City Council Minutes
September 17, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 17, 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 Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Resolution for the Creation of an Economic Development Committee-Mayor Rippons received a letter from the Chamber of Commerce today requesting three representatives of the City's business community (one of which shall be a Chamber member) be part of the Economic Development Committee. Mayor Rippons asked Rob Collison to include this in the resolution and the vote will be taken next week.
Authorize Mayor to Sign Resolution No. 01-016 Designating Fees Adopted in FY2002 Budget-David Pritchett suggested the rate for transients at the Municipal Yacht Basin be reduced from $1.50 to $1.25 per foot per day (with a $40 minimum). Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the amendment to the fee schedule as suggested by David Pritchett. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Watkins made a motion to authorize Mayor Rippons to sign Resolution No. 01-016 including the above amendment. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 2066 (Flint) DPW-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve PO 2066. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Approve PO 2131 (Miles & Stockbridge) Legal-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve PO 2131. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Bids were opened last week for demolition work. Jim Michael of Planning and Zoning recommended awarding the bid to the low bidder, Wheatley Brothers, for $14,295. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to award the bid to Wheatley Brothers. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
David Pritchett suggested removing the bushes in front of Council Chambers and replacing them with sod and park benches mounted on two very small cement pads. This will be discussed further next week.
Evangelist Denice Carswell of the National Church of God requested a variance from the noise ordinance for their Community Outreach Program that they will be holding every Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in several areas such as the Projects/Douglas Street and Cornish Park. They will be using a microphone. This will continue through the month of October, weather permitting. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to grant the variance to the noise ordinance for the dates, times, and locations stated. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mayor Rippons would like to acknowledge the efforts of Chuck Prahl, a student at Cambridge South Dorchester High School who has initiated a program called "Apples for the Big Apple". They are raising funds and sending fruit and water to the relief effort in New York.
The City of Cambridge will be a co-sponsor of the Korean War 50th Anniversary Commemoration to be held at Sailwinds Park on October 27, 2001.
Commissioner Watkins made a motion to appoint Commissioner Travers to be the Council's representative on the ADA Committee and also to have Commissioner Weldon be the alternate. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:37 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 17, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer