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Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

October 16, 2020 

The Virginia Department of Health is offering FREE COVID-19 tests to the community on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Augusta Health Lexington Primary Care, 55 Comfort Way, Lexington, VA 24450 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

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Annual Loose Leaf Collection Services Begin

October 13, 2020 

Public Works will begin curbside loose leaf collection in the city on Monday October 19, 2020. Collection will continue through Wednesday December 23, 2020. After December 23rd, leaves must be bagged; or placed in plastic trash cans, and will then be collected as part of regular solid waste pickup.

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City of Lexington Joins PACT

September 1, 2020 

We’re proud to join the ranks as a PACT partner! Don’t know PACT? It’s a pledge that area businesses and government offices are taking to Protect All Citizens and Travelers in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County. In other words, we’re dedicated to providing our community with consistent, dependable, and sustained levels of safety and service.

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APPOINTMENT ONLY COVID-19 Community Testing Event

August 12, 2020 

The Virginia Department is Health is offering FREE COVID-19 testing. APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED.

Tests are available for those who are:
-Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
-A close contact to a known COVID-19 case

DATE: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

LOCATION: Rockbridge Regional Communications Center, 100 Baner Lane, Buena Vista, VA 24416

TIME: 7:30-10:30 a.m.

How to schedule an appointment:
-Call 1-855-949-8378, Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m.
-Registration closes Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Preference for testing will be given to symptomatic individuals or contacts of a known COVID-19 case.

General COVID-19 questions? Call 1-855-949-8378

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Proposed Multi-Way Stop Jackson Avenue & White Street

July 6, 2020 

News Release

July 6, 2020

Proposed Multi-Way Stop

Jackson Avenue & White Street

A three-way stop sign configuration will be installed at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and White Street on Monday, July 13, 2020. The City deems this action necessary due to the intersections limited site distance and poor turning geometry. An increase in vehicular collisions at this location within the past two years substantiates this decision. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to be aware of this new signage assembly. Advanced warnings signs will be installed concurrently and will remain in place for a period of thirty days.

Should you have any questions, please call Public Works at (540) 463-3154.

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Small Business CARES Grant

July 1, 2020 

Main Street Lexington has been tasked by the City of Lexington’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to assist in distributing grants to businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Trimming Hedges, Shrubs & Trees Along Sidewalks

June 26, 2020 

In many areas throughout the city we have encroaching hedges, shrubs and low hanging tree limbs growing from private property onto neighborhood sidewalks and streets. This is creating obstructions on the walkways for pedestrians and in the roadways for motorists for a line of clear sight. This problem can be more significant for elderly and handicap residents but also children who are at play and unaware of the danger. Properties located on corner lots with overgrown hedges and low hanging tree limbs are causing a safety risk to motorists and pedestrians whose clear line of sight is obstructed.

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Lexington City Offices Reopening

June 26, 2020 


Lexington, VA – All City offices will now be reopened for all public functions beginning Monday, JuIy 6th. While we must all still be concerned about the COVID-19 public health threat, Lexington City offices will be open to the public for all regular transactions, public needs and services. To continue to accommodate all concerns for individual health, City employees will also be available and assist; and services will be provided by phone, internet, US mail and through a drop box at City Hall. While in City Hall visitors must exercise social distancing and wear a mask. If you do not have a mask with you, you may take one within City Hall, as you enter. Please only enter City Hall for cash payments or questions and use the dropbox, if at all possible. All items placed in the dropbox will be processed promptly and a receipt will be provided upon request.

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June 24, 2020 

Due to budget cuts, beginning Monday, July 6 2020, the City of Lexington will no longer be collecting recyclable materials. Your current recycling bin may be used as a trash container, but please remember to bag all trash before placing it into the container. Please contact the Public Works Department at (540)463-3154 with any questions.

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COVID-19 - Park Opening Measures

June 22, 2020 

Starting Tuesday, June 23, 2020, City park amenities, such as bathrooms and picnic areas, will be open to the public. Public Works will resume taking reservations for picnic areas on this date. Social distancing and PPE protocols are recommended and strongly encouraged. The cleaning of these facilities will resume at pre-pandemic efforts and frequency. Amenities are not guaranteed to be virus free. Park users should be aware of this risk and are advised to bring with them any personal sanitization equipment they deem conducive to their safety.

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Friends of Rockbridge Swimming Public Statement on the Outdoor Pool

June 22, 2020 

Friends of Rockbridge Swimming (FOR Swimming) is excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement with the City of Lexington to open the Lexington Municipal Pool in a limited capacity this summer. We will strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines that have been issued for pools in Virginia which limits pool use to no more than 3 people per lane.

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City of Lexington Mask Wearing Directive

May 29, 2020 

Tuesday of this week, Governor Northam signed Executive Order 63, directing all Virginians over the age of 10 to wear masks indoors in specified locations and for specified purposes. EO 63 did not specify that the wearing of masks indoors was universally mandated. As such, local government employees in local government facilities were not included in the Governor’s Order...

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City Outdoor Pool Announcement

May 12, 2020 

Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, the City outdoor pool is currently not scheduled to open for the 2020 season. The safety of our public is our upmost priority and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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Downtown Parking Enforcement

May 11, 2020 

With the possibility of things opening back up this week, parking enforcement has resumed in the downtown Lexington district. Any questions can be directed by contacting us at (540) 462-3705.

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RARO Board Meeting May 6, 2020

May 5, 2020 

The RARO board will hold its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Sam Houston Ruritan Building 1260 Valley Pike, Lexington. Per Covid-19, all public comments should be routed thru your respective Board Member.

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Richardson Park Equipment Replacement

April 15, 2020 

Public Works crews will begin removing portions of the existing playground equipment at Richardson Park beginning Monday, April 20, 2020. If all goes well the contractor will begin installing the new equipment the first week of May 2020.

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2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

April 8, 2020 

This report is designed to provide you with valuable information about your drinking water quality.

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City Council Meetings During COVID-19

April 8, 2020 

Due to COVID-19, we are taking actions to minimize attendance at City Council meetings. All City Council meetings will be broadcasted through our Facebook and then uploaded to the City's YouTube channel afterwards. If you are unable to view the meeting through either platform, the meeting audio is being recorded and will be posted the following day to the City’s website.

If you have information or comments related to any item on our agenda that you would like to have presented to City Council, we strongly encourage you to submit that information in writing, rather than appear at our meeting. If you wish to submit information, please submit those comments/statements by email: jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov, U.S. Mail: 300 East Washington Street, Lexington VA 24450 or to the City Hall dropbox (located on the back side of City Hall facing the parking lot) with City Manager written on the outside. Contact information for individual members of City Council can be found below under "Meet Your Council."

Please contact Jani Hostetter at jhostetter@lexingtonva.gov or (540)462-3700, if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

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Lexington City COVID-19 Interim Park Regulations

March 29, 2020 

Park green spaces and trails, as applicable, are open to the public at present. All patrons are advised to practice social distancing of six feet or more. In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, park play equipment, courts and amenities, such as benches, picnic tables/ pavilions, and restrooms, are closed to the public until further notice.

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March 3, 2020 

All persons having lots in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery are requested to remove all flowers, flags, or any other items from the graves by March 23, 2020. After this date, the City will remove and dispose of them in preparation for the upcoming mowing season. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

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New Year's Day Sanitation Schedule

December 27, 2019 

Trash and Recycling – will be collected on Wednesday, January 1st.

Bulk and Brush – will not be collected on Wednesday, January 1st. Crews will service the missed area Thursday, January 2nd.

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October 31, 2019 

All outdoor Halloween activities in the City of Lexington shall take place on Friday afternoon and evening, November 1, rather than Halloween afternoon and evening, October 31. All previously requested and approved street closings for Halloween activities will occur on Friday at the same times and for the same streets as previously approved.

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FY19 Paving Schedule

September 27, 2019 

All original streets included in the City's spring/summer paving schedule were completed per the previously posted schedule. Since bid pricing was so competitive, the City asked the contractor (Adams Construction) to include additional streets. These additional streets include Old Borden Road, Borden Road, Alum Spring Road, and Lime Kiln Road. Resurfacing of these streets will occur between October 7, 2019 and October 11, 2019.

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Notice of Public Hearing – Blue Ridge Resource Authority (BRRA) Glass Recycling Fee

August 29, 2019 

The Blue Ridge Resource Authority (BRRA) will hold a public hearing, in accordance with the requirements of §15.2-5136 of the Code of Virginia, on the proposed establishment of a landfill glass recycling fee of $25.00 per ton for BRRA members: Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington.

Hearing Date & Time:

September 9, 2019 at 7:15 pm
(Regular meeting begins at 7:00 pm)

Hearing Location:

Rockbridge County Administrative Building

First Floor Board Room

150 South Main Street

Lexington, VA 24450

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Lexington City Council Approves Resolution to Build a Healthier Community

April 10, 2019 

Lexington joins Virginia communities as a designated HEAL City.

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Memory Cafe Event for people with Dementia

April 4, 2019 

On Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Rockbridge Regional Library Piovano Room, THE ELDERLIES Barbershop Quartet will perform at this event, which is part of a program for people with dementia and their care partners in a safe, supportive, stigma-free environment. Lots of fun activities are planned for future dates. Call the library at 463-4324 or email rrl@rrlib.net to learn more.

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Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday, March 19 at 9:45 a.m.

March 7, 2019 

At approximately 9:45 a.m on March 19th, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radios. This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. Because this is a test tornado warning, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will NOT be activated. A test tornado cancellation Special Weather Statement (SPS) will be sent around 10 AM on the 19th to end the drill.

If there is widespread severe weather expected on the 19th, the backup date will be Wednesday March 20th at 9:45 AM.

Learn more and register to participate at vaemergency.gov/tornadodrill.

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2018 Rockbridge Area Community Health Assessment Overview

January 18, 2019 

From Carilion Clinic

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Lexington School Board appoints Superintendent

January 9, 2019 

The Lexington School Board has appointed Rebecca Walters as their new Superintendent.

Request for Proposals issued for Lexington Historic District Design Guidelines

December 21, 2018 

To secure a qualified preservation, preservation-planning, or design professional to create a set of Design Guidelines for the Downtown Historic Preservation and Residential Historic Neighborhood Conservation Districts in Lexington, Virginia.

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Request for Qualifications issued for Jordan's Point Park Master Plan

November 20, 2018 

The intent of the RFQ is to secure a qualified planning and designing professional to create a conceptual design for Jordan's Point Park.

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Opioid Presentation Rescheduled

September 11, 2018 

The Opioid Presenation scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2018 has been rescheduled for Monday, October 29, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Waddell Elementary School Cafeteria.

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Year to Date Revenues for City of Lexington

September 5, 2018 

The City reports the attached numbers for economic activity in the most recently reported periods.

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Lexington awarded over $6.5 million in grants for Fiscal Year 2018

August 3, 2018 

Check out the breakdown!

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Stop Work Order extended for excavation at Kendal

June 22, 2018 

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2017 Drinking Water Quality Report

June 22, 2018 

This report is designed to provide you with valuable information about your drinking water quality.

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Stop Work Order Issued for Blasting at Kendal

June 13, 2018 

Press Release attached.

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Blasting in the City of Lexington

June 7, 2018 

Projects that involve blasting: what to expect when your home is nearby

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To the Community: Our Popular Annual Financial Report FY17

May 4, 2018 

The City of Lexington proudly presents the 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report [PAFR].

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Blue Ridge Resource Authority - FY 2019 Budget Update

April 20, 2018 

The Blue Ridge Resource Authority (BRRA) Board of Directors will receive a presentation and hold a vote on the proposed FY 2019 Budget at their next regularly scheduled meeting, May 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. All regular BRRA Board Meetings are held in the first floor Board Room of the Rockbridge County Administrative Building, located at 150 South Main Street in Lexington. Additionally, a public hearing has been scheduled for 7:15 p.m. during the May 14 meeting on proposed amendments to the BRRA Fee Schedule for FY 2018 and 2019.

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Event: Urban Trees in the Age of Emerald Ash Borer

February 12, 2018 

The City of Harrisonburg will host a free event on April 5 to educate the public about the threat posed by the invasive species Emerald Ash Borer.

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A Call To Action: House Bill No. 824

January 19, 2018 

A bill has been introduced in the General Assembly to take away the city’s authority to regulate our own zoning and revenue process related to our transient occupancy policy. The policies in place reflected long and serious consideration of the hours of input by citizen commentators on all sides of the issues.

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Fire Hydrant Maintenance

September 25, 2017 

Fire Hydrant Maintenance

On Monday 2 October, a Public Works crew will begin semiannual testing and inspection of fire hydrants throughout the city distribution system.

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The 29th Annual Virginia Water and Wastewater Rate Report

September 22, 2017 

View the 2017 Virginia Water and Wastewater Report here.

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City of Lexington Appoints New Police Chief

September 7, 2017 

City Manager Noah A. Simon has announced today the appointment of Samuel Roman, Jr. as the next Police Chief for the City of Lexington.

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Statement of Solidarity

August 21, 2017 

Statement read by local religious leaders at City Council on August 17, 2017: Many of us never imagined we would be gathering here together in response to the racist violence of a Nazi rally in Charlottesville. Many of us are in shock, mourning, afraid, anxious.

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Recycling Glass: Frequently Asked Questions

August 11, 2017 

Click below for a fact sheet addressing frequently asked questions about glass recycling.

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Hikers to be Rerouted on Chessie Nature Trail

August 2, 2017 

Hikers using the Chessie Nature Trail will be diverted onto Old Buena Vista Road for a short distance near Route 11. The detour will be in place indefinitely, according to Virginia Military Institute, which manages the trail.

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Randolph Street Waterline Improvement

July 5, 2017 

The city has awarded a contract to Atkins Excavating, Inc. to replace the existing water distribution line on Randolph Street from Washington Street to Nelson Street. The project will replace a nearly 100 year old 6-inch cast iron pipe with a new 8-inch ductile iron pipe. A new fire hydrant will be installed and service lines will be replaced as needed.

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Enfield Area Wastewater Line Improvement Project

June 19, 2017 

The city has awarded a contract to Aaron J. Conner, General Contractor, Inc. to improve neighborhood wastewater collection lines in the Enfield Road area of the city. Work will be performed on Battery Lane, Confederate Circle, Pickett Street, Lampe Circle, and Willow Lane.

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Street Resurfacing

May 30, 2017 

Major street resurfacing will begin at various locations around the City on Tuesday 30 May and take about 30 to 45 calendar days to complete, all weather permitting. The work will be performed by PAVCON Inc. and all worked will be performed Monday through Friday at work hours indicated in the paragraph below.

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Notice of a Public Hearing to Receive Public Comment on the Appointment of a School Board Member

May 23, 2017 

A public hearing will be conducted by the Lexington City Council at a meeting to begin at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in the first floor meeting room of the Rockbridge County Administrative Offices, 150 South Main Street, to allow persons to appear and present their views about the applicants to the School Board with a three-year term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020.

Noah Simon

City Manager

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Request for Proposal-2018 General Reassessment

May 11, 2017 

Notice is hereby given that the City of Lexington will accept proposals on the preparation of appraisals of taxable and tax exempt real estate in Lexington, Virginia for the 2018 General Reassessment. The bid may be extended to the next General Reassessment solely at the option of the City and upon successful negotiation of project fees. This reassessment is to be effective July 1, 2018 for FY 19.

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Pavement Marking and Striping

April 18, 2017 

A Public Works crew will begin semiannual pavement marking and striping within the downtown area on Sunday April 23rd, weather permitting. It is expected the work will take 5 to 7 nights to complete. The crew will work from midnight to 8:00 AM to minimize disruption to traffic and normal business activity.

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Fire Hydrant Flow Testing and Maintenance

March 20, 2017 

On Monday 27 March, a Public Works crew will begin semiannual testing and inspection of fire hydrants throughout the city distribution system. Testing should be complete by the end of the week, but may be delayed by emergencies or weather. If delays occur the work will be completed the week of 3 April. Maintenance consists of checking all valves for proper operation and identifying leaks. All work will be performed during normal work hours, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Advertisement for Bids: Street Resurfacing

March 10, 2017 

The City of Lexington, Virginia will receive SEALED BIDS in the Office of the Department of Public Works, 890 Shop Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450, until Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM, for the “Spring 2017 Street Resurfacing Program”. This project includes 26,333 SY of City Inventory street milling and asphalt paving (nominal 2” SM-9.5A) and 7,726 SY of Non-Inventory street asphalt overlay (nominal 2” SM-9.5AL). Contingency units for undercut, #21A stone base installation, asphalt patching, #21A shoulder replacement, and installation of asphalt berms are included.

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East Nelson Street (Route 60) Drainage Improvement Project

January 10, 2017 

The City of Lexington’s E. Nelson Street Drainage Improvement project will commence Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This project involves replacing an aged, structurally deficient, and inadequate 36” storm drain with new and larger pipe. This line crosses E. Nelson Street in the vicinity of the Walker Street intersection, running from just above the Sheetz entrance to the BB&T bank across the street.

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