Beach Council considers cost of permits
By Susan Pietras-Smith
At last week’s Colonial Beach Town Council meeting, Kim Jones and Randall Wright, who own Northern Neck Builders and Property Managers LLC, asked how erosion and sediment control permits for building within town limits will be affected if Westmoreland County is the issuing entity. The pair’s concerns include the need for a separate site plan, which will raise home builders’ costs, as the town and county have different requirements.
Gary Mitchell, Director of Planning and Community Development, stated that the county has more restrictive site plan requirements that will have to be followed to obtain permits. A permit fee will have to be paid to the county according to Mayor Mike Ham. He said that even if the town were to do the work, there would be an associated permit fee.
Council member Tim Curtin asked if there was any way to have the county use the town’s site plan requirements. Mitchell answered that it would not be feasible.
Any forthcoming agreement between the two entities will not have any specific timing of permit issuance written into it. According to council members, neither the town nor the county is backed up with permit requests. Ham stated that there is currently no need for the town to have its own soil and erosion specialist
Council member Jim Chiarello urged builders who had any issues to get in touch with the council.
At the end of the discussion, Resolution 24-13, which authorizes the Town Manager to notify the County Administrator of the intent to transfer administration of environmental programs, passed 6-1 with Linda Brubaker voting “nay” due to the additional costs this will add to builders.
Resolution 22-13 addresses the lease of 108 Taylor Street. Four bids were received on the “White Building” with variable terms. Donna and John Clayborne bid $2,601, Kim Jones $2,123; Alfred McCuster and Ryan Perrot, $2,000; and MaryAnn Day, $1,500. The Claybornes wish to look at the building, insurance and equipment, and have until the close of business on April 17 to sign the lease. If they do not, the option proceeds until one of the bidders sign. Council member Wanda Goforth abstained from voting due to being related to one of the bidders. All other council members voted yes on the resolution.
School Superintendent Kathleen Beane announced that the school system had received a grant to provide free breakfasts and lunches during the summer school program. All children within the town are eligible for these meals. The program starts on July 8.