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Stan’s Skateland is still rocking & rolling in Montross

Stan’s Skateland is still rocking & rolling in Montross

Westmoreland County business-man Stan Schoppe spends much of each week working to preserve a part of...

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Twenty-nine local businesses made their annual visit to the Washington and Lee High School Career Fa...

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors of Girl Scout Troops 159 and 3212 in Westmoreland County met with Va...

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ten years ago, Barney Reiley, CEO of the Rappahannock Family YMCA group, met with the Caroline Count...

Weather has delayed the opening of new Westmoreland Judicial Center

Westmoreland County Executive Norm Risavi said this week that weather problems have delayed the open...

Showing their support

Showing their support

On Tuesday, March 10, 21 persons participated at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to have th...

 

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Montross hires Herlong Associates, Inc.

Montross Town Council voted to sign an agreement with Herlong Associates, Inc., to carry out planning and design duties for the town’s revitalization projects.

One of the duties Herlong will perform is to assist business owners who wish to take advantage of the Facade

Improvement Program (FIP) being offered by the town.

Town Manager Brenda Reamy reported that four years ago, 22 businesses expressed interest in the program. Last month at a revitalization meeting, 18 applicants signed up for the FIP.

Herlong has contracted to have their part in the project finished by December 31, 2013, and will charge the town a total of $49,000 barring any unforeseen costs. This money will be reimbursed to the town of Montross by the Community Development Block Grant, which amounts to almost a half a million dollars.

Town Council also renewed their agreement with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement/police protection.

Mayor David O’Dell announced to the council that the Virginia Municipal League (VML) recently complimented the town for their use of cost-saving contracts.

Mayor O’Dell said, “The Town of Montross was praised twice by the VML for instituting such a policy, and for not getting involved with all the personnel associated with running a police force and avoiding the liability issues.”

Reamy said that the VML also complimented the town for utilizing the county for inspections. “We do our own zoning, so we are in control, but we give the authority to enforce the building, land use, Chesapeake Bay Act and storm-water management to the county.

The council discussed how many small towns are struggling, trying to do it all, themselves.

Virginia Code § 36-105. Enforcement of Code; appeals from decisions of local department; inspection of buildings; inspection warrants; inspection of elevators; issuance of permits, allows towns  (with a population of under 3,500 people) to utilize the services of the county for inspections.

Mayor O’Dell said that by using the county, the town saves the expense of inspecting these areas.

Recently Colonial Beach began utilizing the county for erosion and sediment control inspections, but has to pay for their services since the town population is more than 3,500.

Montross Town Council members are very proud of Reamy and her efforts to keep costs down in the small town of roughly 300 citizens.

 

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