Message from the County Administrator
July, 2020

This message is a monthly update in 2020 to better inform our citizens and visitors to our website. The information serves as a status report for ongoing projects, and also serves as a preview to different happenings that are in the planning stages.

Prince George County Government offices will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6.

The Crater Health District will facilitate testing for the coronavirus from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Carson Volunteer Fire Station.  Tests will be issued to people experiencing symptoms related to the coronavirus.  Drive-up testing is preferred, but people will receive tests if they walk to the location.  To make an appointment to be tested, contact CHD at 804-863-1652, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince George County Government is in full mode of addressing the situation involving the coronavirus pandemic.  County Government offices are now open to the public.  Visitors shall wear a mask and be required to have temperature checks and recent travel history as they enter the buildings. Members of the public needing to do business with County offices are encouraged to utilize telephone calls and email whenever possible to limit in-person visits; and documents can be dropped off at boxes at various locations.

Prince George parks and playgrounds will continue to be open.  The fitness center at the Community Center on Old Stage Road will be open via appointment.  The fitness center at the Central Wellness Center will remain closed indefinitely.

Citizens are encouraged to continue to implement the federal and state guidelines for ‘social distancing,’ and the wearing of face coverings when entering public buildings.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its only regular meeting this month on Tuesday, July 14 in the Boardroom.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The Boardroom shall be open to the public for all meetings.  Social distancing is encouraged.  The audio in the hallway will remain on for people outside the boardroom.  Media will be allowed in the boardroom.

Meetings in the Boardroom will also be live streamed using YouTube Live, a free service, via the County channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/princegeorgevirginia

Meetings will also have a Zoom link established for citizens to watch and participate.  That link will be shared a few days before each meeting on the County website and social media because it changes for each meeting.

The Prince George Food Bank at the Central Wellness Center is open Tuesdays & Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12:00 Noon.  Donations are being accepted to assist with the heavy demand for food supplies since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.

A Worksession at 6 p.m. in the Boardroom will precede the July 14 BOS meeting.  The topics include: (1) CARES funding for the Public School Division; and (2) CARES funding for small business grant program.

The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23 in the Boardroom, using the same public participation guidelines as the Board of Supervisors meetings.

The Prince George Farmers Market will be open every Saturday in July, except July 4, beginning 8 a.m. and ending 12:00 Noon each day at Scott Park.

The Recreation Advisory Commission will meet at 12:00 Noon Thursday, July 8 in the Parks & Recreation Community Center.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 9 at the Central Wellness Center.

The Prince George Fire & EMS Advisory Committee will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9 in the Boardroom, using the same public participation guidelines as the Board of Supervisors meetings.

The Prince George School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 13 in the Prince George High School Commons.

The Appomattox River Wine Festival will be held from 12:00 Noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Appomattox Boat Harbor.

The Harbor Blast Concert Series will continue at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18 and July 25 at the Appomattox Boat Harbor.

The Prince George Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will meet at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, July 15 in the Boardroom under the same guidelines as the Board of Supervisors.

The Appomattox River Water & South Central Wastewater authorities will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Lake Chesdin offices.

The James River Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Directors will have a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

The Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART) Board Meeting will hold a virtual meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17.

The Riverside Regional Jail Board of Directors will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at the Jail’s administrative offices.  A Finance Committee meeting will precede the regular meeting at 1:00.

Here is a capsule glance of other activities that will be happening within County government during the month of July:

  • The Board of Supervisors at its July meeting will receive two reports: (1) Monthly VDOT report; and (2) Status of SCBA equipment.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will hold four public hearings: (1) Rezoning amendment at 5106 Prince George Drive to add additional permitted uses such as blacksmith shops, welding or machine shops and equipment storage yards; (2) Special exception to permit a home occupation at 12700 Silvercrest Lane to operate a pest control business; (3) Rezoning at the northwest intersection of County Drive and Bull Hill Road at 4521 County Drive for industrial or commercial uses; and (4) extension of cellular site lease with AT&T.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will reconsider two tabled items: (1) Solar energy facility siting policy; and (2) Three appointments to the Recreation Advisory Commission.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will discuss the Administration’s Six Month Work Plan.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will consider a resolution in support of Smart Scale transportation projects.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will consider advancing various capital projects considered in the FY ’21 Budget.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will discuss a proposed lease agreement between a developer and the Department of Corrections at the Crossings.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 14 meeting will consider three agreements with the Timmons Group for stormwater related projects.

(All items listed for consideration by the Board of Supervisors are tentative)

  • Various Parks & Recreation summer camps are taking registration.
  • Design work remains underway for the construction of a new fire station at Jefferson Park.
  • Discussions are underway with Fort Lee for a possible partnership with Prince George County to construct a new burn building for fire training.
  • County Staff is participating on the committee charged with site planning for the new elementary school on Middle Road.
  • Construction of a new restroom/concession stand will continue this month at the upper portion of Scott Park.
  • Design work remains underway for the Phase I renovation of the Central Wellness Center.
  • The Utility Department has various projects underway or in the planning stages including: (1) Permitting of wastewater and water treatment facilities; (2) Design of water line extensions on Route 460 and 156; (3) Filter replacements at Jordan on the James; (4) Preliminary Engineering Reports (PER) to extend the water system to Route 10 corridor and booster station and tank at Temple Avenue; and (5) Wastewater connection at Oak Shades Mobile Home Park.
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