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$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

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

 

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