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City Council Minutes

August 13, 2012
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, August 13, 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 Thomas to approve the minutes of the July 23, 2012 and the July 30, 2012 Council meetings was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Channel Marker - final public hearing for their roofing project funded by CDBG-Rick George, the Finance Director of Channel Marker, reported that the work on their roof at 420 Dorchester Avenue is complete. The first public hearing was held on March 28, 2011. Four bids were received.  Bay Area Roofing was the winning bidder with a bid of $26,200.00.  The work was completed on May 9, 2012. The grant was for $20,000.00. Channel Marker covered the additional $6,200.00. From January through June 2012, Channel Marker served 119 clients. Nobody from the audience asked to speak.  A motion by Commissioner Hanson to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointments

Cindy Smith, Snip-Tuck, to request matching funds for a low-cost spay/neuter program-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer the request to the Finance Committee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jane Devlin, James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc., to request Local Government Resolution in Support of Application to the Community Investment Tax Credit Program (Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the resolution was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jane Devlin, Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous, to request reduced per-foot charge during the event-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to reduce the per-foot charge from $1.50 to $1.00 from Wednesday, October 17 through Monday, October 22, 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Veterans Recognition Committee of the Eastern Shore to receive proclamation for their 14th Annual "Tribute to Our Heroes" on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Sailwinds Park-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to grant a variance from the noise ordinance on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at Sailwinds Park was seconded and approved unanimously.  A motion to authorize September 8th at Veterans Recognition Day in the City of Cambridge was seconded and approved unanimously. A proclamation was read, signed, and presented to the committee.

Alan McRae, Executive Director of Anchor Point, Inc., to introduce his 501(c)3 corporation that encourages character building in the lives of at-risk and adjudicated youth-Anchor Point works with community youth. This past November they were invited to teach their Live Life Well curriculum at Vision Quest Morning Star Academy. They are looking forward to working with the community youth in Cambridge.

Harris S. Marx, Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc. to request permission to use Long Wharf Park for a public awareness program on suicide prevention on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 7:30 pm until 8:15 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.  The grassy area of the park will be used.

Representative from High Spot to request a street closure of the 300 block of High Street (Church Street to the property line of Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home) for their 1st Cambridge Belgium Beer Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12 noon until 7:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance; police protection; and use of City-owned trash cans and trash collection-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. 

Representatives from the Dorchester YMCA to request permission to hold a bicycle ride on Sunday, September 16, 2012 starting from the YMCA at 10:00 am (until 4:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. 

Representative from the Corporal Herman Hughes Legion to request permission to block off Schoolhouse Lane at both corners that intersect with Cross St; permission to use the City's vacant property on the corner of Cross Street and Schoolhouse Lane for parking on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. for their 2nd Annual Car and Bike Show; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. 

Tim Crosby to present preliminary plans for restroom building at Long Wharf-In addition to restrooms, a shower, and laundry facilities for the marina, the building will house the sprinkler equipment for the lighthouse. The building is 315 sq.ft. Slides of the proposed architecture and several possible locations were shown. Several residents spoke. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to leave the record open until after a public hearing on August 27, 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Presentation on parking lot project proposal-Mari Stanley, Executive Director of Cambridge Main Street spoke of plans that were discussed to revise the plans so parking would be accessible but there would still be an area for people to sit and enjoy the area. Oden Wheeler further discussed the proposed plan. A drawing will be prepared for the public's review. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to hold a public hearing on August 27, 2012 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Pastor Milton Walls to request a variance from the noise ordinance for his Prophetic Miracle Crusade on the corner of Washington Street and Greenwood Avenue on August 23 through 26, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0; Commissioner Vickers was out of the room. 

Unfinished Business

Comprehensive Zoning Regulations Update-The Planning and Zoning Commission has been meeting with the consultant since July 2011.  The meetings are open to the public. Two meetings were work sessions with the public giving input. The grant requires that the draft be completed by September 30, 2012. The consultant will make a presentation on the proposed changes on August 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public.

New Business

Tubman National Monument support letter-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to send a support letter was seconded and approved unanimously.

Prioritize Community Parks & Playgrounds grant applications-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to prioritize the applications in the following order (1) Miscellaneous City Park Improvements; (2) Long Wharf Master Plan; and (3) Great Marsh Park Fitness Trail was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appoint member to the Housing Authority Board-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to appoint Robert W. Jackson was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Council to discuss RFP procurement for City legal services-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have the Mayor, in conjunction with the Finance Committee, prepare an RFP for legal services that could include the services we now receive or expanded services was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discuss $800 fee to acquire permanent easement from Maryland Transit Administration for water and sewer lines serving the Tech Park-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to acquire a permanent easement from Maryland Transit Administration for a one-time $800 fee was seconded and approved unanimously.

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

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5631 - Valerie J. Mann - CPD grant administration - $300.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 5631 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5632 - Fred Frederick Chrysler Dodge Jeep - air conditioner condenser repair and labor in CPD detective vehicle C-32 - $721.94- A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 5632 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5633 - Dr. John Zwieg - CPD recruit psychological testing and diagnostic interview - $480.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5633 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5634 - Crime Reports annual subscription renewal (fully refundable) - $1,188.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5634 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5635 - Ford Motor Credit - Three 2011 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicles (3 year lease program) - CPD - $38,627.93-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5635 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91642 - Northern Tool - air compressor (DPW shop) - $3,099.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91642 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91638 - Flint Trading, Inc. - thermoplastic material for stop bars and crosswalk (Maces Lane) - $1,477.20-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91638 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91641 - Pep Up, Inc. - pumping out gas tank, storage of gas and return of gas (at Municipal Yacht Basin) - $1,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91641 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91637 - F.W. Baird Petroleum - fuel compliance repairs - $2,664.39-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 91637 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Quarterly Police Statistics-Commissioner Hanson presented the quarterly Cambridge City Police statistics for April, May, and June 2012. There were 219 Part 1 crimes during this quarter.  There were 12,133 calls for service.

Temporary Parking on Leonard Lane-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow parking on the west side of Leonard Lane from Glover Avenue to Park Lane (400 block) on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm for a family reunion 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 10:10 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 13, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon

Clerk & Treasurer