October 8, 2007 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

October 8, 2007

Present:  Commissioner Michael Acierno, Commissioner Robert Heritage, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Treasurer Susan Johnson, Clerk Paul Geib, Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan, Joe Feakes, Knights of Columbus, guest.

Revised Starting Time:  The meeting began at 7:30 p.m. to hear a presentation from Mr. Feakes regarding the 200th Birthday Celebration.

Discuss 200th Anniversary Celebration:  The Commissioners discussed the 200th anniversary celebration with Mr. Feakes of the Knights of Columbus.  The group thought that a parade through the town and reception at the Academy would be appropriate. They thought that while August 26th was the anniversary of the town being the U. S. Capitol, August 24th, a Sunday would be most appropriate for the celebration.  In order to receive the thoughts of the town residents regarding the celebration, the Commissioners decided to devote their November 12th meeting as a Town Meeting in the Academy’s Lecture Hall.  The meeting would start at 7:30 p.m.  The Clerk will send out a notice inviting residents to attend the meeting.

Minutes:   The September 2007 Commissioners Meeting minutes were approved.

Financial Report:  The September financial report was reviewed.  The Commissioners and the Treasurer discussed reinvestment strategies for the town’s certificates of deposit.

Status of Academy Sidewalk: The Clerk announced that the Bartley Corporation completed the new sidewalk on Friday the 5th and we are waiting for the bill for the work.

Montgomery County Council Meeting on Thursday:  Commissioner Acierno heard from Karen Montgomery about a meeting regarding county transportation issues.  He asked the clerk to check the location so that the Commissioners could attend to express their support for the $21 million Brookeville Bypass.  The bypass has been dropped to number four on the county’s road projects priority list.

Greenskeeper Estimate for Clearing Trench on High Street:  Commissioner Acierno mentioned that he discussed with Clerk Geib having our contractor, Greenskeeper, clean the two storm water culverts on High Street.  They are on either side of 28 High Street.  The Clerk mentioned that he had contacted Greenskeeper about this issue.

309 Market Street  – Oct. 10th inspection visit by Anne Fothergill, an HPC Planner and DHCA (Department of Housing and Community Affairs):  There will be an inspection of 309 Market Street, heavily damaged by fire.  HPC and DHCA will then make a determination regarding actions that the homeowner will need to take to bring the house into compliance with Montgomery County codes.

Large Trash Pick-up Scheduled:  The clerk stated that Waste Management will place a large dumpster on Water Street from October 12 through 26 for residents to drop off large items or unwanted items.  Commissioner Heritage and Clerk Geib will mark the location.

Schedule Leaf Pickup:  The clerk will schedule a leaf pickup with Greenskeeper.

Heritage Tourism Grant Denied:  Commissioner Acierno mentioned that Heritage Montgomery did not award us a Heritage Tourism grant.  They thought our estimated costs for our signs were too high.

Progress on Town Projects:  Clerk Geib mentioned that we made progress on several pending projects.  The NO OUTLET sign is up at Water Street.  We received payment for the Water Street tree that was destroyed by a truck.  The replacement High Street ornamental light should be installed on Wednesday the 10th.  The dusk-dawn light at Church Street has a new bulb.   Commissioner Heritage mentioned that the ornamental light on Market Street that was recently replaced has a piece hanging down.  The Clerk will remind the contractor to fix that.

Meeting Adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Paul R. Geib, Jr.