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Briefs: Revitalization, ‘no wake’ zone

Chairman Mike Ham welcomed Carol Rizzio and Bill Spivey, of Land Studio PC, who presented an update on ongoing efforts to procure a federal revitalization grant for the downtown core business area at the Economic Development section of Colonial Beach Town Council’s committee meetings Thursday, July 28. 

Rizzio presented a drawing that outlined citizen and business-owner suggested changes to the business area, which is Colonial Avenue to

Boundary and Washington Avenue to the beach.  The revitalization grant will provide approximately $75,000, but also serves as a springboard to future grant applications and creates a vision for the commercial area. 

Rizzio invited all council members present to a town hall-style meeting on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Town Center beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Ham told the committee that efforts were ongoing to furnish the new management team in place at the former Day’s Inn Hotel a business license. The business license would allow the newly-named Colonial Beach Inn to be open in time for visitors attending the three-day watercraft races this past weekend.  At this time last year there were 65 registered participants in the weekend races.  As of Thursday evening, there was a reported 135 registered participants signed up.

Town staff was successful in working with the inn management and rooms were available for visitors.

Water and Sewer Committee

Chairman Gary Seeber reported that repair work is ongoing to pipes on 4th Street. 

Roads Committee
Chairwoman Karen Payne reported that the committee is recommending that council pass a resolution to authorize the town manager to make application to create a “No Wake” zone for watercraft on Monroe Bay.  The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors is also looking to create a “No Wake” zone on the western side of Monroe Bay, which is under its jurisdiction. 

Payne informed the committee of several requests to open a bus line from Colonial Beach to the new Walmart opening on Aug. 17 on U.S. 301 in King George.  Bay Transit will be providing results of a rider survey designed to gauge interest from beach residents.  

Public Safety Committee
Burkett Lyburn chaired the committee as Chairman Shane Buzby was out of town.  Police Chief Kenneth Blevins, Sr., reported that street closures had been reported to the public for the upcoming weekend watercraft races and all emergency systems were in place.

Blevins reported that in June the department answered 561 calls for service with an average response time of 3 minutes.  There were two DUI arrests and 36 traffic tickets written.  Walter Kern reported for the CBVFD that the department answered 65 calls in June.  Kern then requested the town report to the Fire Department in the event of water shortage or other related issues being experienced by the town. 

Budget Committee
Payne convened the budget committee, as Chairman Ridgely was not in attendance.  Chief Financial Officer Joan Grant said the June report and end of fiscal year reports were not completed because numbers were not matching between the school budget and the town. School Superintendent Donna Power, who was in attendance, reported that the school administration is waiting for the council to make a decision on a requested $150,000 increase in the town’s local effort to the schools.  The matter had been referred to the budget committee for a recommendation by council at its July meeting. 

Council members Ham and Seeber had indicated there was additional revenue that could be added to the revenue side of the budget in order to fund the $150,000 increase to the school’s budget.  Seeber noted “We have a crisis in town; two of us have provided numbers that could take care of the school emergency.” 

Seeber further noted that “I would like to see Mike Ham put in as chairman of the Budget Committee.”   Ham recommended the committee undergo a name change to “Finance Committee” in order to better describe the committee’s scope of responsibility.

Lyburn suggested the full council address the ongoing budget issues at the next council meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 11.

Town Manager Val Foulds reported on 911 emergency communications issue.  Preliminary estimates to repair the 911 system have come in between $100,000 and $150,000.   Foulds also reported the town will advertise to replace current Town Clerk Barbara Goff, who is retiring after 22 years of service.

 

Kathy Flanagan

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