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CB council approves Blevins’ contract

Includes addition of a prohibition against ‘negative statements’

Kenneth Blevins, Sr. will officially take command of the police department on Jan. 21, 2011. Resolution 4-11, Contract for Chief of Police, was voted on and approved at town council’s Jan. 13 meeting. Blevins’ initial annual salary will be $60,000.
Although Blevins’ employment agreement is almost identical to an employment agreement signed by Interim Police Chief “Butch” Wells, one notable difference is under Section 2. Termination. Paragraph D states that upon termination by town council and a payment of two month’s salary, the police chief “agrees to refrain from any type of negative statements made in public, to any member of the media, or on the Internet pertaining to the Town Manager, the Mayor and Town Council, as well as any other officer, agent or employee of the Town of Colonial Beach.”

Also included in Blevins’ agreement is a new section added to Section 2. Termination, under paragraph C, which lists causes for termination. An additional item added reads “An act of favoritism/failure to treat all employees in the same manner and/or failure to apply the same rules, regulations and requirements to all employees.”
Council members all expressed confidence in new Police Chief Blevins and thanked Interim Police Chief Wells for his service to the town.
Council also approved a lease of town-owned property with Cayman Eby located at 213 Taylor Street. Eby plans to renovate the property and looks to open Soc(i)al, an entertainment venue for youth up to 18 years of age, once renovations are complete. Soc(i)al will be a ‘membership driven social club’ and will feature 16 Xbox gaming consoles and PC stations, and a 70-inch television. For the first year, the town has agreed that Eby pay $50 per month while renovations are underway.
During committee reports, Water & Sewer Committee Chair Gary Seeber noted that he was working with town manager Val Foulds and Chief Financial Officer Joan Grant on “problematic water bills” in an effort to reduce projected water and sewer rate increases from being passed on to the public in 2011. Seeber is also looking into the feasibility of refinancing a 1994 loan which may generate savings of $81,000 per year, which would further reduce projected increases in water and sewer rates to the public.
Karen Payne, Budget Committee member, informed council she would present a plan to the budget committee Jan. 27 to reduce BPOL taxes. The business professional occupational license tax is assessed to all businesses in town, and a reduction of these taxes may serve to encourage businesses to open and remain in town.
When the issue of approving requested abandonment of town-owned right-of-ways for sale to neighboring homeowners, council member Karen Payne told council “I would like to have a survey done” and requested the matter be tabled until a survey is completed. Council member Steve Kennedy agreed with Payne stating “We need to make that a part of the process.” Council agreed to table this issue until March.

Kathy Flanagan

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