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Charles County, Maryland

June 25, 2018 Minutes

Minutes
Monday, June 25, 2018

6:30 PM, Charles County Government Building

Members Present:
Eddie Bowling, Chairman
Bonnie Williams
Ed May
Lisa Hoxie
Luis Dieguez, Ex. Officio
Charles Rice
Beth Groth
Jerry Spense of SCD

Members Absent:
David Hancock, Sr.
 

  1. Call to Order
    1. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Bowling at 6:05 PM in the Government Building Conference Room.
  2. Introductions
    1. The meeting began with brief introductions by Board members and staff in attendance.
  3. Approval of the Previous Minutes
    1. A motion was made by Ms. Williams, and seconded by Mr. Bowling, to approve the minutes from November 6, 2017 and June 11, 2018. All voted in favor and the motion passed.  
  4. Board Functions
    1. Mr. Rice noted that he reviewed the MD Code for Agriculture, §2-504.1 Advisory boards with the Board members that attended the meeting on June 11, 2018. He also met with Mr. May before the meeting on June 25, 2018 to review the board functions with him.
  5. Serenity Farm Lot Consolidation
    1. Mr. Rice reviewed the applicant’s request with the Board. One of the family members has decided not to utilize an existing building lot, previously approved as a child lot, and wishes to consolidate this lot back into the farm property. A motion was made by Ms. Williams, and seconded by Ms. Hoxie, to recommend consolidation of the lot back into the farm property. All voted in favor, and the motion passed.
  6. Meeting Schedule for 2018
    1. Mr. Rice suggested that the Board meet every other month or quarterly for the rest of the year. After discussion, the Board decided to meet every other month on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM. Mr. Rice will send out a tentative schedule by email for the Board’s consideration and approval.
  7. FY 2019 Applications​
    1. Review for Ranking Approval
      1. This portion of the meeting was held in Closed Session. Ms. Williams made a motion, seconded by Mr. May, to go into closed session to discuss the FY 2019 Application Rankings. All voted in favor, and the motion passed. 
        Summary of Closed Session
        Mr. Rice reviewed the FY 19 applications in detail with the Board. The rankings are based on two main areas: 1) the size and quality of the property, and the proximity to other protected lands; and 2) the owner’s asking price and how it compares to the fair market value. The Board reviewed the Ranking Spreadsheet, which represents the approved evaluation system for each of the 19 applications. The Board then reviewed the applicants asking price compared to either the appraised market value based on the past appraisals for repeat applicants, or an estimated fair market value derived from average values of like properties. Ms. Hoxie made a motion, seconded by Mr. May, to approve the application rankings as presented. All voted in favor and the motion passed.
  8. ​​Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned by Mr. Bowling at 9:00 PM