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Options to fix Salem Church Rd.

The status of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) proposal to make improvements to Route 625 (Salem Church Rd.) in King George is unclear at this point.

That was the message conveyed by VDOT officials at a public citizen information meeting in the county held earlier this month on Nov. 15.

VDOT had sent letters on Oct. 27 to inform adjacent property owners about the meeting and outlining its two proposed design alternatives to flatten out two successive, existing 90-degree curves in the road and to raise the vertical alignment to resolve chronic drainage issues.

Read more: Options to fix Salem Church Rd.

Supervisors warn of tough times ahead

King George Supervisors were back at last week’s meeting on Nov. 15, fresh from an annual Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) conference. They related anticipated tough times to come over the next couple of years after meeting with legislative analysts, state officials, and members of local governing bodies from across the state.

Supervisor Dale Sisson commented, “There was one definitive theme that came out, that we’ve had some tough budget times and we haven’t seen anything, yet. So fiscal year 2013 is looking to be extremely challenging. Some of the things that have contributed to the state’s budget being as good as it is this year are really one-time deals. And so we’re in for a real challenging time here in FY2013.”

Supervisor John LoBuglio agreed. He said, “Right now we’re looking at some very bleak years coming up because there’s over 30 mandates that the state wants to push down to the county level. And there really isn’t any funding that will come down with them. So, it’ll fix the state budget, but it will still be on the back of the state’s constituents within their county taxes. So that’s going to be a real rollercoaster over the next

Read more: Supervisors warn of tough times ahead

Smoot Library project contract awarded

Board agrees: no new capital projects for the time being
The King George Board of Supervisors last week on Oct. 4 awarded a construction contract for the planned Smoot Library construction project that includes a major addition of 17,800 square feet along with renovations to the existing 10,500 square foot original structure.

The total library project is slated to cost $5,666,000. That includes the contract award of $4,866,000 to Armada Hoffler Construction Co. of VA, of Virginia Beach along with $800,000 budgeted to go towards other project-related costs for construction administration, special inspection and testing, equipment, furniture,

Read more: Smoot Library project contract awarded

County may retain control of stadium

The King George Board of Supervisors could exercise its option to have a planned stadium become a county facility, instead of turning its operation over to the School Board when completed, expected to be sometime late in 2012.

The Board of Supervisors owns the land and the high school building and leases it to the School Board, as it does with both King George Elementary and Sealston Elementary schools. The option to offer a lease for the stadium to the School Board will be decided by

Read more: County may retain control of stadium

FRED bus service may be cut

The King George Board of Supervisors was informed at its last meeting that Fredericksburg is anticipating eliminating FREDericksburg Regional Transit service in King George beginning next summer on June 29, 2012.

Fredericksburg City Manager Beverly Cameron’s July 8 letter on the topic was reviewed by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry with the King George Board of Supervisors at its last meeting, on July 19.

The letter provided a year’s notice that continuing to provide bus service to King George is not considered viable by the city. Cameron’s letter contained some conciliatory language, but it also related its need for the county to return to previous levels of service, meaning the county has to provide a bigger budget for bus service if it wants to keep FRED running in the county.

Read more: FRED bus service may be cut

County approves 2011-12 capital projects & budget

The King George Board of Supervisors recently approved its 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and also adopted the county’s capital projects budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2010-11, which began on July 1. (See related article.)

The CIP is a five-year plan that is updated annually by the Planning Commission and forwarded to the county. County Administrator Travis Quesenberry makes his own adjustments and recommendations and it is an agenda item at a board meeting, with discussion and suggestions made by Supervisors.  It was approved last month on June 21.

The CIP is viewed as a guide for planning purposes in future years. Though projects are listed in various years, none of the projects in the 5-year plan are locked into funding for any particular year and are always subject to being pushed into later years or deleted altogether from the CIP.


CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS for 2012-16

PARKS & RECREATION  -
Six projects estimated at $4,427,000.   

PRACTICE LIGHTS AT BALLFIELDS - $60,000 listed in 2012-13 with another $60,000 listed in 2013-14. The completed project is slated to add $6,000 in annual utility costs.

Read more: County approves 2011-12 capital projects & budget

KGSA holds hearing on proposed increases

The King George Service Authority Board will hold a public hearing next Tuesday, June 21, on proposed rate increases of 5 percent for water and 12 percent for sewer usage. The proposal would also increase charges for new connections by 5 percent. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

The new user rates would be reflected in the July billing and would affect utility usage fees for Service Authority customers with water, sewer or both services. Higher charges for new connections would go into effect July 1. 

Residential bills for customers with both water and sewer service using up to 5,000 gallons per two-month billing period will go up by $9.01. The minimum bi-monthly bill for water and sewer will go

Read more: KGSA holds hearing on proposed increases

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