City Council Minutes
July 23, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on July 23, 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 Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 16, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Lorraine Dickerson to Thank City Council for Donation to American Heart Association-Mrs. Dickerson thanked the Council for the $500 donation they made to the American Heart Association. The Council won the money in a contest sponsored by Wawa.
Pat Patterson to Present Old Picture of Race Street to Council-Mr. Patterson was given a picture of Race Street dated 1906. He presented it to Mayor Rippons to hang in the Mayor's Office. Council thanked Mr. Patterson for his gift.
Sgt. Doyle from CPD to Discuss National Night Out (Proclamation and Noise Variance)-Heidi Adams read the proclamation, Mayor Rippons signed it and presented it to Sgt. Doyle. The Cambridge Police Department will be celebrating National Night Out on August 7, 2001 at the Pine Street Substation. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to allow the Police Department to block Pine Street from Cedar Street to Cross Street and to grant a variance from the noise ordinance on August 7, 2001 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Review Lease Agreement for Empowerment Center-Council received a request from the Pine Street Committee to delay reviewing this agreement until they have ample time to meet with their attorney. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to honor their request. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Discussion on Revising ASOP #2 - Travel Policy-The State has made changes to their travel policy by increasing the mileage from 31¢ to 32¢ per mile and the cost for dinner increased to $21. The City's travel policy is based on the State's policy. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept the recommendation to update the City's travel policy. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Discussion on Revising ASOP #24 - Procurement Policy-The revision would allow the City to acquire items through contracts of the State or another municipality instead of going out to bid. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to adopt the revision to ASOP #24. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Sign Resolution for Community Legacy Grant Application-The application is due on July 24, 2001. The City has prepared several proposals and has also received several proposals from other organizations within the City. Jim Michael read the dollar amounts for the various projects:
Sailwinds Parks Improvements -- $461,156
City Marina -- $750,000 (half would come from DNR Waterway Improvement)
Economic Development Tourism Specialist -- $50,000 (for 1 year)
Historic High Street Improvements (from Poplar to Church) -- $456,360
Downtown Streetscape (Pine, Poplar, High and Race Streets) -- $53,100
Harriet Tubman Organization - No dollar amount provided at this time.
Housing Authority of Cambridge (site planning, acquisition, etc.) -- $350,000
Cambridge Community Development Corporation (planning grant) -- $20,000
Commissioner Atkinson feels the Council should prioritize the proposals. Jim Michael reported that the proposals total $1.7 to $1.8 million dollars and it's not likely that we will receive that much money. The State has $10 million available for this program. Commissioner Watkins feels we should send them all in without prioritizing them because the State may have other criteria for prioritizing applications. Commissioner Weldon suggested a priority list with priority given in no particular order to the request for Governor's Hall improvements, the Economic Development Director, the request for Downtown Streetscape, and the request for Historic High Street improvements. He would also include the planning grant for CCDC in tandem with the Economic Development Director. He feels these should be the highest priorities. He would also include the Marina.
Commissioner Watkins feels the Harriet Tubman Organization is a priority in his mind and he would hate to leave it off because they don't have their plans in place. He would like the State to prioritize them. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to submit all the applications and to prioritize based on Commissioner Weldon's recommendation. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion passed 4 to 1 with Commissioner Watkins opposed.
Mayor Rippons read a Resolution allowing the City to submit a Community Legacy Application to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Purchase Order 1995 (George, Miles & Buhr)-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Purchase Order 1996 (Stearns & Wheler)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve Purchase Order 1997 (George, Miles & Buhr)-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
At the request of Mr. Collison, Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go into Executive Session following the meeting. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:43 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 23, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Heidi R. Adams, Executive Assistant