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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Goochland County Bids Farewell to Three Distinguished Board of Supervisor Members

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As 2023 comes to a close, Goochland County bids farewell to three distinguished Board of Supervisor members, Ms. Lascolette, Mr. Lumpkins, and Mr. Peterson, who were recognized for their exemplary service with Resolutions of Recognition during the Board’s December 5th, 2023 meeting.

Ms. Lascolette has served three consecutive terms representing District 1 starting in 2011. During her time in office, she served as the first female chair of the Board of Supervisors in 2015, and again as chair in 2020.  Ms. Lascolette played a pivotal role in resolving a longstanding boundary issue with Louisa County, allowing hundreds of Goochland County residents to participate in Goochland’s local elections, and also for her commitment to broadband internet initiatives.

Mr. Peterson, representing District 5, mirrored Ms. Lascolette's commitment to service with three consecutive terms starting in 2011. His leadership was instrumental in guiding the financial future of Goochland County resulting in the County receiving the Taxpayer Friendly Community Award of 2017 and being recognized as the Most Taxpayer-Friendly in the Nation by The American City County Exchange (ACCE). Under his guidance, the county achieved its first AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services in 2015.

Mr. Lumpkins was appointed as interim Board of Supervisor member representing District 3 in 2018, following the passing of Supervisor Ned Creasey.  In 2019, Mr. Lumpkins was elected to a full term representing District 3 where he demonstrated five years of dedicated service, serving as the Board Chair in 2021. His contribution to the Boundary Line Agreement and commitment to enhancing public safety signified his dedication to the Goochland County community.

Together, these departing members have been central to the county's success, earning it the highest AAA ratings from all three credit rating agencies.  In the process making Goochland County the smallest county in the United States to have earned the highest rating from all three credit rating agencies.  They also oversaw the issuance of $96 million in general obligation public improvement bonds, as was approved by 85% of County voters at the November 2, 2021 election. Their leadership will be missed as they leave behind a legacy of positive change, impacting the lives of Goochland County residents.  A few highlights of other County accomplishments that occurred during their terms include:

  • Successfully refinanced a large portion of the 2002 Tuckahoe Creek Service District VRA bonds, in November 2012, in order to achieve debt service savings over the next 23 years
  • Acquired land and built the first county-owned Fire Station, Company 6, which opened in the spring of 2017, replacing the old Company 6 fire station
  • Authorized construction of a new Animal Shelter in July 2017, partnering with Goochland Pet Lovers to create a much-needed new Animal Shelter and Adoption Center that opened on June 15, 2020
  • Funded the revitalization of the old Goochland Middle School into the Central High Cultural and Educational Center
  • Created the Goochland Business Center to support small business and industry
  • Renewed its commitment and investment in broadband internet services across the county through partnerships with Firefly Fiber Broadband on the Regional Internet Service Expansion project and also with Port 80 Internet Services
  • Funded and implemented the County’s public safety communication project and construction of Goochland’s new Emergency Operations and Communication Center, and Courthouse Security Building
  • Worked with the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office to enhance public safety by bolstering initiatives such as augmenting salaries, expanding staffing, and procuring necessary equipment
  • Made significant increases in public safety with Goochland County Fire-Rescue including all county fire stations being staffed 24/7, multiple station renovations and improvements, fire apparatus and equipment purchases, property acquisitions for two new fire-rescue station sites in West Creek and Sandy Hook
  • Numerous facility improvements across the county
  • Approved numerous studies, plans, and policies including a 25 Year Capital Improvement Plan, 2040 Major Thoroughfare Plan, Long Range Transportation Plan, Rural Long Range Transportation Plan, Road Service District Policy, Parks and Recreation Master Plan, salary benchmark study, Zoning Ordinance Rewrite, and adoption of the Courthouse Village Small Area Plan

 

The Board of Supervisors expresses its deepest gratitude to Ms. Lascolette, Mr. Lumpkins, and Mr. Peterson for their commitment, leadership, and unwavering dedication to the community and extends best wishes on their future endeavors.

 

The full Resolutions of Recognition for Ms. Lascolette, Mr. Peterson, and Mr. Lumpkins can be found at the links below:

Ms. Lascolette’s Resolution of Recognition

Mr. Peterson’s Resolution of Recognition

Mr. Lumpkin’s Resolution of Recognition