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CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

APRIL 1, 2024

 

Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:26 p.m. In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, and Jose Medrano. Also in attendance were Larry DiRe (Town Manager), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests. It was noted that Ms. Efland was traveling on business for her job.

Mayor Foster asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Mayor and Council minutes of March 18, 2024.  Councilman Herz moved to approve the minutes of the Mayor and Council meeting of March 18, 2024. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and carried unanimously.

Mayor Foster reported that the cash on hand was $3,121,624.98. Councilman Herz made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Medrano and passed unanimously.

Consent Calendar

Councilman Herz made a motion to appoint Frankie Mayo to the Recreation Committee.  The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Mayor Foster postponed the public hearing for Ordinance 04-2024. Ms. Efland and members of the Environmental Committee were not present and felt they should be present for any questions or input.

Presentations

Mr. John Hutchison, Planning Commission (PC) Chair, gave an update on the projects that have come before the Planning Commission.

Mr. Hutchison noted that the PC has been working on the Comprehensive Plan. He stated they are reviewing and taking notes and should be done the review phase by the end of summer. The next step, in the fall, would be community engagement and outreach before making the recommended changes.

Mr. Hutchison reviewed the recent projects the PC has reviewed in the past year:

  • Starbucks – 504 Washington Ave
  • Radcliffe Meadows – off Talbot Blvd – proposed 150 lot single subdivision by Ryan Homes, to offer detached and duplex options.
  • Washington Square Shopping Center – mixed use – proposed to replace the unit that burned down and adding 24 apartments above the commercial units.

Mr. Hutchison noted that the PC was reviewing the ADU (accessory dwelling unit) language in the zoning code but paused the review to wait for the statewide plan to finalize.

Mr. Jim Bogden, Recreation Commission Chair, gave an update on the Commission operations, current activities, the ten-year master plan and reviewed recommendations.

Mr. Bogden noted that there is still a vacancy on the Commission and would like to turn that vacancy into a short term, voting, student member but would leave that determination up to the Mayor and Council.

Mr. Bogden stated that Dwight Zilinkas met with the school board to determine the school’s needs during the construction of the new middle school. He noted that the school soccer league would need the use of Bailey Park.

Ms. Susan Coomer, Garden Club, reviewed the proposed memorial park renovation plan which should make the park a more enclosed and contemplative space.

Town Manager’s Report

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the following:

  • Boards/Commissions/Committees,
  • Grants,
  • Lindke v. Freed,
  • Clean marina, and
  • Trust.

Mayors Report

Mr. Foster announced that he and his wife would be moving to Heron Point in a few days.

Mr. Foster reviewed an upcoming meeting with the Kent County Commissions, the Mayor and Council will attend, to discuss the budget needs and tax differential, and invited residents to attend the meeting.

Old Business

Mr. O’Brien gave an update on Washington College and ShoreRivers grass restoration/solar expansion at the wastewater treatment plant. The estimate came back with thirty-one (31) acres with five (5) acres for the solar field. The proposal would be a 10-year lease, to plant a wild flower meadow habitat.  They would pay the town $20,150.00 and MOU (memorandum of understanding) would begin January 1, 2025. Washington College and ShoreRivers are ready to move forward with the proposal. 

Mr. Tom Dietz reviewed and gave an update on the Maryland Clean Energy Center MOU.

Councilman O’Brien made a motion to approve the MOU for the Maryland Clean Energy Center to allow this conversation to continue. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

New Business

Since the death of Christopher Drummond, Esquire, Town Attorney, the Town has been in search of a new attorney. The town has engagement letters for two (2) interim attorneys, one for the Town and one for the Historic District Commission. 

Councilman O’Brien made a motion to table the engagement letter. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

Mr. O’Brien reviewed items he felt were discussion point for the Town-County Budget Work Session.

  • Public Restroom
  • Chestertown Fire Department backup generator
  • $50,000 Support for the visitor center
  • $100,000 – 200,000 for green space
  • County to provide a list of services they are willing to provide.
  • The Town has been maintaining the dock owned by the county.
  • County IT Support
  • Support for the yellow meeting house behind the library.
  • Expand homelessness and temporary housing services.
  • Explore purchasing arrangements.

Mr. O’Brien stated that the opening statement should be that Chestertown is already a state designated priority funding area as well as a sustainable community.  Chestertown is prequalified for state funding but needs the support of the county to go after those funds.

Mr. O’Brien stated that Chestertown has been generous in supporting/contributing to various public services areas, while not being obligated to and that the county has not supported/contributed.

Ward Reports

Mr. O’Brien reported:

  • Attended the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony

Mr. Herz reported:

  • Aunt Sara’s relatives had a successful Easter Egg Hunt with about 70 participants.
  • Intersection of queen and high could use a new stop sign.
  • Memo will be coming out for the Chestertown Heritage Trail.

Mr. Medrano reported:

  • A resident and a parent of Radcliffe on Talbot, expressed concerns of safety with the work and heavy equipment in the area.

There being no further business, Councilman Herz moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:58 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       David Foster, Mayor

 

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CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

AGENDA

APRIL 1, 2024

Work in progress. Check back as we add the documents to the agenda throughout the week. 

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 previous Utilities Commission meetings
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Mr. Sipes report
  6. Utility Budget
  7. Questions or comments
  8. Adjourn

 

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Approval of March 18, 2024, Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Consent Calendar
    1. Appointment of Frankie Mayo to the Recreation Commission
  6. Public Hearing
    1. Ordinance 04-2024 Plastic Bags
  7. Presentations
    1. John Hutchison – Planning Commission Update
    2. Jim Bogden – Recreation Commission Update
    3. Susan Coomer- Memorial Park Renovation Plan
  8. Town Manager’s report
    1. Town boards, commissions, committees’ activity report
    2. Grants Update
    3. Lindke v. Freed
    4. Clean Marina
    5. Trust
  9. Mayor’s Report
  10. Old Business
    1. Washington College and ShoreRivers regarding the grass restoration/solar expansion at the wastewater treatment plant
    2. MOU Maryland Clean Energy Center
  11. New Business
    1. Engagement Letter for Legal Services
    2. Town-County Budget Work Session
    3. Engagement Letter for Legal Services for HDC
  12. Ward Reports
  13. Requests from the public to be on the agenda:
  14. Questions or comments
  15. 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 Commissioners. 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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