April 1, 2013
Emmitsburg Town Office
Mayor Donald Briggs; Commissioners Clifford Sweeney,
Patrick Joy and Tim O’Donnell, President.
Staff present were Vickie Felix and
Dave Haller, Town Manager.
Commissioner Hoover and Commissioner
Staiger with prior notice.
Call to Order
Commissioner Tim O’Donnell, President
of the Board of Commissioners, called the April 1,
2013 Town Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Pledge of
Allegiance was recited.
The Minutes of the March 18, 2013
Town Meeting were approved as presented.
President O’Donnell announced the
need for a closed executive session following
adjournment of this meeting as permitted by the
Annotated Code of Maryland, State Government
Article: Section 10-508 (a) Closed Meetings, Item 8
to discuss pending or potential litigation. See
attached announcement. Motion by Commissioner Joy,
second by Commissioner Sweeney, carried 3-0 in
Commissioner(s) cited expression of
thanks to everyone that attended the Easter egg hunt
at Community Park. Upcoming activities include
Safety Dealing with Children at Christ Community
Church, Shine the Light Ministry at the park,
Passport to Financial Freedom; Lions Club
Scholarship Dance; car wash to help pay for
Heritage/Community Day brochures; possible bike
event for next summer; Catoctin Youth Athletics’
cross-country meet this fall; trail work day. There
will be another Community/Heritage Day
meeting this week. A moment of silence was observed
for the death of the daughter of the Pastor of Tom’s
Creek United Methodist Church.
Mayor Briggs commented that there
will be a parade this Saturday for the opening of
baseball season and The Passport to Wealth
also starts this Saturday.
Progress update related to Wastewater
Treatment Plant – Presentation by Mr. Shultz,
Project Manager of RK&K Construction Managers. He
gave Board members a copy of the quarterly project
report and reviewed the change orders and work
completed to date. Detailed attachment at Exhibit
Bushes at sidewalk on North Seton
Possible receipt of a Maryland Clean
Energy grant for installing LED lights
WWTP solar project bids: Mayor
Briggs brought to the Board’s attention the need for
a professional engineer to guide the town to make
the right evaluation. Board supports the idea.
Update on Splash Park
Mr. Fitzgerald property easement –
present easement cannot be used legally for the
purposes of the trail; will have to negotiate and
obtain another easement.
Price for compost for community
Insert to put into quarterly water
bills – bills already mailed out.
Tipping fee – amount of tonnage
decrease since recycling?
Third crossing guard at Federal
Avenue and East Main Street--rejected
Consent Agenda - none
- Commissioner Sweeney reported on March 2013 cash
activity. Detailed report at Exhibit B
Planning Commission Report –no
II. Agenda Items
Water Rates using the sewer rates
Mr. Haller presented, as requested by
the Board, proposed water rates reflective of the
sewer rates model. Two proposals were included in
the packet: 1. Increase the tier rates without
increasing the minimums; 2. Increase the tier rates
plus the minimums, which would bring in more than
needed. Staff recommends proposal number one that
increases the tiers 50% without increasing the
to approve the proposed rates for the tier increases
at 50% without increasing minimums.
Motion made by Commissioner Joy,
second by Commissioner Sweeney.
Vote: 3-0 in favor
Set Agenda Items for April 15, 2013
Pool management bids
Poultry ordinance revision
Proposed Section 8 Charter
change for elected officials – Discussion
Budget and CIP Ordinances –
III. Public Comments
IV. SIGN APPROVED TEXT
AMENDMENTS AND/OR RESOLUTIONS -
With no further business, the April
1, 2013 Town Meeting was adjourned at 8:34 p.m.