Meeting Minutes

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posted: 04/03/09

County Council Meeting Minutes


March 17, 2009

County Council of Dorchester County

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 17, 2009

 

The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on March 17, 2009 with the following members present: Present were Jay L. Newcomb, President; William V. Nichols, Vice President; Effie M. Elzey; Ricky Travers; and Rick Price. Also present were E. Thomas Merryweather, County Attorney; Jane Baynard, County Manager and Donna Lane, Executive Administrative Specialist.

 

REGULAR SESSION

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Council adjourned from a Regular Session and convened in a closed Executive

Session  pursuant to §10-508(A)(1) to discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction and pursuant §10-508(A) (4) to consider a preliminary matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State. 

 

Voting in favor of the closed Executive Session were all Council members present.

 

REGULAR SESSION

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilman Travers led the invocation and the pledge of allegiance.

 

CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA

 

The Council approved the deletion of a discussion regarding the Dorchester County Revolving Loan Fund from the regular session agenda and the addition of a Program Open Space Funding request for a Christ Rock project.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES-MARCH 3, 2009

 

The Council approved the minutes for March 3, 2009 as amended.

 

APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

 

The Council approved the vouchers as presented.

 

FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $9,346,733.49.

EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY

The County Council of Dorchester County convened in an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. on March 17, 2009 in a closed session at Room 110, County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland, pursuant to the State Government Article §10-508(A)(1) to discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction and pursuant §10-508(A) (4) to consider a preliminary matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State. 

 

Motion made, seconded and carried to conduct a closed session pursuant to the above.  All members of the Council voted in the affirmative to conduct the closed session for the purposes stated above and to discuss the topics listed above.

 

Action taken at the closed session: 1) received information from representatives of Cambridge International regarding a new division-took no action; 2) discussed investment of public funds with legal counsel– took no action; 3) deferred discussion on the Dorchester County Revolving Loan Fund; 4) deferred a request of the Emergency Medical Services Director to revise hiring procedures for EMS personnel; 5) deferred a discussion on proposed amendments to the County’s Rules and Regulations; 6) discussed matters relating to a contingency fund request involving an employee-took no action.

 

The above information is being provided to the public pursuant to and in compliance with Section 10-509(b) and (c) of the State Government Article.

 

REGULAR SESSION

COMMENDATION-RETIREMENT-SAM CAMPBELL         

 

The Council presented a commendation to Sam Campbell congratulating Mr. Campbell on his retirement and recognizing his five years of dedicated service to Dorchester County through his employment with Dorchester County Animal Control in his capacity as Animal Control Supervisor.  Mr. Campbell accepted the commendation.  Sheriff Phillips commended Mr. Campbell on his dedicated service to Dorchester County.

 

COMMENDATIONS-VIKINGS SWIM TEAM           

 

The Council presented commendations to the following Vikings Women’s Swim Team members who ranked fifth out of 27 teams and winning State titles in the 200 yard freestyle relay and 50 yard freestyle during the Maryland State Championships held in Landover, Maryland on February 21, 2009: Taylor Mc Williams, Kathryn Adams, Megan McGowan, Emily McWilliams and Mallory McMahon.  Heidi Stout, Head Coach, Melanie Coleman, Head Coach, Ms. McWilliams, Ms. Adams, Ms. McGowan, Ms. McWilliams and Ms. McMahon accepted the commendations.

 

The Council presented commendations to the following Vikings Men’s Swim Team members for their outstanding accomplishments at the Maryland State Championship by ranking 13th out of 24 teams: Kevin Grier, Jon Linthicum, Collin Grier, Jordan Shockley, Stevie Mills and Josh Cannon.  Mr. Grier, Mr. Linthicum, Mr. Grier, Mr. Shockley, Mr. Mills and Mr. Cannon, Ms. Stout and Ms. Coleman accepted the commendations.

 

COMMENDATION-JODY JACKSON                       

 

The Council presented a commendation to Jody Jackson for his bravery in responding without hesitation and his ability to remain calm and composed while accurately describing his grandmother’s symptoms which resulted in the transportation by ambulance and immediate treatment of his grandmother, Violet Jackson by ambulance and the immediate treatment of Ms. Jackson who suffered a mild stroke.  Mr. Jackson accepted the commendation.  Violet Jackson, Mr. Jackson’s grandmother, Michelle Ruark, Principal of Warwick Elementary, Sheriff James Phillips, and other family members were also present.

 

PRESENTATION-MARYLAND COOPERATIVE EXTENSION       

Conrad Arnold, Senior Agent, Dorchester County Office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension,  introduced Dr. Nick Place, Associate Dean and Director of Maryland Cooperative Extension; Thomas Miller, Senior Agent and Regional Extension Director of the East Region, and Sudeep Matthew, Dorchester County Agricultural Educator.

 

Dr. Place provided a presentation to the Council on the Maryland Cooperative Extension program and its initiatives.  He explained that the Maryland Cooperative Extension (MCE) was a part of the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore which conducted education programs involving agricultural and natural resources.  He noted that there were 24 MCE offices located in the State of Maryland including one office in each of the 23 counties and an office in Baltimore City.   He said that there were also six MCE research and education centers located in the State.  Dr. Place advised that some the challenges facing MCE were decreases in funding and improving its identity and recognition.  He explained that as a result of the decreased funding they were in the process of searching for new grant opportunities and had instituted faculty sharing programming among many of MCE’s county offices.  He noted that MCE received funding from the Federal (12%), State (65%) and the County (21%) governments.    Dr. Place stated that in order to improve recognition of MCE they were in the process of changing its name to the University of Maryland Extension.     

 

He advised the Council that MCE had recently began a new initiative, the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center, to serve the agricultural and natural resources community through programming and support of rural entrepreneurs, processors, new and next generation farmers, forest landowners and other agricultural support agencies and organizations.

 

He thanked the Council for the County’s partnership with the Maryland Cooperative Extension.

 

Mr. Matthew advised the Council that MCE had developed a new program, the Master Gardner Program, which was design to provide education to residents on horticultural practices.  

 

The Council thanked Dr. Place for his presentation on the Maryland Cooperative Extension and its initiatives.

 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The Council adjourned into Legislative Session.

A public hearing was held on BILL NO. 2009-3 AN ACT OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF DORCHESTER COUNTY MARYLAND TO AMEND CHAPTER 155, ENTITLED ZONING ORDINANCE, SECTION 155-50, KK, SUPPLEMENTAL USE REGULATIONS, SECTION 155-13, TERMS DEFINED, AND SECTION 155 ATTACHMENT 1, TABLE OF PERMITTED USES OF THE DORCHESTER COUNTY CODE TO ADD SMALL WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS AS AN ACCESSORY USE IN ALL ZONING DISTRICTS, ADD THE DEFINITION OF SMALL WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS, TOTAL HEIGHT, FAA, AND WIND TURBINE, AND INCLUDE SUPPLEMENTARY USE REGULATIONS FOR SMALL WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS.    

 

E. Thomas Merryweather, County Attorney, explained that the public hearing was being held on proposed legislation to amend Chapter 155 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Dorchester County Code to add the definition of “small wind energy systems” as an accessory use in all zoning districts and to include supplementary uses regulations for those systems.

 

Rodney Banks, Assistant Public Works Director, advised that the proposed legislation was modeled after other county ordinances as well as ordinances provided by the Maryland Energy Commission and Maryland Wind Energy Association.  He explained that the legislation sets minimum lot sizes for the installation of wind turbines, requires setbacks that are dictated upon the height of the structure and requires that building and electrical permits be obtained.  He stated that there were limitations on installing turbines within critical areas. 

 

Mr. Banks noted that he had solicited comments from several reviewing agencies, Soil Conservation and Michael Moulds, County Engineer.  He advised that the Planning Commission had reviewed the text amendment request and found that it was consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan.    He noted that the Planning Commission held two public hearings on the bill and had agreed to favorably recommend that the Council approve the legislation.  He advised that Tim Fluharty of Fluharty Electric testified at one of the Planning Commission hearings in favor of small wind energy systems because the systems reduced consumer use and dependence on utility supplied electricity.  Mr. Banks acknowledged that Mr. Fluharty was present.  He noted that Mr. Fluharty had installed the majority of the wind energy systems in the County.

 

Councilman Newcomb left the meeting to attend a Circuit Court trial.

 

Mr. Banks advised that ten building permit applications had been received for the installation of small wind energy systems.  Michael Bonsteel, Critical Area Planner, showed a presentation on the small wind energy systems located in the County.

 

In response to a question from Mr. Merryweather regarding how much energy a small wind energy system would generate for an average household with two to three children, Mr. Fluharty stated that a small 1.8 kilowatt system would generate 200 to 400 kilowatt hours in a month. 

 

Based on a question from Councilwoman Elzey regarding cost, Mr. Fluharty advised that the cost for small wind energy systems varies and depends on the size of the tower.  He explained that individuals could obtain a federal tax credit of 30% for the installation of a system and that businesses could depreciate the entire cost of the system over five years.

 

Councilman Travers questioned whether or not the wind system would be the only source of electricity for a residence or business or whether a backup system was needed.    Mr. Fluharty explained that conventional electric distribution would still be provided to the residence or business.   

 

In response to a question from Councilwoman Elzey regarding the noise level of a small wind energy system, Mr. Banks noted that the level was acceptable.

 

Based on an inquiry from Pete Macinta, a Dorchester County resident, regarding costs for small energy wind systems, Mr. Fluharty explained that the height of the tower dictates the cost which could range from $16,000 up to $250,000. 

 

Wendell Foxwell, a Dorchester County resident, expressed his concern about the noise the systems generated and noted that he recently read an article about an individual who had filed a lawsuit regarding the noise generated by a wind energy system adversely affected her health.    He said that it was his understanding that the Council had recently opposed the installation of towers for electrical distribution and that he was concerned that the Council was not opposed to the installation of towers for the wind energy systems.  He stated that he was opposed to the construction of the wind energy towers and expressed his concern that the systems will endanger waterfowl.

 

Mr. Banks noted that the height of the towers in residential areas will average between 70 and 80 feet.  He explained that since small turbines and blades were used in those systems the impacts to wildlife are negligible.  Mr. Fluharty advised that residential small wind energy systems are no louder than 50 decibels. 

 

Millicent Maloney, a Dorchester County resident, advised the Council that she and her husband were considering the purchase and installation of a small 45 foot Sky Stream wind energy system on their property located on Whitelyville Road.  She expressed concern about the proposed setbacks from non-participating building structures on neighboring land.  She explained that the setbacks varied depending on the height of the tower and that they were calculated by adding 50 feet to the height of the tower.  She noted that the closest building on her neighbor’s property to the proposed tower was a garage/utility shed and not an occupied dwelling which was 10 feet from her property line.  She noted that with the setback requirements as outlined in the proposed legislation she would not be able to have a small wind energy system installed on her property.  Ms. Maloney expressed her concern that proposed legislation included setback requirements that were, in her opinion, too restrictive. She suggested a twenty foot setback and the further definition of the term “non participating building structures”.

 

Mr. Banks noted that the setbacks were to maintain a distance between the tower and residences and buildings that were occupied and agreed that the definition of “non participating building structures” may need to be better defined.

 

Mr. Merryweather advised the Council that if they agreed to move forward with the amendments suggested by Ms. Maloney, they would have to defer the acceptance of the bill and forward the matter back to the Planning Canning for further review and consideration.

 

Councilman Travers expressed concern that a half an acre may not be enough land to place the small wind energy system on and meet the setback requirements.  Mr. Banks stated that more acreage may be needed and that how much would depend on the height of the tower.

 

Councilman Travers questioned what effect the delay in passing the legislation would have on existing applications for small wind energy systems.  Mr. Banks noted that although there have been recent inquiries there are no requests pending for permits for the systems.

 

The Council agreed to forward Bill No. 2009-3, regarding small wind energy systems, back to the Planning Commission for review and reconsideration in order to address the following concerns: 1) that the minimum square feet required for a small wind energy system and any associated setbacks may be too restrictive; and 2) that the definition of “non-participating building” in Section KK (F) is not appropriately defined.  The Council acknowledged that once the Planning Commission has reviewed the proposed legislation and submits its findings of facts to the Council another public hearing will be held.

 

The Council adopted the Findings of Fact on BILL NO. 2009-2  AN ACT OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF DORCHESTER COUNTY MARYLAND PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 155, ENTITLED ZONING SECTION 155-B OF THE DORCHESTER COUNTY CODE REZONING A PARCEL OF LAND OWNED BY CANNING HOUSE, LLC, WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CLARK CANNING HOUSE ROAD, EAST OF MARYLAND ROUTE 307 (WILLIAMSBURG ROAD), AND APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE SOUTH-WEST OF THE MUNICIPAL BOUNDARY OF THE TOWN OF FEDERALSBURG, CONTAINING 24.91 ACRES OF LAND, MORE OR LESS, OF WHICH 11.50 ACRES IS TO BE REZONED, IN THE WILLIAMSBURG OR 12th ELECTION DISTRICT OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND FROM AN AC, AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION DISTRICT TO B-2, GENERAL BUSINESS DISTRICT.

 

The role call on the enactment of Bill No. 2009-2 was as follows: Newcomb- aye; Nichols-nay; Elzey-nay;  Travers- aye; Price-aye.

 

REGULAR SESSION

Councilman Newcomb rejoined the meeting.

BID OPENING/AWARD-EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST-120 HIGH STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND         

 

Mr. Merryweather advised that at the Council’s instruction an advertisement was placed in the Star Democrat on February 3, February 10 and February 17, 2009 for a public auction sale by sealed bid of 120 High Street, Cambridge, Maryland.  He noted that the deadline for the submission of the bids was March 13, 2009 and that only one bid in the amount of $1,000 had been received.  The Council agreed to reject the bid and instructed staff to provide information regarding options on possible disposition of the 120 High Street property.     

 

WATERWAY IMPROVEMENT/SHORELINE PROJECTS UPDATE                        

 

Mike Moulds, Engineer, provided the Council with an update on waterway improvement/shoreline projects.  He advised that there were five proposed

major marine projects which included Elliott Island Road shoreline erosion control, Elliott Island jetty and marina improvements, Chapel Cove dredging, Lodgecliff Canal, and Punch Island breakwater structures. 

 

He explained that the Elliott Island Road shoreline erosion control project was to create a stable shoreline to provide long term a living shoreline bordering Fishing Bay.  He estimated that the project would create 16.5 acres of tidal wetlands and will protect 3,200 linear feet of the existing road.  Mr. Moulds advised that the project was scalable based on grant funding with an estimated projected cost of $2,476.00 including supplies, materials, equipment, labor, engineering, permitting and site maintenance.  He stated that the benefits of the project include the potential use of the site for tidal wetlands mitigation bank and as a demonstration site for beneficial use of dredge material.  He explained that the project would require temporary reinforcement of the Elliott Island bridge for hauling material and that the Elliott Island harbor would be utilized for the delivery of stone.  He noted that the shoreline and hauling of existing dredge material may be completed over time in order to minimize negative effects. Mr. Moulds advised that the second project, Elliott Island jetty and marina improvement project, would cost an estimated $840,000 and would protect the marina from storm and wave damage.   He explained that the cost of the project was offset by Waterway Improvement funds in the amount of $95,000 and $444,000 in State funds for dredging.  He noted that staff had applied for an additional $99,000 in Waterway Improvement funds which left a funding gap of $202,000 for the project.  Councilman Travers questioned whether or not funds could be obtained from the federal government for the project as the channel was a federal channel.  Mr. Weber advised that attempts to pursue federal funding in the past had failed.  Mr. Moulds explained that the project involved the following: replacement of deteriorated wood jetties with rock jetties for more diffraction, the construction of rock sills for shoreline erosion protection and dredging of the interior basin and realignment of the mooring piles and slips in order to minimize exposure to waves.

 

Mr. Moulds advised that the Chapel Cove dredging project consisted of the dredging of the main channel to provide access to the County dock and boat ramp and the dredging of private channels.  He said that the owner of the marina at Chapel Cove will reimburse the County for the costs for the dredging of the private channels.  He noted that the project also included the permitting of a hydraulic dredge material placement site and the renegotiation of a boat ramp lease.  He explained that the existing lease for the boat ramp would have to be renegotiated for a term of at least 30 years in order to obtain Maryland Department of Natural Resources grant funding for the project.  Mr. Moulds advised that the estimated project cost was $698,000 and that the project would be funded with $75,000 in Waterway Improvement funds previously received by the County with an additional $230,000 in grant funding being requested for BY2010. He stated that there would still be a funding gap of $393,000 (public share)  for the project.  Mr. Moulds advised the Council that he will be meeting with the owner of the marina on March 18, 2009.

 

Mr. Moulds explained the Lodgecliff Canal project consisted of dredging of the canal entrance and interior canal, reconstruction and extension of the stone jetty in addition to the development of a dredge material beneficial demonstration site at Horn’s Point, University of Maryland site, at the estimated cost of $ 1,716,621.   Mr. Moulds stated that the residents along the canal had formed an association and are working with legal counsel to establish a special taxing district for repayment of the loan by residents.   He noted that Hoint Point Laboratory representatives have confirmed their interest in developing a demonstration site for beneficial use of dredge material.  He advised that a design committee for the project had been formed from representatives from Horn Point, the homeowners association and County staff to develop a request for proposals for engineering and permitting for the project.  He said that they were looking for other grant opportunities to fund the demonstration site.  Mr. Moulds advised that the channel will be dredged four feet below mean water level and that 4,225 cubic yards of material will be removed.   He noted that $40,000 had been allocated in the County’s 2008-2009 budget for engineering and permitting for the project and that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources had approved the feasibility study for the project and the use of an interest free loan from the Waterway Improvement Fund. 

 

Mr. Moulds explained that the Punch Island breakwater structure project involved the following: completion of shoreline protection work performed by the Army Corp of Engineers, installation of 4 to 6 stone breakwaters and dredging to create a stable foundation for the breakwaters.  He advised that costs need to be revised for the project.  He noted that currently the project had a projected cost of $3,200,000 for the construction of 6 breakwaters and a second option to construct 4 breakwaters at a cost of $2,200,000 with the local County share ranging between $550,000 and $800,000 depending on the amount of breakwaters constructed.  He noted that additional costs for the construction of the containment site at Barren Island would need to be identified and that Maryland Department of Natural Resource funds for the Elliott Island Road shoreline erosion control project in the amount of $460,000 could be diverted to this project if necessary. 

 

Mr. Weber noted that all of the funds required to complete the entire Elliott Island Road shoreline erosion control project have not been identified.  Mr. Moulds advised that a request has been submitted to the Maryland Department of Environment on behalf of the County for stimulus funds for the use of the restoration of habitat in the amount of $1,200,000 million.   Mr. Weber advised the Council that he would be providing the Council with an update on the Punch Island project and would include the Elliott Island Road Shoreline Erosion Control project in that update.

 

In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb regarding the additional breakwaters along Punch Island Road, Mr. Weber stated that the new breakwaters would be constructed in line with the existing six breakwaters.

 

Councilman Travers questioned how much the residents on Lodgecliff Canal would have to contribute to the project.  Mr. Moulds noted that the only funding available at the present time for the project was the $40,000 the Council approved.  The remainder, if a loan, would be paid back by the residents.

 

In response to questions from Councilman Travers regarding the special taxing district, Mr. Moulds advised that the residents in the area would have to pay back the low interest loan and that there had been no final determination on what would happen if a resident on Lodgecliff Canal did not want to participate in the taxing district.   He said it was his understanding that the Lodgecliff Homeowner’s Association was working with legal counsel on the matter.  He noted that he had attended several meetings with the association to keep them informed about the project and that he was working on a Committee with members of Horn’s Point to develop a site for the dredged material at the University of Maryland Horn’s Point site to reduce costs.

 

Henry Emory, a Dorchester County resident, expressed his understanding that in the past funds in the amount of $84,000 had been allocated to dredge the channel.  Mr. Moulds advised that he was not aware that there was any funding allocated to dredge the channel.

 

The Council thanked Mr. Weber and Mr. Moulds for their update on County water improvement/shoreline projects.

 

ROADS BOARD                                                                                                                   

 

REQUEST TO ADVERTISE-GRASS CUTTERS

The Council approved the request of Mr. Weber, and Roy Mills, Highway Division Manager, to advertise five (5) vacant part time seasonal grass cutter positions for the upcoming grass cutting season and to provide recommendations to hire to Council once interviews have been conducted.  The Council requested that actual grass cutting not commence before May 1, 2009 but acknowledged that the employees may start prior to that date in order to familiarize themselves with equipment or perform other tasks specific to this job classification such as removing snow stakes from County roads.

 

OTHER

Based on an inquiry from Councilman Price regarding the status of removal of road side trash, Mr. Weber advised that Warden Don Satterfield had agreed to supply inmate labor to remove the trash once a week.  He advised that Public Works staff were removing the bigger items from roadsides.

 

In response to a question from Councilwoman Elzey regarding the cost of snow removal, Mr. Weber advised that the cost was $88,000 which included costs for labor, equipment, fuel and parts.    Based on a question from Councilwoman Elzey, Mr. Weber advised that there were not sufficient funds in the Highway Department budget to cover the costs.  The Council approved the payment of the costs for ice and snow removal over and above the budgeted amount for those services from the FY09 Contingency Fund.

 

Councilman Newcomb asked Mr. Weber to contact the City Public Works staff regarding potholes located on Egypt Road.  Councilman Travers asked Mr. Weber to also advise City Public Works staff to view South Road regarding potholes.  Mr. Weber advised that it was his understanding the work had been completed.  Councilman Travers advised that there were still potholes on those roads.

 

MANAGER’S COMMENTS

 

REQUESTED 2009 MOSQUITO CONTROL BUDGET

 

The Council approved the written request of Michael A. Cantwell, Project Manager for the Mosquito Control Section of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, for the County’s share of operating funds for mosquito control in the County during the 2009 season.  The Council agreed to commit to $300,000 instead of the $305,000 requested by Mr. Cantwell and that if this year’s season was worse than anticipated the Council would consider a request for additional funding.

 

REQUEST TO EXPEND REMAINDER OF CAPITAL FUNDS-EQUIPMENT-NEW AMBULANCE-EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

 

The Council approved the request of Jason Shorter, Emergency Medical Services Director, for $11,000 to purchase equipment necessary to place the new ambulance unit in service in Eldorado including radios, tools and emergency medical services equipment from remaining funds allocated for the purchase of an ambulance in the Emergency Medical Services FY 2009 Capital Budget.

 

REQUEST TO ADVERTISE FOR REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS-CLEAN AND LIEN PROGRAM-PLANNING AND ZONING

 

The Council approved the request of Steve Dodd, Planning and Zoning Director, to advertise for requests for proposals for contractual services from vendors to perform property maintenance clean up services in support of the “Clean and Lien” enforcement program at the direction of the Planning and Zoning Department staff.   The Council instructed that the request for proposals and all associated advertisements include the statement that the Council has the right to reject any and all bids.  The Council acknowledged that Mr. Dodd has identified funds in the Planning and Zoning Department to cover the cost of these services.

 

REQUEST TO AMEND BIDDING PROCEDURE-REMOVAL OF UNSAFE STRUCTURES-PLANNING AND ZONING

 

Steve Dodd, Planning and Zoning Director, requested that the Council amend the bidding procedure for the removal of unsafe structures under the County’s Building Code by waiving the requirement that any procurement over $5,000 be advertised with a bid opening and approval by the County Council.  He said that the amendment would expedite the removal of unsafe structures.  He explained that the cost of the majority of projects would be less than $5,000 once Dorchester County