ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING March 14, 2019

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

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda for meeting
  • Approve minutes for February 14 meeting
  • Authorize SERCAP to assist with applications for USDA search grants to fund engineering studies of water and wastewater plants.
  • Adopted Resolution 2019-01 to revise personnel policy manual with respect to employee health insurance (Andrews abstained)
  • Appoint David Mayne to serve on Planning and Zoning Board
  • Re-appoint Al Parsons and Barbara Strollo to Board of Supervisors of Elections

ACTION TAKEN WITHOUT VOTRE TO:

  • Discussion on audit recommendations postponed to April 11 Council meeting

OTHER

  • Donna Walls received Community Spirit Award
  • SERCAP utilities rate study previously authorized by Council is underway
  • Also, SERCAP will assist Town with an asset management plan
  • There were two motions to fill a vacancy on the Town’s election board; both failed

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @ 

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-03-14_7338068_MayorCouncil_Meeting.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

March 4, 2019

UTILITIES BOARD/WORKSHOP

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Edwards, Nesspor (Fithian, MacLeod, Porter)

UTILITIES BOARD

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve meeting minutes for February 4 as amended

WORKSHOP

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve meeting minutes for February 4
  • Adopt resolution to apply for UDSA grant for municipal building roof repairs
  • Go into closed session to discuss personnel matter
  • Amend health insurance provision in personnel policy

OTHER:

  • Members of the public attending were not permitted to address the Mayor and Council at the end of the meeting, a violation of Town Code Chapter 25-3.

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

https://5bbb19a5c6aad.streamlock.net/vod/_definst_/mp4:rock_hall_md/2019-03-04_3972100_UtilitiesWorkshop_Meeting.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wowzaplaystart=0

PS

At the March 4, 2019 Utilities Board meeting and the following Council Workshop meeting, the Mayor and Council did not give any opportunity for any residents to be heard as they abruptly adjourned the meetings as though it was planned to do so.  This was a direct violation of the town charter. Even with the town attorney present and an objection by one resident, they would not reconsider. It is amazing how they disrespect our law.

Municipal Charter of Rock Hal

Article III THE COUNCIL

Section 308 Meetings of the Council

The newly elected Council shall meet the first Monday following its election for the purpose of organization, and election of one of its members to serve as Vice President of the Council (Vice Mayor), after which the Council shall meet regularly at such times as may be prescribed by its rules but not less frequently than once each month. Special meetings shall be called by the Clerk-Treasurer upon the request of the Mayor or a majority of the members of the Council. All meetings of the Council shall be open to the public except in special and appropriate circumstances when meetings may be closed in accordance with Subtitle 5 of Title 10 of the State Government Article, Open Meetings Law, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended from time to time. The rules of the Council shall provide that residents of the town shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard at any meeting in regard to any municipal question.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN

Rock Hall Utilities Board and Workshop Meeting March 4th, tonite @ 7:00pm

Please plan to attend for (just maybe) possible updates on many important pending issues related to fallout from the 2018 auditor report. See you there :).

Also ( if you cannot attend in person ) view live @ https://townhallstreams.com/towns/rock_hall_md

But wait…in addition there will be a…..

Public Notice – Closed Session

Public Notice - Closed Session

The Council of the Town of Rock Hall will hold a closed session on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Rock Hall Municipal Building, 5585 Main Street, Rock Hall, Maryland 21661.

The purpose of the meeting is for the Council to meet in open session and immediately thereafter convene in a closed session pursuant to the Maryland Open Meetings Act (specifically, § 3-305(b)(1) of the General Provisions Article of the Maryland Annotated Code) to discuss a personnel matter involving a specific Town employee.  The public is invited to attend the open session portion of the meeting and the Council’s vote to close the meeting.

 

Reader’s response to “Opinion – Sitting Council”

Liz Smith says :  Edit

David Mayne

I absolutely concur ! At this stage of the game, our best recourse is to have intelligent, honest and sensible people step up to run in this election. The voting public needs to become informed so that this destructive cycle is broken.

The real “run the town” power has been in the hands of the Town Manager for 22 years. The Town Charter needs to be re-visited and revised so that there are actual requirements for the position. The position should require education in municipal management, yearly assessment and an actual contract. What a cosmic concept ! Serving at the pleasure of the Mayor and Council has been a concept that has doomed the citizens to be nothing more than hostages to incompetence.

Liz Smith

Opinion – “SITTING COUNCIL”

 

POSTED IN KENT NEWS

February 15, 2019

“Sitting Council

To the editor: I find it morally repugnant that the majority of the sitting council for the town of Rock Hall has forgotten that they do not “run” the town; they work “for” the town.

The chronic abuse of power coupled with the lack of respect for the very people they claim to serve is an extremely disheartening view of today’s political climate.

The council majority I reference here today has refused to act in a financially responsible manner for many years. They have now left the town with no choice but to levy harsh rate increases that will undoubtedly cause a significant amount of discomfort for many in our community.

Their simple failure to act in a slow, controlled, moderated fashion has now driven the town to the brink of austerity. Even now, in the face of negative income, and barely enough cash on hand to finish the fiscal year, both the mayor and vice mayor balked at the idea of increasing current utility rates.

While I do agree, the current proposal is harsh; it could have been avoided if action had been taken years ago, again, in a moderated fashion.

The town manager is no better. The current town manager of 22 years, a paid professional, has abdicated his duties. He cannot answer simple financial questions and has allowed the town’s finances and infrastructure to fall into chaos and disrepair.

Those actions or lack thereof, speak for themselves.

It’s time to overhaul of the governing body of Rock Hall. The next council is going to be left with significant financial, ethical and moral challenges. I wish them luck.

David L. Mayne

Rock Hall”

https://www.myeasternshoremd.com/kent_county_news/spotlight/sitting-council/article_938493e0-dda7-5e83-8f56-e1f6c42f715c.html