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Council Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2015
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 14, 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, and Thomas. Commissioner Hanson was absent. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Thomas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded by Commissioner Cooke and passed 3:0 with Commissioner Sydnor out of the room.

Consent Calendar

1. SUBJECT: Executive Session Minutes from November 9, 2015
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

2. SUBJECT: Minutes for November 23, 2015 Council meeting
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

3. SUBJECT: Request from Keith Graffius, Crabi Gras, for: Permission to hold his 5th Annual Crawfish Boil and Muskrat Stew Fest in Cannery Way, on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; A variance from the noise ordinance from 12 noon until 6 p.m.; Use of City trash receptacles
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the consent calendar was seconded by Commissioner Cooke and passed 3:0 with Commissioner Sydnor out of the room.

Public Hearings

The public hearings were advertised in the Star Democrat on November 30 and December 7, 2015.

4. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 9.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Definitions as They Pertain to Seasonal Activities, Kennel/Cattery and Warehousing.
Recommendation: That the Mayor open the public hearing; that Council hear from the public; and that the Mayor close the public hearing.

Rob Collison and Pat Escher gave a synopsis of the ordinance. Nobody from the public asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor. The motion passed 4:0.

5. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 4.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Alphabetize and Coordinate the Land Use Tables with the Text Portion of the Unified Development Code (UDC)
Recommendation: That the Mayor open the public hearing; that Council hear from the public; and that the Mayor close the public hearing.

Rob Collison and Pat Escher gave a synopsis of the ordinance. Nobody from the public asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor. The motion passed 4:0.

6. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 4.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Amend Land Use Tables to Include New Land Uses as Newly Defined and Allow Various Land Uses in Different Zone Districts as Reflected in the Amended Land Use Tables
Recommendation: That the Mayor open the public hearing; that Council hear from the public; and that the Mayor close the public hearing.

Rob Collison and Pat Escher gave a synopsis of the ordinance. Nobody from the public asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Cooke. The motion passed 4:0.


7. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 6.2.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Parking Standards for Residential and Institutional Land Uses and Provide Clarification to Section 6.3.3.
Recommendation: That the Mayor open the public hearing; that Council hear from the public; and that the Mayor close the public hearing.

Rob Collison gave a synopsis of the ordinance. Nobody from the public asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. The motion passed 4:0.

8. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 4.2.3 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Warehouse-Medium and Temporary Seasonal Activities or Development.
Recommendation: That the Mayor open the public hearing; that Council hear from the public; and that the Mayor close the public hearing.

Rob Collison gave a synopsis of the ordinance. Nobody from the public asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor. The motion passed 4:0.

9. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 9.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Definitions as They Pertain to Medical Cannabis and to Amend Table 1 "Permitted Uses" in Section 4.2 of the Unified Development Code by Adding Permitted Uses with Conditions in the CMU and Industrial Zone Districts.
Recommendation: That the Mayor open the public hearing; that Council hear from the public; and that the Mayor close the public hearing.

Rob Collison and Pat Escher gave a synopsis of the printed ordinance with an addition that the cannabis growth facility, processing facility or dispensing facility would not be able to be located within 1000 feet of a school or with 1000 feet of a drug rehabilitation center. This was a recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Cooke. The motion passed 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Requests from the Public

None

Unfinished Business

Second reading and possible vote on the following ordinances:

10. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 9.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Definitions as They Pertain to Seasonal Activities, Kennel/Cattery and Warehousing. (Ordinance 1056)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to a approve Ordinance 1056 (as amended) was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and passed 4:0. The effective date will be December 24, 2015.

11. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 4.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Alphabetize and Coordinate the Land Use Tables with the Text Portion of the Unified Development Code (UDC) (Ordinance 1057)- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to a approve Ordinance 1057 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and passed 4:0. The effective date will be December 24, 2015.

12. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 4.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Amend Land Use Tables to Include New Land Uses as Newly Defined and Allow Various Land Uses in Different Zone Districts as Reflected in the Amended Land Use Tables (Ordinance 1058)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to a approve Ordinance 1058 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and passed 4:0. The effective date will be December 24, 2015.

13. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 6.2.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Parking Standards for Residential and Institutional Land Uses and Provide Clarification to Section 6.3.3. (Ordinance 1059)- A motion by Commissioner Thomas to a approve Ordinance 1059 was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor and passed 4:0. The effective date will be December 24, 2015.

14. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 4.2.3 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Warehouse-Medium and Temporary Seasonal Activities or Development. (Ordinance 1060)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to a approve Ordinance 1060 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and passed 4:0. The effective date will be December 24, 2015.

15. An Ordinance of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland, to Amend Section 9.2 of the City's Unified Development Code to Include Definitions as They Pertain to Medical Cannabis and to Amend Table 1 "Permitted Uses" in Section 4.2 of the Unified Development Code by Adding Permitted Uses with Conditions in the CMU and Industrial Zone Districts. (Ordinance 1061)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to a adopt Ordinance 1061 (unamended with the exception of showing permitted use subject to conditions in the Industrial Zone for the laboratories in Table 1: Permitted Uses by Zoning District) was seconded by Commissioner Cooke and passed 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. The effective date will be December 24, 2015.

New Business

16. Subject: Hearn Building (509-511 Race Street) Stabilization
Status report from staff-The City and County are working with this building. The County applied for grants and thus far has been awarded $10,000. They have hired an engineer to move forward with the stabilization design. The design has been reviewed by the City and County and a few suggested changes. There is not a definite timeframe at this point but they would like to think they will have the final draft of the complete stabilization report by the end of this month and the work completed by mid-February. The County is also looking for grants and/or low-interest loans for Mr. Tolley, whose building was also damaged.
Property tax pledge for potential MHAA grant match requirement-A motion by Commissioner Cooke to approve the recommendation that the City pledge property tax revenues in the amount of $41,397.51, which may be collected by the County as a match to an anticipated Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant for stabilization of the Hearn Building contingent on the County also applying their portion of taxes condition upon the awarding of the grant. Motion seconded by Commissioner Thomas. The motion passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas that in the event that a resolution is requested by the State, that Council authorize the Mayor to sign it. Motion seconded by Commissioner Cooke. The motion passed 4:0.
17. Introduction and first reading on ordinance to amend Section 4.2.3(A)5 of the City's Unified Development Code to eliminate the reference to compliance with commercial locations for home day care, to require the owner to reside in the property and to establish the Planning Commission as the reviewing board (Ordinance 1062)-No action was taken.

18. Introduction and first reading of ordinance to amend Section 2.1.3 A.1. of the City's Unified Development Code to correct an omission and provide for the Board of Appeals the ability to hear appeals of the Historic Preservation Commission (Ordinance 1063)-No action was taken.

19. Introduction and first reading of ordinance to amend Section 5.1.1 Table 4 and Table 6 notations of the City's Unified Development Code to allow eight foot by ten foot sheds regardless of the impervious coverage for existing single family residences (Ordinance 1064)-No action was taken.

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 8:18 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 14, 2015, insofar as I personally am aware.


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Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor