TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

 
The regular meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Katie Blade, Todd Mullins, and Sharon Fowler.  Police Chief Amos Damron and Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade were also present.

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

INTRODUCTIONS

Gwen Mosley – Candidate for Grant Writer for the Town.  She discussed what she can do to help us obtain grants.  It was requested that she provide the paperwork to the Clerk-Treasurer to distribute to the Council for review.

Mr. Mosley – spoke about having the manpower available to work with the Grant Writer to successfully acquire grants.

Wala Blegay – Candidate for t District 25.  She introduced herself and explained why she wants to become our delegate.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of June 20, 2017 and the work sessions of June 13 & July 11, 2017. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM –
there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of July 11, 2017.

INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES - None

REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

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

Police Department – Chief Damron gave a verbal and written report for the month of June. He is looking into a Dragon Cam (speed camera).  It will require a permanent part-time person to operate it.

Public Works – Mike Johnson submitted a written report since he was not in attendance at this meeting.

Council Member Katie Blade - Attended the MML Convention and participated in many classes.

Vice Mayor Bradley Wade – Attended the MML Convention, most of the Council attended the class on rental units.  He also attended the Emergency Prep class and talked about Police and Resident Safety.

Council Member Todd Mullins – Thanked everyone involved with the July 4th activities.  He also attended the MML Convention and collected a lot of good information, especially from the Emergency Preparedness Class.  Urged everyone in attendance to come out for National Night Out Against Crime on August 1.

Council Member Sharon Fowler – Stated that the MML Convention was great – a lot of new classes.  Other Towns have problems like ours.

Mayor Benn Cann – He will be the Chair for the 2018 MML Convention Committee.  July 4th was great.  He had certificates to present to Susan Mullins and Gina Foster for their work at making the day a great success.  Neither of the ladies was present so they will be hand delivered to them tomorrow.  The $71 raised from the Whack-A Wreck will be used to fund other recreational activities sponsored by the Town.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Employee Handbook –

Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Council Member Mullins to have the new Employee Handbook go into effect as of September 1, 2017.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

  • Choice Concrete –

Motion by Council Member Mullins, second by Council Member Fowler to have Choice Concrete clean and fill cracks on certain streets in Town (see contract) at a cost of $7,700.00.  Vice Mayor Wade expressed that if we are looking to get grants to repaved the streets throughout Town, why spend money now to do this project.  Council Member Mullins explained that if we get grant money, it will be over a year before we are able to do anything and these roads are in dire need of repair right now.   No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

  • Grant Writer –

Motion by Council Member Mullins to enter into a contract with Gwen Mosley as the grant writer for the Town.  The motion died for lack of a second.

  • Police Clerk Door –

The work is complete and everyone is satisfied.

  • Building Electric –

There were 3 proposals to have the breaker boxes upgraded.  Mister Sparky - $12,012.23; Kolb Electric - $4,890.00; and Goudie Electric - $6,450.00.  Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins to use Mister Sparky to upgrade the breaker boxes.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.  Council Member Fowler will coordinate with Mr Sparky because the building will have to be closed to have the work completed.

  • Communications Calendar –

Was reviewed by all.  Mayor Cann and Council Member Blade are working on an electronic version for release in the near future.

NEW BUSINESS

  • Town Logo & Newsletter –

The Mayor provided information for all to review regarding using Eursdale Companies to come up with a logo (not using our seal) and a template to use for our newsletter to make things look more professional.  This is for informational purposes only.  Further discussion is warranted and then the Council can vote on it.

  • Smart Phones - 

We need to see who has a Town-issued Smart Phone and upgrade those who do not.  The Police Dept uses their personal phones, Code Enforcement uses his personal phone not the one issued by the Town because it is not a Smart Phone.  Public Works phone does not have a camera.  Gina Foster will look into contracts for availability and cost difference.

  • National Night Out Against Crime –

The event will be 6-8pm.  Mandatory - Public Works will work 1-9 that day, the Police Dept has adjusted schedules to avert overtime; Not mandatory – Admin – comp time.  Vice Mayor Wade will cook, food permit has already be requested.  The VFW Aux will have a table and Bates will have representation also.

  • UBS –

The report was reviewed.

  • Pay the Bills –

Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Council Member Mullins to pay the bills for July in the amount of $762,480.62.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Police Body Cameras -

The Chief requested 7 body cameras with warranties for each.  Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Fowler to purchase 7 body cameras with warranties in the amount of $664.86.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Tree Limbs –

Council Member Mullins is concerned about the tree limbs overhanging the sidewalks and power lines.  He will bring more information back regarding the cost for removal.

OPEN FORUM

  • Marge Trembley  – What number should she call if she sees something that is not right.  Told her to call the PD (301) 736-7400 M-F 9-5; call Town Hall Admin (301) 736-2300 M-F 8-5; or the Prince George’s County PD Non-Emergency Line (301) 352-1200.
  • Ms Farley – Check with Canva.com for newsletter templateit is free. It will be costly to have outside printing done.  Do we have any activities for the youth in the area?
  • Karen Rooker – Who is responsible for the trees that Council Member Mullins was referring to?  According to the Town Ordinances it is the homeowners.  Council Member Mullins will bring more information to the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:48 pm.


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TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017

 

  The regular meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Katie Blade, Todd Mullins, and Sharon Fowler.  Police Chief Amos Damron and Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade AND Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.

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

INTRODUCTIONS

Cappriccieo Spriggs was sworn in by Mayor Cann as a new Morningside Police Officer.  He was warmly welcomed.  There were several officers from the Glen Arden Police Force in attendance.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 18, 2017 and the work sessions of August 8, 2017. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
At this time Police Chief Damron presented certificates of appreciation to Taylor Foster and Austin Fowler for their assistance in the National Night Out Against Crime 2017 Event.  He also had certificates for Nicole and Jasmine Wade who were not in attendance.  He gave the certificates to their father Vice Mayor Wade.
MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of August 8, 2017.

INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES - None
REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

Public Works – Mike Johnson read and then submitted a written report.

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

Administrative Office – Karen Rooker stated that she is working on gathering information for the audit and Regina Foster is looking into new cell phones for employees.

Police Department – Chief Damron gave a verbal and written report for the month of July. He also updated everyone on the very successful National Night Out Against Crime.  For next year there will be a committee to help make things even better.  It was a great turn out.

Council Member Sharon Fowler – The electrical issues in the Town Hall building have all been addressed.  She is now looking for 3 quotes to get the meeting room, hallway, and stairwell re-done.

Council Member Todd Mullins – Stated that Choice Concrete was getting ready to do some crack repair throughout the Town.  They have to wait for the streets to dry out from the recent rain.  He stated that National Night Out was great and he thanked the Police Department for a super event.

Council Member Katie Blade – Said National Night Out was very nice.

Vice Mayor Bradley Wade – Will be working with Public Works to cut down tree limbs and brush that is overhanging the sidewalks beginning this Friday. He also stated that National Night Out was a great success.  The Council met with Bates Trucking regarding the trash contract and they will be moving forward to getting toters and new recycling bins for every home.  More information will be coming in the near future.

Mayor Benn Cann – Mayor Cann stated that it was the best National Night Out he has attended in a long time.  Next year there will be a committee made up of various people to see how to improve the event and attendance.  He wants to plan more Town events before the end of the year and get them on the calendar now before the dates are all full.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Employee Handbook -

Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Vice Mayor Wade to amend the Employee Handbook to include sick and annual leave benefits for part-time employees.  Part-time employees will receive ½ of the benefits that full-time employees receive according to their time in service.  Also, the new handbook will not go into effect until September 6, 2017 not September 1, 2017 as voted on last month. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

  • Choice Concrete –

A reported earlier, Choice Concrete will start doing the work voted on at the July meeting as soon as the areas dry out from the recent rain.

  • Grant Writer –

Motion by Council Member Mullins, seconded by Council Member Fowler to enter into a contract with Gwen Mosley as the grant writer for the Town, starting out with small projects (new floor for the meeting room, solar lights for Glaubitz Circle and/or a new roof for the Municipal Center), capping the cost for her services at $500 as a trial run.  Further discussion ensued.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Communications Calendar –

Was reviewed by all.  The following dates/events were added to the calendar:

Oct 28 – Trunk or Treat; Oct 31 – Costume Contest; Nov 17 – Seniors’ Luncheon; Dec 16 – Breakfast with Santa.

  • Building Electrical Issues –

Council Member Fowler stated that all of the electrical issues have been addressed.  The electrician was really surprised that there had not been a fire in the attic the way things had been previously done.

 NEW BUSINESS

  • PayChex –

Motion by Council Member Blade, seconded by Vice Mayor Wade to enter into a new contract with our payroll processor PayChex.  The new contract will cost $81.00 a month and $152 per year for W-2 forms for employees.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Public Works -

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, seconded by Council Member Fowler to purchase new chainsaws and poles for Public Works to use to trim tree limbs and brush from the sidewalk areas.  To be purchased from Mower Depot at a cost of $1350.74. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 Painting of Meeting Room -

Council Member Fowler will get 3 estimates to have the back wall, ceiling, and trim painted in the meeting room, the hallway walls, ceiling, and trim, and the stairwell walls & ceiling also painted.

  • UBS –

The monthly report was reviewed by all.

Pay the Bills –

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade second by Council Member Blade to pay the bills for July 19-- - August 15, 2017 in the amount of $53,085.66.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 OPEN FORUM

  • Todd Mullins – Hopes the Town will go over the new Bates contract line by line, looking at all of the fees and hours of operation.  He is not happy with their level of service at all.
 Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.


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TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

 
The regular meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Todd Mullins, and Sharon Fowler.  Police Chief Amos Damron, Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade, Michael Johnson from Public Works, and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.  

Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins to excuse Council Member Blade for tonight’s meeting.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

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

INTRODUCTIONS

Mayor Cann stated that the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department would now have a permanent seat at the Council table for their representative.  The person filling the seat tonight will be Deputy Chief Mike Stout.  Deputy Chief Stout gave a small presentation about Emergency Preparedness and stated that the Town & the Fire Department will be working closely on a plan of action should one be needed.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 15, 2017 and the work session of September 12, 2017.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one present who had signed up to speak from the work session of September 12, 2017.

INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES - None

REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

 Administrative Office – The information for the 2016-2017 audit was picked up by the accounting office.  We should be on time this year!

Police Department – Chief Damron gave a verbal and written report for the month of August

Code Enforcement – Office Barry Wade gave a verbal and written report for the month of August. 

Morningside Volunteer Fire Department – Deputy Chief Stout gave a verbal report of the runs made by the Fire Department apparatus & personnel so far for the month of September.

Council Member Fowler – Her report will be delivered under unfinished business.

Council Member Mullins His report will be delivered under unfinished business.

Vice Mayor Wade – Has been assisting Public Works painting yellow curbs.  Looking into white stop lines for all stop signs in Town.  Might add another stop sign at the intersection of Ames & Morgan for safety issues.  Working with Imagine Academy regarding traffic congestion at drop-off & pick-up times.

Public Works – Michael Johnson was not present but left a written report for the month of August.  The Mayor touched on key elements of the report.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 Employee Handbook –

  • The handbook went into effect today 9/19/17.  There are a few amendments needed pertaining to the Police Department.

Choice Concrete –

  • Council Member Mullins stated that the crack-filling project is complete.  There should be no more road work until the spring.  We need to look for grant money to complete the major repairs needed.

Grant Writer Contract –

  • Motion by Council Member Mullins, seconded by Vice Mayor Wade to sign the contract presented for hiring grant writer Gwen Mosley.  A small discussion ensued regarding the hours allowed and the ones in the contract were approved.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Communications Calendar –  

  • Discussed paper version vs on-line.  The on-line version should be ready for roll-out by the end of the month.  The Mayor and Council Member Blade have been working on it.

Town Events –

  • Oct 28 – Trunk or Treat at the Town Hall.  6-9pm.  Costume Contest, games, and possibly a showing of the movie Hocus Pocus.
  • Nov 17 – Seniors Luncheon
  • Dec 16 – Breakfast with Santa.  10am-12pm. Might have to move to the Fire House because of attendance restrictions at Town Hall.
  • Turkey Give-Away for needy families for Thanksgiving
  • Food Baskets & Toys for needy families for Christmas.  Possibly working with Seek & Deliverance Church from BFTA.
  • A Newsletter should be out sometime in early October.

NEW BUSINESS

Public Works Employee/Budget Amendment –

  • In order to accommodate another full-time position in the Public Works Department, there will need to be an amendment to the budget to cover the cost.  We will need to move money from the following line items:
$3382.00 from Police Salaries
$699 from Administration Salaries (Clerk)
$50 from Public Works Miscellaneous
$88 from Public Works Telephone
$125 from Public Works Uniform Cleaning Allowance

Move the money to:

$671 to Public Works Salary
$33 to Public Works Retirement
$150 to Public Works Payroll Taxes
$3107 to Public Works Healthcare (Kaiser)
$268 to Public Works Dental (United Concordia)
$81 to Public Works Life Insurance (Hartford)
$34 to Public Works Worker’s Comp

  • Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Vice Mayor Wade to make the needed adjustment to the budget to accommodate another full-time employee in the Public Works Department.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Bates Contract –

  • Council Member Mullins is not happy with the service provided by Bates Trucking.  He wants gigantic improvements in all areas since we are continuing with them for the Town’s trash removal.  The current contract will be discussed at the next work session.

Versus Report –

  • The report was discussed.

UBS Account –

  • All Council members were provided copies of the statement from the Town’s UBS investment account.  The money in the account was discussed.

Pay the Bills –

  • Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Mullins to pay the bills for September in the amount of $93,038.63.  It was noted that the amount was high because it included the yearly payment due for the Police Cruisers.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

OPEN FORUM

Cecil Brown – This is his first Council meeting.  All welcomed him. He questioned if the Public Works position was still open and if it was full or part time.  Explained it was full-time and already filled.

Mrs. Kent – Expressed her concerns about the traffic related to Imagine Academy.  Her husband has put a no parking sign in front of their driveway and it is totally ignored.  There is too much speeding and no control of the children or parents.  She also inquired about a smoke detector from the Fire Department.

Brenda O – New lines need to be put on the roads.  There is way too much speeding and crazy driving, especially on the straight-way of Woodland Road.  Could the meetings be shortened up some since most of what is discussed is also discussed in the Work Session meeting? 

Rutha Thompson – Asked the Chief to check on the cars parked in front of the fire hydrant near her house at the intersection of Randolph & Allies.

Ms. Brown – Was wondering if the Town had ever thought of using the “Next Door” app on social media to announce the Town events?

Karen Rooker – What is the date of the Open House at the Fire Department (10/21 12-3).  Has the Town thought of putting up a stop sign and marking a stop line at the other side of Morgan and Ames?  The cars come flying through there and with more “walkers” from Imagine Academy, this is just an accident waiting to happen.  It would make it easier to get of Ames St if it were a 3 way stop.  Coming back to work today she noticed a great number of trash cans/recycling bins that were placed wither in the street or in residents’ driveways instead of back on the grassy areas near the sidewalks.  There needs to be more adult supervision for the children when Imagine Academy dismisses in the afternoon.  Just in the last 2 days she and Mrs. Foster have broken up several fights and had to ask the children not to throw the football in the parking lot near the cars.  If anyone has a question for the Town Council, and you don’t have a direct number for that person, please call 301-736-2300 and we will take a message for you.  We also can help with trash and other questions.

Mary McHale - Is there still a Beautification contest going on?  If so, who was the winner last time?  What is the Town email? (generalmailbox@morningsidemd.gov).  Is there still a recreation council or committee?  We have a committee that is helping to plan events.  Wondered what the construction was at the end of Ames St.  Was told is it water hook-up for the Andrews Federal Campus near Rena Rd.  No they are not extending Ames St.  She requested we send her more Morningside news.  She has the Skyline Newsletter available for those present.

Mr. Trimboli – Talked about the school traffic & speeding.  He agrees that stop lines are needed to make the stop signs more visible.  He is concerned about cars parking on the yellow curbs.

 Bonnie Kamenicky – She would like to see more new people at the meetings.  She suggested that each Council Member send out about 5 invitations each month to new addresses, personally inviting them to the Town meeting.  She volunteered to address the invitations.

Motion by Council Member Fowler, seconded by Vice Mayor Wade to go into a closed session to discuss a personnel matter.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:48 pm

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TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

 

 The regular meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Todd Mullins, Katie Blade and Sharon Fowler.  Police Chief Amos Damron, Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade, and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.  

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

INTRODUCTIONS The Mayor led all in a moment of silence to mark the passing on August 25, 2017 of former Council Member Debra Balint. The Mayor then issued the Oath of Office to Oscar Portillo, the new full-time Public Works Associate.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES Motion made by Council Member Mullins, seconded by Council Member Blade to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of September 19, 2017 and the work session of October 10, 2017.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM –
there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of October 10, 2017. 

 INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES - None

 REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

Code Enforcement – Office Barry Wade gave a verbal and written report for the month of September. 

Public Works – Michael Johnson was not present but left a written report for the month of September.  The Mayor touched on key elements of the report.

Administrative Office – Report will be given under new business.

Police Department – Chief Damron gave a verbal and written report for the month of September.

Council Member Blade – Report will be given later.

Vice Mayor Wade – Has been assisting Public Works painting white stop lines for all stop signs in Town, also some crosswalks.  Yellow curb painting is next.

Mayor Cann – Attended the Fall MML Conference in Rockville.  Told everyone we now have 2 student volunteers (possibly a 3rd coming soon) to help where needed at the Town Hall and for special events.

Council Member Mullins – Roadwork is completed until the spring.  Informed all present of the Emergency Snow Plan and wished everyone a happy and safe Halloween.

Council Member Fowler – Nothing new to report.

Morningside Volunteer Fire Department – President Tommy Groom gave a stats report so far for the month of October.  The new ambulance will be going into service soon.  There are going to be more smoke detectors arriving soon for Town residents.  Call to schedule an inspection.  The open house scheduled for Oct 21 has been cancelled due to construction at the firehouse.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

3-Year Salt Agreement

  • The Town has signed a new 3-year salt agreement with SHA.  We are just waiting for the finalized signed copy to be returned by SHA & MDOT.

Bates

  • Bates Trucking provided samples of the new trash & recycling toters that will be assigned to each home in Town once the new contract has been signed.   The Mayor& Council are meeting with representatives from Bates on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm to finalize the new agreement.

Town Events

  • Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Council Member Mullins for a $300 budget to cover the Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 28, 6-9pm and the Costume Contest to be held on Tuesday, October 31 – registration at 7:30, contest begins promptly at 8pm.  No further discussion. All voted aye.  Motion carried.
  • Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Vice Mayor Wade for $300 budget for the Senior’s Luncheon scheduled for Friday, November 17 at 11:30am.  This should more than cover the food, decorations and small gifts for each of the seniors.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Verizon Wireless/Phones

  • The otter boxes for the new phones have been ordered.  There is one phone that is already broken, and there is no warranty.  The Council prefers that we try to get the warranty and see if it can be fixed through the warranty.  If not, then take it to the repair shop in Iverson Mall to get an estimate of the cost to fix it.

Curb Painting/Public Works

  • The next project for Public Works will be curb and fire hydrant painting. 
  • Currently we are looking into changing both PW trucks into dump trucks.

Communications Calendar

  • Reviewed by all

 NEW BUSINESS

Document Retention Schedule

  • Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Fowler to accept the document retention schedule presented at the 10/10/17 work session.  Can permanent records be electronically saved and then the paper copy destroyed?  Clerk- Treasurer Rooker will find out from the Maryland State Archives.

HD Shredder

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Mullins to purchase the HD Shredder from Samsclub.com as discussed at the work session.  Also purchase the 3-year warranty and the lubrication sheets for the shredder for a total of $267.63.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 Student Volunteers

  • The Mayor has obtained 2 student volunteers (with the possibility of a 3rd) to help with things around Town Hall.   1 will be here M-F 1:30-4:30 each day.  The other will help with special events.

Versus Report –

  • The report was discussed.

UBS Account –

  • All Council members were provided copies of the statement from the Town’s UBS investment account. 

LGIT Loss/Paid Report

  • The report was discussed.

Pay the Bills –

  • Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Blade to pay the bills for October in the amount of $22,372.65.   No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

OPEN FORUM

Bonnie Kamenicky – She would like the Council to start using the microphones.  She comes to get information and cannot hear the Council when they talk.  She expresse3d that there are some magnolia trees on Maple Rd that have grown too large and are impeding into the sidewalk and the power lines.  It might be time to take them down.  Also, the advertising signs at the intersections especially on Allentown Rd make it hard to see oncoming traffic.  What can be done to keep them removed from the area? 

Brenda O – (Had to leave early but wrote her questions/concerns down and gave them to Clerk-Treasurer Rooker to present.)  Concerned about what sounded like gunshots after 11pm on 10/16/17 in the area of Boxwood & Maple Rd.  She is also concerned about a tan Honda CRV speeding up Woodland Rd around 7:20-7:25 each day.  Thank you for the painted stop lines.

Meeting adjourned at 8:28 pm.


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 TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING  
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2017

 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, Todd Mullins, Katie Blade and Sharon Fowler.  Lt. Wesley Stevenson, Michael Johnson form Public Works, and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.  

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

 INTRODUCTIONS

 APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Council Member Blade, seconded by Council Member Mullins to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 17, 2017 and the work session of November 14, 2017.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of November 14, 2017.

 INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES - None

 REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

Public Works – Michael Johnson read his written report.

Administrative Office – Karen told everyone things are running smooth and the intern is very helpful in the office.

Police Department – Lt Stevenson gave a verbal and written report for the month of October.  He stated that applications are still arriving to fill the open Police Officer position.  The Chief has contacted Denise at ATS regarding the red-light cameras and when they will be operational again.  The Mayor did ask for more visibility in the evening hours, especially during the holidays.

Council Member Blade – Stated that the Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon was very nice.  There were 15 seniors present.  All left with “to-go” boxes.

Vice Mayor Wade – Nothing new to report.

Mayor Cann - The Town’s website is now live.  He presented Regina Foster with a certificate of appreciation for her work on the website.  Also has a certificate for Pawel Szmidt for his work on the website. He also announced the Town’s Facebook page.  He attended the PGCMA meeting on the 16th in Bowie in preparation for the Legislative Dinner in December.  On November 18th the Town partnered with Seek & Save Deliverance Church a free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Town Hall. 

Code Enforcement – Since Code Officer Barry Wade was not in attendance, the Mayor read the report that Barry submitted to him.

Council Member Mullins – Contacting the Grant Writer for an update on what she has found for us.  He helped get a streetlight repaired on Woodland Rd.  He feels something needs to be done regarding the speeding busses on Beauford Rd, the don’t stop at the stop signs and they impeded traffic on Suitland Rd by blocking the intersection of Beauford & Suitland to allow other busses to access Suitland Rd.  In his opinion there needs to be a crossing guard hired to help with the walkers from Imagine Academy, discussed possibly going to the School Board about Imagine walkers.  The dump body modifications to the Town Trucks are in process.  The parts have been ordered.  Someone needs to contact the company doing the modifications to see if the parts have arrived so we can get the burgundy truck up there to get it done.  The white trick will wait until the spring.  After this is done, he will contact the company to make an appointment to have the salt spreaders loaded onto the trucks in preparation for winter weather.

Council Member Fowler – Nothing new to report.

At this time the Mayor gave Wala Blegay time to address the Council since she was not present at the time of Introductions.

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 Bates

  • The new agreement has been signed to include the new trash and recycling toters.  The Council still needs to choose a color for the toters and provide a logo to Bates.

Website

  • The website is up and running.  Morningsidemd.gov is the address.  Bring all inquiries to Mayor Cann, Regina Foster or Pawel Szmidt for inquiries or updates.

Communications Calendar

  • Reviewed by all
  • Digital calendar still in the works

     

    NEW BUSINESS

ATS Agreement Extension

Motion by Council Member Mullins, second by Council Member Blade to accept the Agreement Extension with ATS for the Red Light Camera Program.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. FY19 Price George’s County Tax Differential

Received a letter giving us what the tax differential will be from the County.  The Mayor would like to touch base with them next week to find out why it decreased 10% for streetlights.

UBS Account

  • We have been advised by our auditors that we need to institute a policy that we maintain a minimum amount of savings in our “rainy day” fund.  $500,000.00 was suggested.

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Mullins that we maintain a minimum of $500,000.00 in our rainy day fund only to be used in extreme emergencies.  If this money should need to be used, then the Mayor and Council will meet to determine why. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. Breakfast With Santa

Motion by Council Member Mullins, second by Council Member Blade for a $600.00 budget for the Breakfast with Santa event to be held on December 16, 2017 at the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department.  The Council has agreed to hire Philip & Henry Magicians to provide the entertainment at $289 which will come out of this budget.  Also, the McDonald’s at the corner of Allentown & Suitland Roads has donated syrup and butter for this event.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 Employee Holiday Luncheon –

  • The Employee Holiday Luncheon will be held in-house on Friday December 15 at noon.  Food will be purchased from Topolino’s at an approximate cost of $240 for 22 people.  We will need to pick up the food and set up and clean up the room for lunch.

Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins for $350 to cover all costs for the Employee Holiday Luncheon. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Versus Report –

  • The report was discussed.  We have deposited $175,000.00 back into the account since we received our big tax money for property taxes.

 UBS Account –

  • All Council members were provided copies of the statement from the Town’s UBS investment account.  

Pay the Bills –

  • Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins to pay the bills for November in the amount of $56,850.15.   No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 OPEN FORUM

Council Member Mullins let everyone know that he will not be at the next regular Town meeting because his son will be performing a solo at the Suitland High School Holiday Concert.  He wished everyone a Happy Holiday Season.

No one was signed up to speak.

Meeting adjourned at 8:09 pm.


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TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2017
 

The regular meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Katie Blade and Sharon Fowler.  Lt. Wesley Stevenson, Barry Wade from Code Enforcement, Michael Johnson from Public Works, and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.

Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Blade to excuse Council Member Mullins from tonight’s meeting.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.   

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

INTRODUCTIONS
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Council Member Blade, seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of November 21, 2017 and the work session of December 12, 2017.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of December 12, 2017.

INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES - None
REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

Code Enforcement – Barry Wade gave a written and verbal report.  Rental license letter drafts are included for the Council to go over before being sent to the Town Attorney to check for legality and for the Council to approve.  The Council should have any changes/questions/concerns back to Mr. Wade by the next work session on January 9, 2018.

Public Works – Michael Johnson read his written report.

Administrative Office – Clerk-Treasurer Rooker reported back to the Council regarding filling out a credit application with DayCon (cleaning supply provider).  The Council agreed to filling out the form since it could result in a discount in said supplies.  I-Net – The Council would like the Admin Office to see what I-Net has to offer and also instructed the Admin Staff to fill out the requested information from I-Net.  There have been several questions posed to the Admin Office about the late/non-pick up of recycling on Skyline Dr.

Police Department – Lt Stevenson gave a verbal and written report for the month of November.  He also gave several tips regarding safety during the holiday season.

Council Member Blade - Nothing new to report at this time.

Vice Mayor Wade – Asked residents to be mindful of parking during snow events for safety and ease of plowing the snow.

Council Member Fowler – Nothing new to report at this time.

Mayor Cann – The website and Facebook pages are up.  Encouraged all to visit and “like” our pages.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
Bates

  • The Council still needs to choose a color for the trash and recycling toters and provide a logo to Bates.  The Council decided on Kentwood Blue (BL54PMS287C) for the trash toter and Cool Gray (GR75PMSCOOLGRAY11C) for the recycling toters. 

 

Breakfast with Santa

  • It was a great event with 89 people in attendance
  • All Town Departments were represented, plus there were several student volunteers
  • Sponsored by Suitland Road Exxon, Morningside McDonald’s and Morningside Volunteer Fire Department.  We need to get thank you letters out as soon as possible.
  • The magic show was very good
  • Thank you to CASA of MD for the toy donations.  Each child received a toy from Santa and there were still toys to donate to Toys For Tots through the Fire Department

Employee Holiday Luncheon

  • A very nice time
  • The employees said thank you

Toy Drive/Food

  • With donations from residents and businesses the Town was able to provide holiday presents and food gift cards to 6 Town families  this season
  • 13 students from Imagine  Academy were also supplied with holiday gifts, hats and gloves

Truck Dump Bodies and Salt Spreaders

  • Both Public Works trucks have been modified to dump bodies for ease of use and emptying salt/leaves
  • Salt spreaders have been installed on both Public Works trucks
  • Need to send a Thank You to Andrews Towing for free installation of salt spreaders for multiple years

Communications Calendar

  • Reviewed by all
  • Digital calendar still in the works

 NEW BUSINESS

 Versus Report –

  • The report was discussed.  We have deposited $175,000.00 back into the account since we received our big tax money for property taxes.

UBS Account –

  • All Council members were provided copies of the statement from the Town’s UBS investment account.  

Pay the Bills –

  • Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Vice Mayor Wade to pay the bills for December in the amount of $98,885.52   No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

OPEN FORUM

Lyn Brown – Wanted to ask the Fire Department why they haven’t cashed her donation check yet, but there was not a representative from the Fire Department in attendance.

Roy Derrick – Expressed a need for a new street light at the corner near his house at 6603 Pine Grove to help defer the prostitution going on in that area.  They are now going into his backyard to do their business.  The Mayor said to put this on the agenda for the January 2018 work session.  Sgt. Smith of the Morningside PD stated that the department is working with the County Prostitution Task to squash prostitution in our area.  They made 4 arrests last month.

Motion made by Council Member Blade, second by Council Member Fowler to go into a closed session to discuss a personnel matter.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:51 pm.