May 2018

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 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.  Chief Amos Damron, Barry Wade from Code Enforcement, Michael Johnson from Public Works, Chief Michael Stout from the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.

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


  • William I Jackson, III – The Mayor recognized William A Jackson, III with a proclamation that 5-15-18 is William I Jackson III day in Morningside in recognition of his excellent service as a student volunteer for the Town during the 2017-2018 school year.
  • James Adams – The Mayor swore in Mr. Adams as Temporary Public Works Associate.
  • Krystal Oriadha – A candidate for County Council Dist 7 spoke to those present about her agenda for becoming a Council Member.


Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade, seconded by Council Member Mullins to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 17, 2018 and the work session of May 8, 2018.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

The persons signed in at the work session of 5-8-18 were not present to speak at this time.



Code Enforcement – Officer Barry Wade gave a written and oral report.  He talked about possibly rescheduling the Spring Clean-Up due to inclement weather.

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

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

Police Department – The Chief gave a written & oral report. He talked about keeping an eye out due to multiple vehicle break-ins in Town.

Council Member Blade – Thanked all who came out to vote in the Town election May 7th.

Vice Mayor Wade – Agreed with the Chief – watch for crime and especially watch out for kids with the warm weather coming.

Council Member Fowler – She also thanked all who came out & voted.

Council Member Mullins – All of his information is to be spoken about under Unfinished Business.

Fire Department – Chief Stout gave an oral report.

Mayor – Has been attending a lot of off-site meetings.  The work session for June will be held the 1st Tuesday (June 5) due to the Council being in Ocean City for the MML Conference on the 2nd Tuesday (June 12).


Roof Repair/Replace 

  • The Company that the Council chose to do the roof repairs has decided not to do the job.  The Council decided to go with Corley Roofing to do the repairs at $985.  The Mayor will sign the contract tonight and the Clerk-Treasurer will get it and the deposit to Corley Roofing ASAP.

Bob Cat

  • The Bob Cat has been ordered.  Should arrive in a few weeks.  The price was actually lower ($36,272) than the quoted price ($37,144.34).


  • Due to family issues, Council member Fowler will have the information regarding the replacement tables, chairs, and flooring available for the next work session.

Spring Clean-Up 2018

  • Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade proposes a rain date of June 2 & 3 for the Spring Clean-Up and Shot Clinic.

Yard Sale & Movie Night

  • Motion by Councilmember Blade, second by Council member Mullins for a budget for the Yard Sale not to exceed $150 and for the Movie Night budget not to exceed $625. Discussion ensued about food sales and possible rain dates.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Salt Barn

  • Vice Mayor and Public Works are still waiting to hear from one person about right-of way needed for placement of salt barn.  Should have the answer in writing by the next work session.

Street & Roads

  • Council member Mullins has been out marking areas in need of repair/replacement throughout Town.
  • Will be meeting on Friday, May 18 at 1pm with Choice Concrete.
  • Looking to possibly repaving Randolph Rd.

Fines & Parking Tickets

  • The Chief has new signs to put up regarding tow-away zones near fire hydrants and yellow curb zones.  He will work with Public Works to get the signs up ASAP.
  • The Police Department will start heavily enforcing these areas especially on Wednesday s when the problem is more prevalent.

Ordinance Book

  • Will really start working on this after the budget is passed. 
  • Will have special work sessions to complete this project.

 Communications Calendar, UBS Statement, and VS Report

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


Election Results

  • The results from the Town election held May 7, 2018 are as follows:

For Councilmember:

Katie Blade - votes = 25, absentee votes = 0, total votes – 25

Sharon Fowler – votes = 24, absentee votes = 0, total votes = 24

Write-ins for Councilmember:

Larry Frostbutter – total votes = 1

John Anthony – total votes = 1

Oscar Portillo – total votes = 1

Total ballots rejected/voided = 0

Certified by Election Judges: Susan Frostbutter (Chief), Samantha Wade and Nicole Wade

  • The Council members will be sworn-in on Monday, May 21 at 6:30pm.

2018-2019 Budget

  • Clerk-Treasurer Rooker and Mayor Cann presented 6 budget proposals to the Council
  • There will be a Budget meeting at 6:30pm, Thursday, May 17th and another immediately following the Council Swearing-In on Monday May 21 at 6:30pm/


  • The Council discussed the presentation by IT company Nauticon. 
  • They would like to see at least one more company before making a decision.  Instructed the Admin Dept to find another company.
  • Looking to make a decision by the next regular Town meeting.

July 4th Events Budget

  • The Mayor stated that the committee will be meeting on May 16th
  • They will bring their request to the next work session.

Burgundy Public Works Truck

  • Mike Johnson from Public Works and Vice Mayor Wade expressed that the Burgundy Town Truck needs extensive repairs - New tires @ $773.20 and U-joints @ $1981.70. 
  • Motion by Council member Fowler, second by Council member Blade to have the repairs done and take the money needed out of the Streets & Roads Highway User Fund.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

Pay the Bills

  • Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, second by Council Member Mullins to pay the bills for the month of May in the amount of $54,407.39.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.


Brenda O – Asked about a noise (loud music) ordinance.  Chief instructed her to call 911 or the non-emergency number to lodge a complaint while it is happening.  She also asked if the website was only for events happening in the Town limits or could it include events outside the limits – i.e.: schools, etc.?  The Mayor said to call Town Administrative Office and it would be handled on a case-by-case basis.  She also noted the low voter turnout for this election.


Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.