City Council Minutes
May 14, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on May 14, 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.
Heidi Adams led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Traffic & Safety Committee-Commissioner Watkins reported that the Cambridge Police Department received a request to prohibit parking on the east side of Maple Dam Road across from the Cambridge South Dorchester High School. The major problem exists on Saturdays during sporting events when people park on both sides of the road. The Committee recommends installing "No Parking on This Side" signs on the east side of the road. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept this recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
The Traffic & Safety Committee investigated the request to make Mill Street a two-way street from School to Church Street. They felt the traffic situation is primarily due to the local construction which will be completed in two months and therefore this section of road should be left as it is. Another investigation will be made after construction is complete.
Tourism Advisory Board-Commissioner Weldon reported that the County formed this board to serve as a sounding board between businesses involved in tourism, the County and City governments, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Dorchester Co. Health Department to Receive Proclamation for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week-The proclamation was read, signed, and presented to Katie Tolley and Theresa Gordon. They discussed their Lead Poisoning Prevention Carnival to be held on June 2, 2001 at Choptank Elementary School.
Representative from March For Jesus 2001 to Receive Proclamation for Cambridge March for Jesus Day and to Review Proposed Route-The proclamation was read, signed, and presented to Salvation Army Capt. Dwayne Durham. The March for Jesus will also take place on June 2, 2001. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant a variance from the noise ordinance for the duration of the march. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Jack Helgeson, Assistant Manager of Wawa, Inc. presented a facsimile check for $1,000 to the Mayor and Commissioners for winning a charity function last Saturday. Rescue Fire Company and Fraternal Order of Police each won $500. As of this date, the Mayor and Commissioners have not determined which charity their check will be allocated to.
Continue Discussion on City of Cambridge 911 Task Force-Mayor Rippons asked each Commissioner to have suggestions of whom they would like to see as representatives on the City's 911 Task Force by next week.
Discuss Donation to ARC for Cambridge Visitor Maps-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve a $2000 contribution toward the ARC brochures. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Dorchester Community Development Corp. Head Start Program to Use Great Marsh on June 7th (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow DCDC to use Great Marsh Park for their picnic and to grant the associated variance from the noise ordinance from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approval of Agreement to Convey Real Property to Greenwood Avenue Development Limited Partnership in Exchange for 6 Acres on Leonard Lane-Rob Collison reported that this agreement was in conjunction with the renovations of the Cambridge Park Apartments. It conveys an unused portion of Fairmont Avenue to Greenwood Avenue Development Limited Partnership in exchange for a 6-acre parcel on Leonard Lane. The necessary advertising has been done regarding the City's transfer of the Fairmont Avenue parcel. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the transfer and to authorize Mayor Rippons to execute the agreement based on the attorney's recommendation. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Pitter Pat Learning Center (Roslyn Ave) for Additional Street Lighting-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer this request to the Lighting Committee. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons reported that the State has initiated a new Community Legacy Program. They will have $10 million available to be divided among approximately 20 communities for assistance in fulfilling the City's own vision. The representatives from the program will make a presentation next Monday during the City Council Meeting. Community input is encouraged.
In the 2001 Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation establishing the Mid-Shore Regional Council that will consist of Caroline, Talbot, and Dorchester Counties. They are requesting local representation. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to have Mayor Rippons represent the City. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Rob Collison reported that the Council met in Executive Session at 6:30 pm to discuss personnel and legal matters. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to continue the Executive Session after this meeting. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Gage Thomas presented a request to subdivide a 2.33-acre parcel of land that is off Maces Lane. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer this to Planning & Zoning for their recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to meet in regular session on May 21, 2001 in place of a work session and cancel the meeting for May 28, 2001 in honor of Memorial Day. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. Commissioner Weldon asked for a partial work session for the Community Legacy Program. The motion was passed unanimously. The meeting will be a hybrid work / general session.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:40 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 14, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Heidi R. Adams, Executive Assistant