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Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

The long planned second phase of the Potomac Renaissance Condominiums in Colonial Beach began buildi...

Council not responsible for delays

In an interview with Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs and current Interim Superintenden...

Street closings for this weekend's Jet Ski Races

To facilitate the Fifth Annual International Jet Ski Races July 18-20, Taylor Street from Wilder Ave...

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

On June 12, Commissioners, staff and guests gathered to unveil the new sign naming the Potomac River...

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum Curator Mitzi Saffos and Mayor Mike Ham both shake hands with Art Buswell while honoring h...

Chief Legg on Police Dispatch, “The move didn’t make it new!”

Colonial Beach Police Chief Elizabeth, “Libby” Legg is taking a second look at police dispatch throu...

 

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Colonial Beach Town Council loses a second member in less than 30 days

For the second meeting in a row Colonial Beach Town Council accepted one of its member's resignations, both of whom served on the Budget Committee.

At the November meeting, Council announced the resignation of Karen Payne chair of the Budget Committee.

At the December meeting, no sooner did Council reconvene from closed session to announce Payne's replacement; Tim Curtin, but Council added to their agenda a resolution to accept Ronald

Read more: Colonial Beach Town Council loses a second member in less than 30 days

Karen Payne resigns from Colonial Beach Town Council

The Colonial Beach Town Council added a resolution to last night's agenda to accept the Resignation of Councilwoman Karen Payne who did not attend the meeting last night. Payne was not available for comment and no reason was given for her resignation. Details will be given as soon as they become available.

 

Ham proposes giving developers a break

Payne says proposal will burden citizens

Mike Ham, chairman of the economic development committee and a member of the public works committee, will present water and sewer tap fee incentives for multiple dwelling projects to the Colonial Beach Town Council at next month’s meeting. Ham wants the council to consider giving discounts on water and sewer hook-up fees (tap fees) to multi-dwelling projects like Monroe Point.
Although many steps are needed before this idea can become policy, it will have to be explored by the Public Works

Read more: Ham proposes giving developers a break

Mayor names new committee members

Mayor Fred Rummage invoked his privilege “to make all appointments to Town Council committees” granted under the By-Laws and Rules of Procedure for the Colonial Beach Town Council and re-organized council committee membership rosters.  Council members had previously agreed to change council committee membership rosters.

Rummage appointed Karen Payne as chairwoman of the Budget Committee with Sparky Ridgely and Mike Ham as members.  Burkett Lyburn was appointed chairman of the Public Safety Committee with Sparky Ridgely and Shane Buzby as members.  Gary Seeber was appointed chairman of the Public Works

Read more: Mayor names new committee members

Briefs: Revitalization, ‘no wake’ zone

Chairman Mike Ham welcomed Carol Rizzio and Bill Spivey, of Land Studio PC, who presented an update on ongoing efforts to procure a federal revitalization grant for the downtown core business area at the Economic Development section of Colonial Beach Town Council’s committee meetings Thursday, July 28. 

Rizzio presented a drawing that outlined citizen and business-owner suggested changes to the business area, which is Colonial Avenue to

Read more: Briefs: Revitalization, ‘no wake’ zone

Council corrects budget appropriation for schools

It was just a miscalculation.

Due to a $1.6 million dollar mistake made in council’s recently passed 2011/2012 budget, and because the School Board passed a budget based on incorrect numbers, council member Karen Payne spoke out at the July Town Council meeting. The $1.6 million local effort for the Colonial Beach schools appeared twice in the ordinance document, and was added in twice in the budget resulting in a seemingly additional $1.6 million appropriation for the schools and a

Read more: Council corrects budget appropriation for schools

Seeber takes committee members, town staff to task over proposal

After a citizen-packed special meeting on Wednesday night in which all 21 citizen speakers favored level funding for the school system, the Budget and Administration Committee chaired by Sparky Ridgely convened on Thursday, June 23, to revisit the proposed budget.

Ridgely opened the meeting by saying, “In an effort to try to meet the public’s wishes, we looked for guidance from the town attorney.”  Ridgely urged the committee to recommend approval of the advertised budget, advertise a tax increase in July and approve an amended budget in August that would provide level funding to schools based on increased tax revenues.  According to Ridgely, “That is the legal way to do

Read more: Seeber takes committee members, town staff to task over proposal

CB council proposes to cut school funding by $149,354

With the June 30 deadline for a new budget quickly approaching, Town Council released its proposed budget for 2011-2012 at a public hearing on Wednesday night. 

According to the budget, general fund revenue projections are down by $149,477.  The highest decreases in revenue are expected in real estate taxes, personal property taxes, business license taxes, and revenue from use of property.  The only revenue categories showing an expected increase are local sales and use taxes and transfers in. 

The largest decrease in funding is the school transfer category, with a

Read more: CB council proposes to cut school funding by $149,354

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