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City Council Minutes

June 21, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 21, 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.   

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

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Appointments

Gary Gordy, Get Ready Entertainment, to Request Permission to Use Cornish Park on Saturday, July 3 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm for Live Music, Food, a Basketball Tournament and Children's Activities (Noise Variance & Trash Cans)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request and included a variance from the noise ordinance and trash removal. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Sharon Wilson, Visions America, to Request Letter of Support for MAERDF Grant-Visions America, a Residential Service Agency, would like to apply for a Maryland Agriculture Education Rural Development Assistance Fund Grant for residential care for residents of multiple counties on the Eastern Shore.  To reach out to those in need, they are requesting funds for transportation, office computers, and salaries for personnel for the jobs they will be creating for their program that has been in place since 2004. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to provide Visions America with a letter of support for their MAERDF grant application. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Second Reading and Public Comment on Ordinance to Amend Section 4‑32 of the City Code, Amending the Methods of Services of Notices and Orders-Nobody asked to speak. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public comment session. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Second Reading and Public Comment on 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- Nobody asked to speak. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public comment session. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Second Reading and Public Comment on 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-Nobody asked to speak. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public comment session. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Second Reading and Public Comment on 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-Rob Collison read the proposed ordinance.  James Chaney (representing several people in the audience), Portia Johnson-Ennels, Ed James, Larry Mills, Mike Ball, Lisa Bowen, Caprice Fitchett, Hank McCulley, James Duswalt, Monroe Smith, Yolanda Wilkins, and Ashley Beulah spoke against the proposed ordinance. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public comment session. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Second Reading and Public Comment on Ordinance to Adopt and Approve Fees to be Charged for Services Provided by the City's Fire Department and Hazardous Materials Response Team-Rob Collison read the proposed ordinance and the proposed fee schedule.  Chief Hurley was present in case anyone had questions about the different levels of calls. Marjorie Hull, Robert Aaron, Caprice Fitchett, Eugene Martinetti, and Debbie McGlaughlin spoke against the ordinance. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public comment session. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Second Reading and Public Comment on Ordinance to Require the Owners of Boarded-Up Housing to Make all Necessary Exterior Repairs Necessary for Code Compliance Within Six Months-Rob Collison read the proposed ordinance.  Nobody asked to speak. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to close the public comment session. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously

New Business

Resolution to Establish Fire, Emergency and Haz-Mat Service Fees-The fees were discussed during the discussion on the ordinance. Chief Hurley clarified the proposed billing process.

Resolution to Establish Rental Registration and Inspection Fees-Rob Collison read the proposed resolution. Inspections will be done every three years.  One proposal is for $40 per year; another proposal is for $60 per year.

Resolution to Establish the Application Fee for Boarding Permits-Rob Collison read the proposed resolution. One proposal is to set the permit fee at for $100; another proposal is for $150.

Decision on Ordinance to Adopt and Approve Fees to be Charged for Services Provided by the City's Fire Department and Hazardous Materials Response Team-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to adopt the ordinance. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on Resolution to Establish Fire, Emergency and Haz-Mat Service Fees-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to adopt the resolution as presented. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on 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-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to adopt the ordinance as written. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion failed 3:2 with Commissioners Thomas, Hanson, and Knox opposed.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion approve the ordinance with an amendment to the definition of resident agent. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to go into executive session for legal advice. The motion passed unanimously.  Commissioner Hanson made a motion to resume regular session. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.   Commissioner Thomas made a motion approve the ordinance with an amendment to the definition of resident agent. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on Resolution to Establish Rental Registration and Inspection Fees-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to adopt the resolution with the fee at $40 per year with inspections every 3 years. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Decision on Ordinance to Amend Section 4-32 of the City Code, Amending the Methods of Services of Notices and Orders-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on 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-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on 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-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on Ordinance to Require the Owners of Boarded-Up Housing to Make all Necessary Exterior Repairs Necessary for Code Compliance Within Six Months-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the ordinance. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Decision on Resolution to Establish the Application Fee for Boarding Permits-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the resolution with the fee at $100. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

MDOT & City of Cambridge MOU (for the development of the port property)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the MOU. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of RFP for Interpretive Markers on Pine Street-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the RFP. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Maple Street Liaison Job Description and Release - Approval (funded through DHCD Technical Assistance Grant)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the job description. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Delmarva Community Services - Letter of Support as Local Certified CHDO (by DHCD)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to submit the letter of support. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution for Smart Site Nomination of Port Property-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the resolution to nominate the Port Property and the adjoining Richardson Foundation as a Smart Site. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution to Amend ASOP No. 37 to Eliminate Refund of Permit Fees to Charitable Organizations-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the resolution to amend ASOP No. 37. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for Cambridge Emergency Medical Services-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment for Cambridge Emergency Medical Services. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

Approve Financial Statement for May 2010-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the financial statement for May 2010. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve 2011 Budget-Commissioner Knox made a motion to adopt the City's General Fund Budget FY2011 in the amount of $11,337,650.  Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to adopt the City's Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget for FY2011 in the amount of $16,316,855. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Stout made a motion to adopt the City's Marina Enterprise Fund Budget for FY2011 in the amount of $611,138. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the Budget of the Municipal Utilities Commission for FY2011 in the amount of $1,774,000. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91467 - Newman Traffic Signs - Stop Signs & Posts - $496.13-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5423 - Cummins Power Systems - Repair of Generator on RFC Engine 1-2 -  $870.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5427 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - 20 Sets of Turnout Gear -  $36,529.80 (Encumbrance)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order, encumber the funds, and hopefully use 508 funds. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5429 - John Tieder - Siren Repair - $2,000.00 (estimate) - Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91476 - Dorchester County Highway - Cold Patch - $1,015.00- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Additional Items

Sailwinds Park-Bruce Reed asked Council for help in filling in some of the sink holes. The air conditioner units and picnic tables have been vandalized by skateboarders. He also asked for a Memorandum of Understanding of what the Sailwinds Board does.  It is needed for the Internal Revenue Service.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:55 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 21, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer