City of Baltimore

City Council
City Hall, Room 408
100 North Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

AGENDA
Monday, March 29, 2004
5:00 PM
City Hall


City Council


Sheila Dixon, President of the Council
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Vice President
District One: Nicholas C. D'Adamo, Jr., John L. Cain, Lois A. Garey
District Two: Paula Johnson Branch, Bernard C. "Jack" Young, Pamela V. Carter
District Three: Robert W. Curran, Kenneth N. Harris, Sr., Lisa Joi Stancil
District Four: Agnes Welch, Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., Catherine E. Pugh
District Five: Rochelle "Rikki" Spector, Helen L. Holton, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
District Six: Melvin L. Stukes, Kwame Abayomi, Edward L. Reisinger


Call to Order
Invocation
Rev. Dr. Holger Roggelin, Pastor, Zion Church of the City of Baltimore
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Showcase Baltimore
Dining out for Life, Jeff Burch; and Mary Haynes, to talk about Ed Waters Track and Field Program
Approval of the Journal
March 22, 2004
Communications from the Mayor
Bills Signed by the Mayor
Bills Introduced
 
04-1314 Acquisition of Property - Perpetual Easements for Public Utilities needed for the Hawkins Point Sanitary Sewer Force Main Project
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Public Works.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to acquire, by purchase or condemnation, the fee simple or other interests in certain properties located along Hawkins Point Road and Pennington Avenue between Chemical Road and Open Street, and needed for the Hawkins Point Sanitary Sewer Force Main Project; and providing for a special effective date. - FINANCE COMMITTEE (041310)
 
04-1315 Sale of Property - a Property Exchange and a Grant of Drainage, Utility, and Road Easement at or near Liberty Watershed
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Public Works.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to make a property exchange for the benefit of Baltimore County and convey a drainage utility and road easement over and upon the land located at or near the Liberty Watershed in Baltimore County near the intersection of Ivy Mill Road and Wood Gait Court; and providing for a special effective date. - FINANCE COMMITTEE (041311)
 
04-1316 Bond Issue - B & O Railroad Museum Loan - $1,000,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $1,000,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with ... the B & O Railroad Museum .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041312)
 
04-1317 Bond Issue - Baltimore Museum of Art Loan - $500,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $500,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with ... the Baltimore Museum of Art .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041313)
 
04-1318 Bond Issue - Community Development Loan - $33,500,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $33,500,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for or in connection with planning, developing, executing, and making operative the community development program of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, including ... the acquisition ... of land or property .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041314)
 
04-1319 Bond Issue - Economic Development Loan - $29,875,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $29,875,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for or in connection with planning, developing, executing, and making operative the commercial and industrial economic development program of the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, including ... the acquisition ... of land or property .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041315)
 
04-1320 Bond Issue - Enoch Pratt Free Library Loan - $2,600,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $2,600,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property, ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with ... the Enoch Pratt Free Library .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041316)
 
04-1321 Bond Issue - Health Care for the Homeless Loan - $1,300,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $1,300,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property, ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with ... Health Care for the Homeless .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041317)
 
04-1322 Bond Issue - Maryland Science Center Loan - $700,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $700,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property, ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with the ... Maryland Science Center .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041318)
 
04-1323 Bond Issue - National Aquarium in Baltimore - $1,500,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $1,500,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder ... to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with the ... National Aquarium in Baltimore ... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041319)
 
04-1324 Bond Issue - Public Buildings Loan - $7,580,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $7,580,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property, ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities owned by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with ... buildings owned by the Mayor and City
 
04-1325 Bond Issue - Recreation and Parks Loan - $6,945,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $6,945,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder of such proceeds to be used for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, installation, erection, protection, extension, enlargement, renovation or modernization of ... public park or recreational land, property, buildings, structures or facilities .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041321)
 
04-1326 Bond Issue - School Loan - $34,000,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $34,000,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder ... to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property ... and for constructing and erecting ... new school buildings, athletic and other auxiliary facilities, and for additions and improvements to, or the modernization or reconstruction of, including the inspection, removal, encapsulation, management, containment and abatement of asbestos from, existing school buildings or facilities, and for equipment for any and all new or existing facilities
 
04-1327 Bond Issue - Walters Art Museum Loan - $500,000
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Planning.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore ... to issue and sell its certificates of indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $500,000, the proceeds ... thereof to be used for the cost of issuance, ... and the remainder ... to be used for the acquisition ... of land or property ... and for constructing and erecting ... new buildings, structures and other auxiliary facilities, and for the renovation, alternation, construction, reconstruction, installation, improvement and repair of existing buildings, structures and facilities to be or now being used in connection with the ... Walters Art Museum .... - TAXATION COMMITTEE (041323)
 
04-1328 Franchise - Private Ornamental Fence and Gate Enclosing a Portion of the Albemarle Street Right-of-Way
Sponsors: Council Pres.-Admin.
Requester: Dept. of Public Works.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of granting a franchise to TV Realty Associates LLC and Piazza Enterprises LLC to construct, use, and maintain an 8-foot high ornamental steel fence and gate enclosing an approximately 459 square foot portion of the Albemarle Street right-of-way, located to the rear of 801 Eastern Avenue, and beginning at the southwest corner of Albemarle Street and Duker Alley extending southerly along the west side of Albemarle Street, subject to certain terms, conditions, and reservations; and providing for a special effective date. - HIGHWAYS AND FRANCHISES SUBCOMMITTEE (041324)
 
04-1329 Public Forum - Wages and Living Standards in Baltimore City
Sponsors: President Dixon, Rawlings-Blake, Mitchell, Holton, D'Adamo, Young, Branch, Harris, Welch, Carter, Reisinger.
Requester: SEIU District 1199E-DC, c/o Robert Moore, President.
CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION - FOR the purpose of inviting members of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and other service industries workers to speak-out on the current state of employment and standard of living for low wage workers in the Baltimore area; to call upon all stakeholders to participate in a discussion of the changes in the City's employment needs; and to discover what measures can be undertaken to insure that all working persons can secure a decent level of material comfort for themselves and their families. - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE (041325)
 
04-1330 Baltimore Flower Contest - Naming the "Official Flower of the Baltimore City Flower Mart"
Sponsors: Welch, President Dixon, D'Adamo, Young, Harris, Branch, Reisinger.
Requester: Baltimore Flower Contest c/o Alexis McKenzie, Chairman.
CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION - FOR the purpose of endorsing Flower Mart's 2004 contest to name the "Official Flower of the Baltimore City Flower Mart" and committing to adopting the winner of the contest as the official flower of the Baltimore City Flower Mart. - IMMEDIATE ADOPTION (041326)
 
04-1331 HIC Membership - Adding Chair of Ad Hoc Task Force
Sponsors: Mitchell, President Dixon, D'Adamo, Young, Curran, Harris, Branch, Carter, Reisinger.
CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION - FOR the purpose of recommending that the Chair of the Ad Hoc Task Force that was created to study the benefits for active and retired City employees to be chosen to serve as a member on the Health Insurance Committee (HIC). - IMMEDIATE ADOPTION (041327)
 
04-1332 Blackouts - Who Should Foot the Bill?
Sponsors: Young, Holton, Mitchell, Reisinger.
CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION - FOR the purpose of requesting the President and Chief Executive Officer of BGE (Baltimore Gas and Electric) to address the City Council on the frequency and duration of blackouts in the Baltimore City area when certain portions of, or entire, neighborhoods are without power for differing periods of time during which utilities dependent on electric, such as cable TV, telephones with answering and caller ID service, and cell phone chargers, are not available but for which customers are assessed usual charges; urging representatives of the Maryland Public Service Commission to participate in the hearing; inviting members of the general public and representatives of local businesses to share incidents
Consent Calendar
(See Section A at back of Agenda)
Second Reader
Finance
 
03-1182 Sale of Property - Former Bed of a 12-Foot Alley
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to sell, at either public or private sale, all its interest in a certain parcel of land known as the former bed of a 12-foot alley laid out in the rear of the property known as 1200/1212 Guilford Avenue and no longer needed for public use; and providing for a special effective date. (031115)
Reported Favorable.
 
03-1240 Sale of Property - Former Street Beds Lying Within the Camden Yards Stadium Site to be Conveyed to the Maryland Stadium Authority
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to sell, at either public or private sale, all its interest in certain parcels of land lying within the Camden Yards Stadium Site and no longer needed for public use; and providing for a special effective date. (031192)
Reported Favorable.
 
03-1241 Sale of Property - 2 10-Foot Alleys
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to sell, at either public or private sale, all its interest in certain parcels of land known as the former beds of 2 10-foot alleys lying within the area bounded by Holabird Avenue, Rappallo Street, Eastbourne Avenue, and Savage Street and no longer needed for public use; and providing for a special effective date. (031193)
Reported Favorable.
 
03-1242 Sale of Property - Walpert Avenue and a 10-Foot Alley
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to sell, at either public or private sale, all its interest in certain parcels of land known as (1) the former bed of Walpert Avenue, extending from Loch Raven Road southeasterly to 25th Street and (2) the former bed of a 10-foot alley laid out in the rear of the properties known as 601 through 609 Walpert Avenue and no longer needed for public use; and providing for a special effective date. (031194)
Reported Favorable.
Land Use and Planning
 
03-1184 Zoning - Conditional Use Parking, Off-Street Garage - 1201-1221 Wall Street
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of permitting, subject to certain conditions, the establishment, maintenance, and operation of a parking, off-street garage on the property known as 1201-1221 Wall Street, as outlined in red on the accompanying plat. (031117)
Reported Favorable with Amendment.
Third Reader
Third Reader (to be held one meeting)
 
03-1262 Planned Unit Development - Designation - Harbor Point
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of repealing Ordinance 93-260, approved August 10, 1993, that established the Allied and Related Sites Planned Unit Development; approving the application of SBER Harbor Point, LLC, authorized by Honeywell International, Inc., fee simple owner of certain property bounded generally by the Baltimore Harbor to the south and west, the Living Classrooms' site to the north, and Caroline Street to the east, consisting of approximately 26.8 acres, more or less, as outlined on the accompanying Development Plan, to have that property designated a Business Planned Unit Development; and approving the Development Plan submitted by the applicant. (031218)
Third Reader (for final passage)
 
03-1152 Sale of Property - 2639 Fait Avenue
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore to sell, at either public or private sale, all its interest in certain property located at 2639 Fait Avenue (Ward 1, Section 80, Block 1866, Lot 020) and no longer needed for public use; and providing for a special effective date. (031057)
 
03-1185 West Baltimore Development District
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of designating a "development district" to be known as the "West Baltimore Development District"; providing for and determining various matters in connection with the establishment of the development district; creating a special, tax increment fund for the development district; allocating certain property taxes to that fund; making certain findings and determinations; providing for a special effective date; and generally relating to the designation and operation of the development district, the establishment and use of the tax increment fund, and the payment of notes or other debt instruments included in the definition of "Bonds" under the Act (defined herein) delivered in connection with the development
 
03-1210 City Streets - Opening - Thames Street
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of condemning and opening Thames Street, extending from Philpot Street, southerly 139.3 feet, more or less, to the end thereof, and lying within the Fells Point Urban Renewal Project, as shown on Plat 344-A-11 in the Office of the Department of Public Works; and providing for a special effective date. (031149)
 
03-1211 City Streets - Closing - Thames Street
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of condemning and closing Thames Street, extending from Philpot Street, southerly 139.3 feet, more or less, to the end thereof, and lying within the Fells Point Urban Renewal Project, as shown on Plat 344-A-11A in the Office of the Department of Public Works; and providing for a special effective date. (031150)
 
03-1220 Property Tax Credit - "Fallen Heroes"
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of providing a real property tax credit for a dwelling owned by the surviving spouse of a deceased law enforcement officer or rescue worker, subject to certain qualifications and conditions; defining certain terms; providing for a special effective date; and generally relating to property tax credits. (031163)
 
03-1222 Planned Unit Development - The Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc.
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of repealing the existing Development Plan for the Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc., Planned Unit Development and approving a new Development Plan for the Maryland Jockey Club of Baltimore City, Inc. Planned Unit Development. (031165)
 
03-1223 Rezoning - A Portion of Block 1946, Lot 18 (1800 Block of Webster Street)
ORDINANCE - FOR the purpose of changing the zoning for the southernmost portion of the property known as Block 1946, Lot 18 (1800 Block of Webster Street), as outlined in red on the accompanying plat, from the M-2-2 Zoning District to the R-8 Zoning District. (031166)
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Committee Announcements
Announcements
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL
Adjournment
Cable Hearing Schedule
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2004 AT 5:00 P.M.
Education and Labor Subcommittee, Councilmember Stukes - Chair
04-1304 - A Plea for Help to Baltimore Area Colleges and Universities.