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Supervisors put off decision on School Board fund request

The King George Board of Supervisors postponed a decision on a request by the School Board which asked for $470,499.
The request relayed by Superintendent Candace Brown was considered at last Thursday’s meeting on Nov. 5, but put off by supervisors until they can get a complete report on Nov. 17 from the county finance department on the request.
Supervisors also want to know what the School Board would do with the money.
The School Board actually ended up with a surplus of $1,192,001 in unspent funds at the end of fiscal year 2008-2009, which ended June 30.
The School Board had voted to ask for $470,499 at a meeting on Oct. 14.

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Fairview Beach rezoning granted for townhouses

Rezoning approval was granted by the King George Board of Supervisors for a townhouse development requested by Fairview Beach, LLC, represented by Bob Moesle.
The action at last week’s meeting on Aug. 18 was approved on a vote of 4-0.  
Dahlgren Supervisor James Mullen disqualified himself from voting on the matter, as he does on many development proposals, due to a potential future business conflict of interest.

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KG Supervisors end fiscal year in the black

The King George Board of Supervisors was last week given an updated forecast for the end of the 2008-2009 fiscal year that puts the county in the black with about $764,056 on the plus side.
Though the fiscal year officially ended June 30, both revenue and expenditures can be accrued back for 60 days in accordance with last year’s adopted budget.
That’s a big turnaround for the county budget. After the economy took a downturn last fall, year-end deficits were being projected of over a million dollars in the red.
The latest end-of-year balances were provided at the July 21 meeting by Donita Harper, Deputy County Administrator & Director of Finance.

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Supervisors to consider Veazey’s request for expansion of Eagle Bay water system

Public hearing scheduled next Tuesday on request for a special exception
 
Ed Veazey, representing S.E.Ventures, is scheduled to be back in front of the King George Board of Supervisors next week to again request a larger service area to enable him to expand his private water system that currently serves Eagle Bay subdivision.
Veazey was previously in front the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors two years ago on the same request.
Two years ago, the water system had about 11 customers and now it has about 15 over an approved service area which includes 171.275 acres.
The request is to more than double the current size of the service area for the water system, by adding 265.474 acres.

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Board of Supervisors approves five-year capital plan

Funding to be allocated for some 2009-2010 projects
 
The King George Board of Supervisors approved a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 last month. The CIP that totals over $114 million was approved at a meeting on June 16.
The CIP is a five-year plan which is updated annually by the Planning Commission, then forwarded to the Board of Supervisors through the County Administrator.
Each year, supervisors adopt a capital budget and spending plan in one-year increments for funding of capital improvements items and projects.

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Public hearing on Fairview Beach townhouse rezoning to be held next week

Board of Supervisors to consider request for 60 new townhomes at Tuesday’s meeting

A public hearing on a rezoning request by Fairview Beach, LLC, represented by Bob Moesle, will be held next Tuesday at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors.  
The hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The rezoning with proffers is to change 9.33664 acres, from Retail Commercial (C-1) to Multi-Family Dwelling District (R-3).  The purpose is to allow the company to construct 60 townhouses on property identified as Tax Map 14 Parcel 1.    
~ HALFWAY THROUGH REZONING PROCESS    The rezoning request had already made it halfway through the process when the applicant stopped it in its tracks four months ago.  

Read more: Public hearing on Fairview Beach townhouse rezoning to be held next week

King George buying Route 3 property for county uses

   The Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of a parcel of land containing several small buildings, one with two vehicle bays.  The buildings also include an office building and two shops on Route 3.  The unanimous action took place on January 22.
   The county is paying $450K for the 4.116-acre property.   It is located on the north side of Route 3 at 9207 Kings Highway in King George, a couple of parcels west of Howard’s restaurant.  The seller is North Stafford Industrial Park, Inc.  
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry told The Journal the existing buildings will house the county’s Public Service Authority (PSA) and the General Properties Department.  
   The PSA is the county’s water and sewer service provider.  The General Properties Department includes such services as custodial and grounds maintenance for county properties.
   “The buildings and the site there is adequate to meet our current needs,” Quesenberry said.  He also said there are a couple of buildings on the property that will be demolished.  
   Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Joe Grzeika told us, “This buys us 5-10 years on the need for another new building to house these departments.”
   Funding to buy the property is coming from the undesignated reserve of the county’s Capital Improvement fund.  Quesenberry said they were pleased with the agreed-on price, since the property was on the market for $695K and appraised at $640K.  
Quesenberry also said they hoped to complete the purchase for move-in this May.  
The Board of Supervisors had put on hold some of its plans to build a new government center with four new buildings at Purkins Corner, with the roads and water/sewer lines already in place.  
   A decision was made last fall to go forward with a phased approach to start construction of only two of the four planned buildings.   That’s because of cost.  
   Construction costs have risen dramatically since the project was first proposed and it’s no secret that revenues are down due to the state’s slumping economy and the nation’s recession.
   Last fall, county-contracted financial analysts told the Board that to construct all four planned government center buildings this year, they could be looking at a real estate increase of 3.5 cents in 2010, an additional 5-cents in 2011 and another 2-cents in 2012.  
Those tax hikes did not include costs for a planned Smoot library expansion, which was estimated to add 1.5-cents to the tax rate in 2010, if going forward this year.  Those tax hikes did not take into account potential tax increases for any other government operations.
Consequently, a decision was made last fall to go forward with two buildings for now - an animal pound and Sheriff’s Department, which have been put out to bid.  
   The other two buildings, one for health & human services and a general operations center, are on hold.
   With that in mind, Supervisors had scheduled a joint meeting with the School Board in October to see where division officials stood on a possible consolidation of county and division vehicle/bus maintenance and utilization of the middle school building, which will be vacated by the 7th & 8th grades at the end of the school year this June.  
   The School Board appeared to be divided in support for consolidating vehicle maintenance with the county, adding up to an indecisive ‘maybe.’
   Regarding whether the School Board might consider turning over the middle school, that question had been asked two previous times in recent years.  First the School Board said they would turn it over to the county, then changed its collective mind in 2005, saying they wanted to keep it, likely for use as an intermediate school.  
   At the October meeting, School Board member Payne Kilbourn provided his calculations indicating the division’s need to keep the middle school building to house a portion of the student population.  
   But since that meeting with Supervisors on October 29, the School Board voted to postpone use of the middle school for at least the coming school year, due to cost constraints for long-needed and neglected maintenance issues, including a new well and a new heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.  
   That’s why Supervisors had instructed county staff to cast about for options for housing the PSA and General Properties.

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