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City Council Meeting Minutes

October 27, 2014
The City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 27, 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.

Council held a closed executive session at 6:15 pm to consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the City (Sailwinds Park Project).

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the agenda to add an item concerning the disposition of 411 Light Street under Unfinished Business was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 13, 2014 Council meeting with an inclusion that states that the closed executive session was to discuss the Sailwinds project was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the minutes of the October 20, 2014 Public Hearing was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Bruce McWilliams to request permission to hold the 67th Annual Dorchester County Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6th starting at 5:00 pm (line-up starting at 4:00 pm)-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to approve the request including street closures as needed, waiving the vendor fees for non-profit organizations for that evening, police protection, and clean-up after the parade by DPW, was seconded and approved unanimously.

Rachell Rich, Chesapeake Court LLC, to request permission to use the lot across from 601 Chesapeake Court on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 6:00 pm through 2:30 am (Sunday) for motorcycle parking for their Bike Showcase-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mary Yates, Washington College, to present the findings of the Shore Power Project Study (overview of the 3 year history of our electrical consumption)-The project assists municipalities and counties in reducing energy expenses and consumption while decreasing regional greenhouse gas emissions. Staff collected energy usage and cost data from billing documents. The data will be used to get Cambridge into the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program. Overall electricity usage increased by seven percent and costs increased by thirteen percent. Vehicle fuel usage has remained consistent but there are opportunities to further reduce fuel usage by replacing older vehicles with more efficient models. Spreadsheets will be provided to the Council for their review.

Unfinished Business

Second reading, public comment, and vote on ordinance authorizing the assessment and collection of late fees for past due fines, fees and costs due to the City of Cambridge (Ordinance 1039)-The ordinance will apply only to the automated camera fees. Bill Wise questioned the recipient of the fines-the people who own the cameras or the City. Rob Collison said it is divided. The company who owns the cameras retains 38 percent; the City receives 62 percent under the current contract. Commissioner Sydnor said this will assist in collecting fees from people who live outside Maryland. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to defer an action on the ordinance until the next meeting was seconded and approved unanimously.

Disposition of 411 Light Street-The City received one letter of interest from a person that lives next to the property. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to accept the bid from Lonnie and Margaret Sawyer in the amount of $500 plus all costs associated with the transaction (City's advertising costs and any transfer and recordation stamps and taxes) was seconded and approved unanimously.

New Business

Resolution (14-007) for Sustainable Maryland-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to adopt the resolution was seconded and approved unanimously.

Appointment of a "Green Team" for the MSEC grant (Maryland Smart Energy Commission)-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to appoint Brent Jett, Jason Segar, Anne Roane, and Jen Didinger to the Green Team was seconded and approved unanimously. Additional members may be added to the team in the future.

Proclamation for Economic Development Week-The Maryland Economic Development Association has named this week "Economic Development Week". The idea is to emphasize the importance and increase the understanding of economic development in Maryland for job retention, creation, and business development and to increase the tax base. A motion by Commissioner Hanson to allow Mayor Stanley to sign the proclamation was seconded and approved unanimously.

Approve budget amendments for the Department of Public Works- A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the first budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the second budget amendment was seconded and approved unanimously.

Mayor's and Commissioners' Comments

Patamoke II-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve a subordination of our mortgage with Joan Thompson (1606 Paxmore Lane) because she is refinancing her home was seconded and approved unanimously.

Charter Resolutions for the City Manager Position-Several changes were made to the documents and forwarded to the Council. Two residents submitted written public comment. Council will discuss this further at the next meeting. Rob Collison will provide written documents for Council.

City Towers-Rob Collison will prepare an agreement between the City and Mr. Meekins and investigate splitting any profits with the Municipal Utilities Commission.

City Committees-A motion by Commissioner Vickers to appoint Sharon Smith to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and approved unanimously. A motion by Commissioner Thomas to re-appoint Steve Williams and Joseph Brooks to the Municipal Utilities Commission subject to their agreement was seconded and approved unanimously.

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 8:30 p.m. I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, October 27, 2014, insofar as I personally am aware.



Oden C. Wheeler, Director
Department of Public Works

COMMISSIONERS OF CAMBRIDGE
CLOSED SESSION REPORT

A Date: October 27, 2014
Time: 6:15 pm
Place: Dorchester County Office Building

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; (Sailwinds Project)
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: N
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: 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, Oden Wheeler, Natalie Chabot
F Actions Taken at the Closed Session: No action was taken.