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Grant to help with CB home ownership

A few lucky, willing, residents of Colonial Beach soon may move from rental units to home ownership ...

Town and School Board sign agreement

After months of negotiation, the Colonial Beach Town Council and School Board have finally reached a...

Planning Director, Mitchell resigns

Colonial Beach is currently looking for a Planning Director to fill the shoes of Gary Mitchell, who ...

Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded

Colonial Beach residents were given the ‘all clear’ on July 25, after being notified 3 days earlier ...

Colonial Beach drinking water contamination determination to notify public lies with Health Department

On July 23, at 10:15 a.m., The Journal spoke with Bennett Ragnauth, Engineering Field Director from ...

Colonial Beach - Boil your water

Don't drink the water, until it is boiled

Public Works Director Rob Murphy said that E-Coli bacteri...

 

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Beach has yet to close its fiscal year

The fiscal clock is ticking. It appears that a council agreement between the Colonial Beach Town Council and School Board, drafted to facilitate the progress of requested information needed to close the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, may be slowing the process down. State law requires a municipality to have an audit for the prior fiscal year finished by Nov. 30 according to Councilman David Coombes.
The onset of the agreement began with a meeting scheduled on Oct. 28 and appears that due to legal red tape, the town citizens will not see the signing of this agreement till at least Nov. 12, and only after the School Board gets some answers of its own about the agreement.

Read more: Beach has yet to close its fiscal year

Mayor Fred C. Rummage in hospital

Colonial Beach Vice Mayor Trish King sat in at Friday’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Mayor Fred C. Rummage who she reported was in the hospital with gall bladder problems. King wished him a speedy recovery from all the members of council.

Calls to the Colonial Beach Rescue Chief, Ronald “Sparky” Ridgely, Town Hall and the mayor’s home failed to dispel rumors that Rummage’s condition had worsened over the weekend, and he had been transferred to a larger hospital.

Official statements reflect King’s report of his condition given Friday morning. Calls to the mayor’s home go directly to voicemail and no response from the family has been received as of Monday afternoon.

 

10 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 in Colonial Beach Schools

The bad news is nine cases of H1N1, commonly known as the swine flu have been confirmed in the Elementary School and one case in the High School, according to Colonial Beach Superintendent Donna Power.

Is there any good news? Yes, as a matter of fact, there is lots of good news.

At a recent meeting of the Town Council,  Power joked that the young elementary students are having fun coughing into their elbows. Children around town can be seen observing such simple preventative measures while many adults still fail to do so. And rightfully they should since the virus is hitting kids and teens harder than adults.

Routine measures at the schools have continued as usual. Staff members are sanitizing the schools daily, using disinfectant and wiping down all surfaces that kids and teachers touch.

Read more: 10 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 in Colonial Beach Schools

Fifth-graders give historical presentations to CB council

Members of Council admitted to learning new facts about their town and welcomed Superintendant Donna Power to continue the new tradition of allowing students to make presentations to the council at regular meetings. Some of the facts presented included:
The Bell House was built in 1883 and was added to the list of historical places in 1987. It was also home to Alexander Graham Bell. On March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first telegraph. He spent many summers here in what we call the Bell House.

Read more: Fifth-graders give historical presentations to CB council

Craft show introduces artists to Colonial Beach

 

Despite a lower than normal showing of artists, the Colonial Beach Arts and Craft show was a great success and Mother Nature provided nice weather.
This year’s Judged Art Show drew 40 artists and crafters came from all over the country. Judges were Susan Elliott and Olga Farneth. All items must be hand-crafted by the crafter. Original or prints from the originals are required by the artists. No resale or commercial items are allowed in the end of summer show.
Artists and craftsman as well as the public had a great time.
Youngster “Jessie James” Williams tried out one of Donnie Rexrodes’ wooden guns by “shooting” his parents, Crystal and Marty. Rexrode makes wooden toys and furniture in his home in Waynesboro.

 

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Retirement apartment developer interested in Lions Club property

Town Manager Val Foulds reported to the Economic Committee last week that she was approached by Josh Gemerek, Senior Vice President of Housing for Bay Aging. Bay Aging is interested in purchasing the town-owned property on the Point that is now being leased by the Lions Club for $10 a year.
Bay Aging wishes to set up retirement apartments on the property. The apartments would be similar to those in the Meadows on Route 205 and would only be rented to senior citizens. Since the project would involve HUD, it would not be allowed to change and would remain a senior living facility for 30 years.
Councilman Stephen Kennedy admitted during the meeting that activities have dwindled in the last few years at the Lions Club and the members felt that if the property were sold, they could find an alternative site for club meetings.
Foulds said she will work with Gary Mitchell, director of Building and Zoning, to explore zoning changes. She is currently waiting for a property appraisal and should be ready to present the issue to the council by the end of the month.
Vice Mayor Trish King feels that the sale of this property would benefit the town and start generating revenue in property taxes. But being a not for profit company it was unclear to the committee members if property taxes would apply.

 

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Open Committee meeting leads to public outcry regarding beach areas

Editor: Note: This story reflects the concerns expressed at the Public Safety Committee meeting last week. While press reports about the meeting have been negative so far, the committee is still in the process of attempting to deal with a problem presented to it earlier this summer.


Colonial Beach is currently struggling with issues of overcrowding on the Point. Visitors with poor etiquette have caused town officials to take drastic measures to ensure the surrounding property owners their right to peaceful and quite living.
Recently, the town responded to overcrowding issues at Castlewood Park. Residents complained of too much trash left behind and visitors camping overnight. Since the public bathroom facilities are closed during the evening, some overnight visitors have taken to using the beach as their restroom.
When Town officials closed the park to assess damage and try to address the problem, several safety hazards were uncovered. Fences had been broken, unsanitary trash had been strewn by buzzards and rats, and dead tree limbs overhead were discovered.
Officials are working to reopen the park, but in the midst of all the new restrictions, new problems have arisen and the park dwellers have moved to the beaches surrounding the park.

 

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School Board addresses past, listens to plans for future

The repercussions of the July Budget and Finance Committee meeting where Council members aired frustration toward the School System for not switching to the Bright accounting system are still being felt.

At this month's School Board meering, School Board member Mike Looney responded to comments made at that meeting.

First, he said, there was a comment that the School Board Office was closed on Fridays, implicating that the School Board staff wasn’t putting in a full work week. Looney pointed out that the school’s new finance director, Janice Brown, typically goes to work at 6:30 a.m. and leaves as late as 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

“I think it needs to be made clear that she is putting in more than a full work week,” Looney said.

Read more: School Board addresses past, listens to plans for future

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