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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

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.

Read more: Packed agenda for special meeting

LoBuglio brags about “coordinating a coup” to increase school budget

Provides an implausible explanation for his email about “working behind the scenes”


King George Supervisor John LoBuglio embarrassed himself again at last week’s meeting when volunteering a far-fetched new excuse for his “behind the scenes” activity he wrote about in an April 19 e-mail for which he caught flak from fellow supervisors at a meeting on April 28.
Now he is saying it took place last January.  
Also, more of his e-mails reveal his bragging to take credit for increasing School Board funding, while using two of his colleagues as props and calling his behind-the-scenes efforts “coordinating a coup.”
Last week The Journal requested LoBuglio’s e-mail traffic for most of April and received it from County Attorney Matt Britton.  

Read more: LoBuglio brags about “coordinating a coup” to increase school budget

Water, sewer hike proposed for July 1

The King George Service Authority Board last month authorized a public hearing for a meeting on June 15 to hear from customers on proposed water and sewer rate and fee increases.
Residential bills for customers with both water and sewer who use up to 5,000 gallons per two-month billing period would go up $8.15. The minimum bi-monthly bill for water and sewer is currently $86.87.  It is proposed to go up to $95.01.
The proposed increase would be about $4.08 per month for customers with a minimum usage of 5,000 gallons per two-month billing period.  That minimum of 5,000 gallons is not planned to be changed.  

Read more: Water, sewer hike proposed for July 1

Supervisor’s backroom dealings overshadow budget vote

The King George supervisors may have been divided on the issue of the county’s budget but they were unanimous about one thing - their unhappiness with emailed comments made by James Monroe supervisor John LoBuglio.

By a 3 to 2 vote the Board approved a budget of $62,053,003, including $34 million for schools. Supervisors Grzeika and Sisson voted against the budget.Supervisor Grzeika voiced his concern that the decision to take funds from the county’s fund balance would require a tax hike of between 10 and 13 cents next year just to stay even with this year’s funding unless the reserves were raided again.

Read more: Supervisor’s backroom dealings overshadow budget vote

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