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Stratford Hall program to highlight Virginia's enslaved cooks

Historic Stratford Hall, the Westmoreland County plantation that was home to the Lee family of Virgi...

St. James Episcopal Church in Montross holds homecoming

The Rev. Alan Hooker and the congregation of St. James Episcopal Church in Montross  welcomed f...

W&L Senior Night

Thirty seniors and their families attended the annual Washington & Lee High School senior night ...

Rain fails to dampen spirits at Montross Fall Festival

After receiving a midweek weather forecast that indicated clearing for the weekend, organizers of th...

W&L graduate sends inspiring letter from Iraq

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Westmoreland artist shows rock ‘n’ roll art at General's Ridge Vineyard

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Sups adopt new Westmoreland County budget

Betsy Ficklin

The Westmoreland Supervisors met last Friday morning and adopted the new budget and the companion two-cent tax hike on real estate, utilities and mobile homes. Third District Supervisor Rosemary Mahan cast the sole dissenting vote, maintaining that the two-cent tax increase was too little and that the five percent pay increase the additional revenue supported was too little for the school division’s teachers.

The revenue generated by the higher tax rates was to have been used for teacher salary adjustments that would appropriately reflect years of service in the county school division. The measure would optimize retention of experienced teachers, but the revenue will instead be used to offset a late session General Assembly requirement involving larger employee contributions to the state pension plan.

Mahan shared an unfavorable comparison of her own workplace culture and the public employee workplace culture in Westmoreland County.

Read more: Sups adopt new Westmoreland County budget

Westmoreland Supervisors set to adopt new budget

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors conducted the annual hearing on the 2012-2013 budget last Thursday night and will reconvene at 9 a.m. this Friday morning in the George D. English Building to officially adopt the budget that becomes effective as soon as July 1.

County Administrator Norm Risavi began the May 17 deliberations with an overview of 2012-2013 budget considerations. The real estate tax rate will be two cents higher, but the school division’s additional $558,447 will be utilized to support school employee salary enhancements.

Read more: Westmoreland Supervisors set to adopt new budget

W’md to join in Pax River study

District Planning Office Director Jerry Davis briefed the Westmoreland County Supervisors on a land use study involving the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and nearby jurisdictions. After considering the information Davis provided, the Supervisors agreed to participate in the land use evaluation. The commitment was expressed in an adopted resolution.

The adopted resolution of May 14 supporting the joint land use study for the Naval Air station explains that the “Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Webster Field and the Inner Atlantic Test Range [located on southern Maryland’s lower end] is host to more than 50 tenant activities, including the Naval Air Systems Command and the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft Division and [is] home to the full spectrum of Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (RDAT&E) for all of Naval Aviation, which are critical for the U.S. Navy and other branches of the American military and our allies.”

The resolution states that “the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD is affected by growth and development around a perimeter of the installations that could eventually 

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Judicial complex timeline is delayed

The timeline for putting the new Westmoreland County judicial complex project out for bids was delayed by approximately one month due to revisions requested by members of the judicial community. The project’s bid advertisement was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on April 29.

No mention was made of the delay when the Westmoreland Supervisors met on April 9. During the last days of March, County Administrator Norm Risavi and judicial project architect and engineer Rick Funk had been busily preparing bids documents for the solicitation that did not immediately occur. The Journal reported at that time that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development had agreed to finance the project with 

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Answers to county judicial center questions coming

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

Read more: Answers to county judicial center questions coming

Commission to address dangers of eroding cliffs in Stratford Harbour subdivision

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

Read more: Commission to address dangers of eroding cliffs in Stratford Harbour subdivision

Sewer project the subject of Earth Day celebration

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

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