Murphy’s Law Billiards & Sports Pub was one of two restaurant/taverns that were approved for a form of betting on horse races called advanced deposit account wagering. It is a legal form of pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia and regulated by the Virginia Racing Commission. Chesterfield’s Board of Supervisors approved the request during last week’s public meeting.
According to the county’s description of the wagering activity, “this type of wagering allows adult patrons to place bets on horse races using an advance deposit wagering account, similar to a debit account operated at a kiosk. This account may be established by adult patrons, and allows account replenishment and payouts to account holders on-site.”
The owner of Murphy’s Law does not get a cut of the wagering.
“It’s provided for the entertainment of our customers, just like our billiards and dart boards,” said Ron Judy, who has owned and operated the establishment for 16 years.
The technology also allows viewing of horse races and the county considers this use to be an off-track betting facility.
Murphy’s had to request a conditional use permit for the activity because of its location in the Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center at the corner of Iron Bridge and Centralia roads. The planning commission approved the Murphy’s Law request in October with no one speaking to the board about the request. There were no speakers at the board meeting as well.
Judy said account wagering can be done from anyone’s smart phone. The only difference is that a payout of up to $500 a day can be withdrawn from a player’s account via an ATM type machine.
The pub will not be allowed to advertise the wagering operation with a sign outside of the building and a separate entrance to the betting area is also restricted. The board also passed an off-track betting facility for Diamond Billiards in Midlothian.
Power plant approved
The power plant proposed by the Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) and approved by the planning commission in October was approved by the board of supervisors last week on Wednesday.
Although the rezoning of the gas-fired power plant was approved for 233 acres on the corner of Coach Road and Battery Brooke Parkway, VEPCO is also considering another site, possibly in Maryland, according to their attorney Brennan Keene.
There were no objections to the plant and there were no speakers or questions about the proposed plant. Board Chairman Art Warren recused himself from the proceedings and left the public meeting room, saying that his company had dealings with VEPCO and that he had been told by the county attorney that legally he could vote on the rezoning. “But I don’t want an appearance of impropriety,” Warren said.
The plant could include three air emissions stacks with a proposed maximum height of 320 feet. In addition, an auxiliary boiler, three heat recovery steam generators and an air cooled condenser are proposed at a maximum height off 175 feet.
The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors approved a request Smith Iron and Metal Co., Inc. for a marine terminal located of Bellwood Road at the James River. The terminal will be used for loading and unloading from barges and ships; temporary storage facilities; barge and ship mooring and berthing and barge and ship salvage and recycling.
Lowe’s soccer fields
The board also set a public hearing to consider extending the lease of the soccer fields behind the Chester Lowe’s store on Jefferson Davis Highway to Chesterfield United Soccer Club (C.U.S.C.).
According to information on the case, “The Parks and Recreation Department had previously offered facilities and programs at the Lowe’s Athletic Complex in cooperation with co-sponsored organizations. In 2010, due to funding reductions for maintenance and programming of adult sports, the Parks and Recreation staff and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission recommended leasing of the soccer facilities at Lowe’s Athletic Complex.” In May 2011, after a competitive process, the Board of Supervisors approved and executed a lease with C.U.S.C.”
The soccer club wants to extend its lease for five more years. The lease ends in Dec. 2012.