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City Council Minutes

July 10, 2000
 

July 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, Swafford and Rice.

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's prayer.

Commissioner Watkins made a motion approve the minutes of the July 3rd Council meeting.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Commissioner Rice made a correction to the minutes on the bottom of page 461 the motion should have been 3 to 1 with Commissioner Rice opposed. Motion was carried unanimously.

Committee Reports:

The Street Lighting Committee met on Monday, July 3, 2000 to reconsider Mr. Jay Meredith's request to install a street light on the existing pole (# 33057) near the home of Mr. Meredith's mother.  It was the recommendation of the committee to install a light as was requested.   Commissioner Rice made a motion to install the light.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously. 

LEXINE POMEROY TO DISCUSS THE UPCOMING DORCHESTER ARTS SHOWCASE

Ms. Pomeroy came to the podium to discuss the upcoming Dorchester Arts Showcase that will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2000, from noon until 5:00 p.m.  Ms. Pomeroy requested that High Street be closed from Court Lane to Water Street from the hours of 11:00 am until 6:00 p.m. and that the Showcase be granted a noise variance from the hours of 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Ms. Pomeroy said that in the past the Police Department and the Department of Public Works have assisted with the showcase and they would appreciate their assistance again this year.  Ms. Pomeroy also requested that the showcase be allowed to use the electric at Long Wharf.

Ms. Pomeroy had a new request this year from the Dorchester Arts Showcase they would like to provide pony rides for the children. Mr. Jonathan Thomas provides the ponies and a penned area for them to be kept in.  The Dorchester Arts Showcase would like to provide the pony rides at the park at Long Wharf.  Mr. Thomas carries liability insurance and would make sure the area he uses would be cleaned up after the pony rides are completed.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to grant all of Ms. Pomeroy's requests.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

REVEREND NELSON HOLY TEMPLE DELIVERANCE CHURCH

Rose Robinson came to the podium to request from Council a $200 donation for the upcoming block party that Holy Temple Deliverance will hold on Saturday, July 15th from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  All the activities at the block party are at no charge to the community.

Commissioner Saunders said that unfortunately the Council does not make contributions to any organizations but if any Council member may make a personal contribution. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that Holy Temple be granted the noise variance and if Holy Temple needs the assistance of the Department of Public Works or the Police Department that they contact the proper department heads.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

RENDER A DECISION ON THE SIGN FOR HEALTHSOUTH

Mr. Collison reminded Council that Mr. Tom Yovienne had appeared before them with a request to place a sign at the new HealthSouth business that is located in the back of the Peninsula Cardiology Building on Maryland Avenue.

Mr. Collison said that Mr. Pritchett had his staff evaluate the request from HealthSouth to determine if the sign that was requested would comply with either of the proposed sign ordinances.  Mr. Pritchett evaluated both proposed sign ordinances, and said that the HealthSouth sign would comply with either ordinance.

Mr. Collison said that in his memorandum he concluded that the sign moratorium was causing a hardship on many businesses and he advised Council to consider eliminating the moratorium for anything other than billboards.   Keeping in place anything 150 square feet, which would be a 10 x 15-foot sign that would be permitted.  Then proceed with a public hearing to at least consider the sign provisions.  There are two proposals that consultants have submitted for the comprehensive rezoning and drafting ordinances and the one from last year from the planning commission.  The Department of Public Works staff is burdened with requests without an ordinance in place.  If the moratorium were lifted the existing code would prevail until a new code is adopted which would be in several weeks. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve the attorney's suggestion.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. Discussion:  Commissioner Vickers said that any sign that was outside the guidelines of what Mr. Collison suggested that Mr. Pritchett would have to bring that request before Council.  Mr. Collison said that anything outside those guidelines the individual would need to apply for a variance through the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Mr. Yovienne asked for a point of clarification that he would be able to apply for a sign permit tomorrow and it would be approved. 

Commissioner Saunders said that he could apply tonight since Mr. Pritchett had made his decision that his sign request would be permitted.

AWARD CONTRACT FOR BNR UPGRADE

Mr. Pritchett explained that L.A. Merrill who was the low bidder and was awarded the contract for the BNR upgrade, were unable to secure the performance bond due to some other work projects. L.A. Merrill has officially withdrawn in writing from the project. Since time is of the essence in this matter the Department of Public Works consulted with the MDE, Mr. Collison and Sterns & Wheeler and the initial phase began to qualify the second low bidder.  Mr. Hyde and Mr. Pritchett traveled to Bowie on July 5th to interview and meet with J. F. Fischer (the second low bidder) and Sterns & Wheeler.  The bid by L.A. Merrill was $13,145,757 the bid by J.F. Fischer is $14,353,920.  Mr. Pritchett requested to award the bid to J.F. Fischer. 

Commissioner Vickers made a motion to immediately move forward and award the contract to J.F. Fischer.  Commissioner Saunders seconded the motion.  Discussion: Commissioner Swafford asked Mr. Pritchett if there is a penalty clause since L.A. Merrill as the low bidder was not able to fulfill the contact?  Mr. Pritchett said that there is a penalty clause and DPW has secured from L.A. Merrill a $658,000 bid bond. Sterns & Wheeler are working on this bond now with attorney's to seek any entitlement or its entirety at this time.   The MDE is working with DPW to increase the funding recognizing that the problem L.A. Merrill had was not the fault of DPW or the city's

Mr. Collison said that with the Commissioner selecting a new bid this helps to secure the bid bond. 

The motion was carried unanimously.

DPW TO DISCUSS COST OF REPAIRS TO THE HENRY STREET SIDEWALKS

Mr. Pritchett told the Council that they had asked him to determine the cost to repair the five specific sidewalks in the Henry Street area.  Mr. Pritchett said he didn't know what time frame Council was considering, but looking at today DPW is not in the position to repair these sidewalks themselves.  If a contractor was used the cost would be approximately $4,000 to repair the five sidewalks because there is 40 foot of frontage for each house.  If DPW would be making the repairs it is approximately 10 yards of concrete at the cost of  $700 to $850 in concrete and materials, 12 working days and when you calculate labor and materials for DPW the cost would be $5,020. 

Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett if he would have the funds in his budget.  Mr. Pritchett said it would be difficult since they absorbed some costs earlier this summer.  He is sure that the funds are somewhere in the budget, but the budget is new and he hasn't really reviewed the budget as yet.  Mr. Pritchett would be able to find a portion but if DPW did the work they would be able to find the funds because then they would only be dealing with the concrete. 

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to spend the $4,000 to repair the sidewalks.  Commissioner Rice seconded the motion. 

Commissioner Watkins said he would vote for these repairs because originally the regulations were unclear on whose responsibility it was to repair the sidewalks.  But wanted it known now that it is truly the responsibility of the owner to fix their sidewalks.

Commissioner Saunders amended her motion to be only these five sidewalks on Henry Street.

Commissioner Swafford apologized to the hundreds of other people who have had to repair their sidewalks at their own cost.  Commissioner Vickers agreed with Commissioner Swafford.  The motion was carried 3 to 2, with Commissioner Swafford and Commissioner Vickers opposed.

 Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett the timeframe to contract out for the repairs.  Mr. Pritchett said that DPW would like six weeks.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Pritchett to have six weeks to get the contract in motion.  Commissioner Watkins seconded.  Motion was carried 3 to 2, with Commissioner Swafford and Commissioner Vickers opposed.

SANITARY DISTRICT # 3 REPORT

Commissioner Saunders apologized to the Mayor that the original letter that he signed and was mailed to MDE was rejected by the MDE because it was not adequate.  Commissioner Saunders said that another letter had been placed in the Council's books last Friday and then Commissioner Saunders discovered that that letter was not adequate because the attorney had added information to the Council books.  Commissioner Saunders, the attorney and Mr. Kinnamon worked Monday on a revised letter that Council received by 3:30 p.m. on Monday July 10th.  Commissioner Saunders read the letter aloud. 

 Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the revised letter that Council received at 3:30 p.m. in its entirety be the letter that is used to move forward with the Sanitary District # 3 and asked the Mayor to sign the letter.    Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Mr. Collison wanted to clarify one point following his meeting with the County the district changed slightly because it can not include sub divisions which already have a community sewer system. Therefore, there will be a slight amendment from the original map which will eliminate four areas those being the Deep Water Estates sub division, Bromwells Adventure, two lots in Madison on Canning House Road and two lots on Laurie Lane. 

Commissioner Saunders amended her motion to include those amendments as part of the signature letter.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the amended motion. The motion was carried 3 to 2, with Commissioner Rice and Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Discussion:  Commissioner Rice said they had already decided what they were going to do. But he felt there are some problems; the first is that Council is entering a contract without knowing exactly what Council is dealing with in terms of the map because the map is not before Council tonight.  The fact that once you give 79,000 gallons away you can't take any of that back and since we have taken houses out that number needs to be recalculated. 

Commissioner Saunders said that the map was in the book and everyone received the revised letter before 3:30 p.m. 

Commissioner Watkins said he appreciated Commissioner Rice's opinion he respects his opinion but he does not agree with him.  Commissioner Watkins wants to help the citizens in the lower part of the County. 

Commissioner Vickers said that in the first letter the first two items stated that only those established properties with existing septic system failure would be allowed to hook up and the second item said that no new homes or commercial hook ups would be allowed. The other issue of concern for Commissioner Vickers was the 79,000-gallon flow.   If we say no new homes or commercial hook ups what happens when we have commercial development that starts to consume this 79,000 and that is not enough left to take care of the homes that may come into a problem area later or have trouble.  Commissioner Vickers is not opposed to helping south Dorchester and he sees nothing wrong with extending the service, but he feels we are doing all this on a reaction.  South Dorchester has had failed systems for years, and they need help, but what is needed is a comprehensive engineering study. 

Commissioner Saunders said that the attorney had placed information in their packets that the courts had made it against the law that only existing homes with a problem may hook up, so that is why that statement was taken out of the first letter.  Engineering studies have been done and the need was reflected.  

 Commissioner Saunders wanted to know if they needed to vote again after discussion.  Mr. Collison said that for the formality of purposes they should.

Commissioner Saunders restated her motion.  Commissioner Saunders motion is to move forward with the understanding of the mapping that the city attorney brought in and sign the letter.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. Discussion Commissioner Watkins said at this table once they have opened and seconded the time for discussion is before they vote.   After the voting is completed there is no need for discussion.    The motion was carried 3 to 2; Commissioner Rice and Commissioner Vickers were opposed.

REQUEST TO GO TO BID FOR PAVING CONTRACT

 Mr. Pritchett explained that DPW combined funds from fiscal year 2000 and 2001 for the paving effort.  This will give DPW a larger amount to go to bid with and hopefully get a better price and also do all the paving at one time.   Mr. Pritchett looks to doing the paving in late summer or early fall.  The cost of the paving will be $235,000.  The streets to be paved have already been voted on and accepted.  Mr. Pritchett asked that they be allowed to go to bid for the paving.  Commissioner Rice made a motion to allow DPW to go to bid for the paving.   Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

REQUEST TO WRITE-OFF INSOLVENT LIST

Commissioner Watkins wanted to know when do you get an insolvent list and how is it determined who stays on and who gets written off the list.  Mr. Kinnamon explained that the list that is attached to the memorandum are those companies who have all been turned over to the court system and the liens have been or can be filed through the collection process.  The CPA's that do the city's audit after so many years automatically take old accounts and remove them from the City's assets and then they instruct Mr. Kinnamon to have them removed so everything balances.  The outstanding trail balance will then balance the general ledger.  Commissioner Rice asked Mr. Collison if there were anything legally that would keep Council from publishing the list?   Mr. Collison said that it would be part of the minutes.  Mr. Collison then asked if Commissioner Rice if he meant actively publishing the list?  Commissioner Rice said absolutely.  Mr. Collsion would have to research this and get back to Council.

Commissioner Rice made a motion to allow the Clerk-Treasurer to write the $37,998.50 off as bad debt that the list be attached to the minutes and the attorney research whether or not Council may list these people separately and if so Council do so. Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COUNCIL TO ACCEPT MR. PRITCHETT'S MARINA REPORT

Mr. Pritchett discussed the submission that his department turned in sometime ago, in reference to the condition of the marina. The roads, the service roads, the concrete drive on the outer wall can not be used any longer.  They are completely undermined some of them are nine feet deep, this means that they are hallow nine feet deep under the concrete.  There is a fear of cave ins at this point.  Most of the bulkheading is over thirty years old some of it is forty-five years old, it is wooden and its original. The bulkhead is completely rotten away; its filling in the marina as the underwash comes through from rains.  The piers are old and there is difficulty keeping the electrical system working.  The report submitted would be to do a full upgrade of the marina.  Each aspect of the marina was identified. To completely renovate the marina the total cost would be $1,557,000.  Mr. Hyde did the study and broke down the cost if it was amortized over a twenty-year loan; the revenues coming in from the marina would pay for the annual payment of $123,000 a year.  At the time when the renovation are completed, since the rates at the marina now are certainly average or low and an increase would be in line to help cover the extra cost.  Mr. Hyde does not elaborate on situations like this very often but because of the time delay in doing a project of this proportion he is concerned that if we don't alleviate this problem soon we are going to have real problems.  One problem being that we may have to close sections of the marina. At this time the marina is fully booked, we are up 300% per year for the last three years for transient business.  So the whole ideal of tourism and people coming in and activity we are booming.  We can't handle anymore boats.  The boaters feel that this is one of the nicest marinas that they visit.

Commissioner Saunders said that when they received the report in December that there was some temporary work done to the marina.  Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Pritchett to officially move ahead and begin to find the financing and work with the Clerk/Treasurer and move on repairing the marina.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  

Discussion: Commissioner Rice said that this is an item that has been going on for a number of years, and there was a decision about ten years ago when the city received some parity on the rentals that money was to be set aside for repairs.  Commissioner Rice said that was done for awhile but he doesn't know if it continued.  Commissioner Rice also said that since we know what the cost is going to be and we know what the estimated life of the bulkheading would be, that we need to change the way we operate the marina to make sure it carries itself.  The total costs of the facility including the cost of the repairs should be divided by the total number of slip footage in the marina and then divide that per foot into the total cost of operation.  The total operation would include people, grass cutting and any other expenses then as we go and use that as our basis to charge for the boat slips. 

The motion was carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the budget amendment for financial administration.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET EXPENDITURES OVER $250.

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

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve a budget item that was not listed it was a purchase order to spray for mosquitoes in the city in the amount of $766.84.  Mr. Pritchett said that the Maryland Department of Agriculture did a test in Cambridge and feel it is time now with the mounting calls that DPW is receiving to spray for the mosquitoes through the entire City of Cambridge as soon as possible.  Commissioner Vickers seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM ODEN WHEELER

Chief Wroten asked Mr. Wheeler to extend his apologizes as the Chief was called back to headquarters on an emergency.

COMMENTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

Mr. Pritchett said that the work at the pedestrian mall is going very well.  The boy scouts should be finished the painting soon.  Approximately three weeks from now they will be transferring the funds to order the benches and the trash receptacles and this will complete the pedestrian mall.

Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett who attended the meeting that he held about the pedestrian mall since there were several interested parties at the Council meeting the night that the benches were discussed.  Mr. Pritchett thanked Ms. Johnson, Kelly Marshall they and Mr. Pritchett were the only three who met.

COMMENTS FROM THE CLERK /TREASURER

Mr. Kinnamon said the power boat regatta would be held from July 21-23rd each year the Fire Department sells the alcohol (beer) with the Council's permission. The Mayor signs the license since the city owns the property.

Commissioner Vickers made a motion that the Mayor should sign the license permitting the Fire Department to sell the alcohol (beer) at the regatta.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE FIFTH WARD

Commissioner Rice said that the fireworks were excellent this year.  He wanted to commend the Chief again, for an outstanding job well done.

COMMENTS FROM THE THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to go into an executive session for a personnel meeting immediately following the Council meeting.  Commissioner Watkins seconded.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to cancel the work session on Monday July 17, 2000 and that a regular session be held to swear in the new Mayor and Commissioners at 7:00 p.m. Commissioner Rice seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders entered a letter into the record dated July 10, 2000.  The letter was addressed to Mr. Vernon Hurley the letter stated that during the last three months, Cambridge Emergency Medical Services has experienced a serious decline in radio communications.  The 800 mega herz radio system has been marginal at best the radio that emergency medical service provides the fire fighters, and police agencies carry should be close to 100% reliable as humanly possible.  Our system is at its best 50% reliable and in many of our areas will not work.  There is a distinct possibility someone may be hurt or killed due to the lack of the proper communications.  With the technology available and the amount of money already spent on this system we should not have the radio communication problems that exist today.  I cannot understand why a greater effort is not underway to remedy this obviously broken radio system.  I await your reply.  Respectfully, Bill Watkins Cambridge Emergency Medical Services, Director. The letter was carbon copied to the City and County Commissioner and Risk Manager. 

Commissioner Saunders read a memo from Mr. Kinnamon in reference to the summer pay rate, which at this point is minimum wage in the amount of $5.15 per hour.  Mr. Kinnamon's memo stated that there are inconstancies with this unwritten policy some departments are paying minimum wage and some departments are paying $6.15 an hour.   Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the pay rate be increased to $6.15 an hour.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders referenced Ms. Kathy Foster's memo on the Liberty Village Empowerment Center.  The Empowerment Centers design grant was in the amount of  $40,000.  Of that $40,000 only $17,185 had been spent for the design.  Therefore, Ms. Foster made a request to take 10% of the balance of that money and put it into General Administration or the entire balance of the grant could be rolled over to the current Empowerment Center Grant. She would like to ask the state to either have 10% of the $40,000 come to General Administration to help offset some of her salary for the city or rollover the either amount to the Empowerment Center Grant.  Commissioner Rice made a motion to allow Ms. Foster to write to state concerning the funds of the Empowerment Center.  Commissioner Watkins seconded.  Motion was carried unanimously. 

Commissioner Saunders told Mr. Collison that she realized that the letter she had was attorney/client privileged communication but she didn't want to see the Commissioners that were going out to go out under to many clouds. The letter that Commissioner Saunders read came from the law offices of Miles and Stockbridge in reference to the on going sewer suit.  The plaintiffs agreed with two of the three items.  The plaintiffs insist on an 8 inch curbing rather then a 6 inch curb and are unwilling to compromise on this issue.  The plaintiffs did agree on the center line elevation of Water Street in addition they also recognized that it would not be practical to raise the curb heights in certain low areas of Water Street.  The MDE engineer did state that the agency would be able to approve the September 99 plans.  Miles and Stockbridge are in the process to obtain approval for the city of the September 99 plans for MDE and will also urge the Federal District Court to expedite its decision in the pending motion to dismiss. 

Commissioner Saunders read a letter that was dated June 14, 2000 from MDE to Mr. Pritchett.  The letter stated that the sewerage construction project permit has been issued.  A copy of the approved plans and specifications was enclosed and Mr. Pritchett was authorized to advertise the contract for bids. 

Commissioner Saunders read a letter from MDE dated June 15, 2000.  The letter stated that the City of Cambridge and the Department of Public Works had received the permit to construct the combined sewer separation phase I project.  This would be for the areas of Mill, Vue de Lue and Water Street in Dorchester County in accordance with an application dated June 2, 1999 received by MDE on June 8, 1999. 

Commissioner Saunders said it is not the Council that has held up the settlement of this suit.  Commissioner Saunders asked Mr. Pritchett when this could have been completed. 

Mr. Pritchett said that the plans were drawn and the bid sequence started in the early part of 1998.  Mr. Pritchett went on to say that the City Engineer wanted it known that it is no way relative to sewer. The sewer is designed, works and is fully agreed to by the city and MDE there is no questions about the sewer working.  This is all about street elevation and it has been raised. 

Commissioner Vickers said that it needed to be added that in 1998 is when Council made a motion and voted unanimously to move ahead immediately the Council was hit with a suit.   It amazes Commissioner Vickers that two plaintiffs know more then anyone else involved in this issue.  The essence of this site was to separate the storm water and the sewer.  Mr. Pritchett said since the 98 plans they were fully approved and determined functional by many, many top graded engineers that this would work and correct the sewer problems.  Mr. Pritchett said that it will be 100% separation and it will be elevated.  There has been no hold up on the city's part. 

Commissioner Watkins said that he is concerned how two people could control what the city knew what was best for the citizens.  Commissioner Watkins feels this is a dangerous situation when two people have the power to block the city from moving forward.

Commissioner Swafford said that he wanted the public to know that these 22 people involved in this lawsuit are the ones spending the taxpayers dollars.  He wanted the media to have these names.

Commissioner Rice said that one of the people in the lawsuit is also one of the people that were written off on the insolvent list.

Commissioner Saunders said that the City of Cambridge was highlighted in a book called Maryland's 157 The Incorporated Cities and Towns.  Cambridge is highlighted on page 58 including the Cambridge Municipal Building built in 1926, Bethel AME Church and the historic district on High Street and the Empowerment Center drawing.  Commissioner Saunders asked each Commissioner and Mr. Kinnamon to sign the page for posterity. 

Commissioner Saunders asked everyone to vote on Election Day and vote for who you want and if you don't vote you deserve what you get and get what you deserve.

COMMENTS FROM THE SECOND WARD

Commissioner Watkins said that the fireworks this year were outstanding.  Commissioner Watkins said they were worth every penny that the city paid and we weren't second rate we went first class all the way. 

COMMENTS FROM THE FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers mentioned the letter that Mr. Bill Watkins sent to Mr. Vernon Hurley.  Commissioner Vickers feels we should let the county know that the Council received a copy of the letter.  Commissioner Vickers made a motion to have Mr. Wheeler send a letter to the county letting them know the city is aware of the communication problem.  Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Commissioner Watkins wanted to know if the towers being erected around town were the cause of the problem.  Mr. Bill Watkins said that what happens is that lightening strikes the tower and goes down to the phone lines and the phone lines are interrupted.   Motion was carried unanimously. 

COMMENTS FROM THE ATTORNEY

Mr. Collison was asking Commissioner Saunders did she want a letter or an agreement sent to MDE in reference to Sanitary District # 3.  Mr. Collison has the information to attach to the letter that amends the district.

Mr. Collison discussed the resolution that was passed awarding the tax abatement to the Hyatt, in that resolution that was 98-04 there were certain contingencies and they have been meant.  The amendment to the hotel room tax increasing from 4% to 5% that was done by the county on July 20, 1999 and the amendment by the state that the county pay the city 80% of that room tax.  Mr. Collison requested that a resolution be passed now without any contingencies.  Based upon a cost benefit analysis that the state under took and provided a lengthy report to the city that everything was based upon the city receiving four cents of the five- cent room tax.  So all the legislation that was passed through the state and through the county an increase of the room tax to five cents the county will keep one cent for any hotel that is in the City of Cambridge and the remaining four cents is passed to the city.  If this would ever be amended where by the city would get less then four cents then the abatement would end.  Also as the residential units are developed those units will be taxed by the hotel rate or the abatement.

Commissioner Saunders explained that at the time the Council was going to Annapolis to try to work with the Hyatt the Mayor asked Commissioner Saunders to go to Annapolis.  His reason was because Commissioner Saunders had the contacts with the delegates and the senate and the second reason because Commissioner Saunders had worked closely with the Hyatt project.  Also Commissioner Saunders has testified several times successfully in Annapolis.  Commissioner Saunders wanted the citizens to know that all that Commissioner Saunders did in Annapolis for the Hyatt project was done with the full knowledge of the Mayor.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that resolution 98-04 be passed with out any contingencies.  Commissioner Swafford seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Commissioner Rice said that we should contact the county so that the city has an understanding of what the protocol is for collecting hotel room tax.  What the program is for delinquencies and what the collection policies are and there probably should be an audit of that one single account for the city since it is money due the city. Motion was carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Gage Thomas, President of the Chamber of Commerce, came to the podium to pledge the Chambers continued support of the Seafood Feast-I-Val both to the city and the committee. The Chamber will be glad to place any information in the newsletter plus do an insert for ticket sales.  Gage said he hasn't seen any ads in the local newspapers or posters in business windows.  The chamber has also given some of their television spots on WBOC to the Seafood Feast-I-Val.  Mr. Thomas thanked the Council for their years of service to the Chamber and the city. 

COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR

The Mayor appointed Elaine Stafford to the Housing Authority Board. Ms. Stafford will be replacing Ms. Portia Johnson whose term has expired. 

With no further business, Commissioner Watkins made a motion to adjourn, at 8:25 p.m.; seconded by Commissioner Rice.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer