Council Meeting Minutes
April 22, 2013
A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the agenda as presented was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.
Missy LeCompte, Dorchester County Commission on the Aging to receive proclamation for "Celebrate Senior Citizens Month"; and to request a variance from the noise ordinance for Senior Celebration on May 16th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm; permission to hang a banner on Race Street as early as possible; police assistance for traffic control and to keep the fire lanes open; and to have McGruff attend the Senior Celebration-Commissioner Vickers recused herself from the room because she is the Executive Director of Dorchester County Commission on the Aging, Inc. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 3:0.
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 Dorchester Center for the Arts to request permission to hold their 37th Dorchester Showcase on Sunday, September 22, 2013; close High Street from Poplar Street/Locust Street to Water Street from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; a variance from the noise ordinance from 12 noon until 5:00 pm; assistance from the Cambridge Police Department and the Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.
Bernadette Townsend and Deirdre Berry to discuss efforts to generate more awareness with regards to Cultural Competence and Mental Health-Ms. Townsend works for the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health. Deirdre Berry works for Rural Cares. May is Mental Health Awareness Work. They would like to hold a resource day on May 23 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Empowerment Center on Pine Street. In the future they would like to hold a multi-cultural festival for Dorchester County. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have Mayor Stanley prepare a proclamation regarding Cultural Competence and Mental Health and approve the event on May 23rd was seconded and approved 4:0. Pamphlets on the two organizations were provided for anyone interested in them.
Proclamation for Relay for Life-Kelly Hayden announced that Relay for Life will be held at Cambridge South Dorchester High School beginning at 6:00 pm on May 17, 2013. Last year, the Dorchester County Relay for Life had the largest per-capita increase of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. They raised over $105,000. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve a proclamation and a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.
Discussion and approval of Ordinance amending zoning code to permit drycleaners and Laundromats in C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Districts (Ordinance 1031)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt Ordinance 1031 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Decision on effective date of Bamboo Ordinance (Ordinance 1028)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt July 1, 2013 as the effective date for Ordinance 1028; add language concerning written consent of adjoining property owners who wish to keep their bamboo; and to change the word "shall" to "may" in the paragraph discussing mandatory sealing methods was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.
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 Vickers to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0. Rob Collison will draft a hold harmless agreement for a representative from the Virginia Yacht Club to sign.
Request from the Seafood Feastival Committee for a variance from the noise ordinance (1:00 pm until 6:00 pm); trash removal; patrols by the Police Department; and permission to use the City-owned parking lot adjacent to the Sailwinds Park parking lot to park the buses (close parking lot as of Friday, August 9th beginning at 4:00 pm) for the Seafood Feastival on Saturday, August 10th -Nobody was present to speak.
Award annual street resurfacing contract-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to award the annual street resurfacing contract to All-Shore Paving (Easton) in the amount of $226,168.00 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve budget amendment for the 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 5698 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - reimbursement for train garden - $1,300.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to deny Purchase Order 5698 and have RFC resubmit a purchase order with associated receipts was seconded and approved 4:0.
Kisha Petticolas, representing the Eastern Shore Network for Change, requesting permission to hold "Jazz on Pine" at the Empowerment Center on Pine Street on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm; permission to block off the parking lot; a variance from the noise ordinance; increased Police patrols; and parking on both sides of Pine Street-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.
Ted Kanatas, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to request permission to hold a skeet shoot on Hole #17 on the golf course on Monday, May 6, 2013-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request for a variance from the noise ordinance and permission to discharge firearms was seconded and approved 4:0.
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 8:10 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 22, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer