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June 9, 2016 Town Meeting Minutes


Town of Cheverly
Meeting Minutes
    June 9, 2016

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

In attendance:  CMs, Riazi, Coolen, Eldridge, Stewart, Rodgers and Daly.

Pledge of Allegiance

Agenda/Approval/Changes

Mayor gave out two awards for the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Jack Wheat Award.  The Mayor gave the Jack Wheat Award to Ms. Trudy Stanek, the Administrative Assistant at the Department of Public Works and read a Proclamation. The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Ms. Gail Scott for her work with the Meals on Wheels program and read a Proclamation.

Minutes – Town Meeting        5/12/16
Approved

Minutes – Worksession         5/26/16
Approved

Chief’s Report

Chief Robshaw the Police had no issues on Cheverly Day.  I want to remind people that the 3-3 basketball tournament from Cheverly Day will be this Saturday at Noon in the gym.  You can register by calling the police department.  I want to thank everyone in attendance Tuesday night for the Home Security Meeting.  There seems to be some misunderstanding of the law regarding cell phone operation.  If you are in the travel portion of the roadway you cannot use a telephone device.  

Town Administrator’s Report

Mr. Warrington just two things, first we are finishing-up on curb, gutter and sidewalk on Cheverly Avenue.  The second is good news that we met with Chesapeake Insurance today and we will see a premium reduction of $40,000.  Good hard work of everybody trying to work safe.  

Mayor we as a Council want to thank the Chief and Juan to make that happen.  It is a 3 year cycle and it is a huge savings.

CM Coolen there are some yards along the sidewalk have poison ivy encroaching on the sidewalk.  Does the Town do something?

Mr. Warrington yes we will address it as it is a noxious weed and under our Code will make the homeowner remove it.  Just report that to us and we will take action.
  
Recreation Council

No report.

Green Infrastructure Committee

Shiela Salo  at the great Cheverly rain barrel event there were 70 barrels sold to be installed at 44 homes.  This will improve the health of our streams.  15 compost bins were sold, which will keep items out of the landfill and improve the soil.  You can go to www.greencheverly.org if you would like to see where the rain barrels are in Cheverly.  Let me know if yours is not listed.  The Cheverly Day photo contest was judged on Cheverly Day, but if you missed it, you can go to our website to see the slideshow.  Next year’s 2017 contest will have a theme of water and streams.  

Cheverly Day Committee

CM Daly Cheverly Day was still fun in spite of the weather.  May 2017 is a parade year, so bring on your floats.  We are always looking for volunteers and ideas.  The third Saturday of May 2017 is Cheverly Day.    
 
Planning Board Report

CM Eldridge we meet next Tuesday.  The trails master plan had a meeting and it was very interesting and the MNCPPC presented their 30 year road map for trails.  The Cheverly to Bladensburg water park is in the top ten.  You can find this on the MNCPPC website.

Mayor there is an exception on Maryland Avenue and there is a non-conforming use application for an adult entertainment establishment near Fairmount Heights that we will forward on to the Planning Board.

Citizen Input

  • CM Eldridge motion to close the meeting to discuss a personnel matter. CM Stewart seconded. Approved 5-0 by roll call.  CM Rodgers absent.
  • CM Daly motion to open the meeting. CM Rodgers seconded. Approved 6-0 by roll call.




Adoption O-3-16 Amending Section 4 of the Code to allow apiaries

Mr. Warrington this is an amendment to Section 4 of the Cheverly Town Code which will remove the prohibition against beehives and will allow folks to have apiaries/beehives in their yards.  There are rules and guidelines that one has to adhere to if they wish to have a beehive.

Mayor I would like to add that this has been in the Newsletter for months.  I have not receive a single negative comment.  I take this silence as the Town saying we’re okay with this.

  • CM Riazi motion to amend Section 4-7 to allow apiaries per conditions stated. CM Coolen seconded. Approved 6-0.
Public Hearing on the Constant Yield Tax Rate  

Mr. Warrington we are required by State law to hold a hearing if we are going to exceed the Constant Yield.  It is the collection of more than the amount collected last year.  Because of the changes in property values/assessments, we will be collecting more taxes than last year without raising the tax rate.  But, the Mayor and Council will be reducing the current tax rate from .58 cents and .68 cents to .56 cents and .66 cents.  The result still will put us in excess of the Constant Yield from last year and thus this hearing to allow for citizen input and discussion.  We would have to reduce the rate to .53 cents in order to achieve the Constant Yield from last year. This increase will result in $134,000 over last year’s collected amount.

CM Riazi I just wanted to share how grateful I was when we had to increase the tax rate and what I feel we did here is to show how cognoscente we are of the amount that taxes are increasing.

CM Eldridge we still have a tight budget and our staff have found efficiencies and we have a lot of great initiatives and I am excited to be on Council as we increase the quality of life to our community.

Adoption Ordinance OB-1-16 FY17 Operating Budget and CIP

  • CM Eldridge motion to adopt OB-1-16. FY17 Operating Budget and CIP. CM Daly seconded. Approved 6-0.
Mayor we have done a pretty comprehensive explanation of the budget in the Newsletter and the numerous meetings and conversations we have had over many months.  We have some money in this budget for street work, which is a common complaint.

Introduction O-4-16 Amending the Noise Ordinance

Mr. Warrington this is an amendment to our Noise Ordinance that changes the period between warnings from 7 days to 90 days.  The way the current law reads, you could wait until the eighth day after a warning, create noise and again get another warning.  The Mayor and Council believe that after a warning you should stay in compliance for at least another 90 days.

CM Eldridge I am hopeful that this does not need to be applied and people are respectful of their neighbors.

Mayor and Council Announcements

CM Coolen the next community market will be a week from Saturday, June 18th.  

CM Eldridge just a reminder about the Metro Safe Track work from June 18th until July 3rd and every PG County station will be affected.  Please be ready for this and as schools are winding down for summer, please drive carefully and slowly.  There are children riding bikes and walking so be on the lookout.

CM Stewart I wanted to again thank the Chief for his home safety seminar.  I attended and learned a lot and would encourage others to take advantage of the Chief’s home security surveys.

Mayor your Council will be leaving town to attend the Maryland Municipal League Conference at the end of the month.  The Wal-Mart situation has been voted on by the Planning Board and the Wal-Mart expansion has been approved and we anticipate an appeal by the opponents.  The agenda for the Worksession coming up will include:  Grant Request from the Cheverly Weekday Nursery, a non-conforming use for Adult Entertainment near Fairmount Heights just outside of our borders,  MML prep work, follow-up on our Volunteer Fireman request,  Discussion of Rain Barrels, Bike Trails and revisiting permits and bonds from utilities. We may want to look at the Cheverly Day tent at some point in the future.



Town of Cheverly
Summary of Action
June 9, 2016
1. CM Eldridge motion to close the meeting to discuss a personnel matter. CM Stewart seconded. Approved 5-0 by roll call.
2.  CM Daly motion to open the meeting. CM Rodgers seconded. Approved 6-0 by roll call.
3. CM Riazi motion to amend Section 4-7 to allow apiaries per conditions stated. CM Coolen seconded. Approved 6-0.
4. CM Eldridge motion to adopt OB-1-16. FY17 Operating Budget and CIP. CM Daly seconded. Approved 6-0.


 
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