Work Session

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mayor and City Council

Town of Ocean City, Maryland

 

Call to Order

 

THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL PRESIDING

Attendee Name

Organization

Title

Status

Arrived

Departed

Lloyd Martin

Ocean City

Council President

Present

 

 

Mary Knight

Ocean City

Council Secretary

Present

 

 

Dennis Dare

Ocean City

Council Member

Present

 

 

Tony DeLuca

Ocean City

Council Member

Present

 

 

John Gehrig Jr.

Ocean City

Council Member

Present

 

 

Matthew James

Ocean City

Council Member

Present

 

 

Mark L. Paddack

Ocean City

Council Member

Present

 

 

Richard W. Meehan

Ocean City

Mayor

Present

 

3:10 PM

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: City Manager Doug Miller, City Solicitor Guy Ayres, Finance Director Chuck Bireley, City Clerk Diana Chavis, Police Chief Ross Buzzuro, Procurement Manager Catrice Parsons, Police Lieutenant Glen McIntyre, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief Jay Jester, Retention and Recruitment Coordinator Christine Bennett, Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville, Budget Manager Jennie Knapp, Tourism and Marketing Director Donna Abbott, Members of the Press and Interested Parties.

 

Council President Lloyd Martin called this Work Session to order at 11:00 AM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 301 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland 21842.

Notice and Report on Closed Session

A.              Closed Session - Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM to discuss Legal, Contractual and Personnel Matters

Convened into Closed Session to: 1) discuss (i) the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation or performance evaluation of appointees, employees or officials over whom it has jurisdiction; or (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals; 2) consult with counsel to obtain legal advice to preserve attorney-client privilege; and 3) before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiation strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participate in the competitive bidding or proposal process.

 

Motion to convene into Closed Session by Council Secretary Knight; seconded by Council Member DeLuca. The vote was unanimous with Council Members Gehrig and Paddack absent for the vote.

 

Council President Lloyd Martin reported on Closed Session. Members present were Mayor Rick Meehan, City Manager Doug Miller, Council President Lloyd Martin, Council Secretary Mary Knight, Council Members Dennis Dare; Matt James; Tony DeLuca; John Gehrig and Mark Paddack, City Solicitor Guy Ayres, City Clerk Diana Chavis and Public Works Director Hal Adkins.

 

Motion to convene Closed Session at 1:05 PM.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Tony DeLuca, Council Member

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

Motion to reconvene into Closed Session at 4:50 PM by Council Member DeLuca; seconded by Council Member James. The vote was unanimous.

 

Council President Lloyd Martin reported on Closed Session. Persons present were Mayor Rick Meehan, City Manager Doug Miller, Council President Lloyd Martin, Council Secretary Mary Knight, Council Members Dennis Dare; Matt James; Tony DeLuca, John Gehrig and Mark Paddack, City Solicitor Guy Ayres [left at 5:15 PM], City Clerk Diana Chavis and Public Works Director Hal Adkins.

 

Motion to convene Closed Session at 5:30 PM.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Tony DeLuca, Council Member

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

Acknowledgements and Recognitions

Comments from the Public

New Business

A.              Request to Install Nine Additional Small Cell Antenna Sites presented by Crown Castle Government Relations Specialist Trey Spear

Proposed antenna locations were removed from Montego Bay. Requested nine (9) additional small cellular antennas in Caine Woods, Heron Harbor, Caine Keys and Little Salisbury. Council Member Dare felt staff was capable of working with Crown Castle for appropriate design and placement efforts.

 

Motion to table decision to February 12 Work Session to obtain legal advice and to provide time for Crown Castle to create photo simulations depicting exact pole design for each location.

RESULT:              APPROVED [6 TO 1]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              John Gehrig Jr., Council Member

AYES:              Martin, Knight, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

NAYS:              Dare

B.              Amendments to General Order 200 U-1, Use of Force and General Order 500 B-1, Promotion Process - Non Exempt Ranks presented by Police Chief

Approved at the January 22 Regular Meeting. Those absent from the meeting, Council President Martin and Council Members Dare and Gehrig, concur. Previous vote holds.

C.              Request to Appropriate Funding for Police Vehicles presented by Procurement Manager

Motion to approve appropriation of $45,000 for the purchase of two replacement vehicles for the Police Department and to appropriate $12,000 to upfit both vehicles. Vehicles to be utilized by the Criminal Investigation Division.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mary Knight, Council Secretary

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

D.              OCVFC Retention and Recruitment Progress Report presented by OCVFC Assistant Chief Jay Jester and Retention and Recruitment Coordinator Christine Bennett

Introduced Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Christine Bennett and provided a six month report showing overview and statistics of department's initiatives, programs and progress.

E.              Request to Approve Maryland Sustainable Communities Designation Renewal presented by Planning and Community Development Director and OCDC Executive Director Glenn Irwin

The Maryland Sustainable Communities designation of Ocean City's Downtown Revitalization area must be renewed every five years. This designation is required for application to several Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development revitalization programs such as the Community Legacy Program and Strategic Demolition Fund. Through partnership with the Ocean City Development Corporation, these resources have promoted a safer, healthier and more attractive community by providing reinvestment grants.

 

Motion to approve renewal application and authorizing city manager to sign on behalf of Mayor and City Council.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Tony DeLuca, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mary Knight, Council Secretary

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

F.              Proposed Room Tax Increase from 4.5 to 5.0 Percent presented by City Manager, Budget Manager and Tourism and Marketing Director

Presented scenarios for proposed room tax increase to establish funding level for destination advertising and marketing and establish wording for an ordinance to authorize funding of both. The Tourism Commission voted in support of the .5% room tax increase and recommended Mayor and Council review how funds would be divided between Marketing and Economic Development. A lengthy discussion prevailed about use of additional funds, effective date of increase and coordinated effort for an off-island sports complex to enhance destination marketing efforts.

 

MOTION made by Council Member DeLuca and seconded by Council Secretary Knight to approve preferred Option 1 to increase room tax from 4.5% to 5% effective July 1, 2019. Motion was withdrawn. 

 

MOTION made by Council Member DeLuca and seconded by Council Member Dare to approve room tax increase from 4.5% to 5% effective July 1, 2019. Motion was withdrawn.

 

Motion to request Worcester County approve room tax increase from 4.5% to 5% effective July 1, 2019, via letter drafted by Mayor.

RESULT:              DEFEATED [3 TO 4]

MOVER:              Tony DeLuca, Council Member

SECONDER:              Dennis Dare, Council Member

AYES:              Knight, Dare, DeLuca

NAYS:              Martin, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

Motion requesting Worcester County approve room tax increase from 4.5% to 5% via letter drafted by Mayor.

RESULT:              APPROVED [5 TO 2]

MOVER:              Dennis Dare, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mary Knight, Council Secretary

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Paddack

NAYS:              Gehrig Jr., James

Motion for staff to research Request for Proposal costs associated with the establishment of a sports complex and its potential economic benefit to Ocean City.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Dennis Dare, Council Member

SECONDER:              Matthew James, Council Member

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

G.              Formation of a Parking Task Force presented by Mayor Meehan

Tabled to February 4 Regular Meeting.

Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at Closed Session at 5:30 PM.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Tony DeLuca, Council Member

SECONDER:              John Gehrig Jr., Council Member

AYES:              Martin, Knight, Dare, DeLuca, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

 

 

Approved by Mayor and Council this _____ day of _________________, 2019

 

 

___________________________________

Diana L. Chavis, CMC

City Clerk