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City Council Minutes

May 27, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 27, 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 Thomas to amend the agenda by including a request to purchase 411 Light Street was seconded and passed unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2014 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

John Dabney to request a variance from the noise ordinance on Saturday, May 31st from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm on the corner of Douglas and Pine Streets for musical entertainment by church members-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Brett Summers to discuss Sailwinds 2020 Project Management-Mr. Summers thinks as the City negotiates with the Jerome J. Parks Company, they need to have someone on their team who understands the same complexities as the Jerome Parks Company. The fees are typically reasonable and are built into the soft costs of the development project. He encouraged the City to consider retaining the services of a development consultant to assist with the project. He recommended Orr Partners.

Dr. Roman Jesien and Beth Ann Lynch, Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, to make a presentation on water quality data from Dorchester watersheds-Beth Ann Lynch introduced a project in the works called the Rain Barrel Public Art Project. There are 12 barrels which are decorated by local artists. They would like to place them on Race Street and High Street until the end of the summer. Pamphlets are being handed out to give Dorchester County homeowners suggested actions to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Roman Jesien talked about the water quality and the efforts they have been making over the past six years. They are moving in the right direction. The Choptank River has been cleaning up. This year there was a 24 percent rise in sea grasses (an indication of the water quality). There are some issues that need to be addressed that they have identified and continue to identify. Samples are taken every two weeks from nine stations. He showed a series of slides with water quality results. There is a new law in effect to control lawn fertilizer (Maryland's biggest crop). They have identified some water quality problems in Dorchester County that need to be addressed but are moving in the right direction. He suggested they work with the City to address some of the issues in Cambridge. Drew Koslow, the Choptank River Keeper, said they are working with farmers to help them implement practices to reduce the nutrients in their run-off. Their data comes from 50 locations on the Choptank River. Samples are taken at least once a month. He has seen very little change in the five years he has been monitoring the Choptank. The Choptank has the most freshwater flow of any river on the Eastern Shore. The Mid-Shore River Keepers has been applying for grant monies continuously to try to implement projects. They would love to partner with the City to leverage additional funds.

Jermaine Anderson, Harriet Tubman Conference Committee, to request permission to use Cannery Way for an outdoor luncheon on Friday, June 13th; set-up will begin at 8:00 a.m. and breakdown will begin at 3:00 p.m.; permission to set up a tent; use of three city trash cans; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Second reading of ordinance to adopt and approve the budget for FY2015 which appropriates the necessary funds for the operation of the government and administration of the City and establishes real and personal property tax rates (Ordinance 1036)-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1036 removing all paragraphs except the paragraph relating to the real estate tax and the personal property tax and that the tax levy for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 be set at $0.7989 per $100 of assessed valuation of real property and be set at $1.69 per $100 of assessed valuation for all personal property was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed. Mayor Stanley vetoed the vote. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to override the Mayor's vote was seconded and passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Approve exercising the option on Real Estate Purchase Option on Map 303 Parcels 5234, 5235, and 5236 on Sunburst Highway (between the Commissioners of Cambridge and Tal-Dor Partners LLC)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to exercise the Real Estate Purchase Option on parcels on Sunburst Highway was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Sydnor and Vickers opposed.

Commissioner Sydnor to reconsider his vote on submission of Resolution 14-001 for submission of CDBG for the Cedar Street Improvement Project-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor for reconsideration of the motion (May 12th) to approve Resolution 14-001 for the CDBG grant for the Cedar Street Improvement Project was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve submitting Resolution 14-001 for submission of the CDBG grant for the Cedar Street Improvement Project was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed.

New Business

Permission to apply for the SFY15 SD-SGIF and Community Legacy annual grant round funding for City projects-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to move forward with the projects outlined in the agenda was seconded and approved 3:2 with Commissioners Vickers and Cooke opposed.

Review of Intent to Apply Forms for SD-SGIF and Community Legacy Program applications-The forms were summarized by Natalie Chabot.

Revise ASOP 24 "Procurement Procedure" - A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the changes presented in ASOP 24 except for the purchase order requirement which is changed will from $5,000 to $2,500; bid procedures remaining at $10,000; and these changes will become effective July 1, 2014 was seconded approved unanimously.

Approve budget amendment for Cambridge Police Department-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the budget amendment for the Cambridge Police Department was seconded and approved unanimously.

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 unanimously.

Request to purchase 411 Light Street-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to proceed with the process of declaring this parcel as excess property was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2014-098 - Jess Jr's & Sons - equipment and striping for two new police vehicles - $11,909.50-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-098 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 2014-099 - John W. Tieder, Inc. - installation of antique streetlights for Gay Street - $58,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-099 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Police Chief's Retirement-Chief Malik announced he will be retiring when his contract expires on December 31, 2014. He has 40 years of service with the Cambridge Police Department-13 years as Chief.

Repair to hole in stormwater pipe on Cedar Street-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward with the process to start the repairs to the pipe was seconded and approved unanimously.

Budget Work Session and Special Regular Session-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to hold a budget work session on Monday, June 2nd at 5:00 p.m. and to hold a special regular session on Monday, June 16th at 6:00 p.m. was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

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 9:32 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Tuesday, May 27, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: May 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm - 6:49 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
Frank Cooke Vote: Y
Gage Thomas Vote: Y
Commissioner Hanson Vote: Y

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: Funding for proposed acquisition (Sailwinds)
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 Cooke, Commissioner Thomas, Commissioner Hanson, Rob Collison, Ed Kinnamon, Oden Wheeler, Natalie Chabot
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: (1) Commissioner Hanson made a motion to accept the terms and authorize the line of credit with the National Bank of Cambridge and request a commitment letter. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. (2) Commissioner Hanson made a motion to advertise for letters of interest and qualifications for a development consultant. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Vickers. The motion passed unanimously.