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City Council Minutes

October 11, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 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 September 26, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Proclamation honoring Marian Marie Keen Collins on her 106th birthday-A motion by Commissioner Knox to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation and presented it to friends of Mrs. Collins so they can present it to her.

Proclamation declaring November 1, 2011 "Extra Mile Day"-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation.

Proclamation declaring November as "National American Indian Heritage Month"-Mayor Stanley read the proclamation and presented it to Cheryl Everman, a representative of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Indians Committee Chair. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Proclamation declaring November as "Municipal Government Works Month"-Mayor Stanley read the proclamation. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Susan Luby, Character Counts! to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, May 5, 2012 (all day) for their annual fundraiser, Six Pillars Century; permission to serve food, an a variance from the noise ordinance (set-up on Friday, May 4 at 3:30 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Approve tax credit for Habitat for Humanity in accordance with House Bill 42-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to grant tax credits for a period of no longer than five years for each property from the date of acquisition was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Introduction/first reading of ordinance to revise the City's ethics code and financial disclosure requirements (Ordinance 1017)-The changes are being made pursuant to the mandates by Senate Bill 315 that was approved by the General Assembly and became effective October 1, 2011.  The legislative revision requires that all county and municipal organizations subject their elected officials and candidates to the same conflict of interest and financial disclosure requirements that are applicable to all state and public officials. The City held a work session on August 29, 2011.  Public comments will be heard on October 24, 2011.

Introduction/first reading of ordinance for boarding of residential structures and monitored rehabilitation program (Ordinance 1019)-The ordinance was amended pursuant to comments made at a recent work session.  Public comments will be heard on October 24, 2011.  Commissioner Sydnor stated he no longer will sit on this Board (Liaison). Commissioner Knox volunteered to be the Council's representative.

Request for City ordinance that businesses be closed within the Main Street District between 2:00 am and 5:00 am (requested by downtown merchants/residents)-Bruce Reed spoke representing a number of local residents and business owners in the downtown area.  This request was prompted by the possibility of an after-hours club or other businesses causing disturbances, straining police resources, and causing safety concerns that will reflect badly on a downtown.  Right now there is not any business that stays open, so they will not be reflecting upon anyone in particular.  He also suggested that they might want to have a curfew on minors being out after a certain hour unaccompanied by an adult. Chief Malik said he did not think Cambridge would meet the criteria for a curfew. A motion by Commissioner Stout to authorize Rob Collison to work with Mr. Reed in reviewing ordinances in other municipalities with public comments to follow was seconded and approved unanimously. This will be addressed at a meeting in November.

Appoint/re-appoint member to City Ethics Commission-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to appoint Steve Rideout as a full-time member of the Ethics Commission was seconded and approved unanimously. Anyone wishing to serve as an alternate was asked to send their credentials to Mayor Stanley.

Reclassification of Director of Economic Development position-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to investigate if the City has a reclassification procedure and if not, development one was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Approve renewal agreement with Maryland Small Business Development Center (office in City Hall)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the renewal agreement for SBDC for a two-year period was seconded and approved unanimously.

Set hours for trick-or-treat on Halloween-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to set trick-or-treat time as Monday, October 31, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

5576 - Motorola - IMPRES 6 unit charger w/display module for RFC - $1,039.50-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5576 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5573 - Robert P. Phillips - Fire Chief stipend - $10,000.00; 5574 - Brian Willey - Assistant Fire Chief stipend - $5,000.00; 5575 - Wayne Cook - Assistant Fire Chief stipend - $5,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Orders  5573, 5574, and 5575 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Planning and Zoning Commission-Beginning in November, the Planning and Zoning Commission will be meeting the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 pm. The first Tuesdays will be dedicated to the comprehensive rewriting of the maps and zoning ordinance.

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 8:28 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, October 11, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer