City Council Minutes
November 10, 2003
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 10, 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, Atkinson, Weldon and Travers.
Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Atkinson asked for a silent prayer for our veterans in honor of Veterans Day. He then led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 24, 2003 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Traffic & Safety-Commissioner Watkins reported that the committee met to discuss the following issues:
- Parking on Leonard Lane-The committee recommends prohibiting parking in front of the last two residences on both sides of Leonard Lane just before the Park Lane intersection. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept this request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
- Pedestrian crosswalk across Poplar Street at the High Street intersection-They recommend moving the remaining crosswalk approximately 100 ft away from the intersection to the area of the Chamber of Commerce building. This is a legal action given the safety concerns of the yield lane. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept this request. Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Amy Edgar to Request Permission to Hold Christmas Parade on December 6th-Amy Edgar, President of the Board of Directors of the Christmas Parade Committee, asked permission to hold the parade on Saturday night, December 6 beginning at 5:00 pm. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. Commissioner Weldon said it would include all the noise variances, etc. associated with the parade. The motion was passed unanimously. Mayor Rippons thanked the committee for all their work. Mike Edgar suggested having a sign at the foot of the bridge saying "Welcome to Cambridge, Home of the Largest Nighttime Christmas Parade in Maryland". Commissioner Weldon said the Tourism Department is working on a sign on the side of the Visitors Center. Mike Edgar said he will bring the idea of the sign up at the Parade Committee meeting.
Slip Holders at Municipal Yacht Basin to Discuss Concerns-Donna Casarotti, a resident of Cambridge, was originally concerned about the lack of power at the Yacht Basin. She thanked David Pritchett for addressing the power at the marina. She feels it is crucial to see the funding be forthcoming to protect one of the City's most important resources of tourism and income.
David Pritchett said Tieder Electric was at the marina on Friday to re-evaluate the electric at the marina. He said if they are willing to sacrifice some components for others, he felt he could get a good part of the electric restored. He did this and could not have done a better job for the nominal fee he charged. About two-thirds of the marina now has power. Extensive repairs are needed on "C" pier. If the City can purchase a new breaker boxed installed to FEMA standards, they can get the electric restored on "C" pier. All repairs made are temporary. The City has submitted damages of $280,000 at the marina to FEMA. This is just electrical. He feels he should get a response within a month.
Commissioner Bohlen said with Mr. Tieder's estimates for the repair, he feels this will be the cheapest they will be able to find for this level of work. Unfortunately the City will need to go to bid. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion that the City amend their ASOP for emergency provisions. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. Commissioner Weldon asked that "emergency" be clearly defined in the ASOP. The motion was unanimously approved. David Pritchett will obtain three written estimates for the work.
Ann Straus, a slip holder, thanked Mr. Pritchett for paying such quick attention to this matter. Her big concerns were the marina icing-up in the winter and the lack of security without lights. She asked if there is anything the slip holders can do to help maintain and improve the marina because they all view it as a big asset to the City.
Discuss Maryland Avenue Curb Cuts-David Pritchett said the funds they have for contractual work on ADA-related work just isn't meeting the cost of the project. They have met with a contractor whom they use frequently and he has not been able to give them a price yet. He is going to give them a price for putting the cuts back in if the City does the demolition work and hauls away the debris. He isn't sure if this will encompass all the curb cuts or if they will re-bid it on a smaller scale and the City will do the remaining work. It is too much for the City to do the 16 necessary cuts. He will provide further information at the next meeting.
Request to Purchase DPW Pick-Up Through State Contract-The cost of the truck would be $18,342 under the State contract compared to $28,000 elsewhere. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Resolution for Salary Differential for Military Personnel-Rob Collison said Mr. Wheeler raised some related issues for the Council to consider. He questioned if it was Council's desire to continue to have the benefits, vacation, and sick leave accrue at the same rate as if the employee were still employed or did they want to limit it only to salary. Commissioner Atkinson said when he suggested the resolution, his intent was strictly for salary. The employee would accrue vacation through the military and dependents would get medical coverage. The Personnel Review Committee will review this proposed resolution this week.
Approve PO 252 for George & Lynch, Inc. - $513,000 for Franklin Street Boat Ramp Project (100% Reimbursable by DNR)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve Purchase Order 252. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 254 for Interstate Construction of Delmarva - $9,416.26 for Bituminous Overlay Project-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve Purchase Order 254. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 255 for George Miles & Buhr LLC - $18,700 for Engineering Services for Franklin Street Boat Ramp Project (100% Reimbursable by DNR)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve Purchase Order 255. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Rob Collison said there was a public hearing originally scheduled for November 24, 2003 for the annexation of 1000± acres along Egypt Road. This hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 17th at Maple Elementary School.
Rob Collison announced that the public hearing for the Critical Area amendments will be held in City Council Chambers on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 7:00 pm.
At Rob Collison's request, Commissioner Weldon made a motion for the Council to go into closed executive session after the meeting to discuss personnel and the matter of the expansion of a business into the City. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
Rob Collison announced that the 45-day period has expired for petitions to be filed against two annexation resolutions approved by Council in September. They are the area on the corner of Maryland Route 16 and Woods Road and the area along Jenkins Creek Road (Long Boat Project) and the parcels of property owned by Luthy Farms and the Sanitary Commission.
Commissioner Atkinson announced that today is the 228th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. He's proud to be a Marine!
Commissioner Travers said he is happy to see some of our Christmas lights are up. He would like to see two or three more installed at Long Wharf if at all possible. Mayor Rippons said there is still work to be done. They are looking for volunteers to replace bulbs. There are thousands of bulbs to be replaced. Their goal is to have them up by Thanksgiving.
Ed Kinnamon received a letter from Zion Church requesting crosswalks across Locust and Glasgow Streets. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to refer this request to the Traffic and Safety Committee. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. Commissioner Atkinson said he would be glad to work with the Committee on this issue. The motion was passed unanimously.
David Pritchett said they are way ahead of where they thought they would be with the Christmas lights. There are more to be put up. They have had a really good response from the public, especially the contractors offering to provide free services to get the power in. Mayor Rippons asked the press to announce that the City is in the need of generators for some of the lights.
David Pritchett said New Zion Church on Phillips Street has asked for a study for a light in their parking lot. Conectiv told them they had to have Council's approval for the light even though it is on private property. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer this request to the Lighting Committee. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:35 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 10, 2003, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer