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City Council Minutes

June 11, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 11, 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, 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 amended minutes of the May 29, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appointments

Amanda Fenstermaker, Director, Dorchester County Tourism to request approval to install marker at Long Wharf for the Harriet Tubman Memorial Byway-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to have Tourism find an alternate location at Long Wharf and then come back before the City Council was seconded and approved 4:0.

Portia Johnson-Ennels representing Cambridge Lives! to request permission to use Cornish Park on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm for a day of fun activities for the community; a variance from the noise ordinance, and trash cans-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Irene Cannon to request permission to reserve a pavilion at Great Marsh Park on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance for a birthday party-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request, subject to availability, was seconded and approved 4:0.

John Winslow, The Dri-Dock Recovery & Wellness Center, to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their "Recovery Works" event on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm at their facility at 108 Washington Street-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Sarah Jackson to request permission to hold their annual block party on Saturday, June 23, 2012 (rain date: June 30, 2012) from 12 noon until 7:00 pm blocking off Muir Street from New Horizons to Pine Street and from Pine Street to High Street and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Tracy Tracy to discuss the new Firecracker Kids Triathlon run and bike routes for July 4, 2012 (approved on 04-09-2012)-A motion by Commissioner Knox to approve the revised run and bike routes was seconded and approved 4:0.

Ashlie Thorsteinson, homeowner on Talbot Avenue, to advise Council about an incident involving damage to the street in front of her residence-A plumber discovered their sewer pipe collapsed under the road. They received a bill from the plumber for $3,627.00 and a City of Cambridge permit fee of $756.00. They also had to pay to put fill dirt in the hole. Rob Collison said it has been City policy that the lateral line, no matter how far into the street it is from the property line, is the obligation of the property owner. The City maintains the main lines. The lateral lines are connected to the main line by independent contractors to City standards. Oden Wheeler said the only line the City is responsible for is the main sewer line running in the street. Any lines from the main to a private residence are the responsibility of the property owner to install, maintain, and repair it. The City makes the permanent patch and the fee is included in the cost of the permit. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer this item to the Department of Public Works and the Municipal Utilities Commission for further review was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

Council to discuss changes to the employee health insurance plan-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to change the 'Core Plan' to a 80/20 (City/employee) plan with a $30 co‑pay was seconded and approved 4:0. The 'Buy-Up' plan remains unchanged. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to change the prescription plan for the employees  to a 70/30 (City/employee) charge with a $1,000 cap (per fill) for brand name prescriptions; and a $7 co-pay for generic drugs was seconded and approved 4:0. 

New Business

Request from St. Paul's United Methodist Church (205 Maryland Avenue) for a variance from the noise ordinance for their "End of the Year Block Party" on Thursday, June 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appointment/re-appointment to the Housing Authority Board-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to re-appoint Carlton W. Stanley to the Housing Authority Board was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approval of agreement regarding Choptank River Lighthouse (ownership and maintenance)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the agreement regarding the Choptank River Lighthouse was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Purchase Order(s):

PO 91623 - Flint Trading, Inc. - Thermostatic material for crosswalk at High and Poplar Streets - $499.20-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91623 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5644 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - annual banquet - $5,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5644 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to enter into a closed executive session to discuss personnel was seconded and approved 4:0.

Traffic and Safety Committee-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to ask the Traffic and Safety Committee to review the parking pattern on Muir Street from Pine Street to High Street 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 8:25 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 11, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer