Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes
posted: 12/29/10

County Council Meeting Minutes


December 7, 2010

County Council of Dorchester County

Regular Meeting Minutes

December 7, 2010

 

The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on December 7, 2010 with the following members present: Present were Jay L. Newcomb; William V. Nichols; Ricky Travers; Rick Price; and Tom Bradshaw.  Also present were Jane Baynard, County Manager, and Donna Lane, Executive Administrative Specialist.

 

REGULAR SESSION

 

OATH OF OFFICE                                                                                                     

 

Amy Craig, Clerk of the Circuit Court, presided over a Swearing-In Ceremony for the Dorchester County Council members. 

 

Councilman Nichols thanked Ms. Craig on behalf of the County Council for traveling to Annapolis to obtain the Commissions for the County Council and other County elected officials.

 

CALL TO ORDER BY JANE BAYNARD, COUNTY MANAGER                                                                

Jane Baynard, County Manager, called the meeting to order.   She explained that Sheriff Phillips was unable to attend the meeting due to a family commitment and asked her to offer his congratulations to the Council members on taking  oath of office and that he was looking forward to working with them .

 

ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

The Council elected the following Officers by majority:

 

President                                  Councilman Newcomb  (5-0)                                     

Vice President                          Councilman Nichols  (4-1)                             

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Councilman Nichols led the invocation and Maddie Newcomb and Stella Newcomb, Councilman Newcomb’s nieces, led the pledge of allegiance.

 

CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA

 

The Council approved the addition of a request from Brett Wilson, Circuit Court Judge, for the replacement of a security camera at the Circuit Court House to the agenda.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- NOVEMBER 23, 2010

The Council approved the minutes of November 23, 2010.  Councilman Bradshaw abstained.

 

The Council approved the executive session minutes of November 23, 2010.  Councilman Bradshaw abstained.

 

APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

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

 

FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $10,647,235.03.

CAPITAL PAYMENT AUTHORIZATIONS                                                                          

 

The Council approved the capital payment authorization request of Henry Wagner, Superintendent of Schools, in the amount of $4,313.94 from the 2009 Transfer Tax/PAYGO Fund for the installation of a drain and replacement of concrete with a handicap ramp at the South Dorchester K-8 School.

 

The Council also approved the capital payment authorization request of Mr. Wagner in the amount of $7,633.55 from 2010 General Funds/PAYGO for the following: inspection and air sampling after bat debris clean up at North Dorchester High School, $3,133.55; electrical work at the Maces Lane Elementary School, $1,260; and to run power from a receptacle to the ceiling to connect a projector mount at the Board of Education Office Building, $3,240.

 

STAFF APPOINTMENTS       

 

Pursuant to Section 405 of the Dorchester County Charter, the Council appointed Jane Baynard as County Manager.  The Council also appointed E. Thomas Merryweather as the County Attorney, pursuant to Section 408 of the Charter.  Additionally, pursuant to Section 501 of the Charter and the Council authorized the County Manager to appoint Michael Spears as the Finance Director for Dorchester County.  These appointments are effective as of December 7, 2010. 

                                                           

BOARD APPOINTMENTS     

 

Ethics Commission

 

Councilman Newcomb appointed and the Council approved the appointment of Tom Gootee

as the District 1 representative on the Ethics Commission.

 

Councilman Nichols reappointed and the Council approved the reappointment of George Ames

as the District 2 representative on the Ethics Commission.

 

Councilman Travers reappointed and the Council approved the reappointment of Andrew Pasden

as the District 3 representative on the Ethics Commission.

 

Councilman Price appointed and the Council approved the appointment of Tammy Wielgosz

as the District 4 representative on the Ethics Commission.     

 

Councilman Bradshaw appointed and the Council approved the appointment of David Kreek

as the District 5 representative on the Ethics Commission.     

 

Board of License Commissioners

 

Councilman Nichols reappointed and the Council approved the reappointment of Octavene Saunders as his representative on the Board of License Commissioners.

 

Councilman Travers advised that he will be serving on the Board of License Commissioners.

 

Councilman Price reappointed and the Council approved the reappointment of Shirley Satterfield as his representative on the Board of License Commissioners.

 

Councilman Newcomb reappointed and the Council approved the reappointment of Patti Tieder as his representative on the Board of License Commissioners.

 

Councilman Bradshaw advised that he will be serving on the Board of License Commissioners.

 

MACO Legislative Committee Representative        

 

The Council deferred the appointment of a representative and an alternate for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) Legislative Committee until its December 21, 2010 meeting.

 

Building Code of Appeals

 

The Council deferred the appointment of district representatives to the Building Code of Appeals Board until its December 21, 2010 meeting.

                 

THIRD/FOURTH QUARTER FY 2010/2011 COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE                                         

The Council approved the Third/Fourth Quarter FY10/11 meeting schedule as follows: January 4, January 18, February 1, February 15, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, June 7 and June 21, 2011.

 

The Council acknowledged that the meetings scheduled on April 19th, May 3rd and May 17th

are being held to accommodate budget introduction, public hearings and adoption only.

 

EMERGENCY REPAIR REQUEST-CIRCUIT COURT/MAINTENANCE

The Council agreed to waive bids and approved the request of Brett Wilson, Circuit Court Judge, to contract with Glenn P. Ruark, Inc. to make emergency ceiling and bulkhead repairs to Court Room #2 at the cost of $12,940.98 from the Transfer Tax Fund.   The Council acknowledged that the approval to sole source with Glenn P. Ruark, Inc. is based on the fact that the company is available to make immediate repairs in order to avoid further and more extensive damage.

 

SECURITY CAMERA REPLACEMENT-CIRCUIT COURT

 

The Council approved the request of Judge Wilson to waive bids and purchase from Reed Security Systems a security camera for the Circuit Court House which will be placed on the entry side of the building.   The Council acknowledged that the cost of the camera including installation is $5,086 which will be paid from the Transfer Tax Fund.   The Council further acknowledged that the approval to sole source with Reed Security Systems is to ensure the continuity of equipment and maintenance because the company installed the original security camera and equipment.  

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Octavene Saunders, a Dorchester County resident, offered her congratulations to the Council for their induction into office.   She welcomed Councilman Bradshaw as the newest member of the Council.

 

Libby Nagel, a Dorchester County resident, advised that the National Amateur English Springer Spaniel Dog Trial is being held in Dorchester County from December 7 to December 12, 2010. She explained that some of the participants and observers of that event are from England, California, Oregon and Wisconsin and are staying at the Hyatt Chesapeake Regency.   She noted that the next English Springer Spaniel Dog Trial will be held in 2013.    She said local farmers have opened up their land to those who attend the event to promote agricultural tourism.  Ms. Nagel expressed her opinion that if the Mid Atlantic Power Pathway project is approved and a high voltage transmission line is installed in the County agriculture tourism will be adversely affected.   She showed a picture which was painted by a local student which depicts a Dorchester County scene that includes a workboat,  a blue crab and the dog who won the previous National Amateur Springer Dog Trials.  She said the picture will be presented to the first place winner. She explained that the student is pursuing an art career and asked each Council member to sign the back of the picture. 

 

Wendell Foxwell, a Dorchester County resident, said he was not aware that the event was taking place and expressed concern that there is not enough media exposure on activities and events that are held in the County.  

 


COUNCIL’S COMMENTS/ADJOURNMENT

Councilman Nichols thanked his family, George Ames, Octavene Saunders, Elaine Stafford,  Bertha Mack and  Reverend Lavone Chester, for their support during the 2010 primary and general elections and credited his success as a Council member to them and the late Reverend Lemuel Chester.

 

Councilman Travers thanked his family, those individuals who assisted him during his election campaign, and the County residents who voted for him, for giving him the opportunity to represent District 3 and the County on the Council.   He noted that a budget work session is being held on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

 

Councilman Price thanked those who supported him during the elections and expressed his appreciation for residents who are in attendance.   He requested that the Advanced Life Support allotment to volunteer fire companies be added as a topic of discussion for the December 9, 2010 budget work session.

 

Councilman Bradshaw thanked his family for their support during his campaign for the District 5 seat on the County Council and all of his supporters.   He said he is looking forward to working with the other members of the Council.

 

Councilman Newcomb thanked his family and residents who supported him during the elections and the Council members for voting him President of the County Council.  He advised that the next County Council meeting is scheduled for December 21, 2010.

 

With no further business to discuss, the Council adjourned.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                         DORCHESTER COUNTY COUNCIL:

 

______________________________            ____________________________________

Jane Baynard, County Manager                       Jay L. Newcomb, President

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        William V. Nichols, Vice President

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Ricky Travers

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Rick Price

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

                                                                        Tom Bradshaw

 

Approved the ______day of  ________________, 2010.