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City Council Minutes

June 26, 2000
 

June 26, 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 Swafford.   Commissioner Rice was absent. Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's prayer.

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 5th Council meeting.  Seconded by Commissioner Vickers.  Motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Watkins then made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 19th work session.  Seconded by Commissioner Vickers.  Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Commissioner Watkins discussed the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission for Delmarva Community Service.  The Planning and Zoning Commission met to discuss the request from Delmarva Community Services for additional parking, for their transportation program adjacent to their facility.  There is proof that the neighborhood has changed since the last rezoning in 1964.  Commissioner Watkins asked the city's attorney to prepare for a public hearing on the zoning changes.  Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion.  Commissioner Saunders stated that the change in the community was for the better.  Motion was carried unanimously.

UPDATE ON DREAM CATHCHERS (FORMERLY CHEETAH'S PUB)

Mr. Rookard was not in attendance at this time.  Mr. Rookard arrived late and the Mayor asked him to come to the podium.  Mr. Phil Rookard 520 Race Street came to the podium.  He wanted to make clear to the Council and the public that now that he had opened up Dream Catchers it will have a different atmosphere from when it was Cheetah's Pub

Mr. Rookard went on to explain that his business was closed on Mothers Day, but he was there. At this time he saw a gentlemen drop an unconscious lady off in the parking lot behind his building and immediately he called the police.  The police came and he asked what he could about this and they told him nothing, they said there was nothing that could be done. Upon further investigation Mr. Rookard was able to find the identity of the man involved. He called him up and the gentleman came in to see Mr. Rookard.  Mr. Rookard truly is trying to change the image of Dream Catchers and all he wants is basic police protection.

Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Rookard how he is trying to change the image.  First, he said that there is no loitering permitted inside or outside of his business.  If, any customers begin to cause any trouble they are immediately told to leave his establishment.

Commissioner Saunders asked him how many people does his restaurant seat without the barstools?  Mr. Rookard said that without barstools he might seat 45 to 50 people.  Commissioner Saunders asked, how many full meals do you serve a day?  Mr. Rookard replied that there are no full meals.  The menu is the same as when it was Cheetah's Pub.  The bar eventually will be moved upstairs and the downstairs will be a full restaurant.  Commissioner Saunders asked him upon completion how many customers will you be able to seat?  Mr. Rookard replied approximately 125 to 150.  Commissioner Saunders said that at this time Mr. Rookard is operating under a license as if he has a bonafide restaurant.  Commissioner Saunders continued by asking since he does not serve two full meals a day does his gross receipts for his alcohol exceed more than his food receipts?  Mr. Rookard replied that his alcohol receipts exceed his food receipts.  Commissioner Saunders continued by saying that since his alcohol receipts exceed his food receipts he should not be operating as a bonafide restaurant.  Commissioner Saunders wants him to meet with Mr. Collison because regardless of how he took over the license according to the City code he is operating under a false understanding.  Mr. Rookard agreed to make an appointment with Mr. Collison. 

Commissioner Saunders said that when it was Cheetah's Pub that small children could be seen going in and loitering outside of the pub and there were several drug busts inside and outside of the pub.   Commissioner Saunders hopes that Mr. Rookard will clean up the area.  Mr. Rookard said that he ID's everyone that comes in to his establishment.  Commissioner Saunders asked who his bartenders are.  Mr. Rookard is the bartender.

Mr. Rookard said that he would greatly appreciate the presence of the police outside and inside of his establishment.  Commissioner Saunders told him if he contacts Major Mike Maloney of the Police Department that they will be glad to help him in anyway that they can.  Commissioner Saunders also again, reminded Mr. Rookard to please set up a meeting with the attorney Mr. Collison.  He said he would.

MR.WILLIAM JACKSON FROM THE HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION TO REQUEST THE USE OF GREAT MARSH PARK

Commissioner Saunders represented Mr. Jackson.   Mr. Jackson's request was for the use of Great Marsh Park and a noise variance so that the Human Relations Committee may hold their annual cookout.  The Department of Public Works has approved the use of the park.  Mr. Jackson was requesting a noise variance for the day of the picnic which will be August 5th.   Commissioner Saunders said that approximately 400 residents of Cambridge usually attend this picnic. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow the noise variance.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.          

MR. TOM YOVIENNE FROM HEATLHSOUTH TO REQUEST A TEMPORARY SIGN FOR THEIR NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Tom Yovienne came to the podium representing HealthSouth of 508 Maryland Avenue.  Mr. Yovienne stated that HealthSouth is located at the back of the Peninsula Cardiology building, therefore it is difficult for their patients to find the office.  It was brought to his attention approximately a month ago that there is a sign moratorium in Cambridge.  Mr. Yovienne wants some type of sign to be placed at their business.  He gave the Mayor and Council a packet that contained several proposed signs, one of which they would like to use.  He believes that there are losing business since they are at the back of the building with a side entrance. 

Mr. Yovienne discussed several suggested sign options with the Council.  The first was a monument sign he believed that the dimensions of the monument sign were in accordance with the previous sign ordinance.  The monument sign would be out front.  Mr. Yovienne also explained that at the time they were in lease negotiations they were told that the sign they proposed to use was not unreasonable.  Mr. Yovienne explained the second sign would be an illuminated sign on the route 50 side.  The third sign would above the door but would not be an illuminated sign.  Commissioner Vickers asked if he wanted all three signs?  Mr. Yovienne said he was just asking for anything.  Commissioner Vickers suggested that Mr. Yovienne's request should be given to public works and public works should decide if his request is in accordance with the proposed sign ordinance. Then at the next Council meeting on July 3rd Council could consider making a special exception.

Commissioner Saunders suggested that since they are preparing to adopt a new ordinance that the city attorney should look into any legality that may occur.

Commissioner Watkins suggested that we should have public works come up with a recommendation and let the attorney check into the legalities.  Commissioner Watkins made this in a form of a motion.  Seconded by Commissioner Saunders. 

Discussion came from Commissioner Swafford.  Commissioner Swafford said that we shouldn't handicap a local business because we don't have a new sign ordinance passed as yet.  He feels that Cambridge has a reputation of being business unfriendly.   Commissioner Watkins motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Yovienne asked where he should go from here and the Mayor informed him he should contact Mr. Kinnamon at City Hall.

MR.  JACK IRVIN FROM TOOLWRIGHTS REQUESTING A TAX ABATEMENT

Mr. Collison reminded Council and the public that this request originally had been under old business and Council requested Mr. Kinnamon to research Toolwrights request.   Council had also requested that Mr. Collison look into the legalities of the request.  Mr. Collison submitted a memo several weeks back stating that based on the review of the minutes when the original ASOP was established as well as some practical consideration since then, it appeared that Toolwrights would qualify as an existing business rather than a creation of a new business.  Mr. Collision said that since Mr. Jack Irvin had purchased all of the assets of Toolwrights and had expanded the operation, had hired more employees and added equipment Mr. Collison feels that they meet the criteria for the tax abatement.  

Mr. Jack Irvin came to the podium and agreed with what Mr. Collison had stated.  Mr. Irvin said that they had originally come before Council requesting the tax abatement based on the fact Toolwrights was a new entity because they did not purchase the stock of the company they bought the assets. 

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve Toolwrights request for the tax abatement.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

AWARD CONTRACT NO.00-12 MARINE PUMP-OUT STATION/MUNICIPAL YACHT BASIN

Due to Mr. Pritchett's illness, Mr. Kinnamon brought forth the recommendation to Council to award the contract for the pump-out station at the Municipal Yacht Basin to Coastal Technology of Virginia in the amount of $5,664.00.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the bid.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

DECISION FOR SANITARY DISTRICT # 3 AND PROPOSED SEWER FLOWS EXTENDED TO THE WOOLFORD-MADISON AREA

Commissioner Saunders passed previous minutes to the attorney showing that the decision had been made.  What had not been done was that a contract agreement had to be worked out between the state and the city.  Mr. Collison was to write out a legal agreement that would protect the city.

The agreement should read as follows:

  • We would not pay any money for anything.
  • The citizens of the Woolford- Madison area would pay for the service based on the current rate that citizens pay who live outside the city limits.
  • We would not haphazardly allow just anyone to hook up to the service.
  • We would not allow any large development to hook up because our capacity could not hold it and we had to save extra capacity for the growth of the City of Cambridge.

Mr. Collison will be able to meet with the county attorneys in the next week or so.

There was discussion on the capacity and the city would still have 2,511,000 gallons per day for future development.  Commissioner Vickers said that even though we have 2.5 million gallons remaining capacity, we haven't considered the growing industrial park, growth of the city and there is another annexation that should be considered.  There was continued discussion over the capacity allowed.  Commissioner Saunders said Council had previously decided that they would allow for sanitary district #3 but that it was contingent if the Health Department said that it was a health hazard.  The Health Department has put in writing that there is a health hazard. 

Mr. Collison read the letter from Commissioner Rice (please see letter attached to your minutes).

Commissioner Saunders responded to Commissioner Rice's letter.  Commissioner Saunders stated that in the letter is said that they were coming in on the coattails of others this is not true the county had allotted money for the study that had been done.  Some of these people have paid out of pocket to have private engineers that are state recognized do surveys for them.  Commissioner Saunders was concerned because they received a memo from George Hyde dated June 21, 2000 he attached a copy of the June 1, 2000 letter from the MDE regarding the proposed sewer extension to the Woolford -Madison area along with the assessment that was performed.  The average daily flow to WWTP over the last three months was 4,500,000 gallons the projected flows from the Hyatt development at completion are 900,000 gallons per day remember that these are projected gallon flows.  The approximate unused allocations for SD#3 and Horn Point are 110,000 gallons a day.  Therefore projected expansion of SD#3 to include the Woolford- Madison area you will only need 79,000 gallons a day.  That will leave a remaining capacity for future development of 2,511,000 gallons a day.  Since the county would not even consider waving a $300.00 tipping for the Seafood Feast-I-Val which will promote the city and county, these people in the Woolford -Madison area would be waiting for the end of time to get this settled.  Commissioner Saunders went on to say that this is not all about the flow, the capacity, the money it is indicative of what happens in this area when you try to work together to make things better, personalities and jealousy get in the way.  

Commissioner Watkins stated that he sees no difference in what was done for the Horn Point area and what they plan to do for the Woolford -Madison area.  There is a health hazard and we need to help the citizens. 

The Mayor said that if we are able to help citizens outside of the city and it won't hurt the city that is what we should do. 

Commissioner Swafford stated that we had the option to reduce our capacity from 8 to 6 million and the Council made the choice to keep the capacity at 8 or 8.2 million with the intention of helping our follow citizens. 

Mr. Collison suggested that in the report from Mr. Hyde and DPW there is already an unused allocation for the expansion of sanitary district #3 and Horns Point of 110,000 gallons per day. The projected for the Wooford -Madison areas is 79,000 and if you consider the 79,000 as part of the 110,000 that still allocates 21,000 for Horns Point.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow the attorney to act in behalf of the Council and one item he would consider is to use some of the Horn Point and SD# 3 allocation.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried 3 to 1. Commissioner Vickers was opposed.

HISTORIC PRESERVATON COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REQUESTING FUNDS FOR EXPERIENCE AUDIT

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to take from the contingence fund in the amount of $375.00 for the audit.  Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion.  Commissioner Saunders said she was excited about the experience audit because this audit will assess the city's strengths and weakness as we begin to make our city a more effect draw for shoppers, businesses and tours.  This is one of the main objectives of the Mains Street program.   This conference will be opened to the public.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders asked if Mr. Hayward would be working with Mr. Kinnamon.  Mr. Hayward said he would do whatever Council wishes.  Commissioner Saunders asked about the publication?  It was suggested to place advertising in the Chamber letter, the West End letter and in the newspaper.

DECIDE ON TERMS OF ELECTION FOR THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

Commissioner Saunders informed the Mayor that at the work session and public hearing last week it was decided that we have a conflict between the by laws and ordinance on the term of office for the Historic Preservation Committee.  Since we are modeling after Annapolis and they have an open -end term it was suggested that we follow that procedure.   Mr. Collison clarified that in one section of the ordinance it states that the committee may be renewed for two-terms and in the by laws it states that the committee members have an unlimited appointment.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the Historic Preservation Committee members have an unlimited appointment time.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.   

DECIDE ON APPOINTMENT DATE FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the appointment date for the Historic Preservation Committee follows the fiscal year, which is July 1- June 30th. Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Swafford wanted to make sure that this would be every four years.  Commissioner Saunders clarified that they would only need to make a new appointment if someone needed to resign or leave for any reason

APPROVE F/Y BUDGET FOR 2001

A motion was made by Commissioner Watkins to adopt the City's General Operating Budget for FY2001 in the amount of  $8,722,790.  Seconded by Commissioner Saunders.

Mr. Collison read a letter from Commissioner Rice in opposition of the budget (letter is attached to your minutes).  Commissioner Watkins said he had wished that Commissioner Rice were there this evening.

Commissioner Saunders stated that Commissioner Rice if he wished could have participated in the forming of the budget.  For the record there has been no back door, or private budget meetings.  Commissioner Saunders made the comment because she heard Commissioner Rice make the comment that he took exception to two employees in the budget that had gotten a lateral promotion they weren't the only two.  There has been no hidden agenda with the budget.  Commissioner Rice was able to ask any questions as any commissioner could ask.  The motion to adopt the City's General Budget was carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Commissioner Vickers to adopt the City's Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget for FY2001 in the amount of $7,358,391.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Commissioner Saunders to set the City's Tax Rate for the FY2001 at $1.69 per $100 assessed valuation.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. Motion was carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Commissioner Swafford to set the Sewer Charge at 210% of water bills for in-town users and 260% of water bills for out-of-town users.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Commissioner Saunders to approve the budget for the Municipal Utilities Commission for FY 2001 in the amount of $1,062,00.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

LETTER FROM KEN EDGAR GARBAGE TRUCK STRUCK HIS DOG

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to have Mr. Collison our attorney and Mr. Wheeler who handles our liabilities work together.  They need to get the police report and do an investigation and report back to Council what if any is the city's liability.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.   Motion was carried unanimously.

LETTER FROM MR. & MRS. WISE IN REFERENCE TO SHOAL CREEK

Commissioner Watkins stated that this in reference to the dredging of the channel.  Commissioner Watkins doesn't know if this is in the regular budget?  Commissioner Saunders said she believes Mr. Pritchett also receives funds from the DNR.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to have Mr. Pritchett investigate the situation and see what funds are available to help Mr. & Mrs. Wise.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COUNCIL TO ENTERTAIN REQUEST FROM CPD FOR PCO PROMOTION

Commissioner Saunders felt that the decision should be made in closed executive session since the request involves personnel.  Mr. Collison said that this should be done in a closed executive session.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to meet in closed executive session immediately following the meeting.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

ANNEXATION REQUEST BY WILLIAM GREEN

Mr. Collison said that William Green was asking for approximately 60 acres of property located on the left side of Rt. 343 across from Green Lawn Cemetery to be annexed.  Mr. Green had originally requested the annex in late fall, but at that time a zoning issue on the property had arose.  Mr. Green has since researched the issue and is asking for a rezoning under R-4 multiple dwelling district once it is annexed.     Mr. Collison also explained that tonight they would be introducing the annex resolution and that there would be need for advertising and a public hearing. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that we reintroduce the request and have it signed and set up a public hearing.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Commissioner Vickers "agreed that we need a public hearing but disagreed as it was brought forward."  Motion was carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE TO PARTICIAPTE IN L.E.O.P.S.

Commissioner Saunders said that this had been worked for a long time and that they all wanted this passed before the new Council began. Commissioner Saunders made a motion that we allow our Police Department (which is already in the budget) to become a participant in the State of Maryland Retirement Systems Law Enforcement Officers' Pension System that bring them up equally to everyone else's pension system who works for the City of Cambridge. Commissioner Watkins happily seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR AND DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the budget amendments for the financial administrator and Department of Housing.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET EXPENDITURES OVER $250

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve all budget expenditures over $250.  Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion.  Commissioner Swafford commended the Fire Department for holding back on some of their budget request because if they have an emergency they would still have funds.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders reported on the Ethics Committee, recently the Council had passed a title Ethics Code and qualifications for members to be appointed to this committee.  Mr. Collison told Commissioner Saunders that it is very important that they advertise for people to be on the Ethics Committee. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Collison to advertise for members of the Ethics Committee.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders said that there have been some problems with some of Mr. Bill Watkins employees therefore, he has put together an informational packet for recruiting, training and retaining volunteers. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve the informational packet.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously. 

Commissioner Saunders brought forth a request form Ms. Hattie Stanley for the Refuge Temple Church of God that July 13th - July 16th 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on her church lot that she be allowed to have a tent revival.  Commissioner Saunders put this in a form of a motion.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE FOURTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford discussed the memo from Chief Russell Wroten referencing equipment repair.  The equipment that needs repair is the system to record telephone conversations and radio transmissions.  This system became inoperable due to a faulty disk drive.  The cost is approximately $4,150.  The State of Maryland Emergency Number System Board will help with the payment of this system.  Commissioner Vickers explained that this system is an extremely specialized answering machine. Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve Chief Wroten's request for the equipment repair.  Commissioner Vickers seconded.  Commissioner Saunders asked is there money in his budget for this repair?  Commissioner Swafford said that there was.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Swafford made motion to have the Department Head evaluations 6:00 p.m. on July 3rd before the regularly scheduled meeting.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE CLERK-TRESURER

Mr. Kinnamon brought forth one building application from Chesapeake Resort, LLC 2800 Ocean Highway the description is the marina facility for the Hyatt property. The cost of improvements is $4,000,000.  Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the building application.  Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon said that he received a phone call today telling him that with the help of Mr. Brannock the ship The Dove would be arriving on August 16th -August 20th. Mr. Kinnamon checked with the dockmaster and there is nothing else scheduled at Long Wharf at that time, Mr. Brannock is also looking for gratis docking for this time.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve the request as long as Mr. Brannock works together with Mr. Pritchett and the dockmaster.   Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon by the request of Commissioner Swafford read the budget message that accompanied the budget.

With no further business, Commissioner Watkins made a motion to adjourn, at 8:15 p.m.; seconded by Commissioner Saunders.  Motion carried unanimously.

I hereby certify that the forgoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 26, 2000 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk Treasurer