The Mayor and City Council and Department Heads met in regular session on
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the meeting room in City Hall.
Percy J. Purnell, Jr., Mayor
LaVerne Johnson, Council Vice President
Raymond D. Anderson, Councilman
Kimberly B. Lawson, Councilman
Mike Atkins, Councilman
Mark Konapelsky, Councilman
Joyce L. Morgan, Clerk-Treasurer
Mike Tabor, Chief of Police
Noah Bradshaw, Inspector
Also in attendance; Valerie Swift, Secretary; Irving Saltz; Jason Loar; Richard
Crumbacker; Randy Laird; Margo Green-Gale; Austin Cox, Sr.; Ashley Bosche;
Liz Holland; Lamont Potter; Irving Saltz; Calvin Rayfield; Robert Hooks and John Dize.
Mayor Purnell called the meeting to order, opening with the Lord’s Prayer and the
Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Purnell briefly reviewed the agenda for the evening’s meet-
Mayor Purnell requested approval of the previous meetings’ minutes. Council-
man Anderson made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Meeting of July
13, 2011. Motion seconded by Councilman Atkins and carried unanimously.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS
Chief Mike Tabor presented his monthly report highlighting the crime comparison
from 2010 and 2011. He also noted that the Department is working well with the Hous-
ing Authority. He also made reference to the Friday Night initiative in which the Depart-
ment works with the Pocomoke and Princess Anne Police Departments.
Chief Tabor noted that the Red Speed camera presentation had been cancelled this
evening, due to an emergency.
Mrs. Margo Green Gale made reference to the bicycle patrol cops stretching
across the road and blocking traffic. Chief Tabor advised that he would address the mat-
Mr. Irving Saltz made reference to people still allowing their dogs to litter the
beach at the Legion. Chief Tabor advised calling “911” if this action is seen.
Joyce L. Morgan, Clerk-Treasurer, presented her monthly report, highlighting
its contents. She advised that this was the first month in the fiscal year.
She also noted that the new garbage regulations went into effect on August 1st
and there has been no backtracking of trash not out on time or pick up without tags, etc.
Noah Bradshaw, Inspector, reviewed his monthly report and departmental active-
Mayor Purnell made reference to the hazard mitigation that Mr. Bradshaw had
highlighted and made reference to the grant to clear two properties for open space.
Mayor Purnell also made reference to a meeting with joint agencies in An-
napolis and the presentation concerning the depot that was made.
NEW BUSINESS – OPENING OF RFQ’S WIND TURBINE
Mayor Purnell explained that an RFQ was put out to hire a consulting firm to
prepare the bid for the wind turbine project. Mr. Bradshaw advised that the selected
firm will look at the site of the project.
Mrs. Morgan opened the bids that were received and read the bid amounts aloud.
1) Davis, Bowen and Friedel - $98,360 2) SED – not to exceed $99K, 3) DMW –
$95,250, 4) GMB - $786,500 and 5) AWD - $39,450.
Mayor Purnell advised Mr. Bradshaw to do a comparison so that the Council
could meet and make a decision as soon as possible.
PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Mr. Bradshaw reviewed the recommendations made by the Planning Commission
concerning the Library Consolidation and presented plats for the Mayor and Council to
At this time, Councilman Atkins made a motion to accept the recommendation
from the Planning Commission for the library property consolidation. Motion seconded
by Councilman Lawson and carried unanimously.
Mr. Bradshaw then reviewed the request from Mr. Brantley Tillman for lot
reconfiguration and buy-back of the McDonald’s property. At this time, Councilman
Lawson made a motion to accept the recommendation from the Planning Commission for
the lot reconfiguration. Motion seconded by Councilman Anderson and carried unani-
Mayor Purnell advised that the City of Crisfield Ethics Law Standards have
to be raised to the State’s standards. Mr. Cockey noted that municipalities are en-
couraged to comply as State legislature now requires compliance. He advised that
the Ordinance must be sent to the State Ethics Commission. Mr. Cockey also advised
that the City would need to do a public presentation in November.
Following further brief discussion, Council Vice President Johnson made a mo-
tion to adopt the Ethics Ordinance for First Reader. Motion seconded by Councilman
Atkins and carried unanimously.
Mr. Cockey also noted that Ethics reports must be filed every year by October
Mayor Purnell reviewed an Event Application request for a wedding to be held
at Brick Kiln. Approval so moved by Council Vice President Johnson, seconded by
Councilman Konapelsky and carried unanimously.
Councilman Anderson noted that the request to hold a Gospel meeting had been
moved to the Marina.
THANK YOU LETTER – CHAMBER
Mayor Purnell read a thank you letter from the Chamber concerning the renova-
tion of the bleachers and also thanked Councilman Lawson for spearheading the project.
REQUEST FOR PLAQUE
Mayor Purnell reviewed a request from a relative of Mayor Fletcher Hall to put
a plaque in City Hall. Councilman Atkins made a motion to approve the request, subject
to review of the Mayor and Council. Motion seconded by Councilman Konapelsky and
Lamont Potter requested that the City put a trash barrel back on 4th and Tyler
Robert Hooks complained that he could not hear the Mayor and Council.
Mayor Purnell noted that he too had hearing problems, and encouraged Mr. Hooks to
move to the front row of seats.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORT, Q & A
Councilman Konapelsky made reference to the renovation of the depot and
suggested having an area for kayaks and a dockage area for out of towners. He also made
reference to complaints he had received about the island boats taking up space and sug-
gested designating a new area for them, with a fee charged, to protect their spot in the fu-
ture. He also commented that he hates to see the Brick Kiln dog area policed as many
people walk their dogs and use the area.
Council Vice President Johnson made reference to the recent National Night Out
and commended the Police Department and volunteers Andre and Charlene Fields, Larry
Whittington, Lamont Potter, Margo Green-Gale, Calvin Rayfield, Ricky and Becky
Daugherty, Evy Johnson, and her grandsons, for their help.
Councilman Lawson made reference to the upcoming Park Grant deadline
of August 18th. He noted that the grant request for a restroom was turned down last
year. Councilman Lawson advised that he would like to apply this year for money for
restrooms, a Splash Playground and associated electrical costs, for a total of $285K.
Councilman Lawson inquired of the Council if they wanted him to apply for
all of these items, or just the restroom, again.
Councilman Konapelsky advised that he thinks Councilman Lawson should
apply for all of the items.
Mayor Purnell made reference to the surveys that were mailed to county water
users and explained the reason for the survey. He advised that it is important to get them
back in as this is the City’s only shot at getting wind turbines which would lower the
cost of electricity at the WWTP. Mayor Purnell asked that the press urge the return of the
Mayor Purnell made reference to the recent meeting in Annapolis with environ-
mentalists concerning permission to sheathe the depot. He also noted that a grant request
for $500K has gone in to USDA for the Carvel Hall roof, as well as submission of a
grant request for $99K for the pier.
Mayor Purnell commented that the City is trying to control costs to prevent pas-
sing them on to the taxpayer. He noted that the City is working hard but the next three to
four months are critical.
There being no further business for discussion, Council Vice President Johnson
made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Konapelsky and carried unanimous-
Joyce L. Morgan, Clerk-Treasurer
Prepared by Valerie Swift, Secretary