May 11, 2009 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

May 11, 2009
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 Pam Saul, liaison of Senator Rona Kramer, Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan

Minutes: The April 2009 Commissioners Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial: The April financial report was reviewed.

Academy Update:

  • No new rentals
  • Donna Wills has not confirmed any dates for her teas.
  • Academy Manager ordered highchairs and booster at $35 per unit. Will order one diaper changing station for ladies bathroom.
  • Annual inspections for elevator, fire alarm, and sprinklers: all passed. Fire Marshall asked that flammables in basement be moved and exit signs are check by electrician. Bogin & Assoc. replaced batteries in exit signs and dried paint is being disposed of via County hazardous waste program.
  • $500 added to the Academy budget for new permits required as of 1Jan10 for fire alarms and sprinklers and County will now charge for fire marshals inspection.

Clyde Unglesbee: long time resident and former commissioner, Clyde Unglesbee, passed away after a brief illness. Commissioners discussed various ways to honor Clyde and his service to the Town and will talk to the family at an appropriate time to find out their wishes.

FY 2009-2010 Budget: draft of budget was reviewed. BPC allotted monies was increased for legal counsel and consultants for the comprehensive plan.

Elections: Commissioners Farquhar and Heritage are the candidates for the 2 commissioner’s seats at tomorrow’s election.

309 & 311 Market St: Commissioners Acierno and Heritage attended the April 21, 2009 court hearing and were able to express the Town frustration and the lack of progress in this case and showed a recent photograph of the property to the presiding judge. Commissioners Farquhar and Heritage will attend the June 2, 2009 hearing will continue to monitor the status of 309 Market to will ensure the permitting process in regards to historic properties is followed.

Clean Energy: Contract signed with Clean Current for a 1 year, June 09 to June 2010 at $ .10127/kwh, 100% wind for the Brookeville Academy. Per Clean Current, they we were unable to acquire data for streetlight account and will try again in June.

Trees: Commissioners desire to replace trees that were deemed unhealthy with trees via Tree-Mendous Maryland, which provides high quality trees & shrubs at low cost for plantings on public properties such as schools, community open spaces, roadside rights-of-way, and government facilities.

Schoolhouse: a dehumidifier was purchased to help dry the schoolhouse out. Working with Miche Booz on gutter design.

Sidewalks: work on the sidewalk in front of 3 High Street is progressing

Greenskeepers: Resident complaint about the recent trimming by the Town’s landscaping contractor, Greenskeeper. Contractor trimming was aggressive and they weed whacked the hostas and flowers planted in the space between the front stone wall and the edge of the sidewalk. Contractor maintains the did nothing wrong and only did what they were supposed to do and did not weed whack any hostas, but take care of overgrowth that is a trip hazard and whack daffodils which were dead anyways. As this has been one of several complaints about the quality of work provided by Greenskeepers, the commissioner will consider options for the Towns landscaping needs.

Annual Meeting: The Town’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 13th at 8:00pm. Draft agenda was reviewed.

August Picnic: Commissioners approved Sunday, August 23rd for the Annual Town Picnic.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

Cate McDonald
Town Clerk