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City Council Minutes

September 14, 2009

Cambridge Maryland SealMINUTES

Council Meeting

September 14, 2009

 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 14, 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. She welcomed Boy Scout Webelo Pack 169 who led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 17, 2009, August 24, 2009, and September 3, 2009 (public hearing) Council meetings as distributed. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.  The motion was passed unanimously. 

PRESENTATIONS

Raymond Simmons to Present Award to City-Raymond Simmons, the local area Chairman for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee reported that a soldier from the City of Cambridge nominated the City for the "Above and Beyond" award. He said the City truly went above and beyond dealing with the young man. The presentation was made on behalf of the Secretary of Defense.

Choptank River Lighthouse Project Committee Member to Make Presentation-Peg Wolfe, a founding board member of the Choptank River Lighthouse Committee, expressed their appreciation for the City's support. She presented each member of Council with a photograph of the proposed lighthouse.

APPOINTMENTS

Request from Schooner Rendezvous Committee for a Noise Variance at Long Wharf Park for Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 am to 10 pm for music and dinner, and Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 am to 4 pm for music; Permission to Serve Beer, Wine and Liquor at Long Wharf Park on Saturday, Oct. 24, 12 noon to 10 pm; Permission to Erect a Tent at Long Wharf Park from Friday, Oct. 23 to Monday, Oct. 26, 2009; and Blanket Permit for Vendors, and Waiver of Vendor Fees, for Vendors on Oct. 24 and 25, 2009 at Long Wharf Park-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the requests including giving Mayor Stanley permission to sign the liquor license application. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Jon Alexander, Monument Strategies, to Give Presentation on Securing Appropriations and Grants-Mr. Alexander represents a boutique lobbying firm in Washington DC that specializes in securing federal appropriations for non-profit organizations and municipalities. Their fees range from $3,000 to $5,000 per month on a retainer basis.

Representative from the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association to Request Permission to Use Great Marsh Park from Monday, July 19th through Sunday, July 25, 2010 with Exclusive Use from July 21st through July 25th; Closure of the Boat Ramp from July 21st (4 pm) through July 25th; Permission to Have Motor Homes at the Park from July 21st through July 26th; a Variance from the Noise Ordinance from July 21st through July 25th; Emergency Medical Service Support from July 22nd through July 25th; and Permission to Serve Beer in the Park-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the requests; however, a decision on the emergency medical service support will be deferred until March 2010. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Representative from Miles & Stockbridge to Request Approval for Extension of the City's Water System to Serve a Subdivision of Land That is Outside the City's Boundaries but is Surrounded by Properties Currently Served by the System (Tax Map 30 Parcel 250 - Pink's Pond Estates)-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to refer this item to Mr. Collison for his analysis and report. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Request from Miles & Stockbridge, on Behalf of Woods Crossing Associates Limited Partnership, to Rezone Tax Map 309, Parcel 6030 from R-3 to C-2 (3.081 acres on the southwestern corner of Rt. 16 and Woods Road) (request to be referred to Planning and Zoning Commission)-Commissioner Knox made a motion to refer the application to the Planning Commission. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:0. Commissioner Thomas abstained.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Decision on Rezoning Map 302 Parcel 1030 (619 Leonard Lane); Map 302 Parcel 2364 (701 Leonard Lane); and Map 302 Parcel 2367 (705 Leonard Lane)-A public hearing was held on September 3, 2009. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to rezone the properties to I-2 (heavy industrial) based on a mistake in mapping at the time of the last comprehensive rezoning. A buffer will be required between 705 and 707 Leonard Lane. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed 5:0. Rob Collison was directed to draft the findings of fact.

Decision on Rezoning Map 306, Parcel 5831-1 (2.856-acre parcel located adjacent to Chesapeake Street between Bayly Road and Maryland Route 16) and Text Amendment to Zoning Code to Include a Definition for Community Center and Designating Community Center as a Permitted Use with Conditions in an R-3 District-A public hearing was held on September 3, 2009. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to rezone the parcel from HC to R-3 and to adopt the text amendment to the Zoning Code to include a definition for a community center and designating a community center as a permitted use with conditions in an R-3 district.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Maple Street District Boundary Expansion Approval-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the expansion of the Maple Street District and move forward with a resolution to be submitted to the Department of Housing and Community Development. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Review and Approval of Payment-in-Lieu of Taxes Agreement ("PILOT") for Conifer Village at Cambridge II for Phase II of the Senior Apartment Project at Conifer Village-This is a follow-up to Resolution 08-004 which was approved by Council on March 10, 2008. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the PILOT for Conifer Village at Cambridge II. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for CEMS-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendments for General Fund and Marina Fund- Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget amendments along with the grant amendments that are attached. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Financial Statement for July 2009-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the financial statement for July 2009. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5170 - Motorola - 5 Ruggedized Notebook Computers (CEMS - 100% grant) - $26,995.00 and PO 5171 - Teltronic - 5 Vehicle Radios & Equipment (CEMS - 100% grant) - $3,587.50-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase orders as long as the accounts are corrected to the  account they should be charged to. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91395 - John W. Tieder, Inc. - Street Lighting (Race Street) - $12,156.50-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

PO 91396 - David A. Bramble, Inc. - Camper Street Improvements - $27,842.39-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to defer action on this purchase order until the next Council meeting. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Adjustments Due to State Revenue Cuts-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the budget adjustment as presented by Mr. Wheeler. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.  Council achieved the goal primarily through furloughs and freezing vacant positions. The operating budget was reduced by approximately $646,030.00.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Request from Cambridge Lives! to Close Chesapeake Court from High Street to Schoolhouse Lane and Use of the City-Owned Property for their Back to School Block Party on September 26, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and a Variance from the Noise Ordinance-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the requests. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

New Boiler for Empowerment Center-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to authorize the purchase of a new boiler for the Empowerment Center (equipment only). Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

The City received a Community Development Block Grant for Christ Rock.

Purchase Orders-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion that all purchase orders over $500 must be submitted to Council with an explanation for Council's approval up to January 1, 2010. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Off-Shore Power Boat Association Request for CEMS Coverage-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve CEMS coverage for the Off-Shore Power Boat Association race provided they reimburse the City. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

Demolition/Condemnation Orders-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to direct the Department of Public Works to eliminate the plan that was instituted by Mr. Johnson within 45 days. When the 45‑day period ends, they will fall in line with everyone else who has code violations. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. Commissioner Sydnor asked for a roll call vote. Commissioner Knox: against; Commissioner Sydnor: for; Commissioner Stout: for; Commissioner Thomas: against; Commissioner Hanson: against. The motion failed 3:2. Commissioner Knox made a motion for Council to receive further information from the Department of Public Works so they can vote at the next meeting. No additional letters can be sent out. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1. Commissioner Sydnor was opposed.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:53 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 14, 2009, insofar as I personally am aware.

                                           

                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                    Edwin C. Kinnamon

                                                                                    Clerk & Treasurer