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City Council Minutes

April 25, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 25, 2011 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:07 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 April 11, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Karin Kuntz, Dorchester County Board of Elections, to discuss elections-Ms. Kuntz reported that the election process is secure from their perspective.  If the County were to run the next City election, the only thing that would change would be the absentee process. The application for a ballot would be the application that the State uses but customized for Cambridge.  The citizen would receive the ballot, an "inner" envelope with an oath to be signed, and instructions on how to vote using the ballot and what to do if assistance is needed.  If an agent is used, the person must be 18 years old and they cannot be a candidate on the ballot. During the last City election, the County did not have anything to do with absentee ballots except housing the voted ballots in their vault and assisting with the process of recording the ballots onto the touch screen.  The County uses an optical scanner for their absentee ballots.  It interfaces with their database system which let the e‑poll book check-in judge know that the person has voted absentee.  Rob Collison reported that the City has their own discretion to establish its own voting guidelines or requirements. To start using the County services, the City would have to look at the various City Charter sections that would have to be amended, propose a draft and have it formally introduced and that would set the process for a charter amendment which would require a public hearing.  A motion by Commissioner Stout to direct Rob Collison to have the sections of the City Charter that pertain to election procedures that might need adjustments ready for the next Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.  (Commissioner Knox: aye; Commissioner Sydnor: no; Commissioner Stout: aye; Commissioner Thomas: aye; and Commissioner Hanson: aye)

Tom Wilson, Dorchester County Commission on the Aging, Inc. to receive a proclamation for Celebrate Senior Citizens Month and to request a variance from the noise ordinance for  Senior Celebration on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm; permission to hang a banner over Race Street; police assistance directing traffic; and a visit by McGruff-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.  Mayor Stanley read and signed the proclamation.

Representative from Relay for Life to receive a proclamation and to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their event at Cambridge South Dorchester High School from April 30th to May 1st-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. Mayor Stanley read and signed the proclamation.

Representatives from Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron to receive proclamation for Safe Boating Week and to request permission to reserve a pavilion at Great Marsh Park on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 12 noon until 4:00 pm for a picnic; permission to hold a flare and fire extinguisher demonstration (2:00 pm); and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously contingent upon proof of insurance being provided to the Department of Public Works. Mayor Stanley read and signed the proclamation. 

Representative from Dorchester Center for the Arts to request permission to hold the 35th Dorchester Showcase on Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on High Street from Poplar Street/Locust Street to Water Street and to request a variance from the noise ordinance from 12 noon until 5:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Quiana Handy to request permission to hold a birthday party in Great Marsh Park on Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm with a moon bounce and a slip-n-slide-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request along with a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously contingent upon proof of insurance being provided to the Department of Public Works.

Jay Harford, Mid-Shore Community Band, to offer their services on the 4th of July starting at 7:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Mid-Shore Community Band performing on July 4th from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the Long Wharf area and a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously. The exact location will be determined by the band and the Department of Public Works.

Representative from the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 27 to speak on issues of the budget-Thomas Hurley, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, said they are aware of the situation the City is facing with the budget. They appreciate what Council does and the decisions they have to make. Four officers (McDaniels, Helmer, Jones, and Henry) spoke on the requirements and dangers of their jobs. Moral is rock bottom.  Manpower has been cut; they have not received pay increases; health insurance costs are up; clothing budgets have been cut; they cannot repair vehicles; etc. They spoke on recruitment from other agencies. They asked for the Council's help to ensure they can maintain their families, homes, and essential things that they need along with long, prosperous careers with the City of Cambridge. They are concerned about their future and about keeping the citizens of Cambridge safe.

Bob Reed, Talbot Avenue, to request a variance from the noise ordinance for a backyard cookout on Saturday, May 21st, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm-Mr. Reed was not present.  Commissioner Sydnor asked that a letter be sent to Mr. Reed stating that variances from the noise ordinance are not given for private residences.

Unfinished Business

Impact fees for 703/705 Wright Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to collect the impact fees for 703/705 Wright Street in accordance with the motion that was made in November was seconded and failed 2:3 with Commissioners Knox, Stout, and Hanson opposed. A motion by Commissioner Knox that Habitat for Humanity (for 703/705 Wright Street and no others) will meet all financial obligations committed to the City for their property at 703/705 Wright Street except the payment of impact fees was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas opposed.

Second reading, public comment, and voted on MWQFA bond ordinance to fund the City's portion of the Enhanced Nutrient Removal project at the WWTP (No. 1009)-Nobody from the audience asked to speak.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public comment session was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the MWQFA bond ordinance (No. 1009), as amended, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on ordinance to approve the use of speed cameras in school zones (No. 1010)-Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public comment session was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the ordinance (No. 1010) to use speed cameras in school zones was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on building materials compatibility ordinance (No. 1011)-Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public comment session was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Stout to adopt the ordinance on building materials compatibility (No. 1011) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Maryland Avenue gateway improvements - new scope-The City applied for $200,000 in funding for improvements to Maryland Avenue and Cedar Street; however we only received $100,000 so the Department of Public Works determined it would be best to start with Maryland Avenue because Cedar Street requires a lot more work.  They would like to replace some sidewalks, paint crosswalk stripes near Dorchester Avenue, adding wheelchair ramps, adding historic streetlights with banners, adding 12 ornamental trees and 6 shade trees, etc.  Planting and maintenance easements will be needed from property owners if trees are planted on their property. Drawings will be prepared for Council's review before any renovations begin.

New Business

Open bids for demolition-Bids were received from:

Dorchester Dumpin' - $47,500

Jerol Moore - $95,507

Shore Waste LLC - $96,400

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

Service agreement with Optotraffic-A vote will be taken at the next meeting after clarifications are made.

First reading of floodplain management ordinance (No. 1012)-A second reading, public comment, and a vote will be taken at the next meeting.

DPW to request permission to go to bid for Mace's Lane improvements-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow DPW to go to bid was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

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

Approve municipal tax collection agreement-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the agreement to have Dorchester County bill and collect the City of Cambridge's real estate taxes effective the 2011-2012 tax season was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5521 - Mid-Shore Electronics - repair to the radar unit on RFC Boat 1-1 - $7,302.98 (State 508 Money)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5522 - Jess Jr's and Sons - painting the new brush unit (RFC) - $2,045.16 (State 508 Money)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5523 - Jess Jr's and Sons - work to complete the new brush unit (RFC) - $15,659.16 (State 508 Money)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5493 - Hitchens Tire Service - replace four tires on rear of RFC Tower 1-1 - $2,213.52-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5496 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - reimbursement for annual banquet - $5,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91532  - David A. Bramble, Inc. - Christ Rock water & sewer extension  - $2,243,600.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91533  - Galway Bay Corporation  -  WWTP ENR upgrade -  $8,719,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91534  - East Jordan Iron Works -  risers for sewer covers  -  $8,162.59- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order contingent of DPW supplying quantities and unit pricing to Mr. Kinnamon was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91535  - PPC Lubricants  -  hydraulic oil  -  $343.20-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91536  - C&K Lord, Inc.  -  material & labor to fabricate five (5) stainless steel shower drain covers  - $557.45-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91537 - Towers Concrete Products, Inc.  - concrete w/pea gravel -  $256.60-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Waterfront Marine Terminal Project-A motion to appoint Mayor Jackson-Stanley and Commissioner Thomas to the RFQ Selection Committee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Closed Executive Session-Council met in closed executive session beginning at 6:00 pm this evening to discuss personnel matters and to obtain legal advice.

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

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:45 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 25, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer