WALKERSVILLE BURGESS & COMMISSIONERS TOWN MEETING
June 11, 2014
The Town meeting of the Walkersville Burgess & Commissioners was called to order on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Burgess Ralph Whitmore, Commissioners Gary Baker, Donald Schildt, Chad Weddle, Russell Winch,and Debbie Zimmerman; Planning and Zoning Administrator Susan Hauver, Public Works Director Robert DePaola, Town Manager Gloria Long Rollins, 7 citizens, Kelsi Loos, of the Frederick News-Post, 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 Chad Weddle, to approve the Town meeting minutes of May 28, 2014. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0-1, with Commissioner Russell Winch abstaining.
2. REVISION OF TOWN CODE §62-03 – TIME LIMIT ON REPAIR OF SINKHOLES
Commissioner Donald Schildt proposed a 15 day time limit for repair of a sinkhole in a public right-of-way and a 30-day time limit for repair in a storm water pond. Mr. DePaola reported that Musselman is scheduling the work on the Sun Meadow sinkhole, and Kris Anderson, President of Fountainrock HOA, is getting prices for their sinkhole.
Ms. Hauver reminded commissioners that public rights-of-way are not covered in the Town Code as a required area for sinkhole repair. This would need to be added if they want to include this requirement. Discussion of adding "public right-of-way" and a 30 day time limit throughout Chapter 62 ensued.
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Chad Weddle, to get the Town Attorney’s opinion on how to craft the ordinance regarding public versus private property and the 30 day time limit as reasonable. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
3. DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO FREDERICK COUNTY APFO
Commissioners reviewed the letter from Frederick County regarding Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Amendments to Update School Construction Fees. The consensus was they are not in favor of a developer being able to buy their way out of meeting the adequate public facilities requirements.
Commissioner Chad Weddle made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Russell Winch, to send a strongly worded letter in opposition of the amendments to the school construction fees. The motion passed by a vote
4. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to approve the May 2014 financial statements and pay the attached bills. The motion passed by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Chad Weddle in opposition.
5. COMMISSIONERS’ CONCERNS
Commissioner Gary Baker reminded citizens of the upcoming Bulk Trash pick-up and community shredding on June 14th.
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to hold a closed legal meeting to discuss pending litigation. The motion passed by a vote of 3-2, with Commissioners Donald Schildt and Chad Weddle in opposition.
6. CITIZENS’ QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Tom Brady, of 8816 Challenge Walk, owns a property in Discovery that has been vandalized and all copper pipe removed. The water has been off for years and he returned his town-owned water meter that was disconnected from the house. He asked for relief from paying his bi-annual minimum water bill. The bill has not been paid for some time and has accrued interest as well. He currently owes $318.00. Commissioners declined to abate the bill, citing the minimum charge is for being a part of the system.
George Rudy, in exile, will go to Baltimore and schedule his public information request with MDE. He provided the Town a copy of his correspondence with MDE regarding the Valero gas station.
Donald Schildt, 1 Glade Road, is still concerned regarding the location of a fence along Charles Street and feels it is a clear violation of the code. He stated there is no place to walk along the street, and that financially, he does not have the funds to pursue this. He also expressed his concern for the safety of pedestrians walking in the intersection.
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Gloria Long Rollins