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City Council Minutes

October 2, 2000
 

The City Council met in regular session on October 02, 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 6:00 p.m. on this date to discuss a personnel issue regarding the qualifications of and conduct interviews 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 25, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Traffic & Safety - Commissioner Watkins reported on the September 26, 2000 meeting.

Stop Sign at the Intersection of William and Vue De Leau Streets - Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the Committee's recommendation to leave the traffic pattern the way it currently is. The motion was passed unanimously.

Parking at Franklin Street Boat Ramp - The Committee would like additional time to review this item.

Parking on Allen Street near the intersection of Washington Street - Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the Committee's recommendation to erect "No Parking Here to Corner" signs at the appropriate location on Allen Street to alleviate the maneuvering problem when turning at the intersection. The motion was passed unanimously.

East Appleby - The Committee recommended leaving the signage as it is in light of the narrow street and location of off-street parking.

Municipal Utilities Commission - Mayor Rippons reported that on September 28, 2000 the Committee met to discuss finalization of plans for some of the step-up projects that MUC is working on.

APPOINTMENTS

Wini Roche-Smith and Irene Harper to Discuss Heritage Tourism Council - The Heritage Tourism Council would like to develop a Tourism Management Plan for the County for the Choptank River Heritage Area, which included all of Cambridge.  This would allow them to become a Certified Heritage Area.  At present they are a Recognized Heritage Area.  Matching grants of up to 50 percent and loans to local jurisdictions for planning, design, property acquisition, development, preservation, restoration, interpretation, marketing and programming would be available if they are certified.  Loans for economic development projects, State income tax credits for rehabilitation of certified heritage structures, and the authority to provide local property tax credits for such rehabilitation would also be available.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to provide $10,000 as requested by the Heritage Tourism Council to aid them in developing a Tourism Management Plan.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Portia Johnson Requesting Proclamation for "Make A Difference Day" (Oct. 28) and Permission to Have Banner Put on Race Street Proclaiming Same Event -- Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to have October 28th designated as "Make A Difference Day" and to grant permission to have a banner hung on Race Street.   The motion was passed unanimously.  The proclamation was read and signed.

Bertha Molock Representing Head Start Requesting Proclamation for Head Start Week (Oct. 9 - 13) - Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve the proclamation as read.  The motion was passed unanimously.  The proclamation was signed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discussion on Amending Subsection 10(2)(f) of the City Code Pertaining to Special Use Permits for Produce Stands and Exemptions from the Peddler's License Requirements  (2nd reading)  -- Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to amend Subsection 10(2)(f) to exempt Seasonal Produce Stands Operators from requiring a peddler's license.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discussion on Amending Section 20-16 of the City Code Making the Board of Appeals the Official Body That Would Decide All Issues Regarding Special Uses or Special Exceptions (2nd reading)  -- Because this is an amendment of the Zoning Code, a public hearing will be necessary.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to go forward with a public hearing.  The motion was passed unanimously.  The public hearing will be in three weeks (October 23, 2000).

NEW BUSINESS

Set Hours for "Trick or Treat"   (Tuesday, October 31st)  -- Commissioner Watkins made a motion to establish the hours for Trick or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for children 12 and under.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discuss Canceling Council Meeting Next Week, October 9th   -- In observation of Columbus Day, Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to postpone the meeting on October 9, 2000.  The motion was passed unanimously.

A public hearing for a Special Use Permit for a daycare center will be held on October 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.   A motion was made to hold a work session at the Elks Lodge on Pine Street to receive the community's input on the Empowerment Center.  The work session will begin at 7:30 p.m.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Sherwood L. Wongus (2369 Church Creek Rd) to be Referred to Planning & Zoning for Annexation -- Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer the request to Planning and Zoning for their review.  The motion was passed unanimously.

City Attorney to Suggest Revision to City Code on Excessive Noise - Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to delete Section 12-16 of the Code of Laws of the City of Cambridge entitled "Sound devices, use of".  The motion was passed unanimously.

Samuel Brisco (Pentecostal Temple Church) Requesting Permission to Have Tent Revival on Saturday, October 7 (noon) at 913 Washington St.  (noise variance) - A motion was made to grant a noise variance to Pentecostal Temple Church for their tent revival on October 7, 2000.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders Over $2,500 (Dorchester Co. Landfill and Jerol Moore Landscaping & Excavating, Inc.) -- A motion was made to approve the two purchase orders.  The motion was passed unanimously.

At the request of Rescue Fire Chief Jeff Hurley, a motion was made to hold a meeting with the Chiefs and City Council on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.   The motion was passed unanimously.  This will be a closed executive session concerning personnel.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 02, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer