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City Council Minutes

October 24, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 24, 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 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 October 11, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Public Hearings

Proposed Ordinance No. 1017 to make comprehensive revisions to the City's Ethics Code and Financial Disclosure Requirements and to adopt state-mandated requirements-Notice of the public hearing was advertised in the Star-Democrat and Dorchester Star. The revisions to the code are mandated by State Senate Bill 315. It provides changes with regard to financial reporting requirements for candidates and elected officials of the City of Cambridge. It also expands other areas of the City's Ethics Code. It has two classes of financial disclosure-one is for all elected officials and candidates and a lesser financial disclosure for appointed commissions and certain employees and department heads of the City. This would include property owned in Dorchester County, secondary employment, and conflict of interest applied to all positions throughout the City. It also specifies the composition of the Ethics Commission, reporting, enforcement requirements, and also language regarding lobbying activities and the penalties for violations. Commissioner Hanson asked if the Police Board was included in the committees who have to fill out the forms. Rob Collison said they are an advisory board (as opposed to a decision making board) so they would not have to complete the forms. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and passed 4:0.

Proposed Ordinance No. 1019 to establish a Monitored Rehabilitation Program and requirements and criteria for the boarding-up of residential structures-Notice of the public hearing was advertised in the Star-Democrat and Dorchester Star. An ad hoc committee reviewed and made suggestions to revise the original ordinance. Commissioner Thomas recommended a permit fee of $100. Jim Chaney, a committee member, asked to see a copy of the red-lined changes. Mr. Wheeler said the red- lined changes were made to show Council the proposed changes made at the committee's September 19th meeting. He said they sent the committee members the changes but they may not have been made in red. Jim Chaney thanked Commissioner Sydnor for his hard work on the committee and said they are sorry to lose him as an advisor. Commissioner Sydnor thanked the committee for the tremendous job they did on the revisions to the ordinance. Eugene Martinetti thanked the Mayor and Commissioners for working with the committee. Nobody else from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

George Wright and David Thomas (CHS Class of 1965) to request permission to use Long Wharf on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, permission to erect a 20-ft x 40-ft tent, serve alcoholic beverages and food in the tent, a variance from the noise ordinance, and permission to give the class a tour of the lighthouse if it is complete-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

E. D. Steering Committee to present Economic Development Gateways Update-Brian Roche gave a follow-up to their previous presentation to give Council some specific recommendations that they would like the Council to adopt. They would like the City to adopt a one-year pilot program for the gateway streets. The first step is for the City to identify Maryland Avenue, Cedar Street, Locust Street, Glasgow Street, Pine Street, and Washington Street as gateways. Maryland Avenue and Cedar Street would be the first priority for streetscape and other capital improvements. They would like the City to update the trash container law on the gateways so that containers with wheels and an attached lid are required. The City could send a notice to property owners on the gateways to recommend purchasing this type of container. They want this to be business friendly-not an absolute requirement and will work with the Department of Public Works on a suggested container size. They would like this to happen by the first quarter of 2012. The next step would be to work with the Department of Public Works to send a reminder notice to property owners that it is their responsibility to clean the weeds from the curbs, gutters, and sidewalks along the gateways. They recommended a follow-up by the City in the event that it is not done. Within the next year, they would like the blatant code violations along the gateways to be identified by the Department of Public Works and those property owners notified of the violations. This should have a business-friendly approach. They are trying to shift the culture and momentum of residents along the gateways in the direction of maintaining the City. A committee member will come back to Council in six months to discuss the progress and then again after one year to determine whether it is a program that could be adopted in a more concrete fashion. A motion by Commissioner Stout to accept the recommendations from the steering committee to move forward with the pilot program and extend the timelines (trash containers) was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Proclamation for Economic Development Week (October 24 - 28, 2011)-The purpose of the proclamation is to celebrate the businesses in our community and for all of those who helped them to thrive. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from St Paul's United Methodist Church to request a variance from the noise ordinance on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for their Fall Festival and permission to hold a hay ride from St. Paul's Church (205 Maryland Avenue) to the Sailwinds Park area- A motion by Commissioner Thomas to grant the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representatives from Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Guild to discuss the City-owned property adjacent to their cemetery-Mayor Stanley announced she was going to recuse herself from this discussion. Lorraine Henry said their current cemetery was purchased in 1883. Many improvements have been made over the last few years. They would like to know the City's plans for the land adjacent to their cemetery. Commissioner Sydnor reported that as a stipulation of the grant funding used to purchase the land, the City would have to turn any money received for the land back to the State until 2015. The State could give the City an exception if a proposed plan met a CDBG national objective. Ed Kinnamon will contact Cindy Stone to ask what can be done with the land. Mrs. Henry will send Mr. Kinnamon a letter detailing their request. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to send out an RFP for that property and then have Council decide if they want to declare it as excess property was seconded and passed 3:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on ordinance to revise the City's ethics code and financial disclosure requirements (Ordinance 1017)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1017 with a modification of insertion of the reference to Section 6 under Subsection 2(d) was seconded and approved 4:0.

Second reading and vote on ordinance for boarding of residential structures and monitored rehabilitation program (Ordinance 1019)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt Ordinance 1019 with the fee for the boarding permit being $100 (Item 2) was seconded and approved 4:0.

Prioritize Community Legacy FY 2012 applications-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to prioritize the application as (1) Restoration and Expansion of Maritime Museum (Ruark Boatworks); (2) Gateway Streetscape & Phase 2 of the Community Wayfinding System; (3) Façade Improvement Project; and (4) Dorchester Center for the Arts Performance Hall was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appoint alternate member to Ethics Commission-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to appoint Bonnie Rimpo as an alternate to the Ethics Commission with the term ending in 2015 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appoint member to Zoning Board of Appeals-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to appoint Ted Brooks as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Approve resolution for submission of Community Legacy grants-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Resolution 11-014 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Request by DPW to purchase LED bulbs for pedestrian signals using EECBG grant funds-Council agreed with the purchase. A purchase order will be presented at the next Council meeting.

Approve budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve financial statement for September 2011-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the financial statement for September 2011 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve purchase orders:

91570 - American Paving Corporation - 22.40 tons of cold patch (to repair streets) - $1,433.60-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Additional Action by Council

Director of Economic Development Job Classification-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the job classification for the Director of Economic Development was seconded and approved 4:0.

Redistricting-The committee met and now has all the census data entered into the computer with the new software. The committee will meet again this week to review the numbers and make necessary changes. A work session will be held. Mayor Stanley would like the final document presented at the November 28, 2011 Council meeting.

Closed Executive Session-Council met at 6:00 pm in closed executive session to discuss personnel issues.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:53 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 24, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer