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County Administrator's Update
July 1 - July 12, 2019

Departmental Project Highlights

County Administration:
County Administrator Voorhees enjoyed a week at the beach with his extended family and appreciates Ramona Carter filling in as acting county administrator. While the beach was nice, it is good to be back home.

Community Development:
Planning Department: The Current Land Use Applications WebMap continues to be updated to provide an overview of zoning cases that are undergoing review by the Department of Community Development, Planning Commission, and/or Board of Supervisors.

Building Department:
McDonalds and Sheetz both now have Certificates of Occupancies!  Dunkin Donuts is in the process of all final inspections and should have a C.O. very soon.

Economic Development:
Powhatan Economic Development Authority held its July meeting at the Luck Stone Corporation Powhatan Plant. Luck Stone staff offered a tour of the plant for the members to better understand one of the largest operations in Powhatan County. The EDA meeting was held in their training center with an update on Luck Stone’s Real Estate in Powhatan. Future EDA meetings will start to be held around the County at different establishments to offer members better views of the businesses within Powhatan.
Another Powhatan business, Lignum Vitae North America, held a ribbon-cutting for the expansion of their operations and business. The company is expanding with a 13,000 sq. ft. facility currently under construction to better serve their growing manufacturing business that produces water-lubricated bearings for industries including marine, hydropower, wind energy, and water treatment.

Extension Office:
  • A drip irrigation system was implemented in Extension’s demonstration garden to conserve water and introduce water directly to where it’s needed (much less water lost to evaporation). In addition, produce is slowly starting to ripen as 3.75 lbs. of produce was harvested this week. Cherry tomatoes, green peppers, and banana peppers were delivered to the Free Clinic for clients to take.
  • Staff made several farm visits to discuss potential agriculture uses with property owners.
  • The last dairy moved out of the county and staff coordinated with Powhatan Today to pull an article together making contact with former dairy farmers and to obtain photographs.
  • 4-H Camp next week – shirts have arrived, class supplies organized, newsletters delivered, name tags made, buses confirmed and teens trained!

Fire and Rescue:
On Saturday, July 6th, members from Fire Companies 2, 3, and 4 along with career staff from Powhatan, Chesterfield, and Henrico gathered for the first annual "big water" class held in Powhatan County.  Dubbed "Hose & Flows," instructors Andy Soccodato of The Water Thieves, Chris Carson from Task Force Tips, and Taylor Goodman from Company 2 provided a full of day of instruction on taking advantage of municipal water systems to maximize your flow, especially for commercial fires.  After two hours of classroom instruction, the 3 instructors and 20 students moved to the Oakbridge Industrial Park, where the strong hydrant system was used to demonstrate how the different lengths and diameter of hoses impact available flow.  At the end of the day, a single hydrant was used to supply two pumpers with a total of 3250gpm flowing with 10psi residual left.  A second station was established to demonstrate the different types of handline nozzles available, and what the strengths and weaknesses of each one are.
Our thanks to The Water Thieves, Task Force Tips, Powhatan Fire Administration, and Powhatan Emergency Management for making the day so successful!

IT Department:
We are installing the new A/V equipment in the auditorium this week. We will all (including the setup techs) be taking part in the training on the new equipment in the upcoming week.
The fiber is continuing to be laid from our building to the Village Building. IT DirectorJohn Wood has been managing that while Terrence and Brigid have been holding down the fort in IT with the helpdesk tickets.

Powhatan County Public Library has a new addition to the library collection: VOX Books.  VOX Books combine an audiobook and a picture book into one and are suitable for children ages 4 to 7.  Powhatan County Public Library is pleased to be one of the first libraries in the state of Virginia to provide this new book format to patrons.  

Information on the New Virginians traveling exhibit we'll have on display in the Library July 1 - August 9, 2019:

Public Safety Communications:
On July 4, 2019, at approximately 4:45 Pm, a heavy rain and lightning storm knocked out a primary radio system. PSC Supervisors Mary Franklin immediately instructed her team to use the backup radios and contacted Radio Communications of Virginia and Verizon to report the outage. Supervisors Franklin and Brown worked closely with the service technicians to locate the issues and resolve them without delay. Their quick and decisive action restored our critical communications system! Great teamwork! stock photo

The attached photographs show the installation of the mini-split air unit at one of our LMR tower shelters. The equipment in this shelter requires constant cool temperatures and no humidity. We had an old unit in this shelter that was failing and needed replacement soon. High temperatures in this shelter would cause critical LMR equipment system failures from overheating. Public Works immediately found a replacement unit for this shelter and installed same. The mini-split unit provides constant and consistent cool air to this shelter. Director Thomas Nolan stated, “Supervisor Christian McIntosh and Christopher Manning provided us with excellent and timely customer service and saved the County thousands in labor and by using a used unit. We now have a shelter that will maintain the appropriate temperature that will keep our LMR equipment from failing. An LMR equipment failure at this shelter would significantly impact our ability to communicate with our public safety responders and impact the Citizens were served. Great work, Gentlemen!”

Public Works:
Utilities completed the installation and programming of the PLC and SCADA for both wastewater treatment plants.  The photo shows the information gathered from both plants on one touch screen monitor so plant operators can get a complete picture of how the plants are operating and any issues that need to be addressed.  This upgrade will help operators with compliance and will provide opportunities for improving the efficiency of operations.

New furniture is being installed for the upgraded workroom at the Library. The new space and new furniture will provide more work stations and better use of the space.  The project went very smoothly, thanks to flexible library staff, hardworking contractors, and great project oversite by Facilities (Mark Piper).

Office of Elections & Voter Registration:
Karen Alexander was reappointed by the Powhatan County Electoral Board to serve another four-year term as the Director of Elections for Powhatan County’s Office of Elections & Voter Registration.  She was sworn into office on July 2, 2019, by Powhatan’s Clerk of Court, Teresa Dobbins. 

 Staff Spotlight
Getting to Know Powhatan County Staff 

This issue's spotlight shines on Caroline Shoenthal, Youth Services Librarian at the Powhatan County Library. We asked:
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
I love it when children come in excited about a particular book that we have, or even more when I am able to find a book for a reluctant reader that they are excited to borrow and read.
What do you do for Powhatan County?
I oversee all programming for ages 0-18, conduct weekly Storytime programs, provide outreach programs to area preschools, run the library’s summer reading program, and handle collection purchases for the children’s and teen collections.
What has been your favorite project so far?
A favorite program of mine is Masterpiece Mondays. The children create a hands-on art project inspired by the work of a famous artist or children's book illustrator. Sometimes we use our outdoor patio area for our more messy projects. However, I am comfortable with a mess!
What is something most people don't know about you?
Something most people don’t know about me is that I am a home décor enthusiast. I love reading books and magazines featuring interior design ideas and following the careers of some favorite interior designers.
Thank you, Caroline, for bringing a love of reading to Powhatan children! 

Upcoming Events

July 29th 6 PM: BOS Regular Meeting
August 8th BOS Workshop
See The Powhatan County Website Calendar for countywide information:
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