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Stratford Hall board of directors selects new president

Stratford Hall board of directors selects new president

Stratford Hall, the home to the Lee Family of Virginia and one of the state's top tourist destinatio...

Stratford Hall to hold traditional trades fair

Stratford Hall to hold traditional trades fair

Annual event slated for May 28
Stratford Hall, the Westmoreland County plantation that was the home o...

Westmoreland VFD burns house at Stratford Hall in training exercise

Westmoreland VFD burns house at Stratford Hall in training exercise

The Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department received valuable training for fighting a residential hom...

A sweet day!

A sweet day!

Tom and Martha Crimmins of Westmoreland County were at the Kinsale Strawberry Festival Saturday help...

Improved First Fridays kicks off

Improved First Fridays kicks off

Market Days moves for bigger, more fun event
Montross First Fridays are back this weekend, and the We...

County mulls increasing Placid Bay’s road user fees

The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, acting on a request from the Placid Bay Civic Associat...

 

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County supervisors agree to land conservancy request

This Monday night the Westmoreland Supervisors agreed to accept conservation easements in partnership with Northern Neck Land Conservancy. Such partnerships were previously established in neighboring King George, Northumberland and Richmond counties with the Conservancy. A fifth partnership with Lancaster will be ratified at a later date.
Northern Neck Land Conservancy Field Director Joe Thompson returned on Feb. 14 to

Read more: County supervisors agree to land conservancy request

Brownley’s lawyer appeals sentence

On Jan. 25, 2011, defense attorney Frank S. Ferguson filed notice in Westmoreland Circuit Court of the appeal of the 14-month sentence Lynn C. Brownley received Jan. 3.
An appeal will be made to Virginia’s Court of Appeals “as soon as possible,” according to Ferguson. The judgment was entered in the Westmoreland County court Jan. 3 and the defense attorney has characterized the terms as overly burdensome and well above normally accepted guidelines that recommend no time in jail. The severity of the Jan. 3 sentence from Judge Taylor was not anticipated by Brownley or his attorney, Frank S. Ferguson. In addition to the 10-year incarceration with eight years and ten months suspended, Brownley was to be placed on total

Read more: Brownley’s lawyer appeals sentence

BoS to decide whether to take custody of open easements

When the Westmoreland Supervisors meet on the night of Feb. 14 a top action item will be acceptance or rejection of Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s December 2010 request that the county share custody of dedicated conservation easements. Acceptance would result in inspection and enforcement responsibilities.
Despite longstanding policies that encourage preservation of open space and the jurisdiction’s historically rural environment, the supervisors have taken the maximum amount of time allowed by law to deliberate the merits of the request. Other Northern Neck jurisdictions have already accepted joint custody of land conservancy easements.
According to the proposed agreement, the conservancy would be expected to provide the county with technical

Read more: BoS to decide whether to take custody of open easements

Volunteers needed to continue Montross Fall Festival tradition

Council may cancel 55-year-old event due to lack of participation
During October’s Town Council meeting, it was discussed the Town of Montross could lose the yearly Fall Festival due to lack of volunteers.  Fifty-five years of celebrating the first Saturday on October could be a thing of the past unless community participation drastically increases.

Read more: Volunteers needed to continue Montross Fall Festival tradition

Hynson to serve again as BoS chair

District 4 Supervisor W. W. “Woody” Hynson will preside over Westmoreland Board of Supervisors meetings for a second year.
When the reorganizational meeting was brought to order last Monday by County Administrator Norm Risavi, District 2 Supervisor Russ Culver wasted no time delivering the motion to nominate Hynson.  District 1 Supervisor Darryl Fisher was elected to the position of vice chair by another unanimous vote.
In separate action board members voted to establish one-year terms for the leadership positions. Terms of office of all five seats on the Board of Supervisors expire this Dec. 31, 2011. Voters will elect the next Westmoreland County Board  Nov. 8, 2011.

Read more: Hynson to serve again as BoS chair

Hynson confirms: No new ball fields

The real estate market was enjoying its peak activity when developer Rich Ward proffered to provide Westmoreland County’s children with a complex of ball playing fields at a location immediately opposite the state park entrance on state Route 3.
Another proffer associated with Ward’s rezoning approval involved financial support of the Phase 2 Washington District sewer project. The developer’s inability to deliver caused the project to be delayed until other revenue streams became available to support the project scheduled for completion later this year.

Read more: Hynson confirms: No new ball fields

Judicial project no longer out for bids

The Journal reported in October that the Westmoreland supervisors voted to put the new judicial center construction project out for bids. The supervisors voted this Monday to rescind that action due to the consulting architect’s inability to satisfy safety concerns raised by members of the judiciary.
According to County Administrator Norm Risavi, judges find need for a three-story judicial center with two elevators instead of the previously contemplated $12 million structure with two stories and a single elevator.

Read more: Judicial project no longer out for bids

 

 

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