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City Council Minutes

February 27, 2006

The Cambridge City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 27, 2006 Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Cleveland L. Rippons called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Cephas, Brooks, and Travers.

Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Travers led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2006 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. 

Mayor Rippons announced that because of the number of people present, they were going to amend the agenda to hear the follow-up discussion on the growth allocation public hearing for Blackwater Resort Communities. The public hearing for the master development plan has been postponed. No further public information will be given. The public hearing was left open until 4:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2006, for any additional public comments. All members of Council have received copies of the documents. The County Council approved the growth allocation with the stipulation that there be no residential units in the Critical Areas. Some other provisions were specified for the approval at the County level. Before the City moves forward with the Master Development Plan at this time, the developer's engineering staff must come back and have a plan that the City can look at which takes into account all considerations as outlined by the County. The plans will be submitted to the Planning and Zoning staff for their perusal and then we will continue the process. Depending upon the severity of changes necessary, it may necessitate that the City's Planning and Zoning go back to the preliminary approval process.

Rob Collison said in light of the conditions that the County imposed, it will go back one phase to the design master development plan. The plan will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission. The design phase will not come before City Council. It will go before the Planning and Zoning Commissioner for a public hearing on the final as well as a public hearing before the City Council on the final master development plan. That will take place after a decision by City Council on the growth allocation and any additional conditions imposed by Council.

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to set this matter in for a formal decision on the application for 313 acres of growth allocation for the next City Council meeting on Monday, March 13, 2006. While he has not finalized his decision as yet, based upon the testimony that he has heard, the exhibits and the documentation that he has reviewed, and in consideration of the County's conditions imposed, at this point he would be inclined to vote in favor of the application. Although they have received some information that has been added to their documents that came in on Friday and was not able to be put with the Council's documents, he would like to review that information. He would also like to make a motion to direct the City Attorney to proceed with the drafting of the findings of facts and conditions similar to that of the County to be considered for adoption at the Council Meeting for March 13, 2006. Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

Annexation Resolution A-2006-01 Made by CSTC, LLC to Annex 6.92 Acres Shown on Tax Map 41 - Parcel 230 - Chesapeake Drive and Airpax Road-Rob Collison said the parcel is located behind Airpax on the east side of the Airpax property. It binds upon both Chesapeake Drive and Airpax Road.  If the annexation resolution is approved, the proposed zoning would be I1 (light industrial). It is the closest zoning to the existing zoning that the County has on the property. The City's Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the annexation request. Notice of tonight's public hearing was published in the Daily Banner on February 4, 11, 18, and 20, 2006. Written notice of the public hearing as well as a copy of the annexation resolution and the outline for extension of services was forwarded to the Dorchester County Council on February 7, 2006. On that date, notice was also sent to Steve Dodd, Director of Planning and Zoning for the County as well as to the Maryland Department of Planning. The City received a letter from Steve Dodd (dated February 8, 2006) stating the current zoning of the parcel is I1 and the proposed municipal zoning is also I1. The County Comprehensive Plan designation is "Town Development District". It is his opinion that the proposed municipal zoning of this parcel is consistent with the County's Comprehensive Plan and that no waiver of zoning is necessary by the County Council.  Nobody was present to give comments from the Maryland Department of Planning. Nobody was present to give comments from the Dorchester County Council or County Planning Department.

Ron Lee, an Attorney representing CSTC, LLC, said the addition of the property to the city boundaries will not materially affect the population. The property is currently surrounded by public facilities such that adequate public facilities exist and the addition of the property will begin to fill in an area that is already surrounded on three sides by city boundaries. The addition of the property will not add an extra burden to the present and future transportation patterns as the property is served by existing roads and has nearby access to Route 50. The use of the property is consistent with existing development in the area as there currently exists light industrial uses and the use of this property would be consistent with these uses.  Rob Collison said if there is any cost to extend the services, the developer will incur those costs. They are not asking for any abatements or development fees. He said this is in an area that the city has been trying to slowly close in. It was left open when Dorchester Square was annexed in the mid-1980s.

Mayor Rippons asked for public comment. Nobody asked to speak. Rob Collison said if the annexation resolution is approved, it becomes effective 45 days after the vote. There is a period in State law for a petition for referendum on any annexation. Commissioner Travers made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the annexation resolution as written. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

Open Bids for Roof Replacement for Harriet Tubman Museum-Ed Kinnamon announced that the City received four bids:

  • Alliance Roofing and Sheet Metal (Baltimore, MD) -- $19,400
  • Delaware Siding (Bear, DE) submitted two bids -- $16,218.75; and $24,156.25
  • J&K Contracting (Bowie, MD) -- $46,000
  • Cole Roofing Company (Baltimore, MD) -- $15,664

Commissioner Travers made a motion to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Deborah Johnson to Discuss the Lead Risk Reduction Program-Deborah Johnson said she was here to entertain any questions that the Council, Mayor, or the citizens had in regards to the lead program that was proposed at the last meeting. Commissioner Brooks said there are some questions and they are pretty lengthy. She is for lead reduction in the City of Cambridge. However, she is not 100 percent sure of how the program fits into that equation. She asked to be able to discuss this with Deborah Johnson and answer a lot of the questions. Commissioner Brooks made a motion to table this request until the next meeting.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. Commissioner Travers said he would like to attend the meeting. The meeting was set for 10:00 am on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at City Hall. The motion passed unanimously.

Thom Huntington, Bond Servants, Requesting Permission to Hold an Event on City-Owned Property on Race and Cedar Streets, Saturday, April 15th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Variance from the Noise Ordinance-Mr. Huntington said the Bond Servants are men from different churches who get together once a month to do work on people's houses to help those who are not able to make repairs. On April 15th they would like to sponsor an event that would have music, food, and children's crafts. They are trying to reach the community, bring them in, share the gospel, and help them get connected to a church. They have already contacted the Health Department for their regulations. Sanitation is lined up. When they are done, there will be no sign of them ever being there.  Rob Collison said since the area is not designed a city park, he asked that Oden Wheeler contact LGIT to see what insurance requirements they may ask. Mayor Rippons said any approval will be predicated on the requirements from the insurance company. Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Frank Narr, YMCA, to Discuss a Bond Bill for Renovation and Expansion-Frank Narr said the YMCA in Cambridge will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Last year, through one or more of its many programs, the "Y" served over 20 percent of the city and county residents. He introduced Dee McDonald, their CEO; and Board Members Ginger Brannock, Marti Tomey, Mike McMahon, Jamie Summers, and Andy Pasden. Their Facilities Re-purposing Plan is an aggressive $3.5 million facilities renovation expansion program. The YMCA is challenged both financially and operationally by its facility. The building was built in the 1940s with additions built in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the last 20 years, they have struggled to maintain the facility. Aging infrastructure is often too costly to repair or replace. Today, they can only utilize half of 30,000+ sq.ft. of space.  This limits the programs and therefore the membership they serve. Mr. Narr presented Council with a package of information outlining the renovations they are planning. They hope to accomplish their aggressive campaign in the next two years. They have raised $175,000 to date. Volunteer efforts and in-kind services have been extraordinary. To obtain the funds necessary for the renovations, they have asked Delegates Eckardt, Cane, and Haddaway and Senator Colburn to sponsor bills in the 2006 legislative session. The will be able leverage the land and the building that were conveyed to them by the County as their matching funds.  If passed, the bills will authorize $1.5 million for their project which will be available on June 1st. On March 13th, they will present their project to the Senate and House Capital Budgets Committee where the decision will be made. They are asking for a letter of support from the City of Cambridge that they can include in their presentation documents. They are also asking for a member of Council to join them in Annapolis when they present to the Senate and the House Committees. The funding from the State will obviously not cover all their project costs. They are asking for the opportunity to request an appropriation in the City's FY2007 budget. Mr. Narr invited Council to their fundraising event on Thursday, March 9th at the Hyatt. Their goal is to raise $50,000 for their Kids Zone.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to issue a letter of support for the project. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

New Beginnings Youth and Family Services to Request Funds From This Year's Fiscal Budget for Their Workforce Development Training Program-Rachel Polk, the Residential Services Director, provided Council with a letter and some supporting documentation about their request. The People of Courage Workforce Development Series is an eight-week program that New Beginnings does in collaboration with Chesapeake College and the Dorchester County Cooperative Extension to provide a number of courses. Their focus at New Beginnings is not only to serve the residents of the Bay Country Community but also the surrounding neighborhoods for those who either want to go to work or for those who wish to continue their education. They are requesting $4,500 to help them begin their program which starts March 27th. They have been writing several grants. The last two efforts were supported in its entirety through private donors. They are coming before the City because there is a lag between the application and the actual funding. They feel it is important to serve the 15 people they already have on their waiting list for this service. Mayor Rippons asked if they pay people to come in to speak on the various topics. He also asked if they utilized the Health Department and other resources. Rachel Polk said the predominate consideration is for Chesapeake College who charges them $125 per hour to provide their services. She uses all the in-kind services they can get. She is constantly looking for partnerships throughout Dorchester. The support has been magnificent. Commissioner Cephas said he attended one of the graduations and was very impressed. Commissioner Cephas made a motion to grant New Beginnings $4500. Commissioner Brooks said she followed the program for quite some time. In addition to helping to dress people for success, there have been occasions where they have furnished a house. They are doing a tremendous job with the parents that they have coming in. She would also grant the $4500 and more and hopes that at some point some men can be brought into the programs. Commissioner Sydnor said the men are included now. They are doing a wonderful job and he thinks that is a minimum amount that they can contribute to continue the success they are having. Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representative from Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association to Hold the 2006 APBA North American Championships on Friday, July 28th through July 30th at Great Marsh Park-Michelle Trissell said this will be the 95th annual running of the Cambridge Classic. They have been awarded the North American Championship again this year. They would need exclusive use of the park on Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th. Their letter requested use of the park from Monday, July 24th from Monday, July 31st. The only exclusive days would be Thursday through Sunday. David Pritchett said the dates are good with DPW. They always leave the park as they found it. Commissioner Knox made a motion to allow the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association the use of Great Marsh Park from July 24th through July 31st with exclusive use on July 27th through July 30th. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Jane Devlin, WECA, to Request Letter of Support and Willingness for a Perpetual Easement for Grant Application Submitted to Maryland Historical Trust (301 Gay Street)-Jane Devlin said last year the Association applied to MHA for a grant for the Wallace Office Building. They were looked on very favorably and put on the reserve list. It is a very competitive round. No additional funding came in. It looks fairly significant that they will be looked upon favorably again. They have entered into a lease for 301 Gay Street. She is requesting the same documentation that they needed last year which is the letter of support for the grant application as well as the willingness to convey a perpetual easement if they receive the grant. The library building is on a reverta-clause back to the city. If the property is no longer needed for a library purpose, it will go back to the city. WECA will never own the property. They have a 15-year lease on the building which is renewable and will cover all restoration costs. Commissioner Knox made a motion to cover the letter of support for WECA. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Rob Collison will review the perpetual easement and Council will vote on it during the next meeting.

Mike Adams, Williamson Real Estate, to Discuss Request for a Two-Lot Sub-division (604 Hubert Street - Map 302 - Parcel 2259)-Rob Collison said this is really a Board of Appeals issue. David Pritchett said he met with Mr. Adams and informed him that at a previous meeting, Council had discussed looking into some of the parameters required for NC districts. He wanted to review the situation that is currently on this property and what would be there when they are completed. They are lacking one dimension of meeting full zoning-that is the street frontage which would allow them 16-feet of distance between homes. Rob Collison said unfortunately, Council does not have authority to make that decision. It would be the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mr. Adams said his clients are going to request a reduction in street frontage from 50 feet to 37.5 feet. They meet the other two criteria for NC3 zoning. Though it doesn't meet the exact criteria of the zoning for the NC3, he thinks there will be a lot of cases that maybe should be looked at on an individual basis. He would like to build two single-family homes. Commissioner Travers made a motion to refer the application to Planning and Zoning. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Vote on An Application by Rommel Enterprises, LLC To Amend the Zoning Maps for Parcel No. 5696, Tax Map No. 305, South Side U.S. Route 50, from I‑1 "Light Industrial" to HC, "Highway Commercial"-Commissioner Knox made a motion to grant the zoning change. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. Commissioner Brooks said if the motion had not been made, she would have asked that they table this request. She spoke with Mr. Collison tonight in trying to understand where the mistake was made. She has not been able to find where a mistake has been made. The question then came up if they want industrial or commercial there. That is not the issue. The issue whether there is a mistake or do they want to re-zone. It's not absolutely clear. Rob Collison said the mistake was that when the comprehensive rezoning was adopted in May 2003, restaurants and retail outlets were permitted uses in the I‑1 zoning. The use changed in the I‑1 zoning but they didn't rezone the property. The consultant eliminated restaurants and retail outlets as a permitted use under the I‑1 zoning but they didn't go back and look at this property or others, because there are probably others out there that are I‑1 that are existing retail. By the consultant's actions, Ace Hardware is now a non-conforming use. If it were to burn down, they could not rebuild. That was the mistake. The consultant, when they removed those permitted uses under the I‑1, should have indicated that this should be HC as many of the other ones around it were re-zoned or reclassified as HC in the comprehensive rezoning. Commissioner Sydnor asked if this should have been picked up sooner as permits are issued. Rob Collison said it would never arise until as of now, when they came in for a building permit and found out they were non-conforming. Ace Hardware was already there in 2003. This is the basis for the mistake. When you do a comprehensive rezoning, most statistics will tell you that if you have less than 100 mistakes coming in the next five years, you are doing well. It just happens because the comprehensive rezoning is so vast. Commissioner Brooks said she doesn't want to point a finger at anybody, but she feels they need to get a clear understanding before voting to change the zoning. There have been other zonings that have been changed only to come back and bite us somewhere else when they didn't have a clear understanding as to whether they should change it or not. She referred to a zoning discussion on Clayton's. She cannot right now vote yes for this. She does not want to vote no for this unless she is forced to vote no tonight. She would much rather table this until she gets a much clearer understanding because she just doesn't see where this is a mistake at this time.

Anne Roane said Jerry Burroughs, the Chair of the Planning Commission, is present to represent the Planning Commission because they unanimously recommended the rezoning. They are the body you rely on for advice. Since she has been in the Planning and Zoning office, there has only been one other re-zoning for mistake. She asked what Commissioner Brooks was referencing. Commissioner Brooks suggested that Anne Roane attend the meeting when she discusses it with Rob Collison.  Rob Collison said it has to be looked at on a case-by-case basis. They arise as permits come in.  They came in for a building permit and found that the permitted uses in the I‑1 did not match this. The staff in Planning and Zoning all concur that this was a mistake. They should have either kept those uses under I‑1 or rezoned this property HC.  There is HC all along the highway. The property fronts on Route 50. If you claim it is not a mistake, then you are making the decision that you want industrial there on Route 50 as opposed to retail and highway commercial. Commissioner Brooks said that is what they need to sit down and discuss. She said she thought she made it very clear that she is not sure whether there is a mistake or whether they have to rezone. She is unwilling to vote yes to rezone on this particular piece of property tonight.  If they could table this and sit down and discuss it and have all of the questions answered, then she will be more than willing to give a very intelligent decision. Right now her vote would have to be no.

Jerry Burroughs said the Planning and Zoning Commission met on this issue and there have been several areas throughout the City that are non-conforming and are mistakes that were made when the new comprehensive plan was done. Upon these decisions is when they make their decisions if they are conforming or non-conforming. They felt that this particular business needed to be re-zoned to HC. During the last comprehensive rezoning, that portion of Sunburst Highway was made commercial highway. At that time they did not consider and continue it down to Woods Road. That is probably where part of the mistake was made. It does meet the criteria for what it is now-commercial property.  Commissioner Brooks asked about industrial. Jerry Burroughs said you would have a lot more traffic jams on the highway than if you had commercial. This particular project has met with the State Highway Administration's guidelines as far as traffic and everything else. Commissioner Brooks said she wasn't privy to a lot of that information. The only information that has been coming to her for the last week was Denny's and nothing about rezoning. Anne Roane said she takes exception to that. She made a presentation at the last meeting and presented the fact that the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the project for all of these issues. Commissioner Brooks said the only information that she has been receiving at her door has been thick packets on Denny's-nothing on the study that Mr. Burroughs just spoke about. She asked to table the motion until they can sit down as a City and a team and all come to the same understanding.  Commissioner Knox said as a liaison to Planning and Zoning, if they are not going to go by Planning and Zoning's recommendation when it comes to something as simple as this, they should not have a Planning and Zoning Commission. They might was well do it all. They are going against what these folks have dedicated a lot of hours to do.  He had a packet in his book the Friday before the last meeting and it was clear to him what they were doing for this zoning change.  When he picked up his packet this past Friday, it was broken down even further about what they were doing and why it needed to be done. He doesn't understand why it needs to be tabled any longer. It is a simple zoning change. These mistakes happen in all municipalities.

Portia Johnson-Ennels said when she came before Council because of a zoning issue in the neighborhood that she lives in, Council did nothing. They have that trash in her neighborhood now because Council didn't take the time to listen to the people who live there. Other zoning issues have come up that they thought would not hit the floor like it is being done with Denny's and other things. She asked them to take a closer look to make sure that if they are going to do this, they should have done the same thing on Greenwood Avenue but they didn't do it.

Rob Collison said if someone would like to petition to rezone a block or two or particular properties, they may do so. That is the process. They could argue that it was a mistake in the rezoning to keep those standards in that particular NC district. They would have a public hearing. The decision would be based upon the testimony, evidence, and exhibits at that public hearing on the same thing.

Commissioner Brooks said if Commissioner Knox does not wish to table his motion, she will vote based on the information that she has. Commissioner Cephas said Mr. Burroughs talked about I‑1 and there were properties that should have been HC. He asked if they have taken any steps to correct the other ones. Mr. Burroughs said they are taking steps as they come up. They have considered contacting the neighboring properties as well, some of which are in the county. One is right across the street but they cannot touch it because it is in the county. Commissioner Cephas said at the last meeting he asked who is making the mistakes and he never got an answer. In his opinion, when it is convenient for certain things to move forward or change, then it is a mistake. Portia Johnson-Ennels made a reference to a particular project on the corner of Leonard Lane and Park Lane going from R1 to R3. The reason for that was a mistake again. There are a lot of mistakes being made.  If they know there are errors such as I‑1 which should be HC, they should put them all together and identify those properties and correct the mistakes so they won't have to argue about it.

Jerry Burroughs said regarding the property on Oakley Street, that was also a mistake that was done by the person who did the comprehensive report. As long as they could remember, that property was a commercial property. When they did the comprehensive report in 2003, all that became non-conforming. When the person wanted to put houses on the property, the zoning had to be changed. That is the part of the mistake they are hearing about. To go through all the industrial and light industrial will take time.  Rob Collison said that is what you do when you do a comprehensive re-zoning. In the meantime, you have a case-by-case basis for some of the mistakes. There have been cases when people have tried to argue it but the Planning and Zoning Commission has turned it down. There was a recent one in the industrial park that they tried to make commercial but the Planning and Zoning Commission said no, that their intent was to keep it industrial. They are not doing every one that comes along.  Commissioner Brooks said the five Commissioners are charged with making decisions that will remain forever until someone else finds another mistake. Before she makes a vote to change something that has not been absolutely clarified that is a mistake, she does not see what it would hurt to take the time to be absolutely sure that this rezoning or mistake, whichever it may be, will benefit the city and the citizens of Cambridge or will it harm the city and the citizens. She asked Commissioner Knox to consider tabling this motion so that we can be fair and not be forced to vote against something that she would prefer not to vote against. She just cannot vote for it tonight.

Commissioner Knox said he is sorry Commissioner Brooks does not understand this, and the only thing that he can see with this going from an I‑1 to a HC is the fact that it is going to create jobs. As Jerry Burroughs said, the State Highway Administration reviewed the project, the Planning Commission is looking at this, and it boggles his mind and the only thing he can come up with is that she is against bringing jobs to this community. He will not retract his motion. Commissioner Brooks said she would like to bring jobs to this community that would afford the houses that we have coming. She does not think that $7.50 or $8.50 an hour would do it. Tonight's topic is not about jobs-it's about rezoning. Rob Collison asked Council to keep in mind that their decision has to be based upon the testimony at the public hearing. The public hearing has been closed. He asked if there was evidence there to uphold their decision. Commissioner Cephas said if they are going to base it on what they heard at the public hearing, there would not be a need to get the additional information that they got which was dated February 20th. Rob Collison said all that information was presented by either Anne Roane or the applicant.  He obtained the information from the meeting minutes. Commissioner Cephas said there is a conclusion of law and an opinion. He didn't get any conclusion at the public hearing. Rob Collison said it is a draft for their consideration. Commissioner Cephas said there was neither a finding of fact nor a statement of case. None of that was presented at the public hearing. It was presented when he picked up his packet on Wednesday. If their decision is based on what they heard at the public hearing, then it is not hard for him to make a decision.  Rob Collison said to clarify it from a legal basis, if they meet, he will have to confer with counsel whether or not the applicant needs to be present. Commissioner Cephas said then maybe it needs to be tabled like Commissioner Brooks has requested. Mayor Rippons repeated that the motion is approve the amendment from I1 to HC. The motion was defeated 2:3 with Commissioners Brooks, Cephas, and Sydnor opposed.

Commissioner Cephas said that Rob Collison said the applicant needs to be present. He asked if they should be on the agenda for the next meeting. Rob Collison said they can discuss it after the meeting.

Rob Collison asked if Council desired to leave the matter open. Commissioner Brooks made a motion leave this matter open for reconsideration. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. Commissioner Knox said he would like to abstain from the vote. The motion passed 3:1 with Commissioner Travers opposed and Commissioner Knox abstaining.  

Adoption of Resolution Authorizing the Referendum Election for Charter Resolu­tion CR-2005-01-Rob Collison said at the last meeting there was a suggestion made for a clarification. He submitted a new copy for Council to review. If the resolution takes effect, each department head would be responsible for the personnel duties within his or her respective department. Since the resolution was not adopted at the last meeting, the dates had to change. If the resolution is adopted this evening, the date that is available on a Tuesday that is within the 40‑ to 60‑day period would be Tuesday, April 18th at Governor's Hall, Sailwinds Park. Commissioner Cephas made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Employment Application for CEMS-Commissioner Brooks made a motion to approve the application. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Request from Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church to Use Great Marsh Park on August 6th from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm and a Noise Variance-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Request from the Wheatley Family to Use Great Marsh Park for a Family Reunion on July 15 from 10:00 am Until 2:00 pm and a Noise Variance-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Request for Annexation for a Portion of Gypsy Hill Farms-Commissioner Knox made a motion to refer the request to Planning and Zoning. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve PO 3760 - Tidewater Canvas - Canopy at Sailwinds $11,300 (Insurance Claim)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for January 2006-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the financial statement. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Rob Collison announced that Council met in closed executive session at 5:30 pm with the members of the County Council to discuss the expansion of a business in the City of Cambridge.

Commissioner Knox said it has been brought to his attention by some phone calls that there have been decisions made by Council outside of Council Chambers and he reminded Council that all decisions made affecting the City of Cambridge are made in this room and this room only. If he continues to hear the rumors that he is hearing, and granted they are just rumors, he will contact Annapolis and request an investigation.

Commissioner Sydnor had a Planning and Zoning question; however Anne Roane was not present.

Commissioner Cephas didn't have anything to discuss.

Commissioner Brooks asked Mayor Rippons what criteria he utilizes when deciding when to sign a resolution when one is requested from an organization and/or church. Mayor Rippons said he is not aware of resolutions regarding that matter. Commissioner Brooks asked about a proclamation for Waugh United Methodist Church.  She said a request was made for the Mayor to sign a proclamation and it was denied. She wants them to be able to let their organizations know in the future what the criteria is to determine when he would make a decision to sign a proclamation and when he would make one not to sign one. Mayor Rippons said he signs almost every resolution. The case in point, he was leaving one day, they said they had something they wanted him to sign. He was not there. He asked what it was. He then asked Mr. Kinnamon to have Commissioner Cephas call him. He was leaving that day and the document was not ready. He would have to come back the next day to preface it. That day he was going to be in Annapolis. He asked Mr. Kinnamon to have Commissioner Cephas call to see exactly what was entailed. Commissioner Cephas called him that evening and he asked Commissioner Cephas what he wanted. Commissioner Cephas said that Mr. Kinnamon asked him to give the Mayor a call and asked what he wanted. He does not believe there was any resolution or anything to that effect that he has not signed in the almost six years he has been there. Commissioner Cephas said that was not the conversation when he called the Mayor at home.

Commissioner Travers didn't have anything. He said he has heard enough.

Ed Kinnamon said he received a purchase order for Graves Uniforms for the Police Department. It was overlooked at getting in the books and on the agenda. It is a purchase order in the amount of $2,666.52. Commissioner Brooks made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Steve Bloodsworth thanked Council for their donation to the Open Bible summer program.

Portia Johnson-Ennels said she was meeting with the State about the people who are being evicted from the houses that the Lake family owns. There will be rental monies to help them. She is sorry that the city has not stepped up to plate to help these people. Some of the Commissioners have worked with her; but all five have not worked with her. This entails everyone for the City of Cambridge.

Portia Johnson-Ennels asked Commissioner Cephas if he appointed her to the Police Board. Commissioner Cephas said he had not yet done it.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:26 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 27, 2006, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer