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posted: 07/05/12

County Council Meeting Minutes


June 19, 2012

County Council of Dorchester County

Regular Meeting Minutes

June 19, 2012

 

The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on July 19, 2012 with the following members present: Present were Jay L. Newcomb, President; William V. Nichols, Vice President; Ricky Travers; Rick Price and Tom Bradshaw. 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 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)(3) to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto; 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 Travers led the invocation and the pledge of allegiance.

 

CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA

 

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.  The Council agreed to move the Charter Review Amendment consideration item to the beginning of Manager’s Comments based on legal counsel scheduling issues.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- JUNE 5, 2012

The Council approved the June 5, 2012 minutes.

APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

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

 

FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $1,989,839.33.

ANNUAL BUDGET CERTIFICATION STATEMENT-BOARD OF EDUCATION

Ms. Baynard explained that historically the Annual Budget Certification Statement must be submitted to the State Superintendent of Schools by the Board of Education prior to July 1, 2012.  She said Board of Education representatives have advised her that due to the Maryland General Assembly Special Session the local Board is not yet ready to make the presentation to Council and stated that the item would be delayed until the July 3, 2012 meeting.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY

The County Council of Dorchester County convened in an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. on June 19, 2012 in a closed session at Room 110, County Office Building, 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, Maryland, 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)(3) to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto; 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.

 

Action taken at the closed session: 1) discussed a personnel matter relating to the Emergency Services Medical Director- requested additional information; 2) approved the request of the Public Works Director to hire an individual to fill a vacant Motor Equipment Operator III position in the Landfill Division by a 4 to 0 vote, recognizing that the applicant Council previously approved for the position declined the job offer; 3) denied the request of the Emergency Services Director to hire an individual to fill an on-call Paramedic position by a 3 to 1 vote; 4) deferred the request of the Emergency Services Director to hire an individual to fill an Administrative Specialist position pending follow up by the County Manager; 5) discussed a matter regarding the Emergency Medical Services budget; 6) approved the request of the Emergency Services Director to change the status of an employee from a full time position to on-call Paramedic based on the employee’s resignation by a 4 to 0 vote; 7) discussed a matter relating to a property previously offered at tax sale; 8) discussed a matter relating to the Dorchester Regional Technology Park; 9) discussed with legal counsel a matter regarding enforcement of nuisance control issues-requested additional information; 10) discussed with legal counsel a matter relating to a boat slip lease renewal.                    

 

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

EASTERN SHORE LAND CONSERVANCY UPDATE                                                         

 

Josh Hastings, Policy Manager, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, introduced Robert Etgen, Executive Director, Amy Owsley, Deputy Director; Sarah Abel, Community Design Manager; and noted that they were present to provide the Council with an update on the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s current activities.

 

Mr. Etgen advised that the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization with an operating building of $1.1 million, a staff of 18, a Board of 30 individuals with approximately 1,000 members and has office locations in Cambridge, Maryland, Queen Anne’s County and in Kennedyville, Maryland.    He explained that the focus of Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in the last 23 years has been rural land conservation although over the last ten years staff have also worked on planning and design projects within municipalities.   He said last year 2,400 acres were preserved on 21 farms, including some in Dorchester County. 

 

Mr. Hastings advised that Eastern Shore Land Conservancy staff is becoming more involved in supporting the establishment of State and local policies particularly those which protect the bays and rivers.    He said staff is assisting local jurisdictions in the development of Watershed Implementation Plans.  Mr. Hastings explained that the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy held a Rural Job Summit on June 8, 2012 and provided the Council with information regarding that event.

 

Ms. Abel explained that she works with communities on the Eastern Shore to support local leaders in establishing policies, creating and implementing visitors for transforming communities into sustainable well defined areas.   She said she worked on three projects in Dorchester County within the last year including working with East New Market representatives in planning for the creation of public park for the community.   Ms. Abel recognized Councilman Price for his participation on that project.  She said she will also be assisting the City of Cambridge in developing a partnership with a University to foster economic development in the City, particularly in the Main Street area.

 

Ms. Owsley thanked the Council for its efforts in opposing the Mid Atlantic Power Pathway project and in supporting the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.    She also expressed her appreciation to the staff at the County’s Planning and Zoning Office and the Department of Public Works who have participated in the process to develop a draft Watershed Implementation Plan for Dorchester County.   She encouraged the Council to

 

share with Eastern Shore Land Conservancy staff their thoughts and concerns regarding land protection and economic opportunities.  She acknowledged that Councilman Bradshaw is active in promoting the County’s heritage.

 

The Council thanked Mr. Etgen, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Owsley and Ms. Abel for providing an overview of the activities of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

 

DISCUSSION-SEPTIC BILL/PLAN MARYLAND-PLANNING AND ZONING                                            

Steve Dodd, Planning and Zoning Director, provided the Council with an overview of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 236) and Plan Maryland as well as their impact on Dorchester County.  He explained that Senate Bill 236, known as the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, became effective July 1, 2012 and limits the authority of local Planning Commissions in approving new residential major subdivision served by septic systems.    He explained that in Dorchester County a minor subdivision is defined as four or fewer lots while a major subdivision is five or more building lots.    Mr. Dodd advised that there has been a total of 20 subdivisions established in the County since 2005, with the creation of 393 lots of which only 52 of those have been developed.  

 

He explained that the newly adopted legislation requires local governments to map their jurisdictions into different “tiers” which are to be defined by water and sewer planned sewer service, land use, comprehensive plan designation and zoning.  He said if the maps are not developed the County’s Planning Commission will lose its authority relating to major subdivisions until such time as those maps are drawn.   Mr. Dodd explained that, pursuant to this legislation, the vast majority of property owners in Dorchester County will only be allowed to do minor subdivisions as most properties will be mapped in Tier IV. 

 

He noted that the law affects residential subdivisions as well as community septic systems and will impact the Sanitary District.  William Forlifer, Environmental Health Director, explained that the bill will change the way the Sanitary District operates as they will have to maintain and operate shared facilities in the future.

 

Based on Mr. Dodd’s recommendation the Council agreed to direct the Planning Commission to commence work on the preparation of land tier maps as outlined in Senate Bill 236.  The Council acknowledged that the Commission members will consult with the County Health Department staff during this process and will hold the required public hearings once the maps have been drafted.  The Council also agreed to seek a text amendment to redefine minor subdivisions as having seven instead of four lots.

 

Plan Maryland Discussion

 

Mr. Dodd reminded Council that Plan Maryland is an executive order signed by Governor Martin O’Malley in December 2011 but is not a law.  He advised that

 

according to  the plan local jurisdictions are encouraged to map their areas using State guidelines but stressed that a jurisdiction’s participation is not mandatory.  He explained that the State government cannot use the maps to deny property owners’ permits, license or other approvals although that the plan does state that if local jurisdictions do not submit maps by December 31, 2012 the State will map those counties.  Pursuant to Mr. Dodd’s recommendation, the Council agreed to the development of a Technical Task Force consisting of Planning and Zoning, Dorchester County Health Department, Economic Development and Tourism staff to develop Planning area maps of the County as referenced in Plan Maryland, for Council’s review and consideration.

 

REQUEST FOR PERMISSION TO PERFORM BOAT MAINTENANCE AT COUNTY BOAT RAMP-JANET SYDNOR/CHARLES CLARKSON

 

Janet Sydnor, resident, introduced Charles Clarkson, resident, and advised Council that she was present to request permission for Mr. Clarkson to paint the bottom of his boat at the Madison Boat Ramp.  She questioned whether she should have submitted her request to the Dorchester County Health Department or the Seafood Reconciliation Committee based on Chapter 126 of the County Code entitled “Right to Work-Seafood Industry.”   

Councilman Newcomb explained that because the Madison Boat Ramp is a County dock the request should be presented to the Council. 

 

Ms. Sydnor explained that Mr. Clarkson has power washed his wood boat, scrapped the bottom and caulked the seams.  She said he has moved the boat so it is further away from the ramp and has kept the area under and around the boat clean of debris.  She expressed her belief that other watermen have performed minor boat maintenance at the County docks.    In response to questions from Councilman Newcomb, Ms. Sydnor confirmed that she and Mr. Clarkson rented a slip at the Taylors Dock Marina and noted that the boat is 35 feet in length on a trailer.  She said, in her opinion, having the boat at the Madison Boat Ramp was more convenient and less obtrusive to the public since the Taylors Island facility is smaller.   In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb, Tom Moore, Public Works Director, said Mr. Clarkson recently moved the boat and trailer further away from the ramp and has kept his work area clean. 

 

The Council agreed that Ms. Sydnor’s  and Mr. Clarkson’s boat can remain in the parking area of the County owned Madison Boat Ramp until June 30, 2012 provided it is not obstructing the public’s use of the facility.  The Council further agreed that Mr. Clarkson can paint the bottom of the boat while it is at that location provided he removes the debris and will be finished with the repairs by June 30th.

 

MANAGERS COMMENTS

REQUEST TO SCHEDULE PUBLIC HEARINGS-WATER AND SEWER PLAN AMENDMENTS-PLANNING AND ZONING   

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Dodd to advertise for public hearings for a Water and Sewer Plan amendment submitted by the Town of East New Market to update current well and pump station information and for an amendment from the Town of Secretary regarding the installation of a new production well to supplement existing supply.

 

CHARTER REVIEW AMENDMENT CONSIDERATION

 

Jane Baynard, County Manager, noted that the Council met in a work session on June 7, 2012 and reviewed the report of the Charter Review Commission based on that document’s first review as defined the the Charter.    She said during that work session E. Thomas Merryweather, County Attorney, discussed the process to prepare a ballot question including the necessary advertising requirements

 

Bruce Coulson, resident and Commission member inquired as to whether Council made any decision to move forward with any of the Committee’s recommendations.  Councilman Nichols expressed his opinion that most of the items were housekeeping items and that the current Charter is sufficient and allow for good governance as noted in the Commission’s report.  He expressed concern about the proposed change to require a four-fifths vote for legislative issues.  Mr. Coulson said it is his understanding that the proposed change was to require a four-fifths vote of the Council for major expenditures only.  Councilman Price noted that he had previously discussed with Council an amendment to extend the budget adoption deadline from the current May 31st in order to allow the Council additional time to deliberate in order to identify local impacts from State legislation.  He used the 2012 Maryland General Assembly Session as an example, noting that a special session had to be convened because legislators did not adopt a State budget during the regular legislation session.   He said he is no longer seeking that amendment since a budget amendment process is outlined in the County Charter.

 

Portia Ennals-Johnson, resident, said she was a member of the Commission and expressed her opinion that all of the members worked well together.

 

The Council agreed to make no changes to the current Dorchester County Charter including any amendments previously discussed by Council to amend the deadline to adopt the County’s budget.   The Council expressed appreciation to the Commission members for their hard work and dedication in reviewing the Charter and providing recommendations.

 

REQUEST FOR EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT-PLAN REVIEW & INSPECTION SERVICES-MIDDLE DEPT. INSPECTIONS AGENCY-PZ

 

The Council approved the recommendation of Mr. Dodd to execute an agreement between the Council and Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc., which entity will perform plan review and inspection services for the County beginning July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2016 with automatic annual renewals thereafter.  The Council recognized

 

that the agreement contains an appropriate termination clause that can be exercised by either party.   The Council acknowledged its May 15, 2012 meeting decision to waive the bid process and privatize building code review and enforcement and to authorize Mr. Dodd to negotiate for services with Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA).

 

RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT REQUEST-MARYLAND TAX CREDITS-GIRL SCOUTS OF CHESAPEAKE BAY 

 

The Council approved the request of Denise Eberspeaker, Director of Fund Development, Communications, for the execution of a Resolution of Support of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council’s (Girl Scouts) application for Maryland Tax Credits for 2013 to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for support under their Community Investment Tax Credit program.  Councilman Price abstained.   The Council acknowledged that the tax credits will encourage business and individual donors to contribute to Girl Scouts in Dorchester County in order to ensure the continuation of programs.  The Council further acknowledged that there is no financial obligation required of the County. 

 

FY2013 FUNDING AGREEMENT-DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH & HYGIENE

 

The Council approved the request of Roger Harrell, Health Officer,  to execute the FY13 Funding Agreement between the County and the State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene totaling $698,250, which includes required matching funds of $178,972 and a local match of $15,042, to provide local health services at the Dorchester County Health Department.  The Council acknowledged that the County funds are equal to the $698,250 appropriation in the County Council’s FY13 budget.

 

GRANT AWARD-EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING/-SOCIAL SERVICES

 

The Council approved the request of William D. McDonnell, Social Services Director, to accept the grant award of $63,075 ($21,025 per year) for Emergency and Transitional Housing Services (ETHS) for FY13 through FY 15.  ETHS funds are allocated to Delmarva Community Services totaling  $30,906.75, and to The Salvation Army totaling $32,168.25.   The Council also approved the request of Mr. McDonnell to accept a total grant award for Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) for FY13-15 of $15,135.00 with funds allocated to The Salvation Army.   The Council recognized that there is no County financial match requirement.

 

FY12 LAND PRESERVATION, PARKS AND RECREATION PLAN APPROVAL REQUEST-RECREATION AND PARKS

 

The Council approved the request of Scott Eberspacher, Recreation and Parks Director, to accept the 2012 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan.  The Council recognized that the plan was reviewed by Maryland Office of Planning, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Board of Public Works and that requested updates from those entities have been completed prior to this presentation.    The Council acknowledged that once approved and submitted the plan will serve as Dorchester County’s official recreation plan for the next five years.  Additionally, the Council recognized that the plan is required in order for the County to be eligible for future Program Open Space funding.

 

RENEWAL REQUEST-MONITORING CONTRACT-LANDFILL/PUBLIC WORKS

The Council approved the request of Tom Moore, Public Works Director, to renew the existing contract between the Council and GCI Environmental Services for groundwater monitoring services at all solid waste landfills in the County for a two year period at cost of $87,400 with funds for this work included in the annual operating budget for the Landfill Division.  The Council acknowledged that the cost of the two years’ testing is reduced from $95,600 as a result of a GCI recommendations to reduce the scope of work with regard to monitoring of Old Beulah and recognized that this reduction has been approved by the Maryland Department of Environment.

 

CULVERT PIPE BID AWARD-HIGHWAY/PUBLIC WORKS

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Moore to award the bid to supply and deliver Aluminized Type 2 Metal Pipe and HDPE Plastic Pipe to the Highway Division of the Public Works Department for 2012-2013 to Lane Enterprises, the bidder with the lowest anticipated cost, based on per foot bid prices, in the amount of $27,769 with the cost estimate based on actual pipe purchases by the Division in FY 2012.

 

REQUEST TO ADVERTISE REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS-WEBSITE-TOURISM

 

The Council approved the request of Amanda Fenstermaker, Tourism Director, to advertise for requests for proposals for the services of a professional website developer to re-develop the main tourism website, TourDorchester.org, and to include mobile options.  The Council acknowledged that there are funds in FY10 and FY11 grant budget for the Tourism Department to cover this expense.

 

RECREATION TRAILS GRANT APPLICATION REQUEST-MARYLAND STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION-TOURISM

 

The Council approved the request of Ms. Fenstermaker to submit a Recreation Trails grant through the Maryland State Highway Administration in the amount of $25,000, which includes a local match of $5,000 to be provided by the Choptank Heritage Trails, a local non-profit organization, for a self contained bike share facility at the Visitor’s Center. The Council acknowledged that Choptank Heritage Trails has agreed to maintain the facility if the grant is awarded.  

 

ALS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING-USE OF SPACE-ELDORADO BROOKVIEW AND MADISON

 

The Council approved the renewal of Memorandum of Understandings with the Eldorado-Brookview Fire Company, the Madison Fire Company and the Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company for the housing of the County’s Advanced Life Support units assigned to those locations for one year at the monthly rent of $600 under the previous terms and conditions. 

 

MOTOROLA FY13 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT APPROVAL REQUEST-911 COMMUNICATIONS CENTER/EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

The Council approved the request of Michael Faith, Emergency Services Director, to execute a maintenance contract with Motorola Solutions for FY13 to maintain the radio equipment in the 911 Communications Center at the cost of $159,635.28, which is budgeted for in the 911 Communications Center Operating Budget. 

 

GRANT APPLICATION REQUEST-MIEMSS-CARDIAC MONITOR-EMERGENCY SERVICES    

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Faith to submit a grant application through the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems to purchase two cardiac monitors, with a 50% match being funded through the approved Capital Budget. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS AGREEMENT-CHESAPEAKEMAN ENDURANCE FESTIVAL ULTRA DISTANCE TRIATHLON

 

The Council agreed to enter into a Special Events Agreement between the Council, Columbia Triathlon Association and the Dorchester County Sheriff, under which the Sheriff’s Office will provide 14 patrol vehicles and 14 deputies for the Chesapeakeman Endurance Festival Ultra Distance Triathlon scheduled for September 29, 2012.  The Council agreed that the fee for services is calculated at an overtime rate on the average Deputy’s salary and is exempt from the standard overtime threshold policy adopted for that Office.  The Council acknowledged that pursuant to this agreement the Columbia Triathlon Association will provide a Certificate of Insurance naming Dorchester County as the Certificate Holder for the event.

 

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF CRIME CONTROL & PREVENTION GRANT AWARD-FY13 STATE AID FOR POLICE PROTECTION-SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

The Council agreed to accept the FY 13 Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention Grant Award for State Aid for Police Protection for the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $76,816 to be used to provide police protection in the subdivisions and qualifying municipalities of Maryland.   

 

REQUEST TO EXTEND LEASE-FARM SERVICE-SOIL CONSERVATION-UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE         

 

The Council approved the request of Lisa Poole, Contracting Officer, United States Department of Agriculture Management Services Division, to extend the lease between the Council and the United States of America for the Farm Services Bureau located in Dorchester County Office Building for 12 months beginning August 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013 at a rate of $12 per square foot with a one year lease renewal option for the term beginning August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014 at the increased rate of $12.50 per square foot.

 

BOARD APPOINTMENTS-SOIL CONSERVATION BOARD-SANITARY COMMISSION

 

Soil Conservation District Board

 

The Council approved the request of N. Wesley Messick, Chairman, on behalf of the Dorchester Soil Conservation District Board to appoint Jason Spicer to replace Alan Joliecoeur, as the County appointment on the Board for a five year term.   Councilman Newcomb abstained.

 

Sanitary Commission

 

Based on the request of Donald Heintzelman, Vice Chairman, on behalf of the Dorchester County Sanitary Commission, the Council agreed to reappoint Robert Tieder to the Commission and acknowledged that his term will expire on July 1, 2018.

 

Property Tax Assessment Board

 

At the recommendation of Ms. Baynard the Council agreed to submit the name of the current Alternate, Ronald Jones to fill the existing vacancy on the Property Tax Assessment Board due to the resignation of Leland Wheatley.  Ms. Baynard stated that the State has agreed to consider Mr. Jones for that vacancy without any additional names being submitted for that seat as is usually required. She clarified, however, that any action by the Council to fill the resulting vacancy for the Alternate will require the submission of three names to the Governor’s Office.  

 

FIRST AND SECOND QUARTER FY12-FY13 COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE         

 

The Council approved the First and Second Quarter FY12 to FY13 Meeting Schedule from July 2012 to December 2012.  The Council acknowledged that pursuant to that schedule meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month with the exception of November.    The Council recognized that due to the Elections Day holiday on Tuesday, November 6th, a third meeting will be held in October and a single meeting will be scheduled in November.

 

COUNTY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

 

Ms. Baynard noted that the Council, at its June 5, 2012 meeting, reviewed the proposed County Holiday Schedule and at the suggestion of Councilman Nichols agreed to consider the addition of December 24 and December 31, 2012 as additional holidays to recognize County employees’ work commitment during the temporary salary reductions implemented in FY 2010, FY 2011 and FY 2012.    She said Council questioned whether the addition of the two holidays would impact 24/7 public safety operations and requested clarification from staff.  After discussion, the Council approved the FY13 County Holiday Schedule with the addition of December 24th and December 31st.

 

REQUEST TO WAIVE LANDFILL TIPPING FEES-NAUSE WAIWASH BAND OF INDIANS

 

Ms. Baynard noted that at its June 5th meeting, the Council deferred the request of Chief Sewell Winterhawk Fitzhugh, Nause Waiwash Band of Indians, for a waiver of the landfill tipping fee for a planned cleanup of local cemeteries in the Fall of 2012, in order to allow Councilman Bradshaw  the opportunity to discuss the project withChief Fitzhugh . Councilman Bradshaw reported that Chief Fitzhugh explained that there will not be a lot of waste generated and that it may equal one pick up load.  Councilman Bradshaw made a motion to approve the landfill waiver tipping fee request which Councilman Price seconded.   Councilman Travers questioned how the material will be transported to the landfill.   Reverend George Ames, resident, advised Council that additional arrangements need to be worked out between the tribe and chapel members.  He said he is meeting with the tribe on June 22, 2012.    Councilman Bradshaw amended his motion to defer the request in order for allow the tribe to work with the church members to develop a plan of action. 

 

Councilman Newcomb noted that Council has previously denied landfill tipping fee waiver requests of certain non-profits includig volunteer fire companies, churches and charitable organizations.  He expressed his belief that a volunteer company may be able to do a controlled burn at the location to remove most of the material.  Councilman Nichols concurred with Councilman Newcomb’s concerns.

 

The Council agreed to defer the landfill tipping fee waiver request in order to allow the Nause Waiwash Band of Indians the opportunity to work with church members to develop a community cleanup plan and to contact the local volunteer fire company about a possible controlled burn.

 

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT-MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE    

 

The Council approved the written request of  Mary Ellen Setting, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture to execute a Grant Agreement between the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Dorchester County with no funds being provided by the County or the Maryland Department of Agriculture for the control and eradication of specific noxious weeds (Johnsongrass, shattercane, thistles, multiflora rose) for the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. 

 

COUNCIL’S CORRESPONDENCE/TELEPHONE POLL CONFIRMATIONS

 

Council’s Correspondence

 

Ms. Baynard advised that the Council sent correspondence to Jerome Stanley, Delmarva Community Transportation Operations Manager requesting that he assist Jim Newcomb, Soil Conservation District Manager, with transportation for the youth attending the Natural Resource and Environmental Camp at the University of Maryland Horn Point facility on June 18 to June 22, 2012.

 

Telephone Poll Confirmations

 

Ms. Baynard announced that in the interim between meetings Council, by means of a poll, took the following actions: 1) agreed, by a 5 to 0 vote, to send renewal lease agreements to existing slip holders at County owned marinas, effective on July 1, 2012, with the exception of one agreement which Council agreed to discuss at its June 19, 2012 regular session meeting, by a 5 to 0 vote; 2) agreed by a 5 to 0 vote to provide another letter (the same letter that Council approved on May 30th) to Judge Travers in support of Hoopers Island Hosier United Methodist Church's grant application in the amount of $25,000 with no financial commitment required by the County for the restoration of the Church's exterior to its original condition.  

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

There was no public comment.

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