COUNTY CORNER ARTICLES

Quarterly Update on County Projects

(October 2010)

Lower Jackson Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

All four contracts for the Lower Jackson Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant project are in the construction phase. Shook Construction of Ohio continues to make good progress on the treatment plant. Hammond-Mitchell Construction of Covington is making good progress on the pipelines and is starting work on four pump stations. English Construction Company of Lynchburg is beginning work on the Clifton Forge pump station/pipeline, and decommissioning the existing wastewater treatment plant.

Merger of Clifton Forge E-911 Center with the County E-911 Center

Within the next few weeks, the Clifton Forge E-911 Communications Center will be merging with the Alleghany County E-911 Communications Center in Covington. Communication Officers at the Sheriff’s Office will answer all Clifton Forge E-911 calls and will dispatch Clifton Forge Police, Fire, and EMS accordingly. The Clifton Forge Police Department will still handle all of their administrative calls and will have an employee to handle administrative duties during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. The merger of the two E-911 Centers is a positive step toward overall consolidation of E-911 services within our locality. It will ultimately provide cost savings and better coordination for emergency dispatch and response.

Jackson River Scenic Trail

The first two miles of the Jackson River Scenic Trail project are complete and open to the public. This portion runs from Intervale to Petticoat. Some of the improvements include grading, gravel surfacing, trail head development, drainage improvements, and signage. Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy this resource.

Youth Athletics

Alleghany County Parks and Recreation is holding sports sign ups from October 1st - 31st. These activities include girls volleyball for ages 9-13 in grade 7 and under (A & B Leagues), girls teen league volleyball for ages 13-15 in grade 8 and up, and teen league basketball for ages 13-15 in grade 8 and up. Sign up forms can be downloaded at: http://www.co.alleghany.va.us/Recreation/youth_athletics.htm. Sign ups are free during the registration period. If sign ups are received after the registration period, a $10 late fee will be assessed.

County GIS System Update

WorldView Solutions has completed program changes and parcel updates to the County’s GIS system which can be found on the County’s webpage at www.co.alleghany.va.us or at http://alleghany.mapsdirect.net/. Flood zone classifications have been added as a new layer on the system, as well as additional aerial photography. WorldView is also working on creating a road map for the County. Funding for these updates were provided by the Alleghany Foundation.

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