October 11, 2022 | Town Council Meeting Minutes

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Town Council Meeting Minutes

Woodsboro, Maryland

October 11, 2022

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, Crum and Case. Absent from the meeting was Commissioner Eckenrode.

There were seven guests and ten residents in attendance.

Burgess Barnes called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

After review of the September 2022 minutes, a motion to accept them as presented passed 3 – 0.

After review of the September 2022 financials, a motion to accept them as presented passed 3 – 0.

Under unfinished business, Burgess Barnes opened discussion on having chickens in town.  He reported on attending the MML Fall Convention where chickens were a hot topic.  Burgess Barnes spoke of the forums he attended and provided a timeline for changing codes.  He informed everyone that the first step in the process was the Council voting to have or not have a Public Hearing on changing the code to allow chickens. 

A motion to hold a Public Hearing during the December 13, 2022 monthly meeting was made and passed 3 – 0.  Code Enforcement Officer, Donny Strawsburg asked if residents could keep their chickens until after the Public Hearing.  Burgess Barnes informed him they cannot, we must enforce the code as it is written today.  A brief discussion was held and Commissioner Cutshall amended the pervious motion to change the date to January 10, 2023 to allow an announcement to be placed on the water bills that will be mailed out the first part of January. A motion to hold the Public Hearing on January 10, 2023, passed 2 – 1.  Commissioner Crum opposed moving it to January.

The next line of business was with Ben Marshall who was in attendance to present ideas for a skateboard park in the town’s park.  Handouts were provided and discussions held. Burgess Barnes feels the skateboard park should be placed close to the road so it can monitor more closely.  Town residents Jake Dizk and Zach Strausbough were in attendance to show their support. A motion to proceed forward with the planning of the skateboarding park being placed in the front of the park and to the right of the parking lot passed 3 – 0.


Burgess Barnes opened discussion on replacing the current water meter system.  A brief discussion was held. A motion to replace the current water meter system for $204,257 passed 3 – 0.


Commissioner Case reported on the Planning and Zoning meeting that was held on October 3, 2022. He informed the Council that our Planning and Zoning Administrator, Susan Hauver provided handouts of codes for chickens that other Municipalities use.


Commissioner Case also opened discussion on the Veteran banner that hang on utility poles. Burgess Barnes informed him that individuals purchase the banners, and the towns displays them.  It was suggested to allow those inside the town limits first right to hang a banner and then open it up to those with a Woodsboro zip code.  Burgess Barnes will look into this further.

Commissioner Crum reported she is busy working on grant paperwork.

Burgess Barnes announced and thanked Commissioner Cutshall for attending the last meeting in his and Commissioner Crum’s absence and being able to obtain all the requested grant funds.

Mr. Steve Trout was in attendance to discuss development on his property at the South end of town between the cemetery and the park and ride.  Representatives of Mr. Trout’s was in attendance to brief the Council on a plan. The plan would include fifty-eight, three story townhouses and two 6500 sq. ft. commercial spaces.  The Council seemed favorable of this plan.

Burgess Barnes reminded everyone that Woodsboro Days is October 15th and 16th.  There will be a 5K run and yard sales on Saturday and a Music Festival in the park on Sunday.

Resident Rick Bontz, 208 N. Main Street reported he is in charge of the 5K run that will be held on the Woodsboro Park.  He inquired about getting through the cable to pavilion four for registration.  Burgess Barnes will allow this as long as the ground is not too soft.

There being no further business, a motion to adjourn the meeting passed 3 – 0.