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Westmoreland has share of prominent African-Americans

Westmoreland has share of prominent African-Americans

Every February, the nation celebrates Black History Month and takes the  time to recognize the contr...

Leedstown Resolutions to be celebrated

The historic Leedstown Resolutions, a statement of self-determination and a protest against British ...

Lowry addresses school payroll problems

Speaking to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, Rebecca Lowry, the county’s superintendent...

Records: Payment mess going on for months

School board also responsible, according to county officials

The Westmoreland County School Board s...

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Lowry stepping down as county schools head

Westmoreland County Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Lowry resigned suddenly last week.  
Lowry subm...

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall hosting birthday bash for Lee

Stratford Hall, the 18th century plantation in Westmoreland County that is the birthplace of Robert ...

 

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Judicial Center costs are greater than expected

Westmoreland County has received the bids it solicited from prospective Judicial Center contractors and the costs are greater than had been previously supposed. If the low bid is approved when the Supervisors reconvene in a July 30 joint session with the county’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), the construction cost will be established at $190 per square foot instead of the initially hoped for $150 per square foot cost.

The joint meeting of July 30 promises to be a real humdinger. People expressed profound displeasure during the Supervisors’ July 9 session, when it was announced that contractor bids were back and the county would move forward with its plans.

Read more: Judicial Center costs are greater than expected

Homeowners in Placid Bay will pay additional taxes

It became official when the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors held its Monday, July 9 meeting. The Board delivered a unanimous vote to impose an additional set of taxes on Placid Bay property owners. The subdivision has now officially become a sanitary district.

Placid Bay subdivision lost its dam during the Tropical Storm Lee event in September 2011. Streets were destroyed and many residents were stranded in their homes for an extended period. Work is still in process to repair the damage resulting from the unprecedented flooding that occurred.

Street conditions were a community concern some twenty years ago, when Placid Bay civic leader Bobbie Bailey sought assistance from the county government. 

Read more: Homeowners in Placid Bay will pay additional taxes

Montross takes care of business

Maintenance reports consumed the majority of the Montross Town Council meeting on June 26.

The council did however pass their FY 2012-13 budget with proposed revenues and expenditures to the general fund $180,625, water fund $86,575, sanitation fund $75,325 and festival funds $5,000. 

Also passed with the budget were the following rates; real estate tax .046 per $100 of assessed property value, a minimum water fee at $12.50 in town and $18.75 out of town and a minimal trash removal fee in town $12.50 and $14.75 out of town. A schedule for fees over the minimum are available at town hall. 

Read more: Montross takes care of business

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

 

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