Mayor & Commissioners Meeting Sept. 19, 2014

Mayor and Commissioners Meeting

September 19, 2014

The Mayor and all Commissioners were in attendance, except Commissioner Zellers.

Mayor Sam Cooper and Commissioner Kathy McGuiness were sworn into office. (Commissioner Lorraine Zellers was absent and will be sworn in another time.)

Among other issues discussed and actions taken:

Setting Public Hearing for Consideration of a Swimming Pool Moratorium

The Mayor and Commissioners adopted a resolution setting a public hearing at 7:00 pm on October 17, 2014 on a proposed ordinance that would establish a moratorium on the permitting and construction of swimming pools in the residentially zoned areas of the city. Beginning Monday, September 22, the Building and Licensing Department will not accept new plans for swimming pools in residential neighborhoods until the end of the proposed moratorium.

Discussion followed regarding a plan to address several issues including swimming pools and the impact of recent development in residential neighborhoods. The issues presented by the Planning Commission at the September 12 meeting would form the beginning of a list of issues to be examined. Commissioner Gossett suggested, and other commissioners supported, the creation of a working group led by City Manager Sharon Lynn, and including Building Inspector Terri Sullivan, land use planner/consultant Kyle Gulbronson of URS Corp., and others.

Their tasks will include:

 - data collection on the number of rental licenses in the city, building permits issued, and swimming pools permitted

- research current ordinances in Rehoboth Beach and other similar communities, and the record of enforcement (e.g., number of noise complaints)

 - solicit input from all impacted parties (to include residents, builders of both homes and pools,    developers, rental agents and their clients and professional societies such as the National Association of Realtors and the National Spa and Pool Institute)

-    help set timelines, and

-    prepare recommendations to be brought to the Mayor and Commissioners for discussion.

The Mayor and Commissioners asked Gulbronson to prepare an initial report to be presented at the Commissioners Workshop meeting on October 6, 2014.

City Hall Complex

The Mayor and Commissioners authorized the execution of a proposal from EDiS company to provide design development level architectural, engineering and estimating services for the proposed City Hall complex.

Planning Commission Report

Planning Commissioner Bunky Markert reported on the joint meeting of the City Commission and Planning Commission on September 12. Preliminary site plan review of the Avenue Inn continues, with two plans being submitted for discussion and approval. The Planning Commission supports the "enhanced" plan and hopes that these plans can be approved.

Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, September 27, 2014 will be "Prescription Drug Take Back Day", when citizens are encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription drugs to the Police Department for safe disposal, but if anyone has unused or expired drugs they can be brought to the Police at any time.

City Manager's Report

Parking revenue for the season will exceed the budget by approximately $14,000 and Parkmobile revenue was up 23 percent from last year.

Communications Committee Report

Commissioner Mills gave a report summarizing activities and recommendations of the committee.

The next meeting of the Mayor and Commissioners will be a workshop meeting at 9:00am, Monday, October 6, 2014.