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City Council Minutes

November 22, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 22, 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 Stout to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2010 Council meeting was seconded and unanimously approved. 

Appointments

Auditor to present FY2010 audit report-Ginger Heatwole and Boyd Bounds, representing PKS, made a presentation.  They have issued an unqualified opinion to the financial statements.  This is the highest opinion that auditors can give.  It means that in their opinion the financial statements referred to presently fairly the financial statement of the City of Cambridge.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept PKS's report as presented to Council was seconded and unanimously approved.

Representative from the James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to discuss funding opportunity to create public themed park at the Richardson Maritime Heritage Center-Jane Devlin found an opportunity to acquire funds from DNR.  They will require a letter of support from the Council.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to give continued support to the Richardson Foundation for their opportunity to find funding sources to proceed with their themed park was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Award bid for combined sewer separation, Phase 5-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to award the bid to the low bidder, Retallack and Sons, Inc., in the amount of $1,050,000.00 pending receiving approval from MDE was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discuss Comprehensive Plan-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to defer formal discussions on the Comprehensive Plan to December 13, 2010 and refer a request to the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Commission to consider re-insertion of a paragraph to Section 3.3 at their December 7, 2010 meeting was seconded and passed 3:2 with Commissioners Stout and Hanson opposed.

New Business

Small Business Declaration-There is a new national campaign to establish 'Small Business Saturday' on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A motion by Commissioner Stout to support Saturday, November 27, 2010 as Small Business Saturday was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Stout to also close Poplar Street for Second Saturday (December 11th) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Hiring Freeze - Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request to fill the vacancies of a police officer and a clerical employee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve holiday schedule for 2011-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the holiday schedule was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve City Council meeting schedule for 2011--A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the meeting schedule was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for October 2010--A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the financial statement was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5445 - Singer Associates - two 2-section ladders, hose fittings, etc. for RFC -  $3,967.25-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5445 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5464 - Eastside Automotive - heater core for CPD vehicle C-18 -  $520.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5464 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91499 - David A. Bramble - 55 Tons Asphalt Mix - $2,970.00 and PO 91500  - Dorchester County Highway Department - 30 Tons Cold - $3,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Orders 91499 and 91500 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91501 - Alban Tractor - Door glass and latch for DPW vehicle-Truck #20 (CAT Backhoe) - $310.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91501 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5451 - Teltronics, mobile radio for new RFC brush unit - $3,094.63 and PO 5452 - Teltronics, portable radio for new RFC brush unit - $3,596.81 (State 508 funds)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Orders 5451 and 5452 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91502 - All Shore Paving, Inc. - paving of Maple Dam Road - $7,500.00-- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91502 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Cambridge Main Street Second Saturday (Dec. 11)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow Main Street to have fires in drums (with a fireman by each drum) to roast marshmallows subject to Main Street obtaining special event insurance coverage was seconded and approved unanimously. [Chief Phillips will have a fire engine off-site.]

Maryland Avenue Trees-Cambridge Main Street's Clean, Safe and Green Committee would like to replace the trees that are dead, dying, or non-performing with trees that are more suitable and may actually grow to a more mature height to try to create the canopy-effect that used to exist on Maryland Avenue.  They would like to use the City's forest conservation fund.  Brett Summers will pay the difference.  The property owners will be required to give written permission to allow the tree(s) in front of their homes. A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve Purchase Order 91504 in the amount $1,300.00 to Simmons Center Market (the low bidder) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Cambridge Marine Terminal Property-The State proposes to have a five-member panel of State representatives on the selection committee. In addition, they asked for two members from the City Council and two members from the County Council.  This committee would select the contractor and/or developer.  They stressed having the whole community on board with this project.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to appoint Commissioner Thomas and Mayor Stanley to represent the City was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas that the City pose no objection to the letter submitted by the State and to move forward with sending the letter to the State was seconded and approved unanimously.

Comprehensive Plan-A motion by Commissioner Knox to ask the Planning Commission and/or Planning Staff to review the technical issues brought up at the public hearing and report back to Council before the December 13th meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Public Safety Building Fitness Room-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to deny the requests in the Fitness Room Fund Committee's letter of November 9, 2010 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Historic Preservation Commission-Bay Country Communication will add expanded information about the Historic Preservation Commission, guidelines, and benefits on the City's website at no cost to the City.

Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Stout to elevate the Commission's alternate member, Brian Roche, to full-time member to replace Grason Winterbottom (resigned) and to seek a new alternate was seconded and approved unanimously.

Wastewater Treatment Plan ENR Project-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow DPW to go to bid for the ENR project was seconded and approved unanimously.

Pintail Landing Drainage-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow DPW to modify the manholes where there are drainage issues was seconded and approved unanimously. The cost to the City will be labor only.

Residential Sprinkler Systems-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor that the City opt-out of the residential sprinkler requirements for single-family homes and amend the International Building Code that the City adopted was seconded and approved unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 22, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer