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City Council Minutes

October 5, 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 Rice, Watkins, Saunders, Swafford and Vickers.

Mr. Kinnamon led in the Lord's Prayer.

City Attorney Collison advised, pursuant to Section 10-508 of the State Government Article, Council went into Executive Session at 6:00 P.M. this evening to discuss one legal issue, one personnel issue and one real estate issue.

Commissioner Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the September 28th City Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried 4 to 0 with Commissioner Rice abstaining.

NEW BUSINESS - SET HOURS FOR "TRICK OR TREAT"

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to observe Halloween in the City of Cambridge on October 31st from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for children 12 and under; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

CANCEL OCTOBER 12TH COUNCIL MEETING

Commissioner Watkins made a motion to observe the Columbus Day Holiday by cancelling the October 12th City Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

DISCUSSION OF COMP TIME VS. VACATION TIME FOR APPROVED ABSENCES

Commissioner Saunders asked for time to get some research done as to the amount of comp time that each City employee has and their rate of pay since this would affect the City's budget if the employee were to leave. She then made a motion to do the employee information in Executive Session at 6:00 P.M. prior to regular Council meeting and the final decision to be made at Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Commissioner Swafford then suggested the meeting be held on October 26th. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST FROM MID-SHORE NANTICOKE HOMES

A request was received from Cindy Johnson of Mid-Shore Nanticoke Homes for a refund of the $400.00 price increase for sewer hook up at 2426 Cambridge Beltway. Mr. Pritchett advised that they had received final approval prior to the new fee schedule.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow the refund; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

NOISE COMPLAINT - 200 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON STREET

A noise complaint was received from Mr. William P. Asplen, Jr. regarding noises coming from Kool Ice that continue all night. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to table this until it can be further investigated; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGETED EXPENDITURES OVER $250.

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve all the budgeted expenditures over $250. that were included in Council's books; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

PRESENTATION TO REVEREND PAUL MILLER

Mayor Wooten and Council President Philip Rice presented a Resolution and a key to the City to Reverend Paul Miller in appreciation for his 30 years of full time ministry, 16 of those years being offered to this City. He is to become a staff member of the Carey Christian Academy in Dale City, Virginia.

Reverend Miller stated that he has enjoyed "immensely" being a part of this community all of these years. He further stated that he has had the privilege to put blood, sweat and tears in Cambridge,."and that's literal, and that's reality." It was a great investment and if he had it to do over again, he stated, "gladly I would."

COMMENTS FROM CITY ATTORNEY

Mr. Collison presented an ordinance, for the Mayor's signature, which was approved on September 28th with regards to amendments to the property maintenance code.

COMMENTS FROM SECOND WARD

Commissioner Watkins stated that he had received a request from Bethel A.M.E. Church, in conjunction with the Elks parade on October 25th, to hold activities for children in front of the church and to block off Pine Street from Cedar Street to Bethel St. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to honor their request; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders motioned that all department heads need to be notified that any personnel issues (i.e., job applications, grievances, any concerns) that Council needs to be made aware of, must first go to the-Mayor and Council President effective tomorrow morning. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then referred to a memo from Kathy Foster, Grants Administrator, for permission to attend a Microsoft office seminar in Salisbury on October 27th. This is the software used by the State of Maryland and all CDBG applications and related documents are given to the City in this program. Commissioner Rice moved to grant the request; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

A motion was then made by Commissioner Saunders to go into Executive Session after tonight's meeting to discuss a personnel issue with the Police Department. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and carried unanimously.

She then went on to say that the first Hot Spots Community Day was held this past Saturday at Cosby Avenue. Free bicycle combination locks were given out by the Police Department as well as two hundred bags with favors. With the help of Kathy Foster and Chief Wroten, many door prizes were donated for the event. They gave away three bicycles, basketballs, bicycle helmets, City coffee mugs "with goodies in it" and City caps. Commissioner Saunders said that this was a positive promotion for our community policing.

COMMENTS FROM FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers complimented Brian Johnston on his article in the Star Democrat this past week about the Historic District Guidelines ... "it was a great article". There was only one thing wrong. When he mentioned the people who were involved, "you left out the key figure, Armond Hayward."

COMMENTS FROM MAYOR WOOTEN

Mayor Wooten request Mr. Kinnamon to get all the grants information together that he requested by Friday. He further requested that copies be given to each Commissioner.

COMMENTS FROM FIFTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford mentioned that several departments, over the last three months, have not used some monies that were appropriated in the budget and he made a motion for permission from Council to transfer them to the contingency fund. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Saunders. She stated that she is not against what Commission Swafford is planning to do but would like this tabled in order to check with department heads to transfer this money for better operation. As Finance Chairman, Commissioner Swafford stated that he wanted all the unused monies in one area (the contingency fund) and if department heads need it, they can always request it to be transferred from the contingency fund. (The unused money is from each department's salary budget account.) With no further discussion, motion passed 4 to 1 with Commissioner Saunders opposing.

COMMENTS FROM CLERK-TREASURER

Mr. Kinnamon referenced a letter that was received from Connie Barnett, Chairperson of the Dorchester County American Heart Walk. Their second annual American Heart Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 A.M. to approximately 1:00 P.M. They have already made arrangements with Public Works to reserve the pavilion at Great Marsh Park for the event.

Commissioner Vickers mentioned that at last year's walk in Cambridge, during a driving rain storm, enough people turned out to make more money in Dorchester County for the Heart Walk than they made in Talbot County on a dry day. He then made a motion that they be granted use of the pavilion again for this year's walk; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Commissioner Rice brought up the fact that the Police Department would need to be made aware of the route and Commissioner Vickers said that he would make sure that they are notified (the route would be identical to last year). Motion then carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon brought to Council's attention a letter he had received from the YMCA requesting a refund of their building permit which had been approved during discussions for in-kind services. The building permit had been purchased by the general contractor on June 15, 1998 in the amount of $2,855.00. Commissioner Saunders tabled the motion; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders asked for this to be put on the October 26th agenda.

COMMENTS FROM DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

Mr. Pritchett made reference to his memo regarding the deteriorated bulkheading at Long Wharf. A certain amount of the work has already been done but there is still quite a bit to be done. He requested permission to utilize the remaining encumbered funds from 1997 to 1998 in the amount of $80,000. to continue on with these repairs.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Pritchett to proceed, within the budgeted amount Asked. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers and carried unanimously.

With regards to replacing the oil burner in the firehouse, Mr. Pritchett requested permission to have the underground tank removed and replaced with a smaller above the ground tank. Commissioner Saunders made a motion, pending financial availability, to allow Mr. Pritchett to move forward; seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Pritchett then made a request for $670. for office furniture and supplies for the additional office staff. Commissioner Saunders made a motion that the Finance Chairman get together with Mr. Pritchett to find out where the money will come from and leave the decision up to the Finance Chairman. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and carried unanimously.

On another note, Commissioner Saunders verified with Commissioner Swafford that when the budget revisions are done, all department heads will get a print-out of the adjusted budgets.

Commissioner Saunders then introduced Ms. Jackie Jones who is running for House of Delegates, District 37A, "and whom I'm supporting wholeheartedly." Ms. Jones stated that when people cast their vote, they're not just voting for her. People are voting for themselves to make sure that the person they send to Annapolis will be there for them.

With no further business, meeting adjourned at 7:48 P.M.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, October 5, 1998 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer