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City Council Minutes

March 25, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 25, 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.

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 18, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Traffic and Safety-Commissioner Watkins reported that during the March 11, 2002 meeting the Committee made a recommendation relative to parking on West Appleby.  This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Adopt Resolution for Curb and Sidewalk Construction on Glasgow Street-Rob Collison introduced this resolution last week.  The property owners will pay one half of the cost with the City paying the other half.  Rob Collison read the names of the property owners and their share of the construction costs.  The City will pay for the drainage and street repairs.   Commissioner Weldon made a motion to accept the resolution.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.   Notification will be published in the newspaper for several weeks.  Any objections must be filed with the Commissioners during this time.  If no objections are filed, an ordinance will be passed which assesses the cost as a lien on the properties and construction will proceed. 

Final Decision on Disposition of Old Parking Meters-David Pritchett found there is an interest within the community for the old parking meters.  There was no interest from other municipalities.  Rob Collison said there was no requirement as far as public disclosure.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion that the obsolete parking meters be offered to the public at $25 per meter for a period of 90 days.  After that time the City will try to get rid of the remainder of them on a bid.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  The sale will be handled through the Department of Public Works.

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss Projects That May Qualify for Grants or Low-Interest Loans Through the Heritage Tourism Management Plan-Commissioner Weldon presented a synopsis of the items the Committee is working on.  It is a series of ideas gathered at public meetings that would fit within the framework of the Heritage Tourism Management Plan.  It allows for Target Investment Zones which are set up to provide funding mechanisms for projects within each zone that have a tourism application.  He has identified three zones as (1) City center taking in the downtown area; (2) Long Wharf; and (3) the Trenton Street area.  The plan would not be limited to these three areas.  The application has to be into the State by June 1 and there has to be a series of public hearings on the application once it is completed.  Commissioner Weldon would like any feedback by the next Council meeting.  There are some other ideas for the next round including the Pine Street Cultural Center, the Cedar Street corridor, an area around The Stanley Institute Christ Rock Area, the Dorchester Historical Society Nield Museum, and the Sailwinds Park Governor's Hall area.  There are also different levels: the public sector would be the government projects like infrastructure and street lighting; the second level is non-profit organizations; and there is also money available for commercial properties within each zone in the form of low-interest loans. 

Steve DelSordo said this is an opportunity for the City and non-profit organizations within the targeted zones to take advantage of State grants.  It is also an opportunity for the commercial section in the City to take advantage of low-interest loans.  He said the Harriet Tubman Organization is already putting together their plan.  Once you become a Target Investment Zone, you only have 5 years to accomplish your projects.  The Heritage Authority at the County level will be able to ask for planning grant money (matching funds).  However, you cannot match State money with State money.  They are very competitive grants and are very popular elsewhere.  There are four or five certified areas in the State at this time.

Request from Cambridge Yacht Club to Use Municipal Crane Area at Long Wharf, the "Duck Walk" Area, and the Beach on the East Side of Great Marsh on July 13 and 14 for Their Annual Admiral Byrd Series Sailboat Regatta-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to honor the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Little League to Hold Opening Day Parade on April 13, 2002 (Long Wharf to Pliescott Park)-Mayor Rippons said this is a long-standing tradition in our Community. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to honor the request.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.

Discuss County's Request for Water and Sewer at Airport-Rob Collison has forwarded the City's position to the County attorney.  Mr. Merryweather is going to coordinate a meeting between representatives from City Council and the County Commissioners to discuss the issue.  The prior correspondence on this issue was last November to Mr. Harrington after receiving a letter from the County.   He explained the City's position reiterating what the City said last spring at a joint meeting.  Because of the court cases, if annexation is possible, the City should and must demand annexation for City services outside City limits.  The limited circumstances should only be when the State demands that the City do it because of failing systems and there is an environmental health hazard or where we have pre-existing contractual requirements (for example:  the Sanitary Districts).  There are a sufficient number of property owners between the City limits and the airport property that are willing to come in so that annexation would be possible.

David Pritchett said there are two options.  The first sends a sewer line to the airport where they would install their own water pumping systems.  This would be a 3-inch force main but with the expansion going on in this direction, the City Engineer and the Municipal Utilities Commission feel the second option would make a lot more sense.   This would loop the system and supply a 10‑inch force main with a 12-inch water main and allow for expansion. 

Mayor Rippons said this will be an agenda item during the County Commissioners meeting on March 26, 2002.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion that Mayor Rippons represent the City at this meeting along with the City Engineer and the City Attorney.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Rob Collison said he was looking for a work session to iron-out in a Memorandum of Understanding how the City will proceed.  He understood that Maryland One money would be available for these services, which would be tied to the creation of an industrial park.  Commissioner Atkinson said his motion is for the March 26th meeting only but he agrees with having a work session with two representatives from each contingency.  Mayor Rippons said a motion isn't necessary for representation at the County Council meeting.

County Commissioner Tom Flowers said he is very pleased with Rob Collison's request to set up a committee and feels he has outlined a good work session.  County Commissioner Jay Newcomb agreed.  Commissioner Flowers said they will need their airport manager present at the meeting.  Mayor Rippons said whoever the County sees feasible would be welcome at the meeting.  Commissioner Flowers thanked the Council and thinks this is headed in the right direction.

Appoint Assistant Superintendent of Department of Public Works-David Pritchett said Commissioner Atkinson helped them identify the need to have closer, more professional supervision of the projects going on within the City limits.  He said they have an employee on board who has worked up within the department; he is exemplarily, has 9 years of service with the City, and prior to this was serving as a foreman.  On March 21st, they promoted Robert Fields to the position of Assistant Superintendent.  This is the second highest position achieved by working up through the department and Robert deserves all of the credit.  He is always available and gives 110 percent at all times.

On behalf of the City Council, Mayor Rippons thanked Robert Fields for his past, which he has brought to the City and they look forward to him serving in this capacity to the betterment of the entire community.  He feels DPW has made an excellent decision with this promotion. 

Decision on Canceling Council Meeting on April 1 (Cambridge Day)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to cancel the meeting next week.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously. City offices will be closed.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Mayor Rippons read a letter addressed to Mr. Kinnamon from the Pine Street Committee in response to his letter dated March 19, 2002.  The Committee welcomes meetings with the Council to resume negotiations as they pertain to the Liberty Village Empowerment Center.  They would like a meeting scheduled as soon as possible except for the date of their executive session on April 2.  Ed Kinnamon recommended the meeting be held with two Commissioners, the Mayor, and two or three members of the Pine Street Committee.  Commissioner Watkins and Commissioner Weldon offered to attend the meeting.  Ed Kinnamon will set up a date and time that both parties can attend.

Commissioner Atkinson said April is the month for the City's semi-annual clean-up.  He made a motion to start the clean-up on April 6th in the First Ward, and continue each Saturday until all wards are completed.  Last year the City picked up approximately 30 tons of junk during the five Saturdays in the spring and approximately 20 tons in the fall.  (There was no "second" or official vote taken.)

Rob Collison reported there will be several public hearings on April 8 on several text amendments which are pending.  There will also be a hearing on a zoning matter.  These hearings will be advertised in the newspaper.  On April 22 the representative from the contract purchasers of the Arundel property will discuss their development process.  Initially there was an interest by the developers to work out an agreement for the City to relinquish the roadbed of Trenton Street (Cedar Street to Green Street) as well as consideration of relinquishing the roadbed of the railroad between Cedar Street and Green Street.  The City cannot entertain this position without public notice in the newspaper.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow Mr. Collison to run the public notice.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

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 Monday, March 25, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer