Keedysville Town Council

March 6, 2017

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

Minutes from February, 2017 were read and approved with the noted changes.

General Fund Report was $250,458.98.

Mayor Lord noted the announcements as listed on the agenda.

Mayor Lord noted that the Town is interested in assisting the South Eastern Washington County & Community Services Corporation to make the old Keedysville School a financial viable facility, because of its importance to the community.

Mr. Levey made a motion to adopt the resolution stating the Mayor & Council's intention to become part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Ms. Ellis seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Dian Thompson asked if Dan Ryan Builders had responded to the request that they inform the purchasers of the properties in Stonecrest that they are required to maintain, but not build on, the drainage berm at the rear of the properties. She was told that no response had been given. Mr. Lord said he would contact Matt Powell regarding the matter.

The Council revisited the matter of Ben Estes placing a portion of his property in a forest conservation trust. Mr. Levey made a motion to consult the Town Attorney regarding matter. Ms. Ellis seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Mr. Levey asked if Mr. Estes would oppose installing a new remotely operated gate up the hill from the location of the current gate to enhance the safety of the operators of the water treatment plant in the event of high water, and if Mr. Estes liked the placement of the large rocks by Matt Hull to block access around the current gate. Mr. Estes said that he would not oppose installing a new gate farther up the hill and that he liked the placement of the rocks.

Mr. Levey made a motion to contract with Fox Associates to prepare a new zoning map for the town, with the cost not to exceed $1,500.00. Ms. Ellis seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Lord noted that the two Keedysville signs along Rt. 34 have out of date information and are in need of repair. It was agreed to generate some ideas for new signs.

Mayor Lord, Ms. Ellis & Ms. Kerns all said they would be attending the MML Dinner & Meeting in Funkstown on March 27.

Mayor Lord noted the recent MML meeting regarding the legislative objective of having the Highway User Revenues reinstated to their intended levels.

Mayor Lord noted the upcoming MML Convention in Ocean City. He encouraged any Council Member to attend. Ms. Kerns said she was interested.

Mr. Levey noted the need for replacement of the roofs on the three park pavilions. He also noted the need to replace the chinking between the logs and repair of some of the logs, on one of the pavilions. The Council asked for quotes to be obtained for the chinking, repair of the logs and for replacement of the roofs with either traditional shingled roofs or metal roofs.

Meeting adjourned at 8:09p.m.

Richard Bishop
Town Administrator