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BOS eyes infrastructure projects

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

Fourth of July weekend brought quite a bit of attention from visitors to the area, and surprises from the county government. Most notably, the news that the rising judicial center is well under budget raised some eyebrows questioning for how much and what are the plans for those funds.

Approximately $400,000 is what Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi estimated the judicial center budget is under, but the county official was quick to say those funds are earmarked for the purpose of the judicial center.

“It has to be used support of the physical facility and improvements,” Risavi said following Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

This is one of several infrastructure projects occurring in Westmoreland County to date. Supervisors took a recess on Monday from discussions of infrastructures and plans to regroup at Placid Bay Estates Civic Association Community Center on July 29 at 6 p.m. This meeting will be to discuss the roadwork that needs to be completed following a storm taking out the roads in the  community in Sept. 2011.

An effort to improve the roads will soon be underway after the association agreed to tax homeowners $40 per lot in accordance with the Commonwealth establishing the community as Placid Bay Sanitary District in 1992.  Association President John Johnson said in an earlier interview with the Westmoreland News that the purpose of this was for constructing and maintaining streets.

Community members described the roads as poor and some to be dangerous with potholes and large ditches.

The first phase is to address the roads, Risavi said. Johnson hopes to have the two dams replaced  at an estimated cost of $1.2 million.

A 25-year loan was accepted to cover the costs of the $1.2 million project and will be covered through a six-percent tax increase for those homeowners.

In discussions of roads, Northern Neck Residency Administrator David Brown was bombarded with questions about matters of roads and signs. Specifically, the issue was raised of what is needed to expand Route 3 to dual lane highways by supervisor Rosemary Mahan.

Brown advised Mahan and other supervisors that it requires input, but the supervisor challenged the administrator stating that this has been raised for at least over two years. Supervisor Larry Roberson agreed.

“Years ago there were plans,” Roberson said.

“So when did we drop the ball,” Mahan responded. Outraged the supervisor said she planned to address the Transportation Board on the issue.

Earlier, Brown reported that the Northern Neck Residency including some  areas in the Fredericksburg area that the new legislature added $2.1 billion to it’s 11.1 billion six-year improvement plan addressing pavement and bridges that are aging and structurally deficient.

On Aug. 12 at 6 p.m., the board is expected to revisit the matter of signing the Memorandum of Understanding for the Stratford Hall Fire Substation. The board is awaiting for all of the signees to agree to terms before passing the contract, which calls for the county, county fire department and substation committee to agreeing to the principal of establishing a new substation in Westmoreland.

In other matters, the board unanimously approved to appropriate 59,000 towards comprehensive services needed. The board took no action on the matter of paying for two estimated $800 watch for children signs.