City Council Minutes
May 7, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on May 7, 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 April 30, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Historic Preservation Commission --Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Historic Preservation Commission met on April 19, 2001. The discussed the following items:
Robert & Jean Jenkins (1003 Travers Street) asked to place a handrail on their front stairs. This was approved.
The Salvation Army Building (446 Race Street) asked to put Drivit on the upper part of their building and then put a new cornice in. This was approved.
Gordon Adams (106 High Street) asked to put a Victorian Conservatory on his house. This was approved.
Oliver Gore (304 West End Avenue) is putting siding and trim on his house. This siding was approved. Mr. Hayward will meet with Mr. Gore about the details of the window trim.
Robert Foxwell (315 Choptank Avenue) is changing windows. This will be further investigated due to size changes in some windows.
Ginger Brannock (513 Court Lane) put in an application for window boxes and shutters. More information is needed on the application.
Bonnie Griffith (209 Glenburn Avenue) is requesting permission to put vinyl fencing around a swimming pool in the rear yard. This was approved.
Larry Mills (205 High Street) is proposing to build a detached garage on the back of his property. This was approved.
Eric VanGraafeiland (5 Willis Street) is proposing a fence in his rear yard. This was approved.
Ronald & Julia Berman (307 Oakley Street) are screening in a portion of their front porch and removing a set of rear steps. This was approved.
Planning & Zoning Commission--Commissioner Watkins reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission met on May 1, 2001.
Barclay Bloomgarden (Market Square) asked for approval for the extension of the loading dock. The Commission recommends approval. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve this extension. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Tony Thomas (301 Mill Street) requested a text amendment to allow conversion of a school to condominiums in an R-3 district as a conditional use provided such conversion complies with a minimum lot area requirement of 4,500 sq.ft. per residential unit. A public hearing will be held. The Commission approved the request and would like to recommend that Council hold a public hearing on the matter. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve this recommendation. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
George Enders of Elks to Receive Proclamation for Youth Week-The proclamation was read, signed, and presented to Mr. Enders.
Representative from Pleasant Day Adult Day Care to Receive Proclamation for Celebrate Senior Citizens Month-The proclamation was read, signed, and presented to Lorraine Henry.
Commander Robert Hammerton of the Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron to Receive Proclamation for Safe Boating Week-The proclamation was read, signed, and presented to Commander Hammerton and the Safety Officer.
Dr. Maclaughlin to Discuss Downtown Revitalization-Dr. Maclaughlin presented an idea to create a series of historic murals featuring the history of Cambridge and Dorchester County on the sides of downtown buildings. Brochures and maps can direct tourists to the murals and give a history of Cambridge. These same tourists will visit the downtown businesses. This was done in a small town in Canada and has become a success. A display will be set up in the library so citizens can learn more about this project. This can be an ongoing project to encourage people to return to see the new murals.
Representative from State Highway to Give Update on Rt. 50 Construction-Gene Cofield, Asst. District Engineer and Ed Meredith, Project Engineer for the Route 50 project reported that the project is on schedule and all major roadway work will be completed by Memorial Day weekend. Some landscaping and utility work will be completed in June. The base coating on the roadway will completed within the next two weeks. Once this is done, two lanes of traffic will be open in both directions. Work in the westbound roadway will not begin until after 8:30 a.m. to allow the morning commuters to go through. The contractor will stop work at 12 noon on Fridays.
Chris Wilke, Garden Club, to Discuss Heron Garden Renovations-A letter of objection was received from a few citizens after the City approved a $2,600 matching fund toward the Garden Club's renovations of the Heron Garden at Long Wharf. They questioned the need for the project to comply with the City's bidding procedures. Rob Collison reported that Standard Operating Procedure No. 24 requires the formal solicitation of bids only for purchases of capital assets by the City in excess of $2,500. In this case, the city is not the entity that is acquiring or contracting for the goods and services. The Dorchester Garden Club developed, planned and is overseeing the project. The City is merely making a contribution to the Garden Club. Mayor Rippons asked Chris Wilke to show Ed Kinnamon the matching funds and then a check will be issued for the City's portion.
Sheri Herbert to Discuss Business Operation on City Property-David Pritchett reported that the Herberts no longer had a location to dock the Cambridge Lady. The Trenton Street boat T-pier is a suitable location for this activity. Power and water will be installed this week. The Herberts will enter into a slip rental agreement with the City (annual lease). The City of Cambridge will be named on the Herbert's liability insurance. Sheri would like to install a sign notifying people of their location. This will be discussed with Planning & Zoning.
Decision on Rezoning of Property at 748 High Street from R-4 to C-1-The City held a public hearing on this matter on April 30, 2001. Rob Collision reported that the location has always been used for a commercial purpose. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to change the zoning based on the finding that a mistake was made in the original zoning. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Second Reading and Vote on Assignment, Assumption and Amendment of Lease for Sailwinds Park-Rob Collison reported that this is the final reading and vote on the decision on the City becoming the assignee or recipient of the lease agreement that is now between Sailwinds and the Maryland Port Administration. The remaining term on that lease is until July 7, 2009. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the assignment, assumption and amendment of lease for Sailwinds Park. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Discuss Curbing and Sidewalks for Vue de Leau and William Streets-George Hyde and David Pritchett evaluated the area of Vue de Leau and William Streets for damaged curbing. There is approximately 350 lineal feet of curbing they feel should be replaced which includes two ADA curb cuts. This would cost approximately $7,000. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to move forward with this project. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. This will be advertised in the local newspaper.
Discuss Permit Fees for Maces Lane School-Rob Collison reported that under the State Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, any entity, county, or city is prohibited from charging any type of building code or fees. Therefore, the City cannot charge permit fees for the construction. This does not apply to water and sewer hook-ups.
Request from Robert Vigorito, The Blackwater Eagle Man Triathlon, to Serve Beer at Great Marsh Park (for Registered Athletes Only) -Mayor Rippons reported that Robert Vigorito's letter stated that there would not be more than two kegs and it would only be served to the registered athletes. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Loan for New Garbage Truck-Ed Kinnamon reported that Talbot Bank has quoted the City a rate of 4.43 percent. The amount of indebtedness is $73,623. It will be paid back over a five-year span. Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the loan. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
The City received a request from the Maryland Port Administration with regard to the Joint Resolution that the City approved several weeks ago. They requested a minor modification in Paragraph 3 on Page 2 talking about East Sailwinds, which is the area in front of the hospital. There is a sentence that stated that the City by entering into this resolution is not obligated to maintain East Sailwinds. They wanted that sentence to stipulate only the City and Sailwinds is recognizing that; not the MPA. Rob Collison asked the Council to approve the revised Joint Resolution with the minor amendment. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve it. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Weldon received a request from the Association for the Revitalization of Cambridge for an allocation to assist with the production of their 2001/2002 visitor's map. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to assist ARC with $2000. He withdrew the motion until Ed Kinnamon could determine the balance of the account this would be taken from.
Commissioner Atkinson reported that the Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7460, Cambridge, Maryland, has requested that he inform the public of their plans to dedicate the flagpole and flag which the VFW has donated to the City of Cambridge at Great Marsh. This dedication will take place at 6:00 pm May 30, 2001, with refreshments following at the VFW Post on Sandy Hill Road.
WaWa on Sunburst Highway has requested a variance from the noise ordinance for their grand opening events to be held on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 2001 between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm each day. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to grant the variance. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:15 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 7, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer