Com­mis­sion­ers eye po­ten­tial change to meet­ing sched­ule

Kent County News - - NEWS - By DO­RIAN MITCHELL dmitchell@thekent­coun­tynews.com

— 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.

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