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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Conducting Live Burn Exercise
Albemarle County Fire Rescue (ACFR) is conducting a “Live Burn” exercise this week. Using a property near the Dunlora subdivision, which is scheduled to be demolished for new construction, crews will be provided realistic training with actual fire. During this exercise, personnel will practice the ACFR Field Operations Guide, a set of tactical guidelines established to provide a consistent approach to emergency incident management. Specifically, crews will focus on the proper, rapid, and safe deployment of a hose line. The exercise will occur from June 28th – 30th in cycles at the top of every hour from 8AM until 11AM.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Credits Smoke Alarm for Minimizing Damage in Residential Structure Fire
Smoke Alarm Installed as Part of County’s Project RISK Initiative 

Albemarle County Fire Rescue (ACFR) credits a smoke alarm, installed as part of Project RISK (Residential, Inspections, Smoke Alarms, Knowledge), for minimizing the damage from a house fire that occurred in Keswick on the afternoon of Monday, June 20, 2016. A person in the house at the time of the fire heard the smoke alarm and alerted the rest of the individuals in the home. The smoke alarm ensured that everyone got out of the house safely and that the fire department was notified before the fire spread and did further damage.

Albemarle County Announces Enhanced Traffic Enforcement in the Vicinity of the Route 29/Rio Road Construction
Albemarle County announces enhanced traffic enforcement in the vicinity of the Route 29/Rio Road Construction, including Carrsbrook Drive, Huntington Road, Northfield Drive, Old Brook Road, Berkmar Drive, Hillsdale Drive, and Branchlands Drive. The Albemarle County Police Department has assigned a traffic officer for enforcement and visibility to these areas during morning and evening rush hours. In addition, the entire patrol division will conduct enforcement and visibility in these areas when not responding to calls for service. Furthermore, speed trailers and message boards will be deployed to remind drivers of speed limits.

Tree Trimming Begins Monday on Rt. 250 Bypass
Motorists should stay alert for traffic controls, use caution approaching work zone

On June 13, a contractor with the Virginia Department of Transportation will trim vegetation to improve visibility on the Route 250 Bypass in both directions at the Barracks Road entrance and exit ramps in Albemarle County. Beginning at 9 a.m. in the eastbound location, the merge lane from the entrance ramp to Route 250 Bypass east will be closed. Due to the shortened merge lane, motorists should use caution moving into the travel lane. Motorists on Route 250 Bypass eastbound should stay alert for merging traffic as they approach the work zone. After work is complete at the eastbound location, the contractor will move to the westbound location to trim vegetation on Route 250 Bypass west at the exit ramp to Barracks Road. To avoid impacts to rush hour traffic, any trimming work at the westbound location not completed by 4 p.m. will be performed Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m.

Ivy Road Turn Lane at Rt. 29/250 Bypass to Close Tuesday
VDOT crew will make repairs in median; motorists should use caution through work zone

On June 14, a crew with the Virginia Department of Transportation will make repairs in the median at the entrance ramp to the Route 29/250 Bypass in Albemarle County. From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Route 250 (Ivy Road) westbound left-turn lane to Route 29/250 Bypass south will be closed. Motorists should use caution through the work zone and stay alert for workers and equipment near the travel lane. All work is weather permitting.

Albemarle & Charlottesville Celebrate Summer with Staple and New Festivals & Events
It’s all about the arts and agriculture with events such as LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, the Heritage Theater Festival, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and the Albemarle County Fair

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites visitors and locals alike to take part in some really amazing festivals and events this summer.

Notice of Temporary Sidewalk Closure - Crozet Avenue North
The sidewalk between St. George Ave and the Crozet Elementary School will be closed starting next Wednesday (June 8) for the remainder of the project, which is scheduled to be substantially completed on August 17, 2016.

Tax Payments Due Monday
Albemarle County tax payments are due Monday, June 6th.  Save time - pay online at

Featured Events
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
8/3/2016, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
BOS - Closed Meeting
8/4/2016, 9:00 AM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Virginia SCC Public Hearing
8/8/2016, 2:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Virginia SCC Public Hearing
8/8/2016, 7:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee
8/11/2016, 4:00 PM
Pantops Community Advisory Committee
8/22/2016, 6:15 PM

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