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City Council Minutes

January 24, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 24, 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, 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 Sydnor to approve the minutes of the Janu­ary 10, 2011 Council meeting as submitted was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appointments

Representative from G. S. Proctor & Associates, Inc. Lobbying and Consulting to make presentation-Sherrie Sims and Dave Bambrick would like to represent Cambridge during the 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly to secure bond bill funding for a "shovel-ready" capital project.  The service will be provided pro-bono.  The bond bill would require a match. A hard match would be cash-to-cash.  A soft match could be a previous purchase of a building or equity.  At times, no match is required.  A project being considered is the first phase (planning) of the renovation of the City's old City Hall and firehouse located at 307 Gay Street.  The property the City owns at the corner of Race and Cedar Streets could be used as one of the considerations for a soft match.  The State would not secure the property.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the services of G. S. Proctor on a pro-bono basis to structure a bond bill for funds for plans for 307 Gay Street was seconded and approved 4:0.

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 8:00 am to 5:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the requests of New Life Christian Church and Ministries to use Great Marsh Park (both pavilions) on Saturday, April 23, 2011 for a walk-a-thon was seconded and approved 4:0 provided proof of adequate insurance is supplied to the City.  A variance from the noise ordinance was included. The park and boat ramp will remain assessable to the public.  Port-o-potties will be supplied, and paid for, by the Church. The walk-a-thon will be between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Representatives from Leaky Pete's Oyster and Wine Bar (404 Race Street) to request permission to close the alley (Alley 18) behind their business for a St. Patrick's Day event on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from noon until 8:00 pm, a variance from the noise ordinance (1:00 pm to 8:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm was seconded and approved 4:0 providing they supply proof of adequate insurance.  The issue of serving alcohol outside will be discussed with the Dorchester County Liquor Board.

Unfinished Business

Traffic and Safety Committee Recommendations-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the recommendation of the Traffic & Safety Committee to install a street light on an existing pole on Front Street was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the recommendation of the Traffic & Safety Committee to install stop signs at three three-way intersections in the Blackwater Landing community was seconded and approved 4:0.

Update on improvements for the Maces Lane project-Greg LeBlanc said the City has established a 38-ft right-of-way most of the way with a narrow section having a 35-ft right-of-way to install sidewalk and curbing.  Existing drains will be utilized.  Parking will be allowed on most of the road. A meeting will be set-up to discuss the progress and options with the local residents.  The construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

New Business

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5159 - Princess Royale - Commissioners Knox and Sydnor during MML convention - $1,160.72 and PO 5160 - Quality Inn - Mayor Jackson-Stanley during MML convention - $561.18-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Orders 5159 and 5160 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91509 - Harrington, Harrington & Nabb - attorney fees for Board of Zoning Appeals hearings in August and December 2010 - $607.50-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91509 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5486 - John W. Tieder - repair to Sandy Hill Road fire siren (estimate) - $1,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5486 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5474 - Valerie J. Mann - administration of CPD grants - $480.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5474 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91511 - Vulcan Materials Company - #57 stone and crusher run to repair streets - $535.09-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91511 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5485 - Composite Yacht - repair floor to RFC Boat 1-1 - $3,240.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5485 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5484 - Teltronics - create, install, and program templates and make final connections on mobile radios in Chief 1 vehicle (508 funds) - $690.00- A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5484 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5483 - PPES - 25 pair FF gloves and 3 helmet fronts for RFC - $2,021.61- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5483 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5473 - Battle Ridge Kennels & K9 Services - dual purpose patrol/ narcotics K9 dog including handler's training and lodging (drug forfeiture account) - $8,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5473 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5475 - Dorchester County Health Department - 21 influenza vaccines for CPD - $420.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5475 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5472 - Automated Computer Concepts - Sonicwall antivirus & antispyware for 30 users for 1 year - CPD - $1,257.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5472 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Additional Items by Council

Department of Public Works-Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley announced that Oden C. Wheeler, Jr. was promoted to Director of Public Works effective February 1, 2011.  She thanked George Hyde for his outstanding work in serving as Interim Director.

Closed Executive Session-Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss a personnel matter.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to discuss another personnel matter immediately after the general session was seconded and approved 4:0.

Verizon Contract-Verizon is proposing a second amendment to alter the equipment and antennas that are installed on the water tower.  Rob Collison is reviewing the contract.

Historic Preservation Commission-The Commission is going to begin the process of reviewing their by-laws, rules and regulations, guidelines, etc.  They will hold their first meeting on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm in City Council Chambers.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.

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, January 24, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer