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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.)

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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. 

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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. 

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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

email from former supervisor Steve Wolfe

Mr. LoBuglio,
 
I am writing to express my dismay at your participation in the fire and rescue “questionnaire” matter as reported yesterday in the Free Lance-Star.  I assume you were quoted accurately, if not then perhaps you might want to correct the record. That the people you are working with on this matter harbor ill will toward Chief Moody is not in doubt, but it is not my purpose here to pass judgment or express an opinion about the validity of those resentments because as an outsider I am not in a position to do so. Do you seriously believe however, that a document prepared by people with a grudge against the Chief, containing pejorative questions that reflect those grudges, and sent to an audience that likely harbors many of the same grudges is going to produce balanced and objective data?  Do you really believe that?  You might get one or two answers supportive of the Chief, but it goes against all common sense to believe that that the majority of responses will be anything but critical of him.  I’m hardly an expert in public opinion polls, but I do know enough about the business to know that polls can get almost any result they want depending upon the wording of the questions, and in this case I’m willing to bet that the results will largely be a self-fulfilling prophesy.
 
Your role in this matter is also unsavory because, as you are well aware, the County has a process in place, involving both paid and volunteer staff and officials to address the concerns raised in the consultant’s report you received on the issue. I share many of those concerns as a citizen, but as a government official who had a hand in fashioning that response, you would do well enough to let the process run its course and then deal with it at the appropriate time.
 
I am also dismayed by your constant blindsiding of your colleagues on the Board, which you seem to enjoy. Of course you had no legal obligation to inform your colleagues of your actions in this matter, but I find it incredible that you didn’t have the common courtesy to inform them of your leadership in an issue that has County-wide ramifications. At a minimum, you should have informed your Chairman, but instead Mr. Brooks apparently had to find about it from a newspaper reporter.  You offended Mr. Brooks two-fold, first by not informing him in his role as Chairman, but also in his role – of which you are well aware of – as the Board’s liaison to the fire and rescue services.  As a former supervisor myself, I am well aware that you had no legal obligation to inform anybody, but you did have a gentlemanly, and I would also say, ethical,  obligation to inform your colleagues of something so important.
 
Finally I am puzzled by your statement in the very last paragraph of yesterday’s article in which noted that “LoBuglio said neither Sullivan nor any members of his family, who currently volunteer in Port Royal, were involved in the questionnaire.” As you are aware, the article had a link to the questionnaire, which I downloaded to read for myself.  I have a question for you however:  Are you not familiar with the “Properties” function on a Word file?  If you right-click on a Word document’s icon, a box will pop up with a “Properties” box which you can click to get information such as file size, the date it was created, and also….the AUTHOR.  Imagine my amazement when I saw that the author of the questionnaire was none other than Pete Sullivan, just seconds after reading your statement that neither Mr. Sullivan and his family had anything to do with it!  Care to explain, Mr. LoBuglio?
 
As a private citizen I want to express my dismay with your behavior in this matter, and as a former county supervisor and board chairman, I am doubly dismayed that you cannot seem to show your colleagues the respect and basic common decency they deserve as duly elected public officials. I think you owe them, and especially Chairman Brooks,  a public apology for going behind their backs, but hey, that’s just my opinion.
 
Steve Wolfe

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