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STATE OF THE COUNTY VIDEO:
The video below, from the State of the County Breakfast on June 5th, summarizes the current state of affairs in Isle of Wight County and highlights public service projects that exemplify the new motto: " A Community of Choice that Cares", which focuses on Choice, Accountability, Rural Heritage, Excellence and Service.
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
(DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE)
The County is a sub-recipient of the Western Tidewater HOME Consortium responsible for the administration of the HOME Investment Partnership Program. As such, the County is authorized to distribute and administer HOME Program funds pursuant to the HOME Investment Partnership Program, the Virginia Housing Partnership Act, and the HOME Program Management Plan.
The STOP Organization currently serves as the Program Administrator on the County's behalf. Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is qualified to serve as a Program Administrator and has been successful in other communities in marketing and implementing down payment assistance projects under the HOME Program.
At the June 14, 2018 Board Meeting, The Board unanimously voted (5-0) to authorize HRPDC to serve as a Program Administrator to market and implement HOME Program projects to expand opportunities for low-to-moderate income families to achieve home ownership in Isle of Wight County. Click here to see Board Report.
WATER SERVICES AGREEMENT ADDENDUM:
A recent agreement between the Town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County outlined the arrangement for the County to provide water to the Town along the Route 10 commercial corridor, roughly from the County line at Turner Drive to Business 10.
The intent of this water purchase is to offset the amount of water used by Gatling Pointe (GP) subdivision residents. Approximately 600 County customers in the GP area are currently being served by water purchased by the County from the Town. The County has interest in serving all residents with water purchased from the Western Tidewater Water Authority (WTWA), with the principal reason being that the County's allocation for using water under this agreement is significantly over the amount actually used.
The previous proposal to extend a water main from the existing County system in Carrollton, to serve the goal of providing County (WTWA) water to serve GP customers, was rejected. The proposed arrangement to serve a rough equivalent of the GP usage by having the County provide water at the Town/County line on Route 10 provides the County the benefit of using the WTWA source water that would have been consumed by our GP customers.
The Town will also benefit by conserving the amount of groundwater it would have normally supplied to existing Town customers along the Route 10 corridor, thus extending the timeframe for providing Town water supply upgrades.
Click here to see the Board Report from the June 14, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting which authorized the execution of the addendum with a unanimously (5-0).
In June 2014, the County entered into a Partnership Agreement with the Town of Smithfield to share certain costs associated with the museum. The Partnership Agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2018 and its terms needed to be revised to provide for a more equitable distribution of costs.
This agreement was passed unanimously with a (5-0) vote at the June 14, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting. Click here to see board report.
A Special Election will be held on July 24, 2018 in Isle of Wight County to elect Sheriff for the vacated seat, whose regular term is set to expire on December 31, 2019.
In-person absentee voting is now available in the Registrar’s Office through July 21, 2018.
The last day to register to vote or update voter registration for the Special Election for Sheriff is July 10, 2018.
For more info click here.
It is with regret that we advise you that Tom Elder, Director of Economic Development, unexpectedly passed away on June 7, 2018 from natural causes.
Mr. Elder began his employment with Isle of Wight County in June 2015 after serving for over 25 years in economic development and commercial real estate. Some of his previous roles include serving as Executive Vice President of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and as Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Chesapeake.
Tom was a valued member of the Isle of Wight County team and his presence and his contributions will be missed by the entire community.
For additional information on the Comprehensive Plan Process visit Planning & Zoning. CLICK HERE TO GO TO PLAN & ZONE