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City Council Minutes

October 23, 2000
 

The City Council met in regular session on October 23, 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 6:30 p.m. on this date to discuss a specific employee matter. 

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The minutes of the October 02, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.

Committee Reports

Traffic & Safety (Commissioner Watkins)-The Committee met in reference to parking at the Franklin Street Boat Ramp. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to accept the Traffic & Safety Committee's recommendation to designate 12 spaces for "single vehicles without trailers" at the east side of the lot. The motion was passed unanimously.

Human Relations Committee Annual Report (William Jackson)-The Committee participated in the Family & Youth Festival, the Board of Education's School Bus Safety Committee; they instituted a Good Neighbor Contest; they visited every Nursing Home in Cambridge and distributed cards and fruit to every patient while singing carols; they provided school supplies at a gathering on Pine Street and one at the pool. The also visited the schools to distribute school supplies. They participated in various health fairs throughout the year. The Council thanked the Committee for their fine work throughout the years.

APPOINTMENTS

Public Hearing - 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.  The Certificate of Publication certifies that the notice of the public hearing was published in the Daily Banner on October 6 and 13, 2000. The Planning & Zoning Committee recommended that the Board Members should not be solely appointed by the Mayor, but by the Council also.  They voted unanimously to amend Section 20-16 of the City Code.  The passage of this amendment is would concur with State regulations.  A disagreement with the decision by the Board of Appeals then goes to the Circuit Court.  This must be done within 30 days. Gage Thomas spoke about the step that would be lost in the appeal process.  He felt if the State is not mandating the amendment then it should be left as it now is.  He feels it is unfair (both time and expense) to go to Circuit Court. It could cost as much as $5,000 and 1 to 1-1/2 years to get on the docket.  Mr. Collison clarified that while the Planning & Zoning Commission does not make the final decision, they submit their comments to the Board of Appeals.  The purpose of Planning & Zoning is to look at the technical requirements and to render the decision whether it meets the technical requirements, the Comprehensive Plan, the City's zoning ordinances and to make their recommendations to the Board of Appeals.  The Board of Appeals will have the Public Hearing where neighboring property owners and the public are put on notice so they can voice their objections.  This would be the same as what the County does.  Because there were no further comments, Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to close the public hearing.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Erin Roop Representing Dorchester County Dept. of Health Requesting Proclamation for "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Day" (Oct. 29th).  The proclamation was read by the Clerk Treasurer and signed by the Mayor.

Request from the Epilepsy Association of the Eastern Shore, Inc. Requesting Proclamation Declaring November as "Epilepsy Awareness Month".  The proclamation was read by the Clerk Treasurer and signed by the Mayor.

William Bentson Requesting to Use Douglas Street Park for Filming Video on October 28--Because Mr. Bentson was not present and had not provided any written information, no action was taken on this item.

Mike Edgar Requesting Permission to Hold Christmas Parade (Saturday, December 2 at 5:00 pm)-This is the largest Christmas parade in the State of Maryland.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the plans for the parade. The motion was passed unanimously.  (Route:  Long Wharf, High Street, Poplar Street, Race Street, and usually ends at the Bradford House.  The school buses to pick up the high school bands between the Bradford House and Washington Street. ) Mr. Edgar reminded everyone of the Parade-A-Thon on November 4 (a fund raiser) and thanked the City of Cambridge for the support they have given the parade and their nice donation.

Bay Country Communications Requesting Permission to Establish Cable Service Within City-Todd Shilling and Scott Shilling provide cable TV and high-speed internet services.  They have been in business 10 years and would like to provide their services to the residents of Cambridge. They offer services their competition does not.  Letters from the Mayor of East New Market and the Mayor of Hurlock were presented as references.  A public access channel would be provided.  After the proper permits are obtained, they are looking to get started in three to six months.  A franchise agreement with the City will be needed.  The agreement with the current provider is not exclusive.  The Mayor requested Bay Country Communications' agreements with the other towns for review.  Bay Country Communications will be contacted after Mr. Collison makes his review and comments.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Motion to Appoint Human Relations Committee Members-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to accept the nominations for the appointments of Ralph Dockins (re-appointment); David Wooten; Christine Gurule (re-appointment); Georgia Dickerson (re-appointment); Connie Elliott (re-appointment); Sister Mary Winifred; Rev. Barry Miller (re-appointment); Olivia Schunick; Smiles Cranor; Betty Edgar; Mike Edgar; Walter Dickerson; Gladys Bynum (term expires 09/07/02); Joe Saunders, Sr.  (term expires 09/07/01); Rhonda Cornish (term expires 09/07/01).  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discussion on Deleting Section 12-16 (Sound devices, use of) of the Code of Laws of the City of Cambridge (2nd reading and decision)-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to delete Section 12-16 of the Code of Laws of City of Cambridge.  The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Open Bids for Playground Equipment for Great Marsh Park-One bid was received from West Recreation, Inc.  (Chestertown, MD) for $20,832.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to forward the bid to the Department of Public Works for their recommendations.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Award Bid for Construction of a Metal Equipment Storage Building-Five bids were received and opened at the Council Meeting of September 25, 2000.  All were slightly over the funds allocated for this building ($80,000).  The Department of Public Works recommended that the bid be awarded to the low bidder, Davis Maintenance, with the additional funds ($1,320) being taken from the building maintenance account.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to award the bid to Davis Maintenance for $81,320.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Award Bid for Construction of Pavilion at Great Marsh Park-Three bids were received and opened at the Council Meeting of September 25, 2000.  Davis Maintenance was the low bidder at $40,281.43.  The budget for this project was $36,000.  Mr. Davis was asked to quote a price for the labor if the City purchased the pavilion.  The cost would be $20,481.00 which includes concrete.  This brings the total cost of the project to $35,225.00 which is $774 below the budget.  The Department of Public Works recommends that the contract be awarded to Davis Maintenance and the City purchase the pavilion.  Mr. Collison will review the legality of only offering this alternate to one contractor.

Request from Wal-Mart for Extension of Temporary Trailers (Original permission given on Sept. 11, 2000 for 30 days)-Commissioner Travers made a motion to extend the temporary trailer permit issued to Wal-Mart for 30 days.  The motion was passed unanimously.  Mr. Pritchett reported that the trailers were properly situated.

Request from Christ Rock United Methodist Church to be Referred to Planning & Zoning for Annexation into City-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer Christ Rock United Methodist Church to Planning & Zoning for annexation into the City.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Decision on Special Use Permit for Bonita Green, 1404 Stone Boundary Road, Day Care Center-The public hearing was held on October 16, 2000.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to grant a Special Use Permit to Bonita Green for her daycare center at 1404 Stone Boundary Road.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Resolution to Modify the Authorization for the Draw Down of Funds from the Federal Grant for the BNR Upgrade-This will be addressed at the November 6, 2000 meeting.

Request from Barbara Jean McKnight (106 Patamoke Way) to be Referred to Planning & Zoning for Special Use Permit for Day Care Center-Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to refer the request from Barbara Jean McKnight to Planning & Zoning.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Mayor to Sign LEOPS Retirement Participation Agreement-Effective July 1, 2000, the City of Cambridge on behalf the City Police Department entered into a new retirement package.  The attorney has reviewed this agreement.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion for the Mayor to sign the LEOPS Retirement Participation Agreement.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Discuss Request Received for Old Parking Meters-The Department of Public Works has requested time to explore the possible value of these meters so they can establish a fair price.  Chief Wroten recommended temporarily holding these meters in storage because there were discussions on possibly re-installing some of them at a designated area.  Discussion will continue at a future meeting.

Approve Budget Amendment for Rescue Fire Company-Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the budget amendment for Rescue Fire Company.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendments (2) for Dept. of Public Works--Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the two budget amendments for the Department of Public Works.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders Over $2,500 (PO No. 1611, Miles & Stockbridge; PO No. 1636, George Miles & Buhr, LLP; PO No. 1641, J. F. Fischer, Inc.--Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the three purchase orders.  The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Mr. Kelly Marshall, an Eagle Boy Scout raised $2,618 for his work on the pedestrian mall on Race Street. The prior Council voted to match his funds 50percent up to $2,000. Mr. Pritchett provided Council with proof of these funds. The City's portion would be $1,309 to be applied to the benches. Commissioner Weldon made a motion to provide $2,000 for improvements (benches and trash receptacles) for the pedestrian mall. Mr. Collison will verify the dollar amount pledged by the previous Council. The vote will be taken next week.

The Mayor announced the Council selected Jim Michael for the position of Planner/Grantsman for the City of Cambridge. He will start work on November6, 2000.

There will be two meetings this week with Redmond Johnston, the company working on the new zoning text. Part of the contract indicates that they will hold 18meetings. There are two such meetings this week. Both are open to the public. The first meeting will be Wednesday, October 25, 2000 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Pine Street Committee of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Inc. will sponsor this meeting at the Waugh Church on High Street. The second meeting will be Thursday, October 26, 2000 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the County Library on Gay Street. The sponsoring organization will be ARC.

Commissioner Weldon made a motion to provide a matching fund of $100 if the Community would raise $100 toward the Dorchester-Cambridge Promise's Make-A-Difference Day project. The motion was amended to challenge the County also. The motion was passed unanimously.

Mr. Collison announced that the drafts of the proposed comprehensive rezoning plan and the proposed sign ordinances will soon be available on the City's website.

A public hearing will be held next week on the revised sign ordinance. Copies are available at City Hall and the Library for review.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 8:20 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 23, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer