Clued-In to Isle of Wight:
Items of interest, upcoming events or opportunities for citizen input.
Proposed Department of Juvenile Justice Facility
Planning for the Commonwealth’s proposed Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facility remains in the early stages, and the County has been in regular communication with the Commonwealth since the General Assembly approved funding for this state-of-the-art complex at its special budget session this past May. The Commonwealth’s Department of General Services has been tasked with procuring a design package and is currently in final negotiations with an apparent winner of that contract. Meanwhile, the County has commissioned an environmental analysis for the Phase III portion of its Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park, including a portion of Phase III along Rt. 258 (Walters Highway) that could accommodate the DJJ facility. The environmental analysis will lead to confirmation of both wetland areas and of dry, upland areas by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as soon as possible so that a precise location for the facility can be conclusively determined.
In the coming weeks, the County will be scheduling public information sessions to communicate the latest information it has obtained and continue interaction with citizens on this very important, job-generating project for the County. With a 60-bed facility will come the need for around 240 people to service the residents and maintain the campus, including teachers, therapists, administrators, food service staff, maintenance staff, security personnel and more.
Timbering Operations in the Intermodal Park
As part of regular forestry management practices on EDA-owned property within the Phase III portion of Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park, a round of timber harvesting was recently completed on about 200 acres. The timbering contract with Nottoway Forest Services yielded 26% more revenues than was anticipated when the contract was awarded. Nottoway’s successful bid included anticipated revenues to the County of $77,088. When the final receipts were collected this month, a grand total $104,711 in gross receipts had been received. Based on the success of this round of harvesting, plus favorable raw wood pricing currently, the County is planning another round of timbering in different sections where mature trees are ready for harvesting.
Western Tidewater Free Clinic Update
Charlie Broadwater, Vice-Chair of the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, updated the Board on services received by County residents at the clinic as follows: 360 County residents served by the clinic this year through 4,668 medical visits and 127 County residents served through 407 dental visits; $2.3 million dollars received by County residents in free medications; that volunteers have donated 4,626 hours to the Clinic of which 37 are County volunteers; that 43 County residents have taken advantage of eligibility appointments at the Isle of Wight Health Department in Smithfield; that 219 County residents have donated over $510,000 to the clinic; that 67 County residents have donated over $40,000 to the clinic; and, that the clinic will begin accepting Medicaid focused on the clinic’s existing patients.
The County's contribution to the WTFC was increased this year from $25,000 to $33,750.
New Weight Restrictions Longview Drive Bridge
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has reduced the weight limit on the Route 602 (Longview Drive) bridge over Chuckatuck Creek from nine(9) tons to five(5) tons. Additional signage has been installed prior to the bridge to notify drivers of the weight limit change.
The reduction is due to structural deficiencies identified during a recent bridge inspection. VDOT is expediting a design to replace the current structure. In the interim, please see the attached map for unrestricted alternate routes.
To view larger map with alternate routes, CLICK HERE.
For more information, please contact VDOT Public Affairs:
Shellee Casiello 757-956-3028
Media Emergency Number: 757-956-3032