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City Council Minutes

July 12, 2010
  

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 12, 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, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 21, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion was passed 4:0.

APPOINTMENTS

Representatives from Rockin' on Race Street to request permission to hold a bock party on the 400 block of Race Street on Saturday, July 24th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; street closed to traffic from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm; and a variance from the noise ordinance-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the request and included City trash cans and pick-up. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Representative from Greater Chief Cornerstone Temple Church to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their outdoor cookout at the church property at 605 Race Street on Saturday, July 31st from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Representative from New Life Christian Church and Ministries to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their outdoor community day on Saturday, August 7th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the parking lot of Cecil Murphy's store on Washington Street and permission to block off a section of the street (Phillips St.) beside Murphy's store during the event-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Rhonda Pinder to request permission to reserve Great Marsh Park on Saturday, July 31st (all day) for a community party and variance from the noise ordinance-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the reservation of a pavilion at Great Marsh Park for the Foxtail Community from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm and included a variance from the noise ordinance. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Representative from New Way of Life to request permission to use the lot at the corner of Race and Cedar Streets on Saturday, August 21st from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm for a Community/Unity Day and a variance from the noise ordinance for the stated hours-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the request to use the City-owned property on the corner of Race and Cedar Streets, access to the electric, and included a variance from the noise ordinance. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Sailwinds Management Board-Bruce Reed asked Council to consider a new Memorandum of Understanding clarifying some points from the original MOU and putting it in the name of Sailwinds of Cambridge, Inc.  The purpose of the MOU is to straighten out a finding with the IRS.   Commissioner Thomas made a motion to adopt the MOU subject to review by Rob Collison. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  [Note from typist:  Rob Collison recommended approval of the MOU on July 13, 2010.]

Christine Foxwell, Plush Promotions & Entertainment, to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their event at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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NEW BUSINESS

Discuss implementation of tax credit for Downtown District (Economic Strategy Recommendation #4)-The proposal is to (a) implement substantial tax credits for new downtown construction or significant rehabilitation and (b) impact fee waiver within the downtown development district.  The recommended tax credit time period would be for 5 years for both residential and commercial property. The threshold would be for at least $50,000 worth of improvement. The tax credit would be on the enhanced assessment value.  Commissioner Knox made a motion to direct Rob Collison to draft an ordinance and review the map. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion that Council move forward with approval of the impact fee recommendation in the Economic Development Strategic Plan. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Discuss Community Parks and Playground grant applications-Anne Roane made several suggestions to Council. She asked Council for other suggestions so they can prioritize the applications at the August 9, 2010 Council meeting.

Discuss business tax bad debts-The City's auditor recommends removing the long-time bad debts from the City's books.  They range from 1993 to 2007. Numerous attempts were made to collect the debts.  Commissioner Knox made a motion to allow the City's auditor to move forward with writing off the bad debt prior to 2007.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

Approve Purchase Order:

PO 91472 - Eastern Shore Overhead Door Co. - Repair door to wash pit at DPW - $648.20-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS BY COUNCIL

Comprehensive Plan-The Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm to discuss the proposed Comprehensive Plan.  The tentative date for the public hearing is August 10, 2010.

Sanitary District MOU-Council approved an increase to the impact fees in January.  Rob Collison submitted an MOU for the Mayor to sign stipulating that for the properties coming into the Sanitary District in the Madison/ Woolford area, the impact fees would be $3,000. If the fees were not paid by January 1, 2011 on the 11 unimproved lots, the property owner would pay the fee in effect at the time of payment (permit for connection).

Revised Indenture Agreement for the 7 Cedar Street Property-Rob Collison submitted the revised agreement which included an indemnification and hold harmless provision.

Bond Payment-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to make a book entry in the impact fee account to pay the public safety building bond payment (approximately $595,000) which will be refunded as revenues come in. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:00 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 12, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Oden C. Wheeler, Jr., Administrative Coordinator