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Project Faith loses second round in court

Clark Leming, attorney for Project Faith, Inc., lost a second round in court last week on April 9 in...

County’s legal case against Project Faith moving forward

The lawsuit by King George County against Project Faith to get back a 5.53-acre parcel of land on Ro...

School Board votes for $14,800,000 in capital requests

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Wertz and Ball recipients of Water Conservation District Award for Millbank Farm

Wertz and Ball recipients of Water Conservation District Award for Millbank Farm

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Volunteer Questionnaire

King George Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Questionnaire to assist in the review of the Volunteer Program in
King George County, Virginia.


This questionnaire is provided to you in the hope that you will take a few minutes and answer the questions completely, honestly, and without fear of any type of reprisal.   Additional space is provided for your comments. If more space is needed, please feel free to add as much paper as needed to explain your answers and/or explain your point.

All answers and comments will be held in confidence and will be only used as a means to review and improve the Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services of King George County. Individual names are only to be used as a means to verify that you were a member of the King George Volunteer service.

 It is intended that only former Volunteer personnel of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services participate in this effort Again the name is used only to verify you were a Volunteer in King George County, the Information that you provide is the important issue.
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As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue would you like to participate in this questionnaire;
(  ) Yes  
(  ) No

If No, thank you for your time and we request that you respond back with your answer.

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2 A.  When did you last serve as a member of King George Fire & Rescue _____________________________


2 B.  How long were you a member of King George Fire & Rescue _________ years.


3.  As a former member, you were an; (check the appropriate box or boxes)
(  ) active firefighter,
(  ) active EMS responder,
(  ) administrative,
(  ) Junior,  
(  ) Auxiliary,
(  ) Honorary member,
(  ) Special Category,
(  ) Other ____________________________________________________________________________  
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4. As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue; what did you see as a problem with the Volunteer Organization that caused you to leave;  
(  ) The Volunteer Operational Officers,  
(  ) The Volunteer Administrative Officers,
(  ) The County Fire Chief
(  ) I don’t think some of the Operational Officers knew what they were doing,
(  ) I don’t think some of the Administrative Officers knew what they were doing,
(  ) Some of the Operational Officers didn’t have the training I did but they were promoted   
(  ) I wasn’t allowed to take the Training Classes that others were allowed to take
(  ) The County Fire Chief had two sets of rules - one for the Volunteers and one for the Career
(  ) Other _____________________________________________________________________________
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5. As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue; why did you leave the organization;
(  ) The training requirements were too much
(  ) I didn’t have the time
(  ) Too much going on that I didn’t agree with
(  )  The fact that the County Ordnance (of 06/17/2008) was unduly imposed on the Volunteers
(  )  The fact that, anything I purchased to use on calls became property of the County
(  )  The fact that the Volunteers had absolutely no rights of Grievance under the (06/17/2008) Ordnance
(  )  The fact that I could be tossed out for any reason by the County Chief without “Due Process”
(  )  There was no avenue of appeal of any decision of the County Chief
(  )  I don’t think the County Chief had idea what he was doing
(  ) Other  ____________________________________________________________________________
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6. As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue, would you consider rejoining the organization;
(  )  NO,
(  )  Yes, if some real changes were to be made


7.  You said “Yes, if some real changes were to be made), what would be the changes you would like to see;
(  ) Dismiss Current County Fire Chief,
(  ) Keep Current County Fire Chief but severely limit his authority,
(  ) Create a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Board,
(  ) Abolish or amend the Fire, Rescue, and EMS Ordnance of 06/17/2008,
(  ) Keep the Fire, Rescue and EMS Ordnance of 06/17/2008 but rewrite it with Volunteer Input as well as Advisory Board Input.
(  ) Give the Volunteers the same rights under “Due Process” as the Career Personnel
(  ) Give the Volunteers the right to a fair hearing if/when they were accused of wrong-doing
(  )  Other ____________________________________________________________________________
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8.  Do you think a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission should be created in King George County;
(  ) Yes
(  ) No


9.  If a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission were to be created, how would you suggest it be staffed;



 
10.  Do you believe this Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission should be granted authority to answer or report only to the King George Board of Supervisors.
(  ) Yes
(  )  No


11.  Do you believe it is “Very Wrong” that the Volunteers are granted absolutely no rights under the Fire, Rescue, and EMS Ordnance of 06/17/2008.
(  ) Yes
(  ) No


12.  Do you believe it is “very wrong” that a Volunteer shall not be allowed to Grieve any action taken against them, but shall be allowed to file a petition of appeal with the County Administrator, the County Administrator may determine the appeal at his/her sole discretion and in his/her timeframe.
(  )  Yes, I believe that is “very wrong”
(  ) No, I don’t believe that is “very wrong”
(  ) Other ____________________________________________________________________________



13.  Do you believe that a Fire, Rescue, and EMS Advisory Commission would be a fair and reasonable way to resolve an accusation of wrong-doing,
(  ) Yes,
(  ) No



14.  Is there anything you are concerned with that has not been asked on the questionnaire
(  )  Yes
(  )  No
Please explain ______________________________________________________________________________
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15.  If you return to King George Fire & Rescue what Certifications do you currently have;
(  )  Firefighter I
(  )  Firefighter II
(  )  Basic Pump Operator
(  )  Driver/Pump Operator
(  )  Rural Water Supply
(  )  EVOC - _______
(  )  Basic Vehicle Rescue
(  )  Heavy and Tactical Rescue
(  )  CPR
(  )  First Responder
(  )  EMT- _____
(  )  Instructor - _____
(  )  Officer - ______
(  )  Safety Officer
(  )  NIMS- ____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____,
(  )  Other _________________________________________________________________________________

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16.  As a former member of King George Fire & Rescue what Apparatus were you released to Drive/Operate;
(  )  Utility - _____, _____, _____
(  )  Ambulance - _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____
(  )  Brush - _____, _____,
(  )  Response - _____, _____, _____
(  )  Engine - _____, _____, _____, _____
(  )  Tanker - _____, _____
(  )  Rescue Squad - 1
(  )  Ladder Truck - 1
(  )  Boat - _____, _____, _____
(  )  Dive Support – 1
(  )  Other ________________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________
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Name of Individual completing this Questionnaire

Print Name - _______________________________________________  

Sign Name - ________________________________________________
    



Please return this form within 10 Calendar days to:

By US Mail to;
Clarence “Moose” Dobson
P.O. Box 437
King George, Virginia  22485


Note – All returns will be held by Mr. Dobson and will be used as a means of assessment of the Volunteers of Fire, Rescue, and EMS of King George.  None of the names of individuals who supplied information will be released.  The honest information is what is important.   

LoBuglio’s answers spawn questions about EMS survey

The complete text of emails between Supervisor John LoBuglio, The Journal, and the one to him from Steve Wolfe, former supervisor, can be found here, along with the text of the EMS survey.

LoBuglio’s answers spawn questions about EMS survey

King George Supervisor John LoBuglio is taking responsibility for a May 14 email survey to “All Former Members of King George Fire & Rescue” that went out anonymously.

The survey was authored by Pete Sullivan. Sullivan was a long-time volunteer who was fired by Chief David Moody back in 2009. Sullivan appealed that decision to the county administrator and the firing was upheld. Sullivan had publicly aired his grudge at the time and at other opportunities since.  

But LoBuglio first went on the record denying that Sullivan had any involvement in the survey. He then backtracked when presented with evidence to the contrary, admitting Sullivan was involved in a limited way.  

LoBuglio’s answers have spawned additional questions. One big question is in regard to LoBuglio’s motive for working behind the scenes with Sullivan on a survey that provides answer-options that largely point blame at the county chief. 

Read more: LoBuglio’s answers spawn questions about EMS survey

Dahlgren Rd/Owens project prompts more objections

The King George Board of Supervisors provided unanimous consensus at a meeting on May 15 to send another letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to object to the proposed plans to spend $4.1 million on a project to widen a portion of Dahlgren Road (Route 206) at Owens. 

This one is intended to go to the state VDOT office.

The letter is being prepared by the county administrator, Travis Quesenberry. It’s not clear whether it will call for simply lowering the speed limit on Dahlgren Road, another request for a traffic signal of some type, or if other safe and simpler options will be 

Read more: Dahlgren Rd/Owens project prompts more objections

County looking for bus service options

The King George Board of Supervisors is expected to this week review a draft “Request for Information” (RFI) contained its meeting packet for May 15 (following our press time).

Supervisors will take a look at the RFI as part of its continuing efforts to find any lower-cost alternatives to bus service provided by FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED). 

FRED bus service is being discontinued in the county at the end of June. There is not expected to be any new service options available immediately. But the county is continuing to explore possible options to see if any are viable. 

It has become clear that efficient and economical provision of mass transit requires masses of people that simply don’t exist in a rural county. 

At a meeting in early April, a report was provided to Supervisors on two options currently being explored by a group of county officials that includes Supervisors Cedell Brooks and Dale Sisson, county administrator Travis Quesenberry, director Tim Smith of the county’s Parks & Recreation department, and director of Social Services Dave Coman. 

The two alternative options are being explored simultaneously for feasibility. 

The current task is to try to at least find low-cost transportation for getting around the county and within the region for those residents who need transport for routine medical appointments and possibly for employment commutes.  

Part of that idea might include helping county residents to get to the Ferry Farm Walmart to link up with a FRED bus to go further west, or to get riders directly to FRED Central, located on Route 1 in Fredericksburg.

One idea is for the county to see if they can find service providers that might be willing to offer a fixed 

Read more: County looking for bus service options

VA Broadband denied injunction against Wireless Authority

Virginia Broadband, L.L.C., failed to get an injunction against the King George Wireless Authority at a court hearing it had requested on last Friday. 

The company unsuccessfully argued for an injunction against the county’s Wireless Authority for barring access to the middle school tower on which it had installed equipment. 

Circuit Court Chief Judge Gordon F. Willis ruled against Virginia Broadband, saying its argument failed to meet any of the four standards set by the Fourth Circuit necessary to grant such an injunction. 

Those standards require the plaintiff to establish that the case is likely to succeed on its merits, it is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of the relief sought, that the 

Read more: VA Broadband denied injunction against Wireless Authority

Supervisors approve land giveaway for HELP Center on split vote

LoBugio flip-flops again and provides swing vote

King George Supervisor John LoBuglio left numerous constituents with whiplash last week after he slammed on the brakes and again reversed his position on his vow to delay a vote on giving county land to Project FAITH for a HELP Center.

The action on the land giveaway took place at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors on May 1, passing on a split vote of 3-2. 

The day before, LoBuglio had met informally with 20 residents on Monday, April 30, 

Read more: Supervisors approve land giveaway for HELP Center on split vote

LoBuglio vows to delay vote on land giveaway to Project FAITH

Commendable project, but financials and fiscal impact on county needed

At an informal meeting of 20 residents this week on Monday, April 30, King George Supervisor John LoBuglio vowed he would seek to delay a vote scheduled for the county to give away 5.53 acres of land fronting on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.).

The land is located in the county’s new Government Center east of Route 205 (Ridge Road) and across from the Sheriff’s office building under construction. That vote is scheduled for this week on Tuesday, May 1 (following our press time).

LoBuglio had said on April 17 he was in favor of the land giveaway. That was following a public hearing

Read more: LoBuglio vows to delay vote on land giveaway to Project FAITH

LoBuglio changes position on tax increase

Brabo accuses LoBuglio of listening to small group on tax increase

The King George Board of Supervisors budget work session Tuesday evening, April 24, was cut short because of a change in support for the budget as presented by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry over the past several months.  
Chairman Cedell Brooks reported there were not three votes for the advertised  four cent tax increase coming to the table tonight.
John LoBuglio said he would not vote for the four-cent tax increase because he felt the budget as presented on paper did not adequately show exactly what line items were increased and by how much.  He had voted to advertise the four cent increase, so constituents could comment on the proposed increase, either for or against it.
Supervisor Ruby Brabo was incensed that LoBuglio would come to the meeting with a changed mind.  She accused him of listening to a very small representation of his district, six to be exact.
She said she believed the four cent increase is necessary to insure adequate funding for Fire & Rescue services, and the Sheriff’s department.  Brabo and Brooks are in favor of the four cent increase.  Supervisor Dale Sisson is in favor of the three cent increase as presented in the proposed budget.  Supervisor Joe Grzeika opposes a tax increase at this time, and has been since day one of the budget talks.
Brooks stated if there was not going to be a vote for an increase, or a vote on the budget, then there was no point in the representatives from EMS, Fire & Sheriff’s department speaking on behalf of getting additional funding.
As there was not going to be a vote,  the Board agreed to meet again on Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m., and the meeting was adjourned.

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