TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018
(Postponed from March 20, 2018 due to inclement weather) 

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.  Chief Amos Damron, 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

  • Mayor Cann stated that the Principal from Imagine Academy could not make the meeting tonight, but if anyone had questions to get them to him and he will pass them on to her.
  • Todd Pounds, the Town Attorney read a statement regarding a test that was performed regarding the safety of the banking system.  The test worked, however it was not the best way to perform said test.
  • Ernest Canlas is a candidate for the Democratic Central Committee Dist 25.  He spoke for a few minutes.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade, seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of February 20, 2018 and the work session of March 13, 2018.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of March 13, 2018.

INTRODUCTION/ADOPTION OF RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES

  • Introduction of Resolution 2018-02 – Town of Morningside Joining I-NET
  • Introduction of Ordinance 16-240  – Rental Licenses for the Town of Morningside

 

REPORT OF OFFICERS/BOARDS/COMMITTEES

Public Works – Michael Johnson read his written report.  He also talked about a possible salt dome and a bob cat to help with snow removal.

Code Enforcement – Barry Wade gave a written and verbal report.  He thanked Regina Foster for all of her help in getting the Rental License Ordinance ready for presentation to the Council.

Administrative Office – Clerk-Treasurer Rooker attended the Open Meetings class held by the Maryland Municipal Clerks Association.  Chesapeake, our worker’s comp insurer, came out and did an audit based on salaries paid.  We had underestimated so we owed about $800 more for the year.

Police Department – Chief Damron gave an oral & written report.

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

Vice Mayor Wade – Thanked the Public Works Dept for their response to the recent snow event.  Residents really need to follow the ordinance to park on the odd side of the street to make it easier to plow.  Also thanked the Public Works Dept for their clean-up actions after the windstorm prior to the snow event.

Council Member Mullins – He will be meeting with Choice Concrete to look at curbs and sidewalks throughout the Town that are in need of repair this spring.

Council Member Fowler – Nothing new at this time.

Mayor Cann – Stated that the Bingo Bunny Breakfast was a great success.  We unfortunately had to turn people away because we were at capacity.   Asked residents to go to the website and provide feedback.

Fire Dept – The Mayor spoke for Chief Stout who could not make the meeting.  Still working on the OEM agreement with the County and trying to get speed cameras back in Morningside as a safety and fiscal issue.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

I-NET

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, seconded by Council Member Fowler that the Town of Morningside join the Prince George’s County I-NET system.  This will be of great value to the Town especially the Police Department.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. (See Resolution above)

Rental Licenses

  • Discussion ensued after the introduction of Ordinance 16-240.

Fireworks 

  • Mr. Schaefer will come to review the shoot space since the county has done some construction in the area and the County Fire Marshal has said we need to lower our shells from 4 inches to 3, maybe 3.5 inches. 
  • The July 4th parade letters have been mailed.

Easter

  • Council member Blade stated that there was a great turn out. 
  • She thanked Susan Mullins for donating a couple of Easter baskets, one was the big bingo prize and the other was raffled off and brought in over $100.

Guest Chairs

  • Will be purchased soon according to Council Member Fowler. 
  • She will also be looking into getting new tables and chairs to use for meetings and rentals.  The ones we have now are over 14 yrs. old.

Street Light

Motion by Council Member Fowler, seconded by Council Member Mullins to spend $2618 out of the Streets and Roads funds to add a light at 6603 Pine Grove Dr.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Trash & Recycling Carts

  • Everyone is still getting used to them.
  • If you have trouble moving the carts, please call the Admin Office and arrangements will be made to assist you.
  • Do not spray paint your house numbers on the new carts, they have codes on them that let Bates and the Town know which cart goes to which address.
  • Mark your old cans for removal if you want to get rid of them.

Communications Calendar, UBS Statement, and VS Report

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

 NEW BUSINESS

SunTrust Account Signer

Motion by Council Member Fowler, seconded by Council Member Blade to add Council Member Fowler as the 3rd signer on all 4 of the Town’s SunTrust bank accounts.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

UBS Account Signer

Motion made by Council Member Fowler, seconded by Council Member Blade to add Vice Mayor Wade as the 3rd signer on all of the UBS financial accounts.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Municipal Center Roof

  • The LGIT adjuster came out and looked at the windstorm damage to the roof. 
  • It needs to be tarped.  We can do it through Public Works or hire a company to come do it.

Motion by Council Member Fowler, seconded by Council Member Mullins to have Bravado Company come out to tarp the roof at a cost of up to $1000.  It can be billed directly to our insurance claim.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Extra Cell Phone

  • Discussion ensued regarding having an extra cell phone for emergency uses. 
  • The discussion continued and it was determined that we do not need to have one at this time.

Bob Cat for Public Works

  • The Town is looking into purchasing a bob cat to use primarily during snow events.
  • Vice Mayor Wade will bring prices to the next meeting
  • This can be paid for out of the Highway User Funds

MML Academy

Motion by Council Member Fowler, seconded by Vice Mayor Wade to pay the $250 registration fee for any Council Member who would like to become certified through the MML Academy.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Pay Bills

  • Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Mullins to pay the bills for the month of March in the amount of $27,381.31.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried,

OPEN FORUM

Brenda O – Thanked Public Works, Barry Wade and Bradley Wade for their assistance when a tree fell from their yard into the street during the windstorms earlier in the month.