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City Council Meeting Minutes

October 11, 2016

5:00 pm Closed Session regarding development of an emergency plan.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to go into open session was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to go into closed session for the purpose of a briefing on a matter concerning public safety was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved unanimously.

1. SUBJECT: Public Safety in Council Chambers
Recommendation that Council consider a motion to go into closed session for the purpose of a briefing on a matter concerning public safety.
a. Authority:
i. Section 3-305(b)(10) to discuss public security, if the public body determines that public discussion would constitute a risk to the public or to public security, including:
ii. the deployment of fire and police services and staff; and
iii. the development and implementation of emergency plans.

2. SUBJECT: End of Closed Session
Recommendation that Council consider a motion to end the closed session.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to go out of closed session was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved unanimously.


The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 11, 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.

3. SUBJECT: Report on closed session.

The Council participated in the development of an emergency plan. No action was taken.

Agenda

1. Council to approve or amend agenda as presented

A motion by Commissioner Cannon to amend the agenda by adding an update of the most recent water main break was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved unanimously.


Report on Water Main Break

Jane Dorman, Water Resource Administrator, reported that Municipal Utilities Commission had a major water main break on Saturday. There is a 12-in. main that runs under the creek. Where it comes into Academy Street, it turns into a 10-in. main. That is where the break occurred. The water was shut off within an hour of the report. When the water was turned off, there were 11 condominium units without water. The staff worked until the services were temporarily restored. An independent contractor was needed. They are still at the site. The cost of the repair will be approximately $75,000. Ed Bramble explained the progress on the repair. Sandra Tripp-Jones reported that the MUC is looking at alternatives so the line under the creek can be abandoned in the future.

Consent Calendar

2. SUBJECT: Meeting Minutes from Work Session on September 19, 2016
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

3. SUBJECT: Meeting Minutes from on September 26, 2016
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

4. SUBJECT: Request from Dorchester Lodge #223 and Progressive of Dorchester Temple #224 for permission to hold their 99th Annual Organization Weekend and Parade on Saturday, October 22, 2016 starting at Maces Lane Middle School at 3:00 pm; closed parking on Pine Street between Cross Street and Cedar Street from 12 noon until 6:00 pm; parking allowed on the west side of Pine Street from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am (Sunday); and a variance from the noise ordinance.
Recommendation: That Council approve the request.

5. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Power Boat Racing Association to use Great Marsh Park from Friday May 26th, through Sunday May 28th, 2017 for the Cambridge Classic Power Boat Regatta (exclusive use from Friday afternoon to Sunday night); permission to erect small pop-up tents, a variance from the noise ordinance, permission to serve alcohol in the park, and that parking be prohibited on the first block of Somerset Avenue and Bay Street near the park
Recommendation: That Council approve the request.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the consent calendar (Items 2 through 5) was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved unanimously.


Old Business

6. SUBJECT: Market Feasibility Study of Sailwinds/Port Property Development
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. (continued from 8-22-16)
A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Market Feasibility Study in the amount of $32,500 with Delta Associates and to authorize the Mayor and City Manager to authorize the contract was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved unanimously.

New Business

7. SUBJECT: Purchase of Tasers
Recommendation: That Council authorize the City Manager to execute a five-year contract approved as to form by the City Attorney with Taser International for $32,095.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to authorize the City Manager to execute a five-year contract with Taser International for $32,095 was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved unanimously.

8. SUBJECT: Historic Preservation Commission Membership
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Accept the resignation of Mr. Gaver Nichols
B. Appoint Mr. Herschel Johnson
C. Reappoint Mr. Ron Berman

A motion by Commissioner Foster to accept the resignation of Gaver Nichols, appoint Herschel Johnson, and reappoint Ron Berman was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved unanimously. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Berman will each serve a three-year term.

9. SUBJECT: Request from Michael Baugh, Agent for JWB Properties, LLC, that Council waive outstanding fines, charges and penalties on 528 High Street and 810 Pine Street, Cambridge, MD.
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Hear Mr. Baugh's request;
B. Deny the request; and
C. Consider adopting A Resolution of the Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland to Establish an Administrative Standard Operating Procedure for the Reduction or Waiver of Certain Fees and Costs Levied Against Real Property Sold at Tax Sales Where the Citations Are Issued Subsequent to the Date of the Tax Sale, reflecting the direction that Council approved on June 20, 2016 with regard to City fees and fines charged to redeem property tax certificates and a waiver for non-profits that acquire, rehabilitate, and promote home ownership for low and moderate income individuals.

Sandra Tripp-Jones asked that this item be deferred until such time as Commissioner Foster is able to research with the Ethics Commissioner and LGIT as to a possible conflict of interest with Mr. Baugh being her landlord. No penalties will be accrued to Mr. Baugh's fines during that time period.

 

Meeting Reports

10. SUBJECT: Traffic and Safety Committee September 21, 2016 notes

No action was taken.

11. SUBJECT: Traffic and Safety Committee Recommendations
Committee recommendations that Council:
A. Approve the Department of Public Works (DPW) to install a "School Bus Stop Ahead" sign on Bayly Rd. in the appropriate location to give adequate warning to vehicular traffic.
B. Approve the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) to provide adequate notice to the residents on Vue D' Leau St. regarding the City's code as it pertains to the parking of boat trailers/campers on the street, and parking on sidewalks, then begin enforcement of said code.
C. Begin the public process to consider changing Vue D' Leau St. to a one-way street in the direction of Water St. to William St.
D. Approve changing the posted speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph between Park Ln., and Washington St.; yellow striping be installed with a white line to designate a pedestrian walking area from Washington St. to the beginning of the sidewalk near Cosby Ave., install a street light on the pole near Park Ln.
E. Approve DPW to install the appropriate signage ("Road Closed When Flooded") near and around the Water St. area to warn motorists.

A motion by Commissioner Foster to accept the recommendations of the Traffic and Safety Committee was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved unanimously.


A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adjourn the meeting was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 7:12 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, October 11, 2016, insofar as I personally am aware.



Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: October 11, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

1 discuss: (i) the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction: or (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals;
2 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business;
3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City;
5 consider the investment of public funds;
6 consider the marketing of public securities;
7 consult with counsel to obtain legal advice;
8 consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation:
9 conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations:
X 10 discuss public security, if the public body determines that public discussion would constitute a risk to the public or to public security, including: (i) the deployment of fire and police services and staff; and (ii) the development and implementation of emergency plans;
11 prepare, administer, or grade a scholastic, licensing, or qualifying examination;
12 conduct or discuss an investigative proceeding on actual or possible criminal conduct;
13 comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement that prevents public disclosures about a particular proceeding or matter; or
14 before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiating strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participate in the competitive bidding or proposal process.


C Members present and vote of each member as to closing the session:

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley (only in a tie)
Commissioner Stephen Rideout Vote: Y
Commissioner Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Commissioner La-Shon Foster Vote: Y
Commissioner David Cannon Vote: Y
Commissioner Robert Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Hanson Seconded: Comm. Cannon

D Topics Discussed: Explanation of topics to be discussed (this may be by reference to the citation of authority listed above if further explanation would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting: Emergency Plan for Council Chambers
E Persons Present at the Closed Session: If listing an individual as present would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting, do not list the individual but note that an individual was not listed for this reason: Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Commissioner Stephen Rideout, Commissioner Donald Sydnor, Commissioner La-Shon Foster, Commissioner David Cannon, Commissioner Robert Hanson, Odie Wheeler, Chief Dan Dvorak, Ginger Heatwole, Jane Dorman, Detective Sergeant Shane Hinson and Detective Corporal Gregory McCray
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No action was taken.