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Camper Crash Stalls I-95 Traffic

(Photo: Stephanie Tipple)

TRIANGLE, Va. — A crash involving a camper trailer stalled traffic on Interstate 95 north about 2 p.m. Friday.

PotomacLocal.com reporter Stephanie Tipple snapped this photo of the truck and the camper it was pulling at mile post 149, at the rear entrance of Quantico Marine Corps Base. No injuries were reported.

 

5 Rescued from Potomac River

 FIRST ON POTOMACLOCAL.COM 

KING GEORGE, Va. — Rescue crews pulled five people from the Potomac River early Saturday.

A boat with five onboard stalled in the middle of the Potomac River just after midnight. Three of the five occupants onboard decided to swim to shore to get help, but about 1,000 yards from the shoreline the swimmers determined they couldn’t make it to shore and 911 was called, said Prince William fire and rescue Battalion Chief Curtis Brodie.

Initially, the callers reported he was near Tims Rivershore restaurant in Dumfries. Rescue crews from Prince William County, Charles County, Md., and a police helicopter from Fairfax County, were dispatched to the area near Tims Rivershore.

But the caller soon determined his boat stalled near Tims II – Tim Rivershore restaurant’s second location in King George County.

“Once we got the word, the helicopters and rescue crews immediately diverted to Tims II where we found the boat,” said Brodie.

Rescue crews pulled three from the water and two from the boat. No one was injured.

Boating is popular on the Potomac River, but if a boat stalls out it’s important to use a map to determine your exact location, remain on the boat, and then use a cell phone to call for help.

“If your ship is not sinking, and it’s not a life-or-death situation, remain on the boat and call for help. They may send a tow boat to come rescue you,” said Brodie.

 

Power Back On, So is the Heat

TRIANGLE, Va. — Everyone in the Potomac Communities who lost power after June 29’s derecho storm is back online.

An interactive map from Domnion Virginia Power shows no storm-related outages in our area today. Thursday afternoon, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative announced it had also restored all power to those who lost it in last week’s powerful storm.

A Dominion dispatch order shows work crews today will still be on the job restoring power in portions of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia.

Hampering their work early Thursday morning was another powerful storm that knocked out power to the Dumfries, Triangle, and Quantico areas. Blowing through the Potomac Communities about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, the storm took down trees and power lines at homes on Old Triangle Road, and knocked out to power to homes on Quantico Marine Corps Base.

A base spokesman Thursday said cooling shelters were set up on the base to accommodate those without power.

HEAT WATCH

While the lights have come back on, the sun is unrelenting. Another excessive heat advisory is in effect today until 8 p.m. Temperatures will range between 100 and 105 degrees, and the heat index could make it feel like it’s hotter than that.

On Saturday, temperatures could feel like 100 outside, states the National Weather Service. It’ll remain hot with on Sunday, but relief will come Monday with temperatures in the mid 80s.

(Uriah Kiser/PotomacLocal.com)

 

County Calls for Verizon 911 Probe

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Emergency call centers in Prince William County are working again after a disruption in 911 service following Friday’s storm.

The storm knocked out 911 and cell service for much of the day Saturday. But it’s the lack of 911 service that has Prince William County officials calling for an investigation into what went wrong.

Verizon, the company responsible for providing 911 service in the, on Sunday blamed the failure on one of it’s facilities in Arlington. But in a press release Tuesday the company states it’s hard to identify just one weakest link in the chain that led to the failure.

“Verizon recognizes the critical public safety nature of 911 services, and we regret that some customers may have been without access to 911 this past weekend,” said Verizon Vice President of Engineering Mike Daigle. “Our 911 network is designed so that there is no one single point of failure anywhere in the network that can interrupt 911 service. Unfortunately, the nature and severity of this particular storm damaged multiple Verizon facilities inside and outside of offices in the affected area, and that’s what led to the weekend’s 911 issues.”

The failures were described as catastrophic, with public officials urging those with emergencies who could not get through to 911 to flag down first responders, to go to the nearest public safety center, or directly to a hospital.

Officials said this is the second time in as many years the 911 system failed. During a snow storm last year, officials said the emergency phone system went down.

“While we appreciate the efforts Verizon made to get the system back up and running, all efforts should be made to ensure that the critical 911 system does not fail in the future,” said Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman At-large Corey A. Stewart. “We expect Verizon to conduct a full investigation into how the 911 service failed and offer solutions to better secure the system. It is imperative that residents of Prince William County and the entire Washington Metro area never have to face such emergencies without the critical 911 service that can be the difference between life and death for those in need.”

Stewart said he hopes other counties in the area will join with Prince William in calling for an investigation into the failure. Fairfax County officials have also called for an investigation into the 911 failure.

Power Crews Face Sweltering Heat

It’s been more than 100 hours since Friday night’s powerful Derecho windstorm hit, and many in the Potomac Communities are still without power.

Dominion Virginia Power crews posted their work locations for today, where the utility says they’re working around the clock to restore power. (Locations listed below).

This morning, Dominion reports 1,561 customers out in Stafford – down from about 9,000 on Saturday. Dominion says 239 are still without power in Prince William.

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative reports 24 out in Prince William and one customer out in Stafford.

MORE TO THE STORY: Stafford announced its landfill will be open, offering free much

Crews performing the restoration work will face temperatures in the high 90s to 100 degrees today. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region until 9 p.m., and that means it’ll feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Dominion Work Locations for July 4, 2012

Dumfries

Cherry Hill Rd

Cockpit Point Rd & Graham Park Rd

Vidalia Ct

Triangle

Barnette Cir

Carborough St

Weaver Rd

Stafford

Dent Doad at Cobbleston Subdiv

Brooke Rd & Millbrooke Rd

Coal Landing Rd

Courthouse Rd @ Cedar Ln

Eskimo Hill Rd

Potomac Run Rd south of Eskimo Hill Rd

Rollinswood La

State Shop Rd

Leeland Rd @ Morton Rd

Leeland Road at Conway

Greenbank Rd @ Rocky Run Rd intersection

Main St

Mansfield St

Mountain View Rd

Ramouth Church Rd

Rt 17 @ Rt 723

Truslow Rd

Rt 17 @ Hartwood

Woodbridge

Asphalt Plant

Bacon Race & Wood Lilly

Belmont Blvd at Y

Crestridge Dr

Gunston Rd

Gunston Rd Past Springfield Dr

Lake Jackson Dr

McGrath Rd north off North Point Rd

Occoquan Club Dr

Princess Ann & Longview

 

Dominion Work Orders Posted

There are 2,534 Dominion Virginia Power customers without power in Prince William County as of 9:40 a.m. Tuesday.

There are 4,166 Dominion customers without power in Stafford County as of the same time Tuesday.

The utility just posted what neighborhoods you can expect to see power restoration crews today.

This comes as Stafford County set up a temporary cooling shelter for residents.

 

Crime Watch: Sex with Minor Probed, Man Stabbed

Ruiz

FROM POLICE REPORTS:

Aggravated Sexual Battery – On June 29 at 3:11p.m., detectives from the Special Victims Bureau responded to investigate a sexual battery which was reported to have occurred in the 13800 block of Montoclair Ln in Dale City (22193). The investigation revealed that the victim, a 14 year old female of Woodbridge, had been sexually assaulted by the accused, a known acquaintance. Following an investigation, the accused was subsequently arrested.

Arrested:

Manuel DE JESUS RUIZ, 47, of the 13800 block of Montoclair Ln in Dale City. Charged with aggravated sexual battery, indecent liberties with a minor, object sexual penetration. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond.

Reyes

Attempted Malicious Wounding – On July 1 at 9:39 a.m., police responded to the 14500 block of Telegraph Rd, Woodbridge (22191) for an assault. The victim, a 29 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police he had a verbal altercation with the accused, an unknown man, which escalated. During the encounter the accused displayed a knife and chased the victim in the above area. The accused did not make contact with the victim and hid the knife when police arrived. The knife was retrieved by police and the accused was subsequently arrested without incident. No injuries were reported.

Arrested:

Jose Santiago RUBIO-REYES, 34, of 1500 Kentucky Ave in Woodbridge. Charged with attempted malicious wounding. Court date unavailable, held WITHOUT bond.

Malicious Wounding – On June 30 at 2:50AM, police responded to the 17100 block of Jefferson Davis Hwy in Dumfries (22026) for a stabbing. The victim, a 52 year old man of Triangle, reported to police he was stabbed several times in the torso by a known acquaintance. The victim was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Investigation continues.

Armed Robbery – On July 1 at 4:28AM, police responded to the 18100 block of Purvis Dr, Dumfries (22172) for a robbery. The victim, a 30 year old woman of Dumfries, reported to police that while walking to her residence in the above area she was confronted by an unknown man.

The man allegedly displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s purse. The victim gave the man her purse, containing an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency, and he fled the area on foot.

No injuries were reported.

Lookout:

Black male, unknown age, 6’1” / 150lbs, thin build

Last seen wearing black shorts, grey shirt, baseball hat and a black mask over his face

Strong Armed Robbery – On July 1 at 2:43AM, police responded to the 2300 block of

McClellan Ct, Dumfries (22026) for a robbery. The victim, a 31 year old man of Woodbridge, reported to police that he was assaulted by three unknown men while walking in the above area.

The men allegedly struck the victim numerous times in the face with their fists. During the encounter the victim fell to the ground where the men took his wallet. The men fled the area prior to police arrival. The victim was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Lookout:

3 black males, all reported to have short hair and medium build – no further description

 

NOVEC Promises Power for Independence Day

 CONTINUING STORM COVERAGE 

UPDATE 4 p.m.

About 90 percent of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative have their power back on.

Following Friday night’s powerful storm with winds that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses – about 2 million people – the utility says most will have power back on by Independence Day.

The announced could be good news for many customers in NOVEC’s service districts in Prince William and Stafford counties who have family in town for the Wednesday holiday.

BY THE NUMBERS – 4 p.m. Monday

Prince William

Dominion customers still without power: 4,962

NOVEC customer still without power: 280

Stafford

Dominion customers still without power: 7,673

NOVEC customer still without power: 2

 

STAFFORD, Va. — It could be Saturday before all affected Dominion Virginia Power customers get their power back on.

The utility said it was bringing in help from help from states like Wisconsin, Texas, and Florida, and from as far away as Canada to help in the restoration efforts. A Dominion spokesman said 80 to 85 percent of customers should be restored by Tuesday night, with 90 to 95 percent of customers getting their juice back by Thursday.

“Unlike a hurricane, this storm could not be forecasted well ahead of time by the National Weather Service,” said Dominion Vice president-Electric Distribution Operations Rodney Blevins. “That is complicating restoration efforts because crews and supplies could not be positioned in advance.”

BY THE NUMBERS

Prince William

Dominion customers still without power: 5,297

NOVEC customer still without power: 438

Stafford

Dominion customers still without power: 7,177

NOVEC customer still without power: 58

In Stafford, county officials Sunday night last night closed an emergency shelter at Rodney Thompson Middle School.

Spoiled food was tossed out of the frozen food section in a Food Lion store on Va. 610 in North Stafford after it lost power. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

Water Main Break Snarls Friday Rush

DUMFRIES, Va. — Emergency crews were called to a water main break on U.S. 1 in Dumfries on Friday afternoon. The break caused delays on the highway, and sent a geyser shooting high into the air.

We’re working on getting more information on the cause and impact of this water main break.

(Submitted photo)

 

(Photo: Cydny Neville)

 

Prince William’s ‘Waste Place’ Under Review

The “Too Good to Waste Place” at the Prince William County Landfill has been credited with reducing the amount of trash that ends up in the landfill, as residents can leave behind still-usable items which are later picked up by other landfill visitors. (Submitted photo)

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — The “Too Good to Waste Place” has been scrapped – at least for now.

The Prince William County Landfill announced the temporary closure of the donation center on its campus that’s been in operation since 1991. The “Too Good to Waste Place” has been credited with reducing the amount of trash that has ended up in the landfill, as residents instead have chosen to leave, or donate, still-usable items like couches, bicycles, and lawnmowers at the site. Once left, other residents who visit the landfill can simply take what’s left behind.

The donation spot will close Thursday, July 5, as county officials reexamine how they are going to administer the program.

“…there is no timeframe for reopening. They are going to be looking at how to better operate the program or alter it to be more effective. They are looking at other similar programs and models for donating items to make certain it is being operated in the most effective way possible,” stated Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant in an email.

During the closure, Grant suggests residents instead donate still-usable good to local charities.

Residents of Prince William County can access the landfill for free, while those who live in Dumfries, Occoquan, Quantico, or Haymarket must pay a $5 fee for up to 200 pounds of trash per visit to the landfill.

 

Ground Broken for Dumfries’ Ginn Park

DUMFRIES, Va. — Officials put shovels into dirt marking the start of construction of Ginn Park in Dumfries.

The new park will sit at 3876 Graham Park Road and will be built in two phases. Phase one will include playground equipment, a basketball court, a playing field, and a gravel parking lot. While it’s unclear when construction of phase two will begin, it is said to include a community center, a community plaza and amphitheater, tennis courts, a community garden, and a paved parking lot.

According to Dumfries’ website, the park could be open as early as July.

Dumfries Mayor Gerald Foreman,  Vice Mayor Willie J. Toney, and Councilmembers Kristen Forrester and Gwen Washington gathered on Friday, June 22, to break ground on the new park.


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Stick, Car Used as Weapons in Fight

Bell

TRIANGLE, Va. — A man and woman from Fredericksburg got into a fight at Locust Shade Park near Triangle. Another man got hit in the head with a stick while trying to break it up.

The argument started just after 5 p.m. Thursday between a 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman. Police said both knew each other and, when the argument escalated, a friend of the woman – a 34-year-old man from Stafford — stepped in to help but was hit with a stick.

Afterward, both men got into a car and tried to leave the park, but the woman then got into her car and struck the vehicle with the two men inside. The vehicles collided several times leaving both damaged, police stated. Wooden guard rails inside the park were also broken.

Police said the woman fled the scene on foot before officers arrived, but she was later found at her home. Minor injuries were reported, and the incident was domestic in nature, police report.

Crisdel Valeriano Bell, 34, of 9 Ebony Court in Fredericksburg, is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, hit & run and destruction of property, police state. Her court date was unavailable and she was held without bond.

 

Summer Camp Underway at Boys and Girls Clubs

The General Heiser Boys and Girls Club in Dumfries. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

DUMFRIES, Va. — Summer camp is in full swing at the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Potomac Communities.

Boys and Girls clubs in Dale City, Dumfries, and Manassas, have welcomed 500 registered teens to the clubs for the annual “Send a Kid to Camp” summer event. Touted as an affordable quality alternative to other summer camps, the clubs offer basketball and volleyball leagues in the evening, and new a teen, and sports camp programs for those ages 5 to 17-years-old.

“Our phones have not stopped ringing since April, families are looking for a safe place with caring staff for their children,” said Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club Director Glenn Vickers.

The clubs have received more than $15,000 in funds to help families in Prince William send their kids to camp. At a meeting of the club’s Board of Directors on Monday, Vickers read aloud letters written by area residents requesting financial assistance for their child for getting them into the camp. Because of the interest from the community, the need for donations is always great, said Vickers.

Overseeing summer camp, Camp Directors Judy Moore, Susan Ficarro and Nadia Petersen have more than 60-years combined experience in youth development.

All three Boys and Girls Clubs in Prince William County and Manassas are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day this summer, said Vickers.

 

Wine Tasting, Talent Show Planned for Fall Fest

DUMFRIES, Va. — It may the first day of summer on Wednesday, but officials in Dumfries are already thinking fall.

Once again this year, Dumfries will offer food, live music, and wine tasting as part of its 11th Annual Fall Festival.

The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Garrison Park behind Town Hall. While there, festival goers will be able to participate in the town’s “Dumfries Has Talent” competition. There are two categories, one for adults and one for children ages 14 and under, with prize money ranging between $100 and $300 in the youth category and up to $500 in the adult category.

“Please keep in mind that the town festival is a continual “work in progress. Our goal is to make the day’s event a fun, family day for all citizens to enjoy,” stated a flier distributed by town staff promoting the event.

Area wineries will once again be welcomed in the baseball field area of Garrison Park, and those with valid ID can pay $1 per tasting to enjoy wines produced by local wineries. Tasters over age 21 will receive a wrist band that will allow them to be inside the roped-off wine tasting area, and the wineries will follow all Virginia ABC rules, said Neville.

Vendors at the festival will be charged $30 for a 10×10 space, and food vendors must have a food vendor permit issued by the state.

Festival parking will be available for attendees in the parking lot between Town Hall and Garrison Park. Vendors will not be allowed to park in this area.

This festival compliments an annual spring festival held each year in the town.  

 

 

 

McDonalds Replacing True Grit

DUMFRIES, Va. — A McDonald’s restaurant will stand where there once was a restaurant named “True Grit.”

Construction is underway for the new fast food eatery at the Triangle Shopping Plaza, where the Dumfries Police Station is located. The building that housed the old True Grit restaurant has been demolished which cleared the way for the new fast food eatery.

“The new McDonald’s will help to offset the tax burden on the residents through increased sales and meals taxes,” said Dumfries Economic Development Director Debi Sandlin.

The restaurant was able to locate in the shopping center thanks to a deal brokered between McDonalds and owners of the Triangle Shopping Plaza, Curtis Brothers Investment. Sandlin also credits the town’s effort to fast-track the site planning process as a key element that lured McDonalds to the small town.

The new restaurant will replace a McDonalds that was demolished as part of Prince William County’s $65.8 million effort to widen U.S. 1 to six lanes in Triangle near the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It will compliment another McDonald’s location on Va. 234 at Interstate 95.

A Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant is also planned for the Va. 234 corridor near Dumfries.

 

Breast Cancer Screening Van Coming to Businesses

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Women in Prince William County will soon have more access to Breast Cancer screenings.

A $750,000 grant from the Potomac Health Foundation will go to fund a mammography van that will visit area businesses to provide screenings and care for insured employees. Afterward, patients can learn where to go for any follow-up diagnoses and treatment.

“The mammography mobile unit is a 40-foot coach that has full digital mammography with computer aided detection,” said Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Senior Director Marty Ward in a press release. “We will partner with the Family Health Connection to serve those with little or no insurance and we’ll also partner with communities, organizations, businesses and houses of worship to make access even more convenient for Northern Virginia residents.”

Ward says there is a lack of early detection and treatment of Breast Cancer in Prince William, especially for low-income women, and that can lead to high cancer death rates. Locally, data show more serious cancers are detected at a later stage, she added.

Annual mammograms are recommended for women 40-years-old or older.

The van comes as Sentara Northern Virginia Comprehensive Breast Center was granted a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The center provides comprehensive care and information about clinical trials and treatment options.

Wider U.S. 1 Tops $65 Million

TRIANGLE, Va. — Patches of unpaved road and orange traffic barrels remain, but the ribbon has been cut heralding the official opening of a widened U.S. 1 in Triangle.

County officials and residents gathered on the corner of U.S. 1 and Joplin Road June 6 to celebrate the improved roadway.

The $65.8 million project to widen the heavily used stretch of road at the entrance of Quantico Marine Corps Base, and between Joplin and Brady’s Hill roads from four to six lanes, was approved by voters in 2006 as part of a bond referendum.

The project’s initial $47 million cost ballooned when crews ran into utility relocation issues along the corridor. Higher costs can also be attributed to the nearly $50 million spent on right-of-way acquisition, officials said.

The widening brought the demolition of fast food restaurants, gas stations, and convenience stores that once lined U.S. 1 in the area. Officials hope the new street improvements and new sidewalks will make the area into a more pedestrian-friendly village nestled outside the National Museum of the Marine Corps – a big tourism draw for Prince William County and the region.

The first phase of that village-like development was approved by county leaders earlier this year, when in March the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved a new zoning a three-acre development that is slated to include street-level retail spaces, as well as office space and a daycare center.

The wider U.S. 1 will improve traffic flow in the area, as well as address prior flooding problems in the area, according to a Prince William County press release.

Drivers can expect to see the final paved lane configuration markings and orange barrels removed by June 29.

 

Driver Pulled From Car

DUMFRIES, Va. — A driver was pulled from his car this afternoon after it ran off the road near Dumfries.

The crash happened about 3 p.m. in the area of Va. 234 and Waterway Drive, at the entrance to the Montclair neighborhood.

The driver appeared to have had a seizure and was pulled from the wrecked vehicle, according to initial reports.

 

New Dumfries Clinic on Schedule to Open

DUMFRIES, Va. — One of two new family health centers expected to serve 47,000 military personnel will open in Dumfries on July 2.

Located just outside the town on Fettler Park Drive, The Dumfries Health Center will outpatient primary and specialty care, as well as laboratory, radiology, and specialty health services for military members and dependents enrolled in TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Plus insurance programs.

With the opening of this new center, a The Woodbridge Family Health Center across from Potomac Mills mall and operated by CRAssociates for the past 10 years will close, and new company – Spectrum Healthcare – will operate the new Dumfries facility.

CRAssociates has fought the takeover of the operation, and a case slated to go before Circuit Court in November will address a zoning issue that some – including Delegate Scott Lingamfelter – feared would prevent a pharmacy at the new clinic. Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, Fauquier, penned a letter to Prince William County At-large Supervisor Corey Stewart urging the Board to rule on a zoning decision that would allow pharmacy at the new facility. County officials this week, said, however, a pharmacy is permitted in the new clinic per zoning rules, as it would be contained inside of the newly built facility.

According to Spectrum Healthcare, the transition to the new facility will be easy for patients.

“All patients currently enrolled at the Woodbridge Family Health Center will be automatically enrolled at the new Dumfries Health Center. We have made great efforts to ensure continuity of their care, and the vast majority of healthcare providers are transitioning to our new center. We are confident our dedicated healthcare team and the new facility will exceed our patients’ expectations,” said spokesman Raighne C. Delaney.

The Dumfries Health Clinic will be associated with Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. A second clinic will open at 10580 Arrowhead Road in Fairfax.

Dumfries Summer Youth Employment Program Deadline Nears

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DUMFIRES, Va. — The Dumfries Summer Youth Employment Program will provide an opportunity for our area students to get an in-depth, hands-on experience on the internal workings of Town Hall, provide insight to the daily operations of local government and develop leadership skills through service based learning.

The students will be exposed to all aspects of Town Hall operations by working in some of the Town’s various departments to include, Community Services, Economic and Community Development, Public Works, and the Police Department. In addition, program participants will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by Town Council, during the length of the program.

Participants will be paid an hourly wage of $8 an hour for a 15-hour work week. The workplace schedule will be: two days a week, Monday-Thursday at Town Hall – for a total of ten hours, and each Friday at Weems-Botts Museum, for a total of five hours. Work hours will be between the hours of 9am-3pm. (Exact hours at Town Hall, will be determined after selection of program participants).

The Summer Youth Employment Program offers gainful summer employment for six weeks, in a positive, engaging atmosphere.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who are 15 -18 years of age, who are residents of the incorporated Town of Dumfries, are eligible for employment without regard to social, economic, racial, or ethnic backgrounds. Students must have no history of serious criminal or other antisocial behavior that might endanger their safety or that of others; have or be able to obtain a work permit as required under the laws of Virginia; have a Social Security number or have completed an application to secure one; must not be a relative to any Town of Dumfries employee, or Council member; be willing and able to work scheduled duty hours and participate in all assigned tasks.

How to Apply

To apply, students meeting these qualifications should complete the Summer Youth Employment Program application form, submit the 500-word essay along with two reference forms and return it by Wednesday June 13 at noon. Applications must be mailed to:

Town of Dumfries
Summer Youth Employment Program
Attn: Ms. Cydny A. Neville, MAEd
17755 Main Street
Dumfries, Virginia 22026

Prince William Slush Funds Banned

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Elected officials in Prince William County today voted to do away with discretionary funds.

In a letter from At-large Board Chairman Corey Stewart, the county’s top official announced the Board banned the monies known as slush funds from their budgets. The funds were not in the best interest of the county government or taxpayers, stated Stewart.

The Board also put in place tighter restrictions on how staff members who work at offices of Prince William Supervisors enter into contracts. The latter move was to fend off additional criticism of the Board, whose eight members have come under fire for the use of discretionary funds to pay for pet projects.

As part of the new rules, each Supervisors office will receive $20,000 less per year to bring funding in line with that of the At-large Chairman. In a press release, officials outlined how Supervisors may spend monies going forward.

• Funds may not be appropriated in cash or through in-kind donations to any non-governmental organization or any governmental entity that is the recipient of appropriated funds in the Prince William County budget:

• Funds may not be used to sponsor events or advertise in any publication associated with events;

• If a Supervisor is to attend an event in furtherance of the official duties of the District Supervisor, funds may be used to purchase a single ticket for admission to the event for the individual District Supervisor and/or designated staff member;

• Fund balances currently existing in District Office expense accounts for the current fiscal year or carried over from prior years may be transferred to a currently approved Capital Improvement Project fund or approved future Capital Improvement Projects;

• Fund balances remaining in District Office expense accounts at the end of each future fiscal year shall be automatically transferred to the County Revenue Stabilization Fund or to an approved Capital Improvement Project at the request of the District Supervisor;

• Board members will not pay nor incur a legal obligation to pay overtime or allow incurred comp time to Board office employees;

• No Board member will employ or retain any full-time or part-time employee on the County payroll who owns, is employed by, or is a contractor to any company which offers services for hire to any political campaign of that Board member;

• No Board member will engage or retain any vendor services using County funds where the vendor has been retained or is currently retained by the political campaign of that Board member;

• Every Board member will follow County Personnel Manual policies regarding nepotism in hiring employees and managing Board offices;

• Board members may retain up to 10% of salary and benefits cost on an annual basis to cover any unintended staff costs year-to-year.

 

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