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City Council Minutes

April 14, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, April 14, 2014 in Council Chambers. A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Vickers, Sydnor, Cooke, Thomas, and Hanson. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to amend the agenda by adding a purchase order and an item to authorize Mayor Stanley to sign the retainer agreement for legal services (Funk & Bolton) for the MDA for Sailwinds Park was seconded and passed unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the amended agenda was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the April 7, 2014 Council meeting with the correction of one spelling error was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Recognition of Ms. Gloria Cornish - A Jefferson Award Recipient-Mayor Stanley announced that Ms. Cornish was selected as the Jefferson Award winner by WBOC TV. She will now go to the national ceremony in Washington DC. Mayor Stanley presented Ms. Cornish with a Mayor's Citation from the Council for her outstanding contributions to the citizens of Cambridge.

Jane Devlin, James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc., to discuss the 9th Annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous (The 9th Annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous is scheduled to occur the weekend of October 24~25~26, 2014. The use of Long Wharf October 22 to October 27 (noting that some vessels may arrive earlier); Free dockage for registered vessels October 22 to October 27; permission for an encampment on the park area/creek side October 23 to October 26; Reduced per-foot charge at City marina October 24 to October 27; Use of electricity at Long Wharf; permission to erect a tent at Long Wharf from October 22 to October 27; Additional trash cans with trash pick-up coordinated over the weekend; Use of barricades from Department of Public Works and Cambridge Police Department for traffic control; a variance from the noise ordinance for music at Long Wharf for October 24 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 25 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and October 26 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; permission to serve beer and wine at Long Wharf on October 25 from 12 noon to 11 p.m. and October 26 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.; a blanket permit for vendors, and waiver of vendor fees on October 25 and 26)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests for the Schooner Rendezvous was seconded and approved unanimously.

Richard Kammann and Al Gellene, Marine Trawler Owners Association, to request the following in conjunction with their visit to the Marina from September 9 through 11, 2014: Erect two tents on the grounds adjacent to the municipal marina; provide electricity to the tents for AV and other support equipment; additional trash receptacles; a police contact in case there is any need for support; a liquor license to allow "bring-your-own" beer, wine, and liquor to the tents, and possibly wine service during a catered dinner; a waiver to the noise ordinance to allow a DJ, and other microphone AV equipment during seminar sessions; permission to employ safety flares during a seminar-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests provided the MTOA complies with the County's liquor license laws was seconded and approved unanimously. Flares must be coordinated with the Coast Guard, Dockmaster, Police Department, and Fire Marshal.

Alexius Smith to request permission to hold a youth event in Cornish Park on Saturday, May 17th from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm (event runs at 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm) and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Charlene Jones, Partnership for a Drug Free Dorchester, to request permission to hold a community walk on Saturday, May 17, 2014 starting at Long Wharf at 9:00 am and ending at Sojourner Douglass College on Fairmount Avenue; a variance from the noise ordinance at Sojourner Douglass from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm; and police officers to monitor the walk-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Keith Graffius, Crabi Gras, to request permission to hold "Quatro de Mayo Fish Taco Fest in Cannery Way on Sunday, May 4th, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance and alcohol served from 12 noon until 6:00 pm; trash cans; and police presence-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Keith Graffius, Crabi Gras, to request permission to hold "Frog Leg, Key Lime & Conch Fritter Fest" in Cannery Way on Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance; alcohol served from 12 noon until 9:00 pm; trash cans; and police presence-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Ron Bromwell, Cambridge Wheels, to request permission to hold their 2nd Annual Car Show on Sunday, August 10, 2014 (rain date: Aug. 17) from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm; close Poplar Street and the 400 block of Race Street from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm; use of Cannery Way; extra trash cans; and a variance from the noise ordinance-Commissioner Vickers recused herself. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Representative from Dorchester County Commission on the Aging to discuss Family Fun Day at Pleasant Day, on Saturday, May 31st (rain date June 7th) from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm; a variance from the noise ordinance from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm; a proclamation for Celebrate Senior Citizens Month; use of City trash cans; a visit by McGruff; and permission to hang a banner on Race Street from May 19th through May 31st-Commissioner Vickers recused herself. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Robert Aaron to discuss sidewalks and curbs in the Maryland Avenue/Rambler Road/Crusader Road area-Mr. Aaron asked about the lack of ADA curb cuts and/or ramps in the east Cambridge area. People in wheelchairs ride in the street because they cannot get onto the sidewalks. Oden Wheeler said he looked at the pictures and written information that Mr. Aaron provided. If the curb, gutter, and/or sidewalks have not been replaced or worked on since 1992, they do not have to comply with ADA regulations until the sidewalk has to be repaired or replaced. The sidewalks in that area have probably been in place for a long time. When the City paves streets, they try to bring them up to standard if funding is available. Mayor Stanley said citizens have spoken to her about other sidewalks that need repair. Oden Wheeler said sidewalks are the 100 percent responsibility of the property owner.

Unfinished Business

Distinguished Service Cross Monument-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to proceed with the erection of the monument as outlined in the original plan with the compromised footage was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Thomas opposed.

Opening and closing of the Cambridge Creek Bridge-The record was left open after the public hearing was held last month. Commissioner Thomas said there has been little or no adequate support for scheduled closings to be suggested to the State and Federal governments. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to send a letter to the State Highway Administration to explore the possibility of a signal or sign on Maryland Avenue near the intersection of Dorchester Avenue to alert motorists and pedestrians that the bridge may be open or is open was seconded approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed. Commissioner Thomas requested that the Traffic and Safety Committee discuss making the Hayward Street traffic light a blinking light.

Second reading, public comment, and vote on ordinance to temporarily suspend the imposition and collection of impact fees (Ordinance 1035)-Rob Collison added a paragraph to Ordinance 1035 introduced last week discussing the expiration of the ordinance and properties that have not been issued occupancy permits. In such an event, all applicable impact fees shall be due and owing and must be paid prior to the issuance of the use and occupancy permit regardless of the expiration date. The ordinance would include a suspension of the entire amount of the impact fees. The effective date will be May 1, 2014 and expire April 30, 2019. It may be extended by Council. James Chaney said he thinks Council is heading in the right direction. It is a proactive way to attract business in Cambridge and put people to work. The tax base will be increased. Carol Feierabend asked why Council will no longer be charging impact fees. Mayor Stanley said the reason is to encourage people to build again in Cambridge. It will be saving them money. Ms. Feierabend asked how the impact from new buildings will be funded, if not by the person doing the developing. Commissioner Thomas said the infrastructure is in place. When people pay water and sewer bills, they are helping to pay for the infrastructure (a user fee). Mayor Stanley said as people start to build housing, they will pay increased taxes on the property. The City will give up something to gain more. Commissioner Sydnor explained how the impact fees can only be used for certain items and not for the general fund. Ms. Feierabend thinks it is a poor trade-off because every year she sees pages in the newspaper of unpaid taxes. She does not see the need for new housing development in Cambridge because there are so many new empty houses. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public hearing was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the suspension of the imposition and collection of impact fees (Ordinance 1035) with an effective date of May 1, 2014 was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

New Business

Sailwinds 2020 Project items: Use of Wetlands License assignment (MDOT) - approval; Permission to apply for funds for wharf replacement; MDOT grant (Maryland Department of Transportation); DBED grant (Department of Business & Economic Development); EDA grant (federal); CDBG (Community Development Block Grant); Other grants the City can identify for wharf replacement-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to allow the City to apply for any funding available for the Sailwinds Wharf Project from the Maryland Department of Transportation, Department of Business & Economic Development, Economic Development Administration, Department of Housing & Community Development, and any grants that can be identified to assist in the wharf replacement and also permission for the use of the Wetlands License Assignment was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Approve MOU with Jerome J. Parks Companies, Inc. for redevelopment of the Cambridge Port Property (Sailwinds)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the MOU with the Jerome J. Parks Companies for the development of the Cambridge Port Properties was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed.

Approve retainer for legal counsel to prepare the MDA for Sailwinds Park-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to authorize Mayor Stanley to execute the retainer agreement with Funk & Bolton was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment for the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Cooke abstaining.

Approve budget amendment for Financial Administration-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the budget amendment for Financial Administration was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Cooke abstaining.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2014-083 - Atlantic Emergency Solutions, Inc. - Sil-Vex Plus Class A Foam (5 gallon pails) - RFC - $2,597.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-083 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO-2014-086 - Crosby & Associates - professional services - Long Wharf restroom facility - $1,800.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-086 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO-2014-087 - Hill-Kimmel Contracting - professional services - Long Wharf restroom facility -
$43,886.92-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve Purchase Order 2014-087 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 2014-088 - 3D Environmental, LLC - bad gas removal and cleaning fuel lines (DPW) - $3,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-088 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Community Legacy Grant Funds for Maryland Avenue Between the Creek Bridge and Hayward Street-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow DPW to use the remaining funds to repair/replace the sidewalks by piggybacking off a State contract was seconded and approved 4:0 with Commissioner Sydnor abstaining.

Public Comments

Lou Hyman, Long Wharf Committee member, said that before the City moves forward with the monument that the City look seriously at getting some engineering work done and getting a proper foundation under the monument. The plan, as proposed, does not have a foundation.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Board of Zoning Appeals-There are three positions available on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

FY2015 Budget-The City will hold a work session/public hearing on Monday, April 21st with the intent of taking public comment on the proposed budget. On Monday, April 28th, the Council will introduce a budget ordinance. The second reading of the ordinance to adopt the budget will be on Monday, May 12th.


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 9:40 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, April 14, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer