City Council Minutes
March 26, 2012
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, March 26, 2012 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 approve the minutes of the March 12, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.
Agenda Amendment-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to remove the approval of the financial statement for February 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.
Rezoning Request of Cambridge Rentals, LLC -- Proposed Zoning Map Amendment: Cambridge Rentals LLC requests to rezone the following properties from R-1 "Single Family Residential" to R-3 "Multi-Family Residential:" Tax Map 302, Parcel No. 2362, described as Lot 2 - 35,238 sq. ft. South East Side of Leonard Lane; and Tax Map 302, Parcel No. 2363 identified as Lot 3 & 4 - 48,182 sq.ft., 1002 Park Lane, Cambridge. Both parcels being located near the southeast intersection of Leonard's Lane and Park Lane-Notice of the public hearing was advertised in the Star-Democrat on March 11 and 12, 2012 and in the Dorchester Star on March 15, 2012. The property was posted with a notice of the public hearing and all surrounding property owners were advised in writing by mail. Anne Roane reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to give a favorable recommendation to have the zoning change from R-1 to R-3. There are 5 single-family detached homes on the same parcel and a lot of multi-family dwellings. Anne Roane believes there was probably a mapping mistake in 2003 when the comprehensive rezoning took place. There has also been a change in the neighborhood. Any site plan would have to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Jim Chaney reported that he intends to build single-story townhomes on the property which he feels fits well with the Comprehensive Plan that was passed not long ago. Portia Johnson-Ennels asked what changes in the neighborhood happened to consider this rezoning. Anne Roane said there have been a lot more multi-family homes built in the neighborhood, especially in the block encompassing Greenwood Avenue, Leonard Lane, Park Lane, and Cosby Avenue. Portia Johnson-Ennels suggested that more research be done on that area because of the density; that is why the single-family zoning was retained. When the last housing complex was put through, the officials at HUD decided (in 1985) that they would not put any more multi-family dwellings in that area. There was the density issue of putting certain groups of people all together. The City of Cambridge should have spread their rental properties out throughout all five wards. Jim Chaney said he is not promoting more rentals; he is promoting home ownership. That is what he intends to do with this property. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. The findings of fact will be adopted at the next meeting.
Carlton Courts Apartments - a request by the Regional Manager of Carlton Court apartments to obtain a waiver from the City to place a fence across the paper street which would be the continuation of Hubbard Street-This public hearing was advertised in the Star-Democrat on March 20, 2012 and the Dorchester Star on March 22, 2012. The manager of Carlton Court apartments would like to install a security fence along their property and to extend it across the paper street of Hubbard Street extended. They understand it will be their responsibility to remove the fence at their expense if the City asked them to do so. Rob Collison will prepare a written agreement. A suggestion was made to remove the posts and install a gate wide enough for access by emergency vehicles. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request for a fence with a 12-ft wide gate for access by authorized City officials only with an agreement that the City would be held harmless from any liability was seconded and approved unanimously.
Tim Crosby, Delmarva Rural Laboratory/Morgan State University to request a letter of support for a technical assistance grant for their summer program-This year their project is to have the students work with the community to develop a vision and a master plan for Pine Street from High Street to Washington Street. They are requesting a technical assistance grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development in the amount of $49,800. Their total budget for the summer is $155,000+. In May, Chris Jukobiak and Associates will work with the community to see what the community wants to achieve. The information will be compiled before the students arrive. The students will be here from May 24th through August 10th. Their intent is to have the students live on Pine Street. Dion Banks, Cambridge Lives!, said his organization believes this is a really great opportunity for these students to interact with our local residents and the younger black people in Cambridge. Bethel Church will mentor and help keep the students safe. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve submitting a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.
Amanda Bramble to request permission to close a portion of City parking lot (Lot No. 3) next to 307 Gay Street on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance until 10:00 pm, and outside liquor sales for her 4th Annual Crab Bash (a fund raiser to benefit Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen's Association)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. Access to High Street will remain open.
Representative from Bay Country Church to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Sunday, April 8, 2012 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon for an Easter Service and egg hunt and a variance from the noise ordinance for stated hours-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.
Introduction of Ordinance for amendment of Section 16-1 regarding use of sidewalks by adjoining property owners (Ordinance 1022)-Currently the codes provides that adjoining property owners may use up to 40 percent of the excess over and above what the Department of Public Works currently requires local sidewalks. The proposed amendment would provide and permit up to 100 percent of the excess to be used by adjoining property owners with prior approval by the City Council as long as the usage is in full compliance with requirements and specifications set for in the Americans with Disabilities Act or other applicable laws.
Request to go to bid for Downtown Parking Improvements / Cannery Way-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request to go to bid after Council reviews the plans was seconded and approved unanimously.
Appoint alternate member to the Ethics Commission-A motion by Mayor Stanley to defer a decision until she talks to both candidates was seconded and approved unanimously.
Introduction of ordinance to regulate business hours in the Arts & Entertainment District between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. (Ordinance 1023)-This ordinance will eliminate unreasonable noise between the stated hours. Statics show there was a significant number of calls to CPD by residents complaining of the noise. Exceptions would be medical offices, dental offices, pharmacies, transportation service businesses, and hotels and motels. Public comments will be taken at the next meeting.
Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Knox was out of the room.).
Approve Purchase Orders:
PO 5568 - Valerie J. Mann - grant administration for CPD - $720.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Knox was out of the room.).
PO 5569 - Computer Information Systems, Inc. - 305 maintenance and renewal of department report and information software for CPD - $9,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Knox was out of the room.).
Approve budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.
Invoice Statement No. 8625 - Karpinski, Colaresi & Karp - legal services - redistricting - $1,800.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve paying the invoice was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.
Additional Action by Council
Letter of Support for Bank of the Eastern Shore-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve sending a letter of support to the Bank of the Eastern Shore to raise capital to allow them to remain independent 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 8:45 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 26, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer