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Family Fun Day packs the house

Family Fun Day packs the house

More than 600 attend; event ‘a great success

More than 600 people participated Nov. 8 in the 2nd A...

Art and wine lovers unite at Caledon State Park

Art and wine lovers unite at Caledon State Park

The chilly weather and slight drizzle didn’t deter the droves of attendees at the Nov. 1 Caledon Art...

Commission to examine local fracking rules

The King George Planning Commission soon will begin its review and analysis of the county’s zoning o...

Sealston girl, 12, is doing her part  to make a difference in animals’ lives

Sealston girl, 12, is doing her part to make a difference in animals’ lives

This past Saturday, Oct. 25, was National Make a Difference Day, a day when volunteers from across t...

Project Faith wants $300K from county

Attorney says group will give land back for that amount
Project Faith Inc., wants $300,000, or “any r...

Size of county’s debt not a concern, officials say

Size of county’s debt not a concern, officials say

Call it the great debt debate.
No one disputes King George has about $91.3 million in capital debt; t...

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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

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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

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

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

 

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