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County Offices Will Close in Observance of Labor Day
All Albemarle County Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 in obvservance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 as scheduled.

Community Meeting on Route 29 Solutions
Hosted by Albemarle County and Virginia Department of Transportation

The Route 29 Solutions projects will improve safety and mobility in the area, but what will happen during construction? Over the coming weeks, you will notice increased construction activity as several projects begin. VDOT and the County are working hard to ensure you know what to expect throughout construction and stay updated on how to safely reach all of your destinations in the corridor. To that end, they will be hosting a Community Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Jack Jouett Middle School. This Community Meeting will share information on the projects, timelines, and on how the County is working to address project impacts on neighborhoods and ensure public safety during the construction period.

Fall Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced
Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Day: October 2, 2015
The next special commercial hazardous waste collection day is Friday, October 2, 2015 from 10am – 12pm. This special collection is only open to qualifying businesses and commercial establishments – not households.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: October 2 and 3, 2015
The next Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection event will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 2pm - 6pm and Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9am - 2pm.

Citizen Fire Rescue Academy
Albemarle County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that we are hosting our 5th Annual Citizen Fire Rescue Academy at the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company this October. This class is five nights with fire rescue staff providing an overview of the Fire Rescue system in Albemarle County. Topics will include administration, budget, operations, training, and community risk reduction.

September is National Preparedness Month
September 2015 marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Charlottesville-UVA- Albemarle Office of Emergency Management encourages citizens to take action during the month of September to become prepared for emergencies and disasters. Being prepared includes creating an emergency kit, developing and practicing a family emergency plan, and becoming involved in local disaster volunteer groups.

Albemarle County Fire Chief Named Career Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Chief Eggleston to be recognized at the IAFC’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on August 27

Albemarle County is proud to announce that Dan Eggleston, Chief of the Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue, received the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing at the general session of Fire Rescue International (FRI), IAFC’s annual conference.

Safety Project Under Way on Rt. 53
Construction of right-turn lane at Milton Rd. will require lane closure, flagging

This week the Virginia Department of Transportation begins work to construct a right-turn lane at the intersection of westbound Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 729 (Milton Road) in Albemarle County, where limited sight distance is a safety concern. Excavation for the new lane will require a single lane closure on Route 53 with flaggers controlling traffic between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to drive with caution through the work zone and stay alert for changes to the traffic pattern.