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Jul 11

Interviews to Begin for DSS Director Position

Posted on July 11, 2022 at 2:52 PM by Percy Ashcraft

Interviews to Begin for DSS Director Position

The State Department of Social Services has reviewed applications submitted for the vacant King William Social Services Director position and recommended five individuals for interview by County Staff.

The position became vacant on April 26 and shortly thereafter the Board of Supervisors approved a change in governance by bringing the Agency under the umbrella of County Government, with the County Administrator providing the oversight.

Director interviews are expected to begin the week of July 1. The target date to have a new Director in place is September 1.

The former Social Services Board has been replaced by an Advisory Board of 5-14 members. Those interested in serving on the SSAB are urged to submit an application which can be found on the County website. The Board of Supervisors will consider appointments when an applicant pool is received.

Employment applications are also being reviewed for Family Services Specialists, Family Services Supervisor, and Nutritionist Associate (WIC). Interested candidates can visit the above links or contact the King William Human Resources Department for more information.

A big kudos to Middlesex County Social Services who is assisting King William with Family Services cases, particularly child protection and foster care. A big thanks to Middlesex DSS Director Rebecca Morgan for stepping up with her Staff to help out a neighbor.

 

Out-of-State Waste Big Business in Virginia

Sarah Vogelsong of the Virginia Mercury recently penned an excellent article that is worth passing along on the subject of out-of-state trash coming into the Commonwealth.

The amount of solid waste being accepted by Virginia from other states dipped in 2021, compared to the prior year, according to the article. However, that amount was still 5.3 million tons.

DEQ reported that 23.6 percent of the state’s 22.7 million tons of solid waste came from outside jurisdictions. Maryland continues to be the largest contributor with 2.4 million tons. Other big givers according to Sarah’s article are New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC and North Carolina.

It has long been known that revenues are very high related to trash in general. During the 2022 session, the General Assembly passed a bill with support from the waste management industry that would have increased the fees facility operators pay the state with the goal of covering millions of dollars in expenses Virginia incurs annually to oversee landfills and other related facilities. Governor Younkin vetoed the legislation saying it would increase “the cost of doing business in Virginia with pass-through costs to consumers.”

This matter is unrelated to trash collection in King William County, but it makes us appreciate the partnership we have with the Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority (VPPSA), who manages the local convenience sites.

The Board of Supervisors has given approval to expand the site near King William High School. This should decrease “stacking” at the entrance and make it quicker to dispose of trash.

 

‘No Cost Summer Programs’ Offered by Virginia Career Works

Virginia Career Works has some tremendous “no cost summer programs” available this July, August, and September for ages 18-25.

Programs in Financial Literacy, Career Services, and Earn and Learn are accepting enrollment. Student eligibility includes enrollment in the Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program.

Contact Jessica Weber for more information (jessica.weber@fredgoodwill.org or 540-513-9182). Learning centers are located in Fredericksburg, Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore.

 

New Dollar General Store Accepting Employment Applications

The new Dollar General store located off Route 30 is beginning to take shape. The company is now taking applications for employment at the new location as well as filling openings at the existing location on Route 360. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

 

VDOT to Repair West Point Brick Pavers July 17-22

VDOT has advised that it has scheduled Sunday night July 17th through Friday morning July 22nd for the brick paver repairs at Rt.30/33 in West Point

There will be varying lane closures during the hours of 7 PM to 6 AM for the work. Message boards will be placed to forewarn motorists and additional notifications will be issued through VDOT’s communications team. Visit the VDOT webpage for weekly updates on hot spots in our district (Fredericksburg).