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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Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded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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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

Council approves second water-front land sale

Town Council held a public hearing during its regular council meeting to review the sale of a portion of town-owned waterfront property that was previously identified as Scenic Drive in old planning maps to William Speight. 

Council approval of the sale of waterfront land began at its May meeting when council unanimously approved a sale of a portion of Scenic Drive to Bill Milleson.  Speight owns property several homes

Read more: Council approves second water-front land sale

Lawrence right-of-way sale approved

For the third consecutive month, Colonial Beach Town Council voted on a resolution to approve the abandonment of a town-owned right-of-way on Lawrence Lane.  Resolution 21-11 passed unanimously by way of a roll call vote.  The resolution further instructs the town manager and town attorney to proceed with the appraisal and other requirements for the sale of the property. 

Council members Karen Payne, Sparky Ridgely, Burkett Lyburn, Shane Buzby and Mike Ham all reported that they

Read more: Lawrence right-of-way sale approved

CB elections may shift to November

Committee members discuss budget, safety, connection fees

Colonial Beach Town Council Committee members authorized Town Manager Val Foulds to work with Town Attorney Andrea Erard and advertise a public hearing to review changing the current election cycle for local elections from May to November. Once the public has an opportunity to speak out on the issue, council will then decide whether to move the local elections to November.

Foulds was also authorized to advertise for a public hearing to review instituting a policy to request additional fees from persons convicted of driving

Read more: CB elections may shift to November

Mike Ham appointed to serve on town council

Three applicants stepped up to the call for letters of interest to serve on town council, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Steve Kennedy. At a special town council meeting on April 14, council allowed each candidate an opportunity to speak, then held a question and answer format.


Robert Busick, recently retired after a career in public and private finance, told council “The citizens have the passion to move the town forward” and vowed to “work collaboratively with all.”

Mike Ham, retired in 2008 after a 31-year career in public and private finance and as a resource manager for the Army Audit Agency overseeing a budget of $80 million per year and 700 employees. Ham told the council that one of the main problems in Colonial Beach is that “it's the best kept secret in Virginia” and noted “I want to do whatever I can to help the town.”

“Every dollar we bring in from the outside is one dollar less that comes from us,” Ham said.

 Sherry Hutchins, a teacher in King George County, told council, “I'm part of this community as an active member” and further noted “I am well organized. I don't procrastinate. I've always been picked as a leader.”

After going into closed session at the end of the regularly scheduled council meeting, council deliberated for 15 minutes before returning in open session. Council member and Vice Mayor Burkett Lyburn made a motion to appoint Mike Ham, which was seconded by council member Karen Payne. By a unanimous voice vote, council appointed Mike Ham to fill the vacant council seat. 

— Kathy Flanagan

Kennedy resigns seat

Colonial Beach Town Council to issue a request for letters of interest

The special meeting called on March 23 “regarding a vacancy on town council” opened with Mayor Fred Rummage reading Resolution 15-11 to accept council member's Steve Kennedy's resignation effective immediately and to make an appointment for his now vacant seat.

Kennedy took the floor and struggled with his emotions as he addressed council and the approximately 30 citizens present.

“Three weeks ago I took a leave of absence. I'm resigning my position effective today strictly for personal reasons,” Kennedy said. “This is no reflection on any member of this council.”

Kennedy summed up his feelings by saying, “I can't be distracted serving this town. When you take an oath to sit up here, you better be ready to do it.”

According to Rummage, traditionally council appoints the person with the next highest number of votes from the May 2010 council election and that person would be former council member and current planning commission member David Coombes.

 

Read more: Kennedy resigns seat

Kennedy resigns, CB council calls special meeting

Town Council has called a special meeting for Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m.  It is expected that council members will discuss the resignation of Steve Kennedy, which is reported to have been tendered to Town Manager Val Foulds earlier this week.

When reached for comment, Foulds said she wishes “to reserve comment until the special meeting.”  Kennedy, who has served six years on council and chairs the Economic Development Committee, is often at the forefront of discussions on bringing revenue into town by creating a more business- and resident-friendly place to live and shop. Kennedy has recently spoken out in favor of bringing a YMCA to town and has taken steps to ascertain interest from the Rappahannock Area YMCA.

It is not clear how council will fill Kennedy’s seat on council.  More details will be provided on The Journal’s website, www.journalpress.com, Wednesday evening.

— Kathy Flanagan

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