Hearing Tuesday on Gloucester’s CIP

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jan 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Gloucester residents will have an opportunity to comment on the county administrator’s proposed fiscal year 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan next week.

A public hearing on the matter is scheduled during the board of supervisors’ meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the colonial courthouse. The board’s regular meeting will begin at 6:30.

The CIP is a planning document that will be used in preparing future operating budgets, to anticipate future financial needs, and to identify possible funding resources.

A major factor in discussing the proposed CIP has been funding a new or renovated high school. During the board of supervisors’ Jan.

15 meeting, County Admin-

istrator Brent Fedors presented a number of options the school the board could take moving forward. These options ranged from leaving the current high school as it is without any renovation to a full-scale remodel, a phased approach, or an entirely new school.

He estimated the cost of a new school at roughly $116 million. A full renovation to the current school would cost roughly $72 million. The present Gloucester High School opened in 1975 and has undergone several additions and renovations over the decades.

Following the public hearing, the board is expected to discuss the county’s debt policy, capacity and affordability.

Other items on Tuesday night’s agenda include a presentation by VDOT of a 60 MPH Speed Limit Engineering study and a request for county support, and a discussion on grant opportunities for school resource officers, and for dredging.