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BY REBECCA J. BARNABI
A dog groomer and a bed-and-breakfast inn have been given approval to operate in Colonial Beach.
The Town Council on Thursday unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for Judith Carter to operate a dog groomer business in her home on Second Street under the name Pretty Pets Inc.
Councilman Tommy Edwards, who owns two large dogs and lives near Carter, expressed support for her application, noting that the town no longer has a dog grooming business.
"I urge council--we need this very badly," he said.
Edwards also supported a permit for a four-room B&B operated in the home of Kristine Guido on Fourth Street.
He said tourists who stop at the Information Center have asked whether the town has a bed-and-breakfast.
"On behalf of tourism, we look forward to and welcome this," Edwards said.
The council received no public comment from residents on either permit.
In other business Thursday night, the council:
Presented departing Mayor Frederick Rummage with a captain's clock embossed with the town seal and departing Vice Mayor Burkett Lyburn with a paisley tie. Rummage was also presented with the American Patriot Award by Capt. Pete Nette, the base commander at Dahlgren.
Approved the resignation of Councilman Mike Ham, who was elected mayor in November. The council will appoint someone to fill the vacancy left by Ham's move. Lyburn has expressed interest in applying.
Agreed to contract with Land Studio to resubmit an application for a downtown revitalization grant.
Amended the School Board's fiscal 2012-13 budget to reflect the carryover of $163,000 from the previous budget.
Was told by Councilman Tim Curtin that a public hearing may be held in the spring on the Paul Stefan Foundation's proposal to open a home for unwed mothers.