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City Council Minutes

March 8, 2004
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 8, 2004 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 Bohlen, Watkins, Weldon, Atkinson and Travers.

Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2004 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Main Street to Introduce the New Main Street Manager-Mike Walsh, Vice President of the Main Street Board introduced Liddy Garcia-Bunuel.  Liddy and her family moved to Cambridge in June 2001 from Seattle, Washington.   She is the Chair of the League of Women Voters in Dorchester County and is an Emergency Medical Technician trainee with CEMS.   She has helped write grants for some of the organizations she has worked with prior to moving to Cambridge.  Mr. Walsh reported that there are four new businesses opening downtown in the next few weeks.  Liddy Garcia said she is delighted to be in this position.  She looks forward to working very closely with the Committee in revitalizing downtown Cambridge.

APPOINTMENTS

Open Bids for Furnishing & Placing Bituminous Concrete Overlay on Various Streets-Ed Kinnamon received four bids.

  • David A. Bramble (Chestertown) - $189,700
  • Delmarva Paving Company (Seaford) - $246,470
  • Interstate Construction of Delmarva (Delmar) - $185,160
  • P&A Engineering (Delmar) - $188,525

Commissioner Atkinson 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 unanimously.

Open Bids for Bush Hog-Ed Kinnamon received one bid:

  • Eastern Service Corporation (Cambridge) - $4,458

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer the bid to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Proclamation for Harriet Tubman Day-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation.  Mayor Rippons signed it and presented it to Evelyn Townsend.  Mrs. Townsend said they are appreciative of the community for supporting Harriet Tubman.  The Organization needs all the help they can get.  Remembering Harriet Tubman and all the work that she did, we will see that she was not selfish and we have to operate in the same manner.  They will be having several celebrations this week.  Mayor Rippons thanked the Organization for their continued work.

Proclamation for United States Power Squadrons' Day-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation.  Mayor Rippons signed it and presented it to Bob Hammerton representing the Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron which is a member of the United States Power Squadron.  They are celebrating their 52nd anniversary on March 13th.  There are hundreds of thousands of people who have taken their courses.  Mayor Rippons thanked the organization for their work.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Go to Bid for Dumpster Containers and Refuse Removal at Various Locations-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Discuss/Approve Job Description for Planning and Zoning Coordinator-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the job description.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

City Inspector-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow David Pritchett to work with Rob Collison to construct a contract for an inspector position.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Mayor Rippons announced that the City met in executive session at 6:30 pm tonight to discuss personnel and a related issue.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Commissioner Bohlen thanked Linda Fraley for inviting the City and County Council to help celebrate National School Breakfast Week.

Commissioner Bohlen said in reference to a compliant by a citizen of his Ward, he wants to remind everyone about Ordinance 905.  There is a $100 fine for anyone who does not police their dog from causing a mess on someone else's property.  The section of the Code also includes barking and entering garbage cans.  The Police Department enforces the "barking dog ordinance" and will also enforce Ordinance 905.

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to re-appoint Gary Young to the Historic Preservation Commission.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon said following some concerns that were raised previously, they had the opportunity to meet with the Deep Harbour developers to review their revised plans.   The plan is a significant change from what Council originally approved.  For the residential component he thinks it was an improvement.  They are going to have to go through an approval process with Planning and Zoning to adopt the changes.  They have designed a fantastic riverwalk that is very wide and nicely landscaped.  There are several larger condominium buildings and townhouse buildings.  They have done some nice things with the parking areas.  Overall, it is a very good thing.  He encouraged the public to come to the meeting on March 16.

Commissioner Weldon said they met with the consultants to discuss the City Market Project.  Originally his thought was to have it considered for the old railroad property that the City had owned.  Now that it has been incorporated into the Deep Harbor project, they have discussed it with the developers and they are interested in discussing the project with the consultant.  There may be collaboration as part of the commercial component of Deep Harbor.   Mayor Rippons said the consultant will also look at the Main Street area, Long Wharf, and the Marina.

Commissioner Atkinson asked David Pritchett to designate a Saturday in April for Spring Clean-Up Day.

Ed Kinnamon spoke of City assets that are no longer in use by City departments.  Some have a small value which could be used as learning aides.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to put an ad in the paper and receiving bids on them by a certain date.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Commissioner Bohlen said the Empowerment Center may be able to use some of it. The motion was approved unanimously. 

David Pritchett said they have their engineering building in place now.  The sewer, water, and electric will be hooked up shortly.  It will be a tremendous benefit to the Engineering Department to get them together in one location. They appreciate Council's support. 

Mayor Rippons announced that the next round of Community Development Block Grants must be submitted by April 30, 2004.  He asked for Council's input as soon as possible.

Mayor Rippons said the department heads have turned in their budget requests.  He is currently reviewing them.  After he reviews them, he will meet with the department heads and then report to Council.    

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:36 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 8, 2004, insofar as I personally am aware.

                                             

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer