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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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Gregory ...

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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Fisher says "NO" to WE COUNT

The Westmoreland Supervisors’ regular monthly meeting will begin at 9:30 next Monday morning in the George D. English Building’s Circuit Court meeting place. The July 13 session’s agenda will be made available to the county’s public later this week.
The group of county residents known as WE COUNT or the Westmoreland County Citizens for Change was given a 15-minute agenda spot in May and June and WE COUNT’s Rose Goodloe and Robert Quinn recently requested a place on the Supervisors July 2009 agenda. No deal.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Fisher responded to the request on July 6. “I am in receipt of your correspondence dated June 27, 2009 on behalf of Westmoreland County Citizens for Change (WE COUNT) requesting to be placed on the agenda for the July 13, 2009 meeting of the Board of Supervisors to ‘discuss aspects of the O’Gara Group’s potential or actual purchase of county property and the involvement of DynCorp in the process,” Fisher wrote.

Read more: Fisher says "NO" to WE COUNT

IDA’s June 29 O’Gara contract meeting catches fire in Westmoreland County

It was ignition time when members of the public and Westmoreland County’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) gathered this Monday evening in their English Building meeting room to approve a new purchase agreement with The O’Gara Group. The room was filled to near capacity when IDA Chairman Jimmy Latane’s hushed voice advised Authority members that the special meeting had begun.

Read more: IDA’s June 29 O’Gara contract meeting catches fire in Westmoreland County

O’Gara Group's new sales agreement with Westmoreland

O’Gara Group has a new contract with Westmoreland County. The new sales agreement was unanimously approved by the Westmoreland Industrial Development Authority this Monday night. A predecessor contract would have expired on June 30 at midnight.
According to the June 29 sales agreement, the county will convey its 50,000 industrial shell building and surrounding 25.61 acres to O’Gara by special warranty deed.
The document notes that the referenced property is “located in Westmoreland County Industrial Park, described as Lot 2, Section 2 and is adjacent and continuous to approximately 325 acres of land owned by S. Bryan Chandler. The Property is further described as tax parcel number 35-1 00H.”
The June 29 agreement between Westmoreland County and O’Gara is the third in a series of sales contracts. The initial January 12 contract would have expired on April 1 if it had not been extended until June 30.
The referenced adjacent 325-acre tract belonging to Bryan Chandler has been the subject of a separate series of sales agreements that have been contingent on O’Gara’s ability to purchase the contiguous 25 acres of publicly owned land.

Read more: O’Gara Group's new sales agreement with Westmoreland

No personal attacks, Chairman Fisher says

The June meeting of the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors was one of the year’s six evening sessions and the meeting room was filled to near capacity.
New people were in attendance and Board Chairman Darryl Fisher took advantage of several opportunities to assist the newcomers understand procedures associated with the supervisors’ monthly meetings.
At the beginning of the session’s public comment segment, Fisher explained that speakers will be expected to finish delivering their remarks in a three-minute time allocation.
Fisher explained that an individual will only have a single opportunity to speak and any questions presented during a public comment segment will be answered at the discretion of the chairman and the members of the board.

Read more: No personal attacks, Chairman Fisher says

Regional Jail is subject of Supervisors’ praise

The Northern Neck Regional Jail was one discussion topic that the Westmoreland Supervisors considered worthy of their highest praise when the time came to add their county’s approval of the facility’s upcoming budget to other participating jurisdictions.
Regional Jail Superintendent Jeff Frazier made his annual visit to the Westmoreland County Board’s June meeting and was enthusiastically received by Board of Supervisors Chairman Darryl Fisher, a founding Jail Board member who currently holds the position of Northern Neck Regional Jail Board Chair.
Fisher was already well acquainted with the budget document that was before the Board of Supervisors for approval. He praised the long-serving Superintendent’s effectiveness in maintaining a self-supporting institution that required no financial support from the participating Northern Neck jurisdictions.

Read more: Regional Jail is subject of Supervisors’ praise

Lawsuits are filed as O’Gara’s purchase date grows closer

O’Gara group has until July 1 to buy the properties from Bryan Chandler and the Westmoreland County government, but people are prepared to fight and lawsuits are being filed against key members of the county government.
On Monday Dennis and Norma McGuire began the action with a petition and affidavit for good cause and for writ of mandamus, alleging that county administrator Norm Risavi has violated Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. A mandamus orders a public agency to perform a duty, already required by law, that it has refused to or failed to do.

Read more: Lawsuits are filed as O’Gara’s purchase date grows closer

O’Gara opposition may be on the rise

O’Gara opposition may be on the rise
“This is the biggest thing that has ever happened in Westmoreland County,” a seasoned public official and Westmoreland County native told The Journal earlier this week. “I’ve never seen anything generate this level of passion and public outcry.”
This Monday night the Westmoreland County Citizens Association (WCCA) had a call for the O’Gara question. Treasurer Wallace McGuinniss had already left the meeting and only 2.5 of the attendees said O’Gara ought to come.

Read more: O’Gara opposition may be on the rise

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