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2002-09 Council Minutes


Town Council Meeting - September 4, 2002
Present:  Mayor Sam Pierce, Council Members Ed Palsgrove, Neal Roop and Terry Petry, Acting Town Clerk Cindy Welker and Attorney Michelle Ostrander.  There were 50 people in attendance.   
Call to Order:  Mayor Pierce called the September 4, 2002 Monthly Town Council Meeting to order at 8:19 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Recording and Agenda Policies:  Mayor Pierce stated that the Town Meeting is recorded by electronic means and that the meeting will follow an Agenda.  Anyone who wished to have a matter placed on the Agenda needs to submit the topic to the Mayor in writing by the last Wednesday of the month by the close of the business day, which is 3:00 p.m.  These items will be reviewed for approval.
Previous Meeting Minutes:  A motion to accept the August 7, 2002 minutes was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove.  Motion passed 3-0.  
Mayor’s Report:  Mayor Pierce stated that the project at Dennings Well is well underway.  Much of the pipe has been laid and is moving along.  They feel that within the next 45 to 60 days that this project will be completed and will be online to begin pumping into the Town’s system.
The Mayor’s next item was to report that the Town’s web page has been redesigned and encouraged the Town residents if they have Internet access to review the web page.  He stated that it had several interesting links to it.
He than stated that he has received several applications from residents who were interested in filling the vacant Council seat.  He stated that he would continue to receive applications up until September 13, 2002. 
His last item was to inform the Council that the next MML meeting would be Thursday, September 19, 2002 in Union Bridge and reservations need to be made by September 12, 2002.
Committee Reports:  Water and Sewer – Councilman Petry stated that the State of Maryland was under a Mandatory Level 2 restriction and that is what the Town was enforcing. 
His next thing was to make a motion to make an amendment to the Ordinance in subsection A to read “in any two family or any multifamily building each dwelling unit shall be assessed a separate base unit charge”.  Councilman Roop seconded this motion.  Motion passed 3-0.
There were no other committee reports.
Reappointment of Election Judge:  Mayor Pierce stated that he would like the Council’s approval to reappoint Mary Kay Totty as an election judge.  Sharon Nobles stated that the charter stated that this would take place in March on the odd number year.  She was wondering why the Town was making this appointment now.  Mayor Pierce informed her that her term expired in March 2002.  Sharon read from the Town Code book Section C-2.  Mayor Pierce stated that it read on or before and this was before.  A motion to reappoint Mary Kay Totty to the election board was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Petry.  Motion passed 3-0. 
Sign in Town Park:  Mayor Pierce stated that the next item was discussed in their work session concerning the placing of a sign in the Town Park located at routes 75 and 31.  He stated that the Carroll County Tourism has developed a program that will be coming up next year called “Maryland Civil War Trails”.  They have asked the Town if they could place a sign in the Town Park.  A motion to let the Carroll County Tourism Committee place this sign was made by Councilman Petry and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove.  Motion was passed 3-0. 
Annexation of Two Parcels for New Windsor Heights:  Mayor Pierce stated that he had a Resolution for the annexation of two parcels in connection with New Windsor Heights.  He than turned the meeting over to Michelle for her to explain the situation.  Michelle explained that the developer submitted an annexation resolution that was introduced.  There were problems with the County so it has sat for several months, but is now before the Council for a vote.  A motion to accept the annexation resolution was made by Councilman Palsgrove and seconded by Councilman Roop.  Motion passed 3-0. 
Resident’s Concerns:  Patrick Burke – His concern was whether there was any update on the Booster Pump Station.  Mr. Erich Boner, from Mason-Dixon Builders, Inc., stated that the final plans would be going to ARRO, the Town engineer, next week.
Another concern Patrick had was if the Town used State property as the Code Enforcer, would the Town be responsible for paying the State it.  Mayor Pierce stated that it was all in the contract.  That while Trooper Childress is patrolling the Town he would also be looking for code violations and informing the Acting Town Clerk of any violations.
Bill Geelhaar – His concern was the appointment of the Town Code Enforcer.  He stated that he had heard that this person could not do this job because of a conflict of interest.  He was informed that Trooper Childress was appointed to that position and the legal counsel with the State Police is looking into this and the Town is still waiting for their decision.  Michelle informed Mr. Geelhaar that the Town is looking into getting a Town ticket book for Trooper Childress to use for civil violations.  Mayor Pierce stated that the Town has received copies of different citation books used with other towns.
His next concern was about the rumors that were going around town as to why Mrs. Sharon Nobles left her job.  Sharon stood up and asked Bill not to bring this matter up that she did not want to discuss the matter. 
His last concern was as to why the plaque for Marker Lovell has not been put on Town Hall.  Councilman Palsgrove stated that he would put the plaque up after tonight’s meeting.  He stated that his understanding was that the plaque was to go up after the meeting where it was presented, but unfortunately Councilman Palsgrove was not at that meeting so it did not get up.
Announcements:  Mayor Pierce stated that the Primary Election was Tuesday, September 10, 2002 and urged residents to get out and vote.   
His second announcement was regarding residents who paid their water bills late.  He stated that from now on if the late fees are not paid, water service would be terminated.
The next water bills will be going out the first week of October 2002.
His last announcement was that there would be a fire flow test done on Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at about 8:00 a.m.  This would be done on Church Street.
Next work session would be Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.  This has been changed from the regular night due to a conflict with the Fire Company.
Adjournment:  With no other business before the Council, Councilman Petry made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Councilman Roop seconded.  Motion passed 3-0.
Cindy L. Welker
Acting Town Clerk

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