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City Council Minutes

May 10, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 10, 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 Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 26, 2010 Council meeting as corrected.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

Community Development Block Grant Application: Curb, Gutter, and Sidewalks for Maces Lane-The public hearing was advertised in Star Democrat on May 5, 2010. The scope of the project will be Maces Lane from Bayly Road north to Washington Street. It will include curb, gutter, resurfacing of the road. This will help address storm drainage which has been a problem in that area. It will also include lighting, as needed; and crosswalks, as necessary. The required citizen survey has been completed.  Because of the number of school buses that travel Maces Lane, a letter of support will be requested from the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Council.  The City's contribution will be in-kind services by City staff. 

Lorraine Henry (1004 Maces Lane) said this is a much-needed venture.  It is long overdue.  There are water drainage problems; problems for the children going to the schools; and traffic problems.  She can assure Council that the families in the Maces Lane area will be more than supportive if this comes to fruition.  She thanked Council for this project which will improve Cambridge.

Linda Henry (915 Maces Lane) said she is in favor of the project to a certain extent. She is not completely aware of all the particulars about the curb, gutter, and sidewalks.  Anne Roane said they are proposing curb, gutter, and sidewalks on both sides of Maces Lane.  Linda Henry said she would have opposition. The street needs to be widened. If you spend money to put curb, gutter, and sidewalks on both sides of the streets, it may allow for persons to park on both sides of the street. The street is not wide enough as it is. She would like to see the street widened with curbing on one side and sidewalk on the other.  If cars are coming from both directions, there may not be a problem; however, if there is a car parked on the street, there is a problem. That is her opposition.  Commissioner Sydnor said the City has not completed the engineering study. There may be up-grade curb and they still may have to cross the street. They might have small curbs on the other side. We will not know until after the engineering study has been completed.  The neighbors will be made aware of this before any construction starts.  Linda Henry said she is in favor of progress and improvement.

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to submit the Community Development Block Grant application for Maces Lane streetscape; request letters of support from the Dorchester County Council and the Dorchester County Board of Education; and approve the required resolution. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

Open Bids for Christ Rock Water and Sewer-Bids were received from:

David A. Bramble (Chestertown) -- $2,243,557.20

Metro Paving (Hyattsville) -- $2,473,127.00

JJID Inc. (Bear, DE) -- $3,399,709.00

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

Lori Lilly, Center for Watershed Protection, to Discuss a Stormwater Pollution Initiative-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to defer any decision until a representative can be present. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representative from The Salvation Army to Request Permission for a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Their Picnic at Great Marsh Park on June 30, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm-No action will be taken until a representative is present to answer questions.

Geoffrey Holmes, Chesapeake Bay Grand Banks Owners Association, to Request Permission to Erect a 30-ft x 30-ft Tent Adjacent to the Gazebo at Long Wharf from September 29th through October 2nd and Permission to Demonstrate Flare and Fire Extinguisher Utilization (Wednesday, September 29th at 3:00 pm)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request with the provision that it is cleared through the Local Government Insurance Trust or that the organization obtain the required insurance. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representatives from WBOC to Request Permission to Permanently Park a News Microwave Vehicle in an Area of the Marina on the Choptank River-WBOC would like to establish a virtual bureau for their news department. They would have their own electric meter installed at Long Wharf. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to enter into a contract for use of an area to park the van for one year at a rate of $100 per month. The location will be mutually determined between WBOC and the City (dockmaster). The electric will be at the tenant's expense. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The contract will be ready for Council's approval on May 24, 2010.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

New Revelation Baptist Church 501(c)3 Status Update-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to defer any decision until Rob Collison can draft an amendment to the ASOP, which if approved, would adopt the State Assessment Office's standard and not the IRS 501(c)3 standards. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution to Amend DPW Permitting and Other Fees-The changes would be: HVAC residential permit application fee would be $75 per unit; HVAC commercial permit application fee would be $75 per mechanical unit; sheds would have a $50 minimum; decks would have an $80 minimum; demolition permit fee would be $40; roofing and siding permit fee would be $40; swimming pool fee would be 40¢ per square foot for in-ground pools with $125 minimum and above ground pools would be 20¢ per square foot with a $40 minimum;  the fence permit fee would be $35 per lineal foot with a $35 minimum; and the forest conservation plan review fee would be $200.  The rental registration will require an ordinance. The new fees will take effect June 1, 2010.  Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the new fee schedule with the exception of the rental registration fee. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Discussion on Amendments to City's Noise Ordinance-A committee of business people and citizens was formed to make suggestions for Council's review. Commissioners Stout and Hanson volunteered to work with the committee.

SBDC Request for Expansion of Security for the Front Lobby at City Hall-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to install the additional security alarm to secure the front lobby providing SBDC pays any fees associated with it. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Special Loan Program: Local Administrator-Because Cambridge has been designated as a Smart Site, there are additional resources that can assist homeowners with special loans for housing rehabilitation.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to designate Delmarva Community Services as the local administrator of the DHCD special loan program and authorize Mayor Jackson-Stanley to sign the letter of agreement. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Introduction, First Reading, and Public Comment on Ordinance Amending the City's Stormwater Management Ordinance-This is a mandate from the State. It affects the grading, erosion, and sediment control for all projects within the City.  The document is available on the City's website.

Request by St. Luke United Methodist Church to Have the City Deem a Portion of the Paper Street Adjacent to Their Church as Excess Property-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to move forward (advertise for a public hearing) to deem a portion of the paper street adjacent to St. Luke United Method Church as excess property. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion.

Budget Amendment for Cambridge Emergency Medical Services-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS BY COUNCIL

Memorial Day Services-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to support American Legion Post 91 and included a variance from the noise ordinance on Monday, May 31, 2010 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Budget Meeting-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to hold a budget meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm to discuss the FY2011 budget. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting is open to the public.

Comprehensive Plan-The Planning and Zoning Commission will present the Comprehensive Plan to the Council on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 10, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer