Alderman Arnett on City Council Meeting for Februrary 8 ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Friday, February 5, 2010

Alderman Arnett on City Council Meeting for Februrary 8

Below is Arnett's regular mailing of the upcoming city council meeting. Click here for the rest of the story:

The Closed Meeting of the Annapolis City Council of the Annapolis will be held on Monday February 8, 2010 in Council Chambers from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The meeting is a continuation of ongoing discussion of the union contract negotiations.

The Regular Meeting of the Annapolis City Council will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. A public hearing will be followed by a legislative session. All Council meetings are broadcast on Comcast channel 99 and on Verizon channel 34.


Reports by committees

Comments by the general public: A person appearing before the City Council with a petition, report or communication shall be limited to a presentation of not more than three minutes.


CA-01-10 Deputy Department Directors [Israel] – For the purpose of requiring department directors, subject to mayoral approval, to designate a full-time employee as deputy director.

O-01-10 Art in Public Places Commission [Israel] – Residency Requirement - For the purpose of specifying that residency in the City of Annapolis is a requirement solely for appointment to the Art in Public Places Commission.

O-02-10 Standing Council Committee Rules [Arnett] – For the purpose of establishing Council committee rules governing the conduct, notice, venue, and time of committee meetings.

R-01-10 Bertina A. Nick Way [Cohen, Finlayson, Kirby, Israel, Pfeiffer, Silverman] – For the purpose of declaring that Obery Street shall be renamed “Bertina A. Nick Way.”

R-02-10 Revision to FY 2010 Fees Schedule [Cohen] – For the purpose of revising fees charged for the use of City services during FY 2010.


Below is the agenda for the legislative part of the meeting with a brief description. I have added comments in italics and underline after some of the legislation. I indicate my likely vote with my comments, but send these email blasts out to give you a chance to let me know if you think I’m headed in the correct direction or should change my mind. It is my practice to comment only on legislation that has had a public hearing and has gone through the Council Committee process.


O-35-09 2nd R. Stadium as Conforming Use in R2 Zoning District [Moyer, Paone] – For the purpose of establishing a stadium as an additional conforming use within the R2 Single-Family Residence Zoning District. On agenda due to 180 Day Rule This legislation makes legal activities that have been occurring at the stadium for many decades without objection and I will vote to approve.

O-45-09 2nd R. Subdivision of Nonconforming Properties [Moyer] – For the purpose of permitting the subdivision of nonconforming properties. On agenda due to 180 Day Rule I will again ask that this legislation be postponed until the next Council Meeting because I have not seen a report from the Planning Commission.

O-52-09 2nd R. Residential Properties Subject to Foreclosure [Shropshire, Paone] – Registration and Maintenance - For the purposes of requiring the registration of residential properties subject to foreclosure with the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs and providing civil penalties for failure to register. On agenda due to 120 Day Rule. Travels with R-56-09 While well intended, I believe that there are just too many flaws with this legislation, especially including the fact that it is unenforceable. I will vote no.

R-56-09 2nd R. Amending Fines Schedule for Foreclosure Registration Failure [Shropshire, Paone] – For the purpose of specifying the fine for failure to register properties subject to foreclosure. On agenda due to 120 Day Rule Travels with R-56-09 See o-52-09 above.

O-65-09 2nd R. Uses Deemed Conforming Within the R2-NC District [Moyer, Arnett] – For the purpose of adding “two-family dwelling” to the list of uses deemed to be conforming in the R2-NC District, provided they were legally existing on November 19, 1990. This legislation is to correct errors made when Title 21 Zoning Code was reorganized and simplified in 2005. Currently all duplexes in the R2NC zone are nonconforming. This ordinance will rectify those errors. I will vote yes.


O-05-10 1st R. Single-Family Attached Dwellings in C1A Special Conservation District [Israel] – For the purpose of deeming conforming those single-family attached dwellings lawfully existing on June 20, 1994, in the C1A Special Conservation Residence District.

O-07-10 1st R. Receipt, Deposit, and Expenditure of Grants [Israel] – For the purpose of establishing rules governing the application for, receipt, deposit, and expenditure of grants by the City of Annapolis.

Upcoming City Council Events:

Work Session -Thursday, February 18, 2009, City Council Chamber – 1:15 p.m.
Regular Meeting - Monday, February 22, 2009, City Council Chamber - 7:00 p.m.
Special Meeting - Monday, March 8, 2010, City Council Chamber - 7:30 p.m.

As always, you can call me [410 295-9743] or send an email [] if you have questions or concerns.

Ross Arnett, Alderman, Ward 8

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