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Council Meeting Minutes

June 23, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 23, 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, 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 Hanson to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2014 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Sara Reynolds to request permission to hold a block party on Saturday, June 28 on Skinners Court from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request and include a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and approved 4:0.

Gerry Boyle to discuss and request approval of the Ironman bike and run courses; use of Great Marsh Park (Sept. 16 to 21); Water Street Marina Park (Sept. 16 - 21); Long Wharf circle and Parking Lot (Sept. 18 - 21); Water Street from High Street to Mill Street; road closures on High, Poplar and the first block of Race Street on Saturday, September 20th from 12 noon until midnight; a variance from the noise ordinance on September 20th until midnight; and assistance from relevant City departments to support the race in accordance with the terms of a contract between the City and the World Triathlon Corporation-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the route subject to Mr. Boyle meeting with the various departments of the City to work out the various details was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Cpl. Tom Hurley to discuss collective bargaining-Thomas Hurley spoke as a representative of Fraternal Order of Police Cambridge Lodge 27. They represent all the law enforcement within Dorchester County. They have seen hard times in the City-especially the last seven years. Officers and other City employees have not seen raises and have had furlough days, layoffs, and have seen the cost of living go up, the cost of insurance go up, and the cost of their retirement contribution go up; it has been extremely hard. They have been very patient because they know a lot of the factors were beyond Council's control. Over the last seven years, CPD has lost 32 police officers from a force of 46 officers. They have been filling those positions as best as they can. Of the 32 officers who left, 13 officers resigned to go to other agencies, 9 left for personal reasons, 4 retired, 4 went out on disability, and 2 were laid off. This is difficult for officers who work on the street. The moral of the police department has been devastated over the years. He congratulated Council on the budget they are going to pass with raises and increments. Collective bargaining without binding arbitration means Council would not be held to anything. They are asking to have a seat at the table at budget time to tell Council their concerns, what they would like to see, and then Council could make the decision. They can tell Council what they want, what they need, and what they feel needs to be changed without bringing in lawyers or filing grievances.

Gary McElhaney, a non-attorney labor negotiator, said he knows both sides-management and labor. He wrote a draft as non-binding impasse. At the end of the day, Council has complete approval over anything it signs and the group signs. It prevents on-going negotiations that could happen every week, etc. every time an issue comes up. The men and women of the Cambridge Police Department have issues as do all employees. They need a formal process to be able to discuss it with Council. The agreement allows Council to maintain their authority, their responsibilities, and the Chief's responsibilities in the leadership of the police department to run the agency and to run the City the way their see fit.

Unfinished Business

Discuss FY2014 Projected Actuals-Commissioner Thomas said Ed Kinnamon presented Council with a document showing projected encumbrances of about $863,000 and projected revenues of about $1 million which would be a difference of about $160,000. He asked Council to put it in prospective with the performance reports which shows the expenses and revenues to date. Final figures will be available after the City's audit.

Discuss funding source for Watershed Project at Sailwinds Park-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the budget amendment was seconded and approved 4:0.

Public comment, second reading, and vote on 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 (Ordinance 1037)-Richard Lalka said he has seen the City change in 3 years. He questioned the money spent on the triathlon, the shortage of funds at the marina, the development of Sailwinds, downtown, and usage of grant funding. Nobody else asked to speak. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public comment session was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1037 was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.

Public comment, second reading and vote on ordinance to expand the suspension of City impact fees to cover all impact fee collection, not just impact fees on new construction (Ordinance 1038)-This ordinance expands Ordinance 1035 which granted a five-year suspension on the imposition and collection of impact fees for new construction. Rob Collison suggested an amendment to state that this waiver applies to the properties within the City or presently within any Sanitary District. Marianne Benson said she understands why someone would request an exemption but asked why a citizen and taxpayer would think this is a good idea. She also asked how an impact fee differs from a special assessment. Rob Collison said the underlying basis for the impact fee is to reimburse the City for the costs that they have maintained and incurred to maintain the excess capacity. Mayor Stanley said the one-time only impact fee that would be collected is being waived because the premise is once new construction starts, we will be getting taxes from the owners of the properties. An example would be to waive a $5,000 fee but then gain $3,000 a year for 20 or 30 years in taxes. This particular waiver gives a waiver to impact fees for those who do not pay taxes to the City. Commissioner Thomas said the City has been in an economic slump in the real estate market for six years. It is difficult for developers to consider bringing units to the market. The impact fee is passed onto the homeowner. If the builder could build at a lower cost, then it is a much more affordable home. The only way the City can decrease everybody's tax rate is to increase the tax base. Roman Jesien said it is a fallacy that the City will get the impact fees back. The County is waiving their excise tax for two years as a temporary measure so they can evaluate how it is doing. The City has no provision for evaluating or seeing how it is doing. It doesn't work. For every dollar that is put forth for residential housing, the City has to pay $1.20. The City will lose money on residential housing. The additional fees for sewer, schools, police, fire, etc. need to be taken into account. To eliminate all of the fees in tantamount to being very pennywise and pound foolish. He requested Council vote against it. Marty Tomey said she made the request for her business on Handley Road. They have been there for 19 years and employ 25 people. The sewer line currently exists. It runs in front of their property. They are not allowed to extend their septic system. They are mandated that they have to tie into the line. To tie into the system that is already there, it is going to cost their business $24,000. She asked that she not be penalized because it is not a brand new facility. Roman Jesien said the County has the power to grant exemptions and waivers. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to close the public comment session was seconded and approved 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to adopt Ordinance 1038 with the amendments suggested by Rob Collison that it be restricted to the current City limits and existing Sanitary Districts was seconded. The vote was 2:2 with Commissioners Sydnor and Vickers opposed. Mayor Stanley broke the tie by voting for the ordinance; therefore, the motion passed 3:2.

Final review of SD-SGIF application and prioritization of Community Legacy projects for the City's application for annual grant round funding-

SGIF-Sailwinds Gateway Phase 3 for the balance of the purchase price and additional funds for demolition of the buildings on the properties. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 14-004 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Community Legacy-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Resolution 14-005 was seconded and approved 4:0 with the following projects: (1) Cannery Park ($50,000); (2) Façade improvement program ($200,000); and Chesapeake Grove project by Delmarva Community Services ($100,000).

Approve formal findings of fact resolution for rezoning of 2 parcels at 802 Woods Road-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the findings of fact and conclusions of law was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Permission to apply for MSAC grant for Arts & Entertainment Project-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to give permission to apply for the MSAC grant was seconded and approved 4:0.

Award professional service contract to prepare HPC design guidelines-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to award the contract to Jill Jasuta, the low bidder, was seconded and approved 4:0.

Appointment to the Planning and Zoning Commission-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to appoint Eugene Lauer to the Planning and Zoning Commission was seconded and approved 4:0.

Letter of support for Waterford Estates-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to submit a letter of support for Waterford Estates was seconded. The vote was 2:2 with Commissioners Hanson and Vickers opposed. Mayor Stanley broke the tie by voting for the letter of support; therefore, the motion passed 3:2.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 5606 - Pyro Engineering - balance due for fireworks display - $12,500.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5606 in the amount of $12,500 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-113 - JBM Petroleum Service LLC - fuel hose replacement at marina - $1,800.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-113 in the amount of $1,800 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-114 - Victor Stanley - trash cans for parking lot - $1,696.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-114 in the amount of $1,696 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-115 - Schauber Lumber & Sawmill - mulch for City playgrounds - $4,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 2014-115 in the amount of $4,000 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-116 - Fire Chasers Equipment - piston intake for engine (RFC) - $1,350.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-116 in the amount of $1,350 was seconded and approved 4:0.

PO 2014-117 - Safe Measures - 2 encapsulated front entry hazmat suits (RFC) - $2,153.56-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2014-117 in the amount of $2,153.56 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Development Consultant for Sailwinds Park-Commissioner Sydnor said the Committee has selected Orr Partners. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept the recommendation of the Committee to award the contract to Orr Partners (Reston, VA) as the project consultant was seconded and approved 4:0.


A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adjourn the meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 9:37 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, June 23, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer