February 14, 2023 | Town Council Meeting Minutes

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Town Council Meeting Minutes

Woodsboro, Maryland

February 14, 2023

The Woodsboro Town Council met today at 7:00 PM in the fellowship room of St. John’s UCC with the following members present:
Burgess Barnes, Commissioners Cutshall, Eckenrode, Crum and Case.

There were four guests and sixteen residents in attendance. Burgess Barnes called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

After review of the January 2023 minutes, a motion to accept them as presented passed 4 – 0.

After review of the January 2023 financials, a motion to accept them as presented passed 4 – 0.

Burgess Barnes reviewed the current bank accounts deposited at Woodsboro Bank and explained which accounts were merged and their rate.

Burgess Barnes opened a lengthy discussion on the code pertaining to chickens. He reported that the Planning and Zoning committee met and produced a code allowing chickens in town.

Burgess Barnes would like to see a few changes and suggested the Council review and discuss each section of the draft code. Upon making changes, a motion to approve the draft code with the changes made, was passed 3 – 1. Commissioner Eckenrode was against.

A motion to allow chickens in the town limits passed 3 – 1. Commissioner Eckenrode was against.

Burgess Barnes explained the next step is a Public Hearing to adopt the code change. He would also like to change the code pertaining to the height of grass. Commissioner Crum would like to see the code pertaining to unlicensed cars on properties changed. Burgess Barnes would like to review that
code first.

Commissioner Case had nothing to report.

Commissioner Crum reported on projects being funded by grants. She also reported the new pavilion by the disc golf course will begin construction soon and the new flag poles have been installed at the War Monument.

Commissioner Eckenrode had nothing to report.

Commissioner Cutshall had nothing to report.

Burgess Barnes reported the site plan for the new town hall was reviewed and sent back to the Engineer for changes. The next Planning and Zoning meeting to review those changes will be on March 6, 2023.

Burgess Barnes reported the Water/Wastewater operator has raised his rates. Burgess Barnes approved this increase through June 30, 2023. A new contract will be reviewed for the FY24 Budget.
Burgess Barnes shared a letter from T-Mobile who is asking for a reduction in their rental fee. It was decided not to lower their price.

Burgess Barnes reported the Woodsboro Volunteer Fire Department will hold an Easter egg hunt in the Woodsboro Regional Park on April 1st , time to be determined. The rain date will be April 8th.

Burgess Barnes reported he will be attending the MD Mayors Meeting in Annapolis. Judy Katz, resident on Copper Oaks Drive, had concerns about the street cleaning indicating her road was not done. She mentioned how the maintenance men used to clean it with the little machine called a “Billy Goat” and wondered why that practice is no longer performed. Burgess Barnes will have them get it back out and do her street. She then inquired on what they do
throughout the day.

Mitzi Smith, resident on Adams Street, inquired on how she could notify the Code Enforcement Officer or Council if there is a problem with chickens. She indicated there is nothing in the code on this. She then inquired on whether neighbors to those getting chickens would be informed by a letter that chickens were coming next door. The Council informed her no such letter will be sent out.

Ken Morgan, resident of Wood Street, also shared his thoughts on getting the billy goat machine out to tidy up streets in between street sweepings. He reported years ago the streets were always cleaned up by the maintenance men.

Rachel Dizk, resident of Council Drive, thanked the Council for their time spent on the chicken ordinance and shared her concerns about cell towers being in town.

Burgess Barnes reminded everyone that there is an election this year and two seats will be open.

There being no further business, a motion to adjourn the meeting passed 4 – 0.