The Agenda: Local government briefs for 3.30.20

Henrico approves tax relief measures for businesses and residents

Henrico supervisors approved a series of emergency ordinances at its March 24 meeting aimed at ensuring the continuity of county government and supporting residents and businesses as the county confronts the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

An ordinance designed to support Henrico businesses offers temporary relief from penalties and interest on several taxes. Businesses will not be charged penalties or interest on late meals and hotel tax payments due through Aug. 20, if the taxes are paid by Aug. 20. Monthly reporting is still required.

Another ordinance offers residents temporary relief from penalties and interest on late payments of 2020 personal property taxes, machinery and tools taxes and real estate taxes. Late payments of taxes due between June 5 and Aug. 5 will not be charged penalties or interest, if the taxes are paid by Aug. 5. The ordinance also extends the due date for the county vehicle license tax from June 5 to Aug. 5.

Hanover taps Goochland’s Budesky as next county administrator

John Budesky

Goochland County Administrator John Budesky has been selected as Hanover’s next county administrator. Budesky previously served as a Hanover deputy county administrator from 2013-16.

He will replace Cecil “Rhu” Harris Jr., who announced his retirement last November after 35 years with Hanover and 15 years as county administrator. Budesky will start as early as as July 1 and no later than Sept. 1.

Henrico buying meals for public safety workers to support county restaurants

Henrico County said it will purchase meals for public safety workers and other employees responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in an effort to support locally owned restaurants, caterers and similar businesses. Restaurants and businesses can express their interest here.

To be eligible, businesses must be locally owned, located in Henrico and able to accept credit card payments. Additional criteria are detailed on the webpage. Meals will be provided for on-duty personnel, and Henrico will prepare a list of approved restaurants that eligible employees will be able to patron as their schedules and duties allow.

Chesterfield creates website to encourage to-go ordering from restaurants

Chesterfield Economic Development launched “Chesterfield Eats to Go,” an online resource to help county residents and visitors identify which restaurants near them are open for pickup or delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using GIS mapping, patrons can zoom in on their area, select one of the pinned restaurants highlighted on the map and retrieve contact information and hours of operation. The website also works on most mobile devices.

The initiative, supported by county supervisors and made possible by a partnership with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, encourages residents, companies and visitors to order from local restaurants at least once a week.

Restaurants offering pickup or delivery services can be added to the site by completing the restaurant listing form here.

Hanover budget hearings scheduled Wednesday

Hanover supervisors will hold public hearings on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 and related items at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Given current restrictions on public gatherings and the need for social distancing, citizens who wish to speak in the hearings are asked to provide their comments online or by phone.

Comments restricted to three minutes can be left by phone at 365-3333. Comments can be emailed to [email protected] Comments will be collected through 5 p.m. March 31.

New buildings at Benedictine on Goochland planning agenda

The Goochland County Planning Commission meets Thursday at 7 p.m. Business includes a request by GCJ Holdings LLC to allow unhosted short-term rentals, a campground and public assembly places on 67 acres at 1978 Cardwell Road. Benedictine Society of Virginia also requests a permit to allow additional buildings and water allocation at its 50-acre campus at 12829 River Road. Full agenda here.

Planning board, BZA meetings postponed in Henrico

In consideration of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Henrico County is postponing its March 25 Planning Commission meeting and March 26 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. Those meetings will be held April 1 and 2, respectively, both at 9 a.m.

The agenda for the Planning Commission meeting, which deals with plans of development and subdivision review, includes plans for the first section of Stanley Martin Homes’ ReTreat at One subdivision, and a first phase and revised master plan for an expansion of QTS Data Centers’ campus.

Powhatan sets up AM radio station for COVID-19 info

Powhatan County has established an AM radio station (AM1610) to broadcast public service announcements and county information related to COVID-19 on a continuous loop format, 24-7. The county’s emergency management placed the station in service in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The signal is via a trailer-mounted, low-power Highway Advisory Radio Station located near Anderson Highway and Maidens Road. More information about COVID-19 preparedness is available on the county’s website here.

RRHA CEO resigns a year after hire

Damon Duncan is stepping down as president and CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The move comes a year after he started with RRHA last March. He will stay on for 60 to 90 days while a replacement is sought. RRHA said that process is expected to continue through the summer.

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