Orange County Insight June 2022

Citizens Ask...

By Michelle Williams

Q: Who do I need to speak to if I want to put a shed on my property? A: Building and Development Services may assist you with setback requirements. They may also assist you with determining if a building or zoning permit are necessary. Q: Where can I get a copy of my plat? A: To obtain a copy of your plat, contact the Orange County Circuit Court Clerk ’ s office at (540) 672 - 6162. You may also visit their office, located on the third floor at 110 N. Madison Road, Orange, Virginia.

Peggy Helmick Senior Communication Officer and Certified Training Officer

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When an emergency arises, residents of Orange County can rest assured dedicated Emergency Communications staff are on duty to provide assistance. Peggy Helmick is one of our most experienced Communications Officers, and she has literally answered the call countless times in service to those in need. In fact, August will mark her 22nd year with the County. Over those years, she has seen 9 - 1 - 1 service in Orange County transform and improve many times, including the consolidation with Sheriff ’ s Office dispatch and the adoption of Smart911. Peggy is an ambassador for Emergency Communications, and often attends local events to help promote Smart911, explaining the many benefits of the program, and how it can help save lives. She enjoys explaining how 9 - 1 - 1 works, and helping residents understand the purpose behind the many questions that are asked. Getting the right information from the caller helps ensure the best response.

No stranger to saving lives herself, Peggy recalls one (1) of her favorite work - related memories as a time when a couple stopped by the office to personally thank her for providing CPR instructions which helped save the husband ’ s life. But, that ’ s not all. In another amazing story, she provided direction and assistance to a mother delivering a baby while EMS was enroute! When not busy serving the community and saving lives, Peggy enjoys spending time with her two (2) Great Danes, going for hikes, and floating rivers. Our community is lucky to have her on the other end of the line when help is needed. Thank you Peggy!

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