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City Council Minutes

January 7, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 7, 2002, in City 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.

Heidi Adams led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 17, 2001 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

Mayor Rippons introduced Captain Kenneth Malik of the Cambridge Police Department.  He is serving as acting Chief of Police of the City of Cambridge.

PUBLIC HEARING

Request for Rezoning of Woods Road Parcel from R1 to R4 (Tax Map 309/Parcel 6033)-Rob Collision said the two major issues to be considered are whether or not there has been a substantial change in the character of the neighborhood where the property is located or whether there was a mistake in the original or existing zoning classification.  Issues to address would be any population change, availability of public facilities, present and future transportation patterns, compatibility with existing proposed development for the area and the recommendation by the Planning Commission.  This is a request to rezone the 29.23± acres of land of Woods Road shown on Tax Map 309, Parcel 6033.  It is a request to rezone from R1 (single family resident district) to R4 (multiple dwelling district) as defined by Section 20-9 if the City Code.

Jim Michael reported that the certification of publication was advertised in The Daily Banner on December 21, 2001 and December 28, 2001.  The Planning Commission recommended approval for rezoning the parcel from R1 to R4.

Brett Brosseit of the Delaware Valley Development Company in Hockessin, Delaware described the 76-unit apartment complex they would like to build on the site.  The site is on the west side of Woods Road just south of Route 16.  The parcel is directly north of the State Hospital parcel.  The parcel to the south is vacant and is currently zoned commercial.  Just to the northwest is the existing Woods Crossing apartment complex.  They believe there has been a substantial change in the neighborhood.  The property was originally annexed into the City in the 1970s.  Since then the State Hospital and the other commercial uses have grown up in the area. 

The ingress and egress will be on Woods Road directly in front of the site.  Water and sewer lines exist in the road with ample capacity to sustain the proposed development.  They have sought feedback from various employers and other members of the community including Randy Bradford of the State Hospital.  Everyone was very supportive of the project. 

The proposed complex will comprise 76 units with a townhouse-style appearance.  There will be two-story garden apartments with one unit on the top and one unit on the bottom.  Everyone will have his or her own separate individual entrance thereby eliminating interior hallways.  There will be a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.  They will have a separate building dedicated to administration with full-time (24 hour) on-site management.  Mr. Brosseit handed out photographs of other projects they have completed and are proposing.  

The project will be financed partially by using the Housing Tax Credit Program along with other private and public loan sources.  The housing has an affordability concept attached to it.  It does not have Section 8 or any other rental subsidy attached to it.  The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has very stringent standards as far as the materials that are used, the energy efficiency, environmental issues, and similar matters.  The specification will be identical to those in the proposed Easton community.   At least 5 percent of the units will be handicapped accessible.  The rest of the units will be handicapped adaptable so they can be modified to suit an individual's needs.  They are willing to make any improvements the City would like to see in front of their site.  Under the agreement the developer has with the Burton family, they have a 10-acre parcel for the 76 units.  They anticipate building the units and if there is a demand, they could build another phase on an adjacent piece of the 29-acre parcel.  A complete package has been put together of community amenities which varies from location to location depending on the local needs.  The administration building usually consists of a large community meeting room for use by the residents.  At some locations they have included local colleges, vocational training programs, and other resources brought in.  A computer-training center can be included.  Several smaller meeting rooms can be put in so residents can meet one-on-one with any community professional that they may wish to meet with.  Laundry facilities are included.  At some complexes, they have found a need for before and after school programs. 

No one spoke against the proposal.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to close the public hearing.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Council will vote on this matter next week.

APPOINTMENTS

Pat Quillen To Discuss Ideas for Planning & Zoning Sign Regulations-Pat Quillen of Quillen Signs (Milton, DE) has made himself available for input as far as the signs in Cambridge.  He served two terms on a town council and re-wrote the sign ordinance for his town.  Jim Michael reported that the Planning Commission will be discussing the current sign ordinance on January 8, 2002 as proposed under the new comprehensive rezoning.  Mr. Michael will keep in contact with Mr. Quillen.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Request from Cambridge Police Department to Accept Collins Cars' Request to Purchase 3 Vehicles from CPD-Mayor Rippons reported that the Department of Planning and Zoning will now receive the 1995 Chevrolet Caprice and also a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria from the Police Department.  Rob Collison will prepare an advertisement alerting all interested parties about the availability of four cars that the City will have for sale at this time.

NEW BUSINESS

Council to Discuss Adoption of ASOP No. 37 "Reimbursement of Building Permit Fees Procedures"-Rob Collison reported that in the past it had been a practice of the City to reimburse non-profits for the cost of their building permits.  The ASOP will grant a 50‑percent reimbursement to any 501(c)3 organization.  This reimbursement will be made after the improvements have been made, all permit fees have been paid, the use and occupancy permit has been issued, and the organization has verified that they are an active 501(c)3 organization.  It is totally discretionary within the Council as to the percentage they wish to rebate.  It sets forth a standard by which everyone will be treated equally.  At one time they discussed a 100-percent rebate; however, there is a good deal of manhours that are spent reviewing the permitting.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to adopt ASOP No.  37 as presented with 50-percent reimbursement.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for November 2001-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the financial statement for November 2001.  Commissioner Watkins seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2092 (Maryland Dept. of Agriculture) for Mosquito Control (DPW)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve Purchase Order 2092.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  David Pritchett explained that the purchase order covered the time from November 2000 through November 2001 for early Spring spraying of the small tributaries, ditches, etc. and then the on-call basis determined by bites per minute.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Rob Collison reported that Ed Kinnamon submitted a memo regarding the two DNR boat slips at the Municipal Yacht Basin.  Mr. Kinnamon is asking Council to consider giving DNR a "no charge" use of their slips.  Having them at the Basin adds security to the area.  This will be placed on the agenda next week. 

The City received a letter from Jack Hagleson requesting permission for ARC to sell Christmas greenery on Race Street in December.  Commissioner Weldon spoke to the president of ARC, who had no knowledge of this request.

Commissioner Weldon spoke about trying to develop a Christmas tree recycling program for next year.  Trees can be collected at a central location and chipped into mulch.  The mulch can be made available for the individual bringing in the tree or for use on City property.  This would save the City a tremendous amount of money on tipping fees. 

Commissioner Weldon is serving on the MML Convention Planning Committee.  He is asking for individuals to assist with organizing the social event that the City is responsible for taking care of during the MML Legislative Conference in October. 

David Pritchett reported that Christmas trees will be collected on Wednesdays throughout the month of January.  

Jim Michael reported that the Community Parks and Playgrounds grant application is due on January 14, 2002.  Mr. Michael is working with Mayor Rippons on a preliminary application for "East Sailwinds". 

Jim Michael recommended that the City submit an application for the improvements on Bayly Road for the next round of Community Development Block Grants, which is due February 1, 2002.  He recommends deferring an application for Christ Rock to the next round. 

Mayor Rippons extended congratulations to the Department of Public Works and the Cambridge Police Department on their efforts during the recent snow. 

Mayor Rippons received a letter from a family who was traveling through Cambridge when they developed car trouble.  An unnamed citizen went out of his way to help them get their car repaired and to take them to a car rental location.  She noted that Cambridge should be honored to have such kind and generous people reside there!

Mayor Rippons received a card from a senior citizen who enjoyed the Christmas party for senior citizens at Governor's Hall.  The dinner was delicious and entertainment by Ronnie Dove was great.  This was by far the nicest senior celebration that she has ever been to since she became a senior.  She thanks all those who made the celebration possible.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:41 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 7, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Heidi R. Adams, Executive Assistant