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City Council Minutes

December 11, 2000 

 

The City Council met in regular session on December 11, 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.

Ed Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.  Commissioner Atkinson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2000 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Commissioner Weldon discussed the Main Street Program.  The application seminar was held Tuesday, December 7 at Crownsville, Maryland.  This was an informative meeting that discussed the resources that will be available to the city once the city is adopted into the program.  A final boundary was adopted for inclusion in the application. The application is due March 1, 2001.  The decision will then be rendered by April 20, 2001.   There was much discussion between the Council and the Main Street Committee and the audience on the value of Main Street.   

Commissioner Weldon requested that anyone who has questions or concerns about the Main Street program are welcome to attend the next meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers.  Main Street needs the support of the community if the program is going to work for the City of Cambridge.

APPOINTMENTS

There were no scheduled appointments.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Continue Discussion on DROP Program Guidelines for City Employees With Over 30 Years of Service.  Mr. Collison is still looking into the legalities of the DROP program for police officers with more than 30 years of service.  Mr. Jones, an assistant to Mr. Collison, hopes that within a week they will hear from the Attorney General's Office

NEW BUSINESS

Bid Opening - New Fire Engine (RFC)-Four bids were received for the fire truck. 

Delmarva American LaFrance, Marydel, DE.  -- No bid

American Fire Equipment, Inc.  Woodbridge, VA -- $504,845.00

Potomac Fire Equipment, Hebron, MD -- $547,623.40

Bay Fire Apparatus, Denton, MD  -- $498.875.00

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to have the bids referred to the Rescue Fire Company for review and verification, seconded by Commissioner Travers.  The motion passed unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association to Use Great Marsh Park (July 19 through July 23, 2001) and Have Exclusive Use of Boat Ramp from July 19 (3 pm) through July 22 (9 pm)-Commissioner Weldon made a motion to allow the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta the exclusive use of Great Marsh and the boat ramp on the dates requested, motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins.   The motion carried unanimously.

Discussion on Historic District Boundaries-Commissioner Atkinson discussed changing the boundaries for the Historic District.  Commissioner Atkinson is concerned about the boundaries and the authority the Historic Preservation Commission holds.  The Historic District covers 30% of the City of Cambridge this includes residences and businesses.  The Historic Preservation Commission has more actual authority than the City Council. This means that there are two governments running 30% of Cambridge.  The only recourse for any citizen that does not receive approval from the Historic Preservation Commission is to take the decision to Circuit Court, the City Council has no say in these situations. Commissioner Atkinson feels that the City Council should not be out of the appeals process. 

There are three courses of action that the Council could consider:

Make the Commission an advisory body

Change the area of responsibility of the commission to that as shown on the maps that were distributed to the City Council on December 3, 2000.

Abolish the Commission.

Commissioner Atkinson asked the Council to give their written opinions or concerns to him for the January 8, 2001 meeting.

Commissioner Watkins has concerns about other buildings that have historic values that are not in the Historic District.   He would like to see other areas involved in the Historic District but not expand the district. 

Commissioner Weldon who lives in the Historic District feels it is a valuable asset.  Commissioner Weldon feels a well-maintained Historic District is a valuable asset to any city. 

Commissioner Bohlen campaigned on preserving the historic, architectural heritage and legacy of this city.  Commissioner Bohlen spoke on the authority of the HPC and the enabling legislation gives them that authority.  The HPC is the only commission that has requirements for membership.  Commissioner Bohlen feels that the Historic Preservation Commission is an important factor to preserving the history of the City of Cambridge.

Commissioner Travers main concern is the remolding of some of the houses.  He feels that the city should have some concern and be advised of what is happening in the district and have a final say for example if a large home is being remodeled into apartments.

Audience members came forward to offer their opinions of the importance of the Historic Preservation Commission.  Some feel that the Historic District should consider expanding.  There was also discussion on the power of the Historic Commission has.  Perhaps the Commission has too much power in the decision making process.

The consensus of the audience was to preserve the history of Cambridge.

The Mayor stated that at the first meeting in January the Council should have all their concerns and recommendations to Commissioner Atkinson for the January 8, 2001 Council meeting.

Council to Approve Mayor's Discretionary Fund-The Mayor explained that the City Attorney is working on establishing a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to serve as an economic development machine.  There are some benefactors that want to make contributions at this time. This fund is to be used solely at the Mayor's discretion.  This is a precursor to the 501(c)(3).  A five-man board will be appointed to oversee every consideration of economic development.  Commissioner Travers made a motion to approve the establishment of this fund, seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Commissioner Weldon feels he needs more information before he can vote on this motion. The motion was carried 4 to 1 with Commissioner Weldon against. 

Council to Approve City's 2001 Holiday Calendar-The Mayor requested that this be postponed until next week.

Council to Discuss Ordinance Exempting Sale of Christmas Greenery from Peddler's License Requirement-The Cambridge City Police Department received a complaint on the selling of greenery on the 400 block of Race Street.  According to the ordinance at one time this was exempted.  And at one time was removed from a previous council. The City Attorney drafted an ordinance to be read the first time this evening to exempt the sale of greenery from the Peddler's License Requirement.  The sale of the Christmas greenery by the same individual has been in existence for over sixty years at the same sight.  Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to have the wordage of Christmas Greenery added to the ordinance; Commissioner Watkins seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously.  The second reading will be held on Monday, December 18, 2000. 

The question was raised from an audience member that the issue of complaint was a safety issue.  People park on the wrong side of the street and cross over to Mr. Molock's van.

Approve 2 Purchase Orders for DPW--

Purchase Order No. 1666 -- Contract No.01-10 Rotary Screw Portable Air Compressor ($11,989.00)

Purchase Order No. 1667 -- Contract No. 01-08 Rear End Garbage Packer  ($73,623.00)

Commissioner Atkinson made a motion to approve both Purchase Orders seconded by Commissioner Watkins.  The motion was carried unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for DPW-Commissioner Bohlen made a motion to approve the amendment, seconded by Commissioner Travers. Motion was carried unanimously.  

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Mr. Michael attended a meeting last Friday in Salisbury it explained economic development either using software or the Internet. 

Mr. Pritchett announced the closing of Water Street would begin this week.  There will be detour signs in place.

Commissioner Weldon met last Friday with the tenants of the Cambridge Park Apartments and to discuss the rehabbing of the buildings.  The tenants are excited but had some questions.  Therefore, Commissioner Weldon drafted a letter to Mr. Hazlehurst listing their concerns. 

The Waterfront Committee has met, reviewed the planned waterfront district and formed a sub-committee to update the design guidelines.  The guidelines will be brought back to the Council for consideration. 

Mayor Rippons discussed the statements that were made and reported in the paper when Commissioner Weldon visited with the tenants of Cambridge Park Apartments.  The Mayor recommended before any statements are made especially in reference to the Police Department to first consider the Chief of Police.  

The Mayor requested a motion be made to meet in executive session immediately following the meeting, to discuss property and personnel.  Commissioner Watkins made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Travers.  The motion was carried unanimously. 

The Mayor read a letter from Governor Glendening informing the Council that the request for the Waterway Improvement Funds was included in the Fiscal Year 2001.  And approved by the General Assembly for fiscal year 2001.  The projects included are the Great Marsh resurfacing $10,000 and Long Wharf resurfacing for $20,000 and both were approved at 100%.

The Mayor referenced a letter dated December 6, 2000 addressed to the Mayor and Council from Mr. William Wise.  In his letter he referenced a letter that he wrote on February 8, 2000.   Mr. Wise stated in his December 6 letter that he feels he is the only one that has cleaned his property on Pine and Race Street.  The notice of February 3, 2000 gave the property owners in that area twenty days to clean their properties.  Mr. Wise wants a list and the fines levied against the other property owners. He questioned as to why the City does not enforce said fines fairly among all property owners. 

Mr. Michael will look into these citations and problems referenced by Mr. Wise and he will report back to Council.

The Mayor asked the Council to be prepared to appoint members to the police board at the next Council meeting.  Each commissioner appoints a member. 

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 9:22 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 11, 2000, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer