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Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Westmoreland County’s Parker Farms Supplies Produce to East Coast

Parker Farms, headquartered near Oak Grove with 2,000 acres of produce growing along the Rappahannoc...

“Bridge Closed” signs up on Rt 205

“Bridge Closed” signs were posted this week on State Route 205 in Westmoreland County as the Virgini...

14-year-old equipment endangering lives

Oak Grove VFD Chief Mike Gutridge recently advised that he is very concerned about the decaying cond...

Westmoreland Sheriff’s report

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Patricia Faye Boone, 39, Colonial Beach arrested for assault on family member.
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Gregory ...

VDOT to close Mattox Creek Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which has promised to close the Mattox Creek Bridg...

 

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Planning Commission reviews action items

Members of the Westmoreland County Planning Commission gathered this Monday afternoon to review land use requests that will be public hearing subjects during the Commission’s July 2 session.

The Commission had not assembled since May 7 because there was no public business for its members to entertain.

On June 25 the Commissioners learned the construction activity and improvements in the Stratford Hall’s visitor reception area did not occur in the year that followed local government approval to proceed. As a result, the approvals will very soon expire. Executive Director Paul Reber has asked the county to extend its approvals for an additional 365 days.

“The construction of this facility will be financed with donated funds, and we have yet to secure commitments adequate to begin construction. It is our hope these commitments will be in hand by early 2013, enabling us to advance this important project,” Reber advised County Planning Director Robert Fink in the correspondence dated May 7.

Read more: Planning Commission reviews action items

County government reaches out to perspective sewer customers

Land owners from Glebe Harbor to Tidwells and Drum Bay received a mailing from the county government detailing the sewage collection system that is on its way to those residential neighborhoods.

Prospective sewer customers have until July 27 to purchase connections at the introductory price of $3,000.

“Westmoreland County has been awarded a low interest loan from Rural Utilities Service to construct a wastewater collection system for the Glebe Harbor, Tidwells, Drum Bay Sewer Project,” the June 15 correspondence states.

Read more: County government reaches out to perspective sewer customers

Montross receives $530,000 for Community Development Block Grant

On June 19 Governor Bob McDonnell announced that more than $6.2 million was awarded in community Development Block Grant funding. Montross will received $530,000 to revitalize its downtown area.
This was the second try for the small town with a population of roughly 350 people.


This will bring a great boost to the economy of the town which serves as Westmoreland's county seat. Surrounded by famous parks and presidential birthplaces, Montross has only one well known historical landmark within the town limits, the old Westmoreland Court House.


According to a historic marker, the courthouse was the site of notable events connected with the Revolutionary War, including the passing of a resolution was introduced in June of 1774 by Richard Henry Lee providing aid to Boston, following a blockade of that beleaguered port city by Great Britain.


The seizure in 1775 of the Virginia Colony's gunpowder supply in Williamsburg on orders of the Royal Governor, in what became known as the Gunpowder Incident, prompted the Westmoreland Committee of Safety to convene at the Court House on May 23, 1775. The committee passed a resolution denouncing the governor, Lord Dunmore, for his actions.

Read more: Montross receives $530,000 for Community Development Block Grant

W’md School Board locates funding to support step adjustments

After many months of deliberation, the Westmoreland Supervisors met on May 25 and adopted the 2012-2013 budget that included additional funding to support the county school division. In order to raise additional revenue to support the the county schools, a two-cent tax hike was included in the Supervisors’  May 25 action.

According to the School Board and Board of Supervisors discussion previously reported in these pages, the school division’s additional revenue would support a 5 percent increase in school employee pay. The adjustment would offset the recently imposed employee contribution to the state retirement system.

On May 25 Supervisor and former School Board member Rosemary Mahan expressed displeasure that additional revenue had not been allocated to support Westmoreland County’s schools. Mahan articulated concerns that teacher step adjustments would not occur due to the Supervisors’ unwillingness to fund the division at the appropriate level.

Mahan’s concerns were articulated by Westmoreland Education Association spokesperson Katie Kowalczyk during the Supervisors’ May 17 public hearing on the 2012-2013 budget proposal. 

Read more: W’md School Board locates funding to support step adjustments

Payne’s Point now a golf cart community

At a meeting this Monday evening, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors amended local ordinance in order to legalize the operation of golf carts on public roads in the Payne’s Point subdivision.

In order to fulfill statutory requirements, Payne’s Point residents commissioned a field review of the subdivision’s street system and traffic control signage. J. L. Howeth, P.C. Consulting Engineering and Land Surveying completed the evaluation and delivered a finding that streets and signage conform to the criteria associated with safe golf cart operations on those public streets. Posted speed limits may not exceed 25 miles per hour.

As long ago as June 24, 2011, Payne’s Point Property Owners Association officials requested that the Board of Supervisors amend its ordinance in order to permit golf carts to be operated on that subdivision’s streets. The Association’s membership approved the initiative one month earlier.

“I have been working with Mr. David T. Brown, VDOT Northern Neck Residency Administrator, to get the roads designated for the use of golf carts,” Association Vice President George R. Boyt advised.

Read more: Payne’s Point now a golf cart community

Saturday meeting will kick off latest sewer project in W’md

Westmoreland County District 2 residents and taxpayers from Glebe Harbor subdivision, Tidwells and Drum Bay have been advised of an informational meeting the local government will hold this Saturday at Cople Elementary School.

A May 31 letter signed by County Administrator Norm Risavi has advised property owners in the three communities that “the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will be holding an informational meeting to explain the proposed Glebe Harbor, Tidwells and Drum Bay Sewer Project.

“This meeting will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m., at the Cople Elementary School located at 7114 Cople Highway, Hague, VA,” the County Administrator wrote. “County staff will make a presentation explaining the funding of this project and the process for property owners to sign up for this service. We will also attempt to answer many of the frequently asked questions regarding the sewer project and provisions of service.

Read more: Saturday meeting will kick off latest sewer project in W’md

Sups adopt new Westmoreland County budget

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The Westmoreland Supervisors met last Friday morning and adopted the new budget and the companion two-cent tax hike on real estate, utilities and mobile homes. Third District Supervisor Rosemary Mahan cast the sole dissenting vote, maintaining that the two-cent tax increase was too little and that the five percent pay increase the additional revenue supported was too little for the school division’s teachers.

The revenue generated by the higher tax rates was to have been used for teacher salary adjustments that would appropriately reflect years of service in the county school division. The measure would optimize retention of experienced teachers, but the revenue will instead be used to offset a late session General Assembly requirement involving larger employee contributions to the state pension plan.

Mahan shared an unfavorable comparison of her own workplace culture and the public employee workplace culture in Westmoreland County.

Read more: Sups adopt new Westmoreland County budget

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