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City Council Minutes

December 17, 2012
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 17, 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, 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 amend the meeting minutes to include a report by the Traffic and Safety Committee under New Business was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2012 Council meeting as amended was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Report from Long Wharf Advisory Committee-Jeff Hubbard spoke as Chairman of the committee. The committee is meeting to discuss the many concerns at Long Wharf. They have decided that one building should house both the restroom facilities and the fire suppression system. They decided the best place to build the building is right over the top of the existing water line that was put there for the fire hydrant. They will be able to utilize the pipeline which is already in place. The fire hydrant can be relocated near the building. The orientation of the building should be parallel to the bulkhead. It will minimize the building footprint and the historic view from High Street and will screen off the electric transformers already in place. The architecture of the building should mimic the historic buildings on High Street. A dumpster enclosure should be included at the end of the building. They feel the building should be a block building-sturdy and easy to maintain. Another item they discussed was gathering areas for groups of people who visit the area. This item was brought to light from the presentations made by the students. The Committee encouraged the Council to move forward with obtaining costs to make these improvements. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the report and consider the recommendations therein was seconded and approved 4:0. The Council will review the report with the Department of Public Works and the Historic Preservation Commission.

William Akridge, Maryland Eastern Shore Charter School Alliance, to request support for the Dorchester Preparatory Public Charter School-Mr. Akridge elaborated on the information he gave at the last meeting. He is hoping to open the school in the fall of 2013. Dick Bernstein, President of LWRC, spoke about building his businesses with entry-level employees. A charter school gives students an alternative method to learn. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to provide a letter of support for the charter school without any financial obligations attached to it was seconded. The vote was 2:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Hanson opposed. Mayor Stanley broke the tie by voting aye. The motion passed 3:2.

Unfinished Business

Approve lease agreement for Choptank River Lighthouse (Legal)-Rob Collison reported that the lighthouse will be transferred outright to the City. The City will be the owner of the asset. He submitted a revised agreement for Council. The City will control the $80,000 maintenance funds which will continue to be comprised of two accounts-a restricted account of $47,000± and an unrestricted account of $33,000± to be used for repair and maintenance. Both accounts must be used exclusively for the lighthouse. The City will receive all the revenue generated from the lighthouse. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the ownership of the lighthouse with the condition that the Mayor will serve as the liaison and that there will not be any elected officials or city employees on the Foundation Board of Directors; and that this be completed by December 31st was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Planning and Zoning Report: Review of Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation: Downtown Parking Lot Improvement Plan - Cannery Way (P&Z)-The Commission finds that the proposed plan for Cannery Way without the driveway is in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, but the portion of the plan calling for a driveway through Cannery Way would not be consistent with the plan; and the revisions to the plan calling for an extension of the walkway from the planning area to Academy Street, and other improvements such as additional lighting and signage are also consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to accept the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission died for lack of a second. Commissioner Sydnor would like the input of the Historic Preservation Commission. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to override the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission as it relates to Cannery Way and find that it is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan was seconded. The vote was 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed. Therefore the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation stands because Rob Collison reported that to override the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation would require a 4/5 vote (a super majority) under the State Code.

Traffic and Safety Committee Report-Two items were discussed:
Installing a crosswalk in the middle part of Poplar Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the Committee's recommendation to deny the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Long Wharf Traffic Study-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the Committee's recommendation to repaint the existing no parking areas around the fountain in the spring to allow for tour buses to maneuver around the circle was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5666 - Chief Kenneth W. Malik - replenish the drug informant account - $2,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 5666 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5682 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - Estimate for repairs to Engine 1-2 battery switch problem - RFC - $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5682 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5683 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - Repairs to Engine 1-1 deck gun - $1,400.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5683 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5684 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - Estimate for repairs to Tower 1-1 ladder - RFC - $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve PO 5684 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5685 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions - Replace protective cover for platform on Tower 1-1 - $1,000.00-Chief Phillips asked that this purchase order be voided.

PO 5686 - Jess Jr's and Sons - repair A/C unit on Hazmat 1-1 - RFC - $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5686 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5687 - Cummins Power Systems - repairs to generator on Engine 1-1 - RFC - $1,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve PO 5687 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91660 - Lowe's of Easton - building material for renovations at 1025 Washington Street - DPW - $5,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91660 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91661 - Bay Country Security - installation of security equipment at 1025 Washington Street - DPW - $2,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91661 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Additional Action by Council

Request from Cambridge Rotary Club to hold their oyster roast at Long Wharf on Saturday, March 30, 2013, permission to serve liquor in the park, a variance from the noise ordinance from 12 pm until 4 pm; police protection and assistance with blocking traffic-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to grant the requests was seconded and approved 3:0. Commissioner Thomas abstained because he is a member of Rotary. A liquor license must be obtained from the Dorchester County Liquor Board.

Demolition of 724 Pine Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas that in exchange for the applicant posting $8,000 the Council will direct that the demolition by stayed until January 14, 2013 at which time the Council will entertain the suspension of the demolition order dependent upon an approved renovation plan by the property owners with the clear understanding that if the plan is not accepted, the $8,000 would go toward the demolition process and if additional money is needed for the demolition it will be paid by the heirs was seconded and approved 4:0.

Sailwinds Park-Mayor Stanley distributed to the Commissioners a report of the observations of the Jerome J. Parks Companies on the Cambridge Waterfront 2020 Plan.


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

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:25 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, December 17, 2012, insofar as I personally am aware.


Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer