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City Council Minutes

September 12, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 12, 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 22, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Sharon Lanasa, Youth Services Manager for Dorchester County Public Library, to receive proclamation celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read a proclamation declaring September as Library Card Sign-Up Month and presented it to Ms. Lanasa.

Abby Messick, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, to request permission to have skeet shooting on Hole 17 on October 3rd, October 7th, and October 18th-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to grant the request (discharge of firearms within City limits) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from Delmarva Community Services to request PILOT for Chesapeake Grove Project-The project will be a 30-unit intergenerational housing complex. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant a PILOT for $150 per unit for 15 years was seconded and passed 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Hanson opposed.

Mike Detmer to discuss the West Side Bypass-Mr. Detmer thanked the City for temporarily opening the bypass right before the hurricane. He asked the City to permanently open the bypass for official use only. Commissioner Knox reported that the property does not belong to the City. They have made every effort they can to work with the State to open the road. A motion to refer the matter to the Traffic and Safety Committee and Rob Collison was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to convene in closed executive session to obtain legal advice was seconded and approved unanimously. No motions were made during the session.

Unfinished Business

Appointments/re-appointments to the Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to re-appoint Kathleen Powers Manicke and Brian Roche was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments/re-appointments to Municipal Utilities Commission-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to re-appoint Norma Alschbach, Glenn Ford, Sr., and Andy Pasden was seconded and approved unanimously.

Nominee(s) for Zoning Board of Appeals-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to get credentials on Ted Brooks and Wayne Wilson was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Speed Cameras in School Zones-Sandy Woolfolk expressed her concerns and the concerns of others about the speed cameras in school zones. She does not read the newspaper in the summer. The citizens she is speaking for received tickets with no warning. She drives 25 to 29 mph in the 25 mph zone. Ms. Woolfolk believes in the safety of children. She is not opposed to speed cameras during school time. If police officers had pulled them over and warned them, they would have slowed down. She suggested installing flashing lights as a visual reminder. Kelly Flack has taught in Dorchester County for 15 years. Her daughter received a citation for going 27 mph in a 25 mph zone on August 1. If she had been made aware, she would have been going 15 mph. She thinks there should be some kind of warning. She does not get the newspaper. Sherry Robinson spoke representing her daughter who is away at college. She received a citation for doing 27 mph in the same area on August 16 when she was driving girls home from soccer. Mrs. Flack also suggested flashing light even when the kids are at the school. There are not any sidewalks in that area. Steve Reed recently returned to the Cambridge area. He has lived all over the country where the schools zones are in effect when school is in session. He received 3 tickets on the Monday and Tuesday of the week prior to school starting. He had no clue. The purpose of the cameras is to modify people's behavior. His behavior was modified on the day he believed the speed zones were in effect-the first day of school. Dolores Kersey has lived in the Algonquin area for 47 years. Sandy Hill School is very visible from both directions. She has no problem with 25 mph because you can see the children playing. She cannot see 15 mph. She was told the cameras will not pick up a motorcycle but a motorcycle can destroy a child too. She has never heard of anyone getting hurt on that road. Randy Bell received 5 tickets the first week the camera was on. He assumed it would be activated when school was in session. People have to be made aware of what they are supposed to do. There is no warning. If it is for the safety of the kids, there should be flashing lights. Nobody has ever been hit at the schools. He believes it is a money issue and is unfair. Nobody else asked to speak.

Chief Malik gave an overview. This is a pro-active measure for the children's safety. CPD has received numerous calls about speeders near Sandy Hill School. It is a manpower drain to have officers sitting out there. The camera was put in place on July 15. It has been discussed at the City Council meetings 4 or 5 times. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. He did not receive any calls about the program. The cameras have been discussed in articles in the Star-Democrat numerous times. A notice was also placed in the papers. The reason it is 7:00 am to 4:00 pm instead of 'while children are present' is because 'while children are present' is too ambiguous for the courts. You have to be more concise. The program operates by State legislature which stated it would be run year round, Monday through Friday, from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. It is not unique to Cambridge. The Superintendent of Schools was aware of it and supports it. The Board of Education did not have any problems with it. The City has permission to place the cameras on school property. The cameras were in place on July 15 as a warning, but the company does not issue paper warnings. The notice was in the newspaper. That is what is required by State law.

Sustainable Communities re-designation for Cambridge-Cambridge has been eligible for Community Legacy funds; however, the State has changed the law last year to call the eligible communities Sustainable Communities. A portion of Cambridge is a Designated Neighborhood which gives businesses in that neighborhood a chance to apply for low-interest loans. Each community must apply to become a Sustainable Community. Cambridge has the opportunity to modify and/or expand the boundaries. The application for re-designation will be submitted in December.

Approve line of credit with The National Bank of Cambridge for capital projects-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the $1.2 million line of credit for the current capital projects we are undertaking was seconded and approved unanimously.

TIGER grant application-The grant is through the Federal Department of Transportation for infrastructure improvements. Anne Roane reported that the City is planning to submit an application for High Street renovations. The intent to apply is due October 4th; the application is due October 30th.

Introduction and first reading of ordinance to amend Section 37(2)(c)(4) to modify language in order to streamline the site plan review process exempting formal submission of a site plan to the Planning Commission for review of minor exterior additions and alterations of structures (Ordinance 1016)-The Planning and Zoning Commission has unanimously recommended adoption of this ordinance. A public hearing will be held on September 26, 2011.

Introduction of DRAFT of proposed comprehensive revisions to the City's ethics ordinance and financial disclosure requirements (Ordinance 1017)-A work session will be held on September 19, 2011.

Introduction and first reading of ordinance for zoning text amendment (performance bond/sureties) to amend Section 408, Subsection 17-38 entitled "Payment of Costs" of the City zoning ordinance (Ordinance 1018)-A public hearing on this ordinance was held in August. It effects the completion of public infrastructure for subdivisions that have already been formally approved. It would permit the project to delay posting bond or letters of credit. There would be no sunset provision. In the current ordinance there is a 6-year period in which they must either complete the infrastructure or post and maintain the bond. If they do not bond or complete within the 6 years, the final approval lapses and they start all over.

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

Work Session on boarding-up of structures-The Council will hold a work session on boarding-up structures on Monday, September 19, 2011 starting at 6:00 pm.

Additional Action by Council

Request from American Legion Post 87--Carlton Bryan, Commander of American Legion Post 87, announced a car/bike/and motorcycle show on Saturday, September 17, 2011. A motion by Commissioner Stout to allow the American Legion Post 87 to close Pine Street from Cross Street to Schoolhouse Lane on September 17 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; use of the City-owned property across from Club Allure and a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously. Mr. Bryan will meet with Chief Malik to confirm the details of the event.

Demolition List Reconsideration-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to go into executive session to discuss a legal matter was seconded and approved unanimously. No action was taken.

Traffic & Safety Committee-A motion by Commissioner Knox to have the Traffic & Safety Committee investigate the feasibility and cost of putting flashing lights in the school speed zones was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Expansion of Sanitary District-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to send a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment via the Environmental Health Services at the Dorchester County Health Department for the purpose of declaring the need for municipal sewer and water services for 17 homes in the City and allowing the Sanitary District to serve those properties was seconded and passed unanimously.

Traffic Cameras in School Zones-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to have the Traffic & Safety Committee (and Rob Collison) review increasing the speed limit is school zones to 20 mph 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 9:25 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 12, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer