Regular Meeting

Monday, February 4, 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

Lloyd Martin

Ocean City

Council President

Absent

 

Mary Knight

Ocean City

Council Secretary

Present

 

Dennis Dare

Ocean City

Council Member

Present

 

Tony DeLuca

Ocean City

Council Member

Absent

 

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

 

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: City Manager Doug Miller, City Solicitor Guy Ayres, Finance Director Chuck Bireley, Deputy City Clerk Pamela Peters, City Engineer Terry McGean, Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville, Procurement Manager Catrice Parsons, Members of the Press and Interested Parties.

 

Council Secretary Mary Knight called this Regular Meeting to order at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 301 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland 21842.

Prayer and Pledge

Council Member Gehrig led the prayer and Pledge.

Items Presented by the Mayor and City Council

A.              Standing Committee Draft Agendas

Council Secretary Knight reviewed Police Commission February 11 draft agenda.

Council Member James reviewed Tourism Commission February 11 draft agenda.

Mayor Meehan reviewed Transportation Committee February 12 draft agenda.

Council Secretary Knight reviewed Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee February 13 draft agenda.

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

Mayor Meehan reported a January 15 Closed Session vote. A motion was made by Council Member Gehrig and seconded by Council Member DeLuca to approve the recommendation to hire Dan Kupferman of Walker Consultants for a time and materials fee not to exceed $21,000. The vote was unanimous. Mayor Meehan then presented Parking Task Force members: Consultant Dan Kupferman, Council Secretary Knight, Council Member Dare, Council Member Gehrig, Mayor Meehan, City Engineer Terry McGean, Police Captain Mike Colbert, Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville, Brett Wolf, Danelle Amos, Joe Groves, Bill Gibbs, Joel Brous, Mike Donnelly, G. Hale Harrison, Austin Purnell, Joe Kostelac and Chris Mitchell. Council Member Paddack suggested citizens from 131st to 145th Street area be considered.

 

Motion to approve Task Force as presented with flexibility for additional recommendations.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Dennis Dare, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

Consent Agenda

Motion to approve consent agenda items A through C.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

A.              Approval of Minutes

1. Work Session dated January 15, 2019

2. Regular Session #2 dated January 22, 2019

B.              Request to Approve Ocean City Elks Lodge 2019 Military Banner Program

C.              Request to Approve Transfer of Taxi Medallion #085

Miscelleaneous Reports and Presentations

A.              Conditional Use Request to Permit an 18-hole Miniature Golf Course at 45th Street Village presented by Planning and Community Development Director and Zoning Administrator

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval based on the following Findings of Fact: 1) project must return for site plan approval; 2) all parking spaces required for the existing and proposed uses must be constructed prior to receiving a final Certificate of Occupancy; and 3) all prior conditions of approval for the 45th Street Village mixed use project are still in effect.

 

Motion to approve Findings of Fact.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

Public Hearings

Items Referred to and Presentations from the City Manager and Staff

A.              Bid Award Recommendation for 64th Street Boat Ramp Channel Dredging presented by Procurement Manager

City Engineer stated project is 100% funded by the Department of Natural Resources and anticipates a smooth transition since contractor is currently dredging canals.

 

Motion to award project to Brittingham Construction and Landscape in the amount of $138,950.00.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              John Gehrig Jr., Council Member

SECONDER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

B.              Recommendation for Boardwalk Access Control Project Financing presented by Finance Director

The Town's financial advisors, Wye River, solicited a Request for Proposal to fourteen financial institutions, received four responses and recommended awarding financing of the Boardwalk Access Control Project Phase 2 to Bank of America with 2.8261% fixed interest for a 10-year lease term, an agreement between the Mayor, Council and Banc of America Public Capital Corporation.

 

Motion to award financing to Bank of America with lowest bid pricing of 2.8261% and authorize Mayor and Council to enter into a lease agreement.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

SECONDER:              Matthew James, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

Items Referred to and Presentations from the City Solicitor

A.              Resolution Authorizing the Disposition of Personal Property

Motion to adopt Resolution 2019-01.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

Comments from the Public

Greg DeMarco spoke on Worcester County versus Sussex County construction and impact fees.

Vince Gisriel spoke on budgeted amount allocated to advertising and room tax increase.

Tony Christ, John Harrington, Barbara Webber, Julie Valcourt, Kathy Brown and Steve Grossnickle spoke on 67th Street gym closure and the impact it would have on employees, members and surrounding local businesses.

Pete Brooks, previous owner of 67th Street building and gym business, spoke on behalf of the gym's new owner, Todd Clark, requesting Mayor and Council reopen negotiations based on Mr. Clark's financial merits.

Comments from the City Manager

Reviewed February 12 tentative Work Session agenda.

Requested interfund transfer of $100,000 for Gorman Avenue and 44th Street Water Treatment Plan repairs.

 

Motion authorizing $100,000 transfer of funds within Water Fund line items.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Dennis Dare, Mark L. Paddack

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

Comments from the Mayor and City Council

Mayor Meehan testified in opposition of Senator Pinsky's Bill regarding school openings. He also requested a report from Planning and Community Development Bill Neville on impact fees and "Home Keys" program for discussion at a future Work Session.

After a lengthy discussion between citizens, gym members, prior gym owner, Mayor and Council, Council Member Paddack requested reopening negotiations with 67th Street gym owner, Todd Clark, and delaying any further [eviction] action until further notice. City Solicitor Ayres informed Council Wells Fargo is the current property owner.

 

Motion to renegotiate rental terms with 67th Street gym owner at the February 12 Closed Session.

RESULT:              APPROVED [4 TO 0]

MOVER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

SECONDER:              John Gehrig Jr., Council Member

AYES:              Knight, Gehrig Jr., James, Paddack

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

AWAY:              Dare

Council Member Dare expressed concern on current legislation being presented in Annapolis regarding minimum wage increase.

 

Motion authorizing Mayor to draft a letter to the Maryland Municipal League expressing our concerns regarding minimum wage increase.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Dennis Dare, Council Member

SECONDER:              John Gehrig Jr., Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

Adjourn

Motion to adjourn meeting at 8:15 PM.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Matthew James, Council Member

SECONDER:              Mark L. Paddack, Council Member

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

ABSENT:              Martin, DeLuca

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

 

 

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Diana L. Chavis, CMC

City Clerk