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Planning commission forwards CIP recommendations to supervisors

The Gloucester Planning Commission approved a resolution Thursday night forwarding its recommendations on the county’s FY 2019-FY 2023 Capital Improvement Plan on to the county Board of Supervisors.

The resolution said the commission agreed the review is consistent with the goals of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

Commission member Doug Johnson questioned why some utilities requests show up on the CIP request list from department heads. These items should be viewed as operating costs—not as capital expenses, he said.

For example, he said utilities should be questioned for placing new filters for the water treatment plant under CIP, not under operating expenses.

Finance director Stephanie Tinsley said items over $50,000 can go on the CIP, with less expensive improvements handled under department budgets.

Another request that received comment was the proposed $42 million renovation project at Gloucester High School. Commission member Christopher Poulson asked if i...

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