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City Council Minutes

July 9, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 9, 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 Sydnor to approve the minutes of the June 18, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Certificates of Appreciation

Restoration of the World War I Memorial Fountain at Long Wharf-Through the generosity of several groups coming together, the fountain is now functioning again. Certificates of appreciation were given to: Cambridge Rotary Club; Dorchester Chamber of Commerce; Innovative Floor Systems; Clyde Wilson; Lane Engineering; Custom Welding and Fabricating; Dorchester Brickworks; Skip Windsor Plumbing; Shufelt Sand & Gravel; Ease Painting and Construction; Tomey Electric; Eastern Tree Service; Debbie Hubbard; and Marti Tomey.

Appointments

Bob Ballenger, Bond Servants, to request use of Race & Cedar Streets property for Friday night concerts of praise and worship music from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm on July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31; permission to erect a tent; use of electricity; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. A copy of the insurance certificate will be provided to the City.

Lois Narr and Lollie Walters, CharacterCounts! to request permission to use Great Marsh Park starting on Friday, May 3 at 3:00 pm to Saturday, May 4, 2013 5:00 pm for their annual fundraiser, Six Pillars Century; permission to serve food; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. A copy of the insurance certificate will be provided to the City.

Representatives from Dorchester County Historical Society to received proclamation for Dorchester Tomato Festival Day-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation and to allow the Dorchester County Historical Society to have a banner displayed on Race Street was seconded and approved unanimously. The festival will be held at the Elks Lodge on Route 50 on Saturday, August 4th from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Representatives from Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church to request permission to close Park Lane from Skinners Court to Rigby Avenue and also Clinton Street for a "Back to School Block Party" on Saturday, August 18th (rain date August 25th) from 12 noon to 4:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Recommendation for location of Harriet Tubman Scenic Byway Marker-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to put the marker in the original location (Attachment 1) subject to final site approval by the Council was seconded and denied 3:2 with Commissioners Knox, Stout, and Hanson opposed. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the location illustrated in Attachment 2 was seconded and denied 3:2 with Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, and Thomas opposed. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the preferred location by the applicant (Attachment 1) subject to final site approval by the Council (within a 10-foot radius) was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Stout and Hanson opposed.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor that residents within 200 feet of Long Wharf Park be notified of any future signs that are proposed to be placed within the Long Wharf area prior to Council approval but excluding City of Cambridge signs was seconded and approved unanimously.  Long Wharf Park is defined as all the way through the segment of land that binds upon Choptank Avenue.

New Business

Review of Community Legacy 'Intent to Apply' submissions for projects - City and sub-applicants-There are two City applications: (1) for the continuation of the Streetscape that the City has been implementing over the past several years in the amount of $150,000; and (2) the continuation of the façade improvement program in the amount of $100,000. The Dorchester Center for the Arts would like to apply for funds for their performance hall in the amount of $75,000. Visions America would like to apply for $225,000 for a healthcare project. Council will prioritize the applications at the next meeting. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have Economic Development move forward with the grant procedure for Community Legacy demolition funds was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve job description and grant permission to advertise for a  "Cambridge Community Project Coordinator' (a grant-funded position)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the job description and give permission to advertise was seconded and approved unanimously. Clerk/Treasurer commented this was a $35,000 in-kind matching grant.

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

Approve budget amendment for Economic Development-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Order 5627 - Valerie Mann - grant work - CPD - drug forfeiture account - $845.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5627 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Farmers' Market Sign at Long Wharf-A motion by Commissioner Knox to have the Department of Public Works remove the Farmers' Market Sign and have the Director of the Farmers' Market come before Council with an alternative plan was seconded and approved unanimously.

Funds removed from RFC budget-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer this item to the Finance Committee for their consideration and recommendation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Waterway Improvement Grant FY2014-A motion by Commissioner Knox to apply for approximately $400,000 (matching grant) to work on the bulk heading that is still not complete around Long Wharf was seconded and approved stating that no City funds are obligated at this time.

Approve PO 91633 - Traffic Parts - $800.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve P0 91633 to repair the traffic light at High and Spring Streets was seconded and approved unanimously. These funds will be reimbursed by the insurance company of the tractor-trailer that damaged the pole.

Cambridge Police Department 2011 Annual Report-Chief Malik announced that the highlight of the report is the significant decrease in violent crime in Cambridge.  Council was provided a written report.  A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept the annual report was seconded and approved unanimously.

 

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 9:10 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 9, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer