Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The February Delmar Delaware Mayor and Council Meeting
Last night I went to the Maryland town hall to listen to our Mayor and council discuss Delmar Delaware items out of state. All of them were present. The meeting started at 7 Pm and was over with by 8:20 - no executive sessions. Altho there were some major decisions being made in regards to taking on additional debt and town charter changes as you can see from the photo below how many town residents turned out for it - OK there was only me there. semper eadem, Latin for "always the same" continues in Delmar
Regarding the $618,890 bond obligation, it was approved. I had a lot of difficult to have them say in a public meeting that if the loan amount was not forgiven by the state of Delaware they would not pursue taking the loan out, but eventually someone said it, so it is a matter of public record the town will not obligate it self to a $600K loan if something is not put forward in writing from the state of Delaware that the loan will be forgiven.
The Charter change for Mayor and Councilpeople removal from office due to missed meetings and criminal conviction, plus pay raises for the Mayor and council. I voiced some disagreement with it as it is very open as to what a criminal conviction may be. This is one of those changes that really end up in being mob rule instead of a legal decision. Some people agreed with me on the council but in the end this charter change was approved.
The final charter change was removing the opportunity for people between 18 to 20 years of age from holding public office in Delmar. Currently they can. As you can see from the above photo how many turned out to defend their right to hold public office. Happily for me Councilman Alan Littleton disagreed with it so I did not have to be the only "bad" guy that spoke out against a charter change they had already read at the last joint council meeting. There was about a half hour discussion on it. Generally it was as I have said before; in my thirty years of being involved in Delmar government or at least attending the meetings as the 'public' there has never been anyone under 21 apply for public office so it would be a waste of time to change the town charter. In the end the charter change died due to the lack of a motion for it. I will note that altho they were not there, one person did email the Town manger that they were against the change. Should you not be able to attend a meeting but would like your thoughts known you can write a letter or email the town manager at
Sara Bynum-King - Town Manager (MD Notary) firstname.lastname@example.org
and your comments will be read to the council.
The final item discussed was the traffic pattern at the school. They want to test a new pattern with traffic cones in front of the school and the test will last three days. Various comments were given and they decided to go from 200 cones spaced every three foot to about 80 cones spaced about ten foot apart. The traffic pattern at the school is one in which no one is going to be completely happy with.