with Mayor Gavin Buckley
At Monday's City Council meeting, we passed the spending budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. The budget passed with little change from the proposal I submitted earlier this year.
One bit of news that may interest residents (aside from NO tax or fee increases) is that the Hillman Garage rebuild project, which had been set to begin in 2021, was moved up for the design phase to begin in 2020. Adding capacity to that garage will be a big win for residents and visitors.
We also will be moving the Office of Emergency Management to be its own department, on equal footing with Fire and Police. Pending confirmation, Deputy Chief Kevin Simmons will become the chief of that department. I look forward to that department providing excellent service to our residents during and when planning for emergencies.
On to other updates:
I wanted to give you a status update on the hiring of the police chief. We told folks that it would be about a 90-day process, which is where we are right now. In April and May, we held meetings to determine community priorities for the City's new chief.
We convened an interview panel of eight diverse individuals from civilian and law enforcement backgrounds to write the job description and formulate interview questions.
The panel received 61 applications. From there, 13 were interviewed after having met the necessary qualifications. The panel conducted the interviews and narrowed the names for consideration. I will be interviewing the finalists soon.
That we had so many strong qualified candidates to choose from is a testament to the ability of the City of Annapolis to attract quality people to work for our residents.
My thanks to Teresa, Chief Lisa Myers, Deputy Chief Kevin Simmons, Chuck Howard, Lon Powell, Rev. Stephen Tillett and Elizabeth Alex for serving on the panel.
John Koontz, a neighbor in Ward 1, sent a nice note to Alderwoman Eleanor Tierney to commend the Public Works crew that repaired the brick road on Cumberland Court.
Mr. Koontz said, “I can't thank you enough for your help in getting our cherished brick road repaired. The city brick crew did a great job and I thanked each one of them. They were fast, neat, clean and could not have been nicer and more professional. As residents, we all need to remember to thank these city employees for the work they do for us every day.”
My office talked with David Jarrell in Public Works about this work and he said the masonry crew included: Ron Matthews, Tim Nevin, Rodney Franklin, Thomas Vodak and Andrew Patterson.
Great work guys!
I attended last week’s Caucus of African American leaders at Wiley Bates where I was invited to speak on the issue of gun violence and then we went around back to the ball fields for a tribute to the local artist Edward Montre Seay, who was known locally as “Tre Da Kid.” He was shot on Forest Drive a little over a week ago.
On Thursday, I, along with members of my staff, attended the event at Asbury United Methodist Church with the group ACT/Do Not Stand Idly By. Along with Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and other elected officials, we signed a pledge to work to end gun violence and to support fair housing practices.
As I said at those two events -- and again on Saturday, where hundreds of people came out to a memorial service to celebrate Montre’s too-short life:
As public servants, we have a responsibility to look for ways to end gun violence. We have to look for innovative ways to provide all our communities with opportunities for economic and social mobility. We have to create opportunities to present young people with different ways to resolve conflict.
It is my hope that the City Council can use its considerable power in the day-to-day affairs of City government to be mindful of making meaningful change in that direction toward peace, health, and prosperity in our town.
FAIR HOUSING: The Mayor’s Office, along with Theresa Wellman, Community Development Manager for the City’s Planning Department, the Housing and Human Welfare Committee and the Human Relations Commission held a public hearing last week to identify barriers to fair and affordable housing in the City of Annapolis for protected populations.
This public hearing was an opportunity for constituents to become better informed about housing data, affordable housing opportunities, zoning and to review proposed policy.
The event was chaired by Alderman Marc Rodriguez and moderated by William Rowel from my office. Each policy goal was shared along with an accompanying strategy to achieve the goal. Members of the audience gave feedback on each goal as well.
There will be follow up meetings to assess how Annapolis is faring in providing fair housing opportunities and options to residents. I invite you to participate.
SAFE SUMMER: School let out for the summer last week. To help promote safe summer priorities, our One Annapolis staff hosted the second (now annual) End of School Celebration. It was held at the Leron M. Fisher pool where kids came out to celebrate.
We'd like to thank these people and businesses for donating their time and food (or both!): Jimmy Johns, Giant Foods, Safeway, Chuck E Cheese, Papa Johns Pizza, Adam's Ribs, Chick Fil-A, Blackwall Hitch, MOD Pizza, Brusters Ice Cream, Trader Joe’s, Mission BBQ, , Buffalo Wild Wings, Kelly Porter, Aaron Johnson, Cecil Memorial Church, 3rd Eye Comics, Leron Fisher, Samuel Coates, Sandra Johnson, Harold Lloyd and Teresa Powell.
- William Rowel
Get ready for changes in our refuse pick up in Annapolis.
Our new waste contractor, M.B.G Enterprises, will be starting on July 1st
. We are looking forward to welcoming this new contractor to Annapolis. One change you will see is that all your waste, garbage, recycling AND yard trim will be collected on the same day. It will be your regular trash and recycling day.
Previously implemented rules for yard trim collection remain in effect. You can pick up a 32-gallon green yard trim cart to collect yard trim at 932 Spa Road between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Limit one cart per household. For overflow, or those not interested in using the green yard trim cart, use paper bags or a trash container marked with an "X."
Yard trim can include grass, leaves, tree limbs and branches. Unacceptable items include dirt, sod, gravel, rocks, flower pots, bamboo, broken lawn tools, and trash. Containers must weigh less than 50 lbs.
If there are any problems during this transition, or if you have any questions please call Public Works at 410-263-7949.