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Top races on Westmoreland ballot

Top races on Westmoreland ballot

Westmoreland County voters going to the polls Nov. 3 will have the opportunity to vote in hotly cont...

Art Walk, Market Day mark Fourth

Art Walk, Market Day mark Fourth

The historic town of Montross celebrated the Fourth of July with wine, music, art and a courthouse s...

Montross to mark Fourth of July with Art Walk and Market Days

Montross to mark Fourth of July with Art Walk and Market Days

Montross is planning a celebratory Independence Day festival with music, an Art Walk and a busy Mark...

Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

On Father’s Day, George Henry Oliff of Montross spent time with his family. He had dinner with...

Greater Montross revitalization group seeking input from area residents

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First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Friday evening events return for 2015

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Expect little state money for new roads for 20 years

Jerry Davis, of the Northern Neck District Planning Office, is the lead player in the effort to craft a new Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan. This Monday Davis met with the county’s planning commissioners.
Davis presented a first draft of the new Plan in December 2009, but commission members faulted the draft’s abbreviated transportation section and tasked Davis with developing additional language.
On April 5 Davis delivered the revised draft to the commissioners. The expanded trans-portation section includes information gleaned from a regional transportation study.
“Transportation infrastructure is often the most capital-intensive activity of a locality’s planned development,” the newly worked overview begins.

Read more: Expect little state money for new roads for 20 years

Snow cuts W’md spring break short

Spring vacationers returning to part-time Westmoreland County homes are discovering it was a hard winter as they attempt to negotiate a path between the overflowing ditches and the pitted surfaces of the county’s narrow and winding secondary roads.
It’s spring vacation time in Westmoreland County and the traffic is heavier than it has been for many months, but vacationers are discovering they must share the roads with school bus traffic. The county school division’s spring break had been sharply abbreviated by weather events that occurred earlier this year.
Loss of a meaningful spring vacation was a discussion topic at last week’s county school board meeting. The holiday would be limited to April 2 and 5.
School Board members acted on the calendar revisions reluctantly. Days lost to snow events had to be restored and Standards of Learning (SOL) test performance was a big consideration.
Longer school day hours were a consideration that failed to take flight. Subjects needed to be taught before SOLs were administered or the exhausted students’ test scores would be low.
The school board members were advised that neighboring divisions were making school days longer in order to avoid disrupting spring vacation plans. It was stated that spring break is needed to preserve everyone’s morale.

Read more: Snow cuts W’md spring break short

O’Gara court date set for September

The lawyers, the upset county residents and one or more O’Gara training facility principals gathered this Monday morning in Westmoreland Circuit Court to learn the fate of five pending litigations.
When the proceeding concluded, there were minor victories for all the players in the O’Gara exercise that began on January 12, 2009.
Parties wishing to challenge the local government’s O’Gara actions were still standing when substitute Judge Jay Swett concluded the business of March 29.
Two days had been set aside to settle the pre-trial business following a preliminary hearing teleconference in December 2009 between the judge and attorneys.
This week five attorneys and the substitute judge from the Charlottesville area designated September 20 and 21 as tentative trial dates. County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Attorney Roger Wiley was absent from the proceeding and his availability had yet to be established when this edition of The Journal went to press.

Read more: O’Gara court date set for September

W’md school budget will cut 20 jobs

“It’s not too late to tell the supervisors that we are willing to have our taxes raised.”
The Westmoreland County School Board met this Monday and adopted the budget for next year. The new budget’s $16.3 million bottom line reflects a 12 percent revenue loss when compared to the division’s current operating budget.
The actual vote was 3 to 2, with Rosemary Mahan and Bryan Oliff delivering the dissenting votes. No School Board member willingly embraced the program and other cuts, but the need to adopt a balanced budget in a timely manner was openly acknowledged.
According to the discussion, it was late in the afternoon last Thursday when the state delivered its numbers to the county school division. Superintendent Elaine Fogliani and Finance Officer Linda Nettler immediately began cranking numbers in order to be ready for the budget hearing advertised for March 22.

Read more: W’md school budget will cut 20 jobs

Updated: Westmoreland teen killed in crash

Second teen seriously injured

A Westmoreland County teenager is dead following a single-vehicle crash this morning, Thursday, March 18, 2010.  At 8:21 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper J. M. Brooks was called to the scene on Route 625, Horners Mill Road, approximately a quarter of a mile west of Route 697, Lapkin Road, in Westmoreland County. 

A 1995 Saturn Coupe was traveling east on Route 625 when the driver ran off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and struck a tree. The passenger, Jareka Shepherd, 14, of Westmoreland County, died at the scene. Shepherd was wearing her safety belt.   

The 17-year-old driver was seriously injured in the crash and flown to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. It is not clear whether the driver was wearing his safety belt. 

The Virginia State Police Division One Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation of the fatal crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and charges are pending at this time.   

Read more: Updated: Westmoreland teen killed in crash

Supervisors discuss W&L football concession stand

The Westmoreland Supervisors met last week with county school division Superintendent Elaine Fogliani and high school athletics coach Malcolm Lewis to address plans to construct a new concession stand on Washington and Lee football field.
Fogliani and the supervisors had discussed the plans to replace the old dilapidated structure many months ago and concerns were raised about a $125,000 expenditure to support athletics programs during a difficult economic period.
Initial designs have since been reviewed in hopes of minimizing costs and revised plans are currently being scrutinized by county school board members. Last week County Administrator Norm Risavi expressed an intention to participate in those school board deliberations.
Risavi shared intentions to make county personnel and regional inmates available to assist with construction of the new building. Sewer lines will be installed to accommodate the building’s kitchen and restroom facilities.

Read more: Supervisors discuss W&L football concession stand

No action on by-right zoning issue

 

Residents attending the March 8 Board of Supervisors meeting have been put on notice that they can expect no changes to the county’s by-right land use practices until after legal questions associated with the O’Gara Group’s presence in Westmoreland have been settled in the courts.
Monday’s agenda included a second work session on the Planning Commission’s set of recommended changes to by-right land use practices in residential and agricultural zoning districts. Commission Chairman John Felt and Zoning Administrator Robert Fink attended the session and actively participated in the Board’s discussion.
In June 2009 Supervisor Lynn Brownley persuaded board colleagues to task the commissioners with reviewing by-right land use practices and delivering a set of recommended changes. The initiative was launched in response to concerns that the county’s zoning regulations were more lax than other Virginia localities.

Read more: No action on by-right zoning issue

 

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