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Town council committees discussed raising water and sewer rates in the spring, decreasing water and sewer hook-up fees, reducing the BPOL tax rates, and giving holiday bonuses to town employees.
Council member Karen Payne informed the committee she would meet with Joan Grant, the town’s Chief Financial Officer, and look at the feasibility of reducing the BPOL tax.
“If we do take action on this, after the first of the year we’ll have to move pretty quick,” Payne noted.
Committee Chair Steve Kennedy proposed the town look into expanding the recently passed Enterprise Zone by including an Arts and Humanities District. Kennedy noted that the beach already has a thriving arts community that is good for tourism and by providing incentives to such businesses it would increase tourism dollars.
Committee Chair Sparky Ridgely informed the committee that the town attorney has drafted a resolution that enables council to provide merit increases to town employees. That resolution will come before the full council at its December meeting.
School representative Janet Brown requested the committee consider refunding $431.50 in permit fees incurred by the schools for demolition and installation of a new modpod unit to replace three trailers at the elementary schools; however, permit fees, once paid, are non refundable.
Public Works, Water & Sewer
Committee Chair Gary Seeber noted that the costs of replacing pipes from 3rd Street to 12th Street are higher than expected and would require an increase in water and sewer rates. The town is looking into Rural Development grants to offset the costs, but a rate increase is on the horizon for the spring.
Seeber also noted that other localities offer staggered connection fees for multi-unit developments and he is looking into adoption of a tiered system of connection fees in order to encourage development.
Public Works, Streets & Roads
Committee Chair Karen Payne noted that the town recently hired Jeanne Yeagley as General Services Support Manager. Yeagley’s role will be to act as liaison between citizens and public works, as well as perform the duties of a Town Safety Coordinator.
Payne also shared two recent e-mails from citizens thanking the Public Works Department for prompt and courteous response to complaints.
Committee Chair Shane Buzby welcomed new town police officer David Richardson.
The committee agreed to recommend creation of a Colonial Beach Youth Advisory Council proposed by Jay Jarvis and Tim Curtin. The CBYAC will “serve the interests of the youth in town by supporting the Town Manager and Council by acting as a focal point on all matters relating to youth activities in Colonial Beach” according to proposed by-laws.
The committee also agreed to recommend a lease agreement between the town and Soc(i)al, a youth gaming center to be operated by Cayman Eby on the boardwalk, after scheduling a public hearing.
Council member Payne requested the committee look into forming a “memorial committee” as suggested at last month’s council meeting, to maintain the plaque honoring citizens that hangs in the foyer of the town hall meeting room.