City Council Minutes
October 27, 2003
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 27, 2003 Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Cleveland L. Rippons called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Commissioners Bohlen, Watkins, Weldon, Atkinson and Travers were in attendance.
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 October 14, 2003 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Traffic & Safety-Commissioner Watkins reported that the Traffic and Safety Committee met on October 15, 2003 to discuss the following requests:
- The Department of Public Works met with State Highway relative to the intersection of Maces Lane and Washington Street. State Highway is considering putting a permanent traffic signal at this intersection. In addition they are planning to restrict parking within 50 feet of the intersection in all directions. Council will be advised of their decision as soon as the report is received.
- They discussed the request to restrict parking to one side only on Leonard Lane near the intersection of Park Lane. The committee recommended contacting the effected residents to discuss the shortage of off-street parking.
- David Pritchett reported that the blinking traffic light at the intersection of Pine and Washington Streets will be replaced with a full signal in about one month.
Sailwinds Management Board to Present Quarterly Report-Raymond Simmons reported that the 3rd quarter income is $14,892. Money received in advance for shows is put in escrow in case a show is cancelled. Most entertainers require a 50 percent deposit before the show starts. The gross sales last year (Jan. - Sept. 2002) were $168,000. The gross sales for the same period this year were $278,000. When they back out the show expenses (money to Nashville), the monies left over are monies turned back into the Dorchester County and Eastern Shore economy. From January through September 2002 they figured $107,000 went back into the Eastern Shore economy. This year they are up to $135,000 for the same period. They have had over 30,000 people visit the park this year. The gross sales are up 64 percent over last year. There were 50 events in 2001; 55 in 2002; and this year there are 62 events booked with a few more possibilities. The GM Giant has spent well in excess of $25,000 in advertising and they are picking up the advertising cost for all the shows that come into Sailwinds Park. They have been getting tremendous support from MTS Broadcasting. Sailwinds mailed a survey to 250 people who do not live in Dorchester County and have attended events. They received a 20 percent response which is typical for the industry. They found that 30 percent of the people who come to Sailwinds are from Delaware. Fifty percent of the people responded that they spent at least 1 night (overnight) in Dorchester County or at least ate a meal in Dorchester County. They also spoke of shopping locally. The average distance driven for a show is 50 miles. The average age of the attendees is 35 to 64. The average attendance at the shows is 670. Over 50 people responded and only 3 indicated they would not return to Sailwinds. Mr. Simmons read several comments listed on the surveys.
Commissioner Atkinson said he is amazed on how much has been done at the park, especially because they started from nothing. It is a fantastic job of capital improvements. Commissioner Watkins said they are doing an excellent job on every aspect of the project.
Resolution Amending Standard Operating Procedure No. 17-Rob Collision said ASOP 17 will be amended to say it will not apply to specific annexation agreements which will be reviewed and approved by Council. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the amended resolution. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Award Bid for Painting City Hall / Rescue Fire Company-David Pritchett reported that DPW recommends awarding the contract to Colossal Contractors (Silver Spring, MD) in the amount of $39,850. They are the low bidder and are qualified. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Department of Public Works. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Wal-Mart for Temporary Storage Trailers-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to grant Wal-Mart permission for temporary storage trailers for 30 days. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Job Classification for Planning & Zoning Assistant-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the job classification. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Introduction of Annexation Resolution 2003-02 for Route 50 Corridor-Rob Collison said this is basically the same area that was proposed before. Another property owner at the intersection of Bucktown and South Roads requested annexation. The entire area will be zoned C2 (general commercial) along Route 50 and the residential areas will remain comparable to what they are in the county. This will become effective 45 days after its passage. Tonight is merely the introduction of the resolution. A public hearing will be held probably sometime in December. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to formally receive Annexation Resolution 2003-02. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Ed Kinnamon said this weekend there will be an event at the Dorchester Community Development Corporation honoring two citizens of this community. One is City Commissioner Edward Watkins. Resolutions of Appreciation will be presented to Commissioner Watkins and Mr. Dewey Blades. Ed Kinnamon read the resolutions. Mayor Rippons signed the resolutions. They will be presented on Saturday.
Chief Malik reminded everyone to be aware of the children trick-or-treating on Friday. The hours are between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for children 12 and under.
David Pritchett reported that they received a lot of input from the people who hold slips at the municipal yacht basin regarding the lack of power since Hurricane Isabel. It is badly damaged and cannot be brought up temporarily. They are awaiting FEMA's response to their claim. The power will be up as soon as possible.
Commissioner Weldon announced that last Monday they held a visioning session with the Main Street Committee Board as well as a number of other interested participants. The meeting was facilitated by an individual from the National Main Street Center. They developed work plans for the individual committees.
Commissioner Weldon said Frank and Sheri Herbert, operators of the Cambridge Lady, sent a letter to Council offering some tourism statistics. They brought close to 2300 passengers to Cambridge. Those people spent nearly $16,000 just in the package tours alone. They are concerned about their dock location on Trenton Street. Commissioner Weldon said hopefully they will have some answers shortly.
Commissioner Bohlen thanked the West End Citizens Association for their drive to help the people who were very adversely impacted by the hurricane. They collected over 8 truck-loads of supplies plus cash contributions.
Commissioner Bohlen announced that the City is hosting the Maryland Municipal League Legislative Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Hyatt. He thanked the City staff for all their hard work in preparation for this conference.
Rob Collison announced that the Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm this evening to discuss personnel and legal matters. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go into executive session after tonight's meeting to discuss a personnel matter. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons announced that part of the Christmas lights are here. The rest are going to be picked up tomorrow. He has a crew coming in who assembled the lights in Baltimore. After this weekend between 75 and 80 percent of the work will be done. They will need between 200 and 250 manhours after that. He asked the community for their help. Additional generators are also needed. The Hyatt has offered 30 people from their management crew for assistance. They should all be lit by Thanksgiving.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:40 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 27, 2003, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer