- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 20:03
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 20:00
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:12
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:09
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 20:27
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:23
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 18:43
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Ever since the Westmoreland County public became aware of O’Gara Group’s intentions to bring its paramilitary training facility to a 350-acre tract that is currently owned by Bryan Chandler and the county government, public opposition has been on the rise.
A few weeks after the January 2009 meeting in which members of the local government ratified a contract to sell its unoccupied industrial shell building and surrounding 25 acres to O’Gara, O’Gara employee Jim Noe met with local residents and made a promise that O’Gara Group will not come to Westmoreland is enough county residents made it clear that O’Gara is not wanted.