City Council Minutes
March 11, 2013
Mayor Stanley announced that DPW would like to remove the grant application from the agenda. However, Commissioner Sydnor confirmed that they would have enough time to complete the $100,000 application by its due date. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and approved unanimously.
A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the February 25, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.
Nancy Andrew, Habitat Humanity Choptank, to give a brief update on their home ownership program-Nancy Andrew gave a brief update. After the update, Commissioner Sydnor inquired about the status of the properties on High Street and Goodwill Avenue. Ms. Andrew explained that the properties were not in the Maple Street district which is where Habitat is targeting to get the homeowner-occupied properties built. Edwin Kinnamon stated on October 11, 2011, a five-year tax abatement was granted by Council on any Habitat property since its acquisition date. Since these properties were acquired in late 2008, the abatement would expire later this year.
Portia Johnson-Ennels to request permission to hold the Fletcher Family reunion at Great Marsh Park on Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 11:00 am until dusk and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.
Representative from High Heel Race for Charity to request permission to hold their race on Saturday, April 27, 2013 starting at 3:30 pm in the 400 block of Race Street and Poplar Street; closure of the 400 block of Race Street and Poplar Street from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, authorization for liquor sales, and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.
Jim Chaney, Cambridge Housing Authority, LLC, to discuss waiving the fines on 518 Cedar Street to make it feasible for him to purchase the property-Mr. Chaney would like to purchase the property, demolish the existing house, and rebuild a single story house on the lots of 518 and 520 Cedar Street. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have Mr. Chaney meet with Oden Wheeler and Rob Collison and draft an agreement for approval at the next meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.
Discuss committees with expired terms-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to re-appoint Wayne Bromwell, Sr.; Andrew Allen; Brian Manning; Raymond Robbins; Kisha Petticolas and Buddy Mowbray to the Police Board was seconded and approved 4:0. The terms will expire February 28, 2017. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to review the make-up of the Planning and Zoning Commission was seconded and approved 4:0. (This Commission does not have representation from Wards 2 and 3 due to people moving and redistricting.)
Temporary bike sharrow installation on Maryland Avenue-Sarah Abel explained that citizens have overwhelmingly been asking for improved bicycle access. A sharrow is a shared lane pavement markers. They would like to place temporary (120 days starting April 1) markers (bicycle symbols) on the road to guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road to avoid car doors and remind drivers to share the roads with cyclists. They will gauge the community's interest in actually having bicycle access on Maryland Avenue to see if it is worth the City's time to develop more infrastructure on that road such as trails, full bike lanes, or a buffered bike lane. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to move forward with the temporary bike sharrows was seconded and approved 4:0.
Chesapeake Bay Trust Green Streets grant application - $100,000 implementation funds-The funds (non-matching) would be used to implement part of the Gateway Project. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to proceed forward with the grant application for $100,000 was seconded and approved 4:0. DPW did not have the staff/sufficient time to complete the other two parts of the grant.
Request to go to bid for annual street resurfacing-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request to go to bid for annual street resurfacing was seconded and approved 4:0.
Consideration and concurrence of the Residential Façade Improvement Review Committee-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Sarah Abel, David DeLuca, and Jerry Burroughs as a committee to review the applications and to edit the application to state that if the application is for an amount greater than the stated amount of reimbursement, it must have prior approval by Council was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve budget amendment for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve Purchase Orders:
PO 5677 - Computer Information Systems - 305 maintenance and renewal of departmental reports and software that includes annual fees - CPD - $9,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5677 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 91670 - Paul Ewing Contractor Supply - Stihl 14 inch power cut TS 420 saw - $1,500.00- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91670 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 91675 - Will Brown Trucking - top engine overhaul diagnosis and repair for garbage truck #15 - $2,612.78-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91675 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 91680 - Brinsfield Fence Co., Inc. - Slats for fence at Cattail Crossing - $1,470.00 [to be reimbursed by LGIT as a result from microburst storm] - A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 91680 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments
Commissioner Vickers asked for the public's comments regarding grant funds being applied for using tax dollars with no specific purpose. She would like to see a committee formed to review the grant application process and projects.
Budget Hearings-Council will hold a work session on Monday, March 18 starting at 6:00 pm to discuss the FY2014 budget with the department heads. The meeting is open to the public.
A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, March 11, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer