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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Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded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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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.

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?

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