The Talbot County Council held a meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, to discuss various issues that affect the community. During the meeting, the council presented a proclamation to honor and recognize National Vietnam War Veterans Day and approved a priority listing for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP).
The council presented a proclamation to recognize March 29 as “National Vietnam War Veterans Day” and urged all citizens to honor and recognize the service of those who served in the Vietnam War. The proclamation was presented to Ronnie Cheezum, Post Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5118, and Kenley Timms, Vietnam Veterans of America – Mid Shore, Chapter 648. The council invited all veterans to attend the ceremony honoring National Vietnam War Veterans Day at VFW Post 5118 on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
The council also approved a priority listing for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). The list includes several road and intersection improvement projects and an airfield modernization program for Easton Airport. Ray Clarke, County Engineer, requested the council’s consideration to include the Airport Road improvement project as a separate project, and the priority listing was approved, pending additions.
Delmarva Community Transit’s FY2024 Annual Transportation Plan for Caroline, Kent, and Talbot counties was presented and approved. The plan provides nine fixed and deviated routes in the three counties, and funding is provided from the Federal Transit Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, and each of the three counties.
The council also discussed two General Assembly Legislations – HB0119 and SB0199, which require each county board of education to follow the policy and guidelines for the program instruction for public schools established by the State Board of Education. The council unanimously approved sending a letter of opposition for HB 119, as requested by the Talbot County Board of Education.
The council approved several requests, including a letter of support for The Trustees of Third Haven Meeting for a grant application to the Maryland Historical Trust, awarding a bid for ASPHALT PAVING – WYE PUBLIC LANDING, and approving right-of-way utility easements on Port Street for the Town of Easton’s plan to put all utilities underground. The council also unanimously approved the County Manager’s request to acquire unimproved real property located on Glebe Road in Easton in the sum of $675,000 for the runway protection zone project at Easton Airport.
The County Manager reported several board and committee vacancies that need to be filled and requested the reappointment of Joe Secrist to the Board of Electrical Examiners, and Jennifer Marchi, Rachael Smith, Veda Gibson, and Kate Stinton to the Commission on Aging. The council unanimously approved these requests.
The council’s next legislative meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th, and they will hold budget deliberations on Thursday, March 30th, and Tuesday, April 4th. The council will also meet with the Easton Town Council on Monday, April 3rd, for two work sessions to discuss the Easton Point project and the request for supplemental growth allocation for Thomas Cohee and Lot 16, LLC located at 28580 Marys Court in Easton.