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City Council Minutes

August 10, 1998
 

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

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

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.

Commissioner Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the August 3rd City Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONER GLENN BRAMBLE

Commissioner Bramble spoke, representing Mrs. Clementine Dickerson from 2143 Horns Point Road who has a failing septic system. Mrs. Dickerson is requesting to be allowed to hook into the City's line. Commissioner Vickers asked if Mrs. Dickerson could construct a septic system of some kind and Commissioner Bramble advised that she can. Commissioner Bramble mentioned that there were about six (6) other people who might want to also hook in.

Mr. Pritchett advised that people may not understand that this is a single run force main that did not incorporate allowing the hook up of residents to it. This line was an inexpensive way to run a private service lane from the University of Maryland to the treatment plant and is not designed to be tapped into even if residents were allowed to do so. Without a redesign of the system as it was initially proposed and accepted, tying residents in would be a problem.

Gage Thomas stated that he owns a piece of property on Route 343 and there was no easement requested to run the line. He was also told that he could tie in at any time. Mayor Wooten said that the starting point is to reconcile these two different stories. Mr. Thomas did say that there is nothing in writing granting permission whether or not they could tie in.

Commissioner Bramble was just looking for an answer as to why Mrs. Dickerson couldn't tie in and thanked Council for allowing him to speak tonight.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION REPORT:

Commissioner Rice advised that this Committee met on August 4th and heard the following:

Lawrence Edwards / Produce Stand, 746 Race Street: The Commission recommended approval of a "special use" permit to operate a produce stand at the corner of 746 Race Street. Commissioner Rice moved to accept their recommendation; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

Henry Thomas / 206 Trenton Street / PWCD: This was a request for construction of proposed piers and bulkheading. The matter was deferred until the August 24th Council meeting.

James Burton / Route 16 Bypass: This request was deferred until more information is available.

Bayly's Crossing / William Peckum: The Commission recommends approval of the modification of the Bayly Crossing original plan to allow for a mountable curb, versus that of a vertical curb. Commissioner Rice moved to accept their recommendation; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS: ONELL AUTREY - REFUGE TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD

Ms. Autrey was present to request a variance to the noise ordinance for their Summer Outreach Program to be held on August 28, 1998 at 7:00 P.M. until approximately 10:30 P.M. and August 29, 1998 at 10:00 A.M. until approximately 10:30 P.M. at 800 Robbins Street.

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to allow a noise variance on the two dates until 10:00 P.M.; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

CATHY TEAGARDEN - REGARDING SEPTIC SYSTEM

Mrs. Teagarden stated, "here I am a year later and several officials later, and still no resolution." She did some more research today and discovered that 200 feet of her property is within the Sanitary District and would assume that she has access.

Commissioner Rice advised that "we are only the cheaper solution ... we are not the solution." He further stated that the taxpayers of the City of Cambridge do not have an obligation to be the cheapest solution to everybody who has a problem.

Commissioner Rice then asked the City Attorney to check to see if the City has any legal obligations. Mr. Collison asked Mrs. Teagarden what her objection is to doing the elevated system if it has been approved by the Health Department. She said she feels that this will only work for five or ten years.

Commissioner Vickers voiced a hypothetical question to Mrs. Teagarden. "What if, in another time, the City limits extended itself all the way down to Madison; the two fire companies would become sub-stations of Cambridge Fire Company; there was another Police Station somewhere around the Woolford area. Now you're in the City limits. Would you have a problem paying City taxes to have that sewer service?" Her response was, "of course."

County Commissioner Bramble stated, to his knowledge, when the Church Creek system was put in, the land owners from Brannocks Neck into Cambridge had an option to tie in at that time. He was wondering if there was anything in writing through the Sanitary District, if people chose to tie in, in the future, could they do so at an additional cost? Commissioner Rice said that as far as the boundaries of either Sanitary District, they cannot be changed without consent of Council. Once the boundaries are drawn, it takes an act to change it. Commissioner Bramble said that with these problems, the stage needs to be set for negotiations between the City and the County regarding the County taking over the sewer treatment plant with a cooperation survey with the City since this is an issue that affects the County as a whole.

Commissioner Rice said that the only way for the sewer plant to be a regional plant is for it to be owned and operated by a regional authority, whether that be the County or the State.

Commissioner Swafford advised Mrs. Teagarden that she will be notified as to the City Attorney's findings.

BARBARA FIELD - REQUEST TO USE LONG WHARF

Mr. Kinnamon advised that Ms. Field was unable to appear before Council this evening. She had a request to use Long Wharf at Water Street to play croquet with some friends and neighbors. Council noted that this is a public park and it is certainly permissible but requested that more information be obtained as to the number of people, etc.

NEW BUSINESS: APPROVE REAPPOINTMENTS TO HUMAN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Commissioner Swafford stated that in two weeks he will also have some new appointments and some reappointments. Commissioner Vickers noted that he is having a problem since most of the appointments in his Ward don't want to serve again. He asked if it was inappropriate to advertise in the paper for people who are interested to serve on a committee. Commissioner Swafford felt that it could be done as a public service message.

This was tabled until the August 24th Council meeting.

REQUEST FROM TOOLWRIGHTS FOR ABATEMENT OF PROPERTY TAX

Commissioner Rice motioned to table this until the Committee can resolve the issues; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGETED EXPENDITURES OVER $250.

Commissioner Swafford motioned to approve the expenditures over $250.; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR

Mr. Pritchett had a request for approval of a building permit (number 2754) for Harbor Haven Condominium Phase II on the creek in the PWCD, 302 Academy Street, multi-family residence/condominium, estimated construction cost is $1,596,000.00. Everything is in order and the permit is ready to be processed.

Commissioner Rice moved to accept Mr. Pritchett's recommendation to approve it; seconded by Commissioner Watkins.

Commissioner Rice expressed how pleased he is with all that has been done along the creek. People need to look at the pictures that were shown at Cambridge Day to see what the creek used to be and what it is today. Motion then carried unanimously.

CLERK-TREASURER'S COMMENTS

Mr. Kinnamon said that he had a request for the Street Lighting Committee to look at a street light on the 800 block of Phillips Street. Commissioner Vickers motioned to refer this request to the Street Lighting Committee; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

He then stated that last Monday there was a request from the Dorchester Arts Center to use Long Wharf next June and July. Today he received a letter from them stating more specifics. They want to use Long Wharf for six free-to-the-public jazz concerts on Sundays June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 4 and 11, 1999 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Commissioner Vickers motioned to grant this request with a noise variance from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Commissioner Rice noted that it needs to be known exactly where at Long Wharf they plan to set up so that it doesn't interfere with anything else that is going on especially on July 4th with the parade. Motion then carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon then requested that the Mayor sign a letter of support for Craig's Drug Store with the additional paragraph stating that the City will not have any obligation, financial or otherwise, for their support for the proposed relocation of the drug store and renovation/addition to the existing building to accommodate an optometrist on Race Street.

Commissioner Rice stated that this is a business that is committed not only to Cambridge, but downtown Cambridge, and Council would certainly be remiss if they did not support their continuance in operation.

In years past, there has always been a group that has come to Council requesting permission to apply to the County for a beer license during the powerboat regatta. This year Rescue

Fire Company, Inc. is making the request for the two day event that is being held at Great Marsh.

Commissioner Vickers made a motion that the Mayor be allowed to sign this request; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon then advised that he had a request from SMG Property Management, Inc. to be referred to Planning and Zoning Commission to present a preliminary plan for the construction of housing on the property at the Choptank waterfront boarded by Oakley Street, Hambrooks Avenue and Belvedere Avenue.

Commissioner Rice moved to refer the request to Planning and Zoning; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM FIFTH WARD

Commissioner Rice said that he would get up with Mr. Pritchett as he has about eight properties that need some assistance ... "these people obviously don't have a clue what it means to either cut their grass or maintain their out buildings."

COMMENTS FROM FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers, referring to expenditures over $250. that were approved earlier this evening, pointed out one particular expenditure in the amount of $24,407.25. This is for legal fees for the months of June and July that the City has had to pay for an ongoing law suit. He feels the City taxpayers should know what it has cost up to this point and it is public information if they want to know the names of the people who have sued the City.

REPORT FROM CITY ATTORNEY

Mr. Collison presented the Resolution and Findings of Fact for the Mayor's signature regarding approval last week of the Special Use Permit for Laura Weldon to operate a day care center at her home at 116 Mill Street. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to allow the Mayor to sign these documents; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

Per Mr. Collison's request, Commissioner Rice moved to meet in Executive Session for a legal matter after tonight's meeting; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Mr. Gage Thomas, following up on a comment made earlier this evening when Glenn Bramble was speaking, asked the Mayor to direct the City Attorney to distinguish if the sewer line running to Horn Point within the City limits is in fact a City sewer line. Mr. Collison advised that the State is paying for the installation and maintenance of it although Commissioner Rice stated there should be a meter at the City line. Commissioner Rice said they will check the drawings and get back to Mr. Thomas.

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, August 10, 1998 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer