Citizen Comment Requested on July 13 – Bypass and Government Process

Chair of the Board, Ann Mallek, has added the change in policy on the Western Bypass to the agenda for the evening Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Citizen comment, two minutes per speaker, is invited.

There are two distinct issues of concern: One is the vote on changing the wording of the MPO to allow funds to be spent on construction of the roadway. The other, separate issue, is the destruction of local government processes during late night action votes without particular public comment.

We must begin rebuilding the public’s confidence in their representative local government.

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WAHS Named One of America’s Best High Schools

June 22, 2011
Western Albemarle High School in Crozet was the only school in Central Virginia to make the NEWSWEEK list of America’s Best High Schools.
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Advance Mills Bridge Party

Remember that great day – April 16, 2010, when the Advance Bridge Mills opened? With the support of 500 homeowners sending daily emails to get the attention of VDOT, we managed to get our replacement bridge in a time of meager funds. The importance of the bridge for the safety of local residents and the connectivity of the region helped prioritize the project. (see photos below)

In October 2011, the wooden bridge over Jacob’s Run, 2 miles south of the Advance Mills Bridge, will close for four months. The new bridge will be a concrete box structure and will be 24 feet wide, a large improvement for safety on the corner.

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Spring Swing dance May 7, 2011

Put on your dancing shoes and come on out to the Earlsysville Volunteer Fire Company on Reas Ford Road in Earlysville.

Salute to Swing, the 17-piece swing band playing music of the 40s and 50s, will play for our listening and dancing enjoyment from 8-11 pm.  A free swing dance lesson for all ages will be from 7-8 p.m.

100% of ticket cost of $20 per person with $10 for dancers under 18 is a donation to the fire company. Checks should be made out to EVFC. All expenses for the dance are donated for the occasion.

So Swing this spring and your enjoyment will be a donation to EVFC, founded in 1965 and never missing a call from their community since.

Volunteer your services to the fire company, train to gain skills and find a wonderful connection to your community.

See you there with your dancing shoes. Casual or fancy clothes welcome.

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LAST ACFRAB meeting March 23, 2011

Was it the months of face to face meetings struggling to come up with an ordinance? Was it the round table setting in Room 241? The atmosphere at this last meeting as the Albemarle County Fire Rescue Advisory Board was tangibly new.

Tim Cersley, Advisory Board chair and Chief of Scottsville Fire, led off the meeting with a report on his meeting with Chief Eggleston about the new ordinance. Kostas Alibertis, Vice Chair and Chief of Western Rescue talked about his discussions.

Both volunteer chiefs stated that while they understood the volunteers did not seek this ordinance and would prefer to not have the ordinance, their companies were first and foremost devoted to the safety of their citizens and would certainly step up to participate in the system and make sure it operates as effectively as possible.  The distinction is important and should not be forgotten. Other chiefs responded similarly around the table.

Dan Eggleston, the system chief, was more engaged than I have ever seen him, sometimes leading the conversation, sometimes listening to others. The fact that he has begun to have face to face meetings in the fire houses is an important step in leadership and must be continued.  As one chief said, “We may not agree, but we must hear from him directly, especially in a contentious issue. The worst case possible is to hear from someone else or the media.” The system chief’s extensive phone calls made last week were an example of new operations and must be continued.

The next months and years will tell the tale of success in this effort. We must be “all in” to make it work. The evolution of the system will be under a microscope, and we must take great care to think first, act second, and understand the consequences for all.

The Fire and Emergency Medical Services Board, FEMS Board, meets April 27, 2011, with seamless leadership, to complete the terms of the sitting chair and vice chair. A bylaws committee has already been appointed to meet in advance of the next meeting.

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