Board of Carroll County Commissioners              County Office Building

                            Westminster, MD  21157

              Open Session              www.ccgovernment.carr.org

 

              ~ Voting Record ~              Admin

 

Thursday, January 17, 2019              10:00 AM              County Office Building Rm 311

 

I.              Call to Order

 

Attendee Name

Organization

Title

Status

Arrived

Stephen Wantz

Board of Carroll County Commissioners

President

Present

 

Ed Rothstein

Board of Carroll County Commissioners

Vice-President

Present

 

Richard Weaver

Board of Carroll County Commissioners

2nd Vice-President

Present

 

Eric Bouchat

Board of Carroll County Commissioners

Commissioner

Present

 

Dennis Frazier

Board of Carroll County Commissioners

Commissioner

Present

 

II.              Positively Carroll

III.              Discussion & Request Approval to Proceed to Public Hearing - Water and Sewer Master Plan Triennial Update

The Carroll County Water & Sewer Master Plan is required by the State of Maryland to be updated every three years. The plan examines the current water and sewer facilities throughout the county, including all eight municipalities. It also identifies future capital improvement projects to enhance the multiple systems around the county and ensure adequate public services to its citizens.

 

Staff received letters, from all eight Municipal Planning Commissions, certifying that this plan is consistent with their Master Plans. The Planning Commission certified that the plan is consistent with the County Master Plan and the 2018 Freedom Community Comprehensive Plan during its December 18, 2018 meeting. Staff has insured that all Amendments to the 2014 Water & Sewer Master Plan were incorporated into the Triennial Update.

 

1.              Motion To:              authorize staff to proceed to a public hearing.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Richard Weaver, 2nd Vice-President

SECONDER:              Dennis Frazier, Commissioner

AYES:              Wantz, Rothstein, Weaver, Bouchat, Frazier

IV.              Briefing/Discussion/Decision ~ Piney Run Dam Assistance Application

On August 9, 2017 the County received a letter from the Dam Safety Division of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) relating to the Piney Run Dam Spillway Capacity Evaluation which was performed by the engineering company of Charles P. Johnson and Associates for MDE. The evaluation showed that Piney Run Dam would be overtopped by a significant amount of flow during a Probable Maximum Flood (PMF). The PMF is defined as "the most severe flood considered possible in a specific region" and is determined by generating flood inflow discharges using Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP). As part of the letter MDE is requiring that an updated comprehensive dam safety engineering analysis be submitted to them on or before August 1, 2019.

 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers assistance to update the Watershed Plan for the Piney Run Reservoir, which is the first step in obtaining assistance from NRCS to perform the required analysis and assist with construction upgrades of up to 65% of the total project costs. Staff is requesting the Board's approval to submit an application for assistance which has a cost share requirement if accepted.

1.              Motion To:              approve the submission of the application to NRCS to initiate the process associated with requesting assistance in performing the required analysis

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Dennis Frazier, Commissioner

SECONDER:              Richard Weaver, 2nd Vice-President

AYES:              Wantz, Rothstein, Weaver, Bouchat, Frazier

V.              Discussion/Decision ~ Exercise Option to Purchase for Kathryn Graf -  Through Rural Legacy Program

A 104.95 acre farm property owned by Kathryn Graf was granted preliminary approval to participate in the County Agricultural Land Preservation Program by the County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board on October 11, 2017. Subsequently, the Board of County Commissioners granted preliminary approval for the property to participate in the County Agricultural Land Preservation Program on February 8, 2018. However, the easement will be purchased through the Maryland Rural Legacy Program using only state funds at a cost of $358,256.73. Notice of Intent to purchase a conservation easement on the property has been duly advertised.

 

The Option signed by the owners provides 120 days for the Commissioners to exercise the Option thereby converting it to a Contract of Sale. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Rural Legacy Program has approved the purchase through a grant agreement with Carroll County and the County and the landowner are ready to proceed to the easement settlement stage.

1.              Motion To:              exercise an Option to Purchase a Rural Legacy Program conservation easement on the Kathryn Graf property

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Stephen Wantz, President

SECONDER:              Ed Rothstein, Vice-President

AYES:              Wantz, Rothstein, Weaver, Bouchat, Frazier

VI.              Agency Presentations

Soil Conservation ~ Gay Teada

Family & Children's Services ~ Kelley Rainey

Union Mills Homestead ~ Jane Sewell

Carroll County Election Board ~ Katherine Berry

VII.              Briefing/Discussion ~ County Financial Position Overview

Following the recent release of the County's FY18 Financial Statements, and prior to the upcoming budget process, the Comptroller provided the Board and the public with an overview of the County's current financial position. Areas he provided include:

 

- FY18 Audited Financial Statement Results

- Credit Ratings

- Fund Balances & Reserves

- Debt & Debt Service Position -Pension, OPEB, and LOSAP Funding Status

- Enterprise Funds

- Financial Ratios and Trends

VIII.              Public Comment

Citizen comment(s):

IX.              Approval/Adoption of Minutes

1.              Thursday, January 10, 2019

X.              Administrative Session ~ Open

XI.              Recess

1.              Motion To:              recess

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Dennis Frazier, Commissioner

SECONDER:              Richard Weaver, 2nd Vice-President

AYES:              Wantz, Rothstein, Weaver, Bouchat, Frazier