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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.

Tucked off Magnolia Road in eastern Henrico County, Woodland was established in 1917 for the interment of Black residents at a time of strict segregation. However, with no funds for perpetual maintenance, the cemetery languished from neglect and eventually all-but vanished in a tangle of weeds, trees and brush.

As executive director of the nonprofit Woodland Restoration Foundation, Harris is leading efforts to reestablish the cemetery as a place of dignity and reverence.

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Henrico seeks names from public for proposed animal adoption center

Ideas can be submitted online at NameTheShelter.com through Aug. 31

Henrico residents are invited to suggest names for an animal adoption center that is one of several proposed capital projects included in a countywide bond referendum that voters will consider as part of the 2022 general election.

Individuals can share their naming ideas at NameTheShelter.com through Aug. 31. The top choices will be made available for a public vote online in September. Individuals can follow the progress of the naming campaign on the Henrico County Government accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

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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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Henrico approves $1.5 billion proposed budget for fiscal 2022-23

UPDATE: At its April 12 regular meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2022-23. The spending plan will take effect July 1.

Highlights include 2-cent cut to real estate rate, more tax relief through REAP, 117 positions for public safety, education, $20 million to jumpstart bond projects

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Dennis Bickmeier to lead Henrico’s new sports and entertainment authority

In new role, longtime head of Richmond Raceway will bolster sports tourism

Dennis Bickmeier has been appointed to lead a new authority that will oversee Henrico County’s sports tourism program and manage its private-public facilities, including an indoor events center under construction at Virginia Center Commons.

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Henrico completes well tests to assess presence of PFAS in White Oak area

County now supporting residents whose wells had elevated levels of chemicals

Henrico County’s testing of private wells near White Oak Swamp Creek found 88% had no detectable presence of potentially harmful chemicals known as PFAS. Among the samples taken from 259 residential wells, 30 had some level of PFAS, with two exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) preliminary health advisory level.

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Henrico approves ordinance to offer first-ever real estate tax credit

UPDATE, Feb. 22, 2022: At its regular meeting tonight, the Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance giving county property owners a one-time credit on their real estate taxes. With the measure, Henrico becomes the first locality in Virginia to refund real estate taxes to property owners.

Board of Supervisors also will consider 2-cent rate reduction with FY23 budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday welcomed a proposal that would give property owners a one-time credit on their real estate taxes.

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Henrico launches more road, trail, sidewalk projects with funds from CVTA

With Thornton as chairman, transportation authority marks successful first year

For years, Henrico County’s transportation needs have exceeded its available funding. As a result, major projects – like building the Fall Line Trail, Lambert Way or the Magellan Parkway extension over Interstate 95 – have often had to wait years to proceed.

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Board to hold special meeting Thursday for reapportionment vote

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Government Center Board Room, 4301 E. Parham Road, to vote on a reapportionment plan for the county’s magisterial districts.

The meeting is open to the public; individuals who attend are required to wear a face covering. The meeting also can be viewed via livestream on the county website and on the WebEx platform. Links are available at https://henrico.us/supervisors/next-meeting/.

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