City Council Minutes
October 27, 2008
October 27, 2008
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 27, 2008 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 Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.
Mayor Victoria Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2008 Council meeting as distributed. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously. Mayor Stanley asked if anyone from the audience would like to comment on the agenda. Nobody asked to speak.
Laura Weldon to Request Permission to Hold the Christmas Parade on December 6th-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to hold the 61st annual Christmas parade on Saturday, December 6th starting at 5:00 pm. The fee for 1‑day permits for vendors will be waived for non-profit organizations. A variance from the noise ordinance is included. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Bob Vigarito to Discuss Eagleman Triathlon and ChesapeakeMan-Mr. Vigarito was not present.
Sam Owings, Scoop Station, to Request Variances from the Noise Ordinance from Now Through December for Wednesdays through Sundays (7:00 pm to 10:00 pm)-Mr. Owings said he has an open-microphone music venue on Wednesday through Sunday nights. The music is all inside the building. In conjunction with Main Street's Second Saturday events, he has been holding concerts and they have been a little loud but they are finished about 9:00 pm. Chief Malik said there have not been any calls in reference to the noise. Sometimes the Police Department has a concern about the crowds and people milling around in the street but they will continue to monitor it to make sure nothing gets out of control. Commissioner Knox said the noise ordinance states that the noise is presumed to be unreasonable if it can be heard 50 feet from the property line. He is concerned because he has heard the noise on the corner of Race Street which is more than 50 feet. He would like the music to be inside with the doors down. Commissioner Thomas said if the noise gets too loud, the police will be called. If a variance is granted, it can be rescinded if the City gets complaints. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the request for a variance from the noise ordinance from now through December at the given times provided that the doors are kept closed. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Economic Development Plan Steering Committee Appointments-Natalie Chabot said the committee will guide the City through the development of an Economic Development Strategic Plan. Part of the outcome would be a recommendation on a more permanent advisory committee. Commissioner Knox made a motion to create an Economic Development Steering Committee and appoint Phil Feldman, Janelle Henry Buck, Fred Finlan, Duane Zentgraf, Michael Ballard, Rich Loeffler, and Bill Jarmon to that committee. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Second Reading and Vote on Ordinance to Prohibit Camping in the City Limits-Rob Collison said the ordinance is the same one that was introduced at the prior meeting. On private property, camping is allowed up to 7 days without Council's approval. Beyond 7 days, the person would require Council's permission for up to 30 days. On public property, Council's permission is needed at all times and camping cannot go beyond 5 days. For other purposes, it can be up to 15 days on public property. Commissioner Hanson made a motion to adopt the ordinance. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Thomas made a motion that the ordinance becomes effective November 1, 2008. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The Police Department will enforce the ordinance.
Discuss Long Wharf Fountain-Commissioner Hanson said the Department of Public Works has applied for a $250,000 Neighborhood Parks and Playgrounds grant to have the fountain repaired. He would like to present the project to various organizations that may wish to help fund it to get the fountain back to its original condition. Commissioner Knox made a motion to set up an escrow account for any donations that may come in for private organizations to fund the restorations of the Long Wharf water fountain. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Invoice from Sailwinds Park for Air-Conditioning During General Election in July-Ed Kinnamon said this was not a budgeted item and will put the City over budget on that account. The invoice is for $1,150. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to pay the invoice. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Declaration of Intent Resolution for Tech Park Bond-Rob Collison recommended a formal introduction this evening and Council could approve the resolution at the next meeting. There may be an increase in the cost for the water lines so the resolution may have to be re-introduced. It declares the City's intent to borrow up to $2,987,500 for the expansion and extension of water and sewer lines from our existing lines to the new airport tech park to be constructed by the County. The County will be responsible for 76% of this debt; the City will have the obligation for 24%. By approving the declaration of intent, it will allow the City/ County to begin getting reimbursed for some preliminary engineering expenses.
Prioritize Community Legacy Grant Applications-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to prioritize the projects in the following order:
1. Planning Grant for the 700 Block Pine Street
2. Choptank River Lighthouse Platform
3. Richardson Maritime Museum
4. Sidewalk Maintenance Revolving Loan Fund
5. Phase III - Downtown Streetscape Revitalization
Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Resolution for Community Legacy Grant Applications-Commissioner Knox made a motion to approve the resolution for the Community Legacy grant application. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Update to ASOP 36 - Certification Procedure-Rob Collison said if there is any certification or license that is needed for an employee, the City will advance the cost of the testing and/or certification cost the initial time. If the employee does not succeed in obtaining the certification or license, they would have to advance their own funds for subsequent tests or certification criteria. Once they pass, the City will reimburse them for the final certification or testing costs. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the update to ASOP 36. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve PO 91279 to Supercede Previously-Approved PO 91265 for AutoCAD Land Development 2009 - $4,316.01-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to send the request back until they have the correct purchase order. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed 3:2 with Commissioners Knox and Thomas opposed.
Approve PO 5014 - Atlantic Tactical - Four (4) ProTech Trimax Tactical Armour Vests - $5,800.80 (CPD) [50% drug forfeiture account / 50% grant]-Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve PO 5013 - Hertrich Fleet Services - 2008 Dodge Nitro - $18,327 (CPD) [drug forfeiture account]-The vehicle will be purchased through a State contract. Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Hanson seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve PO 91273 - Sherwin Williams - Carpet for 410 Academy Street Building - $6,097.76-Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed 4:1 with Commissioner Sydnor opposed.
PO 91278 - Mid-Atlantic Waste - Slide Blade/Sweep Blade and Bearing Kit for Garbage Truck #16 - $6,200-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the purchase order. Commissioner Knox seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Budget Amendment for DPW-Steve Johnson said this amendment is to cover funds for Christmas lights on Pine Street. The Jaycees said they will not request funds this year so those funds can be used for Pine Street. He suggested transferring funds from road surfacing. James Chaney offered to make a private donation toward the lights. Mayor Stanley said that at the last City Council meeting, Jim Duffy said Main Street could make a contribution for the Pine Street's lights. Commissioner Knox suggested setting up a separate account for the Christmas lights. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the budget amendment. Commissioner Sydnor seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. The lights will be installed as soon as possible and be turned off when the other Christmas lights are turned off. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve the RFP and award a contract for the pole survey and installation of power drops. Commissioner Stout seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Approve Financial Statement for September 2008-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion to approve the financial statement. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The Commissioners commented on the success of the Maryland Municipal League convention in Cambridge and the wonderful Schooner Rendezvous.
Commissioner Thomas announced a Waterfront 20/20 Charette as part of the comprehensive plan on November 14th and 15th. The location will be announced at a later date.
Chief Malik announced that trick-or-treat hours are Friday, October 31st from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Chief Watkins asked everyone to check their heating systems. They have had their first carbon monoxide poisoning of the year.
Wendell Foxwell announced that the Dorchester County Liquor Board met tonight and they are going to keep the 300-ft restriction.
Jerome Stanley thanked Council for attending the Dorchester Lodge 223 91st Anniversary parade on Saturday. He thanked Chief Malik for the support of his staff and Mr. Johnson for the support of the DPW staff.
Rob Collison said Council will have the introduction and public comments at the next Council meeting on the traffic report given at the last meeting.
With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 27, 2008, insofar as I personally am aware.
Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer