Hull Creek proposal may be in for rough landing
The one item on the Northumberland County Board of Supervisors’ agenda Thursday that promised considerable public comment was carried over. Even so, several people spoke against Raymond Swanson’s request for permission to create a landing strip for sea planes on Hull Creek. The speakers were concerned about the planes landing in an area that has kayakers, jet skis and crab pots County Administrator Kenny Eades said Monday.
Other items on the board’s public hearing schedule were approved easily. The board gave Lake Cowart a conditional use permit to place a mobile home on property near his packing house on Lake Landing Road in which to house seasonal alien laborers under a federal program authorizing the use of such labor. The board also approved a lease to Verizon on property leading to and located behind the school board offices in Lottsburg.
The supervisors carried over a proposed ordinance change that would specify that stays in “tourist homes” will not exceed 30 days. Eades said that Supervisor Tom Tomlin thought it best to consider that provision along with another regarding allowing the operation of tourist homes “by right” in many zones which has yet to reach the board from the planning commission.
In the early part of the board’s meeting, Dr. Rebecca Gates, superintendent of schools, advised the board that the new school year has started well and that the schools have obtained a $79,000 grant for security improvements.
Dave Brown of the Virginia Department of Transportation told the board that VDOT will be replacing its signs between Heathsville and Burgess. New federal regulations require signs with greater reflectivity than those currently in use. Eades said that the new signs will be “a lot brighter” and, in some conditions such as rain, will appear as a bright light ahead of drivers approaching them.
The board received a petition asking for the creation of a “No Wake Zone” on Headley’s Cove near Lewisetta but deferred action until Eades can obtain comments on the matter from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.