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City Council Minutes

July 15, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 15, 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.

Brenda Bramble 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 July 8, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

NEW BUSINESS

First Reading of Proposed Ordinance To Regulate the Number of Stored Vehicles at Automobile Repair and Assembly Businesses and at Automobile Storage/Impound Yards-Rob Collison reported this ordinance is in response to numerous complaints that the City has received with regard to certain properties within the City limits having excessive amounts of vehicles stored on the property.  Recently under the zoning amendments Council had eliminated the provisions that would allow junkyards within the City.  This proposed ordinance would be adopted as a new Section 4-39B in Chapter 4 of the Building and Housing so it would come under the property maintenance provision. 

It shall be unlawful to keep on any property within the City of Cambridge more than 50 motor vehicles stored on property as an accessory use for an approved automobile repair service or automobile assembly business.  It shall be unlawful for any person to keep on any property within the City of Cambridge, more than 50 motor vehicles stored on property approved and licensed for an impound yard.  A person who lawfully operates a licensed automobile and assembly business and a licensed impound yard may store up to 100 motor vehicles.  Any person who violates this section shall be deemed guilty of an infraction, the fine for which shall be $100 per vehicle in excess of the permitted number, and every day that the violation continues, after due notice, shall be deemed a separate offense.

Tonight is the first reading.  The second reading and vote will be next week (July 22, 2002).  Rob Collison encouraged the public to contact the Commissioners or submit any written comments regarding this proposed ordinance before that date.

Approve Purchase Order 2312 for Jerol Moore Landscaping & Excavating, Inc. ($24,200.00) for Demolitions-Jim Michael said this is the purchase order for the demolitions that were just approved.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Rob Collison asked the Council to meet in Closed Executive Session following the meeting (1) to obtain legal advice regarding a matter and (2) under Subsection 14 with regard to negotiation of a contract.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to meet in Closed Executive Session.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:15 p.m. 

A Work Session followed concerning public input for the next round of the Community Legacy grant application and the proposed public safety complex.  Meeting minutes for this Work Session will be recorded in a separate document.

Rob Collison asked the Council to reconvene in regular session to discuss one matter.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go into regular session.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  The regular session reconvened at 8:40 pm.

Rob Collison reported that Mayor Rippons received a letter today dated July 15, 2002.  Chief Malik explained that in the past, the City received funds from a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.  For a number of years the City has been able to get the full grant.  Last year the City received $38,000.  When they applied this year, they were informed that Dorchester County is now called a despaired county.  To be a despaired county, you have to spend 50 percent of the funds on either incarceration or prosecution, which they do.   By being a despaired county, we were advised by the State's Attorney General that we would have to divide the money between the County and the City and they would have to be in agreement. If they cannot come to an agreement, then nobody would get the money.

Mayor Rippons said what we have is a grant that has historically been written and applied for by the City of Cambridge.  Basically in political maneuvering, the County Association in looking for money for counties came up with a way to convince the legislature that the counties should be able to tap into this money if they meet certain criteria.  Before the City can get their grant money, the County must sign off.  The County could sign off and allow things to progress; however, Dorchester County has stated that they want part of the grant money.  Their initial proposal was for half the funds.  Now they are saying they want one-third this year and will discuss how much they want next year at a later date.  If the two parties do not agree to the percentage allocation, then nobody gets anything.  The application has to be filed by July 17, 2002.  Chief Malik said last year they purchased 20 portable radios; they used some for overtime for bicycle patrol for downtown and Long Wharf, and general equipment.  They are applying for $38,000 this year. 

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the grant application for this year with the percentage allocation being two-thirds to the City and one-third to the County.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Bohlen said if it weren't for the detriment of the City of Cambridge, and its citizens, and its police force, he said they could forget the whole thing because he finds it very outrageous but he will have to go along with the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson asked if there was any movement on the Humane Society providing services to the City.  Mayor Rippons said they received a letter dated July 12, 2002 stating that the Dorchester County Commissioners are in receipt of written correspondence from Mayor Rippons requesting the County Commissioners consider providing dog control services within the City limits.  The Commissioners will discuss this during their July 16, 2002, meeting at approximately 7:00 pm.  Mayor Rippons said they have been excluded due to the fact that the City of Cambridge has not had a written formal request.  He has documentation that shows that no incorporated area in the County has written a request.  The County is funding an agency and allowing them to deny services to the largest taxpayer base but they can provide it to everyone else when they have not come into compliance. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:45 p.m. 

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 15, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Brenda Bramble, Financial Specialist