Colonial Beach residents can look forward to a lot of orange cones.
During last week’s meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, Gary Seeber, chair of the public works committee, said that there was a lot of roadwork going on within the town and it will be ongoing for some time.
Meadow Avenue roadwork will begin soon as they hope to have it all finished prior to any freezing weather. Seeber also said that the council will be holding a public hearing on what to do with Eleanor Trailer Park at the regular town council meeting on Oct. 11.
The state department of transportation will hold an informational meeting on Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. to discuss upcoming work on the bridge near Wilkerson’s as well as other road closings and issues in conjunction with that work, Safety Chair Burkett Lyburn informed the council. He also reminded all women of the community to stay vigilant as it begins to get dark earlier. The summer season only had a few minor issues due to the work of all town citizens, the police and fire departments, and the volunteer rescue squad.
Town council approved an additional amount of $1,338 to the grant awarded to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. This grant changes from year to year, which means the budget must be passed with the amount the town thinks may be available. Council also passed a resolution allowing the town to apply for funding from VDOT of up to $275,000. These funds are being requested to improve Stafford Street and Forest Avenue to make the roads meet state standards.
Council also approved a resolution that refunds the $300 water meter fee to all eight customers who were charged it. Council also added that there shall be no water meter fee charged to persons within town limits. In order to receive the refund, those affected must apply to the town for the refund.
Trish King, head of the tourism council, reported that the tourism building saw a total of 2,344 visitors from May through September from a variety of places including the Phillipines, Europe, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. King also informed the council that Virginia was declared one of the top 10 wine destinations in the world by Wine Enthusiast magazine, which could possibly lead to a locally owned wine bar in the future.
During the public hearing portion of the meeting, Luke Sydnor, a lifelong resident of Colonial Beach, spoke on the history of the boardwalk and surrounding area, due to his disagreement with the loitering ordinances proposed by Brian and Vickie Coffman. He also spoke of his dislike of the town-owned parking lot and how each spot is rented to businesses for only $50 a year.
Diane Pearson asked that when a new slogan is put into place that the town make sure that it includes a mention of the history of the town. At present time the town’s nickname is still “Playground on the Potomac.”
Wanda Goforth, who is running for town council, was the last to speak. Her issue was with not being allowed to speak at the August committee meeting, as well as the limit of three minutes of time to speak at a council meeting. It is part of the town’s meeting rules that people representing themselves get three minutes and those representing groups get five minutes. Following the meeting, Goforth mentioned that the Coffmans had been allowed to speak for 22 minutes on the loitering issue.