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RFP for Paving Perry Cabin Drive

The Town of St. Michaels, Maryland is accepting sealed bids for the milling and paving of Perry Cabin Drive, St. Michaels, Maryland.  Sealed bids will be accepted until 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Specifications

-Area to be paved – 2,052 sq. ft. The project area will be marked by the Town.

-Preparation of base – Mill section of road 171 ft. long x 12 ft. wide to a depth of 1.5 inches.  Remove millings from site.  Apply hot tack to milled area.

-Application – Apply 9.5 mm surface asphalt to a depth of 1.5 inches to milled area.

The successful contractor will be required to provide the Town with a certificate of insurance for liability and naming The Commissioners of St. Michaels as an additional insured.  The successful contractor will also be required to provide the Town with a certificate of insurance for workers compensation.

Interested firms may direct questions to:

Jeff Rhodes
Interim Town Manager
Town of St. Michaels
410-745-9535
Email:  jrhodes@stmichaelsmd.gov

To be considered, bids must be sealed and clearly marked Perry Cabin Drive Project RFQ and must arrive at the Town Office no later than 12 p.m. (noon) EST on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

The Town of St. Michaels reserves the right to accept any or all proposals.

Questions and Answers from COSM Legislative Meeting– September 22, 2021

What residents have been talked to about “preserving that which our residents value” about our town?  As elected officials, the COSM routinely talk with residents of the community.  Residents express what they like and do not like about the community on a regular basis.  A comprehensive list has not been kept but the Commissioners believe that they are representing what a majority of what resident’s value and not individual interests.

Who decides what the correct balance between residents and businesses is?  Ultimately, the residents decide by electing officials that support their interests.

Commissioner DuPont, as a business owner please explain how you are currently helping the local businesses by recommending the Town implement an additional business license for all businesses?  I believe it increases the safety net and allows all businesses to operate on an equal footing.”  The Commissioners also noted that a revokable license protects all businesses from unfair competition.

Regarding the Commissioners statement that businesses did very well in 2020 and the cut in the marketing budget, can you please explain how you measure success?  Commissioner Breimhurst has spoken with a variety of business owners who all agree they are having a banner year.  Some even made record profits during the height of the pandemic.  The volume of visitors to St. Michaels is evident by the foot traffic on the streets of our community, reports received from Chief Smith, and in record accommodation taxes being received by the Town.

Did the Commissioners go to businesses to talk to business owners about what’s going on with all of this?  The Commissioners as a group have not gone door-to-door to visit businesses.  Commissioners do, on a regular basis, talk with business owners and hear their views.  

How do you know what businesses want if you don’t speak to them?  The Commissioners regularly speak with businesses and hear their views.  If a business would like a commissioner to visit their business to talk with them, they welcome the opportunity. 

Why can’t we have a representative of the businesses that owns property within the Town limits but that does not live within the Town?  By Charter, it is not allowed.

Tad, where is your full-time residence?  Is it in St. Michaels or is that in Clayborn?  203 Locust Street, St. Michaels”

It seems short sighted of you all to not be aware of how all the business owners are and if you are not, why don’t you realize that?  The Commissioners realize that there are different views on topics, can appreciate disagreement, and respect different opinions. 

Could we have confidence in you all that you will answer all these questions?  Answers are included here.

Can you confirm with us, as your audience, that you will answer these questions please?  Answers are included here.

So, you guys will attempt(?) every question that has been put to you?  Answers are included here.

I would like you to explain what “changing directions” means?  Commissioner Breimhurst previously provided a narrative on what “changing directions” means to the Commissioners.  Please see the Town website for that narrative entitled “Recent Statement on New Town Direction” HERE.

When is it that you plan on answering questions?  The commissioners will make every effort to answer questions in a timely fashion.  Answers are included here.

What is the compensation for the Interim Town Manager…the total compensation?  The Interim Town Manager receives $50 per hour for hours worked at approximately 32 hours per week.  In addition, the Town and Interim Town Manager pay the appropriate FICA tax on wages. The Town provides, at a direct expense to the Town, a room at approximately $65 per night plus applicable tax.  The Interim Town Manager receives a car allowance of $0.3659 per mile while commuting to and from St. Michaels and home ($75 each way).  No other benefits are provided (pension, 401K, sick leave, vacation, etc.)

St. Michaels maps ambitious schedule to confront rising sea levels

The Town of St. Michaels is moving forward with proactive measures to mitigate rising tides. The Commissioners of St. Michaels have recently approved a set of ambitious recommendations from the newly empaneled Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission. The CC/SLR Commission has identified priority projects based on long range predictions outlined in a report from GMB Engineers/Architects. The study predicts increasing tide levels over the next 30 years that will cause serious flooding along the Town’s waterfronts.

CC/SLR Chairman Roy Myers presented the aggressive project schedule to the Town Commissioners on August 25th. The Commissioners have approved the plan and will be working with the CC/SLR Commission to secure the necessary funding and grants to move the plan forward. Engineering studies will be underway over the next year and will be followed by the following specific projects:

2023 to 2025 Projected Timeframe

• Construction of E. Chew/W. Harbor Road Improvements
• Begin Phased construction of Honeymoon Bridge, Harbor walkways, Burns, Mill and
Cherry Streets Master Plan.
• Grant and Engineering Design completed for Muskrat Park and Church Street area.
• In conjunction with adjacent properties, complete strategies/plans for Mulberry Street,
Westside Harbor residents, Carpenter Street and San Domingo Town residents.

2025 to 2030 Projected Timeframe

• Complete Construction of Muskrat Park Improvements
• Complete Engineering Studies for Mulberry Street and Carpenter Street
• Complete construction of Master Plan – Construction for Honeymoon Bridge, Harbor
walkways, Burns, Mill and Cherry Streets
• Complete Engineering Plans for San Domingo/Back Creek harbor side of St. Michaels.
• Assist Westside Harbor residents in their plans as appropriate.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A COPY OF THE GMB STUDY, CONTACT INTERIM TOWN MANAGER JEFF RHODES AT: jrhodes@stmichaelsmd.gov or more information HERE.

Employment Opportunities: Director of Public Works and Public Works Crew

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Town of St. Michaels, population 1,040, is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is seeking a Director of Public Works. The Director will directly manage six employees and provide management of the Town Planner, Public Works Department, and a Class I, Addendum 5 water treatment plant. The Director will also provide assistance to the Board of Commissioners, Waterways Management Advisory Board, Planning Commission, and Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission as needed. Candidates for the position should have a minimum of five (5) years of engineering management experience or equivalent experience that would enable them to effectively perform the job. A bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related engineering degree is preferred, and a Professional Engineer license is also preferred. The Town of St. Michaels offers a generous benefit package including quality health care coverage, paid vacation, paid sick leave, thirteen paid holidays, State of Maryland Retirement System, and the Town encourages training and development. Salary for the position is $75,000 to $105,000 depending on qualifications of the individual selected. Relocation expenses may be negotiable, and residency is not required. First review of resumes will be September 25th and the position will remain open until filled. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Town Office, at 410-745-9535, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Resume may be submitted to jrhodes@stmichaelsmd.gov EOE/ADA

PUBLIC WORKS CREW
The Town of St. Michaels is accepting applications for a Crew Member within the Department of Public Works. The entry level position will focus on water treatment and distribution, and requires the ability to read written instructions, perform skilled and unskilled manual work and assigned maintenance and repair work. Individual must be able to lift 80 pounds, use hand tools and perform heavy manual work for an extended period of time under various weather conditions. A valid Maryland Driver’s license is required. Applicant with Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Class One Water Operator license and/or both is preferred. Applicant must be able to take direction and perform tasks with limited supervision. Applicant must demonstrate a willingness to learn, perform and complete a variety of tasks including, general labor tasks, refuse collection, machinery operation, and correctly perform water testing methods and complete water monitoring reports. Position requires employee to attend and complete associated course work, including, but not limited to: Water Operator License, Water Distribution License, Commercial Driver’s License (C.D.L.), Roadside Tree Expert Certificate, and Flagger’s Certificate. The Town of St. Michaels offers a 40-hour work week with limited overtime opportunities, and a generous benefit package including quality health care coverage, paid vacation, paid sick leave, thirteen paid holidays, State of Maryland Retirement System, and the Town encourages training and development. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Town Office, at 410-745-9535, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Resume may be submitted to jrhodes@stmichaelsmd.gov EOE/ADA

Recent Statement on New Town Direction

Some residents have recently expressed concern over a statement that the town of St. Michaels is moving in a new direction. The fact is it already has. Over the past year, The Commissioners of St. Michaels have been busy positioning the town to compete in a 21st century economy. We have made significant advances, and look forward to more:

For the first time in many years, the Town has CUT taxes for property owners, the result of a dozen public work sessions. The budget also has a new format, making it easier for residents to understand. It applies more accountability to all departments. Employees are now filling out time sheets for the first time since they were mandated by the employee manual ten years ago.

The Water Department has been restructured to stand on its own. It is now generating enough revenue to retire a considerable amount of debt. Water Department operations will be modernized with the installation of smart meters to minimize waste and streamline the billing process. This is just one of the infrastructure challenges to be tackled in the years ahead.

Working with the Planning Commission, the Town has upgraded its parking options, adding dozens of new off-street spaces in lots on Mill St, Boundary Lane, and soon, on Fremont Street. Parking patterns in parts of the historic district have been reconfigured to allow easier access for emergency vehicles.

The Town has established a Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission to ensure a viable future. The Town is committed to a proactive approach toward mitigating the flooding that has become increasingly severe. Efforts are also underway to reduce the Town’s carbon footprint and lower our utility bills.

The Town is moving toward privatizing trash collection, which is currently a severe drain on resources and manpower. The goal is to share the cost more equitably among private property owners and commercial enterprises. Contracting out the work will also give the Public Works team more time for the Town’s pressing maintenance issues.

Last year’s election made it clear that most residents opposed the Town office building project as proposed. We are now moving in a new direction toward a scaled-down and more appropriate building. The Town will be hiring a professional town planner to help us in that process.

With the help of the Maryland Municipal League, and a professional recruiter, the Town will conduct a nationwide search for a new town administrator with the necessary education credentials and experience to help us adjust to an evolving post-pandemic economy.

Over the past year, the Town has moved forward in a new and more efficient direction, while, at the same time, dealing with the impact of COVID-19. The Town is in a better place than it was a year ago, and the Commissioners look forward to even more advances. The following outline will serve as strategic guiding principles for St. Michaels government. Its purpose is to further advance the objectives of the town’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan for the 21st century:

To improve the PROFESSIONAL performance of the Town organization, the Town will:
Upgrade to the most current data and information software
Streamline and modernize the Town website, and enhance online communications
Update payroll and accounting procedures to current government standards
Uniformly enforce all provisions of the Town Code

To promote PROGRESS in St. Michaels, the Town will:
Promote St. Michaels as a safe exurban live/workspace for individuals, families, and domestic partnerships
Encourage and support small business startup ventures, particularly minority owned
Develop appropriate policy for controlled growth and renewal
Protect the quality of life for residents, while enhancing and elevating the visitor experience
Take a proactive approach to confronting the effects of climate change and sea level rise

To ensure PARITY and live/work balance, the Town will:
Pursue balance between the needs of the business community and the rights of all residents
Provide an equal voice to all stakeholders
Promote equal burden-sharing among all interests
Promote the common goal of elevating the Town’s image and reputation

PROSPERITY is the end result of advancing the goals listed above. We seek a diversified economy that provides more employment and investment opportunities for the Town’s current residents, future residents, and businesses, while preserving our small-town charm. We must foster the correct balance between a vibrant tourist trade and a livable and sustainable community to ensure that all prosper.

Above all, we are committed to preserving that which our residents value most about our Town, while nurturing a business environment that provides opportunity for all. To that end, we look forward to working closely with all stakeholders, and welcome any and all ideas and suggestions as we move forward together.

Town Office Requires Masks

With concern for the safety of all during this health crisis, masks will be required for visitors to the town office. Please feel free to leave bill payments or other correspondence in the “In-Box” next to the office door.

Contact office staff at 410-745-9535.

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

October 18, 11 a.m.—Parks & Recreation

Regular meetings are usually held the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Town Office, 300 Mill Street

Agendas are DRAFT DOCUMENTS until the day of the meeting.

IN-PERSON MEETINGS
The Parks & Recreation Committee will hold in-person meetings in the Town Office meeting room at 300 Mill Street. With minimal social distancing of 1′ of space between chairs, the room can accommodate up to 10 members of the public (first come, first served.) A mask is required for public and commission members. We will continue to use Zoom for all meetings. 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):
October 18
November 15
Decenber 20

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

CANCELLED October 18, 5:30 p.m.—Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals usually meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m., and on an as-needed basis. Meeting agendas are tentative. Check for updates as meeting date approaches.

IN-PERSON MEETINGS
The Board of Zoning Appeals will hold in-person meetings, in the Town Office meeting room at 300 Mill Street. With minimal social distancing of 1′ of space between chairs, the room can accommodate up to 10 members of the public (first come, first served.) A mask is required for public and commission members. We will continue to use Zoom for all meetings. 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 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)
October 18, 2021 Office closed call (Submit by September 20, 2021)
November 8, 2021 (Submit by October 18, 2021)
December 13, 2021 (Submit by November 22, 2021)

Rules and Procedures
Board of Appeals Rules of Procedure

By Authority Commissioners of St. Michaels

October 19, 1 p.m.–Planning Commission Work Session

The Planning Commission meets at 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month via virtual (Zoom) meeting from 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 date. Date subject to change as schedules permit.

Planning Commission AGENDA, October 19, 2021
Parking Lot Sketch Plan, 124 Fremont St.
Public Notice – Parking Lot Sketch Plan, 124 Fremont St.

IN-PERSON MEETINGS
The Planning Commission will hold in-person meetings in the Town Office meeting room at 300 Mill Street. With minimal social distancing of 1′ of space between chairs, the room can accommodate up to 10 members of the public (first come, first served.) A mask is required for public and commission members. We will continue to use Zoom for all meetings. 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.

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)
New date! October 12, 2021 (Submit by September 15, 2021)
October 19, 2021 (Submit by September 29, 2021)
November 2, 2021 (Submit by October 13, 2021)
November 16, 2021 (Submit by October 27, 2021)
December 7, 2021 (Submit by November 17, 2021)
December 21, 2021 (Submit by December 1, 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

October 27, 6 p.m.–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.

PUBLIC COMMENT: In accordance with the COSM meeting rules and procedures, public comments will be received from those on Zoom and attending in-person at the Town Office one person at a time at the beginning of each meeting. Due to Phase 2 of the Town’s Covid response, seating is limited for in-person public and face coverings will be required to enter the Town Office and while seated during the meeting. Social distancing should also continue to be observed. The “Comments from the Public” portion of the Commission agenda shall have a limited time period as determined by the Commissioners. 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. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Commissioners or Interim Town Manager with meeting questions and comments.

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