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Colonial Beach election results

Edward Blunt, Michael Looney and Burkett Lyburn have won four-year terms to the Colonial Beach Town ...

Geddes: Bike Fest was good for businesses

While the final numbers from the first Colonial Beach Bike Fest won’t be known  until December ...

hometown fun at the homecoming parade

The Colonial Beach High School PTA sponsored several homecoming events Oct. 31. The evening began wi...

CB council candidates split on sharing services with county

CB council candidates split on sharing services with county

The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Colonial Beach Foundation hosted a candidates’ &...

Elementary students move into new home

Elementary students move into new home

Faces were beaming, despite carrying heavy loads of boxes, chairs, desks and other school supplies a...

Colonial Beach groups will team up to host fall festival

This year, the Colonial Beach PTA, Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Rescue Squad are teaming up wit...

 

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CB School Board continues requests for federal funds

At last week’s Town Council meeting the agenda was short but conversation was long particularly when it came to the subject of the School Board’s request for allocation of federal funds in the amount of $360,000.
Mayor Fred Rummage made a motion to add the request to the agenda saying the School Board has requested federal funds that have not been used and up to this time have not been authorized by the town.
Councilman Ronald “Sparky” Ridgely voiced an objection to the mayor’s request to add the item to the evenings agenda saying: “The town manager requested data from the school superintendent two weeks ago and that same information is requested from all department heads or agencies requesting any change in appropriations. With this information, the budget committee, the CFO, the town manager and town attorney would have the necessary time to review the material and to discuss it tonight.”
Ridgely stated that the package was received late Tuesday afternoon and that Town Manager Val Foulds continues to go over this information and the parties involved have not had any opportunity to collectively review this information.
Ridgley ended by saying: “There is no recommendation one way or the other coming out of the Budget and Finance Committee tonight as a result of it and I urge my colleges to reject adding this to the agenda tonight because we simply aren’t ready for it.”
Rummage replied: “I will press the issue. If the council is dissatisfied with that they can make a motion to strike it and it will have to be voted on.”
Ridgely moved immediately to strike Rummage’s motion strike and Ridgely’s motion was seconded.
Council member Steve Kennedy questioned whether the issue could

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Briefly: Colonial Beach committee meetings

Public work committee meeting
The public works committee meeting began with a discussion concerning the expense of snow removal for this year’s snowstorms.
Public Works Director Rob Murphy reported that the time spent on snow removal included 80 hours of overtime and totaled 100 hours including regular hours.
“We incurred calls for two new replacement plows; about $10,000 in plows and a little more in repairs. The total cost was over $15,000,” Murphy said/
He reported that Public Works changed the way it performed snow removal by cutting shifts back to six hours and using smaller plows.
“This was more successful for the narrow streets especially where cars where lined up on the side of the road,” Murphy said.

Read more: Briefly: Colonial Beach committee meetings

Property values still hot topic at CB town council

The Colonial Beach Town Council meeting began last Thursday with a discussion on the recent property value assessments completed by Pearson Assessment Services, which was were hired by Westmoreland County.  
County Supervisor Larry Roberson discussed a presentation given by Fred Pearson at the last Board of Supervisors meeting and said he, like many other citizens, had gripes about the reassessment since his property values went up 150 percent.
“I’m not happy with that” Roberson said.

Read more: Property values still hot topic at CB town council

School’s audit problems on council’s front burner

What began in executive session may end in executive session this Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 P.M.

On Wednesday October 21st Colonial Beach Town Council called a special meeting to discuss potential legal matters that may arise with regard to the Town’s Audit in executive session.

Before going into closed session the Towns Auditor Nancy Miller revealed that the problems were specifically related to the Schools financial practices for keeping records.

During the closed session Superintendant Dr. Power and School Board Chairman Tim Trivett arrived. Both speculated on what might be the subject matter but both were confused as to why they had not been alerted to problems prior to the meeting.

Read more: School’s audit problems on council’s front burner

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.

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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.

 

 

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