- Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2011 02:52
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 23:53
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Colonial Beach Town Council to issue a request for letters of interest
The special meeting called on March 23 “regarding a vacancy on town council” opened with Mayor Fred Rummage reading Resolution 15-11 to accept council member's Steve Kennedy's resignation effective immediately and to make an appointment for his now vacant seat.
Kennedy took the floor and struggled with his emotions as he addressed council and the approximately 30 citizens present.
“Three weeks ago I took a leave of absence. I'm resigning my position effective today strictly for personal reasons,” Kennedy said. “This is no reflection on any member of this council.”
Kennedy summed up his feelings by saying, “I can't be distracted serving this town. When you take an oath to sit up here, you better be ready to do it.”
According to Rummage, traditionally council appoints the person with the next highest number of votes from the May 2010 council election and that person would be former council member and current planning commission member David Coombes.
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Town Council has called a special meeting for Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. It is expected that council members will discuss the resignation of Steve Kennedy, which is reported to have been tendered to Town Manager Val Foulds earlier this week.
When reached for comment, Foulds said she wishes “to reserve comment until the special meeting.” Kennedy, who has served six years on council and chairs the Economic Development Committee, is often at the forefront of discussions on bringing revenue into town by creating a more business- and resident-friendly place to live and shop. Kennedy has recently spoken out in favor of bringing a YMCA to town and has taken steps to ascertain interest from the Rappahannock Area YMCA.
It is not clear how council will fill Kennedy’s seat on council. More details will be provided on The Journal’s website, www.journalpress.com, Wednesday evening.
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Economic Development Committee chair Steve Kennedy and council member Shane Buzby have taken the initial steps to determine the feasibility of locating a YMCA in Colonial Beach. Kennedy and Buzby have met with Barney Reiley and Elizabeth Clark of the Rappahannock Area YMCA to discuss what steps are necessary.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 00:00
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Beach council passes cost-of-living increase
Each month citizens are given three minutes to express their concerns to the Colonial Beach town council during council’s regular meetings. It is an opportunity for citizens to promote ideas, express concerns and advise council members of their vision for the town. Because of council policy not to answer questions posed by citizens or engage in a dialogue with citizens, many are left wondering if their remarks make a difference.
At several recent council meetings, citizen input proved to be a valuable resource exemplifying a working partnership with council members who are tasked to set policy and laws for the town. During December’s council meeting, when bonuses for town