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City Council Minutes

October 28, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 28, 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 21, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Commission met on October 17th to discuss the following cases:

  • 308 High Street-Colleen Curran-Bromwell's plans for a handicap ramp, new roof, and lighting fixture were all approved.
  • 5 West End Avenue-Matthew J. Falls plans for a chain link fence in the rear of his property were discussed and modified. The modified plans were approved.
  • 533 Poplar Street-Wm. K. A. Elzey's requests for a hanging sign and an awning were approved.
  • 113 Vue De Leau-Robert Leaf and Terry Custis's plans to replace the existing deck with a sunroom addition on the rear of the house were approved.
  • 500 Race Street-Daniel J. Swafford's plans for replacing cornice work and window trim on the bay windows were approved.

APPOINTMENTS

Open Bids for Park Benches and Trash Receptacles-Bids were received from:

  • Barco Products Company (Batavia, IL) - no bid on park benches. $25,283.40 for the trash receptacles.
  • Victor Stanley, Inc. (Dunkirk, MD) - $9,288 for the park benches. $15,428 for the trash receptacles. $12,874 for alternate trash receptacles.
  • Taylor Sports and Recreation (Martinsburg, WV) - $6,975 for the park benches. $15,900 for the trash receptacles.

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

Open Bids for Pavilion at Cornish Park-Bids were received from:

  • Biskatch Construction (Hurlock, MD) - $20,501
  • Davis Maintenance (Fishing Creek, MD) - $19,771
  • Willow Construction (Easton, MD) - $24,500

Commission Atkinson made a motion to refer the bids to DPW for their review and recommendation.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Open Bids for Furnishing & Installing Chain Link Fence for Race Street Parking Lot-Bids were received from:

  • Brinsfield Fence Company (Easton, MD) - Three bids: $5,277; $10,505; and $7,673
  • Burris Fence and Construction (Seaford, DE) - Two bids: $3,207; and $2,226.

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

Proclamation for Epilepsy Month-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation and Mayor Rippons signed it.  The proclamation will be forwarded to the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore, Inc. in Salisbury.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Second Reading and Vote of Ordinance to Amend Sections 15-1, 15-2, and 15‑3 Regarding Police Advisory Board-This ordinance was introduced last week.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to adopt the ordinance.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Liberty Village Empowerment Center-Mayor Rippons reported that last week the Council requested an answer from the Pine Street Committee by tonight.  The Committee has signed the Lease and Occupancy Agreement.  The agreement is currently awaiting the final approval by the Board of Public Works hopefully during their November 20th meeting.  Mayor Rippons asked if there was any consideration of the use of the facility until the approval by the State.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to authorize the Pine Street Committee to enter the building provided all appropriate insurance is taken out either by the City or the Pine Street Committee for complete coverage (destruction by fire, wind, storm, or liability of an injury of a person).  Rob Collison said it is spelled out in the lease specifically what is to be required and it would make sense if the lease is approved, and we anticipate approval by the State, then it would just continue on.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Resolution of Official Intent to Seek Reimbursement for Expenditures Associated with Public Safety Building Project-This is a resolution that the City's Bond Counsel has asked the City to approve.  It is a resolution evidencing the official intent of the City to reimburse one or more original expenditures with proceeds of an obligation within the meaning of United States Treasury Regulation Section 1.150-2 in connection with the acquisition, construction, improvement, furnishing and equipping of a multi-purpose public safety services facility.  The maximum principal amount of obligations expected to be issued by the City for the project is $10 million.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the resolution.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve New Rescue Fire Chiefs-Rescue Fire Company submitted the following names for approval:  Chief 1 - Bill Watkins; Chief 2 - Calvin Stack; and Chief 3 - Gary Hickman.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the new chiefs.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  Bill Watkins said Calvin Stack brings 30+ years of experience to the Chief's office.  He is invaluable to Bill as Chief.  Gary Hickman brings 15+ years experience.  Both gentlemen have been line officers for many years and are very experienced in all aspects of fire and rescue and EMS.  The Commissioners thanked the men for their commitment.  The motion was passed unanimously.

First Reading of Ordinance to Prohibit the Storage of Tires and Other Debris Which Fosters the Pooling of Stagnant Water-Rob Collison said there are concerns about the residents' public health and safety concerning stagnant water fostering the breeding of mosquitoes.  This ordinance creates a new Section 4‑37.1 entitled "Buildings and Housing".  All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free of stagnant water.  The accumulation or storage of tires and other debris or personal property which fosters and/or promotes the pooling or accumulation of stagnant water is strictly prohibited.  Citations for $100 would be issued for violations.  The City's Housing Inspectors would enforce the Property Maintenance Code.  A citizen asked about the enforcement of garbage cans being put out before the established hours.  After checking with David Pritchett and Chief Ken Malik, Ed Kinnamon said the Police Department enforces it.

First Reading of Revisions to Forest Conservation Ordinance-Rob Collison said because this is codified in the City's zoning provisions and requires a public hearing, which is scheduled for November 18th.   Periodically the State will update the requirements for forest conservation.   The text of the ordinance is posted in City Hall.   It will be discussed in detail during the public hearing.

Decision on Awarding Contract for Architect for Public Safety Building-Rob Collison said Edmeades and Stromdahl submitted a design proposal for the facility proposed for the Race and Cedar Streets site.  Their proposed bid for the same services at the new location is $634,314.  It is within the Council's discretion to proceed without further bidding processes.  David Pritchett said DPW has been very impressed with the firm's work on past projects and certainly recommends them.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to award the contract to Edmeades and Stromdahl contingent upon Rob Collison's and George Hyde's review of the contract.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2623 - Galls' Inc. for K-Force Holsters (CPD) $2,020.50 (Funds from 2001 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 2624 - Chesapeake Sound & Communications, Inc. for Portable Radios & Accessories (CPD) $6,500.00 (Funds from 2001 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

David Pritchett said the City will continue with community clean-up in the second ward on Saturday.

David Pritchett said the Shell Station down by the courthouse will be closing in the near future according to the information he has received.  This leaves the City with no gas service for marine use.  The City has worked hard to enhance the marina and fuel is the top amenity when listing available services.  The very closest place is Gateway.  The Hyatt is not an option for sail boaters because they cannot clear the bridge.  It is a very urgent need for Cambridge-not just the marina.  There are existing options that the City can provide this service in some fashion.  Boaters who come up the Choptank River need fuel for the return trip in most cases.  Mayor Rippons said what they would like to do is come forward with an RFI outlining the scope of operation with as much latitude as possible to allow the City to entertain almost any request that comes forth.

Ed Kinnamon said in preparation for the upcoming settlement of the property at 8 Washington Street, he is requesting Council allow him to seek a short-term interim financing loan which will eventually go onto the bond which Rob Collison referred to earlier of $1 million.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve this request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to cancel the City Council meeting on November 11 in honor of Veterans' Day.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon said Commissioner Atkinson has been carrying the banner for cleaning up Cambridge between the sidewalk maintenance, abandoned vehicles, and tire storage, etc.  There is one issue that has been an ongoing problem and that it the outward appearance of some of the building downtown.  A couple of property owners are investing heavily in their properties and it shows.  Some other property owners don't seem to care.  He feels it is time to look at the Property Maintenance Codes and see what opportunities the City has to formulate a text amendment that will help them address things that may stand inside the building but are visible from the exterior.   He had an excellent conversation last week with the general manager of the Hyatt.  Hyatt doesn't have all their restaurants open yet and he can't feed all his visitors so he is sending them into town.  The number one comments he is getting from his guests is "When is something going to happen downtown?".  He sees things are starting but there is a lot that needs to be finished.   Commissioner Weldon said it is time to pull the business community together.  The City just opened the bids for the trash cans and benches.  The sidewalk maintenance is on going.  He has seen two major projects underway this week.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done and the City needs to make some of the property owners accountable for the condition of their buildings.   If the Arts and Entertainment District is adopted, it will provide a tax abatement mechanism that can be utilized. 

Commissioner Atkinson said the clean up for the first ward was this past Saturday.  Even though the weather was not very cooperative, he had help show up at Great Marsh Park to help him put up six bags of trash.  He thanks DPW for the diligent work of their hard-working crews.  As always, they were on the spot and ready to help out. 

Rob Collison announced that Council met in closed executive session at 5:30 pm tonight to discuss personnel matters.

Rob Collison said following every census, the City is required to re-district based on the new population changes.  It is his recommendation that the City appoint a re-districting committee consisting of five or seven or not more than nine members to work with a consultant. 

Tony Thomas (420 Race Street) said they have been fortunate to have probably close to 500 to 600 new guests from the Hyatt.  They are doing approximately 200 a week.  Saturday they had a problem with limos and buses pulling up in front of his restaurant and the police chased them off.  They were told they had 30 seconds to get out of there.  It was pouring rain and it doesn't take that long to unload and load.  He suggested a sign in front of his place to make it a bus stop for everybody. They still need some parking signs to direct people to parking lots.  The Hyatt has been fantastic for them and for downtown.  There is room for more restaurants.  He cannot feed everybody.  They turn away 30 to 40 people every night on a weekend.  He has leased all his buildings.  Commissioner Bohlen said when Center Market gets deliveries, their tractor trailers are parked on the streets with their hazard lights flashing for quite some time.   Chief Malik said he will have to talk to whoever was involved in the incident Tony spoke about. He finds it hard to believe they make people move after 30 seconds.   Tony said it was an officer on a bicycle.  Chief Malik said they let people unload there all the time.  Mayor Rippons asked Commissioner Watkins to bring this issue to the Traffic & Safety Committee.  Commissioner Weldon said they should review the Transportation Plan and see where the bus stop is designated to be.   Corrine Mitsak (421 Race St.) said one of the bus drivers is her customer and he said he was given one minute.  What he had to do was go around the block four times in order to pick up all of his passengers.  She said this is not new.  The Harriet Tubman Museum has been a tourist destination for a long time and tour buses pull up in front, passengers get out, then the buses go away.  She said it takes from 10 to 20 minutes to board.  They are trying to encourage tourism, not chase it away.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:50 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 28, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer