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City Council Minutes

November 14, 2011

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 14, 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 October 24, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Auditor to present FY2011 report-Ginger Heatwole and Boyd Bounds, representing PKS, made a presentation. The auditors have issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements. This is the highest opinion that auditors can give. In their opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, and each major fund of the City of Cambridge as of June 30, 2011, and the respective changes in financial position, and cash flows, where applicable, thereof for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. 

Bruce McWilliams, Cambridge, Dorchester County Parade Committee, to request permission to hold the parade on Saturday, December 3rd (rain-date December 17th) beginning at 5:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance (until 10:00 pm); and permission to waive the peddlers' permit requirement for non-profit organizations-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Presentation of water quality data by Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth-Roman Jesien reported that they have been monitoring water quality in Dorchester County for the last 3 years. They take water samples at 5 stations every week. They analyze for temperature, salt in the water, pH, clarity, and other items. The samples are analyzed at the lab for nitrogen, phosphorous, nutrients, and bacteria. He showed slides with some of the statistics. He asked everyone to work together to restore the waters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Jane Devlin to give update on Schooner Rendezvous-This 6th annual event was attended by over 3,000 people and was coordinated by the efforts of 65 volunteers. The event is piggy-backed to the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race which is in its 22nd year. Most of the 14 vessels had dockside tours and public sails. They had an educational field trip for 90 students, staff, and chaperones. She asked Council to look at the waterfront and marina as viable economic development projects. Dredging would help their event in the future.  

Representatives from Main Street to request street closure from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm for the 500 block of Poplar Street and the 400 block of Race Street; variance from the noise ordinance from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm; alcohol sales 4:00 pm until 9:30 pm; and permission to have drum fires for making s'mores and roasting marshmallows for Second Saturday on December 10, 2011-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the requests of Main Street was seconded and approved unanimously.

La-Shon Foster to discuss redistricting-Mrs. Foster asked about the status of the redistricting; this information is essential for candidates who are planning an effective campaign in 2012. Mayor Stanley said the redistricting committee will make a presentation to her by November 28th. She understands that the committee has run into some roadblocks. The information will be available to the public by the first of the year. There may be a shift in some streets but she cannot say that there will not be a shift until she sees the presentation by the committee. The City will hold a public hearing as required by law.

Unfinished Business

none

New Business

Approve Resolution 11-015 - Enterprise Zone (language amendment to change from C-2 to Commercial zoned)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Resolution 11-015 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Resolution 11-016 - Cambridge International (confirmation of local match for property tax credit for 3 years)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Resolution 11-016, with amendments, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Vacancy on Housing Board of Review-No action was taken. This item will appear on the next agenda.

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

Approve budget amendments for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the two budget amendments for the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

5547 - Hertrich Ford of Easton - wiring panel repair in driver's door (CPD Vehicle C-14) - $1,192.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5547 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5548 - Galls - regulation turtleneck shirts for CPD - $1,531.40-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5548 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5549 - Lawman Supply Company - 150 Taser International air training cartridges (drug forfeiture account) - $2,847.50-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5549 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91571 - Mid-Atlantic Salt - 120 tons bulk ice control de-icing salt - $10,000-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91571 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91573 - Romano Concrete Construction - construction of curb/gutter and sidewalk on Cedar Street (100% CDBG grant) - $170,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91573 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91574 - E. D. Supply Co. - LED bulbs for pedestrian signals (MEA EECBG grant) - $1,320.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91574 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91575 - J. G. Parks & Son - Engine for CAT Backhoe - $8,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91575 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91576 - Pete's Masonry - replacement bricks on High Street for street repair - $1,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91576 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91577 - Dorchester County Highway - Roanoke cutting (ditch cleaning) - $1,600.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91577 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Redistricting-The Redistricting Committee meets at the Department of Public Works on Thursdays at 5:00 pm. The meetings are open to the public.

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 8:50 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 24, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer