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Westmoreland Supervisor Robersons in Rio

Westmoreland Supervisor Robersons in Rio

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Westmoreland Supervisor Larry Roberson, right, of Colonial Beach was in RI...

Westmoreland Supervisors add two new polling places for fall elections

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Westmoreland to resume budget deliberations

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

Read more: Westmoreland to resume budget deliberations

Meth convictions continue

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

Read more: Meth convictions continue

Longfield Road will be detour during bridge construction

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

Read more: Longfield Road will be detour during bridge construction

Judicial complex financing may exceed reported $290,950

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

Read more: Judicial complex financing may exceed reported $290,950

Montross reviews RFP for water tank repairs

At the March 12 Montross Town Council meeting members passed several resolutions and adopted several documents to finalize the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Block Grant application requesting $530,000 from the VDHCD to help fund the Montross Downtown Improvement Project, which will cost $1,143,983.

Among the many documents adopted the town voted to adopt two new program designs; The 2012 Facade Improvement Program and the Revolving Loan Fund Program, that will assist business owners in making physical improvements leading to increased equity in their businesses and help the town achieve economic restructuring in the downtown area.

A revolving loan fund will be made available to either start up a new business or expand an existing business. If awarded, $140,000 from the block grant will be used as seed money for that part of the project. Once money is used for downtown since it

Read more: Montross reviews RFP for water tank repairs

W’md Supervisors adopt coyote ordinance amendment

After nearly three months of effort, the Westmoreland ordinance has been amended in a manner that promises to facilitate eradication of local coyote populations.

The nuisance predators have been reproducing at alarming rates in recent years and pose increased dangers to domestic pets, livestock and native wildlife. Prior ordinance language prohibited use of anything but shotguns to control the stealthy predators. Rifles can be lawfully used hereafter, although state laws continue to prohibit the shooting of predators with anything

Read more: W’md Supervisors adopt coyote ordinance amendment

Montross Block Grant in final stages

Montross Town Council held it’s first public hearing on Feb. 28, regarding their reapplication for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which, if granted, could net up to $750,000 to improve the downtown area of Montross.

The town is waiting for estimates from VDOT to settle the final amount it will request from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Montross will present those figures at the continuation of the public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 12 at the town hall.

If granted, the money will be used for two types of improvements; physical changes which will focus on pedestrian safety in the downtown area and economic restructuring to benefit businesses.

Physical improvements will focus on three major pedestrian crosswalks over Route 3 in the downtown area of Montross; in front of the museum, the post office and the crossing from Angelo’s towards the Carrot Cottage property.

The third location is just east of a sharp curve on Route 3 going through the heart of Montross. This crossing’s surface would be painted to look like brick pavers to make it more visible. Recommended by VDOT, the cross walk would include in the improvements, lights in the pavement and signal lights to alert traffic traveling both ways on Route 3 that pedestrians

Read more: Montross Block Grant in final stages

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