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City Council Minutes

April 26, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 26, 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, Thomas, and Hanson.  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 April 12, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

APPOINTMENTS

Tom Wilson,  Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care Center, to Receive Proclamation for Celebration Senior Citizens Month and Discuss the 16th Annual Senior Celebration at Sailwinds Park on May 20, 2010-Mr. Wilson asked for the Police Department and Cambridge Emergency Medical Services to be on standby.  Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request from Cambridge Main Street for:

Farmers Market, Thursdays, May 6 through October 28, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the city-owned parking lot at Academy & Muir Streets. Parking lot will be blocked off from Thursday morning and opened up again at market's end. There may be acoustic music now and again, in the event that that requires a noise variance.

Farmers Market, Tuesdays, May 11 through October 26, 8 am to Noon for Smaller Farmers' Market. 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the requests for the Farmers' Markets with a variance from the noise ordinance for the Thursday Farmers' Markets. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Second Saturday May 8 Noise Variance 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Tuesdays, May 11 through October 26, 8 am to Noon for Smaller Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 10, Taste of Cambridge - Close 400 Block of Race and 500Block of Poplar Street from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm with Noise Variance Beginning at 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 18, Summer Sendoff: Blues, Brews, BBQ - Close 400Block of Race and 500 block of Poplar Street from 2:00 pm to 11:00pm with Noise Variance

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the remaining requests and included variances from the noise ordinance. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Ashyrra Dotson, Associated Black Charities, to Request Permission to Use Great Marsh Park on Thursday, May 20th, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a Community Health Spring-Fest (Set-Up at 1:00 pm)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request for use of Great Marsh Park contingent upon Associated Black Charities receiving the required food permit from the Health Department. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Kathy Decker from the American Cancer Society to Request a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Their 14th Annual Relay for Life on Friday, May 14th (6:00 pm) to Saturday, May 15th (6:30 am)-Commissioner Sydnor  made a motion to approve the request for the variance from the noise ordinance for Relay for Life at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Nancy Harvey from Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron to Hold a Flare and Fire Extinguisher Demonstration at Great Marsh Park on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Approximately 2:00 pm (and proclamation)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request and included a variance from the noise ordinance. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  A proclamation declared May 22 to 28, 2010 as Safe Boating Week.

Charlie Menehan, Representing New Revelation Baptist Church, to Discuss 501(c)3 Status-Commissioner Thomas made a  motion to defer any action until they can gather further information.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  A vote will be taken at the May 10, 2010 meeting.

Sharon Duvall to Discuss Sewage Problems on Talbot Avenue (Follow-Up)-Mrs. Duvall applauded the efforts the City has made in the past 2 weeks.  They have visibly seen a change.  She has received a letter from George Hyde answering their 4 questions; however, the neighbors have several other questions.  Howard Twilley presented his observations and offered to work with the City to solve the problem.  Peter Vigneri suggested re-introducing some of the sewer lines from Talbot Avenue to the line behind their houses as a temporary solution.  It would alleviate some of the problems.

Jay Harford to Discuss 4th of July Celebration-The Mid-Shore Community Band performs free concerts on the Eastern Shore.  They would be delighted to put on a performance in Cambridge on July 4th.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request and included a variance from the noise ordinance from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0. A location will be determined at a later date (Long Wharf or Sailwinds).

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Resolution to Increase Department of Public Works Fees-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to defer a decision until the next meeting. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Marina Update-The Economic Development Department was asked to look at the marina and maximize on the opportunities there. Their suggestions were a marketing strategy and/or group rates/extended stay rates. They sent out 139 surveys with the annual slip holder bills. Their response rate was over 50%.  Location and cost are important to people. The greatest percentage of responses was in the 'good' category.  The 2 aspects that were rated 'poor' were the docks and accessibility and safety and security.  The top 4 concerns were security, condition of the docks, the jetty, and improvements for the restrooms (air conditioning). The slipholders' overall experiences in Cambridge are good.

Commissioner Knox made a motion to adopt a program for the Dockmaster to be allowed to offer group discount rates, if requested, at the Municipal Yacht Basin. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion.  The motion passed 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Award of Contract for Extension of Water & Sewer to Dorchester County Technology Park-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to award the project to the low bidder, David A. Bramble, Inc. in the amount of $2,910,449 contingent upon approval by Dorchester County, USDA, and EDA.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

NEW BUSINESS

Request to Hold Fun Fishing Tournament at Municipal Yacht Basin on August 14, 2010 from 8:00 am until 12 noon-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Request to Use $1,000 Grant Funding to Purchase Lumber for Municipal Yacht Basin-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Make Glover Avenue a One-Way Street in an Easterly Direction from Glenburn Avenue to Leonard Lane-The Traffic and Safety Committee made this recommendation at the last meeting.  The proposed ordinance would take effect July 1, 2010.  Wendell Foxwell (Glenburn Ave.) suggested two-way traffic with parking on one side only.  This would avoid the impact on Holland Avenue and Glenburn Avenue.  Joy Carpenter (Holland Avenue) said making Glover Avenue a one-way street will increase the traffic on Holland Avenue, which is a highly-populated street.  She also suggested limiting parking to one side of Glover Avenue.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to have the Traffic and Safety Committee re-evaluate the situation. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Financial Statement for March 2010-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the Financial Statement for March 2010. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5153 - Maryland Municipal League - Convention Registration - $1,686.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

PO 91464 - Bank of America - Water Pump for DPW Ice Machine - $330.23- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

PO 91465 - David A Bramble, Inc. - Street Repairs (Asphalt) - $10,000- Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

PO 91466 - All-Shore Paving, Inc. - Major Street Repair (Paving) - $55,000- Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

PO 5456 - Valerie J. Mann - CPD Quarterly Reports - $755.00- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS BY COUNCIL

Golf Event at River Marsh Golf Course-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to allow the Hyatt to do skeet shooting near Hole No. 17 on Monday, May 3, 2010 from approximately 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  A notice must be placed in the newspaper to let citizens know about the noise.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to grant a tax credit to Habitat for Humanity for the 4 properties [Goodwill Avenue, High Street, Edgewood Avenue (2)] for the current year only. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion.  Commissioner Knox: aye; Commissioner Sydnor; nay; Commissioner Thomas: aye; Commissioner Hanson: aye. The motion passed 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Blessing of the Bikes at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 2, 2010-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to allow St. Paul's to limit parking on Maryland Avenue in front of the church to motorcycles only or if they wish, that Maryland Avenue to be closed in front of the church with Police Officers at the barricades the church would pay the overtime of the Officers.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Major Hutton will talk to a representative of the church.

Closed Executive Session-Commissioner Knox made a motion to go into closed executive session after the meeting to discuss personnel. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Budget Meeting-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion that Council meet on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm to discuss the budget. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. The meeting will be open to the public.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:22 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 26, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer