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June Work Session

Hello everyone!  We had a long but productive meeting last night and I'd like some input on: 

Sanctuary City Resolution
First of all, Council Member Ivey asked us to consider implementing a Sanctuary City policy in Cheverly.  We just started the conversation has started the conversation about Sanctuary Cities and whether we would like to consider a policy related to it.  We are just starting the discussion and would like your input!  

Feral Cats
Secondly, I have been hearing from a lot of neighbors with concerns about the feral cats on their streets.  I would like to look into adopting a policy that would put more clarity around care and responsibility for these animals especially regarding Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR).

US Mayor's Climate Initiative
Finally, Council Member Riazi and I are proposing that Mayor Callahan sign onto the US Climate Mayors and will be talking about it at the July Work Session.  We would like some input from all of you about what types of actions/policies you would like for the council to consider

Please Send me Comments!!!I have updated my comment form with spaces to comment on each of these issues.  Even if you have signed on before, please add your comments on any of these or other policies here(link) or email me at bethpmackenzie@gmail.com.

Now onto the rest of the agenda.  We started the meeting in a closed discussion but opened again after about an hour to consider a really 


Chesapeake Bay Mini Grant
 Dave Kniepp is asking for a letter of support from the town to support a Chesapeake Bay mini grant to implement some stormwater remediation around the vegetable gardens near Boyd Park.  The council unanimously agreed to do so.

 Discussion Traffic Engineer
The Request For Proposals was distributed and discussed at the last Worksession.  The Mayor and Council are to present changes they wish to be inserted.

Mayor Callahan shared input from the SHA meeting earlier this month about looking at right turn lanes from each of the exits onto 202.  I asked for the proposal to consider adding a new method of egress either through the Kilmer property or another part of land to connect the two sections of the 6th Ward and to the 5th Ward.

Finally Council Member Stewart asked for us to add on the intersection of Cheverly Ave and Columbia Park Drive.  Since this is outside the scope for the initial RFP it will be put into a separate RFP.

Discussion MML Objectives
We are going to the Maryland Municipal League's Summer Conference next week.  We discussed what issues we'd like to bring with us to discuss with the County, state leadership and other towns. I am really looking forward to getting to meet with legislators from all over the state to see what innovative activities 

Craftsman Update
The craftsman building is being looked at as a place to turn into a food truck hub and commercial food space.  We discussed the possibility of a bike trail through the property to connect with the Anacostia.  They are currently looking into companies to fill the space.  I'm going to go and speak with them right after the fourth of July.

Position Description
This years budget includes funding for a new position in the front office of town hall.  Mr. Warrington handed us a copy of a draft position description for us to look over to ensure that it includes the tasks we would like for the position to cover.

Oil Recycling Site
This item was on last month’s Work session.  A local inspector has expressed concern regarding non-compliance by the users of the oil recycling facility.  This has been an issue for many years.  With the stricter regulations, the Town may be fined for infractions.  We have decided that increased signage and cameras are the next step and will be implemented soon.

Homing Pigeons
A potential resident wrote to Mayor Callahan and asked why Cheverly's policy on homing pigeons is more restrictive than that of Prince George's County.  The council discussed the issue and decided not to amend our current policy.

CPRC Grant Request for School Drive
Laura Freese from the Cheverly Parents Resource Center (CPRC) came with a request for $800 to help fund the school supply drive for Spellman families. The goal is to stock 30 back packs/grade. Spellman has about 600 students and about 500 are on free and reduced lunch. Last year CPRC spent $1,700 on the school drive with the town grant and the donations from member families and were not able to fully complete the backpacks. Council Member Ivey motioned that instead of $800, that the town authorizes $1,200 for the school drive (each community group is able to request up to $2,000 per calendar year and this expanded amount would finish out the remaining funds for CPRC) These extra funds and the expected donations should help to ensure that the backpacks will be finished. I had to recuse myself from the conversation because I am on the board. The motion passed unanimously.

10. Authorize the sale of 4801 Viewpoint Place
MOTION CM MacKenzie to to approve the Resolution to authorize the sale of 4801 Viewpoint Place.  Seconded CM Ivey.  Approved 5-0.  CM Riazi absent.
  • please note that these notes are my personal impression of the meeting and may be incomplete or have a mistake in them*
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