At the March 18, 2021 Mayor and Board of Aldermen Public Meeting, the Board approved the following items:
- An ordinance to amend Section 310 of the Land Management Code as it pertains to Mixed-Use Conditional Uses. Conditional uses differ from uses permitted “by right” in that they are subject to context-specific review and the reviewing authority is authorized to attach conditions to the approval. In 2016, the LMC was amended to allow conditional uses authorized by the Zoning Board of Appeals to transfer with the property so long as all conditions of approval are upheld. This ordinance applies the same provision to mixed-use conditional uses.
- A memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police, Francis Scott Key Lodge #91. The ongoing pandemic and the need for continuity of operations have made it very difficult for many employees, including sworn officers, to use their accrued leave. This MOU allows annual leave an officer possesses at the end of the fiscal year in excess of 240 hours to be transferred to the officers’ non-expiring administrative leave balance.
- An agreement with ABM Electrical Power Solutions of Baltimore, Maryland for electrical preventative maintenance and testing. The City has twenty-six facilities that require regular electrical preventative maintenance testing involving highly specialized training and equipment. This five-year agreement will enable the City to obtain third-party test reports and ensure all testing is performed in compliance with International Electrical Testing Association standards.
- A change order with Kinsley Construction for the Butterfly Lane Realignment project in the amount of $175, 067. This change order is to provide step pools to improve storm drain outfall installed during construction. The step pools will provide an improved feature for the adjacent park and protect the forest conservation area located downstream.
- An agreement with Med-Tex Services, Inc. in the amount of $631,080 for fall protection upgrades. A study of City facilities identified several needed improvements to the City’s fall protection program. This is the second phase of this improvement project and will provide design and construction of items designated as high-priority at the Linganore Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to meet OSHA standards.
- An ordinance concerning the taxation of habitually vacant properties. The City recently enacted an ordinance that established “habitually vacant property” as a separate class for tax purposes. This ordinance further divides that class into multiple classes, with a higher tax rate for each year a property remains vacant.
More information on all agenda items can be found on the City website under Public Meetings/Mayor and Board of Aldermen.