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Taste of Lake Ridge Returning

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Hungry? The Taste of Lake Ridge will be held once again this year, this time at the Tall Oaks Community Center at 12298 Cotton Mill Drive in Lake Ridge.

Several restaurants are scheduled to be at the event, including Hard Times Café, Tim’s Rivershore, Bungalow Alehouse, Presto Pizza, Sweet Creations by Angie, Guapos, and others.

Restaurants will charge 50 cents per food sample, and sample tickets can be purchased in advance from the Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Authority.

The event will be held Tuesday May 15, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Candland: Back Room Dealings Lead to Budget Increase

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Prince William’s new kid on the political block has done more to distance himself from this fellow Board members.

Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland is serving his first term on the Board of County Supervisors and cast the lone vote against raising the county’s average tax bill about $110 per year. The six seven other members of the Board voted to increase taxes for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, adopting a tax rate of $1.209 per assessed property value. The new budget includes monies for a new police station, new school funding, and raises for county staff for the first time in four years.

Candland, in a statement released late Tuesday night, accused fellow Board members of back room dealings and threats. According to Candland, he was told if he didn’t go along with the budget increase his district would lose out on construction funding for a new Catharpin Park. That park, one of nine that was to be funded in this year’s budget, is no longer funded, he said.

“I stood up in the face of backroom deals and political retributions to fight for a park that’s critical to the families of the Gainesville District, and I’ll continue to push to find ways to get Catharpin Park funded and built as soon as possible. I’m saddened that petty politics won the day, but it’s the taxpayers of Prince William County who will suffer the brunt of these tax increases,” said Candland in his statement.

County officials stated Tuesday that real estate taxes in Prince William County are 28 percent lower than they are in similar counties in Northern Virginia. When adjusted for inflation, the average tax bill is lower than it was in 2009, according to officials.

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KONY 2012 Signs Appear in Woodbridge

WORLDWIDE PROTEST SIGNS APPEAR IN WOODBRIDGE

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The worldwide KONY 2012 protest has come to the Potomac Communities.

Signs synonymous with the protest sprung up overnight along U.S. 1 in Woodbridge and on signs along Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge.

The protest are part of the “Cover the Night” campaign meant to draw attention to Ugandan leader Joseph Kony, who is accused of turning children into soldiers, using them as sex slaves, and killing them. A video produced by the group “Invisible Children” went viral earlier this year and urges world leaders to have Kony arrested before the end of the year.

KONY 2012 posters and chalk graffiti also appeared this morning in Fredericksburg’s Central Park, where police said it could take some $3,000 to remove from privately owned buildings.

In Woodbridge, the Fearcliff indoor skate park on Friday served as an informal rallying point for KONY 2012 protesters. KONY 2012 posters line the front of the skate shop on U.S. 1 near Featherstone Road.

“We had about 100 posters printed up, so we wanted to do something to further the movement,” said Fearcliff owner Thomas Kemper. “Right now, we’re focusing on getting our shop open but if Invisible Children wants to do anything else, we’ll support them.”

The skate shop is set to open May 12.

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HOV Lanes to Close this Weekend, Again Next Week

Photo: Mary Davidson

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — A portion of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes will close again tonight and tomorrow as work on the 95 Express Lanes project ramps up.

The HOV express lanes facility is normally open to southbound drivers Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Tonight and tomorrow beginning at 11 p.m., however, the lanes will close from Franconia-Springfield Parkway to Va. 234 in Dumfries as crews complete test boring work.

Drivers will have to use the regular travel lanes to get where they’re going until 10 a.m. Saturday, and again on Sunday, when the HOV lanes are reopened for regular use.

But work on the HOV lanes doesn’t stop this weekend. It will continue throughout next week as the HOV lanes will close from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and again from 11 p.m. to 10 a.m. next Friday and Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

By 11 p.m. during the planned work next week, drivers headed north on Interstate 95 will be able to enter the HOV lanes north through an entrance just past Exit 169 in Springfield. Drivers who use Franconia-Springfield Parkway will also be able to enter the northbound HOV lanes by 11 p.m., VDOT states.

When complete, the 95 Express Lanes will charge single drivers a toll to use the lanes at all times while vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the lanes for free. The express lanes will also be extended nine-miles south from Dumfries to Va. 610 in North Stafford.

Currently, vehicles must have three or more occupants to use the lanes between 6 and 9 a.m., and 3:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Drivers can use the lanes for free during all other times.

 

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Fallen Prince William Firefighter Remembered

UPDATED: PRINCE WILLIAM FIRE CHIEF REMARKS

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The first and only Prince William County firefighter to die in the line of duty will be remembered today.

Kyle Wilson, 24, was killed five years ago today when he went inside a burning home on Marsh Overlook Drive in Woodbridge to search for those who might have been trapped inside the home. County officials read a message over the public emergency radio at 6 a.m. and will repeat it at 6 p.m. commemorating Wilson’s death.

“Five years ago today Technician I Kyle Wilson made the ultimate sacrifice while operating at Box 1209, 15474 Marsh Overlook Drive. Kyle was staffing Tower 512 and was killed in the line of duty while performing a primary search looking for possible trapped occupants. The Department of Fire and Rescue has made a solemn promise, we will never forget Kyle or the sacrifice he made,” the statement reads.

On the day of the fire, all the occupants of the home had made it out safely unbeknownst to Wilson. Inside the home, he became trapped under a stairwell, radioed for help, but fire fighters couldn’t reach him in time.

While widely covered in Prince William County, Wilson’s death received little attention in the region as he died on the same day as the Virginia Tech shooting massacre.

Prince William fire and rescue chief Kevin McGee issued a statement this morning about Wilson.

“Our Department and our fire and rescue system will never be the same as it was prior to the dispatch to 15474 Marsh Overlook Drive. It shouldn’t be the same and it won’t. We have done much together to improve and make corrections over the past five years to enhance firefighter safety and improve service to our community. We have more work to do,” stated McGee.

The chief asked residents to keep Wilson’s family and friends in their thoughts today.

Kyle Wilson’s family, friends, and and fellow firefighters remember him now each year during the fifth annual “Kyle Wilson 10K Walk for Fitness,” as a way to remember his service to the community and provide a scholarship for those who wish to attend the athletic training program at George Mason University – Wilson’s alma mater.

The walk will be held this year at 9 a.m. at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge.

 

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2 Charged After Child Tied to Chair, Abused

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Investigators are looking into an allegation that a 13-year-old boy was tied to a chair with a rope, beaten and abused.

Police said the abuse was reported Wednesday, and that the child was struck in the face, head, face, neck, and arms with a belt. At one point the child was tied to a chair and then to a stair handrail with an electrical cord and rope, according to police documents.

The child suffered severe lacerations and heavy bruising, police added

The abuse took place in the 12300 block of Wadsworth Way in Lake Ridge on April 7, police stated.

The victim’s family member, 34-year-old Daniel Black, of Wadsworth Way, is charged with child abuse and abduction, police stated.

Another woman accused of knowing about the abuse but not reporting it to police is Melissa Black, 38, of Edinborough Court in Dumfries, police documents state. She’s charged with child abuse.

Both were held without bond.

 

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Nohe: Fair Process Led to Voting Exemption

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — During the decennial political redistricting process in 2011, no Prince William politician’s district changed as much as Marty Nohe’s.

He’s the Supervisor for the county’s Coles District, which now spans the western portion of Dale City west to the Manassas area. Increasing from 57,000 to 62,000 residents in his district last year, Nohe now represents about 30,000 more residents that he did previously, he said.

Magisterial districts like Coles, as well as state and congressional election districts are redrawn every 10 years by politicians  to account for population changes, and, some argue, to ensure the greatest possible reelection outcome for the current political party occupying a particular district.

Once approved by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, the new magisterial maps were sent to the federal government for preclearance — a review under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

They were approved, but on Wednesday officials announced Prince William was given a pass under section five of the act governing preclearance, making it the largest jurisdiction in Virginia to receive such a bailout.

“Having had a very fair and non-partisan redistricting process that was widely adopted by the community was really the lynchpin that made it possible for us to get bailed out that preclearance [requirement],” said Nohe.

Virginia is one of nine states primarily in the southeast, and various jurisdictions in New York City, North Carolina, California, Michigan and others, that must submit to the preclearance process. In Virginia, 14 jurisdictions have been given a pass including Fairfax City, Roanoke, and Winchester.

“I think it speaks very well with the redistricting process we went through. We applied for a bailout of preclearance prior to that redistricting process, and we had looked into it in previous years but we had not pursued it because, for whatever reason, it was not the right time,” said Nohe.

Now, Prince William County can be looked to as example in the redistricting process, he said. He added, other jurisdictions should make sure they meet preclearance requirements if considering applying for a bailout.

Jurisdictions are provided an opportunity to be exempted from the requirement of preclearance, known as “bailout” if they can demonstrate ten years of unbiased voting regulation practices. This requires:

• Evidence that no test or device has been used to determine voter eligibility

• No federal examiners were assigned

• All voting changes were submitted in a timely manner

• No objections by DOJ or denials by D.C. Court were levied against the jurisdiction

• Elimination of dilutive voting procedures

• Constructive efforts made to eliminate harassment and intimidation of voters

• Opportunities for convenient registration and voting expanded

• Minority persons have been appointed as election officials throughout all stages of registration/electoral process

Source: Prince William County

 

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Lake Ridge Library Reopening

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — The neighborhood library in Lake Ridge is all moved in to its new home and will welcome guests on Saturday.

The public library recently moved to upper level of Tacketts Mill shopping center in Lake Ridge, at 2239 Old Bridge Road, next to Safeway.

A celebration is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday for the opening of the newly relocated library, which moved from another location nearby the shopping center.

The Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday starting April 20, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday.

The library is one of several new businesses that will open in the aging shopping center, as Tacketts Mill looks to regain the popularity has a destination center while competing with nearby Potomac Mills mall.

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Prince William Given Voting ‘Bailout’

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The federal government has given a pass to Prince William County when it comes to officials deciding where voters will go to the polls.

Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted, Prince William and jurisdictions in nine other states had to report changes in voting districts, as well as changes in the hours polling places would be open, even changes in the names of polling places to the federal government, under section five of the Voting Rights Act. The requirement known as “preclearance,” was adhered to as recently as last year during the decennial political redistricting process, when changes to local magisterial districts voted upon by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors was submitted to the federal government for approval.

This action was taken to help prevent racially motivated disenfranchisement of voters by providing federal oversight of such matters as redistricting and the conduct of elections

The waiver, known as a bailout, is the largest such exemption granted to any jurisdiction in the U.S. forced to comply with rules put forth in the Voting Rights Act, stated Prince William County officials.

This is a developing story and we’ll have more on this soon.

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Crime Declines in Prince William

MURDER CASES AT 10-YEAR LOW

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — In 2011, police in Prince William County investigated and solved three murder cases – the fewest number of murders in the county in 10 years.

There were six fewer murders in Prince William in 2011 than there were in 2010, according to the police department’s annual crime statistic report released today. Detectives in Prince William in 2006 investigated 16 murders, the year that saw the most murders in the county in the past 10 years.

Overall, the report shows the crime rate in the county continued its five-year decline.

The number of reported rapes in the county fell from 53 to 46 in 2011, so did the number of reported robberies from 221 to 173. The categories like burglary, larceny, aggravated assault, and vehicle theft also saw fewer reported instances in 2011.

“The crime rate in Prince William County continues to decline in 2011 at 17.5 crimes per 1,000 residents. This downward trend represents a decrease in the rate of criminal activity. The crime rate is intended to serve as a basic indicator of overall crime trends and is a commonly accepted community measure,” the police report states.

The county’s population was tallied at 409,345 residents, up 11,000 more from the previous year.

Some crimes in Prince William County, however, saw a rise in reported incidents last year.

Assaults, DUI, weapons charges, and charges for the sale and manufacture of drugs rose, the report states.

There were also 91 more reportable traffic crashes in 2011 leading to a 2.9 percent rise in the county’s overall crash rate. Of the 11 fatal crashes that took the lives of 12 people in Prince William in 2011, three involved large commercial trucks, one involved a motorcycle, and one involved a pedestrian death. There were seven fewer fatal traffic crashes in 2011 than in 2010 in Prince William, according to the report.

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Fire Warnings Continue in Prince William, Stafford

With conditions still ripe for wildfires, Stafford authorities banned outside burning and Prince William officials remind residents to wait until after 4 p.m. to burn.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag warning for the region today, as they have since the weekend, warning that the combination of high winds, low humidity and dry conditions produce an atmosphere where wildfires flourish.

In Stafford, an outside burning ban remains in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the county’s fire marshal. Officials in Prince William remind residents to adhere to the state’s burning law that restricts outside burning between 4 p.m. and midnight.

“Most outside burn permits are limited to commercial or agriculture operations and as part of the process a comprehensive review of the operation are conducted before a permit will be approved and issued,” said Prince William fire and rescue spokeswoman Kim Hylander.

Residents in Prince William are urged to call 703-792-6360 for more information on obtaining burn permits.

It’s recommended that residents make sure that grills, recreational or campfires are supervised during use and that they are completely extinguished, said Hylander. With the forecasted gusty winds today, Hylander also said residents should secure all outdoor furniture, trash receptacles, cooking grills, and other freestanding items that may become air born causing injury and damage if not properly secured.

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Gibson Seeks Office, Challenges Connolly

DUMFRIES, Va. — From a doughnut shop in Dumfries, Mark Gibson explains why he’s getting into the race to become the next congressman for the Potomac Communities.

“As a small business owner I have to keep low overhead costs, and I don’t think the federal government is doing that,” said Gibson.

The 51-year-old Independent from Fairfax is collecting signatures to get his name on the ballot for the November General Election. He needs 1,500 before June to be considered in the race.

His opponent is two-term Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly, a man Gibson described as having a good knowledge of how the government works, but also has too many years in office touting the same party line.

“Mr. Connolly is a good foot solider for the party but we don’t need foot soldiers, we need innovation,” said Gibson.

A native of the Washington area, Gibson, 51, lives with his wife, daughter and son – both who are in elementary school in Fairfax County. He’s the chief operating officer of a 15-employee IT firm that does database work for small business.

While the 11th Congressional District he wants to represent had portions of western Fairfax and Prince William counties redistricted away from it, the district still includes much of the Potomac Communities of Dumfries, Lake Ridge, Occoquan and Woodbridge. It’s an area of economic good fortune, he said, with federal jobs aplenty. Gibson said he doesn’t believe in a federal hiring freeze, and added downsizing government would ultimately lead to the loss of federal workers — but it doesn’t all have to happen at once.

“You can lose positions from attrition, and that will lead to more government savings, and over time that means we can pass along pay raises to federal employees,” said Gibson. “The people who come for work for me have gumption. They come in and want to be promoted, and federal workers are no different.”

On Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Gibson says those who were promised a return on their investments into those systems should be rewarded, but added that those who have not yet reached retirement age will most likely have to wait longer to receive benefits.

A one-time Democrat, Gibson said he attended a meeting of Dems in Fairfax County but later felt the caucus was more about business as usual than bringing about change, which is why he said he’s running as an Independent.

Aside from Connolly, he faces proclaimed fiscal conservative Ken Vaughn and likely Republican nominee Chris Perkins.

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Bottle Bombs Resurfacing in Prince William

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Over the past few weeks, chemical bottle bombs have become an increasing problem in Prince William County. There have been a number of occurrences in the Lake Ridge area beginning on March 18 and April 1 on Kempston Lane and April 5 on Berwick Place. The Fire Marshal’s Office and Prince William Police are working together to investigate, apprehend and prosecute those individuals responsible for these deadly devices.

Due to the corrosive nature of the mixture, anyone coming in contact with the materials while manufacturing or discharging the device can sustain serious and long-term debilitating injuries. Permanent injures to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract are common.

The Fire Marshal’s Office and Police Department reminds everyone that individuals involved with the possession, manufacture, or discharge of chemical bottle bombs will face criminal charges for their actions. Additionally, they will be held responsible for costs associated with any property damage, emergency response and mitigation (police, HazMat, fire and rescue), and clean up. Due to the hazardous nature of the residual material, clean- up costs can be substantial.

If a chemical bottle bomb is discovered or suspected in the community, citizens should immediately relocate a safe distance away from the device and call 911 to report it. Under no circumstances should anyone touch or move a suspected device. Further questions or information should be directed to the Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-792-6360.

-Press release

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PRTC Asked to Explore Consolidation

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — There are four transportation organizations that help govern how some commuters travel in Northern Virginia. Now there is a renewed call to consolidate them.

A total of 22 elected legislators in March sent a letter to the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, one of the four transportation groups on the list that was asked to explore consolidation. PRTC operates OmniRide and OmniLink bus service in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.

For the past two sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, there have been failed efforts to consolidate PRTC, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority, and the Northern Virginia Regional Alliance.

The PRTC Commission is lead by several elected officials who meet on a monthly basis. Prince William Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe Chairs both the NVRC and the NVTA.

“We ask you as chairs of NVTA, NVRC, NVTC, and PRTC, to engage your organizations in an effort to determine whether consolidation and/or improved coordination would improve regional planning, including transportation planning and services,” the letter stated.

Delegates from the Potomac Communities who signed the letter include Richard Anderson, R-Prince William, and Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge.

PRTC commissioners are scheduled to take up the matter at tonight’s regularly scheduled commission meeting.

 

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Fire Displaces 7 in Lake Ridge

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — On Tuesday, April 3 at  11:30 a.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to a townhouse fire located in the 12400 block of Skipper Circle in Lake Ridge.

Fire and rescue units, upon arrival, were met by the residents stating the fire was in the kitchen but was extinguished.

Everyone safely evacuated. No injuries reported.

Three adults and four children were displaced.

American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist families.

Preliminary damages are estimated at $3000.00.

Fire Marshal’s investigation determined the origin of the fire was the stovetop; the cause of the fire was accidental.

-Press release 

 

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Video: Lake Ridge Pool Fished

LAKE RIDGE, Va. – The annual Lake Ridge Fishout is underway this week at the Ridge-Wood Pool off Old Bridge Drive.

The Lake Ridge Property Owners Association stocked the swimming pool with 750 trout for the fifth-annual Fishout event. All of the trout must be caught before Saturday so the pool can be scrubbed, cleaned, and readied for the start of the summer swim season next month.

 

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Video: Obama Office Opens in Prince William

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — Democrats in Prince William County have a new rallying place.

Campaign staffers for President Barack Obama on Saturday greeted about 100 supporters for the opening of Obama’s latest reelection campaign office, at Tacketts Mill in Lake Ridge.

The new office is one of 10 campaign bureaus in Virginia. In addition to the office in Lake Ridge, campaign officials also opened offices in Loudoun County and in Virginia Beach over the weekend.

The office will primarily be used for campaign activities such as making phone calls, and rallying and training volunteers who will go door-to-door canvassing for votes.

Obama in 2008 won Virginia with 52 percent of the vote. In Prince William County, voters chose Obama over John McCain giving the president 57 percent of the vote.

 

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Video: Shooting in Lake Ridge

LAKE RIDGE, Va. — One person was shot at a home near Lake Ridge on Saturday night and flown to an area hospital for treatment, police said. Sources said the victim is a male.

About 9 p.m., the victim was flown by helicopter from Merchant’s Plaza at the corner of Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road in Lake Ridge– the site of a Safeway grocery store and Capital One Bank.

As onlookers peered on, rescue crews pulled the victim from the back of an ambulance and placed him on another stretcher to be loaded onto a helicopter, which landed between the bank and a McDonalds restaurant.

Police also surrounded a nearby CVS Pharmacy parking lot, congregating around what appeared to be a collection of plastic bags lying on the sidewalk outside the store. Police confirmed the shooting did not take place at the pharmacy.

We’ll have more on this once it’s made available.

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Early Work Slated for 95 Express Lanes

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — While final plans are not yet in place for High Occupancy Toll lanes on Interstate 95, transportation officials will begin preliminary work on the project next week.

Drivers will notice the work taking place on the highway shoulders on I-95 between Springfield and Dumfries, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The proposed toll lanes, if approved, will be a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and private construction firm Fluor-Transurban. Taxpayers are expected to foot $97 million while the private firm is expected to fund $843 million.

In December, officials said construction could begin as early as this spring. But no formal announcement has been made. According to vamegaprojects.com, the work scheduled next week is utility work.

Once known as HOT lanes, the project has apparently been rebranded 95 Express Lanes to match its counterpart toll lanes on the Capital Beltway, the 495 Express Lanes which are scheduled to open late this year.

Work schedule:

I-95 north from Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) to Springfield Interchange – Mobile right shoulder closures Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for utility work.

I-95 north from Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) to Springfield Interchange – Mobile single lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon for utility work.

I-95 south from the Springfield Interchange to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) – Mobile right shoulder closures Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work.

I-95 south from the Springfield Interchange to Exit 150, Joplin Rd. (Route 619) – Mobile single lane closures Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work.

I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes from Springfield Interchange to Dumfries Rd. (Route 234) – Mobile alternating shoulder closures Monday through Thursday from 7 am. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to noon.

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$5 Million in Cuts to Fund Teacher Pay Increases

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The Prince William County School Board approved an $861 million operating budget Wednesday night, directing the Superintendent to find $5 million in new spending cuts to cover the cost of providing a step increase to employees on the current pay scale.

Budget approval came a week later than originally expected, as Board Members debated how best to afford enhanced pay increases. The new plan builds on the foundation of the spending reductions originally proposed to pay for an across-the-board raise in the budget plan rejected during last week’s Board mark-up session.

By a 5-3 margin, Board Members voted this time to provide the widely sought step increase based on a 7.5 hour instructional day. The step will provide an average 2.85 percent pay hike, but actual amounts will vary according to each employee’s position on the current pay scale. In addition, all employees will receive an added one percent increase to offset the cost of a new state mandate that will require each PWCS employee to make a one percent contribution to the Virginia Retirement System over the upcoming school year.

Board members also approved an amendment directing the Superintendent to use any additional funds that could be received toward reducing class sizes and/or adjusting the budget-diminished Capital Improvements Program, according to future Board directions.

The immediate challenge for the School Division will be finding $5 million in cuts beyond those already included to fund pay increases in the Superintendent’s previous proposal. Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven L. Walts conceded that it will not be easy to find those additional cuts but noted, “We will make every effort not to lay off any employee.”

Though passed, the Budget is not yet final. It immediately goes to the Board of County Supervisors for their approval. Additionally, the county has yet to finalize the tax rate on which the budget revenues are based; the tax rate advertised last month can still decrease, but not increase, meaning PWCS could face further shortfalls. The state budget picture is uncertain as well. Clarifying legislative action could come as early as Friday, but might still require adjustments to the spending plan.

-Press release

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