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City Council Minutes

September 8, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 8, 2014 in the Dorchester County 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 deleting Robyne Feehley of Leaky Pete's (at her request) and to add and item under New Business to discuss City Council Chambers was seconded and approved unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the August 25, 2014 Council meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Dr. Stagg, representative from Cambridge Rotary, to get approval for pavers to be placed around the fountain at Long Wharf-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve placing pavers around the fountain was seconded and approved unanimously.

Sue Brenchley, The Daughters of the American Revolution, to receive proclamation for Constitution Week-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Sarah Abel, Economic Steering Committee, to discuss the Neat Street program-The program has been successful in raising awareness for the gateways in Cambridge. The committee is asking the Council to adopt the Neat Street program as a City staff-lead program whereby the Economic Development Department would coordinate and lead the program; the Department of Public Works would provide Code enforcement three days a year for overgrown yards, trash in yards, and pick up the trash; and the Cambridge Police Department would place ‘no parking' signs on the gateways during cleanup. This would include clean-up days three times a year and developing an adopt-a-street program. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to City Council, Economic Development, and the Department of Public Work support the Neat Street program for the next year was seconded and approved 4:1 with Commissioner Cooke opposed.

Gary Smith Sr. to discuss the deplorable condition of the houses on Dobson Street-Mr. Smith was not present.

Keith Graffius, Crabi Gras, to request permission to use Cannery Way on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 for the 4th Annual Hot Sauce & Oyster Fest, variances from the noise ordinance (Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 8:00 pm), use of city trash cans, police in the area, and permission to sell liquor at the event-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. A liquor license must be obtained from the Dorchester County Liquor Board.

Gerry Boyle to request permission for Cambridge Multi-Sport to sponsor beer and wine (for sale) at the athlete welcome ceremony on 18 September at Long Wharf (marina park) from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the requests was seconded and approved unanimously. A liquor license must be obtained from the Dorchester County Liquor Board.

Representatives from the Sailwinds Park Management Board to discuss the closure of Governors Hall-Bruce Reed, Vice Chairman of Sailwinds of Cambridge, Inc. and Jerry Burroughs, Executive Secretary, requested information on the closure of Governors Hall. They attended meetings requesting input on what to do with the Sailwinds property. Bruce Reed read information that was published in January of 2013 by the J. J. Parks Company. It calls for a redesigned Governors Hall located nearby Sailwinds. In every discussion, public and otherwise, they (the Management Board) were told not to worry, they have Sailwinds Park's best interest at heart. They were told by many different people that there would be a public venue going forward. Bruce Reed said he is angry with himself because he believed what he was told. They have been told recently that they have to stop booking events as of January 2, 2015. They did not receive a clear answer why this was necessary. They would like some inclusion in the planning; a path to what their future is and if it does not exist, just say so. Commissioner Sydnor said he explained the procedure to Bruce Reed and Mr. Burroughs on the day they closed on the property. At that time he stated that with this project, Governors Hall will not be at Sailwinds Park. He could not give them an answer at that time as to how long the current Governors Hall could be used and he still cannot give that answer. Council and the developer will discuss the possibility of continuing to operate Governors Hall when the wharf is being rebuilt. The City is in a partnership with the developer. It was determined that they could extend the date to January 2, 2015. The first phase is going to be completed approximately December 31, 2014. Mr. Burroughs asked if the City has the permits for the borings. Commissioner Sydnor answered that Mayor Stanley has signed the MOU and that will allow the City to use Morris & Ritchie in the first phase of the project. Commissioner Sydnor said the City's engineer said it will have to be determined how structurally sound the building will be when they begin repairing the wharf. That will be determined in Phase 1. Bruce Reed said the Council has the power to decide when things get done. Oden Wheeler said during the first phase they will do testing that will determine what size pilings and what size sheeting has to be driven into the ground in order to support the building. Part of the construction is a cantilever structure. They will have to come back onto the property where the asphalt is that runs next to the water. They will have to dig four or five test pits to go down and look at the support structure to see if it will be usable. They also have to do an underwater investigation to come up under the property and look at the sheeting that is up near the building. They anticipate having that work done and the final results back by December 31, 2014. Commissioner Cooke said he had a discussion with Mr. Wheeler with regard to the earliest date that construction could occur to repair or replace the wharf and Mr. Wheeler indicated to him that would be about this time next year. There would be a design phase after the collection of the test data from the borings, etc. It could last four to six months. The Parks Company (via the Master Development Agreement) has to agree on any kind of an extension of booking dates. It is his understanding that the sub-committee is in negotiation on a number of points with regard to the Master Development Agreement. He urged them to get the booking date extended beyond January 2, 2015. He personally would not have a problem with September 30, 2015. Bruce Reed said he has spoken to the developers and they have told him that until they reach an agreement, they should book one year in advance. Commissioner Hanson said they will take it up with the developer as soon as possible. Committee Sydnor said it is the Committee's attempt to get an extension for Governors Hall. If they can continue the venue at Governors Hall, they will. He does not want to give them a date and then have to take that date away. He wants to give them a firm date. They should be looking for a venue at another location. Bruce Reed said their impression was that Council was going forward with making a plan before they got to the point that Council was going to tell the Management Board that they had to stop booking. They thought having a public venue was a condition of doing this development. It was very clear at the beginning of the process. Bruce Reed said as of January 2, 2015, they have to be totally liquidated under the law as provided by the IRS. They are a non-profit charitable organization. They cannot operate without a public building. It is in their charter. A motion by Commissioner Cooke to allow the Sailwinds Management Board to continue booking events through July 1, 2015 was seconded and failed 2:3 with Commissioners Sydnor, Thomas, and Hanson opposed.

Unfinished Business

None

New Business

City Council Chambers-The reason the Council has relocated their meetings is because they discovered asbestos in the Council Chambers. AMA recommended that Council consider an alternative location for meetings until asbestos hazards have been eliminated. The Dorchester County Council has allowed the City to use their Council Chambers. A motion to hold City Council meetings on Wednesday, September 17; Monday, October 13; Monday, October 27; Monday, November 10; Monday, November 24; and Monday, December 8 in the Dorchester County Council Chambers was seconded and approved unanimously.

Discuss housing issues (poor condition, abandoned, etc.)-Commissioner Cooke reported there are several classes of housing problems. The Council set aside money to demolish some houses. Oden Wheeler spoke with his employees and Rescue Fire Company and came up with some very effective and efficient ways of using the money to get rid of these eyesores. There are also houses that do not have demolition orders but are heading that way. He suggested that Code Enforcement address the issues of houses with damaged roofs and missing windows to try to save some of these properties. Dorchester County holds tax certificates for some properties that nobody wants. He suggested asking the County to give the properties to the City so the City can demolish them. Commissioner Hanson said there are some properties that the homeowner-occupied but are not being maintained. Rob Collison said in the past several years, the State Legislature adopted some legislation that would allow municipalities to create land banks (similar to Detroit). MML is unaware of any municipality to date that has taken advantage of this new legislation. He asked MML to recommend someone to come before Council to give them some guidance on those issues. It will address the issue of small parcels that are not marketable for any meaningful economical purpose but could be combined with other parcels.

Approve Purchase Orders:

PO 2015-012 - Robert Phillips - Chief's Stipend - $5,500.00; PO 2015-013 - Brian Willey - Asst. Chief's Stipend - $2,750.00; PO 2015-015 - Adam Pritchett - Asst. Chief's Stipend - $2,750.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Orders 2015-012, 2015-13, and 2015-15 was seconded and approved unanimously.

PO 2015-16 - Metro Paving Corporation - sidewalk, handicap ramp, and driveway improvements on Muir Street - (Community Legacy grant) - $41,000.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 2015-016 was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Closed Executive Session-Council met in closed executive session to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City and also to discuss a personnel issue.

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 9:00 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 8, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.


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Edwin C. Kinnamon
Clerk & Treasurer

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: September 8, 2014
Time: Part 1 -- 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm / Part 2 - 6:45 pm to 7:00 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;
3 consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose and matters directly related thereto;
X 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)
Part 1 Part 2
Jackie Vickers Vote: Y N
Donald Sydnor Vote: Y Y
Frank Cooke Vote: Y N
Gage Thomas Vote: Y Y
Commissioner Hanson Vote: Y Y

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Sydnor Seconded: Comm. Hanson
Comm. Thomas Seconded: Comm. Sydnor

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: Sailwinds Project
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: No Motions were made.


COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: September 8, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: City Council Chambers

B Citation of Authority/Purpose: State Government Article, Section 10-508(a) (check one of the following):

X 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;
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

Motion to close meeting: Comm. Sydnor Seconded: Comm. Thomas

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: An incident that occurred in the Public Safety Building
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, Chief Malik, Oden Wheeler
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No motions were made.