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Man dies in standoff with KG deputies

A King George deputy sheriff shot and killed a man Saturday night after the man a approached officer...

King George man sentenced to 21 years for Dahlgren shooting

A 26-year-old King George man received a sentence of 21 years and three months in King George County...

YMCA’s Bright Beginnings helps kids start school year right

YMCA’s Bright Beginnings helps kids start school year right

The King George YMCA held its annual Bright Beginnings event last week to help dozens of deserving k...

King George AM Bus Routes - 2015-2016

King George AM Bus Routes - 2015-2016

KG holds 5th Annual National Night Out

KG holds 5th Annual National Night Out

The King George Sheriff’s department hosted its fifth annual ‘Night Out’ against c...

VDOE seeking input from parents on school performance ‘report cards’

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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.

- Lori Deem

King George Service Authority looking to revise rate structure

The King George Service Authority Board of Directors met last week on April 18 for a work session to review suggestions for revising the rate structure for water and sewer customers.

Another special meeting is scheduled this week (following our press time) on April 24, to talk some more on the same issue, with the need looming for decisions to be made.

The King George Service Authority board is composed of the members of the Board of Supervisors, with Cedell Brooks the chairman, along with Dale Sisson, Joe Grzeika, John LoBuglio and Ruby Brabo.  Chris Thomas is the PSA General Manager, Travis Quesenberry is the County Administrator, and Donita Harper is

Read more: King George Service Authority looking to revise rate structure

HELP center project scheduled for vote to get free property

Board of Supervisors Chairman Cedell Brooks appeared determined to vote last week to give county property to Project FAITH to construct and operate a proposed project for a HELP Center. Instead, Brooks got concurrence from two board members to have the decision on the agenda for the next regular meeting on May 1.

Regardless of when a vote takes place, it appears clear that the three are in favor of providing the land. In addition to Brooks, Ruby Brabo said she was “very impressed” with Project FAITH and John LoBuglio said he was “firmly behind

Read more: HELP center project scheduled for vote to get free property

More budget talks; joint meeting with School Board set

After the King George public has its say this week on Tuesday (following our press time) at the public hearings on the 2012-13 budget and a proposed 4-cent tax real estate increase, Supervisors will do more talking about it at tonight’s meetings on Wednesday, April 18.

Elected officials will meet in three sessions one after the other on Wednesday evening, the day following the public hearings, to get down to some more details, including a joint session with the School Board to talk about its budget for next year.

The current state funding plan calls for a significant increase for school divisions, if the General Assembly follows through on conferee agreements. That action could provide a recalculation for local funding.

Read more: More budget talks; joint meeting with School Board set

 

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