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City Council Minutes

August 22, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 22, 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 August 8, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to amend Section 408 Subsection 17-38 entitled "Payment and Costs" of the City Zoning Ordinance-Notice of the public hearing was published in the Star-Democrat on August 5 and 12, 2011 and in the Dorchester Star on August 12 and 19, 2011. The proposed text amendment will amend the bond and surety requirements in the City's zoning ordinance. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted for a favorable recommendation that the text amendment be adopted as presented. The proposed subdivision regulations text amendment would defer a developer's obligation to provide, and the City's obligation to monitor and maintain performance sureties until such sureties are appropriate and required due to lot sales or commencement of subdivision improvements. The proposal would not require that the bonding be in place continuously as it is now. If the developer wishes to, they may proceed to enter into a Public Works Agreement which would provide that no sale of any lots or any construction could be begun until it is fully bonded. Until such time, the developer would be able not to continue the expense of the bond, letter of credit-whatever the surety was-that the developer had imposed. Until there is a full bonding, the City is not setting aside any allocation for water and sewer.

Sandy McAllister said one of the problems they had was that a number of subdivisions in Cambridge were being billed annually for maintenance of the very expensive bonds. The bonding companies were pricing the bonds based on the value of the improvements. All they are is an insurance policy for the City that improvements will be completed. He said that George Hyde said the risk to the City is they cannot tie up their allocations. He thinks this protects the City and is a win/win for everyone.

Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. The first reading of the ordinance will be on September 12, 2011.

Appointments

Representative from Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to request permission to have fireworks on August 27, 2011 after a wedding ceremony at 9:30 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the Community Health Awareness & Monitoring Program to request permission to hold a Health Freedom Celebration Walk on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 8:00 am to 12 noon beginning at the Dorchester County Office Building, continuing to Long Wharf, south on High Street, to Muir Street, south on Pine Street, east on Cedar Street, north on Race Street, east on Gay Street, Court Lane and returning to the Dorchester County Office Building; a variance from the noise ordinance, trash receptacles; and police assistance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representatives from the Dorchester Skipjack Committee to request permission to use Long Wharf and the bulkhead at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance for the annual Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the Children's Museum of the Eastern Shore to request a letter of support for a Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area mini-grant application-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to provide a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Marsha Christopher, Portside Seafood Restaurant, to request a variance from the noise ordinance for a deck party on Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Business Friendly Initiative-Natalie Chabot and Steering Committee-Dave Harp said this is one of nine coordinated efforts from the Strategic Plan. Their objectives are to encourage business development and streamline or modernize policies and processes that relate to business; to create an environment that is safe, clean, and attractive to business; to establish effective leadership practices; and to implement a state-of-the-art website. They would like to make City information more assessable through the website which would include printable brochures and flyers. The Economic Development Department would manage the site. Commissioner Sydnor said as the project moves along, Council will have to be made aware of the necessary funds to implement it. The second strategy is to focus on business development. The third strategy is to improve the reputation of the City and the inspectors. The fourth strategy is to streamline the permit process. The fifth strategy is to standardize all City communication formats (website, e-mail addresses, and letterhead). The sixth strategy is to strengthen communications between the departments. The next step would be for the department heads to meet to see how the plan is progressing and bring back to Mayor Jackson-Stanley how this is prioritized; what departments will take the lead on what strategies; and then hold a third department head meeting where the department heads would take it back to staff and explain what is being done. The department heads would choose staff in their departments that would work on an internal steering committee to move the strategies forward. The goal is to make Cambridge a place that people want to choose to open their business. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the recommendations of the Business Friendly Initiative Action Plan Committee and to move forward as implemented in the plan but to come back to Council for any monetary consideration was seconded and approved unanimously.

Elaine Stafford to receive a Proclamation for the 60th Anniversary of the Class of 1951 of F D St. Clair High School-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read the proclamation and presented to Elaine Stafford and her classmates.

Representative from the Choptank River Lighthouse Society to request letter of support-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to provide a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Award contract for petroleum products-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to award the contract to the low-bidder, Pep-Up, Inc., subject to Pep-Up acquiring the proper permits for tank replacement on Hayward Street prior to October 1st, was seconded and approved unanimously. If Pep-Up does not receive the proper permits, the City will award the bid to the second lowest bidder.

Appointments/re-appointments to the Housing Board of Review-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to re-appoint Mike Edgar and appoint Janice Lake was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals-Mayor Stanley asked for recommendations for the alternate position.

New Business

Prioritize City Planning Staff's recommendations to the State for the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to prioritize the applications as (1) Cosby Avenue Playground Renovation; (2) Great Marsh Playground Renovations and (3) Play Trail at Great Marsh Park was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Approve Resolution 11-011 adopting the 2011 Dorchester County Hazard Mitigation Plan as the City of Cambridge 2011 Hazard Mitigation Plan-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve Resolution 11-001 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve and accept the Ninth Amended and Restated Local Government Insurance Trust Agreement-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve and accept the agreement was seconded and approved unanimously.

Set date and time for Ethics Commission work session (suggested August 29th 6:00 pm-The State is mandating that all jurisdictions have certain changes made to their ethics policy by October 1, 2011. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to hold a work session with the Ethics Commission on Monday, August 29, 2011 beginning at 6:00 pm was seconded and approved unanimously. A public hearing and first reading of the ordinance will be on September 12, 2011 and final adoption will be on September 26, 2011. The work session will be open to the public.

Approve purchase orders:

5519 - The Gun Shop - 1500 rounds Federal 308 caliber ammunition - $1,169.85-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5519 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5520 - Eastside Automotive - replace intake manifold, add coolant, and labor for CPD vehicle C-24 - $1,011.98-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5520 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5539 - Chief Kenneth W. Malik - replenish the drug informant account - $2,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5539 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Request from Bethel AME Church to close Pine Street from Bethel Street to Cross Street on September 4, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for Motorcycle Sunday-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the activity for Bethel Church on Sunday, September 4, 2011 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, a variance from the noise ordinance for the stated hours, and to close Pine Street from Bethel Street to Cross Street was seconded and approved unanimously. Local residents will be allowed access to their homes.

Board-Up Regulations-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to hold a work session on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm to discuss boarding-up of residential structures was seconded and approved unanimously. This work session will be open to the public.

Emergency Repairs to RFC Rescue Truck and Engine 1-1-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have the repairs made was seconded and approved unanimously.

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 9:10 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 22, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer