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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.

Fire Station 12 receives ‘green’ endorsement

Henrico County’s Fire Station 12 recently received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of extensive energy-saving measures incorporated into its renovation and expansion.

The fire station is Henrico’s second general government facility to receive LEED certification and the first to be recognized at the Gold level — the second highest possible — under a policy backed by the Board of Supervisors in January 2010.

Casey named deputy county manager

Joseph P. Casey has been named as Henrico's deputy county manager for administration, effective Jan. 28. Henrico County Manager Virgil R. Hazelett made the announcement last week.

Casey, who has been a deputy county administrator in Hanover County, will succeed John A. Vithoulkas, who will become county manager Jan. 17, following Hazelett's retirement.

As deputy county manager for administration, Casey will oversee the departments of Finance, General Services and Information Technology, as well as the Public Library and legislative liaison.

Henrico Board of Supervisors adjourns until Jan. 8

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will meet again Tuesday, Jan. 8, following its scheduled break in late December.

The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Government Center Board Room, at 4301 E. Parham Road.

A new look for Innsbrook?

A new era for the Innsbrook corporate center could begin officially this week, pending approval from Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors.

The board will hear a request Dec. 11 by Highwoods Properties to redevelop a 39.46-acre section of the 630-acre corporate center as an urban mixed-use tract, allowing for as much as 2.3 million square feet of commercial and residential development – including 1,230 residential units. The Planning Commission recommended the plan for approval at its Nov. 8 meeting.

County seeks foster parents

The Henrico County Department of Social Services is looking for families to be trained as foster parents as the need for foster home placements has increased during the past year. Henrico has 94 children in foster care, up from 73 children in October 2011.

An orientation meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 in the Board Room of the Henrico Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Hazelett honored by VCU

Retiring Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett was honored today by Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for his contributions to government and community. Hazelett was one of six individuals and groups honored as part of the eighth annual "Excellence in Virginia Government Awards" ceremony at the Richmond Marriott.

Henrico earns stormwater grant

Henrico County was among more than 100 localities in Virginia to receive funding recently through Virginia Locality Stormwater Program Development grants. More than $2 million will be disbursed statewide to help localities develop locally run programs to reduce stormwater runoff from developed lands.

New signage planned in Lakeside corridor

Two corridors in Northern Henrico soon will receive new permanent signage to welcome travelers.

Signs are expected to be erected by the end of the month at points on both ends of Lakeside Avenue and one location on nearby Brook Road. The county’s Department of Community Revitalization has spearheaded the efforts to design and purchase the signs.

The Lakeside signs – each eight feet tall and made of aluminum – will display the Lakeside “wheel” logo that has been used in recent years by the Lakeside Business Association.

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