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City Council Minutes

October 23, 2006

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 23, 2006 in 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, and Travers.

Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Travers led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 16, 2006 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

APPOINTMENTS

Octavene Saunders to Give Pine Street Committee Annual Report-Mrs. Saunders said 20 community organizations held meetings in the Empowerment Center from January 2, through September 30, 2006. The Pine Street Committee networked with other agencies to help 17 people. Approximately 320 people visited the center during that time. Four people participated in the GED program. Their youth program was attended by 50 children (ages 3-16). They made 42 referrals to other agencies. Five other agencies/organizations used the building during that time frame.

Octavene Saunders said the Dorchester County Council for Senior Citizen Services invited the public to hear Tony Katz, Educator and Outreach Coordinator from the Maryland Department of the Attorney General speak on protecting our seniors on Monday, November 20 at 1:00 pm at the Dorchester County office building.

Proclamation for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation and presented it to Yvonne Church of the Dorchester County Health Department. Information is available at various locations throughout Cambridge. They will have an information night on October 24th at Delmarva Community Services and one on October 26th at Fassett-Magee.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Request Permission to Block Off City Parking Lot No. 2 (Behind Canvasback Restaurant) on Saturday, October 28th at 4:00 pm for Poker Run-Chief Malik said Chesapeake College did not have any problems with blocking off the parking lot. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Second Reading and Vote on Ordinance to Provide for Enhanced Penalties for Repeat or Habitual Offenders-The first reading was held on October 16th. The appeal process would be with the Housing Board of Review. If either the property or the City disagrees with that decision, they have 30 days to appeal to District Court. Octavene Saunders said she thinks 24 months is too long for a person to be considered habitual. In Frederick County, it is 9 months. She asked Council to look at the law in Frederick County and find out what they do. Rob Collison said 24 months actually helps the City. If someone has 3 violations in 2 years, it is unlikely they may have 2 violation is 9 months. Mayor Rippons said if they have 3 offenses within 6 months, that puts them within the parameter. The City can begin in the 6th month. Commissioner Cephas asked how often a person could be cited. Oden Wheeler said they try to handle complaints first. Then they handle re-inspections. If they have additional time, they look for new cases. The motion passed 4:0.

Second Reading and Vote on Ordinance to Prohibit Untagged and/or Unregistered Motor Vehicles from Being Operated Within the City, Except at Licensed Off-Road Facilities- The first reading was held on October 16th. This prohibits untagged and/or unregistered motor vehicles on public property or property used for public purposes. It would not apply to private property. Chief Malik said off-road vehicles are not required to be registered. Motor scooters, mopeds and bicycles should be registered using a City sticker. This would only help if the object was stolen. It would not allow them to ride on City streets. Octavene Saunders said there are too many untagged abandoned vehicles sitting on private property. They are in deplorable condition. Rob Collison said there have been discussions of people having an excess number of tagged vehicles on a piece of property. This may be addressed in the future. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Discussion on Water and Sewer on Bucktown Road-Mayor Rippons said George Hyde provided Council with financial information on this project. He asked if the City Council could discuss this with the Dorchester County Commissioners at their meeting on November 1st so they can minimize the cost. Rob Collison said the water and sewer lines that will eventually go down to the airport and the tech park, have been designed by the County in a way that would not reasonably allow the properties to be connected to it.

Sylvia Greenhawk said when they first came to Council in 2002 about this, they were told that if they would agree to annexation, they would be able to get in on the City sewer and water. They had already talked about the Sanitary District. The City sewer and water would not be as expensive. They agreed to that. Enough people agreed for annexation because it would be a benefit to the community. At that time it would have been a lot less expensive for them. Once they get the sewer in, they will be charged about $458 more in taxes than what they are paying now because they are currently paying a 60 percent reduction. If they are not going to be able to hook into the City sewer system, it will cost them almost three times as much as it would have to do it the other way. Mayor Rippons said this is why they want to talk to the County representatives next week.

Leonard Greenhawk said the understanding he had in 2002 was that the property was zoned commercial. It would then have unlimited City sewer and water. That was the proposal that was brought to the residents. It would make their property more valuable. If the City continues to go with the proposal of the Sanitary District, the cost will be astronomical. Starting in 2007, they will be charged a surcharge of $235 a year to the residents after they become annexed. Commissioner Knox said this is why they want to talk to the County. He said he appreciates the residents' patience in this matter.

Rob Collison said he reviewed the annexation agreements. It is his opinion that if Council wants to do anything differently than what was agreed to in the agreements, they would have to get consent to amend it.

Mrs. Greenhawk said in the agreement that they discussed in 2002, it was also discussed that they were going to get City water. Rob Collison said that has been the plan all along. Both water and sewer and going to the tech park.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Order Ambulance for FY08 Budget Year-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request from Wal-Mart to Use Four Storage Trailers Behind Their Store and Four Storage Containers on Their Patio for 30 Days-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request for 30 days. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Formal Approval of $1500 Match of City's Portion of MHAA Grant for the American Schooner Association-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve PO 4153 - Motorola - Portable Radio for CEMS - $2,988.52-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve PO 798 - Blue Raster, LLC - Computer Software for DPW - $4,160-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Financial Statement for September 2006-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the financial statement for September 2006. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Commissioner Travers said the end of Greenway Drive is completely dark. Commissioner Travers made a motion to refer the item to the Street Lighting Committee for their review. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Portia Johnson-Ennels asked about the procedure with the two ordinances that were passed tonight. Rob Collison said they would become law tomorrow.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:42 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 23, 2006, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer