Agendas, 2024, Mayor and Council, Town Agendas & Minutes|

CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

JULY 1, 2024

 

Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, Jose Medrano, and Meghan Efland. Also in attendance were Larry DiRe (Town Manager), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests.

Mayor Foster asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Mayor and Council minutes of June 17, 2024.  Councilwoman Efland moved to approve the minutes of the Mayor and Council meeting of June 17, 2024, as submitted. The motion was seconded by Councilman Medrano and carried unanimously.

Mayor Foster reported that the cash on hand was $2,926,654.70. Councilman Herz made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously.

CONSENT CALENDAR

The items on the consent calendar were as follows:

  • Employment Agreement for the Chestertown Police Chief Ron Dixon.

Councilman Herz made a motion to approve the consent calendar. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the following:

  • Boards/Commissions/Committees
  • New Website
  • Stormwater Issues and Potential Projects

Mr. Herz reported an issue of the standing water on the corner of Kent and Washington Streets. The water flows down the street and up on to the sidewalk by way of the handicap ramp and ponds on the sidewalk where the sidewalk becomes slimy and becomes a hazard. He noted that the homeowner(s) has been diligent in keeping that area clean but the Town really needs to address this area.

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mr. Foster reported that Washington College was exploring market rate public housing for the old Dixon Value property.

Mr. Foster noted that 98 Cannon had been sold.

Mr. Foster attended the Maryland Municipal League (MML) the previous week.  He reported that the next MML President would be Michael O’Connor, Mayor of Fredrick and the President Elect would be Todd Nock, Mayor of Pocomoke City.

Mr. Foster reported he received a positive response from MML in regard to the tax differential.

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Town Attorney One Year Agreement with Booth, Cropper, & Marriner.

Councilman Herz moved to approve the one-year engagement.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging program vendor agreement.

Councilman O’Brien moved to approve the new EV charging program vendor agreement.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and carried unanimously.

WARD REPORTS

Ms. Efland reported:

  • Attended part of the Main Street Master Plan event, which was well attended and very organized.
  • Attended Home Ports fundraiser
    • HomePorts is a 501(c)3 charitable organization serving the needs of greater Kent County residents 55 and over. Our mission is to identify, monitor and ensure access to a wide range of services that help members to remain safe and live comfortably in their own homes.
    • They offer memberships for those 55 and older in Kent County and the adjacent area in Queen Anne’s County within the 21620-zip code. Annual membership fees cover one household – they arrange rides, legal advice, help with projects around the house, technology assistance and companionship. 
  • Attended ShoreRivers Summer Solstice fundraiser.
  • Attended the Minary’s Dream Alliance, Undoing Racism workshop.
  • Press Release – June 21, 2024 – Chester River Health Foundation Funds, Dedicated to Ambulance for Transport of Patients Across the Eastern Shore Pilot Project, Aims to Reduce Travel Wait Time for Non-Critical Patients at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health Hospitals.
  • Received requests to clean up trees along Scheeler and Haacke, to be scheduled this month.
  • The work at Washington College is sewer lines is being maintained below the library terrace.

Mr. Medrano reported:

  • Traffic volume concerns on Talbot Blvd. Owen Bailey, Planning Commissioner, will be holding a meeting to discuss traffic calming in front of Radcliffe school.
  • Thanked the Town for delivering a porta pot to Carpenter Park.
  • Coventry Farms Home Owners Association (HOA) will be holding meetings to discuss the trail connection with Carpenter Park and Washington Park.

Mr. Herz reported:

  • Excited to see that 98 Cannon sold.
  • Thanked MainStreet, and DCI Consulting for their hard work.

Mr. O’Brien reported:

  • Attended the Mainstreet grand opening.
  • Attended the Minary’s Dream Alliance, Undoing Racism workshop.
  • The new budget cycle has begun.

There being no further business, Councilman Herz moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:01 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       David Foster, Mayor

 

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CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

AGENDA

JULY 1, 2024

The Mayor and Council meetings are held in Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street.  The livestream feed is available at www.townofchestertown.com.

If you would like to make a presentation to the Mayor and Council, contact the Town Clerk, office@chestertown.com, no later than noon the Wednesday prior to a scheduled meeting. Regularly scheduled meetings are held the first and third Mondays of the month, unless Monday is a holiday, then the meeting will be held the following Tuesday, unless otherwise announced. Presentations are to be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length.

 

6:00 p.m.

UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Minutes of June 3, 2024, Utilities Commission meetings
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Mr. Sipes report
  6. Questions or comments
  7. Adjourn

 

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Approval of June 17, 2023, Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Consent Calendar
    1. Employment Agreement
  6. Presentations
  7. Town Manager’s report
    1. Town boards, commissions, committees’ activity report
    2. New Website
    3. Stormwater Issues and Potential Projects
  8. Mayor’s Report
  9. Old Business
    1. Town Attorney One Year Agreement
  10. New Business
    1. EV charging program vendor agreement
  11. Ward Reports
  12. Questions or comments
  13. Adjourn

 

(Meetings are conducted in Open Session unless otherwise indicated. All or part of Mayor and Council meetings can be held in closed session under the authority of the Maryland Open Meetings Law by vote of the Council. Please note that the order of agenda items may change as time dictates or allows. Meetings are subject to audio and video recordings.)

 

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