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Rt. 795 Bridge to Close for Rehabilitation January 23
Once complete, bridge weight restriction will be removed

Beginning Jan. 23, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Route 795 (Blenheim Road) bridge over Hardware River in Albemarle County to replace the current timber deck truss structure. The bridge, located 2.7 miles south of Route 708 (Secretarys Road), will be closed through substantial completion of the project on or before the Oct. 30 contracted end date.

County Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Hosting County-wide Volunteer Recruiting Events
New Year, New Resolution, New Family and Friends – Volunteer with Us Today

This Saturday, January 14, 2017, Albemarle County Fire Rescue is hosting open houses at all fire-rescue stations throughout the County. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet their local firefighters and EMTs, see the apparatus, have tours of the stations, and sign up to volunteer! Both operational and administrative volunteers are needed.

Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program Acquires Two New Properties
Permanently Protecting an Additional 292 Acres from Development

Albemarle County now boasts 9,284 acres of permanently protected land with its recent acquisition of two new easements: Brigish and Moon.  Both enrolled in the Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program in October, 2015.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Winter/Spring Training
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in January. The Level 1 orientation for the CERT program will be held on four evenings: Thursday, January 12 in Charlottesville; Tuesday, February 7 in Crozet; Thursday, February 23 in Keswick and Tuesday, March 7 in Scottsville from 6 to 9 pm. The Level 1 training orients citizens on regional hazards, personal preparedness, and elements of fire safety and medical operations.

Board Selects New Chair, Vice Chair
The Board of Supervisors conducted its first meeting of 2017 and as part of their organizational activities they elected Diantha McKeel, representative from the Jack Jouett District, to a one year term as Chair. Norman Dill, representative from the Rivanna District, was elected as Vice Chair.

Additionally, Claudette Borgersen and Travis Morris were appointed as Clerk to the Board of Supervisors and Senior Deputy Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, respectively.

County Offices Closed in Observance of Winter Holidays
County Offices will be closed on December 23 and 26, 2016 and on January 2, 2017 in observance of the winter holidays.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Asks Charlottesville City Council to Defer Action on Proposed Ordinance to Allow Biking at Ragged Mountain Natural Area
The Board of Supervisors today requested that City Council defer action on the proposed ordinance establishing the Ragged Mountain Natural Area (RMNA) Rules of Use that would allow biking at RMNA and ask its staff to provide the County with information related to the impacts of biking on the water supply. The County’s existing regulations applicable to RMNA do not allow biking with the express purpose of preventing pollution of the public water supply. The Board has asked for the deferment to allow for the possibility of more discussion and assessment regarding this issue.   Read on...

County Executive Tom Foley Announces Resignation Effective February 1, 2017
Albemarle County Executive Tom Foley today announced his resignation from the County effective February 1, 2017, to assume the position of County Administrator for Stafford County.  Foley makes his announcement after 17 and a half years of service with Albemarle, 11 as Deputy County Executive and the last six of those years as County Executive. Read on...

Charlottesville and Albemarle County: A Festive & Fun Wonderland to Visit in Early Winter
The Charlottesville area is a wonderful choice for an early-winter getaway, with shopping options galore, special evening tours at Monticello and Highland, First Night Virginia and a performance at the Paramount Theater by Tony Bennett!

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites everyone to consider the Charlottesville, Virginia area for an extraordinary early-winter getaway. With lots of great shopping, winter events, and fantastic deals on area lodging and attractions, early winter makes for the perfect time to visit Charlottesville & Albemarle County. Read on...

Virginia State Corporation Commission Announces Availability of Hearing Examiner's Report on Cunningham-Dooms Proposed Rebuild
As the demand for electricity has steadily grown, Dominion has continued to replace aging infrastructure across their service territory - in particular, they are working to replace high-voltage lines built and placed into service in the 1960s. One segment to be rebuilt is an existing corridor located between the Cunningham Substation in Fluvanna County and the Dooms Substation in Augusta County which passes through Albemarle County. No new right of way is needed for Dominion's proposal to rebuild this line.   Read on...

Albemarle County Fire Rescue and the Charlottesville Fire Department are pleased to announce the replacement of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
Both the County’s and the City’s previous SCBA equipment was several years old and more than a few updates behind. The new equipment is compliant with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and now meets industry standards. Additionally, the new apparatus provides firefighters with 30 minutes of air, a 100% increase in time over the previous equipment. Area firefighters are now also fitted with individual facepieces and Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) bags which provide the capability of supplying emergency breathing air to trapped firefighters. The investment in the new apparatus represents both the County’s and the City’s commitment to best practices in fire and emergency services health and safety.   Read on...

Sections of Rio Mills Rd. Closed During Bridge Work
Concrete pour for Berkmar bridge deck requires closure from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6

Construction work on the Berkmar Drive bridge over the South Fork Rivanna River will require all-day closures of Rio Mills Road on Monday and Tuesday while concrete is being poured for the deck surface. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. the road will be closed from the Route 29 intersection west to Millers Cottage Lane. The residential properties and businesses along the north end of Rio Mills Road will still be accessible from Earlysville Road.