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Council holds illegal meeting to oust Mayor Rummage from his Townn Hall office

Although no members of Council are really talking, a source close to Town Hall confirms that on Tuesday, April 7 sometime before noon, Colonial Beach Mayor Fred Rummage was approached by three council members waiting for him in the downstairs conference room and asked to permanently remove himself from his office in Town Hall.
The source says the Mayor had just finished holding a Focus Group Meeting, which is a meeting with his advisory group he appointed shortly after taking office.  "The Mayor", they say, "came downstairs to check his phone messages, and the other Council Members -  Sparky Ridgely, Steve Kennedy and David Coombes - were waiting for him."  
The Council members and the Mayor retired upstairs to the Mayor's office, where the particulars of the conversation could not be heard.  What became clear to this Town Hall source was that a repeat action of something that was supposed to have occurred six weeks ago was happening again.  Council members wanted the Mayor out of Town Hall and this time they carried through on their wishes.
Since there were three Council members involved, this occurrence was an illegal meeting because it is an illegal meeting whenever three or more elected officials assemble for the purpose of discussing business.  Legal or illegal,  removing the Mayor from his office is serious business.
When reached by phone, Council Member Sparky Ridgely directed this reporter to speak with Val  Foulds, the Town Manager.  "All comments to newspapers come from her", he said.  
"I really can't comment on the rumor right now", added Ridgley.
 Messages left for both Mayor Rummage and Town Manager Val Foulds were left unreturned as of the time this story was posted on the internet.
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