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LoBuglio’s answers spawn questions about EMS survey

The complete text of emails between Supervisor John LoBuglio, The Journal, and the one to him from Steve Wolfe, former supervisor, can be found here, along with the text of the EMS survey.

LoBuglio’s answers spawn questions about EMS survey

King George Supervisor John LoBuglio is taking responsibility for a May 14 email survey to “All Former Members of King George Fire & Rescue” that went out anonymously.

The survey was authored by Pete Sullivan. Sullivan was a long-time volunteer who was fired by Chief David Moody back in 2009. Sullivan appealed that decision to the county administrator and the firing was upheld. Sullivan had publicly aired his grudge at the time and at other opportunities since.  

But LoBuglio first went on the record denying that Sullivan had any involvement in the survey. He then backtracked when presented with evidence to the contrary, admitting Sullivan was involved in a limited way.  

LoBuglio’s answers have spawned additional questions. One big question is in regard to LoBuglio’s motive for working behind the scenes with Sullivan on a survey that provides answer-options that largely point blame at the county chief. 

Read more: LoBuglio’s answers spawn questions about EMS survey

Dahlgren Rd/Owens project prompts more objections

The King George Board of Supervisors provided unanimous consensus at a meeting on May 15 to send another letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to object to the proposed plans to spend $4.1 million on a project to widen a portion of Dahlgren Road (Route 206) at Owens. 

This one is intended to go to the state VDOT office.

The letter is being prepared by the county administrator, Travis Quesenberry. It’s not clear whether it will call for simply lowering the speed limit on Dahlgren Road, another request for a traffic signal of some type, or if other safe and simpler options will be 

Read more: Dahlgren Rd/Owens project prompts more objections

County looking for bus service options

The King George Board of Supervisors is expected to this week review a draft “Request for Information” (RFI) contained its meeting packet for May 15 (following our press time).

Supervisors will take a look at the RFI as part of its continuing efforts to find any lower-cost alternatives to bus service provided by FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED). 

FRED bus service is being discontinued in the county at the end of June. There is not expected to be any new service options available immediately. But the county is continuing to explore possible options to see if any are viable. 

It has become clear that efficient and economical provision of mass transit requires masses of people that simply don’t exist in a rural county. 

At a meeting in early April, a report was provided to Supervisors on two options currently being explored by a group of county officials that includes Supervisors Cedell Brooks and Dale Sisson, county administrator Travis Quesenberry, director Tim Smith of the county’s Parks & Recreation department, and director of Social Services Dave Coman. 

The two alternative options are being explored simultaneously for feasibility. 

The current task is to try to at least find low-cost transportation for getting around the county and within the region for those residents who need transport for routine medical appointments and possibly for employment commutes.  

Part of that idea might include helping county residents to get to the Ferry Farm Walmart to link up with a FRED bus to go further west, or to get riders directly to FRED Central, located on Route 1 in Fredericksburg.

One idea is for the county to see if they can find service providers that might be willing to offer a fixed 

Read more: County looking for bus service options

VA Broadband denied injunction against Wireless Authority

Virginia Broadband, L.L.C., failed to get an injunction against the King George Wireless Authority at a court hearing it had requested on last Friday. 

The company unsuccessfully argued for an injunction against the county’s Wireless Authority for barring access to the middle school tower on which it had installed equipment. 

Circuit Court Chief Judge Gordon F. Willis ruled against Virginia Broadband, saying its argument failed to meet any of the four standards set by the Fourth Circuit necessary to grant such an injunction. 

Those standards require the plaintiff to establish that the case is likely to succeed on its merits, it is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of the relief sought, that the 

Read more: VA Broadband denied injunction against Wireless Authority

Supervisors approve land giveaway for HELP Center on split vote

LoBugio flip-flops again and provides swing vote

King George Supervisor John LoBuglio left numerous constituents with whiplash last week after he slammed on the brakes and again reversed his position on his vow to delay a vote on giving county land to Project FAITH for a HELP Center.

The action on the land giveaway took place at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors on May 1, passing on a split vote of 3-2. 

The day before, LoBuglio had met informally with 20 residents on Monday, April 30, 

Read more: Supervisors approve land giveaway for HELP Center on split vote

LoBuglio vows to delay vote on land giveaway to Project FAITH

Commendable project, but financials and fiscal impact on county needed

At an informal meeting of 20 residents this week on Monday, April 30, King George Supervisor John LoBuglio vowed he would seek to delay a vote scheduled for the county to give away 5.53 acres of land fronting on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.).

The land is located in the county’s new Government Center east of Route 205 (Ridge Road) and across from the Sheriff’s office building under construction. That vote is scheduled for this week on Tuesday, May 1 (following our press time).

LoBuglio had said on April 17 he was in favor of the land giveaway. That was following a public hearing

Read more: LoBuglio vows to delay vote on land giveaway to Project FAITH

LoBuglio changes position on tax increase

Brabo accuses LoBuglio of listening to small group on tax increase

The King George Board of Supervisors budget work session Tuesday evening, April 24, was cut short because of a change in support for the budget as presented by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry over the past several months.  
Chairman Cedell Brooks reported there were not three votes for the advertised  four cent tax increase coming to the table tonight.
John LoBuglio said he would not vote for the four-cent tax increase because he felt the budget as presented on paper did not adequately show exactly what line items were increased and by how much.  He had voted to advertise the four cent increase, so constituents could comment on the proposed increase, either for or against it.
Supervisor Ruby Brabo was incensed that LoBuglio would come to the meeting with a changed mind.  She accused him of listening to a very small representation of his district, six to be exact.
She said she believed the four cent increase is necessary to insure adequate funding for Fire & Rescue services, and the Sheriff’s department.  Brabo and Brooks are in favor of the four cent increase.  Supervisor Dale Sisson is in favor of the three cent increase as presented in the proposed budget.  Supervisor Joe Grzeika opposes a tax increase at this time, and has been since day one of the budget talks.
Brooks stated if there was not going to be a vote for an increase, or a vote on the budget, then there was no point in the representatives from EMS, Fire & Sheriff’s department speaking on behalf of getting additional funding.
As there was not going to be a vote,  the Board agreed to meet again on Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m., and the meeting was adjourned.

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