James City County receives stormwater funding, adds two new police officers

tjefferson@vagazette.com

 

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality awarded the county’s general service stormwater division with $1,145,052 as part of its Stormwater Local Assist Fund, during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

In the state, The Stormwater Local Assist Fund allocated over $19 million to 26 localities for 41 different projects, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality website.

The county’s stormwater division will allocate the funds into four different projects.

  • The Foxes in the Jamestown District - stream restoration $202,689
  • Cooley Road in the Jamestown District - stream restorations $222,500
  • Oxford Road in the Jamestown District - stream restoration $154,863
  • Toano West in the Stonehouse District - Stormwater Conveyance and BMP $565,000

The police department also introduced two new police officers during the meeting.

The department now has 111 officers, according to county administrator Bryan Hill.

Both officers were hired in May, according to chief Bradley Rinehimer.

Kensington School

The Board of Supervisors will have to wait to hear a request by the Kensington School to open a second location after the applicant withdrew its request at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Kensington School had originally proposed turning the two acres at 8231 Richmond Road, where Nick’s Lawn Equipment and Supply used to be, into a daycare center.

However, the owner of the school said they have decided to look at another spot.

Owner Rachel Salmon said the school will look at opening a second location at 8300 Richmond Road. The request will be heard by the planning commission on Dec. 6.

Salmon said the school is partnering with Hickory Neck Episcopal Church for a Toano location, which will include a temporary 4,200-square-foot building and will serve 65 children. She said the school hopes to be in a new building at the Toano location in three years.

The Kensington School, at 3435 John Tyler Highway, serves infant, toddler and preschool age children. The new school would employ seven employees and serve a maximum of 48 students, according to county documents.a new

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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