City Council Minutes
May 21, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on May 21, 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.
Jimmy Atkins and Joanne Holback of the Department of Housing and Community Development are field representatives for a new program called "Community Legacy". It is a new $10 million program that is designed to be flexible and creative to help at-risk and transitional communities. It was funded with the idea of targeting investment in older urban, suburban, and rural areas. Through public and private sector investment, the program is aimed at creating new home ownership, revitalizing older areas, creating new business development, etc. It is an opportunity for communities to get together to share their vision and to look at projects that have not been able to get funded under other sources. Either a local jurisdiction or a community development corporation under the auspices of that jurisdiction can apply for special money. The program has the ability to tap into more funding than the original $10 million. Although the program is being administered through the Department of Housing and Community Development, a five State department review board will review it. They expect 10 to 20 programs will be funded statewide. There is $1 million just for planning money. Matching funds are not needed but programs that can leverage private sector money will be rated higher on their application. The application deadline is July 24, 2001. A City resolution supporting the application will be required. More information can be found on the website (www.dhcd.state.md.us).
Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 14, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Atkinson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Street Lighting Committee - Commissioner Bohlen reported that additional lighting was requested in the area of Race Street extended to Snow's Turn. The Committee recommends that a light be installed on the pole opposite the entrance of the Little League Ball Park. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the installation of this light. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
They also received a request from the Pitter Pat Day Care Center on Roslyn Avenue for more lighting. It was noted that there were three poles in front of the Day Care Center with no lights. The Committee recommends continuing the lights on every other pole and adding an additional light. They also recommend that Pitter Pat Day Care install some kind of security light on the rear of their building. Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to accept this recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. David Pritchett has drafted a letter informing Pitter Pat Day Care Center of this action.
Continue Discussion on City of Cambridge 911 Task Force-The following individuals were recommended for the 911 Task Force: Commissioner Bohlen recommended Chris Flynn; Commissioner Weldon recommended Doug Robbins; Commissioner Atkinson recommended Carl Anderson; Commissioner Travers recommended Dickie Brown; Chief Wroten recommended Sgt. Herring and Lt. Malik; Bill Watkins recommended Scott Redmer and he would like to be on the Task Force himself; Commissioner Watkins and Jeff Hurley will have their recommendations at a later date.
ADA Advisory Committee-Mayor Rippons announced that the Committee will be made up of seven members. The first three will be members with disabilities. His suggestions are: Randy Whaples, Marva Sampson, and Joe Dickerson. One member shall represent either a public or private agency which serves citizens with disabilities in the City. The nomination is Lisa J. Morgan who works for Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living. One member shall be a member of the City Council and one other member shall be appointed as an alternate. Two members shall be at large from the general public. Terry Brannock has expressed an interest in serving on the Committee. The members will be finalized at a later date.
Sailwinds-As the City moves forward with Sailwinds, Mayor Rippons has structured a Sailwinds Management Board that will take over the day-to-day operations and fund raising. The members will be Ted Creighton, Chuck Kelly, Carlton Stanley, Raymond Simmons, and Dr. Randall Hiers. Mayor Rippons will act as the liaison to Council.
First Reading of Draft of Scooter, Skateboard, and Bicycle Ordinance-There were discussions and a public hearing on regulating bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and skates on sidewalks. The proposed amendment to the ordinance would make it unlawful for any person to ride or operate a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, or rollers skates on any sidewalk or pavement in any commercial or business district within the City or in a block of residential district in which a notice is posted prohibiting such acts. It is also unlawful for any person above the age of 14 years to ride a bicycle or tricycle on any public sidewalk or pavement in any residential district. The term pavement would not be construed to mean any public street or highway. It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or operate a skateboard, scooter or roller skates upon any street, public parking lot or public right-of-way unless otherwise specifically designated. Special vehicles for handicapped persons may be operated on sidewalks and pavement in the City. The penalty for any violation shall be $25.00. The second reading and decision will be on June 4, 2001.
Commissioner Atkinson is opposed to this ordinance. He feels there should be a disclaimer so if a pedestrian walking lawfully on the pavement is run into by someone operating a skateboard, etc. that the City is not held liable. Rob Collison will investigate his concern.
Decision on Curb and Gutter for Vue de Leau, Mill, and William Streets-The total cost for repairs for all three streets is $24,000. This includes the mandatory curb cuts. David Pritchett recommends amending Bryan Brothers contract and allow the work to be performed with their subcontractor (Davis Concrete). He does not feel they have time to go to bid. Fifty percent of the cost of the curb and gutter work is the homeowner's responsibility. Rob Collison stated that the Code stipulates that this must be advertised three weeks before the City can proceed with the work because of the assessment issue. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to move ahead. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council to Discuss ASOP #36 - Certification Procedure-The policy states that individuals who are required by their job classification to obtain a Maryland commercial drivers license and/or other certifications will have the fee paid in advance by the City. However, if the employee does not acquire their commercial drivers license within the expiration limit and/or the employee does not obtain their other certification on the first testing, the employee must absorb any expense thereafter. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to adopt the ASOP. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Wal*Mart to Use Great Marsh on June 24 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for Company Picnic-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Cambridge Yacht Club to Use City Property for Annual Sail Regatta on July 14 and 15-Mr. Nabb requested use of Great Marsh and the area where the duck walk was if construction is finished in this area. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Sherry and Joe Stoker to Have Inflatables at Great Marsh Park and Also to Have Music (June 9)-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to grant this request including the noise variance. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from MTS Broadcasting, LC for a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Their True Value Country Showdown at Sailwinds Park on June 21 (until 10:00 pm) and June 22 (7:00 pm to 10:30 pm)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to grant the noise variance from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Financial Statement for April 2001-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the Financial Statement for April 2001. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council to Authorize City to Go to Bid for Petroleum Products-Ed Kinnamon reported that the City has been going to bid at 3-year intervals. It has been more convenient to use 3-year intervals because of the cards that are used. Mayor Rippons would like to request bids on both (1 and 3) year intervals. Commissioner Weldon would like to separate the heating fuel from the motor fuel and lubricants. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to go to bid on the petroleum products and request a separate item for an annual bid and separation of the heating fuel from the motor fuels and lubricants. Ed Kinnamon clarified that they are requesting an annual contract and a 3‑year contract on motor fuels but heating fuel on an annual basis only. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Watkins made a motion to continue the Executive Session after the meeting. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons read a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Cambridge submitting the preliminary general fund budget for fiscal year 2002. The budget at this time totals $9,192,749 which is $769,136 or 9% over and above our expected revenue. It includes several capital improvements. He is working toward a successful conclusion of bringing a balanced budget to the table.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 21, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer