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City Council Agenda

6:00 pm Mayor to Convene Council in Regular Session

 

Agenda

1. Council to approve or amend agenda as presented


Consent Calendar

2. SUBJECT: Minutes from the February 17, 2016 Council meeting
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

3. SUBJECT: Minutes from the February 22, 2016 Council meeting
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

4. SUBJECT: Request from Dorchester Family YMCA Crab Run on April 2, 2016 from 7:30 am until 12 noon.
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request and grant a variance from the noise ordinance.

5. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron to hold a flare and fire extinguisher demonstration at Great Marsh Park on Saturday, May 21st from 12 noon until 3:00 pm, use of Pavilion A.
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request.

6. SUBJECT: Request from Christ Church to hang banner across Race Street starting April 12th to advertise the Fun Dog Show to be held on May 14th at Sailwinds.
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request.

7. SUBJECT: Budget Amendments

Recommendation that Council:
A. Appropriate $5,000.00 from drug forfeiture revenues and $750.00 from Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience Public Travel grant funds $5,750.00 to the General Fund;
B. Increase the Police Department Patrol budget by $5,000.00 for partial costs of equipping new police vehicles; and
C. Increase the Public Works Engineering budget by $750.00 for the partial cost of one person attending the Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference.

8. SUBJECT: Council Goals
Recommendation that Council schedule March 17, 2016 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and March 18, 2016 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm for a Work Session on Council Goals, to be held at the Public Safety Building Training Room.


Ordinances - Public Hearings, Second Readings and Adoption

9. SUBJECT: Ordinance for text amendments to various sections of the UDC to be coordinated with the City of Cambridge's Building Code (Ordinance No. 1065)
Recommendations that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give the ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1065.

10. SUBJECT: Ordinance to remove the on-site residency requirement for the property owner of small commercial businesses in the NC Zone Districts and require that these properties have property manager that is a resident of Dorchester County. (Sec 4.2.3 B.1.) (Ordinance No. 1066)
Recommendations that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1066.

11. SUBJECT: Ordinance for technical corrections to the UDC (a) to Remove Group Home as a conditional use in the OS Zone District within the Permitted Use Table #1 and the UDC text. (Sec. 4.2.3 A. 6.) and (b) make requirements for a Day Care Home within the Downtown/ Waterfront Development District consistent with the requirements for a Day Care Home elsewhere in the City. (Section 4.4.4 B. add language similar to Section 4.2.3 A.5) (Ordinance No. 1067)
Recommendations that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1067.

 

12. SUBJECT: Ordinance to remove the monetary limitations for repairs and maintenance for non-conforming structures; provided these improvements do not increase the building's non-conformity. (Section 4.4.2 E.) (Ordinance 1068)
Recommendations that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1068.

13. SUBJECT: Ordinance to amend the Unified Development Code to allow administrative review of permitted uses with conditions conditional with noticing posting requirements, to standardize and clarify the review development review process and to remove the Planning Commission from the review of group homes (Ordinance 1071).
Recommendations that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1071.

14. SUBJECT: Ordinance to amend Section 2.4.2 of the Unified Development Code to include language regarding non-conforming commercial lots (Ordinance 1072)
Recommendations that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1072.

15. SUBJECT: Ordinance to amend Section 5.1.1.C Table #3 of the Unified Development Code to require minimum lot sizes in the downtown/waterfront development district (Ordinance 1073)
Recommendation that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance 1073.

16. SUBJECT: Ordinance to amend Section 6.5.9 of the Unified Development Code to remove the amortization clause for non-conforming off premise signs (Ordinance 1074).
Recommendation that:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing.
B. Council give ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance 1074.

New Business

17. SUBJECT: Reorganization of Police Dispatch Operations
Recommendation that Council:
A. Conceptually approve consolidation of the City Police Dispatch operations with the County 911 Operations;
B. Direct the City Manager to negotiate an agreement with the County that results in approximately $200,000/year in cost reductions after one-time costs and improved dispatch services to the City; and
C. Direct City Manager to incorporate subject reorganization into the Proposed 2016-2017 General Fund Operating Budget.

18. SUBJECT: Reorganization of Finance Department and Municipal Utilities Commission Administration
Recommendation the Council:
A. Conceptually approve reorganization of the Finance Department and Municipal Utilities Commission Administrative operations and
B. Direct the City Manager to incorporate subject reorganization into the Proposed 2016-2017 Operating Budget.

19. SUBJECT: Comcast Rate Increase.
Recommendation: That Council approve a Comcast Cable Television rate increase of 1% effective July 1, 2016 and another 1% effective July 1, 2017 and instruct the City Manager to give notice of said changes to Comcast by April, 1, 2016.

20. SUBJECT: Property Tax Rate for Fiscal Year 2017
Recommendations that:
A. Council schedule a public hearing for May 9, 2016 to receive public input and consider maintaining the current property tax rate and
B. Direct the City Manager to advertise the hearing as prescribed by the State of Maryland Department of Taxation and Assessment.

21. SUBJECT: Police Service Fees for security provided outside the normal scope of Public Safety services.
Recommendation that Council approve Police Security Services fees of $45/hour for security provided upon request, effective April 1, 2016.

22. SUBJECT: Long Wharf Greening Project
Recommendation: That Council award contract for construction of the greening improvements at Long Wharf Park to Metro Paving Corporation, Hyattsville, MD in the amount of $349,560.

23. SUBJECT: Community Police Office

Recommendation: That Council receive verbal report from Chief Dvorak on the opening of a new community office at 428 Race Street.


Old Business

24. SUBJECT: Sailwinds Property Development
Recommendation from the Sailwinds Committee that Council:
A. Direct Staff with input from the Sailwinds Committee to develop a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for one master developer RFP with general language regarding proposed uses and site configurations as identified in the property Transfer Agreement, the 2020 Plan, the City of Cambridge Comprehensive Plan, and in the UDC, to be brought back for Council consideration and approval;
B. Direct Staff with input from the Sailwinds Committee, to develop an RFP for a real estate broker to market the RFP to the most advantageous prospective developers and development teams;
C. Approve a general schedule as identified in the Council Agenda Report, leading to selection of a master developer with which to negotiate in October, 2016; and
D. Direct Staff to negotiate with the Board of Governor's Hall to pay half the cost of maintaining Governor's Hall while repairing the Sailwinds wharf and until such time as redevelopment of the Sailwinds property necessitates its removal.

25. SUBJECT: Hearn Building
Recommendation that Council receive a verbal update from Staff.

Committee Reports:
26. Finance Committee

27. Sailwinds Committee

Mayor and Council


Mayor:

28. SUBJECT: Appointments to the Police Advisory Board, Municipal Utilities Commission and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee.
Recommendation that Council approve the appointments of:
A. Joy Henderson to the ADA Committee
B. Sputty Cephas to the Police Advisory Board
C. Michael Wheatley to the Police Advisory Board
D. Megan Nabb Holotik to the Municipal Utilities Commission

Public Comment