- Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:25
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The Colonial Beach Regular Council Meeting held on August 13th was charged with emotions as the town welcomed the School Board's new superintendent Donna Power just in time for the new school year.
First off, esidents fought Ordinance #571 which as to rezone all C-1 parcels of land south of Boundary Street to Maritime Commercial, and they defeated it.
- Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2009 10:50
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Colonial Beach Town Council Meeting - August 13, 2009
If one just opens their ears and listens to the Town Council meeting in Colonial Beach held on August 13 they would hear so much valuable information about the town’s infrastructure and the day to day operations of the town.
One would also hear great words of pride, wisdom and maturity. However what sticks out in minds of those who were there and those who view the video is the frustration and fighting of some of the most prominent members of our local School system and Town Government.
Last night was to be the Town's new Superintendent’s first meeting of the Town Council. Last night was our town Government and School Board Chairman’s first chance to welcome Dr. Power to our community and make a first impression.
It may be lucky for us that Dr. Power had to leave early, hopefully she was not preparing her letter of resignation after listening to School Board Chairman Tim Trivett respond to allegations from the Town Council, made against the School Board in an earlier meeting, where Council Members aired their frustrations over the School reneging on their agreement to go the Bright accounting system which the Town uses.
Dr. Power missed the town resident who accused the Town of giving her no services for her tax dollars because she lived on a street that was slated for paving in the second phase of the “Santa Maria” paving.
Last night the Council learned from Board of Supervisor Larry Roberson that the money from the County, slated for Phase II is no longer available due to a lack of commitment from the Town.
Dr. Power also missed Fred Rummage, the Town’s Mayor using the Council's decision to revise the Bylaws as an opportunity to revisit his accusations that the Council is trying to take away his ability to perform his duties.
Dr. Power missed Councilman Lyburn's first ever loss of patience in a town meeting and his insistence that Mayor owed the Council and apology.
Spectators also missed the confrontational exchange between Councilman Steve Kennedy and School Board Chairman Trivett, witnessed by The Journal as well as one citizen and the rest of the Council.
- Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2009 16:10
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The public safety committee meeting drew the largest crowd during yesterday’s meetings.
The Public Safety portion of the July 30, 2009 committee meetings drew a large crowd of residents waiting to hear what the Colonial Beach Town Council planned to do in response to complaints of overcrowding in Castlewood Park and the surrounding area at the end of the Point in Colonial Beach.
As the summer has progressed the problem in Castlewood Park has grown to epic proportions. Residents have witnessed large groups of people monopolizing the Park and surrounding areas at the end of the Point, pitching tents overnight, cooking meals and fishing.
The problem according to Council member Stephen Kennedy is that even though these are families using the park, it is not big enough to support so large a group of people. The bathroom facilities are not sufficient to support the groups and the trash receptacles are filling up too fast.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 16:28
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Editor's Note: For some time The Journal refrained from reporting on the alleged assault of Police Chief Christopher Hawkins by Colonial Beach Vice Mayor Trish King, as a result of interviews held shortly after the incident. Having been informed by authorities that the matter did not rise to level of a story, but was more a matter between two councilpersons in the privacy of a back room, The Journal let the matter stay between the two persons involved. When the issue developed into a full-bloom investigation by a Commonwealth's Attorney, The Journal took another look. As far as the paper is concerned, the matter should have stayed between the two persons involved in the privacy of a back room. Since that was not to be, here are the facts.
Recent reports in local papers have facilitated the need to clear up some misinformation. Confusion and speculation was spawned from articles that make unnecessary inferences as to what took place regarding actions of officials who are obligated to look into the matter for the purpose of following procedures.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 13:44
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Boat and marina owners packed the Pete Bone Meeting room Wednesday to voice their divergence with the Colonial Beach Town Council’s proposal to raise real estate and boat tax for the next fiscal year.
The council was considering a .03 cent real estate tax increase and a raise on boat tax from .01 to $1.50 per $100 of assessed value to help bridge a $245,834 budget deficit.
The council applied $150,000 from the sale of the boardwalk property to Brian and Vicki Coffman, owners of High Tides Restaurant, to next year’s revenues. Members also removed $50,000 dollars that had been budgeted for paving roads in Riverside Meadows for next year, and all members of council gave up their pay of $150 per month to put $15,000 into the general fund. The resulting budget went from a deficit of nearly $250,000 to $30,834 short, without raising either tax.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:11
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The June 11 council meeting resulted in a number of resolutions passed and a few heated debates.
Resolutions passed included the reappointment of Barbara S. Cooper to the Colonial Beach Tourism Advisory Council, the appointment of Gerrald E. Higgs to the Memorials Commission, Amendment of the Contract to renovate the tourism building, approval of the update and maintenance of the 9-11 maps and approval of lease between the town and Hurst Harvey Oil, Inc. to house the police station.
David Coombes’ reappointment to the Planning Commission was met with some opposition from an unnamed citizen. The argument was presented by Mayor Rummage.
- Last Updated on Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:01
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Last week the Town Council held a special meeting before its regular meeting to hear arguments from Marina owners and boat owners, opposing a tax hike on personal property tax for boats. At present the personal property tax in Colonial Beach for boats is 1 cent, allowing the tax to remain on the books but keeping the town from collecting. Council members are wrestling with the idea of re-instating the boat tax at a rate of $2.99 per every hundred dollars of value.
Carey Geddes president of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce spoke first, saying, “Several events in the recent past have presented a challenge to Marina owners; the Marina fire, Hurricane Isabel and Ernesto. Boat owners have concerns with rising fuel costs, maintenance and other expenses concerning boat ownership. They have their eyes and ears pointed towards their overall cost of operating their boats.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 18:31
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The Colonial Beach Town Council met with Val Foulds and other town officials on Friday to discuss the fiscal year 09-10 budget. In attendance were Ronald Ridgely, Karen Payne, David Coombes, Stephen Kennedy and Mayor Rummage.
While discussing budget issues concerning the Chamber of Commerce Mayor Rummage asked to discuss the fireworks. It was discovered during the conversation that in years gone by the Town has always had to borrow from the next year to pay for the fireworks on the 4th of July. This happened somewhere in the past because the budget is not completed till the first of July and money to catch up is never available in the budget.