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Council Meeting Minutes

April 23, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 23, 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 April 9, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Knox to amend the agenda to add approval of a City-wide activity on July 7, 2012 and a Vessel Safety Check Day was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Susan Lazur, Dorchester Center for the Arts, to request permission to hold their 36th Dorchester Showcase on Sunday, September 23 on High Street from Poplar Street/Locust Street to Water Street from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; a variance from the noise ordinance; and support from the Cambridge Police Department and the Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Tom Wilson, Dorchester County Commission on the Aging, to receive a proclamation declaring May as Celebrate Senior Citizens Month, a variance from the noise ordinance on May 17th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm during Senior Celebration at Sailwinds Park, and permission to hang a banner across Race Street-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from Hyatt Resorts to have fireworks on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. after a wedding ceremony-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the International Association of Administrative Professionals to receive proclamation for Administrative Professionals Week-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to proclaim this week as Administrative Professionals Week was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Adoption of ordinance to amend Section 16-1 regarding use of sidewalks by adjoining property owners (Ordinance 1022)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public comment period was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1022 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Adoption 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)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public comment period was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Stout to adopt Ordinance 1023 with an amendment to strike Section A(2) regarding exterior illumination was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Permission to apply for CDBG annual grant round-A motion by Commissioner Knox to prepare an application(s) the Community Development Block Grant program was seconded and approved unanimously.  

2012 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant-Chief Malik said the City has been approved to receive $10,513.00.  He requested permission to purchase and install equipment for three Ford Police Interceptor vehicles that they hope to purchase in the coming year. It would include the purchase of the light bar, hideaway LEDs in the grill and the back, siren speaker and the console which contains a radio and siren amplifier.  It would also include the detailing.  This will come to a total of $9,983.00. If they cannot purchase new vehicles this year, they can purchase the equipment and store it for future use. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the Police Department permission to move forward with the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant and purchase the stated equipment was seconded and approved unanimously. 

Open Bids for annual street resurfacing-Ed Kinnamon reported that the City received three bids:

All Shore Paving, Inc. (Easton) - $250,599.00

David A. Bramble, Inc. (Chestertown) - $247,875.00

George & Lynch, Inc. (Dover, DE) - $267,275.00

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Council to set tax rate-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer a vote on the tax rate was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. 

Introduction of Ordinance to amend the Arts and Entertainment District of the City (Ordinance 1024)-The intent of the original map adopted some years ago was to include both sides of High Street from Long Wharf to Pine Street; both sides of Pine Street up to Cedar Street; both sides of Cedar Street to Race Street; and then both sides of Race Street to Muir Street.  However, the map did not include the westerly or southerly sections of High, Pine, and Muir Streets and the easterly side of Race Street.  The entire district is up for renewal in the fall.  A section where Todd Seafood is currently located will now be included.  Deep Harbor (residential) is not included.  A public hearing will be held at the May 14, 2012 meeting.

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

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

Approve amendments to budget-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the amendments to the budget was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from the Avon Dixon Agency and the Maryland Natural Resources Police Boating Safety Division to request permission to set up a Vessel Safety Check Day at Franklin Street Boat Ramp on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91602 - Long Life Treated Wood - lumber for marina dock - $1,152.00 (100% DNR Grant)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91602 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91603 -- Lowe's of Easton -- lumber for construction of equipment shed - $1,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91603 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91604 -Bank of America for purchase at 84 Lumber -- Metal Sheathing for construction of equipment shed - $2,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91604 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Community-Wide Activity on Greenwood Avenue on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at no expense to the City-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow Mayor Stanley to contact the Guinness Book of World Records about this event was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Ironman Eagleman Triathlon-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley to sign a document from the Pentagon to confirm that the City has given approval to the Triathlon Association to use Great Marsh Park on June 10, 2012 for the Ironman Eagleman 70.3 because they are anticipating a fly-over at approximately 6:45 a.m. was seconded and approved unanimously.

Possible Halfway House-Commissioner Thomas recused himself from this discussion and left the room. Laurence Chitlik discussed the house at 816 Locust Street that was being rented to use as a half-way house for people with drug issues. Oden Wheeler said the Department of Public Works is reviewing this situation. Rob Collison said that after their investigation, they will send a cease-and-desist order if they find the house is being used for a halfway house. Permitted uses will be more clearly addressed in the revised zoning code that is due for final draft by the end of September.  A motion by Commissioner Stout to refer the review of uses of property for halfway and/or group houses (generally) and a possible moratorium to Planning and Zoning for their consideration was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Thomas was out of the room.).  Planning and Zoning could clarify more clearly where they are permitted and the process by which they get approval.

Request from Dorchester Lodge #223 IBOP Elks for parking on both sides of the 600 block of Pine Street from Cedar Street to Cross Street on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for motorcycle parking during the Relay for Life Poker Run, a variance from the noise ordinance, and a few trash cans-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. 

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 8:42 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 23, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

 Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer