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City Council Minutes

February 14, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 14, 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 Hanson to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Presentation

Mayor's Citation for Keonbre Lamar Todd-Mr. Todd (age 14) rescued a lady who was mugged and robbed at the Elm Street Laundromat. He assisted the lady and recovered her purse. The City Council honored Mr. Todd for his heroic actions.

Public Hearing

Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment - Comprehensive Amendments to the Architectural Design Minimum Requirements in the NC (Neighborhood Conservation) Zoning Districts-The public hearing was advertised in the Star-Democrat on January 28, 2011. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend adoption of the text amendment. Anne Roane explained that Ordinance 985 was adopted about 2 years ago. Council asked the Planning Commission addressed the 1½-story issue that was causing difficulties for some developers. The public was involved in the process during a work session and a public hearing. One change is that  neighborhood compatibility will only include the block in which the house is located. The definition for 'predominant' was reduced from 60% to 51%. Language requiring the half story to be adaptable to living space was eliminated. The ordinance encourages in-fill development. Language was added for allowing the Cambridge office staff to grant up to a certain amount of a variance which streamlines the process so applicants do not have to do multiple phases. This shortens the process and saves money in the filing fee.

James Chaney thanked DPW and the Planning Commission for their work on the ordinance. It is a major improvement and is headed in the right direction. It sends the message that Cambridge wants in-fill here and they are willing to work with the people to get it.

Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. Rob Collison said at the next meeting Council will have a second reading and may vote on the ordinance.

Appointments

Representatives from the Choptank River Lighthouse Society to give update on the lighthouse-George Wright described the lighthouse and its visibility from the bridge. This will attract visitors to Cambridge. The Society has received national recognition from newspapers, radio, and television. They now have over $200,000 to start the early phase of construction. Jackie Noller said the riverbed and water where the lighthouse will be built (at the end of Pier A) is owned by the State of Maryland. With legislation, the State has allowed the lighthouse to be built there as long as the primary function of the finished replica is something that is a marina facility. The Society's first goal is to upgrade the location and function of the dockmaster's office. The current dockmaster's office will still be used for amenities for the boaters. The second goal of the project is to better leverage the linkage of the waterfront with the nearby downtown commercial district. Their third goal is add the waterfront attraction with a historic relevance and precision to Cambridge's maritime history. Their non-profit organization will raise the funds and oversee the construction of the lighthouse. Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2006, The City will become the owner upon completion. It is their hope that the lighthouse will be dedicated in the summer of 2012.

Representative from the James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to request letter of support for grant application to be submitted to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority-The foundation is seeking a grant for $25,000 to assist in completing the new Ruark Boatworks building. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to give the James B. Richardson Foundation a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Decision on speed cameras in school zones-A motion by Commissioner Thomas that Council advertise for proposals for a speed camera system for the school zones in Cambridge was seconded and approved unanimously. Proposals will be due by March 17, 2011.

New Business

Approve Tech Park covenants-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Tech Park covenants with an addition to Section 1 of a definition of 'City of Cambridge' was seconded and approved unanimously.

Recommendation for award of contracts for LED traffic light retrofits as part of Maryland Energy Administration's EECBG energy grant-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to award the bid for the LED traffic lights to J. O. Herbert Company, Inc. in the amount of $15,466.26 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Recommendation for award for WWTP enhanced nutrient removal up­grade-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to award the contract for the WWTP enhanced nutrient removal upgrade to Galway Bay Corporation in the amount of $8,719,500.00 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve funds for community organizations-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor that the City insert an advertisement in the newspaper so all groups can respond by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2011 was seconded and approved unanimously. Priorities will be given to summer youth programs and community economic development.

Introduction and first reading of ordinance to revise registration require­ments for non-owner occupied dwelling units-The ordinance would eliminate the inspection and licensing provisions that were adopted last year. Section 10-11 in Chapter 10 would be eliminated. The only exemption would be someone who has a vested interest in the property. The registration fee would remain at $40 and can only be amended by ordinance. A second reading and vote will be taken at the next meeting.

Discuss Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street traffic signal-A motion by Commissioner Knox to refer the topic to the Traffic & Safety Committee was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Consideration for sewer connection for 2967 South Road-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow the homeowner to connect to the Sanitary District with the initial cost being paid by the City and any cost not covered by a grant would be the responsibility of the homeowner (spread over a period of time) was seconded and approved unanimously. Rob Collison will prepare an agreement between the City and the homeowner.

Discuss building permit administration fee-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to establish a building permit administration fee of $100 or less, whichever is less (some permits cost under $100), at the permit application time, and that all permits must be picked-up within 60 days of being notified that the permit is ready, was seconded and approved unanimously. If the permit is picked-up within 60 days, the administration fee will be applied to the permit fee; if it is not picked-up within 60 days, the applicant must start the process again.

Appoint alternate for the Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Stout to appoint Jay Corvan as an alternate member of the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Approve two budget amendments for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for DPW was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5477 - Chief Kenneth W. Malik - replenish the drug informant account - $2,000-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5477 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5478 - Wor-Wic Community College - entrance level recruit training - $5,616 (COPS Deployment Grant and Drug Forfeiture Account)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5478 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91513 - Shufelt Sand & Gravel - fill dirt and #57 stone for sewer repair - $345.25-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91513 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91514 - Clark & Sons - emergency repair of overhead door at public safety building - $1,210.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91514, contingent upon this being the first purchase order for this door, was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91516 - Harrington, Harrington & Nabb, P.A. - attorney fees - $315.00- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91516 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91517 - George, Miles & Buhr, LLC - construction phase services (ENR) upgrade at WWTP - $698,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91517 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91518 - Bank of America - signCAD/SignCAM maintenance agreement - $902.50-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91518 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91519 - Outten Petroleum - testing fee for underground storage tanks at the marina - $1,100.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91519 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5489 - Robert P. Phillips - food for RFC stand-by crew when the President and Vice President were in Cambridge - $486.39-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve Purchase Order 5489 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for Financial Administration-A motion to approve a budget amendment for Financial Administration was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91515 - Maryland Industrial Trucks, Inc. - garbage truck - $109,758.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91515 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5476 - Galls, Inc. - 10 sets armor/carriers/trauma plates - $3,999.70 (drug forfeiture account and bullet proof vest grant)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5476 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Actions by Council

Letter of Support for PIRHL Developers-The City is submitting an updated letter of support to Jeff Paxson of PIRHL Developers, LLC for their proposed affordable family housing development which will be located at Washington Street and Foxtail Drive. Mr. Paxson appeared before Council on August 9, 2010.

Agreement with G. S. Proctor-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign an agreement with G. S. Proctor after review by Rob Collison was seconded and approved unanimously. G. S. Proctor will represent the City of Cambridge in applying for a bond bill to begin the process of renovating the City-owned building at 307 Gay Street.

Comprehensive Plan-The Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing on a revised section of the proposed Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign a letter of support for Habitat for Humanity Choptank was seconded and approved unanimously.

Children's Museum of the Eastern Shore-Katie Tolley gave an update of the proposed museum. The Board will be considering different locations in the next few months. The museum will be completely original to Cambridge, Dorchester County, and the Eastern Shore.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously. With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 14, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer