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Stay up-to-date with King William County news and happenings from the County Administrator, Percy C. Ashcraft.

Jan 10

2021 Was Active for the King William Planning Commission

Posted on January 10, 2022 at 1:21 PM by Christine Branch

2021 was an active year according to the annual report presented to the King William Planning Commission at its first meeting in 2022 on January 4.

Sherry Graham, Director of Planning, shared a reflection of the last 12 months in reviewing the report, beginning with a 10 percent population growth since the 2010 Census which brings our population to 17,606 in 2021.

Other numbers showed steady activity throughout the year despite the challenges of COVID-19:

Residential Land Disturbance Permits – 171

Zoning Permits – 327

Family Subdivisions – 5

Exempt Subdivisions – 2

Single Lot Subdivisions – 15

Minor Subdivisions – 13.

The Planning Commission also approved eight Conditional Use Permits (CUP) in 2021 and two rezoning requests.

Ms. Graham also highlighted the Zoning & Subdivision Ordinances update in October, and Hill Studio being retained to assist with updating the Comprehensive Plan by presenting critical demographic and market assessment data.  In addition, the Planning Commission is evaluating the future Land Use Map that is critical to the update of the Comprehensive Plan, which is expected to be in final draft in early 2022.

The leadership of the Planning Commission in 2022 will be Chairman John Breeden and Vice Chairman Matt Sluder.  Supervisor Stephen Greenwood, Bonnie Hite, and Don Wagner complete the makeup of the Commission.

With greater Staff emphasis on Economic Development, the Planning Commission could see even more activity in 2022 than ever before.  Congrats and thanks to the Commission members for their continued service and commitment to this important function of County Government.

 

Pamunkey Regional Library Serving King William Residents at Two Locations

With the worldwide web having information at our fingertips through numerous devices, sometimes the importance of our traditional library system gets lost in the conversation.

However, King William is fortunate to have two branches of the Pamunkey Regional Library system within its borders: 694-J Sharon Road In King William County and 721 Main Street in West Point.

According to Pamunkey Library Director Tom Shepley, circulation at the library locations is starting to return to pre-COVID-19 numbers. Each branch is geared toward serving patrons of all ages with activities.

Read-along books have grown in popularity, as well as a program aimed at having preschoolers read 1,000 books before they enroll in kindergarten.  

There is a computer lab at each branch to help school-age children and adults research materials for classroom assignments, job resumes, and more.  There is also a printing services available.

There is meeting space available for groups and are also daily activities for individuals.

If you have not checked out the two branches in a while, you might want to dust off your library card and see what modern services are available.

There is also a vacancy on the Regional Library Board of Trustees.  If interested, please contact County Administration for more information or visit the County website to download an application.

 

It is Not Too Early to be Thinking About Youth Baseball & Softball

There might be snow on the ground, but there are hundreds of boys and girls in King William County and the surrounding areas who are thinking ahead to the start of baseball and softball seasons.

Registration for King William County Little League is now underway at: https://www.playkwll.com/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR20nT1OsV78RCKqf6qHkUkqHxUe5sCmBBfF6pVCr_YW07uJuN2CdmmcPHI or visit the County website News Flash section for a clickable link.

County Staff met with Little League representatives Mike Maiorana and Troy Simons recently to discuss the upcoming season.  King William County Little League has an agreement with the Board of Supervisors to maintain three fields at the Ball Park located off Route 30.  The organization has been a tremendous tenant in promoting baseball and softball and have continuously made improvements to the facility.  Opening day could be as early as late March, according to Maiorana.

A vision for everyone involved is to continue to upgrade the fields and possibly add more lighting and increase use of the scoreboards. County Staff is looking at repairing some drainage issues that exist and adding other features to the park such as a walking trail and additional playground equipment.

Providing safe places for children to play is a fundamental responsibility for every community.  The Ball Park has been a haven for fun and excitement for many years.  Under the management of Parks & Recreation, this is sizing up to be another great year for the players, volunteer coaches, and parents.

Thanks to all for providing young people with this tremendous opportunity.

Jan 04

Circuit Court Clerk Patricia Norman Will Retire January 31

Posted on January 4, 2022 at 5:42 PM by Percy Ashcraft

King William County will say good-bye to one of its long-time public servants when Circuit Court Clerk Patricia Norman retires on January 31.

Judge B. Elliott Bondurant entered an order on December 29 accepting Norman’s resignation. She has been in the Circuit Clerk’s office for 28.5 years, with her first election in 2001. She has decided to retire with two years remaining on her term.

Along with acknowledging Norman’s retirement at the close of business at the end of this month, Judge Bondurant also placed Tina T. Glazebrook into the position as interim until a Special Election can be held. Glazebrook is the highest ranking deputy officer in the Circuit Clerk’s office and is qualified to vote and hold the office.

Judge Bondurant cited Virginia Section 24.2-228.1(F) in handing down the order.

The Board of Supervisors will decide at its January 24 meeting on whether to authorize the County Attorney to petition the Court for a Special Election in November, 2022.

Norman is the second King William County elected official recently to announce departure from a position. Former School Board Member Steven Tupponce stepped down January 1 after holding the position for 16 years.

A temporary replacement for Tupponce has not yet been named by the King William School Board until a Special Election can be held. Both elections could take place in November if a second petition to the court is filed and approved.

Tupponce also had two years remaining on his term.

 

2022 Looks Like Another Active Year for the Historical Society of West Point

Congratulations to the Historical Society of West Point for completing another successful year!

The Board of Directors adopted a Budget for 2022 of $28,250 at its recent meeting in December.

The Society is currently active in promoting such projects as placing historical markers around the Town of West Point and the renovation of a shed that will be used to create artifact storage space.

Membership in the Society is open and donations are accepted. Contact info@hswpva.org for further information.

 

County Registrar Handled the Spotlight of 2021 Election

With the spotlight shining brightly on election officers throughout the United States to ensure fair processes in 2021, kudos to King William Registrar Alison Fox for overseeing a smooth operation.

Fox has been in the position for about two years after previously serving as Parks & Recreation Director for King William County. In addition to handling the routine election matters of voter registration and setting up election precincts, she has had to deal with COVID-19 issues that caused curbside voting to be the norm when the County Administration Building was closed.

Fox is hired by the King William Electoral Board, which will have a change next December as a new Governor was elected in November. She and her Staff have a great handle on the always-changing election laws such as Early Voting and constant updating of address changes for registered voters.

It is great to have confidence in our election Staff at a time when the operation of elections is scrutinized more than ever.

 

Dec 27

Think Community First When Considering New Year's Resolutions

Posted on December 27, 2021 at 3:24 PM by Christine Branch

New Year’s resolutions are usually on the minds of most people as the last week of 2021 turns its pages.

Even if you don’t call them resolutions, most people do think about something different they might apply in the new year that affects their lives in a positive way.  We all know the favorite ones – losing weight, saving more money, more quality time with family.

Whatever the choice might be, it is usually individual-based and not community-based.  Looking out for number one is always the first priority, but if everyone took on one resolution that made a difference in the community, just think how the quality of life would increase for all.

There are many ways people can give back in the form of service.  It usually only requires time and little to no money.  But the efforts pay huge dividends when the investment is made.

Let’s consider a few right here that can make a difference in King William County, which will celebrate its 320th birthday in 2022:

1. Mentor a child that is not your own.  Reach out and be a role model to a youngster in the form of a tutor or coach.  Taking a child fishing that never had that experience is an instant memory maker.

 

2. Get a few friends together and adopt a highway.   This program is coordinated through VDOT and the litter picked up will preserve the beauty of our landscape.

 

3. Join a civic group like the Ruritans, or the American Legion if you are a veteran.  Many organizations do great things within the community.

 

4. Seek out someone who does not have transportation to vital service places like medical offices or grocery stores. The Social Services Department can help identify individuals who might need this assistance.

 

5. Akin to #4, seek out someone who lives alone and give them a phone call or visit every so often.  You would be surprised what a difference that makes in their lives.

 

6. Participate in a Neighborhood Watch or National Night Out program to promote public safety and good relations with your neighbors.

 

7. Join a volunteer Fire/EMS organization.  Also, County Government will be promoting soon the establishment of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

 

8. Submit an application to join a County Government citizen board or commission.  Your area of expertise could be invaluable for future planning and recommendations that are made to the Board of Supervisors.

 

There are numerous other opportunities available.  I want to thank those people who already do many of those things.  Each opportunity is a chance to be significant in the lives of others.  Then you know you have made a difference.

 

Report a Pothole Before Car Repairs are Necessary

The mix of cold and warm temperatures can cause a pothole problem on all road surfaces.  A reminder if you experience a pothole, please contact VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) to report any road maintenance issues.

 

Three Rivers Health District Sends Out COVID-19 Reminder

Pets are a huge responsibility, but they can fill a void in your home like nothing else.  If you are looking to give your heart to a dog or cat, please don’t forget the Regional Animal Shelter for King William & King and Queen counties. 

Adopting an older animal who found their way into the shelter is particularly gratifying.  You can’t replace their earlier years, but you can give them something special for the rest of their lives.

 

Happy New Year!