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City Council Minutes

November 28, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 28, 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 November 14, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Proclamation-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation and presented it to Nancy Stewart of Coastal Hospice.

Cherie Koontz to make requests for the February Second Saturday Event-a for a High Heel Race for Charity on February 11, 2012) - a variance from the noise ordinance, closure of the 400 block of Race Street, and authorization for liquor sales-all between the hours of 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Patti Willis, Sr. Vice President for External Relations and Development to introduce Ken Kozel, President and CEO of Shore Health System-Council welcomed Mr. Kozel to Cambridge. Mr. Kozel expressed his dedication to healthcare in the mid-Shore region.

Jeff Paxson to request a CDA resolution of support and PILOT for Foxtail Crossing II-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the resolution was seconded and approved unanimously with an amendment that the PILOT must contain a statement clarifying that the amenities presented for the project must be put in place for the PILOT to become effective.

Unfinished Business

Vacancy on Housing Board of Review-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept Mayor Stanley's recommendation to appoint Janeen V. Ford to the Housing Board of Review to fulfill the term of Mr. John Matthews (who resigned) was seconded and approved unanimously. Her term will expire in August 2013.

New Business

Discussion on limited business hours within Main Street area-The issue arose because of the residential units above the storefronts in the Main Street and Arts and Entertainment District. The downtown merchants will meet tomorrow to review laws in other jurisdictions and then a report will be made to Council.

Creation of waterman's row and other marina incentives-Scott Fitzhugh, Dockmaster, made several suggestions in an effort to bring additional business and revenues to the marina including a "Waterman's Row" on Pier A which is not currently being occupied and a tiered incentive program for slip holders who are willing to sign multiple year leases in the basin. A motion by Commissioner Knox to make Pier 'A' 'Waterman's Row' for the introduction of commercial watermen to dock at Pier A was seconded and approved unanimously. No fees were set at this time. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to have the Finance Committee review the longevity slip holders incentive was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to have the waterman's row proposal  forwarded to the Finance Committee for review was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request from Dorchester County Public Library for 30 parking permits to be used from January through April along Spring Street and the Courthouse block of High Street for AARP's Tax Preparation Assistance Program-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve lease agreement for WCEM-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the terms set forth in the lease agreement and authorize Mayor Stanley to negotiate the fee with WCEM was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve holiday schedule for 2012-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the holiday schedule for 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve City Council meeting schedule for 2012-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the City Council meeting schedule for 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

5552 - Ocean Systems - Technical support contract renewal (Detective Div. video enhancement) - $1,295.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5552 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5553 - Motorola - Teltronics - twenty five 4150 MAH batteries for portable radios for CPD - $2,441.25-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve PO 5553 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5555 - Wor-Wic Community College - tuition and fees for four police recruits - $9,452.15 ($3,452.15 funded by LGIT)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5555 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5577 - Ocean Technology Systems - OTS full face masks for diving and installation of communications on masks for RFC - $1,647.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5577 with one half of the expense coming from the 508 fund was seconded and approved unanimously.

5580 - Specialty Rescue, Inc. - emergency repairs to Hurst power unit on Rescue 1-1 - $1,087.72-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5580 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

City-owned property in the Schoolhouse Lane area-Because Mayor Stanley is a member of Waugh Church, she left the room. In 2005, the City received a letter from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development stating that the use of the land as a cemetery does not meet a national objective, therefore, the State could not approve the re-use of the property as a cemetery. If the City wanted to sell the land prior to April 7, 2015 (5 years from the close-out date), they would have to pay for an appraisal, sell the land at the appraised value, and return the money to the State. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to withdraw the RFP for this land was seconded and approved unanimously. Ed Kinnamon will notify Ms. Henry of Council's decision.

Vintage City Council meeting minutes-Council asked Ed Kinnamon to contact the State Archives Office to see how they handle requests to view vintage documents.

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to enter into closed executive session after the meeting to discuss a personnel issue was seconded and approved unanimously.

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 28, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer