20 years after Gaston’s rains, Henrico celebrates start of work to revive Lake Overton

Project will bring new dam, environmental improvements, public access

Richard Flanagan can’t wait to see Lake Overton vibrant once again, with fishing and other recreation, as it was before Hurricane Gaston’s remnants brought pounding rain in 2004.

“I know it was 11 inches per two hours, because that’s what I dumped out of my basement,” said Flanagan, president of the Three Fountains North Civic Association.

The storm damaged the lake’s earthen dam so severely that the water level had to be lowered to ensure safety. As a result, the lake’s footprint shrunk from about 7.5 acres to about 4.3 acres.

Today, Flanagan and other residents joined Henrico County officials in celebrating the start of a project that will revive the lake to about 5.4 acres and deliver a new dam and a host of environmental improvements. It also will clear the way to provide public access to the lake by extending a trail from nearby Three Lakes Park.

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Henrico property owners to save on flood insurance due to new certification

Henrico County property owners will be able to save on flood insurance costs beginning in October with the county's participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS). The county is entering the system with a rating of Class 5* — one of the highest in the state and the highest ever obtained by a municipality in its first year under the current program requirements, according to FEMA.

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Henrico Board of Supervisors approves proposed budget for fiscal 2024-25

Plan retains 85-cent real estate rate, supports RECAP program, doubles BPOL exemption, advances bond projects, reinvests in education, safety, employees

UPDATE: The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously April 9 to adopt the county’s proposed budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year. The approved budget added $4.5 million to create a reserve fund for Henrico County Public Schools to expand planning periods at elementary schools and $89,500 to fund a community health worker position. It also adjusted funding for several nondepartmental agencies.

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Henrico CARES signals ‘call to action’ to strengthen youth mental health services

Plan focuses on service access, coordination, navigation in schools, community

With children and teenagers struggling more than ever with depression, sadness and hopelessness, Henrico County and Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) are implementing a plan to strengthen access to high-quality mental health services by making them more available in schools and expanding efforts focused on prevention, support, and early and intensive intervention.

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Henrico’s triple AAA bond ratings reaffirmed

County prepares to issue $121 million in bonds for schools, other projects

Henrico County’s triple AAA bond ratings – the highest possible endorsement of its creditworthiness – have been reaffirmed ahead of a sale of bonds to improve schools and other public facilities.

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Henrico earns $1.4 million grant to create EV charging station network

Federal funds will help develop stations for public use at seven county facilities

Henrico County will install electric vehicle charging stations at seven locations, including at libraries, parks and recreation facilities and government centers, after being awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to promote clean energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

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Henrico to buy 2,095-acre Varina Farms for land preservation

Tobacco – and Virginia’s prosperity – took root at former riverfront plantation

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted today to buy Varina Farms, a 2,095-acre former plantation along the James River that will be preserved for its historical significance, natural beauty and sensitive environment.

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New Board of Supervisors taps veterans Nelson, Schmitt for leadership posts

Embrace the moment, Nelson urges, citing county’s fiscal strength, sustainability efforts

The veteran supervisors were elected by unanimous votes during the board’s organizational meeting Tuesday. Joining Nelson and Schmitt on the dais are newly elected Supervisors Roscoe D. Cooper III, of the Fairfield District; Misty D. Whitehead, of the Three Chopt District; and Jody K. Rogish, of the Tuckahoe District.

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Scholarship fund established to honor retiring Supervisors Thornton, O’Bannon

2 HCPS seniors who embody the supervisors’ values will be recognized each year

Henrico County, with the nonprofit Henrico Education Foundation and a host of donors, has established a scholarship fund to honor trailblazing Supervisors Frank J. Thornton and Patricia S. O’Bannon, who will conclude 28 years of service when their terms end Dec. 31.

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Oaths administered to incoming supervisors, School Board members, constitutional officers, Henricopolis directors

The members of Henrico County’s next Board of Supervisors and School Board as well as its constitutional officers and Henricopolis directors have been sworn in to begin serving their terms on Jan. 1.

“Welcome, we all look forward to working with you and seeing you succeed as a group,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said at the conclusion of the Henrico County 2024 Investiture, which was held Dec. 15 at the Henrico Sports & Events Center.

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