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Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility.

Henrico, Habitat partner to host home maintenance workshops


For homeowners in the region who have struggled with home repairs, life could soon be getting a little easier.

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and the Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization have joined forces to host a series of workshops to help residents maintain and improve their homes. The courses begin Saturday, Oct. 17.

The goal of the workshops is to address the high volume of calls that the county receives about home maintenance issues, as well as to provide an outlet for those homeowners who are uncertain about how to maintain the upkeep of a home.

Supervisors vote to purchase future park site for $2.8M


The Henrico County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with plans for a recreational park after a vote Sept. 22, to authorize the purchase of 99 acres in Sandston for $2.8 million from private landowners.

The sellers approached the county as far back as 2007 to propose a sale, but Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson said that it took some time to reach an agreement on a price for the land.

"The landowners have been pretty aggressive in wanting the county to have the property, and in wanting the space to be used for a park, so it wouldn't be sold to developers," said Nelson. "The county was interested but we had differences on the price and what they wanted and what we could offer – we can only offer what the land is appraised for, and that isn't really negotiable."

McAuliffe awards extended year and year-round school grants to Henrico


Governor Terry McAuliffe has awarded nearly $5.3 million in state year-round and extended school year grants to support the development and implementation of year-round instructional programs in 10 school divisions, including Henrico County.

Henrico County will receive $38,238 in extended year planning grants to support the development of new year-round programs for Brookland Middle and Fairfield Elementary. The Extended School Year Grant Program was created in 2013 by the General Assembly in response to a 2012 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report on the effectiveness of year-round school programs in raising student achievement.

Henrico leaf collection to start in November


Henrico County will kick off its 2015-16 leaf-collection services in November with several options to help residents maintain their yards and properties.

Free, curbside collection of bagged leaves is scheduled from Nov. 16 through Feb. 7. Crews will work week to week in five zones. Each area will receive two pickups, with the second cycle starting when the first one ends.

For a schedule and map of zones, visit http://henrico.us/services/bagged-leaf-collection and click the link to “Leaf Collection Brochure.” Collection is provided automatically for people living in zones A through E.

Tuckahoe town meeting Oct. 5 to highlight body cameras, emergency notification system


Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will hold a town meeting Monday, Oct. 5 to discuss the body-worn cameras issued to Henrico police officers and the county’s Community Emergency Notification System.

The meeting will include sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive.

Representatives of the Police Division will discuss a recent initiative to equip officers with body cameras and provide training in the “fair and impartial policing” method. A representative of the Division of Fire will provide an overview of the Community Emergency Notification System, also known as CodeRED, and explain how residents can register.

Board of Supervisors candidates discuss development, millennials at forum


Discussion of economic development, traffic concerns, millennials, smart growth, redevelopment, school system improvements and regional cooperation took center stage during a forum for Henrico Board of Supervisors candidates Sept. 28 at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.

Eight of the nine candidates for the board discussed their plans for office and answered questions during the two-hour forum, hosted by the Henrico Business Council. The event drew nearly 100 people.

Redevelopment is a hot topic in the county's aging regions – the Brookland, Fairfield and Tuckahoe districts specifically – and candidates offered different ideas about how they'd seek to re-energize pockets within those districts.

Pham leads in most recent fundraising efforts


Republican Tommy Branin (Three Chopt District) and Democrat Danny Plaugher (Brookland District) raised the most money of any candidates seeking a position on the Henrico Board of Supervisors during the most recent reporting period, which included July and August. Reports were due Sept. 15.

Branin reported $13,380 in contributions, with $7,500 coming in a single donation from Wilton Properties, Inc, while Plaugher reported raising $8,907.24 spread out across 110 total contributions. Branin is competing with Democrat Robert Shippee and independent Eric Rohnacher, who raised a combined $4,875 during the most recent period.. Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is running against incumbent Republican Dick Glover, whoraised $3,000, including a $1,000 contribution from Flag Stop Car Wash.

Henrico receives HUD funding to increase access to housing


U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced recently that Henrico County will be one of seven Virginia localities and organizations to receive a portion of nearly $7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help local governments fight housing discrimination, improve economic conditions and increase access to affordable housing.

Henrico will receive $1,575,820 from HUD’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, $599,842 from the HOME program, and $139,425 from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The CDBG program provides grants to state and local governments to help provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

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