WALKERSVILLE BURGESS & COMMISSIONERS town MEETING
September 25, 2002
The meeting of the Walkersville Burgess & Commissioners was called to order on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Burgess Ralph Whitmore, Commissioners Joe Magluilo, Sam Eyler, Don Schildt and Chad Weddle (arriving after commencement of the meeting), and Debbie Zimmerman, Town Manager Gloria Rollins, Public Works Supervisor Dennis Miller, 6 citizens, which included Michael Steele of Center for Municipal Solutions and John Moore of TRM, representing AT&T, and 2 press. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Eyler, to approve both the regular and closed minutes of August 28, 2002. The motion passed 4-0, with Commissioner Weddle not present.
John Zimmerman was sworn in as a member of the Planning Commission, filling out the vacated term of Sally LaMonica until September 2003.
Commissioner Weddle summarized this ordinance which defines and prohibits motorized vehicles, mopeds, motor and motorized scooters and skateboards, and tractors on the streets of Walkersville.
The only public comment was Pastor Bert Lane requesting clarification on the effect of this ordinance on mopeds. Mopeds on the street require a permit or valid drivers license.
Commissioner Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Schildt, to adopt Ordinance 2002-06. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
There were no comments from the public.
Commissioner Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Magluilo, to adopt Ordinance 2002-12 which increases the residential tap fee by $1,000, making the cost of a residential tap $4,000 in town and $5,500 out of town. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Michael Steele, of Center for Municipal Solutions, the Town’s consultant for wireless telecommunications facilities, and John Moore of TRM, representing AT&T, were present to answer questions and concerns during the public comment period. Mr. Steele reviewed the recommendation from the consultants, which recommended approval of a permit with four (4) conditions that must be met before start of the installation of the 3 antennae on the Crum Road water tower. Mr. Moore estimated that the conditions would be met by the end of the week. There was no public comment.
Commissioner Schildt made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Eyler, to approve the AT&T permit with conditions as recommended by Mr. Steele. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
6. CITIZENS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Pat Casadonte, PTA President of Glade Elementary, requested the commissioners’ approval of the closing of half of Glade Road and Pennsylvania Avenue during their 5K fundraising run. The run will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2002 starting at 9am. She presented the flyer, with date, route, entry form, etc. Commissioners discussed the route and the timing and decided:
Commissioner Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Magluilo, to totally close Glade Road at Maryland Resident Troopers’ discretion when the runners are on it, and to close one lane each of Pennsylvania Avenue and George Street to be controlled by troopers/or volunteers. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Jim Santos, GVAA President, informed the commissioners of negotiations with CASS for sharing the HFP Manor House. He stated that CASS has need of 4 offices so some partitions may need to be installed to accommodate their needs. He also noted that the lease may need to be changed as it states that GVAA has use of the second and third floors of the house and would share the first floor with other groups. GVAA is willing to keep one bedroom on the second floor for the GVAA office, which is heated. He would eventually like to have the first floor blue room with heat for the GVAA office. He stated that the town had plans to install more heat in the house (?). When questioned by commissioners if they were keeping enough space for themselves and not cutting themselves short, Mr. Santos assured them that they were fine giving the stated space to CASS.
Commissioner Schildt made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Zimmerman, for GVAA to negotiate the sublease agreement with CASS, with authority to amend the current lease with the town and bring back to the commissioners for approval. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Bert Lane, former pastor of Walkersville Methodist Church, thanked Commissioner Weddle for all of his assistance and hard work in the planning of the September 11 service at the Community Park.
Kent Briddell Construction Co. is requesting release of $1,000, the entire amount of Letter of Credit #11450-80017 securing driveway aprons on Lots 22 & 41. The Frederick County inspector has inspected the driveway aprons, found them satisfactory and recommends release of the entire amount. Staff concurs.
Commissioner Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Schildt, to reduce entire amount ($1,000) of LOC 11450-80017 for Creekside forest conservation per county and staff recommendation. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Commissioner Weddle absent for the vote.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Zimmerman, to pay the attached bills. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0, with Commissioner Weddle absent for the vote.
Commissioner Magluilo verified that there would be space available in the HFP carriage house to store the Homecoming Parade float for the high school.
Commissioner Zimmerman suggested that $200 be placed in next year’s budget to contribute to the Walkersville Community Show. In addition, she took action to amend this year’s budget for the same. Commissioner Schildt expressed his concern at opening this policy up, as there are many worthy organizations that could use donations.
Commissioner Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Magluilo, to donate $200 to the Walkersville Community Show to be delivered and presented Friday night by Burgess Ralph Whitmore. The motion passed by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Schildt opposed.
Commissioner Schildt expressed his continued concern for the water supply. Commissioner Magluilo requested to continue to see the well reports at the end of each month. Burgess Whitmore again praised the citizens of Walkersville for their conservation of the water resources.
Commissioner Schildt announced that he would be attending a seminar on Policing Community Action.
Commissioner Eyler expressed concern about the amount and the speed of the traffic to the soccer games at the middle school. Gloria will notify the troopers to see if they can monitor Maryland Avenue and slow the traffic down.
Ordinance 2002-13 was presented which establishes school zones, where exceeding the speed limit results in a double fine. The zones established by the ordinance are: 1) Glade Road from Devilbiss Bridge Road to Eyler Court, 2) West Frederick Street from Maple Avenue to Route 194.
Commissioner Magluilo made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Zimmerman, to introduce Ordinance 2002-13. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Burgess Whitmore reminded everyone of the candidate forums sponsored by the MML Mayors’ Association. State delegates and representatives will debate on Thursday, September 26, and County Commissioners will debate Monday, September 30, both at 6:30 p.m. at FCC’s Kussmaul Theatre.
Burgess Whitmore notified commissioners that he had received a complaint about the emergency ordinance adopted to prevent commercial vehicle washing from residential water taps. The commissioners stand by the ordinance and will have no exceptions to it.
Burgess Whitmore announced that a date for employees to meet with the commissioners must be set. Previously the commissioners had agreed to meet with employees to hear concerns every 6 months. The commissioners agreed on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 as the evening to meet with employees individually. Burgess Whitmore also noted that a safety meeting needs to be organized for this fall.
Commissioner Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Eyler, to hold a closed personnel meeting to discuss compensation for certain employees. The motion was defeated 2 –3, with Commissioners Schildt, Weddle, and Magluilo opposed.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Gloria Long Rollins