April 16, 2010 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2010
8:00 p.m.

Commissioner President Michael Acierno, Commissioner Robert Heritage, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Town Clerk Cate McDonald, Treasurer Susan Johnson. Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon was not in attendance.

Minutes: The March Commissioners Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial: The March financial report was emailed to the Commissioners prior to the meeting. Commissioner President Acierno will start working on FY 2010-2011 next week; does not anticipate Town property tax increases.

Commissioner Heritage comments that we should encourage Residents to tidy up their property, including the right-of-way, due to landscaping cost cutting.

Academy Update: Academy Manager emailed the Academy rental report. The Commissioners authorized advertising at the Strawberry Festival this year to increase the Academy’s exposure in the local community. Treasurer Susan Johnson comments that several years ago theknot.com gave a presentation but at that time the former Academy Manager did not want to pursue advertising on-line but Susan feels it might be a good way to increase rental business at the Academy. The Commissioners agree there is a need to advertise the Academy more with the desired outcome of increased rental income.

Brookeville Bypass: Commissioner President Acierno received a call from Roy Gothy from SHA. Mr. Gothy stated that SHA is scheduled to present to the State and Montgomery County officials the need for a special exemption to Smart Growth law for the Bypass. A special exemption is needed to obtain funding and to move to next phase in construction. SHA has requested to retain the Bypass’s right-of-way from the Town to reduce potential legal issues.

Brookeville Clean Up Day: Still on schedule for April 24 from 9:00am – 11:00am. Our House has volunteered 10-12 youths and 2-3 adult supervisors to help with our efforts. Starting at 8:30am, coffee and doughnuts will be available at the Academy for anyone volunteering to help. Commissioner President Acierno states that he will be away on April 24.

LGIT: Tim Ailsworth, Executive Director of LGIT, will attend July’s Commissioners Meeting to present an award since the May meeting had to be rescheduled.

309 & 311 Market Street: The next hearing will be May 18th.

301 Market Street: a complaint about the Rotter property was received by the Town concerning the well on property. The sheds on property are also falling down. Commissioner Heritage will contact the family and ask them to repair the property. If no action, then the Town will send a certified letter to the Rotter Estate and request upkeep to the structures.

Schoolhouse gutters: Davenport Insulation partially installed gutters on the Schoolhouse in January. They ran out of materials and were scheduled to comeback and finish the installation and move the downspouts to the back of the schoolhouse. In the meantime, winter weather damaged the gutters and the estimated cost to repair will be $566. Davenport is scheduled to come back and finish that installation in next few weeks.

Road Repairs: Commissioner President Acierno would like Neal Leary to provide an estimate for repairing / maintaining the gravel roads.

May Election: The election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2010. The only nomination received by the deadline was from Michael Acierno, whose term expires this May.

Open Discussion: None

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Cate McDonald
Town Clerk