- Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 June 2010 17:58
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Westmoreland County Zoning Administrator Robert Fink told The Journal this Tuesday morning that he is reviewing site plan material associated with O’Gara Group’s development of the Westmoreland-based tactical training facility’s driving course.
“O’Gara applied for a new phase [of development] a couple weeks ago,” Fink said. “The car control training course is on the same property as the shooting range and classrooms. The [site plan] material came in over a week ago, the county commented, and now we are waiting for more information to come in.”
As far as Fink is concerned, the O’Gara driving course site plan material passes as a complete filing and the county’s administrative review of the material must be completed within 90 days of that filing date.
“I have deemed it complete,” Fink said. “It’s essential complete,” but the zoning administrator has asked for additional information to clarify considerations that may need further embellish-ment.
The Journal explored the timeline during the June 1 interview. The 90-day review period would end in August and O’Gara would be positioned to begin its new phase of construction activity before the summer season’s ending.
“It won’t necessarily take that long,” Fink said of the review period specified by Virginia statute. He advised that the site plan conforms to O’Gara Group’s previously stated development inten-tions.
Reviewing the material assembled in the Land Use office, Fink estimated the driver training course’s length as approximately 3,300 linear feet, “not including the return route.”
He explained that the driving course is sited “in the general vicinity of the shooting ranges and is fairly close to the dummy grenades range. It is located where [the former Bryan Chandler prop-erty’s] fields used to run, and some of it will be in the woods.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 17:15
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The Circuit Court judge wants a new judicial center. The school division says it needs a new high school. Westmoreland subdivision residents want pavement on dusty dirt roads, and drivers throughout the county are worried about potholes that still haven’t been fixed.
The Westmoreland supervisors wonder where the money will come from in a time when new or higher taxes would impose an unwanted burden on residents who are already financially stressed.
These are themes that are likely to become discussion topics when the Westmoreland supervisors convene a special session at 6 p.m. this Wednesday evening in the A.T. Johnson auditorium.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 05:00
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The Bay Aging buses that take older residents to grocery stores and doctors are busy on Westmoreland County roads. At Bay Aging’s request, the Westmoreland supervisors joined Governor Bob McDonnell and governing bodies from other Virginia jurisdictions in adoption of a proclamation identifying May 2010 as Older Virginians Month.
Language specific to Westmoreland cites recent United States Census Bureau data, relating that “one out of every nine baby boomers will live to be at least age 90. In Westmoreland County, the Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2020, the 65 and older set will increase to 4,299 people and to almost 4,800 by 2030.
Since 1963, the United States Administration on Aging has championed according May the referenced designation, and this year’s theme is, “Live Strong! Live Long!” The ini-tiative attempts to celebrate and promote “the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span several generations.”
“Healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or control many of the region’s leading causes of death linked to smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, chronic diseases and alcohol abuse,” the proclamation relates.
“There is now strong scientific evidence that it is never too late for healthy lifestyle choices to positively impact the physical, emotional and mental health of older persons. Older Virginians are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices that will help them live strong and long in order to maintain their independence in their homes and communities and avoid institutionalization.”
This year’s theme is intended to provide encouragement for people of every age to educate themselves and others “about the advantages of a healthy lifestyle and to access available resources in our communities and online.”
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 22:22
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The reasons the supervisors went behind closed doors with legal counsel following completion of the public deliberations of May 10 were another mystery until the public learned a creditor of the failed Montross-Westmoreland Sewer Authority has gone to court in an effort to collect the fees that consultant purports he is owed.
It will be two years this Thursday since the Westmoreland supervisors, the Sewer Authority and Montross Town Council convened the joint session that authorized the county government to acquire the failed authority’s assets and public debt obligations.
On April 23, 2010, Waste Water Management Inc. of Fairfax filed papers in Westmoreland Circuit Court asking the court to compel the failed authority, Westmoreland County, Montross Mayor David O’Dell, Montross Town Manager Brenda Reamy, Montross Council Councilman Joseph King, Authority member Bonnie Chandler and Westmoreland Supervisors Darryl Fisher and Russell Culver to pay Waste Water Management the $50,000 it is owed for that firm’s design services and another $350,000 in damages associated with failure to meet the outstanding debt obligation.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 21:14
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Board Chairman Woody Hynson had the late, but long-serving Westmoreland County Sheriff, Buddy Jackson, on his mind this Monday when the supervisors met with the Davenport & Company, bond counsel they share with the regional jail authority, to retire the bond issue that built the jail that paid for itself sooner than supposed.
The bonds were issued to support construction of a jail immediately outside the incorporated limits of Warsaw that would be shared by Westmoreland and Richmond counties and the Town of Warsaw.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 21:05
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Westmoreland County Citizens Association (WCCA) President Kennon Morris was the only speaker during the May 10 Board of Supervisors meeting’s public comment segment.
The local government’s new and old public sewer projects were the subject addressed by Morris during the last minutes before the supervisors recessed for a luncheon meeting at the nearby Bay Aging establishment.
Morris told the supervisors he has attempted to make sense of county’s most recent audit of sewer accounts. “The question,” he noted, “is are these systems paying for them-selves?”
The WCCA president recalled a 2009 Board of Supervisors action to raise the systems’ monthly service fees, a consideration not reflected in the public auditors’ review of an accounting period that ended last June 30.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 20:52
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Northern Neck Tourism Commission Chairman Paul Reber met this Monday with the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors to provide an update on efforts to bring tourists to Virginia’s Northern Neck.
Reber was accompanied by Northern Neck Planning District Director Jerry Davis, whose office works in partnership with the region’s Tourism Commission to facilitate and promote tourism.
The centerpiece of the May 10 presentation was the recently created colorful marketing brochure that has been made available at tourist destinations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. A working skipjack, George Washington and Stratford Hall are depicted on the brochure’s cover.
Reber explained the commission’s effort to bring tourist trade to the region “by capitalizing on our natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources” and by “increasing lodging and dining opportunities in a way that enhances the local community and visitor experiences.”
A promotional website, northernneck.org, has been revamped and Reber reported that site visits increased as much as 11 percent from January to February 2010. The most visited pages on the site were home, lodging, events, map and real estate.