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City Council Minutes

July 27, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

July 27, 2009

 

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 27, 2009 in Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:03 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.  Mayor Stanley announced that the City held a closed executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss personnel. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2009 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion.  The motion was passed unanimously.   

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

Amanda Fenstermaker, Dorchester County Tourism, to Give Update on Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Activities-The latest Global Insights in economic impact report says that for 2007, travel to Dorchester County generated about $56.9 million in expenditures on transportation, food, lodging, shopping, and entertainment.  This is the second lowest in Maryland. Ms. Fenstermaker described brochures and marketing techniques they are planning to use to increase tourism to Dorchester County and explained several grant opportunities.

 

Gail McWilliams, Cambridge Wesleyan Church, to Request Permission to Use Great Marsh Park for a Church Service on September 20, 2009 (All Day) and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance-Commissioner Stout made a motion to table a vote because nobody was present to answer questions. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Representative from Bethel AME Church to Request Permission to Have Pine Street Closed Between Cedar Street and Bethel Street on Saturday, August 15th from 11:30 a.m. Until 6:30 p.m. and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for a "Youth Explosion '09"-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Ronnie Burklew to Discuss Abatement Costs for Rubbish Notice on his Property at 525 Pine Street and to Appeal the Decision Made by City's Code Enforcement Division-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to hold a closed executive session to discuss this item with Mr. Burklew and employees from the Department of Public Works. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  The meeting will be held on Monday, August 10th at 6:00 pm.

 

Glenn Bramble, President Dorchester Service Associates, to Discuss the Plans and Permits Process at the Department of Public Works-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to have Rob Collison provide Council with information on the creation of a Building & Construction Task Force which will address Mr. Bramble's concerns. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Prioritize Community Legacy Applications and Approve Resolution-Council prioritized the following applications:

 

1.      Green Infill Housing

2.      Pine Street Historic Marker

3.      Replace Curb & Gutters - Maple Street District

4.      Replica of the Choptank River Lighthouse

5.      Restoration & Expansion of Maritime Museum

6.      Youth Enhancement Program

7.      Parking Study & Lot Redesign

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to adopt the priorities. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the resolution to submit the Community Legacy application. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Discussion of Annexation Agreement for Wyatt Group-Commissioner Thomas excused himself from any discussion and vote. Rob Collison will have the final agreement for Council's approval on August 10, 2009.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Request from Cambridge Police Department for a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for National Night Out on August 4th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Dorchester County Pool-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Cambridge Lives! Resolution-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

 

Discuss Delmarva Community Services' Potential 'Banner Building' Project-The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development is interested in helping fund this project because of job creation.  Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the City being the applicant for the DCS project. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

Discuss Smart Site Community Development Block Grant Application for Housing Rehabilitation-Delmarva Community Services would administer the grant. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to move forward with the application for housing rehabilitation. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Community Parks and Playgrounds Grant-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to have the City prepare an application. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

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

 

Approve Financial Statement for June 2009-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the financial statement. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve Purchase Orders:

 

PO 5173 - JG Parks & Son - Emergency Repairs - CEMS Unit 101 - $4,823.07 - Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

PO 91377 - Harrington, Harrington & Nabb - Attorney Fee (FY09 Encumbrance) - $3,030.00 - This item will on the August 10th agenda.

 

PO 91381 - John W. Tieder - Replace Street Light (400 block Race) -  $2,548.00 and PO 91382 - John W. Tieder - Replace Street Light (500 block Race) - $2,548.00 - Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Thomas abstained.

 

PO 5225 - Arrington Police Distributors - Ammunition - $4,379.12 - Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

PO 4872 - Sage Policy Group, Inc. - Strategic Plan (grant) -  $45,000.00 - Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the appropriation of the funds not  to exceed $45,000 contingent upon the funds being received from the State. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Approve Loan Resolution for Tech Park for an Additional $1,268,600.00-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the loan resolution. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Establish Date for Public Hearing for Traffic Pattern on Race Street-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to hold a public hearing during a work session on Monday, August 17th at 6:00 pm.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

MOU for Madison/Woolford Sanitary District Expansion and County Resolution-Commissioner Knox made a motion to authorize the approval of the MOU and resolution to include the amended language and authorize Mayor Stanley to execute the documents. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to refer a traffic concern from Arlene Peters, owner/operator of Jack and Jill Learning Center, to the Traffic and Safety Committee. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

A request for a pedestrian crosswalk in the 600 block of Pine Street was referred to the Traffic and Safety Committee.

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion authorize Mayor Stanley to contact the Governor and other officials to halt the finalization of the lease for 527 Poplar Street, specifically for failure to obtain local input in that action. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to have Mayor Stanley send Snappers a letter expressing the City's and citizens' concerns about their late night noise and violations. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to discuss Cambridge Lives! during the work session on Monday, August 17, 2009.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to hold a closed executive session to discuss a legal matter. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Open Bids for Harriet Tubman Museum Renovations-Commissioner Thomas made a motion that Council defer opening the bids that have been submitted, re-advertise, and establish a new bid due date of Friday, August 7th by 3:00 pm.  The bids will be publicly opened in City Council Chambers on that date at 3:00 pm. The bids will immediately be referred to DPW for their review and recommendation to the Council on August 10th.  City Council will award the bid on August 10th.  The City will retain the bids that have been submitted to date and they will be opened at that time.  The City will notify the contractors that they have the ability to submit additional bids and/or revised bids if they wish.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  Commissioner Hanson abstained.

 

 

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 11:05  p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 27, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

                                               

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                    Oden C. Wheeler, Jr.

                                                                                    Administrative Coordinator