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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, ...

Wmd Supervisors finalize budget

The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors met in special session Thursday night to finalize the county’s...

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning what will be a two-year project to reb...

Former W&L Principal enters guilty plea to DWI charges

Andrea Roane, former principal of Washington and Lee High School, whose arrest for drunk driving in ...

 

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Contradictory perspectives voiced at Westmoreland School Board meeting

Scott Duprey, retired Westmoreland school division teacher, addressed the county’s school board members during the July 18 meeting’s initial public comment segment. Butch Foutz of Ebb Tide Beach, retired union negotiator, delivered contrasting remarks during the session’s final public comment segment.

Duprey had learned in recent months of past School Division Superintendent Elaine Fogliani’s trips to South Africa and India. On Monday he sought answers. Had local taxpayers subsidized the trips? How could such excursions

Read more: Contradictory perspectives voiced at Westmoreland School Board meeting

Supervisors accept Courthouse Square redevelopment proposal

Montross is Westmoreland’s county seat and the town is in the midst of a redevelopment initiative.

At a meeting this Monday the Westmoreland Supervisors accepted a report delivered by the county’s Courthouse Square Revitalization Committee establishing the county’s role in the town’s refurbishment.

Early this year each Westmoreland supervisor appointed a private citizen to serve on the Revitalization Committee. Sharon Bedford, Iris Lane, Christiane Sanford, Kathy Waltermire and Gary Mitchell worked with County Planning Director Robert Fink to complete the set of recommendations that reflect consideration of a wide range of ways the county’s buildings might be used.

Committee deliberations included consideration of ongoing plans to construct a new judicial center that would house the Westmoreland

Read more: Supervisors accept Courthouse Square redevelopment proposal

W’md gears up for election season

2011 is a local election year in Westmoreland County. Terms end on Dec. 31 for all elected county positions except Circuit Court Clerk.
Aug. 26 is the deadline for local political parties to certify their candidates. Independent candidates must meet an Aug. 23 deadline in order to participate in the Nov. 8 election.

On July 5 some individuals had filed their intentions in the office of the Westmoreland Registrar. Sheriff C. O. Balderson, Commissioner of Revenue Carol Gawen, Treasurer Elizabeth Nash hope to serve in their elected positions for an additional four years.

Read more: W’md gears up for election season

Schools positioned to add personnel

Members of the Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors are gathered in joint session as this edition of The Journal goes to press. The objective is to complete work begun in the joint session of June 13, when the two boards struggled to reach agreement on issues associated with the adopted 2011-2012 budget.

The Westmoreland School Board and its community of support wanted to fund additional administrative and instructional positions. The supervisors continued to maintain a firm position that local taxes should not be raised during a recessionary period.

On June 13 School Board Chairman Daniel Wallace suggested the division would end its current fiscal period on June 30 with as little as $400,000 in unexpended revenue. The School Board has identified a need to add approximately $500,000 to the budget that will govern the 12-month interval that begins on July 1.

Unexpended revenues at the end of a budget period are refereed to as the fund balance. In Westmoreland County a past year’s fund balance has customarily been used by local government and the county’s school division as a cushion

Read more: Schools positioned to add personnel

Boards to resolve $500K funding issue

Supervisors, School Board will meet next Tuesday evening

The Westmoreland School Board made good on the intentions it established at a meeting on May 16, packing the supervisors’ June 13 meeting room with supporters of a request for an additional $500,000 of local revenue to support the county school division’s 2011-2012 budget.

The budget the supervisors adopted in late April allocates $8,112,578 in local revenue to support Westmoreland County’s schools. That number represents 61 percent of the approved budget’s general

Read more: Boards to resolve $500K funding issue

County will take care of Harris subdivision zoning irregularity

Richard C. Landon brought a Mabel Harris subdivision zoning problem to the Westmoreland Planning Commissioners this Monday afternoon. The commission listened and agreed to intervene.

The Harris subdivision is accessed from Polk Street and most of the subdivision is inside the incorporated limits of the Town of Montross. A portion of Landon’s lot crosses over into an unincorporated area of Westmoreland County.

To further confound matters, Landon’s Lot 12 and his grandparents’ Lot 13 are zoned Agricultural. The other Harris subdivision lots carry a Single Family Residential zoning designation.

Read more: County will take care of Harris subdivision zoning irregularity

IDA approves new sales agreement with O’Gara

Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) members Jim Latane, Bob Lynch, Steve Allen, Stanley Dixon and Rebecca Gillions met last Wednesday afternoon and accepted a sales agreement with O’Gara group that will expire on August 31, 2011.

The agreement is essentially the same as the sales contract approved by Westmoreland’s IDA in January, March and June 2009. O’Gara now has until August 31 to buy the county’s industrial shell building and surrounding 25 acres of industrial park property. The land is contiguous with 325 acres O’Gara Group previously bought from Bryan

Read more: IDA approves new sales agreement with O’Gara

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