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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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Westmoreland rural additions work set to begin as early as September

The Westmoreland Supervisors met this Monday night with VDOT Northern Neck Residency Administrator David Brown and adopted the set of resolutions that allow the Department to begin work on rural additions as quickly as this fall. The action included a certificate that appropriate rights-of-way have been obtained.

The District 4 projects include a 0.15-mile stretch of Westmoreland Drive in the Westmoreland and Potomac Shores subdivisions that runs from Monticello Drive to Cedar Lane. That cost is $152,000. The same subdivisions’ Piney Forest Drive is to be added to the set of state maintained streets. The 0.25-mile project begins at Wakefield Drive and terminates at

Read more: Westmoreland rural additions work set to begin as early as September

Commission approves Fox Meadow subdivision plan

Westmoreland County’s Land Use Office was bustling with developer activity when the county approved a preliminary plan for Clint and Linda Loeffler’s Fox Meadow Subdivision on June 14, 2005. Development activity had all but come to a halt when the couple returned this Monday to receive Planning Commission approval of a revised preliminary plan.

In 2005 new residential subdivision development had reached an all time high. The building industry was booming and developers such as Branson Cove’s Marty Miller and Northern Neck Subdivision’s Rich Ward had become household names. Money flowed to support the county’s

Read more: Commission approves Fox Meadow subdivision plan

Voting districts shift, check with registrar

Westmoreland County will be split by Virginia Senate Districts beginning with the November 2011 election.  Voters in local election districts 3, 4 and 5 will remain in the 28th State Senatorial District and will vote for the seat now held by Richard Stuart (R).  Voters in local election districts 1 and 2 have become part of the 4th State Senatorial District and will vote for the seat now held by Ryan McDougle (R).

After obtaining preclearance from the Department of Justice for our local redistricting plan, work began in the registrar’s office to assign all areas in the county accordingly by the new local plan as well as by the state’s new plan. 

It is very important to note that the State Senate lines are based on the old local election districts, not the new ones recently approved by the

Read more: Voting districts shift, check with registrar

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

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