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Henrico supervisors elect Thornton chairman, Nelson vice chairman for 2015

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson vice chairman for 2015.

Their election marks the first time that African-Americans will hold both leadership posts on Henrico's Board of Supervisors.

Thornton is beginning his fourth service as board chairman, a position he held most recently in 2011. He first was elected to represent Fairfield in 1995 and currently is serving his fifth term on the county's board. Thornton, who served as vice chairman last year, succeeds Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O'Bannon as chairman.

HCPS, Henrico Police to host safety and security forum

Henrico County Public Schools and the Henrico County Division and Police will host a safety and security forum Jan. 17 at Hermitage High School to inform citizens about safety practices and plans in place at schools, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut last month.

Police and school officials will discuss policies. Following their presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in breakout sessions to pose questions and share concerns.

Henrico Police to host ‘Women in Law Enforcement Orientation’

The Henrico County Division of Police will host a "Women in Law Enforcement Orientation" event Jan. 8 at the Henrico County Training Center, 7721 East Parham Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Women interested in serving with the division as police officers, animal protection officers or communications officers are invited to attend and learn more about the division, speak with current female officers and have their questions answered.

Attorney general’s office to handle towing-related complaints

Citizens with concerns or complaints about towing companies in Virginia should now contact the Virginia Attorney General's Office, since the Virginia Board of Towing Recovery Operators has disbanded. The transfer occurred through a government reorganization plan proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell's Government Reform Initiative and authorized by the General Assembly last year.

Supervisors fail to reach conclusion on dog parks

Following its second work session on the topic, the Henrico Board of Supervisors remains undecided about whether to alter a county ordinance in order to permit private dog parks.

Board members discussed the matter Dec. 11 but failed to reach a consensus about whether to move forward with it. The matter arose initially when the Wyndham Foundation inquired about the possibility of building such a park within its community, citing interest from residents who responded to a survey.

Public Safety Games raise money

The First Annual Henrico Public Safety Games, a fundraiser for the Henrico Christmas Mother, were held Dec. 7 at the Hermitage H.S. track and the Henrico County Training Center. Sponsored by Henrico County Fitness and Wellness, the games featured pairs of police officers, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies competing against one another in a series of events (2-mile run, bench press, pull-up/push-up/squat circuit, and agility course challenge) to test strength, speed and endurance.

The winning team of firefighters Patrick Sheehan and Justin Borel narrowly defeated Officers Mark Brennan and Josh Dixon from the Division of Police by one point.

County to accept Christmas trees for recycling through Jan. 9

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Dec. 26 through Jan. 9. The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only. Trees will be accepted at the following locations:

• Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking lot;

• Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front parking lot;

‘Lower-income’ apartments at Rocketts Landing?


A new mixed-use apartment building could begin to take shape soon at Rocketts Landing, but it may not come without some controversy.

The county’s Board of Supervisors Jan. 22 will consider approval of a resolution that would allow the community’s developer, WVS, to obtain construction funding for the 156-unit building through the sale of Virginia Housing Development Authority bonds.

‘Best’-laid plans forming

A consulting firm is working to help Henrico County officials determine the best way to utilize the former Best Products headquarters building, located at Parham Road and I-95, which the county purchased last December for $6.2 million.

The county hired the Washington, D.C. office of architecture and design firm Gensler this summer to conduct a study of the 93-acre site and county agencies that could be relocated there. The firm expects to complete its study and make recommendations by April, Henrico General Services Director Chris Winstead told the Citizen last week.

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