Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes
posted: 04/28/10

County Council Meeting Minutes


March 30, 2010

County Council of Dorchester County

Regular Meeting Minutes

March 30, 2010

 

The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on March 30 2010 with the following members present: Present were Jay L. Newcomb, President; Effie M. Elzey Vice President; William V. Nichols; 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 the State Government Article 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; pursuant to §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; 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 Nichols led the invocation and the pledge of allegiance.

 

CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA

 

The Council approved the addition of an Emergency Medical Services billing rates discussion and removed a request for a letter of support for a historic site survey based on the requestor notifying the Council of lack of funds.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES-2010

 

The Council approved the minutes for March 16, 2010 as presented.

 

The Council approved the budget work session minutes for March 11, 2010 and March 25, 2010. 

 

APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

 

The Council approved vouchers as presented with Councilman Travers abstaining from payments made to Simmons Center Market.

 

FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $11,843,629.99.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY

 

The County Council of Dorchester County convened in an Executive Session at 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2010 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; pursuant to §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; 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. 

 

The Council approved the addition of three items to the agenda.

 

Action taken at the closed session: 1) based on a request from the Circuit Court Judge confirmed contracting with an individual to work as a social worker for the Dorchester County Family Access Center by a 5 to 0 vote; 2) agreed to allow a grant employee to continue participation in County’s health insurance policy upon retirement with conditions by a 5 to 0 vote; 3) approved the request of the Youth Services Director to hire an individual to fill a full time temporary grant position by a 5 to 0 vote; 4) deferred action regarding a personnel matter until more information is received; 5) agreed to the County purchase of property that was not purchased at previous tax sales by a 5 to 0 vote; 6) discussed a request relating to the potential expansion of a local business- requested a  public presentation; 7) received information from staff regarding the establishment of an enterprise zone –took no action; 8)discussed with legal counsel a request for information – requested additional information; 9) sought legal advice regarding an equipment repair and referred to open session.

 

Councilman Newcomb noted that the Council reserved the right to convene into executive session after the open session meeting to discuss personnel issues.

 

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

 

COMMENDATIONS-NORTH DORCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CLASS PLAY

 

The Council presented commendations to the participants of the North Dorchester High School Senior Class Play entitled “Peter Pan.”  Stephen Willey, Director, and members of the Senior Class Play accepted the commendations.

 

PROCLAMATION-SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH-APRIL 2010        

 

The Council presented a proclamation declaring April 2010 Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Richard Goldstein, Executive Director of For All Seasons accepted the proclamation.  He recognized Beth Ann Langrall and Devon Trinkley, Nurse Coordinator for Shore Health Systems were present.

 

COUNTY GOVERNMENT WEEK PROCLAMATION READ INTO RECORD

 

Councilman Newcomb recognized that April 2010 is County Government month.

                                   

MEETING WITH MUNICIPALITIES-TAX DIFFERENTIAL/REBATE                     

 

Councilman Newcomb explained that pursuant to Section 6-306 of the Tax-Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Council is required to meet annually with municipal representatives to discuss any tax differential or rebate to be established in the County’s proposed budget prior to being adopted.  He noted that the Council also historically uses the annual meeting to discuss with representatives of the municipalities various issues concerning their municipalities. 

 

Mayor Robert Herbert, Mayor, Church Creek, expressed his appreciation to Council for providing an annual landfill tipping credit to municipalities.  He said that a clean-up day will be held in Church Creek in May 2010.

 

Mayor Ron James, Town of Galestown, also expressed his appreciation to Council for providing the landfill tipping fee credit.  He thanked the County Highway Division for snow removal in the Town and for replacing signs quickly.

 

Charles Cephas, Council President, Town of Hurlock, thanked the Council for their assistance and cooperation over the years to the Town residents.  He advised Council that the Town’s storm water management system is needs upgrading and that Town representatives will be asking for Council’s assistance and guidance regarding the upgrade.   He introduced Cathy Clough, Town Clerk.  He thanked Councilman Price for attending Town meetings and for carrying the concerns of the Town’s citizens to the Council.  

 

Ms. Clough explained that the storm water pipe under Nealson Street needs to be re-directed along the Town’s roads at a 90 degree angle to service the heavy industrial property.  She said that Chesapeake Gas representatives have expressed an interest in putting in lines underground and that they may be able to upgrade the pipes at the same time.  She noted that some of the pipes are clay and are deteriorating and that the new pipes will be larger in order to provide the appropriate water pressure for fire control.  She commended the County staff at the Economic Development Department and Kate Donovan, GIS Specialist, in Planning and Zoning for their assistance to the Town in applying for Enterprise Zone designation and producing GIS maps to visualize the commercial areas of the Town.  She explained that the Resolution to establish the Enterprise Zone in the Town will need to be revised to remove the residential acreage.  need to adjust that resolution because about 215 acres commercial and industrial and not residential.  Ms. Clough said that individuals have expressed interest in starting businesses on Main Street and Nealson Street.  She explained that the Town’s Comprehensive Plan has been completed and will be submitted to the State by April 1, 2010.  She noted that the Town received an $11,000 grant to make a municipal building more energy efficient by installing a waterless water heater and thermostats.  She thanked County Highway Division staff for snow removal.

 

Ms. Clough advised the Council that Mayor Joyce Spratt sent her apologies because she was unable to attend the meeting due to prior commitments.  Councilman Newcomb noted that the Town Council and Mayor have been invited to the Council’s April 27, 2010 meeting.

 

Mayor Caroline Cline, Town of East New Market, noted that as part of the $7.8 million streetscape project street lights were placed along Town roadways.  She said that because there was a drastic reduction in highway user revenue funds, every other light may have to be turned off to reduce electricity costs.   She explained that one of the Town’s wells needs to be replaced due to a high arsenic contact.  She said that she is not asking for the County Council to provide funding for that well replacement due to current budget constraints and that she is hopeful grant funding can be obtained for that project.  Mayor Cline noted that $40,000 in grant funding was received and was used to resurface the tennis court and improve the parking area in the Town’s park.  She advised that there will ceremony including a pet show on May 1, 2010 to commemorate that project and invited the Council to attend.  She said that Councilman Price has agreed to be a judge at the pet show.

 

Ms. Baynard advised that according to State law a County may provide a property tax set off by means of a tax rebate or differential to avoid double taxation.  She explained that a tax rebate returns a portion of real property taxes paid by municipal taxpayers directly to a municipality and that a tax differential compensates those taxpayers directly for duplicative services provided to them by the City or Town in which they reside.

Ms. Baynard advised that a real property tax differential is in the proposed FY11 budget for residents of the Town of Hurlock and the City of Cambridge in the amount of 4.2 cents per $100 assessed value and includes a proposal to continue historic rebates for the smaller municipalities in the County.  She noted that those municipalities include the towns of Secretary, East New Market, Vienna, Church Creek, Galestown, Brookview and Eldorado.

 

The Council thanked Mayor Herbert, Mayor James, Mr. Cephas, Ms. Clough and Mayor Cline for attending the meeting.  Councilman Newcomb, on behalf of the Council, advised them that they were welcome to attend County Council meetings.

 

NEW CRITICAL AREA BUFFER REQUIREMENTS-PLANNING & ZONING

 

Steve Dodd, Planning and Zoning Director, introduced Michael Bonsteel, Environmental Planner, and expressed his appreciation for the assistance he provides to residents. 

 

Mr. Dodd provided a PowerPoint presentation.

 

Mr. Dodd explained that in 2008 House Bill 1253 passed which gave the Critical Area Commission (CAC) authority to adopt regulations.  He noted that before that legislation was passed the Maryland General Assembly was charged with adopting critical area regulations.  He said that the CAC recently created new buffer regulations which expanded the current buffer in the critical areas from 100 feet from tidal waters and wetlands to 300 feet as of March 8, 2010.  He noted that 48% of the County is in the critical area designation and expressed concern that the expansion of the buffer will have a huge impact on development within the County.  He explained that his staff tried to negotiate with CAC staff to lessen the impact the new buffers would have on Dorchester County during the development of these changes to no avail.  

Mr. Dodd explained that the new regulations require buffer establishment for lots created after January 1, 2010, establish mitigation and afforestation standards and raises the fee-in-lieu to $1.50 per square foot.  He advised that buffer management plans must be prepared before any work in the buffer with 100 square feet of mitigation required for every 1” of diameter of trees removed.  He said that although no new lawn is allowed in the buffer but maintenance of existing lawn areas is allowed.  Mr. Dodd noted that variance free development is allowed if there is 75% coverage by the 100 and expanded hydric buffers with a two to one mitigation.

 

In response to a question from Councilwoman Elzey, Mr. Dodd said that a property owner can apply to the Board of Zoning Appeals to build in the expanded buffer but may be unsuccessful due to stringent requirements.

 

Based on a question from E. Thomas Merryweather, County attorney, Mr. Dodd said that the new critical area requirements will apply to all new development and all properties that were developed prior to the passage of those requirements.  He said that any development including the replacement of driveway, the installation of a pool or the construction of a deck will require mitigation of three times of the amount of area developed.  Councilwoman Elzey questioned if property owners are allowed to place stone in their driveway without having to meet the mitigation requirement.  Mr. Dodd said that it does not matter what surface material is used, no development in the buffer can occur with mitigation. 

 

He said that under the new regulations a buffer management plan is needed if an individual wants to remove invasive and noxious species, including poison ivy and phragmite, within the buffer.  In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb, Mr. Bonsteel said that if an individual plans to use a bushog to remove the species they will be required to develop a plan.

 

Mr. Dodd said that the new regulations will result in an increase workload for County Planning and Zoning staff because the permit review process will take longer and will require site visits to ensure compliance.   He said that 1,800 houses are now non- conforming  and developed properties that have homes and buildings on them outside of 100 foot buffer are now included in the 300 feet buffer due to hydric soils.

 

In response to a question from Councilman Travers, Mr. Bonsteel advised that his workload has increased by approximately 50% since the new regulations became effective. 

 

Mr. Dodd said there will be additional changes to critical area regulations within the next two years including buffer exempt area standards and lot coverage adjustments.  He advised that exemptions can be granted and that staff is working on a proposal to submit to CAC for exemptions.

 

The Council thanked Mr. Dodd and Mr. Bonsteel.  The Council agreed to ask legislators from the entire Eastern Shore to attend a future Council meeting after the end of the Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session to review the presentation with copies be provided to the legislators.  

 

MANAGERS COMMENTS

 

LETTER OF SUPPORT REQUEST-PHASE IV COUNTY HISTORIC SITE SURVEY-CHESAPEAKE COUNTRY HERITAGE & PRESERVATION

 

The Council removed a request for a letter of support from Chesapeake Country Heritage and Preservation, from the agenda due to funding issues.

 

Councilman Travers left the meeting.

 

REQUEST TO USE COUNTY ROLLOFF-ELLIOTT ISLAND VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

 

The Council approved a request from Chet Martinek, President, Elliott Island Volunteer Fire Company, to use a County roll-off container for the disposal of debris collected during the annual stream and shoreline clean-up project that will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The Council acknowledged the roll-off will be utilized solely by volunteers to appropriately dispose of trash collected along Wharf Road and Elliott Island Road on the north end of Fishing Bay.  The Council requested that Mr. Martinek be advised that the container will have to be monitored during the scheduled event in an effort to deter unauthorized dumping.

 

Councilman Travers rejoined the meeting.

 

REQUEST TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS-DORCHESTER COUNTY TECHNOLOGY PARK INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT

 

The Council approved the request of Chuck Weber, Public Works Director, to advertise for bids for the Dorchester County Technology Park Infrastructure Construction Contract for improvements on roads, water, sewer and utilities.  The Council acknowledged the construction contract is funded with a combination of Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant funds, Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) funds and County FY2010 Capital funds.  The Council further acknowledged that work on the construction contract is projected to begin June 2010.

 

DORCHESTER COUNTY TECHNOLOGY PARK UTILITIES CONSTRUCTION SERVICES CONTRACT

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Weber to amend the Dorchester County Technology Park Utilities Extension – Construction Management Services Contract with Andrews, Miller & Associates in the amount of $155,410.74 to provide onsite inspection and construction engineering services for the Bucktown Road water and sewer extension.  The Council acknowledged that all costs under the contract amendment have been reviewed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and are eligible for USDA funding.  The Council also acknowledged that those funds will be reimbursed to the County when the USDA loan funds are dispersed at the completion of construction.  The Council further acknowledged that one of the requirements for the USDA loan is that daily inspections must be conducted.

 

FY 2011 MANAGEMENT GRANT-MARYLAND HERITAGE AREAS AUTHORITY-TOURISM

 

The Council approved the request of Amanda Fenstermaker, Tourism Director to submit a Maryland Management Grant application to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority in the amount of $100,000 for FY 2011 operating assistance to support management and activities of the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area.  The Council acknowledged that the MHAA grant will be matched through a cash match from the Tourism Operating Budget ($62,045); the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byway Program ($6,948); the private sector ($10,000); and in-kind services match of $21,285.

 

RECONSIDERATION-OFFICE SPACE REQUEST-SOIL CONSERVATION

 

Ms. Baynard noted that Council had previously deferred a request from Jim Newcomb, Soil Conservation Director, to lease an additional 560 square feet of office space now vacant on the second floor of the County Office building with the space to be added to the current lease between the County and the Dorchester County Farm Service Agency.  She reminded Council members that they had requested clarification of the space currently used by various farm agencies including the Farm Services Bureau and Soil Conservation.   She said Soil Conservation occupies 2,445 square feet of space and the Farm Service Agency uses 560.6 square feet of space.  Ms. Baynard advised that the current lease is for 2,147 square feet at $12 a square foot and that historically 858.60 square feet has been provided to these agencies gratis.

 

A motion to approve Mr. Newcomb’s request for an additional 560.6 square feet of office space as an amendment to the current lease to include that space at the cost of $12 per square foot and to continue to provide the 858.60 square feet gratis failed with Councilmen Travers, Newcomb and Nichols opposing.

 

The Council agreed to lease an additional 284.3 square feet of office space to the Dorchester County Farm Service Agency at $12 per square foot at cost of $3,411.60 and to amend the current lease to reflect this additional rent for an increase in the annual lease amount from $25,764 to $29,175.60.  Councilman Price opposed.  The Council acknowledged that presently Soil Conservation and the Farm Service Agency use 3005.60 square feet of space, which includes 858.60 square feet gratis space.   The Council requested that a revised supplemental lease agreement be drafted by the State to reflect the increased square footage and rent.  

 

REPLACEMENT OF COURTHOUSE SALLY PORT DOOR REQUEST-CIRCUIT COURT

 

The Council agreed to waive bids and approved the request of Brett Wilson, Circuit Court Judge, to contract with Salisbury Door and Hardware for the replacement of the sally port door at the Circuit Courthouse in the amount of $5,045 from the Transfer Tax Fund.  The Council recognized that staff will continue to negotiate with Salisbury Door and Hardware for a lower price of $4,999. 

 

FY09 STATE HOMELAND GRANT PROGRAM/CITIZEN CORPS GRANT MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT-EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

The Council approved the request of Wayne Robinson, Emergency Management Director and agreed to accept a grant award from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency for FY 2009 State Homeland Security Program funding, which includes $69,300 for the Planner position and $8,150.02 for Citizen Corps for a total of $238,309.02.  The Council agreed to execute two sub-recipient agreements which include $69,300 for Planners salary/benefits; $57,800 for Law Enforcement; $103,059 for earmarked Homeland Security Funds; and $8,150.02 for Citizen Corps.

 

PLANNING GRANT PRE DISASTER MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM-EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT          

 

The Council agreed to waive bids and approved the request of Mr. Robinson to contract with S & S Planning and Design to update the County’s current All-Hazards Plan at a cost of $20,000.  The Council also agreed to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between the County and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency for funding under the Planning Grant Pre Disaster Mitigation Grant Program in the amount of $27,555 which will be used to cover the cost for S and S to update the plan. The Council acknowledged that the grant is a 75% federal and 25% non-federal grant and that the match of $6,888 will be fulfilled with in-kind services provided by the Emergency Management Department.

 

FY10 RENTAL ALLOWANCE PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION-DEPT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT-LMB

 

Based on a request from Nancy Shockley, Local Management Board Director, the Council accepted the grant award from the Department of Housing and Community Development in the amount of $2,260 to be used to provide rental assistance to families who demonstrate financial hardship and agreed to execute the 2010 Rental Assistance Agreement.  The Council acknowledged that there is no local match and the grant is effective March 30, 2010. 

 

ENFORCING UNDERAGE DRINKING LAWS PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION-GOCCP-LMB

 

The Council approved the request of Ms. Shockley to submit a grant application to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention for a FY11 Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws grant in the amount of $32,550 with no local match for the period of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.  The Council acknowledged that these funds will be used to advertise the campaign on billboards on the Route 50 corridor from the Bay Bridge to Ocean City, banner/poster advertising at middle and high schools, school assemblies and administration of the Communities that Care or Maryland Adolescent Surveys.

 

GRANT AWARD-FY09 EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT-DELMARVA COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

The County Council accepted the FY 2009 grant award from the Department of Housing and Community Development under the Department of Housing and Community Development Emergency Shelter Grants Program in the amount of $25,400 to support homeless assistance and agreed to execute the grant agreement.  The Council acknowledged that the grant is for a 24 month period from the date of execution and that it will be administered through Delmarva Community Services under a Sub-Recipient Agreement.  The Council further acknowledged that local match is required from Dorchester County.

 

GRANT APPLICATIONS-SEXUAL OFFENDER MONITORING, UNDERAGE DRINKING INITIATIVE-SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

The Council approved the submission of the 2010-2011 Sex Offender Monitoring Grant application to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in the amount of $10,000 to retain a Deputy position to monitor sex offenders.  The Council acknowledged that there is no local match and the grant period is July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. 

 

The Council also approved the submission of a Underage Drinking Initiative grant application to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in the amount of $21,375 to reduce the incidence of underage drinking in Dorchester County through compliance checks at each of the County’s 61 retail establishments that sell alcohol, monitoring teenage parties and after prom parties and distribution of alcohol awareness t-shirts to youth.  The Council acknowledged that there is no local match and the grant period is July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. 

 

TRAVEL REQUEST-911 CENTER

 

The Council discussed a request from Vernon Hurley, 911 Center Director to attend the 2010 Navigator Conference to be held April 25 to April 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. 

 

In response to a question from Councilman Price, Mr. Hurley said that he will be able to take several courses at the conference to obtain re-certification as an instructor to provide training to County employees.  He noted that he saved $11,200 in training expenses in his department in FY 2010 by conducting the training himself.  

 

Based on a question from Councilman Travers, Mr. Hurley explained that he can either take the classes at this conference to be re-certified or attend a ten week instructor’s course in Salt Lake City for re-certification.

 

In response to questions from Councilman Travers and Councilman Newcomb, Mr. Hurley advised that overtime and travel costs will be incurred if he is unable to retain his certification and continue to provide training to County employees.  He said he must obtain re-certification every two years.

 

Based on a question from Councilwoman Elzey, Mr. Hurley noted that there is funding in the FY 2010 Emergency Management Department budget to pay the conference costs.

 

A motion to approve Mr. Hurley’s request to attend 2010 Navigation Conference to be held April 25 to April 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida failed with Councilman Price, Councilman Travers and Councilwoman Elzey opposing.   

 

FY10-11 DORCHESTER COUNTY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE ADOPTION

 

The Council approved the FY 2010-FY2011 Dorchester County Holiday schedule as presented.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD APPOINTMENTS

 

Based on a request from William McDonnell, Social Services Director, the Council designated Councilman Rick Price as its representative to the Social Services Board.  The Council deferred making an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Board due to the resignation of Barbara Murphy.  The Council acknowledged that Councilman Nichols would like the opportunity to identify an individual to serve on the Board

 

TELEPHONE POLL CONFIRMATIONS

 

Ms. Baynard noted that in the interim between meetings the Council, by means of telephone poll, took the following actions: 1) agreed to declare April 13, 2010 a special legislative day to hold two legislative public hearings by a 5 to 0 vote; 2) confirmed its approval of the Economic Development Director’s request to attend the Economic Development Association (EDA) Regional Conference in Philadelphia on March 22-24 at a cost of $900, from the Economic Development Department’s Lodging and Meals expense account by a 4 to 1 vote; 3) agreed to send a letter of support for House Bill 1060/Senate Bill 421 entitled “Election Law-Delay in Replacement of Voting Systems” to which delays the implementation of a new voter-verified paper record voting system instead of the current direct-recording electronic touch screen voting system until the later of January 1, 2016 or the date of the final payment of the current system by a 5 to 0 vote;4) agreed to send a letter of support for House Bill 1472/Senate Bill 1043 entitled “Hunting Wild Waterfowl-Dorchester, Somerset, and Wicomico Counties” which includes Dorchester County as well as Somerset County and Wicomico County in legislation to allow hunters to hunt wild waterfowl while standing in water on the natural bottom, from a boat that is drifting or being sculled or a boat that is anchored in the waters of Tangier Sound, Fishing Bay, Monie Bay, Manokin River, Big Annemessex River, Pocomoke Sound and Kedges Straits and decreases the distance from shore that the Department of Natural Resources prescribes by regulation by a 4 to  1 vote.

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AMBULANCE RATES

 

The Council agreed, based on a recommendation from Jason Shorter, Emergency Services Director, and Medical Claim Aid to increase Emergency Medical Services ambulance rates to the new rates of $550 for Advanced Life Support (ALS) and $375 for Basic Life Support (BLS).

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

In response to a question from Mr. Foxwell, Ms. Baynard advised that the new ambulance rates are based on Medicare limitations.

 

Rufus Todd, a Dorchester County resident, asked Council for assistance in asking State Highway representatives, including Donnie Drewer, District Engineer, to address flooding issues between Great Marsh Creek bridge and 1045 Hoopers Island Road, between Route 335/336 intersection on Route 335 and between Wallace Creek and Spicer Creek Bridge because they frequently flood during heavy rains.  He explained that he has been asking SHA representatives for years to raise that roadway.  He expressed his opinion that the roadway has sunk five to six inches from the last time it was blacktopped several years ago.   He noted that the roadway was flooded on Sunday, March 28, 2010 and was not passable.  The Council agreed to send a letter to the State Highway Administration with copies to Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Richard Colburn and Delegates Adelaide Eckardt, Jeannie Haddaway and Delegate Rudolph Cane requesting that they address flooding issues between Great March Creek bridge and 1045 Hoopers Island Road, between Route 335/336 intersection on Route 335 and between Wallace Creek and Spicer Creek Bridge.  The Council also agreed to forward the letter to SHA to the local news publications to publish as letters to the editor.

 

COUNCIL’S COMMENTS/ADJOURNMENT

 

Councilman Nichols advised that Governor O’Malley, Nancy Kopp, Treasurer and Peter Franchot, Comptroller will be present at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Legislative Committee meeting tomorrow, March 31, 2010 and asked if any Council was able to attend that meeting because he had a prior obligation. Print