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Council Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 8, 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 Hanson to amend the agenda by postponing the vote on Ordinance 1031 until the next meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the minutes of the March 25, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Open bids for street annual street paving-Four bids were received:

• David A. Bramble (Chestertown, MD) - $264,200
• American Infrastructure (Dover, DE) - $239,900
• All Shore Paving (Easton, MD) - $226,168
• George & Lynch (Dover, DE) - $255,024

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.

Jack Saum representing the Fun Dog Show to request permission to hang a banner across Race Street from April 12th through May 11th-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request with the stipulation that if another organization wants to put a banner in that location, the fun dog show banner will be removed on May 8th, was seconded and approved 4:0.

Donna Era representing Quota to request permission to place a banner at the corner of Long Wharf and Water Street for the month of April-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request contingent upon favorable approval of the Long Wharf Advisory Committee was seconded and approved 4:0.

Meredith Hanson and Bill Jones to receive proclamation for The National Crime Victim's Rights Week-Bill Jones thanked Chief Malik and the Cambridge Police Department for the excellent service they provide to crime victims. Mayor Stanley read the proclamation, signed it, and presented it to Ms. Hanson and Mr. Jones.

Representative from Holy Ground Anointed Church of Deliverance to request permission to use Cornish Park on Saturday, June 15th, for ‘A Day in the Park' and a variance from the noise ordinance-Nobody was present to speak.

Representatives from Cambridge Main Street to request the following:

• Farmers Market, Thursdays, May 2 through October 17, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - operate in the city-owned parking lot and adjacent grassy area at Long Wharf on Thursdays (blocked off from Thursday morning and opened up again at market's end); a variance from the noise ordinance for occasional music; permission to place the same Farmer's Market sign in the same place as last year-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests, including the variance from the noise ordinance, was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow the Farmers Market to put their sign where it was last year was seconded and approved 4:0.

• Taste of Cambridge -- Saturday, July 13 - close 400 block of Race and 500 block of Poplar from 1:00 pm until 11:00 pm; variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm; outdoor alcohol sales; Police Department presence; and use of spare city garbage cans

• Summer Sendoff - Saturday, September 14 - close 400 block of Race and 500 block of Poplar from 2:00 pm until 11:00 pm; variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm; outdoor alcohol sales; Police Department presence; and use of spare city garbage cans

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests associated with the Taste of Cambridge and Summer Sendoff, including variances from the noise ordinance, was seconded and approved 4:0.
Representatives from Sailwinds of Cambridge, Inc. to request a variance from the noise ordinance on Saturday, June 1st from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm; use of the left side of the boat parking area (black top area) next to the fence to park buses, extra trash cans, and grass cut before May 29th for their Outdoors Show to benefit the American Breast Cancer Society-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the Country Show at Sailwinds, including a variance from the noise ordinance, parking in the boat/trailer area adjacent to the hospital, extra trash cans, and security policing was seconded and approved 4:0.

Presentation/Update by the Economic Steering Committee-Dion Banks said their focus is to develop ideas and strategies to move Cambridge's creative economic plan forward and implement the primary recommendations contained the Cambridge's Economic Development Strategic Plan. They have aggressively encouraged community engagement and business participation city-wide. The implementation plan revolves around nine recommendations: Waterfront 2020; Cambridge Micro Enterprise Center; Chesapeake College Relationship Building; Downtown Tax Break; Business Friendly Initiative; Industrial Space Marketing Campaign; Retiree Tax Break; and Gateway Overlay.

Business Friendly Initiative-Representatives from City staff meet monthly. An IT Director has been hired. A City network is being installed. A master grant tracking system is in the works. All websites have been merged to one website. Credit card capabilities are being explored. A permit tracking process is being worked on. Intranet is being evaluated. Department heads meet monthly with the Mayor.

Gateway Clean-Ups-From June 2011 through December 2012, their gateway clean-ups had 160 volunteers. The clean-ups for this year are June 1, October 5, and December 7. They are requesting ‘no parking' on the gateways prior to the clean-up; streets swept by the street sweeper prior to and after the clean-ups; trash cans; and garbage pick-up. The streets are Pine Street, Maryland Avenue, Cedar Street, Glasgow Street, and Locust Street. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the clean-up dates and requests was seconded and approved 4:0. The Cambridge Economic Steering Committee will work with the City staff for further clarification on the ‘no parking' areas.

Unfinished Business

Agreement with Jim Chaney, Cambridge Housing Authority, LLC, concerning waiving the fines on 518, 520 Cedar Street to make it feasible for him to purchase and redevelop the property-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the written agreement with the date changes outlined by Rob Collison was seconded and approved unanimously.

Second reading, discussion, and vote on Ordinance 1028 to prohibit the planting and growing of bamboo after the effective date of the ordinance, and to regulate existing bamboo within the city, by requiring the removal of bamboo within certain setback areas of property lines and public rights of way, and to prohibit the encroachment of bamboo across property lines, and to permit the abatement of violations-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Ordinance 1028 with the stipulation that Council change the property setback between neighbors to zero and the public right-of-way to twenty-five feet was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

New Business

Request from Virginia Yacht Club to allow alcohol in the Cambridge Municipal Marina Pavilion on June 17 and 18 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm during their "Up the Bay" Cruise-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer the request to the Long Wharf Advisory Committee was seconded and approved 4:0.

Discuss Empowerment Center lease-On Friday, Mayor Stanley received a letter from Carlton W. Stanley, Chairperson of the Pine Street Committee, asking to renew their lease. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer the request to the City Property Committee for their review with the Pine Street Committee and that the current terms will continue until a new lease is entered into was seconded and approved 4:0. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley recused herself from the conversation because Mr. Carlton W. Stanley is her uncle.


Permission to begin working on an application for state funding to conduct a ‘public venue feasibility study' (relocation/replacement of Governor's Hall) - A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Permission to apply for CDBG funding 2014 grant round-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request to apply for CDBG funds along with Transportation Alternative Program Funds (MDOT) was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for RFC-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders

PO 5679 - Graves Uniforms - uniforms for CPD - $3,470.48-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 5679 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 5693 - Fail Safe - annual NFPA hose testing - $7,917.00-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve PO 5693 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 5696 - Fire Chasers Equipment - firefighting gloves - $2,220.00-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve PO 5696 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 5697 - Fire Chasers Equipment - firefighting boots - $2,360.00-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve PO 5697 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 5698 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - reimbursement for train garden - $1,300.00-Action was deferred until the next meeting.
PO 5699 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - reimbursement for banquet - $5,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5699 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 5701 - Maryland Municipal League - Annual Convention Registration - $2,870.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 5701 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 91682 - Duvall Brothers - Maryland Ave. & Trenton St. intersection improvements - $30,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 91682 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 91683 - Duvall Brothers - downtown parking lot improvements - $250,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 91683 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Public Comments

Empowerment Center-A request to remove the overgrowth and poison ivy growing behind the Empowerment Center was forwarded to Oden Wheeler and Property Maintenance.

Safety Concerns-A request to look at lowering the speed limit on Lincoln Terrace was forwarded to the Traffic and Safety Committee. A request for a crosswalk near the Stanley Institute must be referred to the State Highway Department.

Additional Action by Council

Cambridge Little League Parade-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to permit the Cambridge Little League to hold their parade from Long Wharf to the ball park (High/Poplar/Race Streets) with a police car leading the parade on Saturday, April 20, 2013 beginning at 9:00 am was seconded and approved 4:0.

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 9:00 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 8, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer