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City Council Minutes

June 20, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 20, 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 Thomas to approve the minutes of the June 13, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Community Development Block Grant 'ADA Sidewalk Improvement' Project-[The public hearing notice was published in the Star Democrat on June 16, 2011 and the Dorchester Star on June 17, 2011.]  Oden Wheeler reported that Secretary Maynard (Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections) suggested a pilot program in Cambridge for ADA improvements using inmate labor. The City has met with Secretary Maynard several times.  This grant application will be submitted outside of the normal CDBG grant round.  No matching funds will be required.  The first phase of work will be performed along the Route 50 corridor; probably beginning at Crusader Road and continuing west toward the Frederick C. Malkus Bridge.  A second phase will include the section of Cedar Street from Route 50 to Dorchester Avenue.  This phase will include sidewalks, curbs, gutter, drainage, and re-paving.  The amount requested is $370,000.  All funding will come from the grant. Hopefully funds will also be available next year to complete more sidewalks toward the bridge.  A requirement of the project is that the work must be performed along a State corridor.   Unidentified citizens from the audience asked about the funding (State) and whether local citizens would be hired.  Mr. Wheeler explained that the pilot program was created to use inmate labor; however, a local contractor and/or concrete company may be used also.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward with the applying for the grant for this special project was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Gerry Boyle, on behalf of Ironman 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon, to thank the City and present request to recognize race winners-On behalf of Bob Vigorito and 2,050 athletes, Mr. Boyle thanked all the City agencies and the citizens of Cambridge who assisted the Triathlon. He asked the Council to recognize the new champions by sending written congratulations to them.  He also suggested a memorial monument at Great Marsh Park similar to the Power Boat Association monument. The Columbia Triathlon Association would pay for (and maintain) the monument and inscribe the names of the champions on it.   A motion by Commissioner Knox to have Gerry Boyle and Oden Wheeler meet to determine the size and location of the proposed monument and send letters and resolutions to the new champions was seconded and approved unanimously.  Mr. Wheeler will report their findings to Council.

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-A motion by Commissioner Knox to grant the request from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Public comment and vote on Charter Resolution CR-2011-01 amending Section 3-18 of the City Charter to amend the date on which newly-elected Commissioners shall take the oath of office-The Charter will be changed to indicate that the newly-elected Commissioners will take the oath of office at the first regularly-scheduled City Council meeting following the certification of the general election results.  If a person is unable to attend that meeting, they would be sworn in no later than 30 days after the said regularly-scheduled City Council meeting following the certification of the general election results. The Charter currently reads "the third Monday in July following an election".  Nobody asked to speak.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt Charter Resolution CR-2011-01 was seconded and approved unanimously. The Charter Resolution will be posted at City Hall for 40 days and at Council Chambers. It will also be published in the newspaper for 4 consecutive weeks. It will become effective on the 50th day following adoption (August 9, 2011) unless there is a petition for referendum. 

Public comment and vote on Ordinance 1014 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-James Chaney asked when the ordinance would take effect. Rob Collison reported that the ordinance was written to apply retroactively to the effective date of the original ordinance (October 25, 2010) since the intent was to have these properties included.  Nobody else 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 Ordinance 1014 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discussion on the Rock Drive home for water and sewer consideration-It was the owner's understanding that when the entire area was annexed, they would be included in the sewer project. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have Dale Price review his records and attend the next City Council meeting (July 11th) was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Award demolition contract-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to award the demolition contract for 9 houses to Dorchester Dumpin' Company in the amount of $37,900; however if any of the property owners demolish their property prior to the company doing it, they will not be paid for that property was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor that the property owners of 502 Gay Street and 1015 Jimson Road be given until August 15, 2011 to apply for demolition permits was seconded and approved unanimously.  If the owners do not apply for demolition permits, the City will put the properties back on the demolition list.

Traffic & Safety Committee recommendation-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to have the special parking sign in front of the old Hyser's building on Locust Street removed was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

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

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

Approve budget amendments for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for the transfer of money to cover postage and emergency repairs to the public safety building was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment to transfer money to cover postage was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to transfer money to cover the cost of repairs to the fuel system at the marina was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Approve purchase orders:

5510 - Valerie Mann - grant writing preparation for CPD - $975.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5510 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5533 - PPES - Cleaning of 20-25 sets of used gear for redistribution to new members of RFC - $10,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5533 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91546 -  Dissen & Juhn  Company - replace missing lower wales at Franklin Street Boat Ramp - $6,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91546 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91547 - Dorchester Dumping Co., LLC - demolitions - $37,900.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91547 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91548 - Gametime (c/o West Recreation, Inc.) - steel rectangular backboard (basketball) at Cornish Park - $820.84-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91548 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91552 - Sherwin Williams - carpet for DPW - $502.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91552 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91555  - Gametime (c/o West Recreation, Inc.) - upgrade playground equipment and install a picnic pavilion at Meadow Avenue Park - $84,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91555 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91556 - Emerson Network Power - repair to UPS equipment at PSB - $3,629.17-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 91556 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5536 - Open Vendor - Maces Lane Improvement (grant) - $800,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5536 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5537 - Retallack and Sons - Combined Sewer Separation Phase 5 (grant) -  $1,600,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5537 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5158 - Wood Ronsaville Harlin, Inc. - graphic design, etc. for 4 Pine Street interpretive signs  (grant) - $9,978.50-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve PO 5158 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5534 - University of Maryland - text books for EMT class for 4 RFC students - $285.60-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5534 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Water and sewer for residents of Bucktown Road-A motion by Commissioner Knox to have Oden Wheeler pursue the costs of extending water and sewer to the residents on Oak Hill/Bucktown Road and also the residents of Christ Rock using septic systems was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mid-Shore Community Band-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the request to reserve parking spaces for the Mid-Shore Community Band on July 4th near Long Wharf was seconded and approved unanimous.  Chief Malik and Oden Wheeler will determine the proper parking spaces.

Request from Emily Lee to block off a section of Robbins Street from Phillips Street to Hubbard Street on Saturday, July 2, 2011 from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Closed Executive Session-Council will go into closed executive session to discuss a legal matter directly after the meeting.

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 9:30 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 20, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer