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

CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

JANUARY 16, 2024

Mayor Foster called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.  In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, and Meghan Efland. Also in attendance were Larry DiRe (Town Manager), Lynda Thomas (Town Clerk) and guests. It was noted that Councilman Jose Medrano was absent due to a death in the family.

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

Mayor Foster reported that the cash on hand was $2,987,629.38. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously.

Public Comments

Mr. Foster stated that Ms. Barbara Jorgenson had asked in advance to be able to give Public Comments before the discussion of the appointments.  The following gave public comments on the appointment to the Historic District Commission (HDC):

  1. Steven Mitchell
  2. Lynn Mitchell
  3. Claudia Connelly
  4. Barbara Jorgenson
  5. Tom Kocubinski
  6. Nancy McGuire
  7. Kit Lorentz
  8. John Hutchison

Presentations

Robert Diss, Lindsey and Associates presented the FY23 Financial Statement.

Julia King-Medrano presented the Farmers Market Update. She noted that the Farmer’s Market is working toward becoming a non-profit.  She noted they are working with a lawyer, and a Board has been established, By-laws have been drafted, a bank account has been established and non-profit status has been filed with the IRS.

Ms. King-Medrano reported that the Artisan vendors would like to extend further up High Street from Memorial Park to Queen Street.  This would close the street from Spring to Queen.

Chief Ron Dixon presented the Chestertown Police Department (CPD) December 2023 monthly report.  He reported that there were 469 Red Speed Camera violations for the month of December and the call for service were down by 40 compared to November. 

Chief Dixon reported that there were two (2) opioid incidences where one (1) was fatal. He noted there has been an increase in the utilization of Narcan due to the increase in opioid overdoses. He noted that Narcan was not used for the fatal overdose since the person had been dead for some time.

Chief Dixon reviewed various functions he attended since his last presentation:

            Local Drug and Alcohol Council Meeting

            Department of Social Services Child Advocacy Center’s Leadership Training

            Department of Social Services Child Advocacy Center’s monthly meeting

            Sexual Assault Response team meeting

            State Highway Administration meeting

            Department of Public Safety at Washington College meeting

            Police Accountability Board and Administrative Charging Committee

            Bayside Hoyas presentation of the Documentary on “Rethinking Poverty”

            Minary’s Dream, Martin Luther King Day Program at Washington College

Town Manager’s Report

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Boards/Commissions/Committees, the Memorial Park Permit, Town Code and Amendments, and 2023 Visitor Center Numbers.

Mayors Report

Mr. Foster nominated Paul Saywell to be appointed to the Tree Committee at the next meeting.

Mr. Foster nominated Rebecca Murphy to be reappointed to the HDC.

Mr. Herz noted that the Robert Rules of Order do not preclude them from reappointing someone the same night they are nominated. This has been done in emergency situations in the past. 

The Councilmembers remarked that they supported the nomination of Rebecca Murphy to be reappointed to the HDC.

Councilwoman Efland moved to reappoint Rebecca Murphy to the Historic District Commission.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and carried unanimously.

Mr. Foster reported that he received a message from Teresa Coons, MML, regarding the reinstatement of the Highway User Funds.

Old Business

Mr. Foster read and signed the Charge Letter to the Students of POL 394.13: American Civic Engagement class to collaborate on the Democratic Revitalization Research Initiative. 

Mr. DiRe reported on the Trash Collection Rate increase and noted that the contract trash hauler has expressed concerns over the ability to maintain his truck fleet’s operational condition due to increased.

Councilman Herz made a motion to increase, Wallace Henry’s monthly payment by $2500. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.

Mr. O’Brien asked if a $5000 performance bonus would be viable to get both trucks back in service.  Mr. DiRe noted that they could sit down to figure out a better rate for service.

Mr. DiRe reviewed the Mid-year Finance Update.

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Food Truck Text Amendment and recommended extending the exemption for 210 South Cross Street.

Mr. Herz recommended approving the exemption for 2024 as staff works on amending the ordinance.

Ms. Liddy Campbell noted that she felt that Food Truck Ordinance should remain but should be different for someone allowing food trucks to operate on private property like a brick-and-mortar business.

Councilman Herz made a motion to extend the exemption for 210 South Cross Street, the  7 pm to 9 pm restriction, removing the 250-foot distance restriction, waive the background investigation, drop the monthly re-registration fee and grant the extension for March 17, 2024, to December 31, 2024. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and passed unanimously.  

Mr. O’Brien asked about moving forward with the Shore Rivers Lease.  Mr. Foster noted that there was still an issue with the build-out and is waiting for plans. He noted that once they have an idea of the cost of the build-out then they can discuss rent. Mr. DiRe reported that someone was interested in building-out over the Marina section.

Ward Reports

Mr. O’Brien:

Thanked the crew for cleaning the roads.

Noted that all outside groups must submit their budget requests by February.

Mr. Herz:

Attended the COG meeting in Annapolis on the 1st Legislative Day of 2024 and thanked Jay Jacobs for the tour.

Noted he will give an update on MD 250 Commission at the next meeting.

Ms. Efland:

Attended the COG meeting in Annapolis and met with Jay Jacobs.

Noted a bill was submitted for the funding of the new middle school.

Board of Education Superintendent Couch has announced her retirement at the end of 23-24 school year.

Reminded everyone that Washington College students will be returning to classes soon.

Closed Session

At 8:45 p.m., Pursuant to General Provisions Article §3-305(b)(1) To discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom this public body has jurisdiction; or any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals.

Councilman O’Brien made a motion to go into an Executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

Mayor and Council adjourned the Closed Session at 9:35 pm.

In open session:

Councilwoman Efland moved to increase the salary for the rank of corporal and lower by $2500 per year. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and carried unanimously.

There being no further business, Councilman Herz moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       David Foster, Mayor

 

*************************************************************************************

CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

AGENDA

JANUARY 16, 2024

The Mayor and Council meetings are held in Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street.  A 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 December 4, 2023, Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Consent Calendar
  6. Presentations
    1. Bob Diss and Aliesha Scarlet, Lindsey & Associates – FY23 Financial Statement
    2. Julia King Medrano, Farmer’s Market Update
    3. Chief Ron Dixon police report
  7. Town Manager’s report
    1. Town boards, commissions, committees’ activity report
    2. Memorial Park – Veteran’s Day – Save the date
    3. Town Code Update
    4. 2023 Visitor Center Update
  8. Mayor’s Report
    1. Boards/Commissions/Committee nominations
  9. Old Business
    1. Washington College Student Engagement Project Charge
    2. Trash Collection Rate Increase
    3. Mid-Year Finance Update
    4. Food Truck Text Amendment
  10. New Business
  11. Ward Reports
  12. Requests from the public to be on the agenda: A sign up sheet will available
  13. Questions or comments
  14. Closed Session – General Provisions Article, §3-305(b)(1) To discuss a personnel matter
  15. Adjourn
Close Search Window