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Prince George
County, VA

January 2021 Message from the County Administrator


Message from the County Administrator
January, 2021


Happy New Year!

This message is a monthly update in 2021 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, January 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Government Offices will also be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Offices.

All County Buildings will remain closed to the public until February 1 because of current and anticipated spikes in the coronavirus.  County employees will continue to report and the public can still conduct business by contacting County offices by telephone or email.  The announcement does not include activity related to court proceedings, according to Commonwealth Attorney Susan Fierro.

The Circuit Clerk’s Office in the County Courthouse continues to be open to the public today and through January, but will limit the number of customers to two at the front counter at one time and three will be allowed in the Record Room at one time

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 outside boxes at various locations. 

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 Department of Emergency Services and the Crater Health District will offer a free Flu Shot Clinic in the Lobby of the County Administration Building, 6602 Courts Drive, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, on Saturday, January 2.    No appointment necessary. Call 804-722-8614 for more information.

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 last March.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month on Tuesday, January 12 and Tuesday, January 26 in the Boardroom.  The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 5 to elect its leadership for 2021 and conduct other business to prepare for the remainder of the year.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 7 to discuss matters pertaining to the FY ’21 and FY ’22 budgets.

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

The Crater Health District will host two community COVID-19 testing sites this month:

  • Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Both events will be at the Central Wellness Center parking lot, with participants being drive-up only.

Live Christmas trees that are undecorated can be dropped off at the Convenience Site on Union Branch Road from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through January 16.

The Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 28 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, January 21 in the Boardroom.

The Prince George School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 11 at Prince George High School.

The Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board will meet virtually at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 6.

The Prince George Board of Equalization will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, January 7 in the Boardroom.

The Crater Youth Care Commission will meet virtually at 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 15.

The Prince George Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will meet at 12:00 Noon Wednesday, January 20 in the Boardroom.

The James River Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet virtually at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 21.

The Petersburg Area Regional Tourism (PART) Board of Directors will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, January 22 at the offices of the Crater Planning District in Petersburg.

The Crater Regional Workforce Investment Elected Officials Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, January 25 at the Petersburg Library.

The Prince George County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 25 in the Boardroom.

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

  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will hold two public hearings: (1) Sign Ordinance; and (2) Carry Over funds from FY ’20 for the Public School Division.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January meeting will receive four reports: (1) Monthly VDOT Report; (2) Municipal COVID Relief Funds; (3) CARES Act projects; and (4) Fire & EMS Building projects.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider Administrative Policy revisions for Wireless Devices; Electronic Information; and Internet & Network Resources.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider an agreement with VDOT regarding Koolwood Lane.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider amendments to the hotel contract for Staff use during COVID-19.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Industrial Development Authority for the Small Business Grant Program.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider termination of a contract with HBA regarding architectural services for a new fire station at Jefferson Park.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider an appropriation of Federal Defense Funds to the Public School Division in the amount of $399,042.06.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will discuss the Administration’s Six Month Work Plan for the period of January – June 2021.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 26 meeting will hold two public hearings: (1) A rezoning request of Lampe Management Company, Inc., to conditionally rezone 6.48 acres at the intersection of S. Crater Road and Birdsong Road; and (2) A Special Exception request of Lampe Management Company, Inc., to permit warehousing with indoor storage on 11.63 acres at the intersection of S. Crater Road and Birdsong Road.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 26 meeting will consider two tabled items: (1) Amendment to revise the location of a polling place from the Courthouse to Gregory Memorial Presbyterian Church; and (2) Appointment of two members to the Prince George Planning Commission.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 26 meeting will consider three reports: (1) Quarterly Financial Report; (2) Annual Property Maintenance Report; and (3) Renovation of the Central Wellness Center.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 26 meeting will consider a new towing policy.

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

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

  • Registration will get underway this month for youth baseball, softball and soccer hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department.
  • 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.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 10 meeting approved installing a card swipe system for entry into volunteer fire departments.
  • Interviews will be held this month for the hiring of a new Director of Fire & EMS and Director of the Riverside Criminal Justice Agency.
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