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City Council Minutes

June 8, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

June 8, 2009

 

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 8, 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, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson. Ed Nabb provided legal advice in the absence of Robert Collison.

 

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2009 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Update on Housing Rehabilitation Community Development Block Grant-The public hearing was advertised in The Banner on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Michelle Nichols, Delmarva Community Services, said 11 houses were rehabilitated with this grant for a total of $201,948.04. The houses were on Nobel Street, Maryland Avenue, Bradley Avenue, Oakley Street, West End Avenue, High Street, Duns Court, Pine Street, Washington Street, Patamoke Way, and Meadow Avenue. Local contractors were encouraged to bid on the projects so local money is put back into the local economy. The contractors must be in good standing with MHIC. The main goal was to bring the homes up to code-not cosmetic improvements. All homes were owner-occupied. Homes were prioritized on a "first come-first serve" basis. There are still 27 houses on the waiting list as of today. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. Mayor Stanley closed the public hearing.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

Theresa Johnson, New Way of Life Club, to Request Permission to Use the Douglas Street Playground on Sunday, June 14th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm for a Family and Friends Community Day, a Variance from the Noise Ordinance, and Trash Cans-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Representatives from the CSD Class of 2010 to Request Permission to Hold a Bake Sale at Long Wharf on July 4th Prior to and During the Fire Works-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 3:0. Commissioners Knox and Thomas abstained because they have relatives in the Class of 2010.

 

Rev. Randall Blackmon, Faith Baptist Fellowship, to Request Permission to Use Long Wharf for a Family Film Night on July 11th from Dusk Until the End of the Film and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Rachell Rich, Club Envy, to Request Permission to Close Chesapeake Court on July 4th from 12:00 Noon Until 7:30 pm for Their 3rd Annual Community Block Party and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Those Hours- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Ty Banning, Zion Baptist Church, to Request Permission to Close Pine Street from Elm Street to Cedar Street on Saturday, September 12th from 12 Noon until 5:30 pm for Their Annual Community Day Cookout and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

 

Chad Malkus from Cambridge Main Street to Request Permission for the Following Second-Saturday Events, Street Closures, and Variances from the Noise Ordinance:

 

§         June 13th - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Poplar St.

§         July 11th - 12:30 pm to 10:00 pm - 400 Block of Race St. & Poplar St.

§         August 8th - 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm - 300 Block of High St.

§         September 19th - 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm - 400 Block of Race St. & Poplar St.

§         October 10th - 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Poplar St.

 

Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Representative from New Life Christian Church and Ministries to Request Permission to Have a Street Service on Saturday, June 13th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the Lot Behind Murphy's Store on the Corner of Washington and Douglas Street, a Portion of Douglas Street Closed, and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Request from Representative of Mirman, Inc. to Waive Fines and Interest Related to Their Property-Nobody from Mirman was present to answer questions. Commissioner Thomas gave a brief history on the property. Commissioner Knox made a motion to have the fines and interest stand as they are and require Mirman to reimburse the City for all the money that is due. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Thomas abstained.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request from John Moody for Abatement of Interest Owed on a Financial Obligation-John Moody spoke about the corporate property tax he owes to the City from 07-01-06 through 06-30-07 for Great Slates which was closed in August 2007. Commissioner Stout made a motion to abate the interest of $836.51 and collect the taxes due to the City with the condition that he pays the taxes of $3,802.33 by Friday, June 12th. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Request from Guinervere Banks for Abatement of Interest Charges for the Demolition of a Property-Mrs. Banks was not present to answer questions. Mr. Wheeler read a letter she submitted. He said she paid the demolition part of the bill totaling $1,606.93. She still owes the interest of $2,252.58. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to abate 75% of the $2,252.58 that Mrs. Banks owes. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion failed by a vote of 2:3. Commissioners Hanson, Knox, and Thomas were opposed. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to table this discussion until the next meeting (June 22) when Mrs. Banks can be present. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

St. Paul's United Methodist Church Youth Ministry's Request for a Noise Variance on June 18, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a Block Party in Their Parking Lot at 205 Maryland Ave.-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Hanson abstained because he is a member of the church.

 

Cambridge Fourth of July Boat Parade Committee's Request for a Noise Variance for the Firing of Salute Cannons at the Beginning and End of the Boat Parade on July 4, 2009-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Council to Set Tax Rates (Real Estate and Personal Property)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to set the real estate tax rate at $0.676, the same as last year, and the personal property tax rate at $1.69, also the same as last year. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

 

Budget Meeting-Commissioner Sydnor announced that Council will meet on Monday, June 15th at 5:00 pm to discuss the FY2010 budget. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Bid Opening-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to open the bids for dumpster service for the marina and boat ramp. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The City received bids from:

 

§         Waste Management       $8,548 for 2009/2010          $8,719 for 2010/2011

§         Allied Waste                    $5,450 for 2009/2010          $5,668 for 2010/2011

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to forward the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

AED Program-Commissioner Knox made a motion to turn the AED Program over to Dorchester County. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Letter of Support-Mayor Stanley received a letter from Mayor Russell Brinsfield of Vienna requesting a letter of support to oppose the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway. A vote will be taken at the next meeting.

 

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 8, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

 

 

                                               

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                    Oden C. Wheeler Jr.

                                                                                    Administrative Coordinator