ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

SPECIAL WORKSHOP     January 30, 2020   

PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Jones Edwards, Collyer (Resele)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda as amended
  • Approve refundable deposits on shuttle ($2,000) and used trolley ($5,000)
  • Approve Valerie Mann as grant writer as needed at her rate for grant applications

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • OK $1,442 to repair chlorine feed at water plant
  • Postpone utility-rate study pending installation of new water meters because of data issues caused by existing meters

OTHER

  • Judith Morgan of Think Big spoke to M&C about data centers
  • CDBC income survey, County IT, municipal building rehab, and new water meter projects all moving along
  • Task forces (Transportation and Heritage) required to operate under Open Meetings Act requirements

Compiled by Gren Whitman and Janice Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @ 

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2020-01-30_9942217_Special_Workshop.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING January 9, 2020

PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Jones, Edwards, Collyer (Resele, Dempsey)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

· Approve agenda for meeting

· Approve minutes from December 12 meeting

· Spend up to $3,000 to repair HVAC system in RH Village restrooms

OTHER:

· Jacobs recognized excellent work by Chief Dempsey and RHPD

· Annual RHPD report presented and is available at Municipal Building

· Several Recreation & Parks board members sworn in

· From Andrews, Planning & Zoning administrator Chris Jakubiak advises: (a) revisions in Town zoning code overdue; (b) Critical Area map needs revisions; (c) Comp Plan will need updating next year; and (d) Town needs to become knowledgeable about effects of sea-level rise

· Reports and discussions included snow fence, snow plow, road salter, Blue Heron Park repairs, potholes, alleged speeders on S. Hawthorne, activities for reconstituted Museum Board, RFP for County IT services in the works, upcoming CDBG income survey project, proposed trash collection contract, safety signage when repairing Town roads, stop signs at Lawton / Beach / Rte. 20 intersection, barrier at end of Rte. 20

· Annual financial audit report likely ready in February

· Town Manager’s 2020 goals: Town-wide safety inspections and follow-ups; make Municipal Building secure; employees’ skill training and cross-training; setting goals for each employee and performance evaluations; 5%  budget reduction; and his office’s support for all Town projects

· Possible tax differential or tax rebate from County based on duplication of police and planning and zoning services (i.e., double taxation) discussed; Jacobs to follow-up

Compiled by Gren Whitman and Janice Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @ https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2020-01-09_1533780_Regular_Business_Mee.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

NOTE: There was no reporter from Kent County News at this meeting

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORTS 12/2/19 – 12/30/19

 

PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Jones, Edwards (Resele)

UTILITIES BOARD

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  •       Approve agenda
  •       Approve meeting minutes from December 2
  •       Conditionally approve request for $520 sewer credit (3-1)
  •       Terminate water connection at request of property owner
  •       Replace “FAA” lights on Liberty Street water tower

OTHER

  •       Town Manager reported on water and wastewater plants operations
  •       Discussions and reports included status of ENR grant for wastewater plant; water meter and utility billing software; replacing water plant filters; the SERCAP utility rate study; agreement with Kent County for Edesville water service; and near-completion of 2017 water system improvement project

 WORKSHOP

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  •       Approve agenda
  •       Approve meeting minutes from December 2
  •       Accept nominations of eight new Parks & Recreation Board members
  •       Forward proposed trash contract to Town attorney for review

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  •       Approve six-month extension of $5,000 Main Street grant

 OTHER

  •       Discussions and reports included town vehicles and equipment; condition of municipal building; pending IT contract with County; Parks & Recreation board; transportation; and Museum Steering Committee

Compiled by Gren Whitman and Janice Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @ https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-12-30_3781044_UtilitiesWorkshop_Mee.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

SPECIAL MAYOR AND COUNCIL  MEETING December 18, 2019

Can be viewed @  https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-12-18_2241553_Special_Workshop_Meeting.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

REGULAR MEETING December 12, 2019

PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Jones, Edwards, Collyer (Resele, Dempsey)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

Approve agenda as amended

Approve minutes from meetings on November 14 (2) and November 18

Approve replacement copy of Town zoning map, with no changes to districts or zoning

Approve grant agreement with MDE regarding enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) project at wastewater plan

 OTHER:

Town zoning map available for inspection at Municipal Building; will be posted on Town web site

Town developing MOU with County to provide IT services

Reports and discussions were conducted re: general and utility funds; Town equipment; water and wastewater plants and services; Museum steering committee and reconstitution of Museum Board; fiscal 2019 audit; trash collection contract; revision to special event application; local transportation

Upcoming Mayor & Council meetings: December 18 @ 6:00 p.m., CDBG income survey; January 13 @ 7:30 p.m., transportation; January 16 @ 6:00 p.m., budget adjustments; January 28 @ 6:00 p.m., review utility-rate study; February 3 @ 6:00 p.m., power services to Town

Reports provided on Fall Fest and 5K run, including financial donations to Town, Rock Hall Elementary, and Learning Center

 Compiled by Gren Whitman and Janice Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @ https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-12-30_3781044_UtilitiesWorkshop_Mee.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0 

UTILITIES BOARD/WORKSHOP December 2, 2019        

PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Jones, Edwards, Collyer (Resele)

UTILITIES BOARD

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

Approve meeting agenda

Approve minutes from November 4 meeting

Approve sewer credit of $202.05

Approve on-call engineering contract as amended

 OTHER:

Reports and discussions included sewer allocation report; financial review; water and wastewater treatment plants’ operations; utilities projects status reports (ENR grant, SERCAP rate study, water service agreement with county, wrap-up on 2017 Catholic Avenue and well projects); Haven Harbour South water hook-up; hydrant flushing project completed/another in six months; MDE needs engineering study for filter replacement; repairs to several pumping stations 

 WORKSHOP

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

Approve meeting agenda

Approve minutes for meetings on November 4 (2), September 25, October 2, October 22

Purchase snowplow blade for Town pickup (Edwards nay)  

 ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

Terminate trams for safety concerns; jeeps remain serviceable

Table discussion regarding utility trailer pending more research

 OTHER:

Public meeting on December 18 will discuss ideas for solving transportation issues

Reports and discussions included financial review; status of IT assistance from County; status of three basket Christmas trees; municipal building repairs; Town Web site; weekly trash pickups 

 Compiled by Gren Whitman and Janice Plotczyk

 FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @ https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-12-02_4962691_UtilitiesWorkshop.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

 

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING

    November 14, 2019   

PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Edwards, Collyer (Resele, Dempsey)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda as amended
  • Approve minutes for October 10 meeting, October 10 public hearing, September 10 closed session
  • Eliminate fire pit from December 7 Town event
  • Approve 12-holiday schedule for Town employees, with Veterans Day a floating holiday (same holidays as Kent County)
  • Approve holiday bonus for Town employees

 

OTHER

  • Thanks to Joe Armand for posting events sign; the Garden Club; Town staff for Fall Fest, Bike Best, Halloween
  • Reports on finances and police operations; update on Town equipment and plans for snow removal; chain installed at beach, with snow fence about to be; status of water and wastewater plants and projects; report submitted on three boilers; Town zoning map being revised; Museum Board being reorganized and reconstituted, with Collyer as Council liaison; MOU for County IT services being developed; committee to discuss future tram operations; ideas floated for assisted living and starter housing; interior renovations at RHES; grant to fund safety vests for student walkers has been approved  
  • Committee suggested to review and recommend how to update water billing processes

Compiled by Gren Whitman and Janice Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @ 

 

 

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

November 4, 2019

UTILITIES BOARD/WORKSHOP               

 PRESENT: Jacobs, Andrews, Jones, Edwards, Collyer (Resele)

NOTE: For the most part, both meetings were extended reports and detailed discussions about many new and ongoing projects and concerns regarding a variety of issues, concerns, problems, and plans. For a complete report of what Mayor, Council, and Town Manager reported, discussed, and decided, go to two-hour-plus video stream on Town website.

 UTILITIES BOARD

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda as amended
  • Approve minutes of September 30 meeting

 OTHER

  • Two requests for sewer credit were considered, with no decision; discussion conducted about possible change in Code with regard to multiple metered-structures; detailed reports provided and discussions conducted re: water and wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations; engineering firm has been selected to begin enhanced nutrient removal (ENR) project at wastewater plant; on-call engineer has been selected for water meter project and billing software; SERCAP water rate study is in progress; Kent County water service agreement discussion is underway

WORKSHOP

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda as amended
  • Approve minutes of September 30 meeting

 OTHER

  • Detailed reports and discussions were conducted by Mayor, Council, and Town Manager with regard to Town banking accounts and procedures; street equipment; drainage problem on Beach Road; needed maintenance and repairs for the Municipal Building; possible new trash collection system; in-house preventive maintenance schedule; possible Code revisions for sediment control, ethics (Ch. 15), commercial trash (Ch. 125); criteria for special events; easement questions re: dead tree removal in Watermans Estates; Town’s facilities request form; IT operations; brush pile

Compiled by Gren Whitman & Janice Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @

https://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=24694