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City Council Minutes

November 8, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 8, 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 by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 25, 2010 Council meeting was seconded and unanimously approved.

Appointments

Representative from National MS Society to request permission to hold their annual Walk MS 5K event on Saturday, April 9, 2011 starting and ending at Governors Hall at Sailwinds Park-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jane Devlin, James B. Richardson Foundation, to present overview of Schooner Rendezvous-This was the 5th Schooner Rendezvous. Their first educational field trip was very successful.  Seventeen vessels participated this year-the largest number ever.  Over 3500 people attended the event.  The 'band-aid' repairs at Long Wharf were done by the Richardson Foundation and the Schooner Rendezvous volunteers with the assistance of Doug Whittington of Whittington Marine Construction.  They coordinated the work through George Hyde.  Rescue Fire Company provided some fire hoses to help with the repairs which should last for several years. There are serious repairs that are needed.  The electric needs upgrading and the area needs dredging. She thanked the City for their assistance and participation.

Representative from Delmarva Community Services to request letter of support for HOME initiatives grant-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from Cambridge Main Street to request permission to close the 400 block of Race Street on Saturday, December 11th from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance, and permission to sell liquor for their Second Saturday Expanded Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration-Commissioner Stout excused himself from the table to speak representing Main Street.   A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0. Commissioner Stout abstained from voting.  The event, and variance from the noise ordinance, will run between the hours of 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Octavene Saunders to discuss boarded-up houses-The house next to Mrs. Saunders (High Street) has been boarded up for almost a year now.  There are people hanging out and drinking on the property. The yard is full of garbage.  Drug deals are taking place.  Commissioner Sydnor asked Rob Collison to look into a nuisance ordinance.  He said Council will hold a work session to discuss ordinances applicable to boarded-up houses and the building permit time limits and associated consequences.

Representative from Joy Staniforth Property LLC to request resolution for Neighborhood Business Works-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the resolution of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Update on Pintail Landing Community-To put the top layer of asphalt on the public road (Feather Drive) would cost about $40,000. Another possible solution would be to lower the storm drain inlets to the existing asphalt which the City may be able to do.  The Homeowners' Association and the developer would have to enter into an agreement with the City before any work is done.  Further information will be provided at a future meeting.

Approve resolution to rescind ASOP #7 (Demolition of Buildings)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the resolution was seconded and approved unanimously.

Council to approve loan for capital equipment-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request to secure a loan from Hebron Bank for an amount up to $400,000 for capital equipment was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to hold a work session on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm to discuss the board-up standards, the ordinance on registration and inspection of rental units and to review the recommendations of the Construction Task Force was seconded and approved unanimously.

Introduction and 1st reading of ordinance to amend the board-up standards-This item will be discussed at a public work session on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 6:00 pm.

Introduction and 1st reading of ordinance to amend ordinance for registration and inspection of rental units-This item will be discussed at a public work session on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm.

Approve Purchase Orders:

5460 - Major Police Supply - 5 plastic seats and seatbelt extensions; 5 stringer LED flashlights and holders - $2,780.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5460 was seconded and unanimously approved.

5461 - Easton Cycle & Sport - 5 Trek police bicycles and associated equipment - $5,591.00 (100% grant)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5461 was seconded and unanimously approved.

5462 - Jess Jr. & Sons - Application of Vehicle Graphics - CPD - $1,100.00- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5462 was seconded and unanimously approved.

5463 - Michael Hickman - install lighting equipment and consoles (5 vehicles) - CPD - $1,875.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5463 was seconded and unanimously approved.

91497 - Mid-Atlantic Salt - de-icing salt - $7,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91497 was seconded and unanimously approved.

91498 - Mid-Atlantic Waste - 10 snowplow blades - $1,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91498 was seconded and unanimously approved.

5449 - Specialty Rescue Inc. - replace high pressure hose on Hurst extrication tool (estimate for parts and labor) - RFC - $1,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5449 was seconded and unanimously approved.

Optimum Utility Service-No action was taken.

Additional Items by Council

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to hold a close executive session to discuss economic development (businesses) was seconded and unanimously approved.

Noise Ordinance-Rob Collison will convene the task force that was formed to discuss the noise ordinance so they can consider regulations for the Arts & Entertainment District, commercial, and residential areas.

Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing-The public hearing will take place on Monday, November 15th at 6:00 pm at the American Legion (Radiance Drive).

Traffic & Safety Committee-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the Traffic & Safety Committee's recommendation to install a crosswalk across Gay Street from Doris Mae's to Avé Salon and another crosswalk across Race Street from Dragon Fly to the corner of Craig's Drug Store's parking lot was seconded and unanimously approved.  

Main Street Committee-Commissioner Hanson thanked Jim Duffy and all his volunteers for all their new ideas to energize Cambridge's downtown.

Residential Sprinkler Requirement-This item will be discussed at a future meeting.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adjourn the meeting was seconded and unanimously approved.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:16 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 8, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Oden C. Wheeler, Jr., Administrative Coordinator