County Council Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2013
County Council of Dorchester County
Regular Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2013
The County Council of Dorchester County met in regular session on May 14, 2013 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, and Donna Lane, Executive Administrative Specialist.
The Council adjourned from a Regular Session and convened in a closed Executive Work 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.
Voting in favor of the closed Executive Session were all Council members.
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Councilman Travers led the invocation and the pledge of allegiance.
CALL FOR ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA
The Council agreed to add a request to utilize grant funds to purchase computers for Emergency Services Department to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS
The Council approved the vouchers with the addition of the distribution of 508 funding to the following local volunteer fire companies that met reporting requirements: Church Creek Fire Company, $7,257.14 (representing second and third quarter funding); East New Market Fire Company, $3,628.57 (third quarter funding); Eldorado-Brookview Fire Company, $3,628.57 (third quarter funding); Lakes and Straits Fire Company, $7,257.14 (representing second and third quarter funding); Linkwood-Salem Fire Company, $3,628.57 (third quarter funding); Madison Fire Company, $3,628.57 (third quarter funding); Taylors Island Fire Company, $10,885.71, (first, second and third quarter funding); Hurlock Volunteer Fire Company, $10,885.74, (first, second and third quarter funding); Vienna Fire Company, $3,628.58 (third quarter funding). The Council acknowledged that Mr. Willey verified with the State of Maryland that these volunteer fire companies met reporting requirements.
FINANICAL REPORT: CASH AND INVESTMENTS
Councilman Newcomb reported total cash and investments as $4,376,317.20.
EXECUTIVE SESSION SUMMARY
The County Council of Dorchester County convened in an Executive Work Session at 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2013 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.
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 matter relating to a proposal for a business/organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State.
Councilman Newcomb announced that the Council will reconvene into executive session following regular session to discuss one personnel and three economic development items.
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.
BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
Councilman Newcomb stated that this is the second of three public hearings to be held on the proposed FY 2014 budget.
Based on a question from Councilman Newcomb, Jerome Harris, a Dorchester County resident, clarified that he erroneously signed up to speak during this hearing. Councilman Newcomb inquired as to whether anyone in the audience wished to speak regarding the proposed budget. There was no public comment.
The Council adjourned the public hearing.
Delegate Rudolph Cane advised Council that a resident who lives on Old Vienna Road has experienced flooding in her driveway. He indicated that this individual’s residence is one of the homes prior to the school in Vienna. Councilman Bradshaw said it his understanding that Tom Moore, Public Works Director, is in the process of seeking United States Department of Agriculture grant funding to improve ditching in that area. He noted that County staff has previously sought approval from the Maryland Department of Environment to improve ditches in the County, however they have met with resistance and asked Delegate Cane for his assistance. Delegate Cane said he is willing to provide assistance.
The Council requested that Mr. Moore have staff view the area Delegate Cane referenced.
Councilman Price noted that Choptank Community Health System’s Hurlock facility is scheduled to close on Friday, May 17, 2013. He said it is his understanding that its Board of Directors are discussing a possible solution to remain open in order to allow patients time to seek new primary physicians. He also referenced his understanding that 5,500 visits are made to that facility annually and that once the facility is closed four individuals will lose their jobs and two employees will be transferred to another facility. He expressed his dismay regarding the loss of these health services and employment opportunities.
REQUEST TO UTILIZE GRANT FUNDS TO PURCHASE COMPUTERS FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The Council approved the request of Jeremy Goldman, Emergency Services Director, to expend Eastern Shore Communications Alliance grant funds in amount of $19,164.30 that were recently allocated to Dorchester County by that entity and agreed to waive bids and authorize him to sole source with Dell Corporation to purchase five computers ($3,832.86 per unit). The Council recognized that these computers will be used by administrative staff in the Emergency Services Divisions. The Council further acknowledged that there is no local match and that these funds need to be utilized by May 17, 2013.
With no further business to discuss, the Council adjourned into executive session at 6:45 p.m. for one personnel item and three economic development items.
ATTEST: DORCHESTER COUNTY COUNCIL:
Jane Baynard, County Manager Jay L. Newcomb, President
William V. Nichols, Vice President
Approved the ______day of _______________, 2013.