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City Council Minutes

May 14, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 14, 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, and Thomas. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Thomas led in the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the April 23, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0. Council met in closed executive session at 5:15 pm regarding the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction.

Public Hearing

Community Development Block Grant Application-The public hearing was advertised in the Star Democrat on Tuesday, May 8 and the Dorchester Star on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Mary Calloway reported that the City would like to submit an application for a sidewalk/streetscape improvement grant for Leonard Lane. The road is heavily used westward from Washington Street where the new sidewalks have been installed by State Highway. There are new developments in this neighborhood. Several areas do not have any sidewalks. The project will seek to install sidewalks and improve the drainage for both sides of the street. This will assist the mobility of the handicapped people and also those walking and the children riding bicycles on this increased-traffic thoroughfare. The application is for $500,000.

Commissioner Sydnor said there are approximately 50 homes on High Street Extended which does not have any sidewalks.  Mary Calloway said she spoke to representatives from the Department of Public Works about other areas in the City. One of the considerations when choosing Leonard Lane was the large number of residents of Conifer Village (generally 55 years and older and handicapped) walking on the street. Oden Wheeler said he does not think time would allow them to look at the High Street area.  Income surveys must be completed to see if the area qualifies for funding. They could start the process for the next CDBG round.  Commissioner Sydnor said there are other areas that should be considered such as Robbins Street, Phillips Street, Hubbard Street and many other areas. Oden Wheeler said they would all have to be income qualified. The City can get started in those other areas.  Mayor Stanley qualified that the sidewalks will be put on both sides of Leonard Lane. Oden Wheeler said they would start at Washington Street and tie in at the tennis courts and at the Cosby Avenue Townhomes on Leonard Lane.  The citizens have been very receptive to giving the City easements on other projects.  He said he believes the work would be done in the City's right-of-ways.  Mary Calloway said the project deals with three collector roads (Leonard Lane, Washington Street, and Glasgow Street). For this reason, it qualifies as an area benefit rather than limited clientele.

Portia Johnson-Ennels asked about the corner of Park Lane and Leonard Lane. Years ago there was a brickyard there. She asked if there has been an environmental study done on the property to see if it will be safe to dig there.  Oden Wheeler said to his knowledge, there has not been an environmental study done. Ms. Johnson-Ennels asked if a cost was put into the grant application to perform the environmental review. Mary Calloway said it is generally within the cost of the grant. She does not know if there was money put into the budget if there are any complications. Ms. Johnson-Ennels said the review must also be done for the land directly across from the Department of Public Works. When someone wanted to put houses there a few years ago, the City did not want to pay for that environmental study. Sludge was put there and removed. It was an endangerment to the people who live on Gloria Richardson Circle. Her daughter and granddaughter complained about it several times. If an environmental study is not done, the City would be putting the people on all ends of the street in some kind of danger. She thinks the money for the study should be put into this project. Nobody else asked to speak on this project.

The City has one sub-recipient applicant this year. Delmarva Community Services would like to apply for funds for their proposed Chesapeake Grove Intergenerational Facility. Santo Grande said they have a non-tidal wetlands permit to build on 10 acres and mitigated 20 acres for the 10 acres. The grant will be used for some preliminary studies-engineering work, site work, fill, and bringing utilities to the site. The main building they are working on is a new activity building. It will have a child care center and a senior center. People with disabilities will be there. They will also have a therapeutic pool and a fitness center. It will basically be for seniors but will be available to people in the community.  Another phase will be 29 residential units. They have received some funds from the legislature to help them do some of the planning.  They have sought a loan through Rural Development.  He sees this development bringing in at least 50 new jobs to our community.  There will also be about 150 construction jobs over a 5-year period. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve resolution for Community Development Block Grant application-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the resolution to submit a grant application for Leonard Lane sidewalk improvements in the amount of $500,000 and an application by Delmarva Community Services in the amount of $300,000 was second and approved 4:0.

Appointments

Scott Eberspacher, Dorchester County Recreation & Parks Board to request variances from the noise ordinance for their "Pool Hops" from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, June 5th; Friday, June 8th; Friday, June 15th; Friday, June 22nd; Friday, June 29th; Friday, July 6th; Friday, July 13th; Friday, July 20th; and National Night Out of Tuesday, August 7th-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Economic Development Strategic Plan Committee to give update on the Gateways Initiative-Brian Roche announced that they intend to do another Fresh Coat project on Saturday, June 2, 2012. They asked for the City's participation in the way of trash pick-up, door hangers, and cones. They are partnering with Main Street who will be working on some of the alleys behind the buildings.  The general areas will be the same as last time.  They are hoping for volunteers on Maryland Avenue, Locust Street, Cedar Street, and Pine Street.  They are not overly focused on Washington Street because of the new sidewalks and new paving that has been done.  They hope the City can focus on repair or replacement of the street sweeper. The rental properties need the most work.  Rental properties make up 60 percent of the housing in Cambridge.  The committee feels that the single most important step the City could take over the next 10 years is to focus on a 20 percent increase in owner-occupied homes which will maintain the beautification of the City. Mr. Roche said he wanted to point out that in reference to a previous conversation about the sidewalks not being devoted to an existing neighborhood, when you put multi-unit dwellings in an island to themselves, inevitably it is going to cost the City money to retrofit the area with sidewalks. The problems would not exist is the developers had been required to put in proper infrastructure or the projects were actually located in in-fill type areas.

Representative from Zion Baptist Church to request permission to block Pine Street from Elm Street to Cedar Street on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 12 noon until 5:30 pm for their Annual Community Day Cookout and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Tyzann Meekins to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 3:00 pm to dusk; permission to have no more than 3 farm animals, vending machines, a moon bounce, and a variance from the noise ordinance for her daughter's birthday-Ms. Meekins was not present.

John Winslow, The Dri-Dock Recovery & Wellness Center to request permission to hold a 5K walk/run beginning at Great Marsh Park, winding through Cambridge, and ending at 108 Washington Street on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.; and a variance from the noise ordinance at 108 Washington Street from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. - No action was taken. Mr. Winslow will return at a later date.

Jay Harford, Mid-Shore Community Band, to offer the band's services for the 4th of July-Mr. Harford asked that a section of the street be blocked off like it was last year.  A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Mid-Shore Community Band's services on July 4, 2012 without any financial obligation from the City was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representatives from New Creation Marching Unit to request a variance from the noise ordinance on Mondays through Thursdays from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the field behind the Board of Education building-Nobody was present to speak.

Marsha Christopher, Portside Seafood Restaurant, to request variances from the noise ordinance for Sunday, May 20th and Sunday, June 10th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm for deck parties-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the two variances from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

Public Comment and vote on Ordinance to amend the Arts and Entertainment District of the City (Ordinance 1024)-Portia Johnson-Ennels asked if Pine Street would receive any funding through the Arts and Entertainment District. Mayor Jackson-Stanley said they would be eligible. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Ordinance 1024 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Award contract for annual street resurfacing-A motion by Commissioner Stout to award the contract to David A. Bramble, Inc. in the amount of $247,875, the low bidder, was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Adopt tax rate and budget for FY2013-

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to set the real property tax rate at $0.7789 per $100 of assessed value was seconded by Commissioner Knox and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to set the personal property tax rate at $1.69 per $100 of assessed value was seconded by Commissioner Knox and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Knox to adopt the City's General Fund Budget for FY 2013 in the amount of $10,752,267 was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor and approved 4:0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the City's Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget for FY 2013 in the amount of $4,261,690 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and approved 4:0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Stout to adopt the City's Marina Enterprise Fund Budget for FY 2013 in the amount of $649,404 was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and approved 4:0.

A motion was made by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget of the Municipal Utilities Commission for FY 2013 in the amount of $1,798,065 was seconded by Commissioner Sydnor and approved.

Approve Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan for the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Citizen Participation Plan for the Maryland Community Development Block Grant Program-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the Citizen Participation Plan was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve slate of judges for election for the primary and general elections-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the slate of judges was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve list of excess property (vehicles)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the list of excess property was seconded and approved 4:0.

Discussion of City oversight committee for maintenance and ownership of Choptank Lighthouse at Long Wharf after completion and dedication to the City-When the lighthouse is completed in September the ownership will be transferred to the City. A maintenance fund will be created. A management committee will be formed comprised of seven members: the Mayor of the City, two City Commissioners, the City Treasurer, and three at-large members of the community. The first three at-large members will be members from the original lighthouse committee.  The committee would select their successors. The committee would be a 501(c)3 organization so they can continue with their fundraising for the maintenance and operating expenses.

Request from American Legion Post #91 for permission to hold a Memorial Day Service at Long Wharf on Monday, May 28th from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm; traffic control; and a variance from the noise ordinance for amplified music and one firing of two cannons-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for Rescue Fire Company-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5620 - Peninsula Police Psychological Services - critical incident voucher for fitness for duty examinations for CPD -  $1,001.00-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve PO 5520 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91606 - Northern Tool & Equipment - upright rammer with Honda GX 120 engine - $1,789.18

PO 91608 - Pete's Masonry - replacement of bricks on High Street for street repair  -  $3,000.00

PO 91609 - Gametime c/o West Recreation - two backboards for Cornish Park -  $1,068.72

PO 91610 - Tractor Supply - Swisher 24" Predator IC lawn tractor - $1,800.00

PO  91611 - David A. Bramble, Inc. - cold patch and hot mix - $3,600.00

PO  91613 - Brinsfield Fence Company - Repairs to fences at Cattail Crossing & Cornish Park - $8,108.00 (reimbursed by insurance)

PO 91614 - F.W. Baird Petroleum - Motherboard for Veeder Root - $1,817.66 (reimbursed by insurance)

PO 91615 - John W. Tieder, Inc. - Cedar Street gateway lighting - $32,000.00 (100% grant funding)

PO 91616 - Romano Concrete Construction - construction of curb/gutter and sidewalk on Cedar Street - $150,000.00 (100% grant funding)

PO 91617 - F.W. Baird Petroleum - annual fuel inspections at marina - $1,752.17

PO 91618 - BFPE International - annual inspection of the fire alarm, sprinkler and kitchen in the public safety building - $1,745.00

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Orders 91606, 91608, 91609, 91610, 91611, 19613, 91614, 91615, 91616, 91617, and 91618 upon review by the Finance Committee was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5623 - Pyro Engineering, Inc. - Fireworks for July 4, 2012 -  $12,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve Purchase Order 5623 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5610 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - Ten full sets of turnout gear - $18,250.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5610 with  $9,125.00 coming from Account 262-342 and $9,125.00 coming out of the 508 money dispersed to Account 365 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5611 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - Ten 1½-inch brass breakaway nozzles and shut off bale - $5,508.50-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5611 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5612 - Jess Jr's & Sons Body Shop - work done to complete Brush 1‑1 - $3,846.50 (State 508 money)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5612 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5613 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - Twelve pair (size large) firefighting gloves - $1,148.42 and PO 5614 - Winsteads Fire Equipment - Twelve pair (size medium) firefighting gloves - $1,148.42-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Orders 5613 and 5614 be approved and the funding be drawn from the State 508 money was seconded and approved 4:0.

Additional Action by Council

Approve Resolution 11-017 as amended and restated (Foxtail Crossing II)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the resolution was seconded and approved 4:0.

Purchase Order Threshold-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to require purchase orders for all purchases $250.00 and above and that all purchase orders have prior approval of Council was seconded and approved 4:0.

Traffic & Safety Requests-(1) The owner of Pine Street Mini-Mart has requested the City put a 2-minute parking limit in front of his establishment so vendors can drop off merchandise. (2) There is a concern about parking on the south side of High Street between Poplar Street and Spring Street. There is only one parking space and it probably should be eliminated to ease traffic congestion. (3) There is a request to eliminate parking on Dorchester Avenue between Henry Street and the south lot-line of Cambridge Travel.  (4) There is a request from Zion Church for a crosswalk on Glasgow Street from the location of their elevator to their parking lot. (5) There is a request from a vendor on Pine Street that parking be allowed on both sides of the 600 block of Pine Street after 6:00 pm.  (6) A request for additional "no parking" signs on Maces Lane from Washington Street toward the schools. (7) A request for a straight arrow on High Street coming off  Glasgow Street toward Poplar Street. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer the requests to the Traffic and Safety Committee was seconded and approved 4:0.  

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 4:0. With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 14, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer