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Leesburg Utilities Director Randy Shoemaker Announces Retirement

Leesburg Utilities Director Randy Shoemaker Announces Retirement

From the Town of Leesburg – Randy Shoemaker, Director of the Leesburg Utilities Department, has announced his retirement from the Town, effective July 1, 2011.  Mr. Shoemaker has worked for the Town of Leesburg for more than 38 total years and has been the director of the Leesburg Utilities Department since its creation in 1981.

Randy Shoemaker was first hired by the Town of Leesburg in 1970 as a Wastewater Plant Operator.  He left the Town in 1973, but returned in 1975 as the Utility Plant Superintendent.  At that time, the utilities functions were part of the Department of Public Works.  In 1981, the Department of Utility Plants was created and Randy became the new department’s director.

Childhelp’s Capitol CAREaoke Rocked the Reagan Building to Fight Child Abuse

On Tuesday night, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was rockin’, thanks to a host of journalists, politicians, and sports personalities. The room was busting with a who’s who crowd, and they were all there for one common [and very commendable] purpose: to raise money and awareness in support of Childhelp's fight against child abuse and neglect. The event—dubbed CAREaoke—is an annual affair that benefits the organization, and while award-winning journalist Rebecca Cooper (WJLA) was the evening’s hostess, she is also the event’s founder.

Opportunities are Available to Participate in County Government

Opportunities are Available to Participate in County Government

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following advisory boards, commissions and committees.

• Advisory Commission on Youth: One at-large representative, Leesburg District

• Animal Advisory Committee: Dulles District

• Commission on Aging: Blue Ridge District

• Community Criminal Justice Board: At-large representative, Broad Run & Potomac Districts

• Commuter Bus Advisory Board: At-large representative

• Courthouse Grounds and Facility Committees: At-large representatives

• Disability Services Board: At-large representatives

• Family Services Board: At-large representative

• Housing Advisory Board: One for-profit affordable housing developer; One at-large public representative

TV Show Features County Administrator and Disability Services Board

TV Show Features County Administrator and Disability Services Board

The new edition of “Inside Loudoun County” features segments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 12) budget for the Loudoun County government and the county’s Disability Services Board.

The guest in the first segment of the show is Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet. He discusses some of the key challenges he faced in preparing the proposed FY 12 budget for the county government, including how to balance affordability and service delivery while the county continues to experience significant growth. Hemstreet said the guiding principles he used in preparing the proposed fiscal plan included maintaining the county’s commitment to a sound fiscal policy, providing essential public safety and human services, and preserving critical services needed by the county’s residents as the county continues to grow. More information about the county budget is online at www.loudoun.gov/budget.

Loudoun County Offers Online Service Response Card

Loudoun County Offers Online Service Response Card

How did we do?  To better serve the citizens of Loudoun County, the county government is asking for customer feedback through a convenient online form.

“We are committed as an organization to providing the highest level of customer service,” said Harry Walsh, Loudoun County Citizens Relations Manager. “A good way to assess the quality of our service is to hear directly from our customers. I encourage everyone who has had a recent transaction or interaction with a county department to fill out an online Service Response Card.”

If you had a recent transaction with a county government department, please consider going online to fill out a County of Loudoun Service Response Card. You will be asked to describe and rate the service you received. There is also a space for comments. The card is online at www.loudoun.gov/responsecard.

Bridging the Generation Gap in Egypt and the American Workplace

The historical transfer of power in Egypt has seen the departure of an entrenched 82-year-old dictator and a movement toward a democratically elected government where young Egyptians will have a major voice in politics and policies of the future.  A major key to a successful transition that will allow Egypt to move forward as a stable, innovative nation lies in respect and understanding between generations.

The same is true with American businesses.

Innovation is the intersection of the past and present that leads to the future.  That’s why it is so important that business leaders publicly acknowledge the contribution of each generation, applaud the unique strengths brought to the table by workers of different ages, and encourage everyone to share their viewpoints as a way to make a strong team even stronger. 

Board of Supervisors Approves Amendments to Loudoun County Sign Ordinance

Board of Supervisors Approves Amendments to Loudoun County Sign Ordinance

From Loudoun County - The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved amendments to the Loudoun County sign ordinance, which revise and create new standards for business signs for commercial uses and add off-site directional signs for certain uses. The Board also approved associated amendments to the schedule of fees for land development applications. The amendments are effective March 1, 2011.

Revision of the county’s sign ordinance is part of the Board’s Strategic Plan. The goals of the revisions include making Loudoun County’s sign regulations friendlier to businesses and preserving community standards regarding the proliferation of roadside signage and billboards.