Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Delmar Joint Council Meeting 2/27/06
The Delaware side had a reading of Ordinance 139 which has to do with the process of fining people for not keeping their property neat. This Ordinance was bought up in the last joint Meeting. It was not read then, nor was it published in any newspaper. Mayor Outten again tried to get out of reading it but public comment finally put him in a position where he read it. I think the reason he didn't want to read it was it might delay the Mayor and council from getting out of the meeting early. I asked why if the Town had Ordinances for the Public to keep their property neat why didn't the Town clean the trash out of the gutters. I got the usual vague answers about the cost of services going up. I am sure the Delaware side of Town has not had the streets sweep in two years. The streets and gutters are the town responsibility and when we pay taxes we should expect those services to be provided.
John Johnson, President of the Chamber of Commerce, spoke for about ten minutes about ways to improve Delmar. He has apparently written a letter to the Mayors and councils about this. Many in the audience expressed a desire to have the letter read but both Mayors blow the audience and John Johnson off by saying there was not time to read it. They said it would be publish in the Town newsletter that would be forthcoming. Of note the meeting broke up at 9PM when the councils said they had an executive session to go into. It seems to me in an effort to keep things public the letter John Johnson wrote could have been read. This group we have in office seem more interested in getting out of a meeting instead of having a meeting.
The Woods Creek Parking issue was what most people were there for. It is a no win situation for all of the Wood Creek residents. Back when Wood Creek was being laidout there was a workshop with our town engineer Gerry Friedel (Davis Bowen and Friedel Inc). Gerry Friedel was also the Wood Creek engineer which seemed to me to be was a conflict of interest. At that time he said Wood Creek wanted to reduce the roads to 19 feet. He didn't have a problem with it and naturally the Mayors and councils went along with him. Luther Hitchens was there and he said the fire department didn't have a problem as they could get a Fire truck down those street. Well things have changed. It seems no one considered people parking on the street and now there is problem. Maryland Commissioner Carl Anderton has looked into the situation and I will say I was impressed with the job he did. It is however a situation where no one will be happy because the Town let down the citizens by allowing this to happen in the first place. Once again a Real estate developer told the Town how things would be. For a temporary period there will be nine parking spaces and no parking on the street outside of these areas.
As I said the meeting broke up at nine PM due to an executive session. Maryland Commissioner Carrie Williams said she had some comments but would hold them for now. I guess she didn't want to go beyond the critical 9PM cutoff time. I will be interested in hearing what both Williams and Anderton continue to say in the future as they both seem like good Commissioners.
Delmar Utility Commission Audit Report
Artesian versus Tidewater
Delmar Sex Offenders
The twelve are; Dennis Baldwin, Alvin Bales, Jesse Bowen, Carlos Bryant, Catherine Carey, Bryan Garnett, Charles Harris, Wayne Holmes, Scott Horseman, Tito Jones, Jeremy Kopp, and William Powell. Mario Ditomasso lives in Milton but works in Delmar.