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City Council Minutes

October 22, 2012
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 22, 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 agenda as presented was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:1 was Commissioner Saunders opposed.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 15, 2012 Council work session was seconded and passed 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed and Commissioner Thomas abstaining.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 17, 2012 Council meeting (special regular session) was seconded and passed 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed and Commissioner Thomas abstaining.

Appointments

Presentation to Retirees-Mayor Stanley presented certificates to Deborah Slowik, Chantay Nelson, Melvin "Zeke" Willey, Charles Bennett, Susan Rickwood, Leslie Hutton, and Marlene Meninger. Not present were Matthew Lauck, Margaret Wallace, Donald Johnson, Ronald Pat Doyle, Fred Gray, Spencer Bradley, and John Hubbard Jr.

Ed French to discuss Cambridge Facilities-The State of Maryland expressed an interest in the property owned by the City at 410 Academy Street. Ed French is a community volunteer with expertise in building and land utilization. He made a presentation on the elements to be considered in a scenario that would ultimately allow the City to benefit from a lease arrangement with the State, thereby utilizing City property for financial growth while providing enhanced services to our residents. He previously met with the Finance Committee. The parcels he looked at were the "old" City Hall (307 Gay Street); the Department of Public Works property (705 Leonard Lane and the lot across the street); current City Hall (410 Academy Street); and the vacant City-owned lot on the corner of Race and Cedar Streets. He suggested the City prepare a rationalized plan regarding the property assets that gives the City some flexibility and keeps an eye on potential for financial growth while assuring the City's capability of service to constituents. Centralizing some departments is a goal of the City. An option would be to lease the 410 Academy Street building and generate enough cash to amortize investment in one of the City's other assets. However, the City would have an increased cost in operations for the new facility because there is more square footage. The biggest unknown is the availability of grant money to restore the 307 Gay Street property. Copies of the Power Point presentation will be given to Council for their review.

Proclamation for Municipal Government Month (November)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

(none)


New Business

Approve MOU with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Center for Towns, regarding the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation award ($150,000) (DPW)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve signing the MOU with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Center was seconded and then withdrawn. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to authorize the Mayor to sign the MOU subject to approval by the Finance Committee was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discuss Upper Torso Dress Code in the Arts & Entertainment District-Commissioner Saunders discussed a City-wide ordinance in Easton requiring shirts to be worn on any public street, sidewalk, or highway or in any public building. A fine of $100 is issued for people who break the law. Several citizens have asked her to bring this before Council and suggested it be limited to the Arts & Entertainment District. Council will consider it City-wide. This will not apply to private property. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have Rob Collison proceed with research on like ordinances on dress codes (upper and lower) was seconded and approved unanimously.

Additional Action by Council

RFC's request to use 307 Gay Street for their annual train garden-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow RFC to use 307 Gay Street for their annual train garden was seconded and approved unanimously.


A motion by Commissioner Vickers 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, October 22, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.



Oden C. Wheeler, Director
Department of Public Works
for
Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk