Board of Supervisors, April 24, 2014

DCEPA speaker wait for the public input period at the Board of Supervisors' meeting

DCEPA speakers wait for the public input period at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting

The Lancaster County Board of Supervisors met in regular session April 24, 2014, and allowed time for public input on issues not on their agenda. Six representatives of the Dymer Creek Environmental Preservation Association gave five-minute talks, and other residents stood to voice concerns both on the boat ramp issue and the county schools’ budget.

The speakers represented a variety of standards and styles – relaxed, concise, emotional, factual. A speaker was interrupted at one point by the land donor, contesting the assertion that he was not a county resident. Former Supervisor Cundiff Simmons gave an earnest but sharp contrast between the methods used in developing the boat ramp project and his principled view of the role of government.

Mrs. Kathy Davidson announced that the residents who signed the petition opposing the boat ramp has topped 1,500, and she promised to continue collecting signatures.

No action was taken by the Board on the Simmons Cove boat ramp. The grant application to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) must be acted upon by the board before the DGIF’s May 15 deadline, but the Board was silent on the matter.

The short audio recordings of the DCEPA speakers are below. They are:

Don Davidson: introducing the group’s purpose, and underscoring the drawbacks to the plans for a Simmons Cove public access boat ramp.
Stuart Painter: categorizing four objections to the proposed Simmons Cove site (interrupted).
Kathy Davidson: announcing 1,522 signatures on the petition opposing the ramp site.
Mickey Kendrick: detailing the weaknesses in the County’s plan that are driving up the costs for construction and maintenance of a ramp at Simmons Cove.
Cundiff Simmons: offering his view of the role of government, and apologizing to the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for his reaction to the boat ramp announcement.
Carl Smith: urging the Board to accept that better alternatives need to be found and offering his assistance.









3 thoughts on “Board of Supervisors, April 24, 2014

  1. Webmaster Post author

    Hi Bonnie, We’ve begun working on a history of Dymer Creek. Check back this fall when some of the stories are posted.

  2. Bonnie S. Maier (Dymer)

    Hi Board Members,
    My last name at birth was “Dymer” I was surprised to find out that there is a creek with that name. I was wondering if anyone there has any history on the naming of this creek and who it was named after. There are not many “Dymer’s” in the world. My father George F. Dymer passed away last March, and have been working on my genealogy for a few years. You can never get enough information on families.
    Thank you for your attention to my email in advance for any information that you can provide for me.

    Bonnie S. Maier (Dymer)
    DOB Dec 20, 1960

    1. Dave Herndon


      In response to your earlier inquiry, the name of our creek, Dymer Creek, appears to have come from Captain Nicholas Dymer, an early settler in the Lancaster County, Virginia area.

      Information that I have found on the Internet indicates the following for Captain Nicholas Dymer:
      Nicholas Dymer (nickname: “Dymore”) was born circa 1660 in England and moved to Lancaster County, VA. He was the son of Richard and Ellen Dymer, husband of Elizabeth Bonnison Coan Dymer, and ex-husband of Susannah Dymer. Captain Dymer’s children included: Elizabeth Dymer (1684-1722), James Dymer, and Jane Dymer. Nicholas Dymer died in Lancaster County, VA in 1697.

      There appears to be no further record that I could find on Nicholas Dymer’s children, James or Jane, but his daughter, Elizabeth Dymer (1684-1722) in 1710 married Epaphroditus Lawson (1675-1732) and became Elizabeth Dymer Lawson.

      The name, Dymer, is very rare. It’s possible that you may be a descendant of James Dymer, the son of Captain Nicholas Dymer, but in the minor search that I performed I could not find any further information on James Dymer. If you are not a descendent of James Dymer, you may be a descendent of James Dymer’s grandfather, Richard Dymer (see above).

      I hope the above information is helpful to you.

      Dave Herndon, Co-Chairman DCEPA History Committee,


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