November 18, 2013
Emmitsburg Town Office
Present: Mayor Donald Briggs; Commissioners Clifford Sweeney, Christopher
Staiger, Jennifer Mellor, Glenn Blanchard and
Tim O’Donnell, President.
present were Donna Despres, Town Clerk and Dave
Haller, Town Manager.
Call to Order
Tim O’Donnell, President of the Board of
Commissioners, called the November 18, 2013 Town
Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Pledge of
Allegiance was recited.
The Minutes of the November 18, 2013 Town
Meeting were approved as presented.
Commissioners cited attendances, recognitions
and announcements: Thanks to the Boy Scouts for
a successful food bank drive and citizens’
participation for trail clearings. The
Emmitsburg Elementary will perform the tree
decoration on December 20 and the Lions Club
Christmas party will be December 7. Mt. St.
Mary’s is again offering free concerts. The
MOR board of directors met at the Emmitsburg
trail for clearing and there were 18 riding
Mayor Briggs reported on his holiday attendances
and town business appointments. He has
arranged a tour with Ray Barnes from the
Frederick County School Board to look over the
local elementary school to see what needed
improvements can be made. Commissioner
O’Donnell asked him to point out the swale in
the school’s athletic field.
As the annual tree lighting and accompanying
festivities are held the first Monday of
December, it was requested to reschedule the
first December Emmitsburg town meeting for
Tuesday, December 3. Unanimous consent. Also
Query regarding Main Street lights’ being
dim-- if reflectors can enhance sidewalk
light-- Mr. Haller will check into this
Crosswalk and pedestrian traffic across
Citizen Advisory Committee met November 5:
Mr. Lowry offered the idea of using MSM
student resources to provide any needed
survey for the town, Commissioner
Staiger asked for ideas and/or direction
A recurring request to make West Lincoln
Avenue (between Seton Avenue and School
Lane) one-way westbound
Paving of the alley system is being done
The Town has received a $53,517 rebate from
First Energy for installing the LED lighting
Town Manager Report
- Mr. Haller reported on the public works
department monthly activities to include a water
production and consumption analysis. Detailed
report at Exhibit A.
- Deputy Patterson recapped October activities.
Detailed report at Exhibit B.
Presentation by Delegate Kathy Afzali
Afzali addressed the Board to offer her support
at the congressional level for municipal
interests. She spoke to the issue of much new
school development vs. the lack of enhancing
existing schools in the County. She also
presented to Mayor Briggs an official citation
from the Maryland General Assembly to his
granddaughter, Maggie Myles--the youngest member
to make the national rugby team who just
recently represented the USA in England.
Ordinances 13-11, 13-12 and 13-13 - permitted uses: day care homes
ordinances make provisions for licensed day care
homes as allowable uses for the R-1 and Village
Zone and also removing them as special
exceptions requiring board of appeals approval.
The Planning Commission supports this action in
that there are no criteria for a BOA to address
as an exception--to leave those matters to the
license issuing agency (state).
- To accept
the changes to Ordinances 13-11, 13-12 and
13-13, amending sections of Title 17 of the
Code of Emmitsburg entitled Zoning, as
Motion by Commissioner Blanchard, second by
5-0 in favor
Set Agenda Items for December 3, 2013 Town Meeting
III Public Comments
IV SIGN APPROVED TEXT AMENDMENTS AND/OR RESOLUTIONS
With no further business, the November 18, 2013
Town Meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.