CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LINDA M. MORAD
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PRAYER LED BY:
REVEREND DEBRA LEE, PASTOR, NORTH BAPTIST CHURCH
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CITATIONS
1.     CITATION, Councillor Lopes, honoring JILL HORTON-SIMMS, New Bedford Local Cultural Council, in recognition of her Leadership Circle Award for excellence in individual contributions to community arts and culture – 2016.

2.         CITATION, Councillors Abreu and Martins, honoring New Bedford Resident and Celebrity Chef JOSE REGO, in recognition of winning “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network in January.

3.         REMOVED.

RESOLUTIONS
4.     RESOLUTION, Councillors Gomes, Carney and Rebeiro, honoring BLACK HISTORY MONTH - February 2016.
MAYOR'S PAPERS

M1.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a LOAN ORDER, under the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), appropriating $5,509,000.00 for the purpose of making critically-needed repairs to City-owned buildings including, but not limited to, projects for the repair and renovations of public safety facilities, recreational facilities and general office space.

 

M1a.    LOAN ORDER,

M2.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $82,600.00 from DEBT SERVICES OTHER FINANCING USES, to ELECTION, SALARIES & WAGES in the amount of $58,000.00 and ELECTIONS, CHARGES & SERVICES, in the amount of $24,600.00.

 

M2a.    AN ORDER,

M3.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $80,000.00 from DEBT SERVICES OTHER FINANCING USES, to FIRE, CHARGES & SERVICES.

 

M3a.    AN ORDER

M4.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $9,800.00 from PARKS AND RECREATION, SALARIES & WAGES, to PARKS AND RECREATION, CHARGES & SERVICES.

 

M4a.    AN ORDER,

M5.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER authorizing the Mayor to execute a Termination of Easement with Laurindo M. Vasconcelos and Margarida Vasconcelos the current owners of property located at the corner of Becket and Adelaide Street.

 

M5a.    AN ORDER,

M6.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a SIX-MONTH WAIVER OF RESIDENCY for JONATHAN NUNES, Dartmouth, MA, the preferred candidate, for the Department of Management Information System’s vacant Systems Analyst position.

M7.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of COREY PACHECO, New Bedford, MA, to the HISTORICAL COMMISSION; this term will expire February 2019.

M8.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of KERI COX, New Bedford, MA, to the HISTORICAL COMMISSION as an ALTERNATE MEMBER, replacing James Lopes; this term will expire February 2018.

M9.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of JAMES LOPES, New Bedford, MA, to the HISTORICAL COMMISSION, replacing Keri Cox; this term will expire February 2019.

 

M10.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of PAUL A. GORDON, Acushnet, MA 02743, as a SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER.

 

M10a.  APPLICATION,

NEW BUSINESS
5.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Gomes, Winterson, Lopes, Martins, Rebeiro, Coelho, Carney, Oliveira, Bousquet and Abreu, requesting, AGAIN, that the New Bedford City Council go on record in support of ATI (Allegheny Technologies, Inc.) steelworkers of New Bedford and send a letter to the ATI Steelworkers President and CEO, urging them to bargain in good faith and respect the veteran workmanship, and get the steelworkers back to work; and further, that the City begin the process of recouping the thousands of dollars in Police detail and vehicle costs used during the details provided from day one in this steelworkers lockout.
6.         WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Carney, Abreu, Lopes, Martins, Council President Morad, Councillor Gomes, Winterson, Coelho, Bousquet and Rebeiro, requesting that the City Council send a letter to our Federal Delegation in opposition of our boat owners paying $700.00 a day for the at-sea fishing monitor, which was previously paid by NOAA, said new fee was put into place on January 1, 2016, by the United States Department of Commerce, this will have a devastating effect on New Bedford’s fishing industry, which is a major part of the economy in New Bedford and all of New England.

7.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Lopes, requesting that the City of New Bedford consider installing a "Before I Die Wall" in a central and visible location, said wall is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space. (To be Referred to the Special Committee on Memorials and Dedication, Mayor Mitchell, and the AHA! Steering Committee.)

8.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Lopes, requesting that Superintendent Pia Durkin provide the members of the City Council with a complete list of New Bedford Public Schools that have Wrap Around Managers in place, as well as the criteria and justification for the position, and a complete list of schools that have out of district students, the number of ELL students in each school, as well as the 2015/2016 school testing calendar.  (To be Referred to Superintendent Pia Durkin.)

9.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Abreu, Lopes, Martins, Winterson and Bousquet, requesting that the Health Director, Dr. Brenda Weis, attend an upcoming Committee on Ordinances meeting to discuss a potential collaborative strategy regarding the City's plan to address the on-going epidemic as it relates to the smoking and consumption of synthetic drugs (including, but not limited to K12, Spice, Potpourri) which are still being sold on store shelves; and further, that Mayor Mitchell engage in dialogue with the City Council in a search of a collaborative effort to help confront this matter. (To be Referred to the Committee on Ordinances, Health Director Dr. Brenda Weis and Mayor Mitchell.) 

 

9a.     COMMUNICATION, Councillor Abreu submitting AN ORDINANCE from the City of Lowell regarding Synthetic drugs. (To be Referred to the Committee on Ordinances, Health Director Dr. Brenda Weis and Mayor Mitchell.) 

10.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Winterson, requesting on behalf of the residents of the newly accepted Eastland Terrace, that a letter be sent to the United States Post Office, asking that the residents be allowed to have mailboxes in front of their said properties instead of their mailboxes located on Rockdale Avenue at the corner of Eastland Terrace. (To be Referred to the United States Post Office.)

11.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Lopes, requesting that the Committee on Ordinances and the Planning Board consider rezoning the lot at 458 Dartmouth Street, Map 18/Lot 106, from Industrial "B" to MIXED-USE BUSINESS. (To be Referred to the Committee on Ordinances and the Planning Board.)

 

11a.     COMMUNICATION, Richard Brisson, property owner of 458 Dartmouth Street, to Councillor Lopes, regarding a zoning change for said property. (To be Referred to the Committee on Ordinances and the Planning Board.)

12.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Bousquet, requesting, that our State Legislative Delegation consider advocating for additional funding for the Hayden-McFadden Elementary School to aid in its Local Stake Holders Group new turnaround plan.

13.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, once more that the Committees on Ordinances and Public Safety and Neighborhoods meet with Acting Police Chief David Lizotte, a Representative from Massachusetts State Police in Dartmouth, City Solicitor McDermott, and Legal Counsel Gerwatowski, to discuss the best legal action that can be taken immediately and collectively against panhandling on the City streets, businesses and highways, which has become a real problem for the Police Officers, residents and tourists. (To be Referred to the Committees on Ordinances and Public Safety and Neighborhoods.)

14.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, increasing Police patrols and also D runs in the area of Pleasant Street at Grinnell Street, north to Bedford Street, west to Sixth Street, south to Wing Street, and east to Acushnet Avenue; and further, that DPI Commissioner Labelle increase the lighting in this area to help Police control the criminal activity in said area. (To be Referred to the Mayor, Acting Police Chief Lizotte and DPI Commissioner Labelle.)

15.     COMMUNICATION, Election Commissioner Maria Tomasia, to City Council, submitting a list of locations to be designated as polling precincts for the upcoming Presidential Primary, scheduled for Tuesday, March 01, 2016. (To be Received and Placed on File.)

16.     COMMUNICATION, Council President Morad, submitting a letter from the Massachusetts School Building Authority regarding the Board’s approval of repair projects for the Alfred J. Gomes Elementary School, Casimir Pulaski Elementary School, Hayden-McFadden Elementary School and the Sgt. William H. Carney Memorial Academy (Copy all Councillors via email on 02/01/2016.)

17.     COMMUNICATION, City Solicitor Mikaela A. McDermott, to City Council, providing an overview of how the funds in the Judgments, Claims, and Settlements line item in the General Government Unclassified account have been spent thus far in FY16; an overview of the claims and litigation currently pending against the City and finally an estimate of how much additional funding will be needed for Judgments/Claims/Settlements line item for the reminder of FY16. (Copy all Councillors 02/05/2016.)
TABLED BUSINESS
01/28/2016     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Coelho, Abreu, Oliveira, Lopes, Winterson, Bousquet and Carney, requesting, that the Mayor’s Office update the City Council on how he is utilizing his staff and inform us who is responsible for what Neighborhood Group/section of the City. (To be Referred to the Mayor’s Office and the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods.)
01/28/2016     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, that the City step up it's enforcement laws, during and after a major winter snow storm and issue tickets and fines to those who violate the law by throwing snow back into the plowed street and who neglect to shovel sidewalks in residential or business areas throughout the City; and further, that the City report to the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods as to how many tickets were issued during the January 23rd snowstorm, to also include how many tickets were issued for parking violations and how many motor vehicles were towed during the storm.  (To be Referred to the Mayor, the Acting Police Chief, David Lizotte, the Department of Public Infrastructure Commissioner Ronald Labelle and the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods.)