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CHESTERTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

SPECIAL WORK SESSION

MARCH 2, 2024

 

Meghan Efland called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m.  In attendance were Councilmembers Tim O’Brien, Tom Herz, and Jose Medrano. Also in attendance were Larry DiRe (Town Manager), and Jenny Freebery, Secethia Boardley-Davis, and Tom Dietz for Environmental Committee, Frankie Mayo, Danielle Cudone, and Inez Gwen Santori for Recreation Commission, and Ruth Menefee, Jeff Coomer, Connie Schroth, Cynthia Saunders, and Paul Saywell for the Tree Committee. It was noted that the Mayor had a commitment and could not attend.

Welcome and Introduction

Mr. Herz gave an overview of the workshop’s objectives and expected outcomes. He noted that staff, resources, and funds are limited and wanted to make sure that all are being put to the best possible use.

Informal Presentations by Commissions/Committee

The following Commissions/Committee presented their current initiatives and top priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, 2024/25.

Recreation Commission:

Mr. Bogden reviewed the principles of the master plan which is to build park facilities and operate recreation programs that benefit all ages, interest and abilities while preserving and enhancing access to the natural environment.

Mr. Bogden noted that there are eight (8) parks and two (2) school playgrounds in town (that can be used after school hours). He reviewed the Commission’s plan to launch a campaign program called ‘Discover Chestertown Parks’, to encourage people to get out and visit the town parks and trails.

Mr. Bogden reviewed the immediate priorities:

  • Saturday in the Park – June 8
  • The Choptank Tolomato Legacy Project – Painting Trash Barrels in the Park
  • Bay Venture Outfitters – Kayak Rentals – New kayak rack
  • Refurbish the gazebo in Wilmer Park
  • Storage shed in Wilmer Park
  • Adding a student member to the Commission
  • Completing the 10-year master parks plan
  • Shore Strategies will be helping with two (2) large community visioning sessions.

Mr. Herz reviewed the information they are looking for during this meeting, volunteer hours and time, town staff time and energy, Mayor and Council resources, and funding needed. These priorities need to be listed by importance.

Mr. Bogden reviewed other long-term and short-term priorities that were not within the immediate priorities list.

Environmental Committee:

Jenny Freebery reviewed the Environmental Committee’s accomplishments in the past year:

  • Chestertown Environmental Committee received their Sustainable Maryland Certification.
  • Farmer’s Market recycling booth, taking in over 2000 pounds recycling material, 400 pounds of batteries.
  • Produced 7 benches, made from 17,000 recycled bottle caps, that have been placed around the community.
  • Stopping the blanket spray of pesticide and promoting mosquito dunks.
  • 14th Annual Earth Day festival.
  • Managed wildflower meadow ordinance.
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Ms. Freebery reviewed the top goals for 2024/25:

  • Energy audit and efficiency upgrades on town buildings.
  • Commercial scale composting.
  • Support the plastic bag ban.
  • Solar expansion at the wastewater treatment area.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Support planting of trees and native plants.
  • Identify low and no mow zones.
  • Additional trash walks and an improved litter enforcement ordinance.
  • Awareness of cat collars to protect the bird population.
  • Sustainable and equitable food systems.
  • Free bulk trash pickup day.
  • Storm water drain signage.

Tree Committee:

Ms. Menefee noted that the Tree Ordinance, Chapter 156, is in the revision process.

Ms. Menefee noted that Chestertown has been maintaining the Arbor Day Tree City USA for 43 years.

Ms. Menefee reviewed the top goals for 2024/25:

Under Public Works:

  • $7500 for tree maintenance
  • $2500 for tree planting

Under Tree Committee:

  • Formalize procedures.
  • Revise ordinance.
  • Interface with stakeholders.
  • Work on a master plan.
  • Spring wide planting with Shore Rivers.
  • GIS Mapping with Washington College.
  • Grant seeking

Mr. O’Brien suggested a fund for residents that cannot afford to remove damaged or dangerous trees on their property be created.  

There being no further business, Councilman Herz moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:38 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

MARCH 2, 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.

 

Welcome and Introduction

  • Greetings and introduction by the Mayor.
  • Overview of the workshop’s objectives and expected outcomes.

Informal Presentations by Commissions

  • Recreation Commission: Presentation of current initiatives and top priorities for the upcoming year.
  • Environmental Committee: Presentation of current initiatives and top priorities for the upcoming year.
  • Tree Committee: Presentation of current initiatives and top priorities for the upcoming year.
Open Discussion / Public Comment

 

(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.)

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL

TO HOLD A SPECIAL WORK SESSION

MARCH 2, 2024

 

The Mayor and Council of Chestertown will hold a public meeting at Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00 p.m. for the purpose of holding a meeting with the Tree Committee, the Environmental Committee, and the Recreation Commission to gather Committee Priorities.  An agenda will be posted shortly.

By Authority of David Foster, Mayor

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