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City Council Minutes

March 22, 2010

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 22, 2010 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 8, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

Representatives from the Schooner Rendezvous Committee to Request Support for the 5th Annual Schooner Rendezvous

  • The use of Long Wharf October 22~23~24, 2010 (noting that some vessels may arrive earlier)
  • Free dockage for participating boats
  • Use of electricity at Long Wharf
  • Request permission to erect a tent at Long Wharf Park from Friday, Oct. 22 to Monday, Oct 25, 2010
  • Additional trash cans at Long Wharf (with plastic liners to fit the cans)
  • Use of barricades from Department of Public Works and Cambridge Police Department for traffic control
  • Request a noise variance for music at Long Wharf Park for Saturday, Oct. 23 10a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Request permission to serve beer, wine and liquor at Long Wharf Park on Saturday, Oct. 23 12 noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 24 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Request a blanket permit for vendors, and waiver of vendor fees, for vendors on October 23 and 24, 2010 at Long Wharf Park

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the requests with variances from the noise ordinance as needed. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Proper liquor licenses must be obtained from Dorchester County.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Approve Narrative for Maryland Historic Trust Grant Application-Funds from the grant will pay an architect engineer or team to prepare plans for the renovation of City Hall (307 Gay Street).  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the narrative for the grant application. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Census 2010-Mayor Stanley urged every citizen to complete their Census form.

NEW BUSINESS

Fireworks for July 4th-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to allocate $7,500 for the deposit for the 2010 fireworks. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. James Chaney pledged $500 and challenged other businesses to do the same.  John Foster, Clearview Income Tax Services, offered to donate $200.

Suggested Fee Schedule-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to move forward with the proposed revision of the DPW fee schedule to become effective April 15, 2010. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Discussion on Street Repairs-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the Department of Public Works to begin repairing roads utilizing up to $70,000 working in conjunction with Mr. Kinnamon to disperse the funds over the next 3 months. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for February 2010-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the financial statement for February 2010. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91456 - Harrington, Harrington & Nabb - Attorney Fees for Board of Appeals and Housing Board of Review - $450.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve Purchase Order 91456. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5352 - Valerie Mann - Administration of CPD Grants - $360.00- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve Purchase Order 5352. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS BY COUNCIL

Letter of Support-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve a letter of support for the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage and Economic Enrichment renewable for grant funds through the Maryland Historical Trust.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Signage-The City has been working with Informing Designs for directional signs for parking lots pedestrian signs for services and amenities.  The community assisted in the planning stage. The signs should be erected within a month.

Executive Session-The Council met in closed executive session at 6:30 pm to discuss personnel.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to go into closed executive session directly after this meeting to obtain legal advice. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Comprehensive Plan-The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm at Maces Lane Middle School for the public comment session for the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan.

Cambridge Creek Bridge-State Highway notified the City that they will close the bridge in mid-April for 4 to 6 weeks.  The bridge will remain open for marine traffic; it will not close for vehicular traffic. They will be doing structural repairs to the bridge.  The detour route will be Cedar Street to Academy Street.   Commissioner Thomas made a motion that the detour route when the Cambridge Creek Bridge is closed is Cedar Street to Academy Street for the period stated. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

RFC Chief's Vehicle-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve a purchase order for a 2010 Suburban using 508 money contingent upon RFC, Inc.  maintaining it (including insurance, repairs, fuel, tires, etc.) and titling the vehicle in their name. This would also apply to all vehicles titled to RFC Inc. effective April 2, 2010. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  Commissioner Knox asked for a complete inventory list of the equipment that is owned by the Commissioners of Cambridge and used by RFC.

Letter of Support for Boys and Girls Club-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to allow Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley to sign a letter of support for their "After the Bell" project.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:05 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 22, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer