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November 16 BOS meeting recap
BOS Approves of Application
For $15 Million in School Projects
For $15 Million in School Projects
The Board of Supervisors at its November 16 meeting gave its approval for a joint application between the BOS and the Public School Division to apply for up to $15 million in school improvement projects.
The application will be submitted by November 19 for Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Three separate projects will be submitted with the hope of getting at least one funded. The projects include:
- Additions and Renovations at Bowling Green Primary for a combined Bowling Green Elementary School ($9,000,000 estimated project cost).
- Replacement of existing exterior HVAC roof top equipment at Caroline High School ($3,750,000 estimated project cost).
- Interior renovations including interior HVAC upgrades at Caroline High School $5,750,000 estimated project cost).
Under the program, issuers are eligible to receive a direct federal subsidy in an amount that is expected to offset the interest payments made on bonds, resulting in zero or near zero interest cost. Issuers are still responsible for repayment of principal. The award of the QSCB allocation will be capped at $15 million per school division for one or multiple projects.
In other school related business, the BOS approved a request from the Public School Division to appropriate Education Jobs Funds in the amount of $946,574.38. The funds will be used to hire teachers to reduced class sizes; to provide additional instructional resource personnel; to hire needed maintenance and custodial staff; and to hire other staff as needed.
The funds will be split between the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years to support the additional positions.
Other matters before the Board of Supervisors:
- Moved the December 14 meeting to December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center.
- Received a presentation from Marie Schuler of Comcast who announced the cable company is planning to expand its channel selection to its customers.
- Received an updated Treasurer’s Report from County Treasurer Beth Curran.
- Received a presentation from representatives from Fort Lee on their proposal to use rail to transport troops to Fort AP Hill.
- Approved two requests by Cynthia Green, Director of Social Services, for funding related to personnel and programming.
- Approved on the Consent Agenda to upgrade the vacant Truck Driver position to Solid Waste Supervisor.
- Approved on the Consent Agenda approval of the State holiday schedule for County offices.
- Adopted a resolution of appreciation on the Consent Agenda for Ted and Arlene Mills for their work with the Caroline County Humane Society.
- Approved on the Consent Agenda the lifting of mandatory water restrictions.
- Approved a text amendment regarding height limitations in the M-1 Industrial District.
- Received public comment on proposals received for the upgrade and expansion of the wastewater treatment plant under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA).
- Approved a resolution to be submitted to the Commonwealth Transportation Board restricting truck traffic on State Route 610 – Pepmeir Hill Road.
- Disposed of property matters related to the Dawn Branch Library site.
- Received the First Quarter Budget Report from Finance Director Fran Hatcher.
- Discussed on First Reading and advanced to public hearing on December 7 a proposal to raise the water and sewer availability fees $4,000 and extend the deadline for residents to connect to the utility system and receive a discount.
- Approved a one-time monetary award for County employees of $500 for full-time employees and $125 for part-time employees. The awards would only be given to employees who experienced reduction in their salaries earlier this year.