Mayor and Council Public Hearing – Annexation – November 6, 2017

MAYOR AND COUNCIL

PUBLIC HEARING – ANNEXATION RESOLUTION 1

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Mayor Cerino called the public hearing to order at 7:00 p.m. In attendance at the hearing were Council Members Liz Gross, Linda C. Kuiper and Mauritz Stetson, W. S. Ingersoll (Town Manager), Jennifer Mulligan (Town Clerk) and guests.

Mayor Cerino read the public notice, which was published in the Kent County News on May 19, 2016 and May 26, 2016 into the record as follows:

“The Mayor and Council of Chestertown hearing originally scheduled to commence on Monday, October 16, 2017 concerning the annexation proposal known as the 2017 Chestertown Annexation No. 1 has been rescheduled to commence on Monday, November 6, 2017. The hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street.  The annexation area contains 149.11 acres of land to the south of Chestertown and is commonly referred to as the Chestertown Waste Water Treatment Plant or Town Lagoon site.  The property is generally bounded on the south by John Hansen Road, on the west by lands of Brice and Stepne, LLC, on the north by Stepne, LLC., Radcliffe Creek and Stepne IV Business Trust and on the east by the lands of Silverset, Trumpy, Lowe and Wagner.  When annexed the property will be added to the Second Ward of Chestertown.  The Lagoon site has been in continuous operation since 1967 and also serves at the treatment plant for Kent County’s Quaker Neck Sanitary System.  Information concerning Annexation No. 1 is available at the Town Hall. Citizens are encouraged to attend and comment or send written comments prior to the hearing.      

                                                                                    By Authority of

                                                                                    Chris Cerino, Mayor”

Mr. Ingersoll stated that this annexation request was generated by the Town, along with the Annexation Plan that covers water, sewer, land use patterns, public facilities and zoning. The Town has presented this plan (along with the Annexation Resolution) to the Kent County Commissioners, Kent County Zoning and the State of Maryland Critical Area Commission. Kent County Gave a positive recommendation for the annexation.  Mr. Ingersoll stated that a positive recommendation was also given by the State Critical Area Commission and from the Kent County Zoning.

Mr. Ingersoll stated that a letter was received from the Maryland State Planning Office indicating that date sequence was wrong in the original ordinance as introduced to the public so the hearing was rescheduled to November 6th from the original proposed date for the hearing of October 16, 2017.

Mr. Ingersoll stated that other notes from the Maryland State Planning were about critical areas but the Critical Areas Commission specifically approved the annexation.

Mayor Cerino asked if there was any public comment. There was none.

There being no further questions, Mr. Stetson moved to close the public hearing at 7:07 p.m., was seconded by Ms. Kuiper and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Jennifer Mulligan                                                        Chris Cerino

Town Clerk                                                                 Mayor

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