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Harbor and Stormwater Infrastructure Study

The Town of St. Michaels, MD received a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grant through the State of Maryland Community Resilience Program to perform an analysis of the St. Michaels harbor and stormwater infrastructure, while considering projected sea level rise over the next thirty years. The study’s objective was to develop viable, cost efficient strategies to increase the town’s resiliency relative to both rainfall and tidal induced flooding. Eight areas of study were determined, and six flooding and sea-level rise projection maps were created as part of the study scope of work. The critical study areas were evaluated within these flooding and sea-level rise scenarios to evaluate risk and define future City mitigation and adaptation efforts. Importantly, this report outlines the Next Steps our Town might take to prepare for and put plans in place to begin these mitigation efforts. The report was prepared by George, Miles & Buhr, LLC.

Read study HERE.

Special meeting of the Waterways Management Advisory Board February 2, 2021 at 4 p.m.
The public is invited to participate in a presentation and discussion of the study by joining the meeting which will be held virtually on Zoom. Meeting link can be found on the Town’s website HERE.

Sidewalk and Curb Project

The State Highway Department will begin a project in St. Michaels after Labor Day 2021. This project is for upgrades of sidewalk and ramps to be ADA compliant along MD 33 (Talbot Street) 200 ft. north of Lee Street to 150 ft. south of Spencer Drive.

The work will consist of the following:

a) Construction of curb and gutter, sidewalk and pedestrian ramps
b) Driveway entrance adjustment and reconstruction
c) Signing and pavement marking

To review plans, click HERE.

The work also includes some sections in the commercial district where the town has already installed brick sidewalks and granite curbing, to bring these areas into ADA Compliance.

The town had originally planned to install the brick and granite throughout the entire commercial district, from Marengo St. to Dodson Avenue. Several sections along the west side of Talbot and the block on both sides between Chew and Marengo are yet to be completed. This project would also include new brick and granite from Dodson Ave. to Railroad Ave. on the North end of Town. The state has agreed to install those sections of brick and granite at an estimated cost to the town of $366,000,which is the cost difference between brick and concrete sidewalks and granite and concrete curbs. This amount is far above the $10,000 limit the commissioners have imposed on capital projects this Fiscal Year during the pandemic. However, it is an opportunity to get the job done by the state during its overall reconstruction project, and the town had previously budgeted the work to be done in phases, using funding from the Capital Fund. The State Highway project will do in-kind replacements at no cost to the town, concrete to concrete.

Some have suggested that for aesthetic and budgetary concerns the brick and granite be restricted to the historic district only which runs from Chew to Dodson. That would save the town an estimated $118,000.

The Commissioners will be discussing this at future sessions.

TOWN OFFICE CLOSED AND ALL MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD REMOTELY

St. Michaels Town Office is Closed to the Public

With concern for the safety of all during this emerging health crisis, the town office will closed to the public effective immediately. Staff will report for duty as assigned and will be answering phone calls and emails. All meetings scheduled to take place in the Town Office at 300 Mill Street are being held virtually. Please submit applications and make payments by mail or place in the “dropbox” located next to the office’s front door (No cash, please.)

FOR INFORMATION ON THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 FROM THE TOWN, COUNTY AND STATE VISIT OUR COVID-19 PAGE HERE.

Please feel free to contact us at 410-745-9535. For a list of staff email addresses, click HERE.

For Public Works concerns, call (410) 745-5147.

In case of emergency, contact St. Michaels Police Department at 410-745-5000 or call 911.

By Authority of the Commissioners of St. Michaels

January 22, 4 p.m.–Virtual COSM Special Budget Session

The Commissioners of St. Michaels (COSM) are holding a special session to have a discussion of the current state of the budget.

COSM Special Remote Session- Budget, January 22, 2021
Agendas are DRAFT DOCUMENTS until the day of the meeting.

NOTE: We are using Zoom for this Virtual Meeting. If you have not used Zoom, please take a few minutes to download the free app to your computer or smart phone prior to joining the meeting.

Join meeting by computer or smart phone by clicking link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

Join by phone with audio only:
+1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

Other meetings will be added as necessary such as public meetings and hearings, working sessions, special working sessions, special legislative sessions and closed sessions — as set by the Commission on an as needed basis.

COSM Meeting Rules of Procedure

If you have any questions, please contact the Town Office at 410-745-9535 during regular business hours. during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public Participation: All comments from the public will be taken during the period set aside for “Comments from the Public.” The “Comments from the Public” portion of the Commission agenda shall have a limited time period as determined by the Commissioners, and shall be at the beginning and at the end of each agenda. To be recognized, a member of the public should raise his or her hand and wait to be recognized by the President. Comments and questions should be kept brief and to the point, and be directed to the President.

January 26, 2 p.m.–Planning Commission Work Session

The Planning Commission usually meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the town office located at 300 Mill Street here in St. Michaels. Applications to the Commission are due to the Town Office by noon 20 days prior to the meeting.

This meeting is a bi-monthly work session. Date subject to change as schedules permit.

Planning Commission AGENDA, January 26, 2021
Chapter 110 with appendices
Due to the COVID-19 stay at home order, the meetings will be held remotely.
Meeting agendas are tentative. Check for updates as meeting date approaches.

Join Zoom meeting by computer or smart phone:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

To join with audio only by phone:
1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

For more information, please contact the Town Office at 410.745.9535, or 410.924.7618 during regular business hours.

REGULAR MEETING DATES (SUBMITTAL DEADLINES by 12 NOON FRIDAY)
January 28, 2021 (Submit by January 8, 2021)
February 25, 2021 (Submit by February 5, 2021)
March 25th, 2021 (Submit by March 5, 2021)

NOTE: ZONING CODE REWRITE ANNOUNCEMENT
To follow the progress of the Zoning Code Rewrite, visit our webpage HERE.

Rules of Procedure
Planning Commission Rules of Procedure

Please note: All agendas are DRAFT DOCUMENTS until the day of the meeting.

January 27, 6 p.m.–Virtual COSM Legislative Session

The Commissioners of St. Michaels (COSM) usually meet the second Wednesday of the month for a public working session and on the fourth Wednesday of the month for a public legislative session beginning at 6 p.m.

COSM Legislative Session, January 27, 2020
Please note: All agendas are DRAFT DOCUMENTS until the day of the meeting.

NOTE: We are using Zoom for this Virtual Meeting. If you have not used Zoom, please take a few minutes to download the free app to your computer or smart phone prior to joining the meeting.

Join meeting by computer or smart phone by clicking link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

Join by phone with audio only:
+1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

Other meetings will be added as necessary such as public meetings and hearings, working sessions, special working sessions, special legislative sessions and closed sessions — as set by the Commission on an as needed basis.

COSM Meeting Rules of Procedure

If you have any questions, please contact the Town Office at 410-745-9535 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public Participation: All comments from the public will be taken during the period set aside for “Comments from the Public.” The “Comments from the Public” portion of the Commission agenda shall have a limited time period as determined by the Commissioners, and shall be at the beginning and at the end of each agenda. To be recognized, a member of the public should raise his or her hand and wait to be recognized by the President. Comments and questions should be kept brief and to the point, and be directed to the President.

February 2, 4 p.m.—Virtual Waterways Management Advisory Board Workshop

The Waterways Management Advisory Board (Panel) meets the second Tuesday of the month (at least once a year) at the request of the Commissioners or the Planning Commission. Meetings are held at the Town Office at 300 Mill Street. Public is encouraged to join meeting.

Special workshop to discuss the Harbor and Stormwater Infrastructure Study
The Town of St. Michaels, MD received a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grant through the State of Maryland Community Resilience Program to perform an analysis of the St. Michaels harbor and stormwater infrastructure, while considering projected sea level rise over the next thirty years, and develop viable, cost efficient strategies to increase the town’s resiliency relative to both rainfall and tidal induced flooding. Six (6) areas of study were determined, and six (6) flooding and sea-level rise projection maps were created as part of the study scope of work. The critical study areas were evaluated within each flooding and sea-level rise scenario to evaluate risk and prioritize future City mitigation and adaptation efforts. The report was prepared by George, Miles & Buhr, LLC.

Read study HERE.

Due to the COVID-19 stay at home order, the meetings will be held remotely.

Waterways Management Advisory Board AGENDA, February 2, 2021
Meeting agendas are tentative. Check for updates as meeting date approaches.

To join with computer or smart phone with video and audio:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

To join with audio only by phone:
+1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

For more information, please contact the Town Office at 410-745-9535 during regular business hours.

By Authority of the Commissioners of St. Michaels

February 2, 6 p.m.— Virtual Planning Commission Work Session

The Planning Commission usually meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the town office located at 300 Mill Street here in St. Michaels. Applications to the Commission are due to the Town Office by noon 20 days prior to the meeting.

Planning Commission AGENDA, February 2, 2021
Due to the COVID-19 stay at home order, the meetings will be held remotely.
Meeting agendas are tentative. Check for updates as meeting date approaches.

Join Zoom meeting by computer or smart phone:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

To join with audio only by phone:
1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

For more information, please contact the Town Office at 410.745.9535, or 410.924.7618 during regular business hours.

REGULAR MEETING DATES (SUBMITTAL DEADLINES by 12 NOON FRIDAY)
January 28, 2021 (Submit by January 8, 2021)
February 25, 2021 (Submit by February 5, 2021)
March 25th, 2021 (Submit by March 5, 2021)

NOTE: ZONING CODE REWRITE ANNOUNCEMENT
To follow the progress of the Zoning Code Rewrite, visit our webpage HERE.

Rules of Procedure
Planning Commission Rules of Procedure

Please note: All agendas are DRAFT DOCUMENTS until the day of the meeting.

February 4, 11 a.m.—Virtual Parks & Recreation NEW DATE & TIME

Regular meetings are usually held the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Town Office, 300 Mill Street

Special meeting with Kyle Ewing to discuss historic/legacy trees.
Agendas are DRAFT DOCUMENTS until the day of the meeting.

NOTE: We are using Zoom for this Virtual Meeting. If you have not used Zoom, please take a few minutes to download the free app to your computer or smart phone prior to joining the meeting.

Join meeting by computer or smart phone by clicking link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

Join by phone with audio only:
+1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

If you have any questions, please contact the Town Office at 410-745-9535 during regular business hours. during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public Participation: All comments from the public will be taken during the period set aside for “Comments from the Public.” The “Comments from the Public” portion of the agenda shall have a limited time period as determined by the Committee, and shall be at the beginning and at the end of each agenda. To be recognized, a member of the public should raise his or her hand and wait to be recognized by the President. Comments and questions should be kept brief and to the point, and be directed to the President.

Future Dates (tentative):
February 15
March 15
April 19
May 17
June 21
July 19

For more information, call the Town Office at 410-745-9535 during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February 4, 3 p.m.–Virtual Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission usually meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. Applications must be submitted 10 days prior to the meeting date by noon.

Due to the COVID-19, meetings will be held remotely.

Meeting agendas are tentative. Check for updates as meeting date approaches.

Join meeting on computer or smart phone with video and audio on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3264261778
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

Join meeting by phone with audio only on Zoom:
1-301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 326 426 1778

For more information, please contact the Town Office at 410-745-9535 during regular business hours.

Meeting dates (Submit dates by noon Monday)
JANUARY 7, 2020 (DECEMBER 28, 2020)
FEBRUARY 4, 2021 (JANUARY 25, 2021)
MARCH 4, 2021 (FEBRUARY 22, 2021)
APRIL 1, 2021 (MARCH 22, 2021)
MAY 6, 2021 (APRIL 26, 2021)
JUNE 3, 2021 (MAY 24, 2021)
JULY 1, 2021 (JUNE 21, 2021)
AUGUST 5, 2021 (JULY 26, 2021)
SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 (AUGUST 23, 2021)
OCTOBER 7, 2021 (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021)
NOVEMBER 4, 2021 (OCTOBER 25, 2021)
DECEMBER 2, 2021 (NOVEMBER 22, 2021)

Rules and Procedures
Historic District Commission Rules of Procedure