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Colonial Beach High School to be named new emergency shelter

Colonial Beach is nearing its one year anniversary of three natural disasters that rocked the beach and surrounding area with multiple damages. 

A freak 5.8 earthquake, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused considerable damage last August to the Town of Colonial Beach. Inspection of damage caused by the storms to the school’s old two story block building on what is currently the Elementary School Campus, revealed other damage from lack of maintenance, resulting in the school having to vacate the building and eventually build a middle school mod pod behind the high school. 

The two story building served the town as an emergency shelter for many years. 

Recognizing the need for a new shelter, the school board and superintendent are working closely with the council and the town to set up the high school, located on First St., with a generator that was donated from a citizen. 

The citizen purchased a 30 KW generator for his home but it was too large so he donated it to the school. 

Read more: Colonial Beach High School to be named new emergency shelter

What’s on the November ballot in CB?

Colonial Beach election ballots will have many choices in November. 

Aside from the obvious presidential election, residents will be voting for a new mayor and to fill four other vacant seats on town council and voters three write-in candidates for the school board office. 

Presidential elections usually result in more than just two presidential candidates. Kristin M Hicks said that aside from the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates others independents could come up before the election. 

Read more: What’s on the November ballot in CB?

Elderly and disabled residents offered tax discounts

Town Manager Val Foulds handed out copies of ordinances that offer water and sewer discounts as well as real estate tax exemptions to citizens over 65 as well as citizens deemed permanently and totally disabled. 

Town Council held a public hearing and passed ordinance 629 to raise water fees by $10 a month. The raise is necessary to seek funding for two major water and sewer infrastructural capital improvement projects. 

Read more: Elderly and disabled residents offered tax discounts

Record crowds battled the heat to enjoy the fireworks in Colonial Beach

 

Despite the above 100 degree temperatures, spectators came out in droves to watch Colonial Beach’s Independence Day Fireworks. 

Spectators started coming in in the morning hours and by 2 p.m., parking spaces were filling up. People who came to camp out on the beach all day and stake a claim to the best seats in the house made the best of the heat by swimming, sunbathing and picnic-ing. 

Colonial Beach Police Chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. reported the stealth traffic counting report for incoming traffic from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 4, counted 1,830 vehicles coming into town. 

For the holiday weekend, beginning at 8 a.m. July 4 to 8 a.m. July 9, there were 15,703 vehicles recorded entering town on Colonial Ave.

The week prior to July 4 brought record heat and no rain to Colonial Beach, so town officials issued a drought watch, requesting citizens to refrain from all nonessential water use. 

Read more: Record crowds battled the heat to enjoy the fireworks in Colonial Beach

Extreme heat and a severe storm start the summer

As Colonial Beach gears up for Independence Day the heat continues to rise to staggering temperatures, getting as high as 106 around 5:30 p.m. on Friday June 29. 

Friday morning the town issued the following voluntary water restrictions which read, “Due to recent weather conditions and high usage of water reported over the past 24 hours, the town manager has declared a Drought Watch and is requesting all residents voluntarily reduce non-essential water use.”

In a phone interview on Monday morning, Town Manager Val Foulds said the voluntarily restrictions still stand. Foulds said she will watch the water levels closely. 

Read more: Extreme heat and a severe storm start the summer

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