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Westmoreland woman killed in collision

A Westmoreland County woman was killed instantly Dec. 19 when the car she was driving was struck by ...

Oliff’s suit against police set for Feb. trial

Restaurant owner says he was falsely charged after sheriff’s department set up drug sting

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Ho-Ho-Holiday fun for all

Ho-Ho-Holiday fun for all

Three county events ring in the season
Holiday festivities were on the agenda throughout Westmoreland...

Tour to show off homes’ splendor

Tour to show off homes’ splendor

The Westmoreland County        Museum and Murphy’s Seed Company i...

Montross making strides in effort to revitalize itself

The Town of Montross’ revitalization efforts have exceeded expectations so far.

County mulls in-lieu money for wetlands

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 8 on a proposal...

 

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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

Westmoreland Supervisors set to adopt new budget

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors conducted the annual hearing on the 2012-2013 budget last Thursday night and will reconvene at 9 a.m. this Friday morning in the George D. English Building to officially adopt the budget that becomes effective as soon as July 1.

County Administrator Norm Risavi began the May 17 deliberations with an overview of 2012-2013 budget considerations. The real estate tax rate will be two cents higher, but the school division’s additional $558,447 will be utilized to support school employee salary enhancements.

Read more: Westmoreland Supervisors set to adopt new budget

W’md to join in Pax River study

District Planning Office Director Jerry Davis briefed the Westmoreland County Supervisors on a land use study involving the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and nearby jurisdictions. After considering the information Davis provided, the Supervisors agreed to participate in the land use evaluation. The commitment was expressed in an adopted resolution.

The adopted resolution of May 14 supporting the joint land use study for the Naval Air station explains that the “Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Webster Field and the Inner Atlantic Test Range [located on southern Maryland’s lower end] is host to more than 50 tenant activities, including the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft Division and [is] home to the full spectrum of Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (RDAT&E) for all of Naval Aviation, which are critical for the U.S. Navy and other branches of the American military and our allies.”

The resolution states that “the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD is affected by growth and development around a perimeter of the installations that could eventually 

Read more: W’md to join in Pax River study

Judicial complex timeline is delayed

The timeline for putting the new Westmoreland County judicial complex project out for bids was delayed by approximately one month due to revisions requested by members of the judicial community. The project’s bid advertisement was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 29.

No mention was made of the delay when the Westmoreland Supervisors met on April 9. During the last days of March, County Administrator Norm Risavi and judicial project architect and engineer Rick Funk had been busily preparing bids documents for the solicitation that did not immediately occur. The Journal reported at that time that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development had agreed to finance the project with 

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