ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING April 12, 2018

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

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve meeting agenda
  • Approve minutes for March 8 meeting
  • Approve $22,355 to purchase new vehicle for RHPD

 ACTION TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Support proposal for weekend “Christmas market” on Main Street; committee will continue planning and keep Council apprised

 OTHER

  • Rock Hall firefighter Ryan Glenn given Community Spirit Award for his recent actions to help prevent a suicide on Bay Bridge
  • Trams to resume on May 18 Friday-Sunday; daily operations will start in June, beginning at 11 a.m. all days
  • “Community Clean-Up Day” will be held on May 19
  • Town set to accept and process permit applications to conduct special events
  • Town officials permitted to view footage from new security cameras only under supervision by RHPD
  • Council members asked to use microphones so all attendees and persons viewing live-streaming/video archives can hear the proceedings

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=16488

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor and Council Meeting Tonight

April 12 @ 7:30PM at the Rock Hall Municipal Building…Bring a friend

Watch Live Stream…click on “LIVE EVENTS:”

http://townhallstreams.com/towns/rock_hall_md

 

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL UTILITIES BOARD/WORKSHOP

April 2, 2018

UTILITIES BOARD

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

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve February 26 meeting minutes
  • Conditionally approve partial water bill payment for Waterman’s Crab House, install new water meter, check old meter for accuracy
  • Request technical assistance from Maryland Department of the Environment for wastewater treatment plant

WORKSHOP

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve February 26 meeting minutes
  • Not remove unauthorized payment page on Town website
  • Not remove mayor’s “My Vision Statement” from Rock Hall website plagiarized from City of Seattle’s website
  • Not conduct a no-cost, third-party security and vulnerability audit of Town’s systems, including website, social media, and administrative policies and procedures
  • Request tips from Virtual Towns and Schools, host of Town’s website
  • Approve purchase of 20 security cameras and 15 solar panels for RHPD
  • Accept terms and conditions for property gifted to Town behind Oyster Court and slated for public parking (following closed session)

 ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Table discussion related to trees and interactive kiosk on Main Street

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=16309

 

What readers should know in response to “Rock Hall Board Resigns”

“Rock Hall Board Members Resign

By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@thekentcountynews.com 3/22/18

ROCK HALL — During Monday night’s meeting of the Rock Hall Communications Board, all three members tendered their resignation.

A seen on the live-stream of the meeting, Secretary Kate Johnson, who started the discussion about the board’s lack of utility, said that the group had been asked to do “almost nothing” in two years of meeting….

Johnson voiced concerns over Jones’ use of the town’s social media pages. Johnson said it would be easy for Jones to access email addresses and contact information for individuals notified by the site, which she worries could be used in a political campaign…

Linda Buckle, vice-chairman of the board, expressed her frustration with some responsibilities of the Communications Board being given to Washington College interns…their contact information on the town’s website, wasn’t being handled in a professional manner…

Johnson also discussed Jones’ “My Vision for Rock Hall” section of the town’s website. Johnson said the text had been copied from another city’s website…

“The content with the new website was built out from many different sources,” Jones said in an email (to the editor). “I do see similarities but do not recall any content being imported from other sites”…

Jones also thanked the members for their service. “The resignation does not come as a surprise,” Jones said in an email (to the editor). “The remaining members of the board had a difficult time trying to determine what their responsibilities were, versus what administrative functions were completed by town staff”…

Councilwoman Beth Andrews, the liaison for the Communications Board, said that the lack of communication and sharing of information between the bodies was shameful.”

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE @

http://myeasternshoremd.com/kent_county_news/news/rock-hall-board-members-resign-simultaneously/article_01ae44b9-cb8f-5a8a-99e3-ae49d7ac6ab2.html



as posted on 3/28/18   In Response to “Rock Hall  Board Resigns”

Mr Dan Divilio, Editor, Kent County News

Editor:

We thank the Kent County News for its 3/22/18 report, “Rock Hall Board Members Resign,” but we want to correct two statements by Mayor Brian Jones.

First, he stated, “The remaining members of the board had a difficult time trying to determine what their responsibilities were, versus what administrative functions were completed by town staff.” Not true.

The Communications Board’s duties are described in the Town Code, a fact the mayor ignores. “The Communications Board … shall be responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and administering a communications strategy for the Town of Rock Hall, and as such, shall … ensure that the Town’s website provides accurate and timely information in a user-friendly manner.“

Our role was clear. However, the mayor prevented us from having access to the tools necessary to fulfill our responsibilities.

Jones’ second statement deals with his plagiarism on the website. As reported, he said: “The content with the new website was built out from many different sources. I do see similarities, but do not recall any content being imported from other sites.” Again, not true.

“My Vision for Rock Hall” –posted by the mayor—was not on the website at its launch. He added this after he became mayor in May 2015. It can readily be compared, verbatim, to “My Vision for Seattle” as posted in January 2014. For example, Seattle’s “A Safe City” became Rock Hall’s “A Safe Town.” Compare “Public safety is the foremost responsibility of city government. All Seattle residents deserve to be secure in their homes….” to “Public safety is the foremost responsibility of municipalities. All Rock Hall residents deserve to be secure in their homes….” And so on, without attribution.

Content for Rock Hall’s website was written by the Website Focus Group. When the website was launched in April 2015, there was no content scraped, borrowed, or stolen from any other source. It was all original, and not “built out” from any other sources. Only after the mayor took control of the website content did we see these examples of theft of intellectual property.

The mayor’s statements to your reporter are exactly the type of misleading and deceptive behavior that led to our resignations.

Rock Hall’s website is the voice of the town, not the mayor. Members of the Town Council should demand enforcement of the Town Code, and the Town’s website and social media should be overseen by an appointed, qualified, volunteer Communications Board, not by one person, especially not a mayor with his own agenda.

Jan Plotczyk, former Chair

Linda Buckle, former Vice-Chair

Kate Johnson, former Secretary

ALSO SEE PDF LINKS BELOW

To see the plageriarism of intelectual property by Town of Rock Hall    Comparisons Office of the Mayor

3.19.18 Commboard Meeting Minutes

 

Rock Hall Communications Board Meeting

On Monday evening, March 19, 2018, the Rock Hall Communications Board met. Present were Jan Plotczyk, Kate Johnson, Linda Buckle and Beth Andrews.

 What occurred was a round table discussion about 2½ years of frustrations at the way the Board’s energies, expertise, and enthusiasm to contribute to the Town have been underutilized by the Mayor and Council and their suggestions not being considered as designated in the Town Charter.  The meeting culminated with the resignations of the remaining three current Board members.  Here is their letter of resignation:

  “To the Mayor and Council:

 It is with deep regret and much frustration that the current members of the Rock Hall Communications Board tender our resignations immediately.  Our reasons for resigning can be seen on the video recording of the March 19, 2018 Communications Board meeting, available at

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=16052.

Sincerely,

 Jan Plotczyk, Chair

Linda Buckle, Vice Chair

Kate Johnson, Secretary”

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