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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...

Murals will be a tough act to follow

Murals will be a tough act to follow

The three new murals painted by renowned artists Melanie Stimmell from Los Angeles, and Anat Ronen, ...

 

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Amendment would facilitate control of coyote population

Coyotes are converging on Virginia and the Westmoreland Supervisors are eager to enact new measures they hope will control the local population of predators.

The coyote population is on the rise throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. When the Westmoreland Supervisors met last Monday, the Board directed County Attorney Tom Bondurant to draft an ordinance amendment that would allow the 35-to-40 pound mammals to be shot with rifles. The county’s current regulations only allow shotguns to be used to kill the unwanted predators.

Coyote sightings were officially acknowledged during Board of Supervisors proceedings in January 2011,

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W’md Planning Commission to meet Jan. 4

Next Monday will be a local government holiday in Westmoreland County. As a result, the Planning Commission’s customary first Monday of the month meeting time is moved to Wednesday, Jan. 4. The session will begin as usual at 1:30 p.m. in A.T. Johnson auditorium and the first order of business will be election of the new calendar year’s Planning Commission Chairman and Vice Chair. Commission Clerk Robert Fink will preside over the meeting until the Commissioners officially

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Residents continue to criticise new judicial center project

The Westmoreland Supervisors instructed a project architect to put the county’s new judicial center project out for bids, but criticism of the project’s scope remains heated despite the Dec. 12 action of the Board.

Even a square footage reduction of just under 3,000 square feet failed to make the new judicial center attractive to unhappy residents. A special Board of Supervisors

Read more: Residents continue to criticise new judicial center project

Planning Commission sends amendments to supervisors

The Westmoreland County Planning Commission completed five months of deliberations this Monday and voted to send a set of subdivision ordinance amendments to the Board of Supervisors for approval. The effort was initiated at the request of Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, Inc.

On June 17, NNEC Vice President Pat Henry dispatched a written request to the Westmoreland Land Use Office advising that additional ordinance language is needed to ensure “that developers provide for adequate electric utilities when developing a subdivision. “When this does not occur,” the Vice President in charge of engineering

Read more: Planning Commission sends amendments to supervisors

VSP Investigate School Bus Crash Town of Montross

At 7:30 a.m., this morning, Virginia State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 3 at the intersection of Opal Lane in the Town of Montross.
 
The crash occurred when the driver of a Westmoreland County School Bus, #20, was attempting to make a left turn onto westbound Route 3 from Opal Lane and was struck by a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. The driver of the school bus failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign as the Chevrolet was traveling eastbound on Route 3.
 
The driver of the Chevrolet, Matthew Ingram, 34, of Montross and two passengers, under the age of 8, were all wearing their safety belts and were not injured in the crash.
 
The driver of the school bus, Teresa Edwards, 50, of Hague, was not injured in the crash and was wearing her safety belt.  Edwards was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
 
None of the 32 students on board the bus were injured.  The students were loaded onto another bus and transported to school.

New amendments would address utilities

A set of ordinance amendments sought by Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) will go to public hearing when the Westmoreland Planning Commission convenes its Dec. 5 proceeding in A.T. Johnson auditorium. Power easements would hereafter be included on residential subdivision’s preliminary plat if the new amendments are approved.

New next Monday will be additional ordinance language suggested by Commission Chair John Felt during a Nov. 28 work session. The scope of the amended ordinance language would be expanded to include family subdivisions and smaller residential development projects that state law exempts from certain local regulations.
In addition to the expanded reach of the proposed set of amendments, Felt previously viewed the requested changes as an opportunity to expand the scope of local zoning rules in order to create a mechanism for exercising local government control over any off-the-grid development projects that may be proposed at some later date. The language is included in the advertised amendments.

During this week’s work session, Zoning Administrator Robert Fink explained that the intent of the action is “to require that when subdividing land, the [developer] would be responsible for the installation of electric service for the future connection of each lot in the subdivision.

“Current requirements,” he then advised, “are that the [developer] provide easements for future electrical service, but not that electrical service be installed to the subdivision nor to any lot thereof.

“Electrical service is an essential service usually provided by a public utility,” the Zoning Administrator reasoned. “A building permit will not be issued for a residence unless it will be served by electric power. Potable water and waste water disposal are other services also required in order to obtain a building permit for a residence.

“When waste or water services are to be provided by a public utility, the subdivision

Read more: New amendments would address utilities

Montross water tank to be repaired

Montross Town Council has decided to refinish the town’s water tank entirely with an epoxy coating eliminating the need for refinishing the interior for 20 years.

Arcadis Engineers gave Town Manager, Brenda Reamy, an estimate of $75,000 - $15,000 less than what was originally estimated.
The alternative, estimated at $63,000, was to coat the top with epoxy and the bottom with a grease coat. The grease coat would require re-coating on average

Read more: Montross water tank to be repaired

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