MILLINGTON — Town officials on Nov. 18 introduced renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, moving toward their goal of socially responsible leadership.
The policies will be voted on at the Dec. 9 monthly meeting, following a public hearing.
By adopting the policies, Millington agrees to adhere to the Maryland Energy Administration’s Smart Energy Community program.
The town must develop and initiate a renewable energy action plan and an energy reduction plan.
One of the goals is to reduce per-square-foot electricity consumption by 15 percent relative to the baseline within five years of the baseline year.
By 2022, a minimum of 20 percent of local government buildings’ energy consumption must be supplemented by locally generated renewable energy sources — such as solar, wind or geothermal.
Nicole Davis of KCI Technologies, the Delaware-based firm that Millington has contracted for engineering services, is working with Town Administrator Jo Manning on an electricity reduction grant.
The goal is to make the town greener, more efficient and more sustainable, Davis told the mayor and council at the November meeting.
The town is seeking $37,000 in federal money that will be funneled though the University of Maryland.
“They want big projects with long-term effects,” Davis said, noting that the town’s treatment plants are the biggest drain on electricity.
Another priority is an upgrade to town hall, which would include central heating and air conditioning.
In Other News:
• Chief Deputy Jim Culp gave the Kent County Sheriff’s Office monthly report for October. Deputies issued 51 warnings and 34 citations, including one for impaired driving, during their regular patrol.
There were four criminal complaints, including a check fraud complaint and a burglary complaint at the Tailgate Market.
A theft complaint at Millington Elementary School was unfounded.
Deputies also were dispatched for eight non-criminal calls for service.
Councilman David Rice applauded the police presence during Halloween, when deputies walked around town.
• In answering a question from Councilman Kevin Hemstock, Culp said five deputies are trained in commercial vehicle enforcement.
Hemstock said there is a problem with some trucks “blowing through town,” primarily during business hours.
He and his wife have separate businesses in the center of town, located at the busy intersection of Cypress Street (state Route 291) and Sassafras Street (state Route 313).
Rice added: “Guys are going through town regularly at 50 mph without slowing down.”
Culp said he would bring the council’s concerns to the attention of Sheriff John F. Price.
• The property at 368 Cypress St. will require only one connection for water and sewer — the official term is Equivalent Dwelling Unit — after November. Marty Freeman operated Touch of Beauty in her home at that location since 1970. She closed shop Dec. 1, according to a letter sent to the mayor and council.
Freeman has a contract for sale on the property, and the new owners will not be operating a beauty salon.
“It has been a good run for me and many clients over the years,” Freeman wrote in her letter to the town. “Thank you to Millington! A great place to work and live.”
• There is a vacancy on the Millington Board of Appeals. The three-year term of Elizabeth Beckley, the current chairman, expired in November.
The term of Marcia Fellows also expired in November, but she has agreed to serve another term.
The other board members are Ed Robinson and Patrick Randolph.
The board is comprised of three members and an alternate.
• Rice asked the council to consider a formal agreement, to be spelled out in a memorandum of understanding, with Infinity Recycling. He said transporting the town’s recyclables to the Infinity facility on U.S. Route 301 at Millington Road would save on time and mileage.
Currently, maintenance man Jim Baxter trucks the town’s recyclables once a week to the county-operated Nicholson Road landfill near Chestertown.
The council took no action.
• Don Reed, of Maryland Environmental Service, reported that there were no violations at the water and wastewater treatment plants in October.
MES repaired two meter pits and flushed 11 hydrants.
• Town Engineer Peter Bourne reported that funding for infrastructure of the senior housing project at Mill Village could get a boost if the town is designated as a Sustainable Community.
• A revised stormwater management resolution was introduced. Resolution 2014-14 would allow the town — with the assistance of its contracted engineering company — to administer and enforce stormwater laws within the corporate limits.
The council will vote on the resolution at its Dec. 9 meeting, following a public hearing.
• The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. Town Administrator Jo Manning was absent.