ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

REGULAR MEETING
October 12, 2017

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (plus Fithian, Sutton)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:
• Approve agenda
• Approve September 14 hearing minutes (Ord. 2017-06)
• Approve September 14 meeting minutes
• Appoint Karen Gilbert to Parks and Recreation Board
• Adopt Ordinance 2017-06 (“Small Wireless Facilities”)
• Appoint Terri Mullikin to Election Board
• Approve Town participation in Red Ribbon drug awareness week

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:
• Postpone to November 6 further consideration of Jones’ proposal for Town to spend $3,000 on New Year’s Eve festivities ($2,500 tent rental; $500 DJ) (To view discussion, go to 8:30 p.m. on video archive, link below)
• Instruct Fithian to discuss with State Highway Administration installation of four-way stop at Sharp and Main
• OK Nesspor, Mark Einstein, and Jen Barnes as ad hoc committee to look into harbor entrance dredging

OTHER
• Accept Fithian’s financial report: Funds available, $135,551; Outstanding, $253,035
• Community Spirit award given to Pirates and Wenches committee
• Status-of-grants report as of 9/13/17 available at Town office, online (see below) or click here for PDF Grant status
• Brush pile at lagoon has been chipped; free mulch available
• Old clarifier nearly removed; new well being drilled; well house has new roof
• Fithian: “We found a [water] main we didn’t know existed”

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=13494

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Documents related to meeting posted under “Public Documents/Recent”:
https://www.mycommittee.com/committee/Public/tabid/342/pid/1/dg/12437/Default.aspx

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

UTILITIES/WORKSHOP

October 2, 2017

(1) UTILITIES MEETING

Present: Jones, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (plus Fithian, Parry)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve Utilities minutes from September 7

OTHER:

  • Fithian sewer allocation report accepted as presented; no change
  • Clarifier demolition has started; well house repairs pending

(2) WORKSHOP MEETING

 ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda as amended
  • Approve Workshop minutes from September 7
  • Appoint Jones as Open Meetings Act designee

ACTION TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE

  • Fithian asked to provide cost estimates for proposed dog park (fencing, gates, water line)

OTHER

  • Health clinic in Municipal Building to close the end of November
  • Town reimbursed $96,000 for money it spent up front for utilities project (clarifier demolition, new well, new water line on Catholic Avenue line); Fithian reports there will be monthly meetings and project/financial reports
  • Chipping two-thirds completed for municipal brush pile
  • Report expected following MOSHA inspection of Municipal Building
  • Fithian getting prices to repair and/or replace Head Start doors
  • Report from Main Street Manager on various grants not yet available

 Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=13403

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

September 14, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (plus Fithian, Sutton)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE:

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve August 10 meeting minutes
  • Revise amended closed meeting minutes from January 12
  • Revise amended closed meeting minutes from February 9
  • Authorize Parks & Recreation board to explore grant funding for dog park
  • Authorize Nesspor and Edwards to research cost of fencing and water supply for dog park
  • Adopt Ordinance 2017-07 authorizing general obligation bond for water-related projects ($938,000 over 40 years)

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE:

  • None

OTHER

  • Financial Report: $9,269 in General Fund; $21,389 in Utilities Fund. Property taxes outstanding, $40,816; utilities outstanding, $9,837
  • Resolution to establish Town-administered hurricane relief fund (Harvey, Irma) failed for lack of motion
  • Fithian will check on possible liability issues related to a dog park
  • Resolution 2017-06 (Small Wireless Facility) was introduced
  • Town staff will follow up on three recommendations from Communications Board

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @ 

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=12741

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

September 7, 2017

 UTILITIES BOARD MEETING

Present: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor, Fithian, MacLeod

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve minutes from July 31
  • Adopt Interim Financing Resolution 2017-08 ($939,000 for utilities projects)

ACTIONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE

  • Allocation report accepted as presented
  • Discussion: financing and payback for new utilities bond; no action

 

WORKSHOP MEETING

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE

  • Approve agenda
  • Approve minutes from July 31
  • Approve spraying for mosquitos at least twice more during 2017
  • Approve trams operating Friday, Saturday, Sunday only until November 1
  • Appoint Meg Parry and Kailee McCoy to Parks & Recreation Board

ACTONS TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE

  • None

OTHER

  • Discussion: Town-sponsored hurricane fund; action deferred to post-Irma; Fithian reports Town is prepared and preparing for a hurricane; Worton community center is shelter for county residents
  • Discussion: Did approval process for legal services contract violate Charter; no action
  • Discussion: How to deal with trams’ operating deficit; no action
  • Discussion: Dog park near ball fields discussed; Edwards and Nesspor will follow up

 

Compiled by Gren Whitman

 

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=12740

 

ROCK HALL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

August 10, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

Roll Call: Jones, Kuechler, Andrews, Edwards, Nesspor (Fithian, Moore)

ACTIONS TAKEN BY VOTE TO:

  • Approve agenda with modification
  • Approve meeting minutes for July 13, including closed session
  • Approve amended meeting minutes for January 12 and February 9 closed sessions (Andrews, Edwards abstain)
  • Approve up to $15,000 for purchase of used dump truck (Jones, Kuechler, Nesspor aye; Andrews, Edwards nay)
  • Waive full reading as Ordinance 2017-07 is introduced (USDA loan for 40 years at 1.37% interest to install Catholic Ave. water pipe and new well)
  • Not approve engaging HR professional (hired or pro bono) to help revise Town’s personnel policies (Jones, Kuechler, Nesspor aye; Andrews, Edwards nay)
  • Approve retroactively February 27 contract with The MacLeod Law Group (Jones, Kuechler, Nesspor aye; Andrews nay; Edwards abstain)
  • Approve audit of Town’s water system at no cost

ACTION TAKEN WITHOUT VOTE TO:

  • Approve $250 to Rock Hall Elementary School for new sign

OTHER

  • Demolition of Rte. 20 warehouse by owner has started
  • RH Spirit Award to organizers of Watermen’s Day and Rockfish Tournament
  • Annual reports from Parks & Recreation and Communications boards accepted as presented
  • Planning Commission forwarding to Council favorable report on small wireless transmission proposal
  • Tolchester Museum has new roof
  • Resolution 2017-07 (paperless minutes) introduced; no action taken
  • Payment procedures for reimbursements for projects on private properties funded by State revised for future grants, such that property owners, not the Town, will be required to pay contractors and be reimbursed; those affected will be notified if grants are awarded
  • Andrews to meet with Tram Committee to discuss possible fare increase

Compiled by Gren Whitman

FULL MEETING CAN BE VIEWED @

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=31&id=12688

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