TOWN OF MORNINGSIDE
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.