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City Council Minutes

April 14, 2003
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 14, 2003 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 March 24, 2003 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Planning and Zoning Commission-Commissioner Watkins reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission met on April 1, 2003 and made the following recommendations:

400 Willis Street-The applicant requested a special use permit to convert this home into a two-family dwelling.  Testimony revealed the property was in a single-family area.  The Commission made an unfavorable report to the Council.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the Planning Commission's recommendation to deny this request.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Rob Collison said this will move on to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

605 Roslyn Avenue-Hubert Brohawn requested permission to sell produce on his property this summer.  The Planning Commission made a favorable report.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve Mr. Brohawn's request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

2441 Rock Drive-The applicant is requesting that the property be annexed into the City so they can get water and sewer.  The Planning Commission made a favorable recommendation for this annexation request with the recommended zoning of R‑1.  Mayor Rippons said because there are a lot of issues here, he would ask that Council not accept the recommendation until they get further information.  Commissioner Atkinson said they met last week with a representative from the Maryland Rural Development Corporation and Christ Rock is high on the agenda for possible funding for sewer.  The representative will submit a pre-application for funding for this project. 

Annexation Request for Route 50 Between MD 16 and Bucktown Road-The City will hold a public hearing on this issue tonight.  The Commission made a favorable recommendation to annex the area.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Historic Preservation Commission met on March 20, 2003 and heard the following cases:

704 Glasgow Street-The request to make exterior renovations was approved contingent on changes suggested by the Commission.

511 Court Lane-The request to gain access to the basement from one of the front doors was approved.

117 West End Avenue-Because this was not advertised, the Commission gave the homeowner a temporary approval of the fence as long as it meets all of the appropriate City Codes.  Formal approval will be granted at the next meeting.

427-433 Race Street-The Commission approved the new design plans for the exterior of the building.

Liberty Village Empowerment Center-Mayor Rippons announced that the Pine Street Committee has secured insurance on the building which meets all the City's requirements.  The Committee has also supplied a business plan and they accept all finances.  They performed a site inspection last week.  Mayor Rippons presented the keys to Octavene Saunders, Secretary of the Committee.  Commissioner Edward Watkins will be the liaison between the City and the Pine Street Committee.  County Commissioner William Nichols has worked closely with the Committee.  Ms. Saunders said they would like to thank County Commissioner Nichols, Commissioner Bohlen, and Commissioner Watkins because they started out from the beginning over six years ago.  They have not asked the City for any money.  The Committee has raised their own money and will be paying their own bills.  They are presently sponsoring a business development workshop with the Small Business Development Administration.  They received a grant through the County to cover some of the expenses.  They have a scholarship fund and an operations account.   Mayor Rippons has secured some computers and furniture for the building.  She said it is going to be a good partnership.  She plans to stick around for a year to get it running.  She thanked the community, the City Council and the former City Council.  Commissioner Nichols said it is a good day that this project has comes to fruition.  The Committee has worked hard to get it up and running.  He said what is good for one part of town is good for all parts of town.  The City and County are moving real fast now.  He has never seen someone work as hard as Octavene Saunders did with this project.   He also wanted to thank the Council for their support.  Octavene Saunders said the Empowerment Center is for everybody.  Commissioner Watkins offered to help with tutoring at the Center.  Ms. Saunders said they will need tutors.  They will operate without paid staff.  They are operating with all volunteers. 

PUBLIC HEARING

Annexation of US Route 50 Bucktown Area-Rob Collison announced that this public hearing is pursuant to Article 23a Section 19 of the State Annotated Code.  Notice of tonight's public hearing was published in the Daily Banner on Feb­ruary 28, March 7, March 14, and March 21, 2003.   This is Annexation Resolution No. A-2003-01.  This annexation is for approximately 54 acres.  It runs from the easterly side of Maryland Route 16 (across from Wal-Mart) beginning at the parcel of land owned by ABD Landholding (Dave Wilson car dealership), runs down to US Route 50, and runs in an easterly direction to Bucktown Road.  It runs south along the westerly side of Bucktown Road to the north side of South Road. It then runs back and includes the property of Logan Fitzhugh and the property of James and Alma Gabriel.  The dividing line is between the Gabriel property and the Lapidus property.  The zoning will remain as close and consistent to the County Comprehensive Plan and its zoning.  Along Route 16 and Route 50 and up to Central Road off Bucktown Road will be a general commercial district.   The remaining portion which runs from Central Road to South Road will be residential.  If the annexation takes place, anyone within that area would be subject to the City's zoning laws and other general laws and will be subject to City taxation.  The cost of extending services will be incorporated in the department reports.

Lynn Thomas said Article 23a specifies that at public hearings the County in which the annexation is taking place and the Maryland Department of Planning are both afforded the opportunity to speak first.  Nobody from either department was present to speak.  Mr. Thomas read a written comment from the Department of Planning.  They found the annexation to be consistent with the County Comprehensive Plan and State Growth Management Policies.  The land is located in a County Priority Funding Area and will retain its status if annexed.  The Department of Transportation has no other improvements planned for US Route 50 in the vicinity of the proposed annexation.  Lynn Thomas said the Planning and Zoning determined it was appropriate to annex the area. 

David Pritchett said they will have to install the water and sewer systems into the area.  It would take from 10 to 12 months to complete.  Garbage collection will be provided as requested by the owners.  The commercial users will use private pick-up.  Police protection will be provided as of the effective day of the annexation.  Fire protection is already provided as first-due response.  A new gravity collection system and pump station will be installed in the annexed area with a force main.   There are approximately 40 parcels of land involved with this.  The extension of sewer and water service costs will be pro-rated on a project usage of gallons per day.  For a single family dwelling, the cost will be approximately $3,500 for connection.

Rob Collison said that consent was obtained from 11 of the property owners in the area affected.  This constitutes 46.9 percent of the value of the properties.

Cynthia Jurrius, an attorney for Griswold and Lee, spoke representing Mr. Brian Lee who is the contract purchaser of the Gabriel property (Parcel 17 on the map).  They are in support of the annexation.  Mr. Lee is considering building apartments which would be allowed under the current zoning. 

William Slacum, 2907 Central Road, doesn't think his name is on the list of people who approved this annexation.  He said a lot of people are hooked to the sanitary district.  Rob Collison this will be looked at by the City engineer.  It makes a lot more sense to work with the Sanitary District on a maintenance fee for shared lines as has been done in the past in other areas.  Some people have failing septic systems and they don't qualify for a new system under the new county health department guidelines.  That is why it is critical that the Sanitary District or the City pick them up.  Water will be provided to all the properties.  Mr. Slacum asked if he had to be connected to the water.  He has a lot invested into his well system.  David Pritchett said by the City Ordinance everybody has to be connected, if available. Rob Collison said on one occasion where there was a relatively new well the City allowed the homeowner to continue using the well until such time as it needed to be replaced.  Council would need to determine this.  Mr. Slacum said this is a lot of money and he will have to pay taxes too.  Rob Collision said as far as the cost of $3500, the Council has the option of imposing it as an assessment over several years.  Mayor Rippons said Council will entertain a letter from Mr. Slacum with his contemplations and what he would like to see the City act on.

Johnny Johnston, Cambridge Motor Sports, Ocean Gateway, is for the annexation.  Police support would be greatly appreciated.  He wishes this happened sooner because he just put in a new septic system and relocated his well three times.  He asked if he had to tie in right away.  Mayor Rippons said Council will entertain a written request. 

Nobody else asked to speak; therefore, Mayor Rippons closed the public hearing.

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the annexation.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Commissioner Weldon asked how the annexations would be impacted by the redistricting that we are undergoing prior to the next election.  This will add a sizeable chunk to Ward 5.  He feels it needs to be looked at.  Rob Collison said if the Council approves the annexation tonight, it will become effective in 45 days subject to the filing of a petition for referendum.  It will be included in the redistricting.  The motion was approved unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

Proclamation for Administrative Professionals Week-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation.  Mayor Rippons signed it and presented it to Dianna Travers.  Mrs. Travers, on behalf of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, thanked the Mayor, Commissioner, and Chief Malik for their support of the association.

Nathanial Charles Wilmer to Request Handicap Parking Space in Front of His Home at 1105 Locust Street-Earlier in the day, Ed Kinnamon gave Mr. Wilmer paperwork from the State of Maryland to start the process.  Mr. Wilmer will complete the paperwork and return it to the State.

Ed James to Discuss White Goods Pick-Up Policy-Mr. James asked for a better resolution for picking up white goods.  Being in the rental business, he does not furnish refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, etc.  According to City law, when the tenants set these items out for pick-up without stickers, the owners are responsible.  They are the ones getting the tickets.  The City only picks them up for free two times a year.  The tenants are putting them in back yards and side yards until that time. 

David Pritchett said that DPW has to pay to bring these items to the landfill.  This cost is passed on to the citizen.  Mr. James suggested dumping them behind the City barn and selling the trash.  The City is putting the $20 on someone who cannot afford it and doesn't know about the program.  Commissioner Weldon suggested holding a portion of the security deposit if Mr. James incurs a cost by the tenant.  Mr. James said all the City is doing is moving the trash around; all he is looking for is a better solution.  Commissioner Bohlen said if people set things out illegally, they will be cited and it will be handled appropriately. 

David Pritchett said the City charges $5.25 a month for residential pick-up twice a week.  A rental property is treated as residential; however, it is a business.  They don't get charged $15.75 for trash pick-up.  The City just picked-up 57 appliances in the last 3 Saturdays.  Commissioner Bohlen said he looked into white good pick-up in other municipalities.  Cambridge was unique when they were able to do a monthly pick-up at no charge.  Commissioner Weldon said ultimately the property owner is responsible for the property.  Mayor Rippons said if Mr. James wants to submit his request in writing, the City will look at it.  He suggested that perhaps the rental units are not appropriately charged at $5.25 and perhaps they should go to the $15.75.  David Pritchett said rental units, on an average, cost the City more than R-1, or R-2, or R-3 residence.  Mayor Rippons said the City will entertain his request to have it adjusted to the $15 level.  Commissioner Bohlen said he supports the Mayor on this.  If one house has 5 units in it, you have 5 households.  Ed James said 51 percent of the town is still rentals so they are talking about more than half.  He said he will do his part.  He came here (1) to see if there was a cheaper and more equitable system for the people who can't afford it and (2) does it keep the City clean.  He takes a lot of pride in the property he owns.  

Later on in the meeting, David Tomey, High Street, said it cost him $25 to have an appliance removed by the store delivering his new appliance so the $20 the City charges is a bargain.

Residents of Camper Street to Discuss Street Repairs-Irene Thomas, a resident of Camper Street said every time it rains, the water stands because there is no place for it to go.  She showed Council pictures of the water on the street.  David Pritchett said DPW is aware of the problem.   It needs curbing and sidewalk.  It would cost between $60,000 and $75,000 if they don't lower the road.  All the parcels are too low so it requires milling the street down.  They are going to try to get a grant first to help with the funding.  Camper Street is a priority street.   Octavene Saunders stated that the sidewalk is the homeowner's responsibility financially.  She said if the City can't get grants or help them, they need to be aware of the cost.  Mayor Rippons said the City will work with the homeowners to let them know the progress they are making.  David Pritchett said on the Glasgow Street project, it was a shared expense with the cost pro-rated based on lineal footage fronting the street.  Octavene Saunders asked for a projected time frame.  Commissioner Atkinson said they have to see if money is available in the budget.  David Pritchett said they will initiate it immediately.  Mayor Rippons said it is a priority issue. 

Charlene Payton, Camper Street, asked if fixing the street will help with the water lying in their yards.  David Pritchett said the work they do would not create a worse condition.  Lowering the street may improve it.  It will take a stormwater management study to determine how much benefit they will get out of it.  Ms. Payton said the water from the neighbor's yard runs into her yard. Mayor Rippons said this is a legal issue between neighbors.

County Commissioner William Nichols, High Street, said Noble Street is just as bad as Camper Street.  One citizen has water running into her house.  He said Skinners Court is also bad.   

James Cornish to Request Permission to Have Amplified Music at Great Marsh Park on July 5, 2003-James Cornish would like to use the pavilion at Great Marsh on July 5th from noon until dusk for their family reunion.  He is also asking for a noise variance.  He thinks it has been pre-approved by Mr. Pritchett.  Chief Malik said July 5th is the rain date for the fireworks and they would have to close Great Marsh to the public.  Mayor Rippons said a couple of people told him it is not appropriate to allow private use on a holiday weekend.  David Pritchett said it is an unwritten policy but they haven't done it.  Since they added the second pavilion, they would like to leave one open to the public.  Mr. Cornish said they have taken into consideration the rain date for the fireworks.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant permission for Mr. Cornish to use one pavilion in Great Marsh Park on July 5th if it is not being used for fireworks and a noise variance from 12 noon until dusk.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discuss Marine Re-Fueling Station-Commissioner Atkinson said at last meeting they discussed placing the station at the exact location that Mr. Pritchett recommended at Long Wharf.  At that time Mayor Rippons asked them to delay any vote until he brought forth additional information.  He is requesting that information tonight.  Mayor Rippons said they are going through a process with a local businessman.  They had an interview with the fire marshal on Friday.  They have one more matter.  Now they are undergoing a process of expansion of the marina.  It might be more productive to incorporate it.  They are looking to see if there is a viable short-term method that will not cost the City in excess of $200,000 and give them appropriate time to consider what would be the best long-term remedy.  The short-term remedy would be ready before the boating season begins.  It will provide additional revenue for the City.  Commissioner Weldon asked at what point Council will get an opportunity to look at the plans.  Mayor Rippons said when they are approved at the State level.  They are being looked at by the Maryland Department of the Environment and the fire marshal.  Commissioner Weldon said they haven't seen anything to be approved to be submitted for consideration at the State level.  The City had several public hearing that the opposed any major development down there.  Mayor Rippons said he is honoring the businessman's request.  Commissioner Weldon said they can look at it in executive session.  Mayor Rippons said before the next meeting they will know if it is feasible or not.   

Discuss New Building Permit Fee Schedule-David Pritchett said Council approved going to square footage tabulation for building permits vs. cost of the project.  He said there is one multiplier in the equation that needs to be voted on by Council.  Prior to making a recommendation, it is difficult to finish it and give them the final number because of the contemplation of impact fees.  He is asking for a couple members of Council to work with him to show the numbers that this multiplier would yield as a final result of building money.  Mayor Rippons asked Ed Kinnamon to contact Mr. Donahue to see when they will have the final numbers on the impact fee.   Commissioner Weldon and Mayor Rippons will work with Mr. Pritchett.

Second Reading and Vote on Ordinance on Water Rates-Rob Collison said the first reading was on March 24.  Any meter site servicing one residential or commercial unit shall be billed a minimum monthly charge.  For any meter size servicing more than one residential living unit or commercial unit, whether apartment, condominium or townhouse, a minimum monthly charge shall be billed in an amount equal to the minimum monthly charge as set forth in the ordinance times the number of units serviced by the meter, or the actual consumption, based on current rates, whichever amount is greater.  If one meter is servicing both residential units and commercial operations, each commercial operation shall be considered a separate unit for billing purposes.  Mayor Rippons asked for public comment.  Hearing none, Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the ordinance.   Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Discuss Request to Make Academy Street Playground a Skateboard Park-Commissioner Weldon said he thinks the design they developed is interesting.  He believes they are going to run into a problem space-wise on Meadow Avenue.  It is a small park.  Traffic patterns are prohibitive.  Under the previous County administration, the City approached the County about possibly including this type of facility near the swimming pool complex.  He would like to ask the County to re-visit this site.  It would be a recreation facility within a recreation facility.  If there is an opportunity for the City to partner in the operation and funding, that would be something that could be explored.  The City's liability consultant has recommended that the only way this could function would be to have staff on site during the operating hours.  Commissioner Weldon said he feels this is the only way to proceed.   Commissioner Bohlen said this would fit under the umbrella of the Parks and Recreation.  He wholeheartedly supports it.   Robin Bradley said when she spoke to the County, they said the City would have to bring it to a vote before she could take it to the County.  Mayor Rippons said they will forward a letter to the County saying they wish to work in concert with them.  Commissioner Watkins thinks the project is good, but the Academy Street area is a little too small. 

NEW BUSINESS

Request To Go To Bid for Bayly Road Drainage Improvements-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Request from Egide to Waive Interest Payment for Personal Property Tax Payment for Business Year Ending December 31, 2000-Ed Kinnamon said Egide submitted a written request to waive the interest on their business tax bill.  Egide detected an error in the billing through contacts with the Department of Taxation and Assessment.  Upon the City getting a recertification, a corrected bill was sent.  They are assessed interest for the time it takes to get straight.  They should have an idea from their own books on what they owe.  They have paid the proper amount of the tax; however, there is an issue of $11,000 in interest which they are asking to be waived.  The policy of the City is to charge the interest.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to continue the past practice.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion to collect the full interest payment.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Request from Regional Cancer Center for Variance from the Noise Variance for their Cancer Survivors Day Picnic at Sailwinds Park on June 1, 2003 from 12 noon until 3:00 pm-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Joyce Stokers Team of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Their Spring Craft and Car Show at Sailwinds Park on May 10, 2003 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm- Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Wal-Mart to Place Two Storage Trailers Behind Their Building for the Months of April, May, and June 2003-Rob Collison said that Council can only grant permission for a 30-day period under the City Code.  He said Council should either give permission for one 30-day period or amend the Code.  Commissioner Weldon suggested meeting with the Wal-Mart management team to resolve this issue.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant Wal-Mart permission to have the trailer for 30-days and during that time, they will meet with David Pritchett, Mayor Rippons, and Commissioner Atkinson.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion and would like to attend the meeting, if possible. Commissioner Travers will attend in place of Commissioner Weldon because it is in his ward.  The motion was passed unanimously.  

Re-Appoint Members to Board of Zoning Appeals-Mayor Rippons said he was able to contact all the members except Mr. Sampson.  He is asking to re-appoint Howard Willoughby, Rufus Sampson, William Burris, Kenneth Edgar, and Thomas William McGinn.  He stated that the Council appoints the alternate.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to re-appoint the five members.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Clerk-Treasurer to Present FY2004 Budget-Ed Kinnamon said the budget for FY2004 operations is $8,209,062.  The capital budget for this coming year is $5,408,749.  Ninety percent of that is the public safety building.  The total is $13,617,811.  The Council will meet with the department heads on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 6:00 pm.

Discuss Holding City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 (May 26th is Memorial Day) -Commissioner Travers made a motion to hold a City Council Meeting on May 27, 2003.  Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Citizen on High Street for Extension of Time to Allow Untagged Car in Her Driveway-Commissioner Atkinson said the resident called him on the phone and he asked her to submit the letter.  He recommended that Council allow her a 60-day extension.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

PO 167 Burris Fences and Construction for Galvanized Fence on Race Street Parking Lot ($5,633) -Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the purchase order.  He said the fence looks very good.  It's a big improvement.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

PO 166 Davis Maintenance Furnishing and Installation of Pavilion at Cornish Park   ($19,771 -- Open Space Grant) - Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Rob Collison announced there will be a public hearing on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 beginning at 7:00 pm regarding the City's Comprehensive Rezoning.  Several issues remain including the proposed alternate plan on sunset provisions for non-conforming uses.  Mayor Rippons said they have arranged to use the library after 7:30 pm as a back-up in case a large group is present. 

Rob Collison said there was a request at the last meeting for water and sewer connections in the Hambrooks area so they discussed annexation.  He spoke with the attorney for the Board of Education who owns some property and he didn't see any objection to it.  Commissioner Weldon will speak to the Board of the Catholic Church.  Rob Collison will report back to the Council between now and the next meeting.  If he does not receive any objection from the Catholic Church, he will notify the developer.  The developer will make an application to Planning and Zoning to begin the annexation process. 

Commissioner Bohlen thanked Mr. Pritchett for DPW's effort in the clean-up weeks and the final parts of Phase 2 on Glenburn Avenue.  David Pritchett said the project will continue for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks.  Commissioner Bohlen said he was part of the group at the Hyatt for the opening of the Blue Point Provision Company.  That entire complex is now open and complete.  

Commissioner Watkins said he has been at the Hyatt many times.  He was part of the group who worked hard to get it here.   

Commissioner Weldon said the town business leaders have been getting together and working with City officials, Hyatt officials, and State officials in the Cambridge Pride effort.  They are at a point where committees are forming and work is beginning. He thanked Gage Thomas who was a lightening rod to get things started and for his hard work.  They should be seeing recommendations shortly.

Commissioner Weldon said the Heritage Tourism funding has been released.  The City should be getting their funds to do the Long Wharf project any time now.  There has been a signage project that has been approved at the State level for directional signs for tourism-related uses. 

Commissioner Weldon said on April 22nd at 1:15 pm at the Visitor's Center they will be having a meeting with the State representatives regarding signage issues. 

Commissioner Weldon said they are now at the point where they will be accepting applications for the next round of Target Investment Funding under Heritage Tourism.  They afford private businesses the opportunity to apply for low interest loans for property improvements and other capital expenses.  It affords non-profit organizations the ability to apply for either low-interest loans or grants and affords the local government to apply for matching grants from the State.

Commissioner Weldon said they City needs to mark some crosswalks.  The City has some fairly confusing intersections.  The one in particular he is thinking about is Academy Street at Maryland Avenue. 

Commissioner Weldon said the Historic Tax Credit Program has been preserved by the State.  Commercial projects have a cap of $23 million State-wide and a cap of $3 million per project.  The City needs to work closely with the owners to make sure they are taking advantage of everything they have available to them. 

Commissioner Weldon received a request from Bob Peters on Race Street.  There was a parking space between the two alleys in front of the property adjacent to his property.  Last year it was painted yellow as a no parking spot.  It has terrible clearances and he would like to refer it to the Traffic & Safety Committee. 

Commissioner Atkinson is perturbed about the article that appeared in the Banner generated by Rev. Pierce's appearance before the County Council.  The City was made to look like the bad guys.  He wants to go on record that he opposes giving the Humane Society any money this year or next year.  The City is being asked to double tax their citizens and he will personally vote against giving them any money.  When the City offered them money last year, they refused it. 

Commissioner Travers is concerned about Maryland Avenue.  David Pritchett said it should be completed next week. 

Ed Kinnamon received an annexation request from the Cambridge Nursing Facility through Lane Engineering.  They are requesting to annex Lot No. 4 of the Cambridge Nursing Facility Subdivision.  He will forward the request to Planning and Zoning.

Ed Kinnamon announced that the City has asked the County for a donation toward the City's fireworks.  They have agreed to once again donate $5,000.  The City has appropriated $15,000. 

Ed Kinnamon requested permission to send out RFPs for the City's and MUC's audit for the next 5 years.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to allow Mr. Kinnamon to send out the RFPs.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Commissioner Weldon received a check for $1500 from the Nathan Foundation toward the Christmas lights. 

David Pritchett said this Saturday will be Ward 4 clean-up.  They collected approximately 28 tons from the first three wards.  They picked up 46 appliances and roughly 200 tires. 

David Pritchett said he is working on improving the Academy Street islands.  He received an estimate of $3300 to landscape them.  He thinks this can be found in his budget.  They are planning to stripe and re-do the entire intersection.  Commissioner Bohlen will contact the Garden Club for their suggestions.

Commissioner Atkinson asked if the tire dealers are covering up all their tires.  David Pritchett said notices went out last week to two of the larger dealers that they have had a problem with.  Individuals are also receiving notices. 

Lynn Thomas said there is a great deal of interest in the public hearing Wednesday night.   The sub-committees for Main Street are meeting to develop work programs for Year 1 and a number of other tasks he has developed.  They are working toward the next larger group meeting.  Mayor Rippons announced that the State has released the Chairman of the "Main Street" Committee.  He is no longer employed with the State. 

Chief Malik said the City should see an increase in bicycle control now that the weather has improved.  Money for the overtime patrol is provided by the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant. 

David Tomey, 100 High Street, said he addressed the Council in the fall about the City bulkhead adjacent to his property.  Over the weekend there was a lot of wave action.  The property has washed out even more than it was before.  Now there is a 3‑ to 4‑foot drop plus the cones have been moved out of the holes.  The contractor who did the repairs to the marina did a really nice job.  He understands the City will be tapering the backfill to bring the grass back up to the curb.  There are still several areas where the sidewall has a 4- to 6-inch drop when you walk around there. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 9:20 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 14, 2003, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer