, 2014

Irvington council endorses
Chesapeake Drive project

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

WICOMICO CHURCH-An apparent tornado tore a path of destruction Monday near Wicomico Church, snapping dozens of large trees and destroying two manufactured homes on Bogey Neck Road.

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Following an executive session last Thursday, town council members present unanimously decided to allow the construction of a new entrance on the property, which is used by the Village Improvement Association (VIA) for parking during its events. The work will be done by the Virginia Department of Transportation and paid for by the VIA.

Council voted, 4-0, with Mike Merrill, Dr. Robert Westbrook, Kathleen Pollard and Gene Edmonds voting in favor of the new entrance, which will be opposite the intersection of Chesapeake Drive and Tavern Road. Council members Jerry Lattell and R. Wayne Nunnally were not in attendance.

Council consented to the contract with VIA for the new entrance and will pay $1,000 for a bond. That money will be returned to the town once the plan has been approved and the work completed by VDOT.

Also following an executive session, council voted unanimously, 4-0, to appoint Katya Spicuzza and William (Bill) Young to fill two vacancies on the planning commission. Spicuzza will complete Suzanne Mattingly’s term, which ends in 2015. Mattingly recently moved to Kilmarnock.

Young will replace Merrill, who now serves on the town council. Young’s term will end in January 2016.

During the public session, Edmonds said Young and Spicuzza “are two very, very qualified people that are interested in serving...yay!”

The public was absent for a public hearing on the town’s reformatted nuisance ordinance, which passed, 4-0. Westbrook made the motion to pass the ordinance.

In other business, town council agreed to ask Aqua Virginia representatives to attend next month’s meeting to discuss Aqua’s sale of town water to swimming pool companies. Although the sale does not affect residents’ bills, it does create a low pressure situation when the trucks are being loaded.

“I know Aqua is the owner and they have the right to sell it, but a lot [of water] going out at one time cuts down on the pressure,” said Mayor Rannie Ransone.

Perhaps Aqua could arrange to have the trucks loaded at a time that was more convenient to Irvington residents, perhaps in the middle of the night, said Edmonds.

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