City Council Minutes
February 5, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on February 5, 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 Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion. The motion was passed 4:1 with Commissioner Weldon opposing. The motion passed.
Historic Preservation Commission--Commissioner Bohlen reported that there were two issues brought before the Commission at their meeting on January 18, 2001. The Commission approved a request from Dr. Jeffrey Taylor (106 Oakley St.) for installation of a swimming pool and privacy fencing in his back yard. Dr. Anthony Ambrosi (Choptank Ave.) came before the Commission for a change in his roofing material (from slate to Fiberglas architectural shingles). This request was approved.
Second Reading and Decision of Ordinance to Amendment Section 16-6 of City Code (Skating and Skateboarding)-Mayor Rippons stated that the only change in the ordinance from what it contains now is that one word - scooters - has been added. Everything else is already on the books. This Council can amend anything that exists. Rob Collison clarified that there are currently two sections that deal with the sidewalks. Regulations for skating and skateboarding are found under Chapter 16 (Streets, Sidewalks, and Public Places). Under Chapter 11 (Motor Vehicles and Traffic), Article 4 (Bicycles) 11-37 states that no person while riding a bicycle shall ride same on any sidewalk or pavement of the City. Bicycles are obviously allowed on the street. The amendment reiterates that bicycles are not permitted to be ridden on the sidewalks or any paved area that is not a street (for example, City parking lots) and that skateboards, scooters, and skates are not permitted on streets, sidewalks, or pavements. It would also set the fine at $25 rather than from $1 to $25. Clarification of the word "pavement" can be added.
Commissioner Weldon has a concern with the ordinance and how it is enforced and also with the safety of children riding bicycles, scooters, etc. on their way home from school and riding around in the neighborhoods.
Commissioner Weldon made a motion to withdraw the amendment as it stands and refer it to a committee so it can be addressed. He would like to take a look at available resources (MML, other cities, etc.) so the City can come up with something that is going to work both for the safety of the Downtown and also the safety of the children, safety of the motorists, and also for a reasonable approach from law enforcement. He feels if the City is not enforcing the law, we need to re-write it. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. Commissioner Watkins feels that common sense should be used as it related to young children and tricycles. He feels the City needs protection as it relates to older children and riding scooters, bicycles, etc. Commissioner Atkinson suggested eliminating the word "pavement" and leaving "sidewalk". If a person riding a scooter on the sidewalk hits a pedestrian, the City is likely to be sued if the City allows them to ride on sidewalks. He feels the amendment should be passed as it stands and then appoint a committee to carry out the recommendations of Commissioner Weldon. Commissioner Weldon amended his motion to a motion to table action on the pending amendment so it can be referred for further review and public comment. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. Nobody had any objection to Commissioner Weldon amending his motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Atkinson opposed. The amendment was tabled.
Mr. Coleman to Discuss Riding Bicycles in Cambridge-John Coleman, owner of Dorchester Rental Cycle, a new bicycle rental business that will be opening in Cambridge, was concerned how the proposed ordinance would affect his business and other businesses relating to tourists. Mayor Rippons and Rob Collison have cleared up his misunderstanding of the ordinance.
Open Bids for Construction of Pavilion at Great Marsh Park (DPW)-Bids were received from:
- Biskach Construction Co. (Hurlock, MD) - $27,411.00
- Davis Maintenance (Fishing Creek, MD) - $21,545.00
Commissioner Weldon made a motion to send the bids to DPW for their recommendation. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Award Bid for One-Ton Truck with Telescopic Aerial Device (DPW)-Four bids were received. The low bidder (M&L Volvo GMC) did not meet specifications. The next lower bidder was Altec Industries, Inc. for $49,848.00 is over the amounted budgeted by $8,348.00. DPW requested permission to transfer $16,000 left over from the purchase of the new sanitation truck toward the purchase of the bucket truck. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept DPW's recommendation to transfer $8,348 into the account for the bucket truck and to award the contract to Altec Industries. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council to Discuss Proposed Changes to the Employee Manual-The Personnel Review Committee has made suggestions for changes to the Employee Manual. These changes will be reviewed by Rob Collison and discussed next week.
Approve PO 1767 - Galls, Inc. (CPD)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Several citizens--adults and children--expressed their thoughts on the existing laws concerning riding bicycles, skates, skateboards, and scooters in the City. These comments can be reviewed on the tape.
David Pritchett relayed a request from Ospry Bolton pertaining to the parking lot area near Cosby Avenue Extended. They are requesting additional street lighting. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to refer this request to the Street Lighting Committee. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Edwin Kinnamon received a request for rezoning. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Lee of 5224 Aireys Road own property at 748 High Street that is currently zoned R4. They are requesting it be changed to C1. This has been sent to Jim Michael. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to authorize the process. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Weldon made a motion to accept Commissioner Bohlen's appointment of Carroll Dail to the Planning & Zoning Committee. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:32 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 5, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer