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City Council Minutes

September 11, 2000
 

The City Council met in regular session on September 11, 2000, in City Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Cleveland L. Rippons called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.    Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioner Bohlen, Watkins, Weldon, Atkinson and Travers.

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The minutes of the August 28, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

Planning & Zoning Committee Report (Commissioner Watkins)

Bonita Green (1404 Stone Boundary Road) requested a special use permit to operate a day care center in her home for eight children. A motion was made to accept the recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Board and to set up a public hearing. The motion was passed unanimously.

Joan R. Stanley (432 Willis Street) requested a special use permit to operate an assisted living program in her home for senior citizens. The attorney will further research this item before a motion is made.

Woods Crossing Limited Partnership (Route 16) requested permission to construct an additional cluster of apartments to the existing complex. A motion was made to grant preliminary approval to move forward for a variance application with the Board of Zoning Appeals. The motion was passed unanimously.

Jolley Community Center (Greenwood & Cosby Avenues) requested preliminary approval to build a community center. Further information was requested.

APPOINTMENTS

A motion was made to designate the week of September 11th through 17th, 2000 as City of Cambridge Square Dancing Week.  The motion was passed unanimously.  A proclamation was presented to The Dorchester County Swingers Association.

A Resolution of the Mayor and City Commissioners of Cambridge on the Retirement of Patrolman First Class Palestine Elliott from the Cambridge Police Department was read.  A motion was made to accept the resolution.  The motion was passed unanimously.  The resolution was presented to Patrolman First Class Palestine Elliott.

Jerome Stanley and Rudolph Stanley of Dorchester Lodge #223 (Elks) requested permission to hold their annual Organization Day Parade on Saturday, October 28, 2000, beginning at 3:00 pm.  They also requested closing of Pine Street from Cross Street to Cedar Street from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm and a noise variance.  A motion was made to allow the Elks to hold the parade, close the said streets and be given a noise variance for the hours stated.  The motion was passed unanimously.

A Proclamation for National Crime Prevention Month was read.  A motion to issue the proclamation and to grant two noise variances-the first on October 14th from 1 pm to 4 pm (Cosby Ave.) and the second on October 21st from 1 pm to 4 pm (Wal*Mart) was made. The motion was passed unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Council to Appoint HRC Members - Appointments will be made at a future meeting.

Council to Discuss Fence Replacement on City Parking Lot (Race Street) - A chain-link fence was suggested.  The purpose of the fence and associated costs were discussed.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to locate the funding and install a black or dark-green chain-link fence.  The motion was denied (2-3) with Commissioners Atkinson, Travers and Watkins opposing.  A motion was made by Commissioner Atkinson for the Department of Public Works to investigate the cost of a fence that would give more security and meet the requirements of the Historical Committee.  The motion was passed unanimously.  This item will be investigated further and discussed at a future meeting.

Council to Render Decision on Abolishing Selected Committees (The Architectural Board of Review, The Board of Construction Appeals, The Great Marsh Development Committee, The Cambridge Task Force Gaming Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee) - A motion was made by Commissioner Watkins to abolish said committees because they are not functional at this time.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Council to Discuss Memo from Rob Collison on Hiring Procedures - This item will be discussed at a future meeting.

Approve Building Permit 2903 for Elias Adampoulos (WAWA, 601 Sunburst Highway) - A motion was made to approve the building permit for WAWA.  The motion was passed unanimously. (Permit fee - $5,990.00; Cost of Improvements - $716,000.00)

Council to Discuss Police Advisory Board - A motion was made by Commissioner Atkinson to accept an Advisory Board rather than a board of authority to direct activities of the Police Department. The motion was passed unanimously.

DPW Recommendation for Kiosk at Municipal Yacht Basin - A motion was made to purchase a kiosk and necessary poles for Long Wharf.  A discussion continued on the type of information that will be permitted in the kiosk.  The attorney will work with the Department of Public Work on guidelines to be presented next week.  The motion was withdrawn until more detailed information was available.

Council to Render Decision on New Salary Structure - A new salary schedule with emphasis on our lower-paid employees was introduced to the Council.  A motion was made by Commissioner Travers to accept the new salary schedule. The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Council to Discuss Skateboard Park - Steve Whitten discussed the City-owned land near the Wastewater Treatment Plant (cor. Woods Road and Roslyn Ave.) as a perfect site for a skateboard park (parking, visibility, drainage, questioned zoning).  He proposed a concrete park, fenced-in, with an attendant, costing approximately $75,000.  Paying participants from the whole East Coast would use it.  Mr. Collison stated that the site is not exempted from the Critical Areas.  The empty site near the County pool was suggested but the County has not responded to its availability.  This would be more accessible to foot-traffic, a safety issue.  A representative from 84-Lumber expressed their willingness to cooperate by supplying or donating materials for framing, etc.  Mr. Whitten was asked to put together a plan for a basic park and one for a basic park plus upgrades.  Any resources should be included as well as suggested fee schedules for park usage. 

Council to Discuss Initiation of an Ethics Committee - A revision to the Ethics Code called for a three-member Committee with appointments made by the Council. The previous Council initiated this.  These positions have not been filled.  Also, an ADA Committee has not been formed.  The newspapers were asked to suggest that anyone wishing to be considered for either of these committees to send a letter to the City Clerk Treasurer.  The policies of other local cities will be researched for comparison.

Award Bid for Bituminous Concrete Overlay for Various City Streets - The Department of Public Works met with the low bidder (Eastern Shore Paving, Inc.) found no problems, and recommends awarding the bid to this low bidder ($201,905.00).   A motion was made by Commissioner Travers to award the bid to Eastern Shore Paving, Inc.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Award Bid for First Phase of the Combined Sewer Separation - The bids came in higher than anticipated.  The City Engineer and George, Miles & Buhr determined that the numbers are in-line with bid received by other entities.  The department recommended awarding the bid to J. Marion Bryan & Sons, Inc., the low bidder ($1,897,200.00).   A motion was made by Commissioner Travers to award the bid to the low bidder, J. Marion Bryan & Sons, Inc.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Council to Discuss Request from Chief Wroten to Sell Inoperable Vehicles - A motion was made to accept Chief Wroten's request to sell two inoperable vehicles to a junkyard.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Wal*Mart for Storage Trailer (mid-Oct. through Dec. 25) - According to the City Attorney, this request can only be granted for a 30-day period and if they wish to continue, they must address the issue again.  A motion was made by Commissioner Watkins to yield to Wal*Mart a 30-day request for storage trailers subject to renewal.  After discussion initiated by the Department of Public Works, Commissioner Watkins amended the motion to add that the number of trailers will not exceed six; placement of the trailers is subject to full compliance with fire regulations and all State and local regulations and that the City will inspect the area for such compliance.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Nause Waiwash Band of Indians for Noise Variance (Sept. 16 & 17) at Sailwinds Park - A motion was made by Commissioner Watkins to grant a noise variance on September 16th from 12 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm  - 9 pm and again on September 17 from 12 pm  - 5 pm at Sailwinds Park. The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for Cambridge Police Department - A motion was made by Commissioner Atkinson to approve a budget amendment from the Cambridge Police Department.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders Over $2500 (2 from DPW)  - A motion was made by Commissioner Travers to approve two purchase orders from the Department of Public Works.  The motion was passed unanimously.

A motion was made to re-approve Charter Amendment CR‑2000-03, which re-instates the powers of the Mayor was made by Commissioner Atkinson.  The motion was passed unanimously.

A motion was made to re-approve Charter Amendment CR‑2000-02, which provides for supervision of the Clerk-Treasurer by the Mayor was made by Commissioner Atkinson.  The motion was passed unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 11, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer