Caroline County's Library of Information
Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors is made up of six representatives, elected by district, who, collectively, govern the County. Supervisors are elected for four year concurrent terms by the qualified voters of the districts they represent. The County's supervisorial districts are: The Bowling Green District which includes the town and extends into the southeast portion of the County, the Madison District which covers Ladysmith, Lake Caroline and other areas west, Western Caroline District, which covers lake Land 'Or, Chilesburg and other areas in the west, Mattaponi which encompasses the center of the County, the Port Royal District which also covers the northern section of the County, and Reedy Church, the southern part of the County.Click here for a district map.
Animal Control Office
The Animal Control Office is responsible for the enforcement of laws that protect animals and the safety and rights of their owners and the public. Additional activities include operation of the Animal Shelter on Devils Three Jump Road, care of impounded animals, coordination of information for lost and found animals, adoption of unwanted animals to new homes, responding to citizen compliants, quarantine of biting animals and follow-up of suspected rabies cases. Also, stray animals are impounded and animal and livestock deaths due to animal attacks are investigated. The Code of Virginia requires that no animal can be destroyed within five (5) days of its capture, unless injured. Animal Control personnel work closely with the Caroline County Humane Society in trying to find a home for animals that are unwanted and are temporarily housed at the Animal Shelter.
The Animal Control Office is staffed by two full time employees, the County animal Control Officer and his/her Assistant, and part time employees who manage the County Shelter and feed and care for the animals housed there. Revenues are generated by fees charged for the boarding of animals and other fees charged for the transportation and care of animals that come under the Department's charge. In addition, some fines and cost reimbursements are received through the courts for legal violations.
The primary goal of the Inspection department is to provide for the safety of life and property from hazards incident to building design, construction, use, repair, removal or demolition. Generally, this is accomplished through the review of building plans and specifications and by inspection of all aspects of construction to ensure that all new construction complies nationally recognized and State mandated codes and standards. Additional responsibilities include: Meeting and advising owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers and others regarding construction complies with nationally recognized and State mandated codes and standards. Additional responsibilities include: Meeting and advising owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers and others regarding construction codes and plans; issuing a certificate of occupancy upon satisfactory completion of a project; investigation of complaints and assisting the public with questions or concerns; serving notice of violation on anyone causing a code violation and posting a stop work order when serious problems arise; representing the County as an expert in the field of Building Code administration, interpretation and enforcement; proposing changes to County policies or ordinances in the field of building safety and regulation to County management and/or the Board of Supervisors.
The Building Inspection Office is staffed by 4 full time employees: the County Building Official, 2 Combination Inspectors qualified to inspect a variety of building types and trades and 1 Clerk Typist to provide office support. Overall supervision of the office is provided by the Director of Planning. The Office is largely funded by feescharged for a new building, plumbing, mechanical and similiar permits that must be obtained before construction can begin on any new building, renovation, addition or major improvement in the County. Fees are scaled to relfect the size and complexity of the construction that must be reviewed and inspected and, thus, the time that must be spent on it.
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Circuit courts are the principal trial courts of the state and hear both civil and criminal cases. The circuit court has jurisdiction over suits for damages in excess of $15,000, as well as all equity matters, including divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving property. In criminal cases, the circuit court tries all felony cases and will hear misdemeano cases under some circumstances. This court will also hear appeals from the general district court and from the juvenile and domestic relations court.
There are 31 Judicial Circuits in the Commonwealth whose boundaries are set by the General Assempbly and each county has its own circuit court. Caroline County is located in the 15th Judicial Circuit, headquartered in Fredericksburg. Judges for the court are chosen by the General Assembly and their compensation is set and paid by the State.
Localities are responsible for the operating expenses of their local Court, such as postage, office supplies and phone service. Caroline County also pays an allocated share of the cost of the Circuit Court judge's legal assistant.
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The Clerk of the Circuit Court is a locally elected, State Constitutionally defined, official whose primary responsibility is to record and retain for public reference all essential legal documents and notices filed in the County. The Clerk maintains title records on all land parcels and receives documentary evidence of all ownership transfers and interests in property. Lawsuits and criminal actions before the Courts of the County are processed through the Clerk's Office and records associated with those actions are maintained there as well. Other duties include the probation and recording of wills, issuance of marriage licenses, and the recording of all adoptions, divorces, liens, corporations and other public legal documents. Annually, the Clerk receives notice of tax assessment on every parcel and item of personal property in the County.
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Caroline County is made up of the Clerk, who is elected for an eight year term, and three full time Deputies. In recognition of the Commonwealth's interest in the work of the Clerk, the State of Virginia through the State Compensation Board sets compensation standards for the Clerk and his/her staff and provides funding to the County for the Clerk based on those standards. A small allowance is also provided for office expenses.
Commissioner of the Revenue
The Commissioner of the Revenue is a locally elected official, defined by the State Constitution, who is responsible for maintaining records necessary for the accurate assessment of taxes. A complete and detailed computerized data base of property in the County, both real estate and personal property, is maintained for property tax purposes. To do so, County records of deeds, wills and ownership transfers are continually monitored and researched. Parcel maps are maintained and must be updated when parcels are subdivided, split or combined. The Commissioner's Office works with contract appraisers hired to perform reassessments of all real property in the County. This office also maintains records on all items of personal property, machinery and tools and mobile homes for property tax purposes. Records of such property are kept current by identifying new items not disclosed and recording disposals or changes of ownership. Items subject to taxation are assessed according to recognized pricing guides or uniform formulas established by the Commissioner. Annually, as of January 1, the Commissioner prepares a roll of property to be taxed and its ownership for use in setting tax rates and preparing bills.
The Commissioner also serves as a State function by receiving and auditing State income tax returns and tax payments. Tax return forms are filled out for taxpayers needing assistance. Return information is electronically transmitted to the State Department of Taxation, the filed forms are sent in and any funds received are deposited with the County Treasurer for forwarding on to the State. The State reimburses localities for a share of the cost of the Commissioner's staff and expenses.
The Office is staffed by the Commissioner, 7 full-time deputies and tax examiners, and a part-time staff as needed.
Business License Division
This section of the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office confirms that all businesses operating in the county are licensed in accordance with County and State Business License Codes and that they are appropriately paying their related tax obligation. These staff members also indentify businesses with an obligation to collect and transmit the County's transient occupancy tax and its tax on prepared food and beverages. Through audit, review and field investigations they establish compliance and determine the accuracy of filed forms and tax payments.
In the course of their business audit and review, the Business License staff assist the State Department of Taxation in the collection of unpaid State Sales Tax.
The staff of this section of the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office administers the County's Special Assessment for Land Preservation program and tax relief programs for the ederly and/or disabled.
The Special Assessment for the Land Preservation program is designed to discourage the sprawling development of farm, forest, or open space lands that have development occurring close by. Generally, assessment rules require that property be valued in comparison to similar parcels in the vicinity. Following those rules, however, may make it economically impossible for undeveloped property to remain that way if growth is driving up property values and tax bills are going up with them. In such situations, owners may apply to have their property specially assessed for tax purposes. The land must meet certain size and other specifications laid out in State and city codes. In exchange for a commitment from the property owner not to change the land use, the County's accessors will only consider the property's current use in determining its value rather than its higher value if it were sold for more intensive development. Staff in this section process applications for special assessment, confirm that property meets requirements and rechecks the status of property in the program annually to be sure it still qualifies.
The County's program of tax relief for property owners who are elderly and/or disabled is also administered here. Public information is provided to taxpayers about the program and assistance in determining eligibility is provided as requested.
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The Commonwealth's Attorney is an independent, locally elected, State Constitutionally defined, official who is responsible for prosecuting criminal violations occuring in Caroline County. Cases are prosecuted for violation of State and County Codes in the Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts and appeals may also be carried to the Virginia Court of Appeals and The Supreme Court of Virginia. Other specific duties are assigned in the Code of Virginia, such as enforcing provisions of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act. In the course of his/her duties, the Commonwealth's Attorney consults with and provides legal advice to law enforcement agencies and officers. The office of the Commonwealth's Attorney is separate and distinct from that of the County Attorney who is an appointed legal adviser to and representative of the Board of Supervisors.
The Caroline County office is staffed by the Commonwealth's Attorney and one secretary. The compensation of the Commonwealth's Attorney as well as any staff members are set and paid by the State through the State Compensation Board. A small allowance for office expenses is also provided.
County Administrator's Office
The County Administrator is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Board of Supervisors. The County Administrator serves as the administrative agent for the Board in carrying out the policies established by the Board, State mandates, federal regulations and County ordinances. In this capacity, he/she also manages the operations of the County Goverment, supervises County department heads, and prepares and presents the County budget and other financial plans. The County Administrator also serves as an advisor to the Board of Supervisors, keeping them informed of the County's financial and administrative condition and needs. The County Administrator prepares the agenda for the meetings of the Board and manages the flow of issues and business presented. He/she studies and presents for the Board's consideration, policy options that may be raised by County staff, advisory or intergovernmental bodies, or members of the public. Based on his/her analysis, the County Administrator makes recommendations to the Board regarding the policy options presented. The County Administrator also serves as the primary public representative of the Board, communicating and interpreting the Board's actions to the public, the business community and to other bodies, local or intergovernmental, with which the Board of Supervisors and the County may interact.
In Caroline County, the County Administrator's Office is comprised of three full time employees: The County Administrator, an Assistant County Administrator, and an Administrative Assistant.
Economic Development & Tourism Office
The Caroline County County Department of Economic Development operated to attract, retain and facilitate the expansion of business and industry in the County, resulting in a stable, diverse economy and an improved quality of life for the citizens of the County. Specifically, the Department's goal is to provide an expanded tax base and employment opportunities for the citizens of Caroline.
Functions of the office include: facilitation of County marketing and public relations activities; promotion and facilitation of tourism development within the County; assisting new business "start-ups" with guidance and referrals on business planning and County business procedures; serving as a primary source of information about the County and responding to a wide array of inquiries; assisting existing businesses in the County with expansion/retention issues; recruiting new business and industry to the County utilizing local, state and regional resources.
The Department is comprised of three full time employees: a Director of Economic Development, an Administrative Assistant, and a Tourism Manager. The Office is located at 23724 Rogers Clark Boulevard, Ruther Glen, VA 22546.
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This office, comprised of the Director of Finance and Purchasing and 3 other full time staff members is responsible for the overall financial management and planning for the County. Staff supports the County Administrator in preparation of the County's annual budget and other financial plans and prepares the necessary documents for presentation. The County's accounting system and records are maintained by this office and activity throughout the fiscal year is monitored for compliance with the budget and financial operating policies approved by the Board of Supervisors. Financial Status and operating reports are prepared for County management, the Board of Supervisors, the public and intergovernmental entities as needed. Staff coordinates with and assists independent auditors to complete needed audits of the County's books, records and accounts.
This office prepares the County's employee payroll, pays related benefit costs and maintains detailed payroll recrods on each individual employed by the County. All payments to outside sources for goods and services provided or for claims against the County are prepared by this office and checked for compliance with budget, purchasing and other financial control policies. Detailed records supporting such payments are also maintained. The County's system of internal financial controls is maintained by the staff of this office. The County's risk management program is also handled here.
The Director and staff provide advice, assistance and support to County management and the Board on questions or issues related to financial management, financial controls or policy. They support and assist the County's economic development efforts and develop long range plans for maintaining the County's economic development efforts and develop long range plans for maintaining the County's fiscal health and the financing for the services it provides.
Fire - Rescue and Emergency Management
Activities in this department are carried out by the Department of Fire and Rescue and are focused on coordinating, directing and supporting the County Emergency Services program. Working with the volunteer fire departments and rescue squads and with the Caroline County Emergency Units Organization, the Director of the Department supervises the day-to-day operation of the County's emergency response network. The Director assists in the development of policy and programs to maximize the efficient and cost effect delivery of emergency services within the county.
Broader County-wide emergency services policy issues are also dealt with in this office and staff work with other County Departments on emergency services planning for the future growth of the County and the development of emergency plans for County facilities. The County's planning for large scale disasters is coordinated through this department and staff serve as liaison function in working with federal and state authorities and other jurisdictions in the area of emergency managment.
The Department provides an extensive training program for the volunteer organizations to ensure that response personnel have the knowledge to competently handle the variety of medical, injury and crisis situations they will be called upon to deal with. Public information programs are also conducted in conjunction with the volunteer organizations on fire safety and hazard and injury prevention.
The Department of Fire and Rescue is staffed by the Director of Fire and Rescue, an Emergency Medical Services Captain, and 2 full time and 3 part time Medic/Firefighters who provide day-time back up and augmentation to the County's volunteer organizations.
Within Caroline County, non-law enforcement public safety services are provided through the efforts of 6 volunteer fire departments and 3 volunteer rescue squads. Collectively these units operate to ensure that citizens, visitors and businesses in the County receive immediate, competent response to emergencies threatening their health, life, and property and are given advice and training in avoiding, limiting or mitigating the impact of such emergencies.
The fire and rescue units are geographically scattered around the County. The Port Royal and Upper Caroline Fire Departments also have ambulances staffed at an advanced life support level. The units work cooperatively to assist one another in responding to the emergency services needs of the County's citizens and visitors. Caroline County supports the volunteer organizations with funding for operating expenses, supplies, equipment, vehicle repairs and maintenance. The County also maintains a comprehensive insurance package. Through the Emergency Services Department, the County also assists the volunteers with recruitment efforts, training and dispatch services. The County's Director of Fire and Rescue provides overall management direction and coordination of the volunteer organizations and, working with the Caroline County Emergency Units Organization, addresses areas of mutal need and concern.
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The General District Court processes a variety of civil, criminal and traffic cases. In criminal cases, the General District Court handles misdemeanors and violations of ordinances and bylaws of the County and the towns within the district. It also conducts preliminary hearings for felony criminal cases. It has jurisdiction over civil cases in which monetary damages are $1,000 or less and shares jurisdiction with the local Circuit Court when the damages are between $1,000 and $15,000. This Court hears cases in which claims for recovery or possession of personal property or rented property are concerned. It also handles all traffic violations, except those involving juveniles. Rulings of this court may be appealed to the local Circuit Court.
Judicial districts in the Commonwealth generally cover the same geographic area as judicial circuits and every county in the state has a General District Court. The General Assembly annually determines the number of judges to be assigned in each District based on a study made by a state-wide committee. The General Assembly also selects the judges who will sit on the Court, establishes their compensation and pays them directly. No local supplement to their pay is permitted. The number and compensation for substitute judges, clerks and other Court personnel are also set by the State and cannot be supplemented.
The County is required to provide adequate and suitable space for the Court and pay for furniture, equipment and office expenses.
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The General Registrar of the County provides registration services to all qualified citizens who wish to become registered voters in the State of Virginia. The Registrar is appointed by the County Electoral Board for a term of four years. In fulfilling his/her duties, the Registrar maintains voter records, assists in voter registration drives, and supervises both primary and general election polling booths for local, state, and federal elections. The Registrar will also assist voters in moving their voter registration from one precinct or locality to another.
In the election process, the Registrar assists local candidates with forms and questions, checks and files forms for local election candidates and verifies needed petitions when required or requested. In supervising elections, the Registrar instructs Election Officers in their duties and responsibilities, obtains and delivers forms and supplies to polling places, and advises voters of their polling places and of any changes in polling places that may occur.
Other duties may be assigned by the State Board of Elections or county Electoral Board. The General Registrar's Office is located at 111-C Ennis Street and is staffed by the General Registrar and one part-time assistant. The State Board of Elections establishes the salary for the General Registrar and annually reimburses the County for this expense.
Public health services in Caroline County are provided by the Rappahannock Area Health District, a regional agency headquartered in Fredericksburg and serving Caroline County, the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of King George, Stafford and Spotsylvania. The Agency's activities are conducted in partnership with the State Department of Health and the State Health Commissioner appoints the District's Director who must be a qualified physician. The District's overall goal is to promote a state of optimum health for all citizens of the County by assuming primary responsibility for providing preventative, protective and environmental health services to all citizens and curative services to low income citizens and others when the private sector declines or is unable to provide such services.
Services are provided in the area of medical care such as child immunizations, communicable disease or food borne disease screening and control, children's health services, nutritional programs, maternal health care, and family planning services. The Environmental Health branch performs, among other duties: sanitary surveys, subdivision reviews, the issuance of well and septic permits, rabies control, inspections of restaurants, tourist establishments, migrant labor camps and daycare centers for compliance with public health regulations. The District also cpmdicts Medicaid screening, maintains birth and death records and provides a variety of community education programs on health related topics.
All localities served by the District contribute a share of its local funding. Caroline County's share for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 represents approximately 16% of all local funding. The State of Virginia also provides significant funding for the District's services.
Environmental Health Services Office: 804-633-6237 (Trailer between Bowling Green primary & elementary school) Clinic hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified.
- Clinics: *designates appointments required.
- Mondays: *Pediatric, "WIC, & Immunizations
- Wednesdays: *Maternity & *Family Planning
- Thursdays (third) *Family Planning
- Fridays (8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.) Miscellaneous & Immunizations
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Well Child Care:
- Regularly scheduled clinics;
- Completes physical assessment;
- Health and nutritional counseling;
- Home visits by nurses;
- Maternal and infant care coordination;
- Case management.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program:
- Maternal and infant care coordination;
- Scheduled pediatric clinics;
- Developmental screening, immunization, health and nutritional counseling, lead screening;
- Case management;
- Home visits by nurses.
- Counseling, education and food supplementation for pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children under age eight with special nutritional and financial needs.
Other Health Services:
- Case management;
- Comprehensive health assessment;Counseling on birth control and methods;
- Home visits by nurses.
Environmental Health Services:
- Tuberculosis screening/follow up;
- Hypertension Screening;
- Pregnancy Testing;
- Sickle Cell Screening;
- HIV Anonymous and Confidential Testing;
- General Nutrition Counseling;
- Cancer Detection/Prevention (Breast & Cervical Cancer);
- Medicaid/Health Screening;
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases;
- Chronic Disease Program;
- Communicable Disease;
- Consultation School Health;
- Community Presentations;
- Vital Statistics;
- Adult Immunization (Overseas Travel);
- Children's Specialty Services.
- Interprets rules and regulations governing restaurants for owners.
- Evaluates handling procedures on a continuing basis.
- Issues permits for the operation of restaurants.
- Evaluates properties for onsite sewage disposal systems permits.
- Inspects these systems for approval.
- Evaluates properties for onsite well permits.
- Approves installation of wells.
Other Environmental Health Services:
- Investigates reported animal bites.
- Advises on measures to prevent the spread of rabies.
- Investigates general environmental complaints which may be public health hazards.
- Evaluates swimming pools, marinas, and small treatment plants.
- Performs environmental investigations for lead.
- Certified copies of death certificates available at the Environmental Health Office.
- Medical fees are charged according to a sliding scale, except for private payers, Medicaid and Medicare. Some services (i.e., childhood immunizations) are free.
- Septic and well permits, State fees $75.00/Septic permits, $40/Well permits, additional county fees.
- Death Certificates - $8.00 each.
Juvenile & Domestic Relations
The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court is a branch of the District Court structure that handles cases involving juveniles (persons under the age of 18), domestic disputes or domestic violence. Cases heard may include delinquency petitions, juvenile traffic violations, child abuse, abandonment or neglect, or children in need of services or supervision. A child in need of services is a juvenile who has taken certain non-criminal actions such as truancy or habitually running away from home, that indicate a need for intervention. Also covered are cases involving adults accused of abuse, neglect or violence against members of their family and disputes regarding the support, visitation or custody of children. Foster care and entrustment agreements and court consent for certain tupes of medical treatment may also be resolved in this court.
The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court differs from other courts in its approach to promoting the welfare of the child and the family in its proceedings and its commitment to rehabilitate and treat, rather then punish, the individuals involved in cases before it. The Court has a duty to protect the privacy of all juveniles appearing in its cases.
Judges of the Court are appointed by the General Asembly and they and all other Court personnel are paid by the State. The locality must provide adequate space for the Court to conduct its business and must pay for necessary office equipment, expenses and outside services when required. This budget also pays an allocated share of the judicial district's Court Service Unit. This Unit, serving the entire District, provides services to families and facilitates the rehabilitation of juveniles who appear before the court.
Juvenile Community Control Program
The District Court Service Unit administers a program funded by the State undr the Juvenile Commmunity Crime Control Act (JCCCA). This Act, passed by the General Assembly in 1995, encouraged the establishment by localities of community based systems for the provision of appropriate means of punishment and focused counseling and other support services for juveniles entering or in danger of entering the criminal justice system. The JCCCA program augments and extends the services offered by the District Court Services unit.
In Caroline County, the JCCA program funds a CHINS (Children in Need of Services/Supervision)/First Offender/Diversion Office who works with the least serious offenders in the system. The focus of the Officer's efforts are to re-emphasize social responsibility to the juveniles assignd and prevent them from re-offending. The overall goal is to keep them from becoming an even greater burden on the community by becoming more deeply involved in destructive and/or criminal activity. Where necessary, the Officer will carry out court ordered treatment, restrictions or punishment. The Officer will arrange community service work and monitor the individuals assigned. He will arrange or administer drug, anger management or other rehabilitative counseling where necessary. Curfew checks, random drug screening, and school visitation are just a few of the additional tools the Officer may use or be directed to use in re-directing the juveniles assigned.
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Magistrates are court appointed officials appointed by the circuit court judge and operate under the judge's supervision. Their principal duty is to provide the independent review of complaints from sheriffs deputies and citizens of the County that will serve as the basis for search or arrest warrants. They also conduct bail bond hearings and committ offenders to jail or release prisoners in custody entitled to bail one the proper bond has been posted. There are three Magistrates currently serving Caroline County and they may be contacted through the dispatchers at the County Sheriff's Office.
Salaries for Magistrates are set annually by the State Committee on District Courts and are paid directly by the State. While salaries may be supplemented, Caroline County has not done so. The County is required to provide adequate and suitable office space for the Magistrates and provide necessary equipment and office expenses for them to conduct their business.
Parks and Recreation
The mission of the Caroline County Recreation Department is to promote and provide leisure services and facilities to the citizens of the County. It is currently made up of 2 full time staff members, a Director and a Recreation Programmer and has offices located in the Caroline County Community Services building. Numerous seasonal part time staff members are also employed to assist in and provide program activities. A Recreation Advisory Committee of residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors serves as a liaison between the citizens and the Board on park and recreation issues.
Throughout the year, the Department offers, or is involved with, passive park activities, education/hobby programs, senior citizens activities, youth programs, adult athletic leagues, bus tours and special events. The Department manages the County's recreational park located in Milford, off Route 207 at Devils Three Jump Road in conjunction with the General Properties Division of the Public Works Department. At this location, County residents have access to 41 acres of activities and scenery. Facilities available include an asphalt basketball court, 4 tennis courts, a lighted softball/baseball complex, mini T-ball field, basketball court, playground apparatus, multi-purpose fields, sand volleyball court, pavilion, picnic grills, horseshoe pits and an .8 mile walking track. Departmental activities are also conducted at a variety of other locations throughout the County to make them easily accessible to residents. A complete schedule of programs and activities may be obtained from the Department. Fees are charged for most programs.
Planning and Community Development
The Planning Department serves as the technical staff to the Board of Supervisors, Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission and assists these bodies in establishing and implementing land use and development policies for the County. Staff assist developers and other members of the public in understanding and complying with the County's land use and development policies. They review development proposals and applications for consistency with adopted County plans and policies and develop recommendations for action by approving authorities. They will conduct public outreach efforts when appropriate to obtain public input on development proposals. The County's Comprehensive Plan is updated and maintained in this office in compliance with State law and planning studies of specific areas of the County or particular planning issues are prepared where necessary or directed by the Board of Supervisors. Department staff also assist the County's econnomic development effort in a variety of ways to attract and appropriately site prospective businesses in conformance with County plans.
The Department is staffed by five full time employees: The Director of Planning and Community Development, a Deputy Zoning Administrator, a Planner, an Administrative Assistant/Planning Technician and a Secretary. The Director of the Department also oversees Building inspection activity which is included in this budget under the Public Safety function.
Funding for the Department comes from a combination of County General Revenues, grants for specific program activities and fees charged for development application and review services.
Public Works Department
The Administration Division of the Public Works Department provides the long term planning and fiscal and operational management for the Department's individual divisions in addition to providing assistance with budgeting and day-to-day administration, operation and maintenance as required. Division staff also provide technical assistance and perform engineering services for the study and design of small projects, as well as oversight and/or supervision for all construction performed by the County and for construction performed by individuals to extend the County's utility systems. Staff prepares general plans and specifications for County infrastructure projects and coordinates the work of contract design engineers and other professional consultant support to develop the projects. Personnel in this Division also receive and consolidate all street sign needs and make arrangements for their repair or replacement.
Staff in Public Works work closely with Economic Development and Planning Department staff to ensure that adequate public infrastructure exists or can be provided for the many development projects that are proposed. The Public Works Director, supported by other Department staff, oversees the implementation of the County's long range infrastructure plans in a manner consistent with the County's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
The Administration Division is composed of a staff of 3 full time employees: The Director of Public Works, a Public Works Superintendent and an Administrative Assistant. Part time staff are also used as necessary.
Solid Waste Collection is one of two sections of the Public Works Department's Solid Wast Division. This section is responsible for the collection of solid waste generated in Caroline County. This section is responsible for the staffing and operation of convenience sites located throughout the County where the public may drop off waste and recyclable items or materials and bulky items such as furniture or large appliances. There are eight convenience sites.