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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Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded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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CB Town Council passed several resolutions and one ordinance

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 

Read more: CB Town Council passed several resolutions and one ordinance

Citizens petition council to get rid of Foulds

Wanda Goforth presented the council with a petition signed by 160 citizens challenging the council to oust town manager Val Foulds and began looking for a replacement at last week’s town council meeting. 

Mayor Rummage wrapped his gavel and warned Goforth, “You gotta be very careful what you say because I will not allow anyone to stand up there and attack.”

Feeling challenged, Goforth interrupted and continued while trying to keep her composure, “I believe that the citizens need to be heard and this is what they are doing. They are showing the council members who are supposed to represent them, what they find.” 

Goforth then read the petition naming voters and business owners as the signers which read, “We petition the town council to re-evaluate the position held by the town manager. 

Read more: Citizens petition council to get rid of Foulds

Builders lobby to lower tap fees

Mike Dzaman and Jon Natelson, builders of Monroe Point Development have been trying for years to convince Colonial Beach Town Council that raising water and sewer connection fees (tap fees) would have a negative financial impact on the town.

The pair spoke out with Northern Neck and Trinity Builders at last week’s public works committee meeting, as a last attempt to get an answer to their request for lower tap fees.

Committee members Mike Ham and Gary Seeber have been trying to get the council to look at the issue and make a final decision.

But at the end of last week’s meeting the committee did not appear to be any closer to a definite decision and Town Clerk Kathy Flanagan reported that she has not yet been instructed to draft a

Read more: Builders lobby to lower tap fees

Joint hearing on burn restrictions, business displays

Colonial Beach Town Council is taking swift action to change perceptions of the town as being unfriendly to business. Council and the planning commission will be holding a joint meeting tomorrow to address concerns for an incoming golf cart business and will look at proposed burning policy.

hearing to allow outdoor display of golf carts
The town has advertised and called two joint public hearings for the Colonial Beach Town Council and Colonial Beach Planning Commission starting at 5 p.m. on April 19 to amend the town code to allow more outdoor display and storage with a conditional use permit.

The second hearing will hear the request for a conditional use permit from Custom Cartz.

At the March Economic Development Committee meeting George Milleson, owner of 614 Colonial Ave., told Committee Chairman Tim Curtin that a businessman was interested in renting the vacant side of his building to

Read more: Joint hearing on burn restrictions, business displays

CB will wait to increase W&S fees

Numbered street repairs still on schedule
Gary Seeber, Chairman of the Public Works Committee, reported to the Town Council at Thursday’s meeting that extra water and sewer infrastructure projects would have to wait. Particularly, moving water pipes.

Colonial Beach was issued a consent order by the DEQ signed on April 5, 2007 to reduce I and I and others issues related to the entire water and sewer system.

I and I is the amount of inflow and infiltration of rainwater that enters the sewer system, either by storm drains or leaks in the pipes during heavy rain. At present Colonial Beach wastewater treatment plant spends an estimated $450,000 annually treating rainwater due to I and I.

Because of this consent order the town is mandated to finish certain projects first.

Town Manager Val Foulds reported that Colonial Beach has a bond issued from 1993 that will mature in March of

Read more: CB will wait to increase W&S fees

Colonial Beach Town Council gets it done

Council made quick work of it’s long agenda last Thursday, March 8, holding several public hearings and passing ordinances to amend the school’s budget, dispose of the last four properties on Lawrence Lane, amend article 6 R-1 and R-2 of the Zoning Ordinance, lease the building at 108 Taylor Street on the boardwalk, authorize funding for the Jet Ski races in July and approve the contract between the Chamber of Commerce and the Upstate Watercraft Promotions, as well as pass Tourism Committee by-laws.

School Budget amendment.  
While adopting a resolution to amend the 2011-12 school budget increasing it by $282,380 in response to the school being awarded two federal awards for the high school improvement program and the mentoring program, the council seemed to have

Read more: Colonial Beach Town Council gets it done

Chiarello appointed to fill Buzby’s vacant seat

Colonial Beach Town Council remains an all male group after appointing James Chiarello to fill Shane Buzby’s seat.

James Chiarello was one of three applicants to apply for the vacant seat Wednesday night. Winning, over Gerald Higgs and Wanda Goforth. Another applicant Linda Brubaker had previously shown interest in the Planning Commission but did not return calls to the Town Clerk in time to be put on the agenda for consideration.

Chiarello first appeared before the council on January 4 when he applied for the vacant seat left by Ronald “Sparky” Ridgely. For this reason many of the Council members decided to forgo asking him any questions since they already knew his views.

The following is a synopsis of his views from Jan. 4 and March 7.

Chiarello lives and works as a handyman in town. By nature he likes to fix things in a creative

Read more: Chiarello appointed to fill Buzby’s vacant seat

Budget Committee focused on the year ahead

Chairman of the Budget Committee, Mike Ham told members, at last weeks Budget Committee meeting,  “In most categories of the budget we are where we should be, with some items coming in over budget.”

Ham hopes to have the 2012-13 fiscal year budget out on time this year. Last year’s budget was delayed by the town’s audit. Ham announced he is also putting together a report of the last five years revenue and expenditures to determine what the town

Read more: Budget Committee focused on the year ahead

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