Legislative Lowdown...for January 7, 2020
"Legislative Lowdown" is intended to provide a brief synopsis of the most recent legislative session of the Cecil County Council. Here, you'll find the meeting date, a link to the complete legislative agenda, the bill or resolution number, a brief description of the legislation, a link to the full document, and the results of the final vote.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2020
A wrap-up of the recent legislative session of the Cecil County Council.
Legislative sessions are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m.
in the Elk Room at the Cecil County Administration Building in Elkton, MD.
The public is always welcome to attend.
RESOLUTION NO. 75-2019
Appointment—Economic Development Commission
A resolution to confirm the reappointment by the County Executive of Mary Way Bolt, Linda Burris, JoAnn Dawson, Bernard DeMarinis, Bruce England, Woody Jackson, Michael Lara, Robert Palsgrove, Michael Ratchford, Carl Roberts, Richard Szumel, and Michael Travers, II, and to confirm the appointment of Joseph DiNunzio, Vincent Fiorelli, Jeff Lawson and Morgan Miller to the Economic Development Commission; for a three year term, to expire on January 7, 2023.
RESOLUTION NO. 76-2019
Supplemental Appropriation – Fund Balance – Volunteer Fire Service – Vehicle Replacement Program
A resolution to amend the Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for Cecil County, Maryland for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 in order to provide the Volunteer Fire Service Department’s budget within the General Fund expenditure appropriation authority to authorize $575,000 to be expended for the County’s match portion towards the Vehicle Replacement Program.
Constraints of the FY2020 Budget did not allow the County to fund the entire equipment request for new fire company vehicles. The County Executive stated in conversations with the Volunteer Fire Companies (VFC), going forward, he would do what was fiscally reasonable for the County to do to help the fund equipment replacements. The completion of the FY2019 financials proved to have sufficient funds available to appropriate additional budget to the VFCs in order to completely fund the FY2020 request.
RESOLUTION NO. 77-2019
Supplemental Appropriation – Fund Balance – Cecil College – Small Capital Projects
A resolution to amend the Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for Cecil County, Maryland for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 in order to provide the Cecil College Small Capital Budget within the General Fund, expenditure appropriation authority to authorize $48,500 to be expended for FY2019 small capital projects that were not completed by June 30, 2019.
At the end of FY2019, the College informed the County it would be unable to complete two of its scheduled FY2019 small capital projects by the end of the fiscal year (external maintenance to the baseball/dugout pump shed & the repair of the PE Chiller Coils). As the College’s small capital budget is part of the County’s annual operating budget, any funds not spent by June 30 revert back to the fund balance of the general fund. In anticipation of not completing the two projects by fiscal year end, the College proactively asked for the funds to be carried over to FY2020. In order to appropriate the funds back to the College, the County Executive assigned the funds to the College to allow the completion of the two small capital projects.
RESOLUTION NO. 78-2019
Supplemental Appropriation – Fund Balance – Roads Maintenance & Repair
A resolution to amend the Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for Cecil County, Maryland for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 to authorize the Roads Maintenance Department’s budget within the General Fund expenditure appropriation authority of $3,000,000 to be expended by investment in County road infrastructure through much needed asphalt overlay/asphalt patching.
Constraints of the FY2020 Budget, and almost all approved budgets over the past ten years, have insufficiently invested in the County road infrastructure. In 2010, after the state cut Highway User Revenues to all counties in Maryland, Cecil County was left to figure out how to maintain its 600 miles of roads with less resources. The County’s only choice to fund what the State no longer supports, is raising additional revenues or cutting expenses/services. The County Executive has addressed the revenue shortfalls of this County and, at the same time, growth in commercial investment has also helped to increase the revenues. The combination of the two resulted in additional revenues received in FY2019, allowing the County Executive to assign $3,000,000 to put back into the degrading roads infrastructure. Upon completion of the roads maintenance and repair in the spring of 2020, the administration will provide the Council with a detailed breakdown of expenses at the request of Council Vice President Jackie Gregory.
RESOLUTION NO. 79-2019
Appointment - Board of Library Trustees – Linda Burris
A resolution to confirm the appointment by the County Executive of Linda Burris to the Cecil County Board of Library Trustees, to a four year term to expire on January 7, 2024.
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