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City Council Minutes

July 1, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 1, 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 June 17, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Commission met on June 20, 2002, and heard the following cases:

  • Carrie Cassidy (212 Belvedere Ave.) requested permission to install a 3-ft high picket fence in the rear yard. This request was approved.
  • John & Shelly Cantville (315 Willis St.) requested permission to erect a 4-ft high chain link fence in a portion of their rear yard. This request was approved.
  • Susan Landeck (712 Locust St.) requested permission to replace asphalt shingles with steel shingles. The request was approved.
  • William Curtis (301 West End Ave.) requested permission to install a 6-ft stockade fence in a portion of the rear yard. The request was approved.
  • Gage Thomas (108 Willis St.) requested permission to replace asphalt shingles with metal standing or raised seam metal. The request was approved.
  •  Christ Church (601 Church St.) presented elevation drawings for a ramp. The plans were approved.

APPOINTMENTS

Mayor Rippons announced that there were five promotions in the Cambridge Police Department beginning July 1, 2002.  He introduced them as Captain Leslie Hutton, Lieutenant Patrick Doyle, Corporal Scott Henry, PFC Thomas Chambers, and PFC David Jones.   Chief Ken Malik thanked the Mayor and Commissioners for recognizing the outstanding work these officers have done throughout the years for the City of Cambridge.   He said Officer Chambers will be going to the K‑9 training to re-institute the K-9 program in Cambridge.  He presented each officer with their stripes recognizing them for their promotion.

Judy Moody of American Legion Post 91 to Present a Plan for Upgrading the World War II Veterans Memorial at the Municipal Park on Water Street-Ms. Moody presented the final draft of their plans.  She said the Dorchester Garden Club will be assisting them with replacing and adding shrubbery.  Ms. Moody has been communicating with Commissioner Atkinson on this project.  They would like to add four more benches near the monument.  Hopefully, the benches will be donated to help cut the cost.  Three flagpoles (with lights) will be installed.  The overall project will cost between $8,000 and $10,000.  They would like the Department of Public Works to extend water and electric to this area.  David Pritchett said this can be done.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the plans and to allow the Department of Public Works to assist with the extension of utilities.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Allen Nelson to Request Financial Support from the City for the 91st Budweiser Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta-Allen Nelson announced that again this year Cambridge has been awarded the Eastern Divisional Championship.  This event is staged with support from the entire community and is for the benefit of the entire community.  Their budget is in excess of $100,000.  All of it has been raised throughout the community.  They are asking the City for a contribution to continue this tradition.  Commissioner Weldon said last year the City provided $2500 as a leveraging amount to help the Association get other resources.  Ed Kinnamon said he believes last year this was a budgeted item; however, this year they didn't receive a request until after the budget was adopted.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to take $2,500 from the Economic Development account to give to the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association because it has quite an economic impact on our community.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discuss Security at the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin-David Pritchett discussed security issues on the three main piers at the Basin.  They have had some minor vandalism problems over the last couple of years.  He spoke to just about every boater in the area and they feel gates would help.  He would like to go to bid for installing the three gates.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Council to Authorize Mayor to Sign Agreement to Allow Leonard Greenhawk (Bucktown Road) to Hook to Sanitary District #4-Rob Collison met with Mr. Greenhawk and he understands that he is consenting to annexation as a condition for getting municipal sewer services.  If he signs the agreement, he will initially get the services through the Sanitary District and once the property is contiguous, he will agree to annexation into the City.  He would prefer to come into the City now.  The property owner will pay all expenses for the connection and extensions.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to enter into an annexation agreement with Mr. Greenhawk.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Open Bids for Demolitions of 708 Washington Street, 704 Washington Street, 304 Henry Street, and 817 Phillips Street-Mr. Kinnamon received five bids:

  • Jerol Moore Landscaping (Cambridge, MD) -- $24,200
  • Eastern Shore Paving, Inc. (East New Market, MD) -- $22,200
  • Bennett Construction, Inc. (Fruitland, MD) -- $40,180
  • Carnegie Express (Baltimore, MD) -- $30,200
  • Wheatley Brothers (Cambridge, MD) -- $24,650

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to have Planning & Zoning review the bids and make their recommendation for award.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Association for the Revitalization of Cambridge to Give a Cannon Salute During the 4th of July Boat Parade (approx. 4 pm) (from Sailwinds and Long Wharf)-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Request from Bill Smith to Shoot Cannon Over River From Oakley Terrace on July 4th Between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Social Services to Reserve Great Marsh Park on Friday, August 2, 2002, from 11:00 am Until 5:00 pm for Picnic-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Ed Kinnamon said a representative from Social Services said they would not need a variance from the noise ordinance because they would not have any amplified music.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Carlton Courts Limited Partnership to Close Off the End of Hubbard Street and Carlton Court to Install Fencing and Playground Equipment-David Pritchett said the improved section of the street stops just after the entrance into Carlton Court.  There is a 48-inch storm drain and a 10-inch sewer main in that area.  The Department of Public Works does not have any problem with anything being installed on a "temporary basis" with the understanding that DPW would need access at all times in the event they need to do any work.  They are opposed to a permanent turnover because there are several large land parcels that could potentially become landlocked if they did not maintain the option of the right-of-way.  He said they would want to be involved in drawing up an agreement.  Rob Collison said it must be made clear that it is only with the permission of Council which can be withdrawn at any time.  He will prepare a draft agreement and send it to the owners of Carlton Court to see their response before action is taken. 

Appointments for Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Bohlen said there are two spots on the Historic Preservation Commission that have come up for renewal.  Mrs. Jean Jenkins would like to serve another term.  Mr. Armond Hayward, the current Chairman, would also like to serve another term.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to re-appoint Mrs. Jenkins for another 3 years.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to re-appoint Mr. Hayward for another 3-year term.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.    

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Rob Collison said in January of this year, Council approved a Standard Operating Procedure addressing the procedure for reimbursement of building permit fees.  The policy limits refunds to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations.   They would be entitled to a refund up to 50 percent of the fee.   Roy Todd requested a refund at the last Council meeting; however, he would not qualify under this ASOP.  To give Mr. Todd a refund, Rob Collison said Council would have to amend the ASOP or establish a policy like Commissioner Weldon suggested that only complete applications would be accepted.  

Commissioner Weldon said this issue came up once before when an applicant was issued a permit for an addition to a house and the gentlemen passed away so the addition was not needed.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to refund 85 percent of the fee paid by Mr. Todd and to address the policy issue to avoid this situation in the future.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Rob Collison reported that Council met in closed executive session at 6:30 pm this evening to discuss pending litigation. 

Ed Kinnamon read a Resolution of the Mayor and City Commissioners on the 65th Anniversary of Pritchett's Transportation.  They started a bulk mail service with the United States Postal Service between the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Washington, DC in 1937.  They have expanded in tourism to serve the needs of Delmarva.  Mayor Rippons presented the resolution to Clif and Velda Pritchett and thanked them for their commitment to the City of Cambridge throughout the years.  Clif Pritchett said he appreciates the resolution and the support they have received from the City.  He gives a lot of credit to his dad who started the business 65 years ago.  He and his wife are eager to continue the service.

Commissioner Bohlen said a lot of good things came out of the Maryland Municipal League Convention last week.  There is a great deal of interest in Cambridge.

Commissioner Bohlen said it was brought to his attention that there are people looking into tourist buses being able to park downtown.  He would like to bring this to the attention of the Traffic and Safety Committee.  He suggested a reserved area for loading and unloading buses in the 300 or 400 block of Race Street. 

Commissioner Bohlen said the proposed charter for home rule for Dorchester County has been completed and will be presented to the County Commissioners on July 9, 2002.  He would like everyone to support this effort.

Commissioner Watkins thought MML had a very good convention.  The meetings all emphasized working together and getting the community together. 

Commissioner Weldon said the theme of the MML convention was Building Inclusive Communities.  He spent most of the day on Monday in a session that talked specifically about how to view your community in a different light.  The glass isn't necessarily half empty-it can be half full too.  There were very helpful insights on how to work with different segments of the community.  He thanked the Dorchester County Tourism Department for providing a display for the City.

Commissioner Weldon said the State Heritage Tourism Authority representatives came on Wednesday night to give a presentation where the local steering committee presented their final management plan.  It was sent to the State for their consideration to become a Certified Heritage Area.  If this is achieved, it would provide some funding sources which will help the City get some things done and will also help the private sector.  He said it looks very hopeful.

Commissioner Weldon thanked Jim Michael and his staff for holding a meeting at Sojourner-Douglass College where they hosted a conversation on the housing crisis that Cambridge faces.  Mr. Michael described the Community Development Block Grant that the City applied for to help clear some blighted housing and help the City move toward some urban renewal projects. 

Commissioner Atkinson said recently a District Court in California made a decision concerning eliminating the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.   He made a motion that the Council pass a resolution supporting the current wording of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and that Mayor Rippons sign a resolution stating this fact.  He said our country was founded primarily by people who came here to escape religious persecution.   He thinks we would stand up and state that we are happy with our country being "under God".  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Ed Kinnamon read the resolution and Mayor Rippons signed it.

Commissioner Atkinson said Mr. Beck Roberson from Locust Street asked him to pass on a thank you to the Department of Public Works and the employee who came out at 6:30 am to pick-up items that had been thrown from a second story window on Locust Street and covered the sidewalk and parts of the street.  Commissioner Atkinson said this is the kind of thing that employees do that usually never get mentioned. 

David Pritchett reported that income in June from transient boaters totaled $9,500 which is a record.  This is up 38 percent from June 2001.

Jim Michael reported that the next round for Community Legacy is September.  He suggested a work session to discuss Legacy concepts.  Mayor Rippons said next week there will be an item on the agenda referring to a public hearing.  It will be the second in a series regarding the public safety building.  On July 15th the City will entertain issues regarding Community Legacy and considerations as they relate to the new public safety building.

Chief Malik said the fireworks will be shot from Great Marsh Park on July 4th.  The boat ramp will be closed on July 4th.

John Fox, a retired Navy veteran, representing the VFW and all veterans read a story he wrote.  It was a story of the Pledge of Allegiance and our flag.  Little did the men who wrote it know the impact that the words would have in the hearts of the people of our nation. The words "under God" were not written in the original text but were added in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  He continued that our nation was conceived and borne as a nation under God. 

Roger Worthington came to the meeting to enjoy the meeting and to congratulate Mr. Pritchett for the work he has done at the marina.  He has had a boat there for over 20 years.  He also feels the airport is developing nicely.  He sees the City and County are cooperating which is what has to be done to make the town grow.  He questioned the "no docking" signs near the County office building parking lot.  David Pritchett said the signs are down now.  Mr. Worthington appreciates the historic interest that Council has in the community.  He is concerned about the development on the Point and the eight-story building planned for this location.  He would be interested in looking at any plans the City has for the waterfront and would like to become move involved with the Community. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:17 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 1, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer