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City Council Minutes

July 11, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 11, 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 June 20, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Representative from First Baptist Church to request permission to use the large grassy area at Long Wharf for the Sunday nights of August for their outdoor Gospel concerts - August 7, 14, 21 and 28, from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance; use of electrical outlets; use of public restrooms at the dockmaster's office; and permission to post a 4-ft x 8-ft sign-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the Lord Jesus House of Prayer Ministry to request a variance from the noise ordinance on July 30, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 218 Washington Street for their Community Day and Pastor's Anniversary Program-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Joseph Harkowa to request permission to run a concession trailer at Long Wharf in the summer and fall of 2011-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to defer a decision until the City Property Committee has an opportunity to review the details was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request from Dorchester County Department of Social Services Bureau of Child Support to request a variance from the noise ordinance, the use of 6-8 trash cans, trash removal, police presence and permission to park the Chesapeake College Mobile On-Stop Vehicle on Cedar Street during their Community Resource Fair on Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in their parking lot at 627 Race Street-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request from Marsha Christopher, Portside Restaurant, to request a variance from the noise ordinance for Sunday, July 17 from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm to a dock party (also August 28th 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the variance from the noise ordinance for Sunday, July 17th from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm was seconded and approved unanimously. Mrs. Christopher will appear before Council on a later date for the variance for August 28, 2011.

Representative from New Revived United Methodist Church (Smithville Road) to request a letter of support for a historic preservation grant-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to provide the letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Herschel Johnson, The Friends of Stanley Institute, Inc., to request letter of support for an African American Heritage Preservation Grant to restore Christ Rock United Methodist Church-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to provide the letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Tawes Harper to discuss wages and waste-Mr. Harper spoke representing himself, his parents, and different people in the community. He spoke about his responsibilities at the Municipal Utilities Commission. He feels the pay he receives for the job he does is ridiculous compared to other areas. The employees have not received a raise in 4 years. For a year now he has been on a committee that is reviewing Dorchester County. They pulled all City salaries, County salaries, and School Board salaries. The Country does not have a money problem, it has a waste problem. He believes the new Tech Park at the airport and the Christ Rock projects are money wasted. He said there should be a stopping point for building affordable housing projects because they are destroying Dorchester County. He would like to see a change.

Unfinished Business

Discussion on the Rock Drive home for water and sewer consideration-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to deny the request for the City to fund the gravity feed line to Mrs. Stafford's property was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. After receiving further information from residents of the Christ Rock community at the end of the meeting, a motion made by Commissioner Sydnor to have Oden Wheeler speak to the contractor and if the contractor will hook the Stafford's property up to the system at no cost to the City that he should authorize the connection (provided it is at no cost to the City) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Recommendation for award of Contract No. 11-05 for Mace's Lane road improvements-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to award the contract to Dixie Construction Company, Inc. subject to the budget [$86,716 will be taken from impact fees] was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Introduction of Charter Resolution No. CR-2011-02 - Elections-This resolution was discussed at an earlier meeting. The County Election Office no longer handles their financial disclosures for the county-wide elections. It is now done on the State level. Language is included that states that any candidate, in addition to the statement of candidacy, would be required to file financial disclosures which are required by the City's ethics provisions. The City's ethics code is undergoing a State-mandated comprehensive revision which is required to take place prior to October 1, 2011. The draft has been forwarded to the State's Ethics Commission for their review and comments. A second reading and public comment will be at the July 25, 2011 meeting.  A second reading and public comment will take place at the next Council meeting.

Introduction and first reading of Bond Ordinance No. 1015 USDA loan for Tech Park-The bond shall not exceed $1,718,895.00. The bond was prepared by Funk & Bolton. Rob Collison said it appears to be in proper form consistent with the City Code and Charter. A second reading, public comment, and adoption will be at the next Council meeting.

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program - receive public comment and approve Interlocal Agreement between City and County-The grant is in the amount of $11,875.18. CPD would like to purchase 50 Black-Hawk Level 3 duty holsters for $120 each; 15 Black-Hawk plain-clothes holsters for $60 each; 1 Dell computer for $2,116.72; and 2 Dell computers for a total of $2,858.46. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the Interlocal Ageement was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discussion on speed limits in school zones between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm (Monday through Friday)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the speed limits in the school zones between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, as set-forth in a memorandum from Chief Malik which will be in put the form of a resolution was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Request to approve revised job description for the Superintendent of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the revised job description was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request for authorization to fill vacant positions at the Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Stout to fill the General Maintenance Worker 1 and the Superintendent of Public Works positions at DPW was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request to sponsor Kid's Fishing Tournament at Long Wharf on August 13, 2011-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

91557 - Flint Trading, Inc. - pavement marking lines - $516.93 (FY2011 Budget)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91557 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91558 - SimplexGrinnell - service call for alarm system at Empowerment Center - $655.90 (FY2011 Budget)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91558 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5511 - Digital Ally - 2 DMV-500 digital video mirror kits & installation for CPD - $9,000 (100% grant reimbursement)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5511 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91559 - Cambridge Tire Center - 2 tires for DPW Kabota tractor - $699.44-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91559 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Redistricting-Council will formulate a committee to work with redistricting the City Wards based on Census 2010 figures. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Oden Wheeler to initiate the process of redistricting by advertising for citizens interested in serving on the committee was seconded and approved unanimously. The list of committee members will be finalized at the second Council meeting in August.

Cambridge Enterprise Zone-The City received a letter from Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of Business & Economic Development, approving the expansion of our Enterprise Zone.

Semi-Annual Payment for the Public Safety Building-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to use an advance from the impact fee account, not to exceed $602,000, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Delmarva Community Services Bus Shelters-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer the request to the Traffic and Safety Committee and the City Properties Committee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Closed Executive Session-The Council met in closed executive session beginning at 5:30 pm to discuss several personnel matters and legal matters.

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 9:00 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 11, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Oden C. Wheeler, Director

Department of Public Works