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City Council Minutes

November 25, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 25, 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 18, 2002 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

APPOINTMENTS

None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Appoint Members for the Marine Fuel Facility Location Committee-Mayor Rippons reported that the committee will consist of Jerry Burroughs, Ben Parks, Kenny Hughes, Bill Messick, Grason Winterbottom, and two at-large members-one will be a High Street resident chosen by the residents of High Street and a representative from the Cambridge Yacht Club.  There will be two City representatives on the committee also.  The members will be contacted to establish an amenable meeting day and time.  Wendell Foxwell asked about members who were not residents of Cambridge.  Commissioner Bohlen said Mr. Winterbottom was selected because he sits on the Historic Preservation Commission, he is a businessman, and he is also a contractor.  Mr. Messick is a licensed charter captain.  Mayor Rippons further explained that Jerry Burroughs was selected because he sits on the Planning Commission.  Ben Parks is president of a local watermen's association and has a charter business.  Kenny Hughes is a small boater and has been the owner/operator of two gas stations.  Bill Messick is a charter captain who has visited several marinas.  A representative from High Street will be on the committee because it is in their neighborhood.  The Yacht Club leases the facility that is right on one of the properties that is being considered.  They lease and maintain several slips from the City.

Mayor Rippons said as the committee moves forward, there will be latitude that if the City considers it, they will put more people on the committee.  Several other people have expressed an interest on offering their opinions.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go forward with the member listed above understanding that the vacant openings will be filled shortly.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Appoint Members for the Animal Control Task Force-Mayor Rippons said John Lewis, Megan Presby, and Pat Taylor have expressed interest on being on this committee.  Because some of the issues to be looked at will be enforcement related, Lt. Pat Doyle will be Police Department's representative.   Commissioner Atkinson and Commissioner Watkins volunteered to serve on the committee.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to appoint the above listed people to the Animal Control Task Force.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Redistricting Committee-Mayor Rippons reported that Rob Collison has suggested that Council form a redistricting committee.  To date, four citizens have volunteered to serve.  He asked the press to advertise that the City is actively seeking members to be on this committee.  Commissioner Atkinson suggested that there be at least one representative from each ward. 

Discuss Rules and Regulations for City Parades-Rob Collison said the Cambridge Police Department contacted various police departments on the Eastern Shore (Ocean City, Salisbury, Easton, Pocomoke City, Hurlock, and St. Michaels) and none of them have formally adopted ordinances that regulate conduct in a parade.  There is an existing State law under the Transportation Article that prohibits spinning wheels, excessive noise, and skidding.  CPD will enforce this law.  Violators are subject to a $50 citation.  Chief Malik said they would have to pull the violators to the side to write the citation.  In the past, they usually warned the person one time and that usually takes care of the problem.  If it continues, they will be taken out of the parade.   Rob Collison said with regard to throwing candy and other issues, he recommends that all parade participants execute an acknowledgement of receipt of the parade rules which have been adopted and execute a waiver and hold harmless agreement, basically stating that they will see that everyone on their float or vehicle would comply with the rules.  They waive and release the City and parade committee from any liability.  It puts the burden where it belongs.

Commissioner Weldon said the package that Rob Collison has put together has been forwarded to the parade committee for their review at the meeting on November 26th.   Discussion on this issue will continue next week after the City receives the committee's input.

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss Heritage Tourism Grant Requests-Jim Michael said funding from this program has been earmarked under Heritage Tourism.  Two projects are forthcoming.  One is the Water Street improvements whereby the City will upgrade this area by installing underground utilities (cable, power lines, phone lines) plus landscaping and lighting along Long Wharf.  The approximate grant request will be approximately $37,500.   The rehabilitation of City Hall is the second project.  With the planned relocation of Rescue Fire Company and Cambridge Emergency Medical Services, this creates an opportunity to reconfigure City offices.  The building is in need of exterior repairs.  This project would involve repair and painting of exterior surfaces including the bell tower.  The approximate grant request would be $75,000.   This is basically a 50/50 match.  Twenty-five percent of the match can be in-kind.  The grant must be submitted to the local board for this project on December 2 and to the State of Maryland by December 12. 

Commissioner Weldon said he has been working on this project closely.  One of the things they discussed at their last meeting was the cost of the conduit work that has been done under Water Street by the City employees can be applied as part of the in-kind match.  He also said there have been some questions from the State regarding the rehabilitation of City Hall.  They must be clear on the future potential use of the property as a tourism facility when the firehouse is relocated and that the rehabilitation is needed now to facilitate that.  Also, being a historic structure within the Historic District and a public facility, it does qualify as a capital expenditure under the program.

David Pritchett said everyone is interested in getting Water Street improved esthetically; however, City Hall has to be a priority.  The steeple tower is more rotted than they thought it was.  The roof is leaking to the point that the ceiling is collapsing.   Commissioner Atkinson moved to accept David Pritchett's recommendation to put City Hall as the first priority for the grant.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Weldon said there is a possibility that the City can get funded for both projects and he agrees on the priority level.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 114 Eastern Shore Paving, Inc. $75,209.40 for Glasgow Street Improvement Project-David Pritchett said the amount stated is for the entire project.  The draw for the progress point they have achieved so far is $40,000. The project is going extremely well.  If it had not been for the weather, they would have been done last week.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Wal-Mart for Extension of Time for Temporary Trailers-Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant the request.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

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

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Rob Collison said he is in the process of scheduling some public hearings.  He will be submitted the revised annexation resolution for the Route 50 corridor next week.  Rob Collison reported that Council met in closed executive session at 6:15 pm to discuss an economic development issue of trying to retain a business in Cambridge.

Commissioner Weldon said on Tuesday morning there was a very good meeting of community leaders regarding conditions downtown and what opportunities may be ahead.  Further meetings are planned.  Regarding directional signage downtown, the Signage Committee of the Heritage Tourism Board met to work on an action plan to get some interim directional signage of a decorative nature.  Calvin Stack is working out a cost arrangement.   There is also a statewide effort and Cambridge hopes to become the next city chosen. 

Commissioner Weldon has had conversations regarding the funding for the Heritage Area Program.  It is very important that we express to our legislators as well as to the governor-elect the importance of this program to Cambridge. 

Commissioner Atkinson asked about the Bayly Road project.   David Pritchett said it is in a 45-day period of time that they must wait and get feedback from the public.  After the 45-days, DPW will receive the feedback and move on. 

Commissioner Travers thanked DPW for an outstanding job they did in the Fifth Ward.  He believes they picked up almost two truckloads of trash during clean-up week. 

Mayor Rippons said well over 1000 people attended the Grand National this weekend.  

Mayor Rippons announced that the Board of Public Works met last Wednesday and approved the lease between the City of Cambridge and the Pine Street Committee in regards to the Empowerment Center.   Once the Committee shows the City the executed insurance contract and meet other terms, the doors will be opened.

Wendell Foxwell complimented DPW on picking up a lot of leaves promptly.  He suggested sending each downtown property owner a letter explaining the importance of fixing up their property, which is necessary to revitalize downtown.  Property that is fixed up will sell and lease much easier.   A week later, the City could follow up with a phone call and ask the property owners to comment on the suggestion.  He feels we need more signs directing people to downtown.  He would like to see the Rob Roy building demolished if at all possible.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:25 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 25, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer