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City Council Minutes

October 9, 2012

The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, October 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 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 Sydnor to amend the agenda by deleting the discussion on city facilities was seconded and approved unanimously.

Rob Collison announced that Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss a matter concerning retaining a business in the City of Cambridge and to consider the acquisition of real estate.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the September 24, 2012 Council meeting as amended was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed.

Appointments

Jane Devlin, Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous Committee, requesting permission for an encampment at Long Wharf for the event-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the encampment in the grassy area near the Tomey's property after Jane Devlin speaks to the neighbors about the camping and speaks to Chief Phillips about an open campfire was seconded and approved unanimously.

Representatives from Dorchester Lodge #223 for permission to hold their 95th Annual Organization Day Parade on Saturday, October 27, 2012 beginning at 3:00 pm; a parade from Mace's Lane Middle School to 618 Pine Street; a variance from the noise ordinance for that day; closed parking on Pine Street between Cross Street and Cedar Street from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm; parking on the west side of Pine Street on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am; and extra trash cans on Pine Street-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mr. & Mrs. Sampson to request adjustment on their water bill for water used for watering their sod during July and August-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to deny the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Proclamation for Economic Development Week (October 15 - 19, 2012)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Formation of Long Wharf Advisory Committee-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the nominations of Commissioner Vickers as:

Kay Jones, David Singelstad, Lou Hyman, Allen Nelson, Mari Stanley, Joe T. Lewis Jr., Jeff Hubbard, Marion Thomas, and David Tomey was seconded and approved unanimously.  Other members will be added at a later date.

New Business

SGIF application resolution (Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund Opportunity) (Resolution 12-016) (Economic Development)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to deny signing Resolution 12-016 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Request to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to fund an 'emergency' project to rehab the Salvation Army homeless/ transitional shelter (Economic Development)-Mayor Stanley recused herself because she serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Ms. Chabot to submit the CDGB grant application for $70,000 with the Salvation Army as a sub-recipient was seconded and denied 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers, Saunders, and Sydnor opposed.

Request to apply for First Come-First Serve CDBG round (Economic Development)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow Economic Development to apply for First Come-First Serve CDBG grant round with the application being brought before the Economic Development Committee first was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request to apply for MD Neighborhood Conservation Initiative Grant from the Department of Housing & Community Development grant (Economic Development)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to apply for the MD Neighborhood Conservation Initiative Grant from the Department of Housing & Community Development was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request for a letter of support to preserve funding allocated to Maryland Historic Trust for a comprehensive historical site survey of properties within the county (Economic Development)-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve submitting a letter of support was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request to apply for Chesapeake Bay Trust Community Greening Grant Program ($35,000); City of Cambridge Planning and Zoning Department in cooperation with Washington College, Center for Environment and Society (DPW Director)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request to apply for the Chesapeake Bay Trust Community Greening Grant Program in the amount of $35,000 was seconded and approved.

Discussion to consider an ordinance which would prohibit the growing of bamboo and require/authorize the removal of bamboo plantings within the City (DPW Director)-The City received complaints from citizens about invasive bamboo which is getting out of control and encroaching on neighbor's properties. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to have the City attorney draft an ordinance on controlling bamboo using information from the Maryland Department of Agriculture was seconded and approved unanimously. A public hearing will be held on this issue.

Approve job classification for the Information Technology Specialist (HR Director)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the job classification of Information Technology Specialist with an additional responsibility of creating an employee internet policy and make the position "active" was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91649 - Atlantic Machinery, Inc. - RAVO  Street Sweeper - $183,655.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 91649 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5662 - Shore Health System of Maryland - physical exams, etc. for hiring for CPD - $1,258.61-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5662 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5663 - Ford Credit Municipal Finance Department - Four 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Patrol Vehicles (3-year lease) - $32,036.88-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5663 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

Public Safety Building Custodian Position-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to begin the process to fill the position of an employee who is retiring 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 Tuesday, October 9, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer