I want to introduce myself as the new County Administrator for King William County. On a regular basis I will be sharing thoughts and information relative to County Government and the County in general through this blog.
As I begin my tenure in King William as County Administrator, it is evident that numerous opportunities abound which will assist those who enjoy working and living within our borders. Some opportunities are driven by the actions of the Board of Supervisors, and others through private initiatives. To name a few:
- The Planning Department is very busy fielding a large number of permits for residential and commercial interests. Housing activity is bustling in the County and on December 7, the Planning Commission recommended 120 additional town homes be approved for McCauley Park.
- The construction of a new water storage tank will assist utility growth in areas where it is needed the most. That project is anticipated to get started in 2022.
- With partners in place such as Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Dominion Energy, the County is waiting on word of approval for a grant application that will lead to the expansion of broadband in many parts of the County.
- The establishment of a Fire & EMS Department in 2019 has led to significant investments that will lead to greater coverage for our residents. The purchase of the former volunteer station at Company 1; purchase of apparatus; the hiring of new career personnel; and the soon establishment of a new public safety system all will help complement a strong volunteer presence.
- The recent announcement of the Nestle’s Purina plant expansion provides the County with a stable anchor. Other business interests have inquired into potential sites since that announcement.
- An update of the Comprehensive Plan is working its way through the Planning Commission and should be under consideration for adoption by the Board of Supervisors in early 2022. It is shaping up to be a document that will provide a strong roadmap for development, but will protect our rural landscape.
I will be bringing updates from time to time on many other projects set to unfold.
Traveling on a Road to a Championship
It is exciting to hear the buzz surrounding the King William High School Football team as it prepares to meet Graham of Bluefield, Saturday at 2 p.m. in Salem for the Class 2 state championship.
The last time the Cavaliers won a state championship was in 2000. King William Chairman of the Board Travis Moskalski was on that team.
We wish success to these young men and coaches who are not only playing for a championship but are representing all of King William in this endeavor.
The game will be televised on the NFHS network which is a subscription-based service at http://nfhs.com/.
Still Keeping Watch on COVID-19
COVID-19 has been around for almost two years now, and it has a way of lulling you into a state of normalcy before it explodes again. That seems to be the way it is now with the holidays upon us. People are becoming a little more lax, both in being part of large gatherings, and wearing masks, not to mention getting vaccinations and booster shots.
As of the afternoon of December 8, King William has experienced 2,186 cases of COVID-19 since February 2020. Tragically, 26 residents have lost their lives.
The Three Rivers Health District has great information on clinics both within King William and surrounding localities: Welcome to Three Rivers Health District - Three Rivers Health District (virginia.gov).
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