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City Council Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 13, 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 arrived shortly after the start of the meeting. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda by adding an item under New Business for a presentation by Care and Share was seconded and passed 4:0 with Commissioner Vickers absent during the vote.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the September 28, 2015 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0 with Commissioner Vickers absent during the vote.

Appointments

Hubert Trego from Pleasant Day to request permission to display a banner across Race Street from November 12th through November 30th to advertise the Festival of Wreaths on December 3rd-Commissioner Vickers recused herself from this section of the meeting because she is the Director of Pleasant Day. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request to hang the banner from November 16th through December 4th was seconded and approved 4:0.

Marcia Pliescott from the Cambridge Ballet Company to request permission to display a banner across Race Street to advertise ‘The Nutcracker' on December 19th and 20th-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request to hang the banner from December 4th though December 18th was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Award contract for Economic Strategic Plan Update consultant contingent upon the fully-executed grant agreement-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to award the contract to Sage Policy Group in the amount of $20,000 contingent upon receipt of the grant money was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Stan Trice and Dave Cannon, Care and Share of Dorchester, to make a presentation to Chief Dvorak-Mr. Cannon and Mr. Trice presented Chief Dvorak with a check in the amount of $1037.38 to Cambridge Police Department for their work with the child fingerprinting and identification kits that they put out a little while back. This will help with the cost and distribution of the kits. Care and Share appreciates the work Cambridge Police Department is doing in our community. Chief Dvorak said this donation will allow them to buy 500 kits. A Polaroid digital camera was purchased so they can include a photograph in the kits which are given to the parents.

Release of Arts & Entertainment graphic-Mary Calloway presented the new graphics for our Arts & Entertainment District. The district has been in existence since 2002. The City's logo, which was originally in black and white, is now in color. Some local public art was added. Rack cards have been printed. A ‘Made in Cambridge' initiative will also be launched.

Set hours for trick-or-treat on Halloween-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to set the hours for trick-or-treat as 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 31st for children ages 12 and under was seconded and approved unanimously.

Renewal of Services and Facilities Agreement for The Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to extend the contract for two years and to authorize the Mayor to execute a revised agreement with the same terms (to expire on September 30, 2017) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Proclamation for Municipal Government Works Month (November)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mayor Jackson-Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Recommendation from Planning and Zoning Commission for a letter of support for the license for medical marijuana-Pat Escher said the Planning Commission is recommending that medical cannabis be permitted with some very broad-based conditions. Council will receive the language next month to incorporate in the Unified Development Code. Planning and Zoning has submitted a letter stating that they comply with zoning once the regulations are adopted and the Planning Commission is recommending that Council submit a letter of support for this application also. Rob Collison said it would be appropriate to approve a general resolution basically stating that subject to the Planning and Zoning processes and a formal amendment of the zoning code, the City Council is generally in favor of licenses issued within the City subject to review and approval by the Planning Staff as individual applicants come in. The Planning and Zoning Commission has set November 5th as a public hearing date to receive public comment on their recommendations. The recommendations would then come to City Council for a formal public hearing. At the present time, the Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending the location as a permitted use within the industrial districts for the growing and processing facilities and the testing laboratories. Within the commercial mixed-use, the dispensary facilities and also the laboratory testing would be allowed. There would be conditions on each of those. A motion by Commissioner Vickers that the Mayor be authorized to sign the resolution was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. A motion by Commissioner Cooke to authorize the Mayor to sign a letter of support to The Doctors Orders, LLC was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Request from Planning and Zoning to apply for a Working Waterfront grant from DNR-They plan to apply for approximately $30,000 to fund the development of an implementation and business plan which would serve to complete the Working Waterfront's framework and to expand on the Waterfront 2020 Plan. The grant funds would go toward hiring a consultant to develop the plan. A motion by Commissioner Cooke to approve the grant request was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Resolution 15-017 to appoint and designate members to the Administrative Committee for the length of service awards program for Rescue Fire Company-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt Resolution 15-017 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Public Comments

Sheree Sylvia and Lavita Conyer from Dancing With Rhythm to request a variance from the noise ordinance to practice at 548 Leonard Lane in the parking lot on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request for a variance from the noise ordinance for 30 days was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Work Session-Council will hold a work session on Monday, October 19th at 6:00 pm for an update and presentation on Sailwinds Park.

Request from Dorchester Lodge 223 and Progressive of Dorchester Temple 224 for permission to display their banner across Race Street advertising their 98th Annual Organization Weekend-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow the banner across Race Street from October 14th through October 23rd 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 8:25 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, October 13, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.



Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor