Keedysville Town Council

May, 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 and Judy Kerns and Town Administrator Rick Bishop. David Bajuscak was on deployment.

Minutes from April, 2017 were read. There was a question about the motion made by Ms. Kerns to send Dan Ryan Builders a letter requesting to have a construction fence placed between the area of disturbance and the berms. The matter would be researched and the April minutes would be presented for approval at the June M&C.

General Fund Report was $170,132.08.

Mayor Lord noted the announcements as listed on the agenda.

Ms. Ellis made a motion to release the full Dan Ryan Builders construction bond. Ms. Kerns seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

There was discussion about placement of the construction fence between the areas of disturbance and the berm on lots 2-6 in Stonecrest. There was also discussion regarding addition to the deeds of conveyance of the following note "No permanent structures, fences, trees or shrubs are permitted within storm drain, wall maintenance and access easements. A note is to be place on any deed of conveyance", as required by the original plat. Matt Powell, of Dan Ryan Builders said that a silt fence would be placed and the note would be added to the deeds.

The draft resolution showing support of the M&C for allowing Ben Estes to place a portion of his property in a conservation easement was discussed. Mr. Levey asked for a map depicting what portion of his property is to be placed in the easement to be added to the resolution. The change would be forwarded to Ed Kuczynski to make the change.

An M&C workshop was scheduled for Monday, May 22 at 7:00 to discuss options for the pedestrian lighting to be placed in conjunction with the SHA Main Street project.

Mr. Bishop noted the re-application for the POS grant for replacement of the pavilion roofs in Taylor Park. He said that, if approved funds should be available in the Fall.

Mayor Lord noted a transportation survey that he would have forwarded to the Council. He encouraged participation.

The draft FY2018 budget was discussed. Mr. Levey noted that the Town would be assuming maintenance of the Stonecrest SWM ponds in Spring 2018. He said that the Pond Mowing budget line should be increased to accommodate this.

Mr. Levey made a motion to donate $100.00 to the Boonsboro Fishing Derby. Ms. Kerns seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Matt Hull asked for playground carpeting mulch to be added to the play area in Taylor Park. He also noted the degradation to the cistern in front of Salem UMC. He asked if SHA could be contacted about it to see if they could do repairs to the cistern.

Ms. Ellis made a motion to keep the current Keedysville tax rates in place for FY2018. Ms. Kerns seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Levey raised the possibility of police patrols in Keedysville. He noted the difficulties due to cost and availability of manpower. He said that in the past, the desire to have patrols has been reactionary to incidents of speeding or theft occurring in Town. He said he would like to see it become a more proactive approach. Mayor Lord noted a conversation he had with County Commissioner Wayne Keefer about the same subject.

Ms. Ellis asked what Apple Valley Waste had to say about a single pick up day for trash and recycling pick up. Mr. Bishop said that he believed that he was told that it was not currently a possibility, but he would double check.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10p.m.

Richard Bishop
Town Administrator