November 23, 2009 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

November 23, 2009
8:00 p.m.

Commissioner President Michael Acierno , Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Town Clerk Cate McDonald, Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon, Treasurer Susan Johnson. Commissioner Robert Heritage was not in attendance. Present during all or portions of the meeting was Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan

Minutes: The October 2009 Commissioners Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial: The October financial report was reviewed.

Variable Debt Rate Policy: The Town submitted the debt policy to the State Treasurer’s Office.  The second requirement of the legislation was to provide the State Treasurer’s Office with completed variable rate debt forms.  The Town has no variable rate debt and submitted the forms stating that fact.

Academy Update: No new maintenance issues, no new rentals and few rental inquiries. An interesting inquiry from a networking group in the Olney / Brookeville area: they want to hold 2 short morning meetings every month. Academy Manager wants to offer them $40 a session.

Schoolhouse: One bid from Royal Gutters for $1850 which was deemed too expensive for the scope of the work. Waiting on other bids for gutters.

Greenskeepers: The landscaping contract with Greenskeepers ends this month. The Town will solicit bids from landscaping contractors for the upcoming year.

Phil Andrews Meeting: Commissioner President Michael Acierno, along with State Delegate Karen Montgomery, met with County Council President Phil Andrews on November 18th. They discussed funding of the Brookeville Bypass. County Council President Andrews was supportive of the current funding levels and a phone call with Councilmember Floreen confirmed the funding details. Also discussed the maintenance of Brookeville Road at Market Street (MD97).

309 & 311 Market St: Commissioner President Michael Acierno attended the Nov. 17th hearing concerning 309 Market St. In summary, the owner of the property, Deeds Wells, stated he has a few offers for the property but none for the listing price and his real estate agent requires him to sell his property for the listed price. The owner also stated he will apply for the proper permits to fix the roof. The Judge scheduled the next hearing for February.

Commissioner President Acierno will try and schedule a meeting with the County Attorney prior to the next hearing to discuss the progress.

Master Plan: The Brookeville Planning Commission (BPC) has provided the Commissioners with a copy of the Master Plan. The Town Commissioners will review and discuss the Master Plan at a closed door session and provide the BPC their feedback by February 2, 2010.

MML: The MML Montgomery County Chapter will hold their Holiday Dinner December 10th in Gaithersburg. All 3 Town Commissioners plan on attending with the Town hosting Senator Rona Kramer and Delegate Karen Montgomery.

Holiday Party: The Town’s Holiday Party is scheduled for December 5th. An Evite will be sent to Town Residents as a reminder.

The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Cate McDonald
Town Clerk