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Isle Cares Newsletter - June 22, 2018
Board of Supervisors Highlights June 14, 2018: 

Public Hearing Highlights:
Revised Fire Prevention Ordinance - Updates the open burning provisions of the ordinance, while also including new regulations related to the storage and disposal of tires. Revisions to Chapter 7 approved unanimously (5-0).  Click here to see Board Report. 

Running Bamboo Ordinance - Several months ago the Board of Supervisors heard from a concerned citizen regarding an invasive species of bamboo, commonly referred to as "running bamboo". The Board approved unanimously (5-0) to amend and reenact Chapter 8 Garbage, Weeds and Litter. Click here to see board report and ordinance. 
This video, from the State of the County Breakfast on June 5th, summarizes the current state of affairs in Isle of Wight County and highlights public service projects that exemplify the new motto: " A Community of Choice that Cares", which focuses on Choice, Accountability, Rural Heritage, Excellence and Service.
June 22, 2018

Dear Citizens,
Isle of Wight County lost a very valuable member of our team on June 7th.  Tom Elder, Director of Economic Development, passed away suddenly from natural causes at his home.  Tom was a life-long resident of the Hampton Roads area and worked with the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and the City of Chesapeake before coming to Isle of Wight County in 2015.  Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him and worked with him. 

Two agreements between Isle of Wight County and the Town of Smithfield were approved at the last Board of Supervisors’ meeting on June 14th.  An addendum to the Water Services agreement between the County and Town will allow the County to provide water to the Town in the next 3 to 5 years. 

SEE MORE from Randy Keaton, County Administrator
Special Election will be held on July 24, 2018 in Isle of Wight County to elect Sheriff for the vacated seat, whose regular term is set to expire on December 31, 2019. In-person absentee voting is now available in the Registrar’s Office through July 21, 2018. The last day to register to vote or update voter registration for the Special Election for Sheriff is July 10, 2018. For more info click here. 


The County is a sub-recipient of the Western Tidewater HOME Consortium responsible for the administration of the HOME Investment Partnership Program.  As such, the County is authorized to distribute and administer HOME Program funds pursuant to the HOME Investment Partnership Program, the Virginia Housing Partnership Act, and the HOME Program Management Plan.

The STOP Organization currently serves as the Program Administrator on the County's behalf.  Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is qualified to serve as a Program Administrator and has been successful in other communities in marketing and implementing down payment assistance projects under the HOME Program.

At the June 14, 2018 Board Meeting, The Board unanimously voted (5-0) to authorize HRPDC to serve as a Program Administrator to market and implement HOME Program projects to expand opportunities for low-to-moderate income families to achieve home ownership in Isle of Wight County.

Click here to see Board Report. 

It is with regret that we advise you that Tom Elder, Director of Economic Development, unexpectedly passed away on June 7, 2018 from natural causes. 

Mr. Elder began his employment with Isle of Wight County in June 2015 after serving for over 25 years in economic development and commercial real estate.  Some of his previous roles include serving as Executive Vice President of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and as Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Chesapeake.
Tom was a valued member of the Isle of Wight County team and his presence and his contributions will be missed by the entire community.


A recent agreement between the Town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County outlined the arrangement for the County to provide water to the Town along the Route 10 commercial corridor, roughly from the County line at Turner Drive to Business 10.  

The intent of this water purchase is to offset the amount of water used by Gatling Pointe (GP) subdivision residents.  Approximately 600 County customers in the GP area are currently being served by water purchased by the County from the Town.  The County has interest in serving all residents with water purchased from the Western Tidewater Water Authority (WTWA), with the principal reason being that the County's allocation for using water under this agreement is significantly over the amount actually used.

The previous proposal to extend a water main from the existing County system in Carrollton, to serve the goal of providing County (WTWA) water to serve GP customers, was rejected.  The proposed arrangement to serve a rough equivalent of the GP usage by having the County provide water at the Town/County line on Route 10 provides the County the benefit of using the WTWA source water that would have been consumed by our GP customers.  

The Town will also benefit by conserving the amount of groundwater it would have normally supplied to existing Town customers along the Route 10 corridor, thus extending the timeframe for providing Town water supply upgrades.

Click here to see the Board Report from the June 14, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting which authorized the execution of the addendum with a unanimously (5-0). 
In June 2014, the County entered into a Partnership Agreement with the Town of Smithfield to share certain costs associated with the museum.  The Partnership Agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2018 and its terms needed to be revised to provide for a more equitable distribution of costs.

This agreement was passed unanimously with a (5-0) vote at the June 14, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Click here to see board report. 

Get ready because Movies in the Park start next week! This year we are all about the SUPERS! The first movie will be in Rushmere ( 5230 Old Stage Hwy, Smithfield, VA 23430) June 29th at sunset. Black Panther is the feature! There will be free popcorn and family friendly games and activities before the show. Welcome to Wakanda! See you there! For more information about Movies in the Park please contact 757-357-2291.
OLDEN DAYS Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30
(along Main Street in downtown Smithfield)

Friday: Ghost Walk, Cruz-and Concert in featuring the Rhondel’s at the Times Gazebo  

Saturday: "Kids, Bike & Pet Parade," car show, live music, various activities, artists and craft vendors, Smithfield Farmers Market, food, kids area, and Raft Race 3:00 p.m. at the Smithfield Station.
Isle of Wight County will be displaying Fireworks on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Clontz Park in Smithfield and Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Windsor High School to celebrate Independence Day! Both shows will begin at approximately 9:30pm. Hope to see you at both!

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.

Click here to see June 2018 Inside the Isle E-Newsletter

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