ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING 2/8/18

REGULAR MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (plus Fithian, Dempsey)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve meeting agenda
  • Approve January 11 meeting minutes
  • Have Town advertise for P/T police officer
  • Introduce Ordinances 2018-01 and -02 (special events)
  • Approve Jerry Spence as Appeals Board member (3-2)
  • Approve Anna Riggins as Appeals Board alternate (3-2)
  • Hire three Washington College interns to help with marketing Town (3-2)

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Defer action on Jones’ proposal for paying utility bills via PayPal on line
  • OK moving ahead to develop an “app” for promoting the Town
  • OK Jones’ proposal to purchase/install P.A. system for Main Street
  • OK for Town to provide free medical office space in Municipal Building to Eastern Shore Psychological Services Agency for mental health and substance abuse counseling

 OTHER

  • Dr. Wayne Benjamin described Home Ports group’s mission that aims to keep older residents in their homes
  • Public hearing on Ordinances 2018-01 and -02 will be held at 7:00 p.m. March 8
  • Detailed report on status of the Town’s various grants and grant applications can be viewed on archived videotape starting at minute 1:07
  • Jones twice admonished by Council members for initiating projects before they’re approved by the Council (in this instance, his proposal for on-line utility bill payments, which was deferred, and his proposal to hire interns, which was approved)

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=15569

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL UTILITIES/WORKSHOP MEETING REPORT 1/29/18

UTILITIES
Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (Fithian)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

• Approve Agenda
• Approve Minutes of 12/04/17 Utilities Meeting

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO: None

OTHER
• Water meter upgrade project report is complete and
available for viewing. The cost for preparing the grant application was previously approved by the council for a fee of $2,000.00. Fithian reports that the cost will be $2,500.00. There was no further discussion, comment or approval for the $500.00 increase in cost.

• Water and Sewer report
There was a crack in the PVC suction line on sewer at Pump Station 7. Nesspor said that it may need to be overhauled completely. Fithian reports that the suction line was replaced, a relatively minor repair that might be $2-3 thousand dollars.
The line is now repaired and ready to go.

• Nesspor said there is a bar screw (solids separator) at the sewer plant requiring attention. The backup for the separator has been down and out of operation for many years, therefore, this unit has no operable backup at this time.
Fithian reports we may fix it around the end of the fiscal year if there are funds and that it is not really necessary to fix this unit at this time.

• Andrews questioned the existence of a priority maintenance list. Fithian reported there is no such list, however, it’s “in their heads”.

• Andrews said she would like to see a listing of maintenance requirements with the priorities listed.

• Spring Cove Marina owner reported that the water and sewer bills for the marina are excessive ($1.000.00) as they have not used any water during November and December. Their water lines were shut off and winterized at the end of October. The marina is out of town, therefore subject to a higher rate (1.5%). Reni requested the town review the bills and fee structure, especially in the off season when no water is used. Shen also said that boating in general, bay wide, is down for many reasons and this adversely affects all costs at a marina.

Fithian said he would look into the bills.

• MEETING ADJOURNED 7:21 PM

WORKSHOP
Opened 7:22 PM

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
• Approved Agenda
• Approved Meeting Minutes of prior meeting
• Appoint Kevin Stickland to the Board of Appeals
• Motion Approved to recess (7:32 pm) the workshop meeting to go into closed session to   discuss a property acquisition.

OTHER:
OLD
Ordinances2018-01 and 2018-2 Special Events are available for review by council and will be introduced at the next meeting, next Thursday.

RF reports that 2018-01 takes the Special Event Section out of planning and zoning and puts it under the mayor, council and town manager.

Mayor said there will be an advertised public hearing on this matter.

NEW
• Kevin Stickland was sworn in as a member of the Board of Appeals.
• They need another member to complete the board so it can continue with Board of Appeals business. There are issues awaiting ruling by the Board of Appeals.
• R. Fithian reported on a letter received from an attorney regarding water and sewer hookup. Fithian referred the letter to counsel who wrote the reply.

Meeting was recessed for closed session (7:32 pm)
Meeting resumed: (7:48pm)
Summary of Closed Session Meeting
• Topic discussed was the possible acquisition of a property gifted to the Town of Rock Hall.

Meeting Adjourned 7:49 pm

Compiled by Linda Buckle

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=15364

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING  January 11, 2018

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards (Fithian, Dempsey)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve meeting agenda
  • Approve minutes from November 9 meeting
  • Approve new trash pickup contract with Bates Trucking @ $7,500/month through June, with Thursday collections
  • Approve new public safety arrangement per recommendation from Dempsey: three current police officers with additional overtime and, if needed, supplement with one part-time officer
  • Approve spending $2,000 for engineering consultant’s assistance for writing grant proposal to USDA for radio-remote water meters

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Mayor announced he’d convene “Mayor’s Cabinet” to discuss and recommend new Town personnel policies, but was reminded that the Town attorney is drafting the policies
  • Next step for water audit: To study water usage for entire year of 2017

OTHER

  • Public safety staffing will be reviewed as Town’s busy season approaches
  • How to re-allocate budgeted funds to cover newly approved expenditures for trash contract ($7,500/month; increased from $5,000/month) and engineering consultant for USDA grant ($2,000) to be discussed at next meeting
  • Problems inherent in Thursday trash pickups in Rock Hall were described and noted, and will be taken into consideration as Town develops a new contract
  • Up-to-date count: There are 762 homes in Rock Hall, and 13 dumpsters

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=15109

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

UTILITIES BOARD & WORKSHOP

December 4, 2017

UTILITIES MEETING

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (Fithian, MacLeod, Loller, Parry)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve October 30 Utilities Board meeting minutes
  • Cancel January 1 Utilities Board meeting

OTHER

  • Water auditors (Maryland Rural Water Association) preparing findings so far on water loss and recommendations for remedial action(s); next they’ll audit water losses for 2017

WORKSHOP MEETING

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda as amended
  • Approve October 30 Workshop meeting minutes
  • Agree to have Town “charter” (sponsor) a Cub Scout group
  • Approve Fithian/Loller recommendation for Town’s new Assistant Clerk-Treasurer (TBA after person has accepted)
  • Cancel Council meeting on December 14 and Workshop on January 1; next Regular meeting on January 11

OTHER

  • MacLeod presented his interpretation of November 1 opinion by Open Meetings Compliance Board
  • Parry reported on status of grant application for Bayside sidewalk and opportunity to get grant to convert Main Street lights to LED

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=14268

 

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