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Dog Day of August offers fun for pooches

Dog Day of August offers fun for pooches

Come out and join other dog lovers on Aug. 8 for a doggone good time. You and your K-9 companion can...

Downtown Colonial Beach Steering Committee seeks non-profit status

Downtown Colonial Beach Steering Committee seeks non-profit status

The Downtown Colonial Beach Steering Committee is now operating with a board of directors, complete ...

Would merging Westmoreland, Colonial Beach schools solve tax issue?

For Colonial Beach taxpayers concerned about a new tax increase, caused by a $400,000 shortfall in t...

Colonial Beach residents develop green thumb community garden

Colonial Beach residents develop green thumb community garden

If you’re interested in growing your own fresh vegetables, it’s not too late to rent a p...

Infrastructure projects moving forward in Colonial Beach

Colonial Beach has, and continues to, undergo continuous infrastructural work right below residents ...

School board briefed on test scores

The Colonial Beach School Board met July 8 for the first time since school let out.
The summer break ...

 

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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

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

 

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