City Council Minutes
October 1, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 1, 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 Travers made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 24, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Historic Preservation Commission met on September 20, 2001 and discussed the following cases:
- Frank Collins of 200 Belvedere Avenue requested permission to re-shingle his roof. Permission was granted.
- John B. Rosemere of 609 William Street requested permission to install a fence. Permission was granted.
- Keith & Mary Todd of 101 Glenburn Avenue requested permission to replace windows and a door. Permission was granted.
- William & Janis Clyde, 108 Mill Street requested permission to install a fence. Permission was granted.
- Chad Reagan & David Dowling, 315 Belvedere Avenue requested permission to repair a porch, install gutter and replace a fence. Permission was granted.
- Theodore & Rebecca Cooney, 300 Belvedere Avenue requested permission for porch restoration. Permission was granted.
- Anthony & Marion Thomas, 420 Race Street, requested permission to install a shed, a sign, and exterior lighting. Permission was granted.
Open Bids for Engineering Proposals for Franklin Street Boat Ramp Facility-Bids were received from:
- Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. (Salisbury, MD) -- $43,000
- Andrews, Miller & Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MD) -- $36,400
- George, Miles & Buhr, LLC (Salisbury, MD) -- $27,500
Commissioner Weldon made a motion to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Laura Weldon to Request Permission to Hold Christmas Parade-Preparations are underway for the 54th Annual Christmas Parade using the traditional parade route. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the Cambridge Christmas Parade for Saturday, December 1 beginning at 5:00 pm. Line-up begins at 4:15 pm. Commissioner Atkinson seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Representatives from ARC to Discuss Downtown Revitalization-Gage Thomas, President of ARC, and Steve DelSordo highlighted seven projects ARC would like to partnership with the City on. They include Sailwinds, Downtown Infrastructure Improvements, Arts District, Comprehensive Plan, Storefront Improvements, Existing Incentive Programs, and Information Sharing. ARC has established a website www.downtowncambridge.com to provide information on business and activity in the downtown.
Proclamation for Crime Prevention Month 2001-The proclamation was read by Ed Kinnamon, signed by Mayor Rippons, and presented to Chief Wroten.
Presentation of Awards for Crime Prevention Month-Sergeant Pat Doyle introduced the Hot Spot Team. They are: Patti Dail from the Department of Juvenile Justice, Patricia Banks from Parole and Probation, Hamilton Brake from the Department of Juvenile Justice, Patrolman John Foster, Officer Louis Nichols, and Officer Leaf Lowe. Mayor Rippons presented the members with Certificates of Appreciation for everything they do for the City. Chief Wroten recognized the outstanding job that Sergeant Doyle and the team do for Cambridge.
Award Contract for Great Marsh Boat Ramp Dredging-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Department of Public Works to award the bid to Apple Marine Construction (Trappe, Maryland) for $13,350. Commissioner Weldon seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. This will be fully paid for by the Department of Natural Resources.
Establish Hours for Trick or Treating on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31-Commissioner Watkins made a motion to establish the trick or treating hours on Wednesday, October 31 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under. Commissioner Weldon seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Planning & Zoning to Proceed with the Demolition of Several Structures and to Proceed in the Advertising for Bids to Demolish Said Structures-The department has issued Demolition Notices on 505 Elm Street, 600 Washington Street, 802 Woods Street, 407 Charles Street, and 706 Lincoln Terrace. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to proceed with demolition. Commissioner Bohlen seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from New Life AME Zion Church for Refund of Building Permit Fee-This item will be discussed at a later date. Rob Collison will draft an Operating Procedure to outline when building permit fees can be refunded for non-profit organizations.
Cancel Council Meeting on October 8 in Honor of Columbus Day-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to cancel the City Council Meeting on Monday, October 8. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. The meeting on October 15 will be a regular council meeting.
Approve Purchase Order 2024 (Caldabaugh Communications) for RFC-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve Purchase Order 2024. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Pat Paterson spoke to Commissioner Bohlen on the poor conditions and trash in the First Ward.
Portia Johnson spoke about the grass growing in the street and the conditions in the Third Ward.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:06 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 1, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer