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City Council Minutes

June 17, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 17, 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 amend the agenda by removing the item entitled "review Community Legacy sub-applicants intent to apply project forms" was seconded and passed 4:0. The deadline for the applications has been extended by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the June 10, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Recognition for the Cambridge South Dorchester State Championship Baseball Team and Regional East District Champion Cross Country Track and Field Teams-Council recognized the accomplishments of both teams and presented them with Mayor's Citations. The team members were individually introduced. Council is very proud of both teams and the positive adults in their lives.

Valerie Brown, on behalf of Powell Realtors and Portside Restaurant to request permission to close Trenton Street from Maryland Avenue to the Trego property on Sunday, June 30th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm for a block party/street festival and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Sarah Jackson to request permission to have a block party on Skinners Court on Saturday, June 29th from 12 noon until 9:00 pm and permission to block the street and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Gerry Boyle to report on the success of the Eagleman Triathlon and to thank the Cambridge City Departments for their support-Mr. Boyle reported that 2,200 athletes competed in the Eagleman. He thanked the City Council, the Department of Public Works, the Cambridge Police Department, and Rescue Fire Company for their assistance in putting on the race. He also recognized the support from the community. The athletes rate Cambridge as one of the best communities in the world because of the openness, friendliness, and the spirit that is generated by the community in welcoming the athletes.

Unfinished Business

Approve escrow agreement for 507 Race Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the escrow agreement with a date change for removing the bricks in the alleys to June 30, 2013 and the deadline to receive the escrow check as 4:00 pm on June 21, 2013 was seconded and approved 4:0. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley will sign the agreement after the other parties sign it and she receives the check.

Approve final lease for the Liberty Village Empowerment Center-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the lease was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve third amendment to Water Tower Lease Agreement with Verizon Wireless-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the amendment to the water tower lease agreement with the stipulation that Verizon Wireless provide proof of insurance for subcontractors was seconded and approved 4:0.

Discuss appointments to various City committees-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to appoint Chantay Nelson as the Second Ward Representative to the Planning and Zoning Commission was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Thomas opposed.

Update on status of agreement for 724 Pine Street repairs-Oden Wheeler reported that the agreement has not been signed; however, the check has been received. Some of the exterior renovations have been made-but not all of them. He is meeting with one of the representatives on Wednesday. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor that the signed agreement must be returned to Mayor Stanley by June 24, 2013; that the work that was originally to be completed by June 30th must be completed by August 15, 2013; and that the December 31st deadline will remain was seconded approved 4:0.

Update on refinance of Tech Park debt-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve refinancing the Tech Park debt between the City, County, and Municipal Utilities Commission contingent upon receiving Dorchester County's approval was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Approve SHA recreational trails application-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to give Eastern Shore Land Conservancy permission to apply on behalf of the City for up to $110,000 towards the acquisition of a 6.6 acre parcel of land for a park (Cannery Park) was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

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

Approve budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for Financial Administration was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendments for the Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendments for the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for Economic Development-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment for the Economic Development Department was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve budget amendment for Municipal Utilities Commission-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to restate and adopt the Municipal Utilities Commission financial budget for FY2014 in the amount of $1,795,600 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2013-089 - Dissen & Juhn Company - timber piles for marina (DPW) - $12,800.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2013-089 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2013-090 - Open Vendor - Long Wharf Restroom (DPW) - $90,050.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2013-090 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mayor's and Commissioner's Comments

Council vote on budget amendments-Rob Collison reported that a question arose at the last Council meeting about inter-departmental transfers. A normal majority vote is required for inter-departmental transfers on budget amendments.

Youth Advisory Council-Mayor Stanley asked that a Youth Advisory Council be established and be comprised of a group of young representatives from each ward in addition to youth who have already expressed interest to her. She asked each Commissioner to encourage and appoint a youth (ages 13 to 17) to participate in this group. Charles Ross and John Handley will assist with the Youth Council. The new group will bring their youthful aspect to the Council.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved 4:0. With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 17, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer