The Honorable Board of County Commissioners
met today with the following present: Roy W. Crow and William W. Pickrum,
presiding. Commissioner Scott D. Livie was away on vacation.
Susanne Hayman, County Administrator, was also in attendance.
Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
W. Roger Williams, Treasurer, reported a balance of $10,197,236.00.
Commissioner Pickrum requested a moment of silence to remember the men
and women in uniform around the world who have died in defense of the
United States’ freedom and America’s way of life.
C. Daniel Saunders, Esq., representing the Rigbie Bluff Council, appeared
and expressed the concerns of the Council as they pertain to the Betterton
pier and the proposed installation of pilings for the use of the commuter
boat going to Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Carter G. Stanton, Director of the Department of Public Works, was also
in attendance as well as approximately 6 residents of Rigbie Bluff condominiums
Mr. Saunders indicated that the Council has attempted thus far unsuccessfully
to acquire a copy of the County’s application for a permit for the proposed
installation of pilings at Betterton pier from the Maryland Department
of the Environment (MDE). The County’s application is for a permit for
a new 15' by 50' slip on the north side of the County pier. The existing
County pier is 55' from the tie out pilings of the Rigbie Bluff pier.
It was Mr. Saunders’ opinion that a 55' area is not an appropriate amount
of space for boats to maneuver in and out of the slips, a challenge which
is exacerbated by the significant amount of wave action in the waters
in front of Rigbie Bluff. Mr. Saunders described this current situation
as dangerous and intolerable, noting the experiences of some boat owners
(a number of years ago) who have had their boats caught in the anchor
lines of Mr. Fletcher’s docked boat.
Mr. Saunders requested that the Board reconsider its application for the
Responding to Commissioner Pickrum’s question, Mr. Saunders indicated
that although the pier in question is not new, the proposed new slip would
be within the jurisdiction of the County. He emphasized that the problem
as stated is not a theoretical one; there is a history of problems and
support his opinion that the proposed slip would represent a threat to
life and property.
Mr. Stanton reviewed the history of contacts made among Mr. Fletcher,
the Public Landings and Facilities Board (PLFB), the Board of Commissioners,
and the residents of the Rigbie Bluff Condominium Association. He expressed
his sense that, although the residents were not happy with the proposed
pier, after many discussions and a meeting at the site including the aforementioned,
he did not receive feedback that the proposal was entirely objectionable.
During the meeting at the site, he asked the condominium association for
a letter which would specify their opinion, favorably or opposed. In light
of the fact that no written opinion was received, the Board recommended
to the Commissioners to apply for a permit. The Commissioners approved.
The application is currently being reviewed by the MDE.
Commissioner Pickrum noted that the PLFB went to great effort to reach
a compromise among Mr. Fletcher, the condominium association, and the
County in order that owners of larger boats would be able to utilize the
pier as well as Mr. Fletcher.
Mr. Saunders responded by indicating that the Rigbie Bluff Council disagrees
with the opinion of the PLFB, describing the proposal as a closed question
which should be addressed and resolved as a safety issue. He further stated
that the potential benefit of the proposed slip should not justify the
creation of an additional hazard in the Betterton pier area.
Anne Morrison Gay and Larry Isard, residents of Rigbie Bluff condominiums,
Harvey Matlack, President of the Rigbie Bluff Council, Fred Krambeck,
member of the Rigbie Bluff Board of Directors, all spoke in opposition
to the proposed installation of pilings. It was stated that they were
not professional boaters and had difficulty with maneuvering their boats
between the piers. They were aware of Mr. Stanton’s request for their
decision in writing, but were not aware that there was a deadline before
the County’s application for a permit was submitted to the MDE.
Mr. Fletcher presented to the Board a copy of a letter which he and ten
other individuals signed who utilize the commuter boat to their work at
Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He explained that the proposed slip pilings
to Rigbie Bluff tie out pilings is 55', and that most of the boats are
only 20' to 24'. He expressed his opinion that their livelihoods should
not be penalized because the boat owners at Betterton pier found it difficult
to maneuver their boats. He added that his boat is rarely docked in Betterton
during the week and 30% of the time on Saturdays. Sunday is the only time
when the boat is docked at Betterton all day.
He further noted that the commuter boat to Aberdeen Proving Ground has
been in operation since the end of World War Two. Mr. Fletcher further
reported that he is aware of the danger pertaining to the anchor lines
and that he has weighed them down in order to permit other boats to safely
move over them. He stated that he initiated the process for the proposed
installation of a slip for the commuter boat to alleviate the need for
Commissioner Pickrum stated that Mr. Fletcher would have to find an alternative
way for securing his boat other than anchoring, due to the potential safety
Commissioner Pickrum thanked Mr. Saunders, Mr. Fletcher and the residents
of the Rigbie Bluff Condominium Association for their attendance and for
BOARD OF EDUCATION (BOE)
Commissioner Pickrum reported that a copy of a Memorandum, dated September
30, was received from David Lever, Executive Director, Maryland Public
School Construction Program, and directed to “Superintendents and Facility
Planners”, reporting Governor Ehrlich’s recommendations for funding for
the Public School Construction Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal
Delegate Richard A. Sossi was also in attendance.
According to Dr. Lever’s letter, the Governor indicated that he expects
to include a preliminary recommendation of at least $100 Million for public
school construction in his Fiscal Year 2006 capital budget. Favorable
attention will be given to the following types of smaller projects:
- Full-day kindergarten and pre-kindergarten for disadvantaged children,
as a program mandated by the Bridge to Excellence in Education legislation
- High School science classroom renovations and additions, as a continuing
State initiative and a critical element of the pending high school assessment
- Systemic renovations, as a cost-effective way to extend the useful life
of school buildings.
Dr. Lever also stated that towards the end of Fiscal Year 2005, the State’s
Public School Construction Program will hold discussions with the Governor
and the General Assembly to determine if additional funds may become available
for public school construction in the State. He included with his correspondence
a copy of the State/Local Shared Cost Formula: Revised Fiscal Year 2006
In Kent County, the Formula through Fiscal Year 2005 is 50%; the Formula
from Fiscal Year 2006 through Fiscal Year 2008 is again 50%.
Commissioner Pickrum noted that all of the other counties of the State
have received a substantial increase of funding from the State. He and
Delegate Sossi concurred that the ratio applied to Kent County was determined
as a result of the consistently declining student enrollment in its public
Commissioner Pickrum emphasized that this formula is not equitable and
that Kent County has been and continues to be good stewards of the State’s
funding. He and Commissioner Crow concurred that, even though the County
is not building any new schools, it is responsible for maintaining the
existing school buildings, for example, the high school building which
is 35 years old.
Commissioner Pickrum suggested that
the State consider the need for two different formulas for public school
funding: one to be applied to new school buildings, and one to be applied
to the maintenance of school buildings.
COUNTY ROADS DIVISION
A Memorandum was received from Ed Spray, Superintendent of County Roads,
dated October 4, providing the list of roads to be surface treated this
Fall as part of the Fiscal Year 2005 Surface Treatment Program. Mr. Spray
advised that should the weather be prohibitive, the balance of the work
will be done in the spring of 2005.
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DBED)
Correspondence was received from Aris Melissaratos, Secretary, DBED, dated
October 4, providing notice about the availability of Private Activity
Bond allocations of the Maryland State Ceiling, the remaining amount in
2004 being $166,435,088. Requests for reallocation should be submitted
in accordance with Section 13-801 et.seq. of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MDOT)
The following representatives of the MD Department of Transportation appeared
for the Department's annual tour for review of the draft of the Fiscal
Year 2005 - Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP):
Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, Secretary, MDOT, Neil Pedersen, State Highway
Administrator, Richard Lindsey, District Engineer, Howard Johnson, Regional
Planner, et.al. Others in attendance were: Delegates Mary Roe Walkup and
Richard A. Sossi, Mayor Dennis Hager, of Millington, William Ingersoll,
Town Manager, of Chestertown, Carter Stanton, Director of Public Works,
Jim Wright, County Engineer, P.A.M. Schaller, Director of Economic Development,
Gail Owings, Director of Planning and Zoning, Amy Moredock, Environmental
Planner, Ed Spray, Superintendent of County Roads, four members of the
Chester Harbor Property Owners Association of Queen Anne’s County, and
approximately fifteen other interested persons.
Commissioner Pickrum commended Terry Maxwell, Coordinator for Maryland
Scenic Byways program, for his work with the Chesapeake County National
Scenic Byway project and for being instrumental in helping the County
obtain Federal grants which will implement many of the goals of the Scenic
Byway, and he extended the appreciation of the County to the State Highway
Administration (SHA) for allowing the value of the land where the new
town and village gateway signs will be located to serve as the County
Fiscal Year 2005-2010 Maryland Consolidated Transportation Program
Secretary Flanagan presented updates concerning the Fiscal Year 2005 -
2010 MD CTP, distributing copies of the draft of Fiscal Year 2005-2010
Maryland Consolidated Transportation Program, with an emphasis on the
impact of this Program particularly on the issues facing Kent County.
Secretary Flanagan listed the Governor’s top three priorities for State
transportation: highway safety, fighting congestion, and enhancing communities.
He reported that the State’s Transportation Trust Fund will fund Kent
County’s transportation needs with $17 Million over the next six years;
the County will also be receiving $6.5 Million in funding from the SHA.
Included among the State’s major transportation projects will be a study
for the upgrade of the interchange at U.S. Route 301 and MD 313 (with
shoulders to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians), upgrades of the MD
Route 301 corridor, MD Routes 113, 404, and also the Dover Bridge. Bay
Secretary Flanagan discussed in some detail about the current need to
re-do the overlay on the westbound Bay Bridge as a result of a failed
overlay involving the concrete and bonding process on the road’s surface.
The repair work of the entire west span will require four years. He acknowledged
MDOT and the public’s discouragement about this projected repair, noting
that accountability will be ascertained and that every effort will be
taken to minimize the inconvenience to travelers over the Bridge. The
repair work will begin as soon as possible while there is warmer weather.
It is MDOT’s goal for the repair work on the Bay Bridge to continue on
schedule, despite the overlay work, to be completed by Memorial Day 2006.
Responding to questions posed by Delegates Sossi and Walkup, Secretary
Flanagan acknowledged Kent County’s opposition to the construction of
an additional bay bridge crossing that would directly involve Kent County.
State Highway Administration Report
Mr. Pedersen presented traffic safety statistics concerning Kent County,
comparing them with those State-wide. He distributed copies of MDOT’s
Crashes Are No Accident: You Hold the Key which lists the focus
of the State’s focus on the “Three E’s of safety”: engineering, education,
and enforcement (cit. www.marylandroads.com).
He reported the SHA’s projected use
of the State’s funding as follows: traffic safety, the preservation of
roadways and bridges, community safety and enhancement programs, relieving
congestion, and major projects, to include discussions between Queen Anne’s
and Kent Counties concerning a proposed Chestertown Bypass.
Bob Patterson, a resident of Chester Harbor, Queen Anne’s County, suggested
that to improve the utilization of seatbelts, that school buses require
the use of seatbelts by student-passengers, thereby setting an example
for children at an early age. Mr. Pedersen and Ms. Hayman concurred that
there are viable arguments pro and con pertaining to the use of seatbelts
on school buses.
Mr. Pedersen presented the following projects of the SHA specific to Kent
Primary Development and Evaluation Program
U.S. 301, Blue Star Memorial Highway - Study to construct a new interchange
at MD 313. Shoulders on MD 313 to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.
Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006
MD Route 213 - Augustine Herman Highway; MD 297 to MD 561; resurface (a
revenue increase project);
MD Route 213 - Augustine Herman Highway; south of Creamery Street to MD
MD Route 291 - River Road; MD 290 to beginning of roundabout; resurface;
MD Route 297 - Worton Road; MD 213 to MD 298; resurface ( a revenue increase
MD Route 444 - Locust Grove Road/Kentmore Park Road; MD 290 to end of
SHA maintenance; resurface.
MD Route 213 - Washington Avenue;
at Spring Avenue; geometric improvements, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements
(includes resurfacing from the Chester River Bridge to Greenwood Avenue)
(a revenue increase project).
Community Safety and Enhancements
MD Route 445 - Main Street; Green Lane to Rock Hall Ball Park and MD 20
from Gratitude to Chesapeake Villa Road in Rock Hall; urban street reconstruct
MD Route 213 - Washington Avenue;
MD 289 to Washington Square Shopping Center; signal system interconnect.
MD Route 313A - South Main Street; East limits of Galena to existing sidewalk
at United Methodist Church in Town of Galena; retrofit sidewalk.
Responding to Delegate Walkup and Commissioner Crow’s concerns about the
need for speed calming mechanisms, Mr. Pedersen reported that the SHA
is researching design alternatives and options. Mr. Lindsey concurred,
indicating that there are successful alternatives.
During the discussion that ensued about the Chestertown Bypass, Mr. Lindsey
reported that construction will begin late this year of a truck weigh
station in Cecil County which will benefit the safety of all vehicular
traffic on U.S. 301.
Responding to Delegate Sossi, he added that the MD State Police will be
increasing the number of their roving patrol cars once the station has
been completed to enforce the weigh station regulations for trucks.
Mr. Lindsey acknowledged the SHA’s receipt of complaints from both Queen
Anne’s and Kent Counties about the volume of truck traffic through their
municipalities, especially Centreville and Chestertown.
He reported that there will be an “origin and destination” study about
MD 301 and its impact on the towns along its route.
Commissioner Crow acknowledged that the Counties’ agriculture industry
is to a great extent dependent upon trucking industry.
Commissioner Pickrum, acknowledging the concerns of the local municipalities,
emphasized the Board’s desire for a Chestertown bypass, citing the damage
occurring to the infrastructure of Chestertown as a result of the volume
of truck traffic.
To questions posed by Jack Brosius, President, and Joel Brandes, Chair
of Political Action, of the Chester Harbor Property Owners Association,
Mr. Lindsey reported that the origin and destination study of U.S. 301
will include a count of cars as well as trucks, which would take six months
to complete. He noted that he is not aware of any origin and destination
study of U.S. 301 having been conducted by the SHA.
Chester Harbor is the name of a housing development of over 1,000 residents
in Queen Anne’s County adjacent to the Chester River Bridge.
Mr. Brandes encouraged the Board to consider that, in his opinion, moving
the problem from one place, i.e. truck traffic in Chestertown, to another
place, i.e. a bypass for said traffic through the Chester Harbor development,
is not a viable option and encouraged planning for an alternative bypass
To other questions posed by the Commissioners and Delegate Walkup, it
was reported that no results have been received yet from the water tests
of the two monitoring wells on the County property in Massey, formerly
owned and used by the SHA, which initially showed gasoline contamination
in the well water.
It was agreed that Ms. Hayman will contact Mr. Lindsey regarding the test
MD Route 291
Mr. Lindsey indicated that the SHA continues to work on the need for a
traffic signal or sign in front of the Rescue Squad on MD 291, and that
final approval of a device must come from the Director of the MD Office
of Traffic Safety.
Mr. Lindsey further stated that the projected construction of a traffic
island by the spring of 2005 at the junction of MD 20 and 291 should more
effectively help to alleviate the congestion there than the construction
of a roundabout.
The Commissioners also conveyed their
interest in a rail-presence in support of the County’s agriculture industry,
and mentioned the efforts to improve public mass transit.
Commissioner Crow thanked Mr. Lindsey for placing multi-way stop signs
at the intersection of MD 299 and Sassafras/Caldwell Road in Sassafras.
Mr. Lindsey advised a study to determine the need for a multi-way stop,
at the intersection of MD 313/MD 299/MD 330 in Massey will be conducted
within the next several weeks.
Mayor Hager expressed his disappointment that the proposed “Street-scape”
transportation project in Millington that has been put on hold, was not
included in the list of projects for Fiscal Year 2005-2006.
Mr. Pedersen responded by reporting that since the fiscal crisis involving
the State’s Transportation Trust Fund, there has been a backlog of project-requests,
and added that the SHA will revisit Millington’s project request.
William Ingersoll indicated that he was impressed by the level of awareness
of the concerns pertaining to Chestertown on the part of the representatives
He asked that MDOT and SHA re-consider the concept of a roundabout at
the junction of MD 291 and 20, and that consideration be given to a roundabout
at MD 514.
He thanked the MDOT representatives for their willingness to re-consider
the need for a Chestertown bypass.
On behalf of the Board, Commissioner Pickrum thanked the MDOT representatives
for their presentations and encouraged more frequent visits from them
in addition to MDOT’s annual tour of the County.
Commissioner Crow extended his appreciation to the MDOT representatives
for the mobile Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) that visits Kent County,
and for the expeditious customer service at the MVA centers.
Commissioner Pickrum concurred, commenting how well-run the MVA center
is in Easton and Elkton.
DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICES
Piney Neck/Sinners Neck/Wesley Chapel Service Area
Anita Biggs, a home-owner in the Wesley Chapel Corridor Service Area,
appeared along with her daughter, Ruth. Wayne Morris, Director of the
Department of Water and Wastewater Services, was also in attendance.
Mrs. Biggs presented her objections concerning the two increases in water
and sewer rates since January, explaining that the increased rates are
creating a financial hardship for her and her daughter who are on a fixed
income. She further explained that she fears that she might be forced
to forfeit their home, and will do whatever is possible to prevent forfeiture.
She also requested a written explanation for the water and sewer services
that she can expect to receive, given the increase in rates.
Mr. Morris and Commissioners Crow and Pickrum explained that the rationale
for increasing the water and sewer rates was to have the County’s water
systems’ rates reflect actual costs since the County can no longer afford
to subsidize these costs. He also cited the need for upgrades and other
federal and State requirements necessitating improvements in sanitation,
and also explained that the increase will be graduated, continuing only
until a uniform rate is achieved for all County residents.
Responding to Mrs. Biggs’ concern that there were plans for the Wesley
Chapel corridor to be annexed to the Town of Rock Hall, the Commissioners
assured Mrs. Biggs that such a decision could only be made by the citizens
of Wesley Chapel.
Commissioner Pickrum also assured Mrs. Biggs that she should be able to
see evidence of improved water and sewer service at her home by the spring
Commissioner Crow emphasized, as he publically has stated since the increase
in water and sewer rates went into effect, that any County citizen who
is experiencing extreme financial hardship directly related to the increase
in water and sewer rates, or the neighbor of a County citizen with similar
concerns, should contact the Commissioners’ Office.
The Commissioners acknowledged that sometimes it is the neighbor who has
to make the contact on behalf of someone faced with hardship who, because
of the latter’s pride, would not make their own hardship known.
Mrs. Biggs requested in writing an explanation of and the rationale for
the rate increase and the graduated system towards the goal of rate uniformity
in the County in order that she can explain the same to her neighbors.
Mr. Morris will send an explanation and rationale to Mrs. Biggs.
Millington Service Area - Commissioners Pickrum and Crow approved
and signed a Resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of a general
obligation bond anticipation note in the amount of $796,640 under the
provisions of Sections 14 through 21, inclusive of Article 25B of the
Annotated Code of Maryland, Bill No. 1-2002, a public local law enacted
by the Board of County Commissioners on February 19, 2002 and effective
on April 5, 2002, and Article 12 of Section 31 of the Annotated Code of
Maryland to be designated as the “County Commissioners of Kent County
Water System Improvements Bond Anticipation Note of 2004" for the public
purpose of the acquisition, construction, improvement, installation, furnishing
and equipping components of a water system in Millington.
A Memorandum was received from P.A.M. Schaller, Director of Economic Development,
dated October 8, providing updates and information about the progress
of her office.
Ms. Schaller reported that on September 29, James Rzepkowski, the Assistant
Secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED)-
Rural Region, visited both Kent County Business Park sites as part of
DBED’s Team Tour of Kent County. Presentations were made to the DBED Team
at Chesapeake Fields and Chesapeake Marine Trades Career School.
On October 4, McCrone Inc. (Engineering) presented a preliminary site
plan with stormwater management innovations to retain five lots at the
industrial business park at Worton
The Commissioners appointed J. David Newell as a member of the Ethics
Commission for a three year term ending October 1, 2007.
HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (HIP)
A letter went forth to Nancy Palmer, Program Manager, Maryland Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Maryland Department of Housing
and Community Development, dated October 12, addressing six of the seven
matters of concern raised in the Housing and Community Development’s evaluation
of Kent County’s HIP Projects, Phases Two and Three.
KENT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
A copy of correspondence was received from Dr. Leland Spencer, Health
Officer, dated October 4, directed to Wayne Morris, Director, Department
of Water and Wastewater Services, requesting a meeting with Mr. Morris
on October 31 for the purpose of establishing and formalizing the County
Health Department’s role as representative of the Maryland Department
of the Environment in the process for assuring that building permits are
issued only where it has been determined that water and sewer systems
are adequate and available.
LAMOTTE PARK PROPERTY
Correspondence dated October 5 was received from Nony Howell, Sanitarian
Supervisor, Environmental Programs, reporting that on February 18, 1997,
two monitoring wells were installed on the County-owned property, located
on Tax Map 205, Parcel # 243. As of October 5, the wells have not been
abandoned and sealed. The identification of the wells are KE-94-0049 which
is drilled at 50' deep and KE-94-0050 drilled at 49' deep.
Ms. Hayman indicated that she, in cooperation with the Environmental Health
Department, will make the necessary arrangements for the proper sealing
of the two wells.
Commissioner Crow requested that an interim alternative be expedited,
rather than a permanent sealing, in order that prospective developers
are not burdened with the additional expense of having to re-open the
At 11:55 a.m., a motion was made by Commissioner Crow, seconded by Commissioner
Pickrum and passed by the majority of the Board to go into closed session
to discuss personnel matters in accordance with State Government Article,
Section 10.508 (a)(i)(ii) of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Ed Robinson, Human Resources Director, was also in attendance.
The closed session adjourned at 12:30 p.m.
Marci Brown, Commissioner representative of the Planning Commission, appeared
and reviewed the decisions made by the Planning Commission at its last
meeting on October 7, Gail Owings, Director of Planning and Zoning, and
Amy Moredock, Environmental Planner, were also in attendance.
Included in the review were reports given about the following:
Zoning Text Amendment
As per correspondence that was received from Elizabeth H. Morris, Chair,
Planning Commission, dated October 8, Ms. Brown reported that the Planning
Commission voted to recommend denial of the application for a text amendment
of Article V, Section 2.2.1, Article VII, Section 7.49, and Article XI,
Section 2.361 of the Kent County Land Use Ordinance submitted by Jane
E. Hukill, Jerry M. Smith, and Raymond L. Richards as it concerned the
proposed Drayton Manor spa and conference center.
Ms. Brown reported the following findings of the Planning Commission:
- There is a public need to review and clarify the regulations governing
retreats, conference centers, and resorts.
- The proposed text amendment as written has the potential to create conflicts
with other agencies.
- Certain sections of the proposed text amendment need to be clarified.
Local legislation will be prepared and introduced in the near future and
a public hearing will be scheduled after the date of its introduction.
Kennedyville Village Master Plan - As per correspondence that was
received from Elizabeth H. Morris, Chair, Planning Commission, dated October
8, Ms. Brown reported that the Planning Commission reviewed the concept
plan for “The Village at Kennedyville”, a 84-unit development on 25 acres
adjacent to Kennedyville. The Commission also reviewed a zoning text amendment
designed to offer flexibility in the size of lots in the Village District.
After lengthy discussion, the applicant withdrew the application. However,
the majority of the Commission felt that some of the issues raised during
the discussion may have merit and would be best addressed through a Village
Master Plan as described in the County Comprehensive Plan.
Ms. Brown reported that the Planning Commission voted to request funding
to hire a consultant to prepare a Village Master Plan for Kennedyville.
Responding to Commissioner Pickrum’s questions, Mrs. Owings explained
that the Village Master Plan would be documented as an appendix to the
Comprehensive Plan, and that the Planning Commission has not yet received
responses to their request for quotes for a proposed contractual hiring
of a consultant to develop a Village Master Plan.
Commissioner Pickrum asked Mrs. Owings to prepare and present a proposal
to the Board for a consultant.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
As per correspondence that was received from Elizabeth H. Morris, Chair,
Planning Commission, dated October 8, Ms. Brown reported that the Planning
Commission reviewed the 2004 Kent County Hazard Mitigation Plan and voted
to recommend adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The Planning Commission determined that the Hazard Mitigation Plan is
consistent with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and complies with the
regulations set forth for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Ms. Brown reported that planning for the mitigation of “man-made” hazards
will be addressed by the Planning Commission in the future. She also reported
that consistent progress is being made concerning the Comprehensive Plan
and that the Commission has projected a tentative, spring 2005 goal for
scheduling public meetings for discussion about the Comprehensive Plan.
A Memorandum was received from Amy Moredock, Environmental Planner, dated
October 8, with attachment of the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the Commissioners’
Ms. Moredock reported that the Plan must be approved by November 1, 2004
and may be adopted by resolution.
For the record, the Hazard Mitigation Plan is mandated for local jurisdictions
through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 which established a national
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program for the completion of local mitigation
projects. Local plans must be approved by November 2004 deadline in order
to be eligible for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program funding. Once the
Plan is adopted by resolution, it becomes effective thereby meeting the
Ms. Moredock further reported that the incorporated towns have opted to
be included in the County’s Plan, and that copies of the Plan have been
forwarded to the incorporated town offices.
The purposes of the Hazard Mitigation Plan are as follows:
- to eliminate or reduce human, environmental, social, and economic loss
associated with hazard events;
- to protect critical community facilities,
ensure continuity of operations, and minimize community disruption.
The Commissioners approved the Hazard Mitigation Plan as submitted.
PUBLIC WORK COMPLEX
A bid opening took place at 9:00 a.m. for Project No. BM 05-01 Roof Re-Coating
of the Kent County Public Works Complex.
Carter G. Stanton, Director of Public Works, and Jim Wright, County Engineer,
were also in attendance.
The work of this project will consist
of the cleaning, repair and re-coating of approximately 18,868 sf. of
sprayed polyurethane foam roofing on the County Public Works Complex.
The work to be performed shall include all labor, materials, equipment
and disposal costs necessary to complete the required work as described
in the specifications. The bids received were as follows:
Precoat Applications, Inc.
P.O. Box 4366
Annapolis, MD 21403 - $32,531.00
Commercial Roof Coatings LLC
11753 Chesterville Road
Kennedyville, MD 21645 - $36,981.28
Later in the day, Mr. Wright appeared and recommended that the contract
be awarded to the low bidder, Precoat Applications, Inc.
Commissioners Pickrum and Crow decided to postpone their decision until
they have reviewed references for Precoat Applications, Inc., given that
the County has never had a contract with the business.
Correspondence directed to the County Administrator was received from
the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) attaching a proposal, “Assessment
of Options for Improved Recycling within the Mid-Shore Region.” The MES
was requested by the Mid-Shore administrators to submit a proposal to
assess options for improved recycling within the Mid-Shore region.
STATE USE INDUSTRIES (SUI)
Correspondence was received from William Donald Schaefer, Comptroller
of Maryland, dated October 1, urging all chief elected officials of Maryland’s
counties and municipalities to make greater use of State Use Industries
by their procurement offices. Mr. Schaefer explained that SUI, Maryland’s
prison industry program, provides structured training and employment to
hundreds of inmates within the State’s correctional facilities.
He also explained that by purchasing products and services offered by
SUI, the County would be making a positive, direct impact on the State’s
economy, and supporting a program that has a proven track record of effective
rehabilitation of inmates of correctional facilities.
The County Administrator reported that negotiations are still underway
concerning the Memorandum of Understanding between the County and Maryland
State Police for the use of the rifle range at the Tolchester Site.
WORTON BUSINESS CENTER
The subdivision plat for the Worton Business Center will be reviewed by
the County Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on October 21.
There being no further business to claim their attention, the Board adjourned
to meet again on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, at 6:00 p.m. at the Betterton
THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND
Janice F. Fletcher
Approved: William W. Pickrum, President