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City Council Minutes

January 11, 2010

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

                            January 11, 2010

 

 The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 11, 2010 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. 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2009 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

none

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Second Reading and Vote on Resolution to Increase Impact Fees-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the resolution as drafted with effective dates being January 1, 2011 for the first change (from existing to $5,100) and July 1, 2011 for the second change (increase to $5,640). The effective date for the out-of-town users will be January 1, 2011. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Hanson opposed. 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion that Council direct Rob Collision to draft an amendment to the MOU for the Madison/Woolford/Susquehanna Point Sanitary District (dated July 2009) specifying that the impact fee is $3,000 for the 341 existing homes. The 11 unimproved lots would pay the $3,000 if paid prior to January 1, 2011, and if paid thereafter, would pay whatever the applicable rate is at the time of payment. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution Authorizing the Permitting Official Within the Department of Public Works to Process and Issue Electrical Inspection Approvals for All Electrical Work Within the Corporate Boundaries of Cambridge and Providing for the Payment of All Electrical Permit Fees to the Department of Public Works-This is only for the processing of the permits. It is not for the inspections. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the resolution with amendments stipulated concerning authorized signatures and the $15 fee. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Status of the Comprehensive Plan-The process began in February 2008. Over 16 public meetings were held. The draft is being revised based on public comment and will be released to the public on or about July 29, 2010. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on February 16, 2010. An approval and recommendation will then be given to the City Council for their approval and adoption.

Memo for Approval of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Partnership-Commissioner Knox made a motion to provide office space for the SBDC. An MOU will be drafted with an effective date of February 15, 2010. The SBDC will pay the City $100 per month for phone and copy service. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for November 2009-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the financial statement. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5338 - Ocean Systems - One Year Software Upgrade and Support for CID Video Enhanced System - CPD - $1,295.00-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5359 - Will Browns Truck Repair - Repair to Chief's 1-2 Car for Engine Coolant Leak - $500.00-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

Commissioner Knox made a motion that whenever a department has a purchase order come before Council, they have a representative present at the Council meeting. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS BY COUNCIL

Executive Session-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to go into Closed Executive Session following the meeting to discuss personnel. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Traffic & Safety Committee Report

Two-Hour Parking Limits-The Committee suggested that the two-hour parking be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Commissioner Stout suggested 7:00 pm to accommodate the restaurants. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Committee to restrict the two-hour parking to between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The motion failed due to lack of a second. Commissioner Stout made a motion to restrict the two-hour parking to between the hours of 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. An ordinance will be introduced at the next Council meeting.

Traffic and Parking Study-The Committee suggested individuals and business owners help identify critical issues. No action was taken.

Request from Bay Country Region AACA-Commissioner Knox made a motion to allow Bay Country Region AACA permission to use the west side of the Franklin Street boat ramp parking lot between the hospital and the Sailwinds Park parking lot on Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 5:30 am to 3:00 pm. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Work Session-The City Council will hold a work session on Wednesday, January 20th beginning at 6:00 pm to discuss the Intent to Renovate Program and other topics.

Closed Executive Session-Commissioner Thomas made a motion for Council to hold a closed executive session on Wednesday, January 20th at 5:00 pm to meet with the economic consultant to discuss expansion and relocation of businesses to the City as well as to protect confidentiality of these businesses. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Public Hearing-The Economic Development Department will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 8:00 am to inform the citizens of the City's Economic Development Strategic Plan Project which is funded through a Community Development Block Grant.

Christ Rock Project-The City will be going to bid for the work in the next few weeks.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 11, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

                                              

Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.

Administrative Coordinator