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City Council Meeting Minutes

March 23, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 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.

Council held a closed executive session at 5:00 p.m. to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City. Council held an open work session at 6:00 p.m. concerning the proposed improvements for the Housing Authority of Cambridge.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to amend the agenda by adding an item under New Business to discuss holding a special regular session was seconded and passed unanimously.

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

Appointments

Pat Creighton, President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91 to receive a proclamation declaring May as Poppy Month in Cambridge-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation declaring May as Poppy Month in Cambridge was seconded and approved unanimously.

Odessa Todd to request permission to hold a family reunion in Great Marsh Park on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., erect tents, moon bounce, and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. An endorsement from Ms. Todd's homeowner's policy will be required for the moon bounce.

Shanita Farrare to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a family reunion, possibly erect tents, and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jamie Summers, Cambridge Eateries, to request permission to hold the Fourth Annual Cambridge Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and the Fourth Annual Belgian Beer Festival on Saturday, November 14, 2015; 300 block of High Street; from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; street closure from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. (set-up and take down); permission to erect 10 x 10 tents; and permission to sell beer with beer bands to be sold (under Cambridge Main Street liquor license)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Bob Ritz, Cambridge Community Radio, to request permission to hold a parade on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. from Long Wharf to the corner of Race and Cedar Streets; close Poplar Street from 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; a variance from the noise ordinance from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; police traffic assistance; prevent on-street parking along parade route from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or until the completion of the parade-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests except the extended closure of Poplar Street was seconded and denied 3:1 with Commissioners Sydnor, Thomas, and Hanson opposed and Commissioner Cooke abstaining. Mr. Ritz will meet with Oden Wheeler and Chief Dvorak before the next Council meeting to discuss the requests.

Brandon Hesson, Cambridge Main Street, to request permission to use of Cannery Way and possibly part of the municipal lot behind Cannery Way, on Saturday, April 11th from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for their Second Saturday event "Month of the Young Child", permission to erect small tents, and a variance from the noise ordinance

Brandon Hesson, Cambridge Main Street, to request permission to use the Long Wharf parking lot and adjacent grassy area for their Farmer's Market season on Thursdays, beginning May 7 and ending on October 15 (3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.)

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve both events including variances from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.
Representatives from the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance to request City Council's endorsement of the Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee and associated resolution-Shelly Baird provided an overview of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. The non-profit is dedicated to protecting the resources of the Nanticoke River through collaborative dialog, outreach, and education. Handouts were given to Council. They are proposing the development of the Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee. The committee would work to improve the economic vitality and environmental health of the City of Cambridge. This is not a financial request. They are requesting Council's formal support of this initiative. They are also requesting City staff assistance with the committee and the opportunity to present updates and a water quality analysis and recommendations report by the end of this year. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the City's endorsement of the Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee and the associated Resolution (15-002) was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed.

Jason Shorter, Cambridge Little League, to request permission to hold the annual Little League Opening Day Parade on Saturday, April 11th (rain date: April 18th) beginning at Long Wharf at 9:00 a.m. (line-up at 8:00 a.m.) and a Police Officer to lead the parade through town

Jason Shorter, Cambridge Little League, to request permission to change the size of their pole building from 24 ft x 24 ft to 24 ft x 40 ft

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the parade and waive any additional fees on the amended permit application for the larger shed was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Referendum petitions-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the recommendation of Oden Wheeler to have Hershel Johnson, Linda Bradford, and Gloria Cornish assist in validating the signatures on the petitions for referendum was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

County property tax rate differential-Commissioners Hanson and Cooke and Oden Wheeler will work together on updating the formula, discuss it with the Finance Committee, and then present it to the Dorchester County Council.

Budget Amendment 1 for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved unanimously.

Budget Amendment 2 for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Special Regular Session-A motion to hold a special regular session on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 starting at 5:00 pm to discuss a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) for renovations at the Housing Authority of Cambridge was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed. This meeting is open to the public. Following this meeting, Council will hold a public work session on the FY2016 budget.

Purchase Orders:

2015-046 - Taser International - Officers Body Worn Cameras - $9,950.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2015-046 was seconded and approved unanimously.

2015-049 - Fail Safe Testing, Inc. - annual fire hose testing as per NFMA - $7,790.00- A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Purchase Order 2015-049 was seconded and approved unanimously.

2015-050 - Metro Paving Corporation - Phase II of Maryland Avenue Green Street Improvements (Aurora St. to Hayward St.) -$598,920.00 - DNR Capital Improvements Grant-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2015-050 was seconded and approved unanimously.

2015-052 - Graves Uniforms - summer uniforms for CPD - $3,196.86-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2015-052 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

2015-053 - MHQ Municipal Vehicles - police vehicle equipment (Byrne JAG Grant) - $7,176.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2015-053 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Housing Authority Board of Commissioners-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to re-appoint Julia Farrow 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 8:58 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 23, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.



Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.
Acting Clerk & Treasurer