There is lots of news in the county notebook this week. It includes some news briefs from the recent Board of Supervisors meeting, a reminder about the start of water restrictions, information about the community center’s gym being closed this weekend. Also, the Hisotrical Committee has a new online newsletter, the county was priased for its erosion and sediment program and the county’s Service Authority has a new hotline for customers. Read on for details.
News Briefs From JCC Supervisors’ Meeting
The Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, and made a few decisions that affect county residents.
The Board voted 4-1 to approve the joint school contract between the City of Williamsburg and the county. Supervisor Jim Kennedy dissented; read a previous story as to why here.
At its afternoon work session Tuesday, the Board discussed withdrawing from the Hampton Roads Partnership and possibly reallocating the county’s $4,736 contribution.
The group is a public-private nonprofit “committed to pursuing regional competitiveness,” according to its website. It represents 10 cities, six counties and one town in the region.
County Administrator Robbert Middaugh said Tuesday that the group never really “clicked” and had caused the county some frustration with its lack of purpose. The county had previously told the group it was unhappy with its ineffectiveness.
Chair Mary Jones pointed out that other regional groups do a better job with collaboration, and Supervisor Jim Kennedy suggested leaving the group.
The Board discussed possibly giving $600 of the funding to the school prom committees and giving the rest to Grove Christian Outreach or the Volunteer Rescue Squad. Middaugh will likely offer the Board a new proposal for how to allocate the HRP funds at its next budget work session.
The Board has two budget work sessions next week, one Monday at 6 p.m. and one Wednesday at 4 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Building F of the county government complex on Mounts Bay Road.
Water Restrictions Start
James City Service Authority (JCSA) water restrictions begin May 1.
Under the regulations, JCSA customers can use water outdoors for any purpose, at any time, on any day, as long as it is with a container or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. The hose must be attended at all times. Any other method of outdoor water use, such as irrigation systems, sprinklers, or hoses without automatic shutoff nozzles, must follow the Outdoor Water Use Schedule, which is based on street address.
JCSA customers with odd addresses, such as 101 Main St., can use water outdoors between midnight and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and midnight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. JCSA customers with even addresses, such as 100 Main St., can use water outdoors between midnight and 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and midnight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Outdoor water use is not permitted between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or any time on Mondays.
The regulations only apply to water customers of the JCSA, but citizens with private wells and residents in the neighborhoods of Kingsmill and Grove who are customers of Newport News Waterworks are encouraged to follow the regulations.
Ordinance details can be found on the County’s website. Residents may also call the Outdoor Water Information Line at 259-4152 for a recorded message or JCSA Customer Service at 253-6800.
JCWCC Gym Closed This Weekend
The basketball gym at the James City Williamsburg Community Center at 5301 Longhill Road will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for a regional volleyball tournament.
The gym will reopen on Monday. The county invites guests to visit basketball courts at Mid County Park and at the Warhill Sports Complex. For more information, please call 259-4200.
New JCSA Hotline
On May 1, the James City Service Authority (JCSA) will launch a new Special Information Hotline and Customer Notification Program to keep customers better informed of service outages, planned events affecting large areas and emergencies related to JCSA services.
The Special Information Hotline, 259-4911, provides a way of keeping customers updated during events that do not require immediate notification. Customers may call this number for status updates or to find out if there is a problem within their neighborhood.
The Customer Notification Program involves contacting customers through their landline telephone with a recorded message describing what happened and when they should expect to have their service restored.
Historical Commission Newsletter Now Online
Focus on History, the James City County Historical Commission newsletter, is now available online.
Focus on History highlights news and information about the people and places of James City County and is published three times a year. The spring issue includes articles about the Norge Depot, the African Burial Ground Project and Freedom Park.
The Historical Commission is also accepting applications for new members interested in promoting the Commission’s mission to document, commemorate, preserve, protect and promote the rich historical heritage of James City County. Applications are available on the Historical Commission’s website.
County’s Erosion and Sediment Program Gets High Marks
James City County’s Erosion and Sediment Control program recently received a successful review from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.
The County scored 395 out of a possible 400 points in the areas of program administration, plan of development reviews, compliance inspection and enforcement.
The Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board commended James City County for successfully improving the program to become fully consistent with the requirements of the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations, thereby providing better protection for Virginia’s soil and water resources.
Virginia reviews mandated erosion and sediment control programs every five years.