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Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

On Thursday March 27 Deputy Antwan Smith had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Beach Pre-Kind...

Fate of CB School looks bleak

Conflicting resolutions, long discussions and short memories seem to be at the heart of the Town of ...

Code Compliance Officer accused of Trespassing

Colonial Beach Town Council spilled the beans about Town employee Theresa Davis’ charge of trespassi...

Two talented women destined to cross paths

Two talented women destined to cross paths

One may call it fate or destiny, but the similarity between two women, Olga Farneth and Velia Jacobo...

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

Colonial Beach School Board Chairman Tim Trivett talked to the town council at the March work sessio...

Legg no stranger to making history

Legg no stranger to making history

Colonial Beach Town Council formally introduced Elizabeth “Libby” Legg as the town’s new permanent C...

 

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Town Council meets with auditor behind closed doors

School representatives waited outside, wondering what it was all about

At a special meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council October 21st at 7 pm, members met with Auditor Nancy Miller to discuss legal issues in closed session pursuant to VA. Code §2.2-3711 (A) (7) for consultation with legal counsel regarding specific legal matters-federal and state laws pertaining to fiscal management.
All Council Members where present except Burkett Lyburn who arrived just after the closed session began. Only two members of the public where present, Planning Commission Member, Ed Grant and School Board Member, Mike Looney.
Members of the press are trained to take notice when a special meeting is called and curiosity is really raised when meetings start with a closed session. To add to the mystery, Members of Council all seemed to be in the dark over what legal issues would be discussed.

Read more: Town Council meets with auditor behind closed doors

Resident suggests town raises rent for nonprofits

In previous meetings the Colonial Beach Town Council has recognized the need to clean house, so to speak, when it comes to deciding what to do with unused excess real estate the town holds title to.
Among the list of town-owned properties are the buildings on Hawthorne Street starting with the Old Building and Zoning office rapping around the corner of Irving Ave to the Klotz building.
The building that housed Building and Zoning and the old police station have been vacated since both entities have moved to their new homes next to Get & Zip on Route 205 and at the Beach Gate.
Both the Police Station and the Klotz building on Irving Avenue have been deemed unsafe due to mold problems and other issue that put them in disrepair.
The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce has been asked to vacate the Klotz building and now the group is seeking a permit from the town to occupy the old Building and Zoning office on Hawthorne Street right next to Town Hall, which seems to still be in good shape.  

Read more: Resident suggests town raises rent for nonprofits

Emotionally charged meeting leads to confrontation

The Colonial Beach Regular Council Meeting held on August 13th was charged with emotions as the town welcomed the School Board's new superintendent Donna Power just in time for the new school year.
First off, esidents fought Ordinance #571 which as to rezone all C-1 parcels of land south of Boundary Street to Maritime Commercial, and they defeated it.

Read more: Emotionally charged meeting leads to confrontation

Fight on the Playground (on the Potomac)

Colonial Beach Town Council Meeting - August 13, 2009

If one just opens their ears and listens to the Town Council meeting in Colonial Beach held on August 13 they would hear so much valuable information about the town’s infrastructure and the day to day operations of the town.

 One would also hear great words of pride, wisdom and maturity. However what sticks out in minds of those who were there and those who view the video is the frustration and fighting of some of the most prominent members of our local School system and Town Government.

Last night was to be the Town's new Superintendent’s first meeting of the Town Council. Last night was our town Government and School Board Chairman’s first chance to welcome Dr. Power to our community and make a first impression.

It may be lucky for us that Dr. Power had to leave early, hopefully she was not preparing her letter of resignation after listening to School Board Chairman Tim Trivett respond to allegations from the Town Council, made against the School Board in an earlier meeting, where Council Members aired their frustrations over the School reneging on their agreement to go the Bright accounting system which the Town uses.

  Dr. Power missed the town resident who accused the Town of giving her no services for her tax dollars because she lived on a street that was slated for paving in the second phase of the “Santa Maria” paving.

 Last night the Council learned from Board of Supervisor Larry Roberson that the money from the County, slated for Phase II is no longer available due to a lack of commitment from the Town.

Dr. Power also missed Fred Rummage, the Town’s Mayor using the Council's decision to revise the Bylaws as an opportunity to revisit his accusations that the Council is trying to take away his ability to perform his duties.

Dr. Power missed Councilman Lyburn's first ever loss of patience in a town meeting and his insistence that Mayor owed the Council and apology.

Spectators also missed the confrontational exchange between Councilman Steve Kennedy and School Board Chairman Trivett, witnessed by The Journal as well as one citizen and the rest of the Council.

 

Castlewood Park closed until further notice

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The public safety committee meeting drew the largest crowd during yesterday’s meetings.

The Public Safety portion of the July 30, 2009 committee meetings drew a large crowd of residents waiting to hear what the Colonial Beach Town Council planned to do in response to complaints of overcrowding in Castlewood Park and the surrounding area at the end of the Point in Colonial Beach.  

As the summer has progressed the problem in Castlewood Park has grown to epic proportions. Residents have witnessed large groups of people monopolizing the Park and surrounding areas at the end of the Point, pitching tents overnight, cooking meals and fishing.

The problem according to Council member Stephen Kennedy is that even though these are families using the park, it is not big enough to support so large a group of people. The bathroom facilities are not sufficient to support the groups and the trash receptacles are filling up too fast.

Read more: Castlewood Park closed until further notice

When is a push an assault? Can't we all be friends again?

Editor's Note: For some time The Journal refrained from reporting on the alleged assault of Police Chief Christopher Hawkins by Colonial Beach Vice Mayor Trish King, as a result of interviews held shortly after the incident. Having been informed by authorities that the matter did not rise to level of a story, but was more a matter between two councilpersons in the privacy of a back room, The Journal let the matter stay between the two persons involved. When the issue developed into a full-bloom investigation by a Commonwealth's Attorney, The Journal took another look. As far as the paper is concerned, the matter should have stayed between the two persons involved in the privacy of a back room. Since that was not to be, here are the facts.

Recent reports in local papers have facilitated the need to clear up some misinformation. Confusion and speculation was spawned from articles that make unnecessary inferences as to what took place regarding actions of officials who are obligated to look into the matter for the purpose of following procedures.

Read more: When is a push an assault? Can't we all be friends again?

“High Tides” wash away boat and real estate tax increase

Boat and marina owners packed the Pete Bone Meeting room Wednesday to voice their divergence with the Colonial Beach Town Council’s proposal to raise real estate and boat tax for the next fiscal year.
The council was considering a .03 cent real estate tax increase and a raise on boat tax from .01 to $1.50 per $100 of assessed value to help bridge a $245,834 budget deficit.
The council applied $150,000 from the sale of the boardwalk property to Brian and Vicki Coffman, owners of High Tides Restaurant, to next year’s revenues. Members also removed $50,000 dollars that had been budgeted for paving roads in Riverside Meadows for next year, and all members of council gave up their pay of $150 per month to put $15,000 into the general fund. The resulting budget went from a deficit of nearly $250,000 to $30,834 short, without raising either tax.

Read more: “High Tides” wash away boat and real estate tax increase

Mayor Rummage: Maybe it’s time to jerk the Charter

The June 11 council meeting resulted in a number of resolutions passed and a few heated debates.
Resolutions passed included the reappointment of Barbara S. Cooper to the Colonial Beach Tourism Advisory Council, the appointment of Gerrald E. Higgs to the Memorials Commission, Amendment of the Contract to renovate the tourism building, approval of the update and maintenance of the 9-11 maps and approval of lease between the town and Hurst Harvey Oil, Inc. to house the police station.
David Coombes’ reappointment to the Planning Commission was met with some opposition from an unnamed citizen. The argument was presented by Mayor Rummage.

Read more: Mayor Rummage: Maybe it’s time to jerk the Charter

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