The Board of Supervisors at its November 22 meeting voted to provide funding for further expansion of Scott Park and in the process hopefully avert a violation by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Last year, the BOS awarded a contract to Perkinson Construction for Phase I of the development of the new Scott Park, formerly known as the Buren Property. Perkinson completed that work, but still unfinished stabilization of three fields that has drawn the attention of DEQ. A notice of violation was sent to Perkinson earlier this month that requires both short term and long term answers.
The BOS, by a 3-1 vote with Chairman Bill Robertson dissenting, approved funding of $190,007 to Perkinson to complete Phase II of the Scott Park expansion. The funding will allow Perkinson to seed and mulch the fields, address retention pond issues and also fix any other run off issues that might exist.
Also by a 3-1 vote, with Chairman Robertson dissenting, the BOS voted to acquire the $190,007 by a bond issuance this spring that will also include other projects.
County Staff and representatives from Perkinson will meet with DEQ officials on December 20 to go over the plan to address the violation notice.
Supervisor Alan Carmichael was not allowed to participate in the discussion or vote on the matter because of his recent employment with Perkinson.
When completed, Parks & Recreation programs for soccer and football will occupy the fields. It will also serve as a walking area for citizens.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its meeting:
- Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution appropriating $8,450 to the Department of Social Services.
- Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution appropriating $60,483.76 in Asset Forfeiture funds.
- Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding between Prince George Police Department and Riverside Regional Jail Authority.
- Received a report on the recent General Election by Registrar Katherine Tyler.
- Discussed Prince George County’s 2017 Legislative Program.
- Unanimously approved a resolution appropriating $50,000 from Economic Development to the Capital Improvement Fund for the broadband project.
- Unanimously approved a resolution appropriating $175,000 from Economic Development to the Capital Improvement Fund for the Exit 45 project.
- Approved the date of December 12 for a worksession on Utilities Infrastructure.
- Unanimously appointed three members – Don Vtipil, Larry Barnett & Andy Petik – to the Capital Improvements Program Committee.
- Unanimously appointed five citizen members to the Core Committee for School Facilities – Rufus Montgomery, Butch Sanford, Shawn Secrist, Patsy Johnson & Kathy Hayes. Also included in the resolution were the appointments of Chairman Robertson & Supervisor Donald Hunter, Finance Director Betsy Drewry & Community Development & Code Compliance Director Julie Walton to serve on the committee.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved a Rezoning request by Ophelia S. Fludd at 13000 South Crater Road.
- Held a public hearing and unanimously approved changes in the Veterans Tax Ordinance to conform to changes in state law.