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City Council Minutes

January 28, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 28, 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, 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 Vickers to amend the agenda by removing Dr. Victoria Chanse was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2013 Council meeting as amended was seconded and passed 4:0.

Public Hearing

Extension of a Moratorium enacted pursuant to Ordinance No. 1005 on all new Digital Display Signs and Electronic Imaging Signs within the City of Cambridge-Notice of the public hearing was published in the Star Democrat on January 11th and the Dorchester Star on January 18, 2013. The moratorium was proposed in order to provide for a more efficient and coordinated review and process consistent with the comprehensive revisions to the zoning ordinance, maps, and comprehensive plan. The moratorium shall prohibit the submission of applications and the issuance of sign permits for digital display signs and electronic imaging signs until such time as the moratorium is lifted. It had been suggested to extend the moratorium on digital and electronic imaging signs for period of not more than eight months. The Planning and Zoning Commission originally received six months to complete the ordinance. It was then extended for one year. Commissioner Sydnor suggested extending the moratorium for an additional four months (until May 28, 2013). A motion by Commissioner Hanson to open the public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0. Rob Collision reported that the Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approving the ordinance. Nobody from the audience asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appointments

Open sealed bids for curb and gutter on Maryland Avenue (corner of Maryland Avenue and Trenton Street)-The City received three bids:

• Duvall Brothers (Easton) - $27,924.50
• Bridges Site and Utilities, Inc. (St. Michaels) - $86,409.60
• David A. Bramble, Inc. (Chestertown) - $53,905.00

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation was seconded and approved 4:0.

Herschel Johnson, Friends of Stanley Institute, to request a letter of support for the Christ Rock United Methodist Church-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to submit a letter of support for the Christ Rock United Methodist Church community facility was seconded and approved 4:0.

Dee McDonald, Dorchester YMCA, to request permission to hold their 5th Annual Crab Walk on Saturday, April 6, 2013 (8:00 am), starting and finishing at the YMCA on Talbot Avenue-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Dee McDonald, Dorchester YMCA, to request permission to hold their Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Ride on Sunday, August 4, 2013 starting and finishing at the YMCA on Talbot Avenue-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representatives from Center for Towns, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, to give an update on the Cambridge Gateways Project- Sarah Abel reported on the public workshop that was held in December. The ideas that were most readily heard were pedestrian and bicycle access, more green space, incorporation of Cambridge's iconic culture and history, and improved wayfinding to lead visitors to the downtown and waterfront. The participants were adamant about moving this project forward. A university design partnership will be formed to develop schematic design plans and ESLC Center for Towns will guide recommendations to make Gateway revitalization happen in Cambridge. The Council will have multiple plans to consider.

Representative from Popeye's to request local resolution supporting their Neighborhood Business Works loan application to DHCD (Economic Development)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 13-002 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Cambridge Commercial Façade Improvement Program - approval of Review Committee (Economic Development)-The City received two Community Legacy grants for façade improvement totaling $100,000. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve a committee consisting of Mari Stanley (Cambridge Main Street), Deborah Davis (Chamber of Commerce), and Dion Banks (Pine Street Committee) to review commercial applications was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on ordinance to extend moratorium on electronic digital signs (Ordinance 1030)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Ordinance 1030 to extend the moratorium for four months was seconded and approved 4:0. The moratorium will begin immediately and will expire May 28, 2013.

Status of research on control on invasive species (bamboo) (Planning and Zoning Department)-Dan Brandewie reported that the problem of bamboo stands was brought to Council's attention by at least one resident. Based on their limited research, staff is in favor of an outright ban; that is, to prohibit the growing of bamboo within the City limits. The City has limited staff resources to physically abate bamboo strands or fine property owners if mismanaged. Some towns allow a grandfathering clause after an inventory has been completed. Strict rules for these grandfathered properties would be necessary. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to have Rob Collison draft and ordinance which will have two readings and a public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Approve MHAA grant application-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve an MHAA application to have architectural and engineering documents completed for 307 Gay Street ("old" City Hall) was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5601 - LENOVO - Laptop computers for Mayor and Commissioners - $4,800-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5601 was seconded and approved 4:0.

 

Additional Action by Council

Closed Executive Sessions-Rob Collison reported that Council met in Closed Executive Session at 6:00 pm to discuss the retention of specific businesses within the City of Cambridge. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to go into executive session after the meeting to discuss a legal matter was seconded and approved 4:0.

Grant for Police Vehicles-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve a Federal grant to replace four police vehicles was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:20 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 28, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

 

CLOSED SESSION REPORT

Date: January 28, 2013 (Session 1)
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

1 discuss: (i) the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction: or (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals;
2 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business;
3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
x 4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State;
5 consider the investment of public funds;
6 consider the marketing of public securities;
7 consult with counsel to obtain legal advice;
8 consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation:
9 conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations:
10 discuss public security, if the public body determines that public discussion would constitute a risk to the public or to public security, including: (i) the deployment of fire and police services and staff; and (ii) the development and implementation of emergency plans;
11 prepare, administer, or grade a scholastic, licensing, or qualifying examination;
12 conduct or discuss an investigative proceeding on actual or possible criminal conduct;
13 comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement that prevents public disclosures about a particular proceeding or matter; or
14 before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiating strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participate in the competitive bidding or proposal process.


C Members present and vote of each member as to closing the session:

Victoria Jackson-Stanley (only in a tie)
Jackie Vickers Vote: Y
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Octavene Saunders Vote: absent
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Robert Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Sydnor Seconded: Comm. Hanson

D Topics Discussed: Explanation of topics to be discussed (this may be by reference to the citation of authority listed above if further explanation would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting: Specific businesses that are closing downtown
E Persons Present at the Closed Session: If listing an individual as present would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting, do not list the individual but note that an individual was not listed for this reason Mayor Jackson-Stanley, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Ed Kinnamon, Rob Collison; Natalie Chabot; Phil Feldman (Main Street); Mari Stanley (Main Street);
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.

 


COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

Date: January 28, 2013 (Session 2)
Time: 8:25 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

1 discuss: (i) the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction: or (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals;
2 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business;
3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State;
5 consider the investment of public funds;
6 consider the marketing of public securities;
X 7 consult with counsel to obtain legal advice;
8 consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation:
9 conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations:
10 discuss public security, if the public body determines that public discussion would constitute a risk to the public or to public security, including: (i) the deployment of fire and police services and staff; and (ii) the development and implementation of emergency plans;
11 prepare, administer, or grade a scholastic, licensing, or qualifying examination;
12 conduct or discuss an investigative proceeding on actual or possible criminal conduct;
13 comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement that prevents public disclosures about a particular proceeding or matter; or
14 before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiating strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participate in the competitive bidding or proposal process.


C Members present and vote of each member as to closing the session:

Victoria Jackson-Stanley (only in a tie)
Jackie Vickers Vote: Y
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Octavene Saunders Vote: Absent
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Robert Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Thomas Seconded: Comm. Hanson

D Topics Discussed: Explanation of topics to be discussed (this may be by reference to the citation of authority listed above if further explanation would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting Bill for city services
E Persons Present at the Closed Session: If listing an individual as present would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting, do not list the individual but note that an individual was not listed for this reason Mayor Jackson-Stanley, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Ed Kinnamon, Rob Collison
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to bill the property owner for the amount owed and include a letter stating that the City would be open to negotiate a settlement was seconded by Commissioner Hanson and approved 4:0.