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Stadium design review

Cost now estimated at $3,890,000
The King George Board of Supervisors and School Board OK’d a stadium design at a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30. Concept drawings are posted at our website, journalpress.com.
That stadium will be constructed adjacent to King George High School and will hold 2,000 spectators — 1,500 home seats and 500 visitor seats.
The field size will accommodate competition football, soccer, field hockey and future lacrosse.
It will have a support building to contain team rooms, concessions and restrooms.  It will have a press box and two ticket booth entrances. 

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BoS and School Board, together again

 Stadium and money matters on agenda
The King George Board of Supervisors and the School Board held a joint meeting last week on Nov. 30, primarily to discuss money matters.
The money discussion was often at cross purposes.  
All members of both boards were present, except for Supervisor Cedell Brooks, who is believed to remain hospitalized since Nov. 22, after reportedly having one or more strokes, with no news on his condition being made public.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and Division Superintendent Candace Brown were also present at the discussion table last Tuesday, along with Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper.  Assistant Superintendent Dick Roberts was also at the meeting, but viewed it from the audience instead of having a seat at the discussion table.
There were four items on the agenda, with a presentation of the design of a planned sports stadium at the top of the list. Everyone liked the stadium design. With the bulk of the estimated $3,890,000 for construction already set aside by the county, there was little disagreement.  (See related article elsewhere in this issue.)
But it was downhill after that, when talk turned to two unfunded capital requests from the School Board, which also include a proposal to increase yearly operating costs beginning in 2012.
The topic of “cost reductions” was tossed into the middle of those agenda items by supervisors for good measure.
School Board members asked what supervisors had up their sleeves to continue to fund the school division in the manner to which it has become accustomed.
But instead, supervisors informed the School Board that if lower revenue predictions come true, the division may have to address lower expectations and service provision.

Read more: BoS and School Board, together again

After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

When Clarence W. “Moose” Dobson first took office as sheriff  35 years ago, he promised King George County citizens “24-hour full-time” professional law enforcement activity.  And he was determined to carry out his pledge despite the fact there weren’t enough full-time officers besides himself at the time to carry out the task.
“When I took office in 1976 there were only three full-time deputies,” he remembered.  “The sheriff’s department was mostly an 8 till 4 operation before then, so if you needed to call for a deputy, you had to call the scales at the weigh station or from the book until you got someone, because we didn’t have a uniformed deputy after working hours. Still, I promised the people a 24-hour sheriff’s department when I ran for office. But when the three deputies met me at the door, I realized that we would need four people for a 24-hour operation.  So we established a six-days-on and two-days-off shift beginning on Jan. 1, 1976, with myself on duty along with the other three.”

Read more: After 35 years, ‘Moose’ retires

KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

King George department heads, constitutional officers and agency heads got the word last week to begin their budgeting requests for next fiscal year 2011-12 by not exceeding the budget amount they actually expended in 2009-10, the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
The school division received a separate budget guidance memo this week.
The budget direction came in a memo from Deputy County Administrator/Director of Finance Donita Harper, who added guidance from County Administrator Travis Quesenberry and gleaned from the Board of Supervisors.

Read more: KG government told to tighten belts for ’11-’12

Supervisor hospitalized

Cedell Brooks, Jr., was transported to Mary Washington Hospital last week on Monday from his home after reportedly suffering from one or more strokes.
“Cedell’s family has requested that their privacy be honored,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Sisson said. “Therefore, any statement or information will need to come from the family.”
Brooks is a fixture in King George and the most senior member of the Board of Supervisors, with nearly 19 years of continuous service on the county’s governing body, first taking office in 1992.
Brooks and his spouse, Carolyn, live with their young daughter in the Shiloh district of King George, which Brooks represents as a member of the board.

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