City Council Minutes
August 26, 2013
Proposed Abandonment and Disposition of Paper Alley Between Robinson Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue-This public hearing was advertised in the Star Democrat on August 9 and 16, 2013 and the Dorchester Star on August 15 and 22, 2013. Faith Baptist Fellowship, Inc. requested the City eliminate the 10-ft-wide paper alley that bisects their property. There is a deeded right-of-way to the City just north of the alley for drainage purposes. There is also a right-of-way drainage easement agreement. George Hyde reviewed the documents and determined that elimination of the paper alley would in no way effect the City's use of the drainage right-of-way. The purpose of the public hearing is to determine if the paper alley is excess property and no longer needed for any public purpose. The Department Heads do not feel there is any foreseeable use for the alley. There is an adjoining property just north of the church's property and some of their improvements appear to be within the alley area. It does not appear they would be adversely affected or impacted if the alley was eliminated. Tom Blinkenstaff, representing Faith Baptist Fellowship, said the alley intersects their property right through the middle of the land. His hope is to grow the church and include a Sunday School building. Rob Collison said it appears that the portion of the alley near the other adjoining property had been previously abandoned. It is included in their deed. Rob Collison will speak to the property owner. Nobody else asked to speak. The public hearing will be kept open until the City Council meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013.
Tiffany Sard to request permission to use the grassy City-owned property at Long Wharf between Mill Street and Choptank Avenue for a wedding on Saturday, May 24, 2014 for the entire day (8:00 am until 8:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.
Veterans Recognition Committee to receive proclamation and to request a variance from the noise ordinance on Saturday, September 7, 2013 (10:00 am until 2:00 pm) for the firing of the cannon and bagpipe music during their event at Sailwinds Park-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize the signing of the proclamation and to approve the variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.
Adopt-A-Street presentation-Natalie Chabot reported that the Economic Development Steering Committee is continuing to explore ways to improve Cambridge and to increase its appeal to potential citizens and businesses. Adopt-A-Street is very much conducted like Adopt-A-Highway.
It incorporates using volunteers for a period of two to three years to help further our initiatives on Cambridge's Neat Street and grow beyond the gateways and thoroughfares that we currently focus on and get into other parts of the neighborhoods. The initial cost would most likely be less than $50 per street per year and could possibly be covered by a grant.
Agreement with Jim Chaney to forgive the fines on parcels he wishes to purchase and re develop-Mr. Chaney's funding source has agreed to issue an irrevocable letter of credit for $40,000 that the City will have up through the term of this agreement. In the event the deadlines are not met, we have $40,000 to pay and collect those citation fees. Mr. Chaney has requested it be done in phases and a reduction in the letter of credit accordingly. Rob Collison will update the agreement for Council's review at the Council meeting on September 9, 2013.
ASOP on Long Wharf Advisory Committee recommendations-Minor revisions will be made to the ASOP. Applications for permanent structures will be presented to the Long Wharf Advisory Committee prior to review by City Council. Lou Hyman, representing the Long Wharf Advisory Committee, confirmed that they requested that notification to property owners within 200 feet of Park would be limited to the date of the City Council meeting. Nobody else from the audience asked to speak. Rob Collison will update the agreement for Council's review at the Council meeting on September 9, 2013.
Resolution for Sailwinds Park Inc.'s application to the State's Smart Growth Impact Fund to improve properties around the Sailwinds Park property in advance of its redevelopment (Resolution 13 016)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Resolution 13-016 was seconded and approved 4:0.
TAG application submission approval (Resolution 13-017)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve submitting the TAG application and authorizing Mayor Stanley to sign Resolution 13-017 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Re-appointment to the Cambridge Ethics Commission-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to re appoint Greg Meekins to the Cambridge Ethics Commission was seconded and approved 4:0.
Renew contract with the Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center (office in City Hall)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve renewing the contract for office space with the Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center in the amount of $100 per month was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve Purchase Orders
PO 2014-005 - George, Miles & Buhr - condition survey for 509 Race Street (grant) (DPW) - $6,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-005 contingent upon receipt of the final report was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.
PO 2014-009 - University of Maryland - Computer Software (CPD) - $1,064.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-009 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-010 - Stearns Engineering - Cedar Street Culvert Inspection (DPW) - $6,800.00 (grant)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-010 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.
PO 2014-011 - All-Shore Paving Inc. - Road Resurfacing (DPW) - $250,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-011 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-012 - Battle Ridge Kennels & K9 Services - Employee Training - (CPD forfeited money) - $2,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the purchase order was made and withdrawn. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve a budget amendment to cover Purchase Order 2014-012 was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-012 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-013 - Robert Phillips - Fire Chief's Stipend - $5,000.00; PO 2014-014 - Brian Willey - 1st Assistant Fire Chief's Stipend - $2,500.00; PO 2014-015 - Adam Pritchett - 2nd Assistant Fire Chief's Stipend - $2,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Orders 2014-013, 2014-014, and 2014-015 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-016 - Alert-All Corporation - Fire Prevention Supplies - $1,180.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-016 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Mayor's and Commissioner's Comments
Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Hanson for the Cambridge City Council to hold a closed executive session on Tuesday, September 3rd at 4:00 pm to discuss the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto 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 9:06 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, August 26, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer