What is the county doing to draw in businesses that bring growth and jobs into the county? All the new ones coming in are great and all but they mostly provide part time low pay jobs and the people who are more professional have to commute to the other side of the river 30 minutes to an hour or more to work. What is the county doing to entice production, manufacturing, or call center jobs, for instance, to come into the county?
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I have noticed for a while that in addition to the property where the PetCo is going there is also something going on across from Home Depot. I have asked around and nobody seems to know what that is. Can someone shed some light on this?
Last year, we were able to make online payments for no fee if using a check, like most other governments.Now this feature has been taken away and replaced with a service that charges fees! Please restore what we once had!
I would like to see something such as a fitness park that would have a track for running. Runners do not have anywhere to run in a marked/measured closed course. The high school track is only open to the public when a team is using the track/facility. Which defeats the entire purpose of being "open" to the public.
How long does Gloucester allow a coach in an athletic program to prove themselves before recommendation of an action plan to improve or be removed from their position? Or is there rule put into place in regards to that?
Several months ago this website posted a pole just prior to Cox Communications pulling out of Gloucester. The majority of the line in place are the original line that were run when cable television was provided by Gloucester Cablevision at Summerville Plantation. We have iffy cellphone service especially at the upper end of the county and the internet is non existent. What was the purpose of the survey the county asked of its citizens if the board of supervisors doe not take action? We as the citizen of the county not only expect more from our elected officials but we demand it. We drop money around this county like it grows on trees and vote for budgets even after potions of the budget was approved by other portions of the county. We the people expect more and demand more. Remember we put you into to the office to support the needs of the people. We do not serve you.
During the March 1st Board of Supervisors meeting, a year long discussion about converting County administration from a calendar year to a fiscal year resumed. The County Administrator suggested that proceeding with the conversion was not possible at this time, primarily due to objections from the Commissioner of Revenue and the Treasurer (Both elected by the People of Gloucester and not present at the meeting). I will not speak to the efficacy of the calendar conversion, but will instead address something far more important; our elected leaders working as a team.
For the last several years we have noticed that all of our Constitutional Officers, except the Commissioner of Revenue, have appeared at public meetings when asked to do so or when there was a discussion that directly involves their responsibilities. Each time the Commissioner has not appeared when expected, the excuse of being too busy with one thing or another has been given on his behalf by County staff. We are not sure if the Commissioner of Revenue and the Treasurer were asked to be at the March 1st meeting, but we do feel they should have been there. After the meeting we were not only left with an unclear impression that it was their objections that led the County Administrator to report the conversion not being possible at this time; we were also left confused and aggravated by our elected leaders not working together as a team.
What many of us do not feel some of our Constitutional Officers get is; We the People of Gloucester elected a team. We elected a School Board, Board of Supervisors, Treasurer, Commissioner, Court Clerk, and Sheriff. We elected each of you to act on our behalf and to work as a team in doing so. We certainly did not intend for any of you to use your elected status to operate independently or collectively in the shadows. We the People want to be informed and we want each Constitutional Officer to be completely open and honest with us and with each other. When County staff, other Constitutional Officers or the People ask to see the County Checkbook and other documents, we expect them to be provided. When the Board of Supervisors asks Constitutional Officers to appear or there is a public meeting topic that directly relates to their responsibilities; we want to see and hear from them.
We now challenge the Commissioner of Revenue and the Treasurer to appear at the next Board of Supervisors meeting to provide the Board and the People clarity and to publicly answer whatever questions the Board may have. We also challenge, all of our local Constitutional Officers to begin working together, like We the People intended when we elected each of you.
The cell coverage on my road is no better now than it was 15 years ago. My neighbors will attest, too. Sadly, the same holds true throughout most of the county. Gloucester Point, the Rt. 17 Corridor, and the Courthouse area have good coverage. Whoopie. That's a very small geographic slice of this total county and it's population.
This situation is NOT acceptable in today's world, especially for what cell phone & internet services cost. Lack of sufficient, let alone adequate, access impedes ability to work, study, and have guaranteed emergency access. It also impacts people's decisions on moving here, or staying here. GC needs to get with the times.
The Gloucester Board of Supervisors, School Board, Economic Development Authority and others are currently considering what to do with our school bus garage and old Page Middle School properties. It has been rumored that selling all or a portion of the properties are the top options being considered, but considering our substantial infrastructure needs, any option to sell the properties does not seem to be in the best interest of managing our assets or taking care of our employees.
For several years our Public Utilities and Public Works Departments have desperately needed us to provide a place where each department can consolidate operations, where they can store and maintain several million dollars worth of vehicles, equipment and materials and where they can provide our employees with a respectable and safe place to work. Likewise, our school system’s transportation facility has also needed similar attention for a very long time. Over the years our elected leaders have acknowledged these infrastructure needs, but practically nothing has been done to fulfill them. Our ownership of the old Page and bus garage properties presents us with a unique opportunity to not only fulfill some very serious capital needs; it also provides us the best possible opportunity to consolidate certain county and school system functions. Such consolidations will reduce our construction and operations costs and will enhance the overall functionality of the departments involved.
Our current school bus garage can be renovated and expanded for a lot less money than new property acquisition and construction. We should upgrade and expand our bus garage to facilitate consolidation of all of our school system and county transportation functions under one Fleet Director employed by the school system. We should move all Public Utilities, Public Works and Buildings and Grounds functions to the old Page properties. A single story strip mall type office building should be built along the front portion of the property to provide administration and customer service space. The area behind the administration space should contain each department’s relevant work and storage buildings and areas. We should consolidate all of our school system and county Public Works and Buildings and Grounds functions under one director that is employed by the county. Future growth in the old Page and bus garage area will likely present a need for us to construct a fire and rescue facility, therefore the construction of such a facility should be included in our future plans for the properties.
Our Utilities Department currently has money in hand to purchase property and construct a new yard and office. Instead of buying new property, we should use that money to begin the consolidation process on the old Page properties. Once Utilities has relocated there, we can sell their old yard and County Office Building 4 to help fund more of the consolidation project. At some point during the consolidation process we will also be able to sell the Birkhofer Building and the Building and Grounds Shop to help fund the project. We need to look for a creative way to fund the renovation and expansion of the bus garage, but once that construction is complete we can sell the County Garage at Providence Road to generate additional revenue.