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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 22, 2016
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 22, 2016 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 6:00 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.

Agenda

1. Council to approve or amend agenda as presented

A motion by Commissioner Cooke to amend the agenda by adding a request from the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation for a letter of support (Item 19) was seconded and passed unanimously.

Consent Calendar

2. SUBJECT: Minutes from the February 8, 2016 Council meeting
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

3. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Eateries to hold their 5th Annual Cambridge Craft Beer Festival on the 300 block of High Street on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm (street closure from 12 noon until 7:00 pm); beer (under Cambridge Main Street liquor license)
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request and grant a variance from the noise ordinance.

4. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Eateries to hold their 5th Annual Belgian Beer Festival on the 300 block of High Street on Saturday, November 12th from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm (street closure from 12 noon until 7:00 pm); beer (under Cambridge Main Street liquor license)
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request and grant a variance from the noise ordinance.

5. SUBJECT: Request from Shore Shakespeare Company to perform Macbeth in Long Wharf Park On May 20th and May 21st
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request and grant a variance from the noise ordinance.

6. SUBJECT: Request from Erica Butler to hold her wedding in the parking lot of Long Wharf Park on Saturday, July 16th and erect a tent.
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request with stipulations outlined by Oden Wheeler.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the consent calendar (Items 2 through 6) was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved unanimously.

Ordinances

Introduction and First Reading

7. 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).
Recommendation: That Council introduce Ordinance No. 1071.

No action was taken. Ordinance was introduced.

8. SUBJECT: Ordinance to amend Section 2.4.2 of the Unified Development Code to include language regarding non-conforming commercial lots (Ordinance 1072).
Recommendation: That Council introduce Ordinance No. 1072.

No action was taken. Ordinance was introduced.

9. 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 Council introduce Ordinance No. 1073.

No action was taken. Ordinance was introduced.

10. 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 Council introduce Ordinance No. 1074.

No action was taken. Ordinance was introduced.

Public Hearing, Second Reading and Adoption

11. SUBJECT: Ordinance to amend the Council regular legislative session time to 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays, and to designate the third Monday of each month as the day for scheduling work sessions or public hearings (Ordinance 1070).
Recommendations:
A. That the Mayor open the public hearing session, hear from the public, and close the public hearing session;
B. That Council give ordinance a second reading; and
C. Council adopt Ordinance No. 1070.

Rob Collison summarized the ordinance. Sharon Smith said others have shared comments with her that trying to get to the City Council meeting at 6:00 pm for some people is not possible. Commissioner Cooke agreed with Ms. Smith. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public comment session was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Ordinance No. 1070 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed on the basis of the time only.

Requests from the Public

12. Request from the Phyllis Como representing the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91, that Council authorize the Mayor to issue a Proclamation proclaiming May 2016 as Poppy Month.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to authorize Mayor Jackson-Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor and approved unanimously.

13. Request from Sailwinds Park, Inc. that Council:
A. Authorize Sailwinds Park, Inc. to submit grant application to MHAA for planning of improvements to the Gateway property at Maryland and Route 50 in the amount of $50,000;
B. Approve offering the CDBG grant that the City has already received for the required match;
C. Issue a letter of support for the application; and
D. Schedule a joint meeting with the Sailwinds Park, Inc. board and the City Council on a regular agenda of Council for an update on Gateway Park planning work and the role that the Council wants Sailwinds Park, Inc. to play the future.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the MHAA grant application by Sailwinds Park, Inc., to supply a letter of support, and to identify the CDBG demolition funds as the match funds was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and approved unanimously.

Old Business:

14. SUBJECT: Hearn Building
Recommendation: That Council hear a Staff update report.

Odie Wheeler reported that the county is working to have the building stabilized. They are working with the contractor to iron out some concerns. The façade will be stabilized first then the sides for approximately eight feet. He hopes it will be complete by late March. Negotiations continue with a potential purchaser.

New Business

15. SUBECT: 2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Grant Application
Recommendation: That the Council approve the submission of a grant application to the MHAA in the amount of $100,000 to fund the acquisition and installation of new bricks as a part of the 300 Block of High Street Reconstruction Project.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to apply for the MHAA grant for $100,000 for the 300 block of High Street was seconded by Commissioner Cooke and approved unanimously.

16. SUBJECT: Mayor's State of the City Address

The Mayor's State of the City Address is attached in its entirety.

Committee Reports

17. Sailwinds Committee: Feb. 9, 2016 Meeting

Commissioner Hanson reported that the Committee discussed the Yacht Maintenance Lease Agreement, Planning Commission involvement; a work session with Council on February 17th, and Governors Hall.

18. Finance Committee: Feb. 11, 2016 Meeting (including Empowerment Center repairs report)

Sandra Tripp-Jones gave an update on the FY17 budget, Comcast franchise agreement and increasing franchise fees in FY17 and FY18, and Empowerment Center repair costs and work scheduling.

Additional Request

19. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. for a letter of support for their application to the MHAA for the design of improved lighting for the Choptank River Lighthouse.

A motion by Commissioner Cooke to authorize the grant application and a letter of support for the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation lighting project was seconded by Commissioner Thomas 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 7:40 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 22, 2016, insofar as I personally am aware.



Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor