TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 

The regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Katie Blade, Todd Mullins and Sharon Fowler.  Lt Wesley Stevenson, Barry Wade from Code Enforcement, Michael Johnson from Public Works, and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.

Vice Mayor Wade led all in the Pledge to the Flag.

INTRODUCTIONS - None

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade, seconded by Council Member Mullins to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of March 27, 2018 and the work session of April 10, 2018.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – The persons signed in at the work session of 4-10-18 were not present to speak at this time.

INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES


Adoption of Resolution 2018-02 – Town of Morningside Joining I-NET

Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Council Member Fowler to join I-NET.   No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Adoption of Ordinance 16-241  – Rental Licenses for Dwellings
  • The number of the ordinance had to be updated as we already have an ordinance numbered 16-240.  Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Blade to adopt Ordinance 16-241 Rental Licenses for Dwellings.  Discussion ensued.  Mayor Cann called for roll call.  Voting went as follows: Blade – yea, Wade – yea, Mullins – nay, Fowler – yea.  Motion carried.

 

REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

Council Member Fowler – New guest chairs arrived.

Council Member Mullins – Looking for concrete & asphalt repair areas throughout Town, will call Choice Concrete to meet for survey.    Will contact John from Andrews to come remove salt spreaders from trucks for the season.

Vice Mayor Wade – All of his information is to be spoken about under Unfinished Business.

Police Department – Lt. Stevenson gave a written & oral report.  Discussion ensued about the Wednesday parking for the weekly VFW function.  Suggestion was made that the parking ordinances have to be changed because they are being followed as of now.

Administrative Office – Clerk-Treasurer Rooker gave an oral report.

Public Works - Mike Johnson gave an oral and written report.

Code Enforcement – Officer Barry Wade gave a written and oral report.

Mayor Cann – Attended luncheon with Sen Ben Cardin and other PG County Municipal Officials.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

I-NET

  • An update was given as to when I-NET will be available to the Town.

Roof Repair/Replace 

  • The Council discussed and decided to only repair the roof at this time, possibly looking to the FY 18-19 Budget to replace it.  There were 3 estimates to repair given:

AA Roofing - $1425.00

Beltway Builders – $3900.00

Corley Roofing - $985.00

Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins to go with the bid from AA Roofing to repair the Municipal Center roof.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Bob Cat

  • Vice Mayor Wade and Public Works Employee Mike Johnson have found a bob cat for our use.  The payment will come out of the Highway User Fund (already checked with Mr. O from SHA).

Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Blade to purchase a Bob Cat for the Public Works Department at a cost of $37,144.34, to be paid for out of the Highway User Fund.  After further discussion, all voted aye.  Motion carried. 

Communications Calendar, UBS Statement, LGIT Quarterly Loss Report and VS Report

  • All Council Members were provided with updated copies of all 3 reports

NEW BUSINESS

Spring Clean-Up 2018

  • Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade proposes a $1500.00 budget for this event to be held on May 19 & 20th.
  •  Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins to have a $1500.00 budget for the Spring 2018 Clean-Up.  Discussion ensued.  Staff work it will get Comp Time.  Barry Wade will check with Oscar Portillo about the donations collected (where are receipts and how to get them to the final donation spot.)  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Yard Sale & Movie Night

  • The Mayor will check with the Fire Department to see if June 16 is available to have our Yard Sale in their parking lot. 
  • It was proposed to charge Town residents $10 per table/space and $15 for non-residents.
  • Council Member Fowler will work with Administrative Associate Foster to get the Movie Night in the Field set up for the same date.
  • We can get flyers in the schools because the school year doesn’t end until June 20th.

Salt Barn

  • Vice Mayor Wade proposed getting a barn-like structure to house the Bob cat and Salt for the Town.
  • It was proposed that the building be placed at the guardrail at the end of Ames Street where the police cruisers are currently parked.
  • The purchase of the Salt Barn is tabled until report back from Mike Johnson and Barry Wade as to where the best placement will be.

Ordinance Book

  • All Council Members have been given a copy of the proposed updated Ordinance Book. 
  • There will need to be multiple breakout sessions in order to get this project completed by the August regular meeting.

Municipal Fire Service Contract

  • This subject is tabled for now.

Weed Killer Purchase

  • Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Fowler to purchase a 30 gallon drum of Prosecutor Weed Killer to be used by Public Works. 
  • The last time this was purchased was over 3 years ago, it is super concentrated.

No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Pay the Bills

Motion by Council Member Mullins, second by Council Member Fowler to pay the bills for the month of April in the amount of $37,139.96.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

OPEN FORUM

  • The only person signed up to speak had already left the meeting. 
  • The Mayor did remind all that the Town election will be held Monday, May 7 from 8am-8pm.
  • There will be a farewell/good luck luncheon for Oscar Portillo held on Friday April 20 at 12:00.  Oscar will be attending the Police Academy and returning to Morningside as a Police Officer in October.