City Council Minutes
January 29, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on January 29, 2001, 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 Weldon made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 22, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons announced that City Council convened in Executive Session at 6:15 p.m. to discuss real estate.
Ty Banning (Health Dept.) Requesting Permission to Hold Prevention Day on Pine Street on June 2-They are requesting closing Pine Street from Cedar Street to Cross Street from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Prevention Day on June 2. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to allow the Health Department to hold Prevention Day on June 2 and close the requested section of Pine Street. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
James Moore - Cambridge Classic Car Cruisers - Noise Variance(s) for Car Shows-James Moore requested permission to hold car shows on the parking lots of Super Fresh, Shoal Creek Mall, and Pizza Palace. A written schedule of the dates was given to the Council. He would also like permission to put a temporary sign up two weeks before each show and to have a noise variance for the Deejay. Commissioner Travers made a motion to allow the Cambridge Classic Car Cruisers to hold their shows and to waive the noise ordinance. They should contact State Highway for permission to place their signs near Route 50. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Second Reading and Decision on Bond Ordinance for Borrowing Up to $10.5 Million From MWQFA for Environmental Upgrades-The first reading of this ordinance was on January 22, 2001. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the bond ordinance. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons to Appoint Member to Police Advisory Board-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept Mayor Rippons' appointment of Richard Brown to the Police Advisory Board. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
First Reading of Ordinance to Amendment Section 16-6 of City Code (Skating and Skateboarding)-This ordinance prohibits the riding and operation of bicycles on any sidewalk or pavement in the City and prohibits the riding and operation of scooters on any street, sidewalk, or pavement in the City and to increase the fines for violations.
Approval of Amendments to City's Snow Emergency Plan-The amendment changes the procedure for recovering vehicles towed during snow emergencies. The owner of the vehicle no longer has to go to the Police Department before recovering their vehicle. Increased "snow emergency" signage has also been recommended. Under emergency circumstances, Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the amendment to the snow emergency plan. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Resolution to Authorize Submittal of CDBG Application-Four resolutions have been prepared for Council's approval to submit the City's request for grant funding to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The four projects are the Pine Street Streetscape for $9,718; Settlement Grant Project for $60,000; Rental Acquisition and Replacement for $250,000; and the Homeownership Construction Loan Project for $300,000; for a total of grant request of $619,718. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the projects with conditional approval pending the City Attorney's review. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 1682 J. M. Bryan and Sons, Inc. (DPW) -Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the purchase order for the sewer separation work. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 1683 Taylor Sports & Recreation, Inc. (DPW) -Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the purchase order for six park benches for the pedestrian mall on Race Street. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons reported on his discussions with Mr. Middlebrooks who has withdrawn any consideration of remuneration for assisting in writing the Community Development Block Grant application. His work is being performed gratis. This will facilitate that Mr. Middlebrooks or some of the companies he works for being able apply for some of the grant money, if received by the City. This would be up to the discretion of the Council.
The City Attorney drafted a resolution to bring everybody who is currently on the Historic Preservation Commission (with one re-appointment) to expire July 1 of the said year. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to adopt the resolution. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
The Dorchester County Department of Parks and Recreation requested $450 to help fund the Family Youth Festival to be held in May. (This is a budgeted item.) Commissioner Weldon made a motion to expend the $450. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
On Tuesday Evening, February 20, 2001, the City will hold a work session. The primary focus would be consideration of the new public safety facility to be built in the City of Cambridge. The Council would like the community's input on various locations for this building. They would also like the community's opinion on either enlarging the current Police Department building or combining efforts and have one safety facility to house the fire, rescue, and police departments.
Mayor Rippons announced that the Maryland Municipal League Legislative Conference will be held in Cambridge in October 2002.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:58 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 29, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer