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Chairman of the Budget Committee, Mike Ham told members, at last weeks Budget Committee meeting, “In most categories of the budget we are where we should be, with some items coming in over budget.”
Ham hopes to have the 2012-13 fiscal year budget out on time this year. Last year’s budget was delayed by the town’s audit. Ham announced he is also putting together a report of the last five years revenue and expenditures to determine what the town
needs to focus on.
The committee then heard from the School Board and Chamber of Commerce.
100-year-old Middle School will leave the light on
Colonial Beach School Superintendent, Donna Power briefed the Budget Committee on school finances and answered questions regarding the old middle school building.
The Colonial Beach School system has been awarded two federal grants for high school improvement programs. One in the amount of $220,380 for the Teacher Evaluation Pilot and $62,000 for the implementation of a student mentoring program. Each teacher is assigned up to six students that they will act as a mentor to. Teachers will check in with their students once or twice a week.
A public hearing will be scheduled to vote on amendments to the budget to include these moneys in the town’s budget as revenue.
Power also reminded the committee of their obligation to award an additional $75,000 to bring the schools 2011-12 budget up to what was originally requested by the school. Ham explained to Power that a resolution was previously passed to allocate this money so no action would be needed.
Power asked for reimbursement of $148,264.44 minus the small amount of insurance money reimbursed by VACORP of $22,898 for the cost of the middle school mod pod.
After last year’s earthquake, hurricane and tropical storm, extensive damage to the 100 year old brick building on the middle/elementary school campus was revealed. The school board with permission of the council used previously allocated funds to purchase the Middle School Mod Pod, which was placed behind the high school.
Power also requested the town to validate $77,710 to provide employee raises for teachers and staff in the form of Christmas bonus pay and healthcare coverage.
Power presented the schools budget reporting that the school has used less than half of its 2011-2012 revenue (appropriations). The school has spent to date $3,394,215.17 leaving a balance of $3,649,691.83.
Tim Curtin questioned Dr. Power, why he keeps seeing a light on in the old middle school. Power responded that the one light is required to stay on for insurance purposes and the heat is maintained at 50 degrees to avoid pipe freeze.
Power also reported to the committee that the school board is bringing in a professional archeologist to evaluate the old building and exploring all avenues to try and save the landmark building.
Chamber gears up for another year sponsoring the Liberty Cup Jet Ski races.
Chamber of Commerce President, Carey Geddes, requested the town continue to support the Jet Ski races for a third year at the $5,000 level as they have the previous years saying, “Here we are again asking for a check for $5,000 from the town to fund the Jet Ski races.”
Last year’s event ran around $23,000. The Town of Colonial Beach and Dockside both contributed $5,000, Westmoreland County gave $1,000, corporate sponsors totaled roughly $6,000 and the Chamber’s cost was just over $6,000.
Geddes reported that the first year there was a loss of $5,400 dollars but outlined the advantages for the town and merchants.
“We got a lot of advertising from it,” he said, “Participants were WGRQ 95.9, 104.5, Southern Maryland Radio and Star Radio 95.3.”
Geddes said that the stations all participated in the corporate sponsored races, so the town got about $20,000 dollars worth of advertising since they talked about the event three weeks prior to the races. The radio stations all conducted live broadcasts during the event, giving the town more advertising.
Television coverage of the event will run on several sports networks throughout the month of August and will be played on sports channels around the country as well.
Colonial Beach will again play host to the UWP- IJSBA National Tour, Liberty Cup event scheduled for July 20–22. The beach will be stop number five on the tour before racers go to Georgia and end in West Virginia.
Geddes said this is a great event for the town, reminding the committee that the event took place last year as the Day’s Inn was closed and all bed and breakfasts were booked full.
Ham proposed that the staff prepare a resolution for the next council meeting to help sponsor the event again this year.