Bond Referendum Projects
Status Update - July 2011
On November 8, 2005, Hanover County voters approved three Bond Referendum
questions. All three questions (Public Safety, Parks and Libraries and
Schools) were endorsed by more than 70% of voters. The passage of the
Bond Referendum means that Hanover County can save money by issuing general
obligation bonds that will have a lower interest rate than other forms
The projects are divided into:
Public Safety Projects
Parks and Library Projects
New Elementary School
Most of the projects have been completed, with the final projects expected to be completed in this fiscal year. Current timelines are:
Public Safety Projects
Communications System and Facility (Bond Referendum amount – $26 million)
Hanover County replaced the aging and outdated current public safety radio system and facility with a modern digital system and facility. The project involved purchasing new fixed and non-fixed radio equipment; installing new radio transmitter equipment and antenna systems at each current tower/transmitter site; adding and equipping additional tower and transmitter sites; replacing non-fixed mobile portable radios; purchasing land, tower equipment shelters, fencing, emergency generators and microwave equipment; and installing new dispatch consoles and control room equipment. The new system enhances radio system coverage for public safety agencies, school bus drivers, public utility workers and all departments which depend upon the communications system. It also improves the ability of emergency personnel to communicate with other localities and agencies and enhances system security and reliability.
New Communications System status:
- This 15-tower, 12-channel (frequency), digital megahertz radio system became operational on August 25, 2010. This system will provide the coverage, technology and equipment needed to meet the County's goals of 95% in-building portable radio coverage, interoperability with other systems in the Metro Richmond area and a high level of system security, reliability and redundancy. The new Communications Center was dedicated on Oct. 13, 2010.
Build replacement Ashland Fire Station (Bond Referendum amount – $2.017 million)
Hanover County built a 9,750 square foot fire station at Archie Cannon Drive near John Gandy Elementary School. This fire station replaced the current 4,400 square foot facility. The new station is sized to accommodate only fire apparatus because of the close proximity of the Ashland Rescue Squad.
Build replacement Farrington Fire Station (Bond Referendum amount – $2.77 million)
Hanover County built a 13,250 square foot fire station on Mountain Raid west of Farrington. This fire station replaced the current 4,400 square foot facility. The new station is sized to properly accommodate both fire and rescue apparatus.
Ashland and Farrington Stations status:
- Both new fire stations opened in September 2009.
Build replacement Black Creek Fire Station (Bond Referendum amount – $2.65 million)
Hanover County will build an 11,750 square foot fire station close to the location of the current Black Creek Fire Station. This fire station will replace the current 4,500 square foot facility. The replacement station will be sized to properly accommodate both fire and rescue apparatus.
- This station was opened on June 10, 2011
Pole Green Park improvements (Bond Referendum amount – $1.6 million)
These improvements will include new athletic fields, picnic shelters, walking trails, restrooms, playgrounds, additional parking, concession stand, lighting for athletic fields, improvements to the skate park and an addition to the Community Center.
Pole Green Park improvements status:
- All projects at Pole Green Parrk, including the recent construction of a new restroom facility, new parking and new athletic field lighting, has been completed.
Poor Farm Park improvements (Bond Referendum amount – $1.077 million)
These improvements will include new athletic fields, a skate park, additional parking, walking trails, a new volleyball area, lighting for football and soccer fields, a BMX track, a sledding hill, and construction of a storage facility.
Poor Farm Park improvements status:
- Several construction projects, including a new picnic shelter and new fields, are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011.
Courthouse Park improvements (Bond Referendum amount – $275,000)
These improvements will include irrigation, lighting for a multi-purpose field, walking trails, a parking lot and landscaping.
Courthouse Park improvements status:
- Light poles for three athletic fields and the parking at Courthouse Park were erected in the summer of 2007 and an irrigation system was installed. A new concessions building is also in place; this is not a Bond Referendum project but results from a donation by Blue Star Football. Additional lights and new playground equipment were installed.
Wayside Park improvements (Bond Referendum amount – $260,000)
These improvements will include renovation of the existing picnic shelter, construction of a new picnic shelter, new restroom facilities and refurbishment of the existing playground.
Wayside Park improvements status: The new playground equipment was installed. The new picnic shelter also was built and new parking spaces created.
New Park development (Bond Referendum amount -- $1 million)
Taylor Park off Rt. 54 between Ashland and Hanover Courthouse will potentially include walking trails, soccer fields and a picnic shelter. The Taylor Complex building would be enlarged to accommodate recreational activities.
Taylor Park development status:
- Funding of $450,000 was appropriated in Fiscal Year 2010 to complete the improvements. User fees enabled the department to construct a parking lot. Taylor Park was opened to the public in the spring of 2007. Upcoming projects include the construction of two new multi-purpose fields, expansion of the existing parking lot and construction of a new playground and picnic shelter. All of these projects are scheduled to be completed in 2011.
Montpelier Park at the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education will include additional walking trails, soccer fields, picnic shelters and a paved play area.
Montpelier Park development status:
- The Fiscal Year 2007 budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors included $300,000 in improvements at Montpelier Park, with an additional $200,000 later to complete projects recommended in the Master Plan. A number of projects, including a gravel parking lot and gravel trails, improvements to two existing playing fields, improvements to the existing entrance from Rt. 33, lighting, irrigation and landscaping, have been completed. The Fiscal Year 2010 budget included $120,000 to complete such improvements as new playground equipment, which has been installed. A new picnic shelter also was constructed and it is the largest picnic shelter at any park in the County.
Also included in the 2005 Bond Referendum was $25,000 in funding for proposed multi-use (horse, bike and walking) trails on the “March property” at the intersection of Woodside Lane and Jamestown Road just east of Ashland. The facility is a daylight hours-only park with no lights. It is the first major park owned and operated by the County entirely as a natural area for passive recreation only.
Washington Lacy Park development status:
- On June 27, 2007, the Board named the park Washington Lacy Park in honor of a former property owner who bred horses there. Phase I of Washington Lacy Park was opened to the public on December 6, 2008.
The Parks and Library projects included in the 2005 Bond Referendum also included $420,000 in funding for new playground and/or fitness equipment and surfacing material at each of the County's 17 elementary and middle schools. This playground equipment was installed in the summer of 2007.
Mechanicsville Library (Bond Referendum amount – $5.077 million)
Hanover County has built a 17,500 square foot library on a new site in Mechanicsville. This library will replace the current 5,700 square foot facility. The new Mechanicsville Library is located behind the Arby's restaurant on U.S. Rt. 360, adjacent to Spring Meadows and the Sherwood Crossing Place apartments.
New Mechanicsville Library status:
- The new Mechanicsville Library opened in June 2009. In April 2010 the Virginia Public Library Directors Association recognized the Mechanicsville Library as the Commonwealth's Outstanding Library Facility.
New Elementary School (Bond Referendum amount – $21 million)
Hanover County built an elementary school on Lee-Davis Road to help relieve overcrowding in the eastern part of the County. It opened in September 2008.
New elementary school status:
- On May 24, 2006, the Board of Supervisors approved a Conditional Use Permit allowing the construction of the new elementary school. At its August 8, 2006 meeting the School Board awarded the construction contract for $16,492,000 to A.D. Whittaker Construction, Inc. The school has been named Laurel Meadow Elementary School and opened on September 2, 2008.
Facilities improvements (Bond Referendum amount – $20.231 million)
Each of the 18 Hanover County schools built prior to 2000 received needed improvements, including heating and air conditioning systems, roofs and parking lot improvements.
The following is the status of the facilities improvement projects to date:
- The roof replacement at Cold Harbor Elementary School is complete.
- The partial roof replacement at Beaverdam Elementary School is complete.
- The roof replacement at Building 'D' at Pearson's Corner Elementary School is complete.
- The auditorium HVAC replacements at Lee-Davis High School and Patrick Henry High School have been completed.
- The mechanical improvements at Liberty Middle School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School are complete.
- The partial roof replacement at Patrick Henry High School is complete.
- The partial parking lot resurfacing at Battlefield Park Elementary School has been completed.
- Mechanical unit replacements at the gym, media center and three classrooms at Lee-Davis High School have been completed.
- Construction of the Media Center addition at Beaverdam Elementary School has been completed.
- The partial roof replacement at Atlee High School has been completed.
- The partial roof replacement at Washington-Henry Elementary School has been completed.
- Cooling tower replacement at Atlee High School, Cold Harbor Elementary School and South Anna Elementary School has been completed.
Hanover Center for Trades and Technology (Bond Referendum amount – $8.19 million)
A 38,600 square foot the Trades-Based Center (its new name is the Hanover Center for Trades and Technology) was constructed between Kersey Creek Elementary School and the Georgetown School; Hanover High School and Oak Knoll Middle School are adjacent on the east. The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology provides courses and programs including building trades (such as carpentry, electricity and plumbing), facilities management, cosmetology, small engines and automobile servicing.
The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology status:
- The Board of Supervisors approved the Conditional Use Permit for the Hanover Center for Trades and Technology on January 24, 2007. The School Board awarded the construction contract in the amount of $7.673 million on June 19, 2007 to Loughridge & Company LLC. This facility opened on September 2, 2008.
Technology infrastructure improvements (Bond Referendum amount -- $2.495 million)
Network upgrades will provide greater speed, capacity and flexibility for the Hanover School District's operating systems, which are used daily by more than 40,000 students, parents, employees and citizens.
Technology infrastructure improvements status: Technology Services received $395,000 in funding from the 2005 Bond Referendum for 2005-06. The funding went to the following initiatives:
- New classroom computers and LCD projectors for all schools
- Upgrade of the district firewall and content filtering system
- Mobile laptop carts for middle schools
More information about the Hanover County 2005 Bond Referendum can be read at http://www.hanoverbonds.com/