Feb. 8, 2019
CONTACT: Charlotte Whitten, Executive Assistant, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4208
Fairfield meeting Feb. 20 to feature State of the County address
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20 to share Henrico County’s State of the County address and provide updates for the district.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Thornton will be joined by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas, who first presented the State of the County address in December.
For information, call (804) 501-4208.
Feb. 8, 2019
CONTACT: Veta Herbaugh, Executive Assistant, Henrico County Board of Supervisors
PHONE: (804) 501-4208
Tuckahoe Town Meeting on Feb. 28 to discuss proper waste disposal, recycling
Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will host a Tuckahoe Town Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28 to discuss the proper disposal of household waste, recycling programs and other ways to conserve natural resources.
The meeting will be held with sessions at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive. Residents who are unable to attend may participate via a livestream on the Henrico County Government YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/henricocountygovernment.
For more information, call (804) 501-4208 or go to patobannon.com.
Feb. 7, 2019
Region launches Opioid Solutions RVA website, media campaign
Localities unite to address opioid crisis, offer hope to those battling addiction
The counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico and the city of Richmond today launched a website and a yearlong media campaign under the name Opioid Solutions RVA to highlight the dangers of opioid use and to connect those struggling with addiction to information, treatment and resources.
The website — OpioidSolutionsRVA.com — provides a comprehensive, regionally-focused clearinghouse of information about opioids as well as services available for treatment, recovery and prevention. It directs those needing immediate help or recovery support to resources, and it offers practical guidance, for example, on discussing pain-relieving alternatives with a doctor as well as what parents can do if their child is suspected of using drugs.
The website also will highlight special programs and initiatives, such as drug take-back drives and classes on the administration of naloxone, which can be used to revive someone following a suspected opioid overdose. The website is being maintained by the localities and is funded through the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant received by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
“Opioid use and addiction are major problems for the entire RVA region,” said Tyrone E. Nelson, chairman of the Henrico Board of Supervisors. “These powerful drugs are destroying lives and affecting every group and demographic. To reverse these devastating trends, our community must elevate its collective understanding of the crisis and offer hope to those challenged with the disease of addiction.”
A yearlong media campaign for Opioid Solutions RVA is kicking off immediately to raise awareness of the epidemic and to promote OpioidSolutionsRVA.com. The campaign is expected to use a variety of media platforms, including billboards, traditional broadcast and internet radio, social media, television and print. The campaign’s $100,000 cost is being shared by the four localities.
“Our country’s opioid problem has been years in the making, and it won’t be solved overnight,” said Leslie Haley, chair of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “Locally, we are committed to action and long-term success. We want to reach everyone — from teens and preteens to adults, parents and seniors. Opioids threaten everyone because they’re not just street drugs, like heroin. They’re often in our medicine cabinets at home and available from doctors by prescription. One of the goals of Opioid Solutions RVA is to create better-informed patients who participate fully in their health care decisions.”
The campaign’s first public service announcement underscores the addictive and potentially deadly nature of opioids and explains that they are often known by other names, including Codeine, Vicodin, Percocet, painkillers and pills. A second announcement offers hope to those struggling with addiction and encourages them to seek help in their recovery.
Additional announcements are planned throughout the campaign.
“RVA cares deeply about its residents and knows their health and happiness are essential to our region’s prosperity and success,” Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney said. “By uniting in Opioid Solutions RVA, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond are harnessing their collective talents and resources to save and repair lives.”
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond have been working both independently and jointly to address the opioid problem
for several years. Opioid addiction was declared a public health emergency in Virginia in 2016.
In October 2017, the localities joined forces to present Revive RVA: Regional Solutions to the Opioid Crisis, a daylong summit at the Greater Richmond Convention Center that featured keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussions, a resource fair and naloxone training. The localities continued their collaboration through a work group that includes staff in the areas of human services, public health and communications.
The number of fatal opioid overdoses continues to rise sharply locally, across Virginia and throughout the United States. In Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond, the combined number of opioid overdose deaths increased from 51 in 2010 to 79 in 2012 before jumping to 108 in 2014, 189 in 2016 and 238 in 2017, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
“Sadly, as our first responders know, opioids now account for more deaths in Virginia than automobile accidents and gun violence,” said W. Canova Peterson, chairman of the Hanover Board of Supervisors. “While many people are fortunate enough to survive an overdose, they’re often burdened with a life-crippling addiction. As a community and a region, we can and must do better. Opioid Solutions RVA represents a bold, collective step to truly make a difference for our community.”
Feb. 7, 2019
CONTACT: Lt. Shawn M. Sears, Animal Protection Unit, Henrico County Police Division
PHONE: (804) 727-8801
Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Feb. 16
The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.
Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.
Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and a certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.
Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.
Henrico dog licenses will be available for $10. Licenses now are valid for the life of the animal while the owner lives in Henrico and its rabies vaccinations are kept current.
Officers will be available to discuss license and vaccination requirements. For information, call the Animal Protection Unit at (804) 727-8801.
Feb. 6, 2019
CONTACT: John A. Vithoulkas, Henrico County Manager
PHONE: (804) 501-4386
Johnson named director of Community Corrections
Johnson has worked for the program since 2000 and is currently a unit supervisor. She also has served as acting director following the recent resignation of Gary A. Hughes, the program’s director since 2016.
As director, Johnson will be responsible for coordinating a program of local probation, pretrial supervision and related services as a continuum of community-based sanctions and services. Community Corrections has an approved budget of $1.6 million and 22 employees in fiscal year 2018-19.
Johnson began her service in Henrico in 1998, when she was hired as an inmate classification officer in the Sheriff’s Office. She moved to Community Corrections two years later as a probation officer.
Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Master of Public Administration from Strayer University.
Feb. 5, 2019
CONTACT: Barry R. Lawrence, Assistant to the County Manager for Board Affairs
PHONE: (804) 501-4318
Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees
All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and two of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2019.
Board members received the following appointments:
- Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee;
- Vice Chairman and Three Chopt District Supervisor Thomas M. Branin, Finance Steering Committee (vice chairman) and Resolutions Operations Committee;
- Brookland District Supervisor Daniel J. Schmitt, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee;
- Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, Education Steering Committee, Nominating Committee, a Region 3 representative on the VACo Board of Directors; and
- Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon, General Government Steering Committee.
Administration officials who received appointments are:
- Deputy County Manager for Community Services Anthony J. Romanello, Health and Human Resources Steering Committee; and
- Deputy County Manager for Community Development Randall R. Silber, Environment and Agriculture Steering Committee.
VACo’s seven steering committees review legislative requests from member counties, recommend an annual legislative program and provide policy guidance to VACo staff. The association represents local governments at the state and federal levels and provides a resource network for planning and implementing ideas and technologies.