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CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

JUNE 17, 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. It was noted that Mr. Herz was running late.

Mayor Foster asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Mayor and Council minutes of June 3, 2024.  Councilman O’Brien moved to approve the minutes of the Mayor and Council meeting of June 3, 2024, as submitted. The motion was seconded by Councilman Medrano and carried unanimously.

Mayor Foster reported that the cash on hand was $2,844,145.79. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Medrano and passed unanimously.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Councilman O’Brien made a motion to appoint Steven Atkinson to the Zoning Board of Appeals. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

PRESENTATIONS

Police Report                                                       

Chief Ron Dixon submitted the Chestertown Police Department’s (CPD) May monthly report. It was noted that Chief Dixon was on vacation and no one from CPD was unavailable to present the report.

The report highlighted 4 DUI arrests, 730 RedSpeed citations, 3 non-fatal overdoses, and 265 traffic stops. There were no issues during Tea Party weekend and numerous compliments were received from attendees.

Chief Dixon noted in the report, the various functions he attended since his last presentation:

Met with new Crisis Intervention Team coordinator from Sante Group

Met with Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee

Attended Garnet Elementary Field Day and Sneaker Creeper events

Attended the Local Drug & Alcohol Abuse Council meeting

Met with Washington College Department of Public Safety

TOWN MANAGER’S REPORT

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the following:

  • Boards/Commissions/Committees
  • CDBG
  • Energy Efficient Products

MAYOR’S REPORT

Mr. Foster reviewed the possibility of changing the town election to take place at the same time as the congressional election. To be able to make the change, the current terms for the Mayor and Wards 1 and 3 would have to be shortened by a year. 

Mr. Foster reported that he would like to begin the process of increasing the Mayor and Councils salaries.  The increase would not benefit anyone currently on the Board.  This change would go  into effect with incoming members following the next election.

Mr. Foster reported that he met with the County Commissioners about the tax differential.  He noted that all three (3) Commissioners were in agreement to discuss the topic.

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Herz arrived during this portion of the meeting.

Fee Schedule and Permit Terms

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the fee schedule and permit terms and noted that these changes would begin September 1, 2024. The following administrative policy changes were proposed:

  • All activities and events that take place during and in the area of the farmers’ market are to be included on the Farmers’ Market annual permit. All other activities and events within the market area will not be considered.
  • Any event associated with signs and banners will no longer be handled through town hall.
  • No event dates will be “held” as pending because of an intent to file an application.
  • Event dates will be posted once the permit has been approved and all fees paid in full.
  • One permit per day, per location will be approved.
  • All permits for Fountain Park will be reviewed by the Garden Club.

Councilman O’Brien made a motion to approve the administrative and fee schedule changes as proposed. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.  

Priorities: Strategic Questionnaire, Town Charter, Town Code

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the January 2023 final report of the strategic questionnaire. He recommended that the Mayor and Council review the comments and questions related to collaboration and a variety of town concerns, and amend the town code, and town charter.

It was agreed to hold a strategic plan meeting, July 22, 2024.

Location of the Downtown Bathroom

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the downtown bathroom. The current Memorial Plaza location of the bathroom trailer, the parking lot on the north side of Fountain Park, and the parking lot area facing the 300-block of Cannon Street were considered.

It was agreed to have Nina Fleegle, MainStreet Manager, move forward with the design.  

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Herz asked to add the banners for the incoming Washington College students to the agenda.

Councilman O’Brien made a motion to amend the agenda to add the agreement for the welcome college student banners. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

Councilman Herz made a motion to approve $2000 for the Welcome Washington College students, pole banner signs. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

WARD REPORTS

Mr. O’Brien reported:

  • He would like to meet with Paul Wilson, Street Manager, regarding the Worton Park playground equipment, and whether it can be reused.

Mr. Herz reported:

  • Stop sign for Queen and High.

Mr. Medrano reported:

  • Thank the Town staff for their support for the Juneteenth celebration.
  • New food truck located at Lewes Dairy.
  • Asked about the plans for the old Dixon location.
  • Asked about pods parked on the street. He noted there has been a pod parked in the street on Devon Drive for a few months.

Ms. Efland reported:

  • Attended the Main Street Chestertown Downtown Master Plan meeting.
  • Looking forward to the Welcome Center ribbon cutting.
  • Looking forward to the next Downtown Master Plan Workshop.
  • Followed up with the concerned resident regarding occupied mobile homes and RV’s on properties with primary residence.
    • According to the town charter
    • 153-2 OCCUPANCY RESTRICTIONS FOR CAMPING TRAILERS.

No camping trailer shall be lived in while within the corporate limit of the town.

  • The Kent County Board of Education ratified a contract with  Mary Boswell-McComas. Her first official day on the job will be July 1.
  • Kent County Public Schools will be offering free summer meals for all children 18 years of age and younger, as part of the schools’ efforts to ensure that children have access to healthy food during the summer months. Breakfasts and lunches will be available at no charge for children. No application is required. Children do not have to be enrolled in Kent County Public Schools. Menus and more information are available at https://www.kent.k12.md.us/SchoolMenus.aspx.

    Chestertown Open School Site:

                       
H.H. Garnet Elementary School                     Edge of Town Drive, Chestertown
320 Calvert St., Chestertown                         (off Flatland Road)
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.                                         10:10 to 10:20 a.m.

Contact Food Service Support Supervisor Angie Knoll at aknoll@kent.k12.md.us with any questions.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

The following gave public testimony regarding the destruction of Pride signs during the Juneteenth event, thanked CPD for their quick action:

  1. Rebecca Murphy
  2. John Hutchison
  3. John Schratwieser

CLOSED SESSION

At 7:32 p.m., Pursuant to General Provisions Article §3-305(b)(1) To discuss a personnel matter and General Provisions Article §3-305(b)(7) To consult with counsel.

Councilman Herz made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter and consult with counsel. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

The Mayor and Council adjourned the Closed Session at 8:38 pm.

In open session:

Mr. Foster noted that no decision or motions were made.

There being no further business, Councilwoman Efland moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       David Foster, Mayor

 

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CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

AGENDA

JUNE 17, 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.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Approval of June 3, 2024, Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Consent Calendar
    1. Appoint Steven Atkinson to the Zoning Board of Appeals
  6. Presentations
    1. Chief Ron Dixon police report
  7. Town Manager’s report
    1. Town boards, commissions, committees’ activity report
    2. CDBG
    3. Energy Efficient Products
  8. Mayor’s Report
  9. Old Business
    1. Fee Schedule and Permit Terms
    2. Priorities: Strategic Questionnaire, Town Charter, Town Code
    3. Location of the Downtown Bathroom
  10. New Business
  11. Ward Reports
  12. Questions or comments
  13. Executive Session:
    1. 3-305(b)(1) To discuss a personnel matter.
    2. 3-305(b)(7) To discuss a legal matter.
  14. 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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