- Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:34
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The King George Board of Supervisors voted to forward a case to the Planning Commission for consideration of an amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow the keeping of honeybees on residentially-zoned property. The action took place on Aug. 2.
The proposed ordinance would allow beekeeping in zoning districts zoned Residential-1 or Residential-2 which have lot sizes of at least 15,000 square feet.
For those districts, they are considering two hives could be allowed, with up to three hives on lots with 20,000 square feet and four hives on lots 25,000 square feet in the larger lots zoned R-1 and R-2.
Residential R-3 multifamily zoning is not included for consideration for beekeeping.
The owner, operator or tenant must obtain a permit from the zoning administrator, along with other conditions.
Conditions include no hives located closer than 10 feet from any property line or sidewalk and not permitted in any front yard.
A constant supply of fresh water must be provided on the lot within 20 feet of all hives.
Any hive within 25 feet of a property line, must have a flyway barrier as a shield from a neighbor’s property, consisting of dense vegetation, a wall or solid fence at least 6 feet high.
Senior environmental planner Heather Hall provided a thorough staff report, but Supervisor Jim Howard was not enthusiastic about allowing beekeeping on the residential lots due to their close proximity to neighbors.
Chairwoman Ruby Brabo reminded him this would start the process with two public hearings, and also talked about bee hives in residential zoning where she lives in Chatham Village subdivision zoned R-1.
“I wouldn’t have a concern. I already have neighbors who have hives and they’ve been told to get rid of them, and that’s why they want this. And we’ve not had any issues,” Brabo said.
Supervisor John Jenkins asked if other localities have similar ordinances and if they are successful.
Hall said various other localities were polled, with no issues regarding near neighbors with allergies or bees bothering animals.
She said localities reported complaints when beekeepers were found to not be complying with the permit conditions, as noted.
Jack Green, director of Community Development also commented.
“Another thing, they would have the flyway barrier to encourage the bees to fly up if the hives are located close to the property line,” Green said.
The staff report further addressed the issue by providing honey bee facts, including the following.
Bees are generally not aggressive and are generally compatible with residential uses.
Honeybees fly in a radius of about 2 to 5 miles from their homes to forage for flowers and food.
And, it’s recognized that natural bees make their hives wherever they want without regard to zoning.
The Planning Commission has already studied the topic during four meetings earlier this year after receiving direction to provide a report after supervisors heard from a county resident in March requesting beekeeping be allowed in residential zoning.
Now the actual legal process will begin with an advertised public hearing to be scheduled at an upcoming meeting of the Planning Commission.
Director Jack Green said the hearing will be 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the ground floor board room of the Revercomb Administration building, located behind the King George Courthouse on Route 3.
After the Planning Commission finishes its deliberations, it will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to approve or disapprove, or could make recommendations for changes.
Next, supervisors will hold another public hearing, discuss it again, make any changes, then take a vote to adopt or not adopt.
Those interested in more information about local beekeeping, may go online to Gateway Beekeepers Association: http://www.gatewaybeekeepers.org/
The association meets monthly, 7 p.m. on the third Thursdays of the month at the American Legion Post 89 on Dahlgren Road at Indiantown Road (Routes 206 & 610). Contact information is available on the website to find out about attending a meeting as a guest.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:38
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Click here to see the bus routes for King George County Elementary School.
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- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 15:06
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A crowd of King George residents turned out for crab fest fundraiser hosted by the King George Builders' Association.
The popular event was held at the King George Family YMCA.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:47
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe reminds people about Virginia’s sales tax holiday from Aug. 5 to 7 to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax.
With school starting earlier this year in King George, on Aug. 15, the sales tax holiday comes just in time to prepare for purchasing school supplies, clothing items and new footwear along with numerous other items.
Those who are not sure this sales tax holiday is for them are encouraged to peruse the long lists of eligible items online at the Virginia Department of Taxation website.
Examples include a wide range of items from household and shop aprons, baby clothes and bathing suits to wedding apparel and veils and lots of items in between.
There are numerous items exempt from sales tax even for those with no children in school.
Many eligible items are used in home offices or by artists and musicians which have a selling price of $20 or less per item.
“The sales tax holiday will make items that help families prepare for the school year or for a potential emergency more affordable,” McAuliffe said in a news release. “It is my hope that shoppers will use this time to get their children the items they need to succeed in school, as well as stock up on the essentials that may come in handy during a hurricane or other emergency where electricity or clean water may be unavailable for an extended period of time.”
This is good news for parents and students who have not completed back-to-school shopping. Legislation enacted by last year by the state combined Virginia’s three sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday.
Consumers can purchase qualifyingschool supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying Virginia sales tax.
All inclusive lists for all three categories of items can be accessed online: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/sales-tax-holiday.
Tax exempt items include:
Most school and office supplies, such as pens, loose-leaf paper, scissors, binders, backpacks, and construction paper, priced at $20 or less.
Clothing and footwear, priced at $100 or less per item or pair.
Batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope, and first aid kits, priced at $60 or less.
Gas-powered chainsaws, priced at $350 or less, and chainsaw accessories, priced at $60 or less.
Portable generators, priced at $1,000 or less.
Energy Star-labeled dishwashers, washing machines, air conditioners, ceiling fans, light bulbs, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators, priced at $2,500 or less.
WaterSense-labeled sink faucets, faucet accessories, aerators, shower heads, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controllers, priced at $2,500 or less.
All lists of tax exempt items are online at the Virginia Department of Taxation website.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:44
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A discussion about gathering information for mapping an African-American Education Trail in the Northern Neck will take place 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 18 in meeting room B at the Smoot Memorial Library in King George.
Lisa Hull, economic development and tourism coordinator for the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, said this is the first of subsequent meetings to be held in other counties of the Northern Neck.
The Northern Neck Tourism Commission is soliciting stakeholder input for sites about former African-American schools and sites in King George, Westmoreland, Lancaster, Northumberland, and Richmond counties to publish a web-based map of sites, along with photos, and other available information.
It’s fitting the first meeting for this new type of tourist trail is in King George, traditionally called the ‘Gateway to the Northern Neck,’ and now using its new slogan, ‘King George County, where your Northern Neck adventure begins,’ which was adopted by the King George Board of Supervisors in May.
Hull said the African-American Education Trail meeting was organized with the assistance of the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association.
She will be on hand to start the conversation and also said Claudette Jordon, president of the Bunche alumni group, has been helping her with the project.
“We can begin by seeing if we can flesh out an unpublished skeletal map we’ve started, and try to pinpoint those and other sites of school buildings which have not survived,” Hull said.
“We’re lucky to have Ralph Bunche High School still extant.”
The map will eventually be housed on the northernneck.org website.
“It will be a Google-based map and can be updated as needed,” Hull said. She said it can provide online links about additional information on each school site and when they operated.
The mission of the Northern Neck Tourism Commission is to promote the cultural, natural, historic and recreational assets of the Northern Neck and to support local efforts to conserve land, water, scenic views, and cultural landscapes that contribute to the Northern Neck’s distinction as a heritage destination.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:42
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Summer will continue, but its lazy days for students in King George schools will come to an end on Aug. 15 with the first day of school.
Teachers new to the King George division report this week on Aug. 4, with all teachers and paraprofessionals reporting next Monday, Aug. 8.
The School Board started getting ready to welcome back school staff following a meeting on July 26 by taking part in a video production intended for upcoming ‘Welcome Back’ activities.
Parents and students can get ready by marking calendars with orientation/open house dates for their schools when they will have the chance to meet teachers for the new school year.
Students rising to the middle school or high school can also begin to get used to their new schools. Orientation/open house dates and times for each school are listed below.
King George Schools student orientation and open house schedule
King George High School – Principal Jesse Boyd; phone 540-775-3535.
Aug. 11: 5 to 6 p.m.- Orientation for students in Grade 9. 6-7pm – Orientation for students in Grades 10 through 12.
Aug. 12: 10 a.m.to noon - Freshman Transition.
King George Middle School – Principal Jennifer Collins; phone 540-775-2331.
Aug. 11: 3 to 4 p.m. Orientation for students in Grade 7; 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Orientation for students in Grade 8.
King George Elementary School – Principal Ron Monroe; 540-775-5411.
Aug. 11: 10 a.m. to noon - Orientation for Kindergarten students.
Aug. 12: 9 to 10 a.m. – Orientation for students in Grades 1 through 3; 10 to11 a.m. Orientation for students in Grades 4 through 6.
Potomac Elementary School: Principal Angie Harris; phone 540-663-3322.
Aug. 10: 1 to 3 p.m. - Orientation for Kindergarten students.
Aug. 11: 1 to 3 p.m. – Orientation for students in Grades 1 through 6.
Sealston Elementary School: Principal Cynthia Malyevac; phone 540-775-3400.
Aug. 10: 1 to 3 p.m. - Orientation for Kindergarten students.
Aug. 11: 1 to 3 p.m. – Orientation for students in Grades 1 through 6.
Early Childhood, Special Education, and Virginia Preschool Initiative at old King George Elementary School: Aug. 11: 9 to 11 a.m. - Orientation (Enter on left side of the School Board Office building on St. Anthony’s Road.)
King George County School Lunch Prices for 2016-17
Elementary Schools – Breakfast $1.75; Adult Breakfast $2.50. Lunch $2.45; Adult Lunch $3.50. Milk $.60; 4 oz. Juice $.60; 8 oz. Juice $1.00.
Middle and High Schools - Breakfast $1.75; Adult Breakfast $2.50. Lunch $2.55; Adult Lunch $3.50. Milk $.60; 4 oz. Juice $.60; 8 oz. Juice $1.00.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:37
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Jersey Mike’s Subs hosted a ribbon cutting July 27 at its site in Dahlgren in front of the Walmart Gateway shopping center, fronting on U.S. 301 (James Madison Parkway).
King George community leaders and officials were on hand along with Jersey Mike’s associates.
Pictured are Economic Development Authority board member Dreda Newman (front row, left to right), Jersey Mike’s John Skeele, Economic Development Authority Chairman Jim Hull, King George Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ruby Brabo, King George Chamber of Commerce officer Gale Marshall, Peoples Community Bank branch manager StephanieAnn Burch, with , Jersey Mike’s associates (second row) Antwan Burton, Jeffrey Conklin and Travis Tucker.
The Walmart Gateway shopping center is filling up nicely with Jersey Mike’s Subs as the latest addition, joining Five Guys in the same building, with Auto Zone next door.
Next is another building containing Game Stop, VA ABC, Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, Benny’s Chinese & American Food, Hair Cuttery, and Verizon Wireless. Then there’s Starbucks, Tropical Smoothie and Sleepy’s.
The stores further back from the highway and in line with Walmart are Petco, Peebles, Famous Footwear, Hibbett Sports, Dollar Tree, Rue 21, The UPS Store, Herbal Nails & Spa, and Goodwill.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:33
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The King George Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings Aug. 16 for tightening guidelines in its Comprehensive Plan for Land Use and to provide stricter rules in its zoning ordinance in regard to oil and gas drilling in the county.
That was decided during a meeting on July 19 when the topic of fracking came up on the agenda. Gas drilling in shale deposits is nicknamed ‘fracking.’ It’s the current method of drilling for natural gas by high-pressure injection of chemicals and large amounts of water through a very long pipe into shale rock formations thousands of feet underground and through the aquifer, creating cracks in ancient shale beds to allow the extraction of natural gas.
The topic was on the agenda as a discussion item, which drew comments by three members of the public, with resident Jim Lynch urging stricter rules to avoid deleterious effects on the quality of life in King George, and resident Citlali Niznik going a step further.
“Please do not allow this menace to come to our county,” Niznik said, ticking off various concerns including contamination of the aquifer, which is the sole source of the county’s potable water.
Stafford resident and conservation chairman for the Rappahannock Sierra Club, Bill Johnson, also suggested banning it.
When the September 2015 hearings took place, which drew about 25 speakers with all but two against it, Supervisors Richard Granger and John Jenkins were not on the board, having been elected last November.
Like the other board members, the two do not appear to be in favor of fracking in King George, with both making brief comments following public comment time.
“I appreciate and I hold many of the concerns that you do about fracking,” Granger said.
Jenkins said he agreed.
“I certainly agree with a lot of the comments related to fracking. Our actions concerning fracking are certainly a work in progress,” Jenkins said.
“However we are certainly not standing pat as you will see as we move forward here this evening.”
Later in the meeting, county attorney Eric Gregory provided an update about why the board had not taken action last September.
“That was largely out of deference to the Commonwealth’s Department of Mines Minerals and Energy’s ongoing review of its gas and oil regulations,” Gregory said.
He said he’d previously expected those regulations would be finalized in August or September.
But now that has changed with the state engaging a third-party consultant, called STRONGER to perform another review of the state’s draft regulations for oil and gas drilling in this part of the state.
STRONGER is an acronym for ‘State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations.’ Its website says it was formed in 1999 as an independent organization existing to review oil and gas state regulations.
Gregory said it’s not known how long this new review process will take, saying it will include some meetings in Abingdon next month.
“We don’t know exactly how that’s going to work. Portions of that review will apparently be open to the public and portions will not. And we don’t know what impact that review will have on the current regulatory review process,” Gregory said.
“With no end in sight to that process, I would strongly advise you go through the public hearing process again and readvertise the proposals.”
Supervisors set the Aug. 16 date.
Supervisors have said they want the county to have the proposed ordinance changes in place in case a driller files an application prior to the state completing its own regulatory process.
Chairwoman Ruby Brabo agreed the planned adoption of the county’s current proposals would at least put some protections in place, with the potential for a further review following new regulations coming down from the state whenever that takes place.