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City Council Minutes

 May 10, 1999

May 10, 1999

The City Council met in regular session at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor David J. Wooten presiding.

Those Commissioners in attendance were: Commissioners Rice, Saunders, Swafford and Vickers.

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 3rd City Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT

Commissioner Vickers brought Council up to date on several issues that were discussed at this Committee's May 6th meeting.

There was a request for a handicap parking space in front of 513 Pine Street. Further information needs to be received on this request as far as the nature of the physical disability and whether a temporary or permanent designation is needed.

The Committee also received a request from the Trustees Committee of St. Paul's United Methodist Church to dedicate three (3) handicap spaces in front of the church at 205 Maryland Avenue. Along the same line, there was a request from the market next to the church for a handicap space. The Committee will evaluate these two requests after Chief Wroten has spoken to the people involved and the Traffic and Safety Committee will meet again on this.

Another request was received from Social Services to have the curbing painted yellow adjacent to their new parking lot entrance. Commissioner Vickers made a motion to accept the Committee's recommendation to paint the curb as requested. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice.

Commissioner Saunders stated, with regards to the request on Pine Street for a handicap space, the gentleman making the request is a disabled veteran and she advised him that she is not in favor of assigning handicap spaces to individuals. When the request was forward to the Traffic and Safety Committee the designated space was to be within the 500 block of Pine Street. With no further discussion, motion carried unanimously.

STREET LIGHTING COMMITTEE REPORT

Commissioner Vickers stated that this Committee met to discuss the lighting and security of the property running from behind Craig's Drug Store down to the Muir Street area. Chief Wroten indicated that security patrols would be increased in that area and the lighting will be evaluated and a recommendation issued in a later committee report.

BID OPENINGS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE

Mr. Kinnamon proceeded to open and read aloud the following bids received:

1)  GRANTEED LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
OMAHA, NEBRASKA

Plan Design

Single Coverage

Mo. Prem.

Life Insurance Coverage

$20,000

$.22/$1,000

$553.96

A D & D Coverage

$20,000

$.031$1,000

75.54

Total Premium   $629.50

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Family Coverage

Core Plan

$369.22

$952.43

Buy-Up Plan 1

369.22

952.43

Buy-Up Plan 2

369.22

952.43

Dental and vision coverage is included on both single and dependent.

 

2) MC WILLIAMS FINANCIAL GROUP
CAMBRIDGE, MARYLAND

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

Life Insurance Coverage

$.27/$1,000

 

A D & D Coverage

$.03/$1,000

 

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Core Plan

$289.82

$384.91

Buy-Up Plan 1

307.95

412.06

Buy-Up Plan 2

327.79

441.53

Dental Coverage

$ 21.36

$ 23.93

Vision Coverage

$ 6.14

$ 8.38

 

3) MAMSI LIFE & HEALTH INSURANCE CO.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

Life Insurance Coverage

no bid

 

A D & D Coverage

no bid

 

 

 

 

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Core Plan

$226.85

$571.65

Buy-Up Plan 1

231.27

582.80

Buy-Up Plan 2

no bid

no bid

Dental Coverage

no bid

no bid

Vision Coverage

no bid

no bid

 

4) RCM (RONALD C. MAZZARINO) INSURANCE ASSOCIATES, INC.
CLARKSVILLE, MARYLAND

 

"Blue Cross/Blue Shield"

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

Life Insurance Coverage

$.29/$1,000

 

A D & D Coverage

$.04/$1,000

 

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Core Plan

$312.05

$484.22

Buy-Up Plan 1

333.89

518.11

Buy-Up Plan 2

357.26

554.37

Dental Coverage

$ 17.11

$ 34.23

Vision Coverage

$ 7.52

$ 9.04

 

"NCAS"

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

Life Insurance Coverage

$.29/$1,000

 

A D & D Coverage

$.04/$1,000

 

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Core Plan

$584.88

$661.32

Buy-Up Plan 1

no bid

no bid

Buy-Up Plan 2

no bid

no bid

Dental is included with medical.

Vision

$ 7.52

$ 9.04

 

"Anthem Health"

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

Life Insurance Coverage

$.29/$1,000

 

A D & D Coverage

$.04/$1,000

 

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Core Plan

$325.24

$597.77

Buy-Up Plan 1

334.13

607.16

Buy-Up Plan 2

376.31

684.00

Dental Coverage

$ 17.11

$ 34.23

Vision Coverage

$ 7.52

$ 9.04

 

"America's Choice Healthplans"

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

Life Insurance Coverage

$.29/$1,000

 

A D & D Coverage

$.04/$1,000

 

Plan Design
Health Insurance

Single Coverage

Dependent Coverage

Core Plan

$424.21

$594.40

Buy-Up Plan 1

no bid

no bid

Buy-Up Plan 2

no bid

no bid

Dental coverage is included.

Vision Coverage

$ 7.52

$ 9.04

 

5) LOCAL GOVERNMENT INSURANCE TRUST
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND

Plan Design

Single Coverage

 

 

Life Insurance Coverage

$.26/$1,000

 

 

A D & D Coverage

$.05/$1,000

 

 

Plan Design

Single

Double

Family

OPTION 1
Dental Coverage

$18.86

$34.12

$54.84

OPTION 2
Dental Coverage

$17.08

$30.90

$49.69

OPTION 1
Vision Coverage

$ 6.51

 

$13.24

OPTION 2
Vision Coverage

$ 3.61

 

$ 7.56

Commissioner Rice moved to refer these bids to the Finance Chairman and whoever else is on staff that can refer them to accuracy, etc.; seconded by Commissioner Vickers.

Commissioner Saunders asked that Commissioner Rice amend his motion to include Heidi Adams, who handles the City's insurance, and maybe a Department Head to work with the Finance Chairman so they can delineate the different packages and a synopsis for each Council member to review. Commissioner Rice said his motion did include "staff". Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Swafford said they should hopefully get back to Council in two weeks.

BID OPENINGS FOR HAZMAT SUITS FOR RESCUE FIRE COMPANY

Mr. Kinnamon said he received one bid from:

SAFEWARE, INC. GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND

Depending on the sizes, the smaller are $1,166 each and the larger are $1,225 each.

On the RB Commander series, the small to X-large are $467 each and the 2X and 3X are $491 each.

On the 9400 series level B, the small to X-large are $110 each and the 2X and 3X are $120 each.

Hazmat boots are $75 a pair.

Commissioner Rice moved that these bids be referred to Chief Hurley for his recommendation and verification; seconded by Commissioner Swafford who said that once the decision is made on the bid, it is necessary to have the appropriate paperwork showing where the funds are coming from. Commissioner Saunders further asked the Chief to give a reason why he didn't accept one, and justification why he accepted the other when he gives his written report. Motion then carried unanimously.

BID OPENINGS FOR SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS FOR R.F.C.

Mr. Kinnamon received one bid from:

SAFEWARE, INC., GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND

$2,950 each

Commissioner Rice moved to refer the bid to the Fire Chief for his recommendation and verification; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

PROCLAMATION FOR "BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH"

Mr. Kinnamon proceeded to read the proclamation aloud after which Commissioner Rice moved to allow the Mayor to sign the proclamation. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers and it carried unanimously.

The proclamation was then presented to Ms. Amy Craig as representative of Quota International of Cambridge.

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

Mrs. Laura Weldon came to the podium to discuss her plans for the second annual July 4th parade for the City of Cambridge. A parade brochure will also be available this year which includes a map of the town, schedule of events going on in town on July 4th (including the Bay Country Festival events), informational briefs, etc. The brochure is funded through paid advertisements.

This year's theme is "Maryland's American Heroes" and there will be volunteer judges to judge a contest based on the theme of the parade. She then stated, "once again, every single school on the Eastern Shore, and there's 23 of them, turned me down to be in this year's fourth of July parade." She expressed her extreme displeasure with the local high schools and noted that the Town of Dundalk in Baltimore had 27 marching bands from area high schools, 1 from Canada and 1 from Seattle, Washington in their parade. The parade committee offered not only to reimburse their fees but to pay them additional money as a thank you and they were still turned down. There will be some drum and bugle corps this year.

Also planned are evening concert series starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be 3 half hour performances, one at 6:00 p.m., one at 7:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m. one of the performances will be by the Cambridge Brass.

Another attraction, which is helping the Association for the Revitalization of Cambridge, is the organization of the boat parade which will be its fifth year this year. With the Bay Country Festival, the marching parade (which will be at 2:00 p.m.), the boat parade at 5:00 p.m. and the evening concert series, "Cambridge is going to be the place to be on the mid-shore on the fourth of July."

She then requested approval from the Mayor and Commissioners for the parade route (which is the traditional parade route used by the Christmas parade) to be closed to parking from 1:30 p.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th as well as Water and Hambrooks area for the line up prior to the start of the parade. In addition to that, she will need the central area of Long Wharf to be available for the evening concert series. All the electric and equipment will be provided by the Fourth of July Parade Committee. The set up for that would begin from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and they would have it broken down no later than 9:00 p.m.

Commissioner Saunders confirmed with Chief Hurley that the fireworks will begin between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Commissioner Rice moved that the parade route be approved as long as it is worked out through the Police Department; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then made a motion to approve a variance of the noise ordinance for the duration of the evening concerts; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Wooten thanked Mrs. Weldon for all the efforts she has put into this celebration.... it was a great fourth of July last year and it will be even better this year.

NOMINEES FOR CAMBRIDGE MILLENNIUM COMMISSION

Commissioner Rice moved to nominate Shirley McWilliams of Maryland Avenue; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Rice said he is working on his other two nominees.

Commissioner Swafford moved to nominate his three choices: Judith Blake, 440 Oakley Street; Andre Kane, 604B Hubert Street and Sandy Foxwell, 502 Governors Avenue. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and it carried unanimously.

Mayor Wooten suggested Reese Hurley as one of his nominees and Commissioner Saunders moved to approve his nomination. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford and it carried unanimously.

His second nomination was Cindy Bloodsworth and Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the nomination. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and it carried unanimously.

His third nomination was Walter Lee Travers. A motion was made by Commissioner Rice to approve the nomination, seconded by Commissioner Vickers and it carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders moved to nominate Armond Hayward; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

She moved to nominate her second choice as Sister Mary Winifred; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was then made by Commissioner Saunders to nominate Michael Foster as her third choice. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford and it carried unanimously.

Commissioner Vickers said he had one name that he should have verified by the end of the week.

Commissioner Saunders then asked Mr. Kinnamon to-make sure she gets the names, addresses and phone numbers of the nominees as soon as possible so she can come back to the Mayor and Council to set up information meetings. Since there is a budget for this committee, once she gets the information she will come back to ask Council's permission to do this as a dinner meeting since these are volunteers.

REQUEST FROM CAMBRIDGE YACHT CLUB FOR ANNUAL REGATTA

A request was received from Edward H. Nabb, Jr. on behalf of the Cambridge Yacht Club to use the crane, duck walk and east side of Great Marsh for the Annual Cambridge Yacht Club regatta on July 9, 10 and 11, 1999.

Since this is in her Ward, Commissioner Saunders said "every year I'm proud to be able to say that I make a motion that we allow them to use those things and use the facilities pending whatever legal obligations they need to make with the City attorney." Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and i carried unanimously.

Mr. Nabb was present and commented that they have been very successful with the regatta over the years and each year it expands.. Last year there were boats as far away as Canada to the north and Florida to the south. This year he has received a phone call from a gentleman who wants to bring two boats from Australia to introduce them to the regatta.

REQUEST TO PURCHASE PROPERTY ON CORNER OF CEDAR AND ACADEMY STS.

A request was received from Mark Collins to purchase enough property for a driveway (probably about 3 to 5 feet wide) beside the house he owns at 616 Academy Street. When the new curb was put in, the driveway was eliminated. He is willing to purchase this section or maybe the whole lot.

Commissioner Rice motioned to send this request to the Traffic and Safety Committee since parking there would be a potential hazard in light of the fact of the work recently done at that location by the City. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Commissioner Swafford said he would like to be notified when this Committee meets because he would like to be there. Motion then carried unanimously.

REQUEST TO MOOR VESSELS AT LONG WHARF

Mr. Kinnamon explained that a representative from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science contacted him to request permission to moor research vessels temporarily at Long Wharf to load and unload some equipment.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow their request, pending their contact with the dockmaster, and that the City waives the fees; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Commissioner Swafford asked how many times they plan to do this and Mr. Kinnamon said it would probably be five or six times maximum. Long Wharf is convenient to the size of their boat and the height of our wharf is more conducive. He had suggested that they use Sailwinds but their dock is too tall. Motion carried 3 to 1 with Commissioner Rice opposing since he is against waiving the docking fees.

APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Commissioner Swafford moved to approve the budget amendments for the Police Department and the Department of Public Works; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGETED EXPENDITURES OVER $200

Commissioner Swafford moved to approve the budgeted expenditures over $250; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR

Mr. Pritchett said he has been approached by two members of the business district on Race Street in reference to the pedestrian mall. It is planned to be painted and they requested that the color be changed to a muted white.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that, with Mr. Pritchett's discretion and taste, Council allow him to change the color to satisfy the business people; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

On another note, Mr. Pritchett mentioned the fact that the small dinghy that was purchase a few years ago for the marina is in need of a new motor and he requested permission to explore his budget for money to purchase a new eight horse power motor or a used one. He is talking in the vicinity of $1,100 for a new one. Commissioner Rice moved to grant his request; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

REPORT FROM FOURTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford asked Mr. Kinnamon to call him to give a recap of time cards.

The issue of "free newspapers" being left lying in front of vacant house was brought up by Commissioner Swafford. Mr. Pritchett advised that a new policy has been put into effect by the newspaper company and it will be reiterated to their staff that if they find two papers not picked up within a given period, they are not to deliver the third. If it continues to be a problem, we are to call them.

REPORT FROM THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders made a motion that Council ask the Mayor to sign a letter to this company asking them to please correct this problem of papers being thrown in front of unoccupied houses, ASAP; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders made reference to a memo from David Pritchett regarding a drainage problem at the southern end of Aurora Street. He requested permission to contact the Cambridge Greens Condominium Association to obtain a storm drain easement from them. Commissioner Rice made a motion to grant his request; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then made a motion to go into Executive Session immediately after the meeting to cover a personnel issue, real estate issue and finance issue. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers and it carried unanimously.

She then personally thanked Portia Johnson and Gage Thomas (members of the Family & Youth Committee), the Mayor and Council, the Dorchester County Commissioners, Recreations and Parks and all the people that did Cambridge proud on Saturday at the fifth annual Family & Youth Festival. Free raffle prizes were given away every half hour as a result of donations from local businesses.

REPORT FROM FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers agreed with Commissioner Saunders about the Family & Youth Festival. There was one person he would like to pay tribute to and thank and that is Commissioner Saunders "because every year she gives me a ticket that wins absolutely nothing!!!"

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Mr. Gage Thomas came forward and thanked Commissioner Saunders for the praise but there were a lot of people who put hard work into Saturday's event. He wanted to thank the Department of Public Works who did a terrific job getting the park ready, every trash can was freshly painted. The pride we take in the City as a whole is no different than "polishing shoes and brushing teeth."

On another note, Mr. Thomas mentioned the new turn at Cedar and Academy Streets. It could be a focal point if the City could beautify it in some way.

Talking about beautifying Cedar Street, Commissioner Saunders added that, at his own expense, Commissioner Swafford has fixed up the hill on the corner and he is fixing the same corner on the other side so that it will look good and be safe.

With no further comments, meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, May 10, 1999 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin-C Kinnamon, Clerk Treasurer