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www,journolpre,com THE JOURNAL Wednesday, Jan, 1, 2014 9 i1! 2013: A review From page 1 practices. In a special meeting of the town council on Monday, May 20, Whitestone Partners gave their assessment of how the town's staff and council were function!ng. Doug and Polly Whitestone summed up the day's findings by presenting a picture of a cartoon character looking at himself in the mirror with the following caption, "We have met the enemy, and it is us?' Whitestone advised the council that they should act in a more supervisory role and allow the town's staff to manage day-to-day operations without micro-management. Whitestone repeatedly suggested that the council set clearer goals for town staff and to let staff do their jobs. Whitestone had four recommendations: set goals and objectives; develop a clear set of metrics (a measure of an organization's activities and performance)'; hold people accountable, but make sure staff has the resources to complete their jobs; and for council to operate at an executive level. Doug Whitestone clarified this last recommendation by saying, "Town council should function at the executive level and not get dragged down in the weeds. And personally taking responsibility for issues that really should be delegated to town government, such as setting broad goals, objectives and directions?' The current town council has tried to pass several duties off to Westmoreland County under the umbrella of saving money. Some citizens would dispute that any money has been saved, but council continues to defend their decisions. Three of these duties included transferring CBPD dispatch to the county, the management of erosion and sediment control, and attempting to abolish CBPD, forcing Westmoreland Eounty Sheriff's Office to take over law efforcement for the Town of Colonial Beach. Fortunately, the police dispatch changed over just before the July 4 'h holiday without any problems. However, some town citizens have criticized the council, saying that the consolidation of dispatch will cost the town more money in the long run. The council could not seem to come to a decision on duties of managing erosion and sediment control in a timely manner. As a result of that indecision, on April 1, building within the town came to a screeching halt when the Town of Colonial Beach sent out notices to all builders saying, "Effective as of April 1, any permit which proposes to increase the impervious area larger than 36% OR disturbs more than 2,500 square feet of soil will be reviewed at the Colonial Beach Department of Planning and Community Development for zoning and building only." The notice then stated that after being approved by the town, the builder would then have to also seek approval from the Westmoreland County Land Use Office for environmental permits and approvals. These steps would have to be completed in order to obtain zoning and/or building permits in Colonial Beach. Staff had been warning the council that according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the town was currently non-compliant, due to the lack of an appropriate and current Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) program. Although the town council did approve a new ESC program, money for implementation was no longer available. On June 4, 2012, Mike Ham, who was the budget committee chairman at the time, proposed transferring $55,000 from the general fund line item, Contracts for Professional Services, to level fund the school system. These funds were earmarked for an erosion and sediment stormwater mandate, and were to be used to pay a professional to carry out the program. Westmoreland County, with some resistance, eventually entered a memorandum of understanding to take over the erosion and sediment control duties for the Town of Colonial Beach on a temporary basis. The council's attempt to abolish the police department was met with strong citizen opposition, both through the press and in person. Letters to the editors of the local papers were written in support of CBPD, and despite holding an early morning meeting, the council was surprised with the citizen attendance supporting CBPD. Although the crowd did not reach "standing room only", few chairs were left empty at the Nov. 14 special council meeting to discuss CBPD. A wide array of concerned citizens attended the early morning meeting. Although each speaker had their own unique reasons for speaking out about CBPD, 100% of the speakers said they support Colonial Beach having its own police force, support the CBPD in place now, and the majority said that the council needed to be more specific about their intentions. The idea of abolishing CBPD was immediately dropped, but the events of that morning meeting lead to the resignation of Councilman Tim Curtin who felt that members of council who were originally in favor of abolishing CBPD had caved to citizen pressure, and this angered him. Curtin left the morning meeting on Nov. 14, returning within the hour with a typed resignation stating that he joined council to address grave concerns for the future of the town and the need for hard decisions. Curtin felt that the council was not working together towards a common goal. He said in his resignation, "I have tried to be patient and wait for the consensus to emerge on Council that would convince me that at least some of my concerns are shared. I have spent an enormous amount of time in meetings and discussions that would have otherwise been spent with my family or in the pursuit of my career. I no longer believe that day will come with the current council?' Curtin summed up his feelings, attacking his constituents by saying, "I cannot iustify continuing to waste my time waiting for a day to come when this town, and its elected leaders face up to hard decisions that will come, no matter what the desires or sentiments exists to maintain the status qua. Therefore, I must resign my seat on the Colonial Beach Town Council effective immediately:' At the Dec. 12 council meeting, despite having interviewed two applicants, Linda Crandell and Polly Parks, the town council could not reach a consensus on whom to appoint to fill the vacant seat left by Curtin. The council voted five to one to appoint George "Pete" Bone to serve until a special election. Bone had previously served as mayor for the Town of Colonial Beach from 1996 to 2008, when he decided not to run for re-election. Throughout the year, the council has passed several resolutions, which covered appointments to various groups, authorizing staff to execute leases and other agreements, as well as limiting staff activity, such as enacting a hiring freeze. Resolutions, however, are not binding by law, as is the case with ordinances. Of the 32 ordinances dealt with by council this year, over one-third handle the legal aspects of selling off small unused portions of land the town owns as "right of ways". About another one-third of the ordinances were amendments to zoning ordinances that had come from the Colonial Beach Planning Commission, with recommendations for action to the council. Ordinances concerning tax increases were met with strong opposition by the newer members, but came with a price. Council members have yet to clean up some budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2013-2014. The current council of 2013 was made up of several members who were fairly new to the council, and most of whom had little or no previous experience in politics. They came in with a genuine desire to make things better, but it has taken some time for them to become versed in the procedural aspect of conducting public business in either an orderly or a timely manner. The council now has two seasoned members, Gary Seeber and Pete Bone, both of which have served on council previously. This may benefit the town greatly in the upcoming year. The council is entering 2014 with a lot of unfinished business, as well as two major tasks. The council must implement a new floodplain ordinance or residents will lose the ability to bu} flood insurance, and the council will be seeing a large influx of ordinances, documents and programs, which will need approval in order to be ready to reapply (for the third time) for a $997,000 revitalization grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development. --Linda Farneth Drivers: 'Local & OTR positions available. Dump trailers, CDL-A, Clean MVR, Clean PSP. 2 yrs. driving exp. required. O/ Os Subcontractors wel- cornel Call Gloria: 540- 898-0045. www.payn- etrucking.com. 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Moseley Real Estate Licensing Courses 0112012014 - 0112412014 (9-4) 0211 712014 - 0212112014 (9-4) - Thich Nhat Hanh KING GEORGE COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICE KING GEORGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS KING GEORGE COUNTY WIRELESS AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS KING GEORGE SERVICE AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS The King George County Board of Supervisors, the Wireless Authority Board of Directors, and the Service Authority Board of Directors will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The Board of Supervisors will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the Service Authority Board of Directors and the Wireless Authority Board of Directors beginning shortly thereafter. The meeting will be held in the H.R. Revercomb Building BoardRoom, 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, VA 22485. If you have any questions, you may contact the County Administrator's Office at775-9181, BY ORDER OF THE KING GEORGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS I Fredericksburg Van Runs. CDL-A w/lyr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics. 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All real estate advertis6 herein is subject to Virginia's fair housing law which makes It illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination." 1his newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. =j Toll flee call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753. - ...... t c N U M m E R A T lo IR l [c I u l El c A M m E R F A M E H O 1 93854672 D! 678 231 459 R , 52479631 8 28 1 569 734 E -g 4 6 9 3 7 8 5 2 1 357 1 42 986 9 1 5 627 843 R o 7 4.2 9 8 3 1 6 5 N 8364 1 5 297 Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday; January 9, 2014, in the Colonial Beach Town Center located at 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia, to consider the following: Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ZOA-01-2014 (ORDINANCE 643): AN ORDINANCE TO AMENDTHE ZON- ING ORDINANCE OF COLONIAL BEACH BY AMENDING ARTICLE XXl, FLOOD PLAIN DISTRICT, BY REPEALING AND REPLACING ARTICLE 21 FLOOD PLAIN DISTRICT, WITH ARTICLE XXI FLOODPLAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT. The purpose of this text amendment is to update the floodplain district as proscribed by new Federat Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations, and the adoption of revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps. ZOA-02-2014 (ORDINANCE 13): Additionally, ARTICLE XX, DEFINITIONS will be amended with added and/or updated definitions in accordance with FEMA requirements; ELEVATED BUILDING; ENCROACHMENT; EXISTING MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION; EXPANSION TO AN EXISTING MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION; FREEBOARD; HISTORIC STRUC- TURE; LOWEST FLOOR; NEW CONSTRUCTION; NEW MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION; SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD AREA; START OF CONSTRUCTION; SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE; SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT; WATER COURSE; AND TO AMEND THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS: MANUFACTURED HOME; BASEMENT, FLOOD OR FLOODING. The purpose of these text amendments is to add and amend definitions to the ordinance as required by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regulations. Any persons desiring to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the ,,,,, above is hereby invited to be present at the Public Hearing.  Copies of the above are on file in the Department of Planning & (.dli Community Development, 905 McKinney Blvd., Colonial Beach, ;# ,Virginia 22443, ] 2/25/20] 3, 1/1/2014 TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH PUBLIC NOTICE On January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m, at the regular monthly meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, at Town Center in Colonial Beach, the Colonial Beach Town Council will conduct a public hearing regarding Ordinance No. 645. All Interested persons are Invited to attend and participate In the public hearing. ORDINANCE NO. 645 .PROVIDES FOR A BONUS FOR ALL FULL-TIME HOURLY EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH AND ANY PART TIME-TOWN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS BEEN IN THEIR POSITION FOR TWELVE (12) MONTHS. THEAMOUNT OF THE BONUS SHALL BE $200.00. ORDINANCE NO. 645 IS CONSIDERED PURSUANT TO THE GRANT OF AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN VA CODE SECTION 15.2-1508. The complete text of Ordinance No. 645 may be obtained from the Clerk of the Town Council at 18 N Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Anyone having questions or wishing to submit written comments may contact Town Hall at 804-224-7181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p,m. Anyone with a disability who requires assistance in order to participate In the public hearing Is asked to contact the Town Clerk prior to the public hearing ,o that appropriate arrangements may be made. All interested persons may attend and express their views. By Order of the Colonial Beach Town Council 12/25/2013, 1/1/2014 TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Center, 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 to solicit public Input on local community development and housing needs In relation to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a project in our community, Information on the amount of funding available, the requirements on benefit to low- and moderate-Income persons, eligible activities, and plans to minimize displacement and provide displacement assistance as necessary will be available. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on the Town's past use of CDBG funds. All Interested citizens are urged to attend. For additional Information, contact the Town of Colonial Beach at 18 N. Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 or 804-224-7181. Comments and grievances con be submitted In writing to the Town at 18 N. Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 or by phone at 804-224- 7181 until Wednesday, January 8, 2014. (/-- If you plant to attend and have any special needs require- ments, please call the number listed above. 12/25/2013.1/1/2014 TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH PUBLIC NOTICE On January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the regular monthly meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, at Town Center In Colonial Beach, the Colo- nial Beach Town Council will conduct a public hearing regarding Resolution #06-14. All Interested persons are Invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Resolution #06-14 AMENDS THE CURRENT 2009-2029 COLONIAL BEACH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADD DESIGN GUIDELINES ASAN ADDENDUM TO THE CURRENT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. THE DESIGN GUIDELINES PROVIDE A POLICY FRAMEWORK AS TO CERTAIN BASIC TOWNWIDE DESIGN STANDARDS AS WELL AS MORE SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR THE CENTRAL AREA AND THE POINT AREA AS IDENTIFIED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. THIS ADDENDUM IS POLICY AND WOULD ONLY APPLY AS PROPERTY IS DEVELOPED AND/OR REDEVELOPED. The complete text of Resolution #06-14 may be obtained from the Clerk of the Town Council at 18 N Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Anyone having questions or wishing to submit written comments may contact Town Hall at 804-224-7181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone with a disability who requires assistance in order to participate in the public hearing is asked to contact the Town Clerk prior to the public hearing so that appropriate arrangements may be made. All interested persons may attend and express their views. By Order of the Colonial Beach Town Council i 2/25/20] 3. 1/1/20"14