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City Council Minutes

October 21, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 21, 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 October 7, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

APPOINTMENTS

None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None                                                                       

NEW BUSINESS

Request from Wal-Mart for 30-Day Extension to Have Storage Trailers in Place-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Establish Hours for Trick-or-Treat on Halloween (Thursday, October 31)-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to establish the hours for trick-or-treating from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Weldon encouraged parents to accompany their children. The motion was passed unanimously.

Request for a 30-Day Extension for a Construction Trailer at Cattail Crossing-David Pritchett said this falls under the same Code as the trailers at Wal-mart.  However, this one will be used for an extended period for a sales trailer for the development.  It has to remain under the trailer rule because it does not have a foundation.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to grant the request.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it.  Commissioner Weldon suggested a text amendment so this type of use can be differentiated from a storage trailer.  This sales center will probably be out there for several years.  David Pritchett said it resembles a small house.  Commissioner Weldon said there is a world of difference between an office trailer and a storage trailer.  Mayor Rippons asked Rob Collison to work on the text amendment.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Power Boat Racing Association to Use Great Marsh from Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20, 2003- Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to grant the request.  Commissioner Watkins seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Veterans Day Celebration Committee for the Firing Squad to Fire Blanks Over Choptank River from Sailwinds Park on November 16, 2002-Judy Moody, representing the Veterans Recognition Committee, said this is the fourth year they have had this celebration.  This year the celebration will be from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm at Sailwinds Park.  They have a 7-man firing squad that will be firing 3 rounds totaling a 21-gun salute.  They are also requesting permission to fire a cannon.   Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant the requests.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

First Reading of Ordinance to Amend Sections 15-1, 15-2, and 15-3 Regarding Police Advisory Board-Rob Collison said this ordinance is basically "housekeeping".  The Council had previously approved various changes in the Police Board to make it an advisory board; however, the Code had never been formally changed.  The Police Board will be an advisory board to Council with no real authority.  The Council has the final vote.  A copy of the proposed ordinance is posted in City Hall.

Consider Job Classifications for Cambridge Police Department-Oden Wheeler provided Council with information on two new job classifications.  One is for the position of Community Policing Lieutenant and the other is Administrative Lieutenant.  Chief Malik has spoken with Mr. Wheeler and agrees with the job descriptions.  He said these jobs are already in place.   This is just formalizing them.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the job classifications.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2555 Administrative Compensation RFC Chief 1 -- $5000-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2553 Administrative Compensation RFC Chief 2 -- $2500- Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2554 Administrative Compensation RFC Chief 3 -- $2500- Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for September 2002-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the financial statement.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.

Mayor Rippons said Pastor Leon Hall would like to use the Pine Street Substation parking lot on Monday, October 28th   at 2:00 pm for a visit from Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.   Commissioner Travers said she is supposed to be at the courthouse and Spring Valley and hopefully she will give a speech like her uncle did when he was running for president.  Chief Malik said they can certainly grant permission for use of the parking lot.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the request.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Commissioner Weldon said he visited the Cambridge Park Apartments where the renovations have begun.  The management team has advised him that 36 units will be completely renovated and ready for move-in by December.  The entire rehabilitation is expected to be complete by July 2003 including the new 7000 sq.ft. community life building and the demolition of the building that is in the front.  In addition to renovating the buildings, they are instituting programs that will go a long way to helping to renovate and restore the lives of the people who live there.  They will have a very aggressive policy against drug use and a very aggressive relationship with the Police Department.  The New Beginnings Youth Center is getting ready to relocate into a larger apartment in anticipation of the community building being completed.  The management team has also gotten into a cooperative relationship with the other public housing projects in the area. 

Commissioner Weldon said he and Commissioner Bohlen had an opportunity to accompany Carol Vitale and her assistant on a tour of Race Street in anticipation of an Arts and Entertainment District.  They are very excited about the facilities and opportunities that we have here. 

Commissioner Weldon said he received a lot of phone calls about a fireworks display Wednesday night at the Hyatt.  He would like everyone to be refreshed about the policy and procedures for a private fireworks display.  Mayor Rippons said he has already talked to representatives of the Hyatt and they will go through the appropriate channels in the future. 

Commissioner Atkinson said when they were elected 2 years ago, they were working with the Empowerment Center.  The building has been completed for many months and they still don't have a contract with the Pine Street Committee.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion that if the contract isn't signed by next Monday night, they will look for another operator.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Watkins said they have been given time and were notified of it.  He has not problem with the stipulation.  He suggested sending them a letter notifying them of that effect.  Commissioner Weldon said when we get beyond this point, that a public solicitation of proposals be conducted and not close the door to the Pine Street Committee.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Ed Kinnamon will notify the Pine Street Committee in writing.

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to start their semi-annual clean-up this coming Saturday with the First Ward.  Commissioner Bohlen asked the newspapers to cover it.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson said he read in the paper that an animal died in the county from West Nile Virus.  A couple of weeks ago he asked Rob Collison to look into developing an ordinance to cover up all the tires in Cambridge, particularly the ones in big piles.  A tire filled with water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  Commissioner Atkinson would like an ordinance requiring the people who sell tires be required to have some type of shelter to put the tires in.  Rob Collison will have this next week.

Ed Kinnamon said he would like to make an amendment to the City's holiday schedule.  Election Day (Nov. 5) was left off the calendar this year.  It has been the procedure in the past to allow Election Day as a holiday.  The State and the County both observe it.  It was obviously an oversight.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow the amendment.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Jim Michael said recently he received information about a grant through the Forvm of Rural Maryland for program funding, which can be used for staff.  In his discussion with the Mayor and other individuals, he feels the best opportunity would be to include a position for a person to serve the A&E District, potential Main Street project, and also economic development.  The application is due on Thursday.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion for the City to approve the submission of the grant application.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  Jim Michael said he is requesting $50,000 which is the maximum that can be requested.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Chief Malik said he recently attended the International Association Chiefs of Police Conference.  It was a great learning and networking experience.  He thanked Council for the opportunity to attend the conference.

Rob Collison reported that Council met in closed executive session at 6:15 pm to consider a legal matter and also the acquisition of real estate.

Mayor Rippons announced that next week there will be consideration in the retaining of architectural and engineering services as it relates to the safety building.  He asked anyone who had input to contact their elected officials or be present at next week's meeting.

Mayor Rippons said it was his privilege to be in two churches yesterday that were celebrating historical significant dates.  The Wesleyan Church celebrated 100 years in Cambridge and Zion United Methodist Church celebrated 222 years. 

Anya Tillery said she has appeared at Council several times before representing Groove City Finest.   They would like a variance from the noise ordinance to practice for an upcoming parade on Saturday, October 26th for the Elks convention.   Officer Nichols told her she couldn't play her drums in her backyard at 503 Robbins Street unless she has a variance.  They also have an event in Kent Island on November 9th and they need some practice time.  She cut the hour back like Council asked her to in the beginning from everyday from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm.  Now they practice everyday from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm.  She would like to practice at the Nursery Playground on Douglas Street.  Chief Malik said the Police Department doesn't have any problem with it; whether the neighbors do or not is another thing because it is right in the middle of a residential area.  Commissioner Atkinson suggested trying it and see if they get any complaints.  Commissioner Watkins said he can anticipate complaints at the playground and suggested the school.  Ms. Tillery said she tried but they would have to have insurance.  The insurance will not cover 13 girls, 5 drummers, and 2 banner carriers.  She has tried renting buildings but the rent would be from $100 to $200 a week and they cannot afford it.  Commissioner Weldon said there is a group practicing at Cambridge Park.  Ms. Tillery said the group practicing at the Elks home would be closer to her.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow the group to practice at Cornish Park from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm and grant a variance from the noise ordinance.  If the City receives any complaints, they will go from there.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Watkins thinks she should look for a better place, a place that is not as confined as that one is.  Ms. Tillery said she would like to practice until the Cambridge Christmas Parade.  After November 9th, they would not practice every day.  Commissioner Atkinson added to his motion that the group be able to practice until the Christmas Parade.  Rob Collison said his understanding is that if Council receives complaints, Council will reconsider the variance.  The motion would be up through the Cambridge Christmas Parade unless there are complaints.  Commissioner Watkins would like to find a place where they won't be shut down.  He anticipates that there will be problems.  The motion was defeated 3:2 with Commissioners Atkinson and Travers voting for the motion and Commissioners Bohlen, Watkins, and Weldon opposed.  Ms. Tillery said they have new uniforms and new boots and no practice time.  They were practicing at the Wesleyan Church but people started complaining.  Rob Collison suggested the bowling alley parking lot.  Ms. Tillery said the girls don't have a ride.  Mayor Rippons said he is sorry the vote was not to allow them to utilize the facility and he is sorry there is nothing else Council can do for them.  Ms. Tillery asked if she would get a fine for playing music in her backyard.  Rob Collison said if the Police Department receives complaints, he believes they would give her one warning and if they have to come back, they will give her a citation.  Commissioner Weldon encouraged Ms. Tillery to find an organization to sponsor the group and then they can help her with a venue.  Council is doing everything they can with what they have to work with, and unfortunately that area is very confined. 

Larry Chester had a question concerning a development that is supposed to be in the works sponsored by Rev. Green.  He believes this project is near a street called Parkway off of High Street Extended.   Jim Michael said this subdivision has been before Council twice in preliminary and conditional form.  It is awaiting final processing.  He said it is off of Maces Lane.  Mr. Chester asked about Parkway Street.  Jim Michael said he believes it is a "paper street".  Mr. Chester asked where the water and sewer lines would be.  Jim Michael suggested Mr. Chester go to the Public Works building where he can review copies of the subdivision plat. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:45 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 21, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer