Colo­nial Heights City Coun­cil un­changed af­ter elec­tion

Colo­nial Heights Pub­lic School Board picks up mem­ber, loses chair

The Progress-Index - - OPINION - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer Kelsey Re­ichen­berg may be reached at kre­ichen­berg@progress-in­ or 804-722-5109.

COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS - Un­like its neigh­bor­ing lo­cal­i­ties Peters­burg and Hopewell, Colo­nial Heights was rather quiet on Elec­tion Day as mem­bers of both the City Coun­cil and Pub­lic School Board un­der­went un­con­tested races.

The three can­di­dates who were up for re­elec­tion — Vice Mayor El­iz­a­beth “Betsy” Luck, John Piotrowski and John Wood — all ran un­con­tested. Post elec­tion, the Colo­nial Heights City Coun­cil re­mains the same, con­sist­ing of Luck, Piotrowski, Wood, Michael Cherry, Ken­neth Fre­nier, W. Joe Green, Jr. and Mayor Gre­gory Kochuba.

The School Board gains a new mem­ber in J. Chris Koll­man and loses its chair, Mike Yates, who did not run for re­elec­tion. Over the years, Koll­man has served terms on both the school board and city coun­cil, and even served as Colo­nial Heights’ mayor.

School Board mem­ber Kr­is­han Agrawal was up for re­elec­tion and re­mains on the board af­ter run­ning un­op­posed.

For the coun­cil seats, Piotrowski re­ceived 3,819 votes (31.96 per­cent), Luck re­ceived 4,316 votes (36.12 per­cent), and Wood re­ceived 3,615 (30.26 per­cent). For the school board seats, Koll­man re­ceived 4,502 votes (53.46 per­cent) and Agrawal re­ceived 3,794 (45.05 per­cent).

With the same mem­bers aboard, the Colo­nial Heights City Coun­cil has an ex­ten­sive out­line of projects to work on over the next two years, in­clud­ing con­tin­u­ing work on Phase IV and V of the Ap­po­mat­tox River Walk, im­ple­ment­ing the city’s new en­ter­prise busi­ness/fi­nan­cial sys­tem, im­ple­ment­ing the Com­puter Aid Dis­patch (CAD) sys­tem (which will re­place the city’s old 911 sys­tem) and com­plet­ing ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Mayor Gre­gory Kochuba notes that, of the city’s lengthy $8,800,592 list of in­fra­struc­ture projects, the ones of most sig­nif­i­cance in­clude resur­fac­ing Tem­ple Av­enue from Con­duit Road to city lim­its and from the Boule­vard to Con­duit Road for an es­ti­mated cost of $950,000, as well as widen­ing Dupuy Av­enue from the Boule­vard to city lim­its at an es­ti­mated cost of $2,630,000, and mi­nor widen­ing of Lake­view Av­enue from Boule­vard to Vance Av­enue.

“These are prob­a­bly our largest projects to be com­pleted over the next two years,” Kochuba said. “Each of these are ma­jor road­ways in and out of the city.”

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