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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 23, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 23, 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 deleting the DBED resolution was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the February 9, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Tim Ailsworth, Executive Director for LGIT, to award Cambridge a LGIT Law Enforcement Body Camera grant-Mr. Ailsworth presented the City with a check for $1,214.77 for body cameras for the Cambridge Police Department. Mr. Ailsworth believes body cameras serve two purposes. The first is the obvious choice: it verifies that the police operated appropriately and did what they are supposed to do; and secondly, it assists LGIT because if they have a bad actor, it tells them if the police officer acted inappropriately. It allows them to resolve that case very quickly and if possible, settle the case and not waste a lot of the City's premium dollars and paying for attorneys unnecessarily when ultimately at the end of the day, when all the facts come out, they end up settling those cases. He complimented Chief Dan Dvorak on pursuing have even more cameras.

Omeaka Jackson to discuss a proposed job bank program for youth-Ms. Jackson gave Council written brochures on her program. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor who recently opened her own private practice in Dorchester County on Cedar Street. The program also does youth development, which entails youth leadership skills and mentorship. She is looking to work along with the schools. The Youth Job Bank is a job bank set up with the citizens of Dorchester County and possibly some of the businesses to provide job training skills for the young people of Dorchester County. No funds will be required of the city. It will be specifically citizen and youth based. The citizens would have a list of jobs they need taken care of such as mowing the lawn, painting, etc. The citizens would pay the youth directly. No funds will be going through her hands. There will be an interview process with the citizen, the young person, and a parent. She is looking for support to get this program off the ground. She will be training the young people so they will learn how to prepare for a job interview. It will help prepare the youth for the real world.

Allen Nelson, Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association, to request permission to use Great Marsh Park from Thursday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 26th for the Eastern Pro Inboard Championship Racing event; set-up on Monday, July 20th (evening), erect fencing; variance from the noise ordinance from Friday afternoon through Sunday; permission to sell beer at the event; permission to park motor homes in the pit area; use of the City's trash truck over the weekend-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests including permission to sell alcohol on City property was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Discussion regarding Optotraffic speed cameras-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to send Optotraffic a notice to terminate the existing agreement was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas opposed.

New Business

First reading of ordinance to amend Article III of Chapter 7 entitled "Floodplain Management" "Grading, Erosion, and Sediment Control" (Ordinance 1045)-This is mandated by the State and must be in effect by March 16, 2015. A seconded reading and public comments will be on March 9, 2015.

Traffic and Safety Committee report-The committee met to look at requests to go to blinking traffic lights at the intersections of (1) Cedar Street and Dorchester Avenue; (2) Academy Street and Muir Street; and (3) Academy Street and Gay Street. It is the recommendation of the Traffic and Safety Committee to not make any changes at those three intersections. It is also the recommendation of the Traffic and Safety Committee that the light at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street continue to be a blinking light. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the recommendations of the Traffic and Safety Committee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment for the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved unanimously.

Budget amendment for Rescue Fire Company-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for Rescue Fire Company was seconded and approved unanimously.

Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-043 - Municipal Emergency Services, Inc. - Scott Air RIT II packs with 60 minute cylinders - $10,628.64 and 2015-044 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - 5 Percent matching grant to replace SCBAs and spare bottles - $26,368.10-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Orders 2015-043 and 2015-044 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 2015-045 - E.D. Supply Co., Inc. - Upgrade LED Light Fixtures for City Hall, Council Chambers, Marina Office, and CPD Substation - $20,745.70-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2015-045 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Intersection of Maryland Avenue and Route 50-Several months ago the City requested State Highway mark the middle lane on Maryland Avenue for both turning left (toward Easton) or going straight. State Highway told the City that they did a traffic study and in their opinion, it did not warrant making the change. Commissioner Hanson said he will call Mr. Donnie Drewer about this. A letter will be prepared for Mayor Stanley's signature.


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 8:17 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 23, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.



Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.
Acting Clerk & Treasurer