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It is an annual rite of Spring - the Kite Fly at Litchfield Farm, sponsored by King George Parks & Rec. Everyone had fun, and unusual kites abounded!
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Bids for Sheriff’s office also lower than estimated
The King George Board of Supervisors voted last week on March 17 to award a contract to Gulf Seaboard General Contractors, Inc., in the amount of $1,502,000 for construction of a new county animal pound.
The best news is that there were numerous bidders and all the qualified bids came in substantially under the cost estimate provide by URS for the construction project, which was $2.75M, for the base bid and the alternate.
Supervisor Dale Sisson pointed that out, saying, “This is a really good-news story.”
Chairman Joe Grzeika commented that with the amount of the bid, they would get the full build-out to include the alternate of an expanded number of dog runs to 24, instead of 16 as contained in the base bid.
Supervisor Jim Howard stated, “This is something that we have needed in King George for a long time.”
County Administrator Travis Quesenberry also had good news regarding the bids opened that day for construction of a 42K square foot Sheriff’s Department.
Quesenberry that the bids on the Sheriff’s Department needed to be checked for completeness and accuracy, but the initial tabulation indicated that of the 14 bids received, the apparent low bid came in at $7.335M.
That bid was almost $6M less than the cost estimate of $13M. The high bid of $8.7M for the Sheriff’s project was also well below the cost estimate.
Both facilities will be constructed at the site planned for a new government center on Route 3, east of Route 205 at Purkins Corner and next to the YMCA.
~ FUNDING Action was taken on November 4 by Supervisors to approve a resolution for a loan from the Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) for about $25M for the two buildings, in addition to other funds rolled in to refinance a couple of other smaller loan balances.
Grzeika stated, “Again, it is the time, and it is the best use of taxpayer dollars at this time.”
Supervisor Dale Sisson said, “I would never had guessed it would be that low.”
Grzeika agreed, saying, “That is really astonishing.”
~ OTHER PROJECTS? The news of the low bids may mean that remaining funding can go toward one or more other construction projects planned by the county.
Under strong consideration could be expansion of the Smoot Library estimated at $4.5M and/or a new stadium estimated at $3M.
Sisson said as much, stating, “We have the library expansion and maybe we can apply some of it to the stadium at this point.”
Supervisor Cedell Brooks, Jr., was also interested in what the remaining funds could be spent on, saying, “By saving so much, can we use that money for other things?”
Two other planned government center buildings are also on hold. Those include an operations center and a health and human services building.
Grzeika directed Quesenberry, saying, “Let us know what our legal abilities are.”
Quesenberry said, “We’ll check that and bring back to the board some options. There were certain things in that bond issuance that we were restricted to use the money for.”
Grzeika noted that construction prices could now start going up, saying, “If you put out bids now, I don’t think there will be as good as prices were now. There will be stimulus money out there that will bring it back into more normalcy.”
He added, “We hit it right at the sweet spot. This one really was a home run. We rolled the dice on this and it really came out in our favor.”
~ CONTRACTOR The approved contractor for the animal pound, Gulf Seaboard, is a commercial construction company established in 1982 and located in Ashland.
The contract is expected to be executed by the end of next week, when the notice to proceed will be given.
The language in the contract agreement provides for slightly less than 6 months to achieve final completion of the construction project.
The would put completion of the animal pound in the end of September, with the contract providing 127 days to reach substantial and another 45 days to reach final completion.
~ SPECS Supervisors had reviewed and approved a design in October 2007. The animal pound will be about 5,500 square feet for the building, along with 24 outside dog runs.
The new pound will replace the existing one.
Its construction and design will meet requirements of the state veterinarian for such facilities, with floors and walls to resist bacteria growth, 10 air changes per hour for the mechanical system, and a pressure washer system for cleanliness.
~ BIDS 24 bids were submitted for the animal pound project with two rejected as incomplete. Gulf Seaboard was selected as the apparent responsible and responsive low bidder out of a total of 24 companies responding. The bids were opened on March 3. The bids ranged up to a high of $2,230,000.
The architectural firm which designed the animal pound, Dominion Seven Architects, recommended the contractor be awarded the bid following a complete review of the contractor’s bid and qualifications.
By Phyllis Cook
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- Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 16:38
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March 28 Family Celebration at Sealston Sports Complex
Games, food and lots of fun for kids and families will be the order of the day on Saturday, March 28, at Sealston Sports Complex, adjacent to Sealston Elementary School.
The kickoff event at the new Sealston Sports Complex is being jointly hosted by King George Little League, the KG REDS Challenger Division Baseball and King George Parks & Recreation. A formal dedication of the new county sports facility is expected to be scheduled later this spring.
The King George community is invited to the family celebration to help Little League celebrate county athletes and the volunteers who support them.
The free event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will run until 3:00 p.m. The Baltimore Orioles’s mascot will be on hand, along with members of the Baltimore Oriole Advocates.
It will include balloons, games, various contests, face painting and other activities. While admission is free, attendees are asked to consider bringing a canned good or other non-perishable food item for donation to the King George Food Bank.
The organization will also be accepting donations of gently-used sports equipment to donate to the Baltimore Oriole Advocates “Cardboard to Leather” program.
Linda Davis, vice president of King George Challengers Division Baseball told The Journal, “Every charitable organization survives through the generosity and support of the local community. This year, we are making a concerted effort to give back to the county in this special way. We truly appreciate its continued support.”
Concession items will be for sale, expected to include hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn and beverages.
If your team or group would like to participate with Little League with an exhibition or other entry in the celebration, please call Linda Davis at 540-809-8205 or P&R’s Tim Smith at 775-4FUN.
By Phyllis Cook
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 16:32
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LoBuglio may challenge Howard for Supervisor seat
As winter winds down, hints of spring spur plans for the coming year, and some in King George might consider adding a possible run for local election to their calendars.
If you’re interested in seeking a position in public service, it’s time to start gathering 125 signatures on the required petitions now.
There are four elected positions up for grabs in King George later this year, including two on the Board of Supervisors and two on the School Board.
Running for local office is not as difficult as many think. Sure, there are a few complicated forms to fill out, but it’s not such a tough hurdle for those who wish to give back to the community with a job in public service.
So far, John LoBuglio is the only non-incumbent seeking signatures for his petition to consider a run for the James Monroe seat on the Board of Supervisors.
That seat is currently held by Jim Howard, who was first elected to the seat in 1999 and is seeking a 4th consecutive term as representative from the James Monroe election district.
Howard has a long history of public service and served on the School Board in the 1980s, after a previous term on the Board of Supervisors.
LoBuglio gathered signatures and introduced himself to voters during the recent Home & Craft Show.
LoBuglio told The Journal, “Many friends and neighbors have contacted me to ask that I seriously consider running and that I would serve our community well in this capacity if the voters so elect it.”
LoBuglio is a bachelor and has worked as a federal government employee in the Department of Defense and Navy for over 31 years. He is a senior business financial manager on the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program.
LoBuglio earned an associate’s degree in 1973 in business administration from Erie Community College in Williamsville, NY and a bachelor’s in business administration in 1975 from the State University College of NY at Fredonia, NY.
He has been active and involved in activities in the King George community since 1989, prior to purchasing property in 1996 moving here from Northern Virginia in early 1999.
LoBuglio is a member of St. Anthony Mission Parish, a charter member of the Friends of Caledon Natural Area State Park, and the King George Animal Rescue League, Northern Virginia Gun Club and King George Republican Committee.
“I love the rural atmosphere that exists here and want to protect that character and guide future growth. I’ve lived through the growth and sprawl in Northern Virginia and how it can easily become out of control by so many various factors that completely change the community character over the course of just a few years,” LoBuglio said.
“Having lived there, I have a deeper appreciation of why I love this community and the need to protect what this community has to offer its citizens and generations to come. I am a conservative and try to always keep a perspective of what immediate decisions have on long range planning for future implications. I believe in fiscal responsibility and protecting future generations from unnecessary tax burdens and constraints.”
o SUPERVISOR SEATS UP FOR ELECTION In addition to the term coming up for election on the Board of Supervisors in James Monroe, the Shiloh position held by Cedell Brooks, Jr., is also up for grabs.
Both incumbents have said they are planning on seeking reelection.
The terms are for four years. Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time. Members of the King George Board of Supervisors are paid $5,000 per year.
o SCHOOL BOARD SEATS UP FOR ELECTION For the School Board, the terms coming up mirror those in the same districts as the Supervisors.
The James Monroe School Board seat is held by Payne Kilbourn. The Shiloh School Board position is currently held by Sherrie Allwine.
Neither incumbent has publicly announced their desire to run for reelection at this time. Nor has any resident announced an intention to run for either position.
The terms are for four years. Though time-consuming, the board positions are part-time. Members of the King George School Board get $3,600 per year, with an additional $500 going to the chairperson.
o REQUIREMENTS TO RUN FOR OFFICE If you are interested in running for local elected office, you may do so as long as you meet certain basic requirements.
You must be a registered voter. You must also be a resident of Virginia for at least one year immediately preceding the election; a resident of the election district to be represented by the time of filing; a United States citizen; and at least 18 years old, though any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance.
The necessary forms can be downloaded free from the state Board of Elections website, or purchased from the state Board of Elections for $10.00.
The Registrar’s office can provide an info sheet for those interested in finding out more about running for office, which lists the state web address. Her office will also supply copies of blank petitions for potential candidates.
o BECOMING A CANDIDATE Those seeking election for any of the local elected positions must file 125 signatures on candidate petition forms with the county registrar by 7:00 p.m. on June 9.
Petitions can be circulated either by the candidate or another person who is registered, or eligible to be registered, to vote in the district in which the candidate is seeking election.
When each petition sheet is completed, the person circulating the petition must affirm before a notary or other person authorized to administer oaths, that she/he personally witnessed the signatures.
Falsely taking the affidavit is a felony under Virginia law. This means that petitions can never be left unattended, for example on a counter at a store, restaurant, business, etc.
By Phyllis Cook
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 20:00
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Two more spending lists also ask for an additional $1M+
The King George School Board last week presented its 2009-10 budget request to the Board of Supervisors, asking for $39,722,566, which includes a proposal for $33,667,370 for the School Board’s operating budget.
The total budget request of $39.7M includes $4.7M for debt service and $1.3M for the Cafeteria Fund.
The School Board’s budget request was presented to the Board of Supervisors last week on March 3. Superintendent Candace Brown and Chairperson Sherrie Allwine provided an overview of the request.
Brown said the School Board’s budget priorities were threefold, as noted in the slide presentation, to maintain current staff, provide a safe environment and meet the academic needs of all students.
That would presumably be accomplished with the requested $33,667,370 for the School Board’s operating budget.
But, not so. Several additional spending lists were presented to the Board of Supervisors as noted below.
Brown also said the division exceeds requirements for the Standards of Quality (SOQs) in several areas.
Those include no requirement for any assistant principal at Potomac Elementary, since the SOQs call for one half-time assistant principal at an elementary school once the student population reaches 600 students. Potomac Elementary only has 486 students.
Brown noted that the number of assistant principals at the high school also exceeds the SOQS. High schools must have one assistant principal for each 600 students. King George High School has 3 assistant principals with an enrollment of 1,247, which is just over the line for needing 2 assistants.
Secondary guidance was also noted as exceeding SOQ requirements. That’s likely why Brown had proposed cutting guidance hours. The School Board has put it on a list to add it back into the budget, if additional funding can be secured from the county.
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL NEEDS LISTS School Board Chairperson Sherrie Allwine provided numerous additional spending lists, requesting funding an additional $1,071,637 for items called “Critical Needs.” The lists are enumerated below.
$376,379 FOR CRITICAL NEEDS Allwine provided four additional spending lists for “Critical Needs for Safety & Remediation,” “Critical Instructional Requirements,” “Other Priority” for more guidance hours and for “Head Start.”
The four lists total $376,379.
The Safety & Remediation list is further broken down.
SAFETY NEEDS The items on the spending list for safety comes to $124,680 and includes the following:
$25,000 for a part-time physical education teacher at the high school
$16,000 for a physical education paraprofessional (aide) at Sealston Elementary
$16,000 for a physical education paraprofessional at King George Elementary
$5,400 for an after-school hall monitor at the high school, $4,018 for 10 walkie-talkies at King George Elementary
$21,847 to add a custodian at the high school
$21,847 to add a custodian at the middle school (at the old high school)
$14,568 to add a bus paraprofessional
REMEDIATION NEEDS The items on the spending list for remediation comes to $102,552 and includes the following:
$18,000 for after-school tutoring at the high school
$18,000 for after-school tutoring at the middle school
$57,552 for an activity bus run
$9,000 for supplements for speech teachers
OTHER PRIORITY NEEDS Allwine also noted another School Board priority was to provide for additional hours for guidance counselors:
$13,393 is the cost for additional hours for guidance.
HEAD START PROGRAM At all School Board budget meetings, keeping the Head Start program was noted at a cost of $96,668.
For the benefit of the Supervisors, the additional transportation cost for transportation was also provided to bring the total cost to $135,754:
$96,668 to be paid to the Regional Head Start program
$39,086 for transportation costs
It’s not clear why the Head Start program has been deleted from the proposed School Board budget. At budget meeting after budget meeting, the School Board has unanimously agreed that Head Start will be put back into the budget, even if they have to delete something else, if they don’t get any additional funding over their current request.
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL INSTRUCTIONAL REQUIREMENTS Allwine presented another spending list adding up to $727,258, calling this one critical instructional requirements.
The spending list is enumerated below.
$25,000 for a part-time career/technical education (CTE) teacher at the high school
$75,000 for 1.5 full-time equivalent elective teachers at the middle school
$16,000 for a paraprofessional (aide) for K-1st grade at Potomac Elementary
$2,700 for purchase of a kiln at Potomac Elementary
$50,000 for an additional 1st grade teacher at Sealston Elementary
$150,000 for 3 computer lab teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$150,000 for 3 science lab teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$150,000 for 3 reading resource teachers, one at each of the elementary schools
$108,558 for technology hardware
REQUEST FOR LOCAL FUNDING The School Board is requesting $13,445,008 in county funding from the Board of Supervisors, compared to $10,696,752, as required by the state for local funding from King George.
That comes to a request for $2,748,256 more than the required local effort.
County Director of Finance/Deputy County Administrator Donita Harper has noted that each penny on the real estate tax equates to $261,970.
The School Board’s request for more local funding than the state requires would equate to a 10.5-cent increase on the real estate tax rate.
By Phyllis Cook