Community Updates from the Office of Occoquan Supervisor Kenny Boddye

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Provided by Occoquan Supervisor Kenny Boddye’s Office

BOCS Recap: Black History Month, C-PACE Authorized, Devlin Deferred

Last Tuesday’s Board of County Supervisors meeting was another marathon, bringing about a number of actions in the areas of infrastructure, sustainability, traffic safety and general governance, along with a decision by the Board that the Devlin Technology Park application could not move forward as proposed. Board actions included:

Celebrating Our Community 

  • Proclaimed February Black History and Benefit Program Specialists’ Appreciation month.
  • The Department of Parks, Recreation, Tourism & History is hosting activities all month long to celebrate the triumphs, contributions, and struggles of African Americans throughout history. Click here to discover interactive history, art, and performance opportunities in honor of Black History Month.
  • Prince William County recognizes the importance of providing economic stability by administering federal and state benefit programs to over 100,000 residents. Those programs include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid assistance, subsidized childcare, Long-term Care Auxiliary Grants, Refugee Cash Assistance, employment service programs and energy assistance.  

Investing in Infrastructure & Traffic Safety 

  • Authorized a grant application to the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity Program to seek federal dollars for the Minnieville Road/Prince William Parkway interchange project.
  • Held budget amendment hearings, taking action to fund a new Brentsville District Library, the Prince William County Schools’ share of our cable franchise fees, upgrades to video and broadcast systems at McCoart (using ARPA funds), various facilities, and the Potomac / Neabsco Commuter Parking Garage Project.
  • Authorized first amendment to the Agreement of Sale of County-Owned Property to allow for development of a 21,000 sq. ft. canning and distilling facility and a 60-room boutique hotel, which will be integrated into Farm Brew Live at Innovation Park.
  • Authorized the creation of a lowered speed zone at Battlefield High School.

Sustainability

  • Adopted C-PACE, an open-market, private capital financing program for commercial property owners seeking to install energy and water efficiency improvements.
  • Amended Sustainability Commission to include representatives from the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and Virginia Railway Express. Boddye’s resolution reflected a recommendation from the commission. Given that motorized transportation is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, having transit experts at the table is critical to curbing our carbon footprint.

Land Use

  • Listened to public, applicant, and staff testimony on the Devlin Technology Park proposal. Boddye was the sole “no” vote on this CPA Initiation and still have concerns with the project as presented. Possible compromises, which would prevent data centers from being built near Chris Yung Elementary, came to light late into our deliberations. In the interest of additional public feedback and staff review, my move to defer a final decision until March 7 was approved unanimously. (Read more.)

Click here to view the agenda for next week, featuring a presentation on the Capital Improvement Program as prepare to enter budget season.

OmniRide/PRTC Announces Route Changes Due to Work Stoppage

Due to a work stoppage, OmniRide has insufficient personnel to operate on regular published schedules Feb. 13. Because of the ever-changing nature of a work stoppage, further revisions to service may be necessary.  Please monitor the OmniRide website or social media for updates.  Access paratransit and CONNECT microtransit will operate regular service. Other routes are modified as shown below:

OMNIRIDE EXPRESS buses will not operate due to an extreme shortage of bus operators.

OMNIRIDE METRO EXPRESS

  • Prince William will operate approximately every 90 minutes, starting at 6:04 a.m.
  • Manassas (60) WILL NOT operate

 

OMNIRIDE LOCAL

  • ·Dale City will operate approximately every 90 minutes, starting at 5:45 a.m. at the Chinn Center
  • Dumfries will operate approximately every 90 minutes, starting at 5:45 a.m. at The Lofts 
  • Route 1 will operate approximately every 90 minutes, starting at 5:50 a.m. at Squire Lane
  • Woodbridge/Lake Ridge routes will operate approximately every 90 minutes, starting at the Lake Ridge Commuter Lot at 5:35 a.m.
  • Manassas 65B will operate every 90 minutes according to regular schedule.
  • Manassas 65N will operate every 90 minutes according to regular schedule, starting at the HUB at 6:00 a.m.
  • Manassas/Manassas Park 67 — will operate approximately every 90 minutes according to regular schedule  
  • East-West Express (96) will operate approximately every 90 minutes, starting at the Transit Center at 6:45 a.m.

Joint Taskforce Seeks Efficiencies in Reaching Shared Sustainability Goals   

Last week was the inaugural meeting of the Joint Environmental Taskforce (JET). This group brings together representatives of Prince William County Government, Virginia and Prince William County Public School to identify opportunities to collaboratively increase efficiencies and results in our shared energy, sustainability, and energy goals.

Discussions centered on the group’s origins, our respective sustainability initiatives, and areas for possible collaboration.

They also adopted JET bylaws and elected officers. Supervisor Boddye is proud to report that the group elected him as Vice Chair. Town of Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta will serve as Chair.

Show Some Puppy Love: Opportunities to Give

Both the K-9 Gunner Memorial Dog Park and the Prince William County Animal Center could use some “puppy love.”

Dog Park Cleanup

While PWC Dogs Inc hasn’t yet set a rain date for the pre-spring cleaning event it had planned for the dog park this past Sunday (keep an eye out for updates), this volunteer group is asking for donations to support improvements at this popular puppy playground. Learn more. 

Dog Lovers Needed!

The Animal Services Center has experienced an influx of adoptable pets, but a slowdown in adoptions. They are looking for volunteers for the foster program, or better yet, people ready to add a furry family member. Visit them on Facebook for more details.

Tax Office Hours Changing 

Beginning Feb. 15, 2023, Prince William County Tax Administration offices will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month through Dec. 20, 2023. The change in hours on the third Wednesday will provide the Prince William County Tax Administration Division an opportunity to provide additional training to staff.

Only the following dates will be affected: Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20. All other days will adhere to normal operating hours, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information: pwcva.gov/department/tax-administration.

 

 

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