Commissioners eye potential change to meeting schedule
— The Kent County Commissioners may start meeting less frequently.
The commissioners passed two pieces of legislation that call for changes to the county code during a meeting Tuesday.
The first amends chapters to reflect current job titles and their descriptions, practices and procedures. It also removes outdated provisions and other language that is generally related to code revisions.
According to the amendment, the commissioners’ meeting schedule also will be changed. Instead of meeting every Tuesday, they “shall meet at least two Tuesdays each month, or at other times as may be necessary.”
County Administrator Shelley Heller presented the commissioners with a draft meeting schedule for them to review.
Starting in July, the commissioners generally will meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month for the rest of the year, if they opt to follow Heller’s proposed schedule.
The other approved amendment authorizes a property tax credit for business entities that have “new, improved or expanded premises” in commerce zones around Kent County.
The amendment states the tax credit is good for 10 years. It will be 50 percent for each of the first five taxable years, then it becomes 25 percent in the sixth and seventh year. It becomes 15 percent in the eighth and 10th year, but becomes zero afterward.
Also at the meeting, it was announced that the commissioners will meet with representatives of a business at 4 p.m. Monday, June 12, for the purpose of “discussing a proposed economic development project in Chestertown.” Part of the meeting will be held in a closed session.
The commissioners voted to send a letter of support on behalf of KRM Development Corp. and Dixon Valve and Coupling Co.’s application for a Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development grant. The grant is for a new corporate campus and development Dixon and KRM plan in Chestertown.
The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to conduct a $20,000 preliminary engineering report on the Town of Millington’s water services, which also connects to incorporated properties in the county. The money will come from a loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.