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Ham proposes giving developers a break

Payne says proposal will burden citizens

Mike Ham, chairman of the economic development committee and a member of the public works committee, will present water and sewer tap fee incentives for multiple dwelling projects to the Colonial Beach Town Council at next month’s meeting. Ham wants the council to consider giving discounts on water and sewer hook-up fees (tap fees) to multi-dwelling projects like Monroe Point.
Although many steps are needed before this idea can become policy, it will have to be explored by the Public Works

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Mayor names new committee members

Mayor Fred Rummage invoked his privilege “to make all appointments to Town Council committees” granted under the By-Laws and Rules of Procedure for the Colonial Beach Town Council and re-organized council committee membership rosters.  Council members had previously agreed to change council committee membership rosters.

Rummage appointed Karen Payne as chairwoman of the Budget Committee with Sparky Ridgely and Mike Ham as members.  Burkett Lyburn was appointed chairman of the Public Safety Committee with Sparky Ridgely and Shane Buzby as members.  Gary Seeber was appointed chairman of the Public Works

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Briefs: Revitalization, ‘no wake’ zone

Chairman Mike Ham welcomed Carol Rizzio and Bill Spivey, of Land Studio PC, who presented an update on ongoing efforts to procure a federal revitalization grant for the downtown core business area at the Economic Development section of Colonial Beach Town Council’s committee meetings Thursday, July 28. 

Rizzio presented a drawing that outlined citizen and business-owner suggested changes to the business area, which is Colonial Avenue to

Read more: Briefs: Revitalization, ‘no wake’ zone

Council corrects budget appropriation for schools

It was just a miscalculation.

Due to a $1.6 million dollar mistake made in council’s recently passed 2011/2012 budget, and because the School Board passed a budget based on incorrect numbers, council member Karen Payne spoke out at the July Town Council meeting. The $1.6 million local effort for the Colonial Beach schools appeared twice in the ordinance document, and was added in twice in the budget resulting in a seemingly additional $1.6 million appropriation for the schools and a

Read more: Council corrects budget appropriation for schools

Seeber takes committee members, town staff to task over proposal

After a citizen-packed special meeting on Wednesday night in which all 21 citizen speakers favored level funding for the school system, the Budget and Administration Committee chaired by Sparky Ridgely convened on Thursday, June 23, to revisit the proposed budget.

Ridgely opened the meeting by saying, “In an effort to try to meet the public’s wishes, we looked for guidance from the town attorney.”  Ridgely urged the committee to recommend approval of the advertised budget, advertise a tax increase in July and approve an amended budget in August that would provide level funding to schools based on increased tax revenues.  According to Ridgely, “That is the legal way to do

Read more: Seeber takes committee members, town staff to task over proposal

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