Welcome to Kilmarnock!

Whether it’s  your first visit or you are here year round, we’re glad you’re here and enjoying all that Kilmarnock and the Northern Neck has to offer.

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Have a Great Labor Day weekend!

Our merchants are here for your retail therapy, dining and last-minute, everything needs.

Jacqueline “Jackie” L. Blencowe 1944-2014

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It is with great sorrow that we honor Jackie’s passing earlier this week. Jackie began working for the Town of Kilmarnock  in 1983. In 1985, her family moved to Hammond, Louisiana, where she worked in an administrative position for the Hammond Square Mall. Jackie and her family moved back to the Northern Neck in 1988. Almost immediately upon her return to the area, she rejoined the staff of the Town of Kilmarnock as Town Clerk and continued to work in this role until her retirement in February 2012.  Jackie was known by many citizens as the lady who took the water payments but she played an important role as our Town Clerk, ensuring that the legal documents of the town were kept in good order. She was a lovely lady and we will continue to miss her.

Governor announces “Virginia is the Oyster Capital of the East Coast”

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“Virginia produces the best oysters in the world and as the oyster industry continues to grow, we want to let it be known that Virginia is also the Oyster Capital of the East Coast,” said Governor McAuliffe at the August 19, 2014 press conference announcing the Commonwealth’s success in the oyster industry.  “In addition to growing, harvesting and selling the best oysters, our watermen are providing good jobs in their communities, generating revenue and tax dollars throughout their region, and helping improve the environment of the Chesapeake Bay as their oysters filter millions of gallons of water each day.” 

“As my team and I work to build a new Virginia economy, I want to make sure that our tourism and agricultural industries, including our outstanding and diverse marine products sector, can and will play a significant role in that effort.” 

This year, a public-private partnership of stakeholders began working together to brand the Virginia oyster travel experience to show the world that Virginia is for Oyster Lovers.  The trail offers visitors a way to enjoy Virginia’s seven different oyster regions, as well as experience the unique culture of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay.   As a result of these exciting developments with the Virginia oyster, Governor McAuliffe officially declared November as Virginia Oyster Month and named Virginia the “Oyster Capital of the East Coast.” 

Governor Names November ” Virginia’s Oyster Month”

This effort began right here in Lancaster County when VISIONS Economic Development committee began discussions on how to increase local jobs and especially jobs related to our heritage industries on the water and our local watermen. VISIONS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to coordinate community programs to reduce poverty. Hundreds of phone calls went out to State agencies, trade groups, tourism officials by our local team of Joni Carter (Executive Director of  VISIONS), Dudley Patteson (owner of the Dog and Oyster vineyard), Jimmie Carter (RGH Foundation) who brought in our partners in Middlesex County, Chris Ingram (Tourism & Economic Development) and the Middlesex County Economic Development & Tourism Board plus many others to tell this story.These conversations ultimately lead to a “mission to Richmond” to share why embracing the oyster, much like Maryland wants to “own” the blue crab, makes so much sense for the Commonwealth. We thank them for this hard but invaluable work.

Click here for the full press release and pictures from the Governor’s press conference. For more on the upcoming Virginia Oyster Trail and where to “Buy ‘em, Eat ‘em and Enjoy ‘Em” in Virginia’s Oyster Country!

 

WHAT’S MISSING IN KILMARNOCK?

Walking trails? Amphitheater? Open space? Playgrounds? Picnic Areas?

The Town of Kilmarnock owns 9 acres located on N. Main Street and near the center of town.  Currently, this property is relatively undeveloped, only containing a community dog park and serving as a location for various events. 

MASTER PLAN UNDERWAY

Kilmarnock has launched a process to create a master plan and implementation plan for this site. The town desires that this process be one of significant community involvement and developed based on the needs and desires of the community at large. The end result would deliver a phased approach to a defined set of features at the site.

So what would you like to see there? What does the community need?

An on line survey was conducted during July  and the results are being tabulated now. Check back for the full summary.

Town Council Public Hearing

A public hearing will be conducted by the Kilmarnock Town Council on September 15, 2014 at 7 PM in the Kilmarnock Town Hall, 1 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA.  The hearing is to solicit public comment on code revisions to the town’s Floodplain Overlay Ordinance, Ch.54, Article VI, as mandated by the State of Virginia.  Citizens are invited to provide their input in person or in writing.  Relative information can be found at the Town Office, 1 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, VA 22482 during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM; and online at www.kilmarnockva.com.  Questions and comments may be directed to 804-435-1552 ext.32, or msebra@kilmarnockva.com. Individuals with a disability, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, desiring to attend this public hearing should contact the Town Manager’s Office ten days prior to the meeting so as to ensure appropriate accommodations are provided.

 Consumer Confidence Report on Water Services Available

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Kilmarnock’s  annual Drinking Water Quality Report for calendar year 2013 is now available and is designed to inform you about your drinking water quality.  Our goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water and we want you to understand the efforts we make to protect your water supply.  

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.

All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. 

All identified contaminants within the Kilmarnock water supply are within the limits established by the Virginia Dept. of Health. No items require actions to be taken.  Click on the link to see the entire report: 2013-Kilmarnock-Town-of-FINAL.pdf.

Triangle Trolley Season Is Open

“It’s that time of year again when you can enjoy a Triangle Trolley ride! The 2014 season is underway” 

What’s happening this year?

¨ There’s a new stop at Dog and Oyster vineyard in Irvington (16 minutes after the hour). Let the trolley drop you off for a tasting plus an oyster sampling and then pick you up on the next hour. On the route, 4-6PM on Friday, and 11AM to 6PM on Saturday.

¨ Grab a wood fired burger at the new stop at Northern Neck Burger (42 minutes after the hour)

¨ Why not stop for ice cream at Stevie’s Ice Cream stop (56 minutes after the hour) or grab some home made fudge at Country Cottage in White Stone (30 minutes after the hour)

- Come see the trolley in the Irvington 4th of July parade

 -PLUS on  Labor Day (August 31st ) weekend, the trolley runs from 1-6 PM

The Triangle Trolley offers a 1 hour round trip to Kilmarnock, Irvington and White Stone and all for just 50 cents per boarding. 

 The trolley runs Fridays from 4 pm to 10 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 10 pm. On Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends, Sunday hours will be 1pm to 6 pm. Schedules are available at area businesses and on board and here. The trolley operates until October 4, 2014.

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Meetings Now On-line

Kilmarnock’s Town Council and Planning Commission meetings are now available on line for viewing. The meetings are accessible at no charge. Each meeting should be posted within 1-2 business days of the meeting. Visit the Kilmarnock, VA pages to select the meeting you are interested in.

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