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City Council Minutes

May 15, 2000
 

May 15, 2000

Cambridge, MD

The City Council met for a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. with President Commissioner Saunders presiding, as the Mayor was unable to attend.  Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioner Vickers, Watkins, and Rice.  Commissioner Swafford was absent.

Commissioner Watkins led in the Lord's prayer.

Commissioner Saunders thanked everyone for coming this evening. Commissioner Saunders explained that Council had just received a resolution that needed immediate attention, therefore, it would be necessary to go into regular session for this one matter after the public hearing.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to have a regular session after the public hearing.  Commissioner Vickers seconded.  The motion was carried unanimously.

Mr. Collison opened the public hearing regarding the text amendment this amendment is in regard to the seating capacity for a bonafide restaurant to serve alcohol to be changed from 100 seats to 50 seats.  Mr. Collison looked for Mr. Pricthett he was not in attendance.

Commissioner Saunders said that she saw Mr. Pritchett during the day and he wanted to know if there would be a vote tonight and she said no.  She said that any legalities that needed to be answered; the attorney could do so. 

Mr. Collison explained that this proposal went before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in April and the commission did suggest the text amendment be approved.   Mr. Collison asked if anyone was interested in coming forward to speak in favor of the text amendment. 

Commissioner Saunders clarified how this text amendment came into being.  Many neighborhoods voiced concern that if there were no parameters everywhere you looked you would see a store or restaurant selling alcohol.  The County and the City came together and decided that within 500 feet from a church or school there would be no alcoholic sales.  It was later established that a restaurant that seated 100 people no matter where the restaurant was located would be allowed to sell alcohol.  Since there are many smaller restaurants the proposal was made that a bonafide restaurant seating capacity would be changed to 50 people.

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Mr. Edgar Williams came to the podium he wanted to know if this would have any impact on the five hundred feet from a school or church? 

Mr. Collison explained that if they qualify a true bonafide restaurant there are certain standards they must meet. Those standards being that they have 50 or 100 seats not inclusive of the barstools at the bar, the food sales exceed the alcohol sales and that they serve two meals a day (i.e. lunch and dinner).   If the restaurant meets these criteria they would qualify as a bonafide restaurant and may be within 500 feet of a church or school.  This is the current rule now except the seating capacity is 100 people.  

Ms. Portia Johnson came to the podium she wanted to know what would happen if the owner of the restaurant sold the business?  Would the new owner need to reapply?  Mr. Collison said that the new owner would need to follow the same criteria and reapply as a bonafide restaurant.  Ms. Johnson then asked if the person no longer owned the building but continued to own the liquor license how would that work? 

Commissioner Saunders said that the County handles the liquor licenses so the County could better answer that question.   Mr. Collison went on to explain that the County holds the liquor license until they receive a letter from Dale Price confirming that the business has the proper zoning. 

ADDITONAL AUDIENCE COMMENTS:

Mr. Gene Tolley 105 Vue de Leau Street and 513 Race Street, came to the podium he thought that the distance was 300 feet for the County but Commissioner Saunders explained that the City has had a distance of 500 feet for approximately 4 years. He wanted to go on record that he is in favor of this text amendment.  Mr. Tolley's main concern was there are businesses operating as a bonafide restaurant serving beer, wine and liquor when all they really are is a bar and he hoped the City would help look into the situation.

Commissioner Saunders is aware of one place in her district that is running as a bonafide restaurant but does not meet the criteria so she has asked for assistance from a County Commissioner to check into this situation. 

Mr. Collison asked if there was anyone else that wanted to speak in favor of or against the proposed text amendment.  No one came forward.

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to close the public hearing.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

REGULAR SESSION:

Commissioner Saunders opened the regular session to handle one item of business.  It was for approval of a resolution in regard to the Bio Nutrient Removal upgrade and odor control for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Commissioner Saunders read the resolution aloud.   This resolution would authorize the Commissioners to submit an application to the EPA for funds in the amount of $2,375,600 for the BNR upgrade.  This resolution cited that Mr. Kinnamon and Kathryn Foster would be authorized to draw down funds from the Federal Grant and would act on behalf of the Commissioners of Cambridge. 

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the resolution.  Commissioner Vickers seconded.  Commissioner Vickers reminded the news media and the public that this is in reference to the 14 million-dollar project that had been discussed before, that this is an ongoing process.  We will be applying for State Grants and other funds for this project also.  

Mr. Collison explained that the entire project was approved several weeks ago, and the deadline for this resolution was prior to the next regularly scheduled session.  The motion was carried unanimously.

With no further business Commissioner Vickers made a motion to close the regular session at 6:20 p.m. and enter the work session; seconded by Commissioner Watkins.  Motion carried unanimously.

I hereby certify that the forgoing is a true and accurate account of the public hearing and special regular session of the Council meeting Monday, May 15, 2000 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer