begins on New Main Street in Crozet
8/25/2010
Construction is beginning this week on Main Street and alley improvements as part of the next phase of the Destination Downtown infrastructure improvements scheduled for Crozet.  The project includes construction of a new road, called Main Street, as called for in the Master Plan and significant improvements to the alley leading from the new road to the Square in downtown Crozet.

County Receives AAA Bond Rating From Standard & Poors
8/19/2010
Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has assigned its ‘AAA’ issuer credit rating to Albemarle County based on the County’s “favorable overall debt profile, guided by prudent affordability policies and aggressive pay-as-you-go capital spending, as well as long-term planning practices,” according to the report.

Hillsdale Road Safety Improvements Complete
8/17/2010
Albemarle County is announcing the completion of major safety improvements to Hillsdale Drive that will increase pedestrian safety in an area frequented extensively by walkers and bikers including a significant number of senior citizens. 

Albemarle County School Board Seeks Applicants for At-Large Seat
8/16/2010
The Albemarle County School Board is accepting applications for membership on the Albemarle County School Board, representing the County At-Large.  The appointed member’s term will begin once sworn in and end no later than December 31, 2011.  Brian Wheeler, who was the At-Large representative on the School Board, announced his resignation on August 5, 2010, leaving the At-Large seat open.

Artisans Center of Virginia Announces Studio School at Piedmont Virginia Community College
8/13/2010
The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Virginia Artisans and their work as a viable economic and cultural industry in  Virginia, today announced the opening of its Studio School in collaboration with the Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). The Studio School will hold classes and workshops in PVCC’s Stultz Center for Business and Career Development, which is centrally located in Charlottesville.

Updated Map Makes "Green Living" Easier for Local Residents
8/11/2010
Local residents interested in all things green now have a new roadmap, literally, for making easy and environmentally friendly lifestyle choices in our community.  Albemarle County’s Green Resources Map, newly updated and available on the County website, is intended to make “green living” more convenient for residents.

Business Auditor Position Results in Increased Revenues for the County
8/9/2010
Albemarle County is already reaping the rewards of filling a vacant business auditor position earlier this year to ensure that sales tax revenues are being properly allocated to the correct locality which can be confusing for some local businesses that are physically located in Albemarle County but have a Charlottesville mailing address.

EMS Cost Recovery Exceeding Expectations After First Five Months
8/6/2010
Five months after Albemarle County implemented a cost recovery program to charge fees for emergency medical service (EMS) vehicle transports provided by the Department of Fire and Rescue and the Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, officials are reporting a smooth and efficient transition to the new program. 

County Celebrates National Farmers' Market Week August 1-8
8/3/2010
Albemarle County is celebrating National Farmers’ Market Week with several special activities.  On Wednesday, August 4, the County will bring the market to the County Office Building on McIntire Road – building users can visit the second floor lobby between noon and 3:00 pm to buy food from local farms provided by the local food hub.  The market will be run by the Boys and Girls Club Teen Leadership Group and proceeds will go to the Club field trip fund. 

Albemarle County Police Department Opens Satellite Office in North Garden
7/29/2010
The Albemarle County Police Department is excited to announce the opening of a new police satellite office in North Garden which will accommodate officers assigned to work areas south and southwest in Albemarle County. This satellite office provides working space for officers to handle business by phone, conduct follow-up investigations and complete paperwork.

Fire Rescue Ordinance Public Hearing - August 11
7/29/2010
The Board of County Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on August 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, to receive comments on an ordinance to amend Chapter 6, Fire Protection, Article I, In General, of the Albemarle County Code. The ordinance would establish a coordinated fire and rescue system, encompassing the County’s volunteer and career memberships, under the direction of a fire and rescue chief. A copy of the full text of the proposed ordinance can be found HERE. Further information on this matter can be found HERE.

Police Chief Search Process Announced
7/27/2010
Albemarle County announced today that it is beginning a comprehensive search process for a new Police Chief to replace John Miller who is retiring effective September 30 after 21 years of service in this capacity. In order to maximize citizen input in the selection of Albemarle’s next Police Chief, an on-line survey will be posted on the county website and a series of focus groups will be conducted to obtain views and perspectives from citizens on what they perceive to be important in the selection of a new Chief. 

Annual Sales Tax Holiday Returns August 6 - 8
7/27/2010
County officials are encouraging  local residents to take advantage of Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for school supplies, clothing and footwear which returns for the fifth year Aug. 6-8.   The list of items exempt from the 5 percent state and local retail sales tax is the same as previous years and includes school supplies like notebooks, pencils, calculators, dictionaries, backpacks and lunchboxes priced at $20 or less each. 

Albemarle Moves Up to Fifth in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
7/16/2010
For the eighth 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 and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2010 Digital Counties Survey.   Albemarle County ranks fifth in the nation, up from sixth place last year, in utilizing information technology (IT) to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.

Major Pipe Replacement on Route 729 (Milton Road) will Begin July 19
7/12/2010
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be performing a major pipe replacement on Route 729 (Milton Road) in Albemarle county the week of July 19 - 23.  The road will be closed to through traffic just north of Route 1120 (Milton Hills Drive); 0.86 miles from Route 729 (North Milton Road) and 1.56 miles from route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway). The closure will start Monday July 19 at approximately 7:00 a.m. and is planned to be open to traffic by close of business Friday July 23. A signed detour route will be in place. If you need any additional information, contact VDOT at 434-293-0011.

Governor McDonnell Announces National Wine Bloggers Conference to be Held in Virginia
7/9/2010
The national 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Charlottesville.  The conference is expected to bring at least 300 attendees to the area for the 3-day gathering. The Wine Bloggers Conference is the premier event for wine bloggers and others involved in the new media of online wine writing. Over 300 bloggers and social media experts involved in the wine industry will gather to meet each other, learn about blogging and social media, and taste hundreds of wines.

Charlottesville Home Energy Makeover Contest Kicks Off Wave of Residential Energy Efficiency Initiatives
7/7/2010
Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris and local business leaders joined the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) today to announce the Charlottesville Home Energy Makeover Contest, which will award two winners with up to $10,000 in free energy and water efficiency home improvements. LEAP also announced that $1 million in incentives and rebates will be available to area residential property owners in the coming months.

Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Draft Crozet Master Plan Revision - July 13
7/6/2010
The public is invited to provide comments regarding proposed revisions to the Crozet Master Plan at a Planning Commission Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road.

County Announces Police Chief Retirement
6/30/2010
Albemarle County is announcing the retirement of Police Chief John Miller, who has served as police chief for Albemarle County since 1989. Miller's retirement is effective September 30, 2010. A regional search process for a new chief will get underway immediately.

Police, Fire Rescue Departments Issue Guidelines for Safe and Legal Fireworks
6/28/2010
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, public safety officials are advising citizens on guidelines for the safe and legal sale and use of fireworks.  It is illegal for any person or business to transport, manufacture, store, sell, purchase or ignite any fireworks that explode, rise into the air or travel laterally, or fire projectiles into the air other than sparks. 

Traffic Shifted to New Alignment on East Rio Railway Bridge
6/28/2010
Traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge on East Rio Road that crosses the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks on Monday, June 28. The shift will begin after 7:30 p.m. and be completed before 5:30 Tuesday morning. The work is part of the ongoing project to construct the connection to the northern end of the Meadowcreek Parkway.

Let "Stay Local, Play Local" Create Your Perfect Backyard Vacation
6/17/2010
Local officials and residents met today in the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road to officially open a new regional satellite Visitors Center and to launch a summer tourism partnership called “Stay Local, Play Local” sponsored by the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB). 

United Way Receives Grant for Insurance for Children Project
6/15/2010
As many as 1,750 children in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County lack health insurance, according to state estimates. The Virginia Health Care Foundation recently awarded a $93,605 grant to the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area for its Insurance for Children Project to help children get health coverage. 

Upgraded County Website Improves Customer Convenience, Employee Productivity
6/14/2010
Albemarle County today launched its upgraded website, designed to provide better 24-hour access to County services and information through user-friendly navigation, expanded online services, updated technology for automatic County news alerts and a new graphic layout to help citizens find resources more quickly.

Draft Economic Development Action Plan Online, Roundtable Sessions Scheduled
6/14/2010
The public is invited to attend one of the two roundtable sessions listed below to provide specific feedback in response to the draft Albemarle County Economic Development Action Plan that is being considered by the Board of Supervisors. The purpose of the roundtables, as directed by the Board, is to gather specific comments regarding the proposed language of the plan that will be shared with Board members in advance of their public hearing on this item scheduled for July 14. 

Grant Fund to Build Walnut Creek Park Accessible Playground
6/10/2010
Walnut Creek Park will be outfitted with a new accessible playground this summer thanks to a $60,000 grant from the R. K. Mellon Family Foundation.   The accessible playground will be designed for children ages 5 – 12 and will allow children with or without special needs to play with their peers and to experience the benefits of challenging outdoor recreation.

Information Released on Upcoming Republican Party Primary
6/1/2010
A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, for the Republican Party nomination for the office of: Member of the United States House of Representatives, Virginia 5th District.  The names of the candidates for the Republican Party nomination will appear on the ballots in all Albemarle County voting precincts.  Polling Places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 pm on Election Day.  Voters must vote in the precinct in which they are registered.

Virginia's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
5/27/2010
Stock up on supplies for your family’s emergency supply kit and to protect your home. By law, the items listed are exempt from Virginia sales tax between May 25 and May 31.

County Beaches will Open for Memorial Day
5/24/2010
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer.  On Saturday, May 29, swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend.  Beaches are open from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session (Swimming will be available 7 days a week beginning Saturday, June 12. 

Area Featured Nationally as a Great Place to Buy a Home
5/12/2010
The most read newspaper in the Country today named the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area as one of the best places in the country to invest in a home. The paper noted the area’s growing number of entertainment venues and access to cultural and outdoor amenities such as golfing, wineries, shopping, and historic properties. 

Census 2010 Results Announced
5/12/2010
Albemarle County and Charlottesville announce the County as the winner of the friendly “Steaks vs. Spudnuts” challenge between the two jurisdictions regarding Census 2010 participation rates.  Albemarle attained a mailback participation rate of 77% as of yesterday, and the City attained a rate of 72%.

Local Job Creation the Focus of Business Appreciation Week Recognition on May 12
5/10/2010
Albemarle County will recognize and celebrate the important contributions of local businesses and will acknowledge initiatives aimed at local job creation at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 6:00 pm on May 12 as part of Virginia’s Business Appreciation Week. 

County Tax Bills in the Mail
5/3/2010
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are in the mail to county residents. The county is sending about 69,600 personal property tax bills and 42,000 real estate bills. Payment is due June 5th, 2010. The real estate bills reflect the tax rate of $0.742 per $100 of assessed value as established by the Board of Supervisors during the most recent budget process, resulting in a lower tax bill for the average county property owner. 

Albemarle County Realizes Savings with Solar Panels
3/19/2010
Albemarle estimates that the solar panels installed in February 2009 at the 5th Street County Office Building have saved roughly $19,000 in natural gas costs for 2009. This highly efficient system gathers solar thermal content through roof-mounted collectors to supplement the existing hot water system. In this process, less natural gas is used for heating water. It is estimated that as many as 206 gallons of hot water are used in the building daily, in part due to showers installed for use by police officers and firefighters. This new solar system allows the storage of high temperature water with a smaller environmental footprint, and also increases overall system efficiency. 

City and County Urge Community to Send in Their Census Forms
3/19/2010
The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County are once again partnering with community organizations to encourage a complete count for Census 2010 in the community. The media and interested members of the community are invited to join Mayor Dave Norris and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chairman Anne Mallek and members of the nonprofit community to show how quick, easy and safe it is to be counted as they fill out actual census questionnaires. The event will be held on Thursday, March 18th at 10am at CitySpace downtown. They will be joined by representatives from the US Census Bureau and members of the Complete Count Committee ahead of National Census Day on Thursday April 1st.

Residents Reminded of Food Safety in Aftermath of Winter Storm
2/8/2010
Many local residents have experienced power outages as a result of heavy ice and snowfall this past weekend. Residents who have lost power are urged to take careful precautions to ensure food safety. The risk of food poisoning is heightened when refrigerators and ovens are inoperable. “People should discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “Just remember, when in doubt, throw it out.”

Winter Safety Could Save Lives
2/4/2010
The approaching winter storm will bring hazardous conditions to Virginia, ranging from freezing rain and high winds to sleet, snow and ice.  Residents should take the time now to look at their specific needs and talk with their families and neighbors about what they would do in an emergency.

 
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