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City Council Minutes

June 14, 2004
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 14, 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.

Heidi Adams 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 May 24, 2004 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION

Revised Proposal by Lighthouse Committee-Pat Hornberger said a few weeks ago the Committee made a proposal to put the lighthouse offshore.  He presented diagrams showing the lighthouse on a 60-ft by 60-ft platform at the end of a large pier.   As long as they are part of the marina plan, they feel they will be able to get finances from the State to have the foundation built.  They will build a $250,000 lighthouse.  He spoke recently with Congressman Gilchrest and there might be Federal funds available also.  Tonight, they are seeking approval of the concept within the marina plan.  It is their understanding that their next step would be standard permit approval since this does not involve any other regulatory agency or group. 

Commissioner Atkinson said originally the Committee told Council the cost would be $250,000 if it was put on the point. He asked what the cost would be if it was put in the water.  Mr. Hornberger said the cost would be the same.  They are confident that they will be able to get the funding for the platform, pile driving, etc. from the State.  Therefore, their cost to build the lighthouse is still the same.  There will be no cost to the City. 

Commissioner Bohlen said the beauty of what they are able to do is to increase the recreational aspect of Long Wharf.  He would like the lighthouse to be the Harbor Master's office.  It puts it in a very prominent location.   He feels it is a win-win situation all the way around and he supports the concept. 

Pat Hornberger said they calculated roughly 880 feet more waterfront will be added by this concept for fishing, crabbing, etc. with no effect on parking.  The cruise ships will have an even longer dock now. 

Commissioner Weldon asked how far out the lighthouse will be.  Pat Hornberger said it will be 400 feet from just to the left of the FDR monument.  It will be very much like the original wharf that was at Long Wharf in 1889.

Octavene Saunders (High Street) said she is in favor of the concept of a lighthouse in the water.  She wants to caution taxpayers to listen to what the gentlemen said.  He said it is not City money.  State and Federal taxes are the citizen's money so we need to be watchful over the project.   They need to make sure the project is staying on the course in which they say it will stay on.  Her concerns are the plans to maintain the lighthouse, plans to pay the utilities, and plans to keep it in good shape.  She asked if the gas tanks are still a part of the equation at Long Wharf.   David Pritchett said one thing they are looking at strongly now is to place the fuel facility within the expansion part of the marina and incorporate everything as a comprehensive marina project.  At Public Works they love this idea and think it fits well.  The fuel dock would not have an impact on the residents.  As the marina does expand, they will certainly require some more manpower.  It is already going to be a much lit pier.  The utilities would be very minimal on lighting.  He doesn't have an in-depth study of the maintenance of it yet.  It should not be extensive with the way it is constructed.  The utility bills should be very low and almost incorporated into the expansion.  Octavene Saunders complimented the West End Citizens, the City Council, the Mayor, the Lighthouse Committee, and the citizens for working together to come to an appropriate compromise that they can keep a watchful eye on but they can live with.

Pat Hornberger said the taxes point is a reality of life in America.  They have had three offers from other areas to build this lighthouse.  Two are in Dorchester County and one is in Talbot County.  If they were to build it in Talbot County, the taxes from Dorchester County citizens will help build it in Talbot County.  As far as the maintenance of the lighthouse goes, it is their understanding that plans are being considered to use it as a Dockmaster's office.  There are maintenance costs to the Dockmaster's office under any circumstances and it can be fit into the dock fees just as most towns do.   It was their hope to establish a citizens' commission to help maintain the lighthouse through various funding methods.  They expect it to be largely a City building when they turn it over.

Wayne Warner (High Street) asked if the lighthouse was to be within or outside the breakwater.  It seems like the whole thing at this particular point is well in advance of the City's plans for the new marina.  David Pritchett said they envision, in the little bit of discussion they have had on the exact location, that as the pier goes out it will be relatively wide breakwater on the eastern side.  It will be somewhat like the Hyatt's western side breakwater.  The lighthouse will not be on the inside of the marina to his best guess.  Wayne Warner said if it is outside the breakwater it will be a whole different set of problems.   Commissioner Weldon said there is a committee looking at the whole visioning process and how this is going together.  From an engineering standpoint, on the breakwater is a logical place to put it. 

Tony Thomas (Race Street) said as a business person he thinks it is the best opportunity we could have to attract tourists.  They can sell ice, soda, and emergency supplies to take care of all the maintenance costs.  We would be very foolish to turn this down.

Jane Devlin (West End Citizens Association) thanked the Council for the opportunity for discussion.  A few issues that they brought up over the past few months are being addressed with the thought of getting this project together properly, completely, and with all aspects being thought out rather than piecemeal.  The one question she has is about the plans for the marina expansion.  David Pritchett said it is a dual project between the Yacht Club and the City.  Both are discussing design issues.  Nothing has been finalized.  They are working with different funding sources.  Mayor Rippons said before they can move forward, they are waiting for a response from the Yacht Club.  That will be a big part in how we move forward.  The first meeting of the PWCD Review Committee will be held next Monday.  Public input will be received before any decisions are met.   Jane Devlin asked if a public hearing would be required before the Council gave a decision on the lighthouse.   It was not advertised for a public hearing.  Rob Collison said it would not require a public hearing in the sense that the Council would just be rescinding their prior motion to put it in the parking lot and preferring tonight to pursue the plan to incorporate it into the marina expansion.   Jane Devlin said one of the West End Citizens' Association's suggestions was to put it within the marina expansion.  They felt it would really be an asset to the marina as well as better visibility for those they are trying to attract.  Rob Collison said provided the project does not require the relinquishment of City property, they are not required to have a formal public hearing. 

Gordon Hill (Choptank Avenue) said that Mr. Hornberger said it is not going to affect Long Wharf in any way because it is going to be out on the dock.  As far as parking is concerned, it will affect Long Wharf.  That is what the marina expansion does too.  Right now there are approximately 44 parking spots down there.  Expansion calls for 129 spaces to be provided on Long Wharf itself.  After looking at the plans at Public Works, it would consist of people having to go one way single file around Long Wharf and have tight turns to get into the parking spots.  To him this will create quite a problem for anybody that is out there trying to walk around or fish or crab.  David Pritchett said the setback from the water as far as any water activities is definitely maintained so they will not be affected directly.  There will be more cars in the parking lot.  The do not believe the requirements of the marina expansion itself will cause congestion.  They have exceeded what is required by 26 percent.  That is meeting Code at the required parking availability.  For a marina it is not uncommon to reduce it by as much as 50 percent. 

Commissioner Bohlen said it what is envisioned is a 20-ft wide dock leading to the lighthouse.  Ideally you would be able to have two golf carts pass each other going down the length of the dock while still having plenty of room for recreational activities on the seaward side of the dock with benches and boat tie-ups. 

Wendell Foxwell (Glenburn Avenue) said sometime ago he put in the paper a list of needs and concerns of Cambridge.  He said the lighthouse was good but he didn't want it on Long Wharf and suggested that they put it over near the Visitors Center.  He may have different reservations about putting it in the river.  He hopes they don't have restrooms and other things which will take up more parking spaces and a lot of open space will be gone.  He is going to have to see how this project goes before he says ok.  He was against it on the land and he is still against it.  Commissioner Weldon said one of the uses they are considering is installing the Dockmaster's office within the structure.  It will be a public building but it is not a public attraction where people will be taking tours.  It will be a facility of the marina and most of the traffic will be the boaters taking care of business with the Dockmaster. 

Octavene Saunders said she thought the lighthouse would have public access to draw tourists and visitors here and a place for kids to learn.  Commissioner Weldon said that is one option.  The use has not been nailed down yet.  The use that is finally agreed upon will dictate how the interior is outfitted.  They feel it is logical and reasonable to have the Harbor Master's office in that building.  There will still be a highly visible structure on the river to attract people downtown and to Long Wharf.   He feels it would be detrimental to the neighbors to have busloads of people coming in. 

Rob Collison said if Council is inclined to take a vote this evening, it would just be to give their general endorsement of the plan and to be rescinding their prior permission to locate it on the parking lot and to incorporate it into the marina expansion.

Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to accept the proposal and rescind the previous motion of Council to place the lighthouse at Long Wharf.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  Rob Collison said this in no way is the Council giving approval of it.  It has to go through the Planning and Zoning process.  The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to withdraw the City's participation in the administrative appeal to the Circuit Court appealing the Historic Preservation Commission's denial of the original application and also to cancel the public hearing and the request to amend the Historic District by excluding the parking lot of Long Wharf.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.  

Commissioner Weldon said he would like the boundaries extended of the Target Investment Zone of Long Wharf (under the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority) to encompass the entire marina as expanded.  Monies expended can be matched if the project is part of a tourism project.  The extension of the pier and the installation of the lighthouse as an attraction would fit under that.  The pier monies, being State funds, could not be matched.  They could request matching funds for the $250,000 invested by the private sector.  This could be used to pursue other projects such as additional streetscaping or landscaping improvements at Long Wharf. 

APPOINTMENTS

Michelle Trissell to Request Noise Variance for Power Boat Association Awards Dinner at Sailwinds Park on July 24, 2004 from 7:00 pm Until 11:00 pm-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Rob Collison said Council has been limiting these requests to 10:00 pm.   Michelle Trissell said they will be hosting the World Championship races in Cambridge.  In the last few years they have had their awards banquets inside Sailwinds Park.  This year they would like to have it outside and open it up to the public.  They would like to have a band playing outside.  They have requested 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm because their racing starts at 10:00 am and often they don't finish until 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm.  Mayor Rippons said it has been the consideration of the City to issue variances until 10:00 pm.  There are quite a few residences around Sailwinds Park.  They don't feel the majority of their attendees could get to Sailwinds by 6:00 pm to make a four hour event with the entertainment and the awards presentations.  Allen Nelson, Commodore of the Powerboat Association, said they are requesting that the band be able to play until 11:00 pm.  Certainly they are very understanding of the residential community.  They hold the race in a residential community so they are very aware of the impact they have.  He feels they could assure the Council that if they extend it to 11:00 pm and find the noise to be loud and it is affecting people, they would voluntarily stop it early.  They don't feel it will be a noise that will carry out into the residential community.  They are anticipating 600 people will attend the event.  Rob Collison recommended granting the variance until 10:00 pm and then if the police do not receive any complaints, they can continue on.  If they receive a complaint, they will issue a warning.  Commissioner Atkinson amended his motion to accept Rob Collison's recommendation.  Commissioner Travers seconded the amended motion.  Commissioner Weldon said he has a reservation about it.  This event starts relatively late in the evening because of the races.  Some people cannot get there until 8:00 pm.  His suggestion would be to have the music inside Governor's Hall.  He feels the time constraint of 10:00 pm is unrealistic given the nature of the event.  Rob Collison suggested informing Dorchester General Hospital of the event and asking for their input for the next meeting as well as comments from people who live in the area.  Commissioner Atkinson agreed to table his motion until the next meeting.

Jim Newcomb, Dorchester Soil Conservation District, to Discuss Watershed Grant Opportunity for Little Blackwater-Jim Newcomb said this is an opportunity from the Department of Natural Resources.  They are trying to work around the State with funds they receive (State and Federal) to do watershed management studies.  This is a good opportunity for Dorchester County.  In the last few months there has been a lot of discussion about the Little Blackwater watershed.  It wasn't originally designated for as much growth that is currently acknowledged in the comprehensive plan changes in the City and County.  They have had some issues with the 2000 acres of annexed land.  He would like the City's and County's support to submit the grant application to the DNR.  The more partners they have, the better chance they have to get the grant.  DNR would provide staff time, study time, and $40,000 to be used at the discretion of the sponsoring department.  His role is to bring departments from the County and City together.  He has support from the County Engineering Staff, County Planning and Zoning, and the County Council.  He believes David Pritchett and George Hyde felt like some of the information provided in the study would be useful.  Tonight he is asking for Council's support and will answer any questions. 

Rob Collison said it is his understanding that this would be a joint venture between the City and County.  He recommended appointing a liaison committee to work with the County to address the concern.  Jim Newcomb agreed with Rob Collison.  The grant needs to be turned in by Friday.  He knows there are some concerns and some of the existing developers may be concerned.  This information will not be available to critique the new annexations.  It will give the City good information for the future and doesn't lock them into anything.  If they get approved, it will be a whole other process.  There is nothing binding the City or the County.  The County should give him their decision by the end of today.  Rob Collison said if the County approves it, Mr. Newcomb can pursue it to the County's authorization and then come back to the City at another time.  Mayor Rippons said it will be hard for the City to vote support at this time when the County may come back with an adverse consideration.  Since it is going to go through the Dorchester County Soil Conservation District, the City owes respect to the County to allow them to be the lead agency on this issue and support them in their efforts.  Jim Newcomb said the City and County should get together and move forward together. 

Commissioner Atkinson said we should go along with the County and support them.   Rob Collison recommended getting one or two Councilmen and some staff to look at the County's comments from last week.  We might share the same comments and/or concerns.  Then they can come back to get Council's formal approval.  Mayor Rippons asked David Pritchett and George Hyde to review the County's comments and then he will meet with them and have a statement for Council next week. 

Joann Cornish to Request for a No Loitering Sign to be Placed in the Area of Camellia Street and Greenwood Avenue-Commissioner Watkins said the Traffic and Safety Committee will look into this and make a recommendation.  Chief Malik said he believes there is already a no loitering sign at that location. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Water Street Lighting Project-Commissioner Weldon said the City started working on this project several years ago shortly after we were adopted as a Heritage Area.  This was the first project that was submitted from the City's standpoint that was approved.  The State approved a grant of $37,000 to match expenditures that the City had already made in terms of installation of the conduits which was done in tandem with the sewer separation and some other expenditures that were made.  The grant funds were approved in 2002.  On September 9, 2002 the City Council approved the concept of installing Holophane lighting fixtures under the Conectiv lease arrangement.  That decision was reinforced on November 24, 2003 when the issue was brought up again to discuss the business of leasing vs. purchasing.  The original recommendation from the Department of Public Works was to continue with the lease arrangement which we currently have with all the other lighting fixtures in the City with the exception of a handful out at Great Marsh Park.  In April 2004, he received an e‑mail from the State looking for our progress report because we were in jeopardy of loosing those funds because there had not been any activity on the project.  He first inquired about delays due to the storm damage and flooding last year and other issues.  When he spoke to a senior member of the staff he indicated that the delay was because it was indicated to him that this decision of purchase vs. lease still had not been clarified.  When asked, he said the Mayor had presented him with that information. Commissioner Weldon said that in the conversations of September 2002 and November 2003, Mayor Rippons was a worthy opponent of the plan that the City Council adopted.  However, that did not give the Mayor leverage to delay this project.  Mr. Pritchett is a busy man and he does not expect him to remember every detail about what happens in the Council meetings.  It is clear on November 24, 2003, after much discussion between Commissioner Weldon, Commissioner Bohlen and Mayor Rippons the conversation was left that David Pritchett would prepare the bid documents to proceed with the project. 

Commissioner Weldon continued that in the most recent e-mail that he received from Elizabeth Hughes who administrates this project, she is requesting that the City provide her with a progress report that indicates either what has been done, why the delays have taken place, or if we are going to forfeit the money and return it to the State.  We are not in a position to turn our backs on $40,000.  We are also not in a position to revisit a position that was settled almost two years ago.  He asked David Pritchett to get with Kathy Foster, who has a copy of the grant documents, and submit a progress report and get the lights installed.  

David Pritchett said the confusion to go forward or not go forward wasn't brought to him by any one person.  It was his own assessment of the discussions during Council meetings.  A part of the Long Wharf comprehensive study is the lighting.  A representative from Basil, Baumann, Prost is supposed to get back to him after they speak to a third-party consultant who they are using for the layout lighting and the parts that coincide with this grant.   Commissioner Weldon said he needs good information to go to the State explaining why this project has been held up.  The City is in jeopardy of having them recall the grant.  David Pritchett said he spoke to Ed Kinnamon and apparently an extension has been approved.  Commissioner Weldon said he has not been made aware of that.  David Pritchett said the engineering portion has already been done.  Now it is a matter of finishing two conduits and then running the conduit horizontally along the back side of the sidewalk and installing the lights.  First they have to get the power lines buried.  Then they have to come in with a private contractor and install the seven units which have to be individually connected with a transformer.  Then the lights will be installed.  Commissioner Weldon said he would like copies of the reports that go to the State. 

NEW BUSINESS

Request by the Seafood Feastival Committee for a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Saturday, August 14th from 2:00 pm Until 6:00 pm at Sailwinds Park-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Request for a Carnival Permit and Variance from the Noise Ordinance for the Bay Country Festival at Sailwinds Park on July 1 through 4, 2004 from 6:00 pm Until 11:00 pm-Commissioner Bohlen suggested discussing this next week when they discuss the Power Boat Association's request.

Request from Cambridge Sail & Power Squadron for Permission to Use "Salute Cannons" and Music During the 4th of July Boat Parade (approx. 4 pm)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Request from the Bradford House-Delores Deal, ANR Management, represents the corporation that manages the Bradford House.  The Bradford House has 122 senior-citizen units which are federally subsidized.  The new water and sewer charges have been a huge burden.  When the new rates took effect, their bill went up by 136 percent.  One option they have is to pass the increase on to the residents.  The medium income of the residents is $660 per month.  Ms. Deal requested special consideration for the Bradford House.  Commissioner Weldon said this is one of the unintended consequences of the water billing change that they made where they changed to end-users each getting a minimum charge.  The building was receiving a minimum flow charge based on the pipe going in and under the new billing arrangement, each unit is now being assessed a full residential minimum.  The Bradford House will have to request more funding from HUD which may or may not be available or the increase will have to be passed on to the low-income and disabled residents.  When the new billing was approved, the idea was that the residents of the condominiums on the creek could afford this increase.  They have now created a hardship just like they have for the commercial properties where you have two small businesses in a building with one small restroom each, and each business is being assessed a minimum charge.  This should be addressed.  Mayor Rippons said they will take it under advisement. He spoke to Gary Newcomb about the issue.  Cheryl Rozanski, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of ANR Management, clarified that they have gone to HUD and they will not give the Bradford House additional funding so they are left with passing the increase on to the residents.  Commissioner Bohlen said this is a unique situation with this type of facility.  The nursing facilities, although they are slightly different, are only paying one assessment.  Each room does not pay an EDU.  He thinks this should be taken under advisement. 

Request from Lewis M. Wongus to Hook Up to City Water and Sewer at 5236 Egypt Road-David Pritchett said this property is contiguous to the corporate city line so it can be annexed.  The sewer service is going to the Stafford property running right by it so they would have an easy connection.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to request annexation before allowing the resident to hook up to the water and sewer.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 

Request from Dorchester Arts Center to Close High Street from Court Lane to Long Wharf on Sunday, September 26 from 11:00 am Until 6:00 pm for Dorchester Showcase and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance from 12 Noon Until 5:00 pm-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Main Street Committee to Close the 400 Block of Race Street on Friday, July 23 from 5:00 pm Until 10:00 pm and Permission to Sell Beer During Their Block Party in Partnership with the Power Boat Association-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Main Street Committee to Close Poplar Street and the 400 Block of Race Street on Saturday, September 24 from 5:00 pm Until 10:00 pm and Permission to Sell Beer During Their Block Party for Summer Send-Off-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Request from Property Owner to Give Parcel of Land to City in Exchange for Relief of All Debt Owed to the City Pertaining to That Parcel-Mayor Rippons asked that this item be discussed at a later date to allow Rob Collison to research it further.  Heidi Adams informed Council that the property (703 Academy Street) was scheduled for tax sale the following day.

Request from Mushroom Canning Company to Allow Their Sewage Billing to be Based on Their Sewage Discharge Meter-Mayor Rippons discussed the fact that the sewer bill is predicated on water usage.  Since they are a water-intensive industry, they are requesting that their sewer bill not be predicated on water usage.  They have a discharge meter which will measure what comes out of the building.   David Pritchett said he discussed this with George Hyde and Gary Newcomb and they do not have any problem with it.  Rob Collison informed Council that a Code amendment would be necessary.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to proceed.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. 

Request from Cambridge Yacht Club to Use the Municipal Crane Area at Long Wharf, the Duck Walk Area on Water Street and the Beach on the East Side of Great Marsh on July 17 and 18, 2004-Sandy McAllister said they would probably start at 7:30 am and be done by 4:00 pm.  David Pritchett said this is fine with the Department of Public Works.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

DPW to Discuss Trash Removal Service-David Pritchett said the community clean-ups have set the expectations of acceptable trash volume extremely high during the regular days.  They are now putting a third truck on the road.  Each man dumps approximately 500 cans beginning at 4:00 a.m.  He feels they really need to stick to the ordinance which is 2 cubic yards of trash.  Community clean-up is typically around 30 tons.  This time it was over 200 tons.  It took 4 to 6 weeks to get it all hauled to the dump.  He had to transfer money to cover the budget.  He will publicize that people need to bag things properly and get back to the ordinance of the containers, bags, etc.  This is a monetary and a functional issue.  Commissioner Weldon said one of the problems that he heard about was that people were actually seen bringing things in from outside the City.  David Pritchett said this was a big problem during the last clean-up.  He suggested for community clean-up doing the first, second and third wards the first week and the fourth and fifth wards the next week.  Commissioner Weldon asked the police department to be a little more observant of vehicles that might be bringing loads in during those times.  David Pritchett said the police department calls them whenever they see a suspicious truck.  This clean-up ran well over $15,000 and they have never exceeded $5,000.     

Discuss Amending DPW Fee Schedule-David Pritchett said in the new Code that the City adopted for the new permit fee regulations, there are four items that are not clearly addressed and we need to set a fee for them.  They are shoreline bulkheads ($1 per lineal foot); interior wall renovations like they do in strip-mall buildings ($50 for a one-time inspection); failed inspections ($35 for each inspector required); and fences ($0.25 per lineal foot).  Rob Collison said this will require a formal resolution next week.  

First Reading of Ordinance Authorizing the Transfer of Portions of Trenton Street and Green Street to Deep Harbour LLC-Rob Collison said the ordinance sets forth the areas that will be transferred to Deep Harbour LLC.  It is the Trenton Street portion that runs from where the Arundel property begins by the City docks over toward Cedar Street where the vacant building is and one section of Green Street which runs from Trenton Street toward the railroad tracks.  The City held public hearing on this several months ago. 

First Reading of Ordinance Creating PWRD - 3 District for Egypt Road Property-Rob Collison said when the 1062 acres were annexed into the City, it was based on two conditions.  One was an annexation agreement and the second was drafting and adopting a PWRD ordinance.  That was submitted following the County's decision to amend its comprehensive plan.  Therefore, the PWRD ordinance delineates the areas to be zoned under the City's zoning code.  Anne Roane would like to review it and submit her comments. 

First Reading of Ordinance to Amend Part III Planned Water Resort District of the City Code-Rob Collison said this was an oversight.  Over the next few months we will have several revisions to our comprehensive zoning text.  When it was codified in the comprehensive revisions, the design criteria were codified but not the process and enabling portion of it.  It was approved but not codified.  This ordinance puts it into our new zoning code.

Approve Modification to Health Insurance Plan-Mayor Rippons said the modification is the recommendation of the Personnel Review Committee to help keep the City's health insurance in line.  It comes with consideration from Chet McWilliams who is the City's insurance carrier.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the modification.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Approve PO 349 Eastern Service Corporation ($4,458) for a Bush Hog Mower-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Approve PO 350 J. L. Marshall & Sons (Kiosk for Pedestrian Mall) ($7,900); Approve PO 355 Telewire Telephone System ($9,413.35) for DPW; Approve PO 356 Interstate Construction of Delmarva ($173,964.01) Street Paving; and Approve PO 3187 J. G. Parks & Sons ($18,000) Repair to Fire Truck Tower 1-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the Purchase Orders 350, 355, 356 and 3187.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendments for Cambridge Emergency Medical Services, Finance Department, Cambridge Police Department, and DPW- Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the budget amendments.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Rob Collison reported that Council met in closed executive session at 6:30 p.m. this evening to discuss one personnel matter and to obtain legal advice on several matters.

Rob Collison announced that the public hearing scheduled for next week concerning the amendment of the historic district has been cancelled.

Commissioner Bohlen thanked the Department of Public Works, the Police Department and Cambridge Emergency Medical Services for their hard work during the Triathlon yesterday which he understands was a rousing success.  He also congratulated the Main Street Committee for their activities on Saturday evening.  It was another nice block party.

Commissioner Weldon said he enjoyed both of the events over the weekend.  It is great to see downtown coming to life.

Commissioner Atkinson reported that he has books for a new flagpole for City Hall. 

Commissioner Travers announced that everything is fine in the Fifth Ward.

Heidi Adams reported that the City received a letter from Joe and Doretha Sampson. They have built a home at 2438 Cambridge Beltway and are requesting a streetlight for that area.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer this item to the Streetlighting Committee for their consideration.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

David Pritchett requested changing an open position in DPW from a Street Maintenance Worker to an Equipment Operator I position.  They have the need for a slightly higher skilled level using heavy equipment.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the establishment of this position.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

David Pritchett reported that he spoke to a gentleman about installing stamped crosswalks on Water Street.  He will receive a written response this week.   

David Pritchett congratulated the Triathlon Association. One problem they have had for years was the condition they left Great Marsh Park in.  He was amazed because they had almost nothing to do this year.  Mayor Rippons reported that the Girl Scouts cleaned the park.   Commissioner Weldon said his daughter got there at 4:30 am and left at 5:30 pm.  David Pritchett said it was a lot of work in the past.  They had a good time with Bob Vigarito and everything went well. 

Chief Malik updated Council on the proposed substation in the West End.  The one proposed by Mr. McCoy a year ago has not come to fruition.   They recently had an offer from Tom Keating.  He is going to give a section of the old variety corner store.  He has to appear before the Historic Preservation Commission first.  If everything works out right, the substation could possibly open in early fall. 

Mayor Rippons expressed his kudos to both departments for the extensive work they did over the weekend.   He suggested sending a letter to recognize that work and also one to Bob Vigarito and the Main Street Committee.

Jane Devlin asked for a definition of "nuisance" as it appears in the City Code.  The Code itself is not very clear.  They are starting to have some problems in the West End.  Rob Collison said he will supply them with a more up-to-date definition. 

Gloria Warner (High Street) thanked the City for removing the sick tree that was at Long Wharf Park. 

Gil Cephas spoke of the low turnout at the primary election last week.  The people he spoke to said they thought that one central location was the best thing that could happen.  He concurs with that.

Wendell Foxwell (Glenburn Avenue) had a call from a neighbor talking about younger people not voting.  A 100-year-old voter at Mallard Bay wanted an absentee ballot.  They took her to a room by herself and gave her an absentee ballot so she could vote.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:47 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 14, 2004, insofar as I personally am aware.

Heidi R. Adams, Executive Assistant