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Council denies allegations of attempting to abolish CBPD

At a Nov. 14 special meeting at 9:30 a.m., Colonial Beach Town Council denied attempts to abolish the Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD), stating that the notion was only rumors. Despite audience members who watched or attended previous meetings, stating the council was unclear about their intentions, the council members continued to deny intentions of looking into abolishing of the CBPD.

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Curtin quits after CB Council meeting

On Nov. 14, after the adjournment of an early morning meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council to discuss the Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD), Councilman Tim Curtin left the meeting room, returning about 45 minutes later with his typed resignation.

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Council denies attempting to abolish CBPD

At  its Nov. 14 special meeting the Colonial Beach Town Council denied attempting to abolish the Colonial Beach police department (CBPD), terming the notion a rumor. Despite audience members who watched or attended previous meetings stating the council was unclear about their intentions, council members continued to deny intentions of looking into abolition of the CBPD.

Colonial Beach Town Council has skirted around the issue of what to do with the CBPD since Oct. 10 council meeting. At that 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 Balderson meet with them in an open meeting to discuss consolidation of the CBPD and the Westmoreland Sheriff's office.

Read more: Council denies attempting to abolish CBPD

Early morning meeting drives council member to quit

On Nov. 14, after the adjournment of an early morning meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council to discuss the Colonial Beach Police Department, Councilman Tim Curtin left the meeting room, returning about 45 minutes later with his typed resignation.

The resignation states the circumstances under which Curtin decided to run for Council, ultimately applying for an appointed position and later being voted into a four-year term on Council. Curtin stated in his resignation that he joined council to address grave concerns for the future of the town and the need for hard decisions. Curtin did specifically outline these items but said when he was voted in he was hopeful that things would change.

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Council will explore options to disband or abolish CBPD at Nov. 14 meeting

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.

Read more: Council will explore options to disband or abolish CBPD at Nov. 14 meeting

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