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Montross council productive July meeting

On July 22, Montross Town Council quickly took care of electing officers for the new fiscal year. R....

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...

 

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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

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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

O’Gara’s real estate contract set for action

The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Authority is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. this Wednesday afternoon in A.T. Johnson auditorium and The O’Gara Group real estate purchase contract is that agenda’s action item.

The May 25 session is the authority’s first meeting since June 29, 2009, when upset residents packed the George D. English Building meeting room to voice their opposition to O’Gara Group’s stated intention to locate its tactical training facility in Westmoreland County.

In addition to concerns about unwanted impacts, the project’s opponents faulted county government officials for

Read more: O’Gara’s real estate contract set for action

County supervisors approve secondary six-year road plan

Westmoreland County’s Secondary Six-Year Road Plan was a public hearing subject when the supervisors met this Monday with Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Neck Residency Administrator David Brown. Taylortown Road was added to the list.
Brown, who assumed his managerial duties on Virginia’s Northern Neck earlier this year, did not present the customary slide presentation and copies of the plan were not available for local residents to review during the supervisors’ May 9 meeting. County officials were still awaiting copies of the proposed Secondary Six-Year Plan when the meeting started, but board members had previously familiarized themselves with the list of priorities.

Read more: County supervisors approve secondary six-year road plan

County will not raise taxes

The Westmoreland supervisors met last Thursday morning and adopted the 2011-2012 budget and tax rates they had advertised for the April 21 public hearing. The April 28 action followed a series of deliberations that included a working session with the county’s School Board members.

Tax rates were held at 2010-2011 levels despite a request from the county School Board to deliver an additional $2.8 million in support from local taxpayers. The measure would have increased the real estate tax rate in Westmoreland from the current 46 cents per $100 value to 61 cents.
Despite the supervisors’ unwillingness to raise taxes to a level that would satisfy the School Board and the county school division’s community of

Read more: County will not raise taxes

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