- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 18:14
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 18:09
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:03
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The Westmoreland Planning Commission completed its business in record time this Monday. The agenda’s single land use action item has been pending since September and the public’s opportunity to contribute input had ended on October 3.
The joint request submitted by Tidwells’ Saint James Lane homeowners Robert and Barbara Sutton and Mel and Karen Wester has been an action item on the Commission’s agendas for three months. A Bay Act
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 01:55
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With seven out of seven precinct reporting, it appears that Julia Hutt Sichol has received 62.66 percent of the vote to 37.33% for incumbent Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Jefferson Atkins.
Sheriff C. O. Balderson has received 78.48% of the vote, 3133 votes to Clyde N. Fishers’ 845 votes.
Incumbent Commissioner of the Revenue Carol Gawen has received 60.39% of the vote.
Challengers Judy Bowman and Butch Foutz have received 26.2% and 13.37% respectively.
District One Supervisor has been reelected with 71.52% of the vote - 668 votes, to Paul Mountjoy’s 265 votes.
Rosemary Mahan has received 43.13% of the vote for District Two supervisor. Incumbent Russ Culver received 38.58% of the vote and Steve Bryant received 18.18% of the vote.
For the At-Large school board seat Gernard Reed has been elected with 37.72% of the vote. Scott Duprey and Kevin Garner received 32.36% and 29.81% respectively.
In the District One school board race Andrea Roane won 518 votes to Sharon Bedford’s 246 votes.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 05 November 2011 18:24
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At 4:34 p.m. Friday afternoon, Nov. 4, Virginia State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Route 202, Cople Highway approximately 1/4 of a mile east of Route 626, Beales Mill Road in Westmoreland County.
The crash occurred when the driver of a 2012 Honda Crosstour heading east on Route 202 crossed over the double yellow line and struck a 2005 Thomas School Bus.
The male driver and a female passenger in the Honda both died at the scene. The driver of school bus # 47, suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was flown by med-flight to the Mary Washington Hospital. There were no students on board the bus at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation. The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control and diverting traffic around the scene. Route 202 was closed for nearly four hours to allow for the investigation and to tow both vehicles from the scene.
Deceased Honda Driver: James A. Brown, 77, of 400 block of Madge Marsh Lane, Heathsville
Deceased Honda Passsenger: Elizabeth Stokes, 70, of 400 block of Madge Marsh Lane, Heathsville
Injured Bus Driver: Beverly Smith, 65, of 300 block of Sonnet Lane, Montross
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- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 15:27
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Culver, Roberson propose alternative to new 43,660 square foot courthouse
No meeting date has yet been set, but two Westmoreland Supervisors are in the process of requesting a special meeting to deliberate a possible Plan B they hope would satisfy judicial concerns associated with the county’s present court accommodations.
A substantial portion of the county’s public has been up in arms about the three-story, 43,660 square feet judicial center suggested by consulting architect Rick Fink during a March 1 meeting of the Westmoreland County Board. During that session, Fink told the Supervisors that Judge Taliaferro had reviewed the proposed building’s preliminary