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Beach’s ‘water wizards’ learn magic of local environment

Four students, all from the Colonial Beach school district, participated in the 4-H Water Wizards Program July 7-9, 2010. The Water Wizards Program was started 5 years ago by Wendy Herdman, Extension Agent for Westmoreland and Richmond Counties.  The purpose of the program is to introduce the concept of water quality in the unique Northern Neck environment and the effect that human activity can have on water quality.  Attendance by students is free – they just have to fill out an application form and submit it to the Extension Office.  The boys — Christian Tinsley, Logan Sandy, R.J. Brann and J.W. Musselman — were treated to three action-packed days filled with information about the ecology of our local land and waterways.  There was a lot of learning taking place, but all in a fun, informal atmosphere.

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Burkett Lyburn appointed vice mayor

Burkett Lyburn was appointed under Resolution 27-10 to serve as vice mayor by the Town Council on a split 4-3 vote, with council members Shane Buzby, Gary Seeber and Steve Kennedy casting the nay votes.  As noted by Seeber, two years ago the council departed from years of tradition by re-appointing former council member Trish King to continue to serve as vice mayor based on a recommendation by Mayor Fred Rummage.  Traditionally, the role of vice mayor has been filled by the newest elected councilperson who had the most votes in an election.   

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FOIA request delayed, questions remain unanswered

The Journal submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Town of Colonial Beach for documents pertaining to the negotiation of an employment agreement between the town and Christopher Hawkins on June 25.  
On Friday, July 2, The Journal received a request to extend the deadline by seven days for the FOIA request citing the town had “experienced issues with our server this week delaying the completion of your request.”  The Journal was also informed by Town Clerk Barbara Goff that the costs had risen to more than $200 because of the amount of staff time spent in working on the request.

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Pay-to-Permit noise ordinance still in force

Resident’s emergency injunction denied

Three months ago, on April 22, council approved changes to Ordinance No. 585, Amendment to Town Code of Ordinances, Article III, Noise Ordinance, which were recommended by the Public Safety and Economic Development committee, with the understanding that this was a “temporary measure,” as noted by committee chair Karen Payne.
The amendment deleted Section 15-26, Loud Noises Prohibited or “plainly audible” standards; Section 15-27, Exemptions, such as fire alarms, athletic contests, and school bands; and Section 15-28, Penalty and Enforcement.  
What is left is: Replacement Section 15-26, “Loudspeaker permit required,” which makes it unlawful to make amplified sound without first having received a permit from the town manager; and, replacement section 15-27, “Issuance of loudspeaker permits,” which directs residents and businesses to make application to the town manager accompanied by a fee of $50 for every day the permit is required.
The new pay-to-permit noise ordinance has caused an overwhelming outpouring of comments from citizens and businesses in light of the fact that there are no time restrictions and no measurement of noise language contained in the ordinance.  Also troublesome to citizens is that there is no separation of residential noise and commercial noise in the ordinance.

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CB council names interim police chief

At a special meeting on Monday, June 28 at 10 a.m., which was recessed and reconvened at 6 p.m. Tuesday June 29, the town council named G. “Butch” Wells to serve as Interim Chief of Police. (Click Here to view video from the special meeting.)
Wells previously served as Chief of Police in Staunton, Va., for 17 years, from 1986 to July 2003, at which time he retired. Wells also served as president of Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police from 2000 to 2001. The city of Staunton is located in Augusta County with a population of 23,853 according to the 2000 census and operates under a council-manager form of government.
Major Kenneth Blevins has been in command of the police department as of June 28, which was the last day former police chief Christopher Hawkins served.  Blevins indicated the department is the “best its ever been” and they were ready to handle expected crowds over this weekend’s Fourth of July festivities.  The Virginia State Police, Westmoreland County and Charles County will assist in crowd control.

Kathy Flanagan

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