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County Administrator's Bi-weekly Update
May 6 - May 17, 2019

Departmental Project Highlights

County Administration:
County Administration met with Hands Across Powhatan to announce the formation of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee whose goal is to ensure a complete count of the population of Powhatan. Influential representatives of all facets of Powhatan County life such as churches, veterans, pre-schools, business, senior citizens, civic groups, will work with us to educate our population and achieve a 100% correct count. The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years for the purposes of reapportioning Congress. Census data is also used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads, and businesses.

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

Planning updates:

Sheetz #331 site plan at Flatrock, Approved for remodel/renovations
Erin Hill – Section 1 subdivision beside Admin Bldg, Approved for recordation of eleven new dwellings

The Building and Zoning Department has worked other county departments to close out the Sallyport Addition to the Courthouse. 
We also have been working with the Powhatan County Fair Association to have the Fair permitted and approved for their opening date of May 17th.

Economic Development:
Business Highlights:
  •  Business licenses were approved for 22 new businesses. (14 home-based)  2- Contractor  3-Consulting  1-Retail  16-Services (Professional and Non-Professional)
  • CUP was approved for automotive repair in the former Dixon’s Auction building on New Dorset Road.
  •  A building permit was issued for Colony Construction’s maintenance building expansion.
  • The site plan was approved for Nice Concrete.
  • Construction completed on Morris Industries new office.
  • Pampered Paws opened its doors in Rams Plaza.
  • Flat Rock Auto opened its doors the second week of April on Rocky Oak Road.
  • CC Landscaping completed their building in Oakbridge, which now is the home to two commercial landscaping businesses: A&S Land Care & Oriole Landscaping.
  • Now & Again received a business license for their business in the Flatrock Village Shopping Center.
  • Tu Left Feet received a certificate of occupancy for their relocation. 

                           Flat Rock Auto

Extension Office:
Powhatan Extension Office collaborated with Farm Bureau and community volunteer partners to prepare for Powhatan’s Celebration of the Horse & AG Expo. The event took place on Saturday, May 4, with more than 1,000 individuals in attendance at Rocky Oak Farm. Extension staff coordinated the livestock show, kids’ area, silent auction and much more. This was a great opportunity for our staff to work side by side with our volunteers to host this family-friendly community event. Visitors gained awareness of the importance of agriculture by visiting many of the educational booths during this annual festival. Proceeds raised support
Powhatan’s 4-H and FFA programs.

The Finance Department continues to progress on the 2020 budget. Strong growth in both the residential and commercial tax base enabled revised real estate tax revenues.  Along with some modest expenditure reductions and a phasing in of new Fire and EMS positions requested by volunteer departments will allow the County Administrator to present a balanced budget for adoption by the Board at its scheduled June 13th workshop while remaining within the current $.88 tax rate.

Human Resources:
HR hosted our Anthem rep, David Rowe, and our BOST Benefits rep, Michelle Lawson, for our annual Open Enrollment Meetings on May 8th. About 20 employees attended to learn all about the benefits the County has to offer.  Lots of freebies were given away!  Thank you to all who attended!

IT Department:
GIS completed rezoning changes to more than 500 parcels in support of the County’s RC zoning change.  Updated information is available at
We met with an internet service provider to discuss possible projects to serve the citizens and businesses in the western half of the County. 

The Library is delighted to announce the completion of our renovations!  Visit us today to see the updated circulation desk providing increased workspace for staff and patrons. We also appreciate the expansion of our workroom, which has enabled us to improve efficiency.

Public Safety Communications:
The PSC is in the final phase of the implementation of Text to 911. This technology is has proved to be extremely helpful for the hearing impaired, for victims who are unable to communicate verbally for medical reasons, or when a suspect is holding a victim against their will and the victim is unable to make verbal 911 calls.  

Public Works:
Facilities: Completed Construction on the Library Renovations which will create additional workspace for Library staff.  New office furniture has been ordered and will be installed as soon as it arrives.  The entire countertop was replaced and the backroom was expanded out.
Utilities:  Continue to upgrade PLC and install Scada.  
Main (touch) screen.
Parks and Recreation:  ProConsulting has received a great response to the Recreation Needs Survey. 350 responses to the mailed survey and 405 responses to the online survey.  The consultant will present the result at the June meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. (June 4)
Grounds:  Repairs continue to Jenny's Field and should be reopened before the next newsletter.  Curt Nelis and Grounds staff have been working with FEMA to maximize any reimbursement due (Tropical Storm Michael)

Office of Elections & Voter Registration:
The Powhatan County Office of Elections & Voter Registration is currently planning its upcoming, bi-annual Election Official Training and recruiting poll workers for the June 11th Democratic Primary.

                     Future Poll Worker
Social Services:

Sharon Rochelle, PCDSS Director participated in the AGE Wave Presentation at the at United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg on May 10, 2019.  She served on a panel of government officials to discuss local government initiatives happening in greater Richmond. 

Treasurer’s Office:
Tax bills for Personal Property and Real Estate have all been mailed and both due on June 5, 2019.  The Treasurer’s Office is posting trays of mail, online payments and walk-ins.  It’s always a busy month thru the deadline and then busy posting deadline mail. 

 Staff Spotlight
Getting to Know Powhatan County Staff 

This issue's spotlight shines on Jamie Swemba, Deputy Registrar with the Office of Elections & Voter Registration. We asked :
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
I love this job! It's the best job I've ever had. It's not just a job, I live it 24-7. I joke that I get some of my best ideas in the shower!
What do you do for Powhatan County?
We register voters, take absentee votes, create and prepare the poll books, hold primaries and elections, upload voter data to the state-wide database, load poll data on election night and submit to the state, and certify the vote. We are busy all year.
What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite project was years ago when we first got the electronic touchpad voting machines. We toured them around the county to demonstrate to citizens at churches and even the Labor Day Parade. I enjoy having a booth at the Labor Day Parade too!
Is there an interesting work story you'd like to tell?
In 2012, four days before the national election, Karen Alexander, the Director of Elections for Powhatan, gave birth and went on maternity leave. With the help of Inez Poe, the former Registrar, I was able to hold a smooth election.
Thank you, Jamie, for ensuring that we enjoy free and fair elections in Powhatan County.

Upcoming Events

June 13th 6 PM Workshop on Broadband and Budget
June 24th 6 PM: BOS Regular Meeting
See The Powhatan County Website Calendar for countywide information:
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