Colonial Heights City Council unchanged after election
Colonial Heights Public School Board picks up member, loses chair
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.”