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City Council Minutes

May 8, 2006

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 8, 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, Brooks, and Travers.

Oden Wheeler 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 April 24, 2006 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion was passed 4:0.

APPOINTMENTS

Open Bids for Annual Paving Contract-Oden Wheeler said the City received four bids. It was advertised in the paper that the bids were to be received at the Department of Public Works by 4:00 p.m. today. One bid was received at 4:08 p.m. Rob Collison said they have to adhere to the 4:00 p.m. deadline. David Pritchett said they verified the clock time and it was perfect. Oden Wheeler opened bids from:

Ø David A. Bramble, Inc. - $409,500

Ø George & Lynch, Inc. - $434,250

Ø McKenzie Supply, Inc. - $512,100

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Cambridge Sail & Power Squadron to Receive Safe Boating Week Proclamation and to Request Permission to Use Great Marsh Park on Sunday, May 21st from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a Safe Boating Expo (Noise Variance)-Oden Wheeler read the proclamation.  Bob Hammerton said on Saturday, May 20th the Cambridge Sail & Power Squadron will hold a safe boating course at the Dorchester County Public Library. On Sunday, May 21st they will have a demonstration on the correct way to use flares at Great Marsh Park. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Gail Skinner Representing Relay for Life to Request Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Friday, May 19th to Saturday, May 20th at the Cambridge South Dorchester High School Track (and Proclamation)-Oden Wheeler read the proclamation. Mayor Rippons thanked Gail Skinner for everything that she does. It is very worthwhile. Gail Skinner thanked the Mayor and Council for their continued support each year. This is their 10th Relay for Life. The opening ceremonies will start at 6:00 p.m. She encouraged everyone to attend. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Choptank River Lighthouse Committee to Request the City to Waive All Permit Fees for the Lighthouse-Patrick Hornberger said that since they will be turning over the title to the lighthouse to the City, they are asking that Council waive the permit fees. Obviously, they will follow all the regulations. David Pritchett said this will become a City structure. Rob Collison said the City has an ASOP for refunding permit fees for 501(c)3 organizations. He will draft a document confirming that the lighthouse will become City property. This item will be voted on during the next meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Second Reading and Vote on Ordinance to Amend Section 8-21 to Prohibit Noise Disturbance Arising from Construction/Power/Lawn Equipment Between the Hours of 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.-Rob Collison said the first reading was held at the last Council meeting. At that time there was a question about the noise ordinance applying to private trash collection companies. There is no exemption in the Code. The only exemption or anything that would apply close to it would be the warning device that the trucks use when they are backing up. There is an exemption for that type of warning device. The other noise that they make would have to comply with the 7:00 a.m. time requirement. An exemption would be if we hired them to do our City collection. The City and County trucks are exempted; private companies are not. David Pritchett said this is how sanitation is geared industry wide. If they can't come in and do the early schedule as they have been doing, they probably won't be able to get any of these contractors into Cambridge. Certain townhomes and condominiums must have dumpster service which the City does not service. Rob Collison suggested that David Pritchett contact the private companies to see if there is some leeway. They may need to make an amendment to the Code. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Appoint Members to the Tug Boat Committee-Commissioner Knox appointed Herm Kramer and Dave Singelstad. Commissioner Sydnor appointed Portia Johnson-Ennels and Pastor Wallace. Commissioner Brooks appointed Frank Horseman and James Cornish. Commissioner Travers appointed George Adams and Ben Parks. Mayor Rippons appointed Carlton Stanley and Martin Tolley. They are both members of the Sailwinds Board. Mayor Rippons asked that Commissioner Cephas be contacted to get his appointments. David Pritchett asked if he or the City Engineer be allowed to attend the meetings if the Committee requests information from them. Mayor Rippons said they would. Commissioner Knox made a motion to appoint the stated members and those submitted by Commissioner Cephas. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. The newly-appointed members will be contacted to see when they can meet.

NEW BUSINESS

Request from Family Tabernacle of Faith Church for a Noise Variance for Their Picnic on the Property at 900 Pine Street on Saturday, May 13th from 12 Noon Until 8:00 p.m. -Commission Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Set Date and Time for Clean-Up Week-The dates suggested by David Pritchett are Saturday, June 3rd beginning at 7:00 a.m. for all properties west of High, Poplar, and Race Streets and June 10th for the properties east of High, Poplar, and Race Streets. Commissioner Brooks asked that David Pritchett name some of the streets when he puts the advertisement in the newspaper. Mayor Rippons read the guidelines and restrictions. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to set the dates as outlined. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Gordon Hill asked about disposing of paint. David Pritchett said it is a complication on everybody's part. Paint is considered a hazardous material. They have to call in a special company and haul it away at a very, very high price. If citizens put it in with their garbage, it ends up on the road when the trash truck compacts the garbage. He will look into a way to dispose of paint.

Request from Hill's Point Gang to Use Great Marsh Park on June 24th (rain date June 25th) from 10:30 a.m. Until 5:30 p.m. for a Vintage Regatta; a Noise Variance for Stated Hours; Use of Water and Electric; and Trash Pick-Up-David Pritchett said everything is fine with DPW. Commissioner Brooks made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request from Homeowner on Tubman Street for Assistance with Sidewalk Replacement-Rob Collison said that unless there has been some contribution to the problem by the City when they were re-paving the streets or doing stormwater separation, it is a bad precedence to set. Generally speaking, the sidewalks are the responsibility of the homeowner. The City pays for one half of the curb. In his letter, the homeowner commented about the use of the sidewalk by the YMCA but they did not say anything about City trucks or equipment causing the problem.

Proposal to Increase Septic Hauler Dumping Fees-Septage haulers who pump out septic tanks are allowed to discharge their trucks into our Woods Road pumping station. They must obtain an annual license for $500 and are charged the current rate of $40 per 1000 gallons discharged. Mayor Rippons said the City is looking into people taking advantage of this. Commissioner Knox said he agrees with this proposal. He believes in the honor system but he sees people from all over our neighboring counties sitting on Wood Road waiting to discharge. He asked if the City could put some more safeguards into our system. David Pritchett said he met with the operators of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and they are ensuring that the gates are locked at 4:30 p.m. MDE encourages the City to offer this service. DPW suggested a range of figures that doesn't penalize the hauler but doesn't encourage them to use our facilities. Our current rates are so low that it encourages anyone to drive a pretty good distance to utilize our facility. Commissioner Sydnor asked if this new rate would defray any cost to the City. David Pritchett said because of the low volume we deal with at the plant, it is not impacting the plant. We are trying to make sure we do it pursuant to MDE regulations. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to set the septage dumping fees to the fees outlined by DPW (septage from Dorchester County: $60 per 1000 gallons; septage from outside Dorchester County: $80 per 1000 gallons). Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. Commissioner Knox asked if the vehicles will receive a sticker for their trucks to identify that they have purchased a license. David Pritchett said he will order them. Oden Wheeler asked that they forward a copy of their liability insurance in case there is a spill or other incident on City property. The motion passed 4:0.

Request from James B. Richardson Foundation for a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Their Creekside Boat Show on May 13th from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Corner of Hayward Street and Maryland Avenue-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request to Go to Bid for Turnout Gear (RFC)-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Updated Citizen Participation Plan and Anti-Displacement Plan (requirement of DHCD)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the documents. Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request from Dorchester Ministerial Alliance for Permission to Hold Revival on the City-Owned Lot at the Corner of Race and Cedar Streets on September 10th (3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Through 13th (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and a Noise Variance-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the documents. Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve PO 3901 - Rescue Fire Company - $5,000 - Contribution Toward Their Annual Banquet-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve PO 3769 - American Institute of Architects - $25,000 - R/UDAT (CDBG funded)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. Portia Johnson Ennels asked if Council knows if they will be approved for this funding or is it waiting for verification. Mayor Rippons said his understanding is that it has already been approved. Portia Johnson Ennels asked if the City is going to take this on in case the funding does not come through. Jane Devlin said to her knowledge, the grant has been approved. Portia Johnson Ennels said the State is changing its mind about some funding. She asked if it is guaranteed that the City will have this money. If not, where will the money come from to pay the bill? Mayor Rippons said it is his understanding that it has already been funded and the money is already earmarked and ready for the City to request. Portia Johnson Ennels asked the Commissioners to let her know where they are taking the money from if it is not funded by the State. Commissioner Brooks asked if the motion could be amended to state their approval provided that we receive the CDBG grant. Commissioner Sydnor amended his motion. Commissioner Travers seconded the amended motion. The motion passed 4:0.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

David Pritchett said there were issues over the last few weeks about requests for street lights. All the lights have been ordered. Commissioner Brooks asked about the light on Governor's Avenue. David Pritchett said it will be installed. We were guaranteed 48 hour response time on repairing a burned out light. We are looking at 2 to 3 weeks right now. He has contacted the CEO of this region to shorten the timeframe.

Oden Wheeler said the City received a fax from the Citizens for Tim Quinn requesting the use of Cannery Way on Race Street on Saturday, May 20th at noon for a short campaign announcement. They expect to be there no more than 45 minutes and will leave the area in its original condition. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to grant the request. Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Rob Collison said they should designate an area so they don't block pedestrian passage through the area.

Commissioner Sydnor said there is a serious situation on Greenwood Avenue and Leonard Lane. Because of the new houses that where recently built, it is very difficult to see the traffic as you come down Greenwood Avenue. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to make it a four-way stop as an emergency consideration pending consideration by the Traffic and Safety Committee. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. Commissioner Brooks said she should be contacted also because she is on the Committee. The motion passed 4:0.

Commissioner Sydnor asked if anyone looked at the situation on Leonard Lane going toward Glasgow Street. He suggested limiting parking to one side where the road is very narrow. David Pritchett said they have looked at it on other occasions. Limiting the parking is difficult because there is no off-street parking for some of the houses on the preferred no-parking side. They will look at it again.

Commissioner Sydnor said they have received copies of the inspection reports on the Long Boat Estates homes. Council needs to speak to the representatives from the company as far as some of the concerns that the City is going to have. Mayor Rippons asked David Pritchett to structure a meeting. Mayor Rippons said City Hall has received several calls requesting to view the reports. Rob Collison said he thinks it would be appropriate for Council to review the reports with their staff before the reports are made available to the public. They will become public record after they have been reviewed by Council. Mayor Rippons asked David Pritchett to set up a meeting with Lennar.

Rob Collison asked if Council will be holding a work session next Monday. Commissioner Brooks said she thinks they said they would open it anyway. If nobody shows up within 15 minutes, then they will leave. It is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and it is an open session for the public. They are invited to bring something for the agenda that night but Council would prefer that they call Mr. Wheeler or Mr. Kinnamon so they can prepare some kind of an agenda.

Evelyn Townsend asked when the repairs will begin on the Harriet Tubman Museum roof. David Pritchett said he is waiting for a response from the company that was awarded the bid. If he hasn't heard by Wednesday, he will contact them again. Mrs. Townsend said they have to be there when the work is done.

Jane Devlin said a while back she asked Commissioner Brooks to suggest to the Traffic and Safety Committee a request to line Glasgow Street where it comes off Leonard Lane. There are random attempts to turn assuming it is a one-way street instead of a two-way street. Commissioner Brooks and David Pritchett said they looked into it once before but they will look at it again.

Gordon Hill said at the last meeting he questioned the City Commissioners about coming before the HPC regarding the marina expansion. The issue came up about whether the City really needs to come before the HPC because of the nature of the project. He has heard that it has been scheduled for the HPC. He asked if they could find out beforehand whether the City would be complimentary or binding. Rob Collison said the construction or expansion out into the river is not within the HPC district so it does not have to come before them. The demolition of the existing breakwater is within it so it will come before HPC. Gordon Hill asked if they feel that the view is not part of the HPC. Rob Collison said the Historic Preservation District ends at the existing breakwater. They do not have any jurisdiction outside their boundaries. Rob Collison said this issue came up when they discussed Oakley Beach. They can't control what is outside their district.

Mayor Rippons encouraged the public to visit the Dorchester Arts Center. They have pictorial essays that were done by some of our youth on this issue of drug prevention. It would be very worthwhile to show some support to our young people.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:53 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 8, 2006, insofar as I personally am aware.

Oden C. Wheeler, Administrative Coordinator