Supervisors discuss issues at Commerce Park, expanding trash transfer site

The King William Board of Supervisors discussed a possible solution for the ongoing problem with infrastructure and conditions at Commerce Park, the expansion of the Route 30 trash transfer site and honored a former Economic Development Authority member at its Jan. 28 meeting.

Former Economic Development Authority member James Boyer, who served on the authority for 20 years and ended his membership in June, was honored for his service.

The board presented Boyer with an honorary resolution, and Boyer was met with applause and a standing ovation from the crowd of residents.

Transfer station

A resolution allowing county administrator Bobbie Tassinari to begin the process of conveying a property deed of 10 acres from King William County Public Schools to the county was approved 4-1, with Dave Hansen voting no.

The 10 acres is for the expansion of the Route 30 trash transfer site near the high school. The project will help ease congestion and traffic at the site, according to Tassinari.

The property will be given to the county by the school division at no cost, according to Tassinari.

Commerce Park

The board discussed resident’s growing concern about Commerce Park’s infrastructure, road conditions and overall condition of the development.

Board members discussed conditions of the development at their Dec. 17 meeting and asked community development director Ron Etter to look at how the board can address infrastructure issues to meet tenants concerns.

Etter came back with his findings Monday night. He reported the park is for sale by owner Shane Kisner, and infrastructure updates would cost as much as $850,000.

“The main road (upkeep) could go into the Virginia Department of Transportation secondary road system and get taken care of,” Etter said. “The other roads and the secondary gravel road would need work done and we would need easements from private property owners. All of the road work and process would cost (between) $311,000-$400,000.”

The park’s storm-water drainage basin would also need to be updated to meet Department of Environmental Quality standards and would cost between $335,000 and $450,000, according to Etter.

Etter said the county has worked to clear parked and abandoned cars at Commerce Park by sending letters and contacting property owners.

Supervisor Travis Moskalski explained at a December meeting that the county’s hands have been tied due to a bond on the property. When a development such as Commerce Park is approved, there is a construction bond in place that assures the development owner is fulfilling their duties. If not, the bond can be taken out for a price to assist tenants affected.

The General Assembly has made rules on localities’ ability to pull bonds on developments, therefore the county has been unable to pull the bond for Commerce Park, according to Moskalski.

Tassinari said the board has three options: do nothing and wait until 2020 when the board might get access to the bond; if someone purchases the park, let the new owner deal with the bond and infrastructure; or purchase the park, which would nullify the bond and give the county more responsibility.

“There are 12 vacant lots and 10 are truly able to sell for about a $750,000 assessed value,” Tassinari said.

The board then discussed its options in a closed session.

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