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City Council Minutes

May 24, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 24, 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, and Thomas.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Thomas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion was passed 4:0.

Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss personnel.

Public Hearing

Constant Yield Tax Rate-The article for the public hearing was placed in the Sunday Star and the Dorchester Star.

The City Commissioners of Cambridge, Maryland proposes to increase real property taxes.

For the tax year beginning July 1, 2010, the estimated real property assessable base will increase by 6.8%, from $864,307,698 to $923,096,388.

If the City of Cambridge maintains the current tax rate of $0.676 per $100 of assessment, real property tax revenues will increase by 6.8% resulting in $397,412 of new real property tax revenues.

In order to fully offset the effect of increasing assessments, the real property tax rate should be reduced to $0.6329, the constant yield tax rate.

The City is considering not reducing its real property tax rate enough to fully offset increasing assessments. The City proposes to adopt a real property tax rate of $0.676 per $100 of assessment. This tax rate is 6.8% higher than the constant yield tax rate and will generate $397,412 in additional property tax revenues.

Nobody had questions or asked to speak.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to establish the real property tax rate at $0.676 per $100 of assessed value for FY2011 which is the same as in FY2010. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to establish the business tax rate at $1.69 per $100 of assessed value of personal property for FY2011 which is the same as in FY2010. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Appointments

Ricky Travers, Seafood Feastival Committee, to Request a Variance from the Noise Ordinance, Trash Removal, Police Protection, and Permission to Park Buses in the City-Owned Parking Lot Adjacent to the Sailwinds Parking Lot, for the 31st Annual Seafood Feastival at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, August 14th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioners Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

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-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Representative from Dorchester Center for the Arts to Request Permission to Close High Street from Poplar Street to Long Wharf on Sunday, September 26th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for Dorchester Show­case 2010; a Noise Variance Between Noon and 5:00 pm; and Assistance from the Department of Public Works and Cambridge Police Department-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Dedra Harris, Official Marching Unit, to Request Permission to Use Great Marsh Park Mondays through Saturdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm from May 2010 through October 2010 for Their Practice Sessions-Nobody was present to speak.

Representative from Snapper's Waterfront Café for Variances from the Noise Ordinance for Their Deck Parties on Sundays in June from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (June 6, 13, 20, 27)-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to grant the noise variance for the Sundays in June (5:00 pm to 10:00 pm) as requested. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  Commissioners Knox and Sydnor voted against the motion. Commissioners Stout and Thomas voted for the motion.  Mayor Stanley voted for the motion. The motion passed 3:2.

Representative from Cambridge International to Request Permission to Use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, June 19th (all day)-Nobody was present to speak.

Unfinished Business

Transfer of City Property on Wright and Wells Streets to Habitat for Humanity Choptank-The properties are Tax Map 302, Parcel 2656 (620 Wells St.); Tax Map 302, Parcel 2461 (703 Wright St.); and Tax Map 302, Parcel 2462 (705 Wright St.).  The transfer will be for zero consideration.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the deed. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Second Reading, Public Comment and Vote on Ordinance Amending the City's Stormwater Management Ordinance-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to amend the City's Stormwater Management Ordinance. The ordinance amends Article 4 of Chapter 7 of the City Code (Grading, Erosion, and Sediment Control).  Commission Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. The ordinance takes effect June 1, 2010.

Public Comment and Decision Whether the Following Property is Excess Property and No Longer Needed for Public Purpose:  A Portion of the Paper Street Adjoining the Property of St. Luke's United Methodist Church-Notice of the public comment session was advertised in the Star Democrat on Friday, May 21, 2010. The paper street is a portion of Allen Street that is south of Bradley Avenue that runs between Parcels 3225 and 3094-1 in a southerly direction towards High Street.  The Directors of the Department of Public Works and the Municipal Utilities Commission did not perceive any need for this section to be improved as a public street.  

Rev. Yvonne Penn, Pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church, said their long range plan is to develop the properties they have (approx. 4½ acres) into low-income homes that will be sold to residents of Cambridge.   Nobody else asked to speak. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to declare the property as excess property. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to convey the interest to the adjoining property owners for zero consideration. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  This will become effective in 21 days.

New Business

Discussion on Dorchester County Flood Mitigation Plan-This item will be discussed on June 14, 2010 after Council reviews the maps.

Economic Development Strategic Plan Implementation Presentation-The project was fully funded by the Department of Business and Economic Development. Sage Policy Group was selected to develop the plan with a Steering Committee of local citizens.  Over 50 interviews were conducted throughout the community. Recommendations were made under the following categories: leverage the waterfront; downtown initiatives; business-friendly initiatives; marketing campaigns; accelerating residential investment; and improving the quality of existing housing.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to endorse and accept the City of Cambridge Economic Development Strategic Plan as submitted by the Sage Policy Group. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Mayor to Sign EMS Transfer Agreement with the Dorchester County Council-The transfer of vehicles and equipment will become effective July 1, 2010. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the transfer agreement. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Mayor to Sign Lease Agreement with Dorchester County Council-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the lease agreement. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Budget Amendment for Cambridge Police Department-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Financial Statement for April 2010-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the financial statement. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5388 - Valeria J. Mann - Grant Preparation and Reports for CPD - $1035.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

PO 5387 - Motorola - Service Agreement for CPD Dispatch System -$18,136.20 (FY-2011)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order contingent on adoption of the FY2011 budget. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

PO 5386 - Pyro Engineering - Balance for Fireworks - $12,500.00 (FY-2011)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order contingent on the adoption of the FY2011 budget. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Additional Items

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to grant the conference a variance from noise ordinance on June 4th and 5th, 2010 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm in Cannery Row on Race Street. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to authorize Mayor Stanley to prepare a proclamation for the conference. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Meadow Avenue Park-The Department of Natural Resources (Community Parks and Playgrounds) has awarded the City of Cambridge a grant in the amount of  $84,000 to improve the park.

Waterway Improvement Projects-The City of Cambridge has been granted $50,000 to design and construct a new restroom building at the municipal marina.

CSO Phase V Project-The Maryland Board of Public Works has awarded the City of Cambridge $1,000,000 for the CSO Phase V project (combined sewer separation).

Enhanced Nutrient Removal Project-The City of Cambridge will receive $400,000 for the ENR Project.

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 24, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer