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City Council Minutes

July 22, 2013
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 22, 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 Hanson to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Kathy Stevens, Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems to request permission to use Long Wharf Park for a public awareness program on World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Karen Hayes, Dazzlin' Diamondz, Inc. to request permission to use the City-owned lot across from Club Envy on Chesapeake Court during their 4th Anniversary Trophy Party on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request with the stipulation that the lot be cleaned-up after the event was seconded and approved 4:0.

Theresa White, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, to request permission to hold a "Back to School Block Party" on Saturday, August 24th (rain date: August 31st) from 12 noon until 4:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance; permission to close portions of Skinners Court, Clinton Street, Rigby Avenue, and Park Lane (portions facing the church only)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Scott Fitzhugh to request permission to hold the 3rd annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin on August 10th from 8 am until 12 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Jacqueline Banks to request permission to block Cross Street and Schoolhouse Lane on August 3rd from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm for a block party and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Pastor Lavone R. Chester, Anointed One Ministries, to request a variance from the noise ordinance for their Community Revival on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm on the empty lot at the corner of Greenwood Ave. and Cosby Ave.-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Michael O'Connor, Del-Mar-Va Council, to request permission to close Court Lane from Gay Street to High Street on Sunday, October 6th from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm for their annual district Cubmobile Derby, a variance from the noise ordinance, and use of five trash cans-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

George Wright and Georgie Gambrill, Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation, to request a letter of support for a grant from the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to supply a letter of support was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mayra Maldonado, New Beginnings Youth & Family Services, to request a resolution approving tax credits through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (Resolution 13-012)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 13-012 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Nancy Andrew, Habitat for Humanity, to request resolution approving tax credits through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (Resolution 13-013)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 13-013 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

Update on status of agreement for 724 Pine Street repairs-Rob Collison received a scanned copy of the agreement which was signed by all the personal representatives of the estate of Harriet Watkins. When the City receives the original, Mayor Stanley will sign it on the City's behalf. The City already received the $8,000 escrow funds. All exterior repairs must be made by March 15, 2014; the yard maintenance must be completed by August 15, 2013. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the agreement contingent upon the original being signed by Mayor Stanley by Thursday, July 25, 2013 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Long Wharf Advisory Committee Recommendations-Commissioner Thomas reviewed the recommendations that were made during the June 10, 2013 meeting. (1) Signs at Long Wharf will only be for events at Long Wharf; signs can only be put up 3 days prior to the event and removed within 1 day after event; and signs shall be in accordance with the City's sign regulations. (2) Events at Long Wharf will be approved by City Council. Notifying residents within 200-ft of the park will no longer be required for events but should be notified for permanent signs and structures. (3) New monuments, structures, and permanent signs must be reviewed by the Long Wharf Committee for their recommendations prior to final approval by the City Council. (4) A moratorium on new monuments and structures until the new Park Master Plan is in place was discussed. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer any action on the recommendations of the Long Wharf Advisory Committee with the exception of drafting the general spirit of the things Council agreed on and leave the moratorium question as is for future discussion was seconded and approved 4:0. Rob Collison will draft an ASOP for the Council's next meeting.

New Business

Discussion on Unified Development Code (Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance)-The City will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Governors Hall. Questions will be taken by the Planning Commission for clarification. No action will be taken. The draft has been posted on the City's website. Hard copies are located at City Hall, the Department of Public Works, and the library. The proposed zoning maps are also on the internet. The first public hearing with the Planning Commission will be August 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Governors Hall. A second public hearing will be on August 20, 2013.

Approve Purchase Order(s):

PO 2014-002 - Motorola, Inc. - Annual Communication Center Service Agreement (CPD) - $19,764.72-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2014-002 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-003 - Eastside Automotive - A/C Compressor Repair for C-14 (CPD) - $1,126.27-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2014-003 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-004 - BFPE International - Sprinkler and Alarm Systems Annual Maintenance and Inspection (DPW) - $1,275.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2014-004 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-006 - Choptank Communications - content development and distribution for website, etc. (Econ.Dev.) - $2,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2014-006 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Mayor's and Commissioner's Comments

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to meet in closed executive session on August 12th at 6:00 pm to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business to locate, expand or remain in Cambridge was seconded and approved 4:0.

National Night Out-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to grant a variance from the noise ordinance on Tuesday, August 6th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Dorchester County pool was seconded and approved 4:0.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously. With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:18 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 22, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.


Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer