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City Council Minutes

April 9, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 9, 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 26, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Presentation by Michael Boeck, University of Maryland Landscape Architect Graduate Student, on his thesis focused on shoreline erosion control, focusing on the shoreline in Cambridge-Mr. Boeck spoke on some of the issues concerning Cambridge's shoreline and posted 'what-if' questions regarding the future of our shoreline.  He also outlined his plan to achieve safety, sustainability, greater public waterfront access and economic growth through innovative design and public participation. Mr. Boeck said he can be reached at [email protected] and will be happy to send out electronic copies of his survey results.

Representatives from Cambridge Main Street to request the following:

Farmers Market, Thursdays, May 3 through October 11, 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.; use of Long Wharf Park; a variance from the noise ordinance for acoustic music (now and again) and also on Tuesdays, June 19 through October 9, from 8:00 a.m. to noon for a few vendors-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the requests with the stipulation that proof of liability insurance be provided to the City, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Saturday, July 14, Taste of Cambridge - close 400 block of Race Street and 500 block of Poplar Street from 1:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.; variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; outside liquor sales; Police Department presence; and the use of spare city garbage cans and Saturday, September 15, Summer Sendoff: Blues, Brews, and BBQ - Close 400 block of Race Street and 500 block of Poplar Street from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.; variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00  p.m.; outside alcohol sales; Police Department presence; and the use of spare city garbage cans-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Robert Wood to request permission to hold a kids triathlon, sponsored by the Cambridge Multi Sport Society, on July 4, 2012 starting at approximately 8:00 a.m. (until approximately noon) beginning and ending at the Dorchester County YMCA using Somerset Avenue, Glasgow Street, and Hambrooks Boulevard-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Christine Foxwell and Phyllis Weber, Dorchester Relay for Life to discuss their "Paint the Town Purple" project; to request a variance from the noise ordinance for Relay on May 18th and 19th at Cambridge South Dorchester High School and to receive a proclamation declaring Cambridge a Relay for Life Community-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests and declared Cambridge as 'The Power of Purple' from April 28, 2012 until May 18, 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the Choptank River Lighthouse Society to request permission to use the grassy area of Long Wharf for the Choptank River Lighthouse Dedication event on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; a variance from the noise ordinance; and permission to serve alcohol in the park-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Aja Luke, Ace Ryderz Social Club, to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, June 2 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a community event called "We Stand Against" and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representatives from the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Center for Towns to request a resolution for a Gateway Initiative project which will take place in the fall of 2012-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 12-006 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jermaine Anderson to request permission to use the City's property on the corner of Race and Cedar Streets for an event called 'King's Called Summit' on Sunday, June 17, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; a variance from the noise ordinance; and use of the electricity-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Knox was out of the room.).

Unfinished Business

Approve Finding of Facts for rezoning request of Cambridge Rentals, LLC-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the rezoning request by Cambridge Rentals LLC based on the Finding of Facts was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Stout opposed. The rezoning will become effective 10 days from today.

Public comment on ordinance to amend Section 16-1 regarding use of sidewalks by adjoining property owners (Ordinance 1022)-Nobody from the audience asked to speak.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to leave the public comment period open until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Public comment on 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)-The   proposed ordinance will be amended to include the penalty to a maximum of $1,000.00 per day. Bruce Reed suggested that the lighting be indirect and diffused for a period longer than the 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. stated in the proposed ordinance. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to leave the public comment period open until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appoint alternate member to the Ethics Commission-Sergio Lattanzi has withdrawn his application. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to appoint Michael Schrader as an alternate member to the Ethics Commission was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Approve renewal of line of credit with The National Bank of Cambridge for capital projects through December 31, 2012-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve renewal of the line of credit with The National Bank of Cambridge was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discuss letter of support to amend County excise tax-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve submitting a letter of support to amend the County excise tax was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve financial statement for February 2012-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the financial statement for February 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Discuss the Tech Park "Share of Proceeds Agreement"-Several items need clarification. Rob Collison will address the concerns in a letter to MEDCO.

Discuss the Tech Park "Purchase and Development Agreement"- Several items need clarification.  Rob Collison will address the concerns in a letter to MEDCO.

Approve PO 5597 - Maryland Municipal League - Convention - $2,397.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5597 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Budget Meeting-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to hold a budget work session on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. was seconded and approved unanimously. The meeting is open to the public.

Closed Executive Session-Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 p.m. to consider a preliminary matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City.

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 9:00 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 9, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

                                            

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer