City of Calvert approves “historic” ordinance codification/enforcement
During its June regular City Council meeting, Calvert seated its newly elected mayor, Marcus Greaves, and two city council members; Bobbie Jean Alford and James Evans, after all three were returned to their seats on the council after the recent city/school board elections. Omar Babers was also elected to keep his seat but was not able to attend the Monday evening meeting.
Also, in a move Alford called “historic,” the city adopted, pending legal review, a new “ordinance codification of codes,” its first in many years.
After approving minutes and payables, the panel heard from Bill Juvrud of the Discover Calvert organization who asked if Discover Calvert could use the Senior Center for the organization’s Harvest Ball, scheduled for November 1. This year’s, a masked ball featuring feathered Mardi Gras-type masks (no Halloween costumes, please) will need a bigger space since last year’s was almost too big for the space allotted. City Supervisor Kevin O’Carroll said the forms to use the center were available at City Hall but that its use came with restrictions—particularly parking restrictions with no parking allowed on the west side of the street.
Next, O’Carroll asked the panel to approve the purchase of sewer system lift station pumps. Another of the two pumps in the lift station near Spigner School had broken down—a regular occurrence, according to O’Carroll. Even though the second pump was working well, the cost of purchasing two new ones with an electric control panel and a two-year warranty was not much more than the cost of a single pump with no warranty.
After some discussion, the Council voted to approve purchasing the lift system with warranty for $11,000 with an addition $1,500 to install the pumps and control panel rather than purchase a single pump for $9,000.
It also approved the purchase of a used Chevy Tahoe from the County (a used vehicle from the pct. 1 constable’s office) for $11,000 with additional funds of $1,500 to repaint the vehicle and install the radar.
The City increased its water/sewer/trash fees by 25 cents. Mayor Greaves explained that the trash collection company had already raised its rates by 75 cents and that the city would have to make up the 50 cent difference from other funds.
To conclude its business, the Council approved the “Ordinance Codification of Codes” and set the fines for code violations.
O’Carroll said that he had been working on the tentative code book for the last two years, going through piles of records damaged in the city hall fire. He presented the codebook as “tentative.” He had already made a list of several changes that had to be made, Councilman James Evans added some, and the city’s attorney will probably find additional ones. Nonetheless, the City approved the ordinances with the stipulation that the version presented was not the final codebook. In addition, the Council set penalties for code violations.
When a resident violates a city code, he or she will receive a written warning and five days to rectify the problem. After five business days have passed with no correction, the resident will be fined $250. Additional days with no attention to the problem could result in a $500 fine.