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VDOT to close Mattox Creek Bridge

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The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors met in special session Thursday night to finalize the county’s...

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

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Pearson addresses county reassessment

Fred Pearson of Pearson Appraisal Service had a major spot on the Westmoreland Supervisors’ Feb. 8 agenda and residents who braved the winter weather conditions to fill the A.T. Johnson meeting room eagerly engaged in lively discussion of soaring land values the countywide property reassessment has returned.
“The economy is not good and has not been good for a couple of years,” Pearson told the supervisors and the Westmoreland County residents.
“From 2008 to 2009 property values have dropped,” he said. “Everybody tells me we’ve got these listings on properties. Everybody’s dropping their price on their property now.

Read more: Pearson addresses county reassessment

O’Gara officials caught in FBI sting

O’Gara Group has fired the two United Kingdom employees who were arrested in Las Vegas on Jan. 19 for allegedly bribing an official of a foreign government in order to obtain business.
O’Gara employees David Painter and Lee Wares were among the 22 weapons and military equipment dealers attending a shooting and hunting trade show in Las Vegas when the FBI moved in. O’Gara Group has since terminated the two employees who were associated with the United Kingdom subsidiary known as Security Support Solutions.
O’Gara Group’s discharge of Painter and Wares is reminiscent of last year’s treatment of Ronald P. Boline, the O’Gara Group Tactical Operations Branch Manager engaged in development of a training facility in Westmoreland County. On Jan. 6, 2009, Boline lost control of his motor vehicle and was charged with driving under the influence. The charge did not stand, but O’Gara terminated Boline’s employment shortly after the arrest.

Read more: O’Gara officials caught in FBI sting

Title I money frozen without W’md supervisors’ approval

County’s action adds urgency to schools’ call for change

Editor’s note: The weather prevented our reporter from attending this meeting. The story is written from the Board of Supervisor’s agenda and comments from Westmoreland residents who attended the session.

The Westmoreland supervisors met this Monday night. Although the room was packed, there were many who were unable to attend as the result of snow and ice.
The agenda included a not unusual school division action item. School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani had needed the supervisors’ approval of a $165,879.90 addition to the School Board’s instructional category. This was Title 1 federal money that had recently become available to the county schools. Because Fogliani could not be present and no one else had been delegated to represent the rather routine request, the Westmoreland Supervisors opted not to act.
For the same reason the supervisors decided to take no action on a resolution the School Board asked the supervisors to adopt in order to avoid the previously described scenario. When no one from the school division was present to represent that matter, the supervisors again refused to act.

Read more: Title I money frozen without W’md supervisors’ approval

Reassessment and audit will top Supervisors’ list

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors will conduct their first evening meeting of the new year on Monday, Feb. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. in the old A.T. Johnson auditorium.
With property reassessment concerns on the mind of just about every county citizen, the topic of the unanticipated increase in area land values is certain to be a topic of discussion.
The Jan. 27 deadline for citizens to challenge the findings of Pearson Appraisal Services Inc. has already passed, but members of the reassessment team continue to hold meetings with individual property owners who requested an opportunity to confer or challenge values associated with the 2010 real estate assessment notices they received in the mail approximately one month ago.

Read more: Reassessment and audit will top Supervisors’ list

County government takes lead in fight against water fee hikes

A Board of Supervisors December 2009 agenda item resulted in discussion of United Water Virginia’s State Corporation Commission application to more than double the fee it charges its water customers in Westmoreland subdivisions such as Glebe Harbor, Cabin Point, Ebb Tide Beach, Berkeley Beach and Potomac and Westmoreland Shores.
During the board’s December 2009 discussion, District 4 Supervisor Woody Hynson recalled prior county government and community efforts to fight United Water Virginia successors’ rate increase proposal and characterized the large company as a group of “water pirates.” All members of the Board agreed to oppose the fee increase proposal in 2010.
Last Tuesday the county government announced intentions to meet with Westmoreland’s United Virginia water customers on Jan. 20 in order to develop a strategy for fighting the proposal when the State Corporation Commission hears the question. County government later released the correspondence it sent last week to county subdivisions served by that provider.

Read more: County government takes lead in fight against water fee hikes

Higher property values are part of an ongoing pattern

Property owners throughout Westmoreland County are reacting as never before to a set of values returned last month by the county government’s Pearson Appraisal Service reassessment team. The results are in and reassessment notices have been distributed to property owners throughout the jurisdiction.

Read more: Higher property values are part of an ongoing pattern

Bank of Lancaster welcomes new Westmoreland County advisory board members

(left to right):  Doug Flemer, Chair of Bank of Lancaster’s Westmoreland County Reinvestment Advisory Board; new members Carey Geddes and Tom Collins; and Pam Fawver, Vice President and Branch Manager of Bank of Lancaster’s Montross Office. 

Bank of Lancaster welcomes its new Westmoreland County Advisory Board members, Tom Collins and Carey Geddes, each of whom will serve a three-year term.  Bank President and CEO Austin L. Roberts, III states “Our Bank values the individuals who serve on all of our Community Reinvestment Advisory Boards; these are important community outreach programs which are of great value to our Company.  Each Board member brings a unique perspective of community and business experience; and we seek and appreciate their input as our Bank continues to strive each day to meet the financial needs of the communities we are privileged to serve.”    

Read more: Bank of Lancaster welcomes new Westmoreland County advisory board members

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