Fairfax City officials Monday released a five-year, $29 million capital improvements program that would include funds for school air conditioning and road improvements, among dozens of other projects.
The 100-page plan calls for spending about $3 million in general revenue in the fiscal year starting next July. Major projects to start next year would include installing air conditioners at Lanier Intermediate School, constructing an addition at the Volunteer Fire Department's Station 3, and smoothing curves at North Street and West Street.
Another $11.5 million is to come from a bond referendum to pay for expanding the city's Loudoun County water treatment facility, but the cost of this will be repaid by Loudoun residents who will purchase the water, officials said.
The City Council will probably not decide on a final version of the capital improvements plan until late February, according to Mayor George Snyder. Some council members said Monday that they had not had time to study the plan, but at first glance could see little they did not expect.
"I did not see any surprises," said council member John Mason. "It appeared as though the staff developed a CIP that was within revenue projections."
If the proposal is adopted as is, it would result in a deficit over five years of $549,539, despite higher revenue from new development and higher assessments. The draft postpones 19 road and other projects and cancels plans to acquire two additional CUE buses.
But City Manager Edward Wyatt recommended in the document that the version the council adopts should balance expenditures and revenue. Similar drafts in the past have often included more projects than funds can cover, to give the council a wide list of projects from which to choose, according to council member Glenn White.
Wyatt also noted the council has said it hopes to spend $1 million a year in transportation improvements.
Among the proposals included in the draft are:Spending $1,794,000 for air conditioning at Lanier Intermediate School and four elementary schools during the next four years. Spending about $100,000 to replace concrete in the rear parking lot of City Hall and other renovations there, and $244,000 to repair roof leaks and perform other structural work at the John C. Wood Municipal Complex. Spending $440,000 over five years for additions to Station 3, which is owned by the Volunteer Fire Department. The additions would include living quarters for women and add shower and locker rooms. Adding metal halite lighting at the Jermantown ballfields and paving the parking lot there, at a cost of about $88,000 over five years. The plan also calls for adding permanent bathroom facilities at Jermantown and at Thaiss Park. Spending $230,000 beginning next year for smoothing curves on North Street near West Street and Truro Lane, and spending $60,000 next year to construct a median on old Lee Highway. Starting in 1989, the plan calls for spending $1 million to upgrade Roberts Road.
In the report, Wyatt recommended several projects the council could remove from the draft to save money, including postponing the North Street work and a second tennis court at Kutner Park.
The City Council is to hold public hearings on the capital improvements program Jan. 5 and 26. The Planning Commission has scheduled public hearings for Monday and Dec. 14.