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CB council proposes to cut school funding by $149,354

With the June 30 deadline for a new budget quickly approaching, Town Council released its proposed budget for 2011-2012 at a public hearing on Wednesday night. 

According to the budget, general fund revenue projections are down by $149,477.  The highest decreases in revenue are expected in real estate taxes, personal property taxes, business license taxes, and revenue from use of property.  The only revenue categories showing an expected increase are local sales and use taxes and transfers in. 

The largest decrease in funding is the school transfer category, with a

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Council approves second water-front land sale

Town Council held a public hearing during its regular council meeting to review the sale of a portion of town-owned waterfront property that was previously identified as Scenic Drive in old planning maps to William Speight. 

Council approval of the sale of waterfront land began at its May meeting when council unanimously approved a sale of a portion of Scenic Drive to Bill Milleson.  Speight owns property several homes

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Lawrence right-of-way sale approved

For the third consecutive month, Colonial Beach Town Council voted on a resolution to approve the abandonment of a town-owned right-of-way on Lawrence Lane.  Resolution 21-11 passed unanimously by way of a roll call vote.  The resolution further instructs the town manager and town attorney to proceed with the appraisal and other requirements for the sale of the property. 

Council members Karen Payne, Sparky Ridgely, Burkett Lyburn, Shane Buzby and Mike Ham all reported that they

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CB elections may shift to November

Committee members discuss budget, safety, connection fees

Colonial Beach Town Council Committee members authorized Town Manager Val Foulds to work with Town Attorney Andrea Erard and advertise a public hearing to review changing the current election cycle for local elections from May to November. Once the public has an opportunity to speak out on the issue, council will then decide whether to move the local elections to November.

Foulds was also authorized to advertise for a public hearing to review instituting a policy to request additional fees from persons convicted of driving

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Mike Ham appointed to serve on town council

Three applicants stepped up to the call for letters of interest to serve on town council, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Steve Kennedy. At a special town council meeting on April 14, council allowed each candidate an opportunity to speak, then held a question and answer format.


Robert Busick, recently retired after a career in public and private finance, told council “The citizens have the passion to move the town forward” and vowed to “work collaboratively with all.”

Mike Ham, retired in 2008 after a 31-year career in public and private finance and as a resource manager for the Army Audit Agency overseeing a budget of $80 million per year and 700 employees. Ham told the council that one of the main problems in Colonial Beach is that “it's the best kept secret in Virginia” and noted “I want to do whatever I can to help the town.”

“Every dollar we bring in from the outside is one dollar less that comes from us,” Ham said.

 Sherry Hutchins, a teacher in King George County, told council, “I'm part of this community as an active member” and further noted “I am well organized. I don't procrastinate. I've always been picked as a leader.”

After going into closed session at the end of the regularly scheduled council meeting, council deliberated for 15 minutes before returning in open session. Council member and Vice Mayor Burkett Lyburn made a motion to appoint Mike Ham, which was seconded by council member Karen Payne. By a unanimous voice vote, council appointed Mike Ham to fill the vacant council seat. 

— Kathy Flanagan

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