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The Colonial Beach Town Council has a busy day planned for Thursday, Nov. 14. Council is expected to hear options from Town Attorney Andrea Erard at 9:30 a.m., on what they can legally do about changing the town’s charter. Although the council has not been too clear on what it wants to change in the charter, some council members have indicated that they are looking for ways to abolish the Colonial Beach Police Department.
Consolidation of the town’s law enforcement with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office has been discussed by council in the past. At the Oct. 10 town council meeting, the council had scheduled on their agenda to meet with Westmoreland County Sheriff, C.O. Balderson. Although the agenda did not state the nature of the meeting, nor did attendees speaking on the matter offer up the reason, Mayor Mike Ham stated in a phone interview on the following Monday, that a few council members have requested that Balderson meet with them in an open meeting to discuss consolidation of the Colonial Beach Police Department and the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. Balderson did not attend the Oct. 10 meeting.
County Supervisor Larry Roberson began to address Balderson’s absence by saying, “Someone has put the cart way before the horse on the issue that you have. He can’t get involved in that.” Roberson advised that the town has to vote on the issue and provide information to him [Balderson] before he will come and speak.
Roberson also informed the council that if the issue requires any money, the town must go through the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors (BOS) first. Roberson also stated that the BOS had no authority to control Balderson’s actions, but that the BOS does control the purse strings.
Later, at the Oct. 24 council meeting, candid discussions revealed the council’s attempts to explore options that would force the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to assume full responsibility for the town’s protection, by attempting to disband or abolish the Colonial Beach Police Department.
Talks of exactly with what they would approach the General Assembly were unclear at the October work session.
However, the council is scheduled to meet with Town Attorney Andrea Erard, who will give legal counsel on the matter on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 9:30 a.m. Perhaps the council’s intentions will then become much clearer.
The Town has also announced two special meetings, where the council will go into closed session, to discuss the performances of the Interim CB Chief of Police at 9 a.m., and of the Town Manager at 11 a.m. The council will also hold its regular monthly meeting, open to the public, at 7 p.m..
CB Town Council is also expected to hear from school officials on options to fund an $850,000 loan to move mod pods from the elementary school campus to the high school campus, and fund much-needed repairs to the high school building.
All meetings will be held at the CB Town Center located on Washington Avenue next to the Cooper Memorial Library. All interested citizens are urged to attend.