September 8, 2015
Present: Mayor Donald Briggs;
Commissioners Clifford Sweeney, Joseph Ritz III, Jennifer
Mellor, Glenn Blanchard and Tim O’Donnell, President.
Staff present were Sue Cipperly, Town Planner; Dave Haller,
Town Manager; Amy Naill, Parking Enforcement; and Cathy
Willets, Town Clerk.
Call to Order
Tim O’Donnell, President of the Board of Commissioners,
called the September 8, 2015 Town Meeting to order at
7:30 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Announcement of a Closed Session
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
14 to discuss confidentiality for bidding purposes for
the Doughboy repair. See attached announcement.
Motion by Commissioner Blanchard, second by
Commissioner Mellor, carried 5-0 in favor.
Approval of Minutes
The Minutes of the August 3, 2015 Town Meeting were approved
Motion to accept minutes by Commissioner Sweeney and
second by Commissioner Mellor. Vote 5-0 passed.
Commissioner(s) cited attendances, recognitions and
Ritz and Sweeney attended back to school night at Christ
Community Church. They
both thanked them for a great night and a big thank you to
all that donated supplies, food, etc.
Commissioner Sweeny commented that they are in need
of book bags for students.
Anyone interested in making a donation please contact
Pastor John Talcott. Commissioner
Blanchard recognized Susan Allen who was founder of
Emmitsburg Food Bank. She
recently passed away. Commissioner
O'Donnell met with Government Liaison at MSM to discuss what
is going on at the University.
There may be a request for a speed limit change
outside of town - will bring up later.
Commissioner O'Donnell requested people send emails
with a name so he can proceed with an open dialogue.
October 3, 4, 5th is National Fallen Firefighters weekend.
Congratulations to all our baseball teams and the
youth from our town for their great jobs.
Swimming season and pool parties were good.
Thanked all for their donations and food.
He also attended back to school night - over 400
people attended. Grieve
share, a 13 week share program which is run by Toms Creek
Churt, began on August 21st at Christ Community Church.
Anyone interested can join anytime.
Doughboy - state approved conservators report and put
out to bid. Trying
to keep on schedule- pre-bid meeting on the 16th, sealed
bids due October 1st. Hoping
to have to Board by mid-October. He will be meeting with boy
scouts about the camping on Scott road farm.
Deborah Gonyea, 12 Heritage Lane, Emmitsburg,
MD. Ms. Gonyea
spoke about Silo Hill - lived here 16 years.
There used to be a snow emergency route but signs
taken down about 5 years ago.
Vehicles block the driveway and no clearance for snow
that the Town put back in snow emergency signs.
Michelle Metz, 19 Heritage Lane, Emmitsburg, MD, Ms.
Metz spoke about her concern about snow removal.
It is helpful when cars are not parked on the street.
The stop sign in Robindale near the playground.
No one stops at the sign.
Have the sign removed.
Have it replaced with a sign that would allow
Mehaffie, 35 Robindale Dr., Emmitsburg, MD.
Very difficult to clear off sidewalks because the
snow removal piles up on the aprons of the sidewalk making
it very difficult to clear.
Garbage pick-up and recycling dates.
Mr. Haller advised Board that the snow removal plan
was going to be requested to put on the next agenda.
Camping Scott Road Farm: the Scouts do have the option of camping on
Scott Road Farm and have done so in the past.
The Mayor will be meeting with the Scouts about
land and scouting - Commissioner O'Donnell was approached by
an Eagle Scout candidate about blazing the multi-user trail.
Colors will designate the different trail levels.
Work will be done on Sundays pursuant to hunting
season and should be completed by the end of October.
Town Board gave consent without objection to the
blazing of the trails.
SHA money for square
project - Town Board gave
consent without objection to move forward with budget
Parks and Rec minutes - Commissioner Mellor gave the Parks and Rec
Committee meeting minutes.
Several people have come forward to be members of the
Parks and Rec Committee.
The Southgate community would like to be a part of
determining location of the dog park.
The upcoming gym meeting and ideas for making it more
of the open field use and high school students attending
parks and rec meetings.
Doughboy - Commissioner O'Donnell clarifies the
doughboy is not being moved.
The sealed bids will be reviewed and staff will
present to the Board all recommended bids.
Mr. Haller advised since there is money involved in
the repair, a closed session will make sure there are no
unfair practices or advantages.
Commissioner Blanchard -
one of the speed bump signs was hit and leaning again a
light pole. Stavros
restaurant - any word on opening?
Mayor Briggs said there was an ad offering sale of
equipment or lease of property.
Consent Agenda - none
Cash Activity Report –
Commissioner Blanchard reviewed the treasurer's report.
Exhibit attached to the agenda packet.
Commission Report - none given
II. Agenda Items
Update and hearing on status of Comprehensive Plan -
Ms. Cipperly announced the planning commission has been
doubling up on meetings this summer.
On August 31, 2015 the Planning Commission voted to
adopt the 2015 Comprehensive Plan and referred it to the
Board. The State
comments from SHA, DNR, Dept. of Planning, and Frederick
County were very supportive.
Ms. Cipperly noted she tabbed 12 pages where things
were added that she reviewed with the Board. Commissioner
Sweeney stated the Commission agreed with all the changes
and approved it is sent to the Board.
Mr. Haller advised Board to look through the Plan and
if any questions please send to himself or Ms. Cipperly.
The public hearing will be October 5th and has to be
Set Agenda Items for September 21, 2015 Town Meeting
A review and discussion of snow emergency plan.
2. A noise and
disruptive ordinance - review and discussion.
agenda item - appoint members to the Parks Committee and
Citizen Advisory Committee (Mellor and Ritz will email
APPROVED TEXT AMENDMENTS AND/OR RESOLUTIONS