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City Council Minutes

November 4, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 4, 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 28, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

APPOINTMENTS

Delegate Addie Eckardt to Present Service Awards to Recent Police Department Retirees-Delegate Eckardt, on behalf of the Maryland House of Delegates, commended Carolyn Tyler for 23 years of dedicated service, Michael G. Cheesman for 25 years of dedicated service, and Jenny B. Baltimore for 19 years of dedicated service.  These individuals served loyally and faithfully to protect the citizens of the City of Cambridge.  Delegate Eckardt thanked the employees for their service and the Council for opportunity to share in this occasion.  Mayor Rippons, on behalf of the elected officials, thanked the employees for their years of service and dedication they have given to the City.    

Chief Malik said it has been a privilege to know and work with these people on both a personal and professional level.  He said when they changed the uniforms of the police communications officers and they no longer wore badges, Ms. Tyler and Ms. Baltimore were given their badges.  In recognition of Corporal Cheesman's service, on behalf of the Council and the Cambridge Police Department, Chief Malik presented him with a retirement badge.

Members of the Veterans Recognition Day Committee to Receive Proclamation-Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation; Mayor Rippons and Commissioner Atkinson signed it.  The proclamation was presented to the Committee.  Judy Moody announced Recognition Day will be held on November 16 at Sailwinds Park.  She thanked the City Council for giving their support over the last 4 years.  The Council thanked the Committee for their efforts.

City Auditors to Present FY2002 Audit-The auditors called on Friday, November 1 and asked that this be postponed at this time.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Second Reading and Decision on Ordinance to Prohibit the Storage of Tires and Other Debris Which Fosters the Pooling of Stagnant Water-Rob Collison said Commissioner Atkinson requested this ordinance in light of the West Nile Virus and other health concerns with regard to mosquitoes.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to enact the ordinance.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Recommendation to Award Contract for Park Benches and Trash Receptacles- David Pritchett said these items have specifications with them that will become City standard for the commercial area.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to accept DPW's recommendation to award the contract for the 15 park benches to Taylor Sports and Recreation in the amount of $6,975.00 and to award the contract for the 30 trash receptacles to Victor Stanley in the amount of $15,428.00.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Recommendation to Award Contract for Pavilion at Cornish Park-David Pritchett said this is part of a grant they received from the Open Space Program. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept DPW's recommendation to award the contract to Davis Maintenance in the amount of $19,771.00.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Recommendation to Award Contract for Chain Link Fence at Race Street Parking Lot-David Pritchett said this is for the City parking lot next to Benny Smith's Funeral Home.  The wooden fence at this location has been demolished through vandalism. The new fence is a black chain link fence with slats.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept DPW's recommendation to award the contract to Burris Fence in the amount of $5,433.00.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Alter Boat Slip Rates on Nonstandard Size Slips-David Pritchett said during the renovations last year at the yacht basin, it was necessary to widen some of the slips to accommodate the majority of boats.  The end slips by the fountain at Long Wharf are now too narrow for most boats.  None of the five slips (Nos. 40, 79, 80, 119, 120) were rented at the regular rate.  He feels the only way to rent them would be if they were priced differently because of their limitations ($630).  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the reduction in rate and give a priority to the waterman.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.   Rob Collison said in light of the pending lease of the Trenton Street slips, Council might wish to contact the waterman at those slips first.  The motion was passed unanimously (#39 will be added to the list at the next meeting). 

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Rob Collison attended an MML seminar on redistricting.  The City is required to do this after every census.  They strongly recommend that the City appoint a committee to do the legwork.  The Council will have the final say.  There is computer software that he has budgeted for this year that has all the census information for the City of Cambridge.  When you draw lines, it tells you immediately how it changes the district.  He suggested a committee of seven or nine members be appointed in the next month so by the first of the year they can begin work.  He recommended that the committee have public hearings with public input.  They would then formulate their recommendations to Council and then Council would have public hearings based upon the recommendations.  He hopes it would be in place by next June so there is a full year prior to the next City election.   Mayor Rippons asked the media to help by advertising for respondents who would like to sit on the committee. 

Mayor Rippons presented Council with a draft of a request for a proposal for the development and operation of a marine fueling facility and ship store for the City of Cambridge Municipal Marina.  David Pritchett and George Hyde drafted the request.  David Pritchett said the City would not loose anything City-wise by putting the facility as indicated on the drawing.  Mayor Rippons said the timing element is essential.  The fueling facility that currently services this area will soon be closed.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion that the areas designated in the map and the basic proposal be approved tonight so that DPW can move forward with the request for proposals for the operation.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.   Commissioner Weldon said he is going to support this because we have a gun to our head.   The developer who has purchased the current fuel location has not given the City any consideration as far as this valuable service that is necessary.  He is not crazy about the location and he wondered if it would be possible for the City to perhaps speak with the developer and perhaps show them that there is an opportunity for them to make even more money than they might make building condominiums if they were to continue to provide this service and perhaps expand the operation to include the amenities that are discussed in the RFP.  The proposed location is presently an unloading site for waterman.  It is presently the boarding site for the Nathan of Dorchester.  He is also concerned about the frequency with which we will be seeing fuel trucks up and down High Street.  He agrees that this is probably the best alternative they can come up with at this time but he thinks the best location is where it is now and he wishes that the person who owns that property would recognize the value of what they have.  David Pritchett said the Nathan will not be affected.  It will stay where it is.  Commissioner Atkinson said the City has an obligation to the waterman and the recreational boaters.  At one time Long Wharf had a big freight house.  He has spoken to some waterman and they feel they have been left out in the planning of many things that are happening in Cambridge.  He agrees with them and feels it is time that we stand up and do something for our own people rather than worrying about tourist trade and the beauty of the community.  We have to provide a facility someplace.  Commissioner Watkins said it would be shortsighted if we didn't look for a possible place to put gasoline.  He thinks we can't sit around and wait; we need to move.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Jim Michael announced that the City received $20,000 from Community Legacy for a market study business incubator project on Trenton Street.

David Pritchett said they have a conflict under property maintenance concerning abandoned vehicles that he wants to bring to Council's attention.  If people have junk cars, they are coming in for fence permits and putting a fence around the car(s) only.  That is not fixing the problem.  The City is trying to get the cars off the properties.  Rob Collison said he will look into this and make a recommendation for the November 18th meeting.

Ed Kinnamon read a letter from Wal-Mart requesting permission for two additional temporary storage trailers.  They currently have eight trailers in place.  David Pritchett said when they reached six trailers, he thought it was probably the maximum by the Fire Marshal's Code.  He will investigate to see how they plan to accommodate two more trailers. 

Commissioner Weldon said the City inspectors are doing a great job.  He would like to discuss the City's property maintenance codes as it relates to buildings downtown.  In particular there is one building that looks terrible when you are looking through the plate glass windows.  David Pritchett said under the current property maintenance code, there isn't anything that regulates what is visible from inside the window.  This would take a new ordinance.  Rob Collison will investigate what other municipalities do in this situation. 

Commissioner Bohlen said he was very pleased to represent the Mayor at a Quota breakfast at the Yacht Club.  He presented the key to the city to the president of the Quota International. 

Commissioner Bohlen said he was reading the bylaws for the City of Cambridge Planning Commission.  One of the things that concerns him is the format for the meetings.  As it relates to people speaking in support or against a project, there is a reference to no redundancy mentioned a couple of times.  He feels it to be a little strong and tends to stifle public comment.  As you went down the list for the format, basically after the "for", "against", and "agency comments", it calls for further discussion, call for motion, call for a second, and a call for the vote.  There is no mention of discussion after the motion is seconded.   There are no provisions in the bylaws for absences or vacancies of the commission.  In the HPC bylaws, if a member misses more than three or four consecutive meetings, they were replaced.  Commissioner Watkins suggested having Rob Collison look at them and make any changes he feels necessary.  Mayor Rippons said the City has offered resources on a number of issues for all City committees.  LGIT and MML are willing to come to Cambridge to talk about parliamentary procedures, enactment of by-laws, and several other committee-related issues.  Commissioner Bohlen feels this is an excellent idea particularly with the scope in the increase of business that many of the committees are seeing and will see in the future.  The need a good format to follow so everything is very clear.  Jim Michael agreed.  Mayor Rippons asked Jim Michael and David Pritchett to talk to the Committees and give him a couple dates that may be appropriate for the members.

Rob Collison announced there will be a public hearing on November 18th on the updated forest conservation ordinance.  There will also be a revised annexation ordinance for the Route 50 corridor.  Some additional properties have desired to come in.  It will be inclusive up to Bucktown Road.  It will be discussed on November 18th and then Council can begin advertising for the public hearings. 

Rob Collison said about 6 months ago Mr. Ray Crismond at the Exxon Station on Route 50 and Meteor Avenue inquired about the paper street of Rambler Road Extended between Meteor and Roslyn.  It is his recollection that Council had no objection to relinquishing a deed to development rights to that.    If there is no objection from Council, he will begin the public notices.   Mr. Crismond desires to get a quitclaim deed for his portion of it.  He would get half of the portion of the paper street that binds upon his property.  The other half would go to the owner on the other side.  Mayor Rippons asked if the City would get any consideration.  Rob Collison said they legally don't own the land until they have the development rights for the street.  It would be placed back on the tax roles.  Commissioner Travers said he doesn't have any objection to this.  Commissioner Bohlen said his only concerns would be with Route 50 and this would open another artery connecting Crusader Road.  Rob Collison said it would connect from Roslyn to Meteor (1 block).  Rob Collison said in addition to the public hearings, he will send specific notices to the property owners of record so they can attend the public hearings. 

Rob Collison reported Council met in closed executive session at 6:30 pm this evening to discuss a personnel matter. 

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, November 4, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer