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Tornado damage and drinking water: Here’s what’s on tap for Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting

The James City County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet this week for its regular monthly meeting. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
The James City County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet this week for its regular monthly meeting. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

From an initiating resolution to address protections for drinking water, to a resolution waiving building permit fees for homes hit by a tornado, the James City County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda has numerous items up for consideration Tuesday.

The Board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the James City County Government Center Board Room, at 101 Mounts Bay Road.

This week’s agenda includes a public comment period, 12 items on the consent agenda, five public hearings, seven board considerations and a closed session.

Up for discussion at that closed session are appointments to county boards or commissions, including the Chesapeake Bay Wetlands Boards and the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.

Here’s the rundown:

Protecting public water

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on an initiating resolution that would direct county staff and the Planning Commission to review regulations protecting drinking water supplies.

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

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.

The initiating resolution was last up for a vote Oct. 9, but was delayed.

In October, Supervisor John McGlennon said he asked for a delay to help address questions about what a change might mean for properties with existing rights to build, such as the church-gas station-daycare combination approved for a property near the Skiffes Creek Reservoir.

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)

The property, owned by the Peninsula Pentecostals, was initially referenced by McGlennon in May to describe the lack of regulations. The property, which could include a gas station if the church decides to build, is very close to to the Skiffes Creek Reservoir which supplies drinking water to Newport News.

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.

Waiving building permit fees

The James City County Planning Department has recommended waiving building permit fees for homes that were damaged by a tornado and Tropical Storm Michael Oct. 11.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the resolution under its consent calendar.

The storm and tornado caused more than $1.6 million in damage to 36 homes in the county, according to agenda documents.

Building permits are not limited to new builds or additions — they can also be required for repairing damage if it is structural, electrical or of another similar nature, Planning Director Paul Holt said.

Building permit fees can cost at least $70 depending on the extent of the rebuild or addition, Holt said.

Also on the agenda

Public hearings:

  • Special use permit for Blow Flats Road Borrow Pit renewal.
  • Proposed amendment to the county charter to allow county staff to define and regulate inoperative motor vehicles on property two acres or less in size.
  • Special use permit for Christ Community Church to build a multipurpose building at 9001 Richmond Road.
  • Conveyance of a 0.0930-acre portion of county property to Green Mount Parkway for an adjustment of the right-away.
  • Sale of county property at 6213 Old Mooretown Road to allow Strait Gate Temple Church to add extra parking.

Grant awards

Consent calendar:

  • Comprehensive Community Corrections Act Grant, Department of Criminal Justice Services – $746
  • DEQ Litter Grant – $13,889
  • Naloxone for Law Enforcement – $2,025
  • Bulletproof Vest Partnership – $27,092
  • Virginia Forfeited Asset Sharing Program – $1,995
  • Kinship Navigator Program – $40,000

Board considerations:

  • Federal Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women – $416,248
  • Commonwealth Attorney – Victim’s Witness Grant Program – $183,260
  • Amblers House Exterior Restoration Project – $498,732

To view the entire agenda, visit the James City County 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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