City Council Minutes
March 5, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on March 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 Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 26, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the elongated version of the Main Street Maryland discussion at the February 26, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Commission met on Thursday, February 15, 2001 to discuss three items:
- The discussion on the Salvation Army on Race Street was tabled until the meeting on March 15 so the Commission could receive more information.
- Mr. Jim West of 312 Belvedere Avenue wanted to erect a storage shed, repair an existing shed, and finish screening his porch. All items were approved unanimously.
- Mr. William Hunt who is working on Race Street next to the Salvation Army's property, wanted to re-finish the side of the building which faces the pedestrian mall and would like to put a sign on the front of the building, The only problem the Commission found was with the proposed overhang over the sidewalk. Mr.Hunt said he didn't need to install the overhang. All other work was approved.
Proclamation for Tall Cedar Week (March 18 - 24) -Randy Jones accepted a proclamation on behalf of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America. The Tall Cedars are deeply committed to the search for a cure for neuromuscular diseases.
Proclamation for Harriet Tubman Day -For the purpose of recognizing the contributions of Harriet Tubman, March 10th is designated as "Harriet Tubman Day in Cambridge".
Bob Dickerson to Discuss Installing Flag Pole At Great Marsh Park-The local VFW has offered to install a flagpole and supply a flag for Great Marsh Park. The will also supply a plaque near the flagpole. They are requesting that the City install a dusk-to-dawn lamp under the flag. They will undertake all costs other than installing the light. An American flag will be flown over the top of MIA-POW flag. The plaque will read "In Honor of All Dorchester County Veterans". Commissioner Travers made a motion to accept the gift. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Second Reading and Decision of Two Ordinances to Amend M.U.C. Charges for Fire Hydrant Rental and Connection Services-The first ordinance would amend Section 18-1 to state that the annual rental for fire hydrants outside the City of Cambridge is $12.50 plus the surcharge set forth in Section 18-5. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
The second ordinance would amend Section 18-7 of the Code to state that for all connections outside the corporate limits of Cambridge, the surcharge would be equal to that set forth in Section 18-5. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Discuss Underground Utilities for Water Street-David Pritchett explained that if the City wished to put the utility lines underground, they would have approximately one month to trench. The contractor is getting ready to finish off one half of the street, which is where the trench will be. The only cost variable will be the reconnection of service to the seven residences currently served by overhead lines, which is estimated to be $35,000. This will be a City expense.
A cost of about $60,000 is the estimated cost to due the underground cabling. This does not include lighting. There is no timeline associated with the lighting because that would be done by trenching in the park.
Commissioner Weldon made a motion to go ahead with the work and approve an expenditure of up to $35,000 for the initial phase of work. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. The work to connect the residences will not be done until approximately August of this year.
Discuss Making a Portion of Mill Street Two-Way Traffic-The contractor has studied the plans of Cambridge's street patterns and based on this, has requested the City not allow two-way traffic on Mill Street. In an informal meeting, the Traffic & Safety Committee did not feel favorable toward it either.
Request by Tony Thomas for Text Amendment for Conversion of School Into Condominiums in R-3 District As A Special Exception-Mr. Thomas has an option to purchase the Academy School on the corner of Mill and School Streets. He is asking for a special exception for conversions of schools to condominium units in an R-3 district. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to refer this to Planning & Zoning. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Thomas, on behalf of Canvasback Restaurant, has asked for a variance from the City for outside seating on the brick sidewalk. Rob Collison reported that Code Section 16-1 talks about obstructing the sidewalk. The sidewalks have to be more than 4-feet wide and the variance would allow for use of up to 40% of anything over 4 feet. Mr. Collison will work with Planning & Zoning on this.
Approve Financial Statement for January 2001-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the financial statement for January 2001. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Purchase Order 1881 (West Recreation, Inc.) - This is for the new playground at Great Marsh Park. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Budget Amendment for CEMS-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the budget amendment for CEMS. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Budget Amendment for CPD-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Drew Nabb had requested permission to use part of parking area at Great Marsh Park for a school science project. He has executed a hold-harmless agreement. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve allowing Mr. Nabb to use the parking area for the project and authorization for the City to enter into the agreement with Mr. Nabb. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Joint resolutions and other documents were received by the City today regarding the City assuming responsibility for the Sailwinds facility. These will be posted at City for the public's review. This will be on the agenda next week for discussion.
Mayor Rippons has asked Mr. David Wooten to serve on the Housing Authority Commission to fill a vacancy.
George, Miles & Buhr has submitted an estimate to engineer Phase 3 of the sewer separation project. George Hyde, City Engineer, has indicated that he would like to do this in-house. He is fully licensed and the addition of Dale Price to his department would make this possible. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the in-house engineering of Phase 3. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Pritchett has asked to have new curb markings near St. Paul's Church and Center Market referred to the Traffic & Safety Committee. Commissioner Travers made a motion to refer these issues to Traffic & Safety. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 5, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer