Meeting Minutes

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posted: 08/23/12

County Council Meeting Minutes


August 7, 2012

County Council of Dorchester County

Regular Meeting Minutes

August 7, 2012

 

The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on August 7, 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; 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.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb announced that Michael Faith has resigned as Emergency Services Director and that the open air burn ban had been lifted.

 

CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA

 

There were no additions or deletions to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- JULY 17, 2012

The Council approved the minutes of July 17, 2012.

APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS

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

 

FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS

 

Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $4,759,419.64.

FY12 OPERATING BUDGET AMENDMENT AND TRANSFER REQUEST-BOARD OF EDUCATION      

 

The Council approved the FY12 Operating Budget Amendment and Transfer request from Dr. Henry Wagner, Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of the Board of Education, to include: 1) $25,000 from Student Transportation to Administration due to unanticipated legal expenses; 2) $15,000 from Student Transportation to Other Instructional Costs to cover additional Out-of-County Living Arrangement Program costs; 3) $130,000 from Operation of Plant to Maintenance of Plant for unexpected costs related to severe weather and aging equipment; and 4) $45,000 from Operation of Plant to Fixed Charges due to an increase of 26 employees participating in health insurance. 

The Council approved a request from Dr. Wagner for a budget re-alignment to health insurance for a transaction that will be recorded through the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium Health Insurance Alliance rather than the Board’s financial records.  The Council acknowledged that the Dorchester County Board of Education members approved the FY12 transfers and the budget alignment at their July 19, 2012 meeting.  

FY12 BUDGET TRANSFER REQUESTS-FINANCE                 

 

The Council approved the FY12 budget transfer request of Amanda Fenstermaker, Tourism Director, to transfer funds from Tourism Miscellaneous Revenue as follows: $700 to Other Expenses; $1,000 to Photographic Expenses; and $6,240 to Contract Services.    The Council recognized that the budget transfers reflect the reimbursements received from the Maryland Office of Tourism Development for printing expenses ($700) and photographic expenses ($1,000) related to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge ($3,120) and the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Regency ($3,120) for the kiosk project.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY

The County Council of Dorchester County convened in an Executive Session at 4:30   p.m. on August 7, 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; 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 health insurance; 2) reviewed the job description for the vacant Emergency Services Director position; 3) approved a request to fill an amended Administrative Specialist position in the Emergency Medical Services Division by a 3 to 2 vote; 4) discussed a matter relating to Dog Control-requested additional information; 5) discussed public safety issues regarding a County owned facility; 6) discussed with legal counsel local authorities regarding the Excise Tax; 7) discussed a matter regarding the establishment of certain fiscal policies – agreed to continue discussions in a future open session meeting; 8) discussed with legal counsel an issue relating to certain budget funding; 9) confirmed personnel changes made by the Dorchester County Sheriff.

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

WATERSHED IMPLEMENTATION PLAN CONSIDERATION                                                       

Michael Moulds, Engineer, noted that a public hearing was held on the proposed Dorchester County Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan on July 3, 2012.  He explained that he has provided a response to the comments and concerns expressed by the Council during the public hearing along with a summary of those individuals that expressed support for the project either at the public hearing or by written correspondence.    

 

The Council expressed concerns regarding the anticipated cost of approximately $87 million for the implementation of the proposed changes for nutrient reduction and urban storm water runoff in Dorchester County and questioned how local jurisdictions will be able to manage such an expense.  Councilman Nichols stated that he received emails from six different representatives from other counties in the State who expressed their concerns on how to manage the costs to implement proposed Watershed Improvement Plans in those jurisdictions.

 

Councilmen Bradshaw and Travers stressed the need for all local jurisdictions that border the Chesapeake Bay, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, to cooperate in efforts to clean the Chesapeake Bay.  Councilman Travers referenced the State’s actions last year to open the gates at the Susequehanna dam in the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay which resulted in debris polluting the Bay and its tributaries.   Councilman Bradshaw said it is his understanding that representatives of the State of Virginia have filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the imposition of the regulations.  Councilman Travers expressed his belief that several of the milestones listed in the County’s proposed plan have been completed.  Mr. Moulds concurred, noting that those projects have been documented.  He explained that milestones identified by a local jurisdiction will be reviewed every two years. 

 

The Council expressed appreciation to the Chesapeake TMDL Phase II Local Team members for their hard work in drafting the County’s Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan but deferred consideration of the draft plan until its September 4, 2012 meeting in order to allow them the opportunity to meet with their peers at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in mid August.  Council also stated that prior to any action, it is necessary to consider what should be included in the plan as part of their obligation to the taxpayers of the County and to formally comment on all concerns including those of a fiscal nature as well as perceptions of equity in milestones between jurisdictions and the expectations for performance.  The Council also asked staff to identify possible revenue sources that may become available.

 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION                                                                              

 

INTRODUCTION 

AN ACT OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 25A, SECTION 5(S) OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND REPEALING AND REENACTING THE DEFINITION OF RESIDENTIAL AREA IN SECTION 116-3 OF CHAPTER 116 OF THE DORCHESTER COUNTY CODE ENTITLED NUISANCE CONTROL. 

E. Thomas Merryweather, County Attorney, stated that Bill No. 2012-4 repeals and re-enacts the definition of residential area in Section 116-3 of Chapter 116 of the Dorchester County Code entitled “Nuisance Control” from forty thousand (40,000) square feet or less per dwelling unit to two (2) acres per dwelling unit. 

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

INTRODUCTION                     

AN ACT OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 25A, SECTION 5(S) OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND REPEALING AND REENACTING SECTION 150-14 ENTITLED “SUNKEN VESSELS” OF CHAPTER 150 OF THE DORCHESTER COUNTY CODE PROVIDING THAT THE OWNER OF ANY SUNKEN VESSEL WITHIN THE WATERS OF ANY PUBLIC WHARF OR PUBLIC HARBOR OR PUBLIC MARINA SHALL REMOVE AND RAISE SUCH SUNKEN VESSEL AND UPON FAILURE TO DO SO, AUTHORIZES THE COUNTY TO REMOVE SUCH SUNKEN VESSEL AT THE COST AND EXPENSE OF THE OWNER OF THE SUNKEN VESSEL.

Mr. Merryweather said Bill 2012-5 to repeal and re-enact Section 150-14 entitled “Sunken Vessels” of Chapter 150 of the Dorchester County Code provides that the owner of any sunken vessel within the waters of any public wharf, harbor or marina shall remove and raise such sunken vessel in the identified time limits in the proposed bill and, upon failure to do so, authorizes the County to remove such sunken vessel at the cost and expense of the owner of the sunken vessel. 

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

REGULAR SESSION

CONTINUED DISCUSSION-REQUEST TO EXPEND FY13 BUDGET FUNDS-DELMARVA COMMUNITY SERVICES               

 

Santo Grande, President/CEO, Delmarva Community Services, noted that he submitted a request to Council to expend the discretionary funds of $65,607 approved in the FY2013 budget appropriation the Council provided to Delmarva Community Services as follows:  1) $15,000 to assist with the opening of the South Dorchester satellite program two days per month; 2) remaining balance of $50,507 to be used as a commitment for the required matching funds for the public transportation grant.  He said he was contacted after the Council discussed his request at its July 17, 2012 meeting and asked to submit a revised proposal.  He then discussed with Council an alternative plan to provide three days per month of service to the South Dorchester adult program during the months of September through May within the proposed $15,000 provided the remaining $50,507 remains available to match transportation grants.  Cathy Frey, Finance Director, provided the Council with the worksheets detailing the funding received by Delmarva Community Services.   

 

Mr. Grande expressed concern about the restrictions the Council placed on the use of FY13 Operating discretionary funds which included using $15,000 to fund the continued operation of each adult day program for a total  of $45,000 and $20,507 for medical transportation.  Mr. Grande said this is the first time the Council has dictated how the discretionary funding must be used since Delmarva Community Services received a 50% reduction in County funding in FY 2012.   He explained that based on the FY13 restrictions for senior care and medical transport there is no County funding available to match transportation grants.  Mr. Grande said he anticipates that due to these funding constraints operational cuts will be necessary and noted that he has been advised that Delmarva Community Services will also receive reductions in funding from the United Way and Maintaining Active Citizens, Inc. (MAC).  He said the organization is also facing increased fuel and food costs.

 

Mr. Grande noted that due to funding constraints the senior centers in the Town of Hurlock and City of Cambridge are now being closed one day a week. 

 

In response to a question from Councilman Newcomb, Ms. Frey stated that the cost to run the adult day program in South Dorchester for an additional 27 days per year if increased to a total of three days a month would be $13,000.  Councilman Newcomb noted that Mr. Grande only requested $10,000 in the FY13 budget request he submitted to Council to continue the South Dorchester adult day program.   He expressed his concern that the South Dorchester program was reduced substantially when compared to the Cambridge and Hurlock programs.   

 

Cindy Jones, Dorchester County resident, expressed concern that a Delmarva Community Services vehicle only travels to and from the South Dorchester area one day a week.  She said it is her understanding that the adult day program is held at the St. Johns Church and that no rent is charged for Delmarva Community Services to use the facility.   

 

In response to an inquiry from Donald Gray, resident, regarding his concerns about reduced ridership on Delmarva Community Services buses and increasing fuel costs, Mr. Grande explained that in the last two or three years smaller more fuel efficient vehicles have been purchased but also recognized that most buses use diesel fuel. 

 

Mary Handley, Mobility Manager for Delmarva Community Services, noted that it is not unusual to view buses that only have one or two passengers but asked those concerned to remember that each vehicle runs multiple routes and passenger counts vary on each.

 

Dolores Casley, resident, said she does not have transportation and relies on the transportation services Delmarva Community Services provides.  She expressed concern about having to schedule all of her medical appointments on Tuesdays, based on her understanding that it is the only day transportation is provided to South Dorchester residents.   She said she believes daily transportation is available for Hoopers Island residents.   

 

Councilman Newcomb advised those present that Delmarva Community Services received level funding in FY13 from FY12 noting that all agencies received a 50% reduction in funding and County departments and employees received budgetary cuts beginning in FY12 due in part to the reduction of over $4 million State aid, shifting of costs previously borne by the State, i.e. teacher pensions, declining revenues due in part to decreased property assessments and the potential cost of the proposed strategies listed in the draft Dorchester County Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan.

 

Lois Zentcamp, Dorchester County resident, stated that it is her understanding that transportation is only available for residents in the South Dorchester area one day a week.  She said prior to April 2012 the South Dorchester adult day program was held one day a week for approximately four hours.  She expressed her understanding that there is no

charge to Delmarva Community Services for using the electricity at St. Johns Church.     She said she is concerned about the disproportionate impact on the South Dorchester program when compared to the reductions made for the Hurlock and Cambridge Centers.

 

Nancy Hastings noted that she was one of the organizers of the South Dorchester Community Conversation event held in April 2012 which 85 residents attended and she noted that the general consensus from those discussions was that transportation was one of the number one priorities in that area.  

 

Mr. Grande said he received the majority of his non-County funding for Delmarva Community Services for Development Disability programs.  He said the senior adult day programs account for 2% of the company’s budget while public transit is approximately 10% to 20%. 

 

Ms. Handley encouraged the Council to work with Mr. Grande on a compromise in order to continue the adult day program in Dorchester County. 

 

Ms. Zentcamp suggested that meal delivery to seniors participating in the South Dorchester adult day program be eliminated in order to use the savings to continue to hold the South Dorchester program four times a month.    In response to a question from Councilman Nichols, Mr. Grande said Delmarva Community Services has not operated the adult day program in South Dorchester since April.

 

Councilman Travers suggested that Mr. Grande consider requesting the use of the Dorchester County’s fueling station to achieve a savings in fuel costs.

 

The Council took no action and requested that County staff, including the County Manager and Finance Director, meet with Delmarva Community Services staff to discuss a possible compromise and provide a report back to Council by the first meeting in September.  Additionally, the Council asked Ms. Hastings to be present at this meeting as an impartial party.

 

FUNDING DISCUSSION-LLOYDS VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY-MARTIN PEPPER                                                          

 

Martin Pepper, Chief, Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company, requested funding for the station.  He said that the company was purchased by Rescue Fire Company in 2001 and that since that event Lloyds has only received County funding once.  In response to an inquiry from Councilman Newcomb, Mr. Pepper said Lloyds has never been a substation of another fire company. 

 

Based on an inquiry from Councilman Nichols, Mr. Pepper clarified that the Charter for Lloyds was not reinstated immediately after the company declared bankruptcy.  In response to questions from Councilman Travers, Mr. Pepper said Lloyds is a member of the State Volunteer Fireman’s Association and the Dorchester County Volunteer Fireman’s Association, pays its own bills, and passed the last inspection by the local Fire
Association.  He clarified that funds for the station are garnered through fundraisers and donations.   Mr. Pepper said the County’s 911 Center alerts Lloyds’ members and that they do respond to calls for service.  In response to a question from Mr. Merryweather, Mr. Pepper said Lloyds has officers independent from Rescue Fire Company.  Mr. Merryweather advised for the record that he is a member of Lloyds.

 

Based on questions from Councilman Travers, Ms. Baynard noted that pursuant to Section 8-302 of the Public Safety Article of the Annotated code of Maryland an allocation of $7,500 is designated for Lloyds provided it meets the requirements under that section.

 

Councilman Travers said he is both a member of Rescue and Lloyds Volunteer Fire Companies and has family who are also members of those entities.  He expressed his belief that if Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company is a member of the State and local Fireman’s Association and the County’s 911 Center recognizes the station, then County funding should be provided. 

 

Councilman Nichols requested a copy of the last inspection performed on Lloyds equipment.  Adam Pritchett, Assistant Chief of Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company provided him with the current years’ inspection report.  In response to a question from Councilman Travers, Mr. Spears said if Lloyds receives County funding, the station will also be entitled to receive Amoss Fire, Rescue and Ambulance Funds (508 Funds) provided by the State.   He explained that a lump sum is provided to Dorchester County from the State rather than allocations specific to each company which is then divided equally among the volunteer fire companies in the County.  He further said that if Lloyds receives 508 funds that other companies will receive a reduction in those funds

 

A motion made by Councilman Travers to provide the funding to Lloyds as identified in the FY12 budget died due to lack of majority. 

 

The Council took no action on Mr. Pepper’s request for funding for the Lloyds station and requested that he provide the following:  calls answered in July 2012 and in the past year; federal identification number IRS Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax; Articles of Incorporation; By-Laws; membership roster; and list of officers.  The Council also agreed to seek the recommendation of the Dorchester County Volunteer Fireman’s Association regarding Mr. Pepper’s request.  Councilman Nichols opposed.

 

MANAGERS COMMENTS

RESOLUTIONS-WATER AND SEWER AMENDMENTS-TOWNS OF SECRETARY AND EAST NEW MARKET-PLANNING AND ZONING

 

The Council agreed to execute resolutions for amendments to Dorchester County’s Comprehensive Water and Sewer Plan filed by the Town of Secretary to allow for the installation of one new production well to supplement existing supply and by the Town of East New Market to update current well and pump station information, based on its July 17, 2012 approval of these amendments.

SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTER CONTINUATION GRANT APPLICATION-LOCAL MANAGEMENT BOARD            

 

The Council approved a request from Nancy Shockley, Dorchester Community Partnership for Children and Families Director, to submit a FY13 School Based Wellness Center grant renewal application for $410,823 to provide for the continued operation of existing school based health center programs.   The Council acknowledged that the Dorchester County Health Department is lead agency and will pay the local match therefore, no County funding is required.

 

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT-HOUSING BOND ALLOCATION        

 

The Council approved the written request of  Tonna Phelps, Director of Single Family Housing, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD),  to transfer Dorchester County’s tax-exempt housing bond allocation of $1,094,831 as set forth in the 2012 allocation of the Maryland State Ceiling made by the Secretary of Business and Economic Development to DHCD’s Community Development Association (CDA).   The Council acknowledged that the funds will be used for the CDA Maryland Mortgage Program.

 

FY13 WATERWAY IMPROVEMENT FUND GRANT AWARDS/FY14 GRANT APPLICATIONS-PUBLIC WORKS              

 

The Council approved the request of Tom Moore, Public Works Director, to accept the following FY2013 Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement Grant fund awards : 1) $99,000 for Bespitch facility parking lot improvements; 2) $85,000 for replacement of bulkhead at the Wingate Public Dock; and 3) $10,000 for County wide maintenance. 

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Moore to submit FY2014 grant applications under the Waterway Improvement Fund Program for the following: 1) $99,000 for County Maintenance for 2014 to complete several paving projects at Taylors Island Boat Ramp, Elliott Island Boat Ramp, Back Creek Boat Ramp and Wingate Boat Ramp that are needed as a result of recent renovations at these locations; 2) $18,000 for electrical and lighting renovations at the Ragged Point facility; and 3) $99,000 in funding for bulkhead replacement and paving restoration at the Golden Hill Boat Ramp. 

 

The Council acknowledged that Public Works staff is still seeking clarification on requirements for 50% cost sharing for these grants and, if required, the County can provide in-kind labor and equipment.

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION GRANT APPLICATION/CONTRACT APPROVAL REQUEST-AIRPORT/PUBLIC WORKS

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Moore to submit a Federal Aviation Administration Grant Application in the amount of $85,570 for the Cambridge Dorchester Airport runway extension-obstruction identification, environmental coordination and Airport Layout Plan Update project. The Council also agreed to accept a URS Corporation proposal dated July 31, 2012 to provide engineering services in conjunction with this project in the not to exceed amount of $85,570.  The Council acknowledged that the cost for this proposal is fully eligible for reimbursement of 90% from the Federal Aviation Administration and 5% from the Maryland Aviation Administration with the local share of 5% ($4,278.50) being allocated in the County's FY 2011 Capital Budget as a part of the runway extension.  

 

FY 2013-2014 WORK PLAN/BUDGET-NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION-DELMARVA COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

At the request of Mr. Grande, the Council reviewed the updated Community Services Block Grant funding working plan for FY 2013- 2014 to be submitted to the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization and agreed to execution of the Chief Elected Official Certification form by the County Council President which certifies that the Council received the plan and budget. 

 

FY12 EMERGENCY SOLUTION GRANT APPLICATION-DELMARVA COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

The Council approved the request of Mr. Grande to submit an FY12 Emergency Solution Grant application to the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization for $75,000 to provide assistance to individuals and families who are homeless or in jeopardy of homelessness through the Community Action Center with no County match.  

 

FY12 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE GRANT SUB RECIPIENT AGREEMENTS-EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT           

 

Based on a request from Steve Garvin, Emergency Planner, the Council agreed to execute the FY2012 Sub-recipient Agreement which serves as the formal Grant Award Notice for the Fiscal year 2012 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) award in the amount of $66,655 with a 50/50 match requirement for this grant. The Council acknowledged that federal funds of $66,655.00 will be applied as the match for this grant.

REQUEST TO SUBMIT NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAYS PROGRAM GRANT-HERITAGE MURALS-TOURISM

 

The Council approved the request of Amanda Fenstermaker, Tourism Director, to partner with Caroline County to submit a grant application to the National Scenic Byways Program for the redirection of FY07 Byway funds of $100,000 for a project entitled "Heritage Murals Along Michener Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway" with a $20,000 match in the value of the wall space and $5,000 in in-kind volunteer hours.

 

FY2012 AUDIT ENGAGEMENT LETTER-TGM GROUP LLC-FINANCE

 

The Council, based on a request of Michael Spears, Finance Director agreed to sole source and renew the County’s auditing service contract with TGM Group, LLC and execute a three year engagement letter as follows:  $65,500 for FY12; $67,500 for FY13 and $68,500 for FY14.

 

FUNDING COMMITMENT-MARYLAND RURAL COUNTIES COALITION

 

The Council recognized its July 17, 2012 decision to join the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition and to consider a funding recommendation from staff.  The Council agreed to provide $2,000 towards this years’ Coalition budget utilizing funds realized from savings on the County's property and liability insurance. 

 

CONFIRMATIONS-LIFTING OF OPEN AIR BURN BAN       

 

The Council confirmed its August 1, 2012 decision, by telephone poll, to immediately lift the Open Air Burn Ban that was instituted on June 30, 2012 at 9 p.m.

 

CONTINUED DISCUSSION-LOCAL AUTHORITIES-ABATEMENT OF EXCISE TAX  

 

Ms. Baynard noted that at its April 17, 2012 meeting representatives of various municipalities in Dorchester County requested the temporary abatement of excise taxes for targeted areas within their respective jurisdictions in order to encourage economic development and increase the County's tax base.   She explained that Council had taken no action and had requested that an estimate of funding losses for a five year period be provided and had sought legal advice regarding legislative and constitutional issues.  She said Council had the opportunity to review this request with legal counsel.

 

A motion made by Councilman Price to abate excise taxes for all properties in the County for a one year period died with Councilmen Bradshaw, Nichols, and Newcomb opposing.

COUNCIL’S CORRESPONDENCE/TELEPHONE POLL CONFIRMATIONS

Council’s Correspondence

 

Ms. Baynard said the Council agreed to send a letter of support to the Maryland Historical Trust, African American Heritage Preservation Committee, on behalf of Sojourner-Douglass College’s grant application for $100,000 for the renovation of the portion of the old St. Clair School Building at 824 Fairmount Avenue, pursuant to the request of Dean Samuel Henry, III with no County funding.

 

Ms. Baynard noted that in the interim between meetings Council, by means of a poll, took the following actions: 1) accepted a Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention Grant entitled “Overtime Support” in the amount of $3,185, with no local match or in-kind services, for the Sheriff’s Office to provide for overtime for its campaign against illegal guns, for the grant period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, by a 5 to 0 vote; 2) by a 5 to 0 vote approved the request of Pastor Lavone Chester of Anointed One Ministries Church to use County owned property located at the corner of Willis Street and Park Lane to hold a Gospel Youth Revival event on July 20, August 3, and August 10, 2012 during the hours of 9-11 PM with no parking on grassy areas contingent upon the church: obtaining a noise ordinance variance from City of Cambridge; executing a waiver exempting the County from any liability; and cleaning up of all trash and debris at the site; 3) by a 4 to 1 vote agreed to permit Anointed One Ministries to use the Recreation and Parks trailer on the approved dates contingent upon execution of an additional liability waiver.  In addition, by a 3 to 1 with 1 no response vote, agreed that the waiver should state that the church will be responsible for any damages to the grounds resulting from this use; 4) at its July 9, 2012 Executive Work Session, Council reached a consensus to authorize the County Manager to advertise the Emergency Services Director position in lieu of approval at an open meeting in order to expedite collection of applications to fill the vacancy. 

 

Ms. Baynard announced that the following grant awards have been received from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Systems: 1) $6,000 to upgrade the Computer Aided Dispatch Interface; and 2) $1,300 to purchase a radio for an ambulance unit, to meet Federal Communications Commission requirements for narrowband banding.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Jennifer Dindinger introduced herself as the new Regional Extension Educator for Natural Resources and Community Development, serving Dorchester County, Somerset County, Worchester County and Wicomico and that her office is located in the University of Maryland Extension Office in the Dorchester County Office Building.  She said she is currently conducting a need assessment.

 

Bruce Coulson, resident, expressed his belief that efforts should be made to clean the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay prior the development of Watershed Implementation Plans for the local jurisdictions in the State.   He referenced the release of waters from the Conowingo Dam a few months ago after a storm which ran into the Bay.   He said it is his understanding that in addition to the release of those pollutants five wastewater treatment plants discharge into the Susquehanna River which flows into the Bay.

 

COUNCIL’S COMMENTS/ADJOURNMENT

The Council, pursuant to motions made by Councilmen Price and Travers, agreed to send a letter to the State Highway Administration regarding the following to address safety issues due to recent accidents that have occurred: 1) to request that a traffic study be conducted on Route 40 near Aireys Spur Road; and 2) for the possible installation of a guardrail on Route 343 South before Long’s Store.

 

Councilman Newcomb announced that the next County Council meeting is scheduled for August 21, 2012. With no further business to discuss, the Council adjourned.

 

ATTEST:                                                                               DORCHESTER COUNTY COUNCIL:

 

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