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City Council Minutes

February 6, 2012
 

The City Council met in a special regular session on Monday, February 6, 2012 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silent prayer. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the February 1, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go into closed executive session for legal advice was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to go back into regular session was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Discussion of Mayor Jackson-Stanley's Redistricting Map (version of Map 7)-Mayor Jackson-Stanley opened a discussion on Map 7B. She gave a synopsis of the maps that have been presented over the last few months. She said she thinks Map 7B is the best that they have come up with based on hearing what the citizens had to say. They have looked at 10 maps.  On Map 7, Ward 1 appeared to be 3 separate 'islands'. Technically, Map 7B is the ACLU map revisited. On Map 7B, Ward 1 has a contiguous look to it.  Cattail Crossing is now back in Ward 2 and Conifer Village is in Ward 1.  The difference between Map 7 and Map 7B is just that flip. Historically, Conifer Village was in Ward 1 geographically.  There were no changes to Wards 3, 4, and 5.  The City has been trying to work with the ACLU and the audience.  The City sent the ACLU a copy of Map 7B on Friday.  The ACLU said they are o.k. with Map 7B.  They were unwilling to put it in writing but they said they would call those who have contacted them. Two citizens have told her that they received calls from the ACLU and they are o.k. with Map 7B.  Commissioner Sydnor and Oden Wheeler said the ACLU was also o.k. with Map 7.  Mayor Jackson-Stanley offered to read the statistics for each ward if anyone would like to hear them. Commissioner Sydnor said the map was made up for the pleasures of individuals, not considering the citizens of Cambridge. He said Council said Map 7 was a fair representation of what they wanted to do in the City of Cambridge. There were some points he conceded in order to increase the representation in Ward 4 from Ward 2.  Now they have gone back because someone made a mistake in presenting Map 6 and voted for it without looking at it.  They now want to remedy their mistake and serve their particular pleasures.  Mayor Jackson-Stanley said Maps 6, 7, and 7B are all based on what the ACLU thought would be a fair representation.

Several people from the audience expressed their dissatisfaction with the procedures followed and the map presented by Mayor Jackson-Stanley and gave suggestions for amending the map.

Approve Redistricting Map-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Map 7 as the redistricting map for the City of Cambridge was not seconded and therefore died for lack of a second. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Map 7B was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. (A role call vote was taken.)

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 7:10 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, February 6, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer