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Albemarle County Releases 2015 Citizen Survey Results
Overall Quality of Life Rankings Remain High

Albemarle County is pleased to release the results of its 2015 Citizen Survey which indicates that citizens continue to rate overall quality of life in the County very high. 93% of survey respondents rated the quality of life in Albemarle County as excellent or good and 95% rated the County as an excellent or good place to live. Highlights of survey are listed below, and a complete copy of the survey results is available HERE. An overview of the survey findings will be presented to the Board of Supervisors during the September 2nd Board meeting.

The Brand New Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in Crozet to Launch Series of Community Programs
The series kicks off on August 1st with a session on water activities, courtesy of Rivanna River Company

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to announce the launch of a series of programs offered at the brand new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center located downtown Crozet.

Sales Tax Holiday for Qualified School Supplies, Clothing & Footwear, August 7-9
The Virginia General Assembly has again approved a state sales tax holiday for purchases of school supplies, clothing and footwear for students who will begin the new school year on Wednesday, August 19. School supplies that are $20 or less per item are eligible for the exemption, as are clothing and footwear that are less than $100 per item.

Rt. 20 Paving Continues next Week
Smaller work area, shorter hours should help with motorist delays

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made adjustments to reduce delays on Route 20 (Scottsville Road) in Albemarle County as paving operations continue next week. Work will occur from just north of Route 6 (Irish Road) to Route 708 (Red Hill Road), with the roadway limited to one lane through the work zone. Shorter segments of roadway will be paved at a time to minimize impacts to traffic, which will be controlled by flaggers.

Albemarle Artist Opportunity!
This December, the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond will be adorned with ornaments handmade by artisans/artists from communities all over Virginia! Albemarle County is excited to invite our local artist population to participate in a juried competition whereby one ornament reflecting the quality of life and attributes of Albemarle County will be selected to represent our County on the tree. The jury committee will be looking for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament that uniquely represents Albemarle County.

Traffic Alert
The Virginia Department of Transportation is paving along Scottsville Road this week. The road will be closed to one lane from Red Hill Road (Rt. 708) to the area of Keene. The paving will take place from 8am to 8pm each day through Friday, July 24th. Expect delays while VDOT conducts this paving project.

Re-Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Thomas Hanson, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Monday, August 10, 2015 to examine all aspects of the ECC’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Construction and Temporary Closure of Carrsbrook Drive
The Board of Supervisors has approved a construction project along Carrsbrook Drive to replace a failing underground pipe between the upper and lower lakes along Carrsbrook Drive. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County’s Office of Facilities Development will begin construction in the next several weeks. Construction is anticipated to last 4 to 5 weeks.

Albemarle County Announces Establishment of Citizen Resource Advisory Committees
The Board of Supervisors has appointed eight members to serve on the County’s newly created Citizens Resource Advisory Committee. The Board approved the concept of this Advisory Committee during the most recent budget process as they discussed the challenges faced by the County in funding future services, identifying the committee as an important way to involve citizens in determining the best ways to address this challenge.

Albemarle Names New Director of Social Services
Albemarle County announced the appointment of Phyllis Savides to Director of the Department of Social Services effective July 8, 2015. Savides is replacing Kathy Ralston, who retired on June 30, 2015 after 39 years with Albemarle County. Savides will lead the workplace in serving residents with her over 17 years of experience in the Department of Social Services. Savides will oversee numerous programs that promote self-sufficiency, individual and family safety, and provide support to the most vulnerable members of the community.

VDOT, Albemarle Co. to Jointly Host Community Meeting on Tree Trimming
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County are partnering to host a town hall meeting on tree-trimming work needed along the Route 22/Route 231 corridor from Shadwell to Gordonsville. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at Grace Episcopal Church, 5607 Gordonsville Road, Keswick.

Albemarle County Offices Closed in Observance of Independence Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, July 6, 2015 on regular schedule.

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Announce Applications Now Available for Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding of Festivals & Cultural Events
Information orientation session to be held at City Space on July 6

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that the popular Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding Program is now open. The CACVB will hold an information orientation at City Space on July 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and invites all interested organizations to attend and learn more about the application process, followed by time for questions and answers.

Albemarle County Seeking Members for 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committees
Albemarle County is eager to establish the 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee following adoption of the Southern & Western Neighborhoods Master Plan by the Board of Supervisors on June 10. The 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee currently has 12-15 vacancies. Residents and business owners of Albemarle County are encouraged to apply to serve on the Committee, to represent residential neighborhoods, businesses, institutions, developers, industries, Southwood Village, Woolen Mills, trails and parks, and community groups. To learn more about the 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee, please visit our webpage.

Featured Events
Community Meeting on the Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment Study to consider adjusting the Development Area Boundary
7/30/2015, 5:00 PM
County Office Building - 5th Street
Architectural Review Board
8/3/2015, 1:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Planning Commission Meeting
8/4/2015, 6:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
8/5/2015, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE)
8/10/2015, 5:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)

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