ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT May 17, 2018

REGULAR MEETING

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (Fithian, Loller, and Porter, plus Capt. Dempsey and Ofc. Wode)

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve minutes for April 12 meeting (3 aye; 1 nay)
  • Repair wastewater treatment plant, cost not to exceed the $47,000 in unspent FY 2018 funds
  • Waive reading of Ordinance 2018-03 (FY 2019 proposed budget)
  • Introduce Ordinance 2018-03 (3 aye; 1 nay)
  • Contract with Bates trash hauling company for 1 year @ $7,600/month; trash to be picked up on Tuesdays

 OTHER

  • Jones presented his annual State of the Town report
  • Two Community Spirit awards presented, to Owen McCoy and to Bill Weldon (Waterman’s Crab House)
  • Budget workshop meeting will be held on June 4, same date as the Utilities Board and Council Workshop meetings
  • Council’s regular meeting on June 7 will include a public hearing on the FY 2019 budget
  • Several citizens expressed concern about the budget proposal to reduce the Town’s police force to only two full-time sworn officers and one part-timer.
  • Several citizens stated that the Council should consider raising taxes to pay for basic services, including public safety
  • Several citizens asked why a custodial position now filled by the mayor’s uncle would be increased to full-time while the Town police force was being decreased by half

Compiled by Gren Whitman

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One response to “ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT May 17, 2018”

  1. Gren Whitman says :

    Rock Hall’s budget for fiscal 2018 includes four full-time police officers, but Mayor Brian Jones’s proposed budget for next year—as introduced on May 17—provides for only two.

    At the Town Council meeting on May 17, at least three Rock Hall residents spoke against any reduction in the RHPD and recommended a tax increase to ensure adequate public safety for the town.

    On top of proposing a 50 percent reduction in our police force, Mayor Jones’s budget would bump up his uncle’s part-time custodian position to full-time.

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