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Council Meeting Minutes

November 23, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 23, 2015 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Vickers, Sydnor, Cooke, Thomas, and Hanson. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council held an open executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss the audit.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and passed 5:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the November 9, 2015 public Council meeting (excluding the executive session minutes) was seconded and passed 5:0.

Appointments

Presentation by PKS & Company and approval of the FY2015 audited financial statements-Mike Kleger and Leslie Michalik presented the audit results. In their opinion, the financial statements for the year ending June 30, 2015 is an unmodified opinion. This means the financial statements present fairly the financial position of the City in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This is also known as a clean opinion. It is the highest level they can give. They did not identify any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses or note any compliance issues as a result of their audit testing. From an overall perspective, Mr. Kleger thinks the City's financial position is a healthy financial position. The fund balances have been trending upward over the last five years. He thinks the City needs to continue building the general fund balance for the long term. They were very pleased with the results as of June 30, 2015.

Leslie Mickalik gave the highlights. For the year ending June 30, 2015, the City's general fund had total revenues of $13,078,227; total expenditures of $13,251,490; loan proceeds of $574,940 and transfers out to the marina fund of $156,000 which resulted in an increase in the general fund balance of $245,725 for the year. If we add that to the fund balance at the beginning of the year, the City's general fund ended the year with a total fund balance $3,048,819. The general fund balance has continually increased from its level of just under $500,000 in 2010 to just over $3,000,000 in 2015. Parts of the fund balance are restricted or committed for specific purposes or designated or assigned by the Mayor and Council which left an unassigned balance of $1,212,000. That represents 39 days of average operating expenses. General fund revenues were $13,078,227. The largest source of revenues is taxes and utility fees (64%). Comparing this year to last year, there was an increase of about 12% which is largely due to a large amount of grant revenues that were received in the current year. The total expenditures were $13,251,490. The largest area of expenditures is public safety (35%). The City has three enterprise funds-the Municipal Utilities Commission, the sewer fund, and the marina fund. For the year ending June 30, 2015, the Municipal Utilities Commission had a net income of $177,317. The sewer fund had a loss of $304,547. The marina fund had a loss of $156,595 (before transfers). This amount was transferred from the general fund. At the beginning of the year, the enterprise funds ended the year with a net position of $37,216,000. The largest part is invested in property and equipment. There was some restricted money from the accumulated impact fees and from debt service reserve of $705,000 which left the City with an unrestricted net position in the enterprise funds of $1,765,000. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the audit and the report was seconded and approved 5:0.

Representative from Tiger Group Cub Scouts 209 to request permission to plant a tree at Great Marsh-Melanie Rice said one of their badge requirements is to plant a tree. A motion to allow Troop 209 to plant a tree at Great Marsh (after conferring with the Director of Public Works) was seconded and approved 5:0.

Kathy Mowbray to request permission to use Cannery Way on Race Street on Friday, December 18th starting at 7:00 pm for a candlelight prayer service for people facing drug addictions-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to grant Dry Dock permission to use Cannery Way on December 18th starting at 7:00 pm for a candlelight vigil and a variance from the noise ordinance (7:00 pm until 10:00 pm) was seconded and approved 5:0.
Gene Tolley to discuss the 500 block of Race Street-Mr. Tolley asked for an update on the Hearn Building. George Hyde said the County received a $10,000 grant that could be used toward designing the stabilization and have contracted with a structural engineer to do the design. He received some preliminary plans late this afternoon for stabilizing the front facade of the building. He believes they are still working on the plans for the side of the building. They have not received any grants to cover the implementation yet. Mr. Tolley said there is a danger that the building will collapse on his building. He understands there is a buyer interested in the Hearn Building. The building is starting to curve some more toward his building. He asked Council for their help. Shirley Tolley said they received a letter saying they have 30 days to repair their building. They cannot even get in the alley to look at their building. George Hyde will contact Mr. Tolley in reference to the letter.
Unfinished Business

Review comments submitted regarding the proposed Ordinance to regulate PODs-Rob Collison said two comments were received. The first was to try to require that if the PODs were to be placed in the street, that they be placed in front of the property that requested it. The second comment suggested an annual fee to be paid by the POD vendor and also some comments with regard to the possibility of placing the PODS on the street or public right-of-way. Planning and Zoning is addressing the issue of non-conforming small lots which prevent the installation of permanent storage sheds and the use of PODs as an alternative solution.

New Business

Approve financing for three police cars through Provident State Bank-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to obtain the loan through Provident State Bank at a rate of 1.89% for 36 months for three police cars was seconded and approved 5:0.

Extend contract with PKS & Company, PA (auditors) for three years-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to extend the agreement with PKS for three more years under the conditions stated in their letter was seconded and failed 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers, Cooke, and Hanson opposed. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to forward the topic to the Ethics Commission for an advisory opinion was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Residency of a Commissioner-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer a topic to the Ethics Commission to discuss the residency of a Commissioner died for lack of a second.

Introduction of Ordinances to the Unified Development Code:

a. Proposed Ordinance No. 1056 -- Amendments to Section 9.2 by adding land use definitions to Article 9-A provision for produce stands did not get carried over from the previous code. It also gives definitions for kennel, cattery, and warehouses.
b. Proposed Ordinance No. 1057 -- Amendments to Section 4.2 to alphabetize and coordinate the land use tables-This is housekeeping on alphabetizing the land use tables.
c. Proposed Ordinance No. 1058 -- Amendments to Section 4.2 and the Land Use Tables-This is cleaning up the tables that are referenced in Section 4.2.
d. Proposed Ordinance No. 1059 -- Amendments to Section 6.3.2 and 6.3.3 to provide parking standards for residential and institutional uses-This deals with parking standards.
e. Proposed Ordinance No. 1060 -- Amendments to Section 4.2.3 to permit medium-size warehousing and temporary seasonal activities-This sets forth the conditions that must be met for a special condition under zoning.
f. Proposed Ordinance No. 1061 -- Amendments to definitions and permitted tables to permit define and permit Medical Cannabis facilities-This would create the definitions that follow the State code. The only proposed changes on the substantive terms of this ordinance is that the Planning Commission is recommending that the 1000-foot setback from the schools in all those districts also include a setback of 1000 feet from any drug rehabilitation center.

A public hearing will be held at the Council meeting on December 14, 2015. Depending upon how much public comment is received, Council could either defer a vote or vote that evening.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.


With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:26 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 23, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.


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Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor