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Severed ’Net line hampers school

Problem still not resolved almost two months later.  The Colonial Beach School Board’s staff has bee...

CB school rewarding good behavior

CB school rewarding good behavior

Apparently, you can teach good behavior.
The Colonial Beach Elementary School started a new program s...

Colonial Beach police chief resigns

Her last day will be Jan. 2

Colonial Beach Police Department Chief Elizabeth Legg is resigning at t...

CB school board signs petition seeking money from lottery to be used for aid

Colonial Beach is one of the first school systems to join a petitioning to the state to increasing a...

New officers in Colonial Beach

New officers in Colonial Beach

Because several new officers and staff recently joined the Colonial Beach Police Department, they we...

Beach must adopt new flood rules

The Colonial Beach Planning Commission and Town Council are under a pressure to adopt new federal fl...

 

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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.

 

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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

Committee discusses possible Beach YMCA

Economic Development Committee chair Steve Kennedy  and council member Shane Buzby have taken the initial steps to determine the feasibility of locating a YMCA in Colonial Beach.  Kennedy and Buzby have met with Barney Reiley and Elizabeth Clark of the Rappahannock Area YMCA to discuss what steps are necessary. 

Read more: Committee discusses possible Beach YMCA

Citizen input does make a difference

Beach council passes cost-of-living increase
Each month citizens are given three minutes to express their concerns to the Colonial Beach town council during council’s regular meetings.   It is an opportunity for citizens to promote ideas, express concerns and advise council members of their vision for the town.  Because of council policy not to answer questions posed by citizens or engage in a dialogue with citizens, many are left wondering if their remarks make a difference.
At several recent council meetings, citizen input proved to be a valuable resource exemplifying a working partnership with council members who are tasked to set policy and laws for the town.   During December’s council meeting, when bonuses for town

Read more: Citizen input does make a difference

CB council to cut funding to chamber

BPOL reduction, employee raises also discussed at committee meetings
While the Economic Development Committee chaired by Steve Kennedy talks about marketing plans and feasibility studies designed to increase tourism revenue to our town, the Budget and Administration Committee, chaired by Sparky Ridgely, appears ready to stop a yearly stipend to the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, the town’s biggest sponsor of annual events.

Read more: CB council to cut funding to chamber

CB council approves Blevins’ contract

Includes addition of a prohibition against ‘negative statements’

Kenneth Blevins, Sr. will officially take command of the police department on Jan. 21, 2011. Resolution 4-11, Contract for Chief of Police, was voted on and approved at town council’s Jan. 13 meeting. Blevins’ initial annual salary will be $60,000.
Although Blevins’ employment agreement is almost identical to an employment agreement signed by Interim Police Chief “Butch” Wells, one notable difference is under Section 2. Termination. Paragraph D states that upon termination by town council and a payment of two month’s salary, the police chief “agrees to refrain from any type of negative statements made in public, to any member of the media, or on the Internet pertaining to the Town Manager, the Mayor and Town Council, as well as any other officer, agent or employee of the Town of Colonial Beach.”

Read more: CB council approves Blevins’ contract

School employees not eligible for town’s holiday bonuses

 

Mayor Rummage hospitalized
An ordinance granting council the legal right to provide annual bonuses to town employees was unanimously approved at the Dec. 8 meeting.  However, in response to a question by Westmoreland County Supervisor Larry Roberson if school employees were included in the proposed bonuses, town attorney Andrea Erard said any bonuses to school employees “would have to be done by the School Board.”  

 

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