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Albemarle County Holding Public Meeting on Courts Expansion Project

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current options, and major milestones and supporting documentation.

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special meeting to discuss five possible options for moving forward with the courts expansion project. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 starting at 6 p.m. in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville. This meeting will be video streamed and recorded for future viewing.

Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements Applications Accepted Through October 31
Albemarle County is accepting applications now through October 31, 2016 for the current round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a powerful tool for rural land protection. Any landowner in Albemarle County whose land is worthy of protection according to the County’s Comprehensive Plan is eligible to participate in ACE. An evaluation system has been established to help rank properties in order of their conservation value to the program, with the final determination to be made by the Board of Supervisors. The Program will pay up to 100% of easement value depending on an applicant’s average adjusted gross income.

Albemarle Against Hunger 2016 Food Drive
In advance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, from October 17th to November 10th, Albemarle County employees and students are collecting food donations for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The goal is to provide a meal for as many families as there are employees and students.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Hosting County-Wide Volunteer Recruiting Events!
This Saturday, October 8, 2016, 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. This recruitment event is from 10AM to 2PM at all stations County wide. Everyone is encouraged to visit their local fire-rescue station tomorrow to learn more about what they can do for their community!

Albemarle County Receives 2016 Achievement Award from the Virginia Association of Counties
Albemarle County is a proud recipient of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2016 Achievement Award! The County was recognized for its submission, “Using Advanced Technology for Public Safety at Foxfield Races.” VACo received 91 entries and Albemarle County is one of 29 award recipients.

Charlottesville & Albemarle County a Feast for the Eyes, Mind, and Taste Buds this October
This area is a wonderful choice for a fall getaway, with Virginia Wine Month, Virginia Artisan Month, Starr Hill Brewery’s Oktoberfest, the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival, the Spirit Walk, Doggy Howl-O-Ween, Harry Potter Halloween and breathtaking fall foliage

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites everyone to consider the Charlottesville, Virginia area for a fall getaway. With plenty of events and activities, the epicenter of Virginia offers a multitude of options for recreation and entertainment.

Albemarle County Observing National Voter Registration Day
The Albemarle County Voter Registration and Elections office is observing National Voter Registration Day on September 27, 2016. Albemarle County citizens are invited to come by the tent outside the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, from 10am – 2pm and register to vote, check their registration status, apply for an absentee ballot, or pick up a sample ballot for the November election.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Director of Planning
Albemarle County is pleased to announce, effective September 26, 2016, that Andrew Gast-Bray will be the County’s new Director of Planning. Mr. Gast-Bray brings to this role over 25 years of professional experience working both in private practice and with local government. His most recent governmental position was the Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Lebanon, New Hampshire, near Dartmouth College, where he managed planning, zoning, transportation planning, and economic development.

Important Notice to Albemarle County Voters
November 8, 2016 General and Special Election Information

A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, for the offices of: President and Vice President of the United States, and Member United States House of Representatives, 5th District. The full ballot in Albemarle County will also present two proposed amendments to the Constitution of Virginia and a referendum for a general obligation bond to fund school improvements. To see the choices that will be on your ballot on November 8, visit the Voter Registration website at and click on “Current Ballot.”

Autumn is the Perfect Time to "Fall" for Charlottesville & Albemarle County
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) invites visitors and locals alike to enjoy a multitude of festivals and other fun events in our area this fall.

Albemarle County Hosting Community Meeting on the Rio+29 Small Area Plan
Albemarle County is hosting a community meeting on the Rio+29 Small Area Plan. The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 15 at 6 pm at Jack Jouett Middle School.

Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Fall Class Schedule Announced!
There is something for every age and skill level in Albemarle County's 2016 fall class schedule including dance, fitness, yoga, martial arts, sports, and more! The fall class schedule features a listing of recreational programs and special events for all ages. From first aid to line dancing, these offerings are a great way to meet people, explore new interests or develop a hobby. Our programs are designed to enhance the quality of life and respond to the needs of Albemarle residents. Visit to view the full catalog with details, fees and registration information, or call 434-296-5844.

AHIP, Albemarle County Win $855,000 CDBG Award to Improve Housing Conditions in Alberene Community
The Alberene Improvement Project, a joint neighborhood revitalization effort between AHIP and the County of Albemarle, is one of 11 statewide projects receiving funding through more than $9.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe late last week. The local home rehab and community preservation initiative focusing on Alberene in rural southern Albemarle will receive $855,000 in CDBG support to help approximately 30 families with critical home repair needs over two years.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Clerk for the Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County is pleased to announce that at today's Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board, by unanimous vote, appointed Claudette Borgersen as Clerk for the Board of Supervisors. The position of Clerk for the Board of Supervisors is essential to efficient performance by Board Members of their elected duties and responsibilities, and to the provision of services to members of the public.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Department Receives Prestigious Recruitment Grant
Albemarle County is proud to announce that Albemarle County Fire Rescue has been awarded $401,000 to expand and strengthen its volunteer fire rescue volunteer recruitment and retention efforts.  The grant is part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program managed by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Household Hazardous Waste & Bulky Waste Days
Households and businesses of Albemarle County, the City of Charlottesville, and the Town of Scottsville are encouraged to take advantage of Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s (RSWA) hazardous waste and bulky waste amnesty special collection days being held this fall at the Ivy Material Utilization Center or Ivy "MUC" located on Route 637 (Dick Woods Road), 3.3 miles south of I-64.