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Poor weather can’t dampen event’s spirit

Poor weather can’t dampen event’s spirit

The gray sky set the perfect contrast to the bright fall colors of the 56th annual King George ...

2014 King George Fall Festival-Parade!

2014 King George Fall Festival-Parade!

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2014 King George Fall Festival- Queen Winners!

2014 King George Fall Festival- Queen Winners!

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Committee eyes county Internet expansion

Members of a new King George technology advisory committee will have their first meeting at 6 p.m. O...

Fall Festival ‘keep’n it country’

Fall Festival ‘keep’n it country’

The King George Fall Festival will celebrate its 56th year with the theme “Keep’n It Country.” The e...

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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

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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

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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

Smoot Library project contract awarded

Board agrees: no new capital projects for the time being
The King George Board of Supervisors last week on Oct. 4 awarded a construction contract for the planned Smoot Library construction project that includes a major addition of 17,800 square feet along with renovations to the existing 10,500 square foot original structure.

The total library project is slated to cost $5,666,000. That includes the contract award of $4,866,000 to Armada Hoffler Construction Co. of VA, of Virginia Beach along with $800,000 budgeted to go towards other project-related costs for construction administration, special inspection and testing, equipment, furniture,

Read more: Smoot Library project contract awarded

County may retain control of stadium

The King George Board of Supervisors could exercise its option to have a planned stadium become a county facility, instead of turning its operation over to the School Board when completed, expected to be sometime late in 2012.

The Board of Supervisors owns the land and the high school building and leases it to the School Board, as it does with both King George Elementary and Sealston Elementary schools. The option to offer a lease for the stadium to the School Board will be decided by

Read more: County may retain control of stadium

FRED bus service may be cut

The King George Board of Supervisors was informed at its last meeting that Fredericksburg is anticipating eliminating FREDericksburg Regional Transit service in King George beginning next summer on June 29, 2012.

Fredericksburg City Manager Beverly Cameron’s July 8 letter on the topic was reviewed by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry with the King George Board of Supervisors at its last meeting, on July 19.

The letter provided a year’s notice that continuing to provide bus service to King George is not considered viable by the city. Cameron’s letter contained some conciliatory language, but it also related its need for the county to return to previous levels of service, meaning the county has to provide a bigger budget for bus service if it wants to keep FRED running in the county.

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