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City Council Minutes

June 23, 2006

The City Council met in regular session on Friday, June 23, 2006 Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Cleveland L. Rippons called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Cephas, and Brooks.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Council to Approve Sailwinds Management Board Appointees-The Council met with the people wishing to be on the Management Board on Tuesday.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the Sailwinds appointees and that the checks for payment continue to come to Mr. Kinnamon for signature.  Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion.  Ed Kinnamon said the individuals being appointed are Shirley Tarbox, Grady Wilson, Troy Hill, and Martin Tolley.  The motion passed 4:0.

NEW BUSINESS

Council to Approve Personnel Changes Within the Budget-Commissioner Brooks made a motion that the Administrative Assistant position at the Department of Public Works become an Executive Assistant position at Pay Grade 11‑8.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. Commissioner Knox said he does not want to be involved in the personnel decisions of the City.  Two years ago he took an oath to represent the citizens of Cambridge.  They held a special election in which the citizens voted that the Mayor would be the head of personnel.  Therefore in good conscience he cannot vote on any personnel issues when he personally feels that the voters of the City of Cambridge put this responsibility in the Mayor's hands.  The motion passed 3:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

Council to Approve RFC Purchase Orders-Commissioner Cephas made a motion to allow Ed Kinnamon the discretion to review all the purchase orders and made decisions accordingly.  He should call Council if he has any concerns.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Community Legacy Grant Applications for Main Street (mural and market analysis)-Mayor Rippons said the Main Street representatives made a presentation during the work session on Tuesday.  Commissioner Cephas made a motion to allow Main Street to submit the grant applications.  Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Commissioner Brooks said the Housing Task Force met and came up with several recommendations.  He would like Rob Collison to move forward with drafting some kind of policy.  There recommendations are:  (1) The annual owner's fee of rental properties be increased from $20 to $40 and changed to read "license".  The increase would help to cover the cost of the needed additional housing inspectors.  (2) All rental properties to be inspected when a property changes ownership and every second year upon renewal of the license; (3) All rental properties be inspected when there is a change of renters to assure that the property meets all current City Codes and is fit for human habitation. 

Mayor Rippons asked if there would be an additional inspection fee for the inspection before a new tenant moves in.  Commissioner Brooks said that was not proposed; however, Council could include an additional fee for repeated rental inspections due to the change in tenants.  Rob Collison said he will work with David Pritchett and the Housing Task Force and come back with a recommendation. 

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to add Elaine Stafford to the Housing Task Force.  Commissioner Brooks seconded the motion. Commissioner Brooks said she doesn't know if everybody from every ward made a recommendation.  Very few people show up.  Jane Devlin attends the meetings but she has stated that she is not a member.  Therefore there would only be two members:  Herm Kramer and Portia Johnson-Ennels.  Nobody else shows up.  They need other volunteers to represent the entire City. The motion passed 4:0.

With no further business, Mayor Rippons adjourned this portion of the meeting at 12:30 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Friday, June 23, 2006, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer