- Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:38
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Home-based businesses popping up in the numbered streets
Two enterprising business women may be setting a precedent for starting businesses in the numbered streets. Although the town has a business district along Colonial Ave. and Washington, the Comprehensive Plan allows for small home-based businesses throughout neighborhoods in town as long as they are not disruptive to quiet living.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:41
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Relocating Town Hall
Public Works Committee Chair, Gary Seeber began his meeting with, “We are looking into relocating town hall.”
A memo to the town council and public works committee from Town Manager, Val Foulds, dated August 8, 2012 outlines some of the physical problems that exist in town hall.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:23
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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.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:37
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Bryan and Vickie Coffman, owners of High Tides Restaurant located at 205 Taylor St. on the boardwalk, spoke at the Colonial Beach committee meeting requesting a no loitering ordinance be put in place by next summer.
Vicky Coffman told council members that they spend thousands of dollars on advertisement to bring customers and entertainment to Colonial Beach. Coffman’s main complaint is loitering on the boardwalk from Colonial Ave. to the tourism building.
Coffman claimed that police have been unable to deal with the problem because they have no legal recourse to force people to move on and council deliberated for roughly 20 minutes with some members of council saying there is a need for loitering laws.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:40
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Colonial Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing to raise water usage fees (Res. 629) and lower tap (hook up) fees (Res. 628).
If resolution 629 passes residents will see a $10 a month increase or $30 in their quarterly utility bills beginning September 1, 2012.
Residents outside the corporate limits will see a $15 a month increase.
The town stands to gain approximately $240,000 in revenues for public works each year with the increase, which it needs for two major water and sewer infrastructural capital improvement projects.
The first project is a mandated upgrade planned on the numbered streets which has been estimated at approximately four million dollars.
- Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2012 20:40
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William Flammer said he spoke for several citizens who were in attendance at the June Colonial Beach Town Council meeting.
The council gave Flammer some leeway on time constraints since he was speaking for a large group, estimated at 12 people. The supporting group applauded Flammer when he finished speaking. After the public comment portion of the meeting a large crowd from the audience left. It is not clear if they were members of that supporting group or not.
Flammer read off a list of roughly 16 complaints, some of the complaints have been previously addressed in council meetings and some are beyond the town’s control.
- Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 13:16
- Published on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:25
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The 2012-13 fiscal year budget, including a 13% increase in the utility fund, was approved at the Colonial Beach Town Council meeting on Thursday. Extra revenue from a proposed $30 raise per quarter in water fees, resulting in a figure of $2,833,896 is expected.
Although the budget has been approved by council, the proposed raise still needs to be advertised and a public hearing held on the issue before the council can approve it.
The raise is needed because Colonial Beach is seeking funding for two major water and sewer infrastructural capital improvement projects. In order to receive funding from other sources, the town must show that the utility fund can not only sustain itself on fees collected but can show an increase in revenue that will pay for loans awarded.
The budget also shows a 94% increase in Utilities Capital Projects (money to be spent for upgrades) which include funding from USDA Rural Development in the form of a loan and a grant. Both are directed at sewer upgrades specifically to address inflow and infiltration (I & I). Total budgeted money for Utilities Capital Projects is $3,314,546.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 23:15
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Resolutions are public statements of the town or council’s commitment to follow new rules, but ordinances are written into town laws and must be enforced.
Ordinance 624 amends the Colonial Beach Town Code, Article 8. Specific changes which would allow more display area for businesses.
The current zoning ordinance limits outdoor storage to 5% of the total gross floor area of the business structure. The amendment would allow up to 30% of the total gross floor space but Gary Mitchell, Director of Building and Zoning recommends putting a cap on outdoor