Clued-In to Isle of Wight:
Items of interest, upcoming events or opportunities for citizen input.
Click Here to see the list of Recipients of Caught You Caring Awards for the Fourth Quarter of FY2018-19 and the Recipient of the Public Service Award, Lois Tokarz, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator.
Ms. Tokarz was recognized for her tireless efforts on many projects that enhance the image of the County to include work with the County's Marketing Committee to create the recent branding that has improved wayfinding signage, uniform selection, graphic, electronic outer and her partnership with County Departments assisting in various needs resulting in cost savings for the County estimated to be well over $75,000 per year.
M&M Milling to Locate First East Coast Facility in Isle of Wight
M&M Milling, a toll processor specializing in grinding, blending and sizing of agricultural materials, has established its first East Coast location in Isle of Wight County. The firm is adding to existing operations in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee as it expands its corporate footprint and engages more customers in the wood products industry in the Eastern United States. The company has purchased a dormant industrial facility that ceased operations over a decade ago near the City of Franklin, and is situated within a Virginia Enterprise Zone, as well as a revenue sharing district with Franklin. The new Isle of Wight operation will employ at least 15 people and purchase hundreds of thousands of bushels of shelled corn from local farmers each year as part of its production processes.
Pictured left to right: Bettina Ring, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors William M. McCarty, Chairman, and Don Rosie, Supervisor.
INTERACTIVE THREAT TRAINING:
Our Fire/EMS and law enforcement recently participated in Interactive Threat Training.
FEMA VOPEX TRAINING EXERCISE:
The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency held a biennial emergency preparedness exercise at the Surry Power Station during the week of July 22, 2019 to assess the ability of the Commonwealth of Virginia to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.
Beekeeping Ordinance Changes:
Bees are essential to the growth of plants and food and fruit production. Over the years, their populations have declined dramatically due to widespread use of chemical pesticides and loss of natural forage areas.
In order to combat the decline in bee population as well as the increase in popularity of urban agriculture, beekeeping in urban and suburban areas has increased across the state.
Increasing populations along with an increase in urban beekeeping has prompted concerns about potential use conflicts between adjacent property owners. Although beehives and associated structures can be carefully sited to minimize these conflicts, bees themselves can fly freely, thereby posing a real or perceived risk of potential harm to other people or property.
In recognition of the many environmental and economic benefits that bees provide, several localities across the state have adopted urban beekeeping ordinances establishing criteria to reduce potential conflicts between beekeepers and their neighbors. Planning and Zoning staff recently received a request from a County resident to consider amending the Zoning Ordinance to allow for urban beekeeping in residential zoning districts.
Beekeeping, or apiaries, is an agricultural use according to the Code of Virginia. The County Zoning Ordinance does not currently permit agricultural uses in residential zoning districts. The staff approached the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors with a draft urban beekeeping ordinance to provide the opportunity to allow beekeeping on a limited basis subject to certain performance criteria such as a limit on the number of hives, setbacks from property lines, and fencing. After recommendation for approval from the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors approved the County's first urban beekeeping ordinance on July 18, 2019.
RECENT GRANT AWARDS
ARTS GRANT AWARD $4,500:
Resolution to Accept and Appropriate Virginia Commission for the Arts Creative Communities Partnership Grant for the Smithfield Cultural Arts League ($4,500.)
To view full Board Report & Resolution CLICK HERE.
Keep Virginia Beautiful Announces the 2019 "30 in 30 Green Grants" Awards, Isle of Wight County $1,000:
Resolution to Accept and Appropriate Keep Virginia Beautiful Grant Funds ($1,000). To view full Board Report & Resolution CLICK HERE. To see full press release announcing all community awards CLICK HERE.