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VDOT told IW to look at traffic

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Isle of Wight planners were sent back to the drawing board last month to determine if the residential density increases in ISLE 2040 would generate enough vehicle trips to warrant a review by VDOT.

The threshold for a review by the state is adding more than 5,000 vehicle trips a day to major roads, said VDOT spokeswoman Laurie Simmons.

What VDOT is finding hard to understand, however, is where Isle of Wight came up with the numbers it is using to justify ISLE 2040, she said.

“That number is just a lot,” said Simmons of the estimated 27,000 new residents projected to come to Isle of Wight in the next 25 years.

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A frustrated Casteen won't run

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Pure frustration has driven Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen not to seek a third term on the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors.

Casteen said the difficulty of trying to serve has exceeded the rewards.

“I find myself differing in the preferred approach and procedures in approaching the administrative and legal affairs of the county,” he said Friday.

“I’m a minority,” Casteen said of his position on the Board, where he was often at odds with the other supervisors and many times cast the only dissenting vote.

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Attention amateur photographers!

 

Take a shot of Windsor Castle Park — or a happening there — and enter The Smithfield Times Windsor Castle Park photo of the week contest.

Weekly winners will be printed in The Smithfield Times and entered into a year-end prize drawing in December. Photos are judged by The Smithfield Times news staff and local professional photographers. Judging criteria is based on exposure, lighting, composition and subject. One submission per person per week and photos must have been taken within the past year. To enter, send your JPEG digital image by 4 p.m. Friday to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include name, address, phone number, age and any additional information about the photograph. 

For more information,  calls news editor Diana McFarland at 357-3288.

 

Taking property OK'd for bike trail

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The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to allow the use of eminent domain to acquire property for the Nike Park bike and pedestrian trail.

Newport District Supervisor Buzz Bailey cast the dissenting vote.

Chairman Rex Alphin announced that Smithfield Supervisor Al Casteen had taken ill before the meeting and was unable to attend.

Condemnation would only be used as a last resort, said Alphin.

Isle of Wight County attorney Mark Popovich said that unless the county proceeds with acquiring right-of-ways and other activities associated with constructing the trail, the money will no longer be available.

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