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Commission to look at $38M in capital projects

The King George Planning Commission next Tuesday will hear details of requested projects for a proposed five-year $38 million Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and take comment from members of the public on the proposed projects.
The public hearing on the 2010-2011 to 2014-2015 CIP is slated for Feb. 9. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the Revercomb Building, located on Route 3 behind the King George County Courthouse.
Along with receipt of the project requests, planning commissioners received a transmittal letter from Deputy County Administrator/Finance Director Donita Harper.
Harper noted in her letter that she anticipates only about $250,000 being available to cash-fund CIP projects for the first year of the five-year plan next year in 2010-11.
In the previous few years, the county had expected to have between $750,000 and $1 million for cash-funding projects.  For the current year the county ended up with less than $400,000 available in cash, due to the economic climate resulting in lower revenues than originally anticipated.
Harper noted that she would be present at next week’s hearing to address financial questions regarding project funding, including any queries about plans for continued funding of ongoing projects contained in the five-year CIP proposal.

CIP PROCESS
Requesters were instructed last fall to completely fill out forms provided to detail requests.  
Some requesters ignored some instructions and left out estimates for cost and/or for additional operating/maintenance costs the completed projects would add to their budgets.  
Requesters were also instructed to rank their projects as urgent, immediate, future or desirable.
Planning commissioners are expected to individually rank submitted projects in the days following the hearing for a compilation that will be unveiled at the next meeting on March 13 meeting.
At that point, the CIP package is expected to be finalized and forwarded to County Administrator Travis Quesenberry.
Quesenberry is likely to make his own adjustments for his recommendation for a proposed five-year CIP that will be provided to the Board of Supervisors later in the year.  Those recommendations would be based on budgetary considerations.
The definition of a capital project in King George is an item or project costing at least $50,000, which is not recurring in operating budgets, and used for at least two years.

REQUESTED PROJECTS

PARKS & RECREATION:
Six projects requested totaling $2,610,000.    
SEALSTON PARK PHASE 2 – Necessary - $215,000 requested in 2010-11 for construction of a restroom/concession/storage facility, a multipurpose court and a one-mile walking path, which is slated to add $9,800 in annual operating costs.
Sealston Park opened last year with three softball/baseball fields, one Little League field and a multipurpose field large enough for four soccer fields.
SEALSTON PARK PHASE 3 – Necessary - $407,500 requested in 2010-11 to provide lights for two of the ball fields at the park along with a 40 foot by 80 foot shelter able to accommodate about 200 people. Those are slated to add $7,000 in annual operating costs.
PURKINS CORNER PARK – Necessary - $90,000 requested in 2010-11 for design and construction of a park at the site of the old landfill. No estimate is provided for operating costs of this proposed new park.
BARNESFIELD PARK UPGRADES PHASE 1 – Necessary - $407,500 requested in 2010-11 to provide a new 80 foot by 100 foot pavilion, additional playground equipment, lights on the multi-purpose practice fields, a well for irrigation and more parking area. Those are slated to add $7,000 in annual operating costs.
BARNESFIELD PARK UPGRADES PHASE 2 - Desirable - $280,000 requested in 2012-13.  The project would provide light fixtures at one ball field and upgrade the restroom facilities to increase its size. Those are slated to add $5,000 in annual operating costs.
CITIZENS CENTER EXPANSION – Necessary - $100,000 requested in 2012-13 for architectural/engineering plans to construct a butler-style building on the west side of the existing building and $1,110,000 requested in 2013-14 for construction of an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot metal building for gymnastics, wrestling and other uses. The finished project is slated to add $11,000 in annual operating costs.

SCHOOL BOARD
Nine projects requested totaling $4,853,345, all except one of them listed as immediate and the other listed as urgent.
POTOMAC ELEMENTARY RENOVATION - Immediate - $220,000 is requested in 2010-11.   The purpose is to renovate the 1950s section, replace some roof areas of Potomac Elementary School, and perform other renovations to be recommended by an assessment underway by a consultant, which is expected to be detailed to the county in the May/June 2010 timeframe. No estimate is provided for operating or maintenance costs once this project is completed.
REPLACE HVAC AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL - Immediate - $1,600,000 requested in 2010-11 for a project to replace the heating, ventilation and cooling system at the former middle school, which was closed last June. No estimate is provided for operating or maintenance costs once this project is completed.
REPLACE WELL AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL – Immediate - $140,475 requested for a new well at KGMS, which was closed at the end of last school year. No estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once this project is completed.
ADDITION TO FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL – Immediate - $100,000 requested for an addition to the former middle school. The request does not specify an estimate for potential construction costs, nor does this new project hint at the number of classrooms contemplated, let alone any square footage requested.
The former middle school building was ceremoniously closed by the division this past June.  
The School Board had decided in November 2008 to discontinue use of the former middle school building at the end of this past school year.
As planned, all middle school students and faculty were shifted to the former high school building in September, following a new replacement high school opening in February 2009.  
The School Board had previously planned to use the former middle school building as an intermediate school starting this past September to house fifth and sixth grades, but scrapped that plan 10 months in advance due to unbudgeted costs for repairs or replacement to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) and the well. Those projects are noted above on the CIP list. The School Board has considered using the building as an elementary school and/or as an intermediate school.
No cost estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once this project is completed.
STADIUM AT NEW HIGH SCHOOL - Immediate - $2,075,000 requested in 2010-11 for a new stadium and field house containing 10,000 square feet at the site of the new high school. The finished project is estimated to add $50,000 in annual operating costs.
OLD KGES/ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX ROOF REPLACEMENT - Immediate - $342,297 noted as appropriated in 2009-10 for roof replacement/repairs. No estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once this project is completed.
FIVE SCHOOL BUSES – Immediate - $467,870 requested in 2010-11 for four regular school buses and one bus for transporting special education students. No estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once the buses are purchased.
CONNECTING ROADS – Immediate - $250,000, with $25,000 requested in 2010-11 and $225,000 requested in 2011-12 for a road between the new high school and the current middle school and a second road between the new high school and the former middle school. No estimate is provided for maintenance costs once these roads are completed.
NEW BUS GARAGE – Urgent – No funding amount has been estimated for this new request.  This request is to replace the existing bus garage and the facility is intended for use only by the school division and is not to be confused with a joint vehicle/maintenance facility/Operations center, which appears under the County Administration. No estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance cost once this project is completed.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
    Four projects requested totaling $20,965,000.
RALPH BUNCHE BUILDING ASSESSMENT – Ongoing – This project was funded last year by the Board of Supervisors, which in December awarded a $35,250 contract for an assessment report and presentation to provide recommendations for needed improvements and renovations, along with estimated costs. That report is expected by sometime in March, or possibly later this month. A contract for future renovations or other construction would be the focus of an additional request for proposals after a source of funding is identified.  
The county has indicated that the building’s historical value should be maintained. In 2006, the building was listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register due to the efforts of the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association for the building’s role in the civil rights era regarding its establishment to provide “separate but equal” education, which was the law of the land in 1949 when the school was built.
GOVERNMENT CENTER-OPERATIONS CENTER – Necessary - $9,660,000 requested in 2014-15. This project is to be located in the King George Government Center, as part of four planned buildings, two of which are under construction. No cost estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once this project is completed.
GOVERNMENT CENTER-HUMAN SERVICES CENTER - Necessary - $11,330,000 requested, with $150,000 in 2009-10 and $11,180,000 requested in 2011-12. No cost estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once this project is completed.
RESURFACING ADMINISTRATION/COURTHOUSE PARKING LOT – Not prioritized - $125,000 is requested in 2011-12 for a maintenance project to resurface the parking lot behind the Courthouse.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Two projects requested totaling $365,500.  
REPLACE AS 400 COMPUTER SYSTEM – Necessary - $100,000 requested in 2011-12 to replace the county’s computer system.
COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM – Necessary - $265,500, with $65,500 requested in 2010-11 and $50,000 requested in each of the following four years. The project is to implement a hardware/software replacement program to occur on an annual basis.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT    
One project requested to bring natural gas pipeline to King George Industrial Park to increase potential for economic development.
NATURAL GAS PIPELINE – Desirable - $3,960,000, with $360,000 requested in 2011-12 and $3,600,000 requested in 2012-13.

COMBINED COURTS
One project for a new Courts building.
REPLACE COURTHOUSE – Not prioritized - $15,400,000, with $1,400,000 requested in 2013-14 and $14,000,000 in 2014-15.  

SHERIFF'S OFFICE  
Two projects requested totaling $1,645,750.
MOBILE DATA TERMINALS REPLACEMENT – Necessary - $195,750 requested in 2011-12.    
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS & E-911 EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT – Necessary - $1,450,000 requested in 2010-11.  

SMOOT LIBRARY
One project requested totaling $4,075,000.
MAIN LIBRARY EXPANSION - Urgent - $3,875,000 requested in 2010-11, $200,000 in 2011-12. The finished project is slated to add $260,000 in annual operating costs.

EMERGENCY SERVICES
DEPARTMENT
Seven projects requested totaling $5,195,000.  Many of the items are for cyclical replacement of required safety equipment.  
REPLACE ENGINE #11 - Necessary - $525,000 requested in 2012-13.
REPLACE ENGINE #32 - Necessary - $300,000 requested in 2010-11.
AMBULANCE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM - Urgent - $795,000 requested, with $155,000 in 2010-11, $155,000 in 2011-12, $160,000 in 2012-13, $160,000 in 2013-14, and $160,000 in 2014-15.  
REPLACE COMPANY 2 IN DAHLGREN AREA - Necessary - $2,550,000 requested, with $250,000 in 2010-11, and $2,300,000 in 2012-13.
REPLACEMENT OF BRUSH TRUCK - Urgent - $60,000 is requested in 2009-10.
REPLACE ENGINE #21– Future - $525,000 is requested in 2013-14.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT - Urgent - $100,000 requested, with $50,000 in 2011-12 and $50,000 in 2014-15.
REGIONAL FIRE/EMS TRAINING CENTER – Future - $400,000 requested, with $100,000 in 2010-11, $100,000 in 2011-12, $100,000 in 2012-13, $100,000 in 2013-14.

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