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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

Notice of Temporary Sidewalk Closure - Crozet Ave North
The sidewalk between St. George Ave and the Crozet Elementary School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m. and will reopen on Thursday, May 26 afternoon prior to school letting out to install the stormwater structure at the Parrott Branch creek. Originally this work was scheduled to be completed in one day during school hours. However, unsuitable soils were discovered and will require undercutting and installation of riprap, stone, and geotextile to stabilize the foundation before setting of the structure can occur. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Albemarle County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend

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 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 Wednesday, June 8.

Crozet Ave North Sidewalk Update
Work has been slightly delayed on this phase of the project because of rainy weather over the last several weeks. Read on to learn more about what to expect over the next two weeks.

Albemarle County Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Potential Amendments to the CIP

The Albemarle County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6 pm in Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road, to take comments on potential amendments to the County’s adopted Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Crozet and Pantops Sidewalks Projects Update
This VDOT Revenue Sharing project is generally described as sidewalk improvements along State Farm Boulevard (SR 1117), South Pantops Drive (SR 1140), and Crozet Avenue N (SR 810).
Work has started on the Crozet Ave N. sidewalk project. Construction activities to date and scheduled to occur within the next few weeks are as follows:
  • Water line installation has started and final connections are scheduled to occur next week. The Albemarle County Service Authority has contacted affected customers and has been on the job site daily during this phase of work.
  • Storm piping and structure installation will occur over the next few weeks. This work will require temporary sidewalk interruptions, but these interruptions will occur after school has started in the morning and will be completed before school lets out in the afternoon to maintain safe and convenient access for students.
  • Excavation and removal activities will begin sometime over the next few weeks.
Please note this schedule is contingent on average weather projections and may be delayed if rainfall exceeds average precipitation amounts.

Dedication Ceremony for New Regional Firearms Training Center Held May 12, 2016
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, regional partners Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia unveiled the new Regional Firearms Training Center. The center will provide a state-of-the-art training environment, honing skills in situational awareness and decision-making, to provide a safe and effective law enforcement response to the type of complex threats facing law enforcement today and into the future. This new regional training facility is the result of a strong partnership between the County of Albemarle, the City of Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia.

Albemarle County Tax Bills are Due Monday, June 6, 2016
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Monday June 6th, 2016. If you have any questions, 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 before the deadline.

Tourism Bureau Announces 2016-17 Tourism Sponsorship Grant Program
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) today announced the 2016-17 Tourism Sponsorship Grant Program is now open, with Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., as the deadline for submitting completed applications. To be considered for funding, the activity and/or event must occur between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, which is the new fiscal year for the CACVB. Those interested in applying can access information on how to apply by going to