Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The May 2012 Delmar Joint Council Meeting

The May 2012 Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland Joint Council meeting was held last night. The member missing was Delmar Delaware Councilman Woody Payne.  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 story - go to the meeting.  The meeting was over with by 9 PM.

There were a number of items discussed but only a few that I will comment on.
The main discussion of the night was the Budget.  Part of the Budget (on the Maryland side of town) was the hiring of another police Officer.  The Police department has an individual they want to hire.  The individual (his/her name was not mentioned) is willing to pay his own way thru the Maryland Police academy and then be hired in my Delmar PD and be sent to the Delaware police academy.  The Maryland side of town would pay the full salary of that person from January 2013 to June 2013 at which point the Maryland side of town would expect the Delaware side of town to pick up 40% of the salary.  Mayor Houlihan said he disagreed.  The Delaware side of town did not agree to that in the Budget and would not go along with it.  He said they were already picking up the salary of a policeman who was hired in on a grant and now the grant was over with.  He said the Delaware side of town did not have the resources to hire yet another officer.  Commissioner Ring and Commissioner Luffman felt that the Delaware side should pay for the salary so this person could be hired in.  Delmar police Chief Hal Saylor provide some input.  It ended with the Maryland side of town going for hiring the additional handpicked person for the police force.  The Delaware side will not agree to pay the salary for him.

The effects of Landscaping of the town hall should be seen within the next week or so.  Commissioner Stephanie Ring asked if there was not some way in which smoking outside of Town hall could be stopped as there were cigarette butts all over the parking lot.  The town will consider a sign saying “no smoking within 25 feet of building”.  The idea seems like a laugh to me.  There is constant foot traffic thru the Town Hall parking lot at night and none of those people are going to give a shit about a sign.  It amounts to another unenforced ordianace that will be used in a selective and discriminatory manner.  Plus it is one more government entity telling you what you should do in your private life.    
Commissioner Stephanie Ring also felt something should be done about the Lecates building (or maybe I should refer to it as the Chris Mill’s building now) and the Mason Dixon Auction house  before Heritage Days in September.  The Delmar Maryland town Lawyer said he thought there could be found some violations of the town building code at Mason Dixon.

In the public comment part of the meeting I said since the schools are letting out for the summer will the Red Speed Camera be turned off for the summer?  The answer was they were not sure but Mayor Carl Anderton said he would check on that and get back to me.
I also said I was aware the US 13 Dragway and international speedway was not in the town limits but I would like for the Delmar Delaware elected officials to support me in trying to have the noise level coming from the racetrack reduced.  Altho the track was here when I moved to Delmar I feel the noise and sound emanating from the racetrack has increased over the years, in part due to some wooded area being cut eliminating that sound barrier.  The volume of sound is to the point where the use and enjoyment of Delmar resident’s homes are greatly affected by the racetrack.


Andy Fleetwood said...

thaks for the updates

Dixie said...

I would think that Stephanie Ring could concern herself with more than cigarette butts on the ground.
Another "better than thou" elected official in Delmar. Just what we need!
She's full of ideas but isn't available to implement anything. Just another complainer when it comes to things that "bother" her.