PUBLISH IN CECIL WHIG
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021
TOWN OF PORT DEPOSIT
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
GENERAL OBLIGATION DEBT FOR
STORMWATER DRAINAGE PROJECT–RACE STREET/GRANITE AVENUE
The Mayor and Council (the “Council”) of The Town of Port Deposit (the “Town”) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7:15 p.m. in Town Hall, 64 S. Main Street, Port Deposit, MD, concerning Ordinance 2021-06, which was introduced on October 5, 2021. Individuals may participate in the public hearing in person or by video conference or audio as described below.
The Ordinance authorizes the Town to issue (i) (A) general obligation bonds and (B) general obligation bond anticipation notes (for interim financing purposes), each in an original aggregate principal amount not exceeding $245,000, to finance, reimburse or refinance costs of a project generally identified as the Stormwater Drainage Project-Race Street/Granite Avenue and related costs, and (ii) general obligation bonds to refund any bonds issued pursuant to the authority of such Ordinance, subject to the limitations regarding refunding bonds in such Ordinance. Details of any such obligations not specified in the Ordinance will be determined or provided for by resolution of the Council. The Town’s full faith and credit and unlimited taxing power will be pledged to pay debt service on any such issued obligations. The Ordinance expresses the expectation that any such general obligation bonds will be issued to the United States of America through a financing program of the United States Department of Agriculture but allows for any series of the authorized bonds to be issued to one or more additional parties. A copy of the Ordinance is available on the Town website at: www.portdeposit.org, or at Town Hall. The public is invited to ask questions and to give testimony during the public hearing.
Those wishing to participate in the meeting via (1) video conference may do so through www.zoom.us and by entering meeting ID: 840 7702 0651, or (2) audio may do so by calling 301-715-8592 and following the prompts to enter the meeting ID listed in (1) above. Please contact Town Hall at 410-378-2121 or email Lacey Heath at email@example.com if you need assistance or have any questions.
The Council is expected to consider the Ordinance for passage, either in the format as introduced or as amended, at the November 2, 2021 Council meeting or a subsequent Council meeting.
Individuals requiring auxiliary aids for effective communications during this public hearing should contact Town Hall no later than October 26, 2021, 410-378-2121 or TDD through Maryland Relay Services 1-800-735-2258.
BY: Mayor Robert Kuhs
TOWN OF PORT DEPOSIT
MARYLAND COMMUMITY BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Mayor and Council of the Town of Port Deposit will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall, 64 S. Main Street and via Zoom to obtain the views of citizens on community, economic development, and housing needs to be considered for submission of an application to the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Citizens will have the opportunity to discuss proposed projects and to provide input on other needs to be considered. The draft application will be for a Flood Mitigation Study of the Port Deposit Watershed for Stormwater Resiliency and will be available for the public to review starting on September 28, 2021 Town Hall, 64 S. Main St., Port Deposit during normal business hours.
Citizens will be furnished with information including but not limited to:
the amount of CDBG funds available for State Fiscal Year 2022;
the range of activities that may be undertaken with CDBG funds; and
the proposed projects under consideration by the Town of Port Deposit.
The Maryland Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally funded program designed to assist governments with activities directed toward neighborhood and housing revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities and services. It is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The Maryland CDBG Program reflects the State's economic and community development priorities and provides public funds for activities which meet one of the following national objectives, in accordance with the federal Housing Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, that:
benefit to low and moderate income persons and households;
aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight;
meet other community development needs of an urgent nature, or that are an immediate threat to community health and welfare.
Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking residents with ten (10) days advance notice to Lacey Heath, 410.378.2121 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public may participate via video conference - go to www.zoom.us and enter meeting ID: 993 8076 9561 and for audio access call (301) 715-8592 and follow the prompts to enter the meeting ID listed above. Contact Town Hall at 410.378.2121 or email Lacey Heath at email@example.com if you need assistance or have any questions. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Town Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY: Town of Port Deposit
Publish: August 20 and 27 and September 3 and 10
Require Affidavit of Publication
TOWN OF PORT DEPOSIT
CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTIONS 04-2021 AND 05-2021
On August 17, 2021, the Mayor and Council of Port Deposit adopted Charter Amendment Resolution 04-2021 and Charter Amendment Resolution 05-2021. The titles of the Charter Amendment Resolutions, which constitute fair summaries thereof, are as follows:
Charter Amendment Resolution 04-2021: A CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF PORT DEPOSIT FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDING ARTICLE III, SECTION 309.d. OF THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF PORT DEPOSIT FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLARIFYING THAT ONLY A FAIR SUMMARY OF AN ORDINANCE NEED BE PUBLISHED IN THE TWENTY (20) CALENDAR DAYS FOLLOWING PASSAGE OF THE ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND RELATING TO CHARTER AMENDMENTS; PROVIDING THAT THIS TITLE CONSTITUTES A FAIR SUMMARY OF THIS CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTION; AND GENERALLY RELATING TO SUCH CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTION.
Charter Amendment Resolution 05-2021: A CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF PORT DEPOSIT (THE “COUNCIL”) FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPEALING AND RE-ENACTING, WITH AMENDMENTS, ARTICLE VII, SECTION 719 OF THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF PORT DEPOSIT (THE “TOWN”) FOR THE PURPOSE OF AUTHORIZING THE TOWN TO BORROW MONEY FOR ANY PROPER PUBLIC PURPOSE AND TO EVIDENCE SUCH BORROWING BY THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF ITS GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES OR OTHER EVIDENCES OF
INDEBTEDNESS (THE “OBLIGATIONS”); SPECIFYING THAT THE COUNCIL SHALL AUTHORIZE BY ORDINANCE (1) THE MAXIMUM AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF ANY SUCH OBLIGATIONS TO BE ISSUED, (2) THE PURPOSE(S) FOR WHICH SUCH OBLIGATIONS SHALL BE EXPENDED, (3) A PLEDGE OF THE SECURITY FOR SUCH OBLIGATIONS AND, IF APPLICABLE, A STATEMENT THAT SUCH OBLIGATIONS SHALL BE PAYABLE IN THE FIRST INSTANCE FROM A SPECIFIED SOURCE OF REVENUE OR PROVISIONS FOR THE MAKING OF SUCH STATEMENT BY RESOLUTION, AND (4) A REQUIREMENT THAT PRIOR TO ISSUING ANY SUCH OBLIGATIONS THE COUNCIL SHALL ADOPT A RESOLUTION REGARDING CERTAIN MATTERS; PROVIDING THAT ANY SUCH RESOLUTION SHALL CONTAIN, DETERMINE, APPROVE OR PROVIDE FOR THE APPROVAL OF VARIOUS DETAILS REGARDING SUCH OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING (1) THEIR DESIGNATION, ISSUE DATE, DENOMINATION(S), FORM(S) AND TENOR, (2) THEIR RATE(S) OF INTEREST (WHICH MAY BE FIXED OR VARIABLE OR MAY BE DETERMINED BY A METHOD APPROVED OR PROVIDED FOR), (3) THEIR DATE(S) AND AMOUNT(S) OF MATURITY, AND SERIAL AND/OR TERM MATURITIES OR INSTALLMENTS, (4) WHETHER THEY WILL BE SOLD BY THE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SALE, (5) THEIR PRICE(S), WHICH MAY BE AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR VALUE, (6) ANY DESIRED REDEMPTION OR PUT PROVISIONS, INCLUDING HOW NOTICE OF REDEMPTION OR PUT SHALL BE GIVEN, (7) THE MANNER OF EXECUTING AND SEALING SUCH OBLIGATIONS, (8) ANY DOCUMENTS OR AGREEMENTS PURSUANT TO WHICH SUCH OBLIGATIONS ARE TO BE ISSUED, OFFERED OR SECURED, INCLUDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING THE MARKETABILITY OF OR AS SECURITY FOR SUCH OBLIGATIONS AND FOR SECURING ANY TENDER OPTION, AND (9) SUCH OTHER PROVISIONS AS THE COUNCIL MAY DETERMINE NECESSARY OR DESIRABLE, INCLUDING WHETHER SUCH OBLIGATIONS SHALL BE SOLD FOR CASH OR OTHER VALUABLE CONSIDERATION OR FURTHER PROVIDING FOR APPLICATION OF PROCEEDS; PROVIDING THAT ANY SUCH RESOLUTION MAY BE INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED AT A SINGLE SESSION; PROVIDING THAT THE COUNCIL MAY BY ORDINANCE DETERMINE, APPROVE OR PROVIDE FOR ANY OF THE MATTERS SPECIFIED AS BEING DETERMINABLE, APPROVED OR PROVIDED FOR BY RESOLUTION; PROVIDING FOR OR AUTHORIZING THE METHODS BY WHICH ANY SUCH OBLIGATIONS MAY BE BID FOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF THE SAME BY SOLICITATION OF COMPETITIVE BIDS AT PUBLIC SALE AND THE METHODS BY WHICH ANY NOTICE OF SALE OR SUMMARY THEREOF MAY BE PUBLISHED OR DISSEMINATED; PROVIDING THAT THE POWER SET FORTH IN SUCH CHARTER ARTICLE VII, SECTION 719 IS ADDITIONAL AND SUPPLEMENTAL TO ANY OTHER APPLICABLE GENERAL OBLIGATION BORROWING AUTHORITY; GENERALLY RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE AND TERMS OF SUCH OBLIGATIONS; PROVIDING FOR COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND REGARDING CHARTER AMENDMENTS; PROVIDING THAT THIS TITLE CONSTITUTES A FAIR SUMMARY OF THIS CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTION; AND GENERALLY RELATING TO SUCH CHARTER AMENDMENT RESOLUTION.
Each of the adopted charter amendments shall become effective on October 6, 2021, subject to the provisions of Section 4-304(d) of the Local Government Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland regarding the right of the requisite percentage of the qualified voters of the Town to petition a charter amendment to referendum.
A copy of each Charter Amendment Resolution will be posted (1) at the Town Hall, 64 S. Main Street, and (2) on the Town’s website: www.portdeposit.org, click on “Government,” then click on “Resolutions,” and then click on “2021 Resolutions.” Please direct questions to the Town Administrator at 410.378.2121.
Mayor and Council of Port Deposit
TOWN OF PORT DEPOSIT
Combined Notice to Public of Finding of No Significant Impact and
Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds
Date: May 5, 2021
Town of Port Deposit
64 S. Main Street
Port Deposit, MD 21904
The purpose of this Notice is to satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be taken by the Town of Port Deposit.
On or about May 21, 2021 the above named Town of Port Deposit will request that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development release funds under the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program to be used for the following project:
Project Title: Granite Avenue and Race Street Drainage Improvement Project
Purpose of Project: New drainage improvement project on Granite Avenue and Race Street will install new curbs, drain culverts, and pipes to divert water runoff from flooding, eroding, and damaging properties and reduce debris, contaminants and sediment from flowing into two perennial streams in the project area.
Location: Granite Avenue and Race Street
Total Project Cost: $1,647,000 – USDA Grant $602,000; USDA Loan $245,000; CDBG $800,000
Finding of No Significant Impact
Notice is hereby given that the above named municipality has prepared an Environmental Review Record on the project(s) described in this Notice and has determined that said project(s) will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required and no further environmental review of the project is proposed prior to requesting the Release of Funds.
The Finding of No Significant Impact is based on the following: Notification of the project was sent to the required Federal, State and Local agencies and the Town received no notification of findings of significant impact.
The Environmental Review Record which documents the Environmental Review of these project(s) is available for public examination at the Town of Port Deposit offices during normal businesses hours.
Public Comments on Finding
All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments regarding the environmental impacts of the described project(s) to the offices of the Town of Port Deposit and to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. All such comments must be received no later than May 21, 2021. All comments will be considered and the Town of Port Deposit will not request the release of funds nor take any action on the project(s) prior to this date.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
The Town of Port Deposit will undertake the project(s) described above with Maryland Community Development Block Grant Funds. This Notice also certifies that Robert Kuhs, serving in the official capacity of Mayor, consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews decision-making, and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval, the Town of Port Deposit may use the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Funds and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will have satisfied its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
Objections to the release of funds will be accepted by the Department of Housing and Community Development only if one or more of the following apply: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the Certifying Officer; or (b) that the Town of Port Deposit has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; or (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by this part before Release of Funds and approval of the environmental certification by DHCD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. All interested agencies, groups and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments to the Town of Port Deposit and to the CDBG Environmental Officer, MD Department of Housing and Community Development, 7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706. All such comments must be received no later than June 6, 2021.
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