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County projecting budget surpluses for FY2011-12

King George County is projecting to have a surplus of over $2 million for 2011-12, which ended on June 30. Surprisingly, the School Board is also projected to have a surplus currently estimated at $408,289.

Read more: County projecting budget surpluses for FY2011-12

Supervisors, Planning Commission discuss draft Comprehensive Plan

JLUS meeting this week

The King George Board of Supervisors met last week with the Planning Commission and received an overview of its proposed draft county Comprehensive Plan for land use from commission chairman Josh Colwell.

The joint meeting took place on Oct. 2 with all five Supervisors present and most of the ten commissioners in attendance. In addition to Colwell, other commissioners at the joint meeting were Tony Scaramozzi, Chris Cox, Bill Robie, William Eschmann, Tara Patterson, Jessica Herrink and Karla Frank.

Read more: Supervisors, Planning Commission discuss draft Comprehensive Plan

New noise ordinance being developed

King George Supervisors earlier this month reviewed elements that are expected to be considered for inclusion in a proposal for a new noise ordinance. The next report on a new noise ordinance is not expected to take place until early November, when Sheriff Steve Dempsey agreed to provide some additional information regarding decibel meter readings and complaint history, including such things as whether the bulk of complaints took place at night, and enforcement success rates from surrounding counties with such ordinances.

EXISTING NOISE ORDINANCE UNENFORCEABLE

A new noise ordinance is needed because Supervisors were informed over the summer by Matt Britton, county attorney, that the existing noise ordinance is completely unenforceable. The current ordinance is based on the “reasonable person standard.” 

Read more: New noise ordinance being developed

VDOT reevaluating Dahlgren Rd. project

 

At last week’s meeting of the King George Board of Supervisors on Sept. 4, Travis Quesenberry, county administrator, said he had heard from VDOT officials relating that they are “evaluating several options” for the Owens intersection on Dahlgren Road. 

PROPOSED VDOT PROJECT

VDOT has proposed a $4.1 million project to widen a portion of Dahlgren Road (Route 206) at the intersections with Owens Drive (Route 624) and Windsor Drive (Route 218). 

Read more: VDOT reevaluating Dahlgren Rd. project

Dahlgren joint land use study requested

 

The King George Board of Supervisors directed that a date be arranged for a representative from Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) to attend an upcoming board meeting and provide a briefing on the county sponsoring a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) with the Navy Base at Dahlgren. 

The direction on Aug. 21 was prompted by an Aug. 13 letter of request from Captain P.R. Nette, Commanding Officer of the Navy Base at Dahlgren.

Read more: Dahlgren joint land use study requested

$463,000 if Owens Drive plan nixed

 

County gets details on new legislation’s possible effects

The Board of Supervisors heard more on Aug. 7 that under recently-enacted state legislation, the county would likely be on the hook for reimbursing the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) nearly a half a million dollars for costs incurred by the state so far, for the planned improvements at Owens. 

That’s if the county decides to ask VDOT to cancel the project and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) were to agree. Supervisors might be satisfied if the project were canceled, because they are not in favor of the project as it stands. 

Read more: $463,000 if Owens Drive plan nixed

County needs new noise ordinance

King George Supervisors directed Matt Britton, county attorney, to develop a proposal for their consideration for a new county noise ordinance. 

That direction came following Britton’s report at the July 17 meeting on the existing noise ordinance, saying, “I bring it up because our ordinance is officially dead.”

Supervisors had unanimously approved a noise ordinance in December 2007, following over two months of discussions at meetings, which included questioning the need to regulate civility between neighbors in a small rural county. 

They concluded at the time it had become necessary. 

Britton reminded Supervisors that he had reported to them in 2009 that the Virginia Supreme Court had struck down an ordinance similar to King George’s, also based on the “reasonable person standard.” 

That meant that it was up to law enforcement to decide if there was a violation with investigation of a complaint. The decision was based on a determination whether the noise was unreasonably loud to a reasonable person. That type of determination was struck down as unconstitutionally vague. 

Read more: County needs new noise ordinance

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