Minutes from Town Meeting
President John P. Griffin, Sr. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were Town Commissioners Charles M. Rhodes, Jr. and Edward C. Raffetto, Jr., Town Attorney Karen Ruff and Town Administrator/Clerk, Nancy J. Lindyberg. See attendance sheet for other attendees. President Griffin dispensed with the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of April 16, 2018 were approved as submitted.
May 7, 2018
Public Hearing and Adoption of Ordinance No. 165-18 FY2019 Budget: Commissioner Rhodes moved to open the public hearing regarding Ordinance 165-18 an ordinance of the Commissioners of the Town of Church Hill, approving and adopting the budget of the Town of Church Hill for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019; establishing a tax rate of $0.34 per $100 of a assessed valuation for real property; establishing a utility tax rate of $0.85 per $100 assessed valuation for real property; establishing a sewer fee of $315 per equivalent dwelling unit; and providing for the collection of the State of Maryland Bay Restoration Fund annual fee of $60. Commissioner Raffetto seconded the motion. The motion to open the public hearing passed 3-0.
Planning & Zoning: Janet Rochester stated that there is nothing new to report. The next meeting will be Monday, May 14, 2018.
Board of Appeals: The Board of Appeals hearing for the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company is set for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Budget Status Report: Each Commissioner has a copy.
No one wished to speak at the public hearing. Commissioner Raffetto moved to close the Public Hearing. Commissioner Rhodes seconded the motion. The motion to close the Public Hearing passed 3-0.
Commissioner Rhodes moved to adopt Ordinance No. 165-18 - FY19 Budget. Commissioner Raffetto seconded the motion. The motion was passed 3-0.
Excessive Speed on Main and Walnut Streets - Representative from the QAC Sheriff's Office: The Commissioners welcomed Major Dwayne Boardman of the QAC Sheriff's Office. He came to the meeting to address the Commissioners request for assistance with ongoing speeding problems in Church Hill. He asked whether any persons present wished to speak. Joseph Thompson, a resident of Church Hill, did so, referring especially to danger to children waiting for buses in the morning or getting off them in the evening. Major Boardman spoke of the new, high-tech speed detection devise now placed by Sheriff's Department on Main Street. It indicated speed to motorists and records every vehicle which passes and its speed. In addition, it will be placed on Walnut Street at a later time. This will give the Sheriff's Office a better idea of the speed of vehicles at certain times during the day. Major Boardman said he will return in a month to the Town to give a report. He also stated that since January 1, 2018 there have been seven directive calls in the Town of Church Hill. That means the Sheriff's Office sent deputies to this area to do some type of enforcements, which is not bad compared to other areas.
Animal Control Ordinance: The Commissioners are still working on establishing a fair decision regarding this ordinance. Commissioner Raffetto asked Town attorney, Karen Ruff, to give the Commissioners a summary of Maryland and county law on nuisances, especially in the areas of noise, odor, run off, attraction of vermin and storm drainage.
Correspondence: The Town received an email from Carolyn Brinkley of Centreville indicating that the next COG meeting will be Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Creamery in Centreville.
The Town received an email from ESAM regarding the MML Conference Dinner Meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant, Ocean City. Reservations are due prior to May 31, 2018. The Commissioners have not decided if anyone would attend.
Commissioner Raffetto made a motion to adjourn the regular meeting. Commissioner Rhodes seconded the motion. The motion was passed 3-0. The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.
Flow Reports: Each Commissioner had a copy of the report
Comments: Mr. Richard Slacum, who resides next to the park at 300 Cemetery Lane, said that the park is being used by young people to "hang out". It is very dark and a light on Cemetery Lane is needed. He said that there is a lot of brambles, hedgerow, etc. between his property and the park. He has been trying to get the county to bushhog that area to clear it. He added that the pond at the park is filled in by accumulated sediment, with very shallow, sludgy water; it rapidly fills with thick green algae and little wild life is present. He has spoken with the Park Department and DNR, with no successful results. Commissioner Rhodes said that the county is responsible for maintaining the park. He also stated that he would look into getting a light installed on Cemetery Lane at that area of the park.
Mr. Richard Hurlock asked about an inventory tax bill he received. Ms. Lindyberg will call and get the information regarding this bill.
The next Town Meeting will be Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Nancy J. Lindyberg
I hereby certify that the forgoing is a true and accurate record of the open Town Meeting held by the Town Commissioners of Church Hill on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
John P. Griffin, Sr., President