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City Council Minutes

August 10, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 10, 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 Hanson to approve the agenda as presented was seconded and passed unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0. Commissioner Cooke abstained because he was not present at the meeting.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley introduced LaSara Kinser (Planning and Zoning Assistant), Patricia Escher (City Planner), and Ginger Heatwole (Finance Director).

Appointments

Proclamation for Veterans Appreciation Committee and request for a variance from the noise ordinance for Veterans Recognition Day at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation and to grant a variance from the noise ordinance on September 5th was seconded and approved unanimously. George Ames accepted the proclamation on behalf of the committee.

Brandon Hesson, Cambridge Main Street, to discuss Summer Send-Off , - Blues Brews and Barbecue on Saturday, September 12th: request a street closure consistent with past events from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m.: Poplar and Race Streets from the intersection of Poplar and High Streets, to the intersection of Race and Muir Streets, including portions of Gay Street from the entrance of Chesapeake Equipment (322 Gay Street), across the street to the back entrance to Craig's Drug Store; a variance from the noise ordinance from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.; permission to sell alcohol and request the use of city garbage cans as in previous years-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests for Summer Send-Off was seconded and approved unanimously.

Bob Phillips, The Dorchester German Partnership Committee, to request permission to hold Crabtoberfest on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.; close the 400 block of Race Street (Gay Street to Cannery Way) and Gay Street between Race Street and High Street from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.; a variance from the noise ordinance until 11:00 p.m., additional police patrol, permission to sell alcohol, and additional trash cans-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests for Crabtoberfest was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Second Reading and vote on Ordinance to amend the fencing requirements for swimming pools (Ordinance 1050)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1050 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second Reading and vote on Ordinance to amend the fencing requirements for home day care (Ordinance 1051)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1051 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed.

Second Reading and vote on 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 motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt Ordinance 1052 and adopt the Findings of Fact was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second Reading and vote on 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 motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1053 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

The above four ordinances will become effective ten days from today's date (State law).

New Business

Job descriptions for Cambridge Police Department Cadet and First Sergeant-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the class specifications for First Sergeant Cambridge Police Department and correct the grammatical error in the job description was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the job specification, as corrected, for the position of Cadet Cambridge City Police was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request from Planning and Zoning to apply for Community Parks and Playgrounds grant funds for a Cattail Crossing Community Playground-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the request from Planning and Zoning to apply for the Community Parks and Playgrounds grant funds for a Cattail Crossing community playground was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Appointment to Police Advisory Board (Ward 3)-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to appoint Rev. Cesar Gonzalez to the Police Advisory Board was seconded and approved unanimously.

Zoning for medical marijuana activities (refer to Planning & Zoning Commission)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer the matter of medical marijuana to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their consideration was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Sydnor and Hanson opposed.

Approval to continue lease with Yacht Maintenance Company for a term of 10 months-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the lease agreement at $375 per month for 10 months was seconded and approved unanimously.

Introduction and first reading of Ordinance to amend Section 4.2.3(A)5 of the UDC RE: the permitted locations for Home Day Care in NC districts (Ordinance 1054)-A public hearing and second reading will be held on August 24, 2015.

Budget amendments for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for the Police Department vehicles in the amount of $51,658 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for equipment installation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2016-002 - Apple Ford, Inc. - two replacement police vehicles - $51,658.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2016-002 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed.

PO 2016-003 - Jess Jr's Body Shop - equipment installation and striping for three new police vehicles -$11,250-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2016-003 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Rob Collison announced that Council will hold a public hearing and work session at 6:00 pm on Monday, August 17th on the proposed disposition and transfer of up to 11.826 acres known as the Cambridge Marine Terminal and Port Property. The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers.

Council met in closed executive session at 5:00 pm to discuss personnel.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:23 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 10, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.


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Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor
COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: August 10, 2015
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):

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. 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: City Manager
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; Catherine Tuck Parrish (Consultant); Kisha Petticolas, Phil Feldman, Andy Pasden, Mary Losty,
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No action was taken.