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City Council Minutes

April 11, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 11, 2011 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:05 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 March 28, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Cambridge Enterprise Zone Expansion (continuation)-Natalie Chabot reported that the Cambridge Economic Development Department and the Dorchester County Economic Development Department are jointly proposing to add an additional 499 acres to the City's Enterprise Zone which currently consists of 1,212 acres. This incentive program has been in existence since 1993.  Properties in the Zone are eligible for tax incentives based on investment in their properties and/or increase job creation.  Nobody asked to speak.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to expand the Enterprise Zone and authorize the Mayor and Commissioners to sign the resolution was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Representative from Cambridge Little League to hold parade on Saturday, April 16th from Long Wharf to the Little League Park beginning at 9:00 am (line-up at 8:30 am)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the parade was seconded and approved unanimously.

Proclamation for National Healthcare Decisions Day-Mac Peverley, Chairman of Coastal Hospice, reported that April 16th has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day to promote people developing a healthcare directive.  A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Mayor Stanley signing the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Proclamation for National Crime Victims' Rights Week - Reshaping the Future: Honoring the Past-Christine Kilmon, Division of Parole and Probation and William Jones, State's Attorney, reported that April 10th through April 17th is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Mayor Stanley signing the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Lois Elliott to discuss a non-profit organization for a transition house for teenage girls coming out of alcohol and drug rehab-Ms. Elliott is in the process of starting a Christian-based transition house for up to 8 teenage girls coming out of drug and alcohol rehab.  It is a step before going home.  The location for will be Ms. Elliott's home. She has already spoken to Planning and Zoning about the location.  The home will not be within the City limits.  She has a database of volunteers already. Council thanked Ms. Elliott for her efforts.

Representatives from The Marine Trawler Owners Association to request permission to hold a rendezvous in Cambridge from September 22 to 25.  Use of public space along Water Street between the Dockmaster's office and the heron statue for 7 days; erection of a 40' x 90' tent, a 30' x 30' tent (set-up September 19; removal September 26); permission to consume liquor in the tent area; variances from the noise ordinance on Thursday (7:00 pm to 10:30 pm), Friday (7:00 pm to 11:00 pm) and Saturday (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Award contract for annual street resurfacing-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to award the contract to the low bidder, All Shore Paving, Inc. (Easton) in the amount of $250,000 was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the paving schedule prepared by DPW was seconded and approved unanimously.

Impact fees for 703/705 Wright Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer a decision until April 25, 2011 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Stout opposed.

New Business

Police position vacancies-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to hire for three vacant police positions was seconded and approved unanimously.

First reading of the MWQFA Bond Ordinance No. 1009 to fund the City's portion of the Enhanced Nutrient Removal project at the WWTP-A seconded reading, public discussion, and vote will be taken at the April 25, 2011 Council meeting.

First reading on ordinance to approve the use of speed cameras in school zones-A second reading, public discussion, and vote will be taken at the April 25, 2011 Council meeting.

First reading of building materials compatibility ordinance-A second reading, public discussion, and vote will be taken at the April 25, 2011 Council meeting.

Planning and Zoning Commission report-Commissioner Knox reported there was a public hearing on a request for off-premise liquor sales at 605 Pine Street. An unfavorable recommendation was referred to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  A text amendment for subdivision regulations was tabled until May.  Discussions were held on Tech Park amenities, Blackwater Crossing, floodwater management ordinance, Chesapeake Road, and Harrington Avenue.

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

Approve financial statement for March 2011-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the financial statement was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve PO 5380 - Maryland Municipal League - Annual Convention -$1,731.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Session-The Council met in closed executive session at 5:30 pm regarding personnel matters, a legal matter, and a matter concerning the expansion and/or relocation of a business within the City.

Planning and Zoning Commission-The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

Budget Meeting-The City Council will hold budget meetings on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 beginning at 6:00 pm. This meeting will be open to the public.

Traffic & Safety Committee-Commissioner Stout spoke with the residents of Wright Street and they would like the streetlight in question to remain where it is presently located.  A motion by Commissioner Stout that Council take no action on the Wright Street streetlight was seconded and approved unanimously.

National Volunteer Month-Commissioner Hanson thanked all the members of Council for volunteering at various activities throughout the City. He also thanked all the City volunteers who help beautify Cambridge.

Annual Dumpster Contract-A motion by Commissioner Knox to allow DPW to go to bid for dumpsters was seconded and approved unanimously. DNR reimburses the City for 9 months of the year.

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

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 11, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer