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Prince George
County, VA

August 2020 Message from the County Administrator

Message from the County Administrator 

August, 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.

The Crater Health District will facilitate testing for the coronavirus from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 22 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, located on Route 156.  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, Option #1, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince George County Government remains 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.

An Executive Order by Governor Northam has also issued additional regulations for the workplace for the coronavirus pandemic beginning July 27.  County Staff is in the process of implementing these regulations which are designed to further protect employees in the workplace.

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 all public buildings.

The Prince George Police Department and other County Staff will be distributing ‘Personal Protective Equipment’ to residents at Country Air Mobile Home Park at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, August 6.

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.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its only regular meeting this month on Tuesday, August 11 in the Boardroom.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The Boardroom shall be open to the public for all meetings with restricted seating.  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.

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.

A Worksession at 6 p.m. in the Boardroom will precede the August 11 BOS meeting.  The topics include: (1) Ordinance regarding possession of hens on property; (2) Security Camera System around the County Complex; and (3) Establishment of a new voting location in District 2.

The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 27 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 August beginning 8 a.m. and ending at Noon each day at Scott Park.

Cooperative Extension Staff will be coordinating the ‘2020 Virginia Pesticide Collection Program’ from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, August 17 at its location at Scott Park.

The Prince George Fire & EMS Advisory Committee will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 20 in the Boardroom.

The Prince George School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6 in the Prince George High School Commons.

The Prince George Ruritan Club will hold a drive-thru ‘Steak Feast’ from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, August 8 at Scott Park.

The ‘Harbor Blast’ Concert Series will continue at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 15 and August 29 at the Appomattox Boat Harbor.

The Riverside Regional Jail Board of Directors will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 6 at the Jail’s administrative offices.  A Finance Committee meeting will precede the regular meeting at 1:00.

Prince George County will host a virtual meeting of the Fort Lee Civilian Military Council at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 26.

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

  • The Board of Supervisors at its August meeting will receive four reports: (1) Monthly VDOT report; (2) School sales tax accrual; (3) CARES Act Funding update; and (4) Executive Order by Governor Northam relative to workplace regulations.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will hold three public hearings: (1) Food truck ordinance; (2) Appropriation of up to $1.3 million for capital projects; and (3) Receipt of 2nd round of CARES funding.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will consider an award of contract for architectural services for renovations to the County Garage.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will consider appropriation of $400,000 for Police and County vehicles.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will consider appropriation of funds for Zoll monitors.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will consider re-appropriation of outstanding FY ’20 encumbrances and purchase orders in the amount of $2,734,039.08.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will consider a property agreement with developer Jimmy Jones relative to the construction of the new Jefferson Park Fire Station.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its August 11 meeting will consider four appointments (One BOS member and three citizen appointments) to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Committee; and one appointment to the Social Services Advisory Board.

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

  • Various Parks & Recreation summer camps are underway under restricted guidelines; fall registrations being accepted for certain programs.
  • Design work remains underway for the construction of a new fire station at Jefferson Park.
  • 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 be completed 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.
  • Stormwater projects will continue to be advanced at Birchett Estates.
  • Negotiations will continue this month on tower leases relative to the new Public Safety Radio System.
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