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City Council Minutes

November 13, 2000
 

The City Council met in regular session on November 13, 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 November 06, 2000 meeting were approved as distributed with the addition of adding "The motion was passed unanimously" to the section discussing the funding of the paving of High Street.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to amend the minutes to reflect the above change.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Mr. Collison reported that the Council met in closed Executive Session prior to the meeting for two matters--one was pending litigation and the second was a personnel matter.  He asked for a motion to meet in Executive Session after the meeting on pending litigation.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to meet after the meeting in closed Executive Session.  Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

APPOINTMENTS

Bruce McWilliams to Discuss Seafood Feast-I-Val-The proposed budget for the 22nd Annual Seafood Feast-I-Val was made available for the Mayor and Commissioners before the meeting.  Mr. McWilliams asked the Council to sponsor next year's event.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to sponsor the Feast-I-Val for 2001 with the conditions that up to $10,000 be fronted and returned as soon as possible and that the Feast-I-Val be held in the City of Cambridge.  The motion was passed unanimously.

David Murphy to Discuss Sidewalks and Trash on Locust Street-Sandy Murphy has a concern about the residents of Locust Street who put their trash out before trash collection day and leave it out in bags (no cans) for animals to get into.  She is also concerned about a house in the 700 block under renovation with a huge box of trash and bags around it on the sidewalk.  In the 800 block of Locust on the Glasgow side there is a large amount of trash from someone moving out.  She would like to know why citations are not issued to people who do not comply with City regulations.  The Mayor stated that the enforcement issues do not rest with DPW; it rests singularly with the Police Department.  Mr. Collison agrees with this.  Certain items such as building materials are not picked up by the City.  Personal possessions set out may be an eviction and this has to be considered separately from trash.  Mr. Pritchett stated that the large "clean-out" will be picked up the follow day and the homeowner billed for the services.  Mrs. Murphy is also concerned about four houses on Locust Street that do not have sidewalks in front of them.  Mr. Pritchett said this issue is being addressed.  The homeowners will be responsible for the expense of the sidewalk and 50 percent of the curb.  The Mayor stated that the Police Department will be made aware of Mrs. Murphy's concerns and will monitor the area.  The media was asked to publish the trash ordinance to make citizens aware of it.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Adoption of Franchise Agreement for Bay Country Communications-Mr. Collison received a letter from Comcast today specifically to raise the following issues:  The City cannot grant Bay Country anything "better" than what Comcast has. 

The issues were as follows:

A concern as to whether or not Bay Country can meet universal service (throughout the entire City where there are at least 25 homes or more per plant mile.  Bay Country has no problem with this. 

A prompt build-out that construction begin within 6 months of the granting of the franchise and be completed within 24 months.  Bay Country has no problem with this. 

A franchise fee (3%).  Mr. Collison stated that this would be kept at 3 percent. 

Service to institutions.  Comcast must provide free service to government institutions and schools.  Comcast would expect a competitor to annually compensate the City the value of these services (presently approximately $10,000 per year).  In addition Comcast will be providing cable modem service to schools within the year creating more value for compensation.  Mr. Collison stated that this would need to be addressed.  Bay Country is able and willing to service any and all schools. 

Parental Control Devices are required by Comcast's agreement.  Bay Country will provide them. 

Comcast is required to have an Emergency Alert System.  Bay Country will adhere to this as it is going to be FCC-mandated. 

In addition to the Federal Customer Service Standards that all cable companies are required to meet, there are additional specific standards for Cambridge.  Mr. Collison said these are in place and the City can monitor to make sure they are being addressed. 

The Mayor asked for citizen's comments.  Parking for Bay Country vehicles and customer's vehicles was addressed.  The building Bay Country Communications is looking at has adequate parking for both.  The Mayor asked the Bay Country representative if all seven points addressed by Comcast will be met.  He responded "absolutely".  A motion was made by Commissioner Atkinson to adopt the franchise agreement with Bay Country Communications and authorize the Mayor to sign it on behalf of the City.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Request from Wal-Mart for Permission to Store Temporary Trailers-Mr. Pritchett inspected the Wal-Mart site and they are in compliance with the regulations stipulated by the City for these temporary trailers.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to extend the permit for an additional 30 days. The motion was passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Review Job Description for Planning & Zoning Coordinator (DPW)-This employee will work with the City Planner in taking in all building permits; work with contractors scheduling inspections; work with Planning & Zoning, Historic Preservation, and Board of Appeals; keep up with State laws and regulations; and work with the new zoning ordinances.  (This is just a brief summary of the duties.)  This will be advertised in-house and outside.  Mayor Rippons stated that this is in conjunction with reorganization to aid citizens by answering all their planning and building questions at one location.  Mr. Michael and Mr. Pritchett agreed that the employee must be BOCA-certified.  Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow Public Works to advertise this position.  The motion was amended to include that BOCA-certification must be attained within one year.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Introduction of Annexation Resolution A-2000-01, Gloria Bailey, Rock Drive-Tonight is the formal introduction.  Notices of the Public Hearing will be running in the newspaper for the next four weeks and the Public Hearing will be on December 18, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.  This is for 6.88 acres on Rock Drive which will be zoned as R‑1, single-family resident district.  The property owner would be responsible for any extension of City water or sewer services to the property.  No action from the Council is necessary at this time.

Introduction of Annexation Resolution A-2000-02, Parker Farm, Route 343-- Tonight is the formal introduction.  Notices of the Public Hearing will be running in the newspaper for the next four weeks and the Public Hearing will be on December 18, 2000 at 7:30 p.m.  [Tax Map 30, Parcel 285]  The applicants are requesting an R‑4, multi-dwelling district zoning for this property.  It consists of about 60 acres.  A portion of the farm is already in City limits.  This will bring all of it within the limits.  No action from the Council is necessary at this time.

Introduction of Annexation Resolution A-2000-03, Clifton Enterprises, Chesapeake Drive--Tonight is the formal introduction.  Notices of the Public Hearing will be running in the newspaper for the next four weeks and the Public Hearing will be on December 18, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. [Tax Map 41, Parcel 249] The proposed zoning is I-1 (light industrial).  This is a 7.2-acre parcel in the Industrial Park. No action from the Council is necessary at this time.

Approve Purchase Orders Over $2500.  Global Computer Supplies (PO 1536) - Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve this purchase order. The motion was passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Mr. Kinnamon received a request for a streetlight to be reviewed (installed) in front of 809 Truman Street.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to forward this concern to the Street Lighting Committee.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Mayor Rippons announced that Cambridge is one the cities being considered for the Maryland Municipal League's Legislative Conference in 2002.  Additional documentation is required from the City and from the Hyatt (the host hotel) by December 15, 2000.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to have Mayor Rippons continue with the process by forwarding the necessary information to MML.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

Mayor Rippons announced that the meeting next week (November 20, 2000) will be held at the Dorchester Elk's Lodge 223 on Pine Street.  The topics will be the Empowerment Center and other things the City can do for the community including HUD's involvement in the community, 

Mayor Rippons asked for a motion to meet in Executive Session on November 15, 2000 to discuss personnel.  Commissioner Atkinson made the motion to go into Executive Session after the scheduled meeting (work session).  Commissioner Weldon seconded it.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Weldon announced that Mr. Hyde and Mr. Pritchett will meet on Tuesday (Nov. 14 at 6:00 pm) with the residents around the "sewer project" on Mill and Water Streets to talk about the impact and the schedule and what advise them of what they can expect.  Mr. Pritchett announced that the company will start digging on December 4. 

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

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 13, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer