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Kennedy resigns, CB council calls special meeting

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.

— Kathy Flanagan

Committee discusses possible Beach YMCA

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. 

Read more: Committee discusses possible Beach YMCA

Citizen input does make a difference

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

Read more: Citizen input does make a difference

CB council to cut funding to chamber

BPOL reduction, employee raises also discussed at committee meetings
While the Economic Development Committee chaired by Steve Kennedy talks about marketing plans and feasibility studies designed to increase tourism revenue to our town, the Budget and Administration Committee, chaired by Sparky Ridgely, appears ready to stop a yearly stipend to the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, the town’s biggest sponsor of annual events.

Read more: CB council to cut funding to chamber

CB council approves Blevins’ contract

Includes addition of a prohibition against ‘negative statements’

Kenneth Blevins, Sr. will officially take command of the police department on Jan. 21, 2011. Resolution 4-11, Contract for Chief of Police, was voted on and approved at town council’s Jan. 13 meeting. Blevins’ initial annual salary will be $60,000.
Although Blevins’ employment agreement is almost identical to an employment agreement signed by Interim Police Chief “Butch” Wells, one notable difference is under Section 2. Termination. Paragraph D states that upon termination by town council and a payment of two month’s salary, the police chief “agrees to refrain from any type of negative statements made in public, to any member of the media, or on the Internet pertaining to the Town Manager, the Mayor and Town Council, as well as any other officer, agent or employee of the Town of Colonial Beach.”

Read more: CB council approves Blevins’ contract

 

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