April 7, 2014
Emmitsburg Town Office
Mayor Donald Briggs; Commissioners Clifford
Sweeney, Christopher Staiger, Jennifer Mellor,
Glenn Blanchard and Tim O’Donnell, President
Staff present were Vickie Felix; Donna Despres, Town Clerk; Cole
Tabler, Town Accountant and Dave Haller, Town
Commissioner Tim O’Donnell, President of the Board of
Commissioners, called the April 7, 2014 Town
Meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the March 17, 2014 Town Meeting
were approved as presented.
Commissioner Blanchard encouraged residents to
utilize the parks now that the weather is getting
cited included the Town Planning Meeting and the
Community Garden Program.
Announcements included the trail workday
stating that a lot of work was accomplished.
Mayor Briggs introduced
the new Town Accountant, Cole Tabler.
He reported that the town was $8,000
over-budget for snow plowing and under-budget for
salt and streets overtime.
He thanked the Mount Saint Mary’s Rugby
Team who visited the Children’s Hospital in
Jacksonville, Florida while they were there for a
game; congratulations also on their win.
Enforcement of trash at Rainbow
Lake – suggested heavy duty trash cans
and more signage in regards to trash – staff
Fishing permit process
Trail Flagging – a property owner had an issue of individuals
parking on his property.
Commissioner O’Donnell will be getting
signage for the property owner’s driveway.
Community park field #1 – Maryland
Storm Sports Team would like to utilize and
repurpose to a baseball field.
Staff has no problem and recommended
a one-year contract similar to the softball
There was unanimous consent from the
Board to allow staff to move forward with a
Attorney Daniel Cox moved back in town at 7 East Main Street; only
one commercial space remains vacant downtown.
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Upcoming meeting with the Maryland Department of Planning to
discuss comp plan
Possible position opening up in the planning commission
Tourism Council – take advantage of a grant for a kiosk which
costs $3,182; town would need to find $1500;
unanimous consent by the Board to move forward.
Tenant safety ordinance
Resolution is needed for State of Maryland’s Certified
Sustainable Community Program – will bring at
Meeting with SHA in regards to the square – committed to doing
all the engineering drawings; will give a letter
Consent Agenda - none
Treasurer’s Report - Commissioner Blanchard reported on March 2014 cash activity.
Detailed report at Exhibit A.
Planning Commissioner Report - Commissioner Sweeney reported that the planning commission met on
March 31, 2014.
They voted on the Dollar General record
plat which passed with 2 items contingent, site
plan not yet approved.
Sewer Plant Progress Update from RK&K
Mike Schultz of RK&K gave an updated presentation for the new
sewer plant stating that it is over 50% complete
and progress is good; should meet all deadlines.
This agenda item has been postponed until the April 21, 2014 Town
Agenda Items for April 21, 2014 Town Meeting
Appointment of Town
Finance adjustments for
waste water treatment plant
Public Comments – Dave Maze, 330
– would like to be able to use the gym on the
same day as needed and would like to use the field
right across from the school for football and
Boyle, 339 East Main Street; Rick
Oleszczuk, 1405 Ramblewood Drive; John Malachowski,
3120 Stonehurst Court.; Bryan C. Devilbiss, 57
Fruitwood Trail, Fairfield, PA: all spoke in
favor of using the Community Park field for
Mr. Devilbliss also suggested naming the
Memorial Park field after Mr. Robert Seidel.
Hoover, 706 W. Main Street - approached the
Board about a request to have a mechanical bull in
the town park.
Town staff denied this use because it is
not in the best interest of the town.
approved text amendments and/or resolutions-