City Council Minutes
September 23, 2013
Bruce McWilliams, Cambridge Dorchester County Christmas Parade Committee, to request permission to hold the parade on Saturday, December 7th starting at 5:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request, including a variance from the noise ordinance, was seconded and approved 4:0. The theme of the parade is "Miracle on Main Street". The non-profit organizations will not be required to obtain peddler's licenses.
Jeff Hubbard, Cambridge Rotary, to give Council an update on the Long Wharf Memorial Fountain project-Cambridge Rotary would like to replace the sidewalk, curb, and gutter around the fountain. It is cracking and not handicap accessible. They are working with the City Engineer and are asking the City to remove the existing sidewalk, curb, and gutter. Rotary would also like to put an irrigation system in place to keep the grass green. The only cost to the City will be the removal of the material. Council will review the written proposal.
Abby Messick, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, to request permission for skeet shooting on Hole #17 during the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce golf tournament on Friday, September 27, 2013 from approximately 8:00 am until 1:30 pm-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0. A notice must be put in the local newspapers alerting the citizens.
Kerry Turner, 4-H Program Assistant, to discuss a storm drain stenciling project in Cambridge-Commissioner Thomas recused himself from the discussion on this topic. The project has been reviewed by Oden Wheeler, Director of the Department of Public Works. He suggested Ms. Turner meet with the Main Street Committee also. There will be no cost to the City for this project. If accepted, the project will start in the spring. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the project subject to 4-H getting clearance from the Department of Public Works was seconded and approved 3:0.
Rodney Dobson, Dobson's Dogs, to request permission to use City-owned property for his hot dog stand-Mr. Dobson would like to sell hot dogs in Cannery Way on Thursdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Mr. Dobson is in the process of obtaining a special exception from the Board of Zoning Appeals. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow Mr. Dobson to use Cannery Way on Thursdays in the fall from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm pending approval by the Board of Zoning Appeals was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.
Representatives from Dorchester Lodge #223 and Progressive of Dorchester Temple #224 of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks to hold the 96th Annual Organization Weekend from Thursday, October 24th through Saturday, October 26th (parade from Mace's Lane Middle School to Dorchester Lodge #223 at 618 Pine St.; a variance from the noise ordinance, closed parking on Pine St. between Cross St. and Cedar St. from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm and parking on the west side of Pine St. on Saturday night from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.
Economic Development Steering Committee to present housing research and recommendations-Bill Jarmon reported that the Committee has three goals they would like the Council to consider for the future. The number one goal is to improve housing standards and/or conditions. The second is to grow jobs and the tax base. The third goal is to encourage home ownership, development, and redevelopment in the core of Cambridge. They used the City's Economic Strategic Plan in coming up with these goals. One of the significant points was to evaluate the housing mix and create a balanced community that would maximize economic outcomes. They have undertaken a housing research initiative over the last year. There is an over-abundance of non-contributing homes within the City limits. They feel the City should strive for a reversal of housing statistics. The City should pass ordinances encouraging home ownership. They feel the Council should consider the establishment of a Housing Authority within the City government. At their next meeting with the Council, the Committee will present the outcome of the housing tool kit used to better understand how they shift housing in Cambridge.
Second reading and vote on ordinance to abandon unimproved alley between Robinson Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue (Ordinance 1033)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve adopt Ordinance 1033 was seconded and approved 3:0. (Commissioner Vickers was out of the room.)
Set hours for Trick-or-Treat on Halloween (Thursday, October 31st)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to set the hours for trick-or-treat on Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm for children ages 12 and under was seconded and approved 4:0.
Budget Amendments from Clerk Treasurer-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendments was seconded and approved 4:0.
Budget Amendment for Department of Public Works-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for DPW was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve purchase orders:
PO 2014-022 - BCC IT - computer software for migration to Wordpress content management (Finance Office) - $3,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2014-022 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-023 - Computer Information Systems - Anti-virus protection for servers and work stations for CPD - $2,799.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve PO 2014-023 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-024 - Maryland Municipal League - Fall Conference (Council) - $1,175.00- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve PO 2014-024 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-026 - Duvall Brothers - landscaping bioretention areas - $25,000; PO 2014-027 - Manor View Farms Inc. - plant material for Maryland Avenue & Trenton Street intersection streetscape - $3,699.00; PO 2014-028 - Manor View Farms Inc. - plant material for Muir Street parking lot renovations - $5,487.00; PO 2014-029 - Concrete Pipe & Precast LLC - flo-gard and catch basin inserts - $9,000.00 - A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Orders 2014-026, 2014-027, 2014-028, and 2014-029 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Request from Anointed Ones Ministry for a variance from the noise ordinance on Saturday, October 5, 2014 from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm for their street revival on the corner of Greenwood and Cosby Avenues-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.
Request from Canvasback Restaurant and Kitty City Rescue for permission to apply for a one-day liquor license so they can sell liquor outside on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm during Crabtoberfest-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request 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 7:31 pm. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 23, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer
COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT
A Date: September 23, 2013
Time: 6:03 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;
X 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 City;
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. Sydnor 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: Gateway Project
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; Natalie Chabot; Frank Narr, Rich Loeffler (Representatives from Sailwinds Park, Inc.)
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.