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City Council Minutes

December 2, 2002
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 2, 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.

Commissioner Atkinson led in the Lord's Prayer and then the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 25, 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 November 21st to hear the following requests:

  • Judd Vickers' (206 Belvedere Ave.) request to replace three wooden kitchen windows with identical vinyl windows was unanimously approved.
  • Dennis & Madaline Mathewson's (706 Church St.) request to extend their front step by 11 inches and paint it white was unanimously approved.
  • Carol Levy's (414 Race St.) requests to put French doors on the second floor, remove the overhang and double doors downstairs, and replace the siding were unanimously approved.
  • Ann Robinson's (305 Belvedere Ave.) requests to install a shed in the backyard and replace the aluminum siding on her house with vinyl siding were unanimously approved.
  • Shazhad Azam's ((308 Mill St.) request to install a new metal roof will be discussed next month when someone could be present to discuss the proposal.
  • J. W. Tyler (5 Willis St.) was granted permission to begin preparatory work on converting his enclosed porch to a screen porch. The Commission will discuss this case at the December meeting so Mr. Tyler can receive final approval.

APPOINTMENTS

City Auditors to Present FY2002 Audit-Representatives from Reznick, Fedder & Silverman were present to discuss the City's FY2002 audit. 

General Purpose Financial Statement-One item noted on Page 35 of the report "Prior Period Adjustment" relates to a decrease in health care liability, thereby increasing the fund balance by approximately $500,000.

The auditors found no material weaknesses in the internal controls.  They passed out "required communications" and reviewed them with the Council.

Marine Fuel Station Committee-Mayor Rippons introduced the members of the Committee who were appointed by the City Council last week.  The Cambridge Yacht Club's representative will be Ralph Dill.  Mr. Dill is an engineer and a City resident.  The residents of High Street have chosen Hubert Wright to represent them.  The Committee will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to appoint Commissioner Walt Travers and Commissioner Lee Weldon to represent the Council on the Marine Fuel Station Committee.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed 4:1 with Commissioners Bohlen, Travers, Watkins, and Weldon for the motion and Commissioner Atkinson opposed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discuss Rules and Regulations for City Parades-The City Council accepted the Police Department's and the City Attorney's recommendation not to adopt any new ordinances concerning parades.  Laura Weldon, Parade Chairperson, had asked that the City address the throwing of candy from floats and revving of engines as safety issues.  Rob Collison reported that state law prohibiting revving of engines would be enforced with a possible $50 citation.  Owners of floats will have to sign an agreement saying they will not allow objects to be thrown from vehicles and agreeing to take responsibility for injuries resulting from infractions.

NEW BUSINESS

Introduction of Revised Annexation Resolution for the Route 50 Corridor-The item was deferred until a later date.

Approve PO 110 - Taylor Sports and Recreation for Park Benches - $6,975 (Community Legacy Grant)-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve PO 113 - Victor Stanley for Litter Receptacles -  $15,428 (Community Legacy Grant)- Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the purchase order.  Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion for Council to pass a resolution thanking American Legion Post 91 for their efforts in renovating and beautifying the World War II memorial at Long Wharf.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon reported that the City has received a total of $21,100 in donations for the Christmas lights that the City would like to purchase from the Baltimore Zoo.  He feels it would be appropriate to offer them $20,000 and hold the $1,100 in reserve for transportation.  A local business has offered to provide a tractor-trailer at no charge.  The City would have to pay the driver for the day.  We will also need a team of approximately six volunteers to assist with the loading of the pieces into the truck.  Commissioner Bohlen said there is a possibility that the City will be able to store the pieces where the other fire apparatus is stored.  He said he has a pledge of $1,500 from Comcast to put toward the expenses. 

Commissioner Weldon said he had a conversation with the manager of Hyatt recently and because this is the Hyatt's first year, they don't have any Christmas decorations.  One of the ideas was to hold out a few of the pieces that could be immediately installed at the Hyatt in exchange for their sponsorship.   Mayor Rippons said the Hyatt has already said they will donate $1,000.

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to offer $20,000 total to the Baltimore Zoo and the City is responsible for making the arrangements for transportation and storage.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Commissioner Weldon will contact the zoo on December 3rd.

Commissioner Weldon reported that he received a phone call today following the appointment of the Animal Control Task Force inquiring when the group was going to meet.  Mayor Rippons said they would meet within the next 10 days.

Commissioner Bohlen reported he had some inquires about streetlight outages.  He said often at this time of year the light mechanisms fizzle out.  He will be doing a complete inventory of the City streetlights this week so the lights should be back on during the next few days.

Rob Collison reported there will be a public hearing on December 23rd for the proposed disposition of some properties including the Rambler Road extension that runs from Roslyn Avenue to Meteor Avenue.  Several property owners have requested this.  They will also discuss some additional areas in the Deep Harbour project.

Rob Collison announced that Council met in closed executive session before the meeting (6:15 pm) to hear a proposal for a new business to locate in Cambridge.

Gage Thomas, representing ARC, said they are getting ready for the 6th Annual Light Up Cambridge campaign.  He requested a noise variance for the performances at the Courthouse on High Street on December 13th and 20th from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.  They would also like to play amplified Christmas music from Canvasback located at 420 Race Street.   On December 15th, Shelley Abbott is planning to have a float with 20 to 25 people starting at Long Wharf and traveling through sections of town singing Christmas carols from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant the noise variances.  Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Gage Thomas requested permission for ARC to decorate the downtown pedestrian mall as they have for the last 5 years.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to grant ARC permission to decorate the pedestrian mall.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Marge Hull reported that for every year of  WECA's existence, they conducted a decorating contest for the Christmas decorations in the West End.  She announced that ARC is now involved and all of the City will be included in the contest. 

Mage Hull said that WECA has started a project implementing a bronze medallion designating a house as an historic structure within the Historic District.  Approximately 40 plaques have been purchased so far. 

Marge Hull congratulated City Council on appointing the two Councilmen bordering the Creek on the Marine Fuel Station Committee.  These are the wards that are directly affected.  She asked if Council appointed a member residing on High Street.  Mayor Rippons responded that Council asked that the High Street residents appoint someone to represent them.  The group asked that Mr. Hubert Wright represent them.  She asked why the residents of High Street had only one representative when Planning & Zoning had two representatives and the Council had two representatives.  Commissioner Weldon said that is why he felt it is important for him to participate as a representative of the neighborhood also. He continued that the other members of the committee are business people oriented toward the maritime industry.  He said the meetings are going to be open to the public unless there is an executive matter. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:35 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 2, 2002, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer