The tale of the irrelevant abstainer: Your July 17th meeting run-down!

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It’s been a rough four years!

It seems to be that we will be reporting on these last few meetings with a sense of relief. For everything that Shrelauter and Tony does is TEMPORARY. Let’s get to it!

Kirby comes in late and Billy abstains on voting on the agenda.

There are a bunch of concerned citizens making comments about the Sheriff’s agreement with ICE. More specifically how there needs to be an external audit since he’s apparently taking in more than he’s spending. Lots of good points made about how the Sheriff’s office should not be the only entity that has oversight of this program. We also loved Matt Seubert’s comments about the primary election results!

Billy abstains on the budget adjustments, of which there are many, AND the minutes. He then goes on to abstain on the appointment of Kathy Schey to the division of Senior Services, as well as to the appointees to the Board of Appeals. Can someone just write him an excuse note for the rest of his term?

Other board’s members are approved with no issues.

The Bikeways and Trail plan is approved 5-2. Billy tries to make some noise about how this is just like the Monocacy River Plan, to which Tony disagrees.

A bulk of the evening is spent discussing the charter amendments that will find their way to our ballot this Fall. Tony doesn’t win with his amendment that would allow the council to add, delete, and move money around in the budget. Most people are in agreement that we need another council to see if this is actually a charter problem or just a problem with certain “personalities” on the present council. LOL! Jessica pulls her collective bargaining amendment that she was working out with the firefighters because they wrote their own and have been all over town getting people to sign their petition. You can read a more in depth analysis of this section of the meeting here.

The council voted to surplus a building on Ballenger Creek Pike. Originally slated for a firehouse, it has been sitting there for 30 years. Billy wants to see if the original owner can be tracked down, and the county representative is pretty much flabbergasted by this suggestion. The council, except for the abstainer, agreed to surplus it.

We then go through a bunch of First Readings, which will be discussed in more detail at a later date. And sorry/not sorry, we are skipping the sewage amendment hearing portion of the evening!

We return at 7:00 with two public hearings on bills that have to do with accessory dwelling units. All conversation is positive!

He’s been quiet all evening, but now it’s time for council member comments and Kirby has some things to say! He’s got one issue! The mayor of New Market contacted him because the he says the county agreed to take care of a new by-pass, but now wants the town to do it. We are treated to such Kirbyisms as:

“The county is trying to strong-arm a municipality!”

“The agreement says what it says!”

What will we do without this hyperbolic language come January?

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True Facts!

Billy agrees that we’ve all seen this movie before! And don’t you know that all the municipalities are suing the county?! We sure didn’t!

Jerry has nice things to say about the carnivals. Tony has nothing to say. Jessica reminds us that the council really can’t do anything about the agreement with ICE nor can the Executive. M.C. makes us aware of a forum that Ft. Detrick is having about the sterilization plant shut-down and also had some nice events to tell us about. Bud ends the evening recounting all the fine things going on around these here parts.

Overall, we made it through the first post-election legislative day relatively unscathed! Here’s to the last four months going as smoothly!