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Aug 22

HRSD Estimates Water Treatment Plant Upgrade to be Completed by the End of 2025

Posted on August 22, 2022 at 12:57 PM by Percy Ashcraft

HRSD Estimates Water Treatment Plant Upgrade to be Completed by the End of 2025

An upgrade to the water treatment plant in King William County is critical to providing service for anticipated growth in water and sewer in the Central Garage area.

The water treatment plant is owned and operated by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), who has had an agreement with King William County Government since 2018. The current plant provides capacity up to 100,000 gallons per day. HRSD is in the design stage of upgrading the facility to 200,000 gallons per day capacity.

A spokesman for HRSD told County Staff on August 17 the upgrade of the plant is estimated to be completed at the end of calendar year 2025. That date is about nine months longer than what HRSD officials had estimated back in the spring.

Questions have surfaced since the announcement of the upgrade as to how HRSD will manage projects already planned for the Central Garage area, which is a large part of their primary service district. HRSD through its spokesman says it remains committed to providing capacity for projects that were anticipated in planning in recent years. However, any projects outside the service area might have to wait until the upgraded plant is up and running.

The plant is currently averaging 66,000 gallons per day, which is a bit lower than amounts mentioned in discussions in the spring. HRSD’s spokesman said they remain committed to being a partner in residential and commercial growth in King William County and will make every attempt to serve customers who locate within the service area.

 

Award-Winning Author Gail Kenna to Teach Literature Courses for RILL

The Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will offer a variety of courses this fall, varying from finance, Reedville history, mosaics, genealogy, basic computer skills, Bible as literature, the changing shoreline, Brains & Balance, flower arranging, and even pickleball. In addition are two literature courses taught by Gail Kenna.

RILL, under the direction of Rappahannock Community College’s Education Foundation (EFI) began in 2004. Course offerings for adults have evolved over the past 18 years to include the practical arts and even sports. Instructors come and go however, one instructor has been teaching for RILL since 2005. Gail Kenna moved to the Northern Neck from Peru in 2004 after decades of teaching for colleges and universities in other countries and the United States. She finds teaching for RILL a continuing pleasure and has not wanted to stop. Since 2005 she has designed new writing and literature courses for RILL students every year except one.

Several years ago, Kenna taught George Orwell in Burma, said Brittany Abdul-Malik, who oversees RILL and serves as EFI’s Donor Relations Specialist. Kenna’s upcoming course, The Enduring Legacy of George Orwell: Prose, Politics & Rose, will again highlight Orwell’s life and legacyBesides his fight against tyranny, Orwell was a man who loved nature, said Kenna. As a writer, Orwell is considered one of the greatest essayists in literary history. In the course students will read Orwell’s Roses, a recent nonfiction work, and discuss selected essays. The three classes will be held at the Kilmarnock Center on September 15, 22, and 29, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

In Kenna’s second course this fall, The Language of Grace in Flannery O’Connor’s Fiction, students will read O’Connor’s first collection of short stories, A Good Man is Hard to Find. The course will be four Thursdays in October (6, 13, 20, 27) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kilmarnock Center.

Twice in earlier years, Gail Kenna taught courses on Flannery O’Connor. Her first course in 2005 was on two famous short story writers, both are deceased and both named O’Connor. Frank was from Ireland and Flannery from Milledgeville, Georgia. Kenna’s second class focused on Flannery’s second short story collection, Everything That Rises Must Converge. O’Connor was going over the book’s proofs from her hospital bed in Atlanta. Later, she died from lupus and kidney failure in the Milledgeville hospital on August 3, 1964. This writer, called one of the finest in the United States, was only 39.

For information about upcoming RILL courses, visit www.rappahannock.edu/rill, call Brittany Abdul-Malik at (804) 333-6707, or email bjenkins@rappahannock.edu.

 

Important Changes This Season for Hunters in State Parks

News reporter Scott Wise from WTVR Channel 6 recently penned an article regarding important changes this season that Virginia hunters need to know.

Wise reports that hunters who want to take part in a managed deer hunt at a Virginia State Park this fall will have to make an online reservation to do so. This is new this year.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation was quoted as saying, “Managed deer hunts are key to handling the parks’ overall deer management program. Participating hunters are asked to support this effort by following harvest guidelines associated with each hunt.”

Wise further mentioned to make a reservation, hunters must have an email address and create an online account. It is encouraged that you create an online account before the reservation period opens as it can take some time for the account information to process.

Furthermore, all hunts will have a go-live day in September and the sales begin at 9 a.m.

Here are the Hunting Rules for Virginia State Parks:

  • Hunting and camping is permitted only in designated areas.
    • Virginia game laws apply in all designated hunting areas.
    • All state park hunts require proof of completion of a hunter safety course. This is beyond the requirements of State Hunting Regulations.
    • Hunters are required to wear a Blaze Color (Blaze Orange or Blaze Pink) hat and vest while hunting in any park. This is beyond the requirements of State Hunting Regulations.

 

Kindergarten Enrollment Exceeds 150 As School Begins Fall Semester

Enrollment in kindergarten for the fall semester for King William Schools continues to climb.

Numbers presented to the King William School Board on August 16 saw kindergarten enrollment at 152 entering the start of the school year on August 23.

As previously mentioned, kindergarten enrollment can be an important indicator to future growth in the County, particularly in the Central Garage area.

Another item shared with the School Board is that Staff has applied for a grant that could bring three full-size electric buses to the School Division.

 

Commercial Property Transactions for June-July

Commercial property transactions recorded in the Office of the King William Circuit Clerk for June-July, 2022:

  • G.W. Simons to MHF Properties, LLC at the corner of Route 30/360 for $3.6 million.
  • Connie Abrams to Grove and Libbie Service Company, LLC at the BP station on Route 360 for $1 million.

Commercial development is good for our community. It creates jobs, increases the tax base, and can provide new services for residents and visitors. We will be following closely the development of these two properties and others to follow.

 

New Policy Would Lessen Time to Acquire Licenses in Barbering & Cosmetology

King William residents seeking a career in barbering and cosmetology will soon find licensing can be obtained in less time.

The Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology, the regulatory board under the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, recently voted to reduce the number of hours by a third from 1,500 to 1,000. The current licensure program can cost more than $16,000 and take close to a year to complete.

It could take up to 18 months for the new policy to be implemented. There are several regulatory steps that include a public comment period.