Town of Cheverly
May 12, 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
Mayor noted the passing of Ray Bellamy and contributions to the Town of Cheverly.
Minutes – Town Meeting 4/14/16
Minutes – Worksession 4/28/16
Chief Robshaw I want to thank those who came to the home security expo. Anyone that could not attend can come on June 7th for the same expo. Cheverly Avenue will be closed from 9:30 to 11 on Cheverly Day for the parade from Kilmer Street to Forest Road. Noted that bicycles are motor vehicles and they must obey all traffic laws. You must stop at stop signs and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Let keep that in mind and keep it safe.
Green Infrastructure Committee
Shiela Salo I want to remind everyone that the photo contest will be judged on Cheverly Day and the focus is on trees. Ledo’s will be providing gift certificates. Go to www.greencheverly.org if you need details. Saturday, June 4th at 8 am you can purchase a rain barrel, apply for your County rebate. So far 48 rain barrels have been reserved, which will keep Cheverly’s rain water on site.
Cheverly Day Committee
CM Daly May 21st is a parade year, so bring on your floats. The Cheverly Day Committee is ready to talk to you about your float. We have a new website: www.cheverlyday.org. Let us know if you plan to attend. We will have bubble soccer. We will have raptors and bees. We will have cornhole, food, softball, mini golf, moon bounces, laser tag, fireworks and our new stage. It will be a fun day. Questions, go to our website.
Planning Board Report
CM Eldridge we had an informal meeting because we did not have a quorum and we had the new project manager for the Cheverly Sector Plan. The economy is making this a great opportunity.
Proclamation Designating May as Peace Month in Cheverly
Ms. Joyce Lang this is the 9th year of Peace Month. We thank the Council for their ongoing support. Ms. Lang spoke on the positive things happening in the world. The calendar of events are listed in this months newsletter.
CM Stewart where can one get a printed calendar of events?
Mayor all the Newsletters are on line.
- CM Daly motion to approve the Proclamation Designating May as Peace Month in Cheverly. CM Rodgers seconded. Approved 6-0.
Proclamation Designating June 2nd as Gun Violence Awareness Day
Mayor I don’t have a proclamation, but want this to be discussed.
- CM Riazi motion to designate June 2nd as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Cheverly. CM Coolen seconded. Approved 6-0.
Discussion FY17 Operating Budget and C.I.P.
Mayor we got this in March and this is our first look at the budget. I will not be here on the 28th, but this budget will be discussed. We are coming out of a period when property assessments were down and we are coming out of that situation as property assessments are on the rise. We did a lot of things to get through this tough period of time. Last year the increases in assessments were 7.5% or about $250,000. The standard is to have about $1 million as our fund balance. We held expenses and didn’t increase taxes until last year when assessments increased. We have to look at how much in this year’s assessment will be required for this needs of the Town. We need to look at our Public Works building to fix the office facility. We need to start the
effort at 6301 Kilmer Street Park and a dog park. These two things are not in this proposed budget. One penny on the tax rate is about $60,000. We will be looking at this in the upcoming Worksession and I will send out my thoughts on these matters. We will put more in the Newsletter.
CM Eldridge this is the resident’s, our collective investment in our community. Don’t want to lose sight of that.
Mayor our Public Works Department does what it does with one less person than in 1989. The average assessment in town is $254,000. That is lower than it was 3 years ago.
CM Coolen if we were to lower the tax rate from .58 to .48 would result in the Town collecting less money in taxes than 3 years ago. A drop of that amount would only be $130 per year or $10 per month.
CM Riazi now is when I need the residents of Ward 1 to reach out to me to tell me what you want in your community and we will try to get you the cost of these items. What we have and do is an asset to our community and our homes. Just like our homes ask money from us, so does our Town in order to thrive.
Introduction Ordinance O-B-16 FY17 Operating Budget and CIP
Mayor we have one more bite at the apple in the upcoming Worksession to discuss and finalize the budget. We will be lowering the tax rate from 58 cents to 56 cents. This will not lower your tax bill. To do that we had to get to 53 cents, so we have lowered the rate of growth. We have had a flat tax income for the past 7 years. On election day we heard a lot if concern about road conditions. We have put another $200,000 in the road fund to upgrade our roads. WSSC is to pave Laurel and Cheverly Avenue. We will be putting more raised crosswalks in our road projects. We have funding for removing the structure on the Kilmer Street property. We have funding for construction on SHA property behind the public works building.
CM Eldridge We also funded a frozen Public Works staff position. We also had to fund a canopy over our gas pumps as mandated by the State for water quality purposes. We also have provided for the purchase of a new dump truck for Public Works.
CM Riazi there is also money in this budget to begin the planning for the Public Works Department Offices.
Mayor town staff has been amazing at holding the level of spending, but we know we have more needs that have to be addressed.
Second Reading O-3-16 Amending Section 4 of the Code to allow apiaries
Riazi there has been a desire from members of the Town to host apiaries on private property. There is a big interest due to the loss of bees in this country and our food supply. What we are proposing with this possibility is a number of restrictions that go with the permit to have a beehive.
Mayor I believe the sentiment of the Council is to move forward. Honeybees are not aggressive bees. We want to do it in a way that all neighbors understand and agree, which is why we have the conditions. We want to be courteous of neighbors all around them. Neighbors will benefit with better flowers and better vegetables.
Swearing in of Mayor
Mr. John LeGlohec is the Head Election Supervisor and read the oath of office.
Mayor and Council Announcements
CM Rodgers how has the trash pick-up been in Cheverly?
Mayor we do our own trash pick-up, but the County put our flyers in the Town by accident and actually started picking-up trash in the Town by accident. Everything is the same.
CM Riazi for those who plan to come to Cheverly Village training this Saturday, it will be rescheduled to June 11th as Mr. Bellamy’s services will be this Saturday.
CM Eldridge gave a reflection on Mr. Bellamy’s knowledge that he provided on the War of 1812.
CM Rodgers for all the residents at Folger-Pratt down at Cheverly Station. The postcards for Cheverly Day will be delivered to you all tomorrow.
Mayor the If you look at our website you will find information about what is going on a t Capital Plaza and Walmart. Worksession coming up will include: the FY17 Budget, Discussion, Bee Signage, Proposal to Address Enforcement outside the corporate limits, Discussion on Commercial Parking on corner lots, Grant application for Cheverly Day, Noise Ordinance Procedures.
CM Eldridge announced that Mayor Walls of District Heights had passed away.
Town of Cheverly
Summary of Action
May 12, 2016
1. CM Daly motion to approve the Proclamation Designating May as Peace Month in Cheverly. CM Rodgers seconded. Approved 6-0.
2. CM Riazi motion to designate June 2nd as Gun Violence Awareness Day in Cheverly. CM Coolen seconded. Approved 6-0.