WALKERSVILLE BURGESS & COMMISSIONERS TOWN MEETING
May 14, 2014
The Town meeting of the Walkersville Burgess & Commissioners was called to order on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., after an inspection of the Heritage Manor House at 6:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Burgess Ralph Whitmore, Commissioners Gary Baker, Donald Schildt, Russell Winch, and Debbie Zimmerman; Planning and Zoning Administrator Susan Hauver, Public Works Director Robert DePaola, Town Manager Gloria Long Rollins, 7 citizens, and Sherry Greenfield, free-lance reporter.
The meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Russell Winch, to approve the Town meeting minutes of April 23, 2014. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Russell Winch, to approve the Closed Legal meeting minutes of April 23, 2014. The motion passed by a vote of 3-0-1, with Commissioner Donald Schildt abstaining.
2. INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2014-03 GENERAL FUND BUDGET
Ms. Rollins reviewed updates and changes since the budget was previewed in April, noting a slight change in the Police Protection grant, up to $32,103, the only change in the projected revenue for the General Fund. Changes to the expenses included an increase of $500 to Dues and Subscriptions, increase Economic Development Commission budget to $20,000 per Commissioner Winch request, increase utilities expense to $58,135, decrease in Maryland State Police contract for removal of new vehicle and proposed increase in indirect to 24.5%, decrease recycling program to $6,000 as estimated, increase Street Maintenance by $15,000 to include striping contract with Frederick County, increase Parks – Mowing by $5,000 due to gas increases, decrease Health insurance by $9,600 due to actual rates received, reduce Capital outlay/Paving/Overlay to $110,000, and place $82,740 in the Available line item.
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to introduce Ordinance 2014-03, the FY 2015 General Fund budget. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
3. INTRODUCTION OF ORDINANCE 2014-04 WATER FUND BUDGET
Ms. Rollins reviewed updates and changes since the water fund budget was previewed. The May billing was included and projected the Water Usage Revenue to $837,000. The Designated from Surplus increased to $323,236 to cover the addition to capital outlay for Liberty Street waterline $200,000 and Moon Maiden waterline for $100,000. Health insurance went down $9,300 and Truck and equipment expense went down $5,000.
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to introduce Ordinance 2014-04, the FY 2015 Water Fund budget with changes as discussed. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
4. TRUCK BIDS
Mr. DePaola reviewed bids for Dodge Ram 3500 town maintenance trucks from Tate, Century, and Hoffman. He noted that one truck is in stock for $30,663 and one would need to be factory ordered for $29,441.
Commissioner Donald Schildt made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Russell Winch, to purchase the 2 trucks, one from the lot at $30,663, and one from the factory at $29,441. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
5. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to pay the attached bills and accept the April 2014 financial statements. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
6. COMMISSIONERS’ CONCERNS
Commissioner Donald Schildt asked the status of the HFP Preservation Society funds. It was determined that Commissioner Weddle should be asked for the update.
Commissioner Donald Schildt asked if there was a time limit for HOAs to complete the repairs of their sinkholes. Mr. DePaola reported that the Sun Meadow HOA had contacted Musselman for the Polaris/Bedrock sinkhole repair. Scheduling is unknown at this time.
Commissioner Gary Baker commended our Walkersville Resident State Troopers for apprehending the sex offender who committed the crimes in Community Park in April and November. It should be noted that a citizen’s tip to the police led them to the park when he was there.
Burgess Whitmore reported to the press in attendance that the Town will not be paying for ˝ of the sidewalk replacement costs, as reported in the paper. The benefit of citizens signing on the Town’s contract is the lower price.
Burgess Whitmore reported that he has signed a $4,000 contract with Greenlink to assist in the parks with removing broken branches from high in the trees.
Ms. Rollins reported that the resident troopers are gearing up for the bike patrol this summer. The current bikes are in need of extensive maintenance and repair. Prices from the Frederick City Police contract have been received, and this seems to be a more effective option. Training is needed on the bikes prior to considering ordering them. We have hopes of being on bikes by carnival time this year.
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to hold a closed legal meeting to discuss a pending legal matter. The motion passed by a vote of 3-1, with Commissioner Donald Schildt in opposition.
7. CITIZENS’ QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
No comments were presented by citizens.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Gloria Long Rollins