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City Council Minutes

March 28, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 28, 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 March 14, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Cambridge Enterprise Zone Expansion-Natalie Chabot reported that currently there are approximately 1,212 acres in the City's Enterprise Zone. The Cambridge Economic Development Department and the Dorchester County Economic Development Department are jointly proposing to add an additional 499 acres.  Most of the acreage will be inclusive of the Tech Park and airport area. About 85 acres is near the waterfront where the hospital is located. This is consistent with the City's draft Comprehensive Plan for an expansion of the healthcare industry along that particular corridor. The application is due to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development by April 15, 2011. A public hearing will be held by the Dorchester County Council on March 29, 2011. The Enterprise Zone allows businesses to apply for income tax credits for newly-created positions. The business property owner can also receive real estate tax credits for capital improvements to their buildings. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to leave the public hearing open until April 11, 2011 and defer any vote until that time was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Community Development Block Grant application for new roof for Channel Marker-Channel Marker made a preliminary presentation at the last Council meeting. They are applying for funds to correct the roof on their facility at 420 Dorchester Avenue. This application will be submitted outside the regular grant round. The Channel Marker Foundation is the owner of the property. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Community Development Block Grant application for a new roof for Channel Marker was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Open bids for bituminous concrete overlay and bituminous surface treatment-The City received bids from:

  • All Shore Paving, Inc. (Easton) - $206,746
  • George & Lynch, Inc. (Dover) - $237,285 (with corrections)
  • David A. Bramble (Chestertown) - $217,570
  • Delmarva Paving (Seaford) - $233,300

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to forward the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Michael O'Connor to request a variance from the noise ordinance for a Boy Scout Camporee at Snows Turn Park on Egypt Road from Friday, April 15 at 5 pm until Sunday, April 17 at 12 pm-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the request until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and until 12 noon on Sunday was seconded and approved unanimously.

Myrleana Johnson to request permission to have a moon bounce at a birthday party in Great Marsh Park on June 18th from 12 noon until dusk-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request inclusive of a variance from the noise ordinance and contingent upon proof of satisfactory insurance coverage for the moon bounce was seconded and approved unanimously.

Sandy Hill Elementary School PTO to request use of Great Marsh Park on June 1, 2011 for students and staff, with a rain date of June 6, 2011 (9:00 am for set-up/students would be in the park from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm/with an hour for clean-up) and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Odessa Todd to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on August 6, 2011 for a family reunion from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, permission to have a moon bounce, and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request inclusive of a variance from the noise ordinance and contingent upon proof of satisfactory insurance coverage for the moon bounce was seconded and approved unanimously.

Tim Crosby from Delmarva Rural Laboratory to discuss the old City Hall Renovation Project-Delmarva Rural Laboratory is a new non-profit organization dedicated to having intensive work-study experiences for college students in the field of design, engineering, and construction. They would like to provide an in-depth program of the needs, goals, objectives, and feasibility for the City to move back into the 307 Gay Street City Hall building. They would like to engage students to work with the program to determine what it would take to re-enter the building. He contacted Morgan State University and they are very interested and committed to bringing 8 students here for an 8-week summer program. They will look at the program that has been developed, work with various designs, have a very intensive and interactive relationship with the stakeholders, and spend the 2 months working on the project and coming up with alternative designs, a very detailed probably budget for construction, and prepare as-built drawings of the building. They will bring in professionals from the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction who will be mentoring the students. They will prepare an elaborate fully-documented book at the end of the summer. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward with the project was seconded and approved unanimously. Rob Collison said the City will enter into an MOU agreement with the organization and Morgan State University.

Unfinished Business

Proclamation for MS Society proclaiming April 9, 2011 as MS Day in the City of Cambridge-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read the proclamation. She asked everyone to support the walk.

Second reading and vote on ordinance to adopt the Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance 1008)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Ordinance 1008 inclusive of Exhibit A to adopt the Comprehensive Plan was seconded and approved unanimously. Mayor Stanley thanked everyone who had anything to do with the Comprehensive Plan.

Review and discuss proposals for speed cameras in school zones-Chief Malik reported the City received information from 3 companies in reference to speed cameras. Optotraffic (Lanham, Maryland) and RedSpeed USA (Illinois) submitted written proposals; American Traffic Solutions did not submit a written proposal. A motion by Commissioner Knox to direct Rob Collison to prepare an ordinance regarding the usage of speed cameras within school zones was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to select Optotraffic to provide the speed camera services to the City of Cambridge was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Clarification of charging impact fees at 703-705 Wright Street-A motion by Commissioner Knox to have Rob Collison look into the legalities of this item and come up with a recommendation for Council to consider was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Discussion on variances from the noise ordinance-Rob Collison obtained information from several municipalities with mixed-use areas who use decibel meters. A citizen suggested to him that Cambridge ask a municipality with a decibel meter to demonstrate the meter before the City considers buying one. Chief Malik said it would cost $3,500 - $4,000 for the meter plus the cost of the required training. Rob Collison said the court said if the City grants a variance, they have eliminated any levels during that time period. If the City does not grant a variance, the Code says you should not be able to hear the noise beyond 50 feet from the source. Some areas have more liberal standards for mixed-use areas and therefore, do not have provisions for variances. Commissioner Hanson said he will talk to the Mayor of Annapolis to discuss their policy.

New Business

Community Parks & Playground grant project - Choptank Heritage Trail-Chip Price, Director of Program Open Space with the Department of Natural Resources, said the City was awarded a grant in December 2003 for a walkway near Governor's Hall. Unfortunately, the City did not have the required 20-year lease on the property. The City has progressed far beyond where they were at that point with the Governor's Hall project which negates the need for this project. Normally by this point in time, the State would have taken the money back. They are trying to come up with a project that still addresses the trail. This grant, which does not require a match, is mainly for playgrounds and then other park projects that support communities. The playground at the Visitor's Center is a big draw to the City of Cambridge; however, it does not have a tot lot. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to move forward with this project in partnership with Dorchester County was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request from Zion Church for a light to be placed on the existing pole at the corner of Glasgow Street and the entrance to the church parking lot-Lynn Thomas, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Zion Methodist Church, discussed the lighting issue in their parking lot. Commissioner Thomas reported that this request was referred to the Traffic & Safety Committee who found that the lighting pattern in the area either meets or exeeds the current standard expectation that the City provides for traffic safety. The Committee recommended that the Church install a commercial-grade lamp post to illuminate the area and/or install additional lights in the parking lot. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to deny the request for additional street lighting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Council to approve the Declaration of Official Intent Resolution to obtain funding from Maryland Water Quality Financing for the Enhanced Nutrient Removal Project-The Declaration of Official Intent is to borrow (sell a bond) for the City of Cambridge's portion of the enhanced nutrient removal project. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the resolution was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Traffic & Safety Committee Report-

Removal of the the traffic signal at Maryland Avenue and Hayward Street. Recommendation: Leave the current traffic signal in place, as is.

Streetlight at the intersection of Wright Street and High Street. Recommendation: To better illuminate both the intersection and Wright Street, the Committee recommends that the existing streetlight be relocated to the middle of the three poles on Wright Street.

Review of selected traffic controls (3 requests from one individual)

1.      Interval times at intersection of Washington Street and Pine Street - Interval time for Pine Street was too long.  Recommendation: No action recommended by the City for this SHA intersection (Rt. 343).

2.      Synchronize signal controller at Cedar Street/Dorchester Avenue intersection with Cedar Street/Route 50 contoller (SHA). Recommendation: No action recommended, due to diverse differences in traffic patterns between the intersections, including seasonal variations intervals and cycles at the SHA controlled intersection (Rt. 50).

3.      Late at night, the above referenced lights and those downtown (Race and Poplar Streets) should be set to "flashing" because of little traffic. The Committee acknowledged that there is less traffic in the latter hours; however, the traffic signals do help control speed through the community. Recommendation: Deny the request.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the recommendations of the Traffic & Safety Committee except for the Wright Street recommendation was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer the vote on the Wright Street issue was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5500 - Pyro Engineering, Inc. - Down payment for July 4, 2011 fireworks event (CPD) - $7,500-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5480 - Cross Match Technologies, Inc. - Fingerprint Hand Scanner 12 Month Maintenance (CPD) - $4,500-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5501 - Valerie Mann - Administration of Grants (CPD) - $480.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91525 - James W. Brohawn, Inc. - Tire repair garbage truck #17 (DPW) - $250.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91526 - The Daily Times - Legal notice ad re: ENR Upgrade (DPW) - $889.60-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91527 - PPC Lubricants - 1 drum of motor oil (DPW) - $664.50-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91528 - SpecPrint - 12 month lease of Directory Service (Dorchester County, MD Map & Ownership Atlas) - $350.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 915129 - E. D. Supply - Wiring cable for traffic light (DPW) - $568.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Items by Council

Budget hearings will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011at 6:00 pm. The hearings are open to the public.

Council discussed the status of several houses on Maryland Avenue that are in disrepair.

The City received a letter from Dorchester County stating that they are not able to assist the City in paying for the fireworks.

The City received a copy of a letter to Dorchester County from Rescue Fire Company stating that they would prefer having the 508 Funds sent directly to Rescue Fire Company. The Dorchester County Council voted 4:0 (with one abstention) to deny the request.

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 9:25 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 28, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer