With court blessing, it's now up to local gov't
By Diana McFarland
SURRY — Surry County Circuit Court recently approved Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s petition to extend its territory into Surry County, to include the towns of Surry and Dendron.
The town of Claremont opted out of the proposal. Surry County owns the Dendron sewer system.
The next step is for Surry County and the town of Surry to convey its assets — wastewater treatment facilities — to HRSD.
A date for that action by the Surry Board of Supervisors and the Surry Town Council has yet to be determined, said Surry County Administrator Tyrone Franklin.
Earlier this year, the Board and Town Council voted to allow HRSD to move forward with its petition to the court.
Residents who own private septic systems would not fall under HRSD’s jurisdiction.
By Diana McFarland
The Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors agreed Thursday to build the Route 10 water line before the line that is to run to the intermodal park along Route 460.
Both lines are designed to use water available from the Norfolk water deal.
The change in timing is due to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reducing groundwater withdrawals, increased growth in the northern end of the county and the potential for water sitting stagnant in the Route 460 line until a heavy water user comes to the intermodal park, according to county officials.
The Route 10 water line would also provide an additional water delivery point and provide an emergency connection to the populous northern end of the county.
Isle of Wight County was supposed to have the Route 460 water line built by 2018 as part of its deal with Keurig Green Mountain Coffee.
The town of Windsor currently supplies water to Keurig Green Mountain.
By Ryan Kushner
In an unusual change of pace, approval of street closure requests by Tourism were moved from the town council’s Police Committee to the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee this week.
The street closure requests, which have traditionally always gone through the police committee, were submitted by Tourism staff for the rescheduling of the Vintage Market to Saturday, Nov. 12 with street closures from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. after the original date for the event was canceled due to inclement weather resulting from Hurricane Matthew.
Also requested by Tourism were street closures for the Smithfield Christmas Market on Dec. 10 from noon to 11 p.m. and the annual Smithfield Christmas Parade on Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The street closures will move on to the Town Council for approval next Tuesday, Nov. 1. However, the Smithfield Farmers Market Facebook page has already announced announced the new date of the rescheduled Vintage Market.
By Diana McFarland
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a man shown in several surveillance photos taken at the Carrollton Food Lion in connection with credit card fraud.
A Chesapeake resident filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office in September stating her credit card had been used at the Carrollton Food Lion to buy more than $300 of merchandise.
Yet, the victim had the card in her possession when the purchases were made. During this same visit to the store, the suspect used seven other cards to purchase items.
The surveillance footage from the store shows a black man, with a thin beard in his early to mid-20s, using a credit card with account numbers issued to the victim. It is possible that the victim’s card could have been skimmed and duplicated at some point, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Skimming refers to a person scanning a credit card while it is in the victim’s purse or wallet, or they attach a reader to an ATM or other places that accept cards, said Lt. Thomas Potter with the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.