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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.
Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.
COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON EMS GARAGE ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
The County of Northampton, Virginia is accepting sealed Bids for the construction of a new Emergency Medical Services Garage building to be located at 13294 Lankford Highway, Machipongo, Virginia. Bids will be received at the office of the County Administrator, 16404 Courthouse, Eastville, VA 23347 until 3:00 p.m., December 15, 2016. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud immediately thereafter.
Northampton County’s Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk
Come join Northampton Co. Parks and Recreation for their annual Turkey Trot Fun Run/walk on Saturday November 19th. The race will be held in front of the Riverside Shore Cancer Center on Hospital Ave. Registration will begin at 8:30am the day of the race and the race will begin at 9:00am; entry fees are $10 per person, children 12 and under are free. Frozen turkeys, turkey trot t-shirts and prizes will be given away to overall winners and participants. We hope to see you there!
NEW PPTR TRUCK CHANGES FOR TAX YEAR 2017
Additional vehicles may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017
Due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles might now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.
The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds. As of January 1, 2017, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups. These vehicles will require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.
Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.
The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use. If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.
You can reclassify your vehicle by visiting your local DMV customer service center.
Request for Proposals
Northampton County is seeking proposals for the demolition of structures at the following locations:
Harris Family Real Estate, LLC
Tax Map 40-A-37 8103
Sylvan Scene Drive
Phillip Lydell Onley
Tax Map 13A-1-6
5036 Salt Works Road
Contractors must furnish all of the equipment, transportation, labor and maintain automobile, liability, and workers’ compensation insurance. Proposals must contain a copy of the insurance coverage maintained by the proposer. Successful contractor must be current with all County taxes and must possess a County business license.
Proposals should be returned to the County Administrator’s Office, 16404 Courthouse Road, P.O. Box 66, Eastville, Virginia, not later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
The County has the right to reject any or all bids; to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bidding; accept or reject any or all items of the bid; and to accept other than the lowest bid should it be deemed in the best interest of the County.
Please direct questions to Terrance Elliott, Code Compliance Officer, at (757) 678-0440 ext. 523 or email email@example.com.
Northampton County is an EEO employer.
In accordance with the Northampton County Board of Supervisors' policy, please be advised that there will be appointment vacancies, effective December 31, 2016, on the following commissions and boards:
BOARD OF APPEALS FOR THE BUILDING INSPECTOR
EASTERN SHORE COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD
PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS COMMITTEE
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY RECREATION BOARD (District 2 and At Large
If citizens are interested in serving on any of these boards or commissions, they should contact the County Administrator's Office and complete a Board Bank Application not later than Tuesday, November 22, 2016 The Board Bank Application is also available online at the County's website.
The Winter Hours Schedule will commence at the Northampton County Sanitary Landfill on Saturday, November 5, 2016 and run through Saturday, February
25, 2017. That means that on Saturdays, the landfill's operating hours
will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.
Northampton County hires local civil engineer As Director of Public Works
Christopher A. Thomas, a resident of Cape Charles, has been hired as Director of Public Works in the second phase of Northampton County’s restructuring. He replaces Michael Thornes, who retired as of June 30, 2016. Chris graduates summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2009 in the top 5 of his class with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He will serve as Director of the Office of Public Works and Operations.
Northampton Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Spencer Murray commented, “We are delighted to have tapped this local talent who brings in-depth skills to our buildings and capital projects such as the EMS building as well as our County infrastructure.”
Chris currently is employed by the engineering firm of WM Schlosser in Chesapeake. He will be in his new position in Northampton effective November 1, 2016.
Already active in Northampton, Chris is an EMT and firefighter for Cheriton Volunteer Fire and Cape Charles Rescue.
In a related move, Jeff Doughty will be promoted to the new position of Assistant to the Public Works and Operations Director. Jeff will oversee the areas of Facilities Management, Public Utilities, and Harbors & Boat Ramps. Jeff currently serves as Water and Wastewater Technician. He will continue in this capacity as well as assuming his new management duties.
“The Board will continue to seek new talent, identify efficiencies to save money, and better serve our citizens,” said Murray.
John Andrzejewski, Acting County Administrator, said, “Please join us in welcoming and congratulating these two members of the Northampton team.”
NORTHAMPTON STARTS NEXT GENERAL REASSESSMENT
Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.
ALL CUSTOMERS OF THE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
TRANSFER STATION/LANDFILL :
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015,
THE SOLID WASTE TIPPING FEE
WILL INCREASE FROM
$65.00 PER TON TO
$69.00 PER TON
The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)
Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:15a.m.
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201
Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.
Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.
The Marketplace offers private health insurance.
Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.
If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:
Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767
Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.
Northampton County Low Lying Areas
Land Use Information and Application Links:
Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.