The June Delmar Joint Councils meeting was held last night at 7:00PM (Over with by 8:20 ). Last night's missing members were Delaware Councilman Woody Payne (unknown reason) and Delaware Mayor Michael Houlihan (Medical procedure yesterday). My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real stories go to the meeting or buy a newspaper.
The Delmar Joint Council Meeting was held a week early due to the Delmar Maryland Council expecting to attend parties in Ocean City next week with the Maryland Municipal League
. The Maryland Municipal League Convention will have representatives from 121 municipalities and almost 1,200 city, town, county and state officials, as well as corporate representatives, will attend the convention (June 26 - 29, 2011 at the Ocean City Convention Center.)
Tonight was a boring meeting, thankfully it was over with by 8:20. Generally it was first readings of ordinances that will restrict freedoms of the residents and milk them for more fines thusly generating more revenue for the town. The Delaware side of town took a "Me Too" attitude and duplicated the proposed ordinances Maryland introduced.
They had the first reading to adopted the 2009 International Residential Building Code. They already were using an earlier version but Maryland required them to adopt the newer version so Delaware went along with it. They also removed part of the provisions in the code for fire sprinklers.
They had first readings of the Parking Ordinance (based on Princess Anne), Grass cutting ordinance (based on Laurel), and the abandon building ordinance. I will write more about these later. All with fine structures.
The Delmar high school traffic pattern was discussed. The Police and school had their meeting and presented a pattern to the school bus contractors. The bus contractors rejected it. They will meet again and revise it again in July.
The Maryland side voted to use Red Speed for traffic speeding tickets. Some Commissioners reasons for voting yes were; James Henderson: "Wicomico County is looking at putting in Red Speed and Delmar will lose money if Wicomico County puts in red speed in Delmar." Carl Anderton, Jr: "If speeder are going 12 miles over the speed limit they should be fined. Better for Delmar to get the revenue as it is being double taxed by Wicomico county already." No mention if any of the Council would be on the "Special people who aren't fined" list for Red Speed.