Only 4 speak at CIP hearing in Gloucester
Residents had their turn to speak out about the county’s FY2018-FY2022 Capital Improvement Plan Tuesday night, but only four took advantage of the opportunity to tell the Gloucester Board of Supervisors what they think are priority items.
The board, which conducted the public hearing during its meeting in the colonial courthouse, did not take a vote on the matter. County Administrator Brent Fedors will include some capital improvement items in his new fiscal year budget that he will present to the board on March 7.
Fedors said improvements at Gloucester High School and an expansion of the Social Services building are among priorities suggested in the five-year plan. The CIP has already been reviewed—and recommendations made for priorities—by a leadership team and the Gloucester Planning Commission, Fedors said, but he expressed disappointment that only a handful of people had chosen to take advantage of the Speak Up Gloucester interactive website to weigh in with their thoughts on the CIP.
Ann Burruss, a former Gloucester County School Board member, said that there’s been talk of building a community center here for many years. Burruss said she does not want the center constructed on the Page site, which she said should be reserved for future school space.
Perhaps the county should explore a second high school to be built on the Page site, Burruss said, where the trades would be emphasized. The original plan for the Page site was to have enough property to accommodate three schools, she said.