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City Council Minutes

April 13, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

April 13, 2009

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 13, 2009 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.

 

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 23, 2009 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment; Creation of Compatibility Standards: A proposal to adopt comprehensive regulations which provide for Compatibility Standards for all New Construction within the Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Districts of the City of Cambridge-Rob Collison said the ordinance would be codified as a proposed Section 274 (Architectural Design - Minimum Requirements) in the NC zoning districts. The certificate of publication from Chesapeake Publishing indicates that the notices of the public hearing were advertised in the Star-Democrat on March 26, and April 2, 2009 and in the Dorchester Star on March 27, and April 3, 2009.

 

Anne Roane, City Planner, said in 2003 the City of Cambridge adopted a new zoning ordinance and did a comprehensive rezoning of the entire city. At that time they introduced the Neighborhood Conservation Zones. There are NC‑1, NC‑2, NC-3, and NC-4 zones. The numbers refer to different areas that have a different size of lot, size of house, and height of house. The zoning ordinance was adopted and addressed those different areas regarding setbacks, lot size, and height limits. The NC zones were introduced in 2003 to help the City address in-fill development of existing communities. They were created to encourage compatibility of architectural styles and development and even land use compatibility. With the recent influx of in-fill development, Planning and Zoning has determined that the ordinance is limited and sometimes disincentive in the way it was written. To help address that, they did a lot of research on how other jurisdictions handle in-fill development. The compatibility standards they have come up with have gone to the Planning Commission and received their unanimous recommendation. There was a lot of public input and involvement.

 

Lee Weldon said they looked at the strengths and weaknesses of the zoning ordinance and did what they could to fix it. The primary object was to try to balance preserving the historic fabric while enabling them to encourage better affordable housing. There are examples in town that stick out like a sore thumb. They looked at this as a challenge to build up the City's affordable housing base with new construction without disrupting those patterns that exist in the older neighborhoods. The proposed ordinance takes care of some of the problems that existed in the previous ordinance. In an NC district, the previous ordinance put a blanket requirement that any new construction be a 1½-story house. A lot of neighborhoods are dominated by single-story houses. There are also situations where there are a lot of older houses that were not built to any kind of code that have low ceilings. They look like 2-story houses on the outside but inside it is barely livable. The city is trying to improve these neighborhoods by enabling the City to look at the target values and look at the target market that they want to provide housing for. There are a lot of low- and moderate-income families that they want to improve the housing conditions for. First they provided clear definitions for a single-story house and a 1½-story house. The previous ordinance required that the in the 1½-story house, the half-story be finished, living, heated space which makes it expensive for a builder trying to build an affordable home. This has been a problem for Habitat for Humanity and other developers trying to improve the community with in-fill housing. They reach a stumbling block when they want to make something fit within the income guidelines that HUD sets, but by the time they adhere to the City's ordinance which makes them put a second story on, it creates a problem to be able to accomplish the affordability goal. The city has established a series of minimum standards for in-fill projects. If the ordinance is adopted, the developer will also be required to look around the neighborhood and complete a compatibility survey sheet. They are to tell the city how their design fits into that matrix. Staff will review the completed document. If the proposal is well thought out, then it will help the city move the process forward so the developer can obtain a building permit. He photographed a lot of different styles of houses in the different neighborhoods. A lot of styles are recurring throughout the city. That is what the minimum design standards are based on.

 

Ed Colaprete spoke representing Habitat for Humanity of Talbot and Dorchester Counties. They support the text amendment to the zoning ordinance. He thanked the city for including them in helping draft the text amendment and work through the issues that came up. This ordinance will provide them with more options to build affordable housing. He found the compatibility study easy to do. It is a beneficial long-term solution.

 

James Chaney said he feels the ordinance is well planned out. It is a good program. Some of the older building standards, or lack thereof, presented problems with houses. Some houses have 6½-ft or 7-ft ceilings so a 2-story house in not really a 2-story house. One of his concerns is that if you have a 2‑story house in an area and you want to build a single-story house, because of the new codes today, a 2-story house will over-tower the existing 2-story houses. If you design a single-story house properly, it will be approximately the same height as a 2‑story house. He asked if a developer will be able to build a single-story house among 2-story houses if the esthetics on the outside are the same and you are made to fit into the neighborhood.  Anne Roane said the city is asking the developer to look at an area that has been very well defined in the checklist, and tell them what the majority of the housing stock is within that area. They are not looking at just the height. They are looking at roof pitches, porches, windows, patterns, setbacks, etc. Then the city will make a determinate on whether or not what the developer is proposing will meet the standards. James Chaney said he has been doing that and so far it has not resolved the problems. An old 2‑story house that he wants to tear down and replace is 22-ft tall from the ground to the peak. The new house with a 9-12 pitch roof, which you have to have a minimum in the city's ordinance of 8-12, from the ground to the peak with the new standards today being a single-story house instead of a 2-story house, will be 20-ft 4.5 in. He asked if it would be allowed if it looks similar to the houses in the neighborhood. Anne Roane said she is a little uncomfortable making a determination without the paperwork in front of her. She understands the question. James Chaney said based on the width of the lots, depending on how wide the house is, you could put a 2-story house on the lot and it could actually end of being anywhere between 4‑ft and 8‑ft taller than the 2-story house next to it. He thinks this is something that the city should look at before the ordinance is passed.

 

Commissioner Knox said the key is compatibility and that is what everybody needs to keep in mind as well. Portia Johnson-Ennels asked if all new construction will be fronted to the street and not sideways. Lee Weldon said a lot of those elements are addressed in the ordinance. Anne Roane asked anyone with questions or comments to call and they will be happy to sit down and explain it and/or answer questions. The document will also be on the city's website. Copies will be at the library and City Hall.

 

Rob Collison suggested leaving the record open until April 27th. Lee Weldon said the primary objective of this project is to be able to look at each individual project on its own merits. Some of Mr. Chaney's concerns will be able to be addressed during the case-by-case review.

 

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to postpone the public hearing segment of this particular ordinance amendment until the April 27th meeting when they have a second public hearing opportunity. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

IAAP Representatives to Receive Celebrate Administrative Professionals Week 2009 Proclamation-Patsy Creighton and Ruth Bradley said their international organization stresses education. Their Chapter has been in existence since 1972. They will be holding a seminar at Chesapeake College to inform administrative professionals about new technologies. They also volunteer their time in the community. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation and presented it to the IAAP representatives.

 

Shore Health System to Receive Laboratory Week Proclamation-Patty Willis, Vice President for Shore Health System introduced Karol Redline, a Laboratory Manager. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation and presented it to Karol Redline.

 

Representative from Cornerstone Assembly to Hold Their Usual Bake Sale at Long Wharf During the 4th of July Celebration from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm-Kevin Gibbs made the request on behalf of Cornerstone Assembly. All pre-wrapped foods will be used. Chief Malik said this has been done for a number of years without any problems. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to grant the request provided they follow the Health Department guidelines. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Representative from the James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to Request a Letter of Support to be Submitted with a Grant Application to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network-Daniel Chada requested a letter of support for a grant application they are submitting to the National Park Service. It will be for an interpretive trail along Maryland Avenue down to the waterfront area. Narrative panels and artwork will be included. This Open Space project has been planned for their property for some time now. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to give the James B. Richardson Foundation a letter of support. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Elizabeth Anderson to Request Permission to Use a Moon Bounce During a Birthday Party at Great Marsh on May 10th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm-Ms. Anderson said the moon bounce will require electricity. Rob Collison said Oden Wheeler will have Ms. Anderson sign a hold harmless agreement. Ed Kinnamon said the policy is to supply a $1 million line of liability for using city amenities (electric in this case). Margaret Glass said the moon bounce is coming from Xtreme Events (Hurlock) who will provide a person to operate it. She is sure they have coverage. Ed Kinnamon said Xtreme Events will need to provide the city with a rider. Rob Collison asked that Mr. Wheeler contact them to coordinate the liability coverage. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve use of a moon bounce in Great Marsh Park on May 10th from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm subject to the satisfactory insurance or liability coverage. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Christopher Drummond to Request Impact Fee Relief for "The Meadows at Cambridge"-Mr. Drummond represents Woods Road Cambridge LLC which is the owner of property on Woods Road which is under construction. Woods Road Cambridge LLC has received final site plan review for their apartments and are now moving forward to secure building permits for the first phase of what will ultimately be 192 market-rate apartments. They are requesting relief from the water and sewer impact fee. Ordinance 910 (adopted July 2003) provided the Council with discretion and authority to waive, modify, or otherwise alter the impact fee of $4500. He gave Rob Collison a copy of a national impact fee study from 2008. It reveals that the average impact fee for water service is $3,584. The average water impact fee for multi-family units is $1,706. Wastewater averaged $3,141 for a single-family home and $1,746 for multi-family units. He is asking Council to take into consideration the $531,000 investment that Woods Road Cambridge LLC has already made in water and sewer infrastructure on the property. He is suggesting $1,700 a unit.

 

Commissioner Knox said this project has been going on for quite some time. Mr. Drummond said they were probably before the Planning Commission as a townhouse project before Ordinance 910 was adopted. Commissioner Knox said then they were aware that the impact fees existed. Commissioner Sydnor said the impact fees are for more than just water and sewer. Public safety and roads are also components. Commissioner Thomas said capacity is one thing, but there are also upgrades to the treatment plant and other ongoing expenses. That is one of the driving forces for the impact fees.

 

Rick Beavers said most of the developers who have been involved with rental properties are working with tax credits. They feel there is a need for a market rate rental property where there is a swimming pool, an exercise facility, and jogging trails. These units have a lot of other amenities. All of those things make it difficult for a developer to squeeze those amenities in at a reasonable rent.

 

Mayor Stanley said Council will take Woods Road Cambridge LLC's recommendation under advisement and get back to them.

 

Julia Davis to Request List of Available Buildings That Are or Will Become Available for Commercial Purposes-Ms. Davis asked if the city could put together a list of vacant properties that are owned by the city or not owned by the city for commercial purposes. Her specific goal is helping to put together a homeless shelter. Commissioner Thomas suggested that Ms. Davis talk to Planning and Zoning to see where this type of use could be located. Mayor Stanley suggested that Ms. Davis meet with Anne Roane and Natalie Chabot to obtain further information.

 

Bill Wise to Discuss a Zoning Issue-Bill Wise said there was a piece of property for sale on Leonard Lane that he made a proposal to buy with the restriction on the offer that the property could be used to expand his bulk plant if he wanted to. When he went to Public Works to find out what the zoning would have to be, he found out that his bulk plant, established in 1945, is illegal because the City zoned his property C‑1 and his business is not allowed in C‑1 zoning. He said the people at Pubic Works said they could make it C‑1 with an exception. Rob Collison said the status of his property now would be a legal non-conforming use. Anne Roane said Cambridge adopted their first zoning ordinance and their comprehensive zoning maps in 1964. At that time, this property was shown as residential even though we know the property was not residential. He is not asking Council to change the zoning on the property next to him. That is a zoning issue that has to go through the regular procedure. He should not have to go through any procedure at all for his property. Anne Roane said the city is mandated by Maryland Code and the only way to change zoning is to meet one of two criteria. It has to be either a change in neighborhood or a mistake in the mapping. The city can bring it forward. Commissioner Knox said it should be zoned Light Industrial. Rob Collison said Anne Roane is planning to proceed with a city-initiated rezoning based on mistake. She will probably be able to present it the Planning and Zoning Commission at their May 7th meeting.

                       

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Recommendation to Award Bid for Economic Development Strategic Plan-Natalie Chabot reported that the city sent RFPs to 20 companies. They received 9 bids which were opened publicly in City Council Chambers on March 31, 2009. Of the 9 proposals submitted, 4 proposals came within the grant amount of $50,000. The Steering Committee reviewed them and conducted interviews. Their recommendation is to award the contract to Basile Baumann Prost Cole (Annapolis) in the amount of $45,000. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Economic Development Department to award the contract to Basile Baumann Prost Cole. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request from Character Counts to Allow a Few Non-Profit Organizations to Sell Refresh­ments During Their Six Pillars Century 2009 Blackwater Tour at Great Marsh Park on Saturday, May 2, 2009-Council will discuss this at a later date.

 

Permission to Submit CDBG Applications-Anne Roane requested permission to submit applications for city projects. She would like to hold the required public hearing on April 27th. She would like to apply for funds for gap funding for Christ Rock. The city has received $950,000 from the Maryland Department of the Environment. It does not cover the entire project. The estimates prepared last year indicate the project will require another $650,000. The second project would be a pre-engineering survey of High Street from Glasgow Street to Long Wharf. The street is in dire need of repairs. Phase 5 of the water and sewer separation project is encompassed in this study period. The brick street was done in 1911 and the crumbling infrastructure under it needs to be replaced. In order to replace High Street, the city needs to know what is involved in completing this project. This is a type of project that the CDBG will fund. She has spoken with Cindy Stone, the Director of the program. CDBG will not pay for the actual construction documents for rebuilding High Street, but they will cover a planning project.

 

Commissioner Sydnor said other organizations submitted grant information and wish to apply for a grant also. Natalie Chabot said Council received information indicating that two organizations wish to become sub-recipients of the city. Anne Roane said the city is in a better position to receive the Christ Rock gap funding this year. They are looking for projects that are shovel ready. If the city receives this gap funding, she hopes construction will begin in October. Commissioner Sydnor asked if Dorchester County could apply for part of this gap funding so the city would be able to apply for another project also. Anne Roane said it is her understanding that the county is going to apply for $750,000 to extend sewer to the Woolford/Madison area and $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Club. A jurisdiction can only apply for $800,000. She will verify it tomorrow.

 

Commissioner Thomas said the city could spend a lot of money to get the study and costs, but he doesn't know how they will fund the project. Anne Roane said they cannot even begin to ask for money until they know how much it will cost. She doesn't think they are on the same track that they thought they were on last year with the water and sewer separation but they were anticipating those funds to be available in 2010 which means the city will be tearing up the road at that time. If the city knows exactly how much it will cost, there may be other grant opportunities that we could apply for. This study would give us more concrete figures in a broken-down fashion so we can target funding sources. Commissioner Knox said he thinks the funding is out there. There have been numerous complaints about High Street. The water and sewer infrastructure is shot. It needs to be addressed and Christ Rock as well. He feels Council needs to move forward with this.  

 

Sharon Wilson, Visions America, asked where the lead way is for other organizations to submit applications. Anne Roane said they are getting estimates for the two city projects. She is not sure how much they will be. Natalie Chabot said the city can only apply for $800,000. Council will make the decision on what applications will be submitted. Rob Collison said Council should prioritize the applications after the public hearing at the next meeting. The applications must be provided by Monday, April 20th at 4:00 pm for Council to review.

 

Permission to Go to Bid for Harriet Tubman Educational Center (CL Grant)-Anne Roane said the $160,000 grant is for façade renovations and to make the bathroom in the building ADA accessible. The proposed renovations have received approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Maryland Historic Trust. Commissioner Stout made a motion to allow DPW to prepare the request for proposals. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. Commissioner Sydnor asked for a role-call vote. Commissioner Knox - aye; Commissioner Sydnor - abstain; Commissioner Stout - aye; Commissioner Thomas - aye; Commissioner Hanson - aye. The motion passed 4:0 with Commissioner Sydnor abstaining because he is on the Board of Directors.

 

Discussion on Ordinance Prohibiting the Discharge of Pellet Guns, BB-Guns, and Dart Guns Within the Corporate Limits of the City of Cambridge-Rob Collison said at the request of Chief Malik, he put this on the agenda to see if there is interest in this ordinance. There is a gap in our existing prohibition of discharge of firearms in Section 12-18 of the City Code. There was a proposal about 2 years ago to clarify if pellet guns and bb-guns were included. He said Chief Malik firmly feels the city should proceed with this ordinance. It is needed strictly as and enforcement mechanism. His recommendation would be not to grant any exceptions. The ordinance will allow for ceremonial cannons, fireworks, etc. In light of the Heller Decision by the Supreme Court, he has included an exemption for the discharge for self-defense purposes. This may need to be clarified before the ordinance is approved. It would be a civil citation.

 

Chief Malik said the ordinance would basically clean up the prior ordinance which did not specify bb-guns and pellet guns. It said 'firearms' which is too broad for enforcement action. He does not want any exceptions because exceptions lead to problems as far as enforcement. Commissioner Stout concurred with Chief Malik. Rob Collison said the city is no way restricting the possession of firearms. Commissioner Hanson made a motion for Rob Collison to proceed. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Request from Dorchester Center for the Arts to Close High Street from Poplar Street to Long Wharf on Sunday, September 27th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for Dorchester Show­case 2009 and a Noise Variance Between Noon and 5:00 pm-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Update on Waterfront 2020-Natalie Chabot announced that the City will be holding two public meetings-one on Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 am and one on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm-to present the outcome of the Charatte to the public.

 

Appointment to Historic Preservation Commission-Rob Collison said he will be working with Ed Kinnamon to run an advertisement in the newspaper about the vacancy on the Commission.

 

Approve Revised Job Description for CEMS-Bill Watkins said he wants to establish an EMS Lieutenant, an EMS Captain, and change his title from Director to Chief. The changes would become effective July 1, 2009. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to accept the recommendations of Mr. Watkins concerning renaming of the Chief of CEMS from the title of Director; elimination of the title of Operation Assistance Quality Improvement Coordinator which will now be changed to the position title of Captain; the Paramedic position would now be changed to the title of Lieutenant. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. It does not encompass any pay raise or monetary compensation. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

 

Approve Revised Employee Health Insurance Plan-Ed Kinnamon reported that the Department Heads met concerning the cost of health insurance increasing the amount that the employees pay to bring forth a savings of $250,000. If approved, the changes will go into effect July 1, 2009. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the new rates. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Mayor Stanley commended Mr. Wheeler and the members of the Personnel Review Committee for their hard work in bringing forth the savings that the Council required.

 

Approve Budget Amendment for CEMS-Commissioner Knox made a motion to transfer enough money into the line item for regular salaries to meet the next payroll. Commissioner Stout Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve Budget Amendment for CPD-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve Purchase Orders:

§         PO 5162 - Dennis Lednum - DOT Inspections for All EMS Vehicles - $850

§         PO 5164 - Neaton's Tire Service - Tires for PM 101 (State Contract) - $575

§         PO 5165 - Boundtree Medical - Medical Supplies - $645

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve PO 5149 - Maryland Municipal League - Convention Registration - $2,175-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve PO 5116 - Wor-Wic Community College - Maryland Police Training Commission - 5 Recruits - $12,265.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve PO 5135 - Will Brown - DOT Inspections for RFC - $4,000- Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

 

Commissioner Stout acknowledged Mr. Weldon and the staff for their publication "Cambridge Maple Street Happenings". They did a fantastic job.

 

Commissioner Thomas complimented Mayor Stanley on her successful prayer breakfast.

 

Commissioner Thomas announced that Brett Summers, who bought the property next to 450 Race Street, is now fortifying the interior of the building so he can remove the braces in on or before June 1st. He asked Council to think about whether they would like to see the street remain one way or open it to two-way traffic. He asked to refer the matter to the Traffic & Safety Committee.

 

Commissioner Hanson thanked Commissioner Thomas, Natalie Chabot, and Mary Calloway for all the work with the celebration for Cambridge 325th anniversary. A lot of work went into it.

 

Ed Kinnamon said the Little League has asked permission to hold a parade on Saturday, April 18th starting at 9:00 am from Long Wharf to the ball field on Race Street Extended. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to grant the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chief Malik said he found out this afternoon, as part of the Byrne Jag Grant which is a shared grant with the county, the Cambridge Police Department has received $61,348 which they will use to purchase 2 police vehicles-one for the K9 and one for community policing. It will also fund most of the equipment for the vehicles including the laptops for the mobile data terminals, on-board videos, lights, sirens, etc. The Sheriff's Department has been awarded $12,597 which they will use to purchase 8 radar units. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the grant agreement. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chief Malik asked permission to advertise for police officer and dispatcher positions for the next budget year. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Rob Collison said the state acquired a large amount of acreage from the developer of the Egypt Road Blackwater project. As part of the residential improvement, the city needs to get a right-of-entry to do some infrastructure improvements on Egypt Road. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the right-of-entry document. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Bill Watkins asked permission to apply for a Homeland Security Fire Grant. The grant for equipment has a 5 percent match which could possibly cost the city as much as $5,000 if they get a full award. DHMH and MIEMMS are also offering a bio-terrorism grant this year. The city received a grant this year for five laptop computers for vehicles. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to allow Mr. Watkins go apply for the two grants. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Mayor Stanley applauded Commissioner Thomas and all those who helped him make the inaugural bash for Cambridge's 325th anniversary very successful. Various citations and proclamations were available at the meeting for the public to read. She also heard wonderful things about the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.

 

Mayor Stanley said she met with the Sailwinds Governor's Hall Board of Directors and received a list of those who are on the Board of Directors. She will be working with them to get some things done.

 

Mayor Stanley announced that NBC Universal (TV news) was in Cambridge last week at Jimmies and Sooks interviewing different people from the community with the goal of producing a documentary about life along Route 50 from Maryland to California. If all goes well, Tom Brokaw will be coming to Cambridge to interview watermen and selected people to highlight what life is like living off Route 50.

 

Mayor Stanley read a citation to Commissioner Sydnor from the State of Maryland appointing him to the Critical Areas Commissioner for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. It is signed by the Governor and the Secretary of State.

 

 

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:55 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 13, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

 

                                               

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                    Edwin C. Kinnamon

                                                                                    Clerk & Treasurer