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City Council Minutes

August 23, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 23, 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 consider a matter that concerns a proposal for business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City.

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2010 Council meeting as submitted. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Appointments

Mike O'Connor, Cubmobile Chair of the Cub Scouts of Choptank District and Delmarva Council, to request permission to use Court Lane on Sunday, October 3rd (October 10 - backup) from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm for 2010 Cubmobile Race and a variance from the noise ordinance and use of 4 trash cans-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Glenn R. Ford, Sr., Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, to request permission to hang banner across the 400 block of High Street for the last week of October to celebrate their third year in their new sanctuary-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request subject to coordination with the Department of Public Works to hang the banner. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Gail Shorter, Cambridge Wesleyan Church, to request permission to the large pavilion and surrounding area at Great Marsh Park on Sunday, September 12th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for a baptism and church picnic and to request a variance from the noise ordinance-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Susan Luby, Character Counts! to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm for their annual fundraiser, Six Pillars Century; permission to serve food, an a variance from the noise ordinance-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representative from Portside Seafood Restaurant to request a variance from the noise ordinance for a dock party on Sunday, August 29, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Recommendation to award contract for Pine Street interpretive signs-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to award the contract to Wood Ronsaville Harlin of Annapolis in the amount of $8,968.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion.  The motion passed 4:0. [Commissioner Sydnor was leading the meeting at this time; therefore, he did not vote.]

Request from The Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous to begin set-up pf their event one day earlier (Thursday, October 21st) for an educational field trip and also a variance from the noise ordinance for Friday, October 22nd (9:00 am until 3:00 pm)-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the request. The motion passed unanimously.

Second reading and vote on ordinance to establish tax credit and waiver of impact fees within Downtown District-The ordinance would grant a partial tax credit to those property owners who invest at least $50,000 in improvements in the Downtown Waterfront Development District.  The tax credit for the first year (beginning July 1, 2011) would be equivalent to 80% of the increase in taxes resulting from the increased assessed value following the completion of the improvements.  The second year the tax credit would be 60%; the third year the tax credit would be 40%; the fourth year the tax credit would be 20%; and at the end of that period the tax credit ends. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to adopt the ordinance regarding tax credits and also abatement of impact fees as stipulated in the ordinance with an effective date of September 1, 2010 and pertaining to the Downtown Waterfront District described in the ordinance. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. [Ordinance No. 1000]

City committee members-The City is in need of volunteers to serve on several committees. Anyone interested was asked to contact Mayor Stanley or their Commissioner by September 1, 2010.

New Business

First reading of ordinance to establish tax credit for new construction (60 or older)-The ordinance emanated from the Economic Development Strategic Plan. The proposed ordinance would grant a 50% tax credit for a period of three consecutive years for any individual, 60 years of age or older at the time of acquiring a new residential unit (The unit has not previously been occupied.) within the City of Cambridge.  It would run from the effective date of the ordinance until December 31, 2015.  To qualify, the senior would need to acquire title to the residential unit on or before December 31, 2015 and make application to the Clerk/Treasurer's office the following June 1st after they acquire the property.   They would have to reside in the residential unit as his/her primary residence and they would have to have a legal ownership interest in the residential unit.  The tax credit would apply for three consecutive years beginning on the July 1st following the date of the application.  A qualifying residential unit would have to be one that constitutes their primary or principal residence.  As drafted in the proposal, the person would not necessarily be someone not presently residing in the City.  A second reading and possibly a final vote will be held on Monday, September 13, 2010.

Community Legacy grant application projects - approval and prioritization-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the applications with the following priority:  (1) Choptank River Lighthouse; (2) Gateway Streetscape; (3) Ruark Boatworks; (4) Downtown Parking; and (5) Downtown Façade Improvement.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Letter of support for Chesapeake Film Festival-The festival will be held on September 25 and 26.  Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the letter of support. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91482 - Maryland Dept. of the Environment - publication charge - application for state discharge permit - $417.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91484 - Bank of America - spring for garbage truck #16 - $439.63-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91485 - Dover Plumbing Supplies - various clay-to-plastic ferncos; plastic-to-plastic ferncos; and pipe - $834.96-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91486 - Dorchester County Highway - 10 tons cold patch - $1,000.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91487 - Pep Up, Inc. - replace gas valve on heater in DPW building - $286.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5399 - ESRI - ArcView primary maintenance agreement (yearly) for CPD - $400.00-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5400 - Automated Computer Concepts, Inc. - comprehensive gateway security for Sonicwall Pro 4060 - $1,500 (CPD) and PO 5432 - Automated Computer Concepts, Inc. - comprehensive gateway security for Sonicwall Pro 4060 - $1,500 (RFC)-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5401 - The Gun Shop - 3 cases Federal 308 caliber - $1,131.63 and PO 5402 - Atlantic Tactical - Winchester ammunition -  $4,782.11-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5403 - Valerie Mann - completion of state BJAG application -  $890.00- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5437 - Jess Jrs. & Sons - Emergency repair to RFC Engine 1-2 on the fire scene - $474.20-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 5436 - Elliott/Wilson - Front end alignment on RFC Engine 1-1(just had new tires put on) - $321.19-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91488 - DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc. - data recovery for server crash at DPW - $4,200.00 - Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Additional Items by Council

Commissioner Knox made a motion to proceed with the sidewalk replacement in the targeted Maple Street area.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to initiate legislation to modify the terms of repayment on the sidewalk revolving loan fund. The ordinance would allow Council's consideration in granting future forgiveness or modifications of repayments, based on hardship, in that pursuant to Ordinance 986.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Hanson suggested that Dale Price suggest modifications to the Compatibility Program to assist homeowners who must get board-up permits.  Suggestions will be supplied for the September 13th meeting.

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to move into executive session to obtain legal advice. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The business community on Maryland Avenue requested help in getting customers to their businesses while the Creek Bridge is closed.  Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve two signs directing traffic to Maryland Avenue for a cost of $250. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:05 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 23, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

          

Oden C. Wheeler, Jr., Administrative Coordinator