October 13, 2008 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2008
8:00 p.m.

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

Minutes: The September 2008 Commissioners Meeting minutes were approved.

Academy Update: The new heater has been ordered with an expected delivery date of 20Oct; Brown’s Refrigeration will install shortly afterwards with an anticipated completion date of 15Nov. Approx. cost: $8000 for heater, installation, minor flue work. After the new heater is installed, the Commissioners will consider a tank less hot water heater, remote thermostat control system to help reduce heating / cooling costs, and rerouting of the upstairs flue.

Propane: our current propane tank is leased with Suburban Propane. Academy Manager is looking at cost associated with purchasing a tank and using a different supplier. Academy has not bought propane in 2 years, due to furnace failure, and Suburban propane prices are higher than their competitors and not willing to match a lower price.

Financial Report: The September financial report was reviewed.

Speaker: so far, no “green” speakers have been engaged. Treasurer will contact MCVFRA for an Emergency Preparedness presentation.

Bypass: Councilmember Floreen is proposing an Environmental Impact Study before funding the Brookeville Bypass. Commissioners plan on sending the County Council letters stating that the Brookeville Bypass has already been approved and is now waiting funding – no additional studies / surveys are needed and the Brookeville Bypass is the least expensive project on MDOT’s list that will benefit the County. Town Residents will be urged to send letters in support of the Brookeville Bypass.

Market Street: Commissioners will wait on replacing and painting of speed bumps on eastern Market Street due to budget limitations and less state funding.

Leaf pickup: Commissioners will ask Town Residents to consider composting their leaves this year and have one leaf pickup versus the usual two. One leaf pickup will save the Town money and composting leaves are good for the environment. Free compost bins are still available at the Academy.

MML Fall Conference: Commissioner Farquhar will represent the Town at the Friday, Oct 24th business session and the dinner that will follow.

309 Market: still no progress and the case is moving forward with Montgomery County

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Cate McDonald
Town Clerk