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City Council Minutes

August 24, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

August 24, 2009

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 24, 2009 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.  Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2009 Council meeting as distributed.  Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.   

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Two Proposed Applications for Community Development Block Grant Funds-Because Cambridge was designated as a Smart Site for the Maple Street Designation, Cambridge has the opportunity to apply for two grants.

Housing Rehabilitation Project-This grant will provide funds to make improvements to low- to moderate-income families' homes that will bring their homes up to Code.  The improvements could be electrical, plumbing, roofing, etc.  The City is asking for $250,000.  Delmarva Community Services will be a sub-recipient.  Commissioner Sydnor asked about the demographics for Maple Street.  Natalie Chabot said she will pull the information from the Census and provide it in the application.  Michelle Nichols, Delmarva Community Services, said the CDBG application calls for 51% low- to moderate-income. It does not specify race. The application asks who they will be serving, but it is not one of the qualifiers. Nobody else asked to speak.

Delmarva Community Services Banner Building Project-Delmarva Community Services is one of the larger employers in the City.  This Community Development Block Grant will come from the Department of Business and Economic Development. They are applying for $500,887. This will enable them to merge two of their operations into one building. The grant will pay for an expansion to the building.  The cost of the rehabilitation to the existing part of the building will be by other funds. The basis of this application is for new jobs.  Commissioner Sydnor asked how this project fits into our Comprehensive Plan.  He said this corridor is considered an open space environmental corridor even though it is commercial right now.  Natalie Chabot said she will review that portion of the Comprehensive Plan and report to Council at the next meeting with the completed application. Commissioner Sydnor said part of it is going to be changed to "Resource Conservation" especially where the tree farm is located.  He agrees with the project but is concerned about a conflict if this becomes a non-conforming project. They need to keep in mind that it may be grandfathered in, but if they decide to sell it later on, they will not be able to. He said some zoning issues will have to be looked at in the future. He wants to make sure they coincide with whatever is stated in the Comprehensive Plan.  He said they are rhetoric questions; there are no answers necessary. Natalie Chabot said the Steering Committee for the Strategic Plan is reviewing the Comprehensive Plan. They met as a group and are going to put their comments together to present to the Planning Office.  Commissioner Hanson asked how they came up with the amount of money they are requesting.  Natalie Chabot said Delmarva Community Services has already pursued other funding for the rehabilitation of the existing structure. They met with the Department of Business and Economic Development and reviewed how much they could apply for under the CDBG program.  Commissioner Sydnor asked for assurance that this project will have no effect on the previous CDBG application submitted a few months ago for Christ Rock.  Natalie Chabot said these applications are being submitted outside the annual grant round.  Nobody else asked to speak.  Mayor Stanley closed the public hearings.

 

APPOINTMENTS

Representatives from the Veterans Recognition Committee to Request a Variance from the Noise Ordinance on September 19th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sailwinds Park Including Firing of Cannons; and to Receive a Proclamation-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve their request. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  Ed Kinnamon read the proclamation and presented it to the Veterans Recognition Committee.

Representative from Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to Request Permission to Display Fireworks on Saturday, August 29th from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance on September 19th from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am for a Band During the Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Association Race-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to Request a Local Government Resolution of Support to be Submitted with an Application for Community Investment Tax Credits to the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to supply a resolution of support for the James B. Richardson Foundation. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representatives from the James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to Request In-Kind Services (use of Long Wharf; free dockage for participating boats; use of electricity at Long Wharf; additional trash cans and liners; use of barricades for traffic control) for the 4th Annual Schooner Rendezvous (October 23, 24, and 25)-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Adam Tomey to Request Permission to Use Long Wharf Park from Friday, June 4, 2010 through June 7, 2010 for a Wedding; Permission to Serve Alcohol in the Park; Permission to Erect a Tent(s); and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance for Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm-The City will enter into a hold harmless agreement with the Tomey family. The City will be named as an additional insured on an insurance policy. Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Permission is granted contingent upon the conditions stated and obtaining a liquor license, if required.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Award Bid for Signage Project-Commissioner Knox made a motion to accept the recommendation of Cambridge Economic Development and the Department of Public Works to award the bid to Informing Design, Inc. in the amount of $21,859.80. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The City received a Community Legacy grant in the amount of $22,000.00.

Traffic Pattern in the 400 Block of Race Street-Mayor Stanley said she received many e-mails, phone calls, letters, and personal conversations giving a variety of opinions on this topic.  In light of the public hearing, a recommendation from the Traffic & Safety Committee, and statements from the Chief of Police and Fire Chief, Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to return the traffic pattern in the 400 block of Race Street to the two-way traffic pattern with parking on the west side of the street. This change will become effective on September 15, 2009. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

Proposed Location for DJS-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion that that the recommendation of the Council is for the Department of Juvenile Justice to consider an alternative location other than 527 Poplar Street.  Commissioner Stout seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.  Commissioner Knox made a motion that Council's decision that they made this evening be sent to all the state officials that they initially contacted so they will know what Council's recommendations were.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Eat. Drink. Buy Art Promotion and Launch Party for September 10th-This promotion will market the Eastern Shore as an arts destination. Nine communities are part of this promotion which are part of a coalition called "Tourism, Arts, and Downtown Development."

Appoint/Re-Appoint Member(s) to Historic Preservation Commission-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to re-appoint Gary Young. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for CEMS-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to table this request until Council gets further clarification. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Resolutions for the Community Development Block Grant Applications-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve Resolutions 09‑007 and 09-008.  Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

  • PO 5232 - Atlantic Tactical - Body Armor Vests and Equipment (CPD) for $5,806.42 (Forfeiture Account and Grant Funds).  Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve PO 5232. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
  • PO 5235 - Law Enforcement Associates - Audio Receiver & Repeater for $10,170.00 (Forfeiture Account). Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve PO 5235. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
  • PO 5236 - Wor-Wic Community College - Tuition for Recruit in Academy for $2,553.00. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve PO 5236. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Resolution Creating the Construction and Building Task Force-The resolution will be approved at the next meeting. Council will provide names of nominees at that time.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

The City Council will hold a special meeting on September 3rd at 12 noon.  They will hold a public hearing on a couple of re-zoning applications.

The City will hold a work session on the Comprehensive Plan on August 27th at 7:00 pm.  Citizens were urged to submit their written comments to the Commission.

The City Council Organization for 2009/2010 will be as follows:

  • City Council President - Commissioner Sydnor
  • Co-Chairmen of the Finance Committee - Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas
  • Streets, Sewers, and Drainage - Mayor Jackson-Stanley (or designee)
  • City Property - Commissioner Hanson
  • Traffic and Safety Committee - Commissioner Thomas
  • Planning and Zoning Liaison - Commissioner Thomas
  • Historic Preservation Commissioner Liaison - Commissioner Stout
  • ADA Committee Liaison - Commissioner Hanson
  • Main Street Committee Liaison - Commissioner Stout

Department Liaisons:

  • Municipal Utilities Commission - Mayor Jackson-Stanley
  • Department of Public Works - Commissioner Knox
  • Rescue Fire Company - Commissioner Sydnor
  • Cambridge Police Department - Commissioner Hanson
  • Cambridge Emergency Medical Services - Commissioner Stout
  • Sailwinds Park - Mayor Jackson-Stanley

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to accept the positions as indicated. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy will be conducting surveys throughout our community very soon to get the citizens' opinion on how they see the use of our land in the future.   

The Pine Street Committee is willing to work with the various agencies in the City under the direction of the Council. They will make a formal presentation at the next Council meeting.

Several residents/business owners spoke on public safety concerns downtown. Commissioner Knox made a motion to refer the situation to the Police Advisory Board for their recommendations. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Chief Malik offered to meet with anyone who has concerns. He encouraged everyone to report anything suspicious.

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, August 24, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

                                           

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                    Edwin C. Kinnamon

                                                                                    Clerk & Treasurer