Chesterfield County, Virginia's Weekly E-Newsletter
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Chesterfield Online Tax Payment Plan Application Launched
The Chesterfield County Office of the Treasurer has launch e d an   online application for taxpayers who are seeking payment plan options   for personal property taxes and real estate taxes due Friday, June 5, 2020.

Those interested in applying for a tax payment plan may do so through the online application accessible via the Treasurer’s webpage or by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 804-748-1201.

Payment plans are available for both personal property and real estate tax payments, though the terms and conditions of the plans are determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should allow up to two business days for a representative from the Treasurer’s Office to respond to their online application submission.

As required by law, participating in a payment plan does not prevent additional interest and fees from accruing on a taxpayer’s account.

Tax statements were mailed by the Chesterfield Treasurer’s Office to applicable citizens and businesses beginning Friday, April 17. Tax balances may also be viewed through the  Treasurer Office’s online payment portal  using a tax account number, property address or map parcel number, all of which are listed on the tax statement.

Revenue generated by tax payments is used by Chesterfield County to fund a broad range of necessary and essential services, including health services, social services, public safety and more. Maintaining this revenue stream is especially vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the county is equipped to meet the evolving needs of community members.


For more information about tax payment options, please visit the  Office of the Treasurer webpage  and watch the educational video  COVID-19 Tax Payments  on the  Chesterfield County YouTube channel .

Please note that personal property taxes and first-half real estate taxes not paid on or before the upcoming June 5 deadline  may be subject to a late payment penalty, interest and an administrative fee .
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Social Security Administration
Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS)
Launch Call Center
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Behavior Management with Young Children During COVID-19
Upcoming Virtual Meetings:
Planning Commission - Tuesday, April 21
Board of Supervisors - Wednesday, April 22
Planning Commission Meeting - Tuesday, April 21, 6 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency,  the Tuesday, April 21 Planning Commission Meeting will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams beginning at 6 p.m.  as an effort to decrease the spread of the virus. The changes are designed to accommodate public input while encouraging the public to continue self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials. The Public Meeting Room, located at 10001 Ironbridge Road, will be closed.

Citizens are encouraged to use the online comment form at  www.chesterfield.gov/cpccomments  to provide comment on public hearings regarding zoning cases. Those wishing to comment must submit a new online form for each public hearing they want to comment on. Only one comment per person per public hearing will be accepted. The online form can also be used to comment on unscheduled matters. In addition to the form, comments can also be received by email at  planning@chesterfield.gov , or by calling 804-748-1050.

The  agenda, staff reports, and PowerPoint presentations  for the April 21 Planning Commission Meeting can be found on  www.chesterfield.gov .

 The Chesterfield Planning Commission Meeting will be livestreamed on WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, including Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28, and on the  Chesterfield County YouTube Channel .
Board of Supervisors Meeting: Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m.

The upcoming Chesterfield County  Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, April 22 will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams  as an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19. The changes are designed to accommodate public input while encouraging the public to continue self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials.

The  virtual meeting will begin at 6 p.m.  rather than 2 p.m., as previously scheduled, and  will be available for viewing on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live streamed on  www.chesterfield.gov   and the  County’s YouTube channel .

Citizens who wish to make comments on the portion of the  Board’s agenda kn own as "Citizen Comment Period on Unscheduled Matters" can submit comments via the  online form ; or call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808. A maximum of 15 citizens may leave comments for this meeting in accordance with the Board’s procedures on “ Citizen Comment Period on Unscheduled Matters .” The portal will close at 5 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled board meeting in order to prepare comments for the public and the  b oard to see in a timely manner; prior to the Board meeting.

Citizens who wish to provide input on any and all of the public hearing items before the  b oard are encouraged to submit comments via the  online form . Citizens without internet access may call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808.

The public hearing  comment form  and the  meeting agenda  are posted to for citizens to view; citizens are encouraged to view public hearing agenda items and all attachments before submitting a comment.

There are no limits on the number of citizens that can comment on each public hearing item; however, each citizen may submit only one comment per public hearing topic. The allotted comment space is equivalent to the 3-minute allotted time of in-person board meetings. At the end of each day through Tuesday, April 21, the clerk will post all public hearing comments received that day for the public to view.  Public hearing comments will be received until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22  in order to prepare comments for the public and the board to see in a timely manner; prior to the board meeting.

All comments received will be distributed to the board and posted online for the public to view in advance of the meeting and will be made a part of the board’s official public record within the  rules of procedure  adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

As a reminder, the Board of Supervisors meeting will be available for viewing on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live streamed on  www.chesterfield.gov   and the  County’s YouTube channel
John Tyler Community College
Adds Maymester Session
To help students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay at home order catch up or get ahead in their college education, John Tyler Community College recently added a new class session to its academic schedule: Maymester.

These online classes, which begin May 15 and run through June 7, are designed for students who need or want to earn additional college credits within a short period of time while saving money on tuition.

Courses offered as part of Maymester are also included, in slightly longer formats, during the college’s regular Summer 2020 semester, which begins May 26. All summer semester courses are being offered in one of two online formats: video-enhanced, which includes class time and meetings with instructors on specific dates and at specific times, or virtual. Students interesting in exploring Tyler’s full summer class schedule may visit https://jtcc.edu/schedule/summer.php and search by course length, subject, or class format.

In addition to its online class schedule for Maymester and summer, Tyler is also providing students with remote access to a variety of support services from advising and admissions to tutoring, career services and the library.
 

John Tyler Community College offers more than 75 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 14,000 students during the 2018-19 academic year. It also assisted more than 7,000 learners through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.
Chesterfield Education Foundation:
Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund
The Chesterfield Education Foundation's Emergency Response Fund is accepting donations for Chesterfield families that are in need in order to combat the impact made by COVID-19. Donations to this fund will be used to serve students and families in our community who are affected by COVID-19 as well as assist in other foundation priorities. These foundational priorities allow CEF the flexibility to respond accordingly to the community’s greatest needs during this time of uncertainty.

Current fundraisers include:
The Standing Together – Six Feet Apart t-shirt fundraiser is in support of the Chesterfield Food Bank and those experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 outbreak. The shirts, available in both adult and youth sizes,  may be purchased on Bonfire.com  in a variety of colors. Read the full news release .

Kelland has completed a charity bike ride to raise money for a different non-profit each of the past four summers. This year, Kelland will be riding for the CEF Emergency Response Fund . Kelland and a few others will be riding at least 40 miles on either the Virginia Capital Trail or the West Creek Parkway on Saturday, May 2, with a goal of raising at least $5,000. Find out more information and donate.
Chesterfield - Open for Business:
Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center
These unprecedented times have forced innovative adaptations in how Chesterfield County continues to keep resources and services available for our citizens, businesses and employees. Those adaptations have taken multiple forms, from teleworking to completely new processes, and many employees are being redeployed in other areas to keep essential functions operating.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be gathering stories to highlight our employees’ innovative contributions and the many services that are still available to our citizens. We are all adjusting to this "new norm" in which we find ourselves, but, rest assured, Chesterfield is still open for business and serving citizens.
Chesterfield Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center (DSVRC)

According to Lindsay Cassada, coordinator of the Chesterfield D om e s t i c a n d S e xual V i o le n c e R e sou r c e C ent er (DSVRC), times like these can cause extraordinary stress on interpersonal relationships, increasing incidences of intimate partner violence. However, social distancing guidelines posed an obstacle to connecting community members in need with the resources they need. Cassada and her team had to think creatively. 
Lindsay Cassada and Kim Mauck (October 2019 Photo)
“As the need for social distancing became evident, the DSVRC quickly adapted its clinical provision of services from an in-person experience to a digital experience,” said Cassada. “This allowed clients to remain engaged in individual counseling and support groups with little-to-no disruption. New clients are now able to complete intake appointments by video or telephone, whichever the client prefers. The DSVRC’s clinical services will continue to be offered by video and telephone until it is safe to meet in person.” 

Cassada says that, once the threat of COVID-19 fades, the DSVRC will be able to utilize these same tools to enhance assistance to those with mobility difficulties, such as individual handicaps and/or transportation difficulties. 

The DSVRC encourages people living or working in Chesterfield County who are experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence to contact the Chesterfield DSVRC for free individual therapeutic counseling, support groups, protective order assistance, information and education and referrals to appropriate resources. 

Senior Clinician Kim Mauck is available Monday through Friday to provide free, confidential counseling by video or telephone, whichever platform is most comfortable for clients. Additionally, virtual support groups are offered several times a week. Interested parties can contact Kim by telephone at 804-873-7887 or by email at mauckk@chesterfield.gov
Remember to Complete Your U.S. Census!
While April 1 was Census Day, Chesterfield encourages residents who have not yet completed their 2020 U.S. Census to do so as soon as possible.

Completing the Census is easy!
Households should have received official U.S. Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone or by mail.

Pay close to attention to the unique number given to your household and be prepared to use it during your response.

The 2020 U.S. Census is mandatory and responses are based upon the members of a household as of April 1 (Census Day).
To learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census, visit the official website at 2020census.gov
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