April 2005

TOWN OF BLADENSBURG
WORKSESSION
April 5, 2005

I. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor Pro Tem Watson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with Council Members Ficklin, Hoffman and James present. Mayor McGrory arrived immediately after the Call to Order and took over as Chair.

II. INTRODUCTION OF PASTOR BILLINGSY: The Pastor presented a program Healing Hearts that the Seventh Day Adventist Church is holding to help with those overcoming grief at the loss of a loved one.

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Approval of Minutes was tabled until the Council Meeting.

IV. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Presentation of Budget: Town Administrator Sarumi presented her draft budget based on keeping the current real tax rate, increasing the personal property tax rate and using $100,000 from the reserve funds.

Project List: The project list was reviewed and updated.

V. NEW BUSINESS:

Approval of Election Judges: Two Judges, Doris Fink and Janet ONeil, will be voted on at the Monday Council Meeting. Suggestions are needed for the Third Judge.

Mutual Aid Agreement with Laurel: This will be voted on at the April Council Meeting.

Meeting with Jack Johnson: Council and Town Administrator will move forward to set up a meeting with the County Executive and other County Officials to brief them on issues of importance to the Town.

Ordinances to Amend Budget: These were tabled pending the recommendation of the Town Administrator.

Conduit for CDBG Funding: This was tabled pending recommendation on April 8th from the Management Staff.

VI. CLARIFICATION OF STAFF REPORTS:

Re: TAG Program: Tim McNamara recommended that the Council urge PGCMA and MML to lobby for legislation that would facilitate locating property owners in Land Records.

VII. ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Mayor & Council Visioning Session is April 9th.

Multicultural Day is tentatively scheduled for August 28.

Council Member Watson reported on the NLC meeting.

Mayor McGrory asked for the Town Administrators recommendation on whether the Town Attorney is needed at Council Meetings and/or Worksessions.

Mayor McGrory spoke about the importance of attending events such as the 47th District Reception in order to make Bladensburgs interests know to those who can help the Town.

VIII. ADJOURNMENT: At 10:00 p.m., there being no further public business, Council Member Hoffman moved to adjourn into closed session to discuss contract negotiations. Council Member Watson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,
Pat McAuley, Town Clerk