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Posted on: May 18, 2022

Proposed & Ongoing BQC Enhancements

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The Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (LCPRT) department was recently awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Education Child Care Stabilization Grant Program. On May 16, 2022, LCPRT Director James Smith provided an update to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors on how this funding will be used toward day care expenses, as well as delivered an overview of the goals to develop the functionality of the Betty Queen Center.

Watch the meeting highlight below or read on to learn more.

Presentation Overview

Mr. Smith discussed the following goals:

  1. Develop amenities that will enhance the experience of our childcare participants and teach children how to work together
  2. Create a centrally located multifaceted park that meets the needs of the whole family
  3. Establish sustainable enhancements that support both the operational needs of the department and the recreational needs of the community

He went on to explain proposed and ongoing enhancements at the Betty Queen Center in pursuit of these goals:

  • Projector/AV system that will be used to display exercise/instructional programs and community presentations to large groups of participants
  • Functional green space that includes park lighting for recreational activities, special events, etc.
  • Walking trails
  • Playground updates and enhancements, replacing fitness equipment with new equipment and adding inclusive-play sensory equipment, picnic tables and park benches
  • Outdoor pickleball facility with two pickleball courts

 

Board of Supervisors Action Item  

As the funds from this grant were not included in the FY 2022 budget, the Board of Supervisors needed to appropriate the funds. The Louisa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved authorizing the budget supplement to Parks & Recreation for the Virginia Department of Education Child Care Stabilization Grant Funding at the May 16, 2022 meeting. 

 

Project Relationship to the Louisa County's Strategic Initiatives


Meets the Following County Strategic Initiative

Description of Strategic Initiative

Strategic Initiative I

Capitalize on assets to grow, diversify, and strengthen economic well-being of citizens and businesses

Strategic Initiative II

Focus on County’s mission, performing defined roles and government functions effectively, being accountable to citizens

Strategic Initiative III

Commitment to identifying and discussing revenue options and opportunities

Strategic Initiative IV

Positive and interactive relationship with citizens, committed to helping citizens gain a greater understanding of their local government

 

In accordance with Strategic Initiative I, this item is intended to support the economic well-being of Louisa County. The County’s core values of integrity, accountability, transparency, and stewardship are all an integral part of this Initiative. It is Louisa County’s intention to employ the healthy mix of assets, location, and heritage to grow, diversify, and strengthen the economic well-being of County citizens and businesses alike.

The practice of good governance is the intention of Strategic Initiative II. This requires that Louisa County’s mission statement and seven core values remain the focal point in all decisions made by the Board of Supervisors. This item assists in the accomplishment of this goal and expands upon the objectives already attained in previous resolutions.

Louisa County’s future economic prosperity depends upon the commitment to identify and discuss favorable revenue options and opportunities. Strategic Initiative III requires that County leaders recognize favorable circumstances and act upon them in a manner that best suits the County’s needs. This item is intended to bolster the vitality of Louisa County’s future.

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors must maintain a positive and interactive relationship with County citizens and must be committed to helping citizens gain a greater understanding of their local government. This requires that the Board uphold values of integrity, transparency, and accountability as well as foster an environment where citizens’ concerns are a priority. This item supports the goals of Initiative IV in order to strengthen civic partnership in Louisa County.

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