Council Meeting Minutes
June 10, 2013
A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the agenda was seconded and approved 3:0.
A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the May 23 and May 28, 2013 Council meetings was seconded and passed 3:0.
Introduce Maple Street Coordinator, Sherise Mobley, and give update on façade program-Natalie Chabot introduced Sherise Mobley. Her position is part-time temporary position completely funded through a grant. Ms. Mobley is trying to help open doors to our community using projects that the City has already established. She hopes to see a significant number of properties upgraded. Maple Street is grant-funded through the Department of Housing and Community Development. She is working to help people with façade improvement projects. Two commercial projects and one residential project have been approved so far. A couple of projects are pending. This program allows citizens to invest in their property by trying to pick up the curb appeal. She will also be working with home ownership projects.
Representative from The Dri-Dock Recovery & Wellness Center to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm for a celebration; permission to erect a tent (no stakes); and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests was seconded and approved 3:0.
Rachell Rich, Chesapeake Court LLC to request permission to use the City-owned lot at 601 Chesapeake Court on July 13, 2013 from 12:00 pm through 2:00 am for their 1st Annual Car & Bike Show; permission to block the street from 11:30 am until 6:30 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests including a variance from the noise ordinance from 11:30 am until 6:30 pm was seconded and approved 3:0.
Representatives from Sailwinds Park Inc. to request a letter of support for their 2013/2014 SGIF grant application for the Gateway project and to ask Council to consider a $250,000 commitment for the project in its FY 2014/2015 budget-Frank Narr reported that this has been a 20-year partnership. Last fall, they submitted a grant application to DHCD and were successful in obtaining $400,000 in funding for the gateway project. They identified projects on Route 50 just off of the bridge which they would like to acquire in hopes of creating a welcoming gateway into Cambridge. They would like to request an additional $750,000 from DHCD. As part of the application, they need a support letter from the City. They are asking the Council to consider a financial commitment of $250,000 in the FY2014/2015 budget. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to submit a letter of support for the DHCD SGIF grant application for 2013/2014 was seconded and approved 3:0.
Discuss escrow agreement for 507 Race Street-This item will be discussed at the next meeting.
Long Wharf Advisory Committee report-Lou Hyman, Chairman, reported that the Committee would like to suggest the following policy changes:
1. Signs and banners may only be placed in the Park or on Long Wharf to advertise events that will be taking place in the park, are open to the public, and approved by the City Council. Promotional banners and signs may only be displayed up to 3 days prior to the event and must be removed by the promoter within 1 day after the event.
2. The scheduling of all events at Long Wharf and Long Wharf Park will be done and approved by the City Council, as they have done before. (The Long Wharf Advisory Committee recommends that the policy of requiring notification of residents within 200 feet of the park prior to approval be rescinded.)
3. At a minimum, new monuments and structures must be reviewed and approved by the Long Wharf Committee prior to final approval by the City Council. This is to ensure that the new structure fits within the Long Wharf Park Master Plan, as well as meets neighborhood standards. Their recommendation is that a moratorium on new monuments and structures be established until the new Park Master Plan is in place. This is to avoid having to move structures later to fit in the new plan. They suggested that Council permit temporary structures with the understanding that they may be moved or removed when the Master Plan is approved.
Approve lease renewal for Liberty Village Empowerment Center-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the lease renewal with the City paying for the fire alarm monitoring, a financial statement being due by March 1st of each year, and that the City's insurance will not cover contents, was seconded and approved 3:0. The revised lease will be presented to Council next week.
Agree to pursue re-financing existing debt on the Public Safety Building, the Marina and the Tech Park infrastructure-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to direct Ed Kinnamon to re finance the three major items noted was seconded and approved 3:0.
Sign Third Amendment to Water Tower Lease Agreement with Verizon Wireless-A vote will be taken at the next meeting after further information is obtained from Verizon Wireless.
Approve deed to convey a portion of Talisman Lane to the adjoining property which was approved by Ordinance No. 574 (from 1977)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the deed to convey a portion of Talisman Lane to the adjoining property owner and authorize Mayor Stanley to sign it was seconded and approved 3:0.
Approve Resolution 13-011 to adopt tax rates and sewer rates for FY 2014 budget-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Resolution 13-011 was seconded and approved 3:0.
Discuss appointments to various City committees-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to accept Commissioner Saunders' recommendation to appoint Brad Cornish to the Housing Board of Review was seconded and withdrawn. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to re-appoint Robert W. Jackson to the Housing Authority Board was seconded and approved 3:0.
Approve budget amendment for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget amendment for the Department of Public Works in its entirety was seconded and approved 2:0 with Commissioner Vickers abstaining. The City Attorney will investigate if a super-majority is necessary to approve this budget amendment before any funds are transferred.
Approve Purchase Orders:
PO 2013-083 - Valerie J. Mann - Grants Administration (CPD) - $1,215.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 2013-083 was seconded and approved 3:0.
PO 2013-086 - John W. Tieder Inc. - Upgrade exterior building and parking lights to LED lights at the Public Safety Building (DPW) - $11,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 2013-086 was seconded and approved 2:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.
PO 2013-087 - Telewire Inc. - Upgrade telephone system at the Public Safety Building (DPW) - $22,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve PO 2013-087 was seconded and approved 2:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.
Arts & Entertainment District-The City of Cambridge has been chosen to be re-designated as an Arts & Entertainment District for the State of Maryland. The re-designation becomes effective June 30, 2013 and is in effect for 10 years.
Upgrades to the Empowerment Center-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to have the City subject a Community Legacy application for energy-efficient and ADA upgrades to the Empowerment Center was seconded and approved 3:0.
A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 3:0. With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:20 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 10, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer