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City Council Minutes

May 23, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 23, 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 May 9, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Carolin Sauer and Christian Luechem (German Exchange Students) to thank the people of Cambridge and Dorchester County for their hospitality and good will during their 4-month stay-The students thanked the citizens of Dorchester County for their wonderful experiences.

Representative from Cambridge Main Street to request street closures and variances from the noise ordinance for several events:

Saturday, June 4, Fresh Coat Cambridge-the 500 Block of Poplar Street, the 400 Block of Race Street, and the alleyway behind Doris Mae's be closed to traffic between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm (Streets may reopen earlier, they will work with the Police Department); After the streets re-open, keep the parking lot next to Jimmie & Sook's closed traffic until 10:30 pm for volunteer party; permission to sell alcohol (property owner NOVO Development has already approved this request).

Saturday, July 9, Taste of Cambridge-Close 400 block of Race and 500 block of Poplar from 1:00 pm to11:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 pm to 10 pm; permission to sell alcohol; Police Department presence; and the use of spare city garbage cans.

Saturday, August 13, Annie Oakley Festival-Close 400 block of Race and 500 block of Poplar, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; variance from the noise ordinance from noon to 9:00 or 10:00 pm; permission to sell alcohol; Police Department presence; use of spare city garbage cans; and permission for Cowboy Roy and His Outlaws and Peacemakers to be able park their 38‑foot trailer/dressing room from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning.

Saturday, September 17, Summer Sendoff: Blues, Brews, BBQ-Close 400 block of Race and 500 block of Poplar from 2:00 to 11:00 pm; variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; permission to sell alcohol; Police Department presence; and the use of spare city garbage cans.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve four events, inclusive of variances from the noise ordinance, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Tasha Foxwell to explain "Eagleman Goes Green"-To improve the Eagleman's environmental image, the organization will recycle the plastic bottles and paper cups used along the route. This will be their biggest event yet.

Representative from Quota International for permission to use the park area (Cannery Way) across from Jimmie & Sooks as a planning and set up area on Saturday, October 8, 2011 and permission to close Poplar Street and the first block of Race Street to vehicle traffic from 4 pm to 8 pm so that a parade may be planned; and a variance from the noise ordinance for Quota's newest fundraiser, CAring Ta Tas-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representatives from Snappers Waterfront Café to request variances from the noise ordinance for Sundays (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) through the end of June-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representatives from Pride of Cambridge Lodge #50 and Cambridge Lodge #66 to request permission to use the property at Cedar and Race Streets on Saturday, August 20th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm for their 2nd fish fry fundraiser to benefit Cambridge's Cold Weather Shelter; use of electricity on the property, trash receptacles and trash pick-up following the event-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.

Elise Reuschenberg Lambert from DHCD to discuss Be SMART-Cambridge is one of 15 Main Streets identified by DHCD to take advantage of this program. These lending programs are designed to help facilitate energy efficiency improvements in homes and businesses. There is also a program for multi-family rental buildings. Brochures are available for anyone interested in the program.

Request from Sarah Jackson for permission to block off Muir Street from High Street to Pine Street and Muir Street from Pine Street to the New Horizon Apartments for a block party on Saturday, June 18th from 12 noon until 8:00 pm for a block party-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded the approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Open bids for dumpster contract-The City received bids from:

Chesapeake Waste Industries (Salisbury) - $20,552.00

 Waste Management - $7,060.00

Bennett Construction (Fruitland) - $14,122.38

Bay Area Disposal, LLC (Fruitland) - $6,780.00 (for 2011) and $6,983.40 (for 2012); and alternate pricing $5,880.00 (2011) and $6,056.40 (2012)

Allied Waste (Wilmington) - $7,441.14

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer the bids to DPW for their review and recommendation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on ordinance for moratorium on adult entertainment, tattoo, and body piercing (other than earlobes) businesses-Notice of the public session was advertised in the Star-Democrat and the Dorchester Star. The City's zoning ordinance is silent on these establishments. They are not defined or regulated. Nobody asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public session was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously. The moratorium will become effective June 1, 2011.

Adoption of resolution designating school zones for use of speed cameras in school zones-The formal resolution will be submitted at the next Council meeting.

New Business

Appointments/re-appointments to Board of Zoning Appeals-A motion by Commissioner Knox to appoint Wendell Foxwell as a full-time member of the Board of Zoning Appeals was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request from Cambridge Yacht Club for a Navy ship requesting dockage at Long Wharf (gratis) on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Council to adopt real and business property tax rates for FY2012-A motion by Commissioner Stout to set the constant yield tax rate for the FY2011-FY2012 tax year at the rate of $0.7893 for real property was seconded and failed 2:3 with Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Hanson opposed.

A motion (re-consideration) by Commissioner Sydnor to set the constant yield tax rate for the FY2011-FY2012 tax year at the rate of $0.7893 for real property was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Hanson opposed.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to set the personal property tax rate for the FY2011-FY2012 tax year at the rate of $1.69 per $100 of assessed value was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Knox opposed.

Community Parks and Playgrounds 2013 grant round-Council and Staff will submit recommendations to Anne Roane.

Budget amendment for Economic Development-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

Purchase Orders:

5505 - Valerie J. Mann - grant administration for CPD - $1,180.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5505 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5506 - Eastside Automotive - intake manifold, coolant, and labor for CPD Vehicle #C-19 - $881.98-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5506 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91544 - All Shore Paving, Inc. - street paving - $250,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91544 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5525 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - firefighting foam - $866.80-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5525 was seconded and approved unanimously provided Ed Kinnamon verifies that adequate funds are in the account.

5526 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - annual flow test for all SCBAs - $8,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5526 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5528 - SAFE Measures - 6 hazmat suits - $4,878.64-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5528 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5529 - BFPE International - hydrostatic testing SCBA cylinders - $2,300.00- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5529 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5530 - Juanita Weber - re-certification of CPR for first responders - $320.00- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5530 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Items

Planning Grant-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to authorize the Director of Planning to negotiation with Jakubiak and Associates for the services for of the mapping and texting amendments (not to exceed the grant amount of $61,000) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference (June 2nd and 3rd)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to partner with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference was seconded and approved unanimously. The City will request Delmarva Community Transit buses for the two tours.

Budget Meeting-Council will hold a budget meeting on Wednesday, June 8th at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be open to the public.

Blackwater Crossing-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to remove Blackwater Crossing from "the tabled list" was seconded and approved unanimously because Mr. Bosworth withdrew his contract.

Memorial Day Service-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow the American Legion Post 91 to use Long Wharf for a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m. was seconded and approved unanimously.    

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 (2001)-Several organizations are planning services to commemorate this day.

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 9:55 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 23, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer