The Board of Supervisors at its September 11 meeting unanimously approved accepting the Middle Road site to fund a new elementary school.
After months of discussion, the BOS followed a County Staff recommendation giving the nod to the Middle Road site over other locations that had been proposed in previous deliberations. Supervisor T.J. Webb made the motion, “to accept Middle Road, in the best interest of the citizens as a whole, and the location.” Vice Chairman Donald Hunter seconded the motion.
The BOS action now goes to the School Board for its consideration. The School Board had originally indicated it was leaning toward the Yancey property as its first choice, but when that was turned down by the BOS, it asked the current location of Walton Elementary School be considered. That would have involved purchasing an additional six acres at an estimated price of $475,000 and demolishing the current Walton school at an estimated $500,000.
The County Staff evaluation indicated the most cost efficient location for the new school was the Middle Road site, which was proffered by a developer years ago for the single purpose of placing a school at that location.
The BOS said during Budget discussions last year it would commit to a five-cent tax increase on real estate to fund the project. Early cost estimates listed the cost of the school at just over $29 million, with capacity being around 700-750 students.
Prince George County has not built a new school since 2007 when North Elementary was opened. The County’s Capital Improvements Plan calls for the construction of two elementary schools to replace Walton and Beazley in the coming years, as well as a major renovation to Prince George High School.
Other matters to come before the BOS at its Workession and Meeting:
• Discussed the possibility of video recording meetings of the Board of Supervisors and possibly other meetings held in the Boardroom.
• Discussed a draft of a new Streetlight Policy.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution to appropriate unexpended funds to the FY ’19 Budget from grants, donations and capital funds in the amount of $2,077,370.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a proclamation designating September National Suicide Awareness Month.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution appropriating $10,058.50 from the State Library of Virginia Records Preservation Grant.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a Budget amendment and appropriation of $116,000 for expenses related to the Prince George of Denmark exhibit.
• Approved on the Consensus Agenda a resolution to confirm and consent to the declaration of a local disaster.
• Presented a Commendation to retiring Health Department Manager Charles Leonard.
• Presented a proclamation designating September as Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.
• Received the monthly VDOT report.
• Received a follow-up report on National Night Out held August 7.
• Received a report on the progress of Hurricane Florence and the preparation in advance of the storm.
• Unanimously denied a resolution concerning VDOT Access Management Entrance Spacing Requirements for 12200 South Crater Road.
• Unanimously approved two resolutions that would begin the process of a Through Truck Restriction on the portion of Templeton Road between Courtland Road and the Prince George County line; and the portion of Lansing Road between Templeton Road and Lampe Lane.
• Unanimously approved revisions to the Employee Personnel Policy relative to County Vehicles.
• Unanimously approved a resolution to advertise a public hearing for adoption of the 2018 Prince George County Economic Development & Tourism Strategic Plan.
• Unanimously approved a Resolution to advertise a public hearing for a Utility Ordinance amendment.
- Unanimously approved a Resolution to advertise a public hearing for abandonment of a portion of Chudoba Parkway.
• Unanimously approved a resolution to hold a public hearing for an ordinance amendment to appoint a Clerk to the Board of Supervisors.
• Unanimously approved a resolution approving removal of trees at 4700 Romans Road by Radio Station KLOVE.
• Approved a resolution awarding a contract to Land Planning & Design Associates (LPDA) and appropriation of $46,163.50 for a Master Plan for New Scott Park by a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Webb & Brown dissenting.
• Unanimously approved a resolution awarding a contract to RiverWorks for $725,411 for stream restoration at Birchett Estates subdivision.
• Unanimously approved a resolution awarding a contract to Fluvial Solutions for $337,362.48 for stream restoration at Cedar Creek subdivision.
• Unanimously approved a resolution awarding a contract to RiverWorks for $675,150.70 for stream restoration at Cedar Creek subdivision.
• Unanimously tabled an appointment to the Crater District Area Agency on Aging.