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City Council Minutes

 November 2, 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 6:30 P.M. this evening to discuss a real estate matter.

Commissioner Watkins moved to approve the minutes of the October 26th City Council meeting; seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE MANAGEMENT SERVICE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE CITY AND SYNAPSE

Mr. Collison advised that he and Mr. Kinnamon had met with the Director of Synapse (a management service handling the C.E.M.S.'s accounts). They had previously charged the City a flat fee per account and are now proposing to change the billing to 8% of what they actually collect on each account. Mr. Kinnamon had checked around and found out that most other agencies charge 10%. Mr. Collison stated that he has reviewed the agreement and made the necessary changes and is now ready for Council's approval.

Commissioner Rice wanted to make sure that accurate records are kept to compare figures with when it comes time for next year's agreement to be approved.

Mr. Kinnamon advised that Synapse would only receive money from the City based on amounts they collect .... not what they bill.

Commissioner Swafford made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the agreement; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

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

APPROVE BUDGETED EXPENDITURES OVER $250.

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

CITY ATTORNEY COMMENTS

Mr. Collison referred to letters directed to the City from the County regarding a proposal for some demolition work and waiving of tipping fees.

Commissioner Saunders made a motion to enter into the agreement with the County to continue revitalization of Pine Street with the demolition order for the building on Pine and Douglas as well as to work with the County to tear down the two buildings at the St. Clair Center. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins and carried unanimously.

Mr. Collison then requested a motion from Council to meet in Executive Session this evening regarding a specific employee. Commissioner Rice made the motion; seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM FIRST WARD

Commissioner Vickers noted that "all is quiet .... even Halloween was a little quiet this year."

COMMENTS FROM SECOND WARD

Commissioner Watkins mentioned how much he enjoyed the children who came to his home on Halloween. He was very pleased to see that most of the children were accompanied by their parents.

COMMENTS FROM THIRD WARD

Commissioner Saunders stated that today there was a meeting regarding the Family Youth Festival that is planned for May 8, 1999.

At the meeting Wini Roche and Gage Thomas requested Commissioner Saunders to mention that on December 4th, 11th and 18th from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. they are planning to hold Christmas performances in Spring Valley at the Court House and requested a variance from the noise ordinance. She motioned to grant the request; seconded by Commissioner Rice. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then requested the Mayor to call Gage Thomas regarding the use of some space at M.U.C. for Santa's Workshop.

They had an additional request, which Commissioner Saunders put in the form of a motion, to "light up Cambridge" by putting up decorations at Great Marsh, the pedestrian mall on Race Street, down by the Yacht Club at Long Wharf and do "holiday river lights". Motion was seconded by Commissioner Watkins. Commissioner Rice noted that this would need to be coordinated with D.P.W. Motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Saunders then requested Mr. Kinnamon to get a letter to Wini Roche regarding these issues.

Commissioner Saunders then made a motion to address a law similar to the nuisance abatement law in the City of Baltimore to get landlords to evict drug dealer tenants and repair and dispose of vacant property. Major Maloney had obtained information for her from the Community Law Center, and she would like Council's permission to pass the information to the City Attorney to look into. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford. Motion carried unanimously.

A reference was made by Commissioner Saunders to Mr. Pritchett's memo regarding in-kind services for Pleasant Day in the amount of $2,401.75. She made a motion to honor the request, to fulfill the City's obligation that was made in the State contract. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Swafford and carried 4 to 0 with Commissioner Vickers abstaining..

Commissioner Saunders requested that Mr. Kinnamon advise the Director of Pleasant Day that this has been approved and Public Works will handle it from there.

Referring to the sheds at Long Wharf, Mr. Pritchett gave Council an update and requested their opinions. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to accept the suggestion to place the smaller shed (due to its design history) near the dockmaster's office. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers and carried unanimously.

The second building is larger, less appealing, and too small to house the new lawn equipment used in park maintenance. Commissioner Saunders made a motion to allow Mr. Pritchett the flexibility to either demolish this structure or move it to DPW for small tool storage. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Rice and carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM THE MAYOR

Mayor Wooten reminded everyone of tomorrow's elections. He wished the candidates well.

COMMENTS FROM FOURTH WARD

Commissioner Swafford requested permission from Council to have Mr. Kinnamon research Council minutes regarding the painting of properties only during certain times of the year.

He also requested that some fees that were overlooked (i.e., impact fee) be placed in the books next week. Commissioner Saunders asked if this would be an avenue to help reduce the inventory tax? Commissioner Swafford said that it could certainly be one of the things to look at.

COMMENTS FROM FIFTH WARD

Commissioner Rice congratulated the Mayor on being selected as the Grand Marshall for this year's Christmas Parade. With reference to "light up Cambridge", last year was an excellent start and hopefully everyone will chip in this year so when the parade comes downtown it will really look nice.

COMMENTS FROM DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

Mr. Pritchett addressed his memo regarding closing of the Cambridge Creek Bridge for one or two weeks in March to allow the Maryland State Highway Administration to remove the old pilings and drive in new timber pilings.

Commissioner Rice stated that once before when the bridge was closed, it had a tremendous impact on businesses in the area. He feels an impact study should be done and find out if these businesses will be compensated. Commissioner Vickers also stated that this would cause marine traffic to be shut down. Mr. Pritchett advised that an additional meeting is planned in January to work out the fine details.

Mr. Pritchett announced that Mr. George Hyde, III started today as the City's Engineer. Mayor Wooten was glad to hear that Mr. Hyde is from this area and Commissioner Saunders said that Council has done everything they could to hire people from this County.

COMMENTS FROM POLICE CHIEF

Chief Wroten reported that the City had a reasonably quiet Halloween because the parents and children conducted themselves in a way that brought credit upon them. Commissioner Rice told the Chief not to belittle the effort that he and his department made. The Police Department was out in force and that was a huge help.

Commissioner Swafford complimented the Chief on the newsletter that is sent out by his department. It was a great newsletter and had a lot of valuable information.

With no further business, meeting adjourned at 7:32 P.M.

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting of Monday, November 2, 1998 insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk-Treasurer