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City Council Minutes

May 9, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 9, 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, 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 25, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Representatives from the Veterans Recognition Committee to receive a proclamation for Veterans Recognition Day and to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their celebration at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, September 10, 2011-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to grant a variance from the noise ordinance on September 10, 2011 between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm was seconded and approved 4:0. Mayor Stanley signed the proclamation and presented in to the committee.

Representative from Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to request permission to shoot shotguns over their 17th hole on Monday, May 16th between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Jane Devlin, James B. Richardson Foundation, to request permission to hold the 6th Annual Schooner Rendezvous on October 21-23, 2011 - Use of Long Wharf, free dockage, use of electricity, permission to erect a tent at Long Wharf from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24; additional trash cans; use of barricades; a variance from the noise ordinance at Long Wharf on Friday, Oct. 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm; permission to serve beer and wine on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12 noon to 11:00 pm and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 12 noon until 5:00 pm; and a blanket permit for vendors, and waiver of vendor fees on October 22nd and 23rd at Long Wharf-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Peter Bosworth to discuss Blackwater Crossing-Rob Collison reported Mr. Bosworth submitted some revisions for the site plan of the entire subdivision to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Commission still had some issues with regard to the time schedule for construction of the public amenities so they did not approve the request as presented. It left issues between what the Planning and Zoning Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over and what the City Council would have control over. He believes the Council has control over how the bonding for the financial contribution is structured for the reconfiguration and paving of Maple Dam Road but would not have control over specific design features within the subdivision itself. Rob Collison suggest a meeting with members of the City Council, the City's technical staff, and member of the Planning and Zoning Commission at 3:00 pm on May 11th to address the issues and then possibly come back to Council in 2 weeks. One major difference that he sees from a legal perspective is his proposal to pay $250,000 for the re-alignment of Maple Dam Road. It is not in the form of bonding and in his opinion, it should be bonded. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer any action on Blackwater Crossing was seconded and approved 4:0.

Sherry Garten to discuss limiting the number of Section 8 houses on each street-Ms. Garten is concerned about the number of people who are buying houses and then renting them to people who do not pick up their trash. She is also concerned about the number of times there are incidences that require police action. A lot of the people do not have any respect for their neighbors. She asked that something be done with the landlords on her block of Willis Street. Rob Collison explained that there is a public misunderstanding about Section 8 housing. Section 8 housing is a Federal funding mechanism whereby the owner of the property agrees to accept (provided their property meets the minimum standards) a monthly stipend from the government for a family living in a house that they own. Anyone in any neighborhood could agree to accept Section 8 funding to rent their property. The properties are subject to inspections. The City cannot limit the number of houses eligible for Section 8 funding. Commissioner Knox suggested the neighbors contact the Police Department so the police can help them set up a neighborhood watch program.

Unfinished Business

City election procedures-If the Council wishes the County Elections Office to administer all City elections, a charter amendment would be required. A resolution would be introduced, a public comment session held, the resolution would be posted for 40 days at City Hall, and the resolution must be published in the newspaper once per week for 4 consecutive weeks within the 40-day period following the adoption of the resolution. The resolution would become effective on the 50th day following the adoption of the resolution unless a petition for referendum is filed within 40 days following its adoption. The petition for referendum must be signed by at least 20% of the qualified voters. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward with drafting the necessary charter amendment and stipulated process outlined by Rob Collison was seconded and approved 4:0. Rob Collison clarified that his understanding is that the topic would be for the County or State Offices of Elections to administer the City elections and the City would follow all the State regulations on the various voting processes.

Approve service agreement with Optotraffic-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the service agreement with Optotraffic subject to any comments by LIGIT and to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the agreement was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on floodplain management ordinance (No. 1012)-Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public comment session was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt the floodplain management ordinance (Ordinance 1012) was seconded and approved 4:0.

Budget update-The City Council will hold a budget meeting on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers. The public is encouraged to attend.

New Business

Introduction and first reading of ordinance for moratorium on adult entertainment businesses-The Planning and Zoning Commission considered this matter at their public hearing on May 3, 2011, and has voted to recommend the implementation of the ordinance. The moratorium would not exceed 18 months. It would not impact any business currently operating in Cambridge.

Approve financial statement for April 2011-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the financial statement for April 2011 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendments for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the budget amendments was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5502 - Graves Uniforms - summer uniforms - $1,707.55-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve Purchase Order 5502 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5503 - Valerie Mann - administration of CPD grants - $1,025.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5503 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5504 - Pyro Engineering - balance for fireworks - $12,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5504 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91539 - Traffic Parts - pedestrian signal at Race/Muir Sts. - $318.50-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91539 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91540 - FW Baird Petroleum Service - inspection compliance - $2,503.26-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91540 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91541 - Mid-Atlantic Salt, LLC - bulk ice control salt - $391.88-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve Purchase Order 91541 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91542 - Lowe's - boards and screws for fencing around air conditioner units at marina - $261.32-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91542 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Additional Items by Council

Request from Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church-A motion by Commissioner Stout to send a letter of a support (no financial commitment) to the Maryland Historic Trust to assist Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church is securing grant funding for their historic cemetery was seconded and approved 4:0.

Second Saturday Event-A motion by Commissioner Stout to grant a variance from the noise ordinance for Simmons Center Market on Saturday, May 14th from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm for their tropical Cambridge event was seconded and approved 4:0.

Cambridge Lives!-Cambridge Lives! is organizing a clean-up day on Saturday, May 21st. The adults are meeting at 9:00 am at 439 High Street and the children will meet at 10:00 am at Cornish Park.

Sustainable Communities Building Block Programs-Cambridge was the only city chosen in Maryland to receive assistance to help with the zoning code. Only 32 cities were chosen nation-wide.

City Committees-The City will have a vacancy on the Housing Authority Board starting in July. There may also be vacancies on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Mayor Stanley asked anyone interested in serving on either board to call her.

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, May 9, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer