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City Council Meeting Minutes

August 22, 2016

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 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 Rideout, Sydnor, Foster, Cannon, 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

Commissioner Rideout pointed out that the date of the minutes to approve was supposed to be August 8, not July 25. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the amended agenda was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved unanimously.

Consent Calendar

2. SUBJECT: Meeting Minutes from August 8, 2016
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

3. SUBJECT: Request from Eastern Shore Area Health Center for permission to hold a health and fitness fair on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm (close street at 12 noon for set-up and through 5:00 pm for breakdown) on Race Street between Muir Street and Poplar Street, and a variance from the noise ordinance.
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

4. SUBJECT: Request from Zion Baptist Church for permission to hold their annual community cookout on Cross Street on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12 noon until 5:30 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

5. SUBJECT: Request from Alvin Hutton to hold an Appreciation Day BBQ in Cosby Avenue Park on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm; and permission to have an inflatable ‘moon bounce'
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

6. SUBJECT: Request from MSSA Dorchester for permission to hold a "Kids Fishing Derby" in Long Wharf Park on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

7. SUBJECT: Request from Hyatt Regency Resort for permission to display fireworks on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 beginning at 9:35 pm for approximately 8 minutes
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

8. SUBJECT: Request from RAR Brewing for permission to hold a September release event (RARtoons) on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm; permission to close a portion of the 500 block of Gay Street from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm; and permission to serve alcohol outside
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested with charge of $315.00 for Police Department management of traffic.

9. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Main Street to hold Summer Sendoff on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm (close streets from 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm); permission to serve alcohol; permission to install 10x10 tents; use of City trash cans; and a variance from the noise ordinance
Recommendation: That Council approve as requested.

10. SUBJECT: Tax Account #07-135440, Tax Map 0302, Grid 0011, Parcel 2602, 705 Pine Street, Cambridge, MD 21613
Recommendation: That Council authorize the Mayor and City Manager to execute a Deed granting, conveying, releasing, assigning and quitclaiming subject property to Mr. Eddie W. Beasley.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the Consent Calendar (Items 2 through 10) was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved unanimously.

Old Business

11. SUBJECT: Market Feasibility Study of Sailwinds/Port Property Development (continued from July 25, 2016)
Recommendation: That Council authorize the Mayor and City Manager to execute a contract with Delta Assoc. for a Market Feasibility Study in the amount of $32,500.00

A motion by Commissioner Cannon to defer this item until the September 12th meeting was seconded by Commissioner Foster and approved unanimously.

12. SUBJECT: Annual Street Resurfacing Program (continued from Aug. 8, 2016)
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Approve FY 2017 Street Resurfacing Plan
B. Authorize staff to go out to bid for Street Resurfacing

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the street resurfacing plan presented by DPW for 2017 and to proceed to bid was seconded by Commissioner Foster and approved unanimously.

New Business

13. SUBJECT: June 30, 2016 Preliminary Year-End Financial Statements
Recommendation: That Council receive subject report.

Ginger Heatwole presented the preliminary year-end financial statements.

14. SUBJECT: Reserve Policy
Recommendation: That Council receive the draft Reserve Policy and schedule a work session on Sept. 19, 2016 to discuss the Reserve Policy.

Sandra Tripp-Jones explained the reserve policy. This will be discussed further at the September 19th work session.

15. SUBJECT: Police Chief's Report
Recommendation: That Council receive Police Chief Dan Dvorak's Semi-Annual Report

Chief Dvorak reported that most of his goals from the budget from the last year were based around the president's task force on 21st century policing. The first pillar is building trust and legitimacy. They need to work with the community to understand what residents want from them and how they can provide those services. This year the budget was structured over three main categories-youth, crime prevention, and police administration. He has a general feeling of less disorderliness in the City; however, looking at the statistics, that is not the case. They are seeing the underlying problem with drugs. The FBI requires every police department to submit monthly reports of crime in their jurisdictions. Part 1 crimes deals with homicides, sexual assault, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Part 2 crimes are the crimes against society such as fraud, prostitution, disorderly conduct, etc. In his annual report, the Part 1 crimes were high due to the larcenies. There was an exceptionally high number of larcenies at Walmart. They started working with Walmart. This effort reduced theft by 30 percent in the past six months. Part 1 crimes has ticked up just a little bit. Larceny has decreased dramatically. Even though the total number of Part 1 crimes has been reduced, the number of arrests went up. He will be looking into teen court and is hoping that will help us with handling our juvenile delinquency. The reports will be posted on the City's website.

16. SUBJECT: Consideration of Approval to Meet in Closed Session on Sept. 6, 2016
Recommendation: That Council agree to meet in regular session on Sept. 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm in the Dorchester County Council Chambers to consider a motion to meet in closed session - jointly with Dorchester County Council and representatives of UM Shore Regional Health - to discuss UM Shore Regional Health's proprietary business operations remaining in Cambridge/Dorchester County.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to meet in regular session on September 6, 2016 starting at 4:30 pm to consider a motion go to into closed session with the Dorchester County Council was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor and approved unanimously. The meeting will be held in the Dorchester County Council Chambers.

 

 

Public Comment

Ed Johnson, owner of The Wine Bar on Race Street objected to Race Street being closed for the Health and Fitness fair on October 15, 2016.

A motion by Commissioner Rideout to withdraw the approval of the request from Eastern Shore Health Center (Consent Calendar Item 3) until the next meeting was seconded by Commissioner Hanson. The motion failed 2:3 with Commissioners Sydnor, Foster, and Cannon opposed.

Mayor and Council

ASOP #18 - A motion by Commissioner Sydnor that Council move forward to present the rings to the Chief Kenneth Malik and Edwin Kinnamon was seconded by Commissioner Foster and passed 4:0:1 with Commissioner Rideout abstaining. A motion by Commissioner Foster to amend the budget reducing the appropriated reserve fund by the amount required to purchase the rings and appropriate that amount to the Commissioner's budget as a cost of the Commission was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved 4:0:1 with Commissioner Rideout abstaining.


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 8:06 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 22, 2016, insofar as I personally am aware.



Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor