The Board of Supervisors at its March 14 meeting set the stage for a vote on March 28 that would approve up to $18 million in borrowing for various capital improvement projects.
The BOS held two public hearings on the proposed bond issuance; one to borrow up to $18 million and the other to appropriate up to $16,970,087 to the Capital Projects Fund. Nobody spoke for or against the proposal from the public.
The proposed borrowing would issue funding for capital projects in FY ‘17, the largest being a new Public Safety Radio System at an approximate amount of $14 million. Also included is $1 million for a new public-private initiative that would expand broadband throughout Prince George County.
The two items will be up for consideration by the BOS at the March 28 meeting. The panel did unanimously approve the hiring of Carter Bank to finance the projects.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its worksession and meeting:
• Discussed the Six-Year Secondary Road Plan with VDOT officials and agreed to a VDOT recommendation to build a round-about at the intersection of Jefferson Park & Middle roads.
• Received an update on the continuing operations by Container First Services.
• Received a report from Real Estate Assessor Rod Compton on the results of a Land Valuation Survey.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution waiving a special event permit fee for Unity Baptist Church.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution commending Randi Keesee upon her retirement from the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office.
• Presented a Commendation to Officer Dan Schmieder upon his retirement from the Police Department.
• Received the monthly VDOT report.
• Received a report from Fire & EMS Director Brad Owens on unmanned aerial systems and a proposed Burn Building.
• Unanimously approved resolutions to advertise the tax rates at their current levels; and increase water fees by 10 percent and wastewater fees by 20 percent. Both matters will be on the April 11 BOS meeting agenda.
• Unanimously approved a resolution to refund overpayment of personal property taxes to Debose and Sons Construction Company.
• Unanimously approved the purchase and installation of a new generator at the Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Department for $6,385.
• Held a public hearing and unanimously approved an easement for Prince George Electric at the Central Wellness Center.
• Adjourned to 5:30 p.m. March 20 for a Budget Worksession.