WALKERSVILLE BURGESS & COMMISSIONERS TOWN MEETING
October 9, 2013
The Town meeting of the Walkersville Burgess & Commissioners was called to order on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Burgess Ralph Whitmore, Commissioners Gary Baker, Donald Schildt, Chad Weddle, Russell Winch, and Debbie Zimmerman, Town Manager Gloria Long Rollins, Planning and Zoning Administrator Susan Hauver, and 11 citizens. Also in attendance was TFC Gary Conklin, Delegate Kelly Schultz, and Kelsi Loos of the Frederick News-Post.
The meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer by Commissioner Chad Weddle.
Commissioner Donald Schildt noted that the complaint he made at the last meeting was being made as a citizen, not a Commissioner.
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to approve the Town meeting minutes of September 25, 2013, with correction. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0-1, with Commissioner Russell Winch abstaining.
2. REPORT ON DRUG AWARENESS FORUM – DELEGATE KELLY SCHULTZ
Ms. Schultz and the Commissioners engaged in an exchange and summary of information presented at the Drug Awareness Forum. About 100 parents and citizens attended the gathering. Information regarding resources available for help from the County and State, tools and resources for drug use detection, were discussed. Municipalities plan to come together to produce and information sheet with many of the contact numbers for resources. Commissioner Russell Winch will be proposing Walkersville as an access point for programs, offering our building for use, and installing a medication return box at Town hall. Burgess Whitmore wondered whatever happened to the DARE program that used to be so highly recommended and questioned why the Maryland State Police have abandoned the drug task force in the County.
3. ADOPT NEW WATER RATES
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to commence increasing water rates 1% per year on the rate tiers effective with October 1st usage until further notice of future increases to keep up with expenses. The motion passed with a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Chad Weddle in opposition.
4. APPOINT ALTERNATE TO ETHICS COMMISSION
Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Russell Winch, to appoint John Nicodemus as the Alternate member to the Ethics Commission. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Mr. Nicodemus will be sworn in at the December town meeting.
5. PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCY
Ms. Hauver announced the retirement of Mr. Lynn Moberly from the Planning Commission. The Town will advertise for applicants to replace him.
6. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND JUNE FINANCIAL STATEMENETS WITH AUDIT ADJUSTMENTS
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to pay the attached bills and accept the June financial statements with audit adjustments. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
7. COMMISSIONERS’ CONCERNS
Commissioner Donald Schildt gave an update of the Veterans’ Day program plans. He would like to purchase 6-10 signs that say "Veterans’ Day Program 1:00", with no year designated. He noted there will be 4 keynote speakers: Michael Wilhelm, Larry Haines, Mickey Lamort, and Charles Toms.
Commissioner Russell Winch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Debbie Zimmerman, to purchase some beefy, heavy duty signs to advertise on Veteran’s Day. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
(Commissioner Weddle had left the building).
Commissioner Gary Baker asked for direction on how the Economic Development Commission would issue proclamations. The Burgess & Commissioners issue proclamations on request. The EDC does not issue proclamations.
Mr. Ken Keller, of the Woodsboro Times, agreed to advertise the Veterans’ Day program in his newspaper.
Commissioner Russell Winch asked commissioners to consider supporting the installation of unused prescription drug receptacle boxes. Burgess Ralph Whitmore has spoken with the 3 pharmacies in Town and they have agreed to host the receptacles in their secure areas of their pharmacies: CVS, Walkersville Pharmacy, and Safeway. Commissioner Donald Schildt made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Gary Baker, to purchase 3 of the small units @$695 to be installed in the area pharmacies. The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.
Commissioner Russell Winch expressed his concern at finding multiple needles and heroin cooking spoons in the vicinity of his property. He would like to see cameras installed on the utility poles in high trouble areas, monitored on WiFi, and moved around town, in order to catch the culprits. Commissioner Schildt noted that is too much like "big brother."
Burgess Whitmore expressed his displeasure at reading in the Frederick News-Post about the huge Lacrosse tournament held in Heritage Farm Park without the Town’s knowledge or permission. He noted that over 2,000 lacrosse players and families attended and GVAA was not aware, the Parks Committee was not aware, and staff at Town hall were not aware. No permissions were sought or granted. A meeting will be held, again, with GVAA, in order to revise our agreement, and address issues of concern.
Commissioner Donald Schildt asked that notice be placed in the "Talk of the Town" regarding locking of doors. He introduced Mr. Richard Creggar.
8. CITIZENS’ QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Mr. Richard Creggar, of Glade Village, presented a flyer that he has distributed among the residents regarding vandalism and break-ins in the neighborhood. He would like to see more visibility of the resident troopers and he would like the Town to add another resident trooper to the program.
Mrs. Pat Yoingco commented that after her front door was hit last year, her husband installed motion lights, and they work!
Susan Rice, corner of Sherwood Drive and Georgetown Road, complained that her car was broken into the 3 times that she left it unlocked. She noted that she works for the Sherriff’s Office and that she called for a suspicious vehicle parked in front of her house at 5:38 a.m. She asked that a deputy be dispatched but was denied because the Town’s resident troopers have jurisdiction in the Town. Much discussion ensued on this issue and staff will investigate.
Mr. Ken Keller, a Woodsboro Town Commissioner, and Editor of the Woodsboro Times, asked that any elected official who would like to submit column material is welcome to do so. He will be publishing on his government pages.
There was no further business introduced for the good of the community.
The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Gloria Long Rollins