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Apr 25

Seeking Scenic River Designation High Priority for MPRA

Posted on April 25, 2022 at 2:48 PM by Percy Ashcraft


I had the opportunity to attend the annual picnic of the Mattaponi & Pamunkey Rivers Association on April 22.

It was Earth Day, and the topics of river preservation and access easily entered into the conversation. The King William County proposed Comprehensive Plan has a list of opportunities that appealed to the MPRA membership including:

  1. Proposed designation of portions of the Mattaponi and Pamunkey as State Scenic Rivers, including the sections of the Mattaponi River from Route 628 to Monday Bridge and from Aylett to West Point, and the segments of the Pamunkey River from the King William County-Caroline County line to Route 614 and from Pampatike Landing to the York River.
  2. Improvements to the old Mattaponi River bridge site (Route F-600) including installation of a public access pier in King and Queen County, which borders King William County. 
  3. Continued local and regional agency and organization support for the Mattaponi and Pamunkey rivers water trails connecting with York River water trails.
  4.  VDOT and local government consideration of developing access points for car-top boat launching and crabbing along the Pamunkey River.
  5. The Virginia Department of Forestry recommended expansion of recreational opportunities and road improvements for year-round vehicular access to boating and water-related activities at Sandy Point State Forest. 
  6. The Virginia Department of Forestry recommendations to develo a demonstration model farm, improve hunting and fishing opportunities, and expand conservation and passive recreational activities at Zoar State Forest.

Discussion appears to be on the horizon on these and other topics to promote river preservation and increase tourism opportunities.

Crash Fatalities in Virginia Up 14.3 Percent in 2021

Andrew Cain of the Richmond Times-Dispatch penned an article recently on the number of crash fatalities on state roadways in 2021.

According to Cain, 968 crash fatalities were recorded in 2021, which is the state’s highest number since 1,026 were killed in 2007. The 968 fatalities were up 14.3 percent from 2020 when 847 people died.

Cain went on to add that 31,720 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes from January through September, 2021. His source was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

King William County Sheriff’s Office research shows only one fatality was recorded in the County in 2021 at which deputies worked the scene. There were 175 total accidents on King William highways and byways in 2021. Statistics for the State Police handling crashes in King William were not immediately available.

As always, law enforcement encourages motorists to follow all the speed restrictions and not drive in hazardous conditions. 

Support, Money Available to Veterans Looking to Start Their Own Business

Laura Johnson of Digital.com passed along a link for veterans looking to start their own business.

According to Johnson’s communication, “Recent data points to 1 out of 20 business owners being veterans, which speaks to the fact that their unique experience and perspective gives them the ideal skill set needed to successfully take on the challenges of entrepreneurship. Veterans are often able to demonstrate an inspiring style of leadership that is characterized by selflessness, balanced with the discipline to strive for continued growth and progress, and perfectly equipped to remain effective when facing the greatest of setbacks. Most of all, though every entrepreneur will have a different journey, sacrifice will undoubtedly be a part of the success story.”

Some quick facts show that over 10 percent of US businesses are owned by veterans, and nearly 10 percent of those are disabled veterans. Over five million jobs are created by veterans who own companies. Billions in government grants and funding are set aside specifically to help veterans start businesses.

Further information can be obtained at https://digital.com/veterans-business/.

Lawnmower-Like Machine Being Used to Locate Building Foundations from Yesteryear

If you drive by the King William Government Complex, you might see a man appearing to push a small lawnmower on the field directly in front of the Old Courthouse. That would be quite a task for the large amount of grass that is contained in that field!

However, the machine in question is one that is used to assist in analyzing what is below the earth from generations ago.  

A consultant has been hired by the King William Historical Society to look for the foundation of Old Tavern, which once existed in the location that is now a large vacant lot. The tavern is said to have great historical significance, including regular stops by then-General George Washington.

The research is just one of many exciting things going on in and around the Old Courthouse, which is the official Museum location for King William County.  

King William County EDA Spends Extra Hours Conducting Planning Session

The King William County Economic Development Authority put in some extra hours on April 23 by spending Saturday morning doing some long-range planning in the Board Room.

The EDA is established to promote economic development throughout King William County. Numerous topics were discussed and plans made to take steps forward to strengthening the economic development effort.

Kudos to the group for understanding the importance of achieving a balance of business and residential growth to create jobs, increase retail opportunities, and improve the overall quality of life for County residents.