Mayor Chris Cerino announced at Monday’s Chestertown Town Council meeting that representatives of Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) have agreed to attend a public meeting at Town Hall on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m., “to present the remediation plan for the oil spill to the Mayor and Council.”
It was noted that the plan, whose final form is currently undisclosed, will be made available to the Council before the meeting and that after the Council asks questions, the audience will be given an opportunity to voice their concerns to MDE officials.
The decision for the July 14 meeting plan was the result of a meeting held on June 30 with Mayor Chris Cerino, Town Manager Bill Ingersoll, Attorney Michael Forlini along with MDE representatives Deputy Secretary Horacio Tablada, Chris Ralston and Hilary Miller.
According to a “synopsis” of the meeting, provided as a hand-out by the Town, the meeting was “held at the suggestion of Michael Forlini, Counsel for the Town of Chestertown, to get the latest information from MDE regarding the permit application for oil remediation from the Hospital.
MDE is not required by law to hold a public meeting but agreed to meet with the Mayor, town council and public.
The video includes the Mayor’s overview of the meeting with MDE along with concern raised by Town Utilities Manager Robert Sipes who has been closely involved with the hospital oil remediation process and the test procedures using Ivy-Sol solution to clean up residual oil. Sipes’ explanation of his concern is audio-only, as he was in the audience at the time.
This video is approximately fourteen minutes in length