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City Council Minutes

March 19, 2001
 

The City Council met in regular session on March 19, 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.

Mayor Rippons asked for a Moment of Silence in honor of deceased past-Councilwoman Karen Murphy.  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 March 12, 2001 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

Open Sealed Bids for Furnishing and Installing Replacement Bulkhead at the City of Cambridge Municipal Marina and Park Area-Four bids were received.

 

 

Base

Alternate*

Total

E. & J. Crandell, Inc.

West River, Maryland

$731,760.00

$103,080.00

$834,840.00

Baltimore Pile Driving,

Whitehall, Maryland

$543,120.00

$86,600.00

$629,720.00

Apple Marine Construction, Inc.

Trappe, Maryland

$549,154.25

$84,234.50

$633,388.75

Dissen & Juhn

Grasonville, MD

$718,630.00

$107,700.00

$826,330.00

*The alternate is extra work on the interior. 

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation.  Commissioner Weldon seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Additional Items

Mayor Rippons reported that initially J. T. Triandafilou and Pat Batchelor were on the agenda next week to ask for letters of support for their proposed projects.  They are both applying for tax credits from the State.  All applications must be in by March 26, 2001.  Mayor Rippons would like to send a letter of support for Pat Batchelor for the renovations at Carlton Court predicated on their past performance.  He would also like to send a letter of support for J. T. Triandafilou for his proposed Amberly Meadows (senior citizen housing) project stating that the specific donation will not be determined until approval of the project by the Planning Commission.  The specific in-kind donation will be determined later.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to send the letters on behalf of the Council.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  During the discussion, Commissioner Weldon stated his concern about the Amberly Meadows project.  He doesn't feel enough information has been provided.  Commissioner Watkins is totally for both projects for affordable housing.  Commissioner Atkinson agrees with Mr. Watkins.  Commissioner Bohlen feels the senior citizen development is needed.  Rob Collison suggested having each project reviewed as separate motions.

Commissioner Atkinson amended his motion to send a letter of support for the Carlton Court project.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to send a letter of support for the Amberly Meadows project.  Commissioner Travers seconded it.  The motion was passed 4:1 with Commissioner Weldon opposed. 

Commissioner Weldon made motion to close the regular session and proceed with the work session.  Commissioner Atkinson seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Clean-Up Month in April

Commissioner Bohlen would like a weekend dedicated to each of the 5 wards for trash removal for things like old appliances, tires, yard debris and other junk.    Commissioner Atkinson's priorities are removal of abandoned un-tagged cars and general clean up.  Commissioner Weldon has been asked about having someone help clean up the downtown as was done in the past.  David Pritchett said additional employees would be requested in his budget for next year.  Advertising this clean-up campaign in the newspapers is a good way to make it successful. 

Commissioner Weldon has been asked about the "compliant procedure" for neighborhood properties that are getting junky.  Jim Michael responded that it could be as little as 2 days to up to 30 days depending on the scenario.  Typically, with clean-up orders, they try to give the people enough time and flexibility to clean up their property (a few weeks).  There is an appeals process.  Everything is sent certified mail so individuals know immediately about the violation and about the $100 per day fine as long as the violation continues.  Mr. Michael mentioned certain properties that are too massive for City crews to clean up.  He would like to give notice to the property owners and if they do not comply, hire a crew to physically clean up the site and then bill the property owners or lien the property.  He will get estimates on the costs for Council.

Rob Collison is checking on the State providing funds for sidewalks near Bayly Road where the new Maces Lane School is going to be built.  Commissioner Atkinson said when there is State money involved in projects, there may be a way to get sidewalks and curbs and gutters included. 

Discussions on Clean-Up Month will continue next Monday.

Planning Grant for Proposed Public Safety Building-Mayor Rippons and Jim Michael met with Dan Kuennen, Director of the Rural Development Center, Maryland Cooperative Extension to discuss a $6,000 planning grant to assist the City in the process of planning for the public safety building.  This could include the appraisal, any preliminary site planning, or architectural/engineering planning that the City would require in the initial part of the project.  The funds must be obligated by the end of April.  This will be discussed further next Monday.

Sailwinds Park-Because Mayor Rippons is a Board Member of Sailwinds Park, Commissioner Atkinson, Council President, chaired this phase of the meeting.  Mayor Rippons gave a summary of the dealings to date with the State, County, and Board of Sailwinds Park.  There was publicity adverse to some of the things the Sailwinds Board was doing and it all revolved around the financial feasibility of operating Governors Hall.   The City of Cambridge moved forward before some of the annual events would be jeopardized.  The Board of Directors asked Mayor Rippons to be become a Director and also to act as a liaison between their board and the interests of the City.  He has abstained from voting on any consideration as it relates to the City.  The State has become involved by going out for a RFI (request for information).  The State and Port Administration still own the property.  The Sailwinds Board and the City will have a lease for certain properties--Governors Hall and the festival grounds.  The State, in consideration of efforts that are being led by Sailwinds Board and their own interest, have gone out for RFIs to see if there are any developers to come in and develop that property.   Meetings were held in Annapolis to review the lease, the assignment and an amendment, and consideration that as interest is shown through the RFIs, the City will have someone sitting at the table that would promote the interest of the local community.  There will be a continued interest and a continued maintenance and upkeep of Governors Hall by the City and conditions that the Sailwinds Board will continue; the County Commissioners might also be included.  The local community will be kept informed of the proceedings. 

Commissioner Atkinson asked for comments on Governors Hall.  Rob Collison has reviewed the lease and made a few suggested changes. 

Commissioner Weldon spoke of the material (tables, chairs, etc.) associated with Governors Hall and wanted to know if there was any discussion about these items.  Mayor Rippons said the discussion has been that Sailwinds Board will entertain a consideration from the City.  Sailwinds Board owns the items and they do have creditors at this time.  Commissioner Weldon feels the acquisition of the property in the long run is going to be the best for the community. 

The decision of redevelopment of the parcel rests with the owners, who are at the State level.  The local community will have a seat at the table for negotiations.  The Sailwinds Board, having been at the table for more years, knows what the vision is and what they foresee. 

According to the agreement, if a developer removes the building (Governors Hall), the replacement building that will be constructed would be at the expense of the developer.  It would be a facility with like improvements.  However, the ultimate decision of what happens rests with the State.  If the City does not come forward, Sailwinds Board cannot continue to operate the deficit scenario that is there. 

Commissioner Watkins thinks it's a step forward and agrees with Mayor Rippons' idea to keep Sailwinds in the hands of the citizens of Dorchester County and the City of Cambridge. 

Commissioner Weldon reported on the meeting in Annapolis.  Mayor Rippons; Commissioner Weldon; Wini Roche-Smith, Dorchester County Tourism Office; Frank Narr, Sailwinds Board; Mr. Loeffler, Sailwinds; a representative from the State Department of Transportation; Delegate Addie Eckardt; two representatives from DNR; Mike Miller, the property manager from Maryland Port Administration and another representative from Maryland Port Administration.  The meeting was held basically to discuss some of the concerns and to zero in on specifics of the lease assignment and resolution.  There are some issues that need to be resolved locally.  Once they are adopted, the RFIs can formally be released to the public and we can start looking at ideas for the redevelopment process.

John Coleman, owner of Dorchester Rental Cycle, cannot get a lease from the Sailwinds Board for his bicycle rental business located in a garage on the Sailwinds property.  They agreed on the rent but will not give him a lease because of the possibility of the City taking over Sailwinds.  He has applied for a loan and cannot get the money until he has a lease.  Mayor Rippons feels that procedurally Sailwinds could grant the lease and the City could entertain continuing it with approval by Council.  However, the City will not have an exclusive contract as the Sailwinds Board currently has.

Wini Roche-Smith, Director of Tourism for Dorchester County and a former Board Member of Sailwinds Park, thanked the City of Cambridge for being pro-active so soon when it came to Sailwinds.  The present location of Governors Hall (and the festival grounds) is ideal.  People enjoy Sailwinds because of its visible location from Route 50 and from the waterfront.  With all the different events held, there has been a minimal negative impact on the surrounding community.  Through State programs such as the Heritage Area program, the project would qualify for funding assistance.  She feels if the original vision is changed, it would be good to go back and explain it to all the people who have supported the original vision.  The thousands of event coordinators, event goers, and event suppliers would be impacted by the loss, change in management, pricing structure or relocation of these facilities.  These events enhance our economy and our quality of life besides attracting thousands of visitors into our community.

Mark Masden has been with Sailwinds Park since 1993/4 before there was a director.  He encourages the City to utilize this opportunity to keep Sailwinds.  He feels that if it were managed properly, you would have four to six events there that would draw from 6,000 to 30,000 people per year.  He mentioned several events at the beginning that were advertised in the Baltimore Sun and nobody came.  He introduced four events to Sailwinds.  People responded favorably.  He ran into several problems with the management of Sailwinds.  He will be happy to promote Sailwinds Park.  It can be improved so much.

Frank Narr, former Executive Director of Sailwinds, a Board Member, feels they just got slapped in the face.   The vision was for the entire waterfront--the Visitors Center, a boardwalk, a beach, the amphitheater, the playgrounds, and Governors Hall.  He thinks we are heading in the right direction.  In the meeting in Annapolis they talked about when you are going out to look for potential developers, you need to be as flexible as possible.  We can always say "no".  To put limitations on things today is certainly a mistake.  Events can be re-engineered to fit a new environment. 

There being no other views expressed, Commissioner Atkinson turned the meeting over to Mayor Rippons.  Mayor Rippons closed the work session.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 19, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.

    

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer