Minutes of 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., via telephone and Town Administrator/Clerk, Nancy J. Lindyberg. He dispensed with the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of March 4, 2019 were approved as submitted.
March 18, 2019
Animal Control Ordinance: Commissioner Raffetto suggested that a workshop be scheduled. All Commissioners agreed. Commissioner Rhodes stated that when at the meeting with the County Commissioners regarding the Tax Set-Off he raised the issue of the Animal Control Ordinance that the Town may have to adopt because of the lack of enforcement of the County Animal Control Ordinance. The Town would adopt a Town Animal Control Ordinance to also include enforcement, which would be a cost to the Town and not the County.
Planning & Zoning: Janet Rochester said the owner of 741 Main Street attended the meeting on March 11, 2019, but he did not have all the information needed regarding his proposed plan for the property. He said he would return for the April 8th meeting with more information.
Board of Appeals: Nothing to report
Budget Status Report: Each Commissioner has a copy.
Introduction of Ordinance No. 166/19 - Budget Amendment: Commissioner Rhodes explained that for the past few years the Town has been in negotiations with Queenstown Bank to purchase the 9.95 acres which adjoins the Town Waste Water Treatment Plant for future expansion of the Sewer Treatment Plant and the possibility of the placement of a water tower if and when the Town implements town water. The Town has had an initial discussion with a member of the Queenstown Bank, and they agreed to sell the property to the Town for $100,000.00. This Ordinance calls for $120,000.00 because we have other costs, such as Closing Costs. The property had been appraised a few years ago at $90,000.00 or $95,000.00 which was prior to the increase of property values.
Commissioner Rhodes moved to introduce Ordinance No.166/19, an Ordinance of the Commissioners of the Town of Church Hill, Maryland authorizing the purchase from Queenstown Bank of 9.95 +/- acres adjacent to the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant for $100,000.00 and amending the Town's FY 2019 Budget to appropriate additional funds in the amount of one hundred twenty thousand dollars ($120,000.00) for the acquisition, repair and maintenance of the property. Commissioner Raffetto seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
Commissioner Rhodes went on to say that at the next meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019 they will vote and if the money has been appropriated, President Griffin will be able to sign the contract, in accordance with the Town Charter. He also mentioned that the money is being moved from the Town's unexpended reserve from previous years and there is no additional cost to the taxpayer.
Critical Area Grant: Ms. Lindyberg informed the Commissioners that she received a letter from the Critical Area Commission stating that due to FY20 budget constraints, they have had to make reductions across the board in the annual grant award. The amount available to Church Hill for FY2020 is $750.00. In recognition of the reduction, they have altered the grant paperwork and are only requiring one Annual Report as opposed to four Quarterly Reports.
Commissioner Rhodes made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Raffetto seconded the motion. The motion was passed 3-0. The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.
Trash Removal Contract: The trash removal contract between the Town and Chesapeake Waste Industries will expire June 30, 2019; however, in the contract there is an item that states that the Town can extend or end the contract, as the Commissioners determine the best interests of the Town's citizens. Ms. Lindyberg contacted Town Attorney, Elissa Levan, and she said that according that item in the contract the Town can extend the contract, without sending it out for bid, if both parties agree. Ms. Lindyberg will contact Chesapeake Waste Industries to see if they agree to the extension.
Flow Reports: Each Commissioner had a copy of the report.
Downed Tree at WWTP: Don Reed, from MES, sent a picture of a tree that had fallen at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. He said that the only damage was to the fence in that area. Commissioner Rhodes said that he would contact Bill Price of B&K Plant Farm and Landscaping to see if he could remove the tree and repair the fence.
Comments: Michelle McLaughlin, who resides at 219 Agnes Lane, Church Hill, informed the Commissioners of a problem regarding a school bus parking and blocking the street in that area of Agnes Lane. Ms. McLaughlin also stated that the bus is started at 5:30 am every day and is left running for approximately thirty (30) minutes unattended. Commissioner Rhodes said that he would look into the matter.
The next Town Meeting will be Monday, April 1, 2019 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, March 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
John P. Griffin, Sr., President