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City Council Minutes

March 9, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

March 9, 2009

 

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 9, 2009 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, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.

 

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence for recently-deceased Member of Historic Preservation Commission, George Adams. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 17, 2009 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2009 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Floretta Williams to Discuss Traffic, Safety, and Parking on School House Lane-Ms. Williams said she has lived on School House Lane for 35 years. When Club Allure and Club Envy have activities, it crowds the street. The signs put up by the City have been destroyed. On February 8th Club Envy had a big show and her driveway was blocked. When she reported her blocked driveway to the police officer, he asked her what she wanted him to do. He said he could not issue a ticket because the signs were not posted. She met with Commissioner Stout and discussed how they could deal with the situation. She expects the City to come up with an alternative solution to alleviate the crowding of the streets and the safety of the area. Police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks cannot get up the street. Commissioner Stout said there should be nothing that stands in the way of someone wanting to enter their own driveway. He spoke to George Hyde, Chief Malik, and Mayor Stanley about this situation. He has a proposal for the Traffic and Safety Committee to review. He suggested changing the parking on School House Lane (south of Chesapeake Court) to allow parking where the sidewalk is located. If they prohibited parking in front of the houses, it would have to apply to the residents also. Commissioner Stout made a motion to refer this item to the Traffic and Safety Committee. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. Rob Collison suggested that if there is a hardship, the residents could be issued parking permits. The motion passed 4:0.

 

Certificate for Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty for Mr. Nathaniel Jones-Mayor Stanley said Mr. Jones helped an incapacitated neighbor with a medical emergency which very well may have saved the neighbor's life. She thanked Mr. Jones for his actions. Commissioner Stout said Mr. Jones' generosity continued during the recent snowstorm when he shoveled their walkways and driveways. He is a community hero.

 

Certificates of Meritorious Service for Calvin Johnson, Charlene Young, James Pusloskie, Jacoby Jones, John Hubbard, Jr., Eric Kane, Edward Peters, Oliver Freeman, Superintendent Spencer Bradley, and Assistant Superintendent LaCurtis Opher for Their Dedicated Work During the Recent Snow Storm-Mayor Stanley thanked the employees of the Department of Pubic Works for excellent performance, sincere commitment, and long hours in keeping our roads clear during the recent snowstorm.

 

Recognition of Positive Contributions for Student Athletes of CSDHS for Their Accomplishments of Securing 2 State Swimming Titles at This Year's State Championships - Taylor McWilliams, Kathryn Adams, Mallory McMahon, and Emily McWilliams-Mayor Stanley said the swimmers' excellent performance in securing two state swimming titles at the state championships made a positive contribution to Cambridge-South Dorchester High School and the City of Cambridge.

 

 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discussion on Tech Park Financing-Rob Collison said the Council discussed this in an open executive session at 6:00 pm. He provided Council with a proposed revised MOU and agreement with regard to the infrastructure of the cost structure. As it is drafted, the City would be obligated for 24% of the $1.7 million cost for the infrastructure. Above the $1.7 million, the City would incur 15% of the cost and the County would incur 85%. That would exclude a water tower if one is constructed. If a water tower is constructed, 50% of the cost would be borne by the City and 50% by the County. The water tower construction would be within 2 years after the tech park is built out to 50% capacity or within 2 years of a major expansion of the airport. The intent is for the City to implement a special taxing district or other recruitment measure which would allow the generation of funds to be collected from the area that is going to be serviced by the water tower. The funds collected would be reimbursed to the City and County on a 50/50 basis. Another amendment to the agreement would be for the provision that the parties could amend that by written agreement between them. Mayor Stanley acknowledged Greg Cole and staff from the Maryland Department of Business of Economic Development who were present at the meeting. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to move forward with the tech park financing. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request from Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church to Use Great Marsh Park on Sunday, August 9th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm for Worship, Baptism, and Lunch-James Cornish said this is a yearly event. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

Request for Approval to Release RFP (Request for Proposals) for the Economic Development Strategic Plan-Natalie Chabot said the RFP is to allow them to hire a consultant. The City received a $50,000 grant from DBED. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the RFP as presented by the Economic Development Department and authorize them to release it. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Knox suggested that all grant proposals go through the Economic Development Department so they can review and comment on the Council's behalf before it comes before Council.

 

Approve PO 5073 - Computer Information Systems - License Renewal & Maintenance Agreement for CPD - $9,000-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

Approve PO 5101 - Pyro Engineering, Inc. - Down Payment for July 4th Fireworks Display - $7,500-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

Approve PO 5102 - CrossMatch Technologies - 12 Month Maintenance Agreement - CPD - $4,500- Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

Approve Budget Amendment for Cambridge Police Department- Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

 

Commissioner Knox thanked all the fire departments that assisted at the fire in his neighborhood this past week. The companies that assisted were Rescue Fire Company, East New Market, Trappe, Linkwood, Secretary, and Church Creek. He received a lot of calls about the water pressure issue. Hopefully the City will receive stimulus funds to upgrade the lines. It has been brought to his attention that children are playing in a vacant house on Jenkins Creek Road. George Hyde said the City's inspector talked to the property owner 3 or 4 weeks ago. The property owner is still waiting for the insurance company to release the money so they can demolish the house. The fire marshal's office is still investigating and has not released the house to be torn down.

 

Commissioner Knox said the City needs to get the road link open between Jenkins Creek Road and Washington Street as a matter of public safety. He asked that a letter be drafted to Donnie Drewer, the State Highway District Engineer, to see if the road could be opened for emergency use only or general access for the public. George Hyde said there are a fair amount of improvements that need to be done before it can be tied in. The original plan was to do a round-about. Because of economic problems, the developer (now the bank) has not proceeded with spending the money. At the very least, there would have to be acceleration and deceleration lanes put in which is a fair cost in itself. If the City were to open it to emergency vehicles only, they would have to barricade it or put some kind of chain across it. The State might allow that as opposed to opening it up to the general public. He doesn't think the State will pay for it and he doesn't know if they can force the bank or the developer to do it. George Hyde said he will have something drafted for the next meeting.

 

Commissioner Knox said it has been brought to his attention the possibility of putting some rumble strips either on the bridge or on the foot of the bridge coming into Cambridge such as they have in Trappe. It will let people know they are coming into a speed zone.

 

Commissioner Knox said folks are still riding scooters without helmets. He asked Rob Collison to investigate if something can be done about this.

 

Mayor Stanley asked Chief Malik if the fire marshal has made a determination about the nature of the fires in the Jenkins Creek area. Chief Malik said the first two are still under investigation. The last fire was electrical.

 

Commissioner Thomas reported that we are only about one month away from Cambridge's 325th Anniversary. The groups are meeting at least once a week. They will have something at Governor's Hall in the afternoon that will transition into a block party downtown. Flags will be sold as fundraisers to pay for other activities throughout the year.

 

Commissioner Hanson said he is enthused about what is going on downtown with the new restaurants opening.

 

Ed Kinnamon provided Council with a letter regarding an operating loan to take care of some capital items the City has purchased and anticipating some additional capital expenditures. It is a $1.5 million revolving loan for a 3-year period with the National Bank of Cambridge. Commissioner Thomas said over the last couple of years, the Council has been borrowing from the sewer fund with hopes of paying it back. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve a revolving loan in the amount of $1.5 million for a 3-year period. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

 

Ed Kinnamon said on Wednesday evening, March 12th, starting at 5:30 pm, the Council will be hearing budget requests from Department Heads. On Monday, March 16th, beginning at 6:00 pm, Council will hear requests from community organizations. Both meetings are open to the public.

 

Chief Malik announced that the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion is honoring a Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Fire Fighter, and an EMS provider. The City's Police Officer of the Year is Detective Jennifer Curran. The ceremony is being held tonight. The Police Department will hold their awards banquet on March 19th.

 

Jerry Boyle said there is a magazine called Triathlete Magazine which is the most widely read triathlon magazine in the world. The March edition has a feature called "One of a Kind Races" which was written after reviewing many of the triathlons in North America. The best race support in North America was EagleMan 70.3 in Cambridge last year. The articles talks about the event and the number of volunteers. It is a huge recognition for the 700 to 800 people who help the event on race date-particularly last year when it was 96 degrees. Everyone who is involved deserves to be proud of this. This nationwide recognition is an example of what our community is capable of doing. He thanked the Council for all their support. Commissioner Knox suggested having the article on the City's website.

 

Mayor Stanley said she has been working with Rev. Fred Bahr from St. Paul's United Methodist Church on the City's first Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in many, many years on April 1st at the Hyatt.

 

 

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 9, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

 

 

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon

Clerk & Treasurer