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City Council Minutes

September 24, 2012

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 24, 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.

Motion to adopt or amend agenda as presented-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the agenda was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve minutes for September 10, 2012 Council meeting as distributed-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed.

Appointments

Representative from Zion Methodist Church to address a safety issue-Lee Dodson requested a pedestrian crossing to assist people crossing Glasgow Street in the area of the elevator in their church.  They would like markings in the street and additional signage. A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the request by allowing Zion Church to purchase the necessary supplies for the Department of Public Works to install was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jane Devlin, James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc., to request Local Government Resolution in Support of Grant Application to the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund of the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development-Kevin Baines, the Director of Office of Programs and Regional Development (MD Department of Housing and Community Development) encouraged the Richardson Foundation to submit an application.  They are aware of the City's application.  No funds from the City will be required. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the resolution of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Request from New Life Christian Church and Ministries to abandon a portion of the paper street section of Allen Street and confirmation by Council that said portion of land is no longer needed for public purpose-Oden Wheeler, Director of Public Works, recommended the City maintain a 20-ft utility right of way easement through the center of the paper street for any installation of underground utilities. No other Department Head could foresee any use for the property. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to abandon a portion of the paper street section of Allen Street and including a 20-ft utility easement based on the finding of this land as excess property and no longer needed by the City for a public purpose and for zero consideration was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second reading and vote on Ordinance 1026 to formally adopt the 2012 Maryland Building Performance Standards, which incorporate therein the 2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwelling, the 2012 International Building Code, and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, and to formally adopt the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code, as part of the Code of Laws of the City of Cambridge-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adopt Ordinance 1026 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second reading and vote Ordinance 1027 to amend Chapter Four  of  the Code of Laws, entitled Buildings And Housing,  by  amending  Section 4-25, to  exempt one-family and two-family residential dwelling units from the requirement  of  installing  interior  automatic  fire  sprinkler systems-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1027 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed and Commissioner Saunders abstaining.

Discussion on formation and organization of Long Wharf Advisory Committee (Resolution 12-013)-The membership will be formed as follows:

two marina slip holders, one being a working waterman; two members from two different maritime organizations; two members representing the business community; one member from the public at large; one member with landscaping expertise; one member from a non-profit public service organization; one member from a neighborhood citizens association; and one member being adjoining property owner. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adopt Resolution 12-013 was seconded and approved unanimously. The committee will be formed at the next meeting.

Approve final lighthouse agreement-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the agreement was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed. The lighthouse will not be dedicated to the City until the permanent certificate of occupancy has been issued and the City has inspected it and accepts it.

New Business

Appoint/re-appoint member to the Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to reappoint Dormaim Green was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Saunders opposed.

Monitored Housing Rehabilitation Program-This item will be discussed at the next meeting.

Discussion on proceeding with Oak Hill sewer project-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to move forward with the Oak Hill project was seconded and approved unanimously.

Set hours for trick-or-treat on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31st)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to set the hours for trick-or-treat on Wednesday, October 31st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under was seconded and approved unanimously.

Permission to use Long Wharf Park on October 11 and 12, 2012 for the University of Maryland Graduate Landscape Architecture Students Design Charrette (and use of tents)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the request was seconded and approved 4:0. Commissioner Vickers was out of the room. The Charrette is open to the public.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5638 - Atlantic Tactical - annual training and duty ammunition (CPD) - $5,998.90-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5638 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5647 - Cabela's - Angler 3500 auto-inflatable PFD (RFC) - $1059.92-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5647 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5651 - Robert P. Phillips - Fire Chief''s stipend - $10,000.00; PO 5652 - Brian W. Willey - Assistant Fire Chief''s stipend - $5,000.00; and PO 5653 - Wayne Cook - Assistant Fire Chief''s stipend - $5,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Orders 5651, 5652, and 5653 with the stipulation that the checks not be issued until after October 1st was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5654 - Jess Jr's and Sons - A/C unit repair in Engine 1-2 (RFC) - $3,474.62-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5654 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action Items by Council

Grass Cutting by City Employees-A question arose at the last meeting about a small triangular parcel of grass on the corner of Bayly Road and Goldsborough Avenue being cut by City employees. Mr. Wheeler conducted an investigation. The land is neither owned by the City of Cambridge nor subject to an easement in favor of the City.  The grass cutting, which has been done for at least 13 years now, was immediately discontinued. The owner of the property did not give a directive to cut the grass nor did she/he have any knowledge of the City cutting the grass. The Department of Public Works has undertaken a City-wide review of all the parcels which its maintenance staff mows and maintains, to assure that the City has an interest in each parcel.

Location of temporary structure at Long Wharf-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission that the location of the temporary structure for the lighthouse sprinkler system is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan 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 9:00 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 24, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

 

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer