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City Council Minutes

January 10, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 10, 2011 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 December 27, 2010 Council meeting as submitted was seconded and unanimously approved.

Appointments

Representative from New Life Christian Church and Ministries to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, April 23, 2011 for a walk-a-thon from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm-Additional information is required. This item will be discussed at the next meeting.

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on ordinance (Ordinance 1005) for a  temporary moratorium on the  conversion  and/or  installation  of  digital and/or  electronic  imaging signs  within the City  of  Cambridge-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the ordinance was seconded and passed 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Sydnor opposed.  The moratorium is to be from January 21, 2011 through no later than January 20, 2012. 

New Business

Request for refund from boat slip holders with larger-than-needed slips who are paying full price-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to deny the request passed 4:1 with Commissioner Stout opposed.

Request from DPW to fill vacant Street Maintenance Worker I position-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request to fill the vacant Street Maintenance Worker I position at DPW was seconded and unanimously approved.

Discuss portion of $36,529.60 for turn out gear for RFC to be applied to 508 State money-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go into closed executive session to obtain legal advice was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go back into general session was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to transfer $20,000 from the 508 fund to the City's general fund was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Stout opposed.

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

Approve budget amendment for DPW-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for DPW was seconded and unanimously approved.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91507 - Mid-Atlantic Salt - deicing salt - $10,513.80-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the purchase order with an additional  $10,000 to purchase additional salt, if needed, was seconded and unanimously approved.  The additional funds will come from the salary savings for the position of Director of Public Works.

PO 91508 - The Afro American Newspapers - advertisement for ENR upgrade - $1,382.94 (reimbursed at 85% by MDE)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the purchase order was seconded and unanimously approved.

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Session-Council met at 5:30 pm in closed executive session to discuss personnel as well as to consider a matter that concerns a proposal for a business to locate, expand, or remain in Cambridge.

Parking in City parking lot on Gay Street-An employee of the Dorchester County Health Department who works in the District Court building asked Council to look into allowing employees to park in the lot for more than 2 hours because the lot behind District Court is usually full.  Council will investigate this situation.  Commissioner Hanson will give the agencies some guidance.

Transfer of Funds-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to transfer from the general fund the amount of money (approx. $137,500) that the City received from Beazer Homes and use those funds to off-set the debt that the City has for the revolving loan ($1,088,000) was seconded and unanimously approved.

Traffic & Safety Committee-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer a request for an additional street light on Front Street was seconded and unanimously approved.

Planning and Zoning Commissioner Referral-A motion by Commissioner Knox to refer a request to Planning and Zoning to examine the rules and regulations for exterior alterations or additions to existing structures for their recommendations for a possible text amendment was seconded and unanimously approved.

Dorchester Center for the Arts-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to provide letters of support for a bond bill for a capital project 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 8:50 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 10, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer