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City Council Minutes

December 12, 2011
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 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 Hanson to alter the agenda to add a presentation by Masonic Lodges 50 and 66 was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the November 28, 2011 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Fresh Coat-Gateways Acknowledgement-Council thanked the citizens for their work in cleaning up Locust Street, Cedar Street and Maryland Avenue to help beautify Cambridge.  They also thanked the other Fresh Coat Groups who worked on other streets in the past.  The spirit of giving back to the community means a lot on a lot of levels. This is what makes Cambridge the great place it is to live. The Department of Public Works was also thanked for their participation.

Christmas Parade Acknowledgement-With the possibility that Cambridge would not have a parade this year, Bruce McWilliams graciously offered to chair a committee to make sure Cambridge had a parade.  Council thanked the members of the committee and all the volunteers.  Bruce McWilliams said they are working on next year's parade.  They are working on a fundraiser with the radio station and a Christmas in July fundraiser at Sailwinds.  Mike Edgar thanked the City, the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, and Rescue Fire Company for all their help.

Presentation by Masonic Lodges Nos. 50 and 66-A few years ago the lodges recognized the need for a cold weather shelter in Cambridge.  The lodges joined together to have a fish fry fundraiser.  They presented a check for $1,000 to Rev. Anne Swallow Gillis, a co-chair of the cold weather shelter.  The shelter is now in its 7th year.

Keith Graffius, Crabi Gras, to request permission to close Cannery Way on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; alcohol sales from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; permission to have drum fires for s'mores and roasting marshmallows; and police presence at the Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Robyne Feehley, Choptank Cigar Company, (402 Race Street), to request permission to vary the distance from the building to place outdoor seating in front of 402 Race Street-A motion by Commissioner Knox was seconded and approved unanimously to approve the requested variance from the required 40% of the excess width of the area in front of 402 Race Street maintaining no less than a 4-foot clearance from the rear of the light post toward the structure. 

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to ask Rob Collison to draft an amended ordinance that would specifically state "the obstruction of sidewalks would need the necessary 4-foot clearance then the remaining excess footage would be fully usable" was seconded and approved unanimously.

Presentation by Redistricting Committee-The committee consisted of Chad Malkus, Joe Feldman, Mike Edgar, Derek Wongus, Enez Grubb, and Phil Rice.  Two possible scenarios were submitted for the City to consider. The City grew in population by about 1400 people according to Census 2010. The population is now 12,329. Therefore, each ward has to have approximately 2500 people (within 5 percent). Maps will be available at City Hall, the Dorchester County Public Library, and the Department of Public Works for the citizens to review. The Council will take public comment at the meeting on December 19, 2011. The public is asked to give comments or suggestions to their Commissioner by January 4, 2012.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to hold a public hearing on redistricting on January 4, 2012 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. The location for the public hearing will be announced at a later date.

Representative from Breaker Boy to request Neighborhood Business Works support resolution-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Resolution 11‑018 in support of Breaker Boy LLC was seconded and approved unanimously.  There is no financial obligation of the City.

Unfinished Business

Marina Incentives-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee for Waterman's Row for new commercial watermen with a fee set at $600 annually with the first contract being for 18 months ($900) was seconded and approved unanimously.  Electric will be billed at the prevailing rate.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt a long-term lease agreement utilizing a 5 percent discount for a two-year lease and a 7.5 percent discount for a three-year lease with the non-refundable slip fees being paid upfront was seconded and passed unanimously.

New Business

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

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

Approve budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment for the Financial Administration was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5556 - Galls - 59 holsters (CPD grant funds) - $5,350.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5556 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5557 - Dell Computers - 5 OptiPlex mini-tower computers (CPD grant funds) - $6,532.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 5557 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Stout to go into closed executive session following the meeting to discuss personnel 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 9:20 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 12, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer