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City Council Minutes

October 26, 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 met in closed Executive Session at 6:00 P.M. this evening to discuss several personnel matters relating to particular employees and also to deal with two real estate matters.

Commissioner Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the October 5th City Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS - PLANNING a ZONING COMMISSION

Commissioner Saunders advised that the Planning & Zoning Commission met on October 6th and made the following recommendation:

Zion Church Property / lots 316, 317 and 318 on Glasgow

St. : Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the Commission's recommendation to approve the rezoning of Zion Church's property on Glasgow Street from R-3 (two-family district) to R-4 (multiple dwelling district). Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins and carried unanimously.

Dotty Griffith / 208 Maryland Avenue / PWCD:

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the Commission's recommendation to approve the addition of C-R (commercial retail) zoning as a permitted use to 208 Maryland Avenue for the purpose of an in-home bookkeeping business. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and carried unanimously.

John Fagan / 511 Maryland Avenue / Produce Stand: Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the Commission's recommendation to table Mr. Fagan's request for a "special use permit" until DPW has had the opportunity to check into the following issues: agreement between the City and the State Highway Department, a traffic and safety study completed, the building permit issue resolved, and that all parking requirements have been met. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and carried unanimously.

SMG Property Management, Inc. / Choptank Waterfront Property located on Hambrooks Avenue: Commissioner Saunders advised that there was no report. The Commission will revisit this issue at a later date.

TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE

Commissioner Vickers advised that the Traffic & Safety Committee met on October 19th and made the following recommendations:

Former St. Clair School / Rigby and Fairmont Avenue: Commissioner Vickers advised that the Committee is taking time to look further into this situation (regarding curb side parking where a bus lane once existed) before they render a decision.

John Fagan / Amoco Sailwinds: Commissioner Vickers advised that the Committee recommended to allow the stand to proceed with the "special use permit", from a traffic and safety standpoint, but there are other issues that would need to be addressed before the permit could be issued.

Stephen Miller / 211 Byrn Street:

Commissioner Vickers advised that this request for a handicap space in front of Mr. Miller's apartment has been tabled because of other issues at hand and the involvement of the Police Department.

BID OPENINGS FOR OIL BOILER FOR R.F.C.

Mr. Kinnamon advised that four bids were received, as follows:

Wise Oil & Fuel Cambridge, Maryland

Sard & Son, Inc. Cambridge, Maryland

$ 8,613.75

15,987.00

Conectiv Services

Georgetown, Delaware & Easton, Maryland 16,164.00

Dorchester Services Associates

Cambridge, Maryland

10,335-00

Commissioner Rice made a motion to send the bids to the Department of Public Works for verification and recommendation. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Commissioner Vickers asked, with Council's approval, to review the bids with Mr. Pritchett. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST TO HOLD CHRISTMAS PARADE

Mr. Mike Edgar came forward to ask Council's permission to hold the Christmas Parade on November 21st at 5:00 P.M. They will be holding a "paradiothon" (their only fund raiser) on Saturday, October 31st from 7:00 A.M. until noon and he invited everyone to come down to help them raise money. Commissioner Rice made a motion to grant permission for the committee to hold the parade on the date and time that has been set. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Edgar further stated that the name of the Grand Marshall will be announced on Saturday.

PROCLAMATION FOR "EPILEPSY MONTH"

Commissioner Rice proceeded to read aloud the proclamation proclaiming November, 1998 as Epilepsy Month. Commissioner Watkins made a motion to allow the Mayor to sign the proclamation; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS: REQUEST FROM YMCA FOR REFUND OF BUILDING PERMIT

Relative to this issue, and because of the fact that there are other in-kind services that Council needs to look at, Commissioner Rice motioned to table this until it can be further looked into. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers. Commissioner Swafford requested Mr. Kinnamon to give Council all the information he has from the previous Council on this issue. Motion then carried unanimously.

NOISE COMPLAINT (200 BLOCK OF WASHINGTON STREET)

Mr. Pritchett stated that on October 10th and October 13th he went to the site after work hours (thinking that it might be the best time to evaluate the property). He met with Tom Collins, Plant Manager at Kool Ice on October 23rd who advised him that there has been no new equipment added to the operation which has been there for approximately 15 years. To the best of their knowledge, the noise being referred to is probably coming from the refrigeration units on the tractor/trailers. Mr. Collins has moved the trucks to the back of the lot as he was aware of the neighborhood problems. Mr. Pritchett did not notice anything beyond the normal level for equipment. It is zoned C-2.

Commissioner Rice stated that if you're in a commercial zone there is a certain amount of equipment that is allowable. This is a problem when you have commercial properties and residential properties without buffers. Everybody's rights need to be respected ... the right of a man to make a living and the right of a person to live in peace. Commissioner Rice made a motion to send a letter to Mr. Asplen advising him of Mr. Pritchett's investigation; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST TO CHANGE STREET NAMES IN SOUTHSIDE LANDING

Commissioner Rice asked the City Attorney if these streets are part of the City's system or part of the developer's system whereupon he replied, according to Mr. Pritchett, they are maintained by the City.

Since there is no policy to change street names, and the last attempt to do so involved a Public Hearing, Commissioner Rice suggested putting this matter on hold until Council can create a reasonable policy by which these changes can take place. After such time, Mr. Zentgraf can then apply for the procedure.

Commissioner Saunders suggested that before this reasonable policy is created, public hearings and public work sessions are held so that the people involved in the neighborhood can come in and give their input before the vote is taken.

Commissioner Rice went on to say that changing a street name would have a tremendous impact on the City with Emergency Medical Services, the Fire Department and the Police Department.

Commissioner Vickers felt that the City should not even consider procedure to change street names. If the City creates a new street, procedure could be established to have public input as to the name of the street but he sees no reason to change City street names as they presently stand.

Commissioner Rice moved for the table's request; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Rice then moved to set a date for a work session to draft a procedure; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried 4 to 1 with Commissioner Vickers opposing.

Mr. Kinnamon advised that the next available work session for this would be March 14, 1999.

COUNCIL TO APPROVE CITY'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve City's Financial Statement for September, 1998; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

REVISION TO JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR AND ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

Commissioner Rice made a motion to table this item until Council has had more discussion on it; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Commissioner Saunders asked if this is a revision of job descriptions or revision of supervisions. Commissioner Rice was unsure and noted that this is why he made a motion for it to be tabled. Motion then carried unanimously.

USE OF CITY VEHICLES BY EMPLOYEES

Commissioner Vickers made a motion to table this item; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Commissioner Rice feels that this is a personnel policy concept and needs to be discussed appropriately in closed session. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVAL OF C.P.D. PROMOTIONS

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve cost estimates as they pertain to the recent promotions within the Police Department of the sworn personnel only. The amount is in the Police Department's budget however it has not been moved to that line item for $12,289.82. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford and carried unanimously.

REQUEST BY BARBARA JEAN MC KNIGHT TO OPERATE DAY CARE-CENTER

Commissioner Saunders moved to refer this request, to operate a day care center by Ms. Barbara Jean McKnight in her home at 106 Patamoke Way, to Planning and Zoning Commission; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE MANAGEMENT SERVICE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY AND SYNAPSE

Mr. Kinnamon advised that this is still being reviewed by Mr. Collison. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to put this on hold; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Collison advised Council that he will have this for next week's agenda.

REQUEST FOR RELIEF OF INCREASED BUILDING PERMIT FEES FOR BAYLY CROSSING

Commissioner Rice said he did not have a problem with holding it on Phase I. If there is no permit for Phase II, he feels that they need to deal with it like everyone else.

Since it was determined that they received approval for Phases I and II prior to July 1, 1998 when the increased fees became effective, Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow the fees to be what they were before July 1, 1998; seconded by Commissioner Rice.

Commissioner Swafford was concerned over the fact that the completion of this development could take between seven and ten years. Mr. Collison brought up the fact that although the permission was given to develop the subdivision, the developer may not necessarily be the one building the house. As an example, Commissioner Rice stated that if he bought a lot and built the house, the developer's cost would be zero. Mr. Collison further brought up the fact that technically, if there is an empty lot on Talbot Avenue in the Edlon Park subdivision (which was built in the 1950's) and someone comes in for a building permit, the charge would be at the old rate because that subdivision was approved prior to July 1, 1998.

Mr. Kinnamon advised that Mr. Peckham was asking for relief for Phases I and II. There is a Phase III which he did not ask relief for.

Council's vote on the motion was 1 in favor (Commissioner Watkins), 3 opposed (Commissioners Swafford, Rice and Vickers) and 1 abstention (Commissioner Saunders).

REQUEST BY ISG INTERNATIONAL TO EXPAND ITS CAMBRIDGE OPERATIONS

A request was received from ISG International, Inc. to expand its Cambridge operations by utilizing property they purchased on Cedar Street.

Commissioner Saunders moved to refer this to the Planning and Zoning Commission; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST TO CONSIDER "RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT" FOR DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

Commissioner Rice moved to refer this to Traffic and Safety for discussion; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

DISCUSSION TO REINSTATE ARCHITECTURAL BOARD OF REVIEW

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to revive the Architectural Board of Review. However, before any appointments are made it was suggested that people submit resumes and they are qualified. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford and carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders made another motion to ask the City Attorney to have codes and guidelines available for the second Council meeting in January; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Kinnamon advised that the second Council meeting in January would be January 11th

DISCUSS ACTIVITIES PERFORMED BY PERSONNEL REVIEW BOARD

Since this is a personnel matter, Commissioner Saunders moved to hold this for a personnel meeting; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

MAYOR TO SIGN PROCLAMATION FOR "NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK"

Commissioner Rice moved to authorize the Mayor to sign proclamation; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

MAYOR TO SIGN RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF APPLICATION FOR CDBG FUNDS

Commissioner Saunders advised that this is the $40,000. grant that the City received for the final design of the Empowerment Center on Pine Street. She further advised that these funds can only be used, at this time, for the design of the Liberty Village Empowerment Center.

The architectural ad has been in the paper and bids will be received. Commissioner Saunders then made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the resolution and application where indicated; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Ms. Kathy Foster, Grants Administrator, will hand deliver documents on Wednesday, October 28th to Crownsville.

Commissioner Saunders stressed the fact that this is a City of Cambridge project. This is not a 501C3 non-profit project that the City is doing work for. She has been involved from letter one to know and will be involved until the first dirt is dug up. "We do not have a City employee doing a private group's grant."

APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve the budget amendments that were submitted from the Housing Department, Department of Public Works and C.E.M.S.; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGETED EXPENDITURES OVER $250.

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to approve all budgeted expenditures over $250.; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

REQUEST FOR NOISE ORDINANCE VARIANCE

Commissioner Watkins addressed a request from Pentecostal Temple Church for a variance to the noise ordinance for a church service they are planning to conduct from noon to 2:00 P.M., on the corner of Greenwood and Washington Street, on Saturday, October 31, 1998, which will require the use of a PA system. Commissioner Watkins moved to grant the request; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR

Mr. Pritchett presented a request for Building Permit from Regina, U.S.A., 824 Chesapeake Drive, for interior renovations in the amount of $138,000. (permit fee $1,655.) Commissioner Saunders made a motion to approve the permit; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM FIFTH WARD

Commissioner Rice made a motion to appoint Mr. and Mrs. Lindy Robbins to the Human Relations Committee; seconded by Commissioner Saunders. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Rice then moved to revert the Police Board back to a three member board with the Mayor as the chair of that committee and request that the attorney fill out the proper papers to do so and advertise as need be; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM FOURTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford requested Ms. Sandy Foxwell to come forward. He presented her with a certificate of appreciation for three years of outstanding service for the Human Relations Committee, "even though at some times you did act like a clown."

COMMENTS FROM THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to request the Council to reappoint her and Mr. Armond Hayward to the Dorchester County Tourism Advisory Council for another term of one year; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

She then requested that a letter be sent to the Dorchester County Commissioners to this effect.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to request the Mayor to sign a letter addressed to Ms. Nancy Palmer at DHCD confirming the fact that they have given the City permission to submit the Liberty Village grant application on November 13th and final architectural drawings on December 1st, without jeopardizing points. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins and carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers advised that the Heart Walk was a larger success than last year. He said he thought it went very well .... "I survived the whole thing, my heart feels great but my feet hurt that day..."

COMMENTS FROM CITY ATTORNEY

Mr. Collison referred to the Mutual Aid Agreements that were put in Council's books between the City and outlying areas to assist one another in providing mutual assistance. Commissioner Saunders moved to allow the Mayor to sign the agreements; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Referring to the noise violation complaint earlier this evening on Washington Street, he noted that in the City code it states that if the motor vehicles are being operated within manufacturer's specifications, it would not constitute a violation. (It had been determined by Mr. Pritchett that the noise was coming from Kool Ice's refrigeration trucks.)

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

Mr. Brian Manning, 617 Locust Street, came forward to say that he had asked the Department of Public Works to notify him when Zion Church was coming before the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was not notified and was under the impression from tonight's meeting that Council approved the zoning change from R-3 to R-4. Commissioner Rice advised Mr. Manning that Council only accepted the Planning Commission's recommendation. In order to change any zoning, a public hearing is required. The public hearing date will be advertised two successive weeks prior to the hearing. Mr. Pritchett confirmed the fact that he will be notifying Mr. Manning.

Mr. William Jackson, Chairman of the Human Relations Committee, came forward to remind the Mayor to appoint Ms. Tysheta Wongus, a junior at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School , to the Human Relations Committee. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the Mayor's appointment; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Jackson then went on to say that, according to the by-laws, officers for the Human Relations Committee are due to be elected prior to their annual meeting. However, their annual meeting is before each Commissioner makes their appointments. It's hard to hold an election when they don't know in advance who is going to serve on the Committee. They either need a change in the by-laws or an earlier commitment from the Commissioners as to who is going to be on the Committee. Per Mr. Jackson's request, Commissioner Saunders made a motion that beginning 1999, Council change the annual meeting for the Human Relations Committee to the first Tuesday in December; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders asked the press to give the City an "extra plug" about tonight's meeting because the Human Relations Committee is very important and is needed for the City. They don't just handle race relations, they handle public relations.

With no further business, meeting adjourned at 8:12 P.M.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, October 26, 1998 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer