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T he POSTAL CUSTOMER King George Pages 13-14 Volume 37, Number 40 Register by Oct. 15 to vote Nov. 5 Wednesday, October 2, 2013 50 Cents helping you relate to your community Joint Land Use Study with DoD underway Snip ... Open for business! Absentee voting available now for Nov. 5 election Phyllis Cook Phyllis Cook Those who wish to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election have less than two weeks to do so, with the voter registration deadline coming up on Oct. 15, to register or to update registration information. Changes that need to be made to your voter registration could include name and/or address changes. Voters can check their registration status in advance of the Oct. 15 deadline in order to complete any necessary changes prior to Election Day on Nov. 5. Check registration status online at Voters who need to update registration information may complete a Virginia voter registration application available from that State Board of Elections website or contact the state board directly to check registration status at (800) 552-9745. Another convenient local option is for voters to contact or visit the office of King George Registrar Lorrie Gump, located on the ground floor of the Revercomb Administration Building, behind the Courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.) Any voter with a question about their registration, or wishing to learn how to apply, or whether they qualify to vote absentee, should contact the King George Registrar’s Office at (540) 775-9186. ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON See Vote, page 2 Jessica Herrink Saturday was the grand re-opening of L. E. Smoot Memorial Library after a construction project that expanded the facility from 11,000 sq. ft. to 28,000 sq. ft. After the ribbon-cutting, the throngs gathered for the ceremony streamed into the building to check out books, etc., along with all of the new features of the library. County real property reassessment update The King George Board of Supervisors received a brief update on the ongoing property reassessment process. The reassessment is for taxation purposes and will be completed by the end of this year, to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. King George has a reassessment performed every four years. The report from Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal was provided by field supervisor Jonathan Larsen at a meeting on Sept. 17. Larsen reported that the company had completed the initial phase of the assessment during the last week of August. That included a representative from Blue Ridge visiting every property in the county. The purpose was to inspect each parcel of improved land in the county through external visual inspection of structures and other improvements and elements of value located on the property. The visits enabled them to verify the existing records and update the value of all property in King George to correspond to fair market value as required under state law. That included ringing doorbells to ask basic questions about structures, including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and KGHS Royal Regiment takes first place The King George High School Marching Royal Regiment placed first in the 2013 Hermitage Classic this past Saturday.    Judges score the bands on Color Guard (flags), Percussion (Drum Line & Pit), Music, Marching, and General Effect. The Regiment received First Place in Color Guard, First in Marching, and First Place Overall in their class. Since the beginning of August, the 71-member Marching Band has See royals, page 2 verifying whether the house had a basement or not. If no one was home at the time of the visit, door-hangers were left with instructions on how to verify the requested info to the company. After that, Larsen said they began what he called the “red tag” phase of reassessment, which was returning to properties where they initially noted there was a change being made, including a building permit issued or an occupancy permit issued. Those valuations were expected to be updated by the end of September. The King George Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Policy Committee has held its first meeting with its consultant, Matrix Design Group. The JLUS is associated with the Naval Support Facility-Dahlgren. The kickoff meeting for the study took place in mid-September, with information provided about the process from Mike Hrapla, project manager, and Celeste Werner, deputy project manager from Matrix. There are numerous Joint Land Use Studies that are underway across the country. Hrapla noted that Matrix has been involved with more than 20 of the over 105 such studies completed, so far. The JLUS effort was first initiated in 1985. The program is federally funded to promote cooperative land use planning and is administered by the Department of Defense and its Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), (DoD/OEA). Rich Tenga from DoD/OEA will continue to help lead the JLUS effort and stay with the study’s development until completion. Tenga had provided an overview of JLUS to the Board of Supervisors a year ago, in October 2012. He also had provided a similar overview of the process to the county’s Policy Committee this past June. JLUS TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP Jack Green was named the point of contact for communications between See assess, page 2 See jlus, page 2 Ready to volunteer Drum Major, Travis Harrison and Woodwind Captain, Rachel Ridgeway watch as Captains Michael Such (Drumline), Billy Owens (Brass) and Victoria Mason (Colorguard) hold up the trophies won by the King George Marching Royal Regiment at the Hermitage Classic Marching Competition on Saturday, Sept. 28.  Tabernacle Baptist Church special exception approved for day care Phyllis Cook The Tabernacle Baptist Church received approval by the King George Board of Supervisors for a special exception permit on its application request to the county to enable it to operate a religious exempt day care facility. The unanimous action took place at meeting on Sept. 17, as was recommended by the Community Development office and presented by Jack Green, department director. The Tabernacle Baptist Church is an existing church, originally constructed in the early 1970s. In May 2004, it received a special exception permit to operate as a church to comply with the existing zoning ordinance, which had undergone several changes over the years by the governing body. At that time, it had requested a special exception permit to authorize expansion of its facilities, including construction of an education building, parking improvements, entrance improvements and a small addition to the existing church. The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors had both unanimously approved that original request in 2004. The latest application noted it would operate a day care facility within the church’s existing educational building located on the church property. Staff review indicated that no additional structures or other infrastructure, parking or entrance modifications were required for the day care facility. The previous month, on Aug. 20, the board had voted to retain the special exception request without additional review See Day care, page 2 Jessica Herrink Cyrus Wise, 3, and Israel, almost 2 and in the Farmers Market wagon, donned firefighter hats ready to volunteer to serve the community at the King George Volunteer Fair, held on Sept. 21 at the Farmers’ Market. Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at Germanna OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 12, 2013 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Explore Germanna’s Academic Programs Fredericksburg Area Campus V. Earl Dickinson Building 10000 Germanna Point Dr., Fredericksburg, VA Featuring Engineering and Science Classroom Demonstrations Discover Financial Aid & Payment Options Questions, or more information, contact: Kim Viarella at or call 540/834-1961

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