Operating Status and Schedule Changes

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City Government buildings are now closed to public access. City departments are still available for your needs; and phone and emails are being answered. 

Departments have posted schedule changes, meeting cancellations and other important information below:

Boards and Commissions:

The City is working with Boards and Commissions to delay or schedule virtual meetings due to the Governor’s Order to not hold gatherings of more than ten people.


Courts:

Order Transitioning to In-Person Court Proceedings

Beginning May 18, 2020 transitioning to in person court proceedings may begin.  View Court Order.

The Chief Justice entered an order declaring a judicial emergency for all district and circuit courts of the Commonwealth to protect the health and safety of court employees, litigants, judges, and the general public.  The declaration began March 16 and has been extended through May 17, 2020. View Court Order.   


The attached local order for Fredericksburg courts addresses transitioning to in person court proceedings beginning May 18, 2020.   View Court Order.

The 15th Judicial Circuit Courts continue to suspend in-person court proceedings through May 17, 2020 with Clerk’s offices open on a limited basis for essential and emergency matters only. Personnel will be available to respond to telephonic inquires and process electronic filings, if available.  View Court Order.  Call your specific court for further instructions.



Community Planning and Building:

The following meetings have been postponed:

Board of Zoning Appeals meeting will be rescheduled at a date and time to be determined. 

Planning Commission will be meeting May 27 at 6:30 p.m. as electronic meetings via video conference. The May 27 meeting will be a work session to provide information on development proposals planned for public hearing in June. The meetings can be viewed live on Cox Channel 84 and Verizon Channel 42, on the City’s Facebook page, and at https://www.regionalwebtv.com . No action will be taken at the meetings on any item requiring a public hearing. Public Hearings will be scheduled in June at a date and time to be confirmed.

  • May 27 - Planning Commission Work Session --- 6:30pm-8:30pm (emeeting) Please see public notices.
  • June 10 – City Council and Planning Commission joint public hearings --- 7:30pm – 10:00pm (emeeting). Please see public notices.
  • June 17 – Planning Commission regular meeting –- 7:30pm – 10:00pm (type of meeting TBD) 
  • June 24 – Planning Commission regular meeting --- 7:30pm – 10:00pm (type of meeting TBD)

Technical Review Committee meetings will be re-established electronically at a date and time to be confirmed.


Economic Development and Tourism:

The Fredericksburg Visitor Center located at 706 Caroline Street is closed until June 10, 2020. 


Fredericksburg Regional Transit (Fred Bus):

FRED Transit Service Update - Effective 3/23/2020 FRED Transit will be operating on a modified service schedule. See schedule information below:

Read Full Notice and All Route Summaries Here

D1 - See Modified Schedule Here
D2 - See Modified Schedule Here
D4 - See Modified Schedule Here
D5 & D3 - See Modified Schedule Here
F1 - See Modified Schedule Here
F2 - See Modified Schedule Here
F3 - See Modified Schedule Here
S1 - See Modified Schedule Here
S4 - See Modified Schedule Here
S5 - See Modified Schedule Here

Effective 4/12/2020 FRED Transit will suspend all UMW Eagle Express Service (E1, E2, E2-Late Night) until August 2020. 

Please visit www.rideFRED.com or call 540.372.1222 x701 for more information.


Parks, Recreation and Events:

Closed

  • Dorothy Hart Community Center - closed
  • Rentals of Parks and Facilities - cancelled
  • Motts Run Reservoir - closed for the season (except for trails)
  • Buffett Swimming Pool - closed for the season
  • Summer Camp Registration - cancelled
  • The following amenities are closed in all parks: playgrounds, park shelters, basketball courts, hockey rink, pickleball courts, and tennis courts.
  • The following parks are closed: Maury Park, W.L. Harris Park, and Powhatan Park.
  • Recreation programs, events, sports and classes are canceled until further notice.

Open

  • Parks, Recreation and Events Office Staff is available by phone 540-372-1086 and email on Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.
  • All trails and most parks remain open, with the exception of certain amenities. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines!
  • Fredericksburg Farmers Market at Hurkamp Park - Opens Saturday, May 16
  • Activity Bags for Pickup from Dorothy Hart Community Center every Thursday
  • Fall Sports are being planned, watch for registration information in June
  • Fall Special Interest Classes are being planned, watch for registration information in August

Police:

Fredericksburg Police Department Records Office is closed to the public until further notice. Fingerprinting services are also suspended until further notice. Questions? Here’s how to reach us:

The Records Office staff will be available for assistance Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Public Works:

Special Pickup service is temporarily suspended during the staff reassignments to comply with social distancing requirements. Residents may take items to Belman Road Recycling Center or Landfill.  

R-Board Residential Convenience Centers

Effective April 1, the residential convenience centers at Eskimo Hill and Belman Road will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. Residents: if your schedule permits please visit the Eskimo Hill Landfill or the Belman Convenience Center on Tuesday through Friday, when it is less populated. Expect layout changes at Eskimo Hill to limit the number of people who can be at one dumpster, to enforce social distancing requirements.

  • Reduce your time on our site: if you usually come in every week, consider making trips every two - three weeks if possible.
  • Do not linger and keep at least 6 ft. distance from others.
  • Bag any household trash to ensure it doesn’t blow away or otherwise become litter.
  • Due to social distance guidelines, be aware that our staff will not be able to assist in unloading.
  • Please be aware that the rules at the facility are subject to change to ensure we are keeping staff and residents safe while also providing waste disposal outlets.

Reduced Residential Hours:

TEMPORARILY CLOSED:  Sunday - Monday (Effective April 1, 2020)
Tuesday– Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Buy Landfill Passes & Coupons Online 

The Regional Landfill’s Administrative Offices at 473 Eskimo Hill Road are closed to the public. Please contact us by phone at 540-658-5279 or email RBoard@StaffordCountyVA.gov for assistance.


Social Services:

The Department of Social Services is closed to the public. Our employees will be working their regular schedules. Please refer to the information below:

  • To apply for SNAP, Medicaid, TANF or Child Care go to www.commonhelp.virginia.gov  or call  (855) 635-4370.
  • If you have paperwork to drop off, please place in the secure receptacle located outside the entrance of the Social Services building at 608 Jackson Street.
  • If you have a question about your benefits case – call your caseworker directly. If you don’t know your caseworker, call (540) 372-1032 and press 0.
  • If you had an appointment, please contact your caseworker directly. If you don’t know your caseworker, call (540) 372-1032 and press 0.
  • To make a child protective services complaint between 8:00am and 4:30pm, call (540) 940-2401 or (540) 372-1032 x298. After hours, call (800) 552-7096.
  • To make an adult protective services complaint between 8:00am and 4:30pm, call (540) 940-2401 or (540) 372-1032 x298. After hours, call (888) 832 – 3858.

Treasurer’s Office:

Fredericksburg City Council voted last week to extend the Personal Property Tax deadline from May 15 to July 15, 2020. The deadline for Real Estate bills was NOT extended, and are due to the Treasurer’s Office no later than close of business on Friday, May 15, 2020. Due to the public health crisis, City Hall remains closed to public access and citizens are requested to pay their Real Estate bills in the following ways: 1) online at www.Fredericksburgva.gov, 2) by drop box at City Hall, 715 Princess Anne Street, or 3) by U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 967, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. For more information please call Treasurer’s Office at 540-372-1001.