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City Council Minutes

January 3, 2000
 

January 3, 2000

Cambridge, Md.

The City Council met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor David J. Wooten presiding.

Those Commissioners in attendance were: Commissioners Vickers, Watkins, Saunders, Swafford and Rice. Commissioner Saunders led in prayer.

Commissioner Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the December 13th Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Watkins then moved to approve the minutes of the December 28th Special Session; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

BID OPENINGS FOR THE PINE STREET EMPOWERMENT CENTER (CONTRACT NO. 00-01)

Mr. Kinnamon advised that three bids were received as follows:

1) T M G Construction,Inc.
   Crofton, MD

base bid

$4 74,890.00

 

add alternate #1

$12,890.00

add alternate #2

$15,368.00

add alternate #3

$5,368.00

In response to a request from Commissioner Saunders, Mr. Pritchett advised that the alternate bids refer to more details to the entrance way into the building. If it wasn't needed in the initial construction, it could be eliminated. These quotes are for "additional things that we decided were not imperative at this time."

2) Climate Masters, Inc.
   Sudersville, MD

base bid

$369,335.00

 

add alternate #1

$30,000.00

add alternate #2

$12,600.00

add alternate #3

$6, 000.00

 

3) Glenn P. Ruark     
   Cambridge, MD

base bid

$394, 879.00

 

add alternate #1

$10,189.88

add alternate #2

$13,688.80

add alternate #3

$3, 225.46

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for review; seconded by Commissioner Watkins.

Commissioner Saunders advised that when you are dealing with a Bond Bill, the bidding is different than if you are dealing with a different type of State grant. The bids and Mr. Pritchett's tabulations and recommendations need to be copied and sent to the Department of General Services who will then send them to the Board of Public Works with their comments and recommendations. The Board of Public Works, based on the findings, will then give the City the go ahead and accept one of the bids. This will hopefully be done within thirty days. She added that this is an entirely different process than a CDBG grant. Motion then carried 4 to 0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining because she has a direct contact with part of the planning.

CHANGES INVOLVING HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Commissioner Saunders stated that Mr. Jackson, President of the Human Relations Committee, wanted Council to be reminded that he would like to change the annual meeting changed to February. She then made a motion to allow the Human Relations to officially make their annual meeting beginning February, 2000; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried 4 to 0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining.

Due to the difficulty in getting the required 4 appointments from each Ward, Commissioner Saunders then made a motion to change the appointments from 4 to 3 for each Commissioner and the Mayor; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried 4 to 0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining.

DISCUSSION OF MAIN STREET PROGRAM

Mr. Lee Weldon came to the podium and advised the they have been working for a number of years with ARC to get to the point of being on the verge of making application to the State to participate in a national program that targets downtowns in need of revitalization.

The first requirement from the State is that they identify the area that is to be focused on in working with the Main Street Program. He then referenced a map indicating the area they are planning to work on. This program will provide them with a mechanism that will allow them to create a solid foundation and begin moving forward on technical support on marketing, advertising, business support, etc. It is not all keyed towards tourism, although that is a key element.

He came before Council this evening to request a pre-application letter of intent that is due by February 1st to pursue this program. The filing deadline for the application is March 24th. If the City feels that it is necessary for the Council to be directly involved in the oversight and management of the program, they welcome that.

Mr. Weldon then indicated that, prior to February 1st, they would like to hold a public hearing to bring a large group of people to the table to discuss the various ideas. This would allow them to tell the State that there is a definite interest. They could list the individuals and organizations that are willing to participate.

Commissioner Swafford asked how much money is involved because the City will be having budget hearings in a few months. He was advised that the State recommends that the City have a full time administrator and that person would receive a salary anywhere from $25,000 to $35,000. They estimate that the complete package would run from $50,000 to $60,000.

Commissioner Saunders interjected that "if you read the track record of Main Street Programs, it takes five years... to show any significant change whatsoever so you may be thinking a minimum of three years but it's no good without the five year budget."

Mr. Weldon said this could potentially be something that is funded entirely from the private sector. Ideally the City would want to participate in that because with success comes revenue for the City "and we look at it as an investment opportunity for you. "

Commissioner Saunders said that although she attended all their meetings, it doesn't mean that she was "gung ho" for Main Street, "cause I was not." Where are the letters of commitment that the City can see from the private sector of their funding? She added that if the City went through with this, the City should manage it because of the way that the advisory committee should be set up. After reviewing the proposed budget expenses on the application, Commissioner Saunders said, "there is no way in heaven you're going to do a program like this for $50,000. a year." Mr. DelSordo stated that he was using part-time figures for personnel.

Commission Saunders also stated that their packet should weigh heavily on the historical buildings in the district and she doesn't see anything in it. Additionally she indicated that she feels this is counterproductive to be spending all this money when the City is hoping to hire a City Manager to do the same thing that most business people are already doing on Race Street.

Commissioner Saunders then asked if the City was tied into any particular monetary percentage for the project. Steve DelSordo stated that in the initial plans they figured one-third from the City, one-third from the private sector and one-third from "the outside." She then asked, "if the City buys into this, the City can give the dollar participation that they feel the City would give. Is that correct?" Mr. DelSordo responded, "that's correct" and also stated that they have some verbal commitments from some Federal agencies and some verbal commitments for State funding. This program is not eligible for block grant money.

Commissioner Swafford asked if the businesses in the mapped out area would need to come up with one-third of the cost? Mr. DelSordo responded that the more they can raise from outside the community, the less the community has to ante up. He then told Commissioner Swafford that this is not a simple yes or no answer and explained that "we would like to apply for this program... if we can't raise the money, then we can't participate in the program." He then added, "if we can raise most of the money from outside sources, or we can raise all of the money from outside sources, we will do that. However, this program is not going to be a burden and an anchor on the community." Mr. Weldon further stated, "if the business community sees the value of this program, they're going to invest in it." He also feels that if the City makes a commitment, the business community would see "maybe it's time we got on the wagon and came along for the ride."

Commissioner Rice indicated, ".I would be scared to death and absolutely appalled if the only way we can invest in our community is have people from outside put the money in."

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to direct the City attorney to advertise for the public hearing; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Mr. Collison indicated that he would schedule the hearing for January 24th. Motion then carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders made a second motion, pending the public hearing, that the City at this time does not send a letter of intent; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Portia Johnson asked if information would be given to the community before the public hearing and Mr. Weldon answered affirmatively. Ms. Johnson said she would like to see a "hard copy" so she can read about the program. Commissioner Saunders recommended that they make an extra effort to get information mailed directly to churches and organizations in the community. Mr. Weldon said he would also like to see one more "round table" meeting prior to the public hearing and Commissioner Saunders suggested that he give her a call.

AWARD BID TO INSTALL TRANSFER SWITCH AND HOOK UP GENERATOR FOR FOR CITY'S MUNICIPAL BUILDING

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to award the bid to install the transfer switch and hook up the generator for the City's municipal building; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Chief Hurley advised the bid went to Paul Barnes & Son (the only bidder) and a temporary switch was installed prior to the new millennium to make sure there was backup for the sirens. Commissioner Saunders said this needs to be approved so that Mr. Barnes can be paid.

Commissioner Rice questioned as to why this became an emergency situation since the bid request was done in adequate time for the Chief to have this done long before the 1st of January, and tested. Motion then carried unanimously.

For the record, Mr. Kinnamon advised the bid was for $18,958.

AWARD BID FOR DEMOLITION OF EIGHT CITY OWNED PROPERTIES (CONTRACT NO. 0 0 - 0 8 )

Mr. Pritchett advised that five bids were received and opened on December 13th for the demolition of eight houses to make room for the public safety building. He stated that he recommends the low bid from Wheatley Brothers and feels they are qualified as they just finished taking down the B. J. Linthicum building.

Commissioner Vickers motioned to accept Wheatley Brothers bid; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Commissioner Rice mentioned the fact that the bids ranged from $13,800 to $51,458. Commissioner Vickers said that "Wheatley Brothers are to be highly praised for the good job they did... nice clean looking lot and based on that I'm sure it's going to be equally as good with removal of the houses." Motion then passed with 4 to 0 with Commissioner Swafford abstaining.

In response to a question from Commissioner Saunders, Mr. Pritchett advised that the demolition plans to be completed in less than two weeks.

APPROVE CITY'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR NOVEMBER, 1999 (ASOP #10)

Commissioner Swafford moved to approve the Financial Statement for November; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST FOR MINOR TEXT AMENDMENT TO THE PLANNED WATER RESORT DISTRICT STATUTE

Mr. Collison advised that Mr. McAllister, attorney for the Hyatt Development Company, sent correspondence asking that the Council consider a text amendment which slightly reduces (by six inches) the width of a parking space, but only for the valet parking areas. With Council's approval, Mr. Collison said he would go ahead and begin coordinating the public hearing with Mr. McAllister's office.

Commissioner Saunders moved to allow the City attorney to schedule the public hearing; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST FROM CLIFTON ENTERPRISES, INC. FOR ANNEXATION

A request was received for annexation of 7.80 acres (Chesapeake Drive - Tax Map 41, Grid 6, Parcel 96). Commissioner Rice moved to refer this to the Planning and Zoning Commission and at the same time they verify if there are any other adjacent parcels which could be annexed simultaneously in addition to this property; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

ADOPTION OF OPINION AND RECOMMENDATION FROM ETHICS COMMISSION REGARDING ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED ON AUGUST 31, 1999

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the Council accept the five hundred dollar civil penalty recommended by Mr. Victor Laws; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then indicated that Mrs. Adams of City Hall has supplied her with receipt #26820, dated December 30, 1999 signed by Ms. Emma Bramble "received of Daniel J. Swafford five hundred dollars for civil penalty assessed by Victor Laws." A copy of Commissioner Swafford's check #0820, dated December 30, 1999 was also provided.

Commissioner Rice asked the City attorney if a motion needs to be made to accept Mr. Laws' report. Mr. Collison suggested that this would be in order and Commissioner Rice moved to do so; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGETED EXPENDITURES OVER $250

Commissioner Swafford indicated that there were four budget expenditures over $250 and he made a motion to approve the Dorchester Service Associates on for $251; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

He then moved to approve the one from Glenn P. Ruark, Inc. for $1,284.06; seconded by Commissioner Rice who confirmed that this is in reference to requirements for ADA compliance. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Swafford moved to approve $540. for the maintenance contract for the Police Department's telephone system; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders said their was one expenditure that she discussed with the Finance Chairman that she asked that Council deny "so it doesn't come back another time." The department is asking to go to domestic violence mediation training at the cost of $845. This person is not affiliated with the Police Department and "I cannot see how that is going to benefit that department" so she moved to deny the request. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and it carried unanimously.

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WOOTEN

Mayor Wooten stepped up to the podium and read a statement he prepared expressing his feelings with regard to the recent land purchases. He indicated "simply because something is legal, does not mean it is ethical" and stated that he had expressed opposition to some members of the City Council regarding the purchase of the property from Commissioner Swafford. Mayor Wooten added, "I only wish I had shared my feelings publicly when this first took place."

COMMENTS FROM CITY ATTORNEY

Mr. Collison advised that he has scheduled four public hearings for next week's agenda starting at 7:00 p.m.:

  • amendment to the Critical Areas program
  • Moxey's Market - text amendment to allow sale of bottled gas in the C-1 district
  • Special Use Permit for beer and wine sales at 603 Meteor Avenue
  • Special Use Permit for day care center at 1107 Roslyn Avenue

He also stated that he needed a motion for an Executive Session to obtain legal advice in matters for Monday, January 10th (4:00 or 5:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works). Commissioner Saunders made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss legal matters involving the City for Monday, January 10th; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers said we made the transition into the new year with very little trouble and "I think that's because of the efforts of a lot of people, particularly our Department Heads." He added that, thanks to the Department of Public Works, we have trash collection for the Christmas holiday and "I just wanted everybody to know there's a positive upbeat."

COMMENTS FROM SECOND WARD

Commissioner Watkins wished everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and said he is still doing what he can as a Commissioner to help anyone he can.

COMMENTS FROM THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders stated that the sidewalk study grant request was submitted a few weeks ago.

At the last regular meeting she indicated that Council granted her permission to check with all Department Heads to find out if they had a "wish list" for Community Development Block Grant money for the year 2000. The only information she received was for an elevator to be installed in the RFC building to make it handicap accessible. Commissioner Saunders then made a motion to allow Ms. Foster and the Department of Public Works and herself to move forward with the application so it can come before Council for a public hearing "as well as for, we hope, adoption." Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice who stated, "I would hope that when we're doing that, we look forward far enough in the placement of that particular facility that when the City takes that building over and utilizes it for a combined office building that we don't have to go back and redo the same thing." Motion then carried unanimously.

She then made a second motion "that in the development of this proposal that the Council have continued feedback and information with participation of Commissioner Vickers who serves as Building and Properties Committee." Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins and it carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then announced that the next Department Head meeting will be on January 10th at the Pine Street Sub-station. The open part of the meeting will start at noon and then they will go into Executive Session to discuss salaries and benefits.

COMMENTS FROM MAYOR WOOTEN

Mayor Wooten shared a "gracious" letter that Mr. Pritchett received from Philip Young of Milford, Delaware who is moving to Cambridge. He thanked the City for the good job that is being done at the Municipal Marina "and I just thought that was refreshing and wanted to share that." The Mayor then asked Mr. Pritchett to relay to Chuck that we appreciate what he is doing down there.

He then asked Council's permission to direct a letter to Delmarva Community Services supporting their transportation program and how it benefits the City of Cambridge. Commissioner Saunders moved to grant his request; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried 4 to 0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining "because my husband uses Delmarva Community Services to go back and forth to work."

The Mayor then stated "the big Y2K bug came and went and didn't bite anybody" and the City's Department Heads did an excellent job in preparation for this and as a result of that there were no difficulties to report.

COMMENTS FROM FOURTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford expressed a Happy New Year to everybody... "we're going to have a great year this year."

COMMENTS FROM FIFTH WARD

Commissioner Rice said "I didn't have nearly as much fun in welcoming the New Year that you did." He added that years ago he never felt that he would see the change of the century and it had nothing to do with Y2K... "it just had to do with me." He then stated that "every year I'm here is a good year for me."

COMMENTS FROM CLERK-TREASURER

Mr. Kinnamon addressed a memo directed to the Mayor and Council from Police Chief Wroten regarding a recommendation made by the Police Board. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the promotion of the officer in question since the Chief has verified that the officer met all standards; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon then added for the record "that's effective today."

COMMENTS FROM DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

Mr. Pritchett referenced George Hyde's memo regarding the closing of the Cambridge Creek Bridge to update the entire electrical system of the bridge, including the motors that were installed in 1932. The closing will be from 5:00 a.m. on January 31st until 5:00 p.m. on March 10th. During this period, the bridge will be closed 24 hours a day to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Commissioner Rice stated that this information was given to the City well in advance and they did have a meeting at the Highway Administration about it. He added, "if I owned a business right there, I'd be really unhappy but by the same token, there is no option." He is concerned about the safety aspect of rerouting traffic down Academy Street... "so the Chief has got his work cut out for him and maybe we should have Traffic and Safety look at any alternate solutions we may have to that..." Commissioner Saunders made a motion to have the Traffic and Safety Committee look into this; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

At this time Commissioner Saunders made a motion to retire into Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Pritchett then stated that last summer they spend an unbelievable amount of time trying to keep the electricity working at Long Wharf at the Yacht Basin... "everything is getting old down there." George Hyde has given Council a complete study of what DPW has done from what the problem is, what needs to be replaced and options on how it could be financed. Mr. Pritchett said this was just for Council's information at this time.

Commissioner Rice said that Mr. Pritchett mentioned Long Wharf and the marina... "and they're not the same." Mr. Pritchett clarified that this if for the marina although he did say it is both because if you go from the key, the key is the only part that has had the bulkheading replaced. The rest of it is deteriorating also, both the interior and the exterior. Commissioner Rice said that it certainly needs to be looked at and, as far back as the mid 1980's, money from the increase to the boat slip rentals was being set aside in a fund "to help fund those kind of repairs."

Mr. Pritchett stated that one of his major concerns is, with the bulkheading eroding as it is, there is a washout occurring and filling the marina. Commissioner Swafford said with the upcoming budget, the Council will certainly look at this.

COMMENTS FROM FIRE CHIEF

Chief Hurley thanked Council for the expediency in getting the generator hooked up... "it: also carries City Hall.,, He said that they dug into their budget and helped the citizens out with $5,000. towards this so the original estimate of $13,000. should be accurate with their contribution.

He also reported that the Fire Department is up and running, "no Y2K problems."

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Reverend Nathaniel Pierce, 107 High Street, came to the podium and stated, "I appreciated your sharing with us tonight, Mr. Mayor, your statement about the land deal and the public safety building." He feels it would be unfortunate if the meeting adjourned without some mention of the things that were not said. First, he felt that a word of appreciation was due to Mr. Cleveland Rippons "who cared about this situation and persistently raised the issue with you and the City Council." He added that the Mayor had written long pieces in the paper criticizing Mr. Rippons, "and yet he was right." He went on to say that Commissioner Swafford was right in what he said, "that he was unfairly singled out."

Reverend Pierce then went on to say that he understands that "those of us who are involved in the sewer lawsuit are referred to in this group as 'the sewer gang' and no doubt Mr. Rippons is now 'the ethics gang' ...we are not gangs... we are public citizens who care about this community and some of us are willing to stand up and speak our minds when we think something is wrong."

The second thing that was missing from the Mayor's comments "is that Mr. Kinnamon, as the Ethics Commission, found nothing wrong before he resigned and now that he has resigned, we have no Ethics Commission." He then asked if steps are going to be taken to have an Ethics Commission that is truly independent of this group that can look at ethical questions and supply advisory opinions or render judgments that will be helpful.

Reverend Pierce reminded the Mayor that the sewer lawsuit was filed "because the City would not send representatives to two meetings called by the Maryland Department of the Environment and that, you sir, did not answer a certified letter mailed by me in April, 1998. I mailed you another copy of that in September and you assured me I could expect a response... well, I'm still waiting."

Mayor Wooten responded to Reverend Pierce, "I agree with you. You did write me a letter... and I didn't respond to you because I had given it to someone else and I thought a response had been generated and didn't know that until you had given me your second letter, so I was wrong there. It wasn't deliberate but I apologize for that."

As far as his statement tonight, the Mayor said his statement wasn't motivated or forced by anybody. What he said tonight, he said before the community became aware that this was an issue. He wanted to go on record by saying, "I said what I said tonight and this Council knows I said it before it was done."

With reference to the sewer lawsuit, Commissioner Saunders asked the City attorney, "when are we going to be able to actually tell our side, show our side, have the documentation and not be painted the way we are being painted because the public is only getting one side..." Legally, she has previously been told that she can't say anything, "but I'm getting tired of being beat up on... when there is another side that is documented from Federal Court all the way down." Mr. Collison responded to her, "next week may be an opportunity to voice those concerns again."

MORE COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Ms. Marjorie Hull, President of the West End Citizens Association, came to the podium to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year "and a good, positive year 2000..." On behalf of the Association, she thanked Council for initiating a study for review and updating of the City's zoning codes

She then added "a tremendous thank you and appreciation for the final approval of the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines so that it is now in place..." This is something that the West End Citizens Association worked on wholeheartedly for over five years. She also expressed appreciation for Armond Hayward and his Preservation Commission members who actually put together the information at no cost to the City even after expending money out of their own pockets. Ms. Hull additionally thanked DPW and in particular Dave Pritchett.

MORE COMMENTS...

Mr. Gage Thomas was next to speak advising that he wears many hats and sometimes causes problems "as to which hat I have on, but the one hat I do wear is that of Gage Thomas, concerned citizen." This year he is serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce. Secondly, he is Acting President of ARC until Tony Thomas gets back on his feet.

With regard to the Main Street Program discussed earlier this evening by Lee Weldon, Mr. Thomas said, "we appreciate your giving us strong consideration." This program is a tool that has been used by 14 other cities to help the city formulate one common goal.

On another note, Mr. Thomas asked if Mr. Wheatley's contract included removal of any underground tanks at the site of the new Public Safety Building? Mr. Pritchett advised the removal of the tanks was handled by certified personnel, not Mr. Wheatley. He added that the tanks were intact and there was no leakage.

MORE COMMENTS...

Mr. C. L. Rippons, 101 Killarney Drive, came to the podium and stated, "earlier there was a motion to accept the civil penalty that Mr. Laws delivered to Mr. Swafford. Is that correct?" Commissioner Rice advised affirmatively. Mr. Rippons went on to say, "now, also, I have a copy of his letter here and it talks about the disciplinary or other personnel action the Council may choose to take. I didn't hear nobody discuss that issue so I want to ask the Council now, your point of reference on the situation as Mr. Laws outlined it on the disciplinary or personnel issues... any action that you would choose."

Mayor Wooten said he has not heard any discussion but he thinks the Council needs to respond to this themselves. Commissioner Rice stated that the entire report was also accepted, not just the civil penalty. Mr. Rippons said, "and that's my question because if you accept this as he has outlined in his letter..." Commissioner Rice said, "we have not discussed that as a group as yet. I certainly am one of those people that I need some counsel as to (a) what are your options... what is the least you can do ...the worse you can do... and first of a11, what can you do ...what is the time frame for taking action. And I haven't gotten an answer on either one of those questions yet so to answer your question, I'm waiting to get an answer in order for this group to be able to sit and say OK, here's the situation, now where are we on this particular issue."

Mr. Rippons asked if any other Council person has a statement? Commissioner Watkins said, I have not made a definitive decision on any of it ...I have an open mind... I have no decision at this point."

Mr. Rippons asked again, "any of the other Council people?" He went on to say, "I also have a letter here, since I've been asked when I have questions to put it in formal writing. I wrote this today, but I would like to have it stated as part of the record. The purpose of this letter's request is Section 13-2(f) of the City Code be upheld in light of the recent ruling by Victor H. Laws concerning ethics violations by Daniel Swafford, Sr. We may read in Section 13-2(c), relevant criteria that constitutes dismissal of violator. Mr. Laws, in his letter dated December 13, 1999 supplies Council with supporting evidence and legal opinion that speaks directly to Section 13-2(c) and the violation of this referenced section.I await response of Council and would request that their answer be forwarded to me in written form. Thank you for your cooperation and the reason I did this is within the scope of what Mr. Laws looked at. He said to make his determination he did not have to go any further than the first two issues so therefore, what I'm asking is that our Code Section there... violation of any provision of this section shall constitute grounds for dismissal." Mr. Rippons then presented his letter to Mr. Collison.

Mayor Wooten said, in response to something Reverend Pierce had said, "where do we stand with the Ethics Commission." Mr. Collison indicated that the provisions have been drafted and they have been tabled. Commissioner Saunders said she was under the impression that Ed Kinnamon had been removed as the Ethics Committee officially. Mr. Collison said formally, he has not been. Mr. Kinnamon removed himself because of the conflict. Commissioner Saunders said it was tabled because there had been some changes and Council had asked Mr. Collison to resubmit it to Council.

Mayor Wooten restated his opinion that this needs to be on the agenda as soon as possible. "I think it needs to be instituted and established in such a way that there can be some sanctions, that it can make its presence felt in a viable way..."

Commissioner Saunders said "I'm not driven by re-election or playing to the audience when I make statements. I will say, if you could put it in our packets for next week, we need to review all the changes because you and I discussed some changes today, Mr. Collison, that need to go into it and to make sure that some of the recommendations that was prior made by every one of the Council that made recommendations is in there before we adopt it. We need to go back and read it and make sure everything is in there."

Mayor Wooten said he was not playing to the audience, "I'm saying what I've said all along and I'll repeat it ...and I don't want to be accused of playing to the audience."

With no further business, meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, January 3, 2000 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer