Reader’s response to “Reflections on the Water”

That was absolutely the right thing to do. Haven Harbour will need to make sure that they have sufficient supply and flow to meet their demands.With such substantial use, it is best to have a profession assessment to determine the correct meter and feed line size requirements. It needs to be evaluated by a qualified engineering firm. Of consideration is the fact that they are likely required to have a separate water line that is dedicated for fire suppression and sprinkler systems in the buildings. Additionally, it is necessary to consider how their use may impact the properties on Chesapeake Avenue as that street will be the origin of the water feeds to the marina. It’s important to size the lines correctly so as not to impact flow and pressure for properties on Chesapeake Avenue.  Another component of this upgrade is that the water lines will be run / bored below the bottom of the creek. This may involve approval from other agencies who may have jurisdiction over tidal waters.The recent vote by Mayor and Council is the correct and best approach to insure that these upgrades are compliant, serviceable and handled in a professional manner.Haven Harbour and Brawner Corporation have been a tremendous asset to the community and have always been highly professional in their approach to development and improvements

Liz Smith  4/17/2019

REFLECTIONS ON THE WATER

The Masthead wants to applaud ROCK HALL’S MAYOR AND COUNCIL !

WHY?        They unanimously agreed on something at the April 11th  Mayor and Council Meeting

What?       Haven Harbour South is expanding their operation which will require additional water services from Rock Hall.

Rock Hall unanimously agreed to permit Haven Harbour South to hook up to our Main water line on Chesapeake Avenue with these conditions:

Condition 1:

Rock Hall will have an impact study done (paid for by Haven Harbour South) to ascertain the feasibility and best method of hooking their lines up to our existing water line on Chesapeake Avenue.

Condition 2:

Haven Harbour South will pay all the applicable permit connection fees as are called out in Rock Hall’s Code.

The entire Rock Hall Council deliberated with the town attorney and has agreed that this is the best way to handle the request to assure residents that our infrastructure will not be compromised and that we service this request by hooking up with the least impact on our water services.

Here’s a short clip from that rare decision of agreement!

Left to right:

Beth Andrews/Rosalie Kuechler/Brian Jones/Timmy Edwards/Brian Nesspor  with  Town Attorney: Chip MacLeod

Please note there is a six second pause on the video..stay tuned as it will start again.

 

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

April 11, 2019

REGULAR MEETING

PRESENT: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor(Porter, MacLeod, Dempsey)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

Approve meeting agenda
Approve meeting minutes from March 14
Require Haven Harbour South to conduct impact study on Chesapeake Avenue water main before Council can approve new metered 6” and 4” hookups
Sign letter on transfer agreement for WGL solar energy project
Appoint John A. Groves as volunteer in charge of seasonal tram operations
Approve Groves’ proposed tram operating schedule (May 23 to October 27)
Sign letter of support for Main Street committee’s 2020 operating assistance grant application to cover manager salary, and marketing/outreach

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

Defer action on request for grant from Stories of the Chesapeake until FY20 budget is taken up
Refer matter of maintaining ball fields to Parks & Rec Board for discussion and recommendation
Defer consideration of Town Manager job description to May 9 meeting

OTHER

Kevin Middleton’s 37 years of service to Town cited inCommunity Spirit award
Board of Elections members sworn in (Nancy Robinson, member; Linda Buckle and Ed Cecil, alternates)
Rock Hall museum will not be on county-wide tour May 4 due to Town election
Easter egg hunt at Civic Center April 20
Clarifier replacement bearing to be donated, with cost to Town to re-install estimated at $500
Water main leaks on Sharp Street and Rte. 20 to be repaired, per Jones

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @ 

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-04-11_9521885_MayorCouncil_Meeting.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF ELECTIONS

Organizational Meeting March 29, 2019 @1:00pm

Present: Terri Mullikin and Barbara Strolo (members),  Town Attorney Charles MacLeod and Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Loller

Participating Mayor Brian Jones, Councilwoman Rosalie Kuechler, Art Kendall, David May, Lillian Zelinski, Bill Blades, Dawn Jacobs, Gren Whitman  

Actions taken by the Elections Board:

Selection of the chair was postponed until a third member is appointed

Following discussion of the March 19 letter of complaint from Art Kendall the Board instructed Mayor Jones to turn over to Stephanie Loller the personal email list he used to promote his candidacy using the rockhall.gov address without recipients’ emails. The list will be available to the candidates and the public.

Other:

The Board members and MacLeod admonished Mayor Jones for using the Town assets—rockhall.gov and the Town website—for partisan electioneering.

Mayor Jones’ materials have been removed from the Town website.

Both actions by Mayor Jones were deemed violations of the Town’s social media policy.

The vacancies on the Elections Board can only be filled by Mayor and Council.

Stephanie Lolled as clerk-treasurer supervises the Town elections overall.

 

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

April 1, 2019

UTILITIES BOARD/WORKSHOP

PRESENT: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (MacLeod, Porter)

UTILITIES MEETING

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda with amendment
  • Approve meeting minutes for March 4 (Andrews abstain)
  • Approve Edwards to be Council’s Water and Sewer liaison

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Seek bids to replace gearbox bearing in water plant clarifier; consider further at next meeting
  • Seek more information regarding water hookups for Haven Harbour South

WORKSHOP MEETING

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Not discuss location in Fiscal ’19 budget for clarifier bearing cost
  • Approve agenda for meeting
  • Approve meeting minutes for March 4 (Andrews abstain)
  • Approve minutes for March 4 closed session (Andrews abstain)
  • Approve high-school environmental project to paint storm drains
  • Appoint Nancy Robinson to Board of Elections (Andrews, nay)
  • Appoint Linda Buckle as BOE alternate member (3-2)
  • Appoint Edward Cecil as BOE alternate member
  • Approve $250 Town donation to Autism Pride softball team
  • Approve advertising for full-time town manager (Andrews, nay)
  • Move into closed session to discuss personnel matter
  • Offer position to person under discussion in closed session

OTHER:

  • Council elected not to discuss options for filling town manager position
  • Motion to appoint Lillian Zelinski as BOE alternate member failed (2-2, Kuechler abstain)
  • Clerk-Treasurer to draft job description for town manager; MacLeod to review draft to ensure it sticks closely to language in Charter and Code; Council will review draft at next meeting
  • Donation to softball team matched by resident Eileen Young-Vignola

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-04-01_177455_UtilitiesWorkshop_Meeting.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0