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City Council Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 8, 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 Sydnor, Cooke, Thomas, and Hanson. Commissioner Vickers was absent. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to amend the agenda by adding "Working Waterfront Exchange Outreach" under appointments was seconded and passed 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Public Hearing

Public comments on the proposed FY2016 budget-Steve Rideout said he looked through the more detailed budget. The one thing that he noticed that Council might not have considered would be money for a lawyer for the Ethics Commission in the event there is some matter that comes up about the Commissioners or a city employee where Mr. Collison might need to recuse himself. He suggested $1,500 or $2,000 in anticipation that there might be the need. If it was not used, it would go back into the General Fund. Oden Wheeler said there is $19,547 in the General Fund Contingency and around $49,670 in Sewer Fund. In the event the funds were needed for a lawyer, they could be reallocated from the Contingency Fund. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appointments

Scott Eberspacher, Dorchester County Recreating & Parks Board, to request variances from the noise ordinance at the Dorchester County Pool from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Friday, June 26th; Friday, July 3rd; Friday, July 10th; Friday, July 17th for Pool Hops and Tuesday, August 4th for National Night Out-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Choptank District Activities Committee, to request permission to use Court Lane (9:00 am until 6:00 pm) on Sunday, September 27th for their annual Cubmobile Race; use of 5 City trash cans; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0. [Note: the date was later changed to September 20, 2015.]

Robert Wood, Cambridge Multi-Sport Club, to request permission to conduct Cambridge's 4th annual Firecracker Kids' Triathlon on Saturday, July 4, 2015 (approx. 8 a.m.) beginning and ending at the YMCA and a variance from the noise ordinance (7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Craig Duerling, Mid-Shore Community Band, to offer a concert before the fireworks on July 4 at Long Wharf starting at 7:00 p.m.-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance and three reserved parking spaces across from the park for the band's equipment trailer was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Realerevival Brewing to discuss sewer fees-Nobody was present to speak.

Working Waterfront Exchange Outreach-Jane Devlin said Cambridge was chosen as the pilot program in the State of Maryland. They have been meeting monthly. A report will be presented at the wrap-up meeting on Thursday, June 18th. A Working Waterfront Exchange will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Governor's Hall. They are looking for a City representative to greet everyone. Commissioner Cooke volunteered. The Richardson Foundation is hosting a reception from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. DNR and other funders are looking for monies to assist Working Waterfronts.

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on ordinance to adopt and approve the budget for FY2016 which appropriates the necessary funds for the operation of the government and administration of the City (Ordinance 1048)-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to exclude the two new positions for the Department of Public Works be excluded from the budget died for lack of a second. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Ordinance 1048 establishing the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 was seconded. Commissioner Vickers was absent; Commissioner Sydnor voted no; Commissioner Cooke voted no; Commissioner Thomas voted yes; and Commissioner Hanson voted yes. Mayor Stanley voted yes. The budget was approved.

Comcast franchise agreement-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the franchise agreement with Comcast was seconded and approved 4:0. The term will run from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2025.

Advertisement in the Dorchester Banner's annual graduation section-The deadline has passed for this advertisement.

City Manager/Acting City Manager Position-The Search Committee (via Mayor Stanley) asked several questions at the last meeting. There is no prohibition from the Acting City Manager becoming the Permanent City Manager. The $25,000 budget for expenses associated with the consultant for the City Manager search can be used for advertising, travel, and other items outlined in the memorandum.

New Business

Appointments to the Board of Appeals, Ethics Commission, and Housing Board of Review-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Mayor Stanley's recommendation to appoint Gloria Cornish as a full-time member; Robin Sample to serve as the alternate member; and Jane Devlin for one more year on the Board of Appeals was seconded approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept Mayor Stanley's recommendation to appoint Kisha Petticolas as a full-time member of the Ethics Commission was seconded and approved 4:0.

Request from the Hyatt Regency Resort for skeet shooting on their Hole 17 on Friday, June 12th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request, provided the Hyatt can get the necessary notice in the newspaper, was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve subrecipient agreement between the City and Delmarva Community Services to undertake the Chesapeake Grove Intergenerational Center - Infrastructure Program for $100,000.00 (DHCD Grant)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the subrecipient agreement with Delmarva Community Services was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Ironman Maryland Host Venue Agreement-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Ironman Maryland Host Venue Agreement was seconded and approved 4:0.

Authorization to secure financing for new fire engine-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to follow Mr. Wheeler's recommendation to allocate $500,000 for the fire truck and utilize the savings from the payment in the budget of $48,000 and the additional savings from Mr. Kinnamon's salary of $18,453 (authorize the borrowing of $500,000) with the 1880 Bank at a rate of 2.14% was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve job classification for Finance Director-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the job classification for Finance Director was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed.

Approval of MOU related to Old Maces Lane High School-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the MOU with The County Council for Dorchester County, Maryland was seconded and approved 4:0.

Budget amendment for Rescue Fire Company-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for Rescue Fire Company was seconded and approved 4:0.

Budget amendment for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget amendment for the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-072 - Fire Chasers Equipment - Five Morningpride PBI Max Coats; Five Morningpride Gold PBI Max Pants - $11,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2015-072 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2015-073 - Metro Paving Corporation - Cedar Street CDBG Grant for Sidewalk Improvements - $11,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2015-073 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 8:15 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 8, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.



Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: June 8, 2015 (1)
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

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;
X 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: absent
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Frank Cooke Vote: Y
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Commissioner Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Thomas Seconded: Comm. Hansen

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: A proposed business for property(s) in the 500 block of Race Street
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 Sydnor, Commissioner Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Rob Collison, Oden Wheeler; A businessman proposing a business in Cambridge; Natalie Chabot
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.


COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: June 8, 2015 (2)
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

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;
X 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: absent
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Frank Cooke Vote: Y
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Commissioner Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Thomas Seconded: Comm. Hansen

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: A proposed business for property(s) in the 500 block of Race Street
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 Sydnor, Commissioner Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Rob Collison, Oden Wheeler; two business people proposing a business in Cambridge; Natalie Chabot
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.


COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: June 8, 2015 (3)
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

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;
X 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: Absent
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Frank Cooke Vote: Y
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Commissioner Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Thomas 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: A parcel of City-owned property
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 Sydnor, Commissioner Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Rob Collison, Oden Wheeler, Natalie Chabot, a prospective buyer and his attorney
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.