Most full-time government, school employees would qualify for salary increase
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.
So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.
Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/30/2012 Government
Henrico County will be one of 12 central Virginia localities hosting a free Survivor Day training event. The class will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Henrico Fire Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd.
Emergency and community response professionals across the region will demonstrate the best ways to prepare for life threatening situations, emergencies and natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and more. Individuals and families will learn how to live safely through these events, how to survive in their home without power for at least 72 hours, and what to take with them, should they need to leave in a hurry.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/16/2012 Government
The youth ambassadors of the Henrico County Too Smart 2 Start Coalition will present a forum Saturday, April 21 to educate youth and parents on the dangers of alcohol consumption by teenagers.
The “Prevention of Underage Drinking” forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd. Demonstrations will begin at 9:30 a.m. with goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on reaction time and on depth and distance perception.
The forum is free and open to the public, with a light breakfast included. Registration is not required. The forum will provide an overview of laws on teenage driving, a workshop for adults titled “Power of Parents — It’s Your Influence,” and testimonials from speakers about life after experiences with underage drinking. Also planned are performances by the St. Paul’s Baptist Church B.O.M.B. S.Q.U.A.D. step team and prize giveaways.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/12/2012 Government
The next constituent meeting of Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will spotlight Henrico County’s efforts to help small, women-owned and minority-owned (SWAM) businesses participate in the county’s procurement process.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Thornton will be joined by Marvis W. Marshall, supplier relations manager for the Division of Purchasing and Support Services.
The division, which is part of the Department of General Services, has been recognized as a local-government leader in promoting supplier diversity. Last year, the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council presented awards to the division and Marshall for their work with and on behalf of vendors seeking to do business with the county.
The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved seven contracts with a total value of $67.7 million for Richmond District construction and maintenance recently, including $18.5 million to resurface select primary routes in Henrico and four other counties. That work will take place between now and December.
A $3.3-million project for concrete patching on approximately seven miles of I-295 in Henrico (just north of the Varina-Enon bridge) will continue through October and involve several weekday single-lane closures and weeknight double-lane closures.
Additional projects planned this spring in the county include new pavement on Brook Road, New Market Road, Charles City Road and Pouncey Tract Road, as well as new pavement on a number of secondary routes.
The Henrico County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer two diagnostic clinics per week beginning Monday, April 9 at the Armour House and Gardens to help residents identify weeds, diseases and insects that may be threatening their gardens and plants.
Master gardeners will be available to assess plant or insect samples from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, from April 9 through Oct. 29, at the Armour House and Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Road. Plant samples, such as a limb, should include both diseased and healthy sections. A sample of only leaves or dead material is insufficient.
Master gardeners will be able to complete some diagnoses on the spot. Others may require samples to be sent to the Extension Office or to labs at Virginia Tech for further review. The service is available at no cost. An appointment is not needed.
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a seminar Wednesday, April 11 to help residents care for their lawns naturally.
The session, which is part of the SMART Lawns series, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Extension Office of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. An Extension staff member or master gardener will answer questions and offer tips on maintaining healthy lawns without relying on artificial pesticides. Topics will include irrigation, fertilization, soil acidity and weed control. Participants will also learn about the SMART Lawns program, which gives residents step-by-step, customized guidance to improve their lawns.
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will mark April as National Financial Literacy Month with a program to help people manage their money.
The program, Tips to Keep You Financially Fit, will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the Extension Office of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Dr. Participants will learn how to track expenses, create and maintain a spending plan, boost savings and manage credit.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/02/2012 Government
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 10 on the proposed Annual Fiscal Plan for Fiscal Year 2012-13.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.
Residents may provide oral or written comments on the proposed $1 billion plan to guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The plan recommends a general fund of $735.3 million for operations of Henrico’s general government, including the divisions of Police and Fire, and its school system. The proposed general fund represents a decrease of $8.4 million, or 1.1 percent, from the current year plan.
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