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City Council Minutes

December 13, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 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 by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the November 22, 2010 Council meeting as submitted was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Lindsay Southern, Community of Blackwater Landing, to discuss the speed issue in the neighborhood-The neighborhood connects Race Street and Stone Boundary Road.  A person travelling through the area at 40+ miles per hour with a 15 mile per hour speed limit is a hazard.  This includes the buses.  The community would like Pacific Avenue to be made a one-way street with a 'do not enter sign'.  They would like stop signs facing east and west on Hibiscus Lane.  A written report will be submitted to the Traffic and Safety for their review and recommendation.

Cindy Smith, Snip Tuck, Inc. to request a letter of support to include with a grant proposal-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to give a letter of support (no financial support) to Snip Tuck was seconded and unanimously approved.

Mr. Harvey Zendt to discuss Mayors for Peace-"Mayors for Peace" began in 1982 with the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to make sure no other city ever endures with their cities went through during World War II.  They have over 4400 mayors in 140 countries.  They would like to rid the world of nuclear weapons by 2020 and to divert some of the $62 billion a years that is used for nuclear weapons and give it to the citizens of the cities to use as appropriate.  A motion by Commissioner Knox to join the organization was seconded and unanimously approved.

Unfinished Business

Discuss Comprehensive Plan-At the last Council meeting, Council voted to refer a matter about re-insertion of a paragraph (in Section 3.3) to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their consideration. The Commission considered the request and has voted to move the process forward.  The language has been forwarded to the State of Maryland, Department of Planning, etc. which has to be done 60 days in advance of the Commission's public hearing which will be held on February 8, 2011.  The Commission will act following that meeting.  The City Council will then hold a public hearing.

Update on the wastewater treatment plant enhanced nutrient removal upgrade-The City's consultant, George, Miles and Buhr, recently finished the design of the upgrade plans.  Plans submitted to MDE only received minor comments with no re-submittal necessary.  The State will pay for approximately 84.68% of the project with Bay Restoration Funds.  Bids will be opened on January 21, 2011 with a recommendation of award in February.  The project will be 18 months in duration. The ENR compliance date is January 2013.

Discuss approving contract with Optimum Expense Recovery Service-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow Edwin Kinnamon to sign an agreement with Optimum Expense Recovery Service to allow them to examine the City's utility bills, contracts, etc. to save the City money at no cost to the City was seconded and unanimously approved.

New Business

Adopt CDBG Section 3 Plan for use with the Community Development Block Grant Program-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the Section 3 Plan was seconded and unanimously approved.  The plan promotes hiring local, lower-income residents of the County for construction jobs using CDBG funds.

Request from Dorchester County Public Library for 30 parking permits to be used from January through April along Spring Street and the Courthouse block of High Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to give the Dorchester County Public Library 30 parking permits for the requested times was seconded and unanimously approved.

Introduction and first reading of ordinance to exempt one- and two-family residential units from the requirement of sprinkler systems-The ordinance would create a new Section 4-25 of the City Code to exempt interior automatic fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwelling units.  They may be installed at the option of the property owner.  A second reading and public comment will be heard at the December 27, 2010 meeting.

Consider tax abatement for house on Egypt Road not receiving full City services-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to give the homeowner who is not receiving full City services a 60% tax abatement retroactive to July 2010 and until services are provided or the area is unincorporated was seconded and unanimously approved.

Approve revised job description for Director of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the revised job description with language stating it is the Council's sole discretion to determine if a related degree qualifies the applicant for the position and also to release the hiring freeze for the position was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

Council to approve a right-of-way agreement with the Maryland Transportation Administration for water and sewer lines for benefit of the Tech Park-No action was taken.  The item will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5465 - Valerie Mann - administration of CPD grants - $750.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5465 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5466 - Progressive Microtechnology - PMI evidence tracker annual support (contract and software for CPD) - $495.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5466 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5468 - Allen Dietrich - transmissions and labor for CPD vehicles C-19 and C-25 - $2,400.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5468 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 5469 - Smith's Printing - 500 bicycle registration tags - $312.50-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5468 was seconded and unanimously approved.

PO 91503 - Go-Glass Corporation - replace glass in front door at DPW office - $272.26-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91503 was seconded and unanimously approved.

Additional Items by Council

Subordination agreement for a High Street property using CDBG funding ($85,526 loan)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the subordination agreement was seconded and unanimously approved.

Public hearing-The City will hold a public hearing on December 27, 2010 on a proposed moratorium on digital and electronic display signs.

Christ Rock water and sewer-The City will present the financial plan and construction plan for the water and sewer extensions on December 27, 2010.

Public Safety Building fitness room-A motion by Commissioner Thomas that the City grants permission for the equipment to be housed and used in the public safety building but does not accept responsibility nor make any representations for maintenance, repair, or replacement of the equipment was seconded and unanimously approved.

Authorization to apply for a construction loan with the National Bank of Cambridge-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow Edwin Kinnamon to apply for a construction loan for the Dorchester County Technology Park up to $1.8 million was seconded and unanimously approved.

City Funds-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to use $20,000 as the base figure to consider dividing among organizations requesting financial assistance from the City was seconded and unanimously approved.

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

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

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer