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City Council Minutes

September 13, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 13, 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.   

A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the August 23, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.

Mayor Jackson-Stanley stated that the Council had met in closed executive session starting at 5:00 pm on this date, to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand or remain in the State, and a personnel issue.

Appointments

Representatives from the Construction and Building Task Force to discuss their findings-Tom Huntington presented recommendations to the Council for their consideration.  A motion was made, seconded and carried to accept the report and take it under advisement. 

Representatives from Ringgas Pits & Grill to request a variance from the noise ordinance for a horseshoe tournament on Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm on the lot located at 743 Rosemont Avenue-A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the request with the stipulation that the entrance and exit to the event to be off Washington Street. A variance from the noise ordinance was included for this date only.

Representative from Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to request permission to hold a skeet shoot on Hole 17 on Friday, September 24th and Monday, October 4th-A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the request for the skeet shoot.   A variance from the noise ordinance was included. No hours were stated verbally or in the letter.

Representatives from the Sailwinds Park Management Board to give update on their progress-Mr. Bruce Reed reported that they had added two new Board members. He will provide a complete list of board members to Council.  Several events are planned for the next 30 days.  Due to efforts from a number of individuals, they have now received their 501(c)3 status from the IRS retro active back to 2005.  The financial status of the Sailwinds Board was also discussed.

Representative from Rescue Fire Company to request permission to hold a parade on Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm from Dorchester Avenue to Maryland Avenue then to Hayward Street then to Sailwinds Park- A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the request to hold a parade in conjunction with the Delmarva Fire Prevention Convention.  

Representative from the Dorchester County Historical Society to request a resolution for Community Investment Tax Credits- A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the resolution for the Dorchester County Historical Society.  

Representative from Health Freedom: A Path to Wellness to request permission to hold "The Health Freedom Celebration Walk" on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 7:00 am beginning at the Dorchester County Office Building, to Long Wharf, High Street, Muir Street, Pine Street, Cedar Street, Race Street, Gay Street, Court Lane-A  motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve "The Health Freedom Celebration Walk.

Evangelist Francine B. Woolford to request permission to spread the word of Our Lord on Friday, September 17th and Friday, September 24th from 10:00 pm to 12 midnight at the park located at 705 Pine Street-Nobody was present to speak. No action was taken.

Representatives from Agape Temple of Praise and Ministries to request permission to close Center Street on October 2, 2010 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm for a Community Day Program-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Community Fall Festival along with a variance from the noise ordinance for the stated hours.

Jeff Hubbard, Lane Engineering, to request permission to receive water for the Pinks Pond Estates through the Sanitary District-Mr. Hubbard presented a drawing outlining the affected properties, and made a brief presentation on the project.  A motion was made, seconded, and carried to defer this request until the next meeting so Council can further review the project.

Rick Beavers to give update on the status of The Meadows project on Woods Road and to request relief from impact fees for their new units-The Meadows has a waiting list of individuals requesting first floor apartment because of disabilities and/or seniors who are not able to utilize steps.  Mr. Beavers requested relief from impact fees so they could install elevators in future buildings (24 to 36 units).  A motion was made, seconded, and carried to defer any decision until Council can obtain legal advice.

Representative from Interstate Container to request a larger water line without having to pay the impact fee-Interstate currently has a 2­­-in. water meter supplying their business. They need to increase it to a 3-in. line because they need a larger surge volume into the facility.  They will not be using any more water, just a higher volume.  A motion was made, seconded, and carried to defer any decision until Council can obtain legal advice.

Unfinished Business

Appoint/re-appoint members to various committees-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to appoint Kathleen Clendaniel as a full-time member of the Historic Preservation Commission (She was the alternate). A motion was made, seconded and carried to appoint Mrs. M. Farrell McCoy to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Second reading of senior tax credit ordinance- Mr. Collision presented several options for Council's consideration based on conservation from last meeting.  Mr. Thomas suggested to accept option "D" which would allow for a 50% tax credit for individuals over 60 years of age relocating to Cambridge (from outside of the Corporate Limits) and purchasing either a new or existing structure (principal resident).  Commissioner   Sydnor made a motion to defer this request until a later date. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. Mayor Jackson-Stanley asked if there was a time frame in mind for which there was not.  A roll call vote was requested, Commissioner Knox, and Sydnor voted in favor of the motion, with Commissioners Stout, Thomas, and Hanson voting no. The motion failed 2-3.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to accept option "D".  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was requested, Commissioners Hanson, Thomas, and Stout were in favor of the motion.  Commissioners Sydnor and Knox were against the motion.  Motion passed 3-2.

New Business

Establish date and time for Halloween 'trick or treat'-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to allow 'trick or treating' on Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under.

Hiring Freeze - Police Department-An officer resigned effective July 19, 2010.  A motion was made, seconded and carried to allow Chief Malik to fill the vacancy.

Safe routes to schools-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the Safe Routes to Schools program for all schools within the City, and to allow DPW to install the appropriate signage

Resolution to petition the Administration and the Maryland General Assembly to reinstate state shared revenues diverted from municipal governments to fund operations of the state and to provide more diverse revenue raising authority to municipalities-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the resolution.

Draft revisions for Section 274 "Architectural Design Minimum Requirements in the NC Zoning Districts"-Dale Price presented staff suggestions for revisions to the City's compatibility program.  A motion was made, seconded and carried to forward the suggestions to the Planning Commission for their review, a public hearing, and final recommendations to Council.

Approve financial statement for July 2010-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the financial statement for July 2010.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91489 - PPC Lubricants - motor oil & hydraulic oil (DPW) - $1,125.30-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 91489.

PO 91490 - Newman Traffic Signs, Inc. - vinyl sign material, vinyl sign sheeting, and sign blanks - $1,305.01- A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 91490.

PO 91491 - Towers Concrete Products - concrete (DPW) - $2,500.00- A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 91491.

PO 5406 - Tactical & Survival Specialties - FX marking cartridges (CPD) - $527.00-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 5406.

PO 5404 - Ampac Flexibles - CDS evidence bags (CPD) - $689.91- A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 5404.

PO 5405 -  Motorola - 2 portable radios (CPD) -- $6,299.54 (100% grant)- A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 5405.

POs 5438 ($9,000); 5439 ($4,500); and 5440 ($4,500) -- Stipends for RFC Chiefs- A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Orders 5438, 5439, and 5440.

PO 5154 - Teltronic - equipment relocation in Public Safety Building - $9,570.26-A motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve Purchase Order 5154.

Additional Action by Council

Mr. Collison informed Council that Beazer Homes has requested a change in the master development plan for the Deep Harbor project decreasing the number of units to be constructed by 118.  In consideration for modifying the original MOU, Beazer Homes is willing to compensate the City of Cambridge of $550,000, to be paid as follows:  $137,500 (25%) to be paid to the City within ninety days (no later than December 13, 2010).  Thereafter, $5,600 will be paid for each building permit issued for 74 townhouses until the total amount is achieved. In the event the full amount has not been paid at the end of 4 years (September 13, 2014) the unpaid balance will be due in full.

A motion was made, seconded and carried to adjourn the meeting.

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, September 13, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer