Henrico County VA

Land Lovers, Clean Businesses honored

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee selected the winners of its 2015 Land Lover and Clean Business Awards, which honors one residential and one business property in each of the county's five magisterial districts that are beautifully landscaped and maintained.

Library seeks book donations for Christmas Mother

The Henrico County Library system is seeking book donations to provide to the Henrico Christmas Mother, whose season starts Dec. 4.

All Henrico libraries have donation boxes, where visitors can donate new or gently used children’s and teen books. All books that are in good shape will be accepted. The Henrico Christmas Mother Program relies on hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors to provide new clothes, toys, books and food to more than 6,000 Henrico County residents who need assistance during the holiday season, including low-income families, adults with disabilities and the elderly.

Water main break closes two lanes of Brook Road, near Athens Avenue

Two northbound lanes of Brook Road near Athens Avenue will be closed while crews repair a broken water main.

The left northbound lane of Brook will remain open. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area. The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities expects to complete the repairs and reopen the right and center northbound lanes of Brook by 5 p.m. Water service to customers is not disrupted.

Cantor honors Seventh District veterans

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) presented 11 veterans from Virginia’s Seventh District – including one from Henrico – with the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond Nov. 18.

"Each year the Congressional Veteran Commendation gives us an opportunity to honor the veterans in our community and preserve their stories," Cantor said after the event. "Today, I had the privilege of presenting eleven distinguished veterans from the Seventh District of Virginia with the Congressional Veteran Commendation. Each of these heroes selflessly served their neighbors and their nation. We are forever indebted to all our soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they made to defend our freedoms."

Voters approve meals tax

UPDATED: NOV. 6, 12:02 P.M. – In a reversal of a similar vote eight years ago, Henrico voters Nov. 5 narrowly approved the implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which county officials intend to use as a dedicated revenue source for the school system.

The vote – 51.8 percent in favor, 48.1 percent opposed – was as close as most observers expected it to be, decided by a difference of just 2,891 votes among the 100,003 ballots cast.

"This vote is a vote for the standards that we have established for our local school system," County Manager John Vithoulkas told the Citizen. "It speaks to the credibility that the county has established over many, many years. There's a lot of cynicism that is out there in the community with other levels of government."

The vote broke down along geographic lines, with the county's three westernmost magisterial districts (Three Chopt, Tuckahoe and Brookland) voting against the tax by slim margins – and the two easternmost districts (Fairfield and Varina) voting in favor of it. The vote seemed to turn in the Fairfield District, where 61 percent of voters supported it by a margin of nearly 4,000 votes.

Henrico students help build Henrico Police substation

Henrico County CPS Career and Technical Education students have teamed up with Henrico Police to build a new substation at Virginia Center Commons.
The substation, which is nearly complete, will provide increased visibility for Henrico Police and has reinforced a strong relationship between students and county law enforcement.

A Staff/Student Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the new substation, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen, to give the public an opportunity to see the results of this partnership.

County to offer extended in-person absentee voting options Nov. 2

Henrico voters eligible to vote absentee for the upcoming election will have an increased opportunity to cast an absentee ballot in person. Henrico’s Voter Registration and Elections offices will be open for eight hours Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are two locations at which citizens can cast their absentee ballots:

Cantor hosts volunteer fair

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor hosted the first #ServiceRVA Volunteer Fair at Deep Run High School Oct. 26, an event that connected more than 200 people with 27 service organizations in the Central Virginia area.

"Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community," Cantor said. "Through this ongoing effort, I encourage all Virginians to get involved and share their service on social media using the hash tag #ServiceRVA. With more helping hands we can make our community even stronger.”

Food for thought

Less than three weeks before Henrico voters determine the fate of the county’s four-percent meals tax proposal, the decision may hinge less on the tax itself and more on philosophical differences about how Henrico should address its growing needs in the face of stagnant revenues.

The meals tax proposal – first floated last year by outgoing County Manager Virgil Hazelett and later recommended this year by new County Manager John Vithoulkas – would generate an estimated $18 million annually, if approved by voters Nov. 5. That money would be split evenly between the operating budget and capital improvement budget of the county’s school system, officials have promised – closing a funding gap that would exist otherwise.

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