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Colonial Beach Council mulls zoning rules

Colonial Beach Council mulls zoning rules

Despite a plea from Planning Commission Chair Robin Schick, the Colonial Beach Town Council will hol...

Dog Day of August offers fun for pooches

Dog Day of August offers fun for pooches

Come out and join other dog lovers on Aug. 8 for a doggone good time. You and your K-9 companion can...

Downtown Colonial Beach Steering Committee seeks non-profit status

Downtown Colonial Beach Steering Committee seeks non-profit status

The Downtown Colonial Beach Steering Committee is now operating with a board of directors, complete ...

Would merging Westmoreland, Colonial Beach schools solve tax issue?

For Colonial Beach taxpayers concerned about a new tax increase, caused by a $400,000 shortfall in t...

Colonial Beach residents develop green thumb community garden

Colonial Beach residents develop green thumb community garden

If you’re interested in growing your own fresh vegetables, it’s not too late to rent a p...

Infrastructure projects moving forward in Colonial Beach

Colonial Beach has, and continues to, undergo continuous infrastructural work right below residents ...

 

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Schools to ask for almost $400K extra

Due to over $800,000 in budget cuts from the federal government, Superintendent Kathleen Beane told the school board that Colonial Beach Schools will ask the town and county for an extra $400,000 to avoid layoffs in the next school year.

The budget is still in the planning stages, but Beane presented the board with a brief overview of the

Read more: Schools to ask for almost $400K extra

County on board for 911 consolidation

County Administrator Norm Rasavi responded to Colonial Beach’s request for consolidating police, fire, and rescue dispatch with Westmoreland County.

Read more: County on board for 911 consolidation

Occupant dead, house and several vehicles destroyed in morning fire on Pomona Road

Pomona Road Fire

At 9:22 Tuesday morning, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in the 1100 block of Pomona Rd. between Ceder Hill and Longfield Rd. for a single family structure fire.

Colonial Beach Fire Chief David Robey, who took command at the scene, told The Journal that when CBVFD arrived on scene the structure was fully involved. Robey also said that an unspecified number of propane tanks were also fully involved.

Robey said that several vehicles also burned during the fire, but surrounding properties sustained no damage.

The occupant, whose name has not been released, died on the scene. Family of the deceased have been notified and were on scene after the fire.

Chief Robey called for a fire investigator, and Joey Straughan, Fire Investigator for the Virginia State Police, responded.

Full companies from Colonial Beach and Oak Grove responded to the fire, as well as a tanker truck from Montross, King George and NDW Company 28 from the Dahlgren Naval Base. Colonial Beach Rescue Squad also assisted.

Fire officials are not releasing any other information since the incident is still under investigation.

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Non-Profits to start paying water and sewer bills

Although the topic of charging non-profits for water and sewer has been on the council’s agenda for months, non-profits are just now getting the word and feeling the pinch.

Colonial Beach recently discovered that giving non-profits a break on water and sewer bills puts them at risk of violating their utility bond

Read more: Non-Profits to start paying water and sewer bills

New council makes bold moves

Those at the February Town Council meeting were stunned when Wanda Goforth announced she wanted to go into closed session to discuss the performance of the town manager concerning a possible lawsuit.

The crowded meeting room contained several town employees, presumably there to hear about council’s intentions to hire a consultant firm to evaluate employee performance.

Read more: New council makes bold moves

Town of CB reapplying for revitalization grant

Colonial Beach Business District Revitalization Management Team is working feverishly to tie up loose ends for the town’s second application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

Read more: Town of CB reapplying for revitalization grant

Tides Mill Bridge expected to reopen on time

After what may have seemed like a lifetime to commuters, the Tides Mill Bridge on State Route 205 is finally nearing the end of construction.

Read more: Tides Mill Bridge expected to reopen on time

CB Council to evaluate town efficiency

Colonial Beach Town Council could spend almost $27,000 to evaluate the town’s employees which number around fifty.

During their work session in January, members of the council presented two proposals for assessment of town employees- one from Whitestone Partners, and the other from Springsted Incorporated.

Mayor Mike Ham said in a telephone interview on Monday, “The council is in the discussion phase to seek out a consultant firm to identify employees’ roles and the their management structure, and to evaluate the efficiency of the town.”

Read more: CB Council to evaluate town efficiency

 

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