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2-27-17 City Council Agenda

AGENDA - Revised
City of Cambridge
City Council Meeting
February 27, 2017
Council Chambers - 305 Gay Street
Cambridge, MD 21613


5:00 pm Mayor to Convene Council in Regular Session

Agenda

1. SUBJECT: A Proposed Closed Session - in accordance with State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) - consult with counsel for legal advice
Recommendation: That Council consider a motion to go into Closed Session concerning consultation with counsel to obtain legal advice.

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

3. SUBJECT: A Proposed Closed Session - in accordance with State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) - discuss: (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals and before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiation strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participated in the competitive bidding or proposal process.
Recommendation: That Council consider a motion to go into Closed Session concerning personnel matters and contents of proposals: City Attorney proposals.

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


6:00 pm Mayor to Reconvene Council in Open Session


Agenda

1. Council to approve or amend agenda as presented

Report on Closed Sessions:

2. Recommendation that the Mayor report on the following closed sessions:
A. Feb. 21, 2017 Closed session on personnel matters: City Attorney proposals
B. Feb. 23, 2017 Closed session to consult with counsel on legal matters
C. Feb. 23, 2017 Closed session on personnel matters: City Attorney proposals

Public Comment


Consent Calendar

3. SUBJECT: Work Session Minutes from February 6, 2017
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

4. SUBJECT: Meeting Minutes from Council Meeting on February 13, 2017
Recommendation: That Council approve as submitted.

5. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge High School Class of 1970 for permission to reserve a pavilion in Great Marsh Park for their High School Reunion on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from noon until dusk, permission for individuals to bring their own alcohol, and a variance from the noise ordinance
Recommendation: The Council approve the request.

6. SUBJECT: Request from Cambridge Rotary Community Service Foundation to hold an oyster roast near the Long Wharf Park Memorial Fountain on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from noon until 4:00 p.m., a variance from the noise ordinance, permission to erect a tent, street closure from 11:00 a.m. until 4:46 p.m.; and permission to serve alcohol
Recommendation: That Council approve the request.

7. SUBJECT: Police Grants
Recommendation: That Council authorize the Police Department to apply to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention - Victims of Crime Assistance for a grant of up to $18,000.


Requests from the Public

8. SUBJECT: Request from Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's (ESLC) for a letter of support of ESCL's grant application to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, for $100,000 to assist with stabilization of the symbolic smoke stack at the Phillips Packing Company, Factory F (The Packing House)
Recommendation: Approve as requested.


Ordinances for Introduction

9. SUBJECT: Ordinance No. 1095 Text Amendment to (1) include windblown banners as a prohibited use (2) permit the relocation of a non-conforming billboard within the State's Scenic Byway to a location outside the byway (3) establish parameters for flags (4) define temporary sign display limitations (5) allow two free standing signs for thru lots, and (6) allow window signage to be calculated separately from the other site signage.
Recommendation: That Council
A. Introduce Ordinance No. 1095 by reading of title only; and
B. Schedule March 13, 2017 for second reading, public hearing and adoption of Ordinance No. 1095.

10. SUBJECT: Ordinance No. 1096 Text Amendment to Section 5.1.3 to clarify setbacks for accessory structures.
Recommendation: That Council
A. Introduce Ordinance No. 1096 by reading of title only; and
B. Schedule March 13, 2017 for second reading, public hearing and adoption of Ordinance No. 1096.


Ordinances for Second Reading, Public Hearing, and Adoption

11. SUBJECT: Ordinance No. 1090 Text Amendment to Amend Section 2.4.2 Non-conforming Lots, Structures, and Uses to permit a single family dwelling on a legal lot of record.
Recommendation: That:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing;
B. The Council give the ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1090.

12. SUBJECT: Ordinance No. l09l Text Amendments: (I) to Amend Section 4.4.5 to modify setback/lot minimums; and (2) to Amend Table 3 for minimum lot sizes for the Downtown Waterfront Development District, Neighborhood - Sub-District and (3) to Amend Section 5.2 to require compliance for the sub-district and include additional language to that section as it relates to the design standards.
Recommendation: That:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing;
B. The Council give the ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1091.

13. SUBJECT: Ordinance No. 1092 Text Amendment to Amend Section 5.1 Table 4: Yard and Bulk Requirements to increase the building height in the Industrial Zone District from 35 feet to 50 feet.
Recommendation: That:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing;
B. The Council give the ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1092.

14. SUBJECT: Ordinance 1093 A Map Amendment and a Rezoning of a property from Resource Conservation to General Commercial - Rte. 16 Map 307, Grid 0017, Parcel 5724.
Recommendation: That:
A. The Mayor open the public hearing, hear from the public, and close the public hearing;
B. The Council give the ordinance a second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 1093.

Old Business

15. SUBJECT: Status Report on Cameras in Greenwood Area project.
Recommendation: That Council receive a verbal report.

16. SUBJECT: Sailwinds Port Property Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI)
Recommendation: That Council direct staff to send out a request for expressions of interest to the development community for the City-owned Sailwinds/Port Property and adjacent properties.

17. SUBJECT: Sidewalk Research on Practices of Other Municipalities
Recommendation: That Council consider the report and give direction to staff.

18. SUBJECT: Recycling and Trash Reduction Strategies
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Receive a report on options for reducing trash to control wild animals and to reduce unsightly trash in the streets
B. Receive a report on options for providing recycling services to residents that elect to pay for recycling services.
C. Provide direction to staff.

19. SUBJECT: Deterring raccoons and vultures
Recommendation: That Council receive the report and provide direction to staff.

 

New Business

20. SUBJECT: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor's Center
Recommendation that Council: Hear presentation by Amanda Fenstermaker, Director, Dorchester County Tourism Department

21. SUBJECT: Grant funding for the completion of the Historic Preservation Commission Recommendation: That Council authorize staff to apply for funding through the Maryland Historical Trust Certified Local Government Program in the amount of $15,000 to complete the proposed Cambridge Historic District Design Guidelines

22. SUBJECT: Grant Request to Support Training for Historic Preservation Commission
Recommendation: That Council authorize staff to submit a grant application to the Maryland Historical Trust, Certified Local Governments Education and Training Grant Program in the amount of $1,000

23. SUBJECT: Ward Three Blight Study Report
Recommendation: That Council:
A. Accept the report and take its conclusions under advisement., and
B. Direct staff to bring back a plan for developing an application to CDBG for a home rehabilitation project for the 3rd ward to be brought back to Council for consideration and approval, including an appropriation for the cost of developing a "shovel ready" project in order to qualify for funding

24. SUBJECT: Appropriation of Sewer reserves
Recommendation: That Council appropriate $156,250 of Reserves into the Sewer Fund Revenue and $156,250 to the Sewer Fund budget.

25. SUBJECT: FY 2018 Budget Planning
Recommendation that Council conceptually approve:
A. Inclusion of an average 2% salary increase in the proposed FY 2018 operating budget;
B. Inclusion of up to $65,000 for salary comparability adjustments for Public Works field staff and sanitation workers at the lowest salary grades in the proposed FY 2018 operating budget;
C. Inclusion of a volunteer firefighter incentive program in the proposed FY 2018 operating budget;
D. Inclusion of a reserve for a Human Services Grants program in the proposed FY 2018 operating budget;
E. Inclusion of repair of 300 block of High Street in the proposed FY 2018 capital budget;
F. Inclusion of a $3/month increase in solid waste collection (trash) fees in the proposed FY 2018 operating budget; and
G. Setting March 27, 2017 for a hearing - as required by State law - to consider setting the real property tax rate to maintain constant yield


Meetings


Mayor and Council

26. SUBJECT: Committee Appointments
Recommendation: That Council approve Commissioner Cannon's recommendation to appoint Nick Grande, Rodger Harrell, Carlos Wilson, Louise White, and Anne Whaples to the ADA Committee


Adjourn