County Council Meeting Minutes
December 7, 2010
County Council of
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,
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
William V. Nichols, Vice President
Approved the ______day of ________________, 2010.