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Prince George
County, VA

December 2020 Message from the County Administrator


Message from the County Administrator
 
December, 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 Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, December 28.

Prince George County Government remains in full mode of addressing the situation involving the coronavirus pandemic.  County Government offices remain 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. 

The Crater Health District will facilitate testing for the coronavirus from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 2 at the Central Wellness Center. Tests will be issued to people experiencing symptoms related to the coronavirus.  Drive-up testing is being accepted.  To make an appointment to be tested, contact CHD at 804-862-8989, Option 1, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince George parks and playgrounds will continue to be open.  The Central Wellness Center will be closed at least through July for renovations.

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 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, December 8 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.  https://www.youtube.com/c/princegeorgevirginia.

Meetings will also have a Zoom link established for citizens to watch and participate.  The link for the BOS meetings is as follows: https://zoom.us/j/5053851421?pwd=V2pjSHFneFRLUUE2bjNqQnR3emZoUT09

A Worksession at 6 p.m. in the Boardroom will precede the December 8 BOS meeting.  The topic is a presentation by the Department of Community Development & Code Compliance on a number of topics that include the Comprehensive Plan, Utility expansion in the planning area and plat submittals in the growth areas.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 16 in the Boardroom.  The agenda will include two public hearings: (1) Pyramid Zoning; and (2) Volunteer tax relief in Fire & EMS. The meeting will also be a meeting to begin planning for the FY ’22 Budget discussions. The meeting be live streamed using YouTube Live and Zoom at the links listed above.

Certain County offices will be closed on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29 and all day Wednesday, December 30 for an upgrade to the financial system.  Those offices closed to the public will be: Treasurer, Commissioner of the Revenue, Utilities and Finance.  Online bill pay will be unavailable both days.  Offices will re-open for business at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, December 31.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a ceremony to honor employees for milestones in years of service at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 10 in the Boardroom.

The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December17 in the Boardroom, using the same public participation guidelines as the Board of Supervisors meetings.

The Prince George Fire & EMS Advisory Committee will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 3 in the Boardroom.

The Prince George School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 7 at Prince George High School.

Fallen officers within the Prince George Police Department will be honored at two wreath laying ceremonies on Friday, December 4.  The first at 9 a.m. will be at Merchant’s Hope Cemetery and the second at 11 a.m. at Southlawn Memorial Park.

The Social Services Advisory Board will hold a virtual meeting at 9 a.m. Monday, December 14.

The James River Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet virtually at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 17.

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

  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 8 meeting will hold two public hearings: (1) Appropriation of future debt proceeds, architectural and engineering services and estimated construction costs for new Walton Elementary School; and (2) Lease agreement with Friends of the Burrowsville School.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 8 meeting will receive five reports: (1) FY ’20 Audit Report; (2) Update on new Jefferson Park Fire Station; (3) CARES Act projects; (4) Security Camera proposal; and (5) VDOT.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 8 meeting will consider two tabled items: (1) Authorization to hold a public hearing on January 26 to change the location of a polling place from the Courthouse to Gregory Memorial Church; and (2) Land exchange agreement between the County and James R. Jones.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 8 meeting will consider appropriation of a 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant for $99,608.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 8 meeting will consider amendments to the personnel policy regarding Communicable Diseases.

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

  • Registration is underway for youth basketball hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department.
  • Renovations are underway for improvements at the Central Wellness Center, including construction of a new emergency shelter.  The facility will be closed to the public through July, 2021.
  • The Utility Department has various projects underway or in the planning stages including: (1) Permitting of wastewater and water treatment facilities; (2) 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.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 10 meeting approved installing a card swipe system for entry into volunteer fire departments.
  • The Planning Commission will consider a new sign ordinance at its December 17 meeting.
  • Prince George Electric Cooperative has now reached 1,000 customers for its broadband initiative in Prince George County.
  • Census data shows that 73.2 percent of Prince George residents filled out the 2020 Census forms.  The national average was 67 percent.
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