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City Council Meeting Minutes

January 26, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 26, 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. Police Chief Daniel Dvorak led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda by deleting the item discussing ASOP 18 and adding a citizen who wants to present Council with a petition was seconded and passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Representatives from partnership for a Drug-Free Dorchester, to request permission to utilize designated streets in Cambridge for a community walk on Saturday, May 16, 2015 starting at Long Wharf at 9:00 a.m. and a variance from the noise ordinance from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at Sojourner Douglass College-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Chris Rogers, Shore Shakespeare, to request permission to use Long Wharf Park on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th (set-up and rehearsal on May 15th) to present Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Chief Donna "Wolf Mother" Abbott to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from for a Chief's Ceremony (12 noon until 6:00 pm), and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Ron Bromwell, Cambridge Wheels Car Club to request permission to hold their 3rd annual car show on Race, Poplar, and High Streets on Sunday, August 9th (rain date: August 16th) from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, extra trash cans, a variance from the noise ordinance, permission to have beer (with wrist bands), electricity on the pole in Craig's Drug Store parking lot, and permission to hang a banner across Race Street for the two weeks before the event-Commissioner Vickers recused herself because a portion of the proceeds is donated to Pleasant Day. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests with using a portion of High Street (to intersection by Post Office) and extending down Race Street toward Muir Street was seconded and approved 4:0.

Brian Ragle, Vagabond Visions, to discuss a proposed documentary film project I wish to create on behalf of the City of Cambridge-Mr. Ragle is proposing making a two-hour feature length documentary about the history of Cambridge both from the economic and social perspective centered around the Phillips Packing Plant. He would like to produce a ten minute trailer before the end of the month in order to submit for fundraising efforts with film festivals and endowments. He is requesting the City partner with him so he can apply for further grants for funding and clearance to film in and around Cambridge during the next year. His estimated budget for the entire feature would be in the neighborhood of $200,000. He is requesting $10,000 from the City for the trailer but will not be asking the City for any other funds after that. He will be applying for grants that will be passed through the City to Mr. Ragle. He spoke to Anne Roane about re-allocating grant funding for the $10,000. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to authorize a letter of support was seconded and approved 4:0. The funding request and agreements will be re-visited at a later date.

Unfinished Business

Second reading, public comment, and vote on 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 will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on 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 will be discussed further at the next meeting.

New Business

Grant project discussion / approvals for 2015-16 [CDBG project - annual round; CDBG project - Economic Development; Community Legacy - repurpose of award funds]-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to apply for the Community Development Block Grant (DHCD) in the amount of $800,000 was not seconded and died. A motion by Commissioner Cooke that Council approve Item #2 (Wharf Replacement) for $800,000 was seconded. Commissioner Vickers and Sydnor abstained. Commissioners Cooke and Thomas voted for the motion. The motion failed. A motion by Commissioner Cooke that Ms. Chabot be allowed to apply for $800,000 toward the Wharf Replacement (Item #2) from CDBG was seconded and approved 3:0 with Commissioner Vickers abstaining. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve submitting a grant application for the Economic Strategic Plan (Item #1) for $25,000 was seconded and did not pass because Commissioner Cooke was opposed and Commissioner Vickers abstained. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the grant application for the Façade Improvement Program for $35,000 was seconded and approved 3:0 with Commissioner Vickers abstaining.

Committee Appointments: Board of Appeals and Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Mayor's recommendation to appoint Dormaim Green to the Board of Appeals to complete the term of the member that ends April 2017 was approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the Mayor's recommendation to appoint Gaver Nichols to the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and approved 3:0 with Commissioner Vickers abstaining. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Mayor's recommendation to appoint Janice Olshesky as an alternate member to the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and ended in a tie vote of 2:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed. Mayor Stanley broke the tie by voting aye. The motion passed 3:2.

Citizen's Presentation Regarding Petitions-William Jackson presented the Council with a Petition for Referendum for Charter Resolution CR-2014-01 pursuant to Section 4-304 of the Local Government Article 23A of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The citizens who signed the petition request that the proposed Charter Amendment which amends the City Charter by adding Section 3-39, entitled "City Manager" to provide for a professional manager to be chief executive officer of the city be submitted on referendum to the voters of the City of Cambridge. There are approximately 1,645 signatures on the petition. Rob Collison said the Acting Clerk/Treasurer will make copies of the petitions. The originals will be maintained by the City. The copies will be sent to the Elections Office for them verify the signatures of the registered voters. Once that is done and there is a requisite 20%, it will then come back to City Council. The City Council will make the decision either to put it on referendum either in the next general election or they can vote to have a special election. If the Council votes to have a special election as opposed to the general election, the special election must be held between 40 and 60 days from the date of that vote. There is no time limitation on how long the Elections Office may have to certify the signatures. The City's next general election will be July 2016.

Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-039 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - a new rescue air bag system utilizing a state contract (RFC) - $10,457.10-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2015-039 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to go into Closed Executive Session directly following this meeting to discuss personnel was seconded and approved 4:0.

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 8:54 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 26, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.



Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.
Acting Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: January 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 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. 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: Personnel (date for hearing before Council)
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, Chief Daniel Dvorak
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: A date for the hearing will be determined using ‘Doodle'.