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City Council Minutes

August 19, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 19, 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.   

APPOINTMENTS

Open Bids for Furnishing and Installing a Pavilion at Cornish Park-Two bids were received.  They were from:

  • Biskach Construction (Hurlock, MD) -- $30,228
  • Willow Construction (Easton, MD) -- $31,425

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to refer the bids to DPW for their recommendation.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Open Bids for Furnishing and Installing Playground Equipment at Cornish Park-Four bids were received. They were from:

  • Taylor Sports and Recreation (Martinsburg, WV) -- $21,564
  • All Recreation (Thurmont, MD) -- $22,827
  • American Playground Corp. (Anderson, IN) -- $23,324
  • West Recreation Inc. (Queenstown, MD) -- $19,975 and $23,850

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer the bids to DPW for their recommendation.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Public Input for Community Legacy Grant Application-Jim Michael said Community Legacy is funded 100 percent with State dollars.  This is the second year of funding.  Last year the State allocation was $10 million.  Cambridge received a grant for $53,000.  This year the allocation is for $6.5 million.  The deadline for submittals of applications is September 9th.  Mayor Rippons asked for public input at this time.  Nobody from the audience asked to speak.  Commissioner Weldon said he is going to have some basic information regarding a City marketing project.  Commissioner Bohlen said he spoke to Mr. Michael and Mr. Pritchett about the possibility of doing another phase in connection with the streetscaping that Cambridge is now doing with the initial grant to follow up with street lighting.  Marge Hull asked if a public hearing would be held when the grant application has been prepared.  Mayor Rippons said they are inviting public input tonight.  Council will vote on the application subject(s) and priorities next week.  This topic has been discussed at previous Council meetings. 

Jim Michael said as Commissioner Bohlen suggested, they have considered a streetscape expansion.  It would include new lighting of the downtown area from Poplar Street, up to Race Street and extending up to Muir Street.  They projected the cost to be between $150,000 and $175,000. 

They are also looking at an urban renewal project to incorporate all of Schoolhouse Lane, Cross Street, and Bethel Streets including Streeters Pub.  This would include acquisition and demolition and ultimately a new development project.  This is an expansion of Cambridge's current CDBG block grant application that is being reviewed at the State level.  He has not determined the dollar amount at this time but will have one by next week.

Another consideration would be a downtown commercial grant program.  This would provide renovation funds in an amount not to exceed $20,000 per applicant to improve commercial space in the downtown area.  They would request approximately $200,000. 

They are also looking at a Main Street or Economic Development Coordinator.  This would be an administrative position within the City.  The employee would administer these two programs plus provide economic development support for the City.  They would request $50,000 per year over a three-year period that includes salary and fringe benefits.   It would also include an allocation of funds to some of those programs. 

Marge Hull asked if any of the proposals would have any impact on the Arts and Entertainment District application that some of the businesses are applying for.  Mayor Rippons said they work in tandem.  The people who review Legacy are the same people who are right down the hall from the people that are reviewing the A&E and the block grant applications.  They like to see a concerted effort that the City is working together.   The grant will be written in such a way that we allude to those other projects.  This puts a positive impact when the State sees the entire community is coming together. 

Mayor Rippons asked Council and the citizens to contact his office or Jim Michael if they have any other input before the vote next week.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Resolution to Impose Certain Regulations and Procedures for the Collection and Disposal of "White Goods"-Rob Collison said in response to Commissioner Bohlen's request to develop some standards, there is a proposed resolution that would establish guidelines to be followed for the collection of white goods (household appliances).

A resident or property owner would make written application for the removal of the white goods to the Department of Public Works.  A collection and disposal fee of $20 per item shall be paid with the application.  The Department of Public Works shall assign a date for the collection of said white goods from the property identified in the application.  An authorized sticker will be issued by DPW which shall be attached to the item.  The resident or property owner shall not set the white goods out for removal sooner than 24 hours prior to the date assigned for removal.

Rob Collison said with the way it is worded now, if it is adopted tonight, it would be effective immediately.  David Pritchett said they will have the stickers available.  Commissioner Weldon asked if this would be exempted during the spring and fall clean-ups.  Rob Collison said Council could waive the fee at that time.  Commissioner Atkinson said during those two clean-up periods, if you can bring it to the curb, the City will pick it up.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the resolution.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Request from Carson & Barnes to Hold A Circus at Sailwinds Park on Sunday, August 25, 2002-Commissioner Bohlen asked if the circus would need a noise variance.  Rob Collison said the noise variance would be needed for amplified noise.  Mayor Rippons said there would be no trouble to grant it in case it is needed.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant Carson & Barnes permission to hold a circus and to grant a noise variance.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request to Go to Bid for Engineering Copier-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid for an engineering copier.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request to Go to Bid for Leaf Truck- Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid for a leaf truck.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Jim Michael reported that there will be two public information meetings with regard to the Comprehensive Rezoning.  They are scheduled for September 11th and September 18th.  The meetings will be held in Council Chambers commencing at 7:00 pm.  They hope to have draft at the end of August (no later than September 4) for the public to review.  Zoning maps should also be available.  If additional public meetings are necessary, the Planning Commission will schedule them.

Ed Kinnamon announced that the Historical Society will be celebrating the opening the Meredith House on Sunday at 2:00 pm. 

Ed Kinnamon said last week Council discussed a citizen's request to purchase a piece of City-owned property.  The property itself is not buildable due to its size.  It is their intent to try to purchase the lot next to it so the lots can be joined.  The assessed value of the unimproved City-owned lot is $500 as of July 1, 2002.  Rob Collison said sale of the lot is within Council's discretion.  He feels $500 is a fair market value as established by the Assessment Office.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to sell the lot.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Mayor Rippons asked if the resident made any indication about what she would offer the City for the property.  Ed Kinnamon said she just asked if the City would sell the lot.  Mayor Rippons said if she moves forward and purchases the other lot and she wishes to make an offer to the City, the City would review it at that time. 

Ed Kinnamon said last week Julia Davis was granted permission to hold a parade for the upcoming Hyatt opening.  She had told Council at that time there would be no request for any monies.  However, at this time she has found that she needs $100 for a speaker system to be set up at Long Wharf.  She is asking the City to pay this rental cost.  They will try to raise the funds.  Commissioner Atkinson recommended that she ask the American Legion for the sound system they use at Long Wharf for the Memorial Day services.  Everyone agreed.

Ed Kinnamon said Wal-Mart has made their yearly request for permission to place eight trailers for their layaway for Christmas.  It would run from today through December 30.  They would be placed behind the store in accordance to the fire and safety code regulations.  The City Code stipulates that permission can only be granted for a 30-day period.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant Wal-Mart permission to use the storage trailers for 30 days.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  David Pritchett said the representative of Wal-Mart called his office last week and gave him quite a hard time about the fact that they could not install the trailers that day.  He told them it must wait for Council approval.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson said a few weeks ago Judy Moody of the American Legion came before Council with a diagram of what the Legion is doing for the World War II Veteran Monument at Long Wharf.  The first phase is in the process of being completed.  The flags will by flying as soon as the electric is installed.  The Garden Club will complete the next phase.  The total cost will be about $10,000.  The American Legion Dorchester Post No. 91 is paying for the whole project.   This is a great asset to the City of Cambridge.

Commissioner Weldon said he attended a meeting this morning with some State representatives regarding the Arts and Entertainment District.  A representative from the City of Cumberland attended to outline what they were able to accomplish through Main Street, Arts and Entertainment, and a few other programs.  It was very impressive what they were able to accomplish.  He is very excited to hear that Cambridge is going to support moving forward with the project here.

Commissioner Bohlen thanked Chief Malik and the Fraternal Order of Police.  He joined them for their crab feast at the VFW on Saturday. 

Commissioner Bohlen received a letter this evening from the Cambridge-South Dorchester Athletic Department, Faculty, and Student Body.  They extended their greatest thanks and appreciation for the donation of the City of Cambridge flag.  It will fly proudly at all of their athletic contests and will give the students a renewed sense of pride in community on a level which most directly affects them. 

Rob Collison recommended Council meet in closed executive session briefly after the meeting on two legal matters.  The Council did meet in closed executive session beginning at 6:00 pm this evening on personnel and the location of a new business in Cambridge.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to meet in closed executive session following the meeting.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Sharon Whitten asked if the City has advertised for bids for the fence that is going to go down Race Street near Chesapeake Utilities.  David Pritchett said they have advertised for the fence.  It will be another couple of weeks before they have anything to report to Council.  Mrs. Whitten said it is really good to see the work being done in town. 

Marge Hull said she has been to Cumberland County within the last 9 months and has been through their Historic District and their Main Street area and it is charming.  There was a lot of construction going on at the time rejuvenating the older buildings.  It is drawing the people.  At the end of the street is a railroad station with a train that goes to Frostburg.  She hopes Cambridge can do something very similar.

Wendell Foxwell asked if the pavilion on Cornish Park will be the same size as the one at Great Marsh.  David Pritchett said it will be smaller.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:32 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 19, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer