Archive | January 2018

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL UTILITIES/WORKSHOP MEETING REPORT 1/29/18

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

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

• Approve Agenda
• Approve Minutes of 12/04/17 Utilities Meeting

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO: None

OTHER
• Water meter upgrade project report is complete and
available for viewing. The cost for preparing the grant application was previously approved by the council for a fee of $2,000.00. Fithian reports that the cost will be $2,500.00. There was no further discussion, comment or approval for the $500.00 increase in cost.

• Water and Sewer report
There was a crack in the PVC suction line on sewer at Pump Station 7. Nesspor said that it may need to be overhauled completely. Fithian reports that the suction line was replaced, a relatively minor repair that might be $2-3 thousand dollars.
The line is now repaired and ready to go.

• Nesspor said there is a bar screw (solids separator) at the sewer plant requiring attention. The backup for the separator has been down and out of operation for many years, therefore, this unit has no operable backup at this time.
Fithian reports we may fix it around the end of the fiscal year if there are funds and that it is not really necessary to fix this unit at this time.

• Andrews questioned the existence of a priority maintenance list. Fithian reported there is no such list, however, it’s “in their heads”.

• Andrews said she would like to see a listing of maintenance requirements with the priorities listed.

• Spring Cove Marina owner reported that the water and sewer bills for the marina are excessive ($1.000.00) as they have not used any water during November and December. Their water lines were shut off and winterized at the end of October. The marina is out of town, therefore subject to a higher rate (1.5%). Reni requested the town review the bills and fee structure, especially in the off season when no water is used. Shen also said that boating in general, bay wide, is down for many reasons and this adversely affects all costs at a marina.

Fithian said he would look into the bills.

• MEETING ADJOURNED 7:21 PM

WORKSHOP
Opened 7:22 PM

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
• Approved Agenda
• Approved Meeting Minutes of prior meeting
• Appoint Kevin Stickland to the Board of Appeals
• Motion Approved to recess (7:32 pm) the workshop meeting to go into closed session to   discuss a property acquisition.

OTHER:
OLD
Ordinances2018-01 and 2018-2 Special Events are available for review by council and will be introduced at the next meeting, next Thursday.

RF reports that 2018-01 takes the Special Event Section out of planning and zoning and puts it under the mayor, council and town manager.

Mayor said there will be an advertised public hearing on this matter.

NEW
• Kevin Stickland was sworn in as a member of the Board of Appeals.
• They need another member to complete the board so it can continue with Board of Appeals business. There are issues awaiting ruling by the Board of Appeals.
• R. Fithian reported on a letter received from an attorney regarding water and sewer hookup. Fithian referred the letter to counsel who wrote the reply.

Meeting was recessed for closed session (7:32 pm)
Meeting resumed: (7:48pm)
Summary of Closed Session Meeting
• Topic discussed was the possible acquisition of a property gifted to the Town of Rock Hall.

Meeting Adjourned 7:49 pm

Compiled by Linda Buckle

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=15364

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING  January 11, 2018

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

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve meeting agenda
  • Approve minutes from November 9 meeting
  • Approve new trash pickup contract with Bates Trucking @ $7,500/month through June, with Thursday collections
  • Approve new public safety arrangement per recommendation from Dempsey: three current police officers with additional overtime and, if needed, supplement with one part-time officer
  • Approve spending $2,000 for engineering consultant’s assistance for writing grant proposal to USDA for radio-remote water meters

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Mayor announced he’d convene “Mayor’s Cabinet” to discuss and recommend new Town personnel policies, but was reminded that the Town attorney is drafting the policies
  • Next step for water audit: To study water usage for entire year of 2017

OTHER

  • Public safety staffing will be reviewed as Town’s busy season approaches
  • How to re-allocate budgeted funds to cover newly approved expenditures for trash contract ($7,500/month; increased from $5,000/month) and engineering consultant for USDA grant ($2,000) to be discussed at next meeting
  • Problems inherent in Thursday trash pickups in Rock Hall were described and noted, and will be taken into consideration as Town develops a new contract
  • Up-to-date count: There are 762 homes in Rock Hall, and 13 dumpsters

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=15109