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City Council Minutes

November 18, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 18, 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 Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 4, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Traffic and Safety Committee-Commissioner Watkins reported that the Traffic and Safety Committee met on November 13th to consider a request to create an eastbound turn lane on Maryland Avenue to help traffic turning into the hospital.  They found there wasn't enough room to create this lane.  Alternatives will be explored at a later date.

Planning & Zoning Commission-Commissioner Watkins reported that the Planning and Zoning Committee met on November 14th to make the following recommendations:

Dr. William L. Montague (426 Dorchester Ave.) -- The Commission recommended approving the preliminary, conditional, and final subdivision request.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

America, LTD (Washington Street) -- The Commission recommended approving the preliminary, conditional, and final subdivision request.  This is the site for the new public safety building.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Cambridge Nursing Facilities, Inc. (Route 16 / Stone Boundary Rd / Woods Rd) - The Commissioner recommended approving the preliminary application of the subdivision request.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Cambridge Creek, Cambridge Point, LLC (Commerce St.) - The Commissioner recommended approving the preliminary application of the subdivision request under the PWCD with the stipulation that the developer go before the Board of Zoning Appeals to get a variance before coming back if he wants more than 47 units.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Oakley Beach, LLC (Oakley Beach) - At their October meeting, the Commission voted to make a favorable recommendation to approve the preliminary request.  At the November meeting, the Commission agreed to stay with the recommendation that they made previously to approve the preliminary request.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion.  At Commissioner Weldon's request, Jim Michael explained that the developer is requesting 24 units (4 structures with 6 units each).  It meets the density and setback requirements.  It is R4 zoning, which allows residential zoning.  It must go through the same process as a subdivision, even though it is not a subdivision of land.  It meets all the basic zoning requirements under the preliminary requirements under the subdivision regulations.  The next step would be for the developer to come back to the Planning Commission either conditional or conditional and final presuming he has all the information together including issues on traffic, storm water, etc. George Hyde is reviewing the plans and he will have comments for the Planning Commission at the next meeting.     The motion was passed unanimously. 

APPOINTMENTS

Public Hearing for Amendments to Forest Conservation Ordinance-Rob Collison said this is a proposal to amend the City's Forest Conservation Ordinance, which is codified in Section 20-20c of the City's Code.  On a regular basis, the State mandates certain updates to the Code.    David Pritchett said the changes are minor.  The City has been operating under the changes since August 2001 as mandated by the State.  The changes are primarily the costs involved in doing variances.  Rob Collison said it doubles the non-compliance fee from 30¢ to 60¢ per square foot.  It inserts that forest conservation will apply to residential construction activity where before it did not specify that.  It requires the reporting within 30 days of an agreement in the land records office after it has been approved.  Mayor Rippons asked for comments from the Council and the citizens.  Brenda Hayward said she noticed in the Forest Conservation Ordinance on Page 13 Item (2)e that an applicant may submit the information required by Subsection 2 as part of the final Forest Conservation Plan under Subsection 3.  She is assuming this gives people more time to develop their forest conservation proposal.  David Pritchett said this is State mandated. Nobody else asked to speak.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to close the public hearing.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the Forest Conservation Ordinance complete with the amendment.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Laura Weldon to Discuss Safety Rules for Christmas Parade-Laura Weldon, as Chairperson, invited a member of the Cambridge Police Department to a meeting prior to the parade to discuss issues in terms of coverage, crowd control, traffic, etc.  Lt. Patrick Doyle attended their October 30th meeting where they discussed the enforcement of safety rules.   One rule states that no candy can be thrown from a float or driven vehicle.  Children run right out in front of the parade traffic to pick up the candy.  In years past, certain participants beamed people along the route with candy and trying to hurt people on purpose.  Other than the committee pointing out to the participants that they cannot throw candy, there is no backup if they continue to do so.  Lt. Doyle said the Police Department has a concern regarding vehicles (hot-rods and classic cars) gunning their engines and dirt bikes doing wheelies.  If someone looses control, someone will get hurt.  The City requires the Parade Committee to purchase insurance to protect them in case someone gets hurt.  Her concern is that there is no way to enforce either of these two rules.  Lt. Doyle explained that they have no authority to pull a parade participant out of the parade for throwing candy because there is not an ordinance saying it is a safety violation.  Mrs. Weldon asked Council to consider making the two safety rules a special parade ordinance so it would be easier for the Parade Committee and/or the Police to enforce the rules.  Rob Collison will with the Police Department and report back to the Council next week with an ordinance. 

Laura Weldon to Request Permission for Vendors During the Christmas Parade-Last year, the City allowed vendors for non-profit groups to have a free one-day permit in order to sell baked goods, hot chocolate, etc.  at a fundraiser Mrs. Weldon asked Council if they would allow this again this year and she would be the liaison.  People would contact her to get these special permits.  The commercial vendors would have to pay for their permits.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve this request.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. Commissioner Bohlen said this was done last year and there was no difficulty.  Mrs. Weldon said vendors selling food would be set up at Long Wharf and in the Pedestrian Mall.  The same considerations pertaining to Health Department regulations as made last year will apply.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Jeff Hubbard, et. al. to Discuss the Proposed Placement of a Fuel Dock at Long Wharf-Mr. Hubbard read a statement concerning the closing Bill Wise's marine fueling station and what this means to Cambridge to be without fuel for workboats and recreational pleasure craft.  They offered the following suggestions:  (1) The City try to negotiate with the new owners of the property to keep the existing station open as long as possible.  (2) Form a committee to explore the possibility that some existing property owner or businessperson would look at this as an opportunity to apply the principles of supply and demand and see if there is a captive market for fuel on the Creek.  The City could offer incentives in the form of tax credits or abatements for businesses to locate the fuel facility on their property.  (3) As Mayor Rippons suggested, when the municipal marina is expanded in Phase 2 of the marina refurbishing and expansion, that a fuel facility is included.  The timing of this plan would not work immediately.   The Hyatt will be opening their own fuel service this spring.  It could bridge the gap in the time it takes to complete the marina construction.  All of these suggestions would allow for the continued use of Long Wharf as an open space for all visitors and citizens. 

Mayor Rippons said in regards to the expanded dock, that is a feasibility statement that the City is looking into.  David Pritchett said several of the suggestions have been eliminated.  The Hyatt cannot entertain sailboats because their masts are too tall to go under the bridge.  As far as the creation of the fuel docks in the area and the development of the Long Wharf area, it is just an RFP to get ideas and evaluate them to see exactly what can be done.   Mayor Rippons asked him to address specifically Mr. Hubbard's consideration to find the best possible place.  When they discussed the engineering ramification and the protection areas, they talked about issues as they relate to maritime usage in the engineering study about why they went forward with the Long Wharf site.  David Pritchett said the reason they focused on this area was mainly because it lends itself well to refueling.  They have two sidewalls currently that would be used for fueling if they were put at the location between the grass area next to 101 High Street and the key where the Nathan is moored.  That area offers good fueling, as does the sidewall where the Pride of Baltimore often docks.  Others areas end up with engineering problems.  There is plenty of parking and they feel it is an under-utilized area and could therefore be used, somewhat discretely, for refueling.  They know they have to have an accessory use to the refueling.  They did a survey and found out that fuel itself doesn't pay. Even if they add it to the expansion of their marina, it would be in their lease program most likely, and nobody is interested.  Based on 300,000 gallons a year, there is no money in fuel alone.  It has to be accompanied by some accessory use.  Mayor Rippons said a lot of the points that Mr. Hubbard brought up have already been contemplated as they moved forward.  The RFP is simply for the Council to entertain what visions any responder would have to offer.  The first thing the City may do is exclude anybody from coming in there.  The reality that they face is that this is a consideration that has been present for quite a few times now.  Bill Wise, the supplier now, has indicated that at just over 300,000 gallons a year, it become almost cost prohibitive for anybody to entertain a consideration based solely on fuel delivery.   Mayor Rippons said they have been in contact with other locations along the Creek.  Mr. Wise has been working with them on several contacts they have made.  

When refueling, a paramount concern is the safety issues for the boaters.  This is what the engineering study has indicated.  From a shelter view, this particular area within the confines of what the City has available, would be perhaps the most appropriate area.  Even if the City goes out with the expansion, it may not be appropriate from a safety standpoint for the City to have the fueling station there. 

Commissioner Bohlen said he thinks it would really be good to consider the appointment of an ad hoc committee to act as a filter, or with suggestions, to look at the RFP as they come in and other developments with this so the City has a coordinated effort between the commercial and residential end, the historical aspects and the governmental aspects.  He suggested someone from Historic Preservation Commission, neighbors involved, someone who runs big yachts, and two members of Council.  David Pritchett said he has sent out 7 RFPs.  Commissioner Weldon said he shares the neighbors' concerns about the use of this location.  It might be the best-engineered spot in the world for it, but people have to live around it.  He questioned whether some of the pumps would be accessible when The Pride is tied up.  He has spoken with the purchaser of the gas dock property and she is amenable to a conversation and had not really considered the mixed use that Mayor Rippons mentioned.  The present location is ideal for a fueling facility.  He agreed that there needs to be a task force to look into all of this.  He agrees that tax abatement for marine fuel facilities is well in order.  He agrees that as part of the marina expansion, there might be an opportunity for a supplemental facility.  He would like to be a part of the task force because both locations are in his Ward.

Commissioner Atkinson doesn't think the City has time to have an ad hoc committee to kick this around for a couple of years.  The people on High Street oppose anything that comes around Long Wharf.  He doesn't think the people who bought the fueling station bought it with the intent of continuing the operation.  They bought it to put in condos.  We have a total of 365 slips in Cambridge.  Between 800 and 1000 transient boaters came into the Yacht Basin last year.  Between 400 and 600 boats came in for repair.  There were approximately 2000 to 3000 launchings of trailered boats at the boat ramps.  Mr. Wise estimates that he served 2500 last year.  The needs of the boaters and waterman must be considered.  Everything is being placed on historic High Street.  He feels public property should be used for the majority of the public.  He feels Long Wharf is the best location we have in town and we don't have time to fool around with a committee.  He thinks it is great to have someone advise Council.  He has no objection to running the plans through a committee but there is not time to go out again and start from scratch. 

Commissioner Bohlen agrees that the need is urgent but he thinks the overall product would be much better with the involvement of the people who it is going to affect.  He doesn't see where it is going to take years.  He feels it makes sense for the people who are going to be affected to be involved.  He feels we need expert input.  There are boats that cannot get into the current fueling station because they are too big.  He thinks it could be something that everybody would agree with.  Commissioner Atkinson said to get the people involved who are affected; that is the watermen and the boaters--not just the residents.  Commissioner Weldon disagreed profoundly about ignoring the residents.  He has a huge concern about Commissioner Atkinson's statement at the last meeting about the appearance and the historic nature of this town.  His denial of the community that surrounds this area of any right to participate in the development of any plan is medieval.  The concerns of the local residents need to be heard so they can be addressed.  The facility has to be planned with the consideration of all the players including the watermen.  Commissioner Atkinson said the watermen pay taxes just like the people on High Street.  He said Commissioner Weldon is putting the emphasis on the residents and not on the boaters and watermen. 

David Tomey (100 High St.) spoke representing 100 and 100B High Street-two substantial tax-contributing properties in Cambridge.  He admired Commissioner Atkinson's leadership when he was mayor.  He is outraged at the statements he made tonight and in the Daily Banner.   Being directly adjacent to the proposed development, he knew that the Phillips property was in the process of being transformed into something other than a gas station probably about 4 months ago.  He recognized the potential problems about a fueling situation on the Creek.  It is a potentially lucrative business.  He foresees the demand.  He doesn't feel it is automatically the government's responsibility to subsidize or otherwise create and deprive private citizens and private business people from creating a business venture.  He thinks it is unethical and shouldn't be allowed.  He spoke to Mr. Wise also and found out that he sold 300,000 gallons of fuel during the year.  It's not profitable the way it is now.   He suggested increasing the price of gas like they did in Oxford by 30 to 35¢.  When the price is up there, we will no longer be in demand.  The concern about the sailboat is real.  Since they only burn 10 gallons of fuel in a year, it doesn't justify putting in a gas station.    The bigger ships have tankers come to Long Wharf to fill them up.  He doesn't think there are twenty watermen on the Creek.   Out of seven crabbers on the Creek who sell to a local seafood place, five bring their fuel from home.  There is a guy on the other side of the river who sells fuel all day long, however, his channel is too shallow for sailboats.  He sees a demand for fuel because it is part of attracting somebody from coming out of the river and coming to Cambridge to visit restaurants.  According to the RFP, it is going to take a convenience store bigger than Wawa.  When the City leases that property, it is no longer public property.  A few months ago, the property owners fought a riverwalk on their property.  The one piece of property that has been historically open to the public since at least the late 1800s is going to be closed off.   It seems ironic that without proper study the City is moving forward to solve the problem right away.  He is open to all types of suggestions.  As a resident of High Street, he is not 100 percent against it.  If a Wawa or something similar to a Boater's World with gas pumps or a restaurant or anything else goes down to Long Wharf, you are starting the process of the disintegration of the knighthood.  His property will be the number one to go.  He will go condos.  It's a money game.  He can get his 75 feet by density and can get about 16 units.  It will continue up the street. 

Mr. Tomey continued that of all the places that the City of Cambridge has talking about under-utilized, it is Sailwinds.  Mayor Rippons said the City does not have it.  Mr. Tomey said the Sailwinds property was designed to be a deepwater port.  It can be dredged out.  They can put concrete containment walls around the property and designate a fuel facility.  If they try to bury tanks in the Long Wharf area, you are in 100 percent oyster shells.  They will not get a permit to dig the tanks there.  If they do get permits, when a hurricane comes, the tanks will be floating.

Commissioner Bohlen said he made his feelings quite clear and he made a motion to form a committee to investigate this and to look into the RFPs that come in with two members of Council and concerned members of the public. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  Commissioner Weldon said he would like to be on that committee.  Commissioner Travers would like to have a time limit before Council votes on the issue.   Mr. Wise said the property has been scheduled for condos for 10 years.  This is not anything new.  If Council voted tonight to put it at Long Wharf, he doesn't believe they can be ready by spring to sell gasoline.  Nobody is going to develop Long Wharf to sell gasoline.  It is physically impossible to get enough boats to Long Wharf to amortize the debt.  He doesn't think in the past three years he has made a nickel at the Phillips property.  If the property is sold and is going to be built on by spring, he is going to close the next day because he is not going to operate for three months in the loosing part of the year to be closed in the spring when he can make money.  Unless they go into a full-fledged restaurant and convenience store and commercialize the entire area, the person can't make enough money to pay for it.  Commissioner Weldon said Mr. Wise is not marketing to the market with the few items he has in his store.  Mr. Wise said the potential for the retail business at that location is not there. 

Ben Parks, President of Dorchester County Seafood Harvesters Association, said it is a serious problem.  They do need fuel.  You don't want 300 boaters toting fuel in 5-gallon cans to their boats.  He would like to do anything he can to help.

Commissioner Bohlen restated his motion to see a committee formed with two members of Council and concerned folks of the community, Watermens' Association also, to investigate a possible location and the development of a fuel facility in replacement of the existing fuel facility.  He would like to start meeting very soon and probably if the RFPs are due on December 15th, he would like to be able to make a recommendation to Council within 90 days.  Commissioner Watkins said he is willing to vote for it for 60 days; he thinks 90 days is too long.  Commissioner Travers suggested 30 days.  Commissioner Weldon said 90 days is reasonable because it takes into account the Christmas holidays and still allows adequate time.  Commissioner Bohlen amended his motion to allow 60 days.  Mayor Rippons said there is plenty of legwork to do before December 15th.  The motion passed unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Request From Wal-Mart for Additional Temporary Storage Trailers-David Pritchett said during the last meeting, Wal-Mart requested permission to increase the number of temporary storage trailers from eight to ten.  The Fire Marshall issues have been resolved and the Department of Public Works can recommend allowing the extra two trailers for a total of ten.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to allow Wal-Mart to increase the number of trailers from eight to ten.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Holiday Schedule for 2003-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the holiday schedule prepared by Ed Kinnamon.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

DPW Request to Go to Bid to Demolish 617 Douglas Street-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the request.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discuss Proposed Shoreline Protection Project Behind Dorchester General Hospital-Rob Collison said this is an on-going project between Dorchester General Hospital and the City of Cambridge. The hospital applied to DNR for a 25 year zero interest loan for this project.  The City stepped in to assist them by acting as the recipient of the loan and then pass it through to DGH.  The City leases 57 feet along the shoreline from DGH for the boat ramp.  Based on the 57 linear feet of property to be leased for the 99 year lease, it will cost the City $26,930.  Of that, $4,700 is allocated for the riverwalk construction along that area.  That $4,700 is not part of the reimbursable expenses recognized by the State.  If Council elects to proceed with the project inclusive of the boardwalk, the City would have an upfront cost of $4,700 that is not covered by the 25‑year loan.  The balance, $22,230, would be amortized over that 25-year period.  The City has approved and formed a lease agreement with DGH which would basically amend the agreement to whatever the annual lease amount is. 

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow DGH to move forward with the Shoreline Protection Project.  DGH will award the bid and the City will amend our lease.    Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to proceed with the riverwalk on the 57-foot parcel at a cost of $4,700.   David Pritchett said it would cost approximately 30 percent more if the City had the riverwalk built on our own vs. being combined with this large project.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Commissioner Weldon asked Rob Collison to look into the possibility of drafting an ordinance that would create a property tax abatement of some percentage for anybody operating a marine fuel facility.  This will have a beneficial impact on our local economy.  The loss of such a facility would be detrimental. 

Commissioner Atkinson attended the Korean War Recognition Affair at Sailwinds on Saturday.  It was very well attended.   People from throughout the State were very appreciative for what had been done.  He would like to compliment Jean Newcomb and Judy Moody. 

In light of the unfavorable recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the variance to the density requirements to the Point Property, the only other available option is a text amendment to change the density permitted within the PWCD.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to  have the zoning code changed for permitted density for residential development projects within the PWCD to 24 units per acre and to impose an impact fee of $1200 per unit.  This is the chance for a start of an impact fee.  The developer bent over backwards to redevelop that property and has offered to help us with the costs of the infrastructure on Commerce Street, which no other developer has ever done.  He thinks they deserve their requests to go to 24 units per acre.  When they started, they could have legally gone to 115 feet.  That is what the ordinance was at that time.  They have come down to 75 feet.  He feels their request to increase the number of units per acre is reasonable.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Bohlen said if they pass this motion, they have begun the process of increasing the density for the entire PWCD.  Commissioner Weldon said the PWCD has a cap of 800 residential units around the Creek, so if we increase the per-acre density, it will have an impact on the legislative cap which will have to be re-addressed as a text amendment.  He feels if a developer read the text of the ordinance coming in, he should be able to figure out to build 47 units and make all the money he needs to.  Commissioner Watkins said the developer has the option to go to the Board of Appeals.  The motion was denied 4:1 with Commissioner Atkinson for the motion, and Commissioners Bohlen, Travers, Watkins, and Weldon opposed.

Mayor Rippons said on Wednesday, November 20th, the Board of Public Works will hear the consideration that the City has forwarded about the lease of the Empowerment Center.  We should have word back that day.

Megan Presby, 11 Willis St, addressed the ongoing problems the City of Cambridge is having with animal control and the services of the Humane Society of Dorchester County.  On November 14th, there was a report of a dog attack in the 200 block of West End Avenue.  The Cambridge Police Department asked the Humane Society to respond and was refused service.  The police officer had to catch the dog himself and hold it in his custody until the following office hours of the Humane Society and deliver the dog himself.  On November 16th there was a report of dog running loose at Choptank and Travers Streets.  The Humane Society refused to respond to assist the police officers.  Again, the officers had to catch the dogs and bring them to the Humane Society.  In the Humane Society's Mission of Service, it says they will protect the public from aggressive dogs and to assist police agencies.  In both cases, neither was applied.  She believes the taxpayers of Cambridge and Dorchester County are entitled to know why they are being denied services that their tax money has paid for.  As a citizen taxpayer and constituent, she wants to make two requests of the City officials.  The first is that they ask the County Commissioners for a full audit of the Humane Society. Secondly, she requested that a task force of two City Commissioners along with concerned citizens be formed to evaluate the justification of forming its own animal enforcement agency.

Commissioner Travers made a motion to ask the Humane Society for a full audit and to ask the County Commissioners to request the same.   Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  Commissioner Weldon said the funding that the City offered in their budget was rejected.  The County continues to subsidize the Humane Society and we are not even 5 months into the fiscal year and they are out of money.  Where did the money go?  He feels an audit is in order. Commissioner Atkinson said their total budget is $140,000 and they wanted $23,000 from Cambridge.  We offered $17,500 that they turned down.  Commissioner Bohlen said the County funded them $126,000.  Commissioner Atkinson said the County instructed the Humane Society to provide the services to the City of Cambridge the same as they do for the rest of the County because the citizens of Cambridge are County taxpayers.   Mayor Rippons said he spoke to the Humane Society's attorney, Mr. Gunby, tonight.  He indicated that the new Board has voted not to extend services into Cambridge.  Mayor Rippons said they have singled out the City.  Other incorporated towns will receive full services.   The motion was passed unanimously. 

Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to form a task force comprising of two Commissioners and concerned citizens to look at possible proposals for the City to undertake and institute its own animal control.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  Commissioner Weldon said part of the task force should include a liaison with the Police Department since they have been picking up the ball in the meantime.   The motion was passed unanimously.  Mayor Rippons asked any concerned citizens to call City Hall if they are interested in serving on this task force.  Rob Collison said he believed the County made it a condition of their funding that the Humane Society provides the County level services.  He thinks it would be appropriate for the City Council to send a letter to the County as well advising them of the status. 

Brenda Hayward said she really thought it was excellent of Commissioners this evening in listening to the public regarding the re-fueling station at Long Wharf and forming a task force to look into other possible locations.  One concern she has is that the RFP has already gone out and it designates a particular location.  She suggested that the task force spread the word that other plans or suggestions for locations would be welcomed or solicited.   Commissioner Weldon said in addition to the building and facilities, etc. he thinks the business model is something they will be looking at.  David Pritchett will contact the 7 people who asked for the RFP. 

Ben Parks received a fax on November 14th from DNR telling him they spoke to the Waterway Improvement Managers who have oversight and control of public piers and facilities.  They heard from Cambridge DPW sometime ago that they were thinking of changing the pier on Trenton Street but more recently they said they would not allow ownership of the pier to change.  If they did, they would need DNR's permission and DNR would not likey grant an o.k. without the town providing other dockage for the slip holders.  Mr. Parks said he heard the pier was to be leased for 99 years.  It was paid for with taxpayers' money.  He would like to know how it could be turned over to private businessmen.  Mayor Rippons responded that the ownership will remain with the City.  Rob Collison said there will be funds provided for the construction of additional slips either at the marina or somewhere else on the Creek to relocate the slipholders.  Mr. Parks said there are not as many watermen at Trenton Street because they won't allow them in there. Mr. Parks said 33 percent of the pier was supposed to be for watermen when the pier was put there.  Presently there are 3 watermen at the pier.  Mayor Rippons said they have 5 slips available to accommodate them.  Mr. Parks said he knows waterman who applied for empty slips at Trenton Street and they were denied.  David Pritchett said he spoke to the dockmaster on this which covers the last 4 years and he denies this.  They do not know who this is because they have had slips open that they want to rent.  In fact, Trenton Street is their preferred location for watermen.  Mayor Rippons asked Mr. Parks to provide the names and dates of the watermen who have been denied and he will certainly look into it.  Mr. Parks said with the zoning changes, they are being pushed out.   The fuel is a small part of what is going on with the watermen.  He doesn't tote fuel and there should be a one-stop fueling place for every boater. 

Tom McCoy from Georgetown, DE bought property in Commissioner Bohlen's ward.  It is the laundromat on the corner of Travers and Choptank.  It is his understanding that it has been kind of a tuff neighborhood from the police perspective.  He is offering a section of his building as a police substation.  He is offering it rent-free and he will pay the electricity.  He has to fix it up anyway and the neighbors he spoke to expressed an interest in having it there.  Mayor Rippons asked Capt. Hutton to bring this back to Chief Malik and have it put on the agenda for the next Police Board meeting. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:53 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 18, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer