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County approves 2011-12 capital projects & budget

The King George Board of Supervisors recently approved its 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and also adopted the county’s capital projects budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2010-11, which began on July 1. (See related article.)

The CIP is a five-year plan that is updated annually by the Planning Commission and forwarded to the county. County Administrator Travis Quesenberry makes his own adjustments and recommendations and it is an agenda item at a board meeting, with discussion and suggestions made by Supervisors.  It was approved last month on June 21.

The CIP is viewed as a guide for planning purposes in future years. Though projects are listed in various years, none of the projects in the 5-year plan are locked into funding for any particular year and are always subject to being pushed into later years or deleted altogether from the CIP.


CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS for 2012-16

PARKS & RECREATION  -
Six projects estimated at $4,427,000.   

PRACTICE LIGHTS AT BALLFIELDS - $60,000 listed in 2012-13 with another $60,000 listed in 2013-14. The completed project is slated to add $6,000 in annual utility costs.


PARK AT PURKINS CORNER – $90,000 listed as a prior appropriation last fiscal year for design of a park at the site of the old landfill. $1,500,000 is listed in 2013-14 towards construction. The completed project is slated to add $7,000 in annual operating costs.

BARNESFIELD PARK UPGRADES PHASE 1 –$40,000 is listed in 2012-13 with $310,000 listed in 2013-14 to relocate and provide lighting for Field C, provide a more centralized parking area and install additional restrooms at Barnesfield. The completed project is slated to add $4,000 in annual operating costs.

BARNESFIELD PARK UPGRADES PHASE 2 - $50,000 is listed in 2012-13, with $552,000 listed in 2013-14.  The project would provide light fixtures at two ball fields, add a new 80 foot by 40 foot pavilion, expand the playground, and drill a well for irrigation.  The improvements are estimated to add $12,000 in annual utility costs.

CITIZENS CENTER EXPANSION – $100,000 listed in 2014-15 for architectural/engineering plans to construct a butler-style building on the west side of the existing building, with $1,115,000 listed in 2015-16 for construction of an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot metal building for gymnastics, wrestling and other uses that currently take place in the gym at old King George Elementary School. The finished project is slated to add $12,000 in annual utility costs.

SEALSTON PARK PHASE 2 –$350,000 listed as a prior appropriation, with $200,000 listed in 2011-12 to go toward construction of a restroom & concession building, a prefabricated picnic shelter, enlargement of existing ball field and more parking area.

SCHOOL BOARD  -
Six projects estimated at $11,221,884.

POTOMAC ELEMENTARY RENOVATION - $264,807 listed as a prior appropriation, with $200,000 listed in 2011-12 and $5,000,000 proposed to come from bonds listed in 2013-14 to provide renovations to Potomac Elementary School.

REPLACE HVAC AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL - $25,000 listed as a prior appropriation, with $1,600,000 listed in 2013-14 for a project to replace the heating, ventilation and cooling system at the former middle school, which was closed June 2009.

REPLACE WELL AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL – $150,000 listed in 2012-13 for a new well at the former middle school building, which was shuttered in June 2009. That money is proposed to come from an unspent surplus expected to be turned back by the School Board after the books are closed on fiscal year 2011-12.

HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM - $1,263,000 listed as a prior appropriation with $2,000,000 listed in 2012-13 for a new stadium and field house at the site of the new high school. The finished project is estimated to add $5,000 in annual operating costs.

OLD KGES/ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX ROOF REPLACEMENT - $342,297 is listed as a prior appropriation in the last fiscal year, 2011-12. A request for bids is currently out, with a closing deadline of August 11.

FOUR SCHOOL BUSES – $376,780 listed in 2011-12 for new school buses.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATION - Six projects estimated at $12,721,004.

VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY – $1,290,000 listed in 2011-12 – To go toward a vehicle maintenance facility on property on US301. $25,000 is estimated to be added to the annual operating costs following renovation.

RESURFACING ADMINISTRATION/COURTHOUSE PARKING LOT - $125,000 listed in 2012-13 for a maintenance project to resurface the parking lot behind the Courthouse.

RALPH BUNCHE BUILDING – $9,404 is listed as a prior appropriation, with $126,000 listed 2011-12 and $215,000 listed in 2012-13 for building stabilization work recommended by an assessment performed by the county last year. The project would include a new roof, repair of doors and windows and foundation stabilization.

GOVERNMENT CENTER-HUMAN SERVICES CENTER – $10,085,600 listed in 2015-16, which is the last year of the five-year plan. No cost estimate is provided for operating costs or maintenance once this project is completed.

ANGEL COURT PROJECT - $608,000 listed in 2011-12 from federal funds coming through the state for construction of roadway and water and sewer lines for affordable housing units to be built by Project Faith.

HUNTER FIELD UPGRADES - $190,000 for upgrades to Hunter Field listed in 2013-14. This is the first time this project has been listed by the county administration, presumably to provide renovations after the old field is turned over to the county and a new stadium is constructed and turned over to the School Board for operation.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Two projects listed totaling $300,000. 

REPLACE AS 400 COMPUTER SYSTEM –$100,000 listed in $2012-13 to replace the county’s computer system. The IBM server hosts County software applications which include tax collection, general ledger, payroll, accounts payable and utilities.

COMPUTER HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM – $50,000 listed 2011-12 and in each of the following three years. The project is to implement a hardware/software replacement program to occur on an annual basis.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT -

One project listed to bring natural gas pipeline to King George Industrial Park to increase potential for economic development

NATURAL GAS PIPELINE – $400,000 listed in 2011-12 and $4,100,000 listed in 2012-13. The timing may be contingent on Columbia Gas bringing a high pressure pipeline to the area that the county can extend to hook up to the industrial park.

COMBINED COURTS - Two projects totaling $15,700,000.

COURTHOUSE IMPROVEMENTS – $40,000 in 2011-12 and $260,000 in 2012-13 for renovations to reconfigure the existing Courthouse after the Sheriff’s office moves out and provide court security improvements.

REPLACE COURTS BUILDING – $1,400,000 listed in 2014-15 and $14,000,000 in 2015-16 for design and construction of a new 40,000 square foot courts services building. The existing Courthouse is not large enough to accommodate users on court days, lacks adequate seating capacity, proper acoustics, needs larger jury assembly facilities, adequate attorney/client meeting rooms, and needs better security for Judges, along with more area for technology hardware and court files storage.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE - One project listed totaling $196,820.

MOBILE DATA TERMINALS REPLACEMENT – $98,410 listed in 2011-12 and $98,410 listed in 2012-13.

SMOOT LIBRARY - One project listed that has been funded totaling $4,840,453.

MAIN LIBRARY EXPANSION/RENOVATIONS – The project has already been funded, with construction bid opening scheduled for later this month. The finished project is estimated to add $260,000 in annual operating costs.

EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT - Five projects listed totaling $5,865,000. 

Many of the items are for cyclical replacement of required safety equipment. 
REPLACE ENGINE #11 - $525,000 listed in 2012-13.

AMBULANCE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM - $865,000 listed, with $170,000 in 2011-12, $170,000 in 2012-13, $175,000 in 2013-14, $175,000 in 2014-15, and $175,000 in 2015-16.  

REPLACE COMPANY 2 IN DAHLGREN AREA FOR COMBINED FIRE & RESCUE STATION - $250,000 listed in 2012-13, $300,000 in 2013-14, and $3,000,000 in 2014-15.

REPLACE ENGINE #21–$525,000 listed in 2013-14.

REGIONAL FIRE/EMS TRAINING CENTER – $100,000 listed in 2013-14, $100,000 in 2014-15, and $200,000 in 2015-16.

 

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