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City Council Minutes

December 14, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

December 14, 2009

 

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 14, 2009 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 Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

The Council met at 5:30 pm in a closed executive session to discuss personnel issues as well as to consider a matter that concerns the proposal of a business locating, expanding, or remaining in the State.

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 23, 2009 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

PRESENTATION

Dorchester Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee Vikings and Cheerleaders-Council awarded Mayor's Citations in honor of winning the Eastern Regional Championship.

PUBLIC HEARING

Rezoning for Map 309 Parcel 6030 (Woods Road/Maryland Route 16) Owned by Woods Crossing Associates-The applicant is the property owner. Notice of the public hearing was advertised in the Banner on November 13 and 20, 2009. The surrounding property owners were notified by certified mail.  The proposed change would be an amendment to the current zoning classification maps adopted May 12, 2003. The property consists of approximately 3.081 acres currently zoned R3 (multi-family residential) and it is proposed to be rezoned GC (general commercial). Commissioner Thomas announced that he has a business relationship with one of the parties requesting the zoning change so he excused himself from the Council table, discussion, and vote. The Planning and Zoning Commissioner made a favorable recommendation to approve the rezoning request based on a mapping mistake because it had been zoned C2 prior to the rezoning.

Sandy McAllister, representing Woods Crossing Associates Limited Partnership, said the property was historically zoned C2 (commercial). It is currently assessed by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation as C2.  During meetings with zoning staff they were not able to clarify how or why the zoning was changed. They think it was because of the apartment complex next door. That may have been the basis for the mistake. The owners did not realize they had been rezoned. All four corners of the Stone Boundary and Route 16 intersection are zoned GC and three out of four of the corners of the Race Street and Route 16 intersection are zoned GC also.  The rezoning will bring this parcel into conformance with all the other intersections.  The proposed zoning is consistent with the existing zoning maps and the land use maps in the existing Comprehensive Plan and the proposed Comprehensive Plan. Nobody from Council or the audience asked to speak.  Rob Collison reported that there was no objection voiced at the Planning and Zoning public hearing.

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion that Council accept the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation to rezone Map 309 Parcel 6030 from R3 the GC based on a mapping mistake. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Guinervere Banks to Discuss Resolution Granting Abatement of One-Half of   Interest Charged on Demolition Costs-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to advertise (one notice in the newspaper) and extend the date to December 30, 2009 with no exceptions, granting amnesty with the condition that the property owner pay late fees after December 30, 2009.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. Rob Collison clarified that the motion is to continue the amnesty for one-half of the interest on the demolition liens that was in place up through November 30, 2009 which would extend it to December 30, 2009. The property owner would have to make payment in full of all demolition liens and one-half of the interest would be waived through the amnesty. The motion passed unanimously. 

Cambridge-Dorchester County Parade Committee Representative to Request Permission to Hold Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 19th Beginning at 5:00 pm-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request with the parameters that they approved for the previous date. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Thomas Hurley (Chairman of the Fitness Room Fund Committee) to Give Progress Report on Fitness Room in Public Safety Building-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion that the City accept ownership of the equipment purchased by the Committee with the condition that all maintenance, repair and/or replacement costs be looked at during the City's annual budgetary process. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  

Donya Maria Twyman to Make Final Recommendations as They Pertain to the Cambridge Lives! Pine Street Community Action Plan and Proposed Next Steps, Make a Formal Introduction of the Cambridge Lives! Steering Committee, and Close Out Phase 1-Copies of the action plan were given to Council for their review and approval.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discussion and Approval of Modified Boat Slip Fees-George Hyde said they are not suggesting any change in the daily rates. Weekly rates will be increased from $5.50 per foot to $6.00 per foot. Monthly rates will be one-sixth of the annual rate. The annual rates will be increased by 2 percent. If the annual rate is paid in full by February 1st, the additional 2 percent will not apply.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to accept the fee scheduled outlined by George Hyde. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Introduction and First Reading of Resolution to Increase Impact Fees-For the increase effective January 1, 2010 totaling $5100.00, $860.00 shall be allocated to the water system; $1,725.00 shall be allocated to the sewer system; $1,815.00 shall be allocated to the public safety improvements, facilities and equipment; $500.00 shall be allocated to streets and roads; and  $200.00 shall  be  allocated to parks and recreational facilities.

For the increase effective January  1,  2011, totaling $5,640.00,  $860.00 shall be allocated to the water system; $1,725.00 shall be allocated to the sewer system; $1,850.00 shall be allocated to the public safety improvements, facilities and equipment; $980.00 shall be allocated to streets and roads; and $225.00) shall  be  allocated to parks and recreational facilities.

The said impact fees for EDUs located outside the corporate limits of the City but which utilize City's water system, will be increased from $1,500.00 to $1,850.00 per EDU, to be allocated and applied to the water system, effective January 1, 2010.  The said impact fees for EDUs located outside the corporate limits of the City but which utilize City's sewerage collection and treatment system, will be  increased from $2,800.00 to $3,450.00 per EDU, to be allocated and applied to the sewer system, effective January 1, 2010.

Mayor's Nomination for Building and Permitting Task Force-Mayor Stanley nominated Mr. Ted Perry, an electrician. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to accept Mr. Perry for the Building and Permitting Task Force. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

DPW to Request Permission to go to Bid for Sidewalk Replacement Project-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5154 - Teltronic - Equipment Relocation at Public Safety Building - $9,570.26-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion not to approve the purchase order and that it be resubmitted in FY2011. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. 

PO 5292 - Will Browns Truck Repair - RFC - Emergency Repair to Engine 1‑2 - $2,367.40-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Sydnor opposed.

PO 5295 - Smiths Printing Shop - RFC - Equipment Service Requests Books and Building Service Requests - $1,020.00-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

PO 5296 - American Lubrication Equipment Corp. - RFC - Pumps for Hazmat Calls - $3,861.06-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5297 - Barr Freightliner - RFC - Emergency Repair of Rescue 1-1 -  $1,000.00-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

PO 5298 - Singer Associates - RFC - Containers/Adapters/Caps - $2,207.00-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5299 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - RFC - Gas Detection Meters - $8,287.00-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5326 - Syngenius - CPD - Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software (30 users) - $920.00-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5328 - Ford Motor Credit - CPD - 3rd Year (final) Lease - 2 Ford Crown Vic Patrol Cars - $15,748.64-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5357 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - RFC - Emergency Repair to Engine 1-2 - $2,800.00-No action was taken.

PO 5358 - MES - Maryland - RFC - Emergency Repair of Haz-Mat Unit - $1,000.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order in an amount not to exceed $1,000. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

PO 91422 - Harrington, Harrington, & Nabb - DPW - Attorney Fees - $585.00-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed

ADDITIONAL ITEMS BY COUNCIL

Payment for Planning and Zoning Commissioners-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the amount of $2,250 (total) for the stipends for the Planning and Zoning Commissioners for their work with the Comprehensive Plan. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Electrical Permits-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to have Rob Collison draft a resolution to proceed with the implementation of electrical permits. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

A work session will be held in January on housing compatibility issues.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 14, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

 

Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.

 

Administrative Coordinator