YEAR IN REVIEW: January

$1 million expansion at Chevy dealership

The Heritage Chevrolet dealership, which has been a Chester landmark for over 30 years added space and performed a facelift on its aging existing building.  Roughly 2,800 additional square feet of new space was added. The renovation/addition included extra showroom space (2-3 cars), additional sales office space, administration and office storage space and a conference room/break room. Renovation included the floor, ceiling and walls and some redesign in the current sales showroom, parts pro shop and customer lounge, service/customer care lounge and greeting area. The exterior of the whole building was updated with emphasis on the front showroom area north and south entrances as well as the service greeting area outside.  Total reinvestment into the community was close to one million dollars.

Warrior Geeks garner award at robotics competion

The Matoaca High School Robotics Team, The Warrior Geeks, competed in the First Tech Challenge at Norfolk State University along with twenty-two other teams.  Attending the event were two other teams from Chesterfield and teams from Henrico, Hopewell, and Richmond. The challenge-playing elements included small plastic crates, racquetballs, and a bowling ball.  The goal for the robot was to score the most points for the alliance team that each school was paired with.  Teams had two minutes and thirty seconds per match during which to stack crates and place the balls or bowling balls in different areas to score points.  The team alliance with the most points won the round. The Warrior Geeks took home the “Think Award.”

New local School Board members off and running

When the newly-organized School Board met for its first work session, the southern end of Chesterfield was represented by one new, and one returning, member. Carrie Coyner, an attorney was elected to represent the Bermuda District. Retired school psychiatrist Tom Doland was back after being re-elected in the Matoaca District. While each member raised an occasional question, newly-elected Chair Patricia Carpenter, and her vice-chair, David Wyman, both veterans on the board, asked most of the questions.

Sups elect chairman and vice

The Board of Supervisors’s center seat went to Dan Gecker of the Midlothian District. The vote was four to one. The one abstention was offered by Dale Supervisor Jim Holland who was passed over last year in favor of board veteran Art Warren. The gavel was handed down the dais, carried by several board members, before Gecker took charge of it and the board.  “We had a very good year last year,” Gecker said. “And I’m looking forward to a good year this year.” He then called for nominations and a vote for vice chairman. Gecker nominated Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, and on a unanimous vote, she was second in charge.

Property Tax rate advertised at 95 cents

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted to advertise the property tax rate at 95 cents per $100 of home assessed value. The rate advertised, as stated by state statute, can only be lowered when the Board votes on the budget on March 28. Combined with decreasing home assessments, Chesterfield homeowners in 2011 saved, on average, $800 a year on property taxes.

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