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. Police Chief Amos Damron, Fire Chief Mike Stout, Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade and Administrative Associate Regina Foster were also present.
Mayor Cann led all in the Pledge to the Flag.
P/O Phillip Staples – Mayor Cann swore in new Police Office Phillip Staples.
Mr. Rico Alexander from Bates Trucking– gave an overview of the new trash and recycling carts, how they are you be used, when they will be delivered, etc. Mr. Alexander also answered all question from the residents. The carts will be delivered on 3/2/2018 to the town hall and disbursed to the resident on 3/3/2018.
Imagine Foundation of Morningside- Mayor Cann spoke to the residents letting them know if they have any question or concerns in reference to the school, Principal Johnson will be present at the regular town meeting on March 20, 2018.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 16, 2018 and the work session of February 13, 2018. No further discussion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one present that signed up to speak from the work session of February 13, 2018.
INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES
Chapter 21 Office of Emergency Management –Mayor Cann gave an overview of the introduced ordinance that is in collaboration with the Morningside Volunteer Fire Dept. Motion made by Council Member Mullins to adopt Emergency Management Ordinance 21-104 thru 21-113 , seconded by Council Member Blade. Roll Call Vote: B. Wade-Aye, K. Blade- Aye, T. Mullins- Aye and S. Fowler- Aye. Motion Passed
REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES
Fire Department- Chief Stout reportedthat they are currently borrowing a firetruck from Seat Pleasant, they will hopefully have two new ambulances in March/April and on average they run about 26 calls for service a day.
Council Member Fowler – No report at this time.
Council Member Todd Mullins – Reported Grant Writer, Gwen Mosley has researched information on Body Cameras for the police officers, she is looking for infrastructure grants to cover upgrades to the municipal center, streets and roads and grants for schools and parks. Council Member Mullins asked the audience to call and report if you see anything odd in the neighborhood, don’t be afraid to come forward. Things are happening in our community that are going unreported. If you see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary please call the non-emergency numberor 911 and report it.
Mayor Cann- No report at this time.
Vice Mayor Wade – Reported that it has come to his attention that cars are being broken into looking for valuables. Just like Council Member Mullins stated if you see anything suspicious please call the police and make a report. Also if you’re not feeling well please see your doctor; this strain of flu can be deadly.
Council Member Blade - No report at this time.
Code Enforcement – Code Officer Barry Wade gave a verbal and written report in which he spoke of the Spring Clean-Up event which will be held on May 19, 2018 and he is prepared to move forward with the Rental License program.
Police Department – Chief Damron gave a verbal and written report for the month of January 2018. Chief Damron advised that he has nothing new to report on the Red-Light camera on Allentown Rd., will advise when the information become available.
- Schaefer Fireworks – Mayor and Council reviewed the Contact and Invoice from Schaefer Firework for the 2018 Fireworks display. Motion by Vice Mayor Wade and seconded by Council Member Fowler, to continue using Schaefer Fireworks as the fireworks vendor and to accept the contact as written. The total cost for the display will be $8925.00. No further discussion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
- Communications Calendar – Mayor and Council reviewed the calendar and Council Member Blade will be working on an electronic version that will be linked to the email accounts.
- LGIT Quarterly Loss Report – Mayor and Council reviewed the complete report.
- Grant Writer – Report was given by Council Member Mullins.
- UBS Report- Mayor and Council reviewed the complete report.
- Election Board – Mayor Cannswore in the 2018 Election Board Members Susan Frostbutter,Nicole Wade and Samantha Wade. The other election Judge Lori Williams was unable to make the meeting and will be sworn in at a later date.
- Rhomar/Neutro Wash – Mayor and Council reviewed the estimate for the winterization and cleaning kits for the salt plow. Motion by Council Member Mullins and seconded by Council Member Fowler, to accept the Rhomar estimate totaling $834.00. No further discussion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
- Medical Coverage Renewal - Mayor Cann read into record the recommendation from Insurance Solutions which is to remain with Kaiser Permanente which was less than 1% increase in the overall plan. Motion by Vice Mayor Wade and seconded by Council Member Mullins to continue the medical overage with Kaiser Permanente, renewal period 4/1/2018. No further discussion. All voted aye.
- Toughbooks – Mayor and Council reviewed the Quote from Bob Johnson’s Computer Stuff for 10 Panasonic Toughbook’s for the amount of $14394.71. Vice Mayor Wade advised that only 8 are needed and with the trade in value should not exceed $11, 490.00. Motion by Council Member Mullins and seconded by Council Member Fowler to purchase 8 Panasonic Toughbooks with a budget of $11, 490.00. No further discussion. All voted aye.
- Guest Chairs – Council Member Fowleradvised the Mayor and Council that the town is in need of 4 guest chairs for the offices. The research shows that 4 chairs should not exceed $500.00. Motion by Council Member Fowler and seconded by Council Member Mullins to purchase 4 Guest Chairs with a budget not to exceed $500.00. No further discussion. All voted aye.
- Easter – Council Member Blade would like to host a Bingo Bunny Breakfast on March 24, 2018 at 9:00am. Will a fee of $3.00per person. This event will be held at the Town Hall Building as well will advertise through the local schools. Motion by Council Member Blade and seconded by Council Member Fowler to Host a Bingo Bunny Breakfast on March 24, 2018 and charge $3.00per person
All voted aye.
Pay the Bills –
- Motion by Council Member Fowler, second by Council Member Mullins to pay the bills for February in the amount of $39,105.00. No further discussion. All voted aye. Motion carried.
- Bonnie Kamenicky – Wanted to know how much was in the UBS Account and how much money is used out of that account and is the town looking for additional revenue resources? Also feels that lower Morningside is under represented, meaning most of council live in the upper section and might not travel a lot in the lower section. Mayor Cann advised that the account has over $900,000.00 and money is moved in and out of that account a few times a year. Also Mayor Cann advised that he has considered breaking the town up into 4 sections and assigning a council member to oversee each section.
- Sue Frederick – Concerned about the wet area on the corner of Ames and Morgan Street. She is hoping the work that is currently being performed by PG County will take care of that area. She also reported that there is a piece of curb is missing from the corner of Beauford Rd. and Marianne Dr.
Meeting adjourned at 8:33 pm.