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W’md board approves more funds for social services

Monday night the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors approved four supplemental appropriations, totaling almost $17,000 for the Westmoreland Department of Social Services (DSS).


DSS Director Helen Wilkins said her agency had to come back to the board because budget cuts at the state level reduced the agency’s flexibility to move funds around. “So that’s why we are coming back to you.”

County Administrator Norm Risavi said the DSS request was a result of different budgeting cycles between the county and the state. “Some of the legislative approvals are not known at the time we do the county’s budget,” Risavi said.

Wilkins said the supplemental appropriations were local funds that needed to be carried over from last year’s budget. County supervisors were complimentary of the work being done by DSS for the citizens of Westmoreland County.

DSS provides preventive, protective and support services to impaired adults and the elderly as well as access to quality childcare and health insurance for children whose parents or guardians can’t afford it.

They also provide employment services, help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, protect abused children and provide Westmoreland County citizens in need with financial assistance, including money to buy essentials like food and fuel.

In other business, supervisors asked the county attorney to review regulations for the use of golf carts in Westmoreland County localities like Colonial Beach and Westmoreland Shores.

Supervisor Larry Roberson of Colonial Beach noted that both the county and Colonial Beach require insurance and inspections for golf carts. “One sticker should be enough,” Roberson said. “We need one form for citizens to fill out, and after proof of insurance, one sticker.”

Board Vice-Chairman Woodrow Hynson, who represents Westmoreland Shores, noted that citizens of Westmoreland Shores cannot drive their golf carts after sundown, but residents of Colonial Beach can. “Let’s have one set of rules and regulations,” Hynson said.

Supervisor Rosemary Mahan reminded county residents that Erica Mall, the new country store that serves the Coles Point area, will hold its grand opening Sunday, Aug. 18. “The celebration will be from 1 to 5 p.m. And the ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.,” Mahan said. “I invite everyone to come out and support a new business.”

And on the new business front, Supervisor Dorothy Tate announced two new businesses will be opening their doors in Montross. Southern Home Improvement, which has a store in King George, and Magnum RV Sales, which has a a facility in Tappahannock, will be coming to town. Both new businesses will be located on Kings Hwy., across the street from the 7-Eleven.

 

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