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City Council Minutes

January 23, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 23, 2011 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:06 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 January 9, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to hold a public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously.

Proposed extension of moratorium on electronic imaging signs-The Planning staff made a recommendation to extend the current moratorium on the basis that the City had undertaken the consulting services of Jakubiak & Associates to do and complete the comprehensive text amendments of the City's zoning ordinance and zoning maps and felt it would be warranted to extend the moratorium while the legislation is in process. Notification of the public hearing was published in the Star Democrat on January 6 and 15, 2012 and the Dorchester Star on January 13, 2012. Anne Roane reported that there was a sub-committee formed from the Planning Commission that has looked at this and drafted legislation which was forwarded to Chris Jakubiak. He will include their recommendations in the zoning ordinance. The draft of the ordinance has to be done by September 30, 2012. The staff has reviewed policies of most of the jurisdictions in Maryland and how they have handled electronic signs and conversions of billboards to electronic medium. Commissioner Sydnor said it was stated that the committee would not need a year, yet Council has not seen any completion work that they have achieved and they are asking for another year. Council has not even seen a rough draft. Anne Roane said when they initiated the moratorium, they did not have any idea that they would be going through a rezoning process. Subsequent to the formation of the sub-committee, the City received a grant to move forward with the comprehensive rezoning. If Council wants a presentation, Anne Roane said she thinks the subcommittee can do it next month.

William Jackson said the citizens are again looking at delayed laws being enforced. If a business person waited a year for a decision and then it was delayed for another year, there should be some presentation to explain why this extra time is needed. The process is creating a lot of animosity in the community. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Representatives from the Cambridge Rotary Club and Dorchester Chamber of Commerce present to discuss refurbishing the Long Wharf World War I Memorial Fountain-Jeff Hubbard, President Elect of Cambridge Rotary Club and Allen Nelson, Executive Director of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, said their group is a collaboration of citizens and civic groups that are interested in getting the old fountain working again. The fountain was built in 1938 to honor those who fought and gave their lives in World War I.  The major fundraiser during the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce dinner is donations to fix the fountain. Cambridge Rotary Club, through it's Community Foundation [a 501(c)3 organization], is going to be the charitable group that will handle the donations. Their intent is to get the donations in place and get the fountain fixed and working for its traditional Memorial Day start this year. They are working with the Department of Public Works to make sure everything they do is transparent. They believe some simple repairs can get the fountain working using a new pump and a new in-take system. They are asking for in-kind services and donations. Cosmetic repairs are also needed. There is no cost to the City. Cambridge Rotary Club repaired the fountain in 1985. They are trying to raise $50,000 toward the fountain-a gift to the community. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the donations, allow the committee to move forward, and allow the committee to work with the Department of Public Works staff was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to request Letters of Support to be submitted with Grant Applications to Preservation Maryland and Maryland Heritage Area Authority-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the letters of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to request use of Long Wharf for the 7th Annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous, October 19, 20 & 21, 2012. Request permission to hold the 7th Annual Schooner Rendezvous on October 19 - 21, 2012 - Use of Long Wharf, free dockage, use of electricity, permission to erect a tent at Long Wharf from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22; additional trash cans; use of barricades; a variance from the noise ordinance at Long Wharf on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; permission to serve beer and wine on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 12 noon to 11:00 pm and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 12 noon to 6:00 pm; and a blanket permit for vendors, and waiver of vendor fees on October 20th and 21st-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jermaine Anderson to introduce the non-profit, Alpha-Genesis-Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promotes cultural awareness with a concentration in, but not limited to, African American Heritage. They are working on not only preserving our history but cultivating new history. They are committed to creating community co-ops that address and celebrate the beauty of unity.

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on ordinance to extend moratorium on electronic imaging signs (Ordinance 1020)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Ordinance 1020 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Approve Redistricting Map-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Option 7 for the redistricting map was seconded and denied 2:3 with Commissioners Knox, Stout, and Hanson opposed. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt Map 6A was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas opposed.

New Business

July 4th Fireworks-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Chief Malik moving forward with the July 4th fireworks ($20,000) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve letter of support to the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage & Economic Enrichment for Dorchester-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve sending letters of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Anne Roane to give update on Zoning Ordinance-The committee is on a tight timeframe to get the ordinance rewritten. The consultant is on schedule. Work groups are being formed to address different section of the zoning ordinance. The State representatives who have given Cambridge the grant to pay for the update are happy with the City's progress. The first of at least three public hearings should be at the end of July. As part of the grant, the consultant has agreed to prepare a web page that specifically addresses the zoning ordinance. This web page will be linked to the City's web page. All work sessions are open to the public.

Anne Roane to request permission to apply for a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Maryland Historic Trust grant-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve applying for the grants which will be for the continuation of the students' work that was done on the 307 Gay Street building was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discussion on abatement or waiver of fines for 106 Cedar Street-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to enter into a written agreement saying that the citations and fines totaling $5,498.49 will be held in escrow and released to the property owner if all the repairs to the property are made and it is brought up to code, including environmental issues, by June 30, 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve readopting ordinance to codify (republish) City Code (Ordinance 1021)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Ordinance 1021 was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Approve purchase orders:

5562 - Allen Dietrich - replace transmission, converter, etc on Vehicle C-14 (CPD) - $1,200.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5562 for December 2011 was seconded and approved unanimously.

5584 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - 12 All-American 2.5" supreme attack hose (50-ft sections) - RFC - $2,289.96-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5584 was seconded and approved unanimously.

91584 - Jakubiak & Associates, Inc. - Professional Services - Comprehensive Rezoning Ordinance - $61,000.00 (grant)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91584 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

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 9:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 23, 2011, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer