City Council Minutes
March 12, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on March 12, 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 Atkinson made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 5, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Bob Vigorito to Discuss Eagleman Triathlon (June 3rd)-Bob Vigorito, Race Director/Producer for the Blackwater Eagleman Triathlon reported that this event has taken place in Cambridge for the past 7 years. The event has grown from about 120 people to last year's record number of 1470. This year they are approaching 1500 entrants from 44 States and 4 foreign countries. The event will start and end at Great Marsh Park.
J. T. Triandafilou to Discuss New Senior Citizen Development-Mr. Triandafilou has been developing on the Eastern Shore for approximately 13 years with the last 5 years focusing on senior citizen housing. He would like to build a senior community behind Amber Meadows on Route 16 consisting of about 100 units (combination of 1 and 2 bedrooms) with the rents between $325 and $395 per month. Utility bills would average about $53 for the one bedroom unit and $65 for the two bedroom units. He would like to use funds from the Rural Development (USDA) and CDA (State of Maryland). As part of the funding requirements, he is required to receive some "good faith" from the City. He would like the City's support in a form similar to that received by Glenburn House (abatement of the building permit fee and in-kind services of curb and gutter work). The work would be done in 3 phases over probably 3 to 7 years. Dave Pritchett will review the plans to determine the permitting fees. This will be presented at the March 26, 2001 meeting for further consideration.
Hubert Brohawn Request to Renew Special Use Permit to Operate Produce Stand-Rob Collison will research the procedure for renewing this permit and will present it to Council on March 26, 2001.
James E. Cornish to Request Permission to Hold Family Reunion at Great Marsh-Mr. Cornish will be contacted for further clarification on his request and placed back on the agenda on March 26, 2001.
Discuss Clean-Up Month-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion that a proclamation be issued for Clean-Up Month In Cambridge with an emphasis on getting rid of the abandoned un-tagged cars and abandoned boats. He would also like notices for repair of sidewalks to be issued. Commissioner Weldon would like a community drive for general street clean up and to have a group of kids to clean up the parks. This would get the community involved to help with the little things. Commissioner Bohlen would like a weekend dedicated to each ward for spring-cleaning. Mayor Rippons suggested discussing this at the work session next week.
Parking on East Appleby Avenue-Chief Jeff Hurley of Rescue Fire Company has informed Council that there would be no way his equipment could get down East Appleby Avenue if they allow parking on both sides as proposed by Council on February 26, 2001. Commissioner Travers found the street to be 22-feet wide and possibly narrower at some points. Chief Wroten stated that he is also against allowing parking on both sides. The Mayor has asked the Traffic & Safety Committee to take this into consideration and report back to Council.
Adoption of ADA Grievance Procedure-The document was review by the attorney at LGIT, the City's insurance carrier. His recommendations have been incorporated. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to adopt the ADA grievance procedure. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. This document was one of the requirements of the lawsuit that the City litigated.
Adoption of ADA Citizen's Advisory Committee Guidelines-Rob Collison suggested these guidelines be in the form of a resolution and will have it for the Council's review for their next meeting.
ASOP for Employee Service Awards-As an incentive for longevity of service, the City will present service awards for every 5 years of service. One day of leave would be awarded for each 5 years of service and would be awarded to the employees at 5‑year intervals. This is a formal adoption of the policy adopted last year. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to adopt the ASOP. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Discuss Relay for Life Banner-Pat Bridges, a representative of the Relay for Life Committee, asked permission to have a banner hung across Race Street. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow the banner to be hung across Race Street with the assistance of the Department of Public Works. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request to Go to Bid for Refuse Removal at City Parks (DPW)-The dumpsters will be provided at Long Wharf and at the boat ramps. The Department of Natural Resources funds the bulk of the costs. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow the Department of Public Works to go to bid. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Introduction/First Reading of Joint Resolution for City to Assume Lease for Sailwinds Park-The Mayor has requested that this be postponed because an amendment to the assignment documents has been received from the State today and is being reviewed by Mr. Collison. This will be discussed further at the Work Session on March 19,2001 and at the Regular Session on March 26, 2001.
Approve PO 1785 (Graves) CPD-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 1889 (MD Dept of Agriculture) DPW-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Budget Amendment for DPW-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the budget amendment for DPW. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Work Session on March 19, 2001. Declaring April as Clean-Up Month will be discussed next week at the work session. Citizen input will be welcome. Sailwinds Park will also be discussed. The Council will convene in regular session at 7:00 pm to open bids for furnishing and installing replacement bulkhead at the City of Cambridge Municipal Marina and park area.
The First Baptist Church has requested permission to use Long Wharf for August 5, 12, 19, and 26 for outdoor Gospel concerts. This has been done for the past 26 years. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow First Baptist Church to hold their Gospel concerts on the stated dates and to grant a noise variance for the concerts. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. David Pritchett will keep the First Baptist Church informed about the paving and construction near Long Wharf at that time.
The attorney representing the City for the bond issuance ($10,500,000 to fund the BNR project and the combined sewer project) has requested that the Council approve the bond resolution that would authorize them to go to settlement.
Mr. Collison stated that the resolution authorizes the law firm of Funk & Bolton, P.A. to proceed with the settlement and to present it to the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration for the settlement on March 22, 2001. It authorizes the Mayor to execute this on behalf of the City. A form of loan agreement and a form of bond is attached. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the resolution to authorize the City to proceed with the issuance of the bond and to have the Mayor sign the documents. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Kinnamon reported that a standard operating procedure will be drafted whereby businesses or industries will be held accountable for any expenses incurred by the City when Rescue Fire Company responds to haz-mat calls. The suits the firefighters are required to wear at these calls are designed for one time use only.
The Human Relations Committee has not had a meeting since November. The members have not elected a Chairman. Commissioner Watkins offered to help get the Committee moving again.
The Dorchester County Recreation and Parks Board has requested permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 am to 12 noon for an Easter Egg Hunt. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Deswalt with the Cambridge Park East Apartments has requested double lighting on Greenwood Avenue at the City's expense. There is presently lighting over the street and they are requesting lighting over the sidewalk in the back. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer this to the Street Lighting Committee. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:17 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 12, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer