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November 10, 2016 Town Meeting Minutes


Town of Cheverly
Meeting Minutes
    November 10, 2016

Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 8:00 pm in the Cheverly Community Center.  

In attendance:  CMs, Riazi, Eldridge, Stewart and Daly

Pledge of Allegiance

Agenda/Approval/Changes

Minutes – Town Meeting        10/13/16
Approved

Minutes – Worksession         10/24/16
Approved

Minutes – Worksession         10/27/16
Approved

  • CM Eldridge motion excuse CM Coolen and Rodgers. CM Daly seconded. Approved 4-0.  CM Stewart absent.  Mayor cast the fourth affirmative vote.
Chief’s Report

Chief Robshaw we had a great Halloween we had no disorderly events and it was a great night.  House Bill 1016 is now in effect and it requires every police department to post its procedures on every website, which we have done.  Our server crashed and our emails have been spotty, so if we haven’t responded to you, then we probably haven’t received it.  It will be fixed in the next 2 weeks.  We used our message board to inform folks not to cut through the shopping center.  After this warning period we will issue citations.  We will be meeting with officials in the County and State regarding traffic violations around the Metro.  Verizon has fixed our issues with night time cell phone number, so all is well.  Our new Town digital radio system is up and working with excellent digital coverage.  We will be redistributing the citizen radios in the next 2 weeks or so.  We appreciate the funding to do this from the Mayor and Town Council.  

Town Administrator’s Report

Mr. Warrington we heard from WSSC and paving is about to begin.  There will be no parking signs installed and if you don’t move the vehicle it will be towed, but we don’t want to impound the vehicles, we will be moving them to a side street and issuing a citation to pay for the towing fees.  It will take a week to mill and then go to paving.  I have issued the audit tonight with a cover memo and it will be on the Worksession.  Please get me your audit questions in advance.  

Mayor I am taking the Mayor’s report and placing it in this section.  The Town has been contacted by the Volunteers of America Chesapeake about a rehabilitation center being put in the Cheverly Industrial Park for federal prisoners being released to a half way house.  There are multiple bids, but this in one in our area.  They neglected to contact us and we were told it was an oversight.  This will be on our December 1st meeting.  They do very good work, but is it best situated in the Industrial Park.  The Industrial Park is an I-1 zone and they will have to get a zoning change or a text amendment to make this happen.  
 
Recreation Council

Ms. Barbara Pejokovich we had a marvelous Halloween Party.  The first Saturday in December is our Holiday Party.  We will set-up at 9:30 for the party.

Green Infrastructure Committee

Mayor I attended the meeting and I paid more attention this time.  We talked about the tree canopy.  We are focusing on vacancies where we can plant trees.  The Friends of Lower Beaver Dam Creek had an area cleared and built a little memorial park in memory of Ken Furnkrantz.  

Cheverly Day Committee

CM Daly Cheverly Day Committee won’t meet until after the first of the year.  It is a parade year and we will have a nicely paved road as a route.  Get your float ideas going and let me know if you want to volunteer.
Planning Board Report

CM Eldridge the Planning Board meeting was postponed and will meet next week.

Citizen Input

WMATA Presentation

Mr. Malcolm Augustine is the County representative to WMATA on the Board and is a Cheverly resident. There are 3 modes with Metro; rail, bus and metro access. It is a 3 billion dollar system.  Safetrack, the hours of service, the budget and the development around Metro sites in the County are issues that are under consideration.  Safetrack has to happen in order to make the much needed repairs the hours during the day are needed in order to get repairs completed both during the day and in the evening.  There is consideration of 10 cents on the bus service and 25 cents on the rail system in order to match Federal grant money to make the needed repairs.  There is also a discussion of increasing the jurisdictional contribution.  They are asking for 44 million more from the State of Maryland.  It is funded in Maryland via the Transportation Trust Fund.  We now contribute about 500 million in the operations now and the extra 44 million will close the budget gap.  There are potential development activities with office, retail and housing on the southern side of the New Carrollton station.  There are also still discussions regarding the purple line development.    

CM Riazi It seems that you are proponent of closing times for savings.  Perhaps there are times and days that could make us to better structure our lives.

Mr. Augustine you need time to work on your system and keeping the lines open in late hours makes it very difficult to do the repair work necessary.  With 65% customer satisfaction and only 70% reliability we need to change and the repair work is better than a band-aid approach.  The preventive maintenance has to occur to catch-up.  There has not been a balance and instead of keeping it open rather than maintained, then the system cannot perform the way it is supposed to perform.

CM Eldridge is the idea of some sort of tax or dedicated funding every going to happen?  

Mr. Augustine the discussion is ongoing, but difficult to make it come to fruition.  In Virginia it is not as structured as Maryland where the money comes directly from the state. Fairfax has a portion of a tax to go toward WMATA.  WMATA serves not just Prince George’s County and Montgomery County and to have just those counties bare the cost is in my opinion not fair.  We will see how far that goes.  The budget process is in 2 parts, operation and then capital and Maryland contributed $300 million and $150 million per year and then is matched by the Federal Government.  Landover has a thousand employees with maintenance and security located in these facilities and they have a lot of land in that area, which should keep them from impeding on Cheverly and New Carrollton especially for rail repairs.  There is excess capacity at Landover and to an extent Cheverly as well.  

CM Riazi I would like to know about events and what is being done to accommodate them.

Mr. Augustine there will be one exception for Inauguration Day, but our focus has to be not for the one time rider, but for our regular patrons and their safety. The system is having fewer riders and that has to change.

Mayor I want to thank you very much.  We appreciate having you on the Board and we would love to know if anything ever comes up again regarding Landover.

Mayor and Council Announcements

CM Daly tomorrow is Veterans Day and there will be a ceremony at Legion Park at 10 am.  The Legion will be serving dinner and showing a documentary called the Ballou Boys.  There will be a band at 8 on Saturday with dinner tickets are $15.  The Auxiliary will be hosting a roaring 20’s gala on New Year’s Eve.  On November 19th it will be the last market and the last time to order a Christmas tree.  It is their fundraiser for the year.  You can also order them on line.

CM Eldridge there will be a house tour on December 4th and it benefits the Cheverly Weekday Nursery.  You do need to get tickets.  The Cheverly Turkey Trot registration is open now.  Early registration ends November 13th.  It should be a blast and starts at the Community Center.  I also wanted to comment on the passing of Betty Bellamy and she has had an impact on generations of kids in Cheverly.  

CM Riazi the holiday tree lighting and celebration will be December 2nd.  Come to the Community Center at 6:30 and we will then go to the Legion Park for the tree lighting.  Please bring canned goods or dry goods to help in local pantries.

Mayor   In our December 8th meeting we will be saying good bye to our Town Attorney who is retiring.  We will host a little get together before the meeting, so please come down early at 7pm.  The agenda for the Worksession coming up will include:   Discussion of Grant request for FLBD, VOAC rehabilitation and reentry center, Spellman grant request, vest camera upgrades, the audit for FY16 will be discussed, smell reporting regarding smells in ward 2, conversation about zone parking.




Town of Cheverly
Summary of Action
November 10, 2016
1.  CM  Eldridge motion excuse CM Coolen and Rodgers. CM Daly seconded. Approved 4-0.  CM Stewart absent.  Mayor cast the fourth affirmative vote.





 
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