Public Service Authority Holiday Hours
The PSA and all three drop sites will be closed Friday April 10th for Good Friday. There will be garbage collection. The drop sites will reopen on Saturday April 11th.
Public Service Authority Budget Work Session Canceled.
Pulaski County Public Service Authority’s Budget Work Session scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, has been canceled.
Budget Work Session Canceled.
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Budget Work Session scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020, has been canceled
Julius Long Day - March 29th
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors does hereby proclaim March 29th as "Julius Long Day" and calls upon all citizens to observe this day in honor and memory of all of our Vietnam Veterans from Pulaski County that valiantly served our county in this war.
Public Service Announcement
Please be advised of the following measures Pulaski County has engaged in to help keep our citizens and personnel safe:
- Declared a Local State of Emergency for Pulaski County, VA effective – 03/21/20 (Ratified 03/23/20)
- Discontinued the public’s access into all County facilities (delivery of core and essential county services will continue until further advised) – effective 03/24/20 (The County will utilize email, regular mail, telephones, facsimile, teleconferencing and other appropriate communication platforms in the delivery of services to prevent face-to face interactions between the public and its employees).
- Implemented a county-wide ‘Nonessential Spending Freeze’ effective – 03/24/20
- Developed a dedicated webpage within the Pulaski County website to host information on COVID-19 Coronavirus and be a one-stop repository for facts, information and local updates regarding the situation www.pulaskicounty.org
- Declared by Resolution a ‘County Day of Prayer’ in Response to COVID-19 on Sunday, March 29, 2020
- Temporarily closed all community conference rooms in the NRV Business Center until April 17, 2020 and have closed the facility to the public and are limiting access to only the Business Center’s tenants and their escorted guests effective – 03/18/20
- Temporarily closed all public access to the Pulaski County Communications Center effective – 03/17/20
- Suspended business travel to all county employees to within a 40 mile radius until April 17, 2020 effective – 03/17/20
- Temporarily closed the public libraries until further notice effective – 03/17/20
- Temporarily closed the PSA office in Dublin to walk-ins and will ONLY be using the drive-thru window to serve PSA customers effective – 03/17/20
- Temporarily suspended all Parks & Recreation games, activities and programs effective - 03/14/20
- Temporarily closed all Pulaski County recreation facilities effective – 03/14/20
- Temporarily closed the Pulaski County Welcome Center effective – 03/14/20
- Focusing the County’s custodial services on routine disinfection of public spaces effective – 03/14/20
- Engaged Pulaski County’s Emergency Operations Center Management Team
- Engaged Essential Positions for Operations Procedures to identify all essential personnel that are critical to the provision of essential operations in preparation for an organization-wide closure.
- Spacing out chairs in the Board of Supervisors meeting room to better accommodate the public while promoting social distancing.
- Sent letter to Governor and state legislators for inclusion of funding for the Economic Development Administration in any requests for federal assistance to support disaster recovery for our business community.
- Developed new County Employee Policies in direct response to the Coronavirus Response Act – Leave & Pay Entitlement adopted 03/23/20 and effective – 04/01/20
Pulaski County Administration will continue to work with our applicable partner agencies to closely monitor, evaluate and react as needed and will communicate to the public accordingly.
County Day of Prayer
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors have officially declared Sunday, March 29th, 2020 a "County Day of Prayer." The Board of Supervisors encourages all of its citizens to voluntarily honor this County Day of Prayer.
Announcement by Circuit Court Clerk
COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT by Maetta H. Crewe, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Pulaski County
Attorneys, Title Companies/Searchers
The Circuit Court Clerk's office is closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. If you have Secure Remote Access or OCRA access, please use these tools. For those who have not applied for either tool, please let me know and I will email you the application. Fees will be waived through April 30th, 2020 and perhaps further if necessary. For those who have subscribed and paid for access for the year or otherwise, your access to these tools will be extended for the time frame mentioned above.
For attorneys who file civil cases, you may do so by e-filing those cases. We will still record deeds in the office. E-recording for land records is available through SImplifile and you may access this feature at Simplifile.com
Effective Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, the Circuit Court Clerk's Office is closed to the public and will only be performing essential services.
Office personnel are in the office to assist you by phone, email and to help you access online features. You may call the office at 540-980-7825 for assistance.
Declaration of Local Emergency for Pulaski County
WHEREAS, the Governor of Virginia Declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020, and directed local governments to render appropriate assistance to prepare for this event, to alleviate any conditions resulting from this situation, and to implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities so as to return impacted areas to pre-event conditions as much as possible; and,
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States Declared a national emergency beginning March 1, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19; and,
WHEREAS, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the New River Health District at this time, the threat of COVID-19 is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant coordinated local government action to prevent or subsequently alleviate the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused by the existence of this communicable disease of public health threat; and,
WHEREAS, due to the potential spread of COVID-19 and the potential for substantial injury or harm to the population necessitates the declaration of the existence of a local emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DECLARED the Director of Emergency Management of Pulaski County did hereby find as the result of the potential spread of COVID-19, that an emergency does exist throughout the County of Pulaski, Virginia.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER DECLARED that during the existence of said emergency, the powers, functions, and duties of the Emergency Management Organization of Pulaski County shall be those prescribed by State Law and the Ordinances, Resolutions, and approved plans of Pulaski County, Virginia in order to manage and mitigate the effects of said emergency.
Declared, the 21st day of March, 2020, in the County of Pulaski, Virginia
Pulaski County Responding to the Local Economic Impact On Citizens and the Business Community from Covid-19
As Pulaski County contends with the economic impact Coronavirus is having on our country, our state and our communities, the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors is looking to lead the state, and perhaps the nation, with a locally focused economic relief program to effectively do their part to lessen the acute financial burden on our citizens and local businesses. The Board is considering a proposal to set the rate for penalties and interest to $0 for three-months on Real Estate taxes due on June 5, 2020, in direct response to COVID-19.
“Your Board of Supervisors and county staff have been working intently on finding ways to reduce the negative impacts of this emergency while still keeping our people safe and providing necessary services,” stated Joseph W. Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “We know our citizens and businesses are contending with difficult and serious economic issues as we all take necessary precautions to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. We identified this approach of relief as a meaningful and pragmatic way we can help our people as they work to manage their finances in this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.”
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors has undertaken numerous response measures over the last week to increase and enhance the safety and welfare of its citizens and county employees. The Board is now aggressively including in their focus, efforts to mitigate the economic impact the coronavirus is having on individual citizens, and in particular, the county’s service sector and small business community.
“Considering approaches like this are only possible when a county is financially healthy and has properly positioned themselves to be of assistance in a time of public need through fiscal discipline, fundamental budget practices and sound financial management,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Our Board of Supervisors have been exceptional stewards in managing the county’s limited resources and as a result are looking to support our citizens and local business at the highest level.”
The Board’s intent is to provide a means of temporary financial assistance to Pulaski County citizens in need, and a way of helping maintain our businesses’ working capital in order to assist them with paying their staff and vendors in the immediate future. This concept is focused directly on the major challenges revolving around the loss of cash- flow for businesses and the loss of incomes to the citizens of Pulaski County.
Under this proposed concept, Real Estate taxes will still be due June 5, 2020, but payments received later than June 5, 2020, and before September 6, 2020, will be subject to no penalties and 0% interest. The standard penalties and interest for late payments will resume on September 6, 2020. As always, Pulaski County encourages all taxpayers to pay their taxes on time and in full.
The Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency on March 12, 2020, and directed local governments to render appropriate assistance to prepare for this event, to alleviate any conditions resulting from this situation, and to implement recovery and mitigation operations and activities so as to return impacted areas to pre-event conditions as much as possible. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency beginning March 1, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Impact Of COVID-19 On Small Businesses in Virginia
The Coronavirus pandemic is creating concern from our small businesses in the region. Below you will find a brief survey that will allow the Small Business Development Center to collect data on the impact COVID-19 is having on business revenue and employment in Virginia.
Budget Work Session Meeting Postponed
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Budget Work Session scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020, has been canceled. The rescheduled date is Monday, March 30, 2020, and will be held at 3 p.m. at the EOC/IT Training Room, 89 Commerce Street S.W., Maple Shade Plaza, in the town of Pulaski.
Reward for Old Newbern Elementary Vandalism
Pulaski County is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who committed vandalism at the former Newbern Elementary School. Multiple windows were busted out over the 2019 Christmas holiday. The reward will be granted once the culprit is identified, arrested, and charged. Please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 980-7800 or the Pulaski County Administration Office at (540) 980-7705 with any information that may be helpful in finding the person(s) responsible.
Pulaski County Leads Virginia in Economic Development
According to data compiled by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership on announcements of employment creation and capital investment for 2019, Pulaski County finished 1st overall in Job Creation, 2nd overall in New Capital Investment and 17th overall in the Number of Projects Announced per capita for the Calendar Year 2019, out of all 95 counties and 38 independent cities within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The ranking outcomes were the result of Pulaski County’s two (2) qualified projects in CY-2019, both of which were officially announced in concert with the Governor’s office. These two (2) basic industry sector projects will collectively create more than 790 new jobs and more than $401 million in new capital investment. The two projects referenced consisted of Volvo Trucks North America and BimmerWorld.
“The Board of Supervisors is very gratified to receive the number one spot in economic development for the second time in three years. This continuing success is certain to have significant long-term benefits to the people of our county and to the economy of the entire New River Valley,” stated Joseph Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors. “We have one of the best economic development teams in Virginia, and they have been working very effectively with the previous and current Board of Supervisor members and other local leaders to support our existing businesses and industries to create jobs and encourage investment here in Pulaski County.”
Pulaski County also ranked number 1 in the Commonwealth in 2017 for Overall Economic Development Performance per capita having facilitated the creation of more than 600 new jobs and $57 million in new capital investment derived from five (5) qualified basic industry sector projects in CY-2017. Since January of 2017, Pulaski County has enjoyed seven (7) qualified announcements that have resulted in nearly $475 million in new capital investment and more than 1,460 new jobs created. One of the seven announcements recently occurred on January 21, 2020, when Patton Logistics, LLC was welcomed as the newest member of Pulaski County’s business community.
“We knew Pulaski County had another impressive year of announcements, but did not anticipate we would end up on top again out of all 133 jurisdictions considering Virginia’s #1 business ranking and how strong the economy was in 2019,” stated Jon Wyatt, Chair of the Pulaski County Economic Development Authority. “We are thankful to have world-class companies such as Bimmerworld and Volvo who call Pulaski County home and are willing to invest millions and even hundreds of millions into their operations, their people and their future.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pulaski County’s unemployment rate remained at the 20-year low of 2.8% in November of 2019, reaching the third lowest monthly rate in more than 30 years. “The availability of good jobs is foundational to the health of our local economy and achieving our goal of 40,000 people by 2030, and it takes leadership from our elected officials, a skilled workforce, a talented economic development team and trust, confidence and commitment from our businesses to make this possible,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator. “Our culminated successes in the past three years is not by accident, but rather the results of a lot of hard work, strategy, creativity and risk taking by our economic development team, the unwavering support of our Board of Supervisors and EDA, a deep talent pool and without a doubt, God’s favor.”
Pulaski County, located in the New River Valley of Virginia, is home to eight (8) international companies that represents more than 5,000 advanced manufacturing jobs. The County is considered to be Southwest Virginia’s Center for International Business and the New River Valley’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub.
Resolution Declaring Pulaski County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County
Resolution Affirming Pulaski County’s Support and Defense of the Constitution of the United States, the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth and Declaring Pulaski County, Virginia a Second Amendment Supportive County.
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The New River Valley Aiport Continues to Expand
The New River Valley (NRV) Airport in Pulaski County, Virginia has been awarded $743,425.00 in grant funds to strategically expand its aircraft parking ramp. The funding comes in the form of two grants. The first grant issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) covers 90% of the project cost and is for $682,738.00; the second grant issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Aviation covers 8% of the project cost and is for $60,687.00. The grant funds will be matched with $15,173.00 of NRV Airport funds to make up the total $758,598.00 construction cost for the 21,675 square foot ramp expansion.
The expansion at the airport is something the Airport Commission and local government leaders feel is critical to the short and long-term growth of the region. “The NRV Airport has always been a vital asset and a differentiator in our economic development toolbox, and expanding its capabilities is important to supporting the New River Valley and serving specifically the significant business growth we are experiencing here in Pulaski County,” stated Jonathan D. Sweet, County Administrator, Pulaski County. “The airport’s ability to leverage federal and state grants to cover 98% of the cost makes the project viable, allows for a much quicker return on investment back to the Commission and gives our business and industrial community a greater competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
The federal grant funding was made available with Congress’s passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which Virginia 9th District Congressman H. Morgan Griffith was a cosponsor. The legislation, which provided $3.35 billion for the FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) received support in the U.S. Senate from Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Timothy Kaine, and was signed into law in October 2018. Funding for the AIP program comes from federal taxes assessed on aviation fuels and does not use general fund money. Similarly, the Virginia Department of Aviation’s grant utilizes funding derived from the 5-cent state tax on aviation fuels sold in the Commonwealth. “These are aviation taxes being reinvested to fund aviation projects that ultimately generates more taxes and better serves the assorted needs of our diverse customers,” said Keith Holt, manager of the New River Valley Airport. “We have seen a tremendous increase in air freight traffic and overall airport usage which can be directly tied to the growth and strength of our local economy.”
The expansion will allow the airport greater space to park aircraft and transport air cargo. So far, in 2019, the airport has moved over 294,000 pounds of air freight, an increase of nearly 215% over 2018 figures. The project, awarded through a competitive bid process, will be constructed by W-L Construction and Paving Inc., from Chilhowie, Virginia. Eden and Associates with offices in Blacksburg, Virginia, will provide on-site engineering and construction management services.
The New River Valley Airport is a 469-acre general aviation airport located two miles north of the town of Dublin on State Route 100, directly adjacent to the New River Valley Commerce Park. The airport’s 6,201-foot-long runway can handle a wide array of corporate jets and has all-weather instrument landing capabilities. Operated by the New River Valley Airport Commission, with representatives from seven local jurisdictions, the airport is focused on the air service needs, demands and growth of regional businesses and economic development.