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City Council Minutes

July 25, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 25, 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 Knox to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Colleen Curran Bromwell to discuss a water connection for Greenlawn Cemetery-The Maryland Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors indicated to Ms. Curran Bromwell that in January 2012 new regulations will require buildings housing cremation equipment to have hot and cold running water. She would like to tie into the City's water and sewer systems. A cost estimate will be prepared by the Department of Public Works. The next step would be annexation.

Portia Johnson-Ennels to request use of Pavilion 'A' at Great Marsh Park on Sunday, August 7, 2011 from 11:00 am to dusk and a variance from the noise ordinance for the Fletcher Family Reunion-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

CPD to request a variance from the noise ordinance for National Night Out on August 2, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Dorchester County Pool- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representatives from Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church to request permission to close Park Lane from Skinners Court to Rigby Avenue and Clinton Street for a "Back to School Block Party" on Saturday, August 20th (rain date August 27th) from 12 noon to 4:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Sailwinds Board of Directors to give second quarter report-Bruce Reed reported that the Board of Directors has made significant progress in the past 2 years. In the year 2010, 48 events were held. At least 67 events are scheduled for 2011. Members of the Board of Directors are present at every event. Their financial condition is much improved. All required tax filings and reports have been made and IRS review of their 501(c)(3) status has been completed. They are in the process of revamping their website. They recently hired a part-time staff person to keep regular office hours. They recently obtained a permanent liquor license. Any event with a bar must have approved security personnel on site during the entire event. Several improvements to the appearance, cleanliness, and security of the hall have been made. Mr. Reed requested that the City fill the sink-hole at the foot of the handicap ramp. He also requested that the $1000 yearly fee for the liquor license be rebated to Sailwinds of Cambridge, Inc. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer the request for the rebate be referred to the Finance Committee was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to have the Engineering Department of DPW review the sink hole situation and report back to Council was seconded and approved unanimously.

Keith Graffius of Crabi Gras to request the use of Cannery Way for the Second Saturday in October (October 8) and part of the parking lot behind the Crabi Gras store (432 Race St.) from 12 noon to 10:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm; permission to sell alcohol outside; Police Department presence; and use of City garbage cans for the Hot Sauce & Oyster Fest to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Harvesters Association-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. The City cannot give permission to close the parking lot because it is privately owned.

Erica Lynne Willing to invite Council to the Caroline-Dorchester County Fair-Ms. Willing is a member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club which meets in Cambridge. She invited Council to the fair being held August 3rd to 6th at the 4-H Park in Denton. This year's theme is Sew It, Grow It, Show It.

Unfinished Business

Request from Joseph Harkowa to request permission to run a concession trailer at Long Wharf in the summer and fall of 2011-A motion by Commissioner Syndor to grant the request following the guidelines of a formal lease agreement was seconded and denied 3:2 with Commissioners Knox, Stout, and Hanson opposed.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on Charter Resolution No. CR-2011-02 - Elections-The City of Cambridge elections will be conducted by the Dorchester County Board of Elections in cooperation with the City's Supervisor of Elections. Mayor Stanley called for public comments. Nobody asked to speak. Rob Collison read text changes suggested by the Board of Elections to align the process with the County and State regulations. Mayor Stanley asked again for public comments. Robert Aaron asked for a copy of the Charter Resolution. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve Charter Resolution CR-2011-02 including all the recommended changes including wording that a citizen applying for an absentee ballot can request on one application, ballots for both the primary and general elections was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second reading and approval of Bond Ordinance No. 1015 USDA loan (Tech Park)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance No. 1015 was seconded and approved 4:0. (Commissioner Hanson was not present at the time of the vote.)

New Business

Introduction and adoption of Bond Resolution No. 11-009 (Tech Park)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Resolution No. 11-009 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Introduction and adoption of Loan Resolution No. 11-010 (Tech Park)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Resolution No. 11-010 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request to go to bid for petroleum products-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointment(s) to Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Knox to appoint Ms. Dormain Green to the Historic Preservation Commission to fulfill the term of Gary Young (who resigned) was seconded and approved unanimously. The term will expire August 31, 2012.

Request from Rescue Fire Company to start the bid process to purchase a new fire engine-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve RFC forming a committee to prepare specification sheets with an approximate price range for Council to review was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Hanson opposed.

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

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5513 - Teltronic - 6 dash-mount radio programming; 2 vehicle programming changes; 5 dash mount installations - $1,550.00 (CPD drug forfeiture account)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5513 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5512 - Crime Reports - CrimeReports.com annual renewal - $1,188.00 (100% reimbursement through Maryland State Police)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5512 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Redistricting Committee-Commissioner Hanson (Ward 5) nominated Phil Rice. Commissioner Stout (Ward 3) nominated Joe Feldman. Commissioner Sydnor (Ward 2) nominated Enez Grubb.

Bus Shelters-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to proceed with the recommendations of the Traffic & Safety Committee to allow Delmarva Community Services to install bus shelters in front of the Dorchester County Board of Education building, Crusader Road and Meteor Avenue, in front of the Bradford House, and the intersection of Washington and High Streets was seconded and approved unanimously. Installation and future maintenance of the shelters and concrete slabs will be the responsibility of Delmarva Community Services.

Somerset Avenue at the Entrance to Great Marsh-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the Traffic & Safety Committee recommendations to cut the grass in a 5-ft to 6-ft radius around the stop sign so it is clear; increasing enforcement; and placing 15 mph signs entering and leaving Great Marsh Park was seconded and approved unanimously.

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 9:20 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 25, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer