Archive | July 2017

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

July 13, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

Start Time: 7:30 p.m.

Roll Call: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (plus Fithian, MacLeod, Sutton)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • (#1) Approve meeting agenda
  • (#2-5) Approve minutes from two hearings, special meeting, and regular meeting on June 7
  • (#6) Adopt Resolution 2017-06 (“Approval of the Application for, and Receipt of, Grant Funding for Financing the Cost of Implementing Phase II of the Working Waterfront Master Plan,” in the amount of $25,000)
  • (#7) Abolish Festive Fridays and keep mosquito spraying (Andrews, Edwards, aye; Jones, Kuechler, Nesspor, nay)
  • (#8) Form an ad hoc committee to discuss, review, make recommendations to revise Town’s personnel policies (Andrews, Edwards, aye; Jones, Kuechler, Nesspor, nay)
  • (#9) Waive $200 fee for PIA request (Andrews, Edwards, aye; Jones, Kuechler, Nesspor, nay)
  • (#10) Move into closed session for Council to consult with attorney
  • (#11) Adjourn at 10:32 p.m.

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Request Town Manager to install “Residents Only” sign at brush pile
  • Request Town Attorney for cost estimate to revise personnel policies

OTHER

Interested citizens are encouraged to view the video live-stream of this meeting because much was considered and discussed by Council and audience, including:

  • Revising Town’s personnel policies and job descriptions;
  • Giving notice when leaving Town employment;
  • Questions and discussion focused on why Town fronts its money for rehab projects approved for a state grant, but which will improve private property(ies);
  • Propriety and ethics of Town paying mayor to DJ at Rock Hall special events, Parks and Recreation activities, and other Town-related events;
  • System for signing Town checks;
  • Current status of Old Oars Inn ownership and desired sale;
  • With $500 fines imposed by Town on both owners, July 19 court date set in effort to demolish decrepit warehouse behind Bay Wolf restaurant;
  • Lack of quorums at Parks and Rec Board meetings;
  • Report on Open Meetings Act violations on January 12 and February 9 and mayor’s rejection of Open Meetings Compliance Board’s ruling; and
  • When Council reconvened in open session, Councilman Nesspor retracted his June 7 claim that the public prayer complaint (2011) and three OMA complaints (2013, 2014, 2017) had “cost the Town over $100,000, $27,000 on the Lord’s Prayer.”

Compiled by Gren Whitman

 EXCEPT FOR THE RECONVENED PUBLIC SESSION AFTER CLOSED SESSION, THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @    http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=12406

 

 

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