The Commissioners' December 12th meeting started at 5:00 p.m. with a closed session for Boards & Commissions, Personnel, and Land Acquisition.
Kent Narrows Development Foundation
The Board unanimously agreed to reappoint Patricia Worns to the Kent Narrows Development Foundation. This term will expire on December 31, 2026. APPROVED 5-0
I. Proclamation #23-50 “Mr. Dan Tabler” Commissioner Dumenil read Proclamation #23-50 recognizing the accomplishments of Mr. Dan Tabler. Mr. Tabler moved to Queen Anne’s County in 1933 when his father came to Centreville to reopen Centreville National Bank. Mr. Tabler started as a delivery boy and retired as a newspaper man. He is the former editor, long-time contributing writer, and columnist for the Record Observer. He also served in the United States Army at Camp Lee during World War II. Mr. Tabler is a member of the Centreville Lions Club, a former member of the Centreville Town Council, and has been a member of the Goodwill Fire Company for the past 76 years.
II. Proclamation #23-56 Mrs. Ruth Tabler Contributions to the Community Commissioner Dumenil read Proclamation #23-56 recognizing Ms. Ruth Tabler for her contribution to the community.
III. Ms. Megan DelGaudio, IT Manager - Broadband Update Ms. Megan Delgaudio, IT Manager, presented a broadband update highlighting the areas that still needed internet as well as the Long Driveway Grant Program.
- Proclamation #23-55 Stephanie Walsh Retirement – Baltimore Metropolitan Council Commissioner Moran read Proclamation #23-55 for Ms. Stephanie Walsh, who is retiring from Baltimore Metropolitan Council after 47 years of service.
- Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) State Matching Funds Program – Letter of Intent to Participate The County has participated in the MALPF Program since 1975. As part of the Matching Funds Program, the Dept of Agriculture requires the county to fund a portion of the upcoming easement acquisitions. The Dept of Agriculture requires a letter of intent as confirmation that the County will participate in the FY25 MALPF Matching Funds Program. APPROVED 5-0
- Dian Dudderar Donated Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) Easement Applications Dian Dudderar’s personal representative for her estate submitted MALPF applications to preserve two farms located in Millington. After ranking and scoring the properties according to the approved Land Evaluation Site Assessment, it was determined that the two (2) parcels were not high enough in the ranking to submit to MALPF for grant funding. The personal representative decided to donate the easements in order to fulfill the will’s condition. The applications require local County Commissioner’s approval. APPROVED 5-0
- Character Counts Spotlight – Gavin Schulte Commissioner Dumenil read the Character Counts Spotlight celebrating Gavin Schulte, who is a junior at Kent Island High School and demonstrated CARING, which is the pillar of the month.
- Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) ARPA Funds Purchase of Vehicle MDOT MTA has awarded QAC County Ride an ARPA grant in the amount of $43,848.03 for a Transit vehicle. County Ride requested the purchase of a 2024 Ford Explorer from Apple Ford via a state contract. This grant does not require a local match. APPROVED 5-0
- Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) ARPA Funds Purchase of Alignment Machine MDOT MTA has awarded QAC an ARPA grant in the amount of $64,626.96 for the purchase of an alignment machine. The grant covers 100% of the cost. This grant funding will be used to purchase a Mohawk Lift, which will be used at the Department of Public Works shop to work on buses and other transit vehicles. APPROVED 5-0
- Agreement for Emergency Medical Transporter Supplemental Payment Program The Department of Emergency Services requested authorization to enter into an agreement with the Maryland Department of Health for the Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program. The ESPP is a funding program made available by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to offset costs incurred by eligible emergency medical service jurisdictions that deliver ground emergency medical care and transportation services to Medicaid participants. Last year, DES participated in the program which generated $545,407 in revenue for the County. The ESPP agreement was reviewed for legal sufficiency by Patrick Thompson and approved to execute. APPROVED 5-0
- Business Associate Agreement for Emergency Medical Transporter Supplemental Payment Program The Department of Emergency Services requested to enter into a Business Associate Agreement with the Maryland Department of Health for the Emergency Service Transporter Supplemental Payment Program. The ESPP is a program that supplements EMS Billing revenue for transports of Maryland Medicaid Patients. The BAA is a legally binding contract between a covered entity and a business associate (that defines how protected health information will be handled). It outlines the responsibilities and safeguards to ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations The BAA was reviewed for legal sufficiency by Patrick Thompson and approved to execute. APPROVED 5-0
- Business Associate Agreement for Quick Med Claims The Department of Emergency Services requested authorization to renew the standing Business Associate Agreement with Quick Med Claims. The BAA is a legally binding contract between a covered entity and a business associate that defines how protected health information will be handled. It outlines the responsibilities and safeguards to ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations. The BAA was reviewed for legal sufficiency by Patrick Thompson and approved to execute. APPROVED 5-0
- Budget Amendment #CC-62 – FY2023 General Fund Adjustments The FY23 year-end budget amendment increases budget authority to the General Fund Departments for various activities/grants that were overspent and to reflect actual revenues and grants received. APPROVED 5-0
DESK ITEM 1 – Shore Rivers Letter of Support for Shoreline Restoration Grant Avalon Farm This letter of support for Shore Rivers is for a grant application to the Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Grants Gateway for design for shoreline restoration at Avalon Farm. Avalon Farm is located along Little Creek and is across from Little Creek Public Landing. This grant request is for design services in the amount of $100 K. The construction will be approximately $1.5 M. The Avalon Farm peninsula is approximately 4,226 feet, with an extremely vulnerable 500-foot area that is unprotected and adjacent to an 800-foot jetty at the entrance of Little Creek in Chester. This quickly eroding 500 feet of shoreline serves as a natural barrier that protects marinas, a public boat launch, docks, homes, and other infrastructure located along Little Creek Road. If the eroding area of Avalon Farm’s shoreline remains unrestored it will eventually erode completely, like nearby Little Island, and imperil the navigability of Little Creek. APPROVED 5-0
DESK ITEM 2 - NETWORK EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT IT recommended to use a pre-established Carroll County Public Network government contract to replace aging core network equipment with Skyline Technology Solutions. The core equipment has been in production since 2013 when we originally worked with Skyline to setup the original fiber network. The current equipment is located at three core locations
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