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Council Meeting Minutes

December 15, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 15, 2014 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Vickers, Sydnor, Cooke, Thomas, and Hanson. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council met in closed executive session at 2:00 pm to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City (Sailwinds Project). Council held an open work session at 6:00 pm regarding the proposal for revitalization of the Pine Street community.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda by adding a consultant agreement with Mr. Meekins (communication towers) under Unfinished Business was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2014 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Michele Maas, Chesapeake Paddlefest Event Manager, to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, June 20th from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm for the 2nd Annual Chesapeake Paddlefest to benefit Special Olympics-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Request to extend Economic Development incentives-Ordinances will be prepared for a first reading for the first meeting in January.

City Manager-related charter resolutions and ordinance:

CR-2014-01-Amend the Charter by adding Section 3-39 entitled "City Manager" - A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Charter Resolution CR-2014-01 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

CR-2014-02 - Amend Section 3-21 entitled "Mayor; Oath of Office, Duties" - A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Charter Resolution CR-2014-02 was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Sydnor out of the room.

CR-2014-03 - Repeal Section 3-22 entitled "Town Clerk, Treasurer and Collector" - A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Charter Resolution CR-2014-03 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Ordinance 1042 - to implement a transition plan for the implementation of a City Manager Form of Government - A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1042 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

The Charter Resolutions will become effective on February 3, 2015 unless there is a petition for referendum filed by January 26, 2015. Under State law, a petition for referendum could be presented to City Council or it could be sent to the City Council at City Hall by certified mail. At least 20 percent of the qualified voters must sign the petition. Summaries of the Charter Resolutions have to be published in the next four weeks.

Marina slip rates-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to change the rates for the 50-ft slips to $2,000 for the first year; $2,250 for the second year; and $2,550 for the third year; $100 discount on Watermen's Row; and advertising; was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Consulting Agreement with Meekins Antenna Rentals, Inc.-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to defer action until the next Council meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Approve job classification for DPW "Deputy Director/City Engineer"-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the job description was seconded and approved unanimously.

City to approve $2.5 million line of credit with 1880 Bank for the Sailwinds Wharf Replacement Project-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the line of credit was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Council will meet with our newly-elected Senator and Delegate on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm in City Council Chambers.

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to hold a closed executive session on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers to discuss a personnel matter (Chief of Police) was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:58 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 15, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: December 15, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

1 discuss: (i) the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction: or (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals;
2 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business;
3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
X 4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City; (Sailwinds Project)
5 consider the investment of public funds;
6 consider the marketing of public securities;
7 consult with counsel to obtain legal advice;
8 consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation:
9 conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations:
10 discuss public security, if the public body determines that public discussion would constitute a risk to the public or to public security, including: (i) the deployment of fire and police services and staff; and (ii) the development and implementation of emergency plans;
11 prepare, administer, or grade a scholastic, licensing, or qualifying examination;
12 conduct or discuss an investigative proceeding on actual or possible criminal conduct;
13 comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement that prevents public disclosures about a particular proceeding or matter; or
14 before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiating strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participate in the competitive bidding or proposal process.


C Members present and vote of each member as to closing the session:

Victoria Jackson-Stanley (only in a tie)
Jackie Vickers Vote: Y
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Frank Cooke Vote: Y
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Commissioner Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Hanson Seconded: Comm. Thomas

D Topics Discussed: Explanation of topics to be discussed (this may be by reference to the citation of authority listed above if further explanation would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting: Sailwinds Project
E Persons Present at the Closed Session: If listing an individual as present would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting, do not list the individual but note that an individual was not listed for this reason Mayor Stanley (3:15 pm), Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Rob Collison, Ed Kinnamon, Odie Wheeler, Natalie Chabot, David Orr (project consultant), George Hyde, Anne Roane
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No action taken.