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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 3, 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.

Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss personnel.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to amend the agenda by removing Brian Ragle (at his request) was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2015 Council meeting with one typographical correction was seconded and passed unanimously.


Bassey Arikpo and Moe Weimer, C-SD student government, to discuss and invite the City Council to their Spring Fling event-On Friday, March 27th beginning at 5:00 pm they are having their first annual spring fling at the high school. This community-wide event will have a movie, a bouncy house, trivia, and lots of games that will be hosted by the many clubs of the school. They hope to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 for the school. Mr. Arikpo invited everyone to attend.

Unfinished Business

Second reading, public comment, and vote on ordinance to amend Article III of Chapter 7 entitled "Floodplain Management" "Grading, Erosion, and Sediment Control (Ordinance 1045)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt Ordinance 1045 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Referendum petitions - On February 25, 2015, Mr. Collison, Oden Wheeler, and Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley met with the Election Board for Dorchester County as well as its director to ask if they would validate the signatures on the petitions. They said they would not do it. There are approximately 1645 signatures to verify. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have Mayor Stanley and Oden Wheeler verify the petition signatures was seconded and denied 4:1 with Commissioners Vickers, Cooke, Thomas, and Hanson opposed. A motion by Commissioner Cooke that using Mr. Wheeler, as the Supervisor of City Elections, with the assistance of three other individuals from either the League of Women Voters or former election judges (selected by Mr. Wheeler) be empowered with the authority to validate the petitions was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

New Business

Resolution to approve DBED agreement for the purpose of funding the wharf replacement (15 001)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Resolution 15-001 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discussion and recommendation on proposals to ban distribution of free newspapers-Rob Collison said to have a complete prohibition on the distribution of the newspapers, in his opinion, would be a violation of the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution as an unreasonable regulation. The newspapers contain political speech which is highly protected. You cannot prohibit the distribution of that. You can create reasonable regulations to eliminate littering. Some communities have developed and approved legislation which formally adopts and implements a "do not deliver" type list that is placed on the publication companies. Council could try that informally without taking legislative action to see if it works or they could pursue formalizing it by legislation by adopting language outlining what residents can do to stop the publications and the newspapers from being delivered to their home. Council decided not to do anything for six months.

Radio tower lease between the City and Cambridge Community Radio, Inc.-A motion by Commissioner Cooke that the City sign the lease with Cambridge Community Radio, Inc. was seconded and approved unanimously. The rate is $225 a month for five years with an automatic five-year renewal unless either party objects. The lease becomes effective April 1, 2015.

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

Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-047 - E.S. Hubbert & Son, Inc. - Gravely mower - $3,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2015-047 was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Vickers out of the room.

PO 2015-048 - Lane Engineering LLC - planning and design services for Long Wharf Park - $50,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2015-048 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 8:47 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 9, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.

Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.
Acting Clerk & Treasurer


A Date: March 9, 2015
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: Y

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

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: Contractual Employee
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, Commissioner Hanson, Oden Wheeler (part time)
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to extend [the employee's] contract for five years from January 31, 2016 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas as passed 3:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed. Commissioner Vickers did not vote.