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City Council Minutes

August 12, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 12, 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 Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 5, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

Committee Reports

Street Lighting Committee--Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Committee met on August 9th and reviewed the following requests:

  • 1212 Race Street (Corner of Race St. Ext. and Robinson Ave.)-The Committee found the area to be very well lit with a light directly on the corner. They suggest that the property owner making the request install an additional security light if they felt it necessary for additional lighting. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to deny the request for additional street lighting. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
  • 803 Center St.-Upon review, the area was found to be very under lit in the middle of the block. The Committee's recommendation is to approve an additional light installed in the middle of the block at 803. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve this additional streetlight. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
  • Corners of Choptank Ave., Water St. and Hambrooks Ave. (S curve)-The Committee found that there is a streetlight that is out at the end of Choptank Ave. Conectiv will be fixing this light. They would like to be able to light this intersection a bit better. Unfortunately, upon further review, the one pole they thought they could put another light on isn't a conectiv pole. They are recommending that when the engineering is completed for the period lighting on Water Street, that there will be a light on that corner. Hopefully this will happen in the next year.

Traffic & Safety Committee--Commissioner Watkins reported that the Committee met on August 8th and reviewed the following requests:

  • Intersection of Dorchester Ave. and Maryland Ave.-The Committee explored the history of accidents at this location and found no extraordinary incidences. To install a traffic light would create a safety hazard due to the volume of traffic that would backup onto Route 50 prior to the light changing. The Committee recommended that no action be taken at this time. The intersection will be monitored and the Committee will advise at a future date their recommendation for action.
  • The "S" Curve at Hambrooks Blvd. And Belvedere Ave-A claim was received that the current parking arrangement in combination with the new house on the corner has created a safety concern and a blind turn. The Committee could not find a blind area due to the wide nature of the intersection. It was recommended that no change be made at this time.
  • Commissioner Bohlen asked about the request for stop signs at the intersection of Choptank, Water, and Hambrooks. Commissioner Watkins said they looked at it, but they will look at it again.

APPOINTMENTS

Council To Present Corporal Gary Bridges with Proclamation on his Retirement from the Natural Resources Police-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation.  Mayor Rippons signed it and presented it to Corporal Bridges.  David Pritchett said he worked very closely with Mr. Bridges and between the dockmaster and Corporal Bridges, he has been like a liaison of the City.  They have had compliments on him as though he were a City employee.  People have noted how pleasant he is when he comes in; he is not there to write tickets, he is there to help the boaters.  David Pritchett said they appreciate him. 

James D. Nelson from Temple of Deliverance Family Worship Center (2121 Ocean Gateway) to Request Noise Variance for Outside Street Services on August 12th through August 14th from 7:00 pm Until 9:00 pm-Pastor Nelson said he wasn't sure if his location needed a City noise variance.  Ed Kinnamon said the location is outside City limits.  Mayor Rippons said the City can't grant them a noise variance but they will wish him well with his services.  He thanked Pastor Nelson for coming before Council.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss Julia Davis' Request to Hold a Parade to Welcome the Hyatt-Mrs. Davis thinks the City should celebrate the Hyatt coming to Cambridge.  She feels it is a historical moment.  For generations we have been looking for a hotel the magnitude such as the Hyatt.  She is personally before Council because she doesn't think we should let August 29th come and go without some sort of celebration.  She thinks we should have a parade and that is what she is requesting today. 

Chief Malik said he spoke with Ms. Davis about the date of September 7th at 6:00 pm and reviewed the route.  David Pritchett said they have no problems with the parade. 

Mrs. Davis said the parade is free and open to the public.  They need volunteers.  It is anticipated at 6:00 pm a celebration will take place at Long Wharf.  Mr. Walsh from the Hyatt has said he can probably have maybe 50, upward to 100, employees in uniform. At the Hyatt they answer the phone "It's an Exceptional Day" and she thinks that is a perfect theme for this parade.  In front of the fountain at 6:00 pm they can line up Mr. Walsh and his employees.  Shelley Abbott has volunteered to sing.  They have many dignitaries invited.  She would like the Mayor to consider giving the key to the City to Mr. Walsh.  She has talked to Dr. Flowers and he will give a presentation.  Senator Colburn will present the State flag.  Mr. Gilchrest, Addie Eckardt, and Mr. Cane will be in appearance.  She has invited the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Attorney General, and the Comptroller based on Council's approval for the parade.  Laura Weldon has helped her tremendously.  It would be the same kind of parade as the Christmas parade.  She would like to formally invite the Mayor and City Council.  She had never done a parade before but she thinks this community needs to celebrate so she could really use volunteers. The Cambridge High School Band will play.  Coach Bromwell is talking about having all the athletic teams participate. She has preliminarily called some of the big employers.  Regina and Cambridge, Inc. will have floats.  She would like to empower the community to just come out for this.  TV is dying to cover it.  The Hyatt has vowed to help with the media.  The politicians are extremely excited about it.  She is asking spectators to make their owns signs welcoming the Hyatt.  She would like the parade to be sponsored by the City of Cambridge.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to sponsor the parade.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   Ms. Davis thanked the Council.  She said they are not going to worry about any financial considerations.  The price tag is zero. She has asked the Governor and Lt. Governor to be Grand Marshals if the parade is approved.  She is also considering Mr. Foxwell, the most senior WWII veteran.  She is asking for comments and suggestions and help.  Mayor Rippons said the media to help with publicity.  It won't be anything like the Christmas Parade but that doesn't mean it can't be fantastic.  They are going to have cannons shooting off; that's always exciting.  Mayor Rippons thanked Ms. Davis for the work she has done thus far.

Request To Go To Bid Contract 03-03 Annual Paving for FY 2002/2003-Mayor Rippons asked that any Commissioner who has additional areas not listed in the original list, that they give them to George Hyde.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request To Go To Bid Contract 02-09 Glasgow Street Improvements- David Pritchett said conectiv started today moving poles today and they should be finished by Friday.  This is what has been holding them up.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discuss Request from Stephanie J. Brown to Purchase Property Located at 1018 Pine Street-The lot is a 20-ft by approx. 104 ft.  The Assessment Office valued the land at $500.  There are no improvements.  Commissioner Watkins asked if Ms. Brown wanted to put a house on the property.  Mr. Kinnamon didn't think the land was buildable.  Council will review this matter further before making any decision.

Approve PO 2482 for J. F. Fisher (BNR Odor Control Upgrade) ($3,200,000)-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  David Pritchett said this part of the project has not received multiple payments.  It was engineered in and very substantially completed.  All is going well.  Commissioner Travers asked if it is guaranteed that there will be no odor from the plant in the fifth ward.  David Pritchett said it is impossible to reach that point.  There are period of time when you will still have some odor.  This should greatly reduce the level and frequency by an estimated 60 to 75 percent.   The next step is called encapsulation which is building a dome over the treatment   plant.  This is an extreme measure to make unless you have to make it.  David Pritchett said they are still working on pumping the pond.  He received correspondence from the attorney on Friday trying to work out some alternate measure of which we can accept part of a project to help in the funding of this and what we are going to do with the sludge removal.  There has not been any major advancement toward resolving it.  He thinks we will be going with a second filter press and doing it in-house to reduce the cost.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Approve PO 2576 for Automation Counselors, Inc. ($9,590)- Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Council to Sign Water Tower Lease Agreement-Rob Collison reviewed the agreement and he has asked Mr. Kinnamon to make some adjustments and additions.  Basically they are hold harmless additions to the contract.  When they are added, has recommended that Council sign it.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the lease agreement.  Commissioner Watkins seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Commissioner Bohlen said he enjoyed the Seafood Feast-I-Val.  It was a good crowd representing 9 or 10 different states.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  He saw a lot of folks taking tours of the City.   Commissioner Watkins said it was a wonderful day.  He understands that it was larger than last year.  This indicates to him that they are moving in the right direction.  He appreciates that the Council did something to help push it forward.

Commissioner Weldon said on Thursday of last week he had the privilege of sitting in and observing the orientation sessions that the Hyatt was providing for their new employees.  Contrary to what you may be hearing around town, there were a lot of faces that he recognized.  They are hiring the local community into positions that may be at the bottom end of the ladder but it is a very long and sturdy ladder.  People who put themselves into a good job are going to get a lot out of it.  It is a very impressive organization and the City should be thrilled to have them.

Commissioner Weldon said he got to spend Saturday afternoon with his family at Sailwinds with the Feast-I-Val and had a very pleasant time.  The facility looked great.  He received a memo from the Sailwinds Committee regarding his inquiry regarding the fire company.  He has a reply that will be forthcoming after he discusses it with Mr. Creighton personally.

Commissioner Atkinson asked about Race Street by the corner of the park.  There has been an orange cone there over the grate and weeds are growing up.  He is asking what is planned for that piece of land where there has apparently been a tree at one time.  David Pritchett said it requires a notice being issued or just abating it.  He asked for Council's direction and will review it with Planning and Zoning.

Commissioner Travers concurred with the other Commissioners.  He was also at the Seafood Feast-I-Val and he really did enjoy himself. 

Ed Kinnamon announced that earlier this evening, Council met in closed executive session regarding personnel.

Ed Kinnamon received a letter from the residents of Clifton Woods Development requesting 25 mph speed limit signs be posted.  Apparently, there is currently a 30 mph speed limit on Jenkins Creek Road.  This will be forwarded to the Traffic & Safety Committee.

Chief Malik announced that they received official notification from the Bureau of Justice Assistance that their 2002 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant has officially been approved.  This should be about $25,000.

Judy Moody appeared to follow up on her July 1st presentation with reference to the renovation to the WW II Memorial.  Today started Phase 1 and it is pretty close to finish.  She thanked Mr. Pritchett and his staff for meeting them down there.  The Garden Club, members from the Legion, and the flagpole company from Baltimore met today.  The three flagpoles are in place.  The flags will be flown after the electric is run during Phase 2.  She would personally like to thank Mr. Atkinson who brought it to her attention as Commander of the American Legion.  She will update Council as they progress.  Mayor Rippons thanked Ms. Moody for her efforts and asked her to extend his thanks to the entire Legion Post.

Sharon Whitten said in keeping with what Julia Davis has said tonight about the Hyatt parade, she wishes the City would continue their clean-up efforts.  She had a list to present to Mr. Atkinson tonight of different places needing work.  She worked in the center of Cambridge for over 20 years and she loves the town.  It has a lot of potential.  We really need to put the effort forward to clean it up.  She put a notice on her door the week of the clean-up and people weren't even aware of it.  She thinks it should be advertised more-maybe on the radio.  There is still furniture on porches, which she called about 3 weeks ago.  She has a little spare time and loves to garden so she would be willing to help clean some of it up.

James A. Willey, II has a duplex on Locust Street.  He has owned the property for about 9 years now and it was painted when they got it.  They have repainted it once since then.  The paint is peeling quite a bit so they would like to look toward vinyl siding.  On May 23rd they received notification from Maryland Department of the Environment saying a 15‑month old child living in the house had an elevated blood lead level.  He applied for a siding permit at DPW.  He contacted MDE to see what other problems he had.  Basically, the siding, windows, and doorways need repair.  He had to file for an exception with the Historical Preservation Commission.  They reviewed the estimate to replace the vinyl.  He inquired about windows and they said no window permits were required but he had to maintain the same dimensions and profile as the current windows.  They started the work on July 25th.  In the meantime he has received two certified letters from MDE.  The first one gave him 30 day to bring the unit into compliance with the lead hazard reduction and the second one was even more threatening.  He now has 20 days.  He made contact with MDE so they are aware of what is going on.  There was a message on his recorder from the Permit Office that the Historical Preservation Commission had contacted them and had issued a stop work order.  They said there was a problem with the material of the windows.  The windows were replaced with vinyl windows as opposed to wood windows.  They are the same size and there are the same number of windows panes.  The mother and the 15-month child are displaced.  The Permit Office said he had to file an application, put an ad in the paper, and meet with the Historical Preservation Commission on September 19th.  He asked Council if they could offer any assistance, direction, or input.  Commissioner Bohlen remembers when the siding request came in because it came in with an emergency status.  It is a change in material and the guidelines require a review.  He questioned the action of the Commission because the vinyl siding was approved as an emergency situation without being advertised.   At that point of time there was no mention of windows or doorways to the Commission.  As a result it was not brought before them at that time.  He personally feels sympathy for the situation; it is a matter that the regulations need to be applied evenly.  Commissioner Weldon said he thinks that given the fact that the vinyl siding has been approved and he has taken the extra measures to have the windows replicated, he thinks that perhaps the Commission can be phone poled to act on this.  Commissioner Bohlen said the Commission meets Thursday.   Mr. Willey said the Permit Office told him he did not have enough time to run the ad so he couldn't be present at Thursday's meeting.  Commissioner Bohlen said he doesn't want to open Pandora's Box because every house built before 1978 has lead paint on it.  Commissioner Weldon said this gentleman has documentation from the State that indicates he has deadlines and he doesn't want to see the City put in the situation where he has fines levied against him because the City won't make a procedural exception. 

David Pritchett said right or wrong, he signed the permit.  This gentleman received his direction from DPW.  He feels there is a tremendous amount of liability on the City's part here.  Mr. Willey inquired about the windows and they advised him that if they are exactly the same, they could be used.  He thinks Mr. Willey has a tremendous risk ahead of him possibly at his (David Pritchett) mistake, if it is a mistake.  Mr. Willey said he could take some fault also.  Maybe it was or maybe it wasn't mentioned.  With all the paperwork he has been getting, he is under a lot of stress.  Commissioner Weldon said the case is well documented.  He thinks if it is followed through, perhaps they should look at standard operating procedure that sets forth requirements for emergency conditions.  Commissioner Bohlen said he thinks it is already in the guidelines.  These circumstances can arise.  He feels this can be taken care of on Thursday. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:00 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 12, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer