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Isle Cares Newsletter
March 6, 2019
Updates from February 21, 2019 Board of Supervisors Meeting

Board Actions: 
Transfer of Property to the Commonweath of Virginia - Approved (3-2). Transfer of property to accommodate a Dept. of Juvenile Justice Facility subject to reaching terms with the Commonwealth which are satisfactory with the Board, and to authorize the County Administrator to notify the Commonwealth of the Board's action and to begin negotiations of terms for conveyance of the property to the Commonwealth. Click Here to view Board Report, Site Map & FAQ's

Ho-Fel Solar Facility Conditional Use Permit - Approved (5-0).  Conditional Use Permit on approx 300 acres of land located on Lees Mill Rd (Rt. 616) to allow for a Solar Farm.  See Full Board Report with conditions and summited application documents by clicking here.

Planning Commission: 
Reappointment of George Rawls to represent the Hardy District (5-0).
Appointment of Thomas J. Distefano to represent the Newport District (5-0). 

Social Services Board: Regina Joyner appointed to represent the Hardy District (5-0). 

Commission on Aging: Reappointment of Thomas Finderson (replacing Julia Perkins) to represent the Newport District (5-0). 

Community Transportation Advisory Committee: 
Reappointment of Cynthia Taylor (5-0). 

Upcoming Meetings: 
March 7, 2019, 6:00 pm - Board of Supervisors Work Session
March 21, 2019, 5:00 pm - Board of Supervisors Meeting
April 4, 2019, 6:00 pm - Board of Supervisors Work Session
April 18, 2019, 5:00 pm - Board of Supervisors Meeting
March 6, 2019

Dear Citizens,

The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing at their February 21st meeting to receive comments about the proposed transfer of 20 acres of land in the Shirley T Holland Intermodal Park to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of constructing a new Juvenile Justice Facility for the Hampton Roads area.  After hearing from more than 40 speakers, the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize conveyance of the property to the Commonwealth subject to agreeing to terms on the transfer of the property. We have begun negotiations with the relevant departments at the State level and will be presenting options for the Board to consider at their Work Session on March 7th and the regular meeting on March 21st. The Board is also planning a trip to the current Juvenile Detention Center in Bon Air to tour the facility and talk to the staff about the security measures in place at that facility.

The County held a ribbon-cutting for Phase 1 of the long-awaited Nike Park Trail on February 28th.  This phase of the trail connects S. Church St. with Nike Park Rd. and all the neighborhoods along that section of Battery Park Rd.  We look forward to completion of the remaining portion of the trail in the next year. In the meantime, we hope that residents will enjoy this initial phase especially as the weather gets warmer.
The County’s annual budget preparation is well underway with departments and agencies submitting their budget requests for consideration.  I plan to present the proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors at their Work Session on April 4th.

Randy R. Keaton, County Administrator
Isle of Wight County Virginia

Motorists should expect an extended closure on Route 620 (Broadwater Road) between Tucker Swamp Road (Route 635) and Beale Place Drive (Route 646) while the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) rehabilitates the bridge.

The rehabilitation project is now expected to be complete mid-March. 

Travelers may detour around the project by taking Broadwater Road to Route 460 on the Ivor side or Beale Place Drive to Fire Tower Road (Route 644)/Yellow Hammer Road (Route 645) on the Isle of Wight County side

Ribbon Cutting Segment 1 of the Park-to-Park Multi-Use Path
Isle of Wight County is celebrating the opening of Segment 1 of the Park-to-Park Trail on Battery Park Road. Thanks to  Leah Dempsey, who delivered opening remarks, Supervisor William M. McCarty, who spoke on behalf of the IOW Board of Supervisors, Tommy Catlett, with VDOT and emcee Don Robertson, Assistant County Administrator. Special thanks to Smithfield Christian Church who hosted the ceremony and reception and to Wharf Hill Brewery for the refreshments. Segment 1 is now OFFICIALLY OPEN! Get on your bikes, put on your walking shoes and hit the trail! 
Photo Credit: Cristin Emrick
Check out all the events happenings at:
The 2019 Isle of Wight County Fair Scholarship Pageant Contestant Applications are now available! 
Applications are due by Friday, June 14, 2019. Visit for application and more info. 

The 2nd Annual Genuine St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Historic downtown Smithfield will be held on
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
With 30+ entries including Pipes & Drums, antique cars,
​creative floats, and more, the parade is sure to be great family-fun!

Want to participate in the parade?
Hurry and get signed up! 

For further information call 757.365.1644.
2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade Application

Join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Nike Park hosted by Isle of Wight County Parks & Recreation and The Luter Family YMCA!

Special All-Inclusive Age Hunt for all ages
will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

All age group hunts will begin promptly at 10:30 am.

For more information, please contact Parks & Rec at 357-2291

Sign Ups Open NOW!
Challenger International Soccer Camps! Don't wait, register today!
Enjoy a taste of “Life on the Farm!” Visit one of these locally owned farms that give the County its rich rural flavor. Take a tour, buy some locally grown fresh produce and learn more about where your food comes from! Get lost in a pumpkin maze, bump along on a hay ride, touch the soft wool of an alpaca, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the rural setting. These farms of Isle of Wight County welcome visitors and shoppers alike. (Call ahead before you make plans to visit though as their hours vary seasonally.)

CLICK HERE to see all Board of Supervisors Members and their contact information.  
CLICK HERE to see Board of Supervisors Committee Appointments for 2018.
CLICK HERE for upcoming County Calender of Events.

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