WALKERSVILLE BURGESS & COMMISSIONERS TOWN MEETING
May 28, 2014
The Town meeting of the Walkersville Burgess & Commissioners was called to order on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Burgess Ralph Whitmore, Commissioners Gary Baker, Donald Schildt, Chad Weddle, and Debbie Zimmerman; Planning and Zoning Administrator Susan Hauver, Public Works Director Robert DePaola, Town Manager Gloria Long Rollins, 12 citizens, and David Dunn, Frederick County Liaison, two Maryland State Police officers, and Kelsi Loos, of the Frederick News-Post.
The meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to approve the Town meeting minutes of May 14, 2014. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to approve the Closed Legal meeting minutes of May 14, 2014. The motion passed by a vote of 3-0-1, with Commissioner Donald Schildt abstaining.
2. PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE 2014-01 RECREATIONAL LAND
Ms. Hauver reviewed the amendments to §71-29 for the required reservation of land for recreational use and exemptions. She explained that the percentage of land to be set aside as open space would not change, but the amendments allow for all open space uses, including stormwater management, recreation, forest resource, and floodplains, to be combined. The amendments include a section to be added to the Design Manual setting forth design standards for the recreation areas. She noted the time spent by the Planning Commission in developing the recommendations.
There were no public comments.
Commissioner Schildt said that the lot yield in Sun Meadow would have been less under the proposed amendments.
Commissioner Donald Schildt made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Chad Weddle, to adopt Ordinance 2014-01, which redefines the areas in a development that can be included in the required percentages of land reserved for open space and recreation. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
3. PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE 2014-02 OLD TOWN MIXED USE MINIMUM LOT SIZE REQUIREMENT
Ms. Hauver reviewed the ordinance regarding the minimum lot size for mixed used lots in the Old Town Mixed Use District. She noted the amendment had been specifically written to accommodate the Walkersville Market uses for two tenants. However, the Planning Commission recommended that they do more work and to bring more lots in the OTM into conformance with the dimensional standards for lots in that district. Planning Commission member David Ennis said that Mr. Brady had already worked on some recommendations and that the changes would provide more flexibility to property owners in that district.
Commissioner Chad Weddle recommended the commissioners do nothing and act on the ordinance in July.
There were no public comments.
4. PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCE 2014-03 GENERAL FUND BUDGET FOR FY 2015
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to increase the budget for Office Supplies and Expense from $6,500 to $7,000. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to decrease the budget for Legislative Training/Meetings from $5,500 to $5,000. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to decrease the budget for Street Lighting from $72,000 to $70,000. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to increase the budget for Fire Company contribution from $12,500 to $14,500, a one-time donation of $2,000 towards their purchase of a new fire truck. The motion passed by a vote of 3-1, with Commissioner Donald Schildt in opposition. It was also noted that the Burgess and all present Commissioners except one are currently members of the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company.
There were no public comments.
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to adopt Ordinance 2014-03, the FY 2015 General Fund budget, with the above changes and a tax rate of 15˘ per $100 of assessed real estate values. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
5. PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCE 2014-04 WATER FUND BUDGET FOR FY 2015
There were no public comments or changes to the presented budget.
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to adopt Ordinance
2014-04, the FY 2015 Water Fund budget as presented. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
6. UPDATE ON NEW PAVILION ROOFS
Ms. Rollins reported that only one bid was received to replace five of the park pavilion roofs with seamed tin roofs. The bid was higher than the budgeted Program Open Space project estimates. She notified commissioners that staff would like to seek more proposals for the work to see if we could get a price closer to budget.
7. BOY SCOUT PROPOSAL FOR HERITAGE MANOR HOUSE
Burgess Whitmore asked commissioners to review the proposal from the Boy Scouts to take over maintenance, repair, and use of the Heritage Manor House. He noted that before a final decision is made on the proposal that accommodations would be made for the GVAA to be moved to a suitable facility.
8. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to pay the attached bills. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
9. COMMISSIONERS’ CONCERNS
Commissioner Donald Schildt asked that the time limit issues for HOAs to complete the repairs of their sinkholes be placed on the next town meeting agenda..
Commissioner Donald Schildt asked Commissioner Chad Weddle the status of the HFP Preservation Society funds. Commissioner Weddle noted that a signature is needed from a member of the society and that Commissioner Schildt should continue to bug him about it.
Burgess Whitmore reminded everyone about the Town’s bulk trash pick-up and community shredding event on Saturday, June 14th. Shredding will take place from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the Town hall parking lot.
Burgess Whitmore reminded everyone that the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company carnival starts on June 30th this year.
10. CITIZENS’ QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
George Rudy, in exile, passed out 10 copies of a memo regarding his work on the Valero.
Citizen Donald Schildt, 1 Glade Road, thanked commissioners regarding the fence beside his property being moved back 14 feet from the Glade Road and Charles Street intersection. He asked what will be done on the Charles Street side. Burgess Whitmore reported that nothing further will be done with the fence.
Andrew Toms, 211 Stauffer Court, asked the Town’s official stand on the realignment of Fountain Rock Road. Ms. Hauver noted that the realignment is shown on the Comprehensive Plan to the south of where the existing road is now, removing a 90° bend and adjoining to Stauffer Court. She noted that it’s been on the Comprehensive Plan since about 1988 and goes through the Boyer property. In response to several questions, she explained that the actual alignment or property accessed would be determined by the Town at the time of development of the property, that it is a point of negotiation. Burgess Whitmore asked for Mr. Toms to present his power of attorney to speak for the property owners south of Walkersville.
Monroe Grossnickle, 211 Stauffer Court, came to the podium to continue the questions. Mr. Toms noted that Mr. Grossnickle has sent in a letter to the Town asking for relinquishment of the easement on his property and Mr. Grossnickle confirmed a letter had been sent. Burgess Whitmore reiterated that he wanted to hear from Mr. Grossnickle. Mr. Grossnickle said his understanding was that if the lot ever sold the church could put in a road at that time. He said there did not seem to be a need for the 60’ extension to the right of way if the Boyer property was not utilized for the realignment. He thought the road would be coming through Richard Winn Way so there was no need for the right of way. Commissioner Weddle explained that Mr. Grossnickle has received the Town’s official response, from the Town Attorney, to the request to release the 60’ right of way.
Howard Boyer, 8444 Fountain Rock Road, told commissioners that his property is on the market and the Town’s Comprehensive Plan is keeping him from selling his property. He’s had numerous people look at his 10-acre property with the intent of keeping it just as it is, and the plan to take 2 acres for a road and 2.4 acres from the other side renders the property almost useless. He noted he had a meeting with Ralph, instigated by a real estate agent, and was told he had to build and pay for a road through his property. He also stated it would be annexed into Town, rezoned Commercial, and no water taps would be allocated. He did not accept the plan as he was not ready at the time to move, but now he is, and believes these facts are hindering the sale of the property. He doesn’t believe that we are even interested in pursuing this, so why keep it up.
George Rudy would like to know how much he will be charged to have his documents shredded as he is no longer a town resident.
Corporal Ed Witnowski, introduced himself and supervises the Town’s Maryland State Police Resident troopers.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Gloria Long Rollins