Monthly Archives November 2013

Frequently Asked Questions – Speedwell Phase 1 Water Project

Frequently Asked Questions – Speedwell Phase 1 Water Project

  1. Why do we have to pay a connection fee and minimum monthly bill?

Wythe County depends upon Federal and State funding in the form of low interest loans and grants to fund water line extension projects.  The Federal & State Agency’s require Wythe County to guarantee a high percentage of the people located the service areas of newly constructed water lines to connect to the systems and pay a connection fee and at least a minimum monthly water bill.  The only way Wythe County can make such guarantee is to require a mandatory connection.

2.      Will I be required to connect to the county water system?

Any building with water service within three hundred and fifty (350) feet from a right of way containing a water main is re...

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Wythe County Department of Emergency Management Recognized by the US Department of Agriculture

The Wythe County Department of Emergency Management was recognized Tuesday morning by the United States Department of Agriculture for offering “outstanding support” during the recent forest fire.

Telling the county’s Board of Supervisors that the recent fire at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area was a “fairly extraordinary event,” Ranger Beth Merz praised the county’s emergency management department for its cooperation with Forest Service officials.

On behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture, the veteran ranger presented the board with a certificate that recognized the county’s contribution, “in providing firefighter access, public information and overall incident coordination.”

“We’re grateful for the wonderful support we’ve received from Wythe County, e...

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Wythe County to Host Stormwater Information Workshop

The Wythe County Engineering and Building Inspector’s Departments will be hosting an information workshop regarding new state mandated stormwater regulations.

The educational workshop is scheduled to be held Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 6p.m., inside the Wythe County Board of Supervisors Board Room.

The goal of the information meeting will be to pass along news to the public, regarding new state laws governing stormwater management.

In addition to sharing information with the citizens, county stormwater management officials will also use this time to listen to the concerns of citizens.

In compliance with Virginia law, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors will be establishing a stormwater ordinance in the coming year.

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Understand the Facts: Wythe County Motor Vehicle License Fees

In 2012, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors adopted a new ordinance regarding motor vehicle license fees and county decals. Below you will find the facts regarding the new process:
1. For calendar year 2013, the Board of Supervisors elected to keep motor vehicle decals in place. These decals will expire on December 31, 2013. This year’s county decals were sold at a reduced price, as they were set to expire at the end of the year.

2. In place of windshield decals, the county enacted a motor vehicle license fee. For calendar year 2014, the license fee will be assessed only upon all registered vehicles and will be shown on the personal property bill due by December 5, 2013.


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Wythe County Board of Supervisors Meeting: Nov. 13, 2013

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NWS: Hazardous Travel Conditions This Week

The National Weather Service issued a briefing Monday morning, warning Thanksgiving travelers to expect a wintery mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain.

According to the weather service, the wintery mix will change to freezing rain early Monday night / Tuesday morning.

The briefing also stated:

• Heavy rain Tuesday, greater than 2” possible.

• Snow developing Tuesday night/Wednesday, with moderate accumulations in the mountains.

• Wind gusts 40-50 MPH Wednesday.

• Impacts: Hazardous travel conditions for early Tuesday and Wednesday. Isolated power outages due to wind on Wednesday.

Emergency officials are advising residents to take these facts into consideration when determining travel plans for the holiday.

Additional information regarding winter storm preparedness may be found at...

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How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

Things to do before the storm:

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

  • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan...
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Wythe County Christmas Parades Schedule

Schedule of Christmas Parades in Wythe County:

Ivanhoe Christmas Parade

Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 4p.m.


Max Meadows Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 1p.m.


Wytheville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 6p.m.


Rural Retreat Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 2p.m.


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UPDATE: National Forest Fire in Wythe County

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. — The United States Forest Service hosted a town hall meeting Friday night in Speedwell, informing the public of the fire’s scope and their progress in battling the blaze.  Click here to watch video of meeting.

Beth Merz, Area Ranger for Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, told the crowd of more than sixty residents that a fire of this magnitude was “unusual for Mount Rogers,” adding “if it hadn’t been for the willingness of a lot of folks in the Forest Service, our state partners, Wythe County, and especially our good neighbors at the Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department – supporting the efforts that are going on – I don’t think we’d be very far along right now.”

Wythe County spokesperson Jeremy Farley told the audience that throughout the entire inc...

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SPEEDWELL, Va. – The United States Forest Service will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the national forest fire in Wythe County’s section of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

The meeting will be held in the gymnasium of Speedwell Elementary School and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. tonight.

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service and Wythe County will present current information regarding the status of the national forest fire. All members of the public are invited to attend and a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

As of Friday morning, U.S. Forest Service officials were stating that the 500 acre fire was approximately 15% contained.

The fire, which is located entirely on federal government land, is being worked solely by federal and state fire fi...

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