- Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 15:20
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Colonial Beach’s new noise ordinance unveiled at Sept. 23 committee meeting
During the Budget Committee meeting, Sept. 23, Mayor Fred Rummage made a “personal request” to the committee to consider rescinding Resolution 27-09 passed by town council unanimously in April of 2009, which states, in part, “the presence of the Mayor at Town Hall on a daily basis is interfering with and obstructing the efficient operations of the Town” and which effectively removed the mayor’s office in town hall. Committee member Karen Payne, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Ridgely, noted that committee chair Ridgely was not present and that this item should be placed on the agenda for next month’s committee meeting when the chair is present.
Council member Gary Seeber noted that the town’s budget surplus in an approximate amount of $400,000 should be used to provide substantial bonuses to town employees on a “step” basis according to years of service. Currently the town employs approximately 50 employees.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:00
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For the first time in at least six years the town council, on Sept. 9, adopted a Capital Improvement Plan, or CIP. The CIP is a compilation of items and projects requested by each department in town along with projected costs and a timeline. Working hand-in-hand with the CIP, the council also adopted a proffer policy, which is the amount of money or in-kind improvement requested by the town in order to mitigate negative impacts from development on public facilities. Also working hand-in-hand with the CIP, the council adopted Level of Service or LOS standards, which measure the quantity and quality of services provided by the town.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2010 05:00
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All members of town council were present at the monthly council committee meetings and a special Town Council meeting held on Thursday, Aug. 26, with the exception of Burkett Lyburn.
Special Town Council meeting
Council met to discuss Resolution 37-10, a budget amendment correcting the 2010-2011 school division’s budget. At issue is a request from Superintendent Donna Power to add $480,104 to the current school budget. The additional revenue includes VPSA Technology “carry forward,” federal grants, and late notification of Regional Governor’s School flow through. Also listed are deductions in federal stimulus funds and preschool funding. These items total $385,104.
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- Published on Wednesday, 21 July 2010 15:15
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On Wednesday, June 14, Colonial Beach Town Clerk Barbara Goff notified the Journal that the FOIA documents requested on June 25 were ready. Goff further informed The Journal that the cost for administrative time spent in filling the FOIA request would be waived as it had reached approximately $200. The decision to waive the administrative fees came about, according to Goff, from a “commitment by the town staff to serve our citizens.”
A review of the 45 pages, which included a 10-page employment agreement and a 4-page job description for the Chief of Police position, provided no evidence as to the breakdown of contract negotiations that occurred between former police chief Christopher Hawkins and the town during the timeframe of June 10 through June 24.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 15:04
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Colonial Beach wants Police Chief Hawkins to stay
On Thursday, before a crowd of approximately 80 citizens, and in an orderly fashion, Mayor Fred Rummage led the council through the agenda, presenting service award pins, appreciation plaques and listening to a presentation by School Superintendent Donna Power, on the new middle school. However, during citizen input, Town Hall vibrated with loud applause and cheers.
- Last Updated on Friday, 11 June 2010 03:39
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After a one and a half hour closed session regarding “the hiring of a police chief,” at 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, Town Attorney Andrea Erard announced “the council would like to keep the chief.”
The closed session came at the end of a long town council meeting attended by approximately 80 citizens who came to show their support for Chief Christopher Hawkins. Hawkins told the Journal earlier today he “would like to stay, but it’s up to the council.” Once it became known throughout the community that Hawkins wanted to stay on at the beach, rumors had been circulating all day that the town council members were not going to offer him a new contract.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 05:00
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As Colonial Beach Town Council struggles with reinventing the noise ordinance, at least one resident feels her hearing health has been put in danger. Meanwhile, across town, Eleanor Park residents are moving out and the town has no plan on what to do with the waterfront property.
It appeared that the last of the May 27 committee meetings was about to conclude when resident Terri Rankin spoke out and strongly cautioned members on the impact of the new noise ordinance. According to Rankin, a noise permit has been issued by Town Manager Val Foulds for a five-hour practice session for a nine-piece rock ’n’ roll band.
Rankin advised members that the decibel level generated by a nine-piece band can reach 120 decibels. According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, sounds louder than 80 decibels are considered potentially dangerous and can cause hearing loss. Rankin, whose home is next door to the practice session, expressed great concern over issuance of the $50 permit, citing health and safety issues.
Rankin further told the committee that she “cannot enjoy her home” during the upcoming five-hour practice session. She recommended the current noise ordinance be modified with a three-hour limit on noise and that the “plainly audible” standard be applied.
Plainly audible, or nuisance noise, is defined as noise that is heard when windows and doors are closed in neighboring properties. Although members appeared sympathetic to Rankin, in light of the fact that a permit has been properly issued, there is nothing that can be done. Members did, however, instruct Foulds to attempt to “renegotiate” the permit.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:00
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It appears that Mayor Rummage overstepped his authority this past weekend, telling visitors they were allowed to park in the grass on Town Hill if they were patronizing Riverboat Restaurant. This resulted in several tickets being issued and many citizen complaints. Now Town Manager Val Foulds has issued a statement suspending the collection of tickets issued for parking on Town Hill until the matter could be investigated more closely.
A statement from council member Karen Payne said she discovered the mayor’s actions saying, “Unfortunately the mayor was under the impression that he had the authority to direct the Police Department not to enforce the new law.”
The new law Payne refers to is a parking ordinance that is the result of more than a year of council listening and responding to residents’ requests to make visitors pay for their messes.
“The new Parking Ordinance was passed by everyone on council after more than a year’s discussion and public hearings,” Payne said. “The council was responding to an overwhelming number of comments from citizens complaining about ‘freeloaders’ who were coming into town, leaving their trash behind, and not spending any money in the town. This costs the town citizens in police enforcement and Public Works trash pickup costs, to name just a few of the problems.”