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City Council Minutes

June 13, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 13, 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 23, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Jessica Sheeler to request permission to use a blow-up jumper at her son's birthday party at Great Marsh Park on Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 am-Ms. Sheeler was not present to speak.

Theresa Stafford to discuss the Rock Drive water and sewer project-Ms. Stafford asked to be included in the Rock Drive project. When she initially had City water and sewer connected, she was told that when this project went into effect, she would be part of it. Rob Collison will review the annexation agreement and meeting minutes from that time.

Ty Banning, Zion Baptist Church, to request permission to block off Pine Street from the corner of Elm Street to Cedar Street for their Annual Community Day Cookout on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 12 noon to 5:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request and including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.

Michael O'Connor, Del-Mar-Va Council, to request permission to close Court Lane from Gay Street to High Street for their annual district Cubmobile Derby on Sunday, October 2nd (rain date October 9th) from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance and use of City trash cans was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jim Duffy, Cambridge Main Street, to thank the City Council and Department Heads everyone's wonderful support of Fresh Coat Cambridge-Mr. Duffy reported that they are still calculating their volunteer hours and the value of the project. Everyone they called from the City departments was very cooperative and helpful. He thanked everyone for their involvement in the project.

Chief Robert Phillips, Seafood Feastival Committee, to request a variance from the noise ordinance, trash removal, police protection, and permission to park buses in the City-owned parking lot adjacent to the Sailwinds Park parking lot, for the 32nd Annual Seafood Feastival at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, August 13th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Presentation from Elks Lodge #1272-Cambridge Elks Lodge #1272 presented the City with a donation of $500 for the purpose of contributing to the City's cost of the fireworks for the annual 4th of July celebration.

Unfinished Business

Award contract for dumpster service at various locations-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to award the contract to Waste Management in the amount of $7,060.00 for the next two fiscal years was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments/re-appointments to Board of Zoning Appeals-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to re-appoint Frank Cooke, Rufus Sampson, Brian Manning, and Jane Devlin for 3-year terms (expiring on April 30, 2014) was seconded and approved unanimously. An alternate will be appointed at a later date.

Appointments/re-appointments to the Housing Authority Board-A motion by Commissioner Knox to re-appoint Dwight Cromwell for a 5-year term (expiring June 30, 2016) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve resolution (11-007) authorizing establishment of school zones and the authority to proceed with operation of speed monitoring systems-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 11-007 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

New Business

Adopt FY2012 budget-

A motion by Commissioner Knox to adopt the City's General Fund Budget for FY 2012 in the amount of $11,698,181 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the City's Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget for FY 2012 in the amount of $3,732,292 was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Stout to adopt the City's Marina Enterprise Fund Budget for FY 2012 in the amount of $642,361 was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion was made by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget of the Municipal Utilities Commission for FY 2012 in the amount of $1,644,000 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Open bids for Maces Lane road improvement project-The City received bids from:

Metro Paving Corporation (Hyattsville, MD) - $1,102,047.00

P. Croll & Son, Inc. (Georgetown, DE) - $993,071.00

David A. Bramble, Inc. (Chestertown, MD) - $1,063,645.52

George & Lynch (Dover, DE) - $1,434,522.70

Harper & Sons, Inc. (Easton, MD) - $1,320,210.00

Dixie Construction Company, Inc. (Georgetown, DE) - $945,921.00

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

Introduction of Charter Amendment Resolution authorizing the Dorchester County Board of Elections to conduct municipal elections in the City of Cambridge-If the Council adopts the resolution, State election laws will apply to City elections. The Dorchester County Election Board will conduct the election. The City will continue to have a Supervisor of Elections. Public comment will be taken at the next meeting. It will become effective on the 50th day after the approval unless there is a petition for referendum filed within 40 days after approval. After it is approved, a summary will be run in the newspaper once a week for 4 weeks and posted at City Hall for a period of 40 days.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to expand the Charter Amendment to include the County handling the ethics components (County standards for statement of candidacy, campaign contributions, and financial disclosures) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Introduction and 1st reading of Charter Resolution amending Section 3-18 of the City Charter to amend the date on which newly-elected Commissioners shall take the oath of office-If the resolution is adopted, the newly-elected Commissioners will take the oath of office on the next regularly-scheduled Council meeting. No action was taken.

Introduction and 1st reading of ordinance to amend the defined Downtown/Waterfront Development District to include the properties located on the westerly side of High Street and the southerly side of Washington Street-No action was taken.

Commissioner Knox to discuss the Economic Development Department
and the management of the electronic billboard on Route 50
-Commissioner Knox suggested asking the owner of the billboard if the City could use some space (if available) to make announcements for civic non-profit organizations. The City receives a portion of the profit from the sign. The Economic Development Department will investigate this suggestion.

Approve bond resolution for ENR project (Resolution 11-006)-The total for the bond is up to $1.7 million. The resolution authorizes the sale in Part 2011‑A for $1,214,000 that must be re-paid. Part 2011-B is in the amount of $405,000 and this amount could be forgiven provided the City is in full compliance. The settlement is scheduled for June 17, 2011. This was prepared by the City Bond Counsel, Funk & Bolton. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Resolution 11-006 was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to set up and maintain a debt service reserve fund (for a minimum of 2 years) which is equal to one year's debt service ($71,095) of this bond was seconded and approved unanimously.  

Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment for the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve budget amendments for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the two budget amendments for the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5532 - Will Browns Truck Repair - DOT inspection of Engines 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1‑4; Tower 1-1; Rescue 1-1; Haz-Mat 1 tractor and trailer; Brush 1-1; and the special teams trailer - $4,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5532 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5507 - Crown Pointe Technologies, Inc. - Skills Manager (computer program) annual support and maintenance for CPD - $995.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5507 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5509 - Graves Uniforms - police recruit uniforms - $408.52-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5509 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91545 - Shore Health System - random drug testing - $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91545 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5508 - Motorola - Annual Communications Service Agreement w/Police Dispatch Center - CPD - $18,630.12 [FY 2012]-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5508 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5527 - Susquehanna Fire Equipment Company - emergency repairs to air fill station - $862.00 - A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5527 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Items

Memorandum of Understanding with Morgan State University-The students are here to help design the renovations of the City's building at 307 Gay Street. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Mayor Jackson-Stanley signing the MOU was seconded and approved unanimously.

Requests for Letters of Support-A letter of support was requested regarding H2B visas (Federal issue). A local seafood provider asked the City for a letter asking the Federal government not to support the changes to the H2B legislation. Further information will be forwarded to the Council before a decision to supply the letter is made.  Delmarva Community Services has identified a grant source that would provide partial funding for SHAH transportation manager software. It would aid in streamlining their operations and reporting. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to provide a letter of support (no City funds required) for Delmarva Community Services was seconded and approved unanimously.

Closed Executive Session-The City met in closed executive session at 7:00 pm to discuss the potential expansion of a business in the City and a personnel matter.

Council Meeting Date-The Council will meet in a regular session on Monday, June 20, 2011 instead of on June 27, 2011.

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 9:15 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 13, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer