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Bright Stars Applications Due March 31st for Fall Enrollment
The Albemarle County Public Schools Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for eligible 4-year-olds to enroll in the Bright Stars Program; a state and locally funded program for students potentially at risk for developmental or educational issues. Please submit applications by March 31st for consideration for fall enrollment.

Beginning March 23, Free State Road is One-Way
Westbound restriction will ease cut-through traffic on adjoining Wakefield Rd.

On Monday, March 23, the Virginia Department of Transportation will post highway signs to convert a 0.1-mile segment of Route 651 (Free State Road) in Albemarle County from carrying two-way traffic to eastbound traffic only.

2015 Annual Community Report

County Celebrates Completion of New Northside Library Facility at March 16 Ceremony
Albemarle County officials joined representatives from the Jefferson Madison Regional Library at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Northside Library project on Monday, March 16. The commemoration began at noon in the Library (705 Rio Road) where Library Director John Halliday, Supervisors Jane Dittmar and Brad Sheffield, County Executive Tom Foley, and project team representatives addressed the crowd. Afterwards, attendees enjoyed self-guided tours through the new facility.

Charlottesville Area Businesses Recognized for their Excellence
Local restaurants honored with James Beard Award nomination and area vineyards acknowledged in prestigious Governors Cup competition

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) congratulates local restaurants for their nominations as James Beard award semi-finalists and local vineyards who are acknowledged by the Virginia Winery Associations (VWA) Governors Cup.

SAFE Event - Situational Awareness for Everyone
In light of tragic events in our community, many leaders, stakeholders and advocates came together, agreeing that we needed additional education regarding situational awareness, personal safety and domestic violence.

Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring Opening Dates
Though winter has not released its grip on Shenandoah National Park and staff continues to work on clearing the Skyline Drive of snow and ice, spring is almost here! Park employees are gearing up for a busy season of protecting park resources and welcoming visitors. Facilities in Shenandoah National Park will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring.

Albemarle County Government Offices Delay Opening Due to Inclement Weather
Albemarle County Government offices will open at 10am this morning due to inclement weather.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Announce Budget Town Hall Meeting Dates
The Board of Supervisors are hosting a series of town hall meetings during March on Albemarle County’s Fiscal Year 2016 Operating and Capital Budget, which is currently under development. The Board invites everyone to attend any of these sessions, which are designed to share information and start a community conversation about the budget. These sessions are being held in addition to a number of work sessions and public hearings. Each session will run approximately 90 minutes. For the latest meeting information, visit

Albemarle County Offices Closing Early Due to Inclement Weather
Please be advised that due to current weather conditions, falling temperatures and the expectation of deteriorating road conditions throughout the afternoon, all Albemarle County offices will close today, Thursday March 5, at 12:00 noon.

Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collections Dates Revised Due to Inclement Weather
Due to expected severe winter weather, the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s (RSWA) Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015, has been cancelled. The next Commercial Collection will be October 2. Care Environmental is contacting all businesses registered to notify them personally. Additionally, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event for Friday, March 6, 2015 has been cancelled. HHW will be accepted at the Ivy Material Utilization Center during the extended hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015 (originally advertised from 9:00 to 2:00). All vehicles in line at 4:00 pm will be served. For information on what items are accepted for this event, visit

Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced
Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Day: March 6, 2015
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: March 6 and 7, 2015

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Scottsville Observes the 150th Anniversary of General Sheridan's Campaign in Albemarle County
Commemorative Events to Take Place March 6 – 8, 2015 in Scottsville

On March 6 – 8, 2015, the Scottsville Museum will commemorate Sheridan's raid on the town of Scottsville, which took place in March, 1865. This Civil War moment for Scottsville will be observed with a procession of mounted Union soldiers riding through the town to Canal Basin Square, a new Civil War exhibit in the Museum, and many lectures on the raid, the canal, and the African-American community in Scottsville. There will also be a tour of important Civil War sites in Scottsville and the HistoryMobile will make an appearance.

Albemarle County’s FY16 Recommended Operating and Capital Budget Now Available
Albemarle County’s Recommended Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available on the County website at County Executive Tom Foley presented the proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, February 19. During that discussion, Mr. Foley reviewed the economic challenges facing Local Government and Public Schools in the years ahead, introduced the proposed budget, provided details on impacts of the budget to the County Capital Program and Fire Rescue services, and highlighted community impacts and engagement opportunities. A video of that presentation is available for review here.

As Weather Breaks, Work to Begin on Rt. 29/250 Interchange
Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers near ramps

Construction work is set to begin Monday on improvements to the Route 29 / Route 250 Bypass interchange in Charlottesville. Weather permitting the first work will involve clearing and grading to construct a storm water management pond inside the loop ramp in the southwest quadrant of the interchange.

Public Information Meeting Regarding DEQ Permit Application for Waste Water Treatment Plant
On February 25th, starting at 6:15 PM, Albemarle County will have a public information meeting regarding a proposed Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit application for a waste water treatment plant associated with the Ryder Industries property on Route 250, east of the City of Charlottesville. The meeting will be held at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street (1600 5th Street Ext., Charlottesville, VA 22902).

Regional Firearms Training Center Project Posted for Bidding
The Regional Firearms Training Center Project was posted for bidding on Wednesday, February 18th with a 30-day bid period. Bidding documents are available online through the County Purchasing webpage.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Economic Develoment Director
Albemarle County has named Faith McClintic as its new Economic Development Director effective April 1, 2015. McClintic will be the first director of the County’s newly established Economic Development Office. In this role, she will lead the County’s efforts to foster and encourage best practices in economic development activities that provide for quality job creation and sustainable employment opportunities, increased business tax base, and an improved quality of life for all citizens.

Jesse Matthew Albemarle County Court Date Set
Jesse Matthew appeared on charges of first degree murder, abduction, and reckless driving in Albemarle County Circuit Court via a video link from a location in Albemarle County at 11 a.m on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins set the trial date for June 29 through July 17, 2015.  The matter was set for a jury trial at the request of Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford.  A grand jury indicted Matthew on the Albemarle County charges on February 2, 2015.  Matthew is being returned to jail in Fairfax County to await his trial on charges stemming from a 2005 rape case.

Tonight’s Albemarle County Planning Commission Meeting Postponed
Due to inclement weather, tonight’s previously scheduled Planning Commission meeting has been postponed until next Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The meeting will be held at 6pm in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. The same agenda will be in place. For detailed agenda information, please visit /agenda.asp?department=pc&year=2015

Albemarle County Government Office Delay Opening due to Inclement Weather
Albemarle County Government offices will open at 11am this morning due to inclement weather.

Credit Card Fraud
In recent weeks, the Albemarle County Police Department has seen an increase in credit card theft and fraud. However, in these cases, the victims still have the credit cards in their possession but the suspects have the card information. The suspects are able to recreate cards with their name and photo identification but with the victim’s card information.

Local Government Office Closed on Monday, February 16
Albemarle County Local Government offices, Albemarle County Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney Office and Sheriff’s Office will all be closed on Monday February 16, 2014, in observance of President's Day.

Albemarle County Local Government Announces 2015 Annual Report to the Community
Celebrating Progress During a Year of Opportunity and Challenge

Albemarle County local government is pleased to present you with our 2015 Annual Report to the Community, “Celebrating Progress During a Year of Opportunity and Challenge” which outlines our work and accomplishments from last year. The Report will be included as an insert in the February 22, 2015 edition of the Daily Progress and is currently available for download at

Two Albemarle County Hotel Properties Among the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners
Keswick Hall and Golf Club & The Clifton Inn make the short list of honored Virginia properties

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) congratulates the two local hotel properties who made the exclusive list of Virginia honorees for the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards.

Temporary Driveway Closure
The driveway leading from McIntire Road to the upper parking lot of the County office Building at 401 McIntire Road will be closed Thursday, February 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in order for Virginia Dominion Power to continue installation of their underground utility lines. Please be mindful of the work and any barricades and warning signs that may be placed in the area.

Press Conference Regarding Jesse Matthew Case in Albemarle County, Virginia
Please find, below, statements from the Albemarle County Police Department and the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office from this morning’s press conference regarding the Jesse Matthew case, along with a copy of the indictments. Additionally, there is a link to a video of the full press conference. The case has transitioned to the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for prosecution, and no additional information will be released at this time.

Clarification on Format of Reassessment Notices Mailed Last Week
As mentioned in the letter that accompanied the recent reassessment notices, a new State legislative mandate required us to change the format of the notice. We would like to provide additional clarification about that changed format beyond what was provided in the cover letter sent with your notice. The line titled “% increase to 2015” represents the percent change from previous years (either 2013 or 2014) compared to 2015, based on the current tax rate. The decimal point for the figures in that line should be moved two places to the right to show the correct percentage. For example, a figure expressed as .0227% should be converted to 2.27%. Below please find two graphics that demonstrate how to calculate the proper percentage and the tax year comparison explained above.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Spring Training
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in March. This 9-week course, held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm each Thursday from March 12 through May 7, educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Albemarle County Office of Management and Budget Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Albemarle County Office of Management and Budget has been awarded The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. To receive this award, the budget document must receive top ratings as a policy document, a financial plan, an operation guide, and as a communication device. This marks the 9th year that Albemarle County has received this honor. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.