Jefferson Streetscape Task Force

Jefferson, Maryland

A project of  the
Jefferson Ruritan Club
in cooperation with
local organizations and residents
and the
Maryland State Highway Administration.

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Minutes from the April 26,2001 meeting
of the Jefferson Streetscape Task Force:

Held at the Jefferson Community Center, 7:00 pm.

In attendance: Ben Ahalt, Ronnie Ahalt, Jim Carpenter, Greg Filar (NAI), Gene Keller, John Leslie (NAI), Mary McCormack, Matt Parlakian (SHA), Dave Phillips (SHA), Tony Poffenberger, Adrienne Summers, Mike Summers, Richard Summers, Ken Wagester (LPDG), Bobby Whipp.

Jim Carpenter called the meeting to order at 7:10 pm.

Guests were introduced - Richard Summers, son of Mary Summers, representatives from Nolan Associates, Inc., State Highway Administration and Land Planning Design Group.

Agenda was approved.

Minutes from the March 22nd meeting were approved as written.

Treasurer's Report: No report.

Web Committee Report: Nothing new to report.

Database Administrator Report: No report.

Publicity Committee Report: Nothing going on.

SHA Liaison Report: Dave Phillips explained the new funding issues and rating system. The Concepts phase of the project is funded and the Design phase is next after the concept is agreed upon. After the Design phase will come the construction. The funds are getting harder to come by for the Streetscape projects and thus we need the support of our county officials to help us compete for the funds. There is an application process now that Dave will share with us. This process is still new and changes may occur. We can use this "yes/no answer" application as a checklist for our planning.

SHA is also looking into who "owns" the town well. Under code, if it is not used, it should be filled in.

Old Business:

Results are still coming in from the owner/resident meetings. Discussed how we want to handle the skeptics. Main concern is that this project will not cost the residents any money and it won't significantly increase the property values and affect the tax base. We as a task force need to keep repeating that there is no "catch" and no money will be needed from the residents. The SHA group knows of no time that a Streetscape project alone changed the property values of a community.

Mr. Ewing (Amoco) is interested in talking to the SHA regarding the entrance to the Community Center/Fire Station as it relates to his adjoining property whether or not the Streetscape project come to fruition. Mike Boyer to invite him to the next meeting.

County Involvement: Mike Marschner and Al Hudak plan to attend the next meeting.

New Business: Concept Planning. We looked at an aerial view of the existing road and improvements on paper. SHA had a list of issues gathered from the walkthrough and created an overlay of the town with those issues denoted. We went over the entire list and marked up the overlay with additional comments.

Next meeting: Thursday, May 24, 2001, 7:00 p.m.