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City Council Minutes

July 19, 2004
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 19, 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, and Travers.

Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Travers led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2004 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Approve Amendments to PWRD Ordinances-Rob Collison reported that the first reading of the ordinance was on July 12, 2004.  A public hearing was held previously.  This amendment is for the codification of Section 132 of the City Code which would allow for the establishment of a Planned Water Resort District (PWRD).  This section was erroneously omitted from the Comprehensive Rezoning Plan that was approved last May.  The City Planner recommended that there be three phases to the process.  They would be the initial preliminary master development plan, a design master development plan, and a final master development plan.  The preliminary and the final plans would go before both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council for public hearings.  The design master development plan would only go before the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The other significant change was that the density would be pursuant to the area that is designated for residential which is at 15 units per acre rather than the entire PWRD district.  Commissioner Weldon asked if this would affect any projects which are already planned.  Rob Collison said it would affect the Egypt Road project but would not affect Deep Harbour because their master development plan has already been approved.  Nobody else asked to speak.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to accept the ordinances as amended.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0. 

Second Reading and Vote on Ordinance for Collection of Rental Registration Fees by MUC-Rob Collison reported that the first reading was held on July 12, 2004.  This would amend Sections 4-42 and 18-16 of the City Code.  It would provide that the Director of the Municipal Utilities Commission is an additional agent of the City to collect rental registration fees.  They will set it up through the regular billing system.  It also provides that the fees could be collected the same as taxes.  Nobody asked to speak.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the ordinance.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0.

Decision on Abatement of Interest and Penalties on Demolition of Belvedere Ave Property-Rob Collison said the City received a letter request from Mr. Eckels, a property owner on Belvedere Avenue, who wished to purchase a parcel adjoining his property.  The parcel has a demolition lien on it in the amount of approximately $12,000.  With interest and penalties added, it is now approximately $21,000.  He is asking Council to consider the waiver of a portion of the fees.  He offered $10,000 as a total payment so he can get the property back on the tax roles.   Last week Commissioner Weldon asked David Pritchett to find out if the property is buildable.  Anne Roane, the City Planner, said it is buildable.  David Pritchett said in the event that the size of the structure (yet to be determined) exceeded the limits which are very tight because it has very little depth to it, it falls under the established lot line prior to 1964 and can receive a variance which would still render it buildable.  Ed Kinnamon said the demolition costs were originally $11,978.73.  The back taxes had been paid at the tax sale last year.   Emory Tamplin, Jr. said Mr. Eckels would be willing to accept the $11,978.73.  Ed Kinnamon said there is also a fee of $164 for clean-up.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to accept an offer covering all incidental expenses incurred by the City up to this point.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0.   

City Employee Health Insurance-Mayor Rippons said the Personnel Review Committee has met and Mr. Wheeler submitted a letter with their recommendation.  Anybody working for the City and making under $25,000 pays a lower amount for their health insurance than those making over $25,000.  They are requesting a three-tier fee.  Those making $25,000 or less would remain the same; those making $30,000+ would remain the same; and then there would be a phase-in over a three to four year period for those making between $25,000 and $30,000.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Allen Nelson, on behalf of the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association, thanked the outgoing Council for the work they have done on behalf of the Regatta.  They have helped make this a very successful community event.  This year they will host the world championships.  They hope the new Council will be able to partner with them also.  He invited Council to join in their activities this weekend.

NEW BUSINESS

Swearing In of City Commissioners-Mayor Rippons asked the present Council to step down and asked the newly-elected Commissioners to move forward to their appropriate seats.  

Presentation of Certification of Mayor's Oath of Office-Ed Kinnamon certified that Cleveland L. Rippons was sworn-in as Mayor, on Friday, July 16, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers by Michael Baker, Clerk of the Court.

Claude Gootee certified that the following are winners of general election held in Cambridge on Tuesday, July 13, 2004: 

Cleveland L. Rippons, Mayor

Kenneth P. Knox, First Ward Commissioner

Edward E. Watkins, Second Ward Commissioner

Gilbert Cephas, Third Ward Commissioner

La-Shon M. Brooks, Fourth Ward Commissioner

Walter Lee Travers, Fifth Ward Commissioner

The oath was read by Mayor Rippons.  The Commissioners each responded with "I will".  Mayor Rippons presented the new City Council.

Commissioner Knox thanked all the citizens for being at the meeting tonight, all his supporters, and said he will try to do the very best he can, not only for the citizens of the First Ward, but the citizens of Cambridge as a whole.

Commissioner Watkins said it is a pleasure to serve the citizens of Cambridge.  He has done it for a few years.  The good Lord has given him health to continue to do it.  As long as his health allows he will work with the citizens, whether on the City Council or anywhere.  He will serve them the best he can in the next four years-maybe better than before, if that is possible.

Commissioner Cephas thanked God for this opportunity to serve.  He said some people look at this as history making, but he looks at it as an opportunity to serve the Third Ward as well as the City of Cambridge.  He said he is looking forward to working with everyone here but most gratifying is the work with the community.  He prides himself on the fact that he will listen to the citizens. 

Commissioner Brooks thanked the citizens of Cambridge, especially those in the Fourth Ward, her family, and everyone who has given her the opportunity to make this day possible.  She will call on the citizens and she asked them to call on her.

Commissioner Travers thanked everyone in Council Chambers, especially the ones from the Fifth Ward who elected him to serve another four years.  He gave them his phone number so they can call on him.

Mayor Rippons gave the Commissioners a list of the City committees.  The Council decided to meet on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 7:00 pm to discuss committee assignments.  He asked that the Department Heads be present at the work session to update the Council on some of the things they are working on.  Mayor Rippons said he would like to appoint Commissioner Watkins as Council President this year. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:20 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 19, 2004, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer