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Council puts CB school demolition on hold

The Colonial Beach Town Council put a stop to a demolition notice for the town’s former elementary s...

Old school’s future in doubt

Old school’s future in doubt

A town official has ordered the former Colonial Beach Elementary School to be demolished in about tw...

Council tries to cut taxes, told it can’t

Despite their best efforts and good intentions, the Colonial Beach Town Council was unable to reduce...

High cost dooms local event

High cost dooms local event

Money was the driving factor for the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce’s decision to discontinue ho...

Police: CB Elementary School fire arson

Police: CB Elementary School fire arson

Law enforcement officials have said the Jan. 5 fire that destroyed the former Colonial Beach Element...

Injured vets honored after bus breaks down on way to event

Injured vets honored after bus breaks down on way to event

Colonial Beach’s effort to honor two dozen injured soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center lit...

 

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Colonial Beach Police Chief Blevins resigns

Council appoints Captain William Seay Interim Chief

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Councilman Tommy Edwards abstained from the vote to accept Blevins' resignation but voted for Seay's appointment to interim Chief of Police.

Colonial Beach Chief of Police Kenneth Blevins, Sr. walked out of Town Center after attending a closed meeting with Council and Town Manager Val Foulds. Blevins collected his belongings from his normal seat and left the building without speaking to anyone.

Read more: Colonial Beach Police Chief Blevins resigns

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

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