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City Council Minutes

June 14, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 14, 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, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 24, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 1, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

Update on Community Development Block Grant -- Economic Development Strategic Plan-The public hearing was advertised in the Star Democrat on June 10, 2010 and in the Dorchester Star on June 11, 2010. A copy of the executive summary was provided to the audience.

The number one economic development project that was identified was to implement the Waterfront 2020 Plan.  An MOU between the Maryland Department of Transportation and the City has been drafted to develop the Port Property. A request for qualifications will be released by September.  Another recommendation is historic tax credits for significant rehabilitation or infill within the Downtown Development District.  The Steering Committee will make a recommendation at the July 12, 2010 meeting.  A recommendation for a senior tax break to attract retirees to the community, will be presented at the July 26th meeting.  Commissioner Sydnor asked that the committee consider where the funds will come from to cover the reduced amount of taxes the City will be receiving.

Octavene Saunders said it is not acceptable to her to make Cambridge a retirement community.  When talking about giving seniors a tax break, what about all the people who have lived here all these years, supported this City, and are still supporting this City.  She asked why the City is trying to attract people here when they are not even keeping up with the Codes that they do have.  She is disturbed that the City would ask all the taxpayers, especially homeowners, in their senior years who are struggling on fixed incomes, to keep the City going and are not doing anything to help the people who have been here all their lives.  She is angry.

Natalie Chabot said they are being very aggressive in implementing the recommendation that will provide better service and more revenues to the City so maybe in the future there can be a tax reduction considered.

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

APPOINTMENTS

Ty Banning, Zion Baptist Church, to Request Permission to Block Off Pine Street from Elm Street to Cedar Street on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 12 Noon to 5:30 pm for Their Annual Community Day Cookout-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request to block Pine Street from Cross Street to Cedar Street on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 12 noon to 5:30 pm and included a variance from the noise ordinance for those hours. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed

William Jackson, Life Changer Ministries, to Request Permission to Use Cornish Park on June 19, 2010 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm for a Community Block Party-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to grant the request and included a variance from the noise ordinance for the stated hours.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Octavene Saunders to Discuss Lack of Protective Codes for Housing-Mrs. Saunders said there was a fire on High Street this past winter. There has been no movement to do anything about the exterior and boarded-up windows.  She learned from DPW that you can leave a house boarded up as long as you want regardless of the neighborhood, condition, and/or how it affects the property values of the neighbors. There is a house on Pine Street that has been boarded up for more than 30 years and another one for over 20 years. She asked Council to do something about this situation. Commissioner Sydnor said Council is prepared to introduce an ordinance to address this issue.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Discussion on Dorchester County Flood Mitigation Plan-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the plan based on the recommendation that the City amend it once they meet with the Dorchester County Council and subject to an amendment that the freeboard be revised from 3 feet to 18 inches. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Discussion and Decision on Resolution Adopting and Approving the "Intent to Renovate Program" as a Standard Operating Procedure within the City of Cambridge-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to not authorize the adoption of  the ordinance  and terminate the "Intent to Renovate" practice. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Discussion and Decision on Request for Refund of Permitting Fees by Churches Without 501(c)(3) Certification-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to grant the request for a refund of one-half the permit fees to New Revelation Baptist Church.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.   Commissioner Thomas made a motion to rescind Section 1 of ASOP 37.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously. A resolution revising the ASOP will be prepared for the June 21, 2010 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Council to Consider Health Insurance Re-Insurance Proposal-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to accept the re-insurance quote to keep our stop-loss at $50,000 per individual but add the $25,000 plan deductible. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

2010 BJAG Local Solicitation Grant (Cambridge Police Department)-The City is eligible for a grant from the US Department of Justice in the amount of $14,056. Chief Malik would like to re-equip and update the bicycle patrol unit. Brandon Spear said he supports the project and recommended that the City go out to bid on the bicycles. Octavene Saunders said she supports the proposal for the bicycle patrol. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to move forward with the BJAG grant. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of Amended Indenture Agreement for 7 Cedar Street-Commissioner Thomas recused himself from the discussion and vote.  The original indenture agreement (December 1988) allowed the owners of 7 Cedar Street to place two steps, a fire escape, and electrical service equipment within the paper street area.  The owners have requested that the agreement be amended to allow for a portion of an ADA-accessible ramp. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the amendment to the indenture agreement with added language that the City will not be held responsible if someone is injured. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Thomas abstained.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Amend Section 4-32 of the City Code, Amending the Methods of Services of Notices and Orders-Certified mail will now be optional, but not required. A second reading, public comment, and decision will be held at the June 21, 2010 meeting.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Amend Section 4.1 of the City Code, Adopting the 2009 Edition of the Following: International Building Code, International Residential Code and International Property Maintenance Code and Appendix A Thereto-A second reading, public comment, and decision will be held at the June 21, 2010 meeting.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Amend Section Chapter 3 of the City Code, to Provide for Adoption by Reference, Dorchester County Code Chapter No. 78, Dog Control Regulations and Animal Care Standards for the City of Cambridge-A second reading, public comment, and decision will be held at the June 21, 2010 meeting.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Delete Section 4-42 "Registration of Rental Units' and to Adopt and Approve the Creation of a License Program for Non-Owner Occupied Residential Housing Units Within the City of Cambridge, to be Codified as a New Section 10-11 of Chapter 10 "Licenses" of the City Code-Inspections of rental units will occur every other year. A second reading, public comment, and decision will be held at the June 21, 2010 meeting. Council received two letters opposing the change.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Adopt and Approve Fees to be Charged for Services Provided by the City's Fire Department and Hazardous Materials Response Team-User fees will be initiated for the delivery of fire and rescue services, hazardous material services, personnel,  supplies, and equipment. A second reading, public comment, and decision will be held at the June 21, 2010 meeting.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance to Require the Owners of Boarded-Up Housing to Make all Necessary Exterior Repairs Necessary for Code Compliance Within Two Years-Boarding permits shall be valid for 6 months. A second reading, public comment, and decision will be held at the June 21, 2010 meeting.

Approve Budget Amendment(s) for Finance Department-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for Cambridge Police Department- Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for Department of Public Works- Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91469 - E. S. Hubbert & Son - Transmission for Riding Mower - $1,537.70-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91468 - J. G. Parks & Sons - TCU Transmission Module - Dump Truck -$810.34-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5392 - Valerie J. Mann - CPD Grant Applications & Reports - $1,005.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91473 - Norris Taylor - Concrete for Seawall Repair - $393.75-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5418 - Teltronic - Radio for RFC Chief's Car (508 Money) - $8,400.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5420 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - Annual Pump Tests (5 engines) - $5,600.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The funds will be encumbered.

PO 5419 - American Test Center - Annual Ladder Tests - $2,000.00 and PO 5416 - Will Brown Truck Repair - DOT Inspections for RFC - $4,900.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The funds will be encumbered.

PO 91471 - Clean Venture, Inc. - Pump Out/Disposal of Oil/Water from Under­ground Tank (Maryland Avenue) - $818.50 and PO 91470 - Wise Oil/Aero Energy - Removal of Tank Under Maryland Avenue - $340.00-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase orders with the stipulation that the City be reimbursed by the property owner. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91474 - Metro Paving Corporation - Replacement of Sidewalks/Curbs/ Gutter in Maple Street District - $150,000.00 (100% grant) and PO 91475 - Tieder Controls - Streetscape Lighting Project in Maple Street District - $50,000.00 (100% grant)--Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 4875 - The Copy Shoppe - Copies of Strategic Plan (100% grant) - $1,500-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Encumbrances for Cambridge Police Department-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the encumbrances. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Encumbrances for Department of Public Works-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the encumbrances. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Encumbrances as it Relates to the Dorchester County Solid Waste and Landfill Fees-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the encumbrances. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Encumbrances Requested by DPW-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the encumbrances. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Council will set a date for a Comprehensive Plan work session and a public hearing.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 10:00 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 14, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer