Council Meeting Minutes April 15, 2019 Havre de GraceCouncil Meeting Minutes April 15, 2019 Council Meeting Minutes April 15, 2019 The regular meeting of the Mayor and City Council was called to order on April 15, 2019 at 7:07 p.m. with Mayor Martin presiding and the following Council Members present: Council Member’s, Martin, Robertson, Tomarchio, Ringsaker and Zinner. CP Glenn arrived at 7:45pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Martin and the opening prayer was led by Pastor Mary Whitehead. A motion was made by Council Member Robertson and seconded by Council Member Martin to approve the council meeting minutes of April 1, 2019. Motion carries 5-0 Comments from citizens on agenda items: William Watson- Giles Street- encourages council to adopt the Ethics Ordinance. Sandy Gallion- 3500 Level Road; asks for the support of the Harbor of Strength Memorial Run. Kirk Smith 120 S. Washington St. – asked questions on Ordinance 1014- specifically dispensation – supports this ordinance and microbreweries. William Watson- Giles Street- supports the nonpartisan resolution. Kirk Smith – 120 S Washington St- does not support the nonpartisan resolution. Lewis Fillinger- 351 Lewis Lane- Asked Council to support the Halloween Parade. Chip Paradis- Redhead Way- Water and Sewer Rate- spoke on the participation fee and would like council to eliminate. Recognitions: A proclamation was presented to Tevis Hoke for celebrating his 100th Birthday. Mayor Martin and City Council proclaimed April 16, 2019 as Ted Hoke Day in the City of Havre de Grace. Presentations: David Craig presented Lafayette Plates to Mayor Martin and asked they be displayed in City Hall. The Look of Love Ministry of St. James A.M.E Church and SARC presented on Domestic Violence and offered ways to assist victims. Ron Browning and Judy Plitt presented the HPC awards to the Lock House Museum- The Barnes- Hopper house at 701 N. Adams Street and the Rifle House at 817 N. Juanita St. Carolyn Zinner- Presented the Wage and Benefit Commission Annual report. Resolutions: A Resolution concerning small wireless facilities A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, ESTABLISHING AND ADOPTING DESIGN GUIDELINES IN ACCORDANCE WITH CITY CODE CHAPTER 145: RIGHTS- OF -WAY; INSTALLATION OF FACILITIES. A motion was made by Council Member Ringsaker and seconded by Council Member Martin to introduce Resolution 2019-06; motion carries 6-0. After the header was read and assigned a number- a motion was made by Council Member Zinner to add the following verbiage to section E- Design Guidelines: no component to support small cell facility to be located at ground level in a horizontal fashion- seconded by CM Robertson. Under the question, a motion was made by CM Ringsaker to amend CM Zinner amendment- to use the following verbiage- no accessory shall be added to the small cell facility at the ground level in a horizontal fashion- seconded by CM Tomarchio- motion carries 6-0. On roll call vote, Resolution 2019-06 as amended passes 6-0. Mayor Martin suggested a five minute recess-at 8:45 no objections from Council. Reconvened at 8:58pm Ordinances: Ordinance 1014: An Ordinance concerning Zoning: Second Reading and Adoption AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION ARTICLE XI-E, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AND CITY CHARTER SECTIONS 33 AND 34 AMENDING THE CITY CODE CHAPTER 205: ZONING AS IT RELATES TO BREWERIES, WINERIES, AND DISTILLERIES IN THE RB/RESIDENTIAL BUSINESS DISTRICT AND HOTELS IN THE RB/RESIDENTIAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. A motion was made by Council Member Ringsaker and seconded by Council Member Martin to introduce Ordinance 1014 on second reading, motion carries 6-0. After the header was read into the record, a motion was made by Council Member Ringsaker and seconded by Council Member Tomarchio to adopt Ordinance 1014. Motion carries 6-0. An Ordinance concerning the FY20 Tax Rate AN ORDINANCE BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND TAX-PROPERTY ARTICLE TITLE 6 AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, FIXING THE TAX RATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2019 TO JUNE 30, 2020 ON EACH ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00) OF ASSESSABLE REAL PROPERTY, PERSONAL PROPERTY; AND PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL SPECIAL TAX LEVIED WITHIN THE CRITICAL AREA SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICT AND SETTING THE SERVICE CHARGE FOR THE SEMI-ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT OPTION. A motion was made by Council Member Robertson and seconded by Council Member Zinner to introduce Ordinance 1016 on first reading- Motion carries 6-0. After the header was read and assigned a number, a motion was made by Council Member Robertson and seconded by Council Member Ringsaker to adopt Ordinance 1016 on first reading. Motion carries 6-0. A public hearing is scheduled for May 6, 2019 at 7pm. An Ordinance concerning the FY20 Water and Sewer Rate AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AND THE CITY CHARTER SECTIONS 33 AND 34 AND CITY CODE CHAPTER 196 AND EXHIBIT A THERETO, ESTABLISHING THE CITY WATER AND SEWER RATES AND SERVICE PARTICIPATION FEES FOR THE USERS OF THE CITY WATER AND SEWER SYSTEM. A motion was made by Council Member Robertson and seconded by Council Member Martin to introduce Ordinance 1017 on first reading- motion carries 6-0. After the header was read and assigned a number- a motion was made by Council Member Robertson and seconded by Council Member Tomarchio to adopt Ordinance 1017 on first reading. Motion carries 6-0. A public hearing is scheduled for May 6, 2019. An Ordinance concerning the Ethics Code AN ORDINANCE OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAVRE DE GRACE PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY GRANTED BY THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION ARTICLE XI-E, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE MARYLAND ANNOTATED CODE, AND CITY CHARTER SECTION 33 AND 34, AMENDING THE CITY CODE SECTION 67: ETHICS. A motion was made by Council Member Martin and seconded by Council Member Robertson to introduce Ordinance 1018 on first reading. . Motion carries 6-0. After the header was read and assigned a number, a motion was made by Council Member Martin and seconded by Council Member Robertson to adopt Ordinance 1018 on first reading. A public hearing is scheduled for May 6, 2019 at 7pm. Old Business: Resolution 2019-05 A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF HAVRE DE GRACE, MARYLAND PURSUANT TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, CITY CHARTER SECTIONS 16 AND 33 TO MAINTAIN NON-PARTISANSHIP IN CITY ELECTIONS A motion was made by Council Member Martin and seconded by Council Member Ringsaker to untable Resolution 2019-05; motion carries 6-0. Under the question, several suggestions and amendments were made from the dias- on roll call vote Resolution 2019-05 as amended passes 6-0. New Business: A motion was made by Council President Glenn and seconded by Council Member Ringsaker to approve the Harbor of Strength Memorial Run- September 14, 2019; Tydings Park: Motion carries 6-0 A motion was made by Council Member Martin and seconded by Council Member Ringsaker to approve the Halloween Parade- October 30, 2019; Motion carries 6-0 A motion was made by Council Member Robertson and seconded by Council Member Zinner to approve the Gravity Festival- June 22, 2019; Lock House Museum- Motion carries 6-0 A motion was made by Council Member Zinner and seconded by Council Member Robertson to approve Bike to Work Day- May 14, 2019; Hutchins Park Tent- motion carries 6-0 Directors Report: Mr. Patrick Sypolt- Director of Administration: “On Thursday, April 18th, our Thursday Night Live Concert Series continues with The B-Street Band, the premier Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band, will be performing at the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House. The B-Street Band was the first band in the world to do a unique tribute to a live performer. Nearly 5,500 performances and 34 years later, this band is still one of the most sought after tribute bands performing almost 200 shows per year. Show time is 8:00 p.m. If you love the Boss, you will certainly like this band. On Friday, April 19th, Good Friday; the Susquehanna Ministerium will be presenting Good Friday Way of the Cross. The procession begins at David Craig Park at noon. Also on Good Friday, the American Legion will be hosting their Fish Fry from 5 p.m. until 7:00. On Saturday, April 20th, Parks and Rec will be hosting their annual children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Concord Point Park. The shot-gun start begins at noon and ends at 12:02. Bring your cameras to get photos of your favorite egg hunters and to get a picture with the Easter Bunny. Get to know your candidates. The candidates forum, Sponsored by OPAC (Ontario-Otsego Positive Action Committee); will be on Wednesday, April 24th at the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is a free event, open to the public and all are encouraged to attend BUT you must secure or obtain your ticket ON-LINE. On Saturday April 27th, there will be a City – wide yard and sidewalk sales from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Rain date is April 28th. For more information please contact Lauri Orzewicz or Bonnie Costeo at the Visitor Center or Ron Browning at 410.939.6562. Also on April 27th we will be having our annual River Sweep, (a spring cleaning of our shore line.) Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the River Sweep begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs to noon. Our sweepers will meet and begin at Tydings Park. For more information please send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 410-457-2482. And again on Saturday, April 27th, the semi-annual Pyrex Vintage Fest will be occurring on Pennington Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with over 50 vendors. On Friday, May 3rd, Our First Fridays season begins in downtown Havre de Grace. Come shop our many eclectic shops and local artisans, listen to live music and partake of our fine restaurants. The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. Also, beginning on Friday, May 3rd and running for three consecutive weekends, the Tidewater Players Presents: THE FULL MONTY at the Cultural Arts Center at the Opera House. This musical version of the 1997 British film The Full Monty is reset in Buffalo, NY, when a steel town announces job layoffs, a scrappy former employee comes up with a novel way to cope with the realities of lost wages as well as feelings of lost manhood. This show contains adult language, adult situations and brief nudity. Show time is 8:00 p.m. On Saturday May 4th, our Farmer’s Market returns to Hutchins Park under the Festival Tent. This season looks to be their best ever featuring over 40 vendors. The market begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs to noon. The Market is open every Saturday from May until the last Saturday before Thanksgiving. On Saturday May 4th and again on Sunday May 5th the 38th Annual Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival will be underway; sponsored by the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. This show features over 100 artists exhibiting and selling their art work, food, children’s activities, silent auctions, retriever demonstrations, carving competitions and lots more. It is so big that it requires two facilities: Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and the Havre de Grace Middle School. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also on Saturday and continuing through Sunday is our City’s Defenders Weekend. Beginning Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. come listen to the Army Band play patriotic tunes at Concord Point Park followed by fireworks. On Sunday, May 5th we will be have a Food Truck Festival at Concord Point Park from 1:00 until 7:00. There will be live music (Irish Rock), a beer and wine garden and of course lots of food from pizzas to pierogis. Tuesday May 7th is Election Day for Havre de Grace. This year the City will be holding elections for one Mayor and three City Council members. The election polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Hall located on Pennington Avenue. If you missed any of the information I just spoke of and for a complete calendar of events for our City please visit our website at: havredegrace.com; explorehavredegrace.com. and hdgoperahouse.org.” Mr. Shane Grimm: Deputy Director of Planning: The Planning Commission will meet on April 23rd at 6:30pm to review 616 Fountain Street. Mrs. Erika Quesenbery Sturgill: Director of Economic Development: Absent Mr. George DeHority: Director of Finance: Mr. DeHority gave a financial update. Mrs. Teresa Gardner: Director of Public Works: Mrs. Gardner reported that hydrant flushing will begin April 28th starting at 9pm-5pm. Teresa Walter, Chief of Police: Chief Walter announced the HDG Police is selling Torch Run shirts and Hats. Business from Mayor Martin: Mayor Martin reported that last week, public work crews began stripping and painting assets throughout the city. Mayor Martin attended several events on Saturday, April 13, 2019: Tomahawk 5k Run, Havre de Grace Little League Opening Day, Lock House Fundraiser – 2019 Lock House Craft Beer & Wine Festival and the Susquehanna Hose Company Banquet. Mayor Martin reminded citizens about the John O’Neill Gala and Defenders Weekend. Business from Council: Council Member Ringsaker: Council Member Ringsaker thanked the community for reaching out when his daughter injured herself. Council Member Ringsaker stated the Wage and Benefit will not be meeting. Council Member Ringsaker attended many events on Saturday- from sunup to sun down. Starting with the opening day of Little League. Council Member Ringsaker would like to enact an ordinance and have a work session on the nonpartisan resolution. Council Member Tomarchio: Council Member Tomarchio recognized Renee Hartmann and Morgan Teefy for earning their Gold Star Award. Thanked the SHCO members for their dedication. The Tree Commission meeting will meet on May 13. Council Member Robertson: Council Member Robertson stated he also has been attending many events- to include the Susquehanna Hose Company banquet and thanked all the volunteers for their dedication and service. Council Member Zinner: Council Member Zinner announced there are openings on the Arts Commission. Council Member Zinner recapped the events she attended this week. Council Member Martin Council Member Martin congratulated the Meadowvale Patriots. Business from Council President Glenn: Council President Glenn stated he is glad to be back after dealing with his cancer diagnosis. Council President Glenn apologized for being late this evening, he was committed to coaching his team. Council President Glenn congratulated the members of the SHCO and recognized their achievements. Council President Glenn attended Opening Day and he threw out the first pitch. Council President Glenn congratulated Paige Milanoski who won Teacher of the Year. Council President Glenn extended his sympathy to the Wolbert and Hagelin Family as they both suffered the loss of a loved one. Council President Glenn thanked the community for being there during his cancer and thanked everyone for his support. Council President Glenn would like to cancel the closed session tonight due to the late hour- no objection from council. Citizens Comments: Chip Paradis- 309 A Red Head Way- Hank Riefle- Friend of Havre de Grace passed away and spoke on his character. Julie Runke 311 D Red Heady Way- Craft Beer Fest at the Lockhouse was a success. Thanked the police, DPW and EMS for making this event happen. Asked for assistance with citizens who are irresponsible dog owners- asking citizens to clean up after their dog. Kirk Smith- 120 S. Washington St. Mr. Smith would like the citizens to remember not to digest any mushrooms that you are not familiar with. Bob Robinson- 229 N Union Ave. Thanked Ron Browning for his hard work on the HPC Commission. Mr. Robinson stated he assisted the Lock House with their event and recommends a visit to the Lock House. A motion was made by Council President Glenn and seconded by Council Member Marin to adjourn at 11: 02 pm. Motion carries 6-0.