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City Council Minutes

July 26, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 26, 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 Stout made a motion to add bid opening for interpretive signs for Pine Street to the agenda. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.

Bid Opening

Bid opening for interpretive signs for Pine Street-Bid were received from:

Hopewell Manufacturing, Inc. (Hagerstown, MD) - $5,618.00

Cornerstone (Ramsey, NJ) - $9,100.00

S. L. Rogers Design (Edgewater, MD) - $6,952.00

Wood Ronsaville Harlin, Inc. (Annapolis, MD) -- $9,978.50

Content Design Collaborative (Scituate, MA) - $9,750.00

Traditional Enterprises, LLC - $3,657.00

The Type and Design Center (Cambridge) - $8,902.00

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to refer the bids to the Economic Development Department and the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Appointments

Proclamation for Veterans' Recognition Day-Mayor Stanley read the proclamation and presented it to the Veterans' Recognition Committee.  Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve a variance from the noise ordinance for the celebration at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, September 11, 2010.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representatives from Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church to request permission to close Park Lane from Skinners Court to Rigby Avenue for a "Back to School Block Party" on Saturday, August 21st (rain date August 24th) from 12 noon to 4:00 pm-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request and included a variance from the noise ordinance. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representatives from Snappers to request variances from the noise ordinance for the Sundays in August from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Unfinished Business

none

New Business

First Reading of Ordinance to establish tax credit and waiver of impact fees for downtown district-The policy will encourage economic development in Cambridge.  A tax credit program for increased assessed value on $50,000+ of improvements will be implemented for a period of four years and an impact fee abatement for a period of five years for an area designated as the downtown waterfront development district.

Economic strategy implementation - Recommendation #8 - special retiree tax break for new residents-This incentive to try to increase the City's population and tax base would be for a five-year period. Eligible individuals would receive a 50% reduction in their City real estate tax for a period of three years. It would be for a head of household who is at least 60 years old who would move to Cambridge on a full-time basis and their house would be their primary residence. The incentive would be City-wide.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to defer further action until the Economic Development Strategic Committee has more time to define the plan. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Request to go to bid for combined sewer separation, Phase 5- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0.  (Commissioner Knox was absent for the vote.).

Request to apply for grant funding from U.S. Department of Transportation under TIGER II grant program (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) for reconstruction of historic brick portion of High Street and completion of the Westside Bypass traffic circle-Commissioner Stout made a motion to authorize Mr. LeBlanc and the Department of Public Works to apply for the grant including the infrastructure under the brick portion of High Street. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Police Department for a variance from the noise ordinance for National Night Out on August 3rd between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Dorchester County pool-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Upcoming vacancies on City committees-There are vacancies of the Historic Preservation Commission, the Ethics Commission, the Housing Board of Review, the Cambridge Housing Authority, the Municipal Utilities Commission, and the Sailwinds Park Board of Directors.  Citizens interested in serving on these committees should contact their Commissioner.

Resolution to amend the trash disposal fees-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve financial statement for June 2010-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the financial statement for June 2010. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 91477 - Van Cleef Engineering Associates - Additional Surveying and Engineering for Christ Rock Water and Sewer Extension - $2,400.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91478 - SpecPrint - 12 month lease of Dorchester County map and ownership atlas - $350.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5394 - Crime Reports - Crime Report annual renewal (100% grant) - $1,188.00-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5393 - Ford Motor Credit - 3-year lease program for 5 Crown Vic patrol vehicles - $38,627.93-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91480 - Bank of America - postage for DPW - $2,000.00-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91479 - Chesapeake Wood Products, LLC - lumber for dock repair at Cambridge Yacht Basin (100% DNR grant) -  $993.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5396 - Valerie Mann - grant work for CPD - $580-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Additional Items by Council

Columbia Triathlon Association-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request (and supply a letter of support) of the Columbia Triathlon Association for the upcoming Eagleman Triathlon events held in the City of Cambridge between July 26, 2010 through the Year 2015.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to provide the services that they have in the past which are enumerated on Page 2 of Mr. Boyle's letter (facility and agency requirements). Required fees will be set at a later date. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Deep Harbour-The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the amendments to Planned Water Resort District for Deep Harbour.  There will be a public hearing before Council on August 9, 2010.

Commissioner Stout made a motion to go into executive session after the meeting to obtain legal advice. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

MOU with Sanitary District for Madison/Woolford-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to amend the MOU to require payments from the Sanitary District Commission in three installments (September 1, 2010; November 15, 2010; December 31, 2010). Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Knox made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:15 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