County leaders to host 2018 budget meetings
With a month remaining before County Administrator Joe Casey presents Chesterfield’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, county leaders will host a series of community meetings this week to give citizens another chance to weigh in on local spending priorities.
The meetings are part of a revamped budget process that began last summer, when the county introduced a survey (Blueprint Chesterfield) and gathered citizen feedback about the allocation of local tax dollars.
More than 6,000 people responded to the survey and identified education, public safety and roads as their top priorities.
Steve Elswick, the Matoaca district’s representative on the Board of Supervisors, said next week’s meetings are an opportunity for elected officials to listen to their constituents’ opinions on the budget.
Casey will present his budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors March 15.
The board will hold a public hearing on the budget March 29.
Board members are expected to hold additional community meetings before they vote on the budget in April. For more information, visit blueprint.chesterfield. gov/calendar.
Bermuda district, Chester Library,
Dale district, Meadowbrook High
School, 7 p.m.
Bermuda district, Bensley Community
Center, 2 p.m.
Matoaca district, Shiloh Baptist
Church, 7 p.m.
Midlothian district, Midlothian
Library, 7 p.m.
Chesterfield County Public Schools teacher Maria Klein is the recipient of the 2016 Franklin D. Kizer Distinguished High School Chemistry Teacher Award, presented by the Virginia section of the American Chemical Society. Klein teaches chemistry and AP chemistry at Clover Hill High.
The winner is chosen by various criteria, including educational background, teaching ability, effective techniques employed, involvement and cooperation in professional organizations, hands-on science activities and self-motivation. In addition to the award, Klein was presented with a $300 check at the ACS meeting in Richmond.
Klein has been a teacher with Chesterfield County Public Schools for 11 years. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a chemical engineer in the U.S. and Germany.
Boy Scout Troop 1807, from the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, completed a pilot program of planting eight American chestnut trees on the Albright Scout Reservation in southern Chesterfield on Jan. 29. The project is one of the ongoing conservation projects in the Gladbrook Ecology Area of the reservation. The Virginia chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation provided the chestnut trees. If your organization is interested in helping this forest repopulation effort, please contact the ACF at acf.org or the Virginia Chestnut Foundation at email@example.com.
Timmons Group has announced the following new shareholders: Craig Kotarski, PE, LEED AP, who has more than 12 years of experience and leads the land development efforts in Timmons Group’s Charlottesville office; Matt McCracken, CSM, CSPO, who has been with Timmons Group’s Geospatial Division for more than 7 years; and John Zaszewski, PE, who is a group leader in Timmons Group’s Hampton Roads Private Land Development Group. The firm, headquartered in Chesterfield, provides economic development, civil engineering, environmental and geotechnical engineering, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture and surveying services to a diverse client base.
Argent Federal Credit Union of Chester recently received a five-star superior rating from Bauer Financial, a leading independent national bank and credit union rating firm. Argent, which has received this top honor for 27 consecutive quarters, was commended for maintaining a strong capital position while fulfilling its commitment to solving the needs of its members.
Onzaé Carter, a senior at Lloyd C. Bird High School, has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the Richmond-Metro chapter of (ISC)². (ISC)² is an international membership association for certified cybersecurity professionals with more than 123,000 members. Onzaé is planning to pursue a career in cybersecurity and has been offered admission to George Mason University and the University of Maryland, although he has not decided where he will attend. He has a 4.17 GPA and will be graduating this June.
Selwyn Walker Jr. of Chester has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) has named Chesterfield County resident Barbara Booker its 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Nominated by SFOP volunteer coordinator Susan Cheek, Booker has volunteered for the past two years on VSU’s 416-acre Randolph Farm in Ettrick, planting, irrigating, harvesting and testing soil.
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