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Packed agenda for special meeting

The King George Board of Supervisors has a packed agenda for a special meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, expected to begin with a joint meeting with the Economic Development Authority (EDA) at 6 p.m. at the Firehouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy).
The June 8 session will also include review of a proposed 5-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) for 2010-14.
And supervisors are also expected to review and comment on a request for $1.5 million by Project FAITH for its proposed HELP Center.
In addition, the Service Authority Board will convene to review its proposed CIP.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM   
The county’s 5-year CIP must be updated annually, often with projects that are parked in the fifth year and shifted further ahead to wait until funding is available in future years.
Numerous projects are competing for limited funding in the upcoming 2010-11 fiscal year, beginning July 1. 
SMOOT LIBRARY: One such project is an addition to the Smoot Library, for which the design has already been completed.
This project has been working its way through the CIP program for several years.
The cost to more than double the size of the existing building is estimated at $4,075,000.
SCHOOL BOARD REQUESTS: The current proposed CIP also contains several projects from the School Board, including renovations to Potomac Elementary School, a new sports stadium and replacing the well and HVAC at the closed former middle school building, among others.
The county administration has assessment studies being performed by consultants on some of those projects.
HUNTER FIELD: There is expected to be more information on recommendations for potential upgrades for Hunter Field.
Though no formal request has come from the School Board to correct the current problems with Hunter Field, it is clearly expecting the county to come up with a plan and funding to fix it.


The field has been neglected by the division administration for years, with only volunteer assistance to try to keep it playable.
That failed this spring with soccer and football officials saying they wouldn’t sanction play on it until it’s in better shape.
Last week, the School Board gave the go-ahead for high school horticulture teacher Stan Mitchell to provide some basic maintenance over the summer to try to get the field fit for play this coming fall. 
RALPH BUNCHE: The next step to take for renovations to Ralph Bunche are likely to also be discussed. 
Supervisors received an assessment report in early May on the condition of the former school building, along with two architectural options for potential reuse and redevelopment of the historic building for public use.
Both options include using a portion of the building as a museum, with cost estimates for rehabilitating the building for reuse estimated at about $2,650,000, along with about $350,000 for some stabilization work, including some stop-gap measures to repair leaks in the roof and some of the cracks in the walls.  
$1.5 MILLION REQUEST FROM PROJECT FAITH
Supervisors are also expected to review a request for $1.5 million from Project FAITH Executive Director Froncé Wardlaw to fill a funding gap to develop and construct its planned community H.E.L.P. Center.
Project FAITH’s proposed community center is envisioned to provide comprehensive wrap-around services to families with low-to-moderate incomes by bringing existing health and human service providers together in one convenient location in a 40,000+ square foot building with child care and an accredited early-learning center.
Despite the $1.5 million shortfall, a May 25 letter from Wardlaw to the county states that more than half of the project’s $7.5 million in development costs have been committed or are being finalized.
Wardlaw notes that if the county doesn’t provide a one-time contribution of $1.5 million, it cannot proceed without assuming additional debt.
The Board of Supervisors is supporting the project through its submission for federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for $690,000 to go toward infrastructure costs and also by providing some in-kind contributions with some county staff assistance with the project.
Project FAITH is planning to construct its community center on the south side of Route 3 on 7.5 acres immediately east of The Journal complex.
The request for the $1.5 million handout from the county was first made to the Board at a meeting on May 4.
No discussion by supervisors took place at that meeting, with Chairman Dale Sisson explaining that he put Wardlaw’s request on the agenda so Supervisors could think about it. 
Any decision on whether to provide county funding for this project will have to be made without the vote of Dahlgren Supervisor James Mullen, who disqualified himself from discussion and voting on the project at the March 16 public hearing on the CDBG grant submission, saying he had a conflict of interest.

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