Henrico County VA
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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.

CASA seeks volunteers

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Henrico CASA will conduct a free, 10-session training program for volunteers, beginning Saturday, April 20. The sessions will conclude with a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, May 15. All classes will be held at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.

Varina meeting April 11 to preview new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, April 11 to provide an update on plans for the Varina Area Library.

Henrico County has purchased a 22-acre site on New Market Road for the 40,000-square-foot library, which will be built to replace the 5,600-square-foot Varina Branch Library on Library Road. That library opened in 1970 and was expanded in 1992.

Board to hold public hearing on budget April 9

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 9 on the proposed Annual Fiscal Plan for Fiscal Year 2013-14.

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 $1.1 billion plan, which will guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The plan represents a 9 percent reduction in overall spending from fiscal year 2012-13.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for child-advocacy training

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Henrico CASA will conduct a free, 10-session training program for volunteers, beginning Saturday, April 20. The sessions will conclude with a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, May 15. All classes will be held at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.

Supervisors endorse meals tax referendum

For the second time in eight years, Henrico County voters will be asked to approve a meals tax.

But if the measure fails this time – as it did by 151 votes in 2005 – county officials are warning that they may have no choice but to raise the county's real estate tax by as much as six cents per $100 of assessed value to close an $18-million shortfall in the proposed 2013-14 budget.

During the final day of its four-day budget review meetings, the county's Board of Supervisors Thursday unanimously endorsed County Manager John Vithoulkas' meals tax referendum proposal, informally authorizing Vithoulkas to proceed with plans for a referendum Nov. 5.

A simple majority of votes cast is required to pass the measure. The meals tax is expected to raise about $18 million annually – money that would be dedicated specifically to fund school system needs.

Henrico offers free tree seedlings to county residents March 28-29

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will give away tree seedlings March 28-29 to help residents improve their property values, conserve energy and protect local watersheds.

Henrico County residents can pick up bare-root seedlings from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in shelter 1 at Dorey Park, 7200 Dorey Park Drive; and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 in the parking lot of Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.

Children’s gardening class planned

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering an eight-week class to teach children about basic gardening, food safety and healthy snacking.

The class, From Garden to Table, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 20 through May 8 at the Armour House and Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Road. The class is geared for students in third, fourth and fifth grades and will be limited to about 12 students. The cost is $30. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 15.

Emergency alert system introduced

Henrico County has introduced a new emergency alert system that allows public safety officials to send critical voice, text and email messages to residents and others on their landline phones, computers and wireless devices.

The Henrico County Community Emergency Notification System is overseen by the Division of Fire and powered by CodeRED, a high-speed, mass notification system licensed by Emergency Communications Network LLC.

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