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City Council Minutes

November 26, 2012
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 26, 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 (7:17 pm), Thomas, and Hanson. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion to approve or amend the agenda as presented-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the agenda as presented was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Saunders was absent at this time).

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012 Council meeting as amended was seconded and passed 4:0 (Commissioner Saunders was absent at this time).

Appointments

Mari Stanley, Cambridge Main Street, to discuss the Second Saturday Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 8th: request to close the 400 block of Race Street and the 500 block of Poplar Street from 3 to 10 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance from 5 to 9 pm; permission to light firewood in fire drums in the streets (2 per block), and the presence of firefighters to supervise their use as in previous years; and Police Department presence-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve all the requests was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Saunders was absent at this time).

Tasha Foxwell to discuss the 2nd Annual Choptank Trot for Melanoma: Saturday, May 11, 2013 starting (8:00 am) and finishing at Great Marsh Park-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Saunders was absent at this time).

The High Spot to request to host "The Mighty Choptank River Beer, Chili, and Coffee Cook Off" on Saturday, December 15, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in downtown Cambridge with use of Cannery Way for coffee and beer sales; request for Police Department presence; a variance from the noise ordinance; and use of any spare City garbage cans for the event-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Saunders was absent at this time).

Representative from Dorchester County Sanitary District, Inc. to request the City defer the sewer rate increase until January 1, 2013-
Nobody was present to speak. The issue was discussed at the Finance Committee meeting. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to deny the request but allow the Sanitary District to pay the additional expense over the first two quarters of 2013 was seconded and approved 4:0 (Commissioner Saunders was absent at this time).

Jerry Burroughs to discuss changing the name of Cedar Street to Harriet Tubman Boulevard-Mr. Burroughs said he is making the request because Harriet Tubman is a local heroine, a great lady, and she helped many people. The change was discussed during the Comprehensive Plan meetings. Renaming this gateway to our downtown to honor Harriet Tubman would be a first in our nation. He believes most businesses on the street would agree to the change. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to hold a work session in February to discuss renaming a street in honor of Harriet Tubman was seconded and approved unanimously.

Economic Development to request support for an NCI grant and partner with Habitat for Humanity Choptank-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to support the NCI grant in the amount of $500,000 for demolition was seconded and denied 2:3 with Commissioners Vickers, Saunders, and Sydnor opposed. Habitat for Humanity will supply copies of the application to Council for their review before the December 10, 2012 meeting.

Unfinished Business

Consideration of request to abandon the unnamed and unimproved 10 ft wide paper alley that extends between Moreland Avenue and Perimore Street and to declare it excess property and no longer needed for a public purpose (public comment)-None of the Department Heads could foresee any future use for the property. A notice of tonight's public comment session was published in the Star Democrat on November 19, 2012 and the Dorchester Star on November 23, 2012. Adjoining property owners were notified by the applicants. No written comments were received at City Hall. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public comment session was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to declare the land to be excess property and to authorize the conveyance of quitclaim deeds to adjoining property owners for zero consideration was seconded and approved unanimously. This action will be advertised in the paper. The deeds cannot be executed for 20 days.

RFC Chiefs to be presented to the City Council for approval-Chief Bob Phillips introduced 2nd Assistant Chief Adam Pritchett. Brian Willey, the 1st Assistant Chief was not able to be present. Council welcomed Chief Pritchett.

New Business

Rich Loeffler, Economic Development Steering Committee, to request assistance for Fresh Coat (Saturday, December 8 - 8:00 am) - Mr. Loeffler asked that Maryland Avenue (from Route 50 to the Creek Bridge) be swept, leaves removed, garbage cans, and no parking signs be placed on the street. The 400 through 700 blocks of Pine Street will also be cleaned. A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the request and to make sure Pine Street is included was seconded and approved unanimously.

Authorization to pay for burglar alarm at the Empowerment Center ($320.00)-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to have the Pine Street Committee pay the bill was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Budget Amendment for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO #91658 - DiCarlo Precision Instrument, Inc. - Ink Jet Plotter-$8,900 - DPW-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91658 contingent upon completion of a budget amendment 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 8:45 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, November 26, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.


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Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer