TOWN OF BLADENSBURG
September 6, 2005
I. CALL TO ORDER: Mayor McGrory called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. with Council Members Ficklin, Hoffman, James and Watson present.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Council Hoffman moved to approve the amended July 2005 Workwsession minutes as presented. Council Member James seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
III. MOMENT OF SILENCE: There was a moment of silence for the hurricane victims.
IV. SECTOR PLAN AMENDMENT: Sonya Ewing, Planner, gave an overview of the proposed Goals, Concepts and Guidelines for the Sector Plan Amendment for the Town Center project. The final document will be voted on for approval at the September Council Meeting.
V. G.S. PROCTOR & ASSOCIATES: Cheryl Harrington, representing the lobbying firm, gave a presentation on its work with municipalities and other entities.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
Council Member Hoffman: Council Member Hoffman gave a review of her twenty two years of service, highlighting the Towns achievements and thanking those who serve and served as elected officials and staff for their efforts in making the Town a better place for its citizens, businesses, visitors, and friends.
Overcrowding at Bladensburg High School: It was suggested that the Town recommend legislation at other levels of government to help eliminate this problem.
Choices for Success: Jacqueline Seibert gave an update on the program for Bladensburg youth.
Budget for Professional Services: The Ordinance for a budget amendment for increased funding for Professional Services for the Town Administrators budget will be on the September Council Meeting agenda.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
Gangs: The issue of Gangs will be placed on the project list with Council Member James and Chief Moss as the leads.
Student Representation to Council: A resolution will be drafted by the Town Attorney for this symbolic position to be voted on at the September Council Meeting.
Council Discretionary Funds: Mayor McGrory proposed that his funds go as follows: $300 Paddlesport Regatta, $100 Port Towns Boys and Girls Club, $100 Choices for Success. This will be voted on at the September Council Meeting.
Letter of Support for ATHA: Council Member Watson moved to send a letter of support for ATHAs grant application for the African American Heritage Brochure. Council Member James seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
VIII. CLARIFICATION OF STAFF REPORTS (none necessary)
The 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony will take place on September 11th at 11 am in the Peace Cross area.
There being no further public business, at 9:45 p.m., Council Member Hoffman moved to go into closed session to discuss a personnel issue. Council Member Watson seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Pat McAuley, Town Clerk