- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 16:47
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During the Colonial Beach Public Works committee meeting, Chairman Gary Seeber engaged in a heated debate with Monroe Point developer Johnathan Natelson over unpaid water bills. At one point during the meeting Seeber lost his patience when Natelson stated publicly that he was willing to settle the matter but Seeber said Natelson was not indicating a willingness to do so through their e-mail communications. Seeber then threatened to provide all communications to the press. Natelson’s responses changed and the matter was quickly closed.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:49
- Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:46
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Tides Mill Bridge on State Route 205 (Ridge Road) at Wilkerson’s Restaurant in Colonial Beach will be closed for upgrades from Nov. 1 until Feb. 28. Residents and visitors will be detoured through Route 631 (Longfield Road).
The detour is seven miles if traveling from one side of the bridge to the other, so the detour may be shorter depending on where motorists depart from and their destination.
VDOT has already installed a traffic signal on Route 205 at the intersection of Longfield Road near the race track. There is no light at 205 and 631 on the King George side but electronic signs have already been placed at both intersections to alert drivers to the detour.
Colonial Beach officials have attempted to hold off the closing until after the Rockfish Tournament scheduled for Nov. 2–4, but VDOT officials said that the contractor, Bryant Construction, is performing five months worth of work in four months and the deadline will not allow them to complete the project on time if there are any delays in closing the bridge.
The plan is to remove the existing roadway from the bridge. Using the existing supports and adding more support, a new surface will be added. The bridge will be elevated approximately two feet and widened to 30 feet, with three foot shoulders on each side.
The project cost for the bridge upgrade is $3,700,000, over $1,300,000 of which covers the contract with Bryant Construction.
Bryant Construction is under a strict time schedule of four months; VDOT officials have worked with Bryant before and are confident that they will finish on schedule.
During the bridge closure, Route 631 will be maintained as a primary road with regards to snow removal and other weather related issues.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 19:13
- Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:37
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Jim Chiarello, Tim Curtin, Tommy Edwards and Wanda Goforth are running for Town Council.
There are four open seats for Colonial Beach Town Council and only four candidates running. All candidates are listed on the ballot.
Tim Curtin, Jim Chiarello and Tommy Edwards are all incumbents vying for their own seats.
Councilman Burkett Lyburn has chosen not to run for re-election for his seat on council but at the last minute announced he is running for Mayor as a write-in candidate.
So newcomer Wanda Goforth who is also listed on the ballot will fill Lyburn’s vacant seat after the election.
Although none of the seats are being challenged and it is highly unlikely a candidate will show up on election day and win as a write in, the council candidates still conducted a forum, giving the public a chance to get to know them better.
Edwards spoke of the lack of interest during his opening remarks at the Council candidates forum, co-hosted by Carrey Geddes of the Chamber of Commerce and Peter Fahrney of the Colonial Beach Foundation. “All I can tell you is this, you’d better take a good look up here. There is nobody here beating down the bush to come up here and take our place, so this is what you got. We’re going to do our best for this town. Look up here folks, this is what you get.”
The three incumbents were all appointed within the last year so citizens have only had a short time to get to know them.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:36
- Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:30
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Burkett Lyburn, Mike Ham and Steve Kennedy are all running for Mayor in Colonial Beach.
Three candidates showed up to participate in the mayoral candidates’ forum co-hosted by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and the the Colonial Beach Foundation.
Councilman Mike Ham whose term will not expire until 2014 is running on the ballot. Ham was originally appointed to fill Stephen Kennedy’s vacant seat when he resigned, then Ham ran in a special election and was successfully voted in to fill out the remainder of Kennedy’s term.
Councilman and Vice Mayor Burkett Lyburn holds one of the council seats that are up for re-election. Burkett announced earlier this year that he did not intend to run for re-election to council. His decision to run as a write-in candidate for Mayor was announced the evening of the forum.
Former Councilman Stephen Kennedy resigned his seat in the second year of his second term in office for personal reasons. His term would have expired in 2014. Kennedy now running as a write-in for the position of mayor.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:39
- Published on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:00
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Mike Ham has a goal to lower taxes for citizens if he’s elected mayor — and he has laid out a plan to work towards that goal. His plan includes promoting tourism and new business to grow new revenue, eliminating the need for more citizen taxes.
Mike Ham is on the ballot for mayor of Colonial Beach. Current mayor, Fred Rummage is retiring. Stephen Kennedy is also running for mayor as a write-in candidate.