Supervisors approve resolution to fund Pine Fork Park

New Kent Supervisors approved a resolution Monday night for BB&T bank to officially fund the construction of Pine Fork Park.

The board also honored a citizen, sheriff’s deputy and three Girl Scouts for their efforts in the community.

The board considered funding options for Pine Fork Park at its Sept. 4 meeting and chose to reach out to BB&T to see if it could extend its $3.2 million offer to November.

Ted Cole, of financial advising group Davenport & Company, told supervisors BB&T could extend the offer.

The board unanimously approved, with Supervisor Thomas Tiller absent, the resolution to go into a financing contract for the park with BB&T.

At the Sept. 4 meeting, Cole said the park’s construction bid will come in around Nov. 15 and the debt payments would start in 2020.

County Administrator Rodney Hathaway said the project will cost about $4 million.

The board also unanimously approved a change to its public procurement manual, allowing the purchase limit for a professional service (nursing, accounting, law, etc.) up to $80,000.

Hathaway said the current limit is $30,000 and anything at that amount or less requires his approval and no proposal request.

A public hearing was held for a 2018-19 budget amendment that would transfer $11,732,645.14 to the county’s current budget.

No one spoke at the public hearing. Hathaway said the the funds are carry over funds from the previous budget, such as unspent capital project funds.


New Kent County Sheriff’s Office and New Kent Fire-Rescue recognized the life-saving actions of a citizen and a sheriff’s deputy.

Curtisa Buckner Thomas saved the life of an 18-year-old young man who was in a motor vehicle crash on Cooks Mill Road on Sept. 5, according to Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr.

Thomas arrived on the scene while driving to work and found a badly damaged pick up truck with a single occupant, according to New Kent Fire-Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Brian Bennett.

“The engine compartment of the truck was on fire. The victim had lower extremity injuries and was unable to rescue himself,” Bennett said. “Mrs. Thomas, risking injury to herself, grabbed the driver and pulled him to safety a good distance away from the truck and waited until first responders arrived. Her response changed the outcome of this accident.”

Stepping up to receive her award, Thomas said she was driving back home because she forgot her phone when she came upon the accident.

“He’s the age of my son and I couldn’t leave him in the car,” Thomas said. “The thing that killed me was that another man came onto the scene. I asked him to help me move the child further and he refused. I moved him by myself.”

McLaughlin said the sheriff’s office recently spoke to the victim, who is expected to make a full recovery, and he wants to meet Thomas to thank her for her heroic actions.

McLaughlin then recognized Deputy Peter Mendoza for saving the life of a gunshot victim.

“The victim shot the lower portion of his leg and had major bleeding. Mendoza applied pressure with a tourniquet while waiting for EMS,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said he’s been told that if it weren’t for Mendoza, the victim would’ve bled to death prior to EMS arriving.

Mendoza accepted the award and said he’s just doing what he’s supposed to do in his job.

The crowd of about 25 people and all of the board members stood and applauded Thomas and Mendoza.

Three Girl Scouts from local troop 177 were recognized for earning their gold-level awards for their community efforts.

Girl Scouts Sarah McGinley made a calming center for stressed middle school students; Paige Hillis built benches for students waiting for the activity buses; and Abagayle Mathis built benches and picnic tables at a fishing pier in King and Queen. The girls are all 11th graders at New Kent High School.

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