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King George resident learns he doesn't qualify for rebate after installing energy-saving devices because of the action of one county supervisor
Dennis Askin did not get a $500 rebate for energy-saving changes to his family's home because Supervisor Joe Grzeika kept King George out of the grant program.
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Grzeika told fellow King George board members in December 2011 that the COMREL council wanted separate studies of Dahlgren and Indian Head, not one combined study as initially suggested. But he never mentioned that he had delayed the study, according to prepared notes he reads at each supervisors' meeting about his activities.
Brabo said she heard from base officials that the study was delayed in March while touring the base. She asked the reason, and Wagner told her, "We're just waiting on the county."
Before and after the June town-hall session, Brabo has asked at supervisors' meetings for a policy stating that no supervisors be allowed to make decisions that affect the county without bringing the matter before the whole board.
Two months after Brabo and Fuscaldo discussed the land-use study, Grzeika brought it up before fellow supervisors.
On Aug. 21, he said he thought it would be a good idea for a Department of Defense representative to present a report about the land-use study this fall. That way, he said, money for the study would be included in the federal government's budget next year.
ENERGY GRANT DECLINED
Grzeika serves or has served on more than 10 different groups and commissions throughout the region. He's on the board of visitors with the University of Mary Washington, as well as a director of groups as diverse as the Rappahannock United Way and the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance.
Grzeika was involved with the energy grant as King George's representative on the George Washington Regional Commission, a group that administers regional projects in Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.
Two years ago, the GWRC got a $1 million grant to develop a regional home energy-efficiency and conservation program called Home Energy Loss Prevention Program.
When the commission voted to accept the money, Grzeika told fellow GWRC members that King George wouldn't be part of it.
He said, "The King George County Board of Supervisors has acted to decline participation in the regional program, citing the Board's objection to accepting federal 'stimulus' funding,'" according to GWRC minutes from Feb. 22, 2010.