Before the Colonial Beach Town Council’s work session began, the council members had been in session for several hours interviewing two candidates for the position of Chief of Police. As of press time, the name of the new Chief had not been released.
The first hours of the four-hour long work session were retreads over ground covered earlier. Steve “Smurf” Keene and Tammy Saberan from All-American Harley-Davidson in LaPlata, Maryland met on September 26, 2013 to ask for TC’s support over bringing a weekend long Bike Fest to the town.
October 8-11 were given as the dates for the festival. The only objection was a worry over the Second Friday Art Walk, which is held the second Friday of every month. Keene said that they would position opening Friday events at the Colonial Beach Drag Strip in order to draw traffic away from the downtown Art Walk area.
Keene was back to update the council along with Carey Geddes, president of the Chamber of Commerce, with the hopes of town manager Val Foulds being directed to sign the event permit. Keene walked the council through the ideas that had already been discussed.
All American Harley-Davidson is in talks with American Legion Post 148 for the use of their parking lot for the bike show portion of the weekend. Vice Mayor Tommy Edwards told the group that the Legion had not met to discuss this, as of yet. According to Keene, a more enclosed area is needed for the bike show as many of the show bikes are very expensive motorcycles, some costing upwards of $100,000.