Colonial Beach raises water rates

Colonial Beach raises water rates

There are 80 comments on the Westmoreland News story from Jul 18, 2012, titled Colonial Beach raises water rates. In it, Westmoreland News reports that:

Colonial Beach Town Council voted unanimously to raise the water and sewer rates by $10 a month for all residential locations.

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#1 Jul 19, 2012
Bottled water by the bulk might be cheaper, maybe.
Sunny

Alexandria, VA

#2 Jul 19, 2012
If no one spoke their complaints at the town council meeting, there is no sense in putting it here....
yea right

Tappahannock, VA

#3 Jul 19, 2012
If you have 7 individuals that represent us why do you have to speak, why can't they ask.
Trying to help

Chase City, VA

#4 Jul 19, 2012
I think the paper reported the relevant facts - we need to replace lots of decaying and failing water pipers , etc. and the state requires that we have income to guarantee any loans for the repairs, so the rate increase is to pay the loan and interest on the loan. it is a fact of life that as an aging town our infrastructure does need replacing. Major cities are experiencing the same thing and are taking similar actions.
Sunny

Alexandria, VA

#5 Jul 19, 2012
yea right wrote:
If you have 7 individuals that represent us why do you have to speak, why can't they ask.
Because they cant read your mind!
yea right

Tappahannock, VA

#6 Jul 19, 2012
Sunny, guess can't talk either
White rock

Alexandria, VA

#7 Jul 20, 2012
Has any one heard of a place that has a higher water bills? It's unbelievable.
It's the highest water I've ever had.....Fairfax co is usually in the 70's every three mo.
Is it $10. A month or every 3 months increase.?
Nuts

Smithfield, VA

#8 Jul 20, 2012
$10 per month, so your quarterly bill will go up $30
MyMy

Atlanta, GA

#9 Jul 20, 2012
$10 X 3 mos.=$30 quarter increase and .........we pay $180 now +$30 =$210 beginning next quarter and NO ONE complained! Granted the pipes need repair but I sure hope we see something happening soon for the money we are paying. If my memory serves me, this is the second increase in a short period of time.

www.colonialbeachva.net hasn't changed their website to reflect the increase yet but if you call they will tell you the same as I just did.
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Lexington Park, MD

#10 Jul 20, 2012
Look at it this way. Its not really your money, somebody else helped you get it, now you need to give some back.

Thats the presidents theory anyway, the cool thing is that somebody else is the government in his mind. So as long as the government has money you have money. Its all good.
WTCSRET

Goose Creek, SC

#11 Jul 20, 2012
Time to start thinking meters, I know we had them in Bluff Point 50 years ago. Nuclear Power was supposed to be so cheap you would not meter it.(how's that working?:) It will also help in conserving the limited artesian water you use. There shoud be a fast payback to the property owner if rates are correctly structured. Put your crack team on it and run the numbers. Your current droughtsit would drive it also :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artesian_aquifer
Sunny

Alexandria, VA

#12 Jul 20, 2012
Putting it here on topic does nothing. U need 2go to the meetings and let your complaints be known
No one spoke at the meeting either way.
MyMy

Atlanta, GA

#13 Jul 20, 2012
Sunny wrote:
Putting it here on topic does nothing. U need 2go to the meetings and let your complaints be known
No one spoke at the meeting either way.
Go brighten someone else's day. The topic was for discussion and clarification whether we went to the meeting or not. Instead of saying the increase was $30 a quarter they choose to say $10 a month so that it doesn't sound like very much.

Usually doesn't it make the paper first before the room fills with speakers.......guess that's why this passed so quietly. Shhh!
cbvirginian

King George, VA

#14 Jul 20, 2012
It wasn't quiet, MyMy. It was on Topix, it was in the paper. It was discussed in the council meetings, and it was advertised in the newspaper as required by law. You people need to read the papers and not rely on Topix for all your news after the facts. Sorry, but I get so tired of being one in maybe three people that actually get up to speak at meetings. Then I have to listen to people talk about me always complaining...speaking up for my rights is not complaining. Originally it was proposed to increase the water bill by $50 but Mike Hamm brought the amount down to $30. GO TO MEETINGS, READ THE PAPER, AND VOTE!
Sunny

Alexandria, VA

#15 Jul 20, 2012
cbvirginian wrote:
It wasn't quiet, MyMy. It was on Topix, it was in the paper. It was discussed in the council meetings, and it was advertised in the newspaper as required by law. You people need to read the papers and not rely on Topix for all your news after the facts. Sorry, but I get so tired of being one in maybe three people that actually get up to speak at meetings. Then I have to listen to people talk about me always complaining...speaking up for my rights is not complaining. Originally it was proposed to increase the water bill by $50 but Mike Hamm brought the amount down to $30. GO TO MEETINGS, READ THE PAPER, AND VOTE!
That's my point, it was in the paper, meeting was listed on the board at town hill, and was mentioned at the budget meeting by Val. Yet no one goes and then they want to complain about it here. Go to the town council meetings and speak to your reps, and tell them how u feel!
SWCPO

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jul 20, 2012
Don't understand why everyone is upset about raising the water bill to $210 per quarter. Look at the positive side of this situation. As the new water lines are replaced and completed on each street in town I would assume that residents of that street will have paid their fair share of this project and the bills will return to the orginal $150 per quarter. After the project is completed for the entire town I don't know why this would not be true as my electric bill as not increased $60.00 in 2 years and God doesn't charge for the water.I just know that this is what our elected representatives of the town have in mind.
JESUS !!!!!!, I JUST REALIZED, WHAT A STUPID REPLY I POSTED. I APOLOGIZE TO THE COLONIAL BEACH, VA. TOPIX MEMBERS
yea right

Tappahannock, VA

#17 Jul 20, 2012
Not stupid was your opinion. But I would think the loans are for 30 years, so a quick turn can't be expected.
MyMy

White Stone, VA

#18 Jul 20, 2012
OMG!...I tried to assist in doing the math for White Rock asking a question. Then replied that it usually takes a newspaper article (not an add in the classifieds) to get people to come to a meeting and speak up and I get berated here on topixs. Mr. cbvirginian you are quick to pull that trigger but you wouldn't know me if I was sitting in the same room with you, so for you to tell me I wasn't there is a very false statement. Did I say I was opposed to the rate hike, NO. In fact for your informantion I'm one of "you people" who get several of these to pay each quarter because I am so invested in this town. Oh and be sure I will vote!
white rock

Alexandria, VA

#19 Jul 20, 2012
While we are replacing
pipes lets put meters in.That's a fair way to do it.
I remember something very vague about them thinking about increasing water rates, haven't seen anything about it in paper but don't see the paper every week.
I don't believe people know about it.
This is an incredible rate and I don't believe they wanted it well known.

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#20 Jul 20, 2012
white rock wrote:
While we are replacing
pipes lets put meters in.That's a fair way to do it.
I remember something very vague about them thinking about increasing water rates, haven't seen anything about it in paper but don't see the paper every week.
I don't believe people know about it.
This is an incredible rate and I don't believe they wanted it well known.
It has been mentioned in my articles in the Westmoreland News multiple times since it was first introduced. Linda Farneth, who covers CB for the Journal, has also mentioned it in her articles.

This was not quietly hidden, and in fact there was a good size crowd at the meeting that this was finally voted on. Not a single citizen stood up to speak about it, good or bad, at this meeting. Only one person had spoken against it, at an earlier meeting.

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