The Town has many infrastructure issues that need to be addressed. Among those are Water, Sewer, Stormwater Management, Streets, Sidewalks and Town Pier.
As a Town Councilman, I voted YES for the upgrade to the Central Drainage System which should start around Oct/Nov 2022 timeframe. I also voted YES for the required Town Pier repairs after we received damage due to storm surge.
Colonial Beach has been known as the "Playground on the Potomac" for many years. In its heyday we had multiple businesses and hotels that lined the boardwalk, shopping centers full of shops and boutiques, and recreation for everyone to enjoy. The key elements for Economic Development and growth are Small Businesses, Strategic Marketing, Partnerships with Westmoreland County, and bolstering our Tourism efforts.
As a Town Councilman, I worked with the Town Manager to establish the DMV Connect Service in Colonial Beach. I also voted YES for the sale of Phase 2/3 of the Dodson Project which will include several businesses brought to the Residential Commerical District (Downtown)
There are many avenues in which public safety should be accounted for in the Town of Colonial Beach. These areas of interest consist of, but not limited to, Fire and Rescue, Police, Health Services, and Emergency preparedness. Ensuring we have key resources in place to ensure that all members of the community are safe.
As a Town Councilman, I advocated for the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (CBVRS) during their recertification from Westmoreland County. I, along with ALL Council Members, voted YES for an additional $100k to be allocated to the CB Police Department to purchase additional required resources (uniforms, bulletproof vests, etc).
Parks and Recreation are essential public services. Providing accessible activities for all ages should be the goal. Colonial Beach has multiple parks located near the Downtown and Point areas.
One of the areas of focus since being on Town Council is working with the Town Council, Town Manager and Staff to establish a Park in the Classic Shores, Meadows and Bluff Point area (North Side). The Town Council identified the need and requirement and included that within the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
One of Colonial Beach's most precious assets is our School System. Ensuring that our community has a great and accessible school system is essential to this community. Many families, including my own, specifically move to the area in order to attend Colonial Beach Public Schools. They come because of the excellent education, small classroom size, and personal attention. They stay because of their #DrifterPride.
As a Town Councilman, I voted YES for the Adoption and Appropriation of the Fiscal Year (FY) 23 Budget for Colonial Beach Public Schools