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Colonial Beach Town Council approved a resolution allowing the town manager to apply for an allocation of funds through the Virginia Department of Transportation fiscal year 2013-14 revenue sharing program.
If accepted the state will allocate $275,000 to be matched with an equivalent amount from the town for construction projects, to include drainage and paving to two unpaved roads, Stratford St. from Santa Maria to Stratford Circle and Forest Ave. from Stratford St. to Linda Ln. in Colonial Beach.
VDOT will handle the hiring of contractors to bring these roads up to state standards, putting them in the state’s network of roads and enabling the town to be paid for future road maintenance on these roads.
Currently the town is financially responsible for all maintenance on roads that are not up to state standards within the town limits. Once a road is brought up to state standards VDOT adopts the road into its network becoming financially responsible for its upkeep.
Town Manager Val Foulds said in a phone interview on Monday morning that revenue sharing has always been handled through the county in the past. Since the town has reached over 3,500 residents, law requires that the town be responsible for its own road maintenance and repairs. The town is also now responsible for submitting applications for revenue sharing projects directly to the state. The application is not due until Nov. 1, however the town is submitting applications early to ensure all correct procedures are followed.
Since Westmoreland County is no longer obligated to the Colonial Beach’s road maintenance, the town now has to bare the burden of 50 percent matching funds, where in the past the town only paid 25 percent and the county picked up the other 25.
At the September meeting Gary Seeber, Chiarman of the Public Works Committee, brought up funds set aside from the sale of town-owned property that have been earmarked for Capital Improvement Projects.
In anticipation of the town’s responsibility for road maintenance, Foulds has already allocated money for revenue sharing projects in the budget, eliminating the need to tap into funds from the Capital Improvement Projects fund which currently holds $192,897.
Foulds is hopeful that the town will be awarded the Revitalization Grant next year after the town re-applies and would like to save these capital improvement funds in case more money is needed to complete the boardwalk revitalization improvements.
Work is expected to begin on Stratford St. and Forest Ave. in the fall of 2013.
Santa Maria and Meadows Ave. revenue sharing, which was handled previously through the county, will start in the fall of 2012. The county has already awarded the contract for these improvements.
In other news
VDOT will hold a discussion concerning road closures and alternate routes during the repairs to the Wilkerson Bridge on Route 205 at the town meeting room on Oct. 17, from 5–7 p.m. All citizens are encouraged to attend.
Colonial Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing to decide what to do with Eleanor Trailer Park property at its Oct. 11 regular meeting. All citizens are encouraged to attend.
The Colonial Beach Foundation and Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce will moderate two candidates forums for Town Mayor and School Board seats.
The forums will be held at the town center on Oct. 23 and 24, from 7–9 p.m. Citizens of Colonial Beach are invited to provided questions for candidates prior to the forums. Questions must be submitted no later than 15 minutes before the forums to allow time for moderators discretion.
Registered candidates will receive an official written invitation, write-ins will be invited verbally once they are known. For more info, contact Peter Fahrney at (804) 224-6007 or Carey Geddes at (804) 224-8145.