June 13, 2011 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

June 13, 2011
8:00pm

Commissioner President Michael Acierno, Commissioner Sue Daley, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Treasurer Susan Johnson and Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon.  Town Clerk Cate McDonald was away. Present during all or portions of the meeting were Debbie Wagner and Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan.

Minutes: The May Commissioners Meeting Minutes and Annual Town Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial:  the Financial Report was not available.  The budget documents will be updated in July.

Academy Update:   Estimated cost of $950 to replace the sprinkler systems valve, which is stuck.  Commissioners approve the expenditure.

Gravel Road Maintenance:  Estimate cost of $6940 for the gravel road maintenance.  Commissioners approved the check to be issued before the start of FY’11 for the work to begin.

Brookeville Angel:  Commissioner President Acierno will ask the Sandy Spring Museum if they would like the Brookeville Angel.   The base is rotting and the angel may need some work.

Schoolhouse:  gutters clips need to be reattached.  Something is chewing on the wood along the north side.  Schoolhouse will be open June 25th for Heritage Days.  The Town will try and organize a cleanup and mulching.

Fire Pit:  Debbie Wagner raised concerns about another fire.   Commissioner Farquhar will work on wording so a sign can be expedited. 

MEA Grant: Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon confirmed that the Town will use the grant within the allotted time of 3 years. 

Brookeville Bypass Smart Growth Meeting:  Commissioners Farquhar and Daley will attend the June 15th meeting up in Baltimore, which should be a formality.   If exception to Smart Growth is granted, the next step will be funding in August.

Update on 309 & 311 Market: the next court hearing will be Tuesday, June 14th at 1:30pm.  Commissioner President Acierno will attend.

SHA and Speed Camera:  the speed camera along High St. is pointing skywards.  Does anyone want to contact SHA?

Emergency Operations Coordinator:  Does the Town need an Emergency Operations Coordinator?  And if so, should Fred Teal be asked to perform this job?   Commissioner President Acierno will write a job description by next month.

Truck Length Restriction: State Senator Karen Montgomery has given the Town the basis information and laws but the Town will need to research.

Open Discussion:  The Olney Theater is having a Community Appreciation Day; the Commissioners approved a $100 donation for the event.

Commissioner Farquhar will attend the June 16th informal GOCA get together at Starbucks.

The meeting adjourned at 9:25p.m.

Andrea Scanlon

May 16, 2011 Annual Town Meeting Minutes

May 16, 2011
7:30pm

Commissioner President Michael Acierno, Commissioner Robert Heritage, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Town Clerk Cate McDonald, Treasurer Susan Johnson and Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon.  Present during all or portions of the meeting was Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan.

Minutes: The April Commissioners Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial:  The Financial Report was not available.

Academy Update:   The artist, Roberta Staat, has moved her items into the schoolhouse; she will use the schoolhouse for May and then again later in the year.   Ms. Staat is also using the Academy for a workshop in July.

Academy roof will need repairs; the Commissioners will budget for roof repairs once the BA loan is paid off.

All needed safety inspections have been performed; one sprinkler will need to be replaced.

May Election: Katherine Farquhar was reelected; Suzanne Daley was elected to her 1st two-year term as Town Commissioner.   Commissioner Heritage will be retiring this June.

Update on 309 & 311 Market: heavy equipment was brought in but so far no work has begun.  Commissioner Heritage reported that the bobcat used by the owner the other day was to make room for a dumpster.

Picnic:  the date was set for Sunday, August 28th from 4p.m.-7p.m.

Fire Pit:  someone used the fire pit recently and left a fire smoldering.  The Commissioners will consult with Fire Marshall regarding the correct verbiage for a sign to be posted by the fire ring.

Open Discussion:  The Town Directory needs updating this Fall.

The War of 1812 Committee will be asked to report to the Commissioners during the June Meeting.

Commissioners ok a sponsorship donation for the Sandy Spring Museum’s Strawberry Festival.

There was a question raised on whether the Town has an official seal, which it appears the Town does not have.

The meeting adjourned at 7:55p.m.

Cate McDonald
Town Clerk

April 11, 2011 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

April 11, 2011
7:30pm

Commissioner President Michael Acierno, Commissioner Robert Heritage, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Town Clerk Cate McDonald, Treasurer Susan Johnson and Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon.  Present during all or portions of the meeting were several Town Resident, SSVFD Chief George Brown, LDVFD Chief Buddy Suttons, numerous MCFRS professionals, and Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan.

309 &311 Market St. Fire Discussion: SSVFD Chief Brown gave a detailed recap of the event of early morning March 28th.    This fire was challenging due to the narrow road and limited working spaces.  There were rescue trucks lined up and down Georgia Avenue. The Commissioners expressed their gratitude to the hard working fire rescue persons.  The Commissioners presented each chief with a framed photo of the fire.  Also, the Commissioners gave thanks to 2 dogs, Tallulah and Ruby, and rewarded them with bones for waking up their owners that morning.

Update on 309 & 311 Market:  Commissioner President Acierno had spoken with the County Attorney and gave him an update on 309 Market St.  He has also spoken with Dan McHugh, Manager for Housing Code Enforcement and will send in a letter requesting an emergency abatement which will allow for the demolition and removal of the debris, removal of charred trees, and making the properties safe with fill, grading, and seeding.  The Town has also hired a lawyer to pursue other legal options since MoCo has been slow to act.  HPC has given approval to remove the debris without a HAWP.

Question was raised about the workshop located at 309 Market that was not damaged – owner has been working there and the Resident was worried about flammable items being stored in the workshop.  Commissioner President Acierno will contact Inspector Calloway and alert him about activity at the workshop.

Town Residents are urged to send letters to MoCo Executive Leggett concerning the hazardous property conditions at 309 & 311 Market Street.

Minutes: The March Commissioners Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial:  The financial report was emailed prior to the meeting.

Commissioners approved a $500 donation be made to the SSVFD.

No changes to the tax rates.

Academy Update:   new long term renter for the Academy – Roberta Staat,  a local artist who will give drawing classes in the Academy. She will also rent the Schoolhouse for the month of May for $150. Rentals in general have picked up a bit.

Municipal Laws:  MoCo has asked the Town to serve as contact for information.

May Election: Currently the Town has received 2 nomination letters.

Open Discussion:

Commissioner President Acierno is working on FY ’11-’12 budget and will include money for gravel road repair and pothole repair on eastern Market.

Request to update walking tour brochure for 2014.

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Cate McDonald
Town Clerk