Westmoreland to fix dams, secure schools

Work will begin soon on roads and dams impacted by the 2011 Tropical Storm Lee, Westmoreland County leaders said during Monday’s board of supervisors meeting. The storm caused an estimated $2.1 million in damage.

Franklin Mechanical Contractors Inc. will replace two dams at Placid Bay Estates that will cost more than $1 million. The board approved funds to address paving two roads, Bay View and Striper Drives for about $139,000.

In education news, Superintendent Rebecca Lowry, of Westmoreland County Public Schools Division, said 1,593 students are enrolled. In addition to $1.3 million in federal funds, the county also received an additional $18,000.

“We had no idea we would have those funds,” Lowry said.

County schools also will receive a $63,248 grant for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, and electronic-access controls.

Replacement of Nomini Creek Bridge began on Sept. 10 and will include demolition of the existing structure, reconstruction of a new one and additional improvements. The $2.8 million bridge is schedule to be done by Oct. 2014. Route 621 (Prospect Hill Road) will be closed to traffic.

The supervisors also approved a special exception request to operate a major home occupation outside of Montross for a one-chair salon. The supervisors will meet again on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the A.T. Johnson Building.

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:04 am