The Board of Supervisors in 2019 voted to construct a new fire station at Jefferson Park, and subsequently approved borrowing in the amount of $3.2 million also in 2019. The Board voted in August, 2019, to hire the firm of HBA to perform A&E services in the amount of $227,793. An actual groundbreaking for the project to be located along Brandywine Road was held October 6, 2019. Since that time, a team consisting of County Staff, volunteer representatives and the architect has spent many hours providing input into the specs for the building. The message given to the team was to design a new station along the same footprint as Station 7, which opened in 2018. An update to the Board of Supervisors was given at the October 13, 2020 meeting on the project, and the estimated cost was $3,947,312.11, a $747,312.11 increase over the project budget. There were also undefined costs related to stormwater that were not included in the estimate as part of an agreement with developer James Jones. There are also no funds available currently for furnishings and technology. The remaining funds available for the project are $2,930,499.50. Since the October 13 meeting, Staff has been working with the architect to attempt to reduce costs. This would naturally call for a decrease in the size of the building and its contents.
After reviewing the total cost and lengthy discussions at its January 7 Pre-Budget Work Session, it has been decided to explore the possibility of a renovation of the current Jefferson Park Fire Station and the possibility of repurposing the funds for another Fire/EMS Capital Project. The Board voted unanimously at its January 12, 2021 meeting to terminate the contract to design the new Jefferson Park Fire Station.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its worksession & meeting:
· Approved on consent and presented a commendation to Police Officer Thomas J. Milazzo for his service to Prince George County.
· Approved on consent a commendation for Chief Deputy Treasurer Gloria A. Tereschenko for her service to Prince George County.
· Approved on consent an appropriation in the amount of $75,000 for School Virginia Tiered Systems of Support Grant and Cameron Foundation Grant funds.
· Approved on consent an appropriation in the amount of $23,675 in insurance recoveries for Police vehicle repair.
· Approved on consent a transfer from General Fund Contingency in the amount of $39,846.65 for continuation of part-time COVID-19 response workers formerly funded using CARES Coronavirus Relief funds.
· Approved on consent a Settlement and Release Agreement between the County of Prince George and Anthony and Patricia Dasilva.
· Approved on consent a Settlement and Release Agreement between the County of Prince George and James D. Foster.
· Received a road maintenance report from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
· Received a CARES Funding report.
· Received an update of the Municipal COVID Relief Funds.
· Received a report on Fire and EMS building projects.
· Unanimously approved proposed revisions to the Prince George County Personnel Policies regarding Wireless Devices and Electronic Information, Internet and Network Resources.
· Unanimously authorized the County Administrator to enter into an Agreement with VDOT for the construction, construction management, and inspection services related to the completion of Koolwood Lane for acceptance into the State-maintained secondary system of road and appropriation of performance bond funds.
· Unanimously authorized a contract amendment between Prince George County and Kalyan Hospitality relating to emergency hotel rooms for Staff quarantine for COVID-19.
· Unanimously authorized an amendment to COVID-19 Small Business Micro-Grant Agreement.
· Unanimously approved an appropriation in the amount of $399,042.06 for School Federal Department of Defense Funds.
· Unanimously authorized the advertisement of a public hearing for February 9 for an ordinance to amend The Code of the County of Prince George to allocate $.01 of the real estate tax for fire equipment replacement for the coordinated Fire/EMS System.
· Unanimously authorized the advertisement of a public hearing for February 9 for an ordinance to The Code of the County of Prince George to clarify the language for a dog running at large.
· Discussed and had no negative comments regarding VA ABC License application notice from Los Arrieros Inc.
· Unanimously appointed Chairman Brown, Vice-Chair Waymack as alternate, and Donald Hunter as alternate two, to the Crater Regional Chief Elected Official Consortium.
· Received the County Administrator’s Six-Month Work Plan.
· Held a public hearing and unanimously agreed to send back an Ordinance to Amend the Code of the County of Prince George pertaining to signs for less restrictive changes by specifically removing current content based restrictions on signage as an outcome of the United States Supreme Court verdict of the Reed v. Town of Gilbert case.
· Held a public hearing and unanimously approved a budget amendment and appropriation in the amount of $1,877,866.32 for FY20 School Division carry-over funds.