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CIP requests to be reviewed by King George Supervisors

The King George Board of Supervisors plans to review the Planning Commission’s rankings for this year’s capital projects list proposed for the next five years during a jam-packed special work session meeting agenda on Aug. 21.

In June, the Planning Commission ranked 27 requested projects totaling $28 million proposed for the county’s 2015-19 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), following a public hearing the previous month on May 13.

The review of requested projects and ranking by the Commission is part of an annual process. The projects are first submitted from department heads, county offices, constitutional officers, the school division and the library.

The whole package with rankings has been forwarded to the county administration and provided to the members of the Board of Supervisors. Travis Quesenberry, county administrator, makes recommended adjustments to the proposed program, taking available funding into account, along with continuity of multi-year phased projects. He had indicated earlier this year that about $600,000 is expected to be available for cash-funding projects, with the possibility that other sources of funding might be sought to come up with additional funding.

The package will be reviewed with Quesenberry’s recommendations at the Aug. 21 session. After the board comes to some kind of consensus, a proposed program is adopted at a subsequent regular business meeting. The Commission’s recommended five-year CIP follows, with projects listed along with cost estimates.

PROJECT RANKINGS

The Planning Commission is instructed to rank projects as “Urgent,” “Necessary,” “Needed, But Not Required,” “Desirable,” or for “Future Consideration.”

~ URGENT – Eight projects ranked as “Urgent” by the Commission are recommended for funding in the current 2014-15 fiscal year, which began on July 1.

* SCHOOL BUSES – 2,087,843 requested over five years, with $388,668 requested in 2014-15 for replacing four buses. Five buses are requested in each of the following four years, with $409,175 requested in 2015-16, and $430,000 in each of the following three years.

* MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOF REPAIRS – $1,169,675 requested, with $594,975 requested in 2014-15 and $574,700 in 2015-16.

* SCHOOL SECURITY SYSTEMS - $716,159 requested, with $125,000 requested in 2015-16 and $591,159 requested in 2016-17. The project would complete the installation of access control systems at Sealston Elementary and King George Elementary and it would install security camera systems at all schools except for high school, which has them.

* COUNTY COMPUTER REPLACEMENT PROGRAM - $250,000 for a computer replacement program, with $50,000 requested in each of the next five years.

* COUNTY NETWORK SERVER REPLACEMENT - $50,000 requested in 2014-15.

* SHERIFF’S OFFICE MICROWAVE RADIO REPLACEMENT - $155,646 requested in 2015-16.

* COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT E-911 GRANT - $150,000 requested in 2014-15 to be funded by a state grant. The project would replace the dispatch mapping system in the Sheriff’s office and its related maintenance software in the Community Development Department. This project has been fully-funded by a grant.

* AMBULANCE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM - $935,000 requested and amount divided over the next five years.

~ NECESSARY – Ten projects are ranked as “Necessary” by the Commission.

* SHILOH PARK-PHASE 2 - $473,000 requested in 2014-15 to include restrooms/concession facility, picnic shelter, and water and sewer lines and connections.

* QUONSET HUT IMPROVEMENTS – $30,000 in 2014-15 for structure study to determine condition and integrity of the building, systems and roof to determine whether improvements for continued use can be validated. $70,000 earmarked for possible repairs in 2016-17.

* PRACTICE LIGHTS - $77,000 requested 2014-15 to install practice lights at the middle school, Barnesfield Park’s multipurpose field and a field at Ralph Bunche.

* CITIZEN CENTER EXPANSION - $127,000 requested in 2014-15 and $30,000 in 2015-16 to add more restrooms, office/storage space and parking.

* SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY NETWORK EQUIPMENT - $481,160 requested in 2014-15 to replace all wide and local area network switches, except at the high school, and to upgrade the division’s firewall.

* SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY FIBER EXPANSION – $800,000 requested in 2015-16 to provide fiber optic cabling to Sealston Elementary and Potomac Elementary schools.

* HIGH SCHOOL TRACK - $500,000 requested in 2015-16 for a new track complex and bleachers at the high school, or alternatively, renovations to the existing track, along with concessions, restrooms and bleacher improvements.

* TURF REPLACEMENT - $150,000 toward artificial turf replacement at the county sports stadium at the high school, with $50,000 requested in each of two years for 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19, with money being banked for replacement that is expected to be needed after 10-12 years of use for the stadium that opened 2 years ago.

* REPLACE COMPANY 2 IN DAHLGREN AREA - $4,050,000 requested for combined fire & rescue station, with $550,000 in 2014-15 estimated for purchase of land, $3,450,000 in 2015-16 for design and construction of building.

* REPLACEMENT OF ENGINE #21 - $550,000 to Replace Engine #21 in 2016-17.

~ NEEDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED – Five projects are ranked as “Needed, But Not Required” by the Commission.

* BARNESFIELD PARK UPGRADES PHASE 1 - $112,000 requested in 2015-16 and $152,000 requested in 2016-17 for conducting a park master plan, installation of a well and irrigation to the fields, relocation of Field C, expanded parking, addition of a two-stall restroom.

* HUNTER FIELD IMPROVEMENTS - $230,000 requested in 2017-18 for field improvements to mitigate field erosion problem and to provide irrigation. Future work would include repairs to the bleachers and replacing the press box/concession stand.

* BARNESFIELD PARK UPGRADES PHASE 2 - $595,000 requested in 2018-19 to provide lighting for the three ball fields.

* RALPH BUNCHE - $215,000 in 2015-16 for continued stabilization on the Ralph Bunche building, until a committee makes a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to determine the best reuse option for the historic building. So far, it has only decided on a recommendation for use of the front part of the building. The committee has set a goal of completing that part of the mission sometime in 2015.

* CONVENIENCE CENTER SITE - $300,000 for a land purchase in Dahlgren requested in 2015-16 for Waste Management to build a trash drop-off convenience center site at a location to be determined in Dahlgren.

~ DESIRABLE – Four projects are ranked as “Desirable” by the Commission.

* FACILITY EXPANSION - $8,250,000 requested in 2016-17. The project would be to renovate and provide an addition to the former middle school building, or to provide an addition to the existing middle school. The purpose would be to increase space in one of the buildings to shift the 6th grades from the county’s three elementary schools.

* HD PRESENTATION SYSTEMS - $1,171,275 requested in 2017-18 to replace existing equipment in each classroom with wall-mounted, short-throw interactive presentation projector, with a set of 30 clickers, a document camera and amplification sound system.

* DISTRICT WIDE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM– $303,117 requested in 2018-19.

* NEW FIRE STATION – SHILOH/JERSEY AREA - $4,050,000 requested for a new Fire & Rescue company in the Shiloh/Jersey area of the county to improve response time in emergencies. $550,000 requested in 2017-18 for land and $3,500,000 in 2018-19 for design and construction.

The complete package of CIP requests can be viewed in the office of Community Development, located in the Revercomb Administration building behind the Courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy).

 Phyllis Cook

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