City Council Minutes
July 21, 2008
July 21, 2008
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 21, 2008 in the Public Safety Building. A quorum being present, Commissioner Cephas called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Cephas, Brooks, and Travers.
Oden Wheeler led in the Lord's Prayer. Commissioner Travers led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 25 and 27, 2008 Council meetings as distributed. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Traffic & Safety Committee Report-Commissioner Brooks made a motion that stop bars be put throughout the City making it a standard practice and adding one at the intersection of Southside Avenue and Stone Boundary Road. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Resolution and Ordinance Regarding Amendments to Water and Sewer Rates-Rob Collison reported that as part of the budget that was approved on June 27, 2008, the water and sewer rates were amended. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to accept the resolution and ordinance. Commissioner Cephas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Purchase Orders:
- PO 91211 - Harper & Sons, Inc. - Pre-Engineered Metal Building for Operations Division of DPW - $384,150
- PO 91213 - Dorchester Dumpin Co., LLC - Demolition - $8,600.00
- PO 91215 - David A. Bramble - Camper Street Improvement Project - $137,405.00
Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase orders. Commissioner Travers seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Financial Statement for June 2008-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to accept the financial statement. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
NEW BUSINESS - TRANSITION OF COUNCIL
The Council presented a proclamation and plaque to Commissioner Walter L. Travers for his dedication to the City of Cambridge.
Presentation of Certification of Mayor's Oath of Office-Oden Wheeler read the certification stating that Victoria L. Jackson-Stanley was commissioned/ appointed and qualified Mayor of Cambridge commencing on the 21st day of July, 2008. It was signed by Michael L. Baker, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Dorchester County, Maryland.
Swearing in of City Commissioners-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read the Commissioners' oath. Each Commissioner responded with "I do and I will". The new Commissioners are: Commissioner Kenneth P. Knox (Ward 1); Commissioner Donald J. Sydnor (Ward 2); Commissioner Frank Stout (Ward 3); Commissioner Gage Thomas (Ward 4); and Commissioner Robert Hanson (Ward 5).
Council Organization-Mayor Jackson-Stanley read the City Council Committee and Department Liaisons.
Request from Pumpkin Genius LLC aka Bella Luna (303 High Street) for a Resolution for the Neighborhood Business Works Program-Commissioner Stout made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. There will be no financial commitment by the City.
Request from Holy Tabernacle Born Again Faith Foundation for Feeding Hungry Children for Permission to Use the City-Owned Lot on the Corner of Race and Cedar Streets to Host a Tent Revival for the Second Week of September and a Noise Variance Each Night from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Set-up 9/6 and 9/7; Services 9/8 through 9/14)-Council asked that a representative to be present at the next meeting.
Request from Hyatt for Permission to Display Fireworks During a Wedding on August 2nd Beginning at 9:30 pm and Lasting Approximately 5 Minutes-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the request contingent upon: they put a notice in the Banner so nobody is surprised by the noise; they end on time; and that the Police Department, Rescue Fire Company, and the Fire Marshal be made aware of the event and give their approval. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Revised Class Specification for Manager of Housing and Community Development Services and Cambridge Maple Street Program-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the class specification. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Revised Class Specification for Planning and Zoning Assistant and Grants Writer-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the revised classification. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Discussion on Improvements to Cornish Park-The total amount due for the purchase of playground equipment and installation is $37,989.34. They will piggy-back on the existing contract the City has with West Recreation for this equipment. They will also piggy-back on the existing contract with Dorchester County Parks & Recreations with P&A LLC of Maryland to resurface the basketball courts in the amount of $9,975. It will be part of the State Department of Natural Resources Community Parks and Playground reimbursement grant for 90% of the playground cost which is up to $48,000. The City's share will be $4,796.43. Commissioner Sydnor suggested they use impact fee money.
Approve PO 4789 - Motorola - Service Contract for Police Communication System (07-01-08 through 06-30-09) - $17,095.56-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve PO 91214 - West Recreation - Playground Equipment - $37,989.34 (Cornish Park Improvement Project Phase II)-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve PO 91216 - P&A, LLC (Maryland) - Paving - $9,975.00 (Cornish Park Improvement Project Phase II)-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Knox made a motion to a hold an Executive Session to discuss personnel on August 4th at 5:00 pm in City Council Chambers. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Thomas made a motion to cancel the meeting on July 28th. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Jackson-Stanley said Council will soon be making appointments to the various City committees. She asked anyone interested in serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Board of Review, Municipal Utilities Commission, and Planning and Zoning Commission to submit a letter of interest to their Commissioner.
The City received a letter from Senator Barbara Mikulski announcing that Cambridge has been awarded a grant from USDA Rural Development Administration to provide for a Director of the Economic Development Department.
The City received a letter from the family of Daniel Bier for honoring their late uncle, the only Cambridge Police Officer killed in the line of duty, by naming a street after him.
Chief Malik requested a variance from the noise ordinance for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th at the Dorchester County pool from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
With no further business, Mayor Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 21, 2008, insofar as I personally am aware.
Oden C. Wheeler