City Council Minutes
December 17, 2001
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 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 December 10, 2001 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Bohlen seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Street Lighting Committee--Commissioner Bohlen reported that the Committee met on December 14th to review a request for additional lighting in the vicinity of 1016 High Street near Bradley Avenue. After reviewing the request, the Commissioner recommends denying the request because the frequency of the lighting in the area is consistent with City standard lighting. The area is adequately lighted.
Second Reading of Ordinance to Allow Individuals Selling Christmas Greenery To Be Allowed to Park on Race Street During the Business Hours-The amendment will be made to Section 11-10 of the City Code. The seller of laurel, holly, or other Christmas greenery is exempt from the prohibitions set forth in Subsection A1. The requirement of obtaining special permission as required in Section B, and any parking meter or other time limitations on parking provided that such a vendor or seller abides by the following:
- The exemption applies only to sales of such items from the Friday following Thanksgiving to December25.
- The exemption applies only to the following locations: Gay Street, the 200 and 300 blocks of High Street, Poplar Street, 400 and 500 blocks of Race Street and the municipal parking lots at Gay Street and the 500 block of Race Street.
- No more than one seller is permitted within any one block or parking lot.
- The seller shall notify the City of his or her intention to sell and of his or her intended location.
- No more than three such vendors shall be exempted in any given year with priority being given to vendor or seller who sold such products in the prior year. Otherwise the exemptions apply on a first-come first-serve basis.
Commissioner Weldon made a motion to approve the amendment to the ordinance. Commissioner Watkins seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
Cambridge EMS's Request for Support for Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Program-Bill Watkins explained that Cambridge EMS would like to implement the AED Program City-wide and eventually County-wide. The defibrillator is applied to someone who has experienced sudden cardiac arrest. A layperson can put it on and defibrillate the person before the EMS personnel can get there. The Police Department can have it in their equipment package in their vehicles. This mobile pack has saved countless lives across our country.
Mayor Rippons said Cambridge's ambulances are equipped with the AEDs but the City would like to have the units available for the Police Department. They would also like the units readily available in shopping areas, the downtown area, and other public places to enhance the safety consideration. Bill Watkins explained that there is a matching grant from the State of Maryland. The equipment normally costs $2,200 to $2,500. The City will be able to purchase them for $1,100 each. Hopefully the City will receive community support in generating the funding. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to support the request. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously. Cambridge EMS will educate different organizations around the community so they understand what the City is asking for.
Request from Cambridge Police Department to Accept Collins Cars' Request to Purchase 3 Vehicles from CPD-Mayor Rippons said at least one Department Head would like to look at the vehicles to see if he could use one of them in his department. Therefore, this item will be addressed at the next meeting.
Commissioner Bohlen suggested an ASOP prepared so City vehicles could be viewed by the other departments before they are disposed of. Rob Collison will review the City's policy and report back to Council.
Request from Dorchester County Tourism for $2,000 Toward Reprinting the Historic Walking Tour of Cambridge Brochure-Natalie Chabot, Dorchester County Tourism Director, submitted a letter requesting $2,000 toward reprinting the historic walking tour of Cambridge brochure. The City contributed $2,000 in 1998 when the brochures were last printed. Supplies are low so Tourism would like to have 10,000 copies printed at a cost of $4,200. The Chamber of Commerce is willing to contribute $500 and the Tourism Department will contribute $1,700. Commissioner Atkinson said he sees no problem with this. We have it in the budget. It's one of these things that you never know what benefit you will get from it; it may help us. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant this request. Commissioner Travers seconded it. Commissioner Weldon said he lives on the walking tour route and he sees the brochures in people's hands all the time. The Tourism Advisory Board is considering re-formulating the brochure to allow the business community to support it more directly. This will minimize public cost of the brochures in the future. Commissioner Bohlen said the timing is unfortunate because Hyatt is opening in March and the supply of the brochures is low. Previously the Chamber did not contribute and he appreciates them contributing this time. Commissioner Watkins said it's a good project and we should support Tourism. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request from Planning & Zoning for Authorization to Proceed with Amendment to the Dorchester County Water and Sewer Plan (for Christ Rock Area)-Jim Michael reported that in the process of reviewing the annexation process and looking at the potential grant funding, it was discovered that the Christ Rock Area is not considered in either a priority funding area, nor does it have the appropriate water and sewer plan designation. The County has a water and sewer plan that essentially tells where the growth as far as water and sewer services is to be included in the County. Currently there is no designated service for the Christ Rock area. Therefore, in order to take the first step to become part of the funding area, it has to have a water and sewer plan designation. Grant applications can be submitted without being the area being designated a priority funding area, but we cannot unless it has the appropriate water and sewer plan designation. Mr. Michael is requesting to submit a request to Dorchester County for this purpose. Council did not have any objection to Mr. Michael submitting this request.
Commissioner Atkinson said he was near the radio station on Saturday and saw Mayor Rippons step out of a limousine. He jumped into the River and stayed for 7 minutes. It was fantastic. Mayor Rippons said it was his pleasure to go into the water on Saturday. He was proud that he had a small part in being out there. This was a fundraiser for the Care and Share Program. They raised adequate funding to meet all this needs this holiday season.
Council has been on a move to clean up Cambridge by putting new sidewalks in and hauling trash away. Now they are on a move to get rid of abandoned cars that are parked in yards with no tags. He guesses there are about 500 cars like this in Cambridge. He would like legislation introduced in January to take more effective action on removing these cars. Some of the local recyclers have offered to haul these cars away for free if they have a transmission and a motor in them.
The Mayor and Commissioners each wished the citizens a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ed Kinnamon reported that the County requested City representation on the 9-1-1 Board. Mayor Rippons said they will wait until after the first of the year to interview representatives from the Police Department.
At Mayor Rippons' request, Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to meet in Executive Session following the Regular Session to discuss a few legal matters. Commissioner Travers seconded it. The motion was passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:20 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 17, 2001, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer