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City Council Minutes

August 8, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 8, 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 July 25, 2011 Council meeting, as amended, was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Jim Duffy, Cambridge Main Street, to give update on Maryland Historical Trust grant for an application to put the greater Pine Street neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places-In December 2009, Main Street received Council's permission to apply for a grant with the Maryland Historical Trust that helped pay a consultant to develop an application to put the greater Pine Street neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places.  The application is now complete. Maryland Historical Trust will have a public hearing in a few months. The original boundaries were the triangle bounded by High, Washington, and Pine Streets. The consultant expanded the boundaries from High Street to include pieces of Fairmount Avenue and Park Lane. It extends from Washington Street to include parts of Hubbard, South Pine, and Robbins Streets.  There will not be a local Historic District Commission like there is in the West End unless the local community decides that is what they want and he does not see any indication that the community wants a local Commission. It is not Cambridge Main Street's intention to put one in place.  If you are working with State or Federal grant money, you need to check with the State or Federal governments on what you are doing within the district. There will not be any particular rules or demands and regulations associated with it.  After the public hearing, it will go through a State approval process and a Federal approval process.  A decision may not come until early next year.

Jim Duffy, Cambridge Main Street, to request City Council resolution of support for an application by Cambridge Main Street for Community Investment Tax Credits-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve submitting a resolution for Cambridge Main Street for operational support and authorizing Mayor Jackson-Stanley to sign it was seconded and approved unanimously.

David Yost to discuss the Christ Rock sewer and water project-Mr. Yost does not think the construction companies are doing a good job in repairing the properties.  On several properties, the sewer is complete, the water main has been installed in the front yards, but they still have not fixed the ditches and the drain pipes or put grass seed in several areas.  The area is a total mess.  Mr. Oden Wheeler said once they get the whole project finished, they bring in a crew to go from the beginning of the project to the end and re-seed the yards, etc.  A lot of the seeding they have done is temporary.  They have a sediment erosion control plan that they have to adhere to.  They have to stabilize it temporarily until they finish the entire project.  The contractor will still have to enter the yards to abandon the wells and connect the water. 

Representative for Bay County Apartments to discuss increased crime in the area-Sonya Gibbs, Property Manager at Bay Country and Parkside Village Apartments; Beverly Jenkins of Greenwood Avenue; Sandra Woolford of Greenwood Avenue; and Reneka Chase, the Property Manager for Greenwood Village on Cosby Avenue spoke about the issues going on in the Greenwood Avenue neighborhood and the other low-income housing areas in Cambridge. They are seeing an increased amount of crime in the area and a lack of police presence. They have had several incidents with gun fire, fights, and destruction of property.  They have had a slow response from the Police Department.  Once they come to the area, they ride through and never stop.  Since she and her regional manager met with Commissioner Sydnor, Mayor Jackson-Stanley, and Chief Malik, they have seen an increased police presence; however, they are wondering about the long-term effect.  When the City receives a grant, the police are on Greenwood Avenue and Cosby Avenue.  They want to keep their children safe and asked for the substation back.  Mayor Stanley said the Neighborhood Watch Groups for Bay Country and Greenwood are being resurrected.  She said with all their help, the community will be safer. Everybody needs to be a part of the solution.  Commissioner Sydnor asked Chief Malik to find out the cost to re-open the substation.  He said Council will move forward to do whatever they can possibly do.

Representative from St. Paul's United Methodist Church to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their back to school block party on August 18, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Hanson abstaining.

Unfinished Business

Open bids for petroleum products-The City received bids from:

Pep-Up, Inc. (Cambridge) - Unleaded Fuel - $3.162; Diesel Fuel - $3.415

Wright Express - Unleaded Fuel - $3.36; Diesel Fuel - $3.56

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

Discussion on rebate of liquor license fee to Sailwinds of Cambridge, Inc.- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to revisit the request in January was seconded and approved unanimously.

Redistricting Committee-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to appoint Chad Malkus (Ward 1); Enez Grubb (Ward 2); Joe Feldman (Ward 3); Mike Edgar (Ward 4); Phil Rice (Ward 5); and Derek Wongus (Mayor's appointment) to the Redistricting Committee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments/re-appointments to Historic Preservation Commission and Housing Board of Review-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer any action on the Historic Preservation Commission until Council meets with the Commission members was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer any action on the Housing Board of Review until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

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

Approve purchase orders:

91560 - Alban Tractor - injection pump for Garbage Truck #15 - $1,718.10- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91560 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5518 - Galls - body armor and trauma plates (CPD) - $2,800 (50% grant)- A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5518 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91563 - Emerson Network Power, Liebert Services, Inc.  - batteries for UPS at Public Safety Building - $45,390.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91563 with the condition that an engineer look at changing the system from a 4-hour backup to a 2-hour backup was seconded and approved unanimously. This company is a sole supplier of the equipment.

Additional Items by Council

Line of Credit for Capital Projects-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mr. Kinnamon to apply for a line of credit for no more than $1.2 million with the stipulation that this will only be used for capital grant projects or bridge projects in which the City will  need to use gap funding was seconded and approved.  This will eventually be paid off with the grant funds.

Cambridge International expansion project-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to provide a local match in the amount of $13,750 over a 3-year period in the form of a real property tax credit was seconded and approved unanimously. This will satisfy the local match portion for their Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development loan for expansion and retention of their operations in Cambridge. Dorchester County will provide the same match.

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 8:33 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 8, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer