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Aug 29

County Administration Update on Major Projects

Posted on August 29, 2022 at 6:28 PM by Christine Branch

County Administration Update on Major Projects

Here is an update by King William County Administration on major projects:

  • Broadband Installation – An agreement was signed earlier this month between County Government, State officials, and All Points Broadband. This paves the way for the private company to begin implementation of its plan for installation throughout the County. Residents can register their address on the APB webpage.
  • Expansion of the Solid Waste Convenience Facility near KW High School – An agreement was approved by the Board of Supervisors for a private consultant to design an expansion of the facility. The expansion is aimed at easing the congestion around the drop-off locations within the facility and eliminate the stacking of cars waiting on Route 30 to enter the facility.
  • 2021-2021 Financial Audit – All information has been submitted to the County’s Auditor, Robinson, Farmer, Cox, and it is anticipated a report will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors in September.
  • Reassessment of Real Property – Pearson’s Appraisal is nearing completion of reassessing the parcels in the County, both commercial and residential. That information will be turned over to the Board of Supervisors near the end of calendar year 2022 and a Board of Equalization will be appointed to hear appeals. Residents with questions can contact Pearson’s at pearsonsappraisal@gmail.com or 804-769-3027.
  • Development of Expanded Recreation Program – Hill Studio has been retained to gather feedback from stakeholders and the public and outline a strategy for adding recreation facilities to the County infrastructure. A public survey will be placed on the website in the near future.
  • Future of Farmers Market – After two successful pilot Farmers Markets held in the parking lot at King William High School, the Economic Development Authority will be discussing the matter in the coming months to see if it is viable to continue on a more regular basis next spring.
  • New Dollar General along Route 30 – After some early construction difficulties, the facility is erect and under daily construction. No announcement has been made by the company of when completion is expected.
  • New Home Construction – Certificates of occupancy continue to be given to new homes in Central Crossing and Kennington subdivisions.
  • Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance – The first round of changes to the Zoning Ordinance passed through the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. More amendments are expected, especially in defining the Transportation Overlay Corridor (TOC) along Route 360.
  • Reduction in Personal Property Tax Rate – The Board of Supervisors reduced the personal property tax on cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles to $2.65 at their meeting on August 22nd. This is an effort to assist taxpayers who have been facing inflated assessments on both new and used vehicles.
  • Smart Scale Transportation Projects – The Commonwealth Transportation Board will soon consider three projects approved by the Board of Supervisors for upgrades of roads and highways in the County.

 

FEMA Assists King William, West Point Fire & EMS Replace SCBA Gear

King William Department of Fire & EMS and West Point Volunteer Fire & EMS recently received a grant of over $350,000 to replace outdated SCBA gear.

The grant was issued by FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Fund. It will ensure both departments are in compliance with National Fire Protection Association Standards.

Mangohick Volunteer Fire Department was not part of the grant application because they recently purchased new SCBA gear.

 

Legal Aid Works Sponsoring Tenants’ Rights Seminar

Legal Aid Works is sponsoring a tenants’ rights seminar at the Cooper Branch Library in Colonial Beach on Wednesday, August 31st, from 6-7pm.

The 2022-23 Housing Guide contains an overview of Virginia’s landlord/tenant laws, a list of resources, and a list of affordable housing options. 

For questions or comments, contact Jean M. Cunningham, Housing Paralegal, at 540-825-3131, ext. 307 or jcunningham@legalaidworks.org

 

Merrimac, Other Juvenile Facilities Facing Scrutiny of Consolidation

A State Senator from Fairfax County says it is time to take a hard look at the number of juvenile detention centers in Virginia.

An article by Michael Pope for Radio IQ quoted Senator Dave Marsden: “The fact that we have this few kids locked up in our corrections and detention systems has created this problem, and it is a problem and it is difficult.”

There are 24 juvenile detention centers in the Commonwealth. In some cases, according to Pope’s article, some of the facilities have a handful of kids and yet the facility is fully staffed with a principal and four teachers and a custodial staff and a cafeteria. The number of children who are incarcerated has gone down dramatically over the last 20 years.

Delegate Emily Brewer from Isle of Wight County has a different perspective, saying the pandemic might be obscuring the actual need: “The court dockets are obviously behind with scheduling and seeing kids, and that might also have something to do with the children that are also ending up in these facilities. So we may not be seeing the accurate student-to-teacher ratio at this present time.”

King William County is served by Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center. A state work group will present recommendations to the Commission on Youth in September.

 

Unemployment in King William County Remains at 2.7 Percent for July

There may be a worker shortage nationwide, but there is not a shortage of employees going to work in King William County.

According to statistics published by the Virginia Employment Commission, King William County remains at 2.7 percent unemployment.

An estimated 87.5 percent of the County workforce leaves our borders to go to work every day, with the rest working for government, manufacturing, education, retail trade, transportation, and warehousing.

There is a strong work ethic in King William County. Emphasis remains on creating new opportunities for employment in the County so residents don’t have to spend as much on gasoline and child care.