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City Council Minutes

05-29-2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Commissioner Donald Sydnor called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson. Commissioner Donald Sydnor 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 May 14, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0 with Commissioner Hanson abstaining because he was not present at that meeting.

Appointments

Representative from the Seafood Feastival Committee to request a variance from the noise ordinance, trash removal, police protection, and permission to park buses in the City-owned parking lot adjacent to the Sailwinds Park parking lot (from 4:00 pm on Friday, August 10th), for the 33rd Annual Seafood Feastival at Sailwinds Park on Saturday, August 11th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

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-They practice in the parking lot of the Recreation and Parks building on Willis Street. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to grant a variance from the noise ordinance for Mondays through Thursdays from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm effective June 1, 2012 for 30 days subject to the approval of the Board of Education and the Recreations and Parks Board was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

None

New Business

Request for no parking on Gateway street(s), especially Maryland Avenue, on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for Fresh Coat-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize the Cambridge Police Department to put up "no parking" signs in the designated areas on June 2, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. was seconded and approved unanimously. This will be coordinated with the Chief of Police.

Council to discuss changes to the health insurance plan-Commissioner Frank Stout recused himself from the room because his brother-in-law is involved with the City's insurance plan. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to change the re-insurance company to Standard Security which would allow the City a $60,000 stop loss in lieu of a $50,000 stop loss was seconded and approved 4:0. Further changes will be discussed in a meeting in June.

Traffic and Safety Committee Report-

Pine Street Mini-Mart Parking - Request from owner Hojane Cornish to allow limited parking in front of his business in the 300 block of Pine Street so vendors can make deliveries. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the recommendation of the Committee to install a new "Deliveries Only Parking" sign in front of the business was seconded and approved unanimously.

Dorchester Avenue Parking - Parking is currently allowed the full length of Dorchester Ave. on a shoulder of milled asphalt created by DPW. A request was made to eliminate one parking space between Henry Street and the southern boundary line of Cambridge Travel, citing poor visibility when backing out of the small parking lot of Goose Country Framing on the corner of Dorchester Avenue and Henry Street. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the recommendation of the Committee to deny the request since parking can be controlled was seconded and approved unanimously. Drivers should be encouraged to turn around within parking area, to enter Dorchester Avenue frontwards, or reconfigure parking like Cambridge Travel and park in a northward direction vs. eastward direction.

Parking on the East Side of High Street - There are four parking spaces on the east side 300 block of High Street controlled by two different and confusing signs. Allowing parking on both sides during the day would be problematic with heavy two-way traffic and/or delivery trucks. With increased business activity downtown after hours, there is a growing need for parking. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the recommendation of the Committee to install two new signs both saying "No Parking 5am to 6pm" was seconded and approved unanimously.

Zion Church Crosswalk on Glasgow Street - Zion Church currently has one ADA compliant crosswalk leading from the rear of the church to the parking lot adjacent to the Board of Education property. A second crosswalk has been requested about 50 to 75 feet eastward on Glasgow Street for the convenience of those using the church elevator and wanting to cross the street to the grass parking lot, next to the other parking lot. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the recommendation of the Committee to deny the request for a second crosswalk was seconded and approved unanimously. The proposed crosswalk would be non-compliant with ADA. DPW can install supplemental signage to improve the safety of the existing crosswalk.

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

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

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91620 - David A. Bramble, Inc. - Road Resurfacing - $250,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 91620 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91621 - Bank of America - Postage for DPW - $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91621 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 4877 - Stone House Publications - Advertising in I95 Business - $2,205.00-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve PO 4877 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 4878 - Crystal Signs - 16 double-sided vinyl banners for Maryland Avenue and Cedar Street - $1,440.00 (grant funded)-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve PO 4878 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 4879 - Great State Publishing, LLC - Advertising in Maryland Life Magazine - $850.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 4879 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 4880 - Excel Display Supply LLC - Advertising - $520-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 4880 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 4881 - Washington Post - Advertising - $4,000-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 4881 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5624 - Valerie Mann - grant services for CPD - $2,200-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5624 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5617 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - fire helmets/defender w/burkes - $2,384.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5617 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5618 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - fire helmets/defender w/burkes - $2,384.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5618 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5619 - Fail Safe - required annual NFPA hose testing - $6,720.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 5619 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91622 - Manor View Farm - landscape materials for Maryland Avenue streetscape project - $6,552.82-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91622 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Sister City designation with Auburn, New York-Auburn, New York has the other half of Harriet Tubman's story. The National Park Service broke the usual rules and decided a national park should happen in Maryland and New York. The sister-city designation is a form of friendship. Mayor Stanley has talked to Mayor Quill from Auburn. He is also very excited about this non-financial commitment. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to initiate a mutual resolution with the City of Auburn, New York to become sister cities was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to enter into closed executive session after the open meeting to obtain legal advice and discuss a personnel matter was seconded and approved unanimously.

City Audit-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the bid of PKS & Company, P.A. for the City and Municipal Utilities audits for the Years 2013 through 2015 was seconded and approved unanimously.  The bid was as follows:

                            City of Cambridge                    Municipal Utilities Commission

   FY-2013                 $23,000                                                $13,500

   FY-2014                 $24,000                                                $13,700

   FY-2015                 $25,000                                                $13,900

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 8:25 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, May 29, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer