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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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Developers have more time to finish stalled projects

Westmoreland Zoning Administrator Robert Fink has advised the jurisdiction’s Planning Commission of a change in Virginia law that the county needs to implement by making changes to its own ordinances.
On Oct. 4 Fink distributed a document detailing the new Virginia Code Section 15.2-3309.1, which the General Assembly adopted to address what the legislation describes as Virginia’s “housing crisis.”

Read more: Developers have more time to finish stalled projects

W’md Planning Commission completes Comprehensive Plan

After two years of effort with members of the county’s public and Northern Neck Planning District Director Jerry Davis, the Westmoreland County Planning Commission voted this Monday to accept what they consider a completed 2010-2030 Comprehensive Plan.
In September 2008 the commissioners and Davis launched the effort with a series of slide presentations in three geographically separated areas of Westmoreland. A citizen survey followed and citizens later served on committees that met with the commissioners and Davis to develop specific topics that have since been incorporated as part of the completed document.

Read more: W’md Planning Commission completes Comprehensive Plan

Pot busts total $63M following Sept. 22 raid

6,723 plants found in latest marijana grow in Richmond County
Between Aug. 11 and Aug. 14 law enforcement authorities seized and destroyed more than 14,000 marijuana plants in the Farnham and Newland areas of Richmond County. Last week authorities found another 6,723 marijuana plants growing in the Foneswood area.
According to Richmond County Sheriff Douglas A. Bryant, that Sheriff’s Office was assisted last Wednesday by the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police in    “random air searches of locations in the county for marijuana grow operations.

 

Read more: Pot busts total $63M following Sept. 22 raid

O’Gara litigation outcomes delayed

Retired Circuit Court Judge Jay T. Swett of Charlottesville spent four hours in Montross this Monday, Sept. 20, to preside over a set of challenges to local government actions and O’Gara Group’s ability to locate its counter-terror training establishment in Westmoreland.
Nothing was resolved during the judge’s brief visit. Ream after ream of boxed paperwork was distributed and at the end of the day the judge ordered the attorneys to present their closing arguments in writing this November. Judge Swett will review those briefs and then render his determination.

Read more: O’Gara litigation outcomes delayed

Risavi pitches new judicial center concept

Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson kept the promise he made to citizens. When the supervisors met on Monday, an extra hour was added at the end of the meeting for the purpose of explaining the need to build a new judicial center.
Accompanied by Rick Funk, the architect who authored Westmoreland’s space needs assessment and developed draft plans for an $11 million judicial complex on the English Building property, County Administrator Norm Risavi talked about the past and made it clear that the project has been in the works for many, many years.

Read more: Risavi pitches new judicial center concept

Supervisors honor Maguire’s memory

BOS credits former member with county’s use of CB wastewater treatment plant

The Westmoreland Supervisors took time out this Monday to remember board colleague Jack Maguire, who passed away Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
“We have lost someone who was on this board for a long time,” began Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson.
“This county and the Town of Colonial Beach would never have had a working relationship with the sewer agreement had it not been for Jack Maguire, who represented District 5.
“Jack always said we could work it out. He stuck in there and said over and over that he knew the county and town could get together because coming to an agreement would benefit both groups. I give Jack the credit for having the Washington District sewer.”

Read more: Supervisors honor Maguire’s memory

Public encouraged to attend Sept. 14 meeting

Montross revitalization 

Sept. 14 will be the second of three meetings concerning the upcoming Downtown Revitalization Plan.  The Town of Montross has secured a Department of Housing and Community Development Planning Grant for an economic restructuring plan and physical improvements plan for the downtown totaling $25,000.  The town has also secured two Virginia Housing Development Association Mixed-Used/Mixed income Planning Grants for $10,000.
Several community visioning sessions have been held and a management team comprised of local leaders and business people are in place to guide revitalization efforts.  The Land Planning & Design Associates team will provide planning updates and use visioning materials already prepared by the Clay Christensen Group and other sources.  
The resulting Revitalization Plan will act as the foundation for future endeavors and assist in securing additional Community Improvement Grant funding as well as funding from other sources.
This meeting will be held at the fire department at 7 p.m., on Sept. 14, and is open to the public.  There will be a PowerPoint presentation and then those present will divide into groups to formulate ideas as well as suggestions.  Town officials ask for as much community participation as possible at this important meeting.

Kris Nester

 

 

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