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City Council Minutes

July 23, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 23, 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 Vickers, Sydnor, Saunders, 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 July 9, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Approve agreement for the Safe Routes to School Easement on Bayly Road-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to defer action until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Farmers' Market Sign at Long Wharf-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to defer action until the residents can be notified was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Approve Resolution 12-008 - resolution to amend the sewer service, water and disposal charges- A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer action until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Swearing-In of Commissioners

Presentation of Certification of Mayor's Oath of Office-Edwin Kinnamon announced that Victoria L. Jackson-Stanley was sworn in as Mayor of Cambridge commencing on the 23rd day of July, 2012 by Amy Craig, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Dorchester County, Maryland.

Swearing in of City Commissioners-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read the Commissioners' oath. Each Commissioner responded with "I will". The Commissioners are: Commissioner Jackie J. Vickers (Ward 1); Commissioner Donald J. Sydnor (Ward 2); Commissioner Octavene H. Saunders (Ward 3); Commissioner Gage Thomas (Ward 4); and Commissioner Robert Hanson (Ward 5).

Closed Executive Session (Personnel)-Council held a brief closed executive session. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to go back into regular session was seconded and approved unanimously.

Cambridge City Council Organization-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Mayor Stanley reading the state of positions was seconded and approved unanimously.

City Council President - Commissioner Sydnor

Co-Chairmen for the Finance Committee - Commissioners Sydnor and Thomas

Streets, Sewers, and Drainage - Mayor Jackson-Stanley (or designee)

City Property - Commissioner Hanson

Traffic and Safety/Street Lighting Committee - Commissioner Thomas

Planning and Zoning Liaison - Commissioner Thomas

Historic Preservation Commission Liaison - Commissioner Vickers

ADA Committee Liaison - Commissioner Saunders

Main Street Committee Liaison - Commissioner Saunders

Department Liaisons:

Municipal Utilities Commission - Mayor Jackson-Stanley

Department of Public Works - Commissioner Sydnor

Rescue Fire Company - Commissioner Vickers

Cambridge Police Department - Commissioner Hanson

Sailwinds Park - Mayor Jackson-Stanley

City Marina - Commissioners Sydnor and Vickers

Economic Development - Commissioners Hanson and Saunders

 

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the positions was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

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 parking lot of Dorchester County Recreation and Parks-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request for 30 days was seconded and approved unanimously.

Michael O'Connor, Del-Mar-Va Council, to request permission to use Court Lane from Gay Street to High Street on Sunday, October 7, 2012 (rain date October 14, 2012) from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm for a Cubmobile Derby; a variance from the noise ordinance; and use of five trash cans from DPW-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Tim Crosby, representing New Life Christian Church & Ministries to discuss the City abandoning a portion of Allen Street (unimproved paper street)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to turn this over to the department heads to see if this property can be declared as excess property was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from Crosby & Associates to request Resolution in support of financing through Neighborhood Businessworks Program-Crosby & Associates is in the process of purchasing 513 Court Lane. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Resolution 12-009 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

German Partnership to introduce a delegation of visitors from our sister county in Germany-Mayor Stanley welcomed the delegation to Cambridge and presented them with a proclamation.

Estelle Gore to discuss Cannery Way on Race Street-Ms. Gore spoke on behalf of the people who want to save Cannery Way. The park gives people who walk a place to stop to rest between stores. Lots of folks gather there to socialize. A better way to get people to the back parking lot would be to put a sign on the corner of Race and Muir Streets and then they could spruce up the park. Tom Eliason presented a petition with 700 signatures against destruction of the park. He also submitted photographs about the conditions in City parking lots. Gloria Woolford said she has been using the park for the past 13 years. The problem is the homeless and the City should not do that to them. We need more foot patrol at night. Ray Shelley said the street will kill Main Street's Second Saturday event. A lot of foot traffic comes through the park and flows to the businesses. The City should put a nice walkway through the park instead of a street. Phil Feldman, spoke as President of Cambridge Main Street. They found out about the possibility of fixing up the parking lot in the back. Because of some problems that businesses have had with parking and because of a situation (serious assault) that occurred a while back that scared a lot of businesses, their group felt something needed to be done because people were afraid to walk through the park and come downtown. William Jackson said the citizens should have a voice in what happens in their community. So many cities are blocking off part of their downtown area to have bandstands like we have in the Pedestrian Mall. He thinks the money can be better served in another particular area. Marilyn Benton agrees that the whole plan is wrong. The park is beautiful; to take it away is a crime. The $300,000 should be used to fix up the park for the people who use it. She suggested one-way streets for increased parking. Natalie Chabot gave a brief history on the parking lot improvement project which dates back to 2006.

Scott Fitzhugh, Dockmaster, to request permission to hold the 3rd annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Municipal Yacht Basin on Saturday, August 11th from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the Kids Fishing Derby was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representative from Delmarva Community Services to request letter of support for grant funding from the Maryland Department of Aging Senior Citizen Center Capital Improvement Fund for the construction of a new multi-purpose senior and intergenerational center-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to a approve supplying a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Pastor Lavone Chester, Anointed One Ministries, to request noise variances for their Youth Revivals on the County-owned property on the corner of Willis Street and Park Lane on Friday, August 3rd and Friday, August 10th from 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the variances from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

New Business

Bid opening-downtown parking lot improvements-Ed Kinnamon reported that the City received three bids:

 David A. Bramble (Chestertown, MD) - $335,943.80

Bridges Site and Utilities (St. Michaels, MD) - $457,448.25

Duvall Brothers (Easton, MD) - $229,741.00

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Saunders and Vickers opposed.

Review and prioritization of Community Legacy grant project applications-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to prioritize the grants as (1) Façade Improvement Project; (2) Dorchester Center for the Arts Performance Hall; (3) City Streetscape; and (4) Visions America Healthcare Initiative was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Saunders and Sydnor opposed.

Approve Invoices / Purchase Orders:

Mann and Mann Grant Solutions - preparation of application to the Assistance for Firefighters program - $475.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the invoice was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5629 - Eastside Automotive - repair 3 vehicles for CPD - $3,181.15-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5630 - Chief Kenneth W. Malik - replenish the drug informant account - $2,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91634 - Crosby & Associates - architectural services for restroom facility at Long Wharf (100% grant reimbursable) - $7,600.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

PO 91635 - Geo-Technology Associates, Inc. - Geotechnical services for the designing of the foundation of the proposed restroom facility at Long Wharf (100% grant reimbursable) - $1,900.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the purchase order was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Hanson and Vickers opposed.

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Session-Rob Collison reported that Council met at 5:30 pm in closed executive session for a personnel issue.

Request from Eugene Camper, owner of the pool hall on Pine Street-A request for additional street lighting on the corner of Pine and Cross Streets was referred to the Traffic & Safety Committee.

Governor Thomas Holiday Hicks' Marker-A request was made to move the marker from the cemetery on Academy Street to the corner of Cedar Street so it can be easily seen.

Finance Committee-Commissioner Thomas reported that the Finance Committee reviewed the previous Council's request to consider the $1,500 that was deducted from RFC's banquet budget and by a unanimous vote decided to uphold the motion made by Council on June 18, 2012.

Approve purchase order for firefighting foam-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the purchase order to purchase firefighting foam in the amount of $866.80 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 10:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 23, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer