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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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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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Unpermitted punk rock fest leaves neighbor discontent

The Journal missed what web postings suggest may have been the biggest event of the year in rural Westmoreland County. The annual Tri-State Punk Fest apparently came to 4618 Leedstown Road and as many as 27 punk rock bands delivered three days of live music performances in what a neighbor thinks was a clearing Northern Neck ATV Park operator and owner Frank Iannarelli created in a wooded area near the mud-bog tracks.

G.W. Fisher said the music rattled his family’s china right off the cupboard shelves and was louder and bigger than the previously held live music event. He said the lyrics were filled with the worst kinds of obscenities and were offensive to his own Christian standards.

Read more: Unpermitted punk rock fest leaves neighbor discontent

Northern Neck Sears Hometown Stores now open Sundays

Sears of Kilmarnock and Sears of Tappahannock are now openon Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

“A driving factor behind this decision is that a good number of people in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula have relied upon and trusted the Sears, Craftsman and Kenmore names for decades,” owner Kyle Hodges said. “We wanted to make our products and services available to those folks for their Sunday projects around the home and yard.”

Both the Kilmarnock and Tappahannock Sears Hometown stores are locally owned and operated by Carol and Kyle Hodges. The Hodges are family-oriented and have deep social and religious ties to the community.Through the efforts of the Hodges and their dedicated teams, both of these Sears Hometown stores strive to adhere to, if not exceed the customer satisfaction standards established by Sears of Chicago back in 1886.

Sears Hometown Stores is a unique retailing concept thatcombines the feel and exceptional customer service of a small community store with the wide assortment of tools, appliances, electronics and lawn &garden merchandise offered by larger Sears stores. This unique format allows customers in small communities to have access to the great products and brands usually only found in Sears stores in large metropolitan areas.

Sears of Kilmarnock is located in the Lancaster Square Center next door to the Food Lion and can be reached at (804) 435-0920. Sears of Tappahannock is located in the Essex Square Shopping Center next door to Bella’s Pizza and a few doors down from the movie theaters and can be reached at (804) 445-8181.

In addition to the Sunday hours, both stores are open Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

 

 

County will schedule meeting with judges to review new judicial center options

The meeting the Westmoreland Supervisors previously scheduled for last Wednesday with state lawmakers Pollard and Stuart and the local government’s consulting architect had to be canceled earlier last week.

According to the official notice issued by County Administrator Norm Risavi, the special meeting was canceled “due to a change in Senator Stuart’s schedule.”

On May 10 the supervisors met with Virginia Department of Transportation representatives who confirmed that state funding for road improvement projects has been substantially reduced and that it remains unlikely that more funding will be made available in next few years.

The supervisors envisioned the meeting with Delegate Albert Pollard and Senator Richard Stuart as an opportunity to express frustrations and ask that a new funding stream be identified or created in order to offset existing revenue shortfalls.

On June 1, County Administrator Norm Risavi disclosed no plans to reschedule the May 26 special meeting. Risavi instead addressed the second topic on the canceled meeting’s agenda that concerned construction of a new judicial complex in Westmoreland.

As long ago as July 2006 the discussions began concerning the commissioning of a county government, courts and law enforcement space needs assessment. The county’s space needs considerations took on a tone of greater urgency when Judge Harry Taliaferro requested in October 2009 that the county provide the courts with a new judicial center.

According to Judge Taliaferro, the George D. English Building’s judicial facilities are unable to fulfill contemporary security requirements and the housing of court records in the county’s old courthouse creates other kinds of logistical difficulties. The Westmoreland supervisors were put on notice that the time has come to construct a new judicial center.

County Administrator Risavi told The Journal he is currently attempting to schedule a meeting with all the judges that is mutually convenient. The judges and members of the county government will meet with the consulting architect from dBF Associates for the purpose of reviewing the options and contributing input to preliminary design considerations.

“The problem is, it’s difficult to schedule a time to meet,” Risavi said. “All the judges need to be present.”

He noted that the courts’ English Building facilities were never intended to be used as a judicial center.

Risavi additionally acknowledged the English Building’s age and said neighboring jurisdictions judicial centers are much newer than the facilities the courts use in Westmoreland.

Information associated with projected costs of possible construction options has not yet been released. The supervisors’ next regularly scheduled meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on June 14 in A.T. Johnson auditorium.

— Betsy Ficklin

O’Gara Group files site plan for development of new driving course

Westmoreland County Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal this Tuesday morning that he is reviewing site plan material associated with O’Gara Group’s development of the Westmoreland-based tactical training facility’s driving course.
“O’Gara applied for a new phase [of development] a couple weeks ago,” Fink said. “The car control training course is on the same property as the shooting range and classrooms. The [site plan] material came in over a week ago, the county commented, and now we are waiting for more information to come in.”
As far as Fink is concerned, the O’Gara driving course site plan material passes as a complete filing and the county’s administrative review of the material must be completed within 90 days of that filing date.
“I have deemed it complete,” Fink said. “It’s essential complete,” but the zoning administrator has asked for additional information to clarify considerations that may need further embellish-ment.
The Journal explored the timeline during the June 1 interview. The 90-day review period would end in August and O’Gara would be positioned to begin its new phase of construction activity before the summer season’s ending.
“It won’t necessarily take that long,” Fink said of the review period specified by Virginia statute. He advised that the site plan conforms to O’Gara Group’s previously stated development inten-tions.
Reviewing the material assembled in the Land Use office, Fink estimated the driver training course’s length as approximately 3,300 linear feet, “not including the return route.”
He explained that the driving course is sited “in the general vicinity of the shooting ranges and is fairly close to the dummy grenades range. It is located where [the former Bryan Chandler prop-erty’s] fields used to run, and some of it will be in the woods.”

Read more: O’Gara Group files site plan for development of new driving course

Special meeting will focus on funding

The Circuit Court judge wants a new judicial center. The school division says it needs a new high school. Westmoreland subdivision residents want pavement on dusty dirt roads, and drivers throughout the county are worried about potholes that still haven’t been fixed.
The Westmoreland supervisors wonder where the money will come from in a time when new or higher taxes would impose an unwanted burden on residents who are already financially stressed.
These are themes that are likely to become discussion topics when the Westmoreland supervisors convene a special session at 6 p.m. this Wednesday evening in the A.T. Johnson auditorium.

Read more: Special meeting will focus on funding

Supervisors take note of Older Virginians Month

The Bay Aging buses that take older residents to grocery stores and doctors are busy on Westmoreland County roads. At Bay Aging’s request, the Westmoreland supervisors joined Governor Bob McDonnell and governing bodies from other Virginia jurisdictions in adoption of a proclamation identifying May 2010 as Older Virginians Month.
Language specific to Westmoreland cites recent United States Census Bureau data, relating that “one out of every nine baby boomers will live to be at least age 90. In Westmoreland County, the Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2020, the 65 and older set will increase to 4,299 people and to almost 4,800 by 2030.
Since 1963, the United States Administration on Aging has championed according May the referenced designation, and this year’s theme is, “Live Strong! Live Long!” The ini-tiative attempts to celebrate and promote “the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span several generations.”
“Healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or control many of the region’s leading causes of death linked to smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, chronic diseases and alcohol abuse,” the proclamation relates.
“There is now strong scientific evidence that it is never too late for healthy lifestyle choices to positively impact the physical, emotional and mental health of older persons. Older Virginians are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices that will help them live strong and long in order to maintain their independence in their homes and communities and avoid institutionalization.”
This year’s theme is intended to provide encouragement for people of every age to educate themselves and others “about the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and to access available resources in our communities and online.”

Betsy Ficklin

Failed sewer authority’s debt results in litigation

The reasons the supervisors went behind closed doors with legal counsel following completion of the public deliberations of May 10 were another mystery until the public learned a creditor of the failed Montross-Westmoreland Sewer Authority has gone to court in an effort to collect the fees that consultant purports he is owed.
It will be two years this Thursday since the Westmoreland supervisors, the Sewer Authority and Montross Town Council convened the joint session that authorized the county government to acquire the failed authority’s assets and public debt obligations.
On April 23, 2010, Waste Water Management Inc. of Fairfax filed papers in Westmoreland Circuit Court asking the court to compel the failed authority, Westmoreland County, Montross Mayor David O’Dell, Montross Town Manager Brenda Reamy, Montross Council Councilman Joseph King, Authority member Bonnie Chandler and Westmoreland Supervisors Darryl Fisher and Russell Culver to pay Waste Water Management the $50,000 it is owed for that firm’s design services and another $350,000 in damages associated with failure to meet the outstanding debt obligation.

Read more: Failed sewer authority’s debt results in litigation

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