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City Council Minutes

May 13, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, May 13, 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.

Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss a personnel issue and consider a matter that concerns the proposal of a business to relocate and possibly expand in Cambridge.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the April 22, 2013 and May 6, 2013 Council meetings was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Representative 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-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Pearl Seas Cruises LLC to request permission to dock at Sailwinds Park-Tony Severn, President of Chesapeake Shipbuilding and Vice President of Pearl Seas Cruises requested permission to use the wharf at Sailwinds Park to dock a vessel that needs some reconditioning and corrective actions taken. The vessel would probably be in Cambridge for six to eight months; leave to go to a dry dock; and then it could come back possibly for a few more months. He offered to pay the City $6,800 a month. They would pay for their own electricity, water hook-up, and a security guard. They would need to use a little bit of the paved property. Some local jobs would be created. Mr. Severn is aware of the sinkholes. The only equipment they would need would be a light forklift and possibly a light crane. Several citizens spoke against the ship coming to Sailwinds.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to go into closed executive session to obtain legal advice was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to go out of closed executive session was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to deny the request to dock the Pearl Seas Cruises ship at Sailwinds was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Robert J. Wood to request permission to conduct a kids triathlon on Thursday, July 4th in the morning, beginning and ending at the YMCA and including Somerset Avenue, Glasgow Street and Hambrooks Boulevard-Mr. Wood was not present to speak.

Representative from Holy Ground Anointed Church of Deliverance to request permission to use Cornish Park on Saturday, June 15th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm for ‘A Day in the Park'; a variance from the noise ordinance; trash cans and police patrol-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Faith Baptist Fellowship to request the City abandon the alley which bisects their property on the corner of Race Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (alley runs parallel to Race Street)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer the matter to the City Properties Committee and to the Department Heads to see if there is any future need for the piece of property for City use, was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representatives from Cambridge Main Street to request:
• Farmers Market, Tuesday, July 2nd, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm - in the city-owned parking lot and adjacent grassy area at Long Wharf; space blocked off from Tuesday morning and opened up at market's end; and a variance from the noise ordinance- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.
• Farmers Market, Saturdays, June 22nd through August 24th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the city-owned parking lot and adjacent grassy area at Long Wharf; space blocked off from 8:00 am and opened up again at market's end; variances from the noise ordinance for occasional music-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance contingent on notification of the neighbors was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Cambridge American Legion Post 91 to request permission to conduct its annual Memorial Day Ceremony (Monday, May 27th); close off traffic around the fountain circle at 10:00 am; parking permitted on Long Wharf parking lot; Memorial Day Ceremony from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm max.; reopen circle upon conclusion; variance from the noise ordinance for PA system and cannon salute; police assistance for traffic control and no parking on inner circle; Police Honor Guard for ceremony; and depending on wind conditions to have fountain turned on-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Lou Hyman, Dorchester Skipjack Committee, to request permission to use Long Wharf on Saturday, September 21st from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm during the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race; close off a portion of the parking lot between the Nathan slip and the river for exhibitors and viewers; waiver of dockage fee for the boats that tie up along Long Wharf; a variance from the noise ordinance; and permission to set off firearms (signal cannon) within City limits-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representatives from Alpha Genesis CDC to discuss the construction schedule for their 507 Race Street Project-Jermaine Anderson and Adrian Holmes presented a timeline to clean up the 507 Race Street property. They are not asking to have the fines waived that have already been issued for the building. They are asking for more time to clean up the site without any additional fines. They will be signing a contract with the building owner on May 15, 2013. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the schedule with the deletion of Items 2 and 3; modifying the last date to December 31, 2013; give them 30 days to do both the clean-up and board-up (by June 15th); an agreement with the City, Alpha Genesis, Historic Cambridge and the current owner; and the City would not assess any additional fines for current violations for 30 days was seconded and denied 2:3 with Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, and Mayor Jackson-Stanley opposed. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the items motioned by Commissioner Thomas and adding a $10,000 escrow account was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioner Sydnor and Commissioner Hanson opposed. Mayor Jackson-Stanley voted yes.

Representatives from Alpha Genesis to request permission to block off Pine Street from Cedar Street to Elm Street on Saturday, June 15th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance; and police protection for a Juneteenth Festival-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Rev. Dedra Martin, New Life Christian Church and Ministries (923 Phillips Street) to request permission to block off the street in front of their church on Saturday, June 29th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance on June 29th from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm; and a few trash cans to be used during their International Weekend-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

None

New Business

Adopt FY 2014 tax rate-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to set the real property tax rate at $0.7989 per $100 of assessed value was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the personal property tax rate at $1.69 per $100 of assessed value was seconded and approved 4:0.


Adopt FY2014 budget-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the City's General Fund Budget for FY 2014 in the amount of $11,760,437 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the City's Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget for FY 2014 in the amount of $4,387,690 was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the City's Marina Enterprise Fund Budget for FY 2014 in the amount of $607,167 was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget of the Municipal Utilities Commission for FY 2014 in the amount of $1,765,525 was seconded and approved 3:0 with Commissioner Vickers abstaining.

Approval to apply for the MDOT Bikeways-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve submitting an application for a dedicated bike lane along Maryland Avenue beginning at Dorchester Avenue and extending to Aurora Street was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Presentation on SAGE Classroom opportunity-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant the Planning and Zoning Department permission to move forward with this project was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Request by CPD to allocate funds for BJAG grant (CPD)-These funds are now limited to State government, therefore, no action was taken.

Request to go to bid for Long Wharf restroom facility (DPW)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to go to bid for the Long Wharf restroom facility was seconded and approved 4:0.

Request to make an application to the Department of Transportation for the 2013 TIGER grant round for the restoration of High Street and Long-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to apply for a TIGER grant was seconded and approved 4:0.

Request to file Certified Local Government Status application for the City of Cambridge and Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to file the Certified Local Government Status application was seconded and approved 4:0.

Permission to submit a Maryland Historic Trust grant application for training and other funding opportunities-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to submit a Maryland Historical Trust grant application was seconded and approved 4:0.

Introduction and first reading of Ordinance 1032 to amend the zoning ordinance to prohibit billboards and to regulate the conversion of existing billboards to digital electronic display-A public hearing will be held on May 28th at 7:00 pm.

Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for CPD was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5698 - Rescue Fire Company, Inc. - reimbursement for train garden expenses - $1,300.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5698 in the amount of $1,016.40 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

PO 5700 - Will Browns Truck Repair - DOT inspection of Engines 1-1,1-2, 1-3, 1-4; Tower 1-1; Rescue 1 1; Hazmat 1; Tractor and Trailer; Brush 1-1; and special team trailer for RFC - $8,000-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5700 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2013-00000074 - Jess Jr.'s & Sons LLC furnish/install new equipment on C-24 - $5,018.75 (Drug Forfeiture Account) -A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2013-00000074 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 5680 - Pyro Engineering, Inc. - balance of fireworks display - $12,500.00 (FY14)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 5680 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2013-078 - Jess Jr.'s & Sons LLC - repair RFC Tower 1-1 - $115,722.23-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Purchase Order 2013-078 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Public Comments

Mid-Shore Community Band - A motion by Commissioner Vickers to accept the Mid-Shore Community Band's offer to perform a concert at Long Wharf on July 4th beginning at 5:30 pm was seconded and approved 4:0. Parking spaces for the trailers will be provided.

Cambridge Beer Festival-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve June 15, 2013 as the rain date for the festival originally approved for May 11th was seconded and approved 4:0. [close the 300 block of High Street from Church Street to the property line of Newcomb & Collins Funeral Home 12 noon until 7:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance, permission to install 10 x 10 tents, police protection, and use of City-owned trash cans]

Long Wharf Committee-Lou Hyman reported that the committee recommends that promotional banners and signs only be displayed in the park on the day of the event and that events not taking place at Long Wharf Park not have permission to have banners or signs displayed at the park. They asked that the provision to notify all residents within 200 feet of the park prior to an event taking place be rescinded.

509 Race Street-The City will apply for an emergency grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development for a preliminary engineering study to give the City educated information on the status of the building. There is no required match. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to have a special regular Council meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 5:00 pm to hold a public hearing 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 10:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, May 13, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: May 13, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

(1) 1 discuss: (i) the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction: or (ii) any other personnel matter that affects one or more specific individuals;
2 protect the privacy or reputation of individuals with respect to a matter that is not related to public business;
3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
(2) 4 consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State;
5 consider the investment of public funds;
6 consider the marketing of public securities;
(3) 7 consult with counsel to obtain legal advice;
8 consult with staff, consultants, or other individuals about pending or potential litigation:
9 conduct collective bargaining negotiations or consider matters that relate to the negotiations:
10 discuss public security, if the public body determines that public discussion would constitute a risk to the public or to public security, including: (i) the deployment of fire and police services and staff; and (ii) the development and implementation of emergency plans;
11 prepare, administer, or grade a scholastic, licensing, or qualifying examination;
12 conduct or discuss an investigative proceeding on actual or possible criminal conduct;
13 comply with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement that prevents public disclosures about a particular proceeding or matter; or
14 before a contract is awarded or bids are opened, discuss a matter directly related to a negotiating strategy or the contents of a bid or proposal, if public discussion or disclosure would adversely impact the ability of the public body to participate in the competitive bidding or proposal process.


C Members present and vote of each member as to closing the session:

Victoria Jackson-Stanley (only in a tie)
Jackie Vickers Vote: Y
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y
Octavene Saunders Vote: absent
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Robert Hanson Vote: Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Seconded: Comm.

D Topics Discussed: Explanation of topics to be discussed (this may be by reference to the citation of authority listed above if further explanation would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting (1) Position of City Attorney ; (2) Business wanting to relocate to Cambridge: (3) Process to terminate a contract
E Persons Present at the Closed Session: If listing an individual as present would thwart the purpose of closing the meeting, do not list the individual but note that an individual was not listed for this reason Mayor Jackson-Stanley, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Ed Kinnamon, Rob Collison; session 2 - Natalie Chabot
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: (1) A motion by Commissioner Hanson to retain the current attorney (Robert Collison) was seconded and approved 3:0. [Commissioner Thomas was out of the room during the vote.] (2) No motions were made; (3) No motions were made