Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes
posted: 07/03/09

County Council Meeting Minutes


June 16, 2009

County Council of Dorchester County

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 16, 2009

 

The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on June 16, 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 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 to §10-508(A)(7) to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice on a legal matter.

 

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

 

REGULAR SESSION

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

Councilman Price led the invocation and the pledge of allegiance.

 

CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA

 

The Council agreed to add to the agenda a request from the National Association of Counties to urge federal legislators to oppose an amendment to the Clean Water Restoration Act.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES-June 2, 2009

 

The Council approved the minutes for June 2, 2009 as presented.

 

The Council also approved the June 2, 2009 Continuity of Government Plan (COOP) Review Minutes as presented.

 

APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

 

The Council approved vouchers as presented with Councilman Travers abstaining from payments made to Simmons Center Market with the exception of a $138.80 mileage reimbursement for the Tourism Department which amount is incorrect and will be reissued.

FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $2,846,028.13.

 

BUDGET TRANSFER REQUESTS  

 

The Council approved the following FY09 budget transfer requests: 1) $4,950 from the State’s Attorney salaries line item to State’s Attorney Contractual Services; 2) $3,900 from Finance Office Supplies and $725 from Finance Lodging and Meals to Finance Data Processing for a total transfer of $4,625; 3) $8,000 from Corrections Salaries to Corrections Overtime; 4) $4,000 from Highway Bridge Materials and $8,000 from Highway Tires and Tubs to Highway Repair Parts for a total transfer of $12,000; 5) $500 from Recreation and Parks Employee Uniforms to Office Supplies; 6) $5,000 from Recreation and Parks Seasonal Employee Salaries and $3,000 from Recreation and Parks Swimming Pool Salaries to Contractual Services ($9,500), Recreation Program Supplies ($1,500), Recreation Maintenance and Repairs ($1,000) and Recreation and Parks Pool and Other Expenses $2,000; 7) $11 from Weed Control Other to Weed Control Postage; 8) $14,000 from Economic Development Advertising to Economic Development Special Projects; 9) $1,500 from Economic Development Other to Economic Development Office Supplies; 10) $9,360 from Tourism Revenues to Contractual Services; 11) $1,650 from Tourism Miscellaneous Revenue to Marketing.

 

RECONSIDERATION- FY07 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES CAPITAL EXPENDITURE REQUEST

 

The Council agreed to sole source and approved the request of Jason Shorter, Emergency Medical Service Director, to use FY07 Emergency Medical Services Capital Budget funds in the amount of $7,900 allocated for Personal Protective Equipment to purchase 11 used Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units from Rescue Fire Company at the cost of $700 per unit for a total cost of $7,700.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY

 

The County Council of Dorchester County convened in an Executive Session at 5:00  p.m. on April 28, 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 to §10-508(A)(7) to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice on a legal matter.

 

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) approved a request of the Public Works Director for the extension allowance to use earned leave for two employees for thirty days by a 3 to 1 vote with Councilman Newcomb opposing; 2) approved a request by the 911 Center Director to hire individuals to fill four vacant 911 Dispatcher positions by a 3 to 1 vote with Councilman Travers abstaining; 3) after discussion with legal counsel, denied a request to change lease terms regarding hangar insurance by a 4 to 0 vote; 4)discussed with legal counsel a request to amend lease terms regarding real property taxes and acknowledged that action on the request will be taken in regular session; 5) Discussed with legal counsel a matter regarding animal control-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-AMANDA BRAMBLE, JIMMIE AND SOOK’S

 

The Council presented a commendation to Amanda Bramble congratulating her for her continued support of the Dorchester County community through her recent opening of Jimmie and Sook’s restaurant and participation in the on-going NBC News series “American Character Along Highway 50”.  Ms. Bramble accepted the commendation.

 

DEWEY BLADES, CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE COMMUNITY SERVICE MEDAL

 

The Council presented Dewey Blades with a commendation for being awarded the Chesapeake College Community Service Medal.  Mr. Blades accepted the commendation.

 

OPENING BIDS-REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST-REALTORS-120 HIGH STREET

                 

Jane Baynard, County Manager, explained that after previously advertising a request for expressions of interest to sell 120 High Street and receiving only one offer which was rejected, the Council agreed to advertise a request for expressions of interest for a Realtor®, to market the property.  She noted that two expressions of interest were received with public marketing plans that included advertising the property in multiple listing services.  In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb, Ms. Baynard advised that both of the realtors who responded to the ad were made aware of the appraisal of the property.

 

Based on a question from Councilman Newcomb, Mr. Merryweather advised that the Council can agree to list the property at the appraised value. 

 

The Council awarded the bid to list the 120 High Street property to Julie Fox, Realtor®, Remax on the Bay, with a commission rate of 5% for a six month period with a listing price of $300,000. 

 

RESIDENT CONCERNS-ANIMALS-TAYLORS ISLAND

 

Reverend Kirkley, a Taylors Island resident and Vice President of Tidewater Farm Club, advised the Council of his concerns about wild dogs on Taylors Island.  He expressed concern that packs of the dogs travel together during the day and night on his and other property on Taylors Island including property owned by the Nature Conservancy and the Taylors Island Wildlife Management Area.  He said that he believed the dogs were responsible for the reduction of wildlife in the area.  Reverend Kirkley stated that he used to hunt with 20-25 individuals but the number of hunters has dwindled to 4 because of the decrease in the number of deer on approximately 200 acres.  Reverend Kirkley noted that he has been a volunteer at the Nature Conservancy for 20 years and that he has seen the number of deer and other wildlife on that property drastically decrease.   He provided the Council with a letter from Gary S. and Tina Cartwright in which they state that they fear that Ms. Cartwright will be attacked by wild dogs if she rides her bicycle on Robinson Neck Road.  Reverend Kirkley noted that surveyor, Steve Wicken, has witnessed large packs of dogs in the area and he further stated that dogs have approached him in an aggressive manner while on his own property.  He advised the Council that he contacted Senator Richard Colburn who provided him with information from the Department of Legislative Services that states that Dorchester County has a right to control and correct the wild dog situation and provided the Council with recommendations to amend the County’s current Dog Control Ordinance to address the problem.  He thanked the Council for their time and attention to the matter.

 

Dennis Stolte, a Talbot County resident and volunteer for the Nature Conservancy, provided the Council with a statement regarding the wild dogs.  He stated that from 2007 to the present he has noticed dog tracks and wild adult and smaller dogs at the Nature Conservancy.  He expressed his opinion that the wild dogs either need to be controlled by the owners or to be captured or destroyed.  He asked the Council, the Sheriff and the Animal Control staff to take immediate action.

 

Raymond Rayblick, a resident of Edgemere, Maryland, advised the Council that he hunts deer on Taylors Island and that he and other hunters cannot bring their hunting dogs or their children with them to hunt because of fear the wild dogs will attack them. 

 

In response to a question from Wendell Foxwell, a Dorchester County resident, Mr. Rayblick stated that the dogs are different breeds and have been seen running in packs in the day time hours.

 

The Council approved the request of Sheriff Phillips to allow him 30 to 60 days to research other County ordinances and draft proposed legislation to amend the County’s Dog Control Ordinance to address the issue of wild dogs in Dorchester County.


LEGISLATIVE SESSION

 

The Council introduced Bill No. 2009-6 TO GRANT A PROPERTY TAX CREDIT AGAINST THE COUNTY PROPERTY TAX IMPOSED ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CEDAR MEADOWS ROD AND GUN CLUB, INCORPORATED AND TO GRANT A PROPERTY TAX CREDIT AGAINST THE COUNTY PROPERTY TAX IMPOSED ON PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CAMBRIDGE SKEET AND GUN CLUB, INCORPORATED

 

E. Thomas Merryweather, County Attorney, advised the Council that the bill will grant a property tax credit against County property tax imposed on property owned by the Cedar Meadows Rod and Gun Club, Inc. and property owned by the Cambridge Skeet and Gun Club, Inc.  He noted that State law previously granted these credits but noted that prior amendments to that law now required a local bill if these credits are to continue.

 

The Council agreed to proceed with publication of a public hearing on this matter.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Council introduced Bill No. 2009-7 AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AND EMPOWER DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, TO BORROW UP TO $6,579,873 ON ITS FULL FAITH AND CREDIT, AND ISSUE AND SELL ITS BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS IN ONE OR MORE SERIES FROM TIME TO TIME THEREFOR, TO BE USED TO FINANCE, REIMBURSE OR REFINANCE COSTS OF CERTAIN SCHOOL PROJECTS PROVIDED FOR IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 AND FISCAL YEAR 2009 CAPITAL BUDGETS AND COSTS OF ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS; AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY COUNCIL TO ADOPT ONE OR MORE ADMINISTRATIVE RESOLUTIONS PRIOR TO ISSUING ANY SUCH BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS IN ORDER TO FIX, PRESCRIBE, DETERMINE OR PROVIDE FOR THE DETAILS OF SUCH BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND THE ISSUANCE AND SALE THEREOF; EXEMPTING SUCH BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 10 AND 11 OF ARTICLE 31 OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND; PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF TAXES UPON THE ASSESSABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE COUNTY SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE DEBT SERVICE ON SUCH BONDS OR OTHER OBLIGATIONS; AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE FROM TIME TO TIME OF ONE OR MORE SERIES OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT NOT EXCEEDING $6,579,873 IN ORDER TO FINANCE, REFINANCE OR REIMBURSE PROJECT COSTS ON AN INTERIM BASIS; AND GENERALLY PROVIDING FOR AND DETERMINING VARIOUS MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES AUTHORIZED HEREBY.

 

Mr. Merryweather advised that in order to correct deficiencies in not meeting publication deadlines, Funk and Bolton, Bond Counsel for Dorchester County, has recommended that the bill to authorize and empower Dorchester County, Maryland, to borrow up to $6,579,873 on its full faith and credit, and issue and sell its bonds or other obligations in one or more series from time to time therefore, to be used to finance, reimburse or refinance costs of certain school projects provided for in the fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2009 capital budgets and costs of issuance of such bonds or other obligations be re-advertised in order to enable Bond Counsel to give an unqualified bond opinion.

 

The Council agreed to proceed with publication of a public hearing on this matter.

 

The Council declared July 14, 2009 a Special Legislative Day in order to hold public hearings on this Bill No. 2009-7 and Bill No. 2009-6. 

 

ROADS BOARD       

                                                                                   

REQUEST TO PURCHASE EMPLOYEE BREAK/TRAINING ROOM FURNISHINGS

 

The Council approved the request of Chuck Weber, Public Works Director, to purchase furnishing for the Highway Division Employee Break/Training Room at the cost of

$9,655 from surplus sale receipts of approximately $33,000.  The Council acknowledged that most of the furnishing will be installed by County Public Works staff but that the Information Technology Department staff may advise and assist with the installation of any video equipment.

 

HOOPERSVILLE REVETMENTPROJECT    

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Weber to extend an offer to three property owners, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold F. Noland, Ms. Sharon Kuhl and Mr. Richard A. White, to spread their upfront payments for the repayment of a Maryland Department of Natural Resources loan for the Hoopersville Road Shore Erosion Control project over the twenty five-year loan and include annual payments on their future tax bills.   The Council acknowledged that the following payments must be made: $47,069 from the Nolands, $4,990 from Ms. Kuhl and $4,409 from Mr. White.

 

OTHER

 

Mr. Weber advised the Council that the design for the fish ladder for the Galestown Pond dam is almost complete and that once final approval of the design is received from Dam Safety and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the plans, specifications and a request to advertise for bids for the project will be provided to Council for its review and consideration.

 

The Council requested that Mr. Weber have staff view and, if necessary, cut the grass and pick up limbs and branches hanging out or protruding on the Skeet Club and Jones Village roadways.

In response to a question from Councilman Travers regarding the water level of the Galestown pond, Mr. Weber stated that the pond has been full since the winter due to rain.  He explained that the weir over the dam is designed so that there is not a lot of fluctuation in water level.  Councilwoman Elzey noted that residents who live near the dam are concerned about soil erosion of their property due to the water level of the pond.  Mr. Weber stated that once the fish ladder is installed the water level will decrease which will in turn decrease the amount of water being spilled onto their property.

 

MANAGERS COMMENTS

 

UPDATED WORK PLAN APPROVAL-DELMARVA COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

At the request of Michelle Nichols, Program Director, Delmarva Community Services, the Council reviewed the updated Community Services Block Grant funding working plan and budget for FY10 that was submitted to the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization in the amount of $465,641 for the period of May 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010 and agreed to the execution of the Chief Elected Official Certification form which certifies that the Council received the plan and budget.

 

AIRPORT LEASE RENEWALS-B & B SPORT AVIATION, KAY’S RESTAURANT

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Weber to renew a lease between the County Council and Ted Bryant of B & B Sport Aviation for the Quonset Hut hangar at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport for $800 per month for the first year with annual increases of 2.5% for the term of the lease.  The Council denied the request of Mr. Bryant for a one year lease with an option to renew annually for five years and agreed to renew the lease for a five year term.  The Council acknowledged that the lease will commence on July 1, 2009 and terminate on June 30, 2014.   The Council further acknowledged that the lease contains a provision that allows Mr. Bryant to terminate the lease if he meets the requirements in that provision.

 

The Council approved Mr. Weber’s request to renew a lease between the County Council and Kay Rhea, owner of Kay’s Restaurant, for restaurant space in the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport Terminal Building for five years beginning July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014 at the lease rate for the first year of $1,800 per month with increases annually to $2,500 per month in the Fifth year.

 

2010 WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE AMENDMENT-LOCAL MANAGEMENT BOARD

 

The Council approved the request of Nancy Shockley, Local Management Board Director, to accept a Weatherization agreement totaling $757,538 for FY 2010 from the Department of Housing and Community Development Weatherization Program which includes additional funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The Council also approved the renewal of a contract with Maryland Energy Conservation to provide weatherization services for Dorchester County.

FY10 HEALTHY FAMILIES GRANT RENEWAL APPLICATION-LOCAL MANAGEMENT BOARD

 

The Council approved the request of Ms. Shockley to submit a FY10 Healthy Families Grant Renewal Application in the amount of $363,132 to the Maryland State Department of Education, for the Healthy Families Dorchester Home Visiting Program that offers support to all families expecting a baby.  The Council acknowledged that the local match will be paid by the Health Department, which is the lead agency for the program.

 

LOCAL MANAGEMENT BOARD-ELECTION OF CHAIR/VICE CHAIR

 

Based on a request from Ms. Shockley, the Council approved the recommendation of the Local Management Board to elect Cory Fink, Department of Juvenile Services as Chair and Kitty Nelson, Core Service Agency as Vice Chair for the Local Management Board.  The Council acknowledged that their terms will begin on July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

 

FY2010 FUNDING AGREEMENT-DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE

 

The Council approved a request of Roger Harrell, Health Officer of the Dorchester County Health Department, to execute the FY10 Funding Agreement totaling $735,000 which includes required matching funds of $275,422 and a local match of $459,578 to provide local health services at the Health Department between the County and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The Council acknowledged that the County Funds are equal to the $735,000 appropriation in the County Council’s FY10 budget.

 

AMENDMENT TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT-MILL POND AT CABIN CREEK-SECTION 2-PLANNING & ZONING

 

The Council approved the request of Steve Dodd, Planning and Zoning Director, to execute an amendment to a Road Construction dated February 27, 2007 between the County Council of Dorchester County and Cabin Creek, LLC to exclude Lot 34 in Section 2 of the Mill Pond at Cabin Creek subdivision from the prohibition in the original agreement that lots cannot be sold or offered for sale until roads that serve Section Two are completed and accepted into the County road system.  The Council acknowledged that Lot 34 is a corner lot and has frontage on an existing County road, Little Creek Road and that the proposed owner has agreed to limit access to that road unless and until Hickory Cove Road is completed and accepted.

 

RESOLUTION-APPROVAL OF PROPOSED MUNICIPAL ZONING-WYATT GROUP

 

The Council accepted and agreed to execute a resolution approving proposed municipal zoning of HC Highway Commercial, CG-General Commercial and a small portion of R-1-Resident associated the petition for annexation to the City of Cambridge filed by your client, Wyatt Group, LLC, for 124 acres of land located south of Route 16 and east of Woods Road and adjacent to the existing municipal boundary.  The Council acknowledged that the current County Zoning for the property is I-1, Light Industrial and B-2 General Business.  The Council requested that the letter submitted to the City of Cambridge Planning and Zoning Office with a copy of the resolution include the fact that it is the Council’s understanding after talking with William S. McAllister, Attorney for Crystal Lake, LLC, that the developer of the property will be responsible for upgrading Woods Road.    

 

In response to a question from Portia Ennals-Johnson, Mr. Merryweather explained that the County Council can vote on the proposed municipal zoning before the City of Cambridge Council makes a decision on whether to annexed the property into City limits.  He also confirmed that even though the Council agreed with the proposed municipal zoning, the City Council can still deny the request for annexation.

 

DORCHESTER COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE WATER AND SEWER PLAN AMENDMENT-CRYSTAL LAKE, LLC

 

The Council agreed to proceed with a public hearing on the request of Crystal Lake, LLC to amend the provisions of certain tables of and to adopt additional maps for the 2004 Dorchester County Comprehensive Water and Sewer Plan (“Plan”) to establish water and sewer service areas for certain properties located at the northwest corner of Routes 50 and 16 (hereinafter, the “Crystal Lake Service Area”), more specifically Parcels 64, 65, 69 and 153 of Tax Map 31 and Parcels 345, 346 and 347 of Tax Map 42.  The Council acknowledged that the Crystal Lake Service Area will be served by water and wastewater systems having average daily capacities of 45,500 gallons.

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC PLAN

 

The Council approved the request of Keasha Haythe, Economic Development Director, to submit a grant application for funding under the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development Community Development Block Grant for Economic Development in the amount of $40,000 for the creation of a Economic Development Strategic Plan which will clearly outline the goals, objectives, mission, and vision of the Economic Development Department. The Council acknowledged that there is a local match commitment of up to $10,000 and agreed to use $9,000 from the FY09 Contingency Fund and $1,000 from the Economic Development FY10 advertising budget for this commitment. 

 

DORCHESTER COUNTY PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT BOARD APPOINTMENT RECONSIDERATION

 

The Council agreed to nominate Gerald Testerman for reappointment as the County’s representative for the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board to the Governor’s Office upon receiving clarification that only Mr. Testerman’s name has to be submitted despite the requirement that three names must be submitted for each appointment to the Board.  The Council acknowledged that Ashley Valis from the Governor’s Office has advised staff that Council will receive that correspondence.

 

BYRNE JUSTICE RECOVERY ACT GRANT APPLICATION-TECHNOLOGY-SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

The Council approved the request of Sheriff James Phillips to submit a Byrne Justice Recovery Act Grant application entitled "Technology Solutions-LETR" to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention in the amount of $124,186 for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 with no cash match.  The Council acknowledged that this funding will be used to purchase tasers, portable radios, a new camera system for tower locations and an information system for data retrieval in the field.

 

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF CRIME CONTROL AND PREVENTION GRANT APPLICATION-BODY ARMOR-SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

The Council approved the request of Sheriff Phillips to submit a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for $48,522.00 with a 50% cash match of $24,261.00 which, if approved, will be used to purchase body armor.  The Council members acknowledged that a Federal grant in the amount of $9,930.00 will be prepared as part of the local match for the vests for the Sheriff's Office and Detention Center (61 total vests) which is a 50/50 grant, requiring a local match.  The Council agreed to fund an amount up to 50% of that grant award from the FY2010 Contingency Fund, less accumulated past Federal grant balances on hand which equal $12,858.09. 

 

LETTER OF SUPPORT-RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE-BAY COUNTRY COMMUNICATIONS

 

The Council approved the written request of Scott Schilling, Bay Country Communications, to execute a letter of support for a grant application to the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Connect Broadband Grant to run fiber optics from the planned Technology Park at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport to South Dorchester School and the surrounding community of Golden Hill.

 

TELEPHONE POLL CONFIRMATIONS

 

Ms. Baynard advised that in the interim between meetings the Council approved the following by means of telephone poll: 1) agreed by a 5 to 0 vote to hire an expert witness to assist the County in opposition to the Mid Atlantic Power Pathway project and by a 4 to 1 vote to use $7,000 in FY09 Contingency Funds to fund the hiring of the witness; 2) agreed to waive the bidding process and to sole source with East Coast Equipment Service, Inc. to purchase a new washing machine for the Dorchester Detention Center at the cost of $8,657 from the Detention Center’s current maintenance budget by a 5 to 0 vote; 3) agreed to hold an Employee Appreciation Day luncheon in July, 2009 and agreed to sole source with Old Salty’s to cater the luncheon by a 4 to 1 vote with Councilman Newcomb abstaining.

 

CALL TO ACTION FROM NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES-CLEAN WATER RESTORATION ACT

 

At the written request of the National Association of Counties, the Council agreed to send letters to Senators Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski asking them to oppose a revision to the Clean Water Restoration Act to remove the term “navigable” from the definition of “waters to the U.S.” based on Council concern that the change will place every project that impacts water or where water may flow under federal permit jurisdiction which may affect man made ditches, culverts and pipes, roads, curbs, sidewalks, Mosquito Control and dams and reservoirs.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

In response to a question from Mr. Foxwell regarding the possible cultivation of land purchased by the County to extend the Airport runway, Mr. Weber stated that one of the reasons that land is not being tilled is because fields attract flying birds which may interfere with plane traffic.  Councilman Newcomb noted that several years ago the Council advertised a request for bids to cultivate the property but that those interested in tilling the land were concerned because they could lose crops if the runway project had to commence before the harvesting of the crops.   The Council requested that Mr. Weber provide information on whether the property purchased for the expansion of the Airport can be put out to bid for farmers to till the property.

 

In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb, Mr. Weber explained that the storm water management pond will be covered with a wire structure to discourage birds from going into the pond.

 

COUNCIL’S COMMENTS/ADJOURNMENT

 

In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb, Mr. Weber stated that the digging at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport was part of the relocation of the Airport taxiway to bring it back into Federal compliance.  He noted that the current taxiway is too close to the existing runway.

 

Based on a motion made by Councilman Price motion, the Council agreed to send a letter to LeRoy and Theresa Campbell acknowledging their email regarding the ownership of a parcel of land on Green Point Road and to provide them the status of the matter.

 

Councilman Newcomb stated that Councilman Nichols was unable to attend the meeting because he had to stay late at work to finish a major project.

 

Councilman Newcomb advised that on Monday, June 15th he attended the Dorchester County Community Advisory meeting regarding the Mid Atlantic Power Pathway project.  He said that three above ground routes and three underground routes were presented and that costs for those routes will be provided to the Advisory members at their next meeting.  He noted that one of the underground routes is adjacent to Route 50 and that they have never contacted the State Highway Administration for preliminary approval to locate that route along that roadway.

 

Councilman Newcomb read a note from the Dorchester Citizens for Safe Energy thanking the Council and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy for hiring Mr. Merrill as an expert witness regarding the Mid Atlantic Power Pathway project and had provided wrist bands for Council to wear which state “Dorchester’s Legacy Keep It Rural.”

 

With no further business to discuss, the Council adjourned.

 

ATTEST:                                                         DORCHESTER COUNTY COUNCIL:

 

______________________________            ____________________________________

Jane Baynard, County Manager                       Jay L. Newcomb, President

 

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                                                                        William V. Nichols, Vice President

 

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