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Westmoreland to fix dams, secure schools

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

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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.