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City Council Minutes

April 12, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 12, 2010 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, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 22, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

Proclamation for Parole and Probation National Crime Victims Rights Week-Mayor Stanley signed the proclamation and presented it to Christine Killmon.

Representative from First Baptist Church to Request Permission to Use Long Wharf for the Sunday Nights of August (approximately 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm) for an Outdoor Gospel Concert Series; Use of Electrical Outlets; Use of Public Restrooms at Dock Master's Station; and Permission to Place a 4-ft x 8-ft Plywood Sign at Long Wharf-Wendell Foxwell represented First Baptist Church. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  The sign must be limited to 24 ft2 (4-ft x 6-ft) and be contingent on Mr. Collison checking to see if permission is needed from the Historic Preservation Commission.  A noise variance was included.  The motion passed unanimously.

Sharon Duvall to Discuss Sewage Problems on Talbot Avenue-For a number of years, the residents of certain blocks of Belvedere Ave., Hambrooks Blvd, Glenburn Ave., Talbot Ave., and Somerset Ave. have been having problems with the sewer system.  The most serious problems have been occurring since November 2009. Sewage is overflowing into the streets. It is draining onto their properties and sometimes into their homes.  Pictures of the untreated sewage were presented to Council.  Mrs. Duvall spoke to the Department of Public Works and the EPA.  She asked that the City implement a procedure for the timely removal of sewage.  The residents offered to help the City in finding grant funding to attack this situation.  George Hyde said the sewer separation was done in the West End area in Phases 1 through 4. He said they have spent countless hours trying to figure out what is going on now. It is a combination of extreme high tide and heavy rainfall.  The only thing they can surmise is that there is a line connected overboard and a plug may have come out and more tide is coming into the system.  A couple of areas have been corrected. They have also found sediment in the lines which reduces capacity.  This week they will dredge the lines. Marjorie Hull requested a formal response to be sent to Sharon Duvall by April 27, 2010.  Several other neighbors expressed their concerns also.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Request for Tax Credit by Habitat for Humanity Choptank-Commissioner Knox made a motion to defer this matter until Council can get a better understanding of the motion made at a previous meeting. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

NEW BUSINESS

Approve a 3-Year Extension for City's Auditor-The cost would be the same for the next 2 years (FY2010 and FY2011) and then a 5% increase for the third year (FY2012). Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve a 3‑year extension for the current City auditor. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Cambridge Lives! Block Party - Saturday, May 22, 2010 (Noon - 5 pm) Request to Close Pine Street from Cedar to Cross Street from 11 am to 6 pm; a Variance from the Noise Ordinance and Usage of Trash Cans Throughout the Day-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution to Increase Department of Public Works Fees-This item will be discussed at the April 26, 2010 meeting.

Discuss Dorchester County Flood Mitigation Plan-This item will be discussed at the April 26, 2010 meeting.

Stormwater Management Ordinance Update-Greg LeBlanc made a presentation, requested Council's comments, and will present the final ordinance at a later date.

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

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91461 - Jess Jr.'s & Sons Body Shop - Towing DPW Trucks During Snow Storm(s) - $3,000-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5367 - University of Maryland - Books (6) for Classes Taken Through MFRI - $354.69-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5369 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - Service and Repair of Hurst Tool Equipment on Engine 1-1 - $425.00

PO 5370 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - Service and Repair of Hurst Tool Equipment on Engine 1-2 - $465.00

PO 5371 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - Service and Repair of Hurst Tool Equipment on Rescue 1-1 - Electric Tool - $449.00

PO 5372 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - Service and Repair of Hurst Tool Equipment on Rescue 1-1 Gas Tool - $475.00

PO 5373 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - Service and Repair of Hurst Tool Equipment on Engine 1-4 - $363.09

PO 5374 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - Service and Repair of Hurst Tool Equipment (RFC) - $359.09

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve Purchase Orders 5369, 5370, 5371, 5372, 5373, and 5374. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5375 - Pep-Up - Disposal of Haz-Mat Materials from Call at Hyatt - $435.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5355 - Graves Uniform - Uniforms for New Recruit - $1100.37 (100% reimbursement)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Pine Street Beautification-Gil Cephas, representing the Concerned Brothers United, presented ideas for a heritage park in the 700 block of Pine Street and requested permission to use a piece of City-owned property and have the City install benches on it. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to have Rob Collison draw up a lease for 2 years at a cost of $1 for use of 705 Pine Street and have the City install benches on the property. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Budget-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm to discuss projected revenues and expenditures for FY2011 prior to budget deliberation. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting will be open to the public. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to have Rob Collison send a letter to the various organizations that the City has funded in the past notifying them that there will be limited and/or no funding available in the coming fiscal year. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Traffic and Safety Committee Recommendation-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to have Rob Collison draft an ordinance that Glover Avenue be made one way from Glenburn Avenue toward Leonard Lane and allow parking on both sides.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Christ Rock-The bids for the water and sewer extension to the Christ Rock area will be opened at the May 10, 2010 Council meeting.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:20 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 12, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer