The Agenda: Local government briefs for 3.23.20

City Council meets Monday; most business to be deferred

Richmond City Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. Due to committee and advisory board meeting cancellations in response to the coronavirus, the bulk of business on the agenda is to be continued to future council meetings. Full agenda here.

Due to the circumstances with COVID-19, city residents wanting to make public comments on agenda items are encouraged to email them by noon that day to [email protected] Commenters are asked to include their full name with their comments.

Chesterfield taking budget comments online

Chesterfield supervisors meet Wednesday and are scheduled to hold public hearings on items related to the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. Due to the public health concerns related to COVID-19, citizens are encouraged to provide comments on online through 5 p.m. March 24, and March 25 through the close of the hearings. Attendance will be limited to eight citizens in the room at a time.

In addition to the proposed budget, the hearings are on proposed changes to water/wastewater utility fees, proposed tax rates for 2020, Community Development Block Grant and HOME Annual Plan, and the proposed FY2021-FY2025 Capital Improvement Program. The full budget document, supporting materials and a schedule of budget meetings can be viewed here.

Business license tax exemption threshold to increase in Henrico

Henrico supervisors meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. Full agenda here.

Business includes amendments to county code adjusting various tax amounts and terms, including an increase to the county’s exemption threshold for business license (BPOL) taxes from $400,000 to $500,000, meaning businesses earning $500,000 or less would not have to pay business license tax. Similar increases have been made in previous years.

Hanover to delay Wegmans project hearing

Site plan for the Wegmans Distribution center. (Submitted)

Hanover supervisors meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. Full agenda here. Public hearings will not be held in light of the coronavirus, including hearings related to Air Park Associates LP’s rezoning request for the proposed Wegmans Food Markets distribution facility. The $175 million project proposed for 220 acres just east of the county airport will go before the board at a future meeting.

Chesterfield establishes operations call center

Chesterfield’s Emergency Operations Center opened a call center for county residents who have general questions about county operations and services during the COVID-19 response. The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The phone number is 751-2EOC (751-2362). Call center staff will not be able to answer questions regarding COVID-19; all such questions should be directed to the Virginia Department of Health at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343). Information about Chesterfield’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available at www.chesterfield.gov/coronavirus.

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