Keedysville Town Council

January 5, 2015

The monthly meeting of the Keedysville Town Council was called to order at 7:00 pm with the following members present: Mayor Matt Hull, Assistant Mayor Barry Levey, Council Members Victoria Gudeman, Gina Ellis and Ken Lord and Town Administrator Rick Bishop.

Also attending were representatives from MD SHA including: Dennis Germain, Division Chief, Community Design Division; Tony Crawford, District 6 Engineer; AJ de Rosset, Transportation Engineer, Highway Hydraulics Division; Virginia Keenan, Transportaton Engineer, Highway Design Division & Project Superintendent

Minutes from December, 2014 were read and approved.

General Fund Report was $268,602.03

The representatives from SHA presented the current status of the Main St. Community Safety & Enhancement project. They discussed their list of project goals that included the following:

Improve auto, pedestrian, and bicycle accessibility; Install new sidewalk where needed; Add/replace sidewalk railings where necessary; Repair/replace sidewalk and curb ramps as needed to meet ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliance; Investigate potential lighting; Address parking concerns; Correct roadway drainage problems within project limits; Protect/enhance environmental quality within project area, including preservation of historic resources; Utility relocations where necessary

The two timeline items noted were June 30, 2015 when the design should be 30% complete and they will be holding another update meeting, and Spring of 2017 when construction might possibly begin.

Ms. Gudeman will be heading up a committee of town residents that will coordinate with, and provide input to SHA throughout the project.

Mr. Levey made a motion to adopt an ordinance introduced at the last meeting to enter into a franchise agreement with Comcast. Ms. Gudeman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Gudeman made a motion to adopt a MOU with the Town of Boonsboro regarding the operations of the Keedysville booster pump station and elevated storage tank. Ms. Ellis seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Ellis asked for Randy Heavener of Randy's Multi-Services to be asked to clean up brush and limbs in the park and to trim certain trees.

Ms. Ellis said that she purchased decorations for the Christmas tree in the park for next year. She hoped that the Ruriteens would be able to take over this project then.

Mayor Hull noted a meeting with a representative from Dan Ryan and their engineer regarding the Stonecrest subdivision. He said that Dan Ryan is very interested in purchasing and developing the lots. He mentioned that they are interested in the disposition of the bond the town currently holds on the properties. After discussion, Mayor Hull said that he would report back to Dan Ryan that the Council was not in favor of turning the bond over to any developer and that even if there was there were many hoops to jump through.

Mayor Hull said that Fred George, the owner of the property where the Red Byrd is contacted him and said he is looking for possible business opportunities for his property, possibly a hardware store. He is looking for input.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35p.m.

Richard Bishop
Town Administrator