Officials in the Town of Appomattox are hoping to include the Visitor Center in a renewal grant. Earlier this year, plans were announce to relocate the Visitor’s Information Center to the rear of the depot on Main Street, a structure that dates back to the late 1800s the town hopes to restore the building to its original colors and incorporate historical aspects reminiscent of the time period. According to the Times Virginian, town representatives are expected to talk about the possibility of including the facility in the downtown revitalization effort at the meeting slated for next month.
The Town of Amherst has put itself on the map…literally! A map that showcases Amherst County’s businesses; and landmarks is now available in both paper form and online. The map was created after town officials expressed interest in securing the services of a marketing expert to help the locality promote the many attractions and services available. Maps of both the town of Amherst and the surrounding county can be obtained in paper form at Amherst Town Hall OR to view an online version visit: www.onthemapamherst.com.
A curbside recycling program in Altavista is growing. The curbside recycling program started with 40 households in July the number has now increased to 56. The project is a 12-month pilot; and officials for both the recycling company and town are pleased that the venture is exceeding their expectations. Some participants were able to get in on a free or reduced rate. The cost is now $15 a month. Altavista doesn’t get any revenue from the program. According to the Altavista Journal, the materials collected go to a recycling company in Madison Heights, where they are baled, and then to a sorting facility.
Improvements are forthcoming for the Town of Appomattox. Officials are ready to make some changes and have already identified top major stepping stones for the economy such as enhancing shopping, downtown revitalization and developing the Route 24 corridor. Now Council members will direct their focus on objectives such as improving the esthetics of the town, enhancing overall tourism, and creating a “Welcome Center” on U.S. 460. According to the Times Virginian, Mayor Paul Harvey will present the council with a priority list of actionable objectives in January.
Lynchburg humane society has announce a challenge grant. More than 2,150 animals have come through the doors of the Lynchburg Humane Society so far in 2014 which means higher medical bills and food expense for the facility. An anonymous group of local professionals have pulled together resources to donate up to $11,000 matching dollar for dollar for any amount given funds that will be allocated for animal needs; the $22-thousand dollars when raised, will go directly into the operational budget. To learn how to help visit: www.lynchburghumane.org
The City of Lynchburg has posted holiday scheduling changes AND a notice for meeting cancellations for next week. Lynchburg City Council’s meeting set for Tuesday at City Hall has been canceled due to the of lack of agenda items. Council’s finance committee set for earlier in the day, also has been scrapped. Council is expected to hold its next regular meeting on Dec. 9. As far as holiday closings city Municipal Offices will be closed on November 27 and 28. Trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day but will be collected on Friday. To view the city’s calendar posted online visit: http://www.lynchburgva.gov
Campbell County is working on real estate reassessments. The Board of Supervisors has discussed the possibility of changing to a three-year or two-year cycle but recently approved keeping the reassessment cycle at four years. The process updating county records of all taxable real estate property to current fair market value began in 2013 with the mailing of nearly 18-thousand residential questionnaires. Once property owners receive their reassessments in mid-January they’ll have the opportunity to contest the values in office hearings through March.
CVCC is adding raised crosswalks and a concrete island to slow down traffic and make it safer for students to cross the road. The contractor will be performing the final phase of construction to the intersection of Wards Road and Harvard Street next week. During this time, CVCC will be installing traffic calming measures on Harvard Street. CVCC traffic will have to enter from Wards Road and travel through a student parking lot to reach campus. The work is expected to take approximately 60 days.
Dominion Virginia Power customers are concerned that their power bills could increase in the next ten years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants in an effort to provide affordable energy. The No. 1 question the nearly 600,000 member-customers of the state’s 13 electric cooperatives have? Is the cost impact for complying with the proposal. Some experts say customers could see their electricity bills go up as much as 30 percent by 2025. But the EPA says the proposal is a clean energy job creation bill likely generating 62,500 jobs in the Commonwealth.
An investigation that stretches back to last fall, has led to the arrest and now indictments of three former employees of the City of Danville Utilities. Danville’s City Manager requested the investigation to look into “irregularities” following a department audit. 41-year-old Benjamin Paul Hairfield and 46-year-old Marshall Scott Wilkerson were arrested on Monday; 41-year-old Dennis Wayne Booth the Second was arrested Tuesday; a grand jury indicted all three on grand larceny charges on Friday. The charges stem from three separate incidents that occurred in 2013 and 2014.