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City Council Minutes

January 12, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 12, 2015 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, and Thomas. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Ed Kinnamon led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Council held a closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss personnel and to obtain legal advice.

Mayor Stanley praised Ed Kinnamon for his 32 years of service to the City. Of those 32 years, he was Clerk-Treasurer for 26 years. As he is retiring tonight, she wished him well in all his future endeavors. Oden Wheeler will be the acting Clerk-Treasurer.

Mayor Stanley said the City representatives and the representatives of the Jerome J. Parks Companies, Inc. were not able to come to an agreement on the provisions of a master development agreement by December 31, 2014 when the exclusive negotiating privilege period expired. The Jerome J. Parks Company requested an extension of the exclusive negotiating privilege period. The City Council took such request under advisement and determined not to grant their request. Commissioner Sydnor said concerning Governor's Hall, because of the situation that we have as far as the ENP not being extended, the committee wished to continue Governor's Hall until October 31, 2015. The reason they are going to extend it to October 31st and not longer is because the City is in the second phase of the engineering and construction of the wharf. From the report that they obtained, it will tell them whether Governor's Hall will be stabilized enough to remain there while the wharf is being constructed. We will not know that for sure until they get the report. Hopefully in April they will be able to go back and review this once they have the report and determine whether they can extend that even further. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to extend the use of Governor's Hall until October 31st was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda by adding an item under Unfinished Business concerning Morgan State University as it relates to the Pine Street revitalization program that was proposed to the City on December 15, 2014 was seconded and passed 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the December 15, 2014 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the December 29, 2014 Council meeting including the cover sheets for the executive minutes was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Robyne Feehley, Leaky Pete's Oyster and Wine bar, to request permission to close the alley behind Leaky Pete's (Alley 18) on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm for their 5th Annual Paddy in the Alley; a variance from the noise ordinance (1:00 pm until 6:00 pm); permission to use fire barrels; and the alley swept by the street sweeper (snow/rain date of Sunday March 8th - same times)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

LaTesha Macer to request permission to hold a Multiple Sclerosis walk on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm starting and ending at Refuge Temple Church and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request contingent upon approval by the Police Department concerning the route was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

Community Feedback Form Update-The forms were approved by Council last year to record information on events held within the community. This information can be used for a multitude of different purposes (grant applications, reports, Arts & Entertainment District, Main Street, etc.). Mary Calloway asked Council to remind the people requesting City services that they are required to complete the form within 30 days of the close of their event. Commissioner Vickers would like the top part of the form completed by the recipients at the time they ask for City services.

Consulting Agreement with Meekins Antenna Rentals, Inc.-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to accept the consulting agreement with Meekins Antenna was seconded and approved 4:0.

Ordinance approving certain real property tax credits for new seniors residents of Cambridge who purchase homes within the City of Cambridge, and who make their newly acquired home in Cambridge their primary or principal residence (Ordinance 1043)-This is the introduction of the ordinance. Public comment will be taken at the next meeting. Possible action may also be taken at the next meeting.

Ordinance approving certain tax credits for owners of property which property is located within a designated redevelopment zone of the city, for the purpose of promoting economic development (Ordinance 1044)-This is the introduction of the ordinance. Public comment will be taken at the next meeting. Possible action may also be taken at the next meeting.

Agreement between Morgan State University and City of Cambridge for the Pine Street Small Area Plan-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to move forward with Morgan State University and sign the agreement was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign a letter to Morgan State University asking them to limit the City's participation to the ten percent indirect costs was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Advertise technical assistance grant position-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to advertise for the part-time position of Community Project Coordinator was seconded and approved 4:0.

Budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for Police Department was seconded and approved 4:0.

Budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget amendment was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor. The vote was 2:2 with Commissioners Thomas and Sydnor for the motion and Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed. Rob Collison informed Council that Mayor Stanley could not vote to break the tie because it was a budget amendment and would need to pass by a super majority.

Chief of Police Update-Mayor Stanley announced that the new Chief of Police, Daniel Dvorak, will be sworn in on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 11:00 am at the public safety building. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the employment agreement with Daniel Dvorak was seconded and approved 4:0.

City/County meeting comments-Commissioner Cooke informed the citizens about items discussed by the City and County at their monthly meeting. They discussed an 118-acre parcel adjacent to the High School that is tax delinquent and discussed forming a committee of City and County staff to look at tax delinquent properties to possibly get them back on the tax roles. A motion by Commissioner Cooke to appoint City representatives was seconded and the vote was a tie with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke voting for the motion and Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas opposed. The motion was denied 3:2 with Mayor Stanley opposed. The County has agreed to consider putting tar and chip on Cordtown Road after the winter ends. The County has a company interested in occupancy in the incubator building at the Tech Park. The County will expedite talking to Bob Tieder of the Sanitary District Commission about connecting the homes in the Oak Hill area to the Sanitary District. The two Economic Development groups will work together to attract businesses to the area.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

The Mayor, Commissioners, the Department Heads, and Rob Collison thanked Mr. Kinnamon for his dedication to the City of Cambridge.

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 8:13 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 12, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.

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Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer
COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: January 12, 2015 (1)
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

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

X 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;
4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City;
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: absent

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Sydnor Seconded: Comm. Cooke

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: Police Chief
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, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, , Rob Collison, Ed Kinnamon, Oden Wheeler
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: A motion to accept Mayor Stanley's nomination for the Chief of Police (Daniel Dvorek) with the contract that has been presented to Council was seconded and approved 4:0.


COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: January 12, 2015 (2)
Time: 6:40 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;
4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City;
5 consider the investment of public funds;
6 consider the marketing of public securities;
X 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: absent

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

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: Letter to Jerome J. Parks
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, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, , Rob Collison, Ed Kinnamon
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the second letter to Jerome J. Parks concerning the termination of the ENP as of December 31, 2014 was seconded and approved 2:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed and Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas for the motion. Mayor Stanley voted for the motion. Therefore, the motion passed 3:2.