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County to purchase land on U.S. 301 for vehicle maintenance

A shared vehicle maintenance facility finally could be in the cards for King George County and the School Board.
The county has been talking about a joint vehicle facility for several years, but postponed building a new one at a planned government center at Purkins Corner due to rising costs and falling revenues two years ago.
The School Board has a current request in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the county to provide it with a new bus garage.

Read more: County to purchase land on U.S. 301 for vehicle maintenance

Wording of the proposed wood boiler amendment

The zoning ordinance text amendment as currently proposed would add some associated definitions as well as to add a section to the zoning ordinance.

The proposal would amend Section 1.9 – Definitions King George County Zoning Ordinance:

Outdoor Wood Furnace. Any equipment, device, appliance or apparatus, or any part thereof, which is installed, affixed or situated outdoors and is hand-loaded or continuously fed (automatically fueled) for the purpose of combustion of fuel to produce heat or energy used as a component of a heating system providing heat for any interior space or water source. An outdoor wood furnace may also be referred to as an outdoor wood boiler, or hydronic heater.

 

Chimney. Flue or flues that carries off exhaust from an outdoor wood furnace firebox or burn chamber.

 

Natural Wood. Wood, which has not been painted, varnished or coated with a similar material, has not been pressure treated with preservatives and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products.

 

Read more: Wording of the proposed wood boiler amendment

Harry W. Nice Bridge plan stalled with no funding for construction

Brooks, Mullen & LoBuglio question bike/pedestrian path

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), initiated a project planning study for the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge Improvement Project four years ago.

The King George Board of Supervisors got an update on the proposed project last week, with Glen Smith, Project Manager with the MDTA, saying that there is still no money to continue the project beyond the planning stage.

That was the same message he gave to supervisors a year ago.

Read more: Harry W. Nice Bridge plan stalled with no funding for construction

School Board forecast to have $686,427 surplus

King George County ending fiscal year in the black with $2.5M
The King George Board of Supervisors was last week given an updated forecast for the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year.
The School Board is expected to have a surplus of $686,427. The county will be in the black with about $2.5 million on the plus side.
The 2009-10 fiscal year ended on June 30, though both revenue and expenditures could be accrued back for 60 days in accordance with last year’s adopted budget.
The projected end-of-year balance was provided at last Tuesday’s meeting on Oct. 5 in a brief verbal report by Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance.
Harper did not provide a breakdown or analysis of how the county ended up with $2.5 million leftover. It’s likely due to higher revenues than budgeted combined with efficiencies kept in place by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry.

Read more: School Board forecast to have $686,427 surplus

BOS nixes meeting with School Board

Says School Board needs to first make decisions on use of school buildings
The King George Board of Supervisors last week nixed a request for an additional joint meeting with the School Board prior to the next quarterly meeting expected to take place in November or December.
That discussion took place at last week’s meeting on Sept. 21, with Chairman Dale Sisson and Supervisor John LoBuglio the most vocal about postponing a requested meeting with the School Board until that body decides what it wants to do with the former middle school, old King George Elementary School (OKGES, also known as the current School Board office) and renovations at Potomac Elementary School (PES).
School Board members had decided at a Sept. 13 meeting they wanted to again bring the supervisors into their long-running discussion about what to do with some of their school buildings.
A decision about what to do with the former middle school building has been under discussion by the School Board for more than five years.  
Since at least May 2005, the School Board has been talking about what use to put that building to once a new high school opened.

Read more: BOS nixes meeting with School Board

Wording proposed for ordinance amendment to regulate the use of outdoor wood boilers

    On July 20, Supervisors agreed to give the go-ahead for a formal review of draft rules to address the use of outdoor wood boilers in King George.
    To be clear, the proposed ordinance would have no effect on wood stoves operated inside homes, since regulations are already in place for them.
    Outdoor wood boilers are also called outdoor wood furnaces.  They are freestanding units that provide heat and hot water for residences.  They heat water by burning wood or other fuel stuff, 24 hours/day, some in use every day of the year.
    (See related article in the 9-1 Journal Paper.)
    Earlier this month on August 10, the Planning Commission reviewed the proposed ordinance change for outdoor wood furnaces.

Read more: Wording proposed for ordinance amendment to regulate the use of outdoor wood boilers

School Board looking at $257K+ surplus for ’09-’10

$26K lawn mower under ‘Instruction’ in June spending

The King George Board of Supervisors was given some preliminary end-of-year projections for unspent budgeted funds leftover at the end of the 2009-10 year that ended on June 30.
The news was provided by Deputy County Administrator Donita Harper at last week’s meeting on Aug. 17.
Calling the numbers, “very, very preliminary,” Harper said she was projecting surpluses for both the county and the School Board.

Read more: School Board looking at $257K+ surplus for ’09-’10

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