Amelia County Administration Office
16360 Dunn Street, Suite 101
Amelia Courthouse, VA 23002
Phone: (804) 561-3039
Fax: (804) 561-6039
Welcome to Amelia County, Virginia
“ A Proud History … and a Bright Future”
I am honored, as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, to welcome you to beautiful Amelia County, Virginia, one of the last great undiscovered treasures of the Commonwealth. Amelia, part of the historic Commonwealth or “Heartland” Region of Virginia has a long and storied history of agriculture, self reliance and deep rooted family values, which are venerated, fostered and flourish in our community to this day.
Situated a mere thirty-five miles from the historic state capital of Richmond, Amelia continues to be a rural haven within a quickly developing metropolitan area, and a community where agriculture and forestry remain important components of our economy. Breathtaking sunsets, rolling hills, awe-inspiring forests, rural farmlands, friendly and welcoming citizens, the charming village of Amelia Court House and the stately Appomattox River all can be found here.
Recreational opportunities abound in Amelia County, from the hunting and fishing that is so valued in this rural paradise, to go cart racing, paintball and a full service Recreation Department and Public Library. We also celebrate our County with May’s “Amelia Day Celebration” and in August/September with the “Amelia County Fair” which we are proud to say was recently honored as the best small County Fair in Virginia. Each of these festivities is family oriented, beloved by our people and continue to be highly anticipated annual events.
Amelia is also blessed with economic opportunities including low taxes, a new industrial Park on Us Route 360, close proximity to the Richmond Metropolitan Area population, has outstanding Schools and still maintains its pastoral charm. And perhaps of greater significance to our current and future residential and business communities alike, Amelia is growing, dedicated to the protection of our natural resources, the preservation of our rich history, a commitment to be an open and inclusive community with a clear focus on a sustainable and prosperous future.
As Chairman, I would encourage you to come and share our rural lifestyle, enjoy the amenities of our County and take advantage of the abundance of economic opportunities in one of the Commonwealth’s last undiscovered treasures.
If a visitor to our County, we want this site to help you find information quickly and easily, and if a resident of Amelia, we want to provide you a level of service that will increase your enjoyment and pride in living here in the bucolic splendor of a County with “A Proud Past … and a Bright Future!”
And finally, on behalf of the Amelia County Board of Supervisors, our County Administrator, A. Taylor Harvie, III, and our staff, may I take this opportunity to personally thank you for visiting our Webpage. We are proud of our County and look forward to sharing with you what our people have known for generations.
Amelia is a beautiful place to be.
Franklin D. Harris, Chairman
Amelia County Board of Supervisors
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For additional information, please use our Phone Directory List or the Contact US sections at the top of the Amelia County Home Page or call the County Administration Office at: (804) 561-3039
May 15, 2013 - Board of Supervisors Meeting Report
Continued Board Meeting – 5:30 pm in the General District Courtroom
The meeting opened with all members present. This meeting was the quarterly meeting to be held with the Amelia County School Board. These meetings are held for the Boards to share information on each other’s programs and operations. A presentation was made by Daryl Gough, the Director of Public Works for Amelia County. The program focused on the responsibilities of the Department. Those areas include Utilities – Water and Sewer Systems, Building and Grounds Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, and Project Management. The Public Works Department oversees 20 Buildings with 142,273 square feet. They provide custodial services to 63, 000 square feet. They maintain 100 acres of property including 28 acres of grass. They maintain 4 system wells and 4 pump stations. There are 27 miles of water and sewer mains and 6 miles of right-of-way. The total insured value of the Improvements under their care is $29,420,000. The Department also handles the billing for the utility system of over 450 connections. At the shop, staff maintains 23 vehicles for the County including Social Services. The Public Works Department has administered $2,139,393 in construction projects over the last few years including the Richmond Road improvement project, the Mattoax VFD addition, and the Village Streetscape Project. The Staff of the Department include 9 full time employees and 2 part time employees. The annual budget for Public Services for FY14 is $814, 953. The presentation, with questions, lasted for an hour. The program could be made to civic groups or organizations upon request.
Regular Board Meeting –7:00 pm in the General District Courtroom
The Meeting opened with an Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.
The Meeting Agenda was amended to include a presentation of the results and recommendation from the Employee Health Care RFP, consideration of a Resolution honoring a local J.V. Volleyball Team, and a permit as requested by the Amelia VFD for a Figure Eight Race on June 29th at the Amelia Kart Track.
The Board approved minutes from the March 25, 2013 Joint Public Hearing; the April 2, 5, and 29, 2013 Continued Meetings, the April 17, 2013 Regular Meeting, and the April 18, 2013 Public Hearing on the FY14 Budget.
The Board approved the April 2013 Revenue Summary, Expenditure Summary Report, and the AP Check Register.
The Treasurers April 2013 Treasurer’s Accountability Balance Sheet was not received before the meeting.
Supplemental appropriations were requested. $17,900.27 for the School Board was requested for the Capital Improvement Fund School’s Energy Project for energy efficient items and approved. The Commonwealth’s Attorney was granted $1,900 from the Forfeited Asset Fund for office supplies and the Sheriff was granted $1,000 from the same fund for undercover investigations.
Mr. David Whitaker, Community Development Director, gave the report of current VDOT activity. Locust Dale is just days away from being hard surfaced.
Appointments of Frank Harris and Judy Jones were made to Piedmont Senior Resources for the vacant director positions.
During the period for Citizen’s comments, Channing Bordeaux spoke to the Board about his concerns for adequately funding public safety and public education. Leroy Royal also addressed the Board on funding of public education to a higher level. Matthew Brown appeared to thank the Board for not increasing taxes this year.
A Special Exception Permit was granted to Garfield Dillard to add 50 additional ministorage units to his existing facility on Richmond Road in Mannboro.
Resolutions were approved that honored the Amelia County Public School High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, the Amelia Academy Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team, the Amelia Academy Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, the Amelia Academy Girls’ Junior Varsity Basketball Team, and Amelia Academy Girls’ Junior Varsity Volleyball Team for their recently completed successful seasons. All of these teams won District or Conference and Tournament Titles.
The FY14 Amelia County Budget was formally adopted and appropriated by Resolution. This resolution and the FY14 Budget are to be placed on the Amelia County Official Website – www.ameliacova.com.
A Special Event Permit was granted to the Amelia County VFD for a Figure 8 Stock Car Race to be held on June 29, 2013 at the Amelia Kart Track.
Under the Consent Agenda it was reported that the Waste Management Host Fee Check for the Month of March was $48,420.01.
STEPS, Inc. was approved to administer the Rapid Re-housing, Prevention, and Shelter Services programs.
It was announced that the Commonwealth Transportation Board would hold a public hearing on May 28, 2013 for input on the FY 2014-2019 Six-Year Improvement Plan.
An update on the progress of the parking lot improvements was given. The Administration, the War Memorial Gym, and the Jackson Building Lots should be completed within the next 30 days.
Roger Wiley updated the Board on the progress of the Richmond Road construction project condemnations. The construction has been completed and the legal items are advancing through the system. One owner has signed and the Court has been requested to drop those proceedings. The second owner did not respond to court notice so Mr. Wiley and staff will have to move the case completely through the legal system.
The Board was presented with the results and recommendations from the Health Insurance RFP. Three options were evaluated and it was the opinion of staff that the County should shift from Local Choice to Optima Equity Vantage HSA plan. This plan is an HMO with a $2500 deductible and $4,500 maximum out-of-pocket for a single employee. The County will fund the $2,500 contribution to the HSA and pay 100% of the employee plan plus 20% of the employee dependent cost. For any employee that does not want to change to the HMO, they have the option of paying to upgrade to a Co-Pay Plan from Optima. Assuming that every county employee currently on the plan (79) chooses to continue on the plan, the County will save over $110,000 in premiums from last year. The recommendation was accepted and the employees will be switching to Optima on July 1, 2013.
Under Board Member comments, Judy Jones stated that she had attended the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Annual Convention and there was great concern expressed about the costs associated with the Affordable Health Care Act for the next few years. She also brought the same message from the Amelia County Social Services Board meeting earlier in the day. Frank Harris commented that even though the Supervisors could not engage in conversation during the period for public comments, that any comments received from citizens were well taken and considered with seriousness.
At 8:10 pm, having no other business, the meeting was adjourned. The next regular meeting of the Board will be on June 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the General District Courtroom.
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