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City Council Minutes

February 25, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 25, 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 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 approve the agenda as submitted was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Representative from James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to request use of Long Wharf for the 8th Annual Cambridge Tall Ship Schooner Rendezvous, October 25, 26, 27, 2013. Use of Long Wharf, permission for an encampment, free dockage for registered vessels Thursday, October 24 to Monday, October 28, reduced per-foot charge Thursday, October 24 to Monday, October 28, use of electricity, permission to erect a tent at Long Wharf from October 24 to October 28; additional trash cans; use of barricades; a variance from the noise ordinance at Long Wharf on Friday, October 25 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday, October 27 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; permission to serve beer and wine on Saturday, October 26 from 12 noon to 11:00 pm and Sunday, October 27 from 12 noon to 6:00 pm; and a blanket permit for vendors, and waiver of vendor fees on October 26 and 27-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Joyce Green and/or Ty Banning, Zion Baptist Church, to request permission to close Pine Street from Elm Street to Cedar Street on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 12 noon to 5:30 pm for the annual Community Day Cookout and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from the Johnson family to request permission to use Great Marsh for a family reunion on Saturday, August 10 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance; and permission to erect a tent-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Odessa Todd and Marvel Deshields to request permission to use Great Marsh Park for our semi- annual family reunion on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 10 am until 7 pm; permission to erect a tent and moon bounce, and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the requests with the stipulation that the family provides proof of insurance for use of the moon bounce was seconded and approved 4:0.

Suzette Stitley, Baywater Animal Rescue, to request a letter of support for a design and planning workshop for a "no kill companion animal facility"-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to provide a letter of support was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representatives from Historic Cambridge Inc. and Morgan State to introduce the historic designation for Pine Street and request a moratorium on property demolition in that district-Jermaine Anderson asked Council to withdraw the moratorium portion of the request at this point. Cambridge Main Street put forth an application to include Pine Street as a Historic District. The District became official in November 2012. This is a federal designation. The community needs a lot of work so this designation is an opportunity for the citizens and the City to engage in a revitalization effort. He believes everything feasible should be done to avoid demolishing structures. The key is getting the community involved in improving the housing.

Unfinished Business

MOU with Dorchester County District Court to use space in the public safety building in the event of an emergency or disaster-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the MOU with Dorchester County District Court with a monthly rental fee of $5,442 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed.


Escrow Agreement for the Rehabilitation of 724 Pine Street-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to approve the Escrow Agreement with the exterior completion date extended to June 30, 2013 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Update on the Long Wharf Restroom Facilities-Lou Hyman, Chairman of the Long Wharf Advisory Committee, reported that their plans for the restroom facility were approved by the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission. Oden Wheeler reported that by process of elimination, the best site for the building would be the location designated as Location 1. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to place the restroom in the location designated as Location 1 was seconded and approved 4:0. The restroom will be open to the public from sunrise to sunset but can be left open later on special occasions. It will be electronically locked at night. Their goal is to have the building built by this summer. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the plans for the Long Wharf restroom facilities and instruct the Department of Public Works to compose a bid package was seconded and approved 4:0.

Introduction and First Reading of Ordinance RE: Regulation of Bamboo (Ordinance 1028)-Rob Collison announced the public hearing will most likely be during the second meeting in March (March 25, 2013). The ordinance would grandfather those properties that currently have bamboo to maintain it. Growing bamboo would be prohibited after the effective date. The ordinance will establish setbacks from property lines and public right-of-ways or sidewalks. Violations are subject to fines of $100 per day. It will also provide for abatement by the City. The ordinance would not apply to bamboo plants inside homes.

New Business

Re-designation and boundaries for the Enterprise Zone-A motion by Commissioner Saunders to move forward with the application using the existing boundaries was seconded and approved 4:0. A public hearing will be held on March 25, 2013.

Re-designation and boundaries for the Arts & Entertainment District-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward with the application modifying the boundaries to include a continuation of everything south of Race Street and Pine Street down to Washington Street was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed. A public hearing will be held on March 25, 2013.

Re-designation and boundaries for Sustainable Communities-The State has combined the Community Legacy program and the Neighborhood BusinessWorks program. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to move forward with the boundaries as explained was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed. A public hearing will be held on March 25, 2013.

Consideration and approval of Resolution adopting an exemption to the Bay Restoration Fee based upon financial hardship of owners of residential dwellings (Resolution 13-003)-There is a provision in State law that requires the local jurisdiction to adopt an exemption from paying the fee based on financial hardship. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 13-003 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed.

Introduction of Ordinance for Zoning Amendment to Amend Section 230(3), Table 2 - Uses Permitted in Non-Residential districts may permit, by right, "Drycleaners, Laundromats" in Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) Zones (Ordinance 1031)-The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Planning Staff recommend the change. The public hearing will be on March 25, 2013.

Discuss Committees with expired terms or terms expiring in February 2013 (ADA Committee; Police Board)-This item will be discussed at the next meeting.

Request for support and resolution for Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program application for Brett Summers in association with Cambridge Main Street Partners, LLC; restoration of a detached two and one half story historic building (Resolution 13-004)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve a letter of support failed 2:3 with Commissioners Saunders, Commissioner Sydnor, and Mayor Jackson-Stanley opposed.

Request from Cambridge Main Street for a letter of support for an MHAA grant-Main Street is applying for a grant for the development of a tourism phone app for visitors to historic Cambridge. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the letter of support was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Saunders opposed.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5676 - Battle Ridge Kennels & K9 Services - dual purpose patrol/narcotics K9 dog; training and lodging for handler (drug forfeiture account) - $9,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5676 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91673 - Paul Ewing's Contractor Supply - 30" drain basin - 2 SDS outlets solid cover - DPW - $1,772.48-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91673 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 91674 - A&E Associates - tidal check valve - DPW - $3,463.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 91674 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Public Comments

Technical Assistance Grant for 505 Race Street-Alpha Genesis is asking for a letter of support for a grant for a feasibility study to determine how to bring life back to a building by turning it into a community center that will contribute to the vitality of Cambridge Main Street and the Arts & Entertainment District. Jermaine Anderson will forward an electronic copy to Council for their review. Council will make a decision on a letter of support after they review the application.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Closed Executive Session-Rob Collison announced that Council met in closed executive session at 5:00 pm to discuss the acquisition of real estate, the expansion of business within the community and to obtain legal advice.


A motion by Commissioner Hanson 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, February 11, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer