July 27, 2016
CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Assistant to the County Manager for Board Affairs
PHONE: (804) 501-4318
O’Bannon to serve on Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee
Henrico County Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon has been designated to serve on the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee.
The committee works to define and implement the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan, which guides efforts to promote compatibility among communication systems used by public safety agencies at the local, regional and state levels.
O’Bannon, who represents the Tuckahoe District, joins the committee as a representative of the Virginia Association of Counties.
July 25, 2016
CONTACT: Ed Olsen, Horticulture Extension Agent, Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160
Henrico Extension to hold free lawn care workshop Aug. 13
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 13 to help residents establish and maintain beautiful, healthy lawns.
The SMART Lawn Saturday event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Extension office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.
The workshop will feature presentations by lawn care experts as well as displays and exhibits by local vendors throughout the day. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and explain the SMART Lawns program, which provides residents with customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns. Free soil sample kits also will be available.
For information, go to henrico.us/extension or call (804) 501-5160.
July 19, 2016
CONTACT: Donna Sandefur , Court Administrator, Henrico County Circuit Court
PHONE: (804) 501-4711
Bondurant appointed to Henrico General District Court
Thomas O. Bondurant Jr. has been appointed to the Henrico County General District Court, effective Sept. 1.
Henrico’s Circuit judges selected Bondurant to fill a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Mary B. Malveaux to the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
A member of the Virginia State Bar since 1974, Bondurant has practiced law in civil and criminal trial and appellate courts in all state and federal jurisdictions. His work has included family, criminal, real estate and personal injury cases.
He has served as a substitute judge on Henrico’s General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District courts since 1999. He served as a substitute judge on Richmond’s General District Court from 1983 to 1999. He also serves as county attorney for Westmoreland County and is a member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board and a commissioner in chancery for the Henrico Circuit Court.
Bondurant’s résumé also includes prior service as bar counsel to the Virginia State Bar and as chairman of its substance abuse committee as well as president of the Henrico County Bar Association and as chairman of its judiciary committee.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and a law degree from its T.C. Williams School of Law.
July 13, 2016
CONTACT: Kimberly Edmonds, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension
PHONE: (804) 501-5160
Henrico Extension seeks volunteers for financial-literacy training in August
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is recruiting volunteers who will be trained to promote financial literacy among military veterans and others in the community.
Henrico Extension is working with Extension offices in Chesterfield County and the cities of Richmond and Petersburg to prepare a new class of Master Financial Education Volunteers. Volunteers will receive 20 hours of class instruction and homework on financial literacy so they can share tips and information with neighborhood and civic groups, military veterans and others who may be struggling to make ends meet.
In partnership with local Extension offices, Master Financial Education Volunteers will be expected to provide at least 20 hours of service, covering such topics as managing money, improving credit, reducing debt and planning for homeownership.
A two-day training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 20 in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The cost to participate is $30 and covers a training manual as well as lunch and refreshments both days. Applications are due by Monday, Aug. 8. For information, call (804) 501-5160 or go to henrico.us/extension.
CONTACT: John A. Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
PHONE: (804) 501-4386
Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas announces the appointment of W. Brandon Hinton as deputy county manager for community services.
He succeeds Jane D. Crawley, who retired in April after a 25-year career in Henrico that included service as deputy county manager for community services since 2012.
Hinton has served as director of Henrico’s Office of Management and Budget since 2012.
He also has served since April as assistant deputy county manager for community services, with responsibility for the departments of Social Services, Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and Health, as well as the Capital Region Workforce Partnership, Children’s Services Act, Henrico Juvenile Detention Home, James River Juvenile Detention Center, Juvenile Probation, Community Corrections and the Drug Court program.
Hinton began his career in Henrico as a budget analyst in 2003 and was promoted to budget supervisor before becoming director of the Office of Management and Budget.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University and a master’s of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University
CONTACT: Capt. Taylor C. Goodman, Public Information Office, Henrico County Division of Fire
PHONE: (804) 836-9310
Henrico monitors Goochland petroleum incident
Henrico County officials on July 6 were notified by Goochland County of a possible leak on a petroleum pipeline in Goochland. Because the pipeline is adjacent to Tuckahoe Creek, which borders Henrico, public safety officials have had ongoing discussions to ensure residents are provided information about the incident.
The suspected leak is about 100 yards south of River Road on the Goochland side of Tuckahoe Creek. No Henrico property or waterway is directly affected.
Representatives of Plantation Pipeline, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and private contractors are on the scene.
Motorists traveling on River Road between South Gaskins Road in Henrico and Blair Road in Goochland are urged to proceed with caution and beware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the site. Temporary road closures may occur for the off-loading of equipment. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible.
CONTACT: Steve Yob, Director, Department of Public Works
PHONE: (804) 501-4390
Henrico to accept orders for free residential debris pickup through July 11
Henrico residents can continue to sign up for free curbside removal of storm debris through 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 11.
Orders can be placed by phone at (804) 501-4275 or online at henrico.us/services/storm-debris-pickup/. Residents must place their orders by the end of business Monday to receive the free pickup service.
Henrico County offered the residential program in the aftermath of significant damage caused by severe weather on June 16. The county has received a high volume of requests for the service and is working hard to complete the collection. All orders received by the deadline will be picked up.
For their debris to be collected, residents should ensure it is placed curbside at the time they order the service and no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday.
County crews and their contractors will remove only residential tree and vegetative debris, such as storm-damaged branches, limbs and small trees. Debris should be placed at the curb or near the edge of a nearby public road; it should not block drainage outlets or impede the roadway. Debris should be no longer than 4 feet, with a diameter of 4 inches or less, and weigh less than 50 pounds. Additional requirements are available at henrico.us/services/storm-debris-pickup/.
Residents also can take storm-related tree and vegetative debris at no cost to the public-use areas at Springfield Road Landfill, 10600 Fords Country Lane, and the Charles City Road Landfill, 2075 Charles City Road. Both areas are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
After registration for the free program ends on Monday, residents can place an order for bulky waste pickup for $43 at henrico.us/utility.
July 6, 2016
CONTACT: John A. Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
PHONE: (804) 501-4386
Romanello named deputy county manager for administration
Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas announces the appointment of Anthony J. Romanello as deputy county manager for administration.
Romanello, who currently serves as county administrator of Stafford County, will begin his work in Henrico in mid-September or once his contractual obligations in Stafford are satisfied.
“We are really excited and think Anthony will be a great addition to our team,” Vithoulkas said.
Romanello has served as county administrator of Stafford since January 2008. He previously served as a deputy county administrator of Stafford, town manager of West Point and held several positions with the city of Richmond, including deputy director of human services administration, deputy director of administration of public health and assistant to the city manager.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and American government from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
As deputy county manager for administration, Romanello will oversee the departments of Finance, General Services and Information Technology, as well as the Public Library and legislative liaison