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www.journalpress.com Snow: Battling blizzard From page I any significant incidents" said Battalion Chief Dan Dixon of the King George Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services. "We have some delayed response times because of the snowstorm" Dixon said. "But we used four-' wheel vehicles. Sometimes that meant bringing the patients to the ambulances. There were some traffic accidents and some people with illnesses, but we were able to help everyone who needed help:' King George Battalion Chief Steve Lynd said King George residents themselves improved the situation by following the advice preceding the storm. "People took precautions, stocked up, stayed inside and off the roads and it really helped us" Lynd said. Westmoreland Sheriff C.O. Balderson said he wanted to thank citizens who heeded warnings of treacherous travel and stayed off the highways. "This greatly aided VDOT as well as all emergency personnel in their efforts," Balderson said. "I also want to thank all of the individuals who braved the elements to come out and assist folks. We are truly blessed in this community to have folks that wholeheartedly come out in a blink" of an eye to help one another" King George SheriffSteve Dempsey said despite the blowing snow, his of- Above Photo by Richard Liggett; at right, photos by Leonard Banks Above, the historic Bell House in Colonial Beach, the former home of Alexander Graham Bell, is surrounded by snow after weekend storm.Top right, Using his reliable snowblower, King George resident Ken Truslow patiently cleans out his driveway. Below right, King George resident Lauren Banks, and her English Labrador retriever, Toffee had the time of their lives in the 2016 January snow blizzard. rice only had to deal with a dozen traf- fic accidents or abandoned vehicles. Dempsey said he wanted to ex- press his thanks to citizens who did their part by not going out during the storm. "By staying home, the citizens of King George County helped keep our call volume down which ulti- mately contributed to our county's success in overcoming this event;' Dempsey said. Town: $1.3 million From page I requested that the council use some of the CIP money to replace old and worn chairs and other failing equipment at the town center. Flanagan said the chairs used both by the council and the audience are in poor condition. Rebuilding the seating area would allow electrical cords to be placed under a platform and eliminate trip hazards that often come up during meetings. The center's roof also is leaking and several repairs have not handled the situation. The building requires extensive roof work. The council unofficially agreed to allot $22,000 for Town Center. Paying for a new roof that expands over both the town center meeting room and the public library will cost $17,000. Replacing chairs would be $4,000,and $1,000 would go towards replacing speakers. The town also has to match a transportation alternative grant to revitalize the end of Colonial Avenue at the Boardwalk. The match required by the town is $135,000. The council agreed to reserve money from the CIP funds. For many years the public restrooms serving the boardwalk have been a source of headache and embarrassment for the town of Colonial Beach. After years of failing infrastructure and vandalism, the restrooms had to be closed and portable toilets were placed on the boardwalk for public use. The town council discussed options for reopening the restrooms located on the board walk just near the intersection of Taylor and Livingston at their special meeting on Jan 20. The town-owned building that houses the bathrooms in the rear has space up front that has been rented in the past by various businesses. However, recently the town has used the front portion as a satellite facility for law enforcement during large events. Director of Public Works Rob Murphy said he has looked into using pre-cast construction, however there are limitations to where it can be placed if the town uses grant financing. Cost estimates for five stalls with commodes in both the ladies' and men's sides (10 total) are between $120,000 to $140,000. Murphy told the council "Reconstruction of existing bathrooms would require extensive concrete work and electrical work that would need to be removed. In order to match the size, five stalls for each, you would have to redo walls, buy all new fixtures and install drains for cleanup:' Murphy estimates the cost Would run about the same as a pre-cast building. Murphy cautioned the council that if they go with reconstruction, there are other issues with the building's electrical systems that are uncertain. "The rest of the building needs attention" Vice Mayor Eddy Blunt said the purpose of looking at the bathrooms was to facilitate a changing area, to avoid families having to use port-a-potties for this purpose. He would not support any options that do not include a changing area. Several options were discussed. The majority of the council agreed that the current building should be demolished. The back side of property could then have a precast building placed on it, to accommodate public restrooms, changing rooms and outdoor showers. The front portion of the lot could be offered up for sale. Hamsuggestedallotting$200,000 from the capital improvement fund for the project. Town Manager Val Foulds said the town would be demonstrating its willingness to reinvest in revitalization. The work will complement the revitalization being completed by the Department of Housing and Community Development Block Grant. Murphy told the council that he had found a slightly used, good condition, portable multi-stalled unit in the range of $60,000. This unit could be used to provide temporary portable bathrooms until construction of the the new bathrooms were complete. Ham said it can be used later to replace port-a-potties during large events. The mobile unit would be much more appealing than portable toilets. The council will formally vote on the matter at their February regular meeting. Xhe last item the council discussed was setting aside between $100,000 to $150,000 a year to start working towards bringing unpaved roads up to state standards. This might only began with graveling, but the Council wants to come up with a long-term plan to address the matter. "We Love Our Communities" Celebrate Love this Valentine's Day with a Special Message To Someone You Lovel !. I will always love my dog, Roberta We are proud of you, Love, Your Parents Emma, our true inspiration Love. 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