CCAC Recap – 19 September 2018

Some big and heady discussions at tonight’s CCAC meeting.  I encourage, and darn near implore you, to read the tweets. And get aware and involved.

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CCAC Meeting – 19 September 2018

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Crozet Library
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


1. Introductions and Agenda Review (Allie Pesch – CCAC chair)
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Discussion of Community Advisory Committees (Ann Mallek – 15min)
4. School Board Updates (David Oberg, Albemarle County School Board Member, White Hall District – 45 min)
5. Crozet Trails Crew Update (Terri Miyamoto, CTC President; Dan Mahon, Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Supervisor – 20 min)
6. Discussion on Continuing All CAC Meetings (All – 20 min)
7. Items Not Listed on the Agenda
8. Future agenda topics
– Frank Stoner/DCI update – October or November

Crowdsourcing Community Survey

via Nextdoor: (posting in part because no login is required here, so hopefully more people will see and respond)


Hey neighbors,

My name is Devin Harris and I am a Professor at UVA. My background is Civil Engineering and we are researching concepts related to quality of life within communities. I have been part of the Crozet community for the past six years and thought this might be a great place to get some informal feedback on our work. I was reaching out to assess potential interest in our study that focuses on opportunities to understand and improve quality of live in neighborhoods and communities. In brief, this study aims to use a crowd-sensing approach by encouraging community members to take and share data (specifically pictures and descriptions) of issues of concern in their neighborhood/community such as congested streets, sidewalks in disrepair, flooded streets, fallen traffic signs, potholes, etc. These data (primarily images) would then to be used to create models that will automatically detect the issue and report them to decision makers. Such models are expected to help decision makers and members of the community with necessary information for solving the issues. The schematically demonstrates this idea (Note: This is only illustrative of the concept and not real data).

Survey Link


At this point we are not soliciting any participation, but I would like to assess potential interest. If you would so kind as to fill out the attached survey about your potential interest in such an idea, I would really appreciate your input.  We are not collecting any information about those participating in the survey, only gathering some basic numbers on who might be interested and how they might be willing participate. The survey is four simple questions and will probably not take more than 30 seconds to complete.

Thank you in advance for participating in this effort.

Devin K. Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director – Center for Transportation Studies
Faculty Director of Clark Scholars Program


Being Prepared is Good (In General, but this time it’s Florence)



Oh, Yay. Wind.

There’s a great discussion on Twitter about this storm.


Might as well get prepared, folks.


A few thoughts about RealCrozetVA twitter during storms

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9th Annual Crozet Trails Crew 5K – 6 October 2018

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The 9th annual Crozet Trails Crew 5K Trail Race and Kids 400-meter Fun Run is only one month away! Come out on Saturday, October 6 to run, walk, or jog through woods, grassy fields, along streams, and over bridges (more info below).

Many are already working behind the scenes planning the race route, painting bridges, collecting prizes, etc.

Please support our primary fundraiser of the year by joining our

  • Workday on Saturday, Sept. 29 to prepare the trail for the race. Meet at 9 am at the trail entrance off Park Ridge Drive. Drive down Park Ridge through Western Ridge into Foothill Crossing, and look for the trail entrance on the left.
  • Help at the race on 10/6 by setting up, staffing registration, giving out prizes, and cleaning up after the race. Sign up to volunteer here, and thank you!
  • Register to run/jog/walk the race here.
    • The Kids Fun Run is at 8 am, with the adult race beginning at 8:30 and award ceremony at 9:30 with lots of prizes, including bridge naming rights to the male and female first place finishers! Registration and packet pick up will be Friday evening 10/5 from 6 to 8 pm in front of Crozet Library, as well as Saturday morning 7-8 am at Crozet Park. Fee is $20 online in advance or $25 in person. Registration includes a race tee shirt plus admission to the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival immediately following.
  • The Crozet Trails Crew helps our parent non-profit, the Crozet Park, by staffing the wine and beer tent at the Arts for and Crafts Festival. Sign up for a shift as bartender here.

Help get the word out by posting the attached flyer at your workplace, church, or school.

And that’s not all! A team from Albemarle County Parks & Recreation has begun to make major improvements to the muddy and rutted trail just outside the dog park at Crozet Park. We are looking forward to a smoother, drier trail in that section. Thanks to all who helped them!

Our monthly meeting has a NEW date (third Thursday) and location this month! It will be Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Crozet Pizza. Hope to see you there for final race planning!

Crozet’s Water Pump Station Coming Online Today



1 – if your water becomes discolored, run the water.

2 – Context on Crozet’s water projects at Crozet Gazette (bolding mine)

Currently, there are two sets of water system improvements underway: (1) three ongoing projects at the Crozet Water Treatment Plant (WTP), and (2) three interrelated projects at the Beaver Creek Dam. Upgrades to the WTP on Rt. 240, first described in detail here in February, have progressed according to schedule. Those upgrades include the installation of granular activated carbon filters for cleaner water, now operational, at a cost of $3.4 million, and the construction of a new finished water pump station, now 90 percent complete and expected to be online by September, at a cost of $2.6 million.

Jefferson Madison Library – 5 Year Plan Survey

We love the library, right? Ours is the Crozet Library, but the system extends throughout the region. Just look at the number of events they have upcoming!

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The Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) has always relied on the support of community partner organizations such as yours to help bring services to all of the citizens of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

JMRL is undergoing a year-long process to develop a strategic plan to guide the library through 2024, and is seeking community feedback in this process. Outreach to library users and non-users alike is bringing in a world of suggestions for improvement to services.

The Jefferson Madison Regional Library is seeking community feedback to help guide the future of library services in the area. Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey on Thank you for your support.

Survey form in English.

Survey form in Spanish.

If you would like paper copies of the survey to hand out, JMRL would love to provide some! The survey will be open until the end of September.


Things to Do this Weekend – 24-26 August 2018

Going to be a glorious weekend in Crozet. Fall is around the corner! Some good ideas on RealCrozetVA Twitter and Facebook.

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Co-Working in Crozet?

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I’ve heard people mention on occasion a desire for co-working space in Crozet.  As an entrepreneur who has spent most of the last 13 years working from home, I get that.  For a variety of reasons, I’m considering getting a nice office space in or around Old Trail in 2019.  This office space is likely to be bigger than I need at first, and so I’m wondering how serious people are about wanting co-working in Crozet?

To be clear, my thought is not to start a true co-working space in the traditional sense.  My assumption is that Crozet is not big enough yet to support that, but you can try to prove me wrong.  Instead, I’m just thinking it would be nice to have an open space office with a little bit of private spaces built in and nice views of the mountains.  My business could use it, but there’s not many of us here at the moment and so I would consider subleasing desks to others until my business grows more.

For anyone who’s interested, consider this a survey.  Contact me at [email protected] and answer these questions:

1) How often would you use a co working space in Crozet?
2) What would you use it for?  Do you need a closed room or prefer an open space area?  Or what combination of both?
3) What would you expect to pay for that?

You can assume this place would not exist until middle of 2019, so please project your answers to what your future self truly needs and would pay for.

At this point, this is just an idea, there are no plans drawn up or commitments made, but this is a useful exercise since the answers to a survey like this could affect paths my company takes in the coming months.