Saturday, January 22, 2022

Drinking water, a flea market, cops: Here’s what’s on tap Tuesday at the JCC Board of Supervisors meeting

From a proposal for an outdoor flea market in Lightfoot, to thousands of dollars in grant money for a local police department, this week’s James City County Board of Supervisors meeting is looking to be a busy one.

The board is scheduled to vote on 10 consent calendar items, consider four resolutions and hold four public hearings Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the County Government Center Board Room, 101 Mounts Bay Road.

The full agenda and associated documents can be found on the Board of Supervisors agenda website, but here are some highlights from the agenda:

Flea market proposal

During a public hearing, James City County residents can voice their thoughts on an outdoor flea market proposed for a parcel along Richmond Road in Lightfoot.

The proposal asks for a special use permit, which would allow the flea market to take shape at the old Wythe-Will Complex, 6623 Richmond Road.

The flea market would operate Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round. Between 15 and 20 vendors could sell their products each weekend.

While a staff report finds the project to be consistent with the county’s comprehensive plan, an adjacent property owner has voiced opposition to the project.

The flea market does not need connections to any water or utilities, and will not have a significant impact on current traffic, the staff report indicated.

The Planning Commission previously voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project.

The proposed location for a flea market at 6623 Richmond Rd. in James City County. (WYDaily/Courtesy JCC Board of Supervisors agenda)
The proposed location for a flea market at 6623 Richmond Road in James City County. (WYDaily/Courtesy JCC Board of Supervisors agenda)

Building gas stations near drinking water

Supervisors are scheduled to vote on an initiating resolution that would direct county staff and the Planning Commission to review regulations — or lack thereof — protecting drinking water supplies.

The resolution is listed under the meeting’s consent calendar.

The initiating resolution was prompted by Supervisor John McGlennon at a meeting in May.

McGlennon said there are no existing James City County policies that specifically address the distance possible chemical hazards, such as gas stations, can be located from drinking water.

If approved, the resolution would require the Planning Commission to develop a proposal to amend the county’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances for address protections for water supplies.

The Planning Commission will have at least one public hearing on the consideration of amendment of the ordinances, then forward its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

The Skiffes Creek Reservoir can be seen from Route 60 near the James City County-Newport News line. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
The Skiffes Creek Reservoir can be seen from Route 60 near the James City County-Newport News line. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Police business- consent calendar

There are several police-related items on the meeting’s consent calendar.

If the board votes to approve the consent calendar as-is, the James City County Police Department will

  • Accept $10,443 from the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Justice Assistance Grant, which will be used to buy a field training module. The module will allow for automated tracking of progress in officers’ field training lessons.
  • Accept a $1,000 grant from the East Rochambeau Drive Walmart Supercenter, which will buy a graphics wrap for the department’s monster truck.
  • Accept $1,276.67 from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ Virginia Forfeited Asset Sharing Program. The money was received from forfeitures of assets from drug enforcement activities, and must be used for future law enforcement activities.

Fire department business- consent calendar

If the board votes to approve the consent calendar as-is, the James City County Fire Department will:

  • Accept a $30,000 Radiological Emergency Preparedness grant from Dominion Energy through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. The grant is given because James City County is within 10 miles of the Surry Nuclear Power Station, and must be used for planning and response related to the plant.

To view the full agenda and associated documents, visit the Board of Supervisors agenda website.

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Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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