ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

January 10, 2019

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

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda for meeting
  • Approve minutes from November 8, 2018
  • Approve introduction of Ordinance 2019-01 that would “increase municipal water and sewer rates by 30%”; public hearing set for 7:30 p.m. February 14
  • Approve utilities rate study by Sercap at no cost
  • Approve diverting $1,000 surplus from Community Legacy Streetscape project to fund the Main Street Mural project

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Not request a Washington College intern this year
  • Table discussion re: Pirates & Wenches event transportation

OTHER

  • Resident Kelley Reuwer received Community Spirit award
  • With new well now on line, Town has two major wells
  • Ark boat’s donor offered to rehab/restore it, possibly re-locate it; Museum Board to discuss and report back; Marine Restoration possibly could help
  • Equipment for new playground has been delivered
  • Excessive runoff from pipe running under water plant has been diverted to ditch
  • Replacing wastewater plant filters to be addressed at next Utilities meeting
  • Fithian to present prioritized list of utilities project at next Utilities meeting
  • Considerable discussion during audience participation regarding Town finances, property taxes, utilities rates, possible new sources of revenue, offers of pro bono assistance for Town management, how proposed 30% utilities rate was determined; none of these questions were resolved
  • Jones reports he and Kuechler are working with Maryland Municipal League to identify additional revenue resources
  • Annual financial audit report delayed after auditor’s request for an extension

Compiled by Gren Whitman

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