The Colonial Beach Planning Commission has chosen a new member. They will make a recommendation to the council requesting approval of 18 year old, Fletcher Lee's appointment to the Commission.
His appointment will bring the commission to 6 members, leaving one vacant position still to be filled on what should be a seven-member board. Membership on the Commission is strictly voluntary but the knowledge gained is valuable, especially to a young college student.
Lee is a 2017 graduate of Monroe Bay Christian Academy and is currently attending Rappahannock Community College earning his Associate Degree for Arts and Science, Pre-Engineering. He is scheduled to graduate in May of 2019.
Lee's work, to earn his Eagle Scout Designation, shows his commitment to the community. He has also served on the committee that planned and successfully ran his church's Youth Conference, X-Celebrate, which had nearly 250 people in attendance from as far away as Colorado.
Active in a number of civic organizations such as Colonial Beach Sea Scout Ship and activities in his church group and youth group, Lee assured the commission these responsibilities would not interfere in his ability to serve on the commission.
“I see the bright future this town has,” Lee said in his application to the Commission, “and I know that it is going to require a lot of effort from people all over town. I want to be a part of putting Colonial Beach back on the map and bringing it to its full potential. I can contribute by helping to diversify the commission's ideas and efforts.”
Lee said in an interview, “I've been interested in working with the town for a while and I saw the posting on Nextdoor and thought it was my golden opportunity so I applied.”
Lee looks forward to gaining experience from the appointment. He plans to seek work on Dahlgren Navel Base after he graduates.
Lee prepared himself for the appointment by attending meetings and watching on the internet.
Chairwoman Maureen McCabe said, after the town council approves his appointment Lee will go to Virginia Tech for a three-day orientation. From there he will take a six month online course. He will attend the first three days of the online class in Richmond.
McCabe congratulated Lee and welcomed him to the group. She also gave him some advise concerning his classes and names of individuals who perform instructions, as well as who to call for questions or procedural advise.
Lee said, “Serving on the commission interested me most because through planning for the town's future we are in a sense leading the way for the town to follow a path that will make Colonial Beach better in many different ways.”
Lee will be the youngest member serving on the Planning Commission and the other members are excited to have him aboard.
Linda Farneth Colonial Beach News