City Council Minutes
November 6, 2000
The City Council met in regular session on November 06, 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.
Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the October 30, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed.
Mayor Rippons introduced Mr. Jim Michael, the new Planner/Grantsman, who started work with the City of Cambridge today.
Resolution to Modify the Authorization for the Draw Down of Funds from the Federal Grant for the BNR Upgrade-This resolution was requested by EPA. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to have Edwin C. Kinnamon or Jim Michael as authorized signatures on the draw down form for the Federal funds for the BNR project. The motion was passed unanimously.
Set Date for Public Comment Session on Proposed Sign Ordinance-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to hold a work session on Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed sign ordinance. This will be a public comment session. The motion was passed unanimously.
Request to Re-Bid Pavilion at Great Marsh Park-The motion to re-bid was made last week.
Certification of Adoption and Passage of Charter Resolution CR-2000-02 and Charter Resolution CR-2000-03-These two Charter Resolutions were adopted by the Council on September 11, 2000. It was necessary to post them before they are sent to the Department of Legislative Reference of Maryland. The notification was published in the Daily Banner on September 22, 2000; September 29, 2000; October 6, 2000; and October 13, 2000 and they were posted on the bulletin board in City Hall from September 11, 2000 through November 6, 2000. The Resolutions became effective on October 31, 2000 without any type of petition being filed. No further action by the Council needs to be taken at this time. Certified copies will be forwarded to the State of Maryland.
Discussion on Cable Franchise for Bay Country Communications-Bay Country Communications came before Council on October 23, 2000 requesting a franchise to offer cable television services in the City of Cambridge. Mr. Collison worked on an agreement with the company. He recommends that the term of the agreement coincide with the existing cable franchise agreement with Marcus Cable (now Comcast) so both will expire on June 30, 2006. He also recommends that the same terms of the Marcus Cable franchise agreement apply to Bay Country Communications. The agreement will be ready for the Mayor and Commissioners to review and vote on for their meeting on November 13, 2000.
Set Date to Discuss "Cambridge Classic" Boat Races with Board-Mr. Nelson will discuss the history of the boat races and other items pertaining to the races on November 27, 2000 at 6:15 p.m.
Approve Purchase Orders Over $2500:
PO 1648 - George, Miles & Buhr, LLP-A motion was made to approve this purchase order. The motion was passed unanimously.
Mr. Collison announced the dates of four upcoming public hearings:
- Herb Robinson's (Clifton Enterprises) request to annex a parcel of property on Chesapeake Drive (December 18, 2000)
- Annexation of the Parker Farm on Route 343 (December 18, 2000)
- Gloria Bailey's (Rock Drive) request for annexation (December 18, 2000)
- Special exception for the alcohol upgrade (liquor sales upgrade) on the Crusader Mart at Meteor Avenue/Crusader Road (November 27, 2000)
A motion was made to proclaim Bible Week in the City of Cambridge between November 19 and November 26, 2000. The motion was passed unanimously. A proclamation was read accordingly.
A motion was made by Commissioner Weldon to go to bid for the benches and trash receptacles for the Pedestrian Mall on Race Street. The motion was passed unanimously.
David Pritchett discussed the renovation of the offices on the second floor of the MUC building. The Department of Public Works is not able to remove two old safes (the locks are broken) that are located in the offices because of weight and safety reasons. They have located two different companies who are interested in removing the safes in exchange for taking possession of them. Mr. Collison will make sure they provide insurance coverage if any damage occurs from the removal process. It was suggested that they be removed through the window with a crane. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to allow the safes to be removed provided adequate insurance is provided and the building is safeguarded. The motion was passed unanimously.
David Pritchett asked if the Council desires to apply the State gas tax funds that are in lieu of the Federal funding (approximately $59,000) toward the brick repaving of the section of High Street from Church Street to Locust Street. This is the section that is in the worst condition. Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to apply the "gas tax" money toward High Street repaving. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Weldon and was passed unanimously.
Darlene Dixon, Pastor of St. Luke's Church on 712 Bradley Avenue, requested additional street lighting in the vicinity of their church. Commissioner Bohlen and David Pritchett will investigate the lighting and make a report to Council in 2 weeks.
Mayor Rippons announced that the construction of the Empowerment Center is on schedule and should be open in February. A work session will be held at the Elks Club on Pine Street on November 20, 2000 to receive the citizen's input as to what kind of activities they would like to see in the Center. Written comments are also welcome.
With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 7:40 p.m.
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 06, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer