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Fireworks display back in KG?

Staff to report on feasibility for next July 4; cost and other issues being considered

Since 2008, King George residents have had to go out of the county if they wanted to view a professional fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

The Board of Supervisors has tasked county staff to take another look at the feasibility of reinstating those annual displays, which were canceled by the county at the Dahlgren base two years ago.

Chairman Dale Sisson brought up the topic a couple of days after Independence Day, at a county meeting on July 6.

He got concurrence from board members to have staff take a look at the possibility of bringing back a county fireworks display, which is a traditional culminating event to Independence Day for many families. 

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Supervisors want new stadium at HS

Instead of a grass field, synthetic turf is being considered

A decision to build a new stadium in King George was all but decided last week on July 6.

The School Board will have the chance to provide its views at a joint meeting with Supervisors Aug. 3 and also talk about the option of synthetic turf versus natural grass. 

The high school athletic complex is proposed to consist of a new stadium to support football along with field hockey, soccer and future lacrosse.
The concession area, rest rooms and team rooms are expandable and the county has the ability to phase them by starting small. The schematic plan shows they will be sited so they can be used by the baseball and softball fields on the other side.

The proposed stadium project has been in the county capital plan for years, but had been put off in the past due to cost and the downturn in the economy. 

 

Read more: Supervisors want new stadium at HS

KGHS stadium decision pending

A stadium decision is pending in King George.  
What should be done about a high school sports venue?
Members of the King George County Board of Supervisors and of the School Board are mulling that question.
Each were provided copies of a draft location report that provides information toward making a decision on whether to build a new high school stadium or modernize and renovate Hunter Field.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry received the draft location report from CHA Inc., an engineering/design firm, in early June and made it available to the elected officials at the same time.

CHA is the same firm that in May had provided an estimate of $120,000 for a short-term solution for Hunter Field to get it into playing shape for this fall.

That option was proposed to also solve some drainage problems and address safety issues that were raised by soccer and football referees to school division officials earlier this spring.

Read more: KGHS stadium decision pending

King George approves five-year Capital Improvement Program

The King George Board of Supervisors last week approved its 2011-2014 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and also adopted the county’s capital projects budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2010-11, which begins on July 1. (See related article elsewhere in this issue.)

The CIP is a five-year plan that is updated annually by the Planning Commission and forwarded to the County Administrator.

Travis Quesenberry had reviewed his adjustments to the proposal and presented his revisions earlier this month to the Board of Supervisors at a work session on June 8.

Supervisors made adjustments at that time and the revised plan was presented and approved at last week’s meeting on June 15.

Read more: King George approves five-year Capital Improvement Program

Report on Hunter Field and KGHS stadium

This is a draft report from CHA, Inc., to the county on pros and cons, with cost estimates, for a complete upgrade to Hunter Field compared to building a new stadium at KGHS, which has been provided to members of the Board of Supervisors and the members of the School Board, but not publicly presented or reviewed.

Hunter Field upgrade will cost $2M more than new stadium

King George gets location report on stadium option sites

The members of the King George Board of Supervisors last week received a written draft location report proposed to provide information toward making a decision on whether to build a new high school stadium or completely upgrade Hunter Field.
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry told supervisors at last week’s work session, June 8, that he had provided the report to Superintendent Candace Brown.
The report from CHA, Inc., an engineering/design firm, recommends building a new stadium at KGHS.  

Read more: Hunter Field upgrade will cost $2M more than new stadium

Supervisors have $480,000 question for School Board

At the last meeting of the Board of Supervisors on May 18, Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance, provided her monthly finance reports on the county and school division budgets for 2009-10.
The fiscal year is winding down and ends on June 30.
Harper noted that for the School Board, the state had reduced payments for Virginia Retirement System costs by $480,000.
Supervisor Dale Sisson wanted to know where the $480,000 now appeared in the 2009-10 School Board budget.
Harper said, she wasn’t sure, but understood from Superintendent Candace Brown that the money “is already spoken for.”
Supervisor Cedell Brooks Jr. expressed chagrin, noting that if that money were carried forward, it would more than cover the amount of $419,000 chipped in by the county to go toward health insurance increases for 2010-11.
Brooks and John LoBuglio had led the charge to dig into county reserves to provide an increase in funding for the School Board.
Following the meeting, School Board member Renee Parker told The Journal that Harper had “misspoke.”
Parker was unable to explain about how the $480,000 savings was accounted for in the School Board budget.
But it is common knowledge that the division administration has been spending down any balances to ensure that a large surplus will not be returned to the county as last year when $1.19 million was left over. 
Parker said she asked Harper to send out clarifying e-mails to supervisors and the press the following day.
The Journal asked Harper about it the next week and she responded, saying, “I am still looking into quantifying this issue, however I believe Dr. Brown will provide a report at the next board meeting.”
The Journal asked Brown about it and she was unclear about the amount of savings and could not give details.

Read more: Supervisors have $480,000 question for School Board

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