Minutes of Town Meeting
President John P. Griffin, Sr. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were Town Commissioner Charles M. Rhodes, Jr., and Town Administrator/Clerk, Nancy J. Lindyberg. Commissioner Edward C. Raffetto, Jr., was out of town and attended the meeting via telephone. President Griffin dispensed with the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of April 15, 2019 were approved as submitted.
May 6, 2019
Jillian Cordova - US Census Bureau - Miss Cordova did not attend.
Animal Control Ordinance: The Town is still conducting research on this matter and will schedule a workshop.
Planning & Zoning: Commissioner Raffetto reported that the proposed deli on Main Street had a good meeting with Planning and Zoning and the deli owners are preparing a final list of their conforming to requirements of the Zoning Code.
Board of Appeals: Nothing to report
Budget Status Report: Each Commissioner has a copy.
Introduction of Ordinance No. 168-19 - FY 2020 Budget: Commissioner Rhodes moved to introduce Ordinance No. 168-19, an ordinance of the Commissioners of the Town of Church Hill, Maryland, approving and adopting the budget of the Town of Church Hill for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020; establishing a tax rate of $.34 per $100 of assessed valuation for real property; establishing a utility tax rate of $.85 per $100 assessed valuation for real property; establishing a sewer fee of $340 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 passed 3-0.
Other: The Council of Governments meeting will be Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company. Commissioners Rhodes and Raffetto will attend.
Flow Reports: Each Commissioner had a copy of the report.
MES FY 2020 Budget: MES sent their Budget for FY 2020, which is a contract for service with the Town, for the Town's acceptance. Church Hill's cost for the new fiscal year is $47,222. Commissioner Rhodes moved to authorize President Griffin to sign accepting MES' FY 2020 Budget and to continue to provide service to the Town. Commissioner Raffetto seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0.
Comments: Bill and Jan Legg, residents of Church Hill expressed their concern about hearing the Dollar General showed an interest in purchasing two lots on a corner of Main Street. Commissioner Rhodes stated that he would first like to explain the speed cameras that were located at four different locations in Town for three days. This relates to Dollar General's interest in opening a store in Church Hill. They asked for up to date data on traffic here. He added that the most traffic during those days was on Walnut Street, roughly 5300 per day, both directions; Main Street was 5200 and on Main Street after crossing Rt 300 was 2200; and Rt 300 by the Church Hill Park was 1450 per day. The worst speeds, percentage wise, were going out of Town on Main Street and by the park.
Commissioner Rhodes went on to say that regarding Dollar General, the Town is aware that they are interested in placing a store in Church Hill. They have been looking at several different locations. Commissioner Rhodes further stated that if Dollar General moves in this direction, obviously there is a process with which they must comply. They would meet with the Planning and Zoning Committee and must conform to all zoning. He also mentioned that the Planning and Zoning Committee has had discussions with people who would like to see a retail business in Church Hill. He stated that the Town is aware that Dollar General has contact several people in Town, but the Town is not party to that.
Commissioner Rhodes further related that the Federal Government has declared this area an "Opportunity Zone", which means that they would give to property owners and new businesses a huge tax break. There is one Opportunity Zone per county and the one for Queen Anne's County basically starts at Starky's Corner and extends to Chester River Bridge. Church Hill is the only incorporated jurisdiction in that Zone.
Michelle McLaughlin, resident of Church Hill, stated that she has had an ongoing problem since August 2018. She said that she has five questions she would like answered and if the Town is not the one to go to could they direct her to the right person.
1. How long can a residence be unoccupied before a new occupancy permit would be required?
2. Where could she or Town Zoning Enforcement obtain a decibel meter?
3. Does the code deal with residents being bothered by noise from unoccupied commercial vehicles idling during night hours.
4. Number and type of commercial vehicles parked, stored and in use on a residential property.
5. Parking requirements on Agnes Street or other residential street.
Commissioner Rhodes asked Ms. McLaughlin to put the questions in writing and submit them to the Town. He said that the Town would contact the Town Attorney and Zoning Inspector to discuss these questions.
Commissioner Rhodes moved to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Raffetto seconded the motion. The motion passed 3-0. The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.
The next Town Meeting will be Monday, May 20, 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, May 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
John P. Griffin, Sr., President