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City Council Minutes

January 27, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, January 27, 2014 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Vickers, Sydnor, and Thomas. Commissioner Hanson joined after he was sworn in by Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Ed Kinnamon led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and passed 3:0. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2013 Council meeting was seconded and passed 3:0.

Appointments

Swearing-In of Commissioner-Elect Robert Hanson (Ward 5)-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read the Commissioner's oath. Commissioner Hanson responded with "I will".

Edward ‘Chip' Fleming to request permission to discharge shotgun on a farm within City limits to help prevent crop damage by geese-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to grant a variance from the prohibition of discharging firearms (shotgun) in the City during daylight hours through March 2014 for the limited purpose of preventing crop damage; upon the landowner's written consent to the City; compliant with all applicable laws; notification to the adjoining property owners and the public in the newspaper; and a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0. This will be revisited if the City receives any complaints.

Representative from Crabi Gras, to hold their Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest on Sunday, February 23 from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm in Cannery Way; a variance from the noise ordinance beginning at 12 noon; police presence; permission to sell liquor on City property; and use of 8 City trash cans-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests contingent upon obtaining the proper liquor license and an insurance certificate was seconded and approved 4:0.

Unfinished Business

None

New Business

Discuss implementing a community project feedback form (Economic Development)-The form will provide the City with information from community partners that request a service or support from the City. The City will then have information to use for reports to the State for the various designations the City holds. The information can also be used to inform the residents of activities in the community. It will also be good for publicity. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to implement a community project feedback form for community organizations to provide to the Economic Development Department was seconded and approved 4:0.

Permission to put sign at the corner of Race and Cedar Streets for COACH (Community Outreach of Attainable Cambridge Housing) Day-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve putting a temporary sign on the City-owned lot was seconded and approved 4:0.

Discuss Creek Bridge opening and closing-Over the years, it has been suggested to have scheduled openings of the bridge during summer months. Commissioner Thomas suggested obtaining public opinion on various options. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Commissioner Thomas' recommendation and appoint him as leader was seconded and approved 4:0.

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

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2014-059 - Pyro Engineering. Inc. - Deposit for 2014 Fireworks Display - $7,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-059 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-060 - Hertrich Fleet Service Inc. - two vehicles - 1st year lease (CPD) - $16,712.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-060 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-061 - Jess Jr's & Sons, LLC - additional repairs to Tower 1-1 (RFC) - $12,769.22-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-061 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-062 - DCASoft - Foxsuite Intranet Software - $2,699.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-062 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Public Comments

Discharge of firearms on various farms within City limits to help prevent crop damage-Max Schnoor will provide maps to the Cambridge Police Department and Council. This item will be discussed at a later date. Commissioner Thomas recused himself from the discussion because his family owns farmland in Cambridge.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Request from Wesleyan Union United Methodist Church (Drawbridge Road) for a letter of support for a grant from the Preservation Maryland Heritage Fund-Further information regarding grant applications from within the City limits is needed before Council can vote on this item.

Closed Executive Session-Council met in closed executive session at 6:00 pm to discuss personnel and the acquisition of real estate (6:50 pm).


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 8:15 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, January 27, 2013, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: January 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

X 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;
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
Vacant Vote:
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Vacant Vote:

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: vacant positions in MUC
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 Stanley, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Thomas, Rob Collison, Ed Kinnamon, Oden Wheeler, Jane Dorman [part time]
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: (1) A motion by Commissioner Thomas to authorize MUC to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Account Clerk 3 individual was seconded and approved 2:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed. Position will be an Account Clerk 1. (2) Commissioner Vickers made a motion to fill the Water Distribution Technician position if it becomes available was seconded and approved 3:0. (3) A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to have the Municipal Utilities Commission consider both employees for an increase was seconded and approved 3:0.


COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: January 27, 2014
Time: 6:50 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
Vacant Vote:
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Vacant Vote:

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: Sailwinds 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 reason Mayor Stanley, Commissioner Vickers, Commissioner Sydnor, Commissioner Thomas, Rob Collison, Ed Kinnamon,
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.