KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND
Board of County Commissioners
September 17, 2002
The Honorable Board of License Commissioners met today with the following present: Larry B. Beck, W. Michael Newnam, and Ronald H. Fithian, presiding.
T. Edward Robinson, County Administrator, was also in attendance.
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
W. Roger Williams, Treasurer, reported a balance of $1,931,457.00.
The Commissioners received correspondence from Dr. Robert Jones, President, Kent Pilots Association, providing additional considerations and information in support of the airport.
The Commissioners received a copy of correspondence directed to Eugenia Wootton, Rasin,Wright & Wootton, from Dawn Nichols, Condominium Officer, Condominium Division, State of Maryland, advising of the receipt of application for Chesterview Condominium, Water Street, Chestertown.
COUNTY OWNED VEHICLES
Jim Wright, Purchasing Coordinator, forwarded the bid tabulation from the September 13 bid opening for County surplus vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice. The bids are as follows:
Per Mr. Wright's recommendation, a motion was made by Commissioner Beck, seconded by Commissioner Fithian and passed by the majority of the Board to sell the used vehicle to Cana Motors, for the amount of $875.00.
Carter Stanton, Director, Public Works, appeared to advise that the Chestertown Wildlife
Exhibit committee requested the use of the Courthouse lawn for a raptor display. The Commissioners approved the request as presented.
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
The Commissioners received correspondence from Rev. Rob Townsend, advising of two vacancies on the Social Services Board with the expiration of Chairperson, Calvin Frazier, and the appointment of Rev. Barbara Johnson to a church in St. Michaels. He submitted suggested recommendations for consideration.
DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICES
Wayne Morris, Director, Department of Water and Wastewater Services, appeared to report on the following issues:
Worton Service Area - Mr. Morris reported that he received payment from Mr. Stolzfus, Country Living, LLC, for twenty-one water and sewer allocations in Knights Landing Subdivision.
Piney Neck /Skinners Neck Service Area - In follow-up from September 10 approval for the sewer allocation requested by John Daniels, Rock Hall, Mr. Morris reported that a Public Works Agreement was forwarded to Mr. Daniels.
Tolchester Service Area - Mr. Morris reported of a request from Dale Grimes, Centreville, for a sewer allocation on his property in Tolchester Estates, Tax Map 35D, parcels 316, 317 and 318. Per Mr. Morris' recommendation, the Commissioners approved the sewer allocation.
Mr. Morris reported of a request from Robert and Mary Geary, Pottstown, PA, for a sewer allocation on his property in Tolchester Estates, Tax Map 35C, P 829. Per Mr. Morris' recommendation, the Commissioners approved the sewer allocation.
Quaker Neck Service Area - In follow-up from last week's discussion of requests for sewer allocations in the Lovers Lane vicinity, Mr. Morris reported that he again met with the Chestertown Town Manager, to discuss available remaining allocations. Mr. Morris advised that he expects to hear from the Town Manager after the next Chestertown Mayor and Council meeting.
Mr. Morris advised that Mr. Lawrence, who requested 12 allocations, will be forwarding an application to modify the Water and Sewer Plan to extend water and wastewater utilities to the referenced area. Once received, a public hearing will be scheduled.
Kennedyville Feasibility Study - Mr. Morris advised that an application for grant /loan for the Kennedyville Feasibility Study was imminent.
LAND USE ORDINANCE
The Commissioners received a petition with 209 signatures, supporting a moratorium on large developments proposed by the Planning Commission.
At 10:00 a.m., a motion was made by Commissioner Beck, seconded by Commissioner Fithian and passed by the majority of the Board to go into executive session with Ernest S. Cookerly, County Attorney, for legal counsel in accordance with State Government Article, Section 10.508 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
The executive session adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
LOCAL MANAGEMENT BOARD
The Commissioners approved and executed a Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Local Management Board and Parks and Recreation to continue funding and programming for FY 2003 Leaders Club in cooperation with the Board of Education and for FY 03 Leaders Club/ Learning Stage to develop and implement a theatre-character development component into Leaders Club for the Summer in cooperation with local agencies and volunteers.
LONG COVE PUBLIC LANDING
Carter Stanton, Director, Public Works, reported of a fire at Long Cove Public Landing. He advised that a fire resulted in an electrical box from the electrical panel door breaking loose and creating an arc. Mr. Stanton reported that damage was minimal and the electrical box has been replaced.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The Commissioners received correspondence from Jeff Troester, Director, Parks and Recreation, advising of the successful summer season. He reported that Parks and Recreation Day Camp received a perfect score from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene during inspection. He commended his staff, specifically Ms. Judie Berry, who administrates and coordinates the Day Camp and Camp Director, Antoinette Campbell.
At 8:45 a.m., a motion was made by Commissioner Beck, seconded by Commissioner Fithian and passed by the majority of the Board, to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters in accordance with State Government Article, Section 10.508 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
The executive session adjourned at 9:00 a.m.
PLANNING AND ZONING ADMINISTRATION
Gail Owings, Director, Planning and Zoning Administration, and Carla Martin, Community Planner, appeared to introduce the newly employed Environmental Planner, Amy Moredock. The Commissioners welcomed Ms. Moredock and wished her well.
The Commissioners approved and Commissioner Fithian executed the Memorandum of Understanding by and between the State Highway Administration and the Kent County Planning and Zoning Administration, for the Scenic Byways Chesapeake Country Water Access Improvements and the Memorandum of Understanding for the Scenic Byways Interpretive Plan forwarded by Gail Owings, Director, Planning and Zoning Administration.
The Commissioners approved the amount of $5,170.60 out of contingency to proceed with redeeming properties that were not sold at 2000 Tax Sale. These properties will be evaluated to determine if there is any county need if not, the properties will be advertised for sale.
UPPER SHORE AGING
The Commissioners approved and Commissioner Fithian signed Fiscal Year 2003 Rural Public Transportation Operating Grant for operating assistance for rural area public transportation for the participating counties. The net project cost is $185,827 (Federal share - $63,190; State share - $76,180; Local (Participating Counties) - $46,457.
There being no further business to claim their attention, the Board adjourned to meet again on Tuesday, September 24, 2002.
Please contact Joyce Laskey or Janice Fletcher at (410) 778-7435 or by e-mail with any questions or comments.