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For the second meeting in a row Colonial Beach Town Council accepted one of its member's resignations, both of whom served on the Budget Committee.
At the November meeting, Council announced the resignation of Karen Payne chair of the Budget Committee.
At the December meeting, no sooner did Council reconvene from closed session to announce Payne's replacement; Tim Curtin, but Council added to their agenda a resolution to accept Ronald
“Sparky” Ridgely's resignation as well.
Ridgely who is also Chief of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, was not present at the December Town Council meeting. Ridgely said in his letter of resignation “After considerable thought and discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to resign my positions as a member of the Colonial Beach Town Council, effective immediately. I assure you it was not an easy decision to make.”
Ridgely said his decision was based on the need for more time to help care for a close family friend who recently suffered a stroke and has no close immediate family in the vicinity.
Ridgely's letter closed by saying, “I thank the citizens that elected me to the council position, but I am sure that most of you understand that our life takes turns and detours that we must follow.”
Ridgely's resignation comes in wake of allegations of misuse of funds against the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
For months Ridgely has been unofficially criticized for allowing personal use of rescue squad vehicles that bear Rescue squad logos and town license plates, both in the form of whispers in the community and on Topix by anonymous posters.
At the November town council meeting Tim Trivett spoke as a private citizen bringing allegations of improper use of town financing and donation money in the form of gas consumption in these vehicles, to the council's attention.
Ridgely was attending an award ceremony with several other rescue squad members at the time of the November meeting. The Journal informed Ridgely by phone of the allegations as soon as he returned to town. Since then Ridgely has promised to conduct interviews with rescue squad personnel and draft a press release on these issues, but to date no press release has been provided to the Journal.
Ridgely confirmed in a phone interview last week that the CBVRS has drafted and passed a by-law restricting volunteer rescue squad personnel from participating in any other rescue squad. Ridgely said at that time the by-law was not in force and promised to address why it was created, in his press release.
Council will began advertising for applicants to fill the vacant seat and conduct interviews before the January meeting. Whomever replaces Ridgely will fill the remainder of his term which ends on Dec. 31, 2012.