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City Council Minutes

November 13, 2012
The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, November 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 Sydnor to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 22, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed.

Appointments

Presentation by Auditors-Ginger Heatwole and Boyd Bounds, representing PKS & Company, made a presentation. The auditors have issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements. This is the highest opinion that auditors can give. In their opinion, the financial statements referred to present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, and each major fund of the City of Cambridge as of June 30, 2012, and the respective changes in financial position, and where applicable, cash flows, thereof for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the audit report as presented was seconded and approved unanimously.

Jane Devlin, James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc., to present an overview of 2012 Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous-The 7th annual event was a success. Over 3,000 people attended along with 17 vessels, 11 of which were schooners. The educational component took place on Friday with approximately 150 children taking part in the event. The encampment with the re-enactors was wonderful. The reduction in slip fees brought some additional boaters to our marina. The committee is looking forward to their event next year. Ms. Devlin thanked the Council, the Cambridge Police Department, Rescue Fire Company and the Department of Public Works for their support and assistance.

Bruce McWilliams to discuss the 65th Annual Cambridge/Dorchester County Christmas Parade (December 1)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the parade on Saturday, December 1, 2012 beginning at 5:00 pm (line up at 4:00 pm); a variance from the noise ordinance; and waive the peddlers' permit requirement for non-profit organizations, was seconded and approved unanimously. The theme will be "Follow the Light Home for Christmas". A rain date of December 8th was suggested but it could be re-arranged.

Sandy McAllister (Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.), representing William Edward James and Jesse Hurley, Jr., to request the City abandon any and all of the City's interest in an unnamed and unimproved 10 ft wide paper alley that extends between Moreland Avenue and Perimore Street (north of Virginia Avenue and south of Cedar Street)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer the request to the Department Heads to determine if this paper alley is excess property was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

(none)

New Business

RFC Chiefs to be presented to the City Council for approval-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer this item until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Request to enter into a partnership with Maryland Eastern Shore Charter School Alliance-Nobody was present to speak.

Appoint Alternate Member to the Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to appoint Branden Spear as alternate to the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and denied 1:4 with Commissioners Vickers, Sydnor, Saunders, and Thomas opposed. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to appoint William J. Dennehy as alternate to the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Hanson opposed.

Approve interest rate for purchase of police vehicles, street sweeper, and real estate-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Hebron Bank for the financing of the four police cars, new street sweeper, and the property know as 1025 Washington Street at the quoted interest rates was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve employee bonuses-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to award $1,250 bonuses to City employees who were employed by the City prior to June 30, 2011 (and are currently active employees) and $300 bonuses to City employees who were hired between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 (and are currently active employees) was seconded and approved unanimously. These one-time only bonuses will be distributed on November 21, 2012.

Approve holiday schedule for 2013-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the holiday schedule was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve City Council meeting schedule for 2013-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the meeting schedule with the second meeting in December being December 16th was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointment of City Representative to Choptank River Lighthouse Society-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to appoint Commissioner Vickers was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed. The appointment will be forwarded to the Ethics Committee for their opinion because Commissioner Vickers is the liaison to the Long Wharf Advisory Committee.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 91653 - Dorchester Dumping Co., LLC - demolition of condemned houses - $2,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Purchase Order 91653 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91655 - Lehigh Valley Safety Supply Company - safety shoes for DPW employees - $2,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 91655 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91656 - Wayne's Welding & Truck Equipment - salt spreader and snow plow - $10,700.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91656 contingent upon Mr. Wheeler providing the Finance Committee a budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 91657 - Cargill Inc. - road salt - $10,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve Purchase Order 91657 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5657 - Susquehanna Fire Equipment - annual compressor service and certification - $2,615.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5657 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 5660 - PPFS - repairs, patching and cleaning of 9 sets of turnout gear for RFC - $1,322.91-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5660 was seconded and approved unanimously.


Additional Action by Council

Blackwater Landing-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer a request to the Traffic & Safety Committee for speed control on Hibiscus Lane and to prevent it from being used as a cut-through from Stone Boundary Road to Race Street was seconded and approved unanimously.

Closed Executive Session-Mayor Stanley reported that Council met at 6:00 pm to consider the investment of public funds.

 

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 8:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, November 13, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.


Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer