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City Council Minutes

September 25, 2000
 

The City Council met in regular session on September 25, 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 Commissioners Bohlen, Watkins, Weldon, Atkinson and Travers.

The Commissioners met in closed executive session at 6:15 pm on this date to discuss a personnel issue regarding the criteria and qualifications of the candidates for City Planner/Grants Administrator. 

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The minutes of the September 18, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Street Lighting -- An additional street light was requested near 111 Somerset Avenue.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to install an additional streetlight.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

APPOINTMENTS

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go into executive session after the meeting to discuss a personnel issue.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Bid Opening -- Construction of a Metal Equipment Storage Building -- Bids were received from:

Biskach Construction Company (Hurlock) -- $92,313.00

King Construction (Baltimore) -- $92,964.00

Davis Maintenance (Fishing Creek) -- $81,320.00

Climate Masters, Inc. (Sudlersville) -- $112,899.00

Bob Breeding LLC (Denton) -- $88,700.00

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer the bids to Public Works for their recommendation.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Bid Opening -- Construction of a Pavilion at Great Marsh Park -- Bids were received from:

Biskach Construction Company (Hurlock) -- $44,656.00

Davis Maintenance (Fishing Creek) -- $40,281.43

Climate Masters, Inc. (Sudlersville) -- $43,843.00

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer the bids to Public Works for their recommendation.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Main Street Maryland - After a statement was made by the Chairman of the Main Street Maryland Steering Committee about the conflicts among the members, Commissioner Weldon made a motion to dissolve the committee and go back to "Square One".  Commissioner Watkins was opposed.  Commissioners Atkinson, Travers, Weldon, and Bohlen abstained.

Cindy Stone of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development appeared before Council to discuss the Main Street Maryland Program and explain how Cambridge would benefit from it. 

Tony Thomas to Request a Special Use Permit for Beer, Wine, and Liquor for a restaurant he is going to open at 422 Race Street that will seat approximately 80+ people, serve two meals a day, and where food sales will exceed alcohol sales.  The attorney informed Council that the conditions have been met and the restaurant is exempt from a Special Use Permit request. 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Cathy Teagarden (2010 Church Creek Road) to Discuss Hooking Up to Sanitary District #3 -- Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to request that the Church Creek Sanitary District be expanded to include the residence of Mrs. Teagarden (2010 Church Creek Road) by definitions outlined by the Attorney.  The supposition is that this property was once legally in the district, the owner at that time opted out of the district and while doing that, part of this parcel still remains in Sanitary District #3.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Laurence Edwards to Request Permission to Renew Special Use Permit for Selling Produce at 746 Race St. -- No complaints were received by DPW.  No comments were made in favor of or against the produce stand.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the request to renew his Special Use Permit for selling produce at 746 Race Street.  The motion was passed unanimously.

The Attorney introduced a suggested amendment to Subsection 10(2)(f) concerning Special Use Permits for produce stands and whether peddler's licenses apply.   A provision in the Code Section 10(2)(f) has identified certain products that are exempt from peddler's licenses.  A motion was made to introduce the amendment to exempt all produce stands by amending Subsection 10(2)(f) to state that it would also exempt seasonal vendors of produce who have obtained a special use permit or special exception under Section 20‑16. The motion was passed unanimously.  This was the first formal reading.  Approval will be voted on after the second reading next week.

Council to Discuss Attorney's Memo of 8/23/00 Referencing Temporary/Part-Time Employees and Adoption of Ordinance Pertaining Thereto - An ordinance to amend the employee manual so that grievance procedures would apply only to classified employees and not non-classified employees was introduced last week. Tonight is the second reading.  Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to adopt the ordinance pertaining to temporary and part-time employee status.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Council to Appoint Human Relations Committee Members - The Commissioners made appointments for their respective wards. The Mayor's appointments (students under age 18) will be forthcoming.

Council to Vote on Mayor's Recommendation for Salary Restructuring for Uniform Staff at Cambridge Police Department - A motion was made by Commissioner Bohlen to approve the Mayor's recommendation for salary restructuring for the uniform staff at Cambridge Police Department.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

A "Life Chain" will be held on Route 50  (Shoal Creek Mall towards Malkus Bridge) on October 1, 2000 from 2 to 4 pm.  This is a prayerful and silent protest against abortion.  A motion to support this event was made.  The motion was passed unanimously.

DPW to Discuss Amending George, Miles & Buhr's Contract to Include Construction Phase Services (Phase 1 -- Sewer Separation).  A motion was made to approve DPW's recommendation to amend the contract for Phase 1 (only) of the Sewer Separation Project to include the design firm (GMB) that did the work to become the inspection firm.   The motion was passed unanimously.

Council to Approve Financial Statement for August 2000.  Commissioner Travers (Finance Chairman) made a motion to approve this financial statement.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A motion was made to go to bid for the paving and tiling of the Empowerment Center property.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow the Department of Public Works to use its best judgment in reviewing building permits both under and over $100,000.  The motion was amended to direct the City Attorney to prepare the appropriate ordinance on the above.  The amended motion was passed unanimously.

A motion was made to formally introduce amending Section 20-16 of the City Code making the Board of Appeals the official body that would decide all issues regarding special exceptions and special permits. The motion was passed unanimously.  A vote to adopt this will be entertained after the second reading next week.

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to adopt the proposed criteria for the kiosk at Long Wharf.  The kiosk would only be for maritime-related activities either originating at Long Wharf or servicing the boats in the City Marina. A small fee would be charged for the use of the kiosk that would cover maintenance.  The other side would have a map that would guide people to the downtown area.  The motion was amended to include any and all tour boats operating out of the Cambridge City Harbor.  The amended motion was passed unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:20 p.m.  The Council then went into Executive Session to discuss personnel.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 25, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer