Coles District Newsletter
August 2021 - 17th Edition
Dear Neighbor,

While summer doesn’t officially end until the end of September, if you’re like me it always feels like those last few weeks before school starts marks its ceremonial end. I hope you’re able to enjoy the remainder of the summer with your friends and loved ones in the days ahead.

Your Board of County Supervisors is in the midst of a five week break and will resume board meetings the day after Labor Day.

Prior to the break, the board was busy with land use initiations which included marking the 160th anniversary (to the day) of the start of the Civil War at Manassas Battlefield, with a vote to initiate the potential building of data centers atop and below parts of our blood soaked battlefield. I voted against the measure. Other initiations to update the county’s Comprehensive Plan were also made for the sewer chapter and long term changes to the Rural Crescent.

The board also voted to set your county government’s goals and priorities for the next four years through the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan. I thoroughly vetted this extremely consequential guiding document and cast the only vote against it due to the unprecedented growth in the size of government and tax increases the goals and priorities would necessitate, if adopted.

The Prince William County Police Department’s 2020 Annual Report was also released last month. Contrary to local media narratives, the report showed what a disciplined and reputable force we’re blessed to have here in Prince William County. That we can count on two fingers the number of sustained infractions which have occurred over the last five years in a county of nearly half a million people is truly amazing and something we should take great pride in.

Finally, this Friday marks the return of the Prince William County Fair to the county and Coles District! This year’s fair will take place August 13-21 at the Fairgrounds on Dumfries Road. For a link to the 2021 Fair and their schedule of events (I get the fun, but unenviable job of being a judge for the Cutest Baby contests) please click here.

To all the readers of the Coles District Newsletter, I hope you enjoy your last few “unofficial” weeks of summer and the Labor Day holiday. And if you happen to see me at the Fair, please stop by and say hello!

For Coles,

Yesli Vega
Land Use
Board Majority Marks 160th Anniversary of Civil War with ZTA Initiation for Data Center on Manassas Battlefield 
On July 21st, 1861, Union and Confederate forces met head to head for the first battle of the civil war at Bull Run, which would later become known as Manassas Battlefield. The two sides suffered 4,690 casualties and losses on that bloody day, kicking off a war which would end with at least 1,700,000 casualties in the fight to preserve the union and end slavery in the United States.

In the wee morning hours of July 21st, 2021, the Prince William County Democrat Board majority voted to initiate a zoning text amendment to study the placement of a data center on portions of the battlefield within the Rural Crescent.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Votes Against Initiating CPA for Amazon Data Center Outside of Data Center Overlay District
- Coles District Staff
Board Receives Briefings on the Most Essential of Services – Water
Briefings Included Updated on Occoquan Overlay District and Countywide Water Study
- Coles District Staff
Lake Jackson Dam Removed from Service Authority Consideration
- Coles District Staff
Board Approves a Slew of “Initiation” Updates to Comprehensive Plan
- Coles District Staff
Board Majority Forces 135 Foot Cell Phone Tower in Gainesville Neighborhood over Objections of Residents, District Supervisor
- Coles District Staff
County Purchases Keys Farm Property Abutting Landfill
- Coles District Staff
County Passes 2021-2024 Strategic Plan; Vega Votes No
On July 20th, the Board of Supervisor approved the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan on a 7-1 vote, with Supervisor Vega casting the lone vote against.

The strategic plan lays out the county’s goals for the next four years and is used as a governing roadmap for initiatives and annual budget priorities.
- Coles District Staff
Police Blotter
Prince William Police Department’s 2020 Annual Report Extensive; Demonstrates Top Tier Organization

In perhaps the most difficult year for policing in recent memory, the Prince William County Police Department once again demonstrated itself as a superb organization of men and women who risk their lives for friends, neighbors, and strangers, alike.
- Coles District Staff
Four Charged in Teen’s Shooting Death in Dale City
Police have arrested four people in connection with the Monday shooting death of a 17-year-old Dale City boy.

The suspects met the victim that morning in the 4700 block of Still Place in Dale City to "conduct a marijuana transaction," but actually intended to rob the teen, Prince William County police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.
- InsideNova
Charges Filed In Shooting That Injured 9-Year-Old
One man has been charged in connection with a shooting that injured a 9-year-old girl in Woodbridge last month, according to the Prince William County Police Department.
Triangle man shot and killed by homeowner identified as 7-Eleven robberies suspect 
- InsideNova
Police investigate another shooting in south Woodbridge  
- InsideNova
Armed mob invades home in Prince William County
- Potomac Local
Young man, 13 Year Old Boy Shot in Southbridge, Outside Dumfries
- InsideNova
Police seek to identify a man found dead near Marumsco Plaza in Woodbridge  
- Prince William Times
Five 7-Eleven’s in Woodbridge, Dumfries Held Up in Armed Robberies Between June 28 and July 16
- Prince William County Police Department
Police search for duo in rash of business burglaries in Montclair, Dale City  
Police are searching for suspects in a string of burglaries in Montclair and Dale City early Monday.

At 8:45 a.m., officers were called to the Lake Montclair Center in the 5100 block of Waterway Drive to investigate multiple burglaries and burglary attempts to businesses between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., Prince William County police 1st Sgt. Jonathan Perok said.
- InsideNova
Man charged with sexually assaulting teenage coworker in Haymarket
- InsideNova
Undetonated device found in Lake Ridge neighborhood after explosion  
- InsideNova
Manassas man arrested at home daycare facility for child pornography
- InsideNova
Man charged in domestic assault, barricade at home
- InsideNova
Other Police Incidents in July
Sexual Assaults, Malicious Woundings, Abductions, Assaults on Law Enforcement, Reckless Handling of Firearms and more...
- Coles District Staff
Crime Mapping
Police Department provides residents and business owners the ability to look into crime that occurs in their community and neighborhoods through City Protect
- Prince William County Police Department
Supervisor’s husband asks police to question resident critical of County Board 
- Uriah Kiser, Potomac Local
Supervisor Vega Participates in Discussion with Human Trafficking Non-Profit
- Coles District Staff
Homeruns and Heroes
A Family Friendly Softball Game Supporting Local Law Enforcement
We Back Blue is SO EXCITED to gather local heroes and their communities and go head to head in a softball game. Getting these brave men and women out for some much needed comradery is much needed! (...not to mention will be much appreciated!)

Let's show up FOR THEM and cheer them on!
- We Back Blue
Department of Public Safety Communications Announces New Technology Capability
- Prince William County Department of Public Safety Communications
National Night Out Returns to Prince William County
A beautiful evening on August 3rd marked the return of National Night out in Prince William County as PWCPD and Sheriff’s Office motorcades made their way to sixteen (16) locations throughout Prince William County’s Eastern, Western, and Central Districts.
- Coles District Staff
Masks Will Be Required in Schools This Fall
On July 27th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their “Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools”. In this update, the agency recommended “universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status”.
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Meets with New School Superintendent
On August 2nd, Supervisor Vega met with new Prince William County Schools Superintendent Dr. Latanya McDade.
Prince William County Public Schools 2021-22 School Year Calendar
- Prince William County Public Schools
COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths Remain Low Despite Rise in Cases

On May 14th, when Governor Northam’s mask mandate was rescinded, Virginia’s seven-day average for deaths of people with traces of COVID-19 was about 16. As of August 5th, the seven-day average is about 3. To say it another way - it has fallen about 82% since the first mask mandate was rescinded. Here in Prince William County, the seven-day average for deaths from people with traces of COVID-19 is 0.
- Coles District Staff
COVID-19 Vaccinations for the Homebound
- Coles District Staff
Despite substantial decrease in deaths since statewide mandate was lifted, Prince William County Government reimposes mask mandate 
Wear Polka Dots Day
Human Resources held the first “wear Polka-dots” day on August 3. Staff members wore polka-dots and took photos in the McCoart Atrium.

- Prince William County Office of Communication
County Executive Shares County Position on Drug Use by County Employees
- Coles District Staff
Planning Commission Now Weighing in on Transportation Issues
Follows Supervisor Vega Directive to More Closely Examine Land Use and Transportation Holistically
- Coles District Staff
Residents in Alignment of Proposed Route 28 Bypass Receive Letter Notifying Them of FEMA Flood Plain Status
- Coles District Staff
Coles District Dumpster Day A Success!
The Coles District’s first Dumpster Day in nine years was a success! A trash receptacle, placed at Yorkshire Elementary School received about 1,920 pounds of trash on Saturday between the hours of 9am and 2pm.

Thank you to all the residents who came out and to our excellent employees at the Prince William County Division of Neighborhood Services for their help and advocacy

- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Hosts Community Meeting on Noise at Fairgrounds
On August 9th, Supervisor Vega hosted a community meeting on noise issues emanating during events at the County Fairgrounds on Dumfries Road.
- Coles District Staff
Special Thanks to Keep Prince William Beautiful!

Thank you to local non-profit, Keep Prince William Beautiful, for….Keeping Prince William Beautiful!

On July 17th, more than three dozen volunteers congregated outside of the Coles District Office before deploying out to Dumfries Road, Hoadley Road, and other heavily trafficked thoroughfares to pick up litter.

For more information on Keep Prince William Beautiful or to sign up to volunteer please visit their website at

- Supervisor Vega
Supervisor Vega Issues Directive Aimed at Cleaning up County Voter Rolls
County Estimates Reveal More Registered Voters than Eligible Citizens

On August 3rd, Supervisor Vega attempted to issue a directive to the County Attorney’s office to study state and local codes and laws which have allowed for more registered voters on Prince William County’s voter rolls than eligible citizens residing in the county. However, the directive was opposed by Supervisors Angry, Franklin, and Wheeler, with some requests for more information.
- Coles District Staff
Thank you, Interns!
- Supervisor Vega
Supervisor Vega Visits Ner Shalom Synagogue
Will soon be opening County’s first Jewish Early Learning Center
- Coles District Staff
New Vehicle Compliance Program to Enforce Compliance of Personal Property Tax Laws
- Prince William County Department of Finance
National Parks and Recreation Month
- Prince William County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Supervisor Vega Issues Directive to Look Into Creation of TNR Program for Feral Cats
At the request of the Board of Supervisors’ Animal Advisory Committee, Supervisor Vega issued a directive to county staff to come back with options for a Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program in Prince William County for feral cats.

TNR reduces shelter admissions and operating costs. Fewer community cats in shelters also increases shelter adoption rates.

- Coles District Staff
Prince William County Recognized In the 19th Annual Digital Counties Survey
- Prince William County Department of Information Technology
NCS Technologies Brings Modern Manufacturing to Innovation Park
- Department of Economic Development
County Improves Residential Solar Panels Permitting Process
- Department of Development Services
Early Voting Locations Approved for November Gubernatorial Election
- Coles District Staff
Supervisor Vega Pushes for Veteran Discounts in Fee Based Services
At the suggestion of a county resident, Supervisor Vega has asked the county to explore the feasibility of discounts for veterans at fee based services such as the Dale City Rec Center, Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center, and others.

The county has also recently established a Veterans Commission which will be utilized in pursuing county perks for those who have served us.

- Coles District Staff
Northern Virginia Return to Earn Grant Program
- Prince William County Department of Economic Development
Marine Corps Base Quantico welcomes new commander
- Lance Cpl. Paige Verr
COVID-19 Impact on the 2021 Vehicle Valuations
- Prince William County Department of Finance
Prince William County FY2022 Budget Available Online
- Prince William County Office of Management and Budget
32 Small Businesses 'Open for Business' in May 2021
- Prince William County Department of Development Services
Senior Centers Open on Modified Schedule
- Prince William County Office of Communications
Dale City Library Scheduled to Close for Renovations
- Prince William Public Libraries
Do You Want to Serve Prince William’s Senior Population?
Do you have a heart for our more seasoned residents? If so, the Coles District has a vacancy in its appointed position to the Prince William County Commission on Aging.
- Coles District Staff
Upcoming Events
Historic Preservation Division Events
- Prince William County Historic Preservation Division
August 2021 | Things to Do in Prince William County
- Visit Prince William County
 U.S. Navy Band at the National Museum of the Marine Corps
- United States Navy Band
Board of Supervisors Meeting Schedule
Sept 7 (2:00 PM / 7:30 PM) Regular Meeting
Sept 14 (2:00 PM) Work Session
Sept 21 (2:00 PM / 7:30 PM) Regular Meeting
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule
Aug 25 (6:00 PM) Work Session / (7:00 PM) Public Hearing
Sept 1 (6:00 PM) Work Session / (7:00 PM) Public Hearing
Sept 15 (6:00 PM) Work Session / (7:00 PM) Public Hearing
Includes upcoming Board, Commission, and Committee meetings
Other Resources
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