Solar panel system approved for 2-acre site at closed Springfield Road Landfill

Agreement with BrightSuite would provide renewable electricity for pump station

Henrico County is poised to become the first locality in the region and one of the first in Virginia to have solar panels installed at a closed landfill, which would generate reduced-cost, renewable energy to power a nearby sewage pump station.

Under a proposal set for consideration tonight by the Board of Supervisors, BrightSuite, a subsidiary of Dominion Energy, would design, install and maintain a 349-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on about 2 acres at the closed Springfield Road Landfill, 10600 Fords Country Lane in western Henrico.

In addition to leasing the site for $1 per year, Henrico would purchase the electricity generated by the solar array to provide up to 100% of the power needed to operate the Allen’s Branch Sewage Pump Station. By allowing the county to receive a lower rate, the arrangement would save taxpayers an estimated $600,000 to $700,000 on electricity costs over the 30-year lease term. If approved, the system would likely become operational by spring 2025.

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‘This is what a library is supposed to feel like’

‘Refreshed’ Sandston Branch Library reopens to community

A brighter, more modern Sandston Branch Library reopened Wednesday with a celebration of its recent improvements, which include user-friendly shelving and fresh carpeting and paint throughout the building.

“I walked in, and I just said, ‘Wow!’” Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson said before leading a ribbon-cutting ceremony to cap the library’s 12-week, $411,000 “refresh” project.

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Henrico voters approve all 4 bond referendum questions

Vote authorizes $511 million in projects for schools, parks, public safety, drainage

Henrico voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved all four questions in a bond referendum, clearing the way for the county to issue nearly $511.4 million in debt to fund capital projects for schools, parks and other public facilities. Officials have emphasized that approval of the bonds would require no increase to county tax rates.

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Tourist spending in Henrico eclipses $1.3 billion

County poised for further growth, with development, enhanced focus on sports tourism

Visitors spent more than $1.3 billion in Henrico County during 2021, the highest total of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth highest in Virginia, according to an annual study released today for the Virginia Tourism Corp.

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Woodland Cemetery: Lost no more

With Henrico’s help, nonprofit uncovers thousands of gravesites in 2 years

Two years after acquiring the neglected, vine-choked property, Marvin Harris isn’t interested in slowing or pausing the work to restore historic Woodland Cemetery.
Not for Virginia’s sweltering summer heat.

Not even for a broken right foot.

“You couldn’t take me away from this project,” Harris said, toweling perspiration from his face and hobbling across the grounds in a protective boot – an injury caused in March by a toppled headstone.

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Henrico Pet Adoption Center prevails in online vote to name proposed $15 million facility

Name picked in 23% of more than 1,400 votes cast at

Henrico Pet Adoption Center was selected as the name for the county's proposed animal adoption center. The name was preferred on 23% of the 1,411 votes cast at Among the seven finalists, Henrico Animal House finished second, with 19%, followed by Furever Friends Pet Adoption Center, 16%; Wags & Whiskers Pet Adoption Center, 15%; Happy Tails Pet Adoption Center, 12%; Henrico P.A.C.K. (Protect and Adopt Canines and Kitties), 8%; and Henrico Hope Pet Adoption Center, 7%.

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Jill Biden promotes COVID vaccine for children during July 1 stop in Henrico

First lady Jill Biden visited Henrico Friday, promoting COVID-19 vaccinations for young children. She stopped by the county’s Health Department East Clinic on Laburnum Avenue with Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, to tout the benefits of the vaccine, which recently was approved for children ages 6 months to 5 years.

Biden toured the health center and talked with parents whose children were waiting for shots, including Tuckahoe residents Kyle Wendling and Cathy Marcelo. The couple had brought their 9-month-old son Patrick to be vaccinated.

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Henrico proposes personal property tax relief to offset rising vehicle values

Plan would give a credit based on a 52-cent rate cut, make 1st payments due Aug. 5

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will consider a personal property tax relief proposal that would give residents an additional 60 days to make their first payments and provide a credit on year-end bills to offset higher-than-expected vehicle values. With the credits, the county would provide an effective 52-cent reduction to the personal property tax rate for 2022, based on current estimates.

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