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Isle Cares Newsletter - Oct 4, 2018
Board of Supervisors Highlights September 20, 2018 Meeting: 

New Appointments:
Michael Etheridge - SPSA Alternate appointee, filling an unexpired term to expire December 2021. 

Upcoming Board of Supervisor Meetings: 
Intergovernmental Meeting with the Towns of Smithfield & Windsor: Thurs, Oct 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Topics of discussion will include: Consolidation efforts with Towns & Schools, Comp Plan Update. 

Board of Supervisors Annual Retreat: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 9:00 am.  Topics for discussion will include: School's Study/Capital Needs, Financial Policies/Priorities, Update fro last year's Retreat. 
September 2018

Dear Citizens,

September was a busy month with the threat of Hurricane Florence and the subsequent cancelling of the Isle of Wight County Fair.  It was a difficult decision to cancel the Fair due to the joy that it brings to all the kids that attend the Fair as well as the financial loss for the County.  All of those that were involved in the decision believe that it was the right thing to do given the potential threat from the hurricane.  While we were not impacted directly from the hurricane, it did give us the opportunity to test our local response to a large weather event.  As citizens who have been impacted from previous storms, we can offer our support and resources to help our neighbors in North Carolina and South Carolina who are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Florence.
 
The Blackwater Property Task Force has been appointed and we look forward to a report being presented to the Board of Supervisors in March 2019.  Representatives from Parks & Recreation, Tourism, Scouts of America, Hunt clubs, kayakers, Fire & Rescue, hikers and other residents will serve on the Task Force.
 
The Board of Supervisors has authorized the formation of a Fire & Rescue Commission to include a representative from all Volunteer Fire and Rescue agencies and the Department of Emergency Services.  The group is tasked with presenting a mission statement, bylaws and a recommended name for the proposed Commission in November.
 
 
Randy R. Keaton, County Administrator
Isle of Wight County Virginia

ENVISIONING THE ISLE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN PUBLIC INPUT PROCESS - (ROUND THREE)

The goal of the third public engagement process is to gain feedback to develop a preferred growth scenario to include in the draft Comprehensive Plan. The two alternative future growth scenarios to be presented in the third set of public forum meetings and accompanying online survey were created from the most common themes and issues noted in the first two rounds of public input.

The third set of community meetings will include two sessions in each of the five election districts of the County for a total of ten community meetings.  At the meetings as well as on the online survey, the public will be asked whether they agree or disagree with the proposed changes illustrated on the two alternative future growth scenarios.

Meeting locations and dates are included on the flyer below for your information.  CLICK HERE VIEW a PDF version you can print or save. 

CAN'T MAKE IT TO A MEETING? YOU CAN PROVIDE YOUR INPUT THRU THE ON-LINE SURVEY: CLICK HERE to go to the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IOWPlan.

Following the third set of Public Forum meetings, the next step in the development of the County's new Plan will be to develop the final preferred Future Land Use Map and begin the process of drafting the Plan policy document with help from the County Planning Commission, the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, and local and state agency staff.  The draft Plan and Future Land Use Map will then be presented to the public, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors for review and comment.

You can also visit the Planning & Zoning webpage on the county's website for additional Comp Plan info. 

Congratulations Lois Tokarz - Public Service Award

Lois is the second recipient of an Isle of Wight County Public Service Award.  She was selected for a Public Service Award for her tireless efforts on many projects that enhance the image of the County to include work with the County’s Marketing Committee to create the recent branding that’s improved wayfinding signage, uniform selection, graphics, electronic outreach, and her partnership with County Departments assisting in various needs resulting in cost savings for the County estimated to be well over $75,000 per year. 
 
The Public Service Award program celebrates recipients who are selected by the County Administrator’s Nomination Review Committee for demonstrating support for the County’s goals and objectives through their ideas, suggestions, and/or actions which result in one or more of the following: improved service delivery, efficiencies, improved safety, cost-savings, enhancement of the County’s image, and/or enhancement of the positive environment for citizens and/or co-workers.
Check out some of Lois Tokarz's beautiful work on the county's tourism website.
www.VisitSmithfield.com
Christopher "Chris" Morello has been named Director of Economic Development for Isle of Wight County effective September 1, 2018.

Morello has served as the county’s Assistant Director of Economic Development since July 2017. He came to Isle of Wight County with over 25 years of experience in public service. He previously served the City of Newport News from 2000 to 2017 in several roles including Administrator of Development Projects, Senior Project Coordinator and Special Assistant to the City Manager. He also worked as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Albemarle, North Carolina from 1992 to 1995
VACo Achievement Award Presentation – Sept 20, 2018
 
The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Achievement Awards.  Isle of Wight County received an Achievement Award and also captured the Best Small County Achievement Award for its implementation of a program using GIS to improve the efficiency of necessary erosion and sedimentation control inspections.

At the September 20th Board of Supervisors meeting, Angela Inglett, VACO Director of Program Development, presented the VACo Achievement Award to the County. 

READ MORE ABOUT THIS AWARD BY CLICKING HERE. 
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS....

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 SEPT 2018 Inside the Isle E-Newsletter

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