TOWN OF PITTSVILLE
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
September 16, 2019
The regular meeting of the Pittsville Town Council was held on Monday, September 16, 2019. President George Whited, Jr. called the meeting to order at 7:31p.m. Council members present were Ted Farlow, Erika Lecates, Roland Adkins and Bethany Miller. Also present was Town Manager, Joseph Mangini and Town Attorney, Paul Wilber.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
An Invocation Prayer was not given.
The minutes for the August 2019 meeting were read and approved on a motion by Council member Roland Adkins and seconded by Council member Erika Lecates. All were in favor. Motion carried. The financial statement for the Utility Fund for August 2019 was read and approved on a motion by Commissioner Lecates and seconded by Commissioner Adkins. The General account financial statement for August 2019 was read and approved on a motion by Commissioner Farlow and seconded by Commissioner Adkins.
Public Safety Report:
The Sheriff’s Report was not given.
The Fire/EMS Report was not given.
The Police/Code Enforcement Report was given by
Chief of Police, Robert Harris.
Town Manager/Circuit Rider Report – Joseph Mangini
The Solar Panel Project was discussed. Mr. Duma stated in the last town meeting that the project had been cleared through the MHT (Maryland Historical Trust). However, The Town of Pittsville recently received a letter stating the project could not use State and Federal Funds only Local Funds which did not include removing the existing structure. A resolution must be made to resolve this issue with the MHT and the MDE. An update will be discussed at the next meeting.
The Town of Pittsville has entered into a three (3) years contract with Singh Operational Services to operate the Water Treatment Plant.
Mr. Mangini also explained the additional responsibilities and duties the company will perform under this new contract.
Handy wipes are continuing to cause a problem resulting in an increase of man hours required at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Town is pursuing a solution to this ongoing situation.
The Water Plant Mini Upgrade will be starting. The cost of this project is $188,000.00 which will be paid for out of the impact fees. This upgrade will result in a water rate increase to be determined.
Town Engineer Report – Robert Duma
Mr. Duma addressed the Water Plant Mini Upgrade. The Filter Media is the most important and top priority issue at this time.
He has contacted three (3) contractors and two (2) additional contractors to bid to this project. A scope of the work and a plan was presented to all bidders. He has received all of the submitted prices with a range of $69,870 to $194,000. The Engineer estimated this work at $64,500.
Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. recommend award of the contract to Hopkins Construction in the amount of $69,870. Once a decision is made by the Town Council a schedule to begin this project will be set up as soon as possible.
A motion to award the Filter Media Replacement Project to Hopkins Construction was made by Commissioner Lecates and seconded by Commissioner Adkins. All were in favor.
Rob Duma also stated the Filter Feed Pumps are another phase to the mini upgrade. Rob Duma and John McGee of DB&F have created a design to remove the two (2) existing pumps and replace with new pumps and also have a spare on site. This project will also require an electrical upgrade. Once Singh Operational Services enters into the contract on October 1, 2019, and agree to this upgrade, the bids will go out for quotes on this project.
Mr. Mangini stated the Wastewater Treatment Plant Study is ongoing with the USDA.
Commissioner Lecates stated the last Free Movie Night has been rescheduled and will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 due to weather issues. The location is the Powellville VFW Pavilion beginning at 8:00 pm.
Town Manager, Joseph Mangini, stated the Comprehensive Plan is now complete. The Planning Commission will hold a meeting on October 1, 2019 to review and comment on the plan. Afterwards, a Public Hearing will be held. The Planning Commission will then recommend the Town Commissioners to proceed with the plan. This will also require another Public Hearing and a motion for Adoption of the Comprehensive Plan.
Commissioner President, George Whited, Jr., stated the Town of Pittsville is looking for Candidates for the Board of Elections. Three (3) member are required for a four (4) year term to assist with election activities. The Town Council will appoint a Chairperson and Members.
Anyone interested should contact the Town Clerk to apply. A decision should be made by the next town meeting.
Commissioner President, George Whited, Jr., once again requested that any complaints concerning the Pittsville Water Plant be handled through the Town Office and not by calling MDE. Beginning October 1, 2019, Singh Operational Services will be addressing any complaints regarding the Water Plant.
Commissioner Adkins, speaking for the Pittsville Fire Department, wanted to remind the residents of the upcoming events.
September 29, 2019: Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show
October 26, 2019: Annual Fall Festival