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Government meeting recaps

It’s been a busy week for Stafford County government news, so I haven’t had a chance to give you all a recap of what happened at meetings this week. You can be sure to keep up to date by following my @StaffordFLS Twitter account.

The Board of Supervisors met March 6, for an evening session only.

  • County Administrator Anthony Romanello gave his budget presentation to the board, for the $246.6 million budget for fiscal 2013, which begins in July. Here’s the first story I wrote on this; I will be following up with many stories as the process continues through mid-April–and as I find time to go through the 500-page book. More details are on the county website. (The school board met the same night to discuss their budget, but did not know about the proposed $4 million increase they may get over last year’s budget. Schools reporter Amy Umble reported that they hoped for at least $4.7 million.)
  • Many players, coaches and families involved in the Stafford Area Soccer Association asked the board to consider installing new fields in the county because the organization does not currently have enough to meet the demand for play. An athletic field complex is in the works in the county, though because it is in the land-acquisition stage with seven landowners, much discussion has been happening during closed sessions. According to the county’s March report, planning could be done in June, with construction done in 2015.
  • The meeting went past midnight Tuesday, after supervisors waived the bylaws. Why? A lengthy discussion between the supervisors and the planning staff regarding the proposed Clift Farm Quarter subdivision at U.S. 1 and Eskimo Hill Road. The public didn’t get a chance to speak until 11 p.m. Supervisors decided to continue the discussion until May 1.
  • Some items on the agenda will be brought back up on March 20 since the meeting was adjourned around 12:15 a.m. These include a report from the bylaws committee, discussion on a committee to research impact of an at-large chairman, a memorandum of agreement on the research and tech park, and U.S. 17 widening impacts.
  • A proposal to restrict through-truck traffic on rural roads was removed from the agenda and essentially killed. A public hearing had been held on the matter last month.
  • During closed session, board members discussed a memorandum of agreement concerning Anne E. Moncure Elementary.

Phew. As you can see, lots going on!

The Planning Commission met the next night, March 7. Here is their agenda and here’s my blog post recapping their meeting.