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City Council Minutes

May 22, 2000
 

May 22, 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, Swafford and Commissioner Rice. Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's prayer.

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 8th. Council meeting. Seconded by Commissioner Vickers.  Motion was carried unanimously.  Commissioner Watkins than made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 15th work session.   Seconded by Commissioner Vickers. The motion was carried 4 to 1.  Commissioner Swafford abstained. 

BID OPENINGS FOR CITY AUDITOR

Mr. Kinnamon read the three bids for City Auditor:

1.

 Pigg,Krahl and Stern Company
   Salisbury, MD

$33,750 per year = $101,250.

2.

 Trice,Geary & Myers
   Salisbury, MD

$22,000 per year = $66,000

3.

Reznick,Fedder & Silverman
   Baltimore,MD

$15,250 for the year 2000
$15,900 for the year 2001
$16,300 for the year 2002
Total  $47,450

Commissioner Swafford made a motion that the bids would be given to Mr. Kinnamon and he would report back to the Council with his findings.  Seconded by Commissioner Rice.  Motion was carried unanimously.

The Mayor took a moment to Welcome County Commissioner Elzey to the meeting.

BID OPENING FOR CENTRAL MARINE VACUUM PUMP-OUT SYSTEM

There were two bids for the marine vacuum and Mr. Kinnamon read them aloud.

1.

Keco, Inc.
San Diego,CA.

$7,125.00

2.

Coastal Technology, Inc.
Virginia Beach, VA.

$5,664.00

Commissioner Swafford made a motion that the bids should be sent to public works for review and report back to the Council.  Seconded by Commissioner Watkins.  Motion was carried unanimously.

LESTER REAZOR REQUESTED A NOISE VARIANCE

Mr. Reazor came to the podium to request a noise variance for a car show that the Mid Shore Cruisers will be having on Saturday, May 27th and Saturday, September 30th at Sailwinds Park.  The hours for both car shows will be from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to grant the variance for both days and times.  Seconded by Commissioner Rice.  Motion was carried unanimously. 

PROCLAMATION FOR SAFE BOATING WEEK

Mr. Kinnamon read the proclamation aloud.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion for the Mayor to sign the proclamation.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.   The proclamation was signed and presented to Commander Hammerton.

IRENE HARPER TOURISM MANGEMENT PLAN

Ms. Harper came to the podium to discuss the tourism plan management for the future of Cambridge and to make a request that they City help with a donation in the amount of $10,000.  Ms. Harper said that since we all share a vision for the future of the tourism in Cambridge could the city find away to help with finances, she suggested using the income from the room tax from the Hyatt Resort

Commissioner Saunders told Ms. Harper that this request has been before them in the past and that tonight before the meeting she spoke to a County Commissioner and another Commissioner concerning this request.  One of the agreements with the Hyatt was that since the city gave them funds to help them begin the building that the room tax would come back to the city to help defray the funds the city lost in their small budget.  Commissioner Saunders said she couldn't vote to give the room tax back to the tourism management plan.

Commissioner Watkins said there are no guarantees of the amount we will receive back from the Hyatt, everything is speculation.  In fairness to the citizens of Cambridge he feels that at this point it wouldn't be prudent for us to spend money that we may not receive back. Commissioner Watkins feels we should wait and see what our expenses will be and what we will be spending. 

Commissioner Vickers agreed with the statement that Commissioner Saunders and Commissioner Watkins made.   Commissioner Vickers feels strongly that at this point and time we should not commit money we have not yet received.  The main objective of the Commissioners was to make sure that the Hyatt didn't cost the taxpayers any money.  The city needs to rely on the room tax to offset some of the expenditures that we anticipate having. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to deny the request from the Tourism Plan Management.  Seconded by Commissioner Watkins.  Motion carried unanimously. 

BID OPENINGS FOR COMPUTERS FOR THE POLICE CARS

Mr. Kinnamon read the six bids:

1.

DataProfit Corporation
Baltimore, MD.

$11,654.00

2.

DataLux
Winchester, VA.

$10,884.00

3.

C E Computers
Georgetown,DE

$11,222.00

4.

Public Safety Technologies
Herndon, VA.

$10,590.00

5.

International Rugged Computer Corp.
Clearwater, FL.

9,306.00

6.

E Mobile Computers and Mounts, Inc.
Conshohocken,PA

8,298.00

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to forward the bids to the police department for recommendation.  Seconded by Commissioner Rice.  Motion carried unanimously.

AWARD CONTRACT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING DESIGN

Mr. Pritchett came forward to explain that they went to bid for the Phase I concept, which included obtaining drawings and designs of the public safety building. The committees recommendation was to award Phase I of the architectural design to Edmeades & Stromdahl, LTD. at the proposed fee of $19,750.  This was not the lowest bid; but Edmeades & Stromdahl were one of the lowest bidders along with having one of the best proposals and included travel expenses.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the recommendation of public works and award Edemades & Stromdahl, LTD the bid. Seconded by Commissioner Watkins.  Motion was carried unanimously.

CONSTRUCTION INPSPECTION-WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

Mr. Pritchett explained that Council voted to award the construction phase services of the BNR upgrade to Sterns & Wheeler.  There are three different aspects of the inspection; the first is a full time resident representative to do the inspection.  Sterns & Wheeler only had two people that they would normally recommend; unfortunately neither one of them will be available during the time frame of this project.  There had been discussion of using the Maryland Environmental Services which Sterns & Wheeler have agreed to.  This is a separate identity within the organization of the Maryland Environmental Service staff that operates the plant.  Mr. Pritchett asked that if Council agrees he would like to amend Sterns & Wheeler's contract in order for DPW to be allowed to use MES for the on site inspection.  By using MES we will realize a savings to the city in the amount of $125,400. Mr. Pritchett's proposal to Council was to accept the recommendation.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Pritchett to move forward if Commissioner Vickers would consent to represent Council.   Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Commissioner Vickers also, agreed to represent Council.  Motion was carried unanimously.

RENDER A DECISION ON TEXT AMENDMENT FOR BONAFIDE RESTAURANTS   

Mr. Collison reminded Council that there was a public hearing last week and this would amend the definition of a bonafide restaurant. Mr. Collison said that the seating would change from 100 seats to 50 seats not counting the counter barstools.   Several individuals last week at the public hearing came forward to support the text amendment to 50. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve the text amendment as it was written.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. 

Commissioner Swafford doesn't feel that this determination should be made at this time, since the 100 seats has not been in effect very long, and we haven't had a chance yet to see if the 100 seat will have an adverse effect on our neighborhoods.

Commissioner Saunders said that many people came to her with concerns about the bonafide restaurant when it was 500 feet from a church.  The citizens main concern was that downtown Cambridge would not be able to grow with restaurants or cafes because of the proximity of the churches downtown. So the text amendment was brought before the public and Council.  Again, she said she is for the text amendment in the way the law is written now. She also reminded everyone that this does not mean a 7-Eleven or liquor store may open for the sale of alcohol.

Commissioner Watkins approached this from a different point of view.  He feel s that by not allowing some of the restaurants that only seat 50 to sell alcohol these establishments may not have the opportunity to serve the public, simply because they cannot offer alcohol and people should have a choice. 

Commissioner Swafford asked how this would be enforced?  Who does the enforcing of how much alcohol to how much food?   Mr. Collison said that if it were from the zoning standpoint it would be the zoning office.  If it were regarding a violation of their liquor license it would be the County Liquor Board.  Mr. Collison said that if someone were found in violation that this would be handled just like any zoning violation and that they would have an opportunity to have a hearing. Commissioner Swafford asked is there a something in place to make sure that the sale figures are correct? Mr. Collison said they should be something but he could not answer that directly. 

Commissioner Rice said he agreed with Commissioner Saunders in the beginning when she felt that these restaurants should not be allowed.  He does not feel that the non- passage of this item will send a death toll for downtown.  He will stand opposed to this proposal. 

Commissioner Saunders said that she didn't say it would send a death toll to downtown.   She said that everyone is getting excited about Main Street downtown and if certainly someone wants to open up a small restaurant it would be another opportunity for a business to come in and make it more inviting for the visitors that will be coming to Cambridge.    Motion was carried by 4 to 1.  Commissioner Rice was opposed.

PEDESTRIAN MALL SELCETION OF PARK BENCHES

Mr. Pritchett came forward and said that Kelly Marshall the Eagle Scout working at the pedestrian mall, as done an excellent job.   Mr. Marshall has raised $1,800 to help with the pedestrian mall improvements and Mr. Pritchett believes Council voted to match what he raised.  Commissioner Saunders said the match went up to $2,000.  Mr. Pritchett said that there was a budget of $2500 to place trash receptacles and park benches in the park.  The bench prices run between $399 and $515 that may seem expensive but, when you consider that these benches will be out in the elements and they need to withstand the use they will receive and avoid vandalism then the amount is not high.  Mr. Pritchett said that two suggestions were made by Mr. Marshall one is to have a custom made bench that has a place on the back to list a sponsor and the second style is a wrought iron bench.  Commissioner Saunders wanted to know if there was a time limit on when the benches needed to be ordered.  Mr. Pritchett said they are only holding off taking out the old benches until the new benches are selected. Mr. Pritchett would like to have completion of the pedestrian mall by July.  It takes approximately four weeks to receive the benches. 

Commissioner Swafford asked the price difference on the two bench styles that Mr. Marshall liked.  Mr. Pritchett said that there is about $130 difference between the least expensive one they liked and the most expensive one they liked. Commissioner Vickers made a motion to table the decision on the benches until we can find a committee to help with this decision.  Seconded by Commissioner Watkins.  Commissioner Saunders suggested the committee include: the Pine Street Committee, The Chamber of Commerce, The Historical District, The Heritage Tourism Council, West End Citizens Association and anyone else that would like to meet with Mr. Pritchett.  There only needs to be one person from each organization involved.  Commissioner Swafford said the Eagle Scout should be able to pick the benches. 

Commissioner Saunders said that he could be involved in the committee but they feel that the community should be involved.  Motion was carried unanimously.   Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett to have a letter sent out the organizations and setup a time that they might get together and make a selection.

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED SIGN ORDINANCE

Mr. Collison told the Council that a public hearing had been scheduled for tonight and for the record it had been advertised May 5th and May 12th.  This is regarding the proposed sign ordinance for Cambridge.  The Department of Public Works and the Planning and Zoning Commission have worked together to develop a sign ordinance and this had been brought before Council sometime last year and at that time been tabled.  Mr. Collison realizes the zoning department is having a problem with signs because we don't have a particular section in our codebook for a sign ordinance. The proposal tonight is to have a sub section of the zoning code that would encompass all the sign regulations.    Mr. Collison said that the ordinance could be fine tuned between now and the contract of rezoning if any changes need to be made.  It is extremely important that we approve a form of the sign ordinance this evening.  There is a moratorium that has been in effect for the past couple of weeks, but in the best interest of the city we should have some type of sign ordinance in effect. Mr. Collison asked Mr. Pritchett if he had any comments on the proposal.

Mr. Pritchett came forward and said that they had worked with Planning and Zoning and drafted a proposal that they feel it is fairly inclusive of all situations that may arise.  This proposal will be updated and enhanced with the new planning and zoning that is being produced now.  Commissioner Vickers said that even if they approved this ordinance tonight it would be subject to change.

Commissioner Saunders went through the sign ordinance and said there are many areas that need to be cleaned up.  There was no time limit on how long a temporary sign may be in place.  She feels that there are too many holes in the ordinance and she can not in good conscience vote for this ordinance. Commissioner Swafford could see many problems arising from the way in which the ordinance was written.

Commissioner Vickers wanted to know after a vote this evening how long before the ordinance took effect?  Mr. Collison said that it would be 10 days after being voted on.    Commissioner Vickers said there would be a problem under the political election sign ordinance the ordinance states they would need written permission from the landowner to place election signs on their property.  Commissioner Vickers assured everyone that any official running for election would have asked verbal permission but may not have written permission.  If the sign is going to be put on rental property would they need permission from the renter, the owner of the property or both?   He felt that this needed to be thought on more before a decision is made.

PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Margaret Wolff came to the podium her understanding was that this proposal was to be used as a suggestion for Redmond & Johnston for their final report and for no other reason. 

Mr. Collison added that the consultants received a copy of this proposal and everything is added to their draft proposal. 

Mr. Steve Delsordo of Oakley Street came to the podium he has several concerns relating to the draft sign ordinance. Under the proposed ordinance there is an area that discusses non-profit organizations or corporations, a non-profit organization may not have more than one sign and it may not be more than 32 square feet.  The library for instance sits on the corner and has two signs and if one sign would be destroyed in anyway they would not be allowed to replace that sign. He encouraged the Council to table matter.

Brain Manning spoke from his seat his thought was that if it was to be passed tonight and then revised when the new zoning is done that this sends a mixed message and he would like the Council to wait.

Armond Hayward, 711 Locust Street, came to the podium he was opposed to the passage of the proposal because the Historical Preservation Commission never received a copy of the proposal.  The Historical Preservation will start working on a sign ordinance within the next two weeks for the Historic District, so he asked Council to table this matter. 

Mr. Collison said that one recommendation he was going to make was that there is a provision that states the city follow a national building property code.  Therefore he was going to propose to insert in the proposal that since a portion of the city falls in the historic preservation district that if there were a conflict the stricter of the two ordinances would prevail.  He asked for any more comments or questions no one came forward.

Commissioner Rice said that the one item that everybody had a problem with was non conforming usage and the one item that never gets addressed is when you have a non conforming use yes you must allow it, but why not allow it for a specific period of time.  This way the person would have a time limit in which to come into compliance.  You would have a sunset clause on non-conforming signs within 5, 7 -1 /2, 8 or 10 years that sign would have to be in compliance. 

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

Commissioner Saunders than made a motion to table the sign ordinance proposal for further inspection. Also, if anyone wanted to come to City Hall to read the copy and make notes they are welcome to do so.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The motion was carried unanimously.

APPROVE THE CITY'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR APRIL 2000

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the financial statement for April 2000 ASOP#10.  Commissioner Rice seconded.  Motion was carried unanimously.

REQUEST TO GO TO BID FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

Mr. Pritchett said Mr. George Hyde the City Engineer had the responsibility of preparing the RFP.  This is going to be a complex venture to change over operations while it is going to be literally demolished within the next two years and still continue to operate in permit perimeters that are going to become more critical then ever while we are going through the lawsuit.  The RFP is ready.  Mr. Pritchett made it clear that MES won't be able to bid for the operation of the plant.   MES may only bid by request and that would kick them out of the running for this.  Mr. Pritchett said that with the procedures they are starting at the plant they don't know who else could run this operation for us as well as MES could.  Mr. Pritchett said there are several options that exist; to extend the contract, attempt to amend the contract or operate without a contract with MES until proposals and bids come in which would be a couple of weeks longer then they had thought.  We could get the prices, which will take three or four months, do a full evaluation study and then put it in for the next fiscal year.  Mr. Pritchett also suggested tabling this and get together with the attorney to look into other options since we have time. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to table this advertising for the bids and wait for the new Council.  Commissioner Rice seconded the motion.  Discussion Commissioner Vickers asked if there has already been a reduction in operating costs?  Mr. Pritchett said the reduction has been by 12%.  Motion was carried unanimously.

WAVING OF THE TIPPING FEE FOR THE SEAFOOD FEAST-I-VAL

Commissioner Saunders checked with Mr. Gage Thomas and he confirmed that the tipping fee for the Seafood Feast-I-Val in years past has been less than $250.00. Commissioner Saunders asked that a letter be sent under the signature of the Mayor to the County Commissioners asking for a relief of the tipping fee as long as the fee does not to exceed $300.00.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously. 

REQUEST FROM BONITA GREENE TO OPERATE A DAYCARE FACIILTY IN HER HOME.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to refer this request to Planning and Zoning.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously. 

REQUEST FROM DCDC TO HAVE HEADSTART PICNIC AT GREAT MARSH

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve the picnic at Great Marsh.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR DPW AND FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the budget amendments for DPW and the financial administration.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET EXPENDITURES OVER $250

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the budget expenditures over $250.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM COMMISSIONER SAUNDERS

Commissioner Saunders brought to everyone's attention that the First Baptist Church would be having a neighborhood block party on June 24th from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Pastor Blackmon requested a noise variance from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow the noise abatement.   Commissioner Vickers seconded.   Motion was carried unanimously. 

Commissioner Saunders said that another matter did not make the Agenda because it was late being decided.  The President of the Human Relations had asked the Mayor and Council to make a presentation to Ms. Ann Nolan who has spent two years on the Human Relations Board.  Commissioner Saunders asked the Mayor and Commissioner Watkins to go with Mr. William Jackson to make the presentation.  The Mayor invited the whole Council to come with him. Commissioner Watkins read the certificate aloud. 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Mr. Pritchett said that Park Lane and the north parking lot of the Cambridge Police Department would be paved in approximately three weeks.

The Compass Rose that the high school art class painted, is completed at the Municipal Yacht Basin. 

Kathy Hachemeister of Parks and Recreation made a request one of the streets to be paved this year first was Virginia Avenue the whole area will be done but it will take the summer.  Parks and Recreation will offer to pay possibly up to half of the cost of the paving, if we could pave Virginia Avenue prior to the summer and have it ready for the large pool to be opened. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Pritchett to pursue this matter and inform Council of the decision.  Seconded by Commissioner Swafford.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Mr. Pritchett said that since Council had to postpone the prior meeting at Long Wharf to tour the Municipal Yacht Basin to see the repairs that are needed he just wanted them to consider a time for the tour.

CLERK & TREASURER

Mr. Kinnamon had a few items to discuss that came in late.  Joan Stanley sent a letter to request a "Special Use Permit" for an assisted living program to operate out of her home at 432 Willis Street.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to refer Ms. Stanley's request to Planning and Zoning.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Discussion Commissioner Vickers stated that in Ms. Stanley's letter she also needs to contact the local health department.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon received a letter of request from the Reverend Keiford Jackson, he want to have "No Parking from here to corner" sign placed on Allen Street.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to refer to Traffic and Safety.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. 

A letter was received from Grason Eckel requesting that the Historical marker for Thomas Hicks be moved from Cemetery Avenue to the Cedar Street portion of the cemetery. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to have the city attorney ask the family what they would like to have done.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  The discussion was that we may want to put a plaque or marker showing where he is buried instead of moving the Historical marker its self.  Motion carried unanimously.

A building permit application from Lee and Jennifer Grier 2408 Canterbury Drive in the amount of $2,007.50 for a new home. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the building application.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

FOURTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford brought some purchase orders from the Housing Department he made a motion for Council to approve the following purchase orders:

Demolition Cost -- $8,050 [600 Academy Street; 419 Skinners Court' 831, 832, 833 Park Lane; 503 Elm Street]

Dumpster -- $12, 500

Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR

The Mayor asked Mr. Kinnamon to call Melissa Peters of HUD on Tuesday and find out if there is a necessity to have a meeting with the Mayor and Council on the Burt-Mill item.

The Mayor announced that he would not be a candidate for the 1st Ward due to a personal change he feels he would not be able to devote the time to running for 1st Ward so he has made a decision to drop out of the race.

THIRD WARD

A request came from Mr. Judd Vickers for a noise variance on Saturday, May 27th from the hours of 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. because he is having a band perform at his cookout.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow the variance.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried by 4 to 1.  Commissioner Vickers abstained. 

Commissioner Saunders read a letter from Tina Hubbard requesting a growth allocation and made a motion to send her request to Planning and Zoning.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders went over the Seafood Feast-I-Val minutes and had several questions: the Seafood Feast-I-Val committee went to a group in Easton and offered them a donation of $750 if they cooked the barbecue chicken.  Commissioner Saunders suggested looking for a group in Cambridge to cook the barbecue chicken.  The committee said that the city does not do bulk mailing, Mr. Kinnamon confirmed this.   Mr. Kinnamon said there are two permits to have a bulk rate, one permit to have the permit, which Mr. Kinnamon has, and there is a permit for bulk rate, which he believes Mr. Newcomb has.  Commissioner Saunders asked if Mr. Hayward could look into getting a bulk rate for the mailing.  Kathy Foster asked that anyone interested in information for the Seafood Feast-I-Val they should call 410-228-1211.  Last year as the Seafood Feast-I-Val drew near they began to accept credit card payments, but the city doesn't have the equipment to accept credit card payment.  Mr. Kinnamon is trying to get City Hall to expand our credit card set up and he is trying to get a credit card machine at City Hall.  Commissioner Swafford said that he feels that this would be fine.  The last item of concern was the charge for the port a potties.  One group last year charged $572 plus 25 tickets and a 16x16-hospitality site and that total expense was $1,257.  Kathy Hachemeister from Parks and Recreation has the capability of getting the port a potties donated so the committee needs to find a better alternative then to pay for them. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to cancel the Monday, May 29th meeting due to the Memorial Day Holiday.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders spoke on the Harriet Tubman dedication that was held at Sailwinds Park this date.  The woman that portrayed Harriet Tubman did a wonderful job and the attendees all received a first issue of the Harriet Tubman print with the people in the boat on their way to freedom.  She thanked the Harriet Tubman society for the hard and wonderful work they did. Commissioner Saunders also received a tape of the morning program at Sailwinds

The Mayor apologized that unfortunately he was not able to attend due to his new employment.

SECOND WARD

Commissioner Watkins just wanted to say that the Harriet Tubman celebration was outstanding and it was time to recognize her efforts. 

FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers thanked everyone that helped his wife make the senior celebration a great success.  He recognized some of the city workers that helped: Mayor David J. Wooten, Kathy Foster, Commissioner Saunders, Commissioner Watkins, Cambridge Police Department.  There were over 1,000 seniors in attendance. 

CITY ATTORNEY

Mr. Collison wanted to be sure that Council had formerly approved the Triathlon that will be held the first weekend in June. 

Commissioner Saunders went through the letter and wants to get together and have a meeting to make sure everything is handled properly.  Commissioner Saunders wanted to meet with the department heads involved with the triathlon.  There will be a meeting at 3:00 p.m. at public works on Thursday.

The Mayor asked Mr. Kinnamon to ask Melissa Peters to come to the council meeting on June 5th at 7:00 p.m. 

AUDIENCE RESPOSES

Marge Hall (it became very difficult to hear) Tuesday, June 6th the WECA will hold a candidate forum at 7:00 p.m. in the library conference room.    This forum will be for the candidates for Mayor, first and third ward only because the West End Citizens area only covers the first and third ward.   

Ronnie Katera 402 Shepherd Avenue (difficult to hear) came to the podium to request the use Charles Cornish Park for the days June 17th and 18 to celebrate June teenth day.  Ms. Katera requested a noise variance and allowance for parking on Wells, Phillips and Douglas streets.  Saturday, June 17th from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00p.m. and Sunday June 18th from 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 p.m.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion for the noise variance.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.  Commissioner Saunders said that the problem with the parking is that the police department doesn't want any parking up to the fence on the side of Douglas Street.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow parking wherever possible but not to take away from resident parking and to keep the fence area clear of parking.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion that for the two days of the event to allow parking on Wells Street where it is posted "No Parking."  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Rodney Kane 621 Robbins Street thanked the city for their help in the Harriet Tubman Celebration and he also thanked Officer Doyle of the police department. 

Lee Weldon, Mill Street came to the podium to explain how the questions for the forum that will be held for the candidates were formulated.  He also said as a member of the Heritage Tourism Advisory Council he was disappointed about the decision that Council made concerning the Heritage's request for funds this evening.  He wanted to confirm that there would be a Main Street meeting Saturday, May 27th and suggested that they may discuss the park benches. 

Mr. Delsordo came to the podium to make sure everyone knew that the time he gives to different organizations is as a volunteer and he would not seek contract work from any of these organizations.  Mr. Delsordo continued as Mr. Weldon and others  had, to ask the Council to reconsider the request for funds from the Heritage Tourism Council.

Commissioner Rice explained that if the Heritage Tourism Council had come and requested funding and had not cared where the money had come from it might have made a difference in the city helping them with the funding. 

Commissioner Watkins said that he would take it under consideration but he would not make any promises. 

Gene Tolley asked about the bonafide restaurant and the 500 feet from a church.  Commissioner Saunders explained that anyone who owns a restaurant that follows the criteria for a bonafide restaurant they are exempt from the 500 feet.

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

I hereby certify that the forgoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 22, 2000 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer