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Grant to help with CB home ownership

A few lucky, willing, residents of Colonial Beach soon may move from rental units to home ownership ...

Town and School Board sign agreement

After months of negotiation, the Colonial Beach Town Council and School Board have finally reached a...

Planning Director, Mitchell resigns

Colonial Beach is currently looking for a Planning Director to fill the shoes of Gary Mitchell, who ...

Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded

Colonial Beach residents were given the ‘all clear’ on July 25, after being notified 3 days earlier ...

Colonial Beach drinking water contamination determination to notify public lies with Health Department

On July 23, at 10:15 a.m., The Journal spoke with Bennett Ragnauth, Engineering Field Director from ...

Colonial Beach - Boil your water

Don't drink the water, until it is boiled

Public Works Director Rob Murphy said that E-Coli bacteri...

 

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Council will pay for fire watch services

Council action will keep residents from being evicted on Christmas eve

Colonial Beach Town Council held an emergency meeting on Sunday, Dec. 23 after officials were informed that Building Inspector Dextor Monroe was notified by the owner of the Beachgate Inn that he intended to to stop payment for fire watch services at the inn.

Read more: Council will pay for fire watch services

New businesses hoping to open in Classic Shores

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.

Read more: New businesses hoping to open in Classic Shores

Beach Committee Meetings reveal plans for Town

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. 

Read more: Beach Committee Meetings reveal plans for Town

CB seeks funds to pave Stratford St. and Forest Ave.

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. 

Read more: CB seeks funds to pave Stratford St. and Forest Ave.

Beach restaurant lobbies for loitering ordinance

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. 

Read more: Beach restaurant lobbies for loitering ordinance

Public hearing to lower tap and raise usage fees

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. 

Read more: Public hearing to lower tap and raise usage fees

A variety of complaints from residents

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.

Read more: A variety of complaints from residents

Budget approved with proposed water increase

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.

Read more: Budget approved with proposed water increase

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