WALKERSVILLE BURGESS & COMMISSIONERS TOWN MEETING
April 28, 2004
The Town meeting of the Walkersville Burgess & Commissioners was called to order on Wednesday, April 28, 2004, at 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Burgess Ralph Whitmore, Commissioners Sam Eyler, Joe Magluilo, Don Schildt, Chad Weddle, and Debbie Zimmerman, Town Manager Gloria Rollins, Public Works Supervisor Dennis Miller, Zoning Administrator Susan Hauver, Public Works Director Bob DePaola, 11 citizens, and 2 press.
The meeting was then called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Don Schildt, to approve both the regular town meeting and the closed legal and police meeting minutes of April 14,, 2004. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Susan Hauver went over the new fee schedule for zoning certificates proposed by Ordinance 2004-02. The ordinance was approved by the Planning Commission on Tuesday, April 27. There was no public comment on the ordinance.
Commissioner Eyler made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Weddle, to adopt Ordinance 2004-02 and the new fees. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Ordinance 2004-03 amends the town code to allow compensation to be paid to members of the Board of Appeals. $40 has been set as the payment per meeting attended. There was no public comment on the ordinance. Commissioner Weddle recused himself from the discussion and the vote due to his wife, Irene Weddle, being a member of the Board of Appeals.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Zimmerman, to adopt Ordinance 2004-03 authorizing compensation for the Board of Appeals. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0-1, with Commissioner Weddle abstaining.
4. CITIZENS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Matt Coursey, a grad student from American University, requested permission of the Commissioners to do filming at Community and Heritage Farm Park. He plans to do a 26-minute film with students and volunteers.
Commissioner Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Eyler, to approve the filming of scenes for the film "Five to Ten" by Matt Coursey. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
5. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
Commissioner Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Weddle, to pay the attached bills. The motion passed by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Magluilo opposed.
Gloria Rollins and Burgess Whitmore went over the preliminary budget figures. Additions and changes will be made to the budget for the workshop to take place at the May 12 town meeting.
7. CONSTANT YIELD TAX RATE
Commissioners directed staff to advertise the town’s current tax rate of 17.6˘ per $100 of assessed property value. The town’s constant yield rate is 17˘ and maintaining the current rate of 17.6˘ must be advertised as a tax increase.
Dawn Long, owner of 10 West Frederick St., questioned why commissioners had authorized the curb across from 10 West Frederick to be painted yellow end to end. The visibility issue had been addressed at a previous town meeting and it was decided to paint the curb to coincide with the "no stopping anytime" sign on that side of the street. Ms. Long stated that her tenants have no where to park. The Burgess and Commissioners will go take a look at the area and revisit the issue at the next town meeting.
Wanda Heurich asked if the town meeting agenda was still being placed on the Channel 99.
9. COMMISSIONERS CONCERNS
Commissioner Schildt reported that a citizen was concerned that when she called 411 and got the number for town hall and called the number, it rings and rings and there is no answer. Commissioner Schildt noted that he tried it also and the same thing happened. Staff will check why the wrong number is being given out by 411.
Commissioner Schildt asked commissioners to consider his idea of holding an essay contest for 5th and 6th graders, awarding two $50 savings bonds at the Memorial Day ceremony.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Eyler to authorize compensation payments of $40 per meeting/workshop to Planning and Zoning members for FY2005. The motion passed by a vote of 3-1-1, with Commissioner Schildt opposed, and Commissioner Zimmerman abstaining. Commissioner Zimmerman recused herself from the discussion and the vote due to her husband, John Zimmerman, being a member of the Planning Commission.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Eyler, to authorize compensation payments of $40 per meeting for members of the Board of Appeals for FY2005. The motion passed by a vote of 3-1-1, with Commissioner Schildt opposed, and Commissioner Weddle abstaining. Commissioner Weddle recused himself due to his wife, Irene Weddle, being a member of the Board of Appeals.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Zimmerman, to authorize compensation payments of $40 per meeting for members of the Parks Committee, the Ethics Committee, and the Personnel Advisory Committee for Fy2005. Commissioner liaisons are excluded from the payments. The motion passed by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Schildt opposed.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Gloria Long Rollins