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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 9, 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, Thomas, and Hanson. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda by adding an item under Unfinished Business for a $25,000 grant application for the Economic Development Strategic Plan; deleting Brian Ragle (moved to March 9th); and adding a closed executive session to discuss personnel was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go into closed executive session immediately following the meeting to discuss personnel was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the January 26, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0 with Commissioner Hanson abstaining because he was not present at the meeting.

Appointments

Raymond Simmons, Post 88 29th Division, to provide the Council an update regarding the DSC Monument project at Long Wharf-The stones have arrived in the United States. They are looking at May 9th for the dedication.

Keith Graffius Crabi Gras, to request permission to hold their 4th Annual Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 12 noon until 6 pm; use of Cannery Way from 10 am until 7 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance 12 noon - 6 pm); use of city trash cans and Police in the area-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation Board to request a letter of support for improved lighting through an MHAA Capital Project Grant-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to supply a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Further discussion 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)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1043 with the stipulation that the applicant must not have owned a home in Cambridge which was their primary residence within the last 5 years prior to purchasing the qualifying unit and that all taxes must be paid by December 31st was seconded and approved unanimously.

Further discussion 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)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1044 using the UDC map and without a tax payment deadline was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Economic Development Strategic Plan-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve submitting a grant application in the amount of $25,000 (no match) for a new economic development strategic plan was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

New Business

ASOP 18 - Gifts Presented to Employees at Retirement-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to form a committee to consider ASOP 18 and come back to Council with recommendations retiring employees and employees with meritorious service was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley recommended the following people for the committee: Commissioner Hanson, Oden Wheeler, Sputty Cephas, and Marion Thomas. A fifth person will be named at a later date.

City's website-Commissioner Cooke said the City's website is lacking in a number of places. He mentioned a few pages that needed updating. The website is maintained independently by various staff members. He challenged the Department Heads to find someone in their departments who likes to do this and put them to the task of making sure that the pieces that belong to their Department get updated. He thinks the City needs to integrate more social media into our website. Oden Wheeler said the City is working on a whole new website which will be a lot easier to update.

Purchase three new police vehicles-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase three new police vehicles with funding through Provident State Bank (1.95% interest rate) for $74,940 was seconded and approved unanimously. This was the lowest interest rate found.

Budget amendments for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendments for the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved unanimously.

Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-040 - Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc. - Additional Underwater Core Sampling/Sailwinds Wharf Replacement - $4,600.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2015-040 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 2015-041 - Washington Post - Express Publication - $12,075-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2015-041 was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Cooke abstaining.

PO 2015-042 - John W. Tieder - Work related to Treatment Plant - $97,400 (work to be paid for through MDE grant and SRF loan)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2015-042 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Public Comments

Cambridge Rotary Club-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to allow Cambridge Rotary Club to hold an oyster roast at Long Wharf Park on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from noon until 4:00 pm; permission to close the circle; a variance from the noise ordinance; permission to apply for a one-day liquor license; and use of spare trash cans was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to go into closed executive session on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm in Council Chambers to discuss personnel was seconded and approved unanimously.

Traffic & Safety Committee-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to refer a recommendation to the Traffic & Safety Committee to change the traffic lights at the intersections of Cedar Street and Dorchester Avenue, Academy Street and Muir Street, and Academy Street and Gay Street to either blinking lights or four-way stop signs 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 9:01 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 9, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.



Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.
Acting Clerk & Treasurer