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City Council Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2017

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 23, 2017 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.

1. SUBJECT: Closed Session regarding personnel matters
Recommendation: That Council consider a motion to go into Closed Session concerning a personnel matter: City Attorney.

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to go into closed executive session. Commissioner Foster seconded the motion. The motion passed 3:1.

2. SUBJECT: Consideration of closing a closed session
Recommendation: That Council consider a motion to end the Closed Session.

Commissioner Foster made a motion to go out of executive session. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

6:00 pm Mayor to Convene Council in Regular Session


Agenda

1. Council to approve or amend agenda as presented

A motion by Commissioner Rideout to approve the agenda as presented was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved 5:0.


Public Comment


Report on Closed Session

Mayor Stanley reported that Council held a closed session regarding personnel matters. No action was taken during the closed session.


Consent Calendar

2. SUBJECT: Meeting Minutes from Council Meeting on January 9, 2017
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Wheels Car Club for a Car Show in the 400 block of Race Street, Poplar Street, and the 300 block of High Street on Sunday, August 13, 2017 (rain date: August 20th) from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (close streets from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm); a variance from the noise ordinance, and permission to sell alcohol
Recommendation: That Council approve subject request

A motion by Commissioner Rideout to approve the Consent Calendar (Items 2 and 3) was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved 3:2.

Requests from the Public

4. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) for a Letter of Support from the City Council for the development of the Cambridge Creek Watershed Assessment and Action Plan.
Recommendation: That Council approve letter of support.

A motion by Commissioner Foster to approve submission of the letter of support to the Clean Water Advisory Committee was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 5:0.


Old Business

5. SUBJECT: Long Wharf Master Plan and Long Wharf Committee
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Hold a public hearing on the Draft Long Wharf Master Plan;
B. Adopt the Long Wharf Master Plan and refer to staff for inclusion in the Five Year Capital Program;
C. Hear a report from the Long Wharf Committee on its activities of the last four years;
D. Consider recommendations from Commissioner Rideout regarding future of the Long Wharf Advisory Committee.

Jeff Hubbard, Lane Engineering, reported that a portion of the plan was approved last year ago when the City was ready to go to construction documents on the green infrastructure work that has been completed for the most part at the park. He explained the items as shown on the drawings.

Rob Collison reported that notice of tonight's public hearing was published in the Star Democrat on January 16 and 18, 2017.

Lou Hyman, Chairman of the Long Wharf Advisory Committee, expressed their support for this plan that was developed primarily by Lane Engineering with a lot of input from the Committee. It is also the result of extensive public input beginning with a series of Charrettes in 2012. There were various public discussions with various stakeholders. They feel the plan is a major step forward in enhancing this asset.

Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Hanson to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 4:1.

A motion by Commissioner Rideout to adopt the Long Wharf Master Plan and refer to staff for inclusion in the Five Year Capital Program was seconded by Hanson and approved 3:2.

Lou Hyman reported on the activities of the Long Wharf Committee over the last four years. The Committee was established by Resolution 12-013 in October 2012. Their purpose and responsibility is to assist the City in planning, promoting, and development of Long Wharf. They developed an Administrative Standard Operating Procedure for controlling events, signs and permanent structures. In 2013 they developed a proposal for a new restroom facility. In 2013-2014 the participated in a detailed discussion concerning a monument for the Distinguished Service Cross recipients. They also worked with the staff to begin development of a marketing plan for the marina. Other accomplishments were renovation of the parking lot and adding green infrastructure.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to refer a recommendation to the Ordinance Committee to form a committee with the members being selected by City Council and with the inclusion of two City Commissioner liaisons to make recommendations to Council about the waterfront, parks, and other public spaces in all five wards including recognition of the current Long Wharf Committee was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 5:0.

6. SUBJECT: Charter Resolution No. CR-2016-03 A Resolution of the Commissioners of Cambridge to Amend the Charter of the City of Cambridge by Amending Section 3-5 Entitled "Commissioners; Number, Election, Tenure, Qualifications."
Recommendation that Council:
A. Give Charter Resolution No. CR-2016-03 a second reading;
B. Open the public hearing, take public comment, and close the public hearing; and
C. Adopt, by reading of title only, Charter Resolution No. CR-2016-03 A Resolution of the Commissioners of Cambridge to Amend the Charter of the City of Cambridge by Amending Section 3-5 Entitled "Commissioners; Number, Election, Tenure, Qualifications."

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to open the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 3:2.

Nobody from the audience asked to speak.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to close the public hearing was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 3:2.

A motion by Commissioner Cannon to see the final resolution before Council votes was seconded by Commissioner Foster and approved 3:2.

A motion by Commissioner Foster to amend the Charter Resolution to include the exemption for those who have been elected for a particular ward but have been called up for military deployment from losing their seat on Council was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor and approved 3:2.

7. SUBJECT: Letter to Governor Hogan requesting Support
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Authorize the Mayor to send letter to Governor Hogan requesting State support for Cambridge redevelopment projects including Sailwinds/Port Property development; and
B. Request that the Mayor forward a request to the Cambridge's State delegation- Senator Addie Eckardt, Sheree L. Sample-Hughes (Dist.37A), Christopher T. Adams and John F. Mautz IV (Dist. 37B) - requesting letters of support for the City's request, copy to Bunky Luffman, Eastern Shore Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Governor.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to move forward with a letter of support with the suggested recommendations was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 3:2.

8. SUBJECT: Animal Control Services
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Receive a report on options for providing for City animal control.
B. Provide direction to staff.

A motion by Commissioner Foster to direct staff to look into some suggestions that would address cats, raccoons, and buzzards was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 4:1.

9. SUBJECT: Police Cameras in Area of Greenwood Avenue
Recommendation: That Council receive an update on the cameras to be installed in Greenwood Avenue area.

A motion by Commissioner Foster that the committee that is together bring Council a status update at the next Council meeting as to who they contacted, a written document from Delmarva Power as to the yeas and nays and including Commissioner Sydnor in every step that is being taken to solve this issue was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and passed 5:0.

New Business

10. SUBJECT: Council Meeting Procedures
Recommendation that Council schedule a Work Session on Feb. 6, 2016 on Council Meeting Procedures.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to hold a work session on February 6, 2016 was seconded by Commissioner Rideout and approved 3:2.


Mayor and Council


Adjourn


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 8:04 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 23, 2017, insofar as I personally am aware.



Victoria Jackson-Stanley
Mayor

 

 

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

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

X 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:
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: Absent
Commissioner Donald Sydnor Vote: N
Commissioner La-Shon Foster Vote: Y
Commissioner David Cannon Vote: Y
Commissioner Robert Hanson Vote: Y

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

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: City Attorney's Contract
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 Donald Sydnor, Commissioner Foster, Commissioner Cannon, Commissioner Hanson, Sandra Tripp-Jones
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No action was taken.