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City Council Minutes

April 10, 2000

April 10, 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: Commissioner Vickers, Watkins, Saunders and Rice.

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.

Commissioner Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the March 27th Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.


Commissioner Rice referenced a request for additional lighting at 420 Willis Street. He moved to accept the Committee's recommendation to change the lighting to high pressure sodium to have the increased lighting that is desired. Commissioner Watkins seconded motion and it carried unanimously.


Commissioner Watkins reported the following:

¨ City of Cambridge / Text Amendment - This pertains to amending the seating capacity for a bonafide restaurant from 100 persons to 50 persons or more. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to instruct the City's attorney to set up a public hearing on this particular item. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saunders and it carried 3 to 1 with Commissioner Rice opposing.

¨ Delmarva Community Services, Inc. / Rezoning Request - They would like a portion of property they own (which is zoned Residential) to be rezoned to Commercial so they can accommodate more parking. Commissioner Watkins moved to instruct the City's attorney to set up a public hearing on this matter. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saunders.

Commissioner Rice brought up the fact that the applicant made no reference to a mistake in the original zoning or a vast change in the neighborhood. He feels that these issues should have been addressed in order for the Committee to even make a recommendation. In view of Commissioner Rice's statement, Commissioner Watkins withdrew his original motion, Commissioner Saunders withdrew her second of the motion, and Commissioner Watkins moved to refer this back to Planning and Zoning Commission with the stipulation that they get from the applicant information as to whether there has been a change or a mistake. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saunders and it carried unanimously.


Fourteen (14) bids were submitted as follows:

Edmeades and Strohmdale, Ltd.
Bel Air, MD



Atelier 11
Easton, MD

Fee for schymatic design


Jernahan Architectural Group
Salisbury, MD



Frank G. Relf
Huntington Station, NY

Phase I schematic design
and feasibility study

$ 9,500.00

Brosso, Wilhelm & McWilliams
Baltimore, MD

Option A
Option B


Jay Corvan
Trappe, MD



Salisbury, MD



Gant, Hart & Brunnett
Baltimore, MD

Phase I

$ 8,500.00

Becker, Morgan, Moore, Olds & Richeter, Inc.
Salisbury, MD

Phase I


Frederick Ward Associates, Inc.
Bel Air, MD



Whitney, Bailey, Cox & McNanny, LLD
Baltimore, MD



Collins, Kronstadt, Leahey, Hogan, Collins & Draper, LLP
Silver Spring, MD

Phase I


Bignell, Watkins, Hasser Architects, PA
Annapolis, MD



George, Miles & Buhr
Salisbury, MD



Mr. Pritchett advised, for the record, that he had received a bid at 4:04 p.m. today from Andrews, Miller & Associates, which was after the cut-off time of 4:00 p.m. The bid was not accepted for consideration.

Commissioner Rice moved to refer the bids to the City Engineer for verification and recommendation; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.


One bid for dredging from G. McClean of Cambridge $46,328.00. Commissioner Rice made a motion to send to public works for recommendation and verification. Seconded by Commissioner Vickers and motion carried unanimously.


Refuge removal one bid received. BFI Waste Services located in Delmar, MD. The amount of $7,928.00. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to refer the bid to public works for recommendation, and verification. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins it was carried unanimously.


Mrs. Wolff-Estlow attended the meeting. She protested the installation of the huge sign on the church lawn. She feels the sign will take away from the historical appearance of the Locust Street area. She and the people who signed her petition feel that the sign should be put on the other side of the church.

Commissioner Saunders referenced a letter from Mr. Atkinson of Zion United Methodist Church of the process they followed in applying for the sign permit. She then read aloud a March 6th letter from Brian Manning in opposition to the proposed sign. She then read the Petition against the sign to be placed at Zion United Methodist Church. Fifty-five people signed the petition to protest the sign.

Mr. Pritchett then explained that they adhered to all the rules and zoning regulations for the sign that Zion was to place on their property.

Commissioner Rice indicated that nothing could be done until the decision is rendered on the appeal.

Commissioner Saunders made motion that it be tabled and the sign not be erected until the appeal decision is made. Seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.


Mr. Kinnamon read the proclamation aloud. Commissioner Watkins made a motion for the Mayor to sign the proclamation. Seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously. It was then presented to Diane Travers.


Karen Newton came forward to request the use of the showers at the Municipal Yacht Basin for a group of young people associated with the Lutheran Mission Society who will be coming to the area from June 17-22.

Mr. Prichett spoke and said that there were only 2 showers in each restroom, and that there are quite a few paying customers at that time of the season.

Commissioner Saunders asked if the "Y" had showers. Mr. Pritchett responded that they have 10 to 15 showerheads per side. Commissioner Saunders asked if they were close to the Y. Ms Newton said they would be using the Y at times to use the pool.

Ed Kinnamon said he would be glad to ask the "Y" if the youth could use their showers.

The Mayor requested to see if the High school showers would be available for use.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion table this decision for two Mondays so; they could find a better facility. Commissioner Watkins seconded. Motion was carried unanimously.


Mr. Robert Swaney spoke about the one-day return engagement of the Circus. The date would be Thursday, July 20th at Sailwinds Park with two shows 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that this request be approved pending all fees be paid, all provision for trash pick up be taken care of and all security handled. Commissioner Rice seconded motion. Motion was carried unanimously.


Gordon Bugby came to ask for a noise variance for the "Art of Living Well," a dinner dance on Saturday, April 29, 2000. If, it is a nice evening and they open the tent the band may break the noise variance. The time will be 6:00 p.m. until 10:00p.m.

Commissioner Saunders made the motion to grant the variance. Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion. Commissioner Saunders then changed the motion to be that the variance be granted until 11:00 p.m. Commissioner Watkins seconded this motion. Motion was carried unanimously.


Commissioner Vickers made a motion since the attorney was not present to table this at this time. Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion and it was decided to wait until April 24th. Motion was carried unanimously.


A motion was made by Commissioner Vickers to have the Mayor sign the ordinance. Seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion was carried unanimously.


Commissioner Saunders explained that this is a group of people that are getting together for a pilgrimage that will be coming in May. The first request was to see if the African American Flags might be hung on Pine Street from May 3rd to May 31st. Commissioner Saunders put this in a form of a motion. Commissioner Watkins seconded and opened to discussion. These are the flags that hung in February. Motion was carried unanimously.

The second request that Commissioner Saunders brought up was to block off Pine Street blocked from Cross and Pine to Pine and Cedar Saturday the 20th of May and Sunday the 21st of May from 10:00 am to 8:00 p.m. After some discussion Commissioner Saunders amended this motion to be from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Commissioner Watkins seconded. Motion was carried unanimously.

The third request was a Motion by Commissioner Saunders for a noise ordinance variance for the same two dates and times. Saturday May 20th & Sunday, May 21st from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion was carried unanimously.

They are expecting seven bus loads of people. Commissioner Saunders made a motion that they block off from the end of the parking lot of the laundromat down to Elm and Pine for the buses to park there on the same dates and times. Commissioner Watkins seconded. Motion was carried unanimously.

There will be a parade from 10:00 am to noon between High and Washington Street to end up on Pine Street on the 20th of May. Commissioner Saunders moved to grant the request. After some discussion, Commissioner Watkins seconded. The motion was carried unanimously.


Request from Reverend Barry Miller and Reverend Randall Blaackmon for a National Day of Prayer on May 4th. Commissioner Saunders made a motion that from 12:00pm to 1:00 p.m. they be allowed to hold the ceremony. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously.


Commissioner Rice made motion that the City accept the donation of the property at 600 Academy Street. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion was carried unanimously.


The monies were budgeted for this year at the budget hearing last year and the money borrowed will be for five years at the interest rate of 5.31% at the Provident State Bank in Cambridge. Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the money be borrowed and a resolution be signed at the bank. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Commissioner Rice abstained due to conflict of interest. Motion was carried with one abstaining.


Discussed the billing for municipal yacht basin. Commissioner Rice made the recommendation that the billing be from January to December and this will keep delinquent billing down. Strike split billing and make it so all payment is up front. Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously.


The Mayor said that people are concerned about the South side between Maple Dam and Stone Boundary. They are asking when is it going to make the list. Mr. Pritchett answered saying it should be done this year from the budget last year. The lighting that started on the south side where there are no people living and stopped before we got to the houses where they are people living. Mr. Pritchett said he would get an answer on that.

Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett about the apartments on Greenwood and Camelia Street that is a bad area. She asked him if there were other areas in her district that could wait this area is in bad need of repair.


Commissioner Saunders said she and Mr. Collison discussed this. Those who are running for office again need to complete. It is keeping with the new ethics code. The City did vote on the ethics code and financial disclosure act. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to pass the amendment. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers. There was some explanation and discussion on the amendment. The motion was carried unanimously.


Commissioner Saunders explained that Mr. Swafford was not there. Commissioner Saunders has been working close with C.E.M.S. They did not have the $500.00 left for overtime. Monies have been moved to put the money in the overtime slot. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to amend the budge for C.E.M.S. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. The motion was carried unanimously.


Commissioner Saunders said that we could approve the expenditures without the finance chairman there. Commissioner Saunders made the motion to approve the budgeted expenditures. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. The motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett concerning the level meters and the manholes about his letter on this matter would he be hearing back in a timely matter. He hopes he will. Within the next week or two.


Mr. Kinnamon A request was received late on Friday from Cambridge International requesting the use of Great Marsh Park for a small gathering. They want to serve alcohol. The park is available but the sign says no alcohol beverage.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to deny alcohol beverages be served. Seconded by Commissioner Vickers seconded. Motion carried unanimously.


The Mayor brought up that there was a housing situation in Cambridge. He didn't realize all the specifics until Senator Sarbanes office called him. They wanted the Mayor's help concerning Burton Mill Carlton Court. He didn't know the specifics but they want help in the renovations. Commissioner Saunders knew of this matter. She has been involved there were at least 15 houses condemned. The people were getting at least $450 a month Section 8 rent. They had done nothing to the places. Some places had no heat, one place the family was living in the living room only; the windows even with plastics the wind blew through. HUD is not paying the owners of the property rent. The written agreement was the agent for the people would move the ones out of the condemned units into the units that are fixed while work is being done on the other units. The housing department has the entire file on this problem.

HUD has not done anything to help these people. The Mayor feels we have done our job and we need to do an official letter and let them know that we thank them for their offer but we will be taking our own action. The letter that the Mayor received was addressed to Commissioner Saunders and cc to the following:

Pat Baker

Rural Development

Tom Miller

Burt Mills

James Duswalt


John P. Seamore


Deborah Camper

City of Cambridge

Dwight Green

City of Cambridge

Ethel Locks


Catherine Willey


Peter Engle



Again, Commissioner Saunders said the entire file from 1991 is at the Housing Authority. Commissioner Vickers made a motion that as a council, we support Council President Saunders in her efforts and give an answer to that letter. Motion seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Commissioner Saunders as that a carbon copy of both letters in the report. The motion was carried unanimously.

A resignation was given by someone on the housing authority board because an individual who has served for about 1 year because they are moving to Talbot County. Anyone interested please let the Mayor know. Also, there will be another vacancy on June 14th were there is going to be an opening if anyone is interested please let the Mayor know.

The Mayor also said he wanted to thank everyone for the nice things said about him now that he is leaving the Mayors chair. He has enjoyed working for the benefit for the community.


Commissioner Saunders explained that Commissioner Swafford was in the hospital and that is why he is not at the meeting tonight. Commissioner Saunders said that they needed to go over a large personnel package. It would take about fifteen minutes to go over and made a motion to go into Executive Session after the meeting. Second was inaudible. The motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders thanked the paper for the wonderful coverage on Cambridge Day. She said it was well attended by 250 people including the children. 84 pictures were taken on the motorcycle like a traffic officer. The C.E.M.S. did blood pressure checks. The newspaper article really let the town of Cambridge shine. She thanked the fire chief for putting all the fire trucks out. Mr. Watkins helped with the motorcycle.


Commissioner Watkins congratulated Ms. Saunders and everyone that help make Cambridge Day a beautiful day. It showed the people what Cambridge is all about and what we are trying to do, while having some fun.


Commissioner Vickers said that he was surprised that he got sunburned and he got his picture on the motorcycle. Pass the trophy to Commissioner Saunders because if that picture of her on the motorcycle were posted outside of police headquarters, as her being on duty at night, he doesn't think that anyone would venture out of the house.


Chief Jeff Hurley of the Fire Department did a presentation on the Thermal Imaging Camera. This project has been worked on for three years, by the Mayor, City Council and the Fire Department. This past summer our fire department along with fire departments from Fruitland, Delmar, Salisbury, Parkensburg, Maryland Fire Rescue Institute in Princess Anne did a test of 28 different qualifications of Thermal Imaging testing plan. They gave this in writing. The City of Salisbury purchased three of these cameras for their fire department. Chief Hurley asked for $18,300 to be authorized to R.F.C. The fire department has raised a $1,000 over the last year for this camera and gave that money to the City of Cambridge. It was a budgeted item of $25,000, however by buying on the same contract as the City of Salisbury, we received the same price as the other manufactures prompt the camera to. With this camera you can see objects with thermal heat and with the proper training you can even identify other fire fighters. The City of Atlanta has already used this camera and has helped save a life. Salisbury already says a life has been saved. We did test three different cameras. This is not the cheapest but it is not the most expensive but it is by far the best camera that we tested.

There was some discussion that this camera works as a video camera not a snapshot camera. There are different types of these cameras that the Navy has used and the State Police use also. This camera is much better then the helmet camera that they talked about a few years ago. This camera may just be passed on to another fire fighter if one fire fighter runs out of air. This camera may also be used for police surveillance.


Nathaniel Pierce 107 High Street, addressed to Commissioner Rice on letters that he wrote him on February 14 and February 17th. Commissioner Rice did not deem an answer was necessary. He shared the letters with the Council this evening. He listened to the tape on January 31st meeting. Commissioner Rice said at that time " the issue is separation only there has never been any reference to storm water management until now." He said that what he did say was the original complaint dealt with only saturation, and storm water was not part of that. He was glad to be clarified on the matter. He shared letters with Commissioner Rice that he has sent concerning sewerage and storm management and that these issues have been raised in the past. Commissioner Rice felt that since this matter will be settled in court, he felt he couldn't say much.


Marge Hull 1301 Hambrooks Blvd. Enjoyed Cambridge Day very much. The Chamber of Commerce has chosen not to do the Seafood Feastival this year. Being cancelled because it is not meeting the goals any more. The Feastival has grown so that people from as far as Ohio, New Jersey, PA, Del. This event will be a loss to Cambridge especially economically and that people have come back again and again to Cambridge not just for this event but just to see Cambridge. She asked if the City might consider being a sponsor of this event.

Bruce McWilliams Seafood Feastival Committee has already put into place some of the workers and the vendors that will be needed

Bruce McWilliams then spoke about chairing the Seafood Feastival for the last 4 years and has been on the committee for seven years. It can be a moneymaking event. The most that ever came was at Horn Point of 2500 people. Last year we had 11 buses from New Jersey, PA and he thinks New York. There were three buses schedule already this year. Commissioner Saunders ask what the up front costs would be. He said less then $10,000 up front. He has to secure Sailwinds. If Sailwinds is paid for by the taxpayers the Council could try to get Sailwinds at no charge except for utilities. The questions was then raised have the buses been notified that the Seafood Feastival has been cancelled. Bruce thinks that they have been notified. The question was raised could this be salvageable since people have already heard that it is cancelled. Bruce thinks the total budget last year was $48,000 and $28,000 to $30,000 is the food budget, the rest is entertainment and $7,000 tent rentals cost. Ticket price $25.00 per person, they make $5.00 per person profit. There have been no letters sent at this time to vendors, etc. Commissioner Saunders asked Marge if the city were to front the money with a signed agreement could the city recaptured the money collect to be put back into our coffer. Marge said that she didn't see a problem.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that Bruce have a meeting set up next week as a public meeting to go over the Seafood Feastival and see what the City could do. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. Commissioner Rice wants the director of the Chamber to come to the meeting and explain why they dropped this Feastival and have it in writing also. Commissioner Saunders wanted to know if the work that is involved and last year only making $3.500 in profit was not enough. Commissioner Rice asked, since this involves economic development and tourism, shouldn't the County be involved. They have a budget for economic development. Commissioner Watkins agreed. The Mayor asked if they should send the County a letter and ask them to the meeting. The motion was amended by Commissioner Saunders to invite the County Commissioners and the Tourism department also be invited to the meeting. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that they have this at their next Monday night meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as a work session. Commissioner Rice seconded the motion.


Marge Wolff then came forwarded in reference to the sign for Zion United Methodist Church. She said the permit was issued because there is no zoning regulation in the City of Cambridge for sign in a residential district. She said the area they are discussing is R-3. Secondly in the Historic Commission Regulations there is only regulations for signs in commercial areas. So, in both cases there is a void for regulation signage in residential areas. Redmond Johnson from Easton was commissioned last fall to start comprehensive zoning plans. She feels that maybe this case will lead to a moratorium on signs in the residential area until entire zoning could be put in place.

Ronnie Pinder 812 Locust Street Came to the podium Last week he saw a police officer looking in his car. He approached the officer to ask him the problem and the officer indicated the car had been abandoned. Today the car was towed. The police towed it because it had been parked there for 48 hours. He explained that his car was broken down and he hadn't had it repaired yet. He wants to know why there is a 48-hour time period. Commissioner Saunders said it is a law and it was made because some people do leave their cars there for long periods of time. She said someone must have complained about the car being there. Commissioner Saunders offered him a copy of the law and explained that there was nothing the City Council could do.

With no further business, Commissioner Saunders made a motion to adjourn, at 9:15 p.m.; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, April 10, 2000 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon

Clerk & Treasurer