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City Council Minutes

May 28, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 28, 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 Thomas to adopt the agenda as submitted was seconded and passed 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the May 13, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Public Hearing

Community Development Block Grant Application - Renovations to High Street from Poplar/Locust Streets to Church Street-The public hearing was advertised in the Star Democrat on May 22, 2013 and the Dorchester Star on May 24, 2013. The City is submitting an application for $800,000 for the renovation and restoration of the 300 block of High Street. The City will be submitting a TIGER grant application to complete the rest of High Street and a grant through the Maryland Department of Transportation for doing the engineering study. The renovations include replacing water and sewer lines; replacing curb gutter and sidewalks; brick street restoration and installing antique street lights. The City will contribute in-kind services.

Wendell Foxwell asked if the infrastructure that was in place since 1911 will be replaced. Anne Roane answered that it will be replaced and the brick will be replaced also. They have found a supplier for the bricks. Robert Collison said he supports the application being submitted. People trip on the bricks near the post office. He asked that the antique lighting be closer than it is on Poplar Street. Mayor Stanley and Commissioner Vickers also expressed that they would like better illumination. Natalie Chabot reported that they City has received many letters of support for this application. Mari Stanley, Cambridge Main Street, said they wholeheartedly support the project. It contributes to the overall revitalization of our downtown. She spoke of James Michener's quote that High Street is, if not one, but the most beautiful street in American. Nobody spoke against submitting the application. Nobody else asked to speak.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to close the public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0.

Amendment to the zoning ordinance to prohibit billboards and to regulate the conversion of existing billboards to digital electronic display-Notice of tonight's public hearing was published in the Star Democrat on May 20, 2013 and the Dorchester Star on May 17 and May 24, 2013. The ordinance would prohibit billboards within all zoning districts within the City; to regulate the conversion of existing billboards from static display messaging to digital display and electronic imaging signs within the City. It would include an application process for the conversion to digital display and electronic imaging subject to certain conditions and restrictions including the elimination of at least two building structures for each conversion. City Hall did not receive any written comments prior to the meeting tonight. The Planning and Zoning Commission initiated this proposed text amendment. They held a public hearing on April 30, 2013 and they have unanimously voted to recommend adoption of the proposed text amendment. The ordinance would prohibit billboards in all districts within the City. Legal, non-conforming billboards which exist as of the effective date of the ordinance may only be converted to electronic digital display upon the approval of the Commissioners of Cambridge. In order to permit a conversion, there would have to be the elimination of two double-sided billboards within the City including the complete elimination of not only the advertising section, but also all support structures. The electronic imaging could only occur on one side of the billboard and only one display message on the side. The other side would remain static display and maintained in good condition. Electronic imaging billboards cannot be within the scenic byway or within 600 feet of the scenic byway as established by Federal and State law. The minimum dwell time of and message would be ten seconds. Flashing signs would be prohibited. Not less than one-eighth of the revenue generated from the billboard would be paid to the City and the City would dedicate it to highway, street, or transportation-related purposes. If approved, the ordinance would become effective June 7, 2013. Nobody from Council or the audience asked to speak.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to close the public hearing was seconded and approved 4:0.


Appointments

Bob Wood to request permission to conduct a kids triathlon on Thursday, July 4th in the morning (approx. 8:15 a.m.), beginning and ending at the YMCA and including Somerset Avenue, Glasgow Street and Hambrooks Boulevard-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request including a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mari Stanley, Cambridge Main Street, to make additional street closures requests for Taste of Cambridge (Saturday, July 13th):
• Gay Street from Poplar to 322 Gay Street (Chesapeake Equipment)
• The 500 block of Race Street from Muir Street up to 507 Race Street
• Muir Street from the alley leading to the parking lot behind 413 Muir Street (Stoked), crossing Race Street, to the back property line of 447 Race Street (Main Street Gallery and Magnolia Grove)
A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request subject to adjustments/clarifications by the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Dorchester Post 88, 29th Division Association, to discuss a proposed new memorial to be erected at Long Wharf-Commissioner Sydnor suggested that the plans be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission before it comes before City Council. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward by referring the project to the Planning & Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Long Wharf Advisory Commission was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

Second reading and vote on Ordinance 1032 to amend the zoning ordinance to prohibit billboards and to regulate the conversion of existing billboards to digital electronic display-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1032 was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Approve Resolution 13-010 - Renovations to High Street from Poplar Street to Church Street-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Resolution 13-010 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve encumbrances for CPD-This item will be discussed at the next meeting.

Approve Maryland State Highway Administration National Recreational Trails Program 2014 Grant for implementation of the Maryland Avenue Gateway Project for a proposed trail head associated with this gateway (due July 1, 2013)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve submitting the application was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Discuss future budget appropriation request for proposed urban park-The Comprehensive Plan (adopted in 2011) identified a parcel of land as a potential future urban park. The 6.6 acre parcel is between Washington and Cedar Streets. Sara Abel from The Center for Towns, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy said they previously partnered with the City of Cambridge Planning Department to pursue acquisition of this potential property. At the original time of negotiation, the price was too high. The price has come down so they decided to pursue an option of the property which expires June 21, 2013. They are asking the Council for appropriation of funding as well as the determination of property ownership. The next step will be to appear before the Dorchester County Council to request financial and maintenance commitment from the County. The funding breakdown they have suggested is $25,000 for FY2015 and $25,000 for FY2016. It could be any structure as long as they have an appropriation of funding for the transaction by FY2016. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to give conditional approval to agree to take ownership of the property if the project moves forward with the clear understanding that the Council have the ultimate approval of the final plans for the park was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to give conditional approval on the funding with the intention of contributing up to $50,000 (total) subject to the City's budgetary process during FY2015 and FY2016 and project approval was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2013-077 - All Shore Paving Inc. - street resurfacing (DPW) - $250,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2013-077 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2013-080 - Arvid Associates, Inc. - Checklist Codes Program Annual License and Support (DPW) - $1,200.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2013-080 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2013-081 - Soap Tech - Bitdefender Small Office Security (DPW) - $1,501.60-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2013-081 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2013-082 - EJ USA, Inc. - Paving Riser Rings for Road Resurfacing (DPW) - $4,307.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2013-082 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 4884 - Washington Post - advertising in ‘Capital Business' (ED) - $6,300.00 - A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 4884 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mayor's and Commissioner's Comments

Student Intern-Mayor Stanley introduced John Handley, her student intern for the summer. He is a University of Maryland College Park student. He is a government and politics major and a philosophy minor. He just finished working in the Maryland General Assembly this past session.

Escrow Agreement between the Commissioners of Cambridge, Alpha Genesis Community Development Corporation, Historic Cambridge, Inc. and Easy Rentals, LLC-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the amended escrow agreement as outlined by Rob Collison was seconded and approved 4:0.

Letter from Anne Whaples concerning ADA access on downtown sidewalks-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to refer the letter to the Department of Public Work for their action and a report of their action was seconded and approved 4:0.

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go into closed executive session immediately following the meeting to discuss personnel was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, May 28, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: May 28, 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 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;
(2) 3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
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;
(1) 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) Acquiring Property; (2) Acquiring Property
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; (1) Chad Malkus, Frank Narr, Rich Loeffler, Natalie Chabot, and Sara Abel; (2) Sara Abel; Anne Roane
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: (1) No action was taken; (2) No action was taken

 

A Date: May 28, 2013
Time: 8:50 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

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

x 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;
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;
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. Hanson Seconded: Comm. Thomas

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: Letters of resignation from committee members
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
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.