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Planning Commission to consider draft fracking regulations at public hearing

The King George Planning Commission will hold public hearings next week on proposed ordinance amendm...

King George budget approved, real estate tax rate to rise

The King George Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a $70 million budget for 2015-16 that ...

King George rezones property for Commercial Metals Company

The King George Board of Supervisors approved rezoning 38.62-acres from agricultural to industrial u...

Added gas wells at landfill to generate more revenue for King George County

Waste Management senior district manager Tom Cue recently updated the King George Board of Superviso...

Ralph Bunche School exhibit set for April 21

 The Ralph Bunche Advisory Committee of King George with the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association will ne...

Some Gave All Ride scheduled for May 17

Some Gave All Ride scheduled for May 17

The ninth annual Some Gave All Motorcycle Ride has been scheduled for May 17.
The ride honors the fal...

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Trail advocates ask county to support state purchase of DHRT trail as a park

Deed contains restrictions that make it unlikely for state acceptance

David Jones is one of several proponents petitioning King George to support the purchase of the Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail (DHRT) by the state to make it into a state park.

Jones is the president of the Friends of the DHRT. He was among seven speakers in favor of the idea at last week’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors on March 20.

The others were Ed Veazey, Warren Veazey, Sylvia Hudson, Gary Golden, James Lynch and Paula Van

Read more: Trail advocates ask county to support state purchase of DHRT trail as a park

Wireless Authority suit against Va. Broadband on hold

The King George Wireless Authority board of directors is expected to hear the latest on the status of a legal complaint for breach of contract filed against Virginia Broadband filed last December 29, 2011.

The update is expected to take place during a closed session for the authority board to hear from legal counsel and discuss negotiating and litigating posture during a meeting on March 20 (following our press time).

The latest legal request took place on March 8 with Virginia Broadband cancelling a pre-trial hearing that had been scheduled for the following day on March 9 in the King George Circuit Court. 

The hearing was removed from the docket, with Virginia Broadband saying, “The parties in this matter are

Read more: Wireless Authority suit against Va. Broadband on hold

FRED bus service to end in July

Fredericksburg is discontinuing bus service in King George this summer. The King George Board of Supervisors were informed last July that Fredericksburg would eliminate FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) service in the county George beginning July 1 because they said county funding cutbacks from two routes to one last July 2011 made it no longer viable for the city to operate beyond the end of this coming June.

At that time, Supervisors Dale Sisson and Cedell Brooks had recently finished working with FRED officials to eliminate one route and redesign the remaining route, still at a hefty annual cost to the county.

Supervisors cut the county’s outlay for FRED in each of the last two budget cycles resulting in service reductions. Following a public hearing in mid-April 2011, the board voted to eliminate one of the two routes operating in King George and redesign the remaining route. That cut the county’s contribution to FRED from last fiscal year’s

Read more: FRED bus service to end in July

Joint meeting nets 2-percent raises for school employees

The King George School Board’s primary goal last week was to ask for and receive a promise for additional funding from the county to enable it to grant its employees 2-percent raises retroactive to January.

They got it.

But it’s not a blank check and at the meeting on Jan. 31, the Board of Supervisors made it clear that the amount of additional funding to be appropriated cannot exceed $150,000, which would also provide a small cushion to cover the School Board’s current projected shortfall of about $137,000 for 2011-12, which includes the mid-year pay increase.

The joint meeting was requested by Supervisors to discuss the School Board’s budget problems

Read more: Joint meeting nets 2-percent raises for school employees

County employees get 2 percent pay raises

The King George Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Jan. 3 to implement 2 percent raises effective with the first pay period this month. The last time county employees received a pay hike was four years ago, in January 2008.  
That’s because raises that had been budgeted for 2008-09 to go into effect in January 2009 were cancelled in December 2008 in the face of budget deficits being experienced due to the beginnings of the sliding economy.
Like most other localities across the state at that time, King George had made cuts and postponed expenditures due

Read more: County employees get 2 percent pay raises

Supervisors set Dec. 20 hearing on new animal shelter fees

The King George Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on ordinance amendments that would update language in Chapter 3, Article II of the King George County Code to conform to current state law and simplify language.

The state law reference in the Code of Virginia is Section 3.2-6546. The section of county code is in regard to Animal Control, Section 3-28, “Redemption or other disposition of impounded

Read more: Supervisors set Dec. 20 hearing on new animal shelter fees

Options to fix Salem Church Rd.

The status of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) proposal to make improvements to Route 625 (Salem Church Rd.) in King George is unclear at this point.

That was the message conveyed by VDOT officials at a public citizen information meeting in the county held earlier this month on Nov. 15.

VDOT had sent letters on Oct. 27 to inform adjacent property owners about the meeting and outlining its two proposed design alternatives to flatten out two successive, existing 90-degree curves in the road and to raise the vertical alignment to resolve chronic drainage issues.

Read more: Options to fix Salem Church Rd.

Supervisors warn of tough times ahead

King George Supervisors were back at last week’s meeting on Nov. 15, fresh from an annual Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) conference. They related anticipated tough times to come over the next couple of years after meeting with legislative analysts, state officials, and members of local governing bodies from across the state.

Supervisor Dale Sisson commented, “There was one definitive theme that came out, that we’ve had some tough budget times and we haven’t seen anything, yet. So fiscal year 2013 is looking to be extremely challenging. Some of the things that have contributed to the state’s budget being as good as it is this year are really one-time deals. And so we’re in for a real challenging time here in FY2013.”

Supervisor John LoBuglio agreed. He said, “Right now we’re looking at some very bleak years coming up because there’s over 30 mandates that the state wants to push down to the county level. And there really isn’t any funding that will come down with them. So, it’ll fix the state budget, but it will still be on the back of the state’s constituents within their county taxes. So that’s going to be a real rollercoaster over the next

Read more: Supervisors warn of tough times ahead

 

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