City Council Minutes
October 14, 2003
The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 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 September 22, 2003 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Traffic & Safety Committee-Commissioner Watkins reported that the Traffic & Safety Committee met on October 9, 2003 to discuss the following items:
- Request to install a crosswalk at the Mill and Water Streets intersection-The Committee recommended installing a painted or Stimsonite-marked crosswalk. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
- Request to investigate traffic safety at the Maces Lane and Washington Street intersection-The State Highway Administration will be performing a comprehensive evaluation of the intersection on October 15, 2003.
- Request to upgrade the pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection of Poplar and High Streets-The Committee recommended installing Stimsonite marking material where appropriate in conjunction with the paint. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation. Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
- Main Street Committee-Commissioner Weldon reported that it was estimated that over 3000 people attended the Summer Send-Off event downtown in September. He commended the business community for putting on a great program. The Main Street Board met on Monday and introduced Mr. Wheeler who will be serving as the Main Street Director. They are anxious to see the historic street lighting project get underway. Mayor Rippons said the City is planning to get a lighting consultant to make a recommendation on this project.
Open Bids for ADA Curb Cuts on Maryland Avenue-Ed Kinnamon reported that the City received two bids:
- Brem and Wingate (East New Market)-$24,750
- In-Town Restorations, Inc. (Easton)-$50,250
Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to seek the recommendation of the Department of Public Works on the bids. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Open Bids for Painting City Hall/Rescue Fire Company Building-Ed Kinnamon reported that seven bids were received. They were from:
- B&R Coatings, Inc. (Salisbury)-$69,647.23
- Colossal Contractors (Silver Spring)-$39,850
- Pro-Craft Mid-Atlantic Inc. (Baltimore)-$120,850 (liquid siding)
- Pro-Craft Mid-Atlantic Inc. (Baltimore)-$97,350 (duration)
- Mediterranean Construction (Baltimore)-$92,700
- Eastwood Painting & Contracting (Berlin)-$58,900
- Seaway Coatings, Inc. (Baltimore)-$89,721
Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to seek the recommendation of the Department of Public Works on the bids. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Ordinance for Charges for the Curb and Gutter Repair in the 700 Block of Glasgow Street-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Ordinance for Water Capacity Fees (MUC Impact Fees)- Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed 4:1 with Commissioner Weldon opposed.
Requests from Dorchester Elks Lodge #223:
- To Hold a Parade on Saturday, October25, 2003 Beginning at 3:00 pm (Maces Lane Middle School to Pine Street)
- Variance from the Noise Ordinance
- Permission to Close Pine Street from Cross Street to Cedar Street from 12noon until 6:00 pm
- Permission to Park on the West Side of Pine Street on Friday, Oct. 25 from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am and Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4:00 pm
Commissioner Watkins made a motion to honor the requests from Dorchester Lodge 223. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Resolution Amending Standard Operating Procedure No. 17-Mayor Rippons said this ASOP deals with the City's contemplation to provide tax abatements. The vote will be taken during the meeting on October 27th when Rob Collison is present.
Request To Go To Bid for Pick-Up Truck for Dept. of Public Works-Commissioner Travers made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid for a pick-up truck. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council to Discuss Participating in the Dorchester County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan-Mayor Rippons said there is financing involved under an umbrella under Dorchester County's plan. If the City agrees to participate in the plan, at this time there should be no cost to the City. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow the City to participate in this plan. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Appoint Member to ADA Committee-Mayor Rippons reported that Rev. Walter L. Smith, III offered to serve on the Committee. Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the appointment. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Financial Statement for August 2003-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the financial statement. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 2984 RFC - Stipend for Fire Chief Bill Watkins $5,000- Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 2983 RFC - Stipend for 1st Assistant Chief Calvin Stack $2,500-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 2766 RFC - Stipend for 2nd Assistant Chief Gary Hickman $2,500-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 0249 DPW - The Fancy Street Clock Company $5,040 (Community Legacy Grant)-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Introduction of Annexation Resolution for 1061 Acres Binding Upon Egypt Road (Applicants William Henry Thomas, Robert and Sherri Connolly and Egypt Road LLC)-A public hearing will be held on November 24th at 7:00 pm.
Critical Areas Legislation-Mayor Rippons said it is his understanding that the Planning Commission approved the Critical Areas Regulations and Revisions. They have been forwarded to the Critical Areas Commission for their approval. A public hearing will be held on November 10th at 7:00 pm. This is part of the Comprehensive Rezoning.
Commissioner Bohlen asked that the Traffic & Safety Committee look at the possibility of restricting parking on Leonard Lane to one side.
Commissioner Weldon said the City received their funding from the Heritage Areas for the Water Street lighting project.
Commissioner Weldon said he received a call from a resident regarding the frequency of the use of the fire siren. He understands the radio system is in the process of being upgraded and other changes are being made. The most frequent call is the three cycles for the ambulance. He doesn't know why we need to call volunteers to the level that they do with a paid EMS crew. He suggested a public hearing to discuss this further. Ed Kinnamon clarified that the daily siren at 5:00 pm which rings for about 25 seconds is a civil defense siren. This will soon go to a weekly siren. He also clarified that ambulance calls have not been sounded for some time now. Three blasts signals a rescue call which requires an ambulance and an engine.
Commissioner Atkinson said the City had a very successful fall clean-up on October 4th. They removed 28 tons of trash. They removed 64 "white goods" and 132 tires. The total cost was $1518.00.
Commissioner Atkinson said Bramble Construction will hopefully be moving equipment in on Bayly Road in two weeks. David Pritchett said they have already done some survey work last week. This is the $517,000 Community Development Block Grant project. The project should be finished before the cold weather sets in.
Mayor Rippons said the City now owns 10 buildings (18 units) in the Schoolhouse Lane area. David Pritchett said they are meeting with the demolition contactor this week and the contract will be signed by Friday. The demolition should begin in two to three weeks.
David Pritchett asked about plans or a layout for the new Christmas lights. Quite a bit of electric service must be installed first. Mayor Rippons said he is going to have the gentlemen who did the work at the Baltimore Zoo come to Cambridge to work with the City crew. They will do the large stuff the first year. He is also working on obtaining generators. He asked the press to notify the public that they are in need of 2000 man hours which are necessary to erect the decorations. He asked any interested civic groups or individuals to contact his office. He hopes to have the entire display up and available by Thanksgiving.
Mayor Rippons said the City received a letter from the Board of Education regarding the future use of the existing Maces Lane Middle School. They are asking for a representative from the City to sit on a committee to entertain interest to see what would be the most viable use for the building. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to ask Commissioner Watkins to represent the City on the committee. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. Commissioner Watkins announced that he served on the committee that built Maces Lane.
Mayor Rippons announced that the acreage on Washington Street for a new public safety building has been procured. They will be meeting with the architect shortly to obtain a schedule that the community can see.
Mayor Rippons reported that David Pritchett, Odie Wheeler and he have been meeting with FEMA. The largest project was the damage to the City's marina. The electric alone will cost almost $300,000. There was also damage done to the moorings and the mole.
Commissioner Bohlen announced that the City has scheduled a work session for Monday, October 20th to discuss housing issues and property maintenance issues. It will begin at 7:00 pm.
Commissioner Weldon said on Monday, October 20th from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm there will be a visioning session at the Hyatt regarding the ongoing plans for Main Street Cambridge. It is open to the public.
Danny Chester, Dorchester Lodge 223, thanked the City for approving their program. Mayor Rippons, on behalf of the City, thanked the Elks for all the work that they have done in the community.
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 Tuesday, October 14, 2003, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer