November 12, 2007 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2007

Present:  Commissioner Michael Acierno, Commissioner Robert Heritage, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Treasurer Susan Johnson, Clerk Paul Geib, Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan

Revised Starting Time:  The meeting began at 8:45 p.m. to allow comments from the town residents regarding a ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of out town.

Discuss 200th anniversary celebration:  During the 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. time, the Commissioners discussed the 200th anniversary celebration with town residents in the Academy’s lecture hall.   Approximately 10 residents were present.  The Commissioners presented their thought regarding the celebration, including a parade on Sunday, August 24, 2008.  Former Commissioner Clyde Unglesbee mentioned that the town was not incorporated until 1890, but was laid out in 1808, the year we assumed that the town was incorporated.  He had a copy of the article of incorporation.  The Commissioners would investigate this further.  Ideas brought forth were signs marking the historic houses in the town, a walking tour of the historic houses, with the residents’ permission, and a parade on High St. or Market St.  A number of the residents who planned the 1994 founding year parade noted the difficulty of planning such an event on such short notice, particularly getting the SHA to close High St.  An alternate was discussed of having a big celebration around August 26th 2014, the 200th anniversary of Brookeville becoming the U. S. Capitol.  The Commissioner will plan on having further discussions of this celebration.

Minutes:   The October 2007 Commissioners Meeting minutes were approved.

Financial Report:  The October financial report was reviewed.  The Commissioner and the Treasurer discussed transferring funds from the money market account to CDs.  Treasurer Johnson mentioned that State highway funds to the Town averages $800-$900 a month.

Annual Town Party:   The group discussed the need to plan for the party and agreed to meet on November 24th to plan.

Letter to the County Executive Regarding the Brookeville Bypass:  The residents’ letters to the County Executive have been copied electronically.  The Commissioners decided to provide hard copies of the letters with a letter from Commission President Acierno to the County Executive, hard copies to our legislators and electronic copies to the members of the County Council.

Annual MML Dinner:  The Commissions decided to invite Senator Kramer and Delegate Montgomery to the annual dinner of the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League.  The Clerk and Treasurer will coordinate with the Town of Laytonsville.

Schedule leaf pickup:  The Clerk mentioned that the leaf pick-up has been scheduled for November 17th and December 1st.  He will e-mail a reminder to residents.

Academy Rental:  The Clerk provided the Commissioners with a list of November – December and 2008 pending rentals.

Ceremonial Flag Burning: The American Legion’s annual ceremony will be held on the Academy ground at Noon on December 7th.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Paul R. Geib, Jr.