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Supervisors discuss options for utilities district

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

The Caroline Pines subdivision will eventually need to upgrade its aging water line. The question remains—how will they pay for it? The Board of Supervisors discussed options at its April 8 meeting and will explore the matter further in future work sessions. Caroline Pines is already set up as a utility service district. This allows the board to increase the real estate tax rate on residences within the service district.

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  • Port Royal establishes town manager position

    Posted on April 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    The Town of Port Royal is looking to hire a part-time town manager. Town Council established the position at its April 15 meeting and decided the starting salary would be $600 per month. The position description will be posted at the Port Royal Post Office, though Council members do have a candidate in mind from their own ranks—Vice Mayor Bill Wick. Wick would have to resign from Council if he

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  • State’s largest spring regional fire school held in Caroline

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    The 20th annual Caroline County Spring Regional Fire School was held April 12 and 13 at Caroline High School. This year’s event was the largest spring regional school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More than 160 students registered for the school, with more than 130 participants completing training.  Eight courses were offered in various topics this year, including Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Technical Rescue, and Rail Safety. Participants came from

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  • School year to start Aug. 20

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    School will return a bit earlier this summer. The Caroline County School Board unanimously approved a revised 2014-15 calendar that begins the school year on Aug. 20 and concludes it May 19. A state law, popularly known as the “Kings Dominion law,” requires each school division’s year to start after Labor Day, but a division may seek a waiver if its meets certain criteria. Dr. Rebecca Broaddus, assistant superintendent, explained

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  • Supervisors allocate $30K to addiction recovery program

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 8:48 am

    The Caroline County Recovery Community Program will continue to help recovering addicts get their lives back on-track, thanks to an infusion of cash from the county’s coffers. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 last week to allocate $30,000 to the program in Fiscal Year 2015, which begins June 1. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer led a presentation highlighting the benefits of the program—both to its participants and to the county budget.

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  • Port Royal surveying residents about town’s future

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    The Town of Port Royal is in the process of updating its comprehensive plan, and the Planning Commission has some questions for residents. The commission has developed a survey asking the community where it would like to see itself in the next 20 years. Survey participants can indicate what they would like Port Royal to look like in the future, what they would like to change about the town, and

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  • County could publish list of delinquent taxpayers

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Caroline County is missing nearly $350,000 in delinquent 2013 personal property taxes, and the Board of Supervisors is exploring options to bring that figure as close to zero as possible. Supervisors discussed the matter with Caroline County Treasurer Beth Curran at their April 8 meeting, and they reviewed what the county is already doing to enforce tax bills. An additional option drew their attention—one they intend to take a closer

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  • Bowling Green Town Council wants community input on cameras

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    The Bowling Green Town Council is still exploring the possibility of installing security cameras on public streets, but it hasn’t committed to the idea yet. Council heard a presentation on the topic from Brett Wesson of Resolute Building Technologies and Walter Coady of Salient Systems at its April 3 meeting. Wesson and Coady discussed the technology involved in a security camera system and went over various options the town would

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  • Supervisors approve 11-cent real estate tax increase

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

    The Board of Supervisors approved an 11-cent increase on the real estate tax rate Tuesday night, but they weren’t thrilled about it. Eight cents of the increase will fund renovations to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary—projects voters endorsed in last fall’s bond referendum. The other three cents will pay for the county’s new radio system. This brings Caroline County’s real estate tax rate to 83 cents per $100 of

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