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Dahlgren Road project at Owens on hold

King George to decide whether to ask state nix it

A Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project to widen a portion of Dahlgren Road (Route 206) at the intersections with Owens Drive (Route 624) and Windsor Drive (Route 218) is on hold until the King George Board of Supervisors makes a final decision on whether or not to ask the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to cancel it.

VDOT residency administrator David Brown told the board last week, “We are trying to keep the project going forward. We would like the board to support it, but the board has to make a decision on what they are going to support.”

Read more: Dahlgren Road project at Owens on hold

King George seeking another partner for wireless broadband

The King George Wireless Authority is again seeking a private partner to operate as a wireless Internet service provider to provide broadband for residents and businesses throughout the rural county. 

The action to issue a request for information (RFI) took place at its last meeting on June 26. The RFI was issued on July 3, with the deadline for the submission of responses due to the county on August 2. (See below for details.)

Read more: King George seeking another partner for wireless broadband

King George seeking public transportation alternatives to FRED

The King George Board of Supervisors is going to try again to find viable transportation options that could serve to provide public transportation alternatives within and beyond the county.

They don’t have high expectations, but wanted to follow through on a commitment to the few residents who used the service that had previously been provided by FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) until the end of June. 

Read more: King George seeking public transportation alternatives to FRED

Discord surfaces at Supervisors meeting

Brabo’s potential rule change with discord the price

Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo finally got her way last week on June 26 when she tried for the third time to get consensus of the King George Board of Supervisors to task the county attorney, Matt Britton, to come up with a potential change to the board’s ‘Rules & Procedures’ to state what she sees as a method to ensure, “Every Board member has rights equal to every other member of the Board.”

Read more: Discord surfaces at Supervisors meeting

Water & sewer rates raised

Water & sewer rates raised

The King George Service Authority Board of Directors was unanimous last week in a vote to raise water and sewer rates as proposed two months ago. The rate increases of five percent for water and 10 percent for sewer usage will be reflected in the July billing. 

The new rates also increase charges for debt service by the same percentages, along with a five-percent increase for new service connections. None of the Supervisors were happy to raise rates, but all saw the necessity to cover costs. 

The Service Authority’s 2012-13 total budget was set at $4,357,780. The rate increase reflects higher costs for chemicals for testing and treatment, fuel for vehicles, and the other rising costs of doing business. It also carries forward the cost of a two percent mid-year pay raise that was granted this past January 2012, along with a state-mandated one percent increase for all employees to offset their required increase in payments to the Virginia Retirement System effective July 1. 

Read more: Water & sewer rates raised

Brabo’s second attempt to change rules fails

 

Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo has made two attempts to change the ‘Rules & Procedures’ for the Board of Supervisors. She was stymied with the board split on her proposal with four members at the last meeting, and only John LoBuglio agreeing to amend the rules to include her proposed wording. 

She proposed on May 15 and again at the last meeting on June 5 that wording be inserted as follows. 

Read more: Brabo’s second attempt to change rules fails

LoBuglio defends EMS survey

King George Supervisor John LoBuglio defended his survey that was emailed anonymously last month to at least 40 former EMS volunteers, targeting Fire and Rescue Chief David Moody.

At the June 5 meeting, LoBuglio appeared determined to go forward with obtaining and reviewing results from the survey despite public criticism from King George Fire & Rescue leadership. He also said whether he brings the results to the board depends on the responses to the survey.  

(See related article in this issue outlining EMS volunteer and Board member comments. Also, view the June 5 meeting at www.journalpress.com (click on “Links”), along the complete text of the controversial survey.)

LoBuglio’s comments had a large audience containing at least 20 uniformed EMS members and another 10 plus supporters. 

Read more: LoBuglio defends EMS survey

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