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Council praises Town’s snow removal efforts

A significant snowstorm hit the little Town of Colonial Beach beginning on the evening of Wednesday, Feb.12.  And town crews began plowing just after midnight. Residents woke up to plowed roads, but a few people were in disbelief. Some residents complained about the high snow left in front of their driveways by the plows, but for the most part, many residents were very pleased with the town’s response to, and management of last week’s snow.


Council members praised the town employees for their swift work, and Mayor Mike Ham felt the road would be in good enough condition on Thursday to hold their two meetings scheduled for that evening. However, Mother Nature had another hit of snow in store for the sleepy town and delivered just enough of it to make officials cancel the Thursday meetings.

By Friday night, roads were plowed again, but walkways and the threat of more bad weather forced all but one gallery to shut down their traditional Second Friday ArtWalk.  Local artist Velia Jacobo, the manager of Riverview Inn for five years, opened her display. She also featured the work of Olga Farneth, a well-known artist/teacher who has come out of retirement to begin showing her work again. Works from both artists will be on display all month, and Farneth plans to have a much larger collection next month, in March.

Snow removal crews worked with three trucks the first night, but after losing one to a breakdown, crews made due with two trucks. Crews worked throughout the night on Thursday, however, due to VDOT mandated breaks. Town Manger Val Foulds reported, “We are utilizing our refuse teammates for snow removal-related activities throughout the day, since we cannot safely collect trash today.”

First responders also got quite a workout and stepped up to the plate; Fire crews removed trees almost steadily throughout the night, during the first storm, as well as responding to many accidents.

Rescue personnel were busy responding to accidents and medical emergencies throughout the week during stormy weather.  

At the Colonial Beach Town Council meeting held Monday night, council members praised both town staff and first responders for their hard work and endless sacrifice.

Firefighter and School Board Chairman Tim Trivett complimented the town crews for their work in keeping the approximately 75 lane miles of roadways cleared.  

Unfortunately, the roads suffered some significant damage from the snow, treatments and plowing. Many of the temporary patches from recent water and sewer work have been stripped.

Town officials have stated that replacement asphalt is not available in the winter. Cold patch does not hold well, as the recent storms have proven. Some patches are under contract with G.L. Howard, who is handling the water and sewer project. Public works said they would contact them to fill in these holes with gravel.

 

Linda Farneth

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