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City Council Meeting Minutes

July 27, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 27, 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, Thomas, and Hanson. Commissioner Cooke 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 adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Closed Executive Session-Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to consider a matter that concerns a proposal for a business to locate, expand, or remain within the City. No formal action was taken by the Council.

Appointments

Representative from Zion Baptist Church to request permission to hold their Annual Community Day Cookout on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 12 noon until 5:30 pm; permission to close Cross Street from Pine Street to School House Lane, and a variance from the noise ordinance-Nobody was present to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Tim Saunders to discuss repair fines on houses-Mr. Saunders repairs housing for a living. He thinks it is crazy that the City writes fines on everybody because it ties up the court with people who cannot pay the fines. The City then ends up taking the person's property. Oden Wheeler said if the City has no mechanism to try to deal with properties, a lot of them are going to become blighted. They will start to fall down because nobody will do anything to them. Many years ago, the City had landlords who would only collect the rent and would not fix their properties. People were paying rent to live in horrible conditions. The Department of Public Works tries very hard to make these houses better to live in. Unfortunately there are people who will not repair their properties if the City does not make them do it. If they do not do it, the City has to have a mechanism to try to force them to do it. The City cannot maintain vacant lots for free. They make the clean-up fees higher than normal so people will cut the grass themselves. Unfortunately sometimes they end up in court and liens are put on the properties. They could eventually be sold at tax sale. Mr. Saunders said there are homeowners who do not have the income to fix their properties. Oden Wheeler said he wishes they could do it without fines. Mr. Saunders said people wanting to buy properties have to pay the fines from the previous owners. Rob Collison said any agreement between the purchaser and seller should state that the seller is responsible for everything up until the settlement date. The fines and citations occurring prior to the date of sale would be coming from the sale proceeds. Oden Wheeler suggested homeowners come to the Department of Public Works to get guidance as to what measures may be taken to try to get the issues resolved.

Representatives from Youth Serving Youth to discuss their 3rd annual back to school giveaway on the City-owned property on Chesapeake Court on Saturday, August 15th and to request a variance from the noise ordinance-Khadijah Sampson said they would like to use the City-owned lot on Chesapeake Court for their back to school give away on August 15th from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. They are requesting a variance from the noise ordinance also. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

City Manager update-Catherine Tuck Parrish, the consultant, interviewed all the Commissioners. The consultant, the committee, and the Council will meet on August 10th in closed executive session at 5:00 pm.

New Business

DPW Request to Go to Bid for Annual Street Resurfacing-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the DPW resurfacing plan for $250,000 and permission to go to bid was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Introduction/First Reading of Ordinance to amend the fencing requirements for swimming pools (Ordinance 1050)-A public hearing was held on July 13, 2015. A seconded reading and vote will be held at the next meeting.

Introduction/First Reading of Ordinance to amend the fencing requirements for home day care (Ordinance 1051)-A public hearing was held on July 13, 2015. A seconded reading and possible vote will be held at the August 10th meeting.

Introduction/First Reading of Ordinance to amend the zoning classification for 1506 Glasgow Street, Tax Map 30; Parcel No. 405, from R (Residential) to GC (General Commercial) (Ordinance 1052)-A public hearing was held on July 13, 2015. A seconded reading and possible vote will be held at the August 10th meeting.

Introduction/First Reading of Ordinance to approve a text amendment to the Unified Development Code: to add as a Special Exception "Ropes or Adventure Courses" within the category of "Privately Owned and Operated Outdoor Recreational Facilities" to table 1 "Permitted Uses" in the GC-General Commercial district; and to add a definition for "Ropes or Adventure Courses" to Section 9.2 of the UDC (Ordinance 1053)-A public hearing was held on July 13, 2015. A seconded reading and possible vote will be held at the August 10th meeting.

Budget Amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.


A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 4:0. With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 7:52 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 27, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.


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Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: July 27, 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):

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: Y
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Frank Cooke Vote: absent
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: Sailwinds Project
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, Rob Collison, Oden Wheeler, Natalie Chabot; George Hyde; David Orr and Scott Siegel (by phone)
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.