Virginia Gazette Last Word for Aug. 15: Powerlines -- yes, no, underwater

Thank you to JCC Planning Commission. While New Zealand is about to close its last coal-powered plant, Virginia Dominion Power seems to suggest that because of closing two local coal powered plants, they need a switching station with overhead transmission lines “in order to avoid” potential blackouts. Get your act together, Dominion. Solar and wind can be developed nearly anywhere. The wires over the river are ugly and belong to the past. Be bold. Stop being so backwards and instead invest in infrastructure for the future.

Researching the James River powerline simulated views, it appears that there is little impact to the “pristine view” of the James River from Jamestown Island. Even if the human eye could clearly see the proposed towers from that distance, it seems that Hog Island forms a partial barrier from the tourist areas. The problem is that the proposed towers are clearer from Kingsmill’s Resort Golf Club and dock area, than anywhere else. The Virginia Gazette should show these simulated views. Let’s be genuine here; it’s the view from Kingsmill that is causing the stir. They are behind all this blockage. Are they planning on opening up the golf club and dock to the general unwashed public? I doubt it. Are they planning to tear down their mansions that are visible from touring boats passing on the James to restore the land view to the pristine colonial times? Clearly not. If Kingsmill blocks this, let the rolling black outs begin there. They probably have generators anyway.

Dominion's “paid consultant,” Joe Frank, continues to try to convince the James City Board of Supervisors and the local newspaper that they should support Dominion's Skiffes Creek zoning change. He needs to realize that James City County is not Newport News nor do we want to be. We hope that James City County Board of Supervisors will not succumb to Dominion's immense corporate pressure to approve this zoning change. This historical area should continue to remain sacred for generations to come. If this proposal is not approved, then Dominion will have to turn its attention toward Newport News for an alternative location. There are thousands of James City residents who would be willing to help Joe convince the Newport News City Council of its merits and, oh by the way Joe, they will assist you at no cost.

Dominion Power Station. I think we all agree we need electrical power and should applaud Dominion for planning to continue to give us this power. I think we also agree that burying the transmission lines is a better historic and aesthetic solution than overhead lines. If money is the chief objection for Dominion burying the lines, I suggest that the various people who are opposing the Dominion plan donate that money to subsidize the cost of burying the transmission lines.

I, a Williamsburg resident, ask the Board of Supervisors to deny Dominion’s plan to string power lines across the James River. I think the lines should be buried under the water. Thank you.

I think if the James City County Board of Supervisors denies Dominion’s request to come across the James River and they’re forced to use a land route from the switching station at Rockahock then the county should immediately reduce the assessment of all property owners living within three and a half miles of the proposed right of way. They should do it by at least 40%.

Enough is enough. When the coal fired power plants on the peninsula are shut down by federal government fiat and no replacement source of power is available because a few short sighted individuals chose to pull every stunt in the book to block the installation of the planned power lines over the James River, we’ll all have to suffer the misery of brown outs and/or blackouts. Virginia Dominion Power is not telling us to expect brown outs etc. as a scarce tactic, they’re letting us know in advance what we can expect if we let the obstructionists prevail. As for going under the river with the cables, that is fraught with its own dangers and would greatly drive up the cost of delivering the power, a bill we would all have to pay. And because of the stalling that’s occurred to date, it would take too long to go that route without our suffering from power outages for some time before the task could be completed.

If you are a resident with a reasonable outlook on life and want to continue enjoying a comfortable existence here on the peninsula post 2016, let your voice be heard. The naysayers are shouting with load and disturbing voices and that is mostly what you hear, so those of us with a positive view must shout just as loud. The larger number of loud voices will carry the day. So let’s start shouting now. With this message, I am.

Wonder if anyone has thought about anchoring the power lines on the floor of the James River vs. overhead. We had friends who lived on an island off the coast of Maine and all power lines were anchored to the bottom of the ocean for the residents of the island. The distance was more than that of the James River and these lines were subject to the ocean salt water, tides and occasional Nor’easters. This way, there are no unsightly lines overhead and Dominion would be able to get their lines across the river. This could be a win-win situation.

To keep our area up to date to handle future power requirements, the JCC board should approve the plan to string lines across the James River. I believe the visual impact at the most historical part of the river at Jamestown will be minimal.

The James City County Board of Supervisors should definitely approve Dominion Virginia Power’s plan to string lines across the James River. Those opponents that don’t want this done argue that it’s this pristine river that’s historic. That’s simply not true—it’s phony, it’s a phony, phony argument. I believe the lines should be strung across. I believe power’s more important to get to the masses of the population here than worried about running across the river. Oh, and by the way, I live in Kingsmill. Thank you very much.

The Board of Supervisors should deny Dominion resources the access to put their lines across the river.

In search of ...

I am an elementary school teacher looking to purchase a collapsible hand truck or collapsible platform truck to use to move heavy items at school. Please call 564-0868 and leave a message. Thank you.

Where did Becky Jenkins go who used to work at Cindy’s Classic Cuts? She did an awesome job with my hair and I miss her.

I’m looking for a beauty salon in the Williamsburg area that can cut men’s toenails and also give the feet a good lotion on it at finish. If there are, put a notice in and let me know by the Last Word.

A few months ago a couple in the Last Word did repairs to mowers and pickup, repair and return. Does anyone remember the number?

Are there any Man UTD fan clubs in Williamsburg? Any restaurants with large-screen TVs willing to host a breakfast club for the 7:45 start times? Please contact lawnservice339@gmail.com if you're interested.

Good candidate

I wanted to let everyone know that we actually have a choice for delegate in James City County this year. I heard Brandon Waltrip speak last week and he sounds more like Republicans did before the Tea Party took over.

Local artists

While I congratulate the nine local artists for being selected for October's An Occasion for the Arts, I think that choosing only 9 out of 322 applications to represent the local area is a serious slap in the face to the local, vibrant artist community. Local residents are the primary support for AOFTA each year, local artists work hard to provide art options and create income, and for the artistic director to brag about how many “out of the area” choices there will be is not helping the local artist community at all. Oh, by the way, all the income generated by the other 132 artists in the show? It goes back home with the artist.

Thank you

Thanks much to the Toano Fire and Rescue. We found a very friendly dog in the middle of Route 60 in Toano on a recent Saturday late afternoon. We managed to get him into the car out of harm’s way. After being turned away at the local veterinary hospital, The fine folks at the JCC Fire Department and dispatchers were kind enough to take it in until Animal Control could come. Another rescue accomplished.

Thank you Chris (manager), Laura (waitress) and the rest of the staff at Brickhouse Tavern near William and Mary for another night of excellent service and amazing pizza! You all always do a great job of taking care of our family for our nights out and we are so grateful to have a wonderful restaurant to come back to frequently.

Thank you, New Town Nails, for doing a great job hosting our Girl's Night Birthday Celebrations. You all are able to get us all in a timely fashion and always do a great job with our toes! We appreciate your awesome service!

How ironic

Great e-mail pointed out these facts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proudly proclaims it provides food stamps to 46,000,000 people each year. Meanwhile, the Interior Department asks tourists not to feed animals because they will become on dependent on handouts and thereafter will never be able to take care of themselves.

More on deer

Deer are not rodents. They are a natural, healthy, manageable food source. As I am an avid hunter, my family counts on the deer I hunt for food. Every year, we hunt enough deer to be able to process hundreds of pounds of ground burger, sausage, roasts, tenderloin, jerky. When going back to school, the kids would pack their coolers full of deer meat. We have been doing this for over 20 years. Deer are not rodents! Use them to your advantage. They are a healthy food source, not injected with any hormones or other chemicals. They are beautiful to watch, enjoy the nature while we still have it. It’s us humans that are pushing the deer to your plants. Bird netting around plants helps. There are also lots of beautiful deer resistant plants that you can plant.

Language classes

Another year for my children to be able to sit in a high school credit bearing Spanish class at Berkeley Middle School. It is a privilege that these high school credit classes are offered so middle school students to get a leg up when applying to college. It upsets me that the administration at Berkeley feels the need to put native speaking Spanish kids in these classes. These students should be placed in one of these other language courses available – German, French or Latin so their high school transcript presents a true picture of knowledge of the student. Right now they aren’t being challenged and as result they are dismissive of those trying to learn. There is also the choice of taking a technology course for students not quite ready for a foreign language. It is reverse discrimination to the native speaking English students for this practice to continue. The administration needs to change this policy since it is a misrepresentation on high school transcripts.

Pasta found

To the person who asked about Dreamfield’s pasta: They sell it at Walmart.

Public art

To the person complaining about the modern metal art work: There is a difference between Richmond Road and Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is a historic area, not all of Williamsburg has a label. We are in 2015, not the1800s. We live in an area of all kinds of generations, not just yours. I don't consider Williamsburg trashy. You must have low standards to call the place you live trash. Really, who does that? And do be honest—what is the big deal? Do you own Richmond Road?

Cool pool memories

I was 9 years old when the Williamsburg Community Pool opened. It was exciting to have a pool in town, because until then the only places to swim were the James River or the York River at Yorktown. I didn’t like the seaweed and the crabs nipping at my feet in Yorktown, so I never had learned to swim. I took swimming lessons at the new pool from Mrs. Flannery, I recall. My family lived on Matoaka Court, so I could walk to the pool through the wooded ravine (imagine that). Mt. Vernon Avenue had not been built.

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