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County Administrator's Bi-Weekly Update April 22- May 3, 2019

Departmental Project Highlights

Commissioner of Revenue:
The Powhatan Commissioner of the Revenue's Office came in 2nd from the food drive in February called "Commissioners for Cans" (we just got the results).  We turned in 747 lbs of food to the Ruby Leonard Food pantry and raised $261.  The event tripled in size and impact across the state due to our community’s compassion and willingness to give. 

Community Development:
The Department of Community Development continues to support the Board of Supervisors as it updates the long-range comprehensive plan.

Economic Development:
Richmond Region Tourism Workshop on Tourism- June 13th at the Library.  This event led by RRT staff will help Powhatan businesses understand how they can get involved and benefit from tourism to the County.  Registration is required for this limited seating event, at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ba8a62aa6f94-powhatan.
 
Industry Roundtable Meetings- staff is developing focused discussions for existing businesses to discover opportunities and express challenges in their respective industries. Quarterly meetings being planned and invitations to be sent out, with the first meeting being on Powhatan’s manufacturing businesses.


Extension Office:
Educational: Extension staff hosted an Industrial Hemp informational meeting; ServSafe (food safety) certification programs; and started a 21-day Embryology 4-H Project for 3rd-grade classes at BSH/PCPS.  
Community Events: Extension Staff/volunteers served on planning committees and/or participated in the following recent events: Piedmont Livestock Show and Sale, Powhatan Earth Day Celebration, Powhatan Amnesty Day, PCPS Wellness Fair, and Master Gardener’s Spring Garden Fest.


Wellness Fair
 
Finance:
The certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Powhatan County by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.



Flywheel Committee:
62 County employees attended the second organization-wide training last week.  Employees of varying departments learned about Creating a Respectful Workplace.  Topics included types of harassment, respect, diversity, and the rights and responsibilities we have as County employees.

Human Resources:
First steps have been taken to start the process for training on the performance evaluation piece of NEOGOV.  We hope to have this ready for this year’s employee evaluations.

IT Department:
Held meetings with 3 internet service providers (ISPs) to discuss expansion into underserved regions of the County.  We are working on grant applications with two ISPs for this initiative.  
Created new election district maps in preparation for the upcoming elections. 
Improved GIS integration with Emergency Communications’ CAD system to improve accuracy and reduce processing time. 
Completed tasks for 59 IT service tickets.


Library:
Powhatan County Public Library partnered again with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at the Library to provide a convenient opportunity for the Powhatan community to donate.  The Elizabeth Randolph Lewis Powhatan YMCA and the Powhatan Masonic Lodge-295 also assisted with promoting the drive.  We exceeded our goal for donations of 24 pints which is 72 lives potentially saved.  Each donor received a Game of Thrones poster.



Public Safety Communications:
PSC Department had two graduates of the Department of Criminal Justice Services general instructor school, Communications Officer David Samuels and Communications Supervisor Mary Franklin.   This certification is an intense 8-day classroom setting. The student has to pass quizzes, test and graded group presentation to obtain the certification. With the certification, the instructor can provide training material that counts towards mandatory training hours for public safety officers.




Public Works and Public Safety Communications co-hosted the ribbon-cutting celebration for the Courthouse Expansion Project which includes a sally port for safe prisoner transfer, 911 Dispatch Center, and expansion to the existing Juvenile and Domestic Relations courtroom.



Public Works:
Utilities: Repaired Hydrant break on Anderson Highway (hit by a tree trimming crew).
Water Tower: Closed out the project with the final grading.
Grounds: Repairs to Jenny Field as a result of tropical storm Michael. FEMA reimbursement pending.

 
Office of Elections & Voter Registration:
The Powhatan County Office of Elections & Voter Registration has begun absentee voting for the June 11th Democratic Primary.  Absentee voting began Friday, April 26th and will continue Monday – Friday (from 9 AM – 5 PM) through June 7th.  The office will also be open for absentee voting on Saturday, June 8th.  We offer voting opportunities in-person, curbside and also by mail.  Please call 804-598-5604 with any questions. 


                                       
Social Services:

Ashley Rimmer and Kelsey Elton with our Family Services Unit attended the Wellness Fair at PHS as an extension of our Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.


Treasurer’s Office:
We have been working on proofing Real Estate bills to send to the vendor for the 2nd half taxes due of Real Estate 2019.  This due date will be June 5th.  Coding and working up mortgage companies for payments from the taxpayer's escrow accounts to be applied to their 2019 Real Estate bills.

 Staff Spotlight
Getting to Know Powhatan County Staff 

This issue's spotlight shines on Wendy McClellan, Victim/Witness Assistance Program Coordinator with Powhatan County Sheriff's Office. We asked :
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
I enjoy helping people through the criminal justice process.  
What do you do for Powhatan County?
I am the Victim/Witness Assistance Program Director for Powhatan County.  My office is part of the Sheriff’s Office.  I provide direct services to people who have been the victim of a violent crime, typically domestic violence victims, children who have been physically and sexually abused, sexual assault victims, people who have been shot, stabbed, robbed and the family members of homicide victims.  I spend a considerable amount of time meeting with victims and our prosecutors explaining the process, answering their questions and making referrals.  I also spend an abundance of time in court with victims, making certain they understand what is transpiring.
What has been your favorite project so far?
One of the more rewarding projects I’ve been involved with was back in 2005.  The Virginia State Crime Commission invited me to serve on the Sex Offender Task Force which was implemented to look at potential changes that would improve the registration, commitment and monitoring of sex offenders in Virginia.  It was an honor to be asked and to be able to serve my community in this way.
Is there an interesting work story you'd like to tell?
Sharing work stories would violate client confidentiality.  What I can share is it is always rewarding, especially in the more arduous cases, to visibly see a victim’s resilience and relief when it’s all over.
Thank you, Wendy, for the support and assistance that you provide to victims and witnesses of crime in Powhatan County.

Upcoming Events

May 6th, 6 PM: BOS Special Meeting
May 9th, 6 PM: BOS Workshop
May 20th, 6 PM: BOS Regular Meeting

See The Powhatan County Website Calendar for countywide information: http://www.powhatanva.com/calendar.aspx
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