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MARCH 18, 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 March 2, 2024, and March 4, 2024. Councilman Herz moved to approve the minutes of the Mayor and Council meeting of March 2, 2024, and March 4, 2024. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

Mayor Foster reported that the cash on hand was $3,144,322.20. Councilwoman Efland made a motion to pay the bills. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and passed unanimously.

Review of Plastic Bag Ordinance

Mr. DiRe stated that the Environmental Committee had reviewed the Ordinance and made text amendment recommendations.

Chestertown Police Department (CPD) Report   

Chief Ron Dixon presented the February 2024 monthly CPD report. He noted that February was busier with seventy-one (71) more calls than the month of January. He stated that juvenile activity had increased resulting in three (3) juvenile arrests. He also noted there were only seven (7) car crashes, twenty-seven (27) criminal complaints and twenty-one (21) arrests.

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

Local Alcohol and Abuse Council meeting.

Washington College monthly meeting.

Department of Social Services Leadership Training.

Met with Enterprise for future vehicle needs.

Kent County Emergency Preparedness meeting.

Social Services Child Advocacy Center meeting.

Sexual Assault Response Team meeting.

Police Accountability Act Summit in Annapolis.

Met with the Sultana Group to discuss their upcoming Downrigging event.

Non-Departmental Budget Request

Mr. DiRe reviewed the non-departmental budget requests.

Town Manager’s Report

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Boards/Commissions/Committees’ activity report, Congressionally Directed Spending Grant Report, Communications Strategies and Draft Budget to Date.

Mayors Report

Mayor Foster reported that Christopher Drummond, Esquire, Town Attorney, passed away over the weekend.

Mr. O’Brien acknowledged the retirement of Tom Sappington, Street Department Manager, on February 29.

Mayor Foster reviewed the funding for the new middle school and outside support.

Mayor Foster reviewed the Proclamation to Celebrate Trails Day.

Mayor Foster nominated Frankie Mayo to the Recreation Commission.

Mayor Foster read the State of the Town address into the record. He noted that it would be posted online for anyone interested in reading it.

Old Business

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Shore Rivers Lease.

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Kent County Chamber of Commerce Lease.

Councilman Herz moved to engineer and sign a lease with the Kent County Chamber of Commerce for $250 a month for use of a modest office space, conference room and storage.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the Placer Data Service.

Councilwoman Efland moved to introduce Ordinance 04-2024 – Plastic bag. The motion was seconded by Councilman Herz and carried unanimously.

Mr. DiRe gave an update on the downtown public restroom. Mr. Herz suggested moving the restroom trailer to the Cannon Street location as a trial period to determine usage in that location.

Ward Reports

Mr. O’Brien reported:

  • Would be forwarding a draft proposal from Washington College and ShoreRivers regarding the grass restoration/solar expansion at the wastewater treatment plant.
  • A large pothole on the corner of East Campus and Washington Avenue.

Mr. Herz reported:

  • Received a few farmer’s market extension complaints from businesses along High Street and the lack of handicap parking.
  • Replacement of the irrigation and other upgrades in Fountain Park.
  • Upgrades at Memorial Park.
  • The town is going in another direction with the webpage and acknowledged Francoise Sullivan for her web services on the town website.

Mr. Medrano reported:

  • Thanked the street crew for cleaning up the debris in front of the old Subway and road maintenance.
  • The house that burned in Coventry, about 90% had been removed.

Ms. Efland reported:

  • Applications for school superintendent were posted and review process to begin soon.
  • Bayside HOYAS Eggstravaganza at Washington College has been cancelled for this year due to scheduling conflict.
  • YMCA to host a brunch with the Easter Bunny.
  • Rita’s has been demolished and the Starbucks site works has begun.

Closed Session

At 8:20 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 Herz made a motion to go into an Executive Session to discuss personnel matters. The motion was seconded by Councilman O’Brien and passed unanimously.

The Mayor and Council adjourned the Closed Session at 9:28 pm.

In open session:

Councilman Herz, in light of the passing of the town attorney, moved to authorize the town manager to interview and hire an interim town attorney pending advertisement and interviewing of a permanent candidate. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

There being no further business, Councilman Herz moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:35 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Efland and carried unanimously.

Submitted by:                                                             Approved by:

Lynda Thomas, Town Clerk                                       David Foster, Mayor





MARCH 18, 2024

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6:00 p.m.



  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Approval of March 2, 2024, and March 4, 2024, Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes
  3. Operating funds on hand
  4. Payment of bills
  5. Consent Calendar
  6. Presentations
    1. Environmental Committee – Review of Plastic Bag Ordinance
    2. Chief Ron Dixon police report
    3. Non-Departmental Budget Requests
  7. Town Manager’s report
    1. Town boards, commissions, committees’ activity report
    2. Congressionally Directed Spending Grant Report
    3. Communications Strategies
    4. Draft Budget to Date
  8. Mayor’s Report
    1. State of the Town
    2. Nomination of Frankie Mayo
  9. Old Business
    1. ShoreRivers Lease
    2. Kent County Chamber of Commerce Lease
    3. Placer AI Data Service
    4. ORD 04-2024 – Plastic Bag – Public Hearing Legal Ad
    5. Downtown Public Restroom
  10. New Business
  11. Ward Reports
  12. Requests from the public to be on the agenda:
  13. Questions or comments
  14. Executive Session –
    1. General Provisions Article, §3-305(b)(1) To discuss a personnel matter.
  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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