The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe will hold a special “Federal Land Trust Dedication” ceremony on Saturday, May 28, as part of the first day festivities at their 33rd Annual Native American Pow Wow & Spring Festival this Memorial Day weekend.
The ceremony will take place at 12:00 Noon. Tribe officials and community leaders, including the Board of Supervisors, will be present to celebrate the first acres of land put into federal trust by the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe. According to information provided by the Tribe, “Having federal trust land will help Upper Mattaponi citizens have access to a variety of programs and services, including economic development opportunities, housing support, and an enhanced ability to manage cultural and environmental resources.”
Tribal Grounds will be open on Saturday, May 28, from 10am-5pm with the Grand Entry and Dedication Ceremony at Noon; and on Sunday, May 29, from 11am-5pm with the Grand Entry at 1pm.
The event is held on the UMIT Tribal Grounds located at 13476 King William Road. For more information, visit the UMIT website or contact Reggie Tupponce, Tribal Administrator, at (804) 339-8893 or (804) 769-0041.
King William Little League Confirms Hosting All-Star Softball Tournament June 18-23
King William Little League officials received the great news earlier this week that they will officially be holding the District 15 All-Star Minor Softball Tournament June 18-23 at the King William Recreation Park.
The tourney for girls ages 8-12 will begin June 18 and include teams from eight counties – King William, Caroline, Richmond, Essex, Mathews, Northumberland, Middlesex, and King George. King William will oppose Caroline in the opening round.
According to Little League officials, many improvements have been made in the last couple months to prepare for the tourney, including new lights on Field #5. Dugouts have been upgraded and new soil was added to Field #1.
The youth baseball organization is always looking for volunteers. Please email Mike Maiorana if you can donate an hour or two of your time.
Public Safety Radio System Foliage Test Moved to June 20
The foliage test for the new Public Safety Radio System has been moved to June 20. Motorola officials decided to postpone the test previously scheduled for May 23. The test is critical in moving forward with a possible July 2022 implementation date for the new system. The foliage test will measure communication in all points of the County. King William shares the system with Hanover County.
Reorganization of Social Services Board Approved by Board of Supervisors
At their May 23 regular meeting, the King William County Board of Supervisors approved the reorganization of the Social Services Board that oversees King William’s Social Services Department.
The BOS voted to eliminate the five-member board and designate the County Administrator as the local board as provided for in the Code of Virginia §63.2-302. A five-member Advisory Board was also established that will have no governing authority but will interact with the Social Services staff to enhance services to the community. The change went into effect immediately.
Anyone interested in serving on the Advisory Board can get more information and download an application from the County website or by contacting the County Administration Deputy Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-769-4927.
The Social Services Department is looking for a new director, who will now be recommended to the Board of Supervisors by the County Administrator. For more information on the position, visit the County Human Resources website. The BOS will receive information from County Staff at their June 13 Work Session regarding policies DSS employees will follow with this change of governance.
Cooling Assistance Program Open for Qualified Applicants
King William County residents seeking relief on their electric bills this summer can apply for the Cooling Assistance Program.
Financial assistance is eligible for qualified applicants who need help paying the electric bill and/or purchasing/repairing cooling equipment in the home. Along with income restrictions, there must be a vulnerable person living in the home who is at least 60 years old; disabled by Social Security standards; 100 percent disabled; or under age 6.
Applications are accepted at the King William Social Services office, online at www.commonhelp.virginia.gov, or via telephone at (855) 635-4370.
The program beings June 15 and extends through August 15.