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Council Meeting Minutes

July 28, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 28, 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, and Thomas. Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence. Ed Kinnamon led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Stanley announced that at 5:30 pm Council had a presentation regarding the renovation of the City's 307 Gay Street building. At 6:15 pm, Council met in closed executive session to consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereof.

A motion by Commissioner Vickers to adopt the agenda as presented was seconded and passed 4:0. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2014 Council meeting was seconded and passed 4:0.

Appointments

Bob Phillips, Dorchester-Duren Partnership Committee, to request permission to hold Crabtoberfest on Saturday, September 27 from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm (street closures: 400 block of Race Street, one block of Gay Street between Race and High Streets, and one block of Poplar Street from 2:00 pm until 11:00 pm; Police Department patrol; extra trash containers and a variance from the noise ordinance until 11:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests for Crabtoberfest was seconded and approved 4:0.

Susan Luby, Character Counts Mid Shore, to request permission to use Great Marsh Park on Friday, May 1, 2015 at noon and Saturday, May 2 until 5:00 pm for their annual fundraiser, Six Pillars Century; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests for the event was seconded and approved 4:0.

Theresa White, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, to request permission to hold their annual Back to School Block party on Saturday, August 23 from 12 noon until 4:00 pm (rain date: Aug. 30); street closure of Skinners Court (facing the church) Clinton Street (facing St. Clair School and the church), the end of Rigby Avenue onto Park Lane; and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Ty Banning, Zion Baptist Church, to request permission to hold their Annual Community Day Cookout on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12 noon until 5:30 pm; permission to close Cross Street from Pine Street to School House Lane, and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Jaleesa Young, Council of Concern Youth, to request permission to use the City-owned lot at 601 Chesapeake Court to hold their 2nd annual Youth Serving Youth event on Saturday, August 23rd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and a variance from the noise ordinance-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

George M. Walish and Ted Kanatas regarding the St. Michaels Concours D' Elegance event to be held in September 2014-The event was held in St. Michaels for the first six years. Last year the event was held at the Hyatt in Cambridge. It was a wonderful event; therefore, they are returning this year and hope to forge a long-term relationship with the Hyatt to continue this event.

Lou Hyman, Dorchester Skipjack Committee, Inc. to request permission to hold their annual Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race at Long Wharf on Saturday, September 27 from about 8:00 am until 1:00 pm; waiver of the dockage fee for the boats that tie up along Long Wharf; permission to erect tents in the parking lot; a variance from the noise ordinance; and permission to set off signal canon-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved 4:0.

Brandon Hesson, Cambridge Main Street, to request permission to hold Summer Sendoff on Saturday, September 20th (originally September 13th) close 400 block of Race and Gay Street from Poplar to 322 Gay Street (Chesapeake Equipment), from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m.; variance from the noise ordinance from 5:00 pm until 10 pm; outdoor alcohol allowed on Poplar and Race Streets; Police Department presence; and the use of spare city garbage cans as per previous years-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved 4:0.

Brandon Hesson, Cambridge Main Street, to request permission to hang a banner across Race Street advertising their golf event on August 18, 2014-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to allow the banner for two weeks starting on August 4th was seconded and approved 4:0.

Stephen Batchelder to request permission to use a portion of High Street (if needed) to extend the Cambridge Wheels Car Show on Sunday, August 10, 2014 (8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), permission to hang a banner across Race Street, and a variance for open alcohol containers-Commissioner Vickers recused herself from this discussion. Mr. Batchelder spoke to Gary Newcomb from the funeral home and Mr. Newcomb has assured him that this would not be an issue going up to his second driveway if there is not a funeral that day. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the requests with the exception of the banner was seconded and approved 3:0. (There will already be a banner in that location.)

Unfinished Business

Request from DPW to award contract for Maryland Avenue "Green Street" improvements-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to accept DPW's recommendation to award the contract to the low bidder, Metro Paving Corporation, was seconded and approved 4:0.

New Business

Chief Malik to present the annual Cambridge Police Department report-Chief Malik reported that there were 47,605 calls for service in 2013. This includes all calls called-in, traffic stops, security checks, officers going to court, etc. They saw a 2 percent reduction this year. They had a 12 percent reduction in Part I offenses. There was a reduction in all Part I crimes. There has not been a homicide in over two years. There was also a reduction in rapes, robberies, burglaries, thefts, aggravated assaults, and auto thefts this past year. The totality of the Part I offenses is driven by our large user thefts which make up the bulk of the Part I offenses. Most are minor (32 percent were shoplifting, 16 percent were bicycle thefts, 16 percent were thefts of vehicles). As a Police Department, they like to concentrate on violent offenders and taking the violent offenders off of the streets as well. This year they saw a reduction in firearm-related crimes.

Approve the following plans (requirement for DHCD grants): Citizen Participation Plan and the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adopt the Citizen Participation Plan and the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan was seconded and approved 3:1 with Commissioner Vickers opposed.

Council to consider utilizing impact fee funds for a 20% match to a Transportation Alternative Program Grant for sidewalk on Maces Lane-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to utilize impact fees to have this project completed was seconded and approved 4:0.

Committee re-appointments-Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley made the following recommendations for committee re-appointments and term expiration dates:

Board of Zoning Appeals
• Jane Devlin 04/30/2015
• Brian Manning 04/30/2017
• Ted Brooks 04/30/2017

Ethics Commission
• Charles McFadden 09/01/2018

Housing Board of Review
• Enez Stafford Grubb 08/31/2016
• David Cannon 08/31/2016
• Janice Lake 08/31/2017
• Mike Edgar 08/31/2017
• Janeen Ford 08/31/2016
• William Jackson 08/31/2016

Housing Authority Board
• Mary Elliott Bell 06/30/2019

Planning and Zoning Commission
• Jerry Burroughs 07/01/2017
• William Craig 07/01/2018
• Chantey Nelson 07/01/2017
• Hubert Trego 07/01/2016
• Marshall Rickert 07/01/2016
• Mary Losty 07/01/2018
• Eugene Lauer 07/01/2018

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the nominations submitted for the various committees was seconded and approved 4:0.

Remove hiring freeze-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to remove the hiring freeze was seconded and approved 4:0.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-007 - Metro Paving Corporation - Street improvements for Maryland Avenue - $470,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2015-007 was seconded and approved 4:0.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Closed Executive Session-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to go into closed executive session directly after this meeting to discuss personnel was seconded and approved 4:0.

Off Shore Drilling-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to send a letter to the Governor expressing the Council's disapproval of off-shore drilling and impact blasting in the Atlantic Ocean was seconded and approved 4:0.

National Night Out-Chief Malik announced that National Night Out will be held on August 5, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Dorchester County Pool.

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 8:24 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, July 28, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.



Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer