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City Council Minutes

January 14, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 14, 2013 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 Hanson to approve the agenda as presented was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the December 17, 2012 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining.

Appointments

Celestine Dorsey from Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm for a baptism, worship service, and lunch-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously.

Edward H. Nabb, Jr., Bay Country Region AACA, to request permission to use the western part of the overflow parking at the Franklin Street boat ramp on Saturday, January 26, 2013 during their Winter Parts Meet (7:00 am until 1:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Rev. Jayson Bleyer, Bay Country Church, to request tax relief for their property on Maces Lane-Rob Collison said a tax exemption could only be granted by the State Department of Assessment and Taxation. If they grant the exemption, then the City has to abide by it. The City can grant abatements if it falls within a City ASOP. In the future, if the church is applying for a grant for a public community center, they may wish to come before Council for a limited abatement period as a local match as part of the grant process. Rev. Bleyer will come back before Council with detailed plans, a timeline, and any grant opportunities they are pursuing.

Gerry Boyle, TriColumbia, to request permission to use Great Marsh Park for the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan from Thursday, June 6, 2013 through Monday, June 10, 2013 with exclusive use of the park on Sunday, June 9th; utilities; use of "Cambridge West By-Pass" for runners and cyclists on race day; support of City Police; no parking along Hambrooks and 100 block of Somerset on Saturday and Sunday; support of other City agencies as needed; and permission to use the boat ramp on Sunday, June 2nd from 7:00 am to 10:00 am for swim practice (repeat for 2014 and 2015 based on IronMan license with appearance at Council each year)
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Gerry Boyle, TriColumbia, to request permission to use Great Marsh Park for the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2013: use of park from Thursday 12:00 pm (set up) to Saturday at approximately 12:00 noon; exclusive use of the boat ramp on Saturday; utilities; no parking along Hambrooks and 100 block of Somerset on race morning; use of "Cambridge West By Pass" for cyclists on race date; support from City Police and other City agencies-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests including variances from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved unanimously. The dates will be held for 2014 and 2015. Mr. Boyle will come before Council each year.

Representative for Anne Johnson (USA Triathlon Coach) to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Sunday, May 6, 2013 to host a triathlon clinic from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and use of a pavilion-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Ron Bromwell, Cambridge Wheels, to request permission to hold a car show on Sunday, August 11, 2013 (rain date: August 18th); close the 400 block of Race Street and Poplar Street from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm; use of Cannery Way; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Allen Nelsen, Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association, to make requests for the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta: Use of Great Marsh Park beginning on Monday, July 22; Exclusive use of Great Marsh Park from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28; Closure of the boat ramp beginning at 4:00 pm Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28; Permission to have motor homes at the Park beginning Friday, July 26 through Monday, July 28; A variance from the noise ordinance for activities from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29; Permission to sell beer in the Park-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.
Representative from Leaky Pete's to request permission to hold the Third Annual Paddy in the Alley on Saturday, March 9th (1 pm until 6 pm); close the alley behind Leaky Pete's up to the college from 11 am until 7 pm; 'fire barrels' be provided by the fire department with their oversight; permission to sell alcohol outside (license by Main Street); and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed. RFC does not provide the fire barrels; however, RFC will monitor them.

Unfinished Business

Discuss renovation plan for 724 Pine Street-The spokesperson for the property at 724 Pine Street stated the outcome of the estate is before the Register of Wills Office awaiting the Orphan's Court to appoint someone with authority on behalf of the estate. The main objective is to get the exterior of the property (including the roof) up to a non-blighted condition by April 30, 2013. The interior will be renovated and will be able to be occupied by December 31, 2013. The City has received a check for $8,000 from the family and put into a non-interest bearing escrow account. If the work is not completed by the stated time, the $8,000 will be used for demolition of the house. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the work schedule provided by the Department of Public Works and authorize Rob Collison to draw up a final agreement was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining.

New Business

Appoint full-time member to the Historic Preservation Commission- A motion by Commissioner Vickers to appoint William Dennehy as a full-time member of the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and approved 4:0. (Commissioner Hanson was not present.)

Approve Resolution 13-001 in support of the Fix Gun Checks Act and other measures to reduce gun violence-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve Resolution 13-001 was seconded and approved 4:0. (Commissioner Hanson was not present.)


Introduction and first reading of ordinance to extend moratorium on electronic digital signs for eight months (Ordinance 1030)-Council will hold a public hearing on January 28, 2012.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5667 - Bay Fireworks/Pyro Engineering - 2013 Fireworks - $7,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5667 was seconded and approved 3:0 with Commissioner Saunders abstaining. (Commissioner Hanson was not present.)

PO 5669 - Hertrich Fleet Services, Inc. - Ford Interceptor Patrol Vehicle (difference between insurance payment and balanced owed) - $548.00 from drug forfeiture account - A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5669 was seconded and approved 4:0. (Commissioner Hanson was not present.)

Mayor's and Commissioner's Comments

The Mayor and Council will be travelling to Annapolis on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to take a driving tour of the J. J. Parks' finished projects to give Council ideas for the Sailwinds property.

Long Wharf Restroom Location-At the December 17, 2012 Council meeting, the Long Wharf Advisory Committee suggested two locations for the restrooms. The recommendation of the Department of Public Works is to put the restroom in the second suggested location which is closest and parallel to the sidewalk and bulkhead. When complete, the structure design will be presented to the Historic Preservation Commission. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the recommendation of the Department of Public Works was seconded approved 4:0. (Commissioner Hanson was not present.)


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 9:15 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 14, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer