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Board selects proposed capital projects

CIP TO BE FINALIZED LATER THIS MONTH

The King George Board of Supervisors last week discussed capital projects proposed for the county’s 2014-18 five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), with particular attention to those proposed to be funded in the current fiscal year.  

County Administrator Travis Quesenberry provided his recommendations along with the Planning Commission’s rankings that were finalized in June.

Costs for Quesenberry’s recommendations totaled $1,124,445 for the 2013-14 projects as proposed, with some adjustment proposed to that by Supervisors after a lengthy discussion.

Funding is proposed to come from various existing sources within the county’s budget and capital fund, including some leftover funds in a capital project fund, some surplus funds expected to be available from 2012-13, and some prior appropriations for the selected projects.  

Final drafts are expected to be presented to the Board at its next regular meeting next week on Aug. 20 for adoption of both the five-year CIP and the capital projects budget for the current fiscal year to fund the selected projects.

At that Aug. 6 work session meeting, Quesenberry also had invited Director of Parks & Recreation Tim Smith, division Superintendent Rob Benson, and county Fire Chief David Moody to be on hand to provide information about their requests and respond to questions by Supervisors.

The projects selected to be include in the draft proposal for the current fiscal year include the following.

~ PARKS & RECREATION:  Shiloh Park Phase II - $63,785. The project would include funding towards a playground and for construction of a hard-pack surfaced trail around the basin of the park where all the fields are located, which measures about a mile.

Quesenberry said he had recommended that the portion of the phased park project that will provide water and sewer to the park be pushed out to 2014-15, saying he thought it made more sense to put the water and sewer in at the same time as the concession building and restrooms are being constructed.

~ SCHOOL BOARD:  School Bus Replacement - $432,175 toward annual replacement program of school vehicles.

~ SCHOOL BOARD:  King George Middle School Roof Repair - $90,485 for repairs to the KGMS, which is the former high school building.

~ SCHOOL BOARD:  Potomac Elementary School Public Address System – $59,866 for a new public address system for the school that is underway with a $5,000,000 renovation project. Benson and the School Board had requested additional items to be included, but those were not carried forward in the proposed capital project plan, partly due to bundling of some of the items to try to meet the threshold of $50,000 for a capital project.

Quesenberry and Supervisors suggested that Benson look within his operating budget for some small sidewalk repairs, saying that some other needed items might be included at the end of the renovation project.

They also suggested that he establish a regular maintenance program, which had not been visible under the prior superintendent for the last ten years.  

They also nixed a request for a cafeteria dishwasher for Potomac because it did not meet the threshold for a capital expenditure. Benson is now estimating that cost at $20,000.

Supervisor Joe Grzeika noted that Benson already had cited $12,000 in his annual budget for styrofoam trays. He was encouraged to see if he could find $8,000 more in his budget for the purchase. There is also the separate Cafeteria Fund, which is allowed to carry forward balances from the previous years.

~ COUNTY ADMINISTRATION:  Carpet & Floor Tile Replacement in Revercomb Building - $65,000 to go toward the rest of the cost to replace flooring throughout the administration building.

~ COUNTY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - Replacement of County System Hardware and Software - $50,000 to fund an ongoing program of computer replacement.  

~ EMERGENCY SERVICES: Ambulance Replacement Program - $180,000 for annual ambulance replacement program.  

~ EMERGENCY SERVICES:  Purchase of Land to Site New Company 2 in Dahlgren - $150,000 – towards purchase of site on which to construct a new fire station in Dahlgren to replace the inadequate existing one.

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