City Council Minutes
October 15, 2013
The Council met in closed executive session at 5:30 pm to discuss the acquisition of real property for public purpose as well as consultation with the City Lawyer on a legal matter. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda by removing the items requested by Scott Shilling and Nathan Mowbray was seconded and passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.
Raymond Simmons, Dorchester Post 88, to request final approval for the placement of the DSC Monument at Long Wharf-Rob Collison reported that there are three entities involved in this besides the City Council-the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Long Wharf Advisory Committee, and the Historic Preservation Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission has made the recommendation that the plan is consistent with the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Historic Preservation Commission considered the proposal and gave final approval contingent upon endorsement by the Long Wharf Advisory Committee and Planning and Zoning Commission. If there are changes to the design of the monument and its proposed location, the application shall be brought back for further review by the HPC. The Long Wharf Committee had two motions-both approved unanimously. The first approved the concept of the memorial to be located within the oval traffic island at Long Wharf in conjunction with the present World War I memorial fountain. The second motion was the Committee will approve the DSC memorial taking into account the suggested modifications as to location, landscaping, site design, and final memorial design. At their next meeting, there were suggestions by the Committee to try to create a more rounded monument and discussions about wording and where the lettering would be located on the monument. Mr. Simmons researched the suggestions and found that the suggestions would create an economic hardship. The cost would increase by a minimum of 40 percent for the rounded marble. There was another meeting at which time it was discussed that if the suggested recommendations were not incorporated, there was a question if the Long Wharf Committee actually approved it. Because of that question, the Chairman of the HPC said their certificate of appropriateness was contingent upon the Long Wharf Advisory Committee's approval. The City has a standard operating procedure that states if there is going to be a permanent sign or structure located on Long Wharf that before the Council makes a final decision on location, the property owners within 200 feet would be given notice of an opportunity to be heard at the Council meeting. That notice went out today. Raymond Simmons said they need to cut a contract by November 1st so they can be ready to dedicate the memorial on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first world war. Rob Collison suggested a joint meeting between the Historic Preservation Commission and the Long Wharf Advisory Committee so when the Council meets on October 28, 2013 they will have a clear understanding of the recommendations. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go into closed executive session to obtain legal advice was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer the matter until October 28 leaving the record open to the public was seconded and approved 4:0.
Request for a PUD (Planned Unit Development) floating zone designation and for Preliminary Plan approval as applied to property located at 201 Mill Street, (the corner of School and Mill Streets), Map 301, Parcel 124, 1.86± acres-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the PUD floating zone designation and for preliminary plan approval conditional upon the submittal of the final restrictive covenants and subject to formal findings of facts was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.
Approve Dorchester County Council's appointment of Jerry Burroughs as the County liaison on the City of Cambridge Planning Commission-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve Jerry Burroughs as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and approved 3:0. Commissioner Hanson abstained.
Appointments to Historic Preservation Commission-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to appoint Ron Berman, Patricia Weichmann, and Mike Russo (alternate) as members of the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and withdrawn until Council can meet with the candidates. A motion to make appointments at the October 28, 2013 meeting was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve Resolution 13-018 endorsing the financial assistance provided to MEDCO for the feasibility study (costs up to $55,000) regarding the Public Venue at Sailwinds Park-A motion by Commissioner Syndor to approve Resolution 13-018 was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve $25,000 contribution toward the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund (SGIF) for the gateway project (FY2013)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve contributing $25,000 toward the SGIF was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve budget amendment from Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.
Approve Purchase Orders:
PO 2014-030 - Federal Resources Supply Company - ERT tactical ballistic vest - CPD - $7,650.11-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-030 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-031 - Graves Uniforms - winter uniforms for CPD - $3,325.20-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-031 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-033 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions Inc. - Four 6-in. hard sleeves NST couplings to replace on Engine 1-1 and Engine 1-3 - RFC - $1,796.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-033 was seconded and approved 4:0.
P0 2014-034 - Open Vendor - Long Wharf restroom - DPW - $45,686.92-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-034 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-035 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Inc. - pump testing per annual NFPA and County standard requirements - 4 engines and tower - RFC - $1,375.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-035 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-037 - Specialty Rescue, Inc. - annual maintenance on Hurst-tool equipment - RFC - $2,800.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-037 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-038 - Specialty Rescue, Inc. - replacement of the cutting tool on Engine 1-1 - RFC - $1,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-038 was seconded and approved 4:0.
PO 2014-039 - Game Time/West Recreation - New Play Trail Equipment for Great Marsh Park - DPW - $201,996.26-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-039 was seconded and approved 4:0. (100% grant funded)
Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous to use Long Wharf Park for an additional day (Wednesday, October 23) was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to allow the Schooner Rendezvous to place a banner on the City's Race and Cedar Streets property was seconded and approved 4:0.
Delmarva Community Services-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve an updated letter of support for Delmarva Community Services for their housing project was seconded. The vote ended in a 2:2 tie with Commissioners Vickers and Hanson opposed. Mayor Stanley abstained because of her professional relationship with Mr. Grande. This item will be discussed again on October 28, 2013. Sandy McAllister asked that Commissioner Vickers abstain on future votes on this item.
Rescue Fire Company's Train Garden-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to allow Rescue Fire Company to use the 307 Gay Street building for their train garden 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 8:41 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, October 16, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer