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

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

September 30, 2019

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

UTILITIES BOARD

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO
Approve meeting agenda
Approve September 3 meeting minutes
Approve $1,346 to purchase water plant check valve

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:
Accept trailer park’s $5,000 partial payment with balance still due; table park owners’ sewer credit request pending more information and discussion

Place complete drinking water report in Kent County News ($624) rather than mail it to all water users

OTHER
Resele reported on water and wastewater plants, including cross training personnel; Mayor & Council discussed details

Mayor & Council discussed how to initiate and conduct Town-wide income survey to qualify for annual $800,000 federal block grant

WORKSHOP

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
Approve meeting agenda
Approve meeting minutes of July 22, August 20, August 28,and September 3

OTHER
Resele reported on additional municipal building water damage and status of Town equipment

Jacobs reported on status of loans/line of credit from Peoples Bank

MacLeod offered instructions, advice, and guidance for Town borrowing

Compiled by Gren Whitman and Jan Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-09-30_581758_Utilities_BoardWor.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT REGULAR MEETING

September 12, 2019

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

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
Approve agenda for meeting
Approve minutes for meeting and closed session on August 8
Approve up to $3,500 for 12-point alarm system at water plant
Approve $1,975 to buy flush kit and de-chlorinator diffuser to flush hydrants
Approve $6,000 to repair pump stations as needed
Correct Appeals Board term for Paul Miller (to end February 2022)
Adopt Ordinance 2019-03—general sign ordinance
Approve resolution to renew 2013 pump station loan

ACTION TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:
Issue Request for Quote (RFQ) to identify a general on-call engineering firm
Introduce Ordinance 2019-04 to correct water overage billing rate

OTHER
General discussion about various problems at water and wastewater treatment plants and strategies for dealing with them (go to video stream for details); hydrants will be flushed on schedule starting soon

Activities and dinner will be provided for elementary school children and families starting at 4 p.m. Wednesdays at Fellowship Hall (Sharp and Liberty)

Dempsey reports RHPD will no longer permit “real and replica weapons” at Pirates and Wenches event; levels of alcohol consumption and public intoxication during event is “unacceptable”; event stretches three-man RHPD “to the limit”

M&C to conduct a “conversation” about special events

Halloween event sponsored by Parks & Recreation and RHVFD on October 26

Town web site explains how to contact new Planning & Zoning administrator, Chris Jakubiak

Access to Code Red is limited to Mayor Jacobs, Town Clerk Loller, Town Manager Resele, and Councilwoman Collyer

“NO DOGS” signs will be posted keep pooches off the beach 24/7/365

Hoping to be deemed eligible for $800,000 CDBG grant annually, Town will survey all residents regarding income

—Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-09-12_7252991_Regular_Business_Mee.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

UTILITIES BOARD/WORKSHOP
September 3, 2019

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

UTILITIES BOARD

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
Approve agenda as amended
Approve minutes of July 29 meeting
Approve one-time sewer credit for Nancy Conway-Loeffelholz

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:
Approve one-week extension of deadline for wastewater treatment plant RFP

OTHER
Aggressive steps to deal with deteriorated conditions at water and wastewater treatment plants continue to be taken
Grant process for both plants is underway

WORKSHOP

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
Approve agenda as amended
Approve minutes of July 29 meeting

OTHER
Jim Bass from Eastern Shore Land Conservancy presented report on the implications for Rock Hall regarding sea level rise over the next 30 years

Town’s new Planning and Zoning administrator is on board

Bank willing to (a) renew loan; (b) renew line of credit; (c) refinance USDA loan at lower interest rate; Town has 30 days to agree to terms

Status and condition of street equipment under review

Tenants being sought for Municipal Building; physical condition of building being re-examined

County will conduct an assessment of Town IT needs

Town about to implement plan for brush pile (residents only; restricted times)

Town staff keeping an eye on Hurricane Dorian

Town supporting second annual “Go Purple” anti-drug campaign

Compiled by Gren Whitman and Jan Plotczyk

FULL PROCEEDINGS CAN BE VIEWED @

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-09-03_8217107_UtilitiesWorkshop_Mee.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0