- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:50
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In the last days of March 2012 Westmoreland County Administrator, Norm Risavi and consulting engineer Rick Funk were assembling a set of documents they would distribute to contractors and making final application for a loan from Rural Development in the amount of $9,124,000 in order to make good on the promise a past Board of Supervisors made to the seated judges twenty years before to build a new court house.
The loan application had to be submitted to the financing agency at U.S. Department of Agriculture by the end of March. The proposed judicial center RFPs (request for contractor proposals) were prepared for distribution in anticipation of contractor responses being returned to the local government during April 2012.
According to past discussions, the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will be expected to
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:59
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Stratford Harbour subdivision’s engineers of the 1960’s may have overlooked the hazards associated with the waterfront subdivision’s sheer cliffs that rise as high as 150-feet above the waters of the Potomac River and the Nomini. Storms have toppled pre-Bay Act homes over the edge of the tall cliffs and some homeowners have actually moved their houses to the landward side of streets where erosion has been most extreme.
During a work session on April 23, the Westmoreland Planning Commission reviewed applications for remedial action brought by a group of Stratford Harbour waterfront home owners. The Monument Drive properties are but a short distance upstream of the yard from which a woman in September 2010 sustained severe injuries when the land at the
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 22:55
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After at least five years of consideration and delays, the $7,300,000-plus Drum Bay, Tidwells and Glebe Harbor sewer project is well on the way to becoming a reality for 2,465 wastewater collection service customers. A letter of conditions addressed to Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi on March 27 announced Rural Development’s intention to fund the project.
On April 20 prospective customers gathered at the Glebe Harbor subdivision club house to hear from United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein, who characterized the initiative as an Earth Day partnership between Westmoreland County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government.
“Support for infrastructure projects like these helps the environment, improves the lives of rural residents and ensures
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:30
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As this edition of The Journal goes to press, state lawmakers are gathering in Richmond for a vote on the latest budget compromise. Despite the Westmoreland County School Board’s official adoption of a 2012-2013 budget, county government efforts to formulate a budget were severely hampered by the locality’s inability to accurately project state levels of support. In the event of state revenue shortfalls, localities would be expected to raise additional revenues in order to support unfunded mandates.
The question of a budget work session schedule was addressed when the Westmoreland Supervisors met on April 9. Board Chairman Darryl Fisher addressed considerations that made it impossible for local budget efforts to proceed.
“There are some who want us to rush in and put something together,” Fisher commented.
“That’s difficult when all we have are fluid figures. That kind of haste is how you wind up with fictitious fund
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 22:18
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Robert Bruce Holcomb, Jr. appeared in Westmoreland County Circuit Court on April 6 and entered into a plea agreement in connection with charges resulting from the police investigation of the methamphetamine operation in upper Westmoreland County. The investigation began when police intercepted a letter at Haynesville Correctional Center about how to make methamphetamine. The letter led them to the homes of Larry Waybright and George Mills.
Surveillance of those homes and controlled buys led them to bring charges against Waybright, Mills, and several others who bought pseudoephedrine to be used in the production of the methamphetamine. Holcomb was caught after police discovered he had bought an unusually large amount of pseudoephedrine from several different places. When he was confronted, he confessed to buying the pseudoephedrine for Mills. He was convicted of conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 21:52
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The Westmoreland Supervisors met this Monday and adopted the secondary road improvements Six Year Plan. The action followed a VDOT presentation and an advertised public hearing.
Topping the list of secondary county roadways scheduled for improvement during the next six years is reconstruction of State Route 631/Longfield Road in Washington Magisterial District. The improvements will cost $2,504,630 and the work
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 23:55
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The Journal reported one week ago that Westmoreland County’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) gave its approval to a loan application whose proceeds would fund a new judicial complex. According to available information, the county hopes to borrow as much as $9,124,000 from Rural Development, a U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that has funded the jurisdiction’s sewer projects. The deadline for submitting the application and ensuring an interest rate of 3.375 percent was March 31.
During the final days of March, County Administrator Norm Risavi and project engineer Rick Funk finalized loan application materials