2017 Minutes

2017 Minutes

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MAYOR & COUNCIL

MINUTES

APRIL 10, 2017

The regular meeting of the Funkstown Mayor and Council was held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers at Town Hall.

In attendance were Mayor Paul Crampton, Jr., Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, Terry Feiser, Barry Warrenfeltz, Rich Gaver, and Lorraine Smith.

Also in attendance were Mary Cochran, Amanda Weyant, Robin Weyant, Kyle Mariano, Steve Pifer, Chief Eric Fraley, Funkstown Fire Company; Gary Farrell, and Brenda Haynes, Town Manager.

A moment of silence was held, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by full assemblage.

Minutes

Motion was made by Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, seconded by Councilman Terry Feiser to approve the minutes.

Mary Cochran – Community Garden

Ms. Cochran presented the Mayor and Council with paperwork for Funkstown to start a Community Garden.

A lengthy discussion was held regarding the community garden.

The Mayor and Council gave a consensus of agreement for Ms. Cochran to move forward with organizing a meeting to implement the Community Garden.

Misc

Chief Eric Fraley and Gary Farrell with the Funkstown Fire Company attended the Mayor and Council meeting.

The fire company will be having their first barbeque of the season on April 29, 2017, and June 6, 2017 they will be hosting a basket bingo.

Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz stated that the Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Pavilion 4 at the Funkstown Community Park.

Bills

Motion was made by Councilperson Lorraine Smith, seconded by Councilman Rich Gaver to pay the bills. Unanimously approved.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to adjourn. Unanimously approved.                                                                                                        ________________________________________

                                                                                                  Brenda L. Haynes, Town Manager

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MAYOR & COUNCIL

MINUTES

MARCH 13, 2017

The regular meeting of the Funkstown Mayor and Council was held on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers at Town Hall.

In attendance were Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, Terry Feiser, Barry Warrenfeltz, Rich Gaver, and Lorraine Smith.

Also in attendance were Chief Eric Fraley, Funkstown Fire Company; and Brenda Haynes, Town Manager.

A moment of silence was held, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by full assemblage.

Minutes

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to approve the minutes. Unanimously approved.

Constant Yield Tax Rate

Section 6-308 of the Tax-Property Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, requires the Department of Assessments and Taxation to certify to all taxing authorities a Constant Yield Tax Rate that will produce the same revenue in the coming taxable year that was produced in the prior taxable year. This does not prevent the reduction of the tax rate.

The State of Maryland 2017 Constant Yield Tax Rate Certification is 0.3538.

Motion was made by Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz, seconded by Councilman Rich Gaver to keep the Constant Yield Tax Rate at .36 for fiscal year 2017-2018. Unanimously approved.

Misc

Funkstown Fire Company Chief Eric Fraley introduced himself to the Mayor and Council.

For the re-enactment this year the contact for the Fire/EMS side will be Buck Fraley and Jerry Keplinger, and the contact for the food side will by Bobby Rodgers.

A discussion was held regarding the County spending $45,000 to conduct a study to look at staffing within the fire departments. Volunteer help is hard to get.

Ms. Mary Cochran provided the Mayor and Council a packet about starting a community garden. The Mayor and Council will take the packet home and review for the meeting next month. Ms. Cochran will attend the April meeting to discuss further with the Mayor and Council.

Councilman Rich Gaver stated that vehicles are parking on the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, and the school busses are having a hard time getting around the parked cars.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz to put a No Parking Here To Corner on the entire block of 200 East Chestnut Street. Unanimously approved.

Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz stated that St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will have an Easter Egg Hunt on April 15th at the Funkstown Community Park.

MML Dinner

The Mayor and Council will host the next MML Dinner to be held on Monday, March 27, 2017. The dinner will be held at the Elks Club located at 11063 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland.

The social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the evening meal at 6:45 p.m. The menu for the evening will consist of broasted chicken, lasagna, scalloped potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, chocolate cake, carrot cake, coffee, hot and iced tea.

The cost for this meal will be $20.00.

Bills

Motion was made by Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz, seconded by Councilman Rich Gaver to pay the bills. Unanimously approved.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilman Terry Feiser to adjourn. Unanimously approved.

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Brenda L. Haynes, Town Manager

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MAYOR & COUNCIL

MINUTES

February 13, 2017

The regular meeting of the Funkstown Mayor and Council was held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers at Town Hall.

In attendance were Mayor Paul Crampton, Jr., Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, Barry Warrenfeltz, Rich Gaver, and Lorraine Smith.

Also in attendance were Chad Walker, Steven Divelbiss, and Brenda Haynes, Town Manager.

A moment of silence was held, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by full assemblage.

Minutes

Motion was made by Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to approve the minutes. Unanimously approved.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz to approve the Special Meeting minutes of January 24, 2017. Unanimously approved.

Wagon Train

Mr. Steven Divelbiss is in charge of the Wagon Train this year. The event will be held on May 19 – 21, 2017. The Wagon Train will start in Clear Spring on Friday, May 19th at Plumb Grove. The Wagon Train will leave Clear Spring on Saturday, May 20th and stop at Wilson’s Store and Bridge, Cross Wilson Stone Bridge (weather permitting), Wacohu Grange at Huyett’s Crossroads, Hagerstown City Park, Ravenwood Lutheran Village, and then to the Funkstown Community Park. The Wagon Train will have an encampment at the Funkstown Community Park with breakfast on Sunday morning. After the breakfast, the Wagon Train will depart at 10:00 a.m. and arrive at the Boonsboro Shafer Memorial Park around 12:30 p.m.

Linda Irvin Craig – Children’s Village

Mrs. Linda Craig explained to the Mayor and Council how Children’s Village benefits the community. Over 50,000 students have been through the program at Children’s Village at this point and that figure grows by about 2,000 to 2,500 each year, depending on the enrollment of students in the various school populations. All second graders in the public, private, religious and home school settings have been the target audience. This past school year that number was 2,229.
The curriculum was updated as recently as 2015 through a partnership between the internal Education Committee, representatives from Washington County Public Schools and from various emergency responders. It is officially a part of the second-grade health curriculum.
Instructors are part time employees, with no benefits, and there has been no increase to their hourly rate since the switch from all-volunteer instructors to paid positions in 2006

On a national level, the largest cause of death and disability for children under the age of 14 is accidental injury. Several local studies over the years since Children’s Village opened have shown an almost negligible rate for childhood trauma in our local population.

Resolution – Civil War Heritage Area

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area was designated as a Certified Heritage Area in 2006, when the Heritage Area Management Plan was approved by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Motion was made by Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, seconded by Councilman Rich Gaver to adopt a Resolution to amend the Comprehensive Plan of the Town of Funkstown and to include the Heritage Area Management Plan. Unanimously approved.

Misc

Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz informed the Mayor and Council that the stone wall at the cemetery has been repaired, and the work is complete.

Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz stated that St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is very active in the community. Most activities in the evening are held to the rear of the church, and access is from Chestnut Street. Additional lighting is necessary on Chestnut Street for safety reasons.

Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott stated that a Proclamation should be automatically issued each time a boy scout completes the requirements to become an Eagle Scout.
Motion was made by Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, seconded by Councilman Barry Warrenfeltz to issue a Proclamation whenever a boy scout has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Unanimously approved.

Bills

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott to pay the bills. Unanimously approved.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to adjourn. Unanimously approved

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              Brenda L. Haynes, Town Manager

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MAYOR & COUNCIL

MINUTES

JANUARY 9, 2017

The regular meeting of the Funkstown Mayor and Council was held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers at Town Hall.

In attendance were Mayor Paul Crampton, Jr., Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, Terry Feiser, Barry Warrenfeltz, Rich Gaver, and Lorraine Smith.

Also in attendance was Brenda Haynes, Town Manager.

A moment of silence was held, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by full assemblage.

Minutes

Motion was made by Assistant Mayor Sharon Chirgott, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to approve the minutes. Unanimously approved.

Artz Farm

Mayor Paul Crampton, Jr. explained to the Council that the Washington County Commissioners will allow the Town to borrow one million dollars through the revolving loan fund. Settlement is scheduled for February 1, 2017.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilman Terry Feiser to introduce an Ordinance to allow the Mayor and Council to borrow one million dollars through the Revolving Loan Fund for the purpose of acquiring the Artz Farm and 65 Old National Pike, and to authorize the Mayor, Town Manager, and the Town Attorney to finalize all details which will be presented in a formal detailed Ordinance prior to passage. Unanimously approved.

Misc

Councilman Rich Gaver stated that the boy scouts had 45 boys at the end of the year.

Bills

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to pay the bills. Unanimously approved.

Motion was made by Councilman Rich Gaver, seconded by Councilperson Lorraine Smith to adjourn. Unanimously approved.

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Brenda L. Haynes, Town Manager

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