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Urbanna Town Treasurer resigns

by Tom Chillemi

Urbanna Town Treasurer Bob Calves resigned Monday, March 25. His letter of resignation, dated March 25, cites “irreconcilable differences between myself and the Town Attorney and a faction of the Town Council.”

Upon learning of Calves’ resignation, Urbanna Mayor Don Richwine said council will tweak the draft budget that Calves and council have been working on. Once it develops into a proposed budget, council will set a public hearing on it for May.

Richwine indicated he and council would decide on how to find a new treasurer.

The town council held a budget work session on Friday, March 22. Richwine said Calves told council members at the session he had done all he could do on the budget.

Former town administrator Lewis Filling also was the town treasurer. Filling is serving a 3-year prison sentence for embezzlement from the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, located in Urbanna. Virginia State Police seized town records in June, 2010, as part of that investigation. Also, while Filling was treasurer, the town was forced to repay $94,000 to FEMA for unauthorized work that was done to the town marina following Hurricane Isabel.

Upon Filling’s resignation from town employment, Calves was appointed “volunteer” treasurer about a year ago and paid a token salary of $1 a year. He had agreed to serve through the end of the current fiscal year, which is June 30, 2013.

Richwine said the town is in “pretty good shape financially.” He anticipates a water fund surplus that will be put into a reserve to be used for major expenses. Also, a surplus of $25,000 is expected to be added to the pool replacement fund, which will then have a total of about $75,000, he said.

The town also is without a town administrator after council dismissed former administrator Brandon Waddell on March 18. Richwine said he told council members that the town should wait a month or two before advertising the position. Meanwhile, office staff members will handle administrative duties, he added.

Council’s next work session is Friday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers. Council’s regular monthly meeting is Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to both meetings.

posted 03.27.2013

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