By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: December 17, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – The approaching New Year will take on special meaning for Dinwiddie County as January 2 will mark the beginning of full operations from the new Dinwiddie County Government Center.
As a number of county departments begin their transition to the new building while continuing to operate out of the Pamplin Administration Building, officials with the county have announced a special event for January 11 where the community can come out and see what County Administrator Kevin Massengill regularly calls, “The Citizens’ Building.”
The county will host a grand opening and open house event on Friday, January 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to herald the opening of the two-story government center where the community can tour the facility and learn more about what the new building will offer the entire Dinwiddie community.
Even though the open house is on January 11, on January 2, the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors will hold their annual organizational meeting inside the new board room at the Dinwiddie County Government Center. Last week, seating and other elements, such as viewing monitors and accent work were finished inside the boardroom, which has first-floor access to the parking lots, allowing the rest of the building to be closed off after-hours.
As the days click off the calendar, Massengill explained the unique situation that the county is in where departments have to continue to operate in their current home at the Pamplin building and provide services to residents while also moving staff and resources to a different building.
“We don’t have the luxury a business does to be able to close for a move so this is all about moving our facility without affecting our residents so we need to be methodical in our execution of this move,” the county administrator said.
“You will have some people who will work in both locations between now and then, while some others will move there the week before, but it will culminate on January 2,” Massengill continued.
Along with physically moving things such as closed files, specialized equipment, and other items, there are virtual moves that have to be made, such as software and telephone systems.
“Closer to the end of the year, you will likely see your computer and phone move there before you walk out of this building,” Massengill explained. “Our information technology department has been on their game with everything, making sure our phone systems and networks are up.”
The county has also been working closely with agencies that have close ties with the state, such as the health department and social services, making sure the county’s systems are able to work with the Virginia Information Technology Agency and its needs.
All these efforts have been planned in a strategic way, Massengill explained, with discussions between county departments aiding in the development of their current moving plan.
“We have had a moving committee that has worked closely on this to make this a coordinated move,” he said. “This move is taking place during the Christmas period, so you have a major holiday in the middle of that so we are working to make sure that this move happens with the least amount of disruption. On December 28, we will be here [at the Pamplin building]. On January 2, we will be at the new building, but it doesn’t mean you won’t see people going between both buildings for a bit.”