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Posted on: April 11, 2023

Todd Mohn’s Wrap Up of the March 28th County Commissioner Meeting

The March 28th Commissioners meeting started at 5:00 p.m. with a closed session for Boards & Commissions and Personnel.

                                                            

Broadband Advisory Council Appointments        

The committee currently has five vacancies. Two members are seeking reappointment and we have received three new applicants. These vacancies are 3-year terms that will begin on April 1, 2023 and expire on March 31, 2026.

1. Alison Davis (District 2)— Seeking reappointment
 2. Ed Cummins (District 3) - 
— Seeking reappointment
 3. James Benson (District 1)
 4. Jerrod Rickard (District 1)
5. Miles Randall (District 1) APPROVED 5-0

 

Spending Affordability Committee Appointment     

This Committee can have between 3 and 5 members. These are 2-year terms. It is hereby recommended by the Finance Director and the County Administrator to appoint Gary Magnum to the Committee for a 2-year term. This will result with a 5-member committee. This term will begin on March 28, 2023 and expire on March 31, 2025. APPROVED 5-0

Bruce Bereano, Lobbyist – 1 Year Contract Extension 

This is a letter from Bruce Bereano requesting to extend his government relations contract for another year commencing July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 at the same rate of pay of $50,000 per year. APPROVED 5-0

 

BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

The Police Accountability Board is seeking stipends for their members as outlined below: 

Police Accountability Board Members: $1,800 a year

Administrative Charging Committee Members: $1,800 a year

Trial Board Members: $500 per trial

Trial Board Judge: $750 per trial

Required Training: $300 per day APPROVED 5-0

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

Item #                                                                                                                                      

Ms. Amy Moredock, Director – Planning and Zoning      

Ms. Shannon Hannawald – Endometriosis Awareness Month 

Mr. Eric Johnson – Center for the Military and Veteran Family

Ms. Nichole Hepfer, Director, -Spending Affordability Committee Update                    

Ms. Nichole Hepfer, Director and Ms. Karen Rodgers, Accountant III- County Administrator’s Proposed FY2024 Budget

 

LEGISLATIVE

Item #                                                                                                                                                 

  1. Hearing on Redesignation of the Historic Stevensville Arts and Entertainment District Economic & Tourism Development along with the Historic Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District are currently engaged on a new application for the “State Arts & Entertainment District Redesignation. Every 10-years a hearing must be held for new applications for the establishment of a State Arts and Entertainment District. This year, Queen Anne’s County will be applying for redesignation to continue to develop, promote and support the district’s diverse artistic and cultural assets that preserve a sense of place, provide unique local experiences, attract tourism and spur economic revitalization and neighborhood pride. This Arts & Entertainment District designation provides important tax incentives to local artists, developers and performing arts venues. Additionally, the district plans to continue its work of bringing more public art, special events, programming and support for local artists and the Stevensville business community.  

 

The application this year is due on April 1st 2023, and it requires a public hearing, a resolution along with a letter of support all of which are prepared for the meeting on Tuesday. APPROVED 5-0

 

  1. Introduction of County Ordinance #23-03 – Redistricting Plan  

The following bill needs to be introduced  County Ordinance A BILL ENTITLED AN ACT CONCERNING the Decennial Redistricting plan for Queen Anne’s County; FOR THE PURPOSE of establishing the geographic limits of the four County Commissioner Districts of Queen Anne’s County based on the 2020 United States Census; WHEREAS, Queen Anne’s County is required to appoint and establish a Redistricting Board every ten years following the United States Census to examine and make recommendations with respect to the four County Commissioner District in Queen Anne’s County; AND WHEREAS, the Redistricting Board has been established and has submitted its report to the County Commissioners recommending that the Election District Boundaries as they currently exist continue without modification or revision. INTRODUCED BY COMMISSIONER CORCHIARINO HEARING SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 25, 2023 @ 5:50 P.M.

 

ACTION ITEMS

Item #                                                                                                                                      

  1. Department of Corrections Replacement Vehicle                   

This is a request to replace the 2016 Ford Explorer assigned to the Warden with a 2023 Ford Explorer via the State of Maryland Blanket Purchase Order BPO#000lB2600309 in the amount of $42,529.88 from Apple Ford Fleet and Government Sales Department. The present vehicle which will then be used by the Home Detention and Pre-Trial program staff to visit and monitor the participants of the two programs. Adequate funding is included in the FY2023 Budget Line Item 12200000-90540 Auto Vehicles. APPROVED 5-0

 

 

2.  Department of Corrections Medical Assistance Treatment Program  

The Department of Corrections is requesting the approval and execution of a contract for the University of Maryland Physicians to provide telehealth care for inmates with substance abuse disorders. This program is identified as Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) under House Bill 116. It is currently funded with grant awarded monies from the State Opioid Operational Command Center. No County funds are needed for this program. APPROVED 5-0

 

3.  Mosquito Control Program 2023 (MDA) Mosquito Control Agreement        

Attached is a copy of the budgetary agreement between the State and the County for the 2023
 Mosquito Control Cost Share Grant. The total 2023 Mosquito Program Budget is $138,500.
 Similar to last season, this agreement stipulates that the State and County will cooperatively fund
 the Mosquito Control Program as follows:

                                                               User Fees       County              State

Integrated Mosquito Management        None               $30,000              $20,000 

County-wide

Surveillance/larvicide

 

Adult Mosquito Surveillance and          $88,500           None                            None

Control in participating Communities

 

Staff recommends acceptance of the 2023 Mosquito Control Agreement with Maryland Department of Agriculture and to allocate funding up to $30,000 for the program per the agreement. APPROVED 5-0

 

4.  Maryland Heritage Areas – Stories of the Chesapeake Grant Application Support letter

This letter is in support of the Maryland Heritage Areas - Stories of the Chesapeake grant application made by Historic Kent Island, Inc. for the proposed project; Paths from the Past: Walking the Kent Island Railroad. This application will provide information about the rich history of Kent Island through proposed interactive signage along the Cross Island Trail which was the former Kent Island Railroad. APPROVED 5-0

                                                                                    

5.  Budget Amendment #CC39 – Board of Education Capital Project Budget Reallocation                                       

This amendment will transfer budget authority totaling $1,022,990 into Project 70321, KIHS Roof Replacement, from the following projects:
 Project 70273, KIHS Fire Alarm, $3,110
 Project 70319, Bayside Window/Door, $167,880
 Project 70331, Kennard ES Partial Roof Replace, $852,000
 Per discussion with the BOE, Projects 70273 is complete and can be closed out. Projects 70319 and 70331were rescinded at the State level for coming in overbudget and can now be reprogramed at the County level.
 

APPROVED 5-0                                                                                             

 

 

  1. Budget Amendment #CC-43 – Grants Economic Development 

This Amendment will establish budget authority ($30,000) for Upper Shore Regional Council Small Business Marketing Grant. APPROVED 5-0

 

  1. Chesapeake College Career Technology Program Congressionally Directed Funding

This item includes thank you letters to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen for the Federal allocation of $1,2000,000 to Chesapeake College for the expansion of the Workforce Training Program. These Federal funds will support expansion of the welding program — a highly in-demand skill — with a Mobile Welding Training Lab designed to reach students where they live and work. The funds will also be used for the creation of an Advanced Manufacturing Program that will provide training in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Plasma, Computer Numerical Control Router, 3D Printing, Universal Laser Systems and Robotics. APPROVED 5-0

DESK ITEM 1 - Crumpton & Deep Landing Projects - Engineering Services Contract Award

This is a contract award for engineering services for the Crumpton Landing and Deep Landing boat ramp and bulkhead replacement project. The Public Landings Division solicited bids for this work consistent with the County’s procurement policy in February 2023. We received seven (7) bids ranging from $39,935 to $196,880 and staff recommends award to the low bidder, GMB of Salisbury, Md, in the amount of $39,935. The project is fully funded by the MD-DNR Waterway Improvement Program via grants awarded in FY 2022 and FY 2023. APPROVED 5-0

 

DESK ITEM 2 – Support Letter to continue operations of the Mid-Shore II Regional Landfill

This is a letter to the Caroline County Commissioners in support of the proposal to continue operations of Mid-Shore II Regional Landfill in Ridgley, MD until approximately 2042. A public hearing is scheduled for April 4th at 6pm which conflicts with your budget work session #2. APPROVED 5-0

 

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

Item #                                                                                                                                                 

  • Maryland Environmental Trust Conservation Easement Notification Letter 
  • Thank You Letter – Abby Leonard                                     
  • Planning & Zoning Monthly Department Report February 2023 

 

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