CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LINDA M. MORAD
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PRAYER LED BY:
REVEREND CONRAD SALACH, OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH
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HEARINGS

1.     HEARING, on NSTAR ELECTRIC COMPANY d/b/a Eversource Energy for location of one (1) 45”x45”x36” Handhole in UNION STREET, East of Water Street.

 

1a.     AN ORDER,

MAYOR'S PAPERS

M1.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER, that the Order adopted by the Council on October 13, 2016, which authorized the City to enter into an eight (8) year lease for the purchase of two pumpers is hereby RESCINDED and be it further ordered that the City enter into an eight (8) year lease with PNC Equipment Finance LLC, for the purchase of two (2) Pierce Arrow XT Pumpers from Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. 

M1a.    AN ORDER,

M2.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a LOAN ORDER appropriating $8,336,514.00 for a repair project at the John Avery Parker Elementary School and amending the Orders passed September 1, 2015 and March 22, 2016 to provide that a portion of each such Order be allocated to the John Avery Parker Elementary School Repair Project.

M2a.    LOAN ORDER,

M4.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER that the City Council and Mayor hereby approve the policy entitled “Other Post Employment Benefits Trust Fund” for the purpose of establishing guidelines for the management of the City’s OPEB liability.

M4a.    AN ORDER,

M5.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell to City Council, submitting a SEWER ABATEMENT REQUEST for Arlindo Spencer, 389 Cedar Street, New Bedford, MA, Account Number 1005089 in the amount of $156.80.

M6.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of MARK DASILVA, Acushnet, MA 02743, as a CONSTABLE.

M6a.    APPLICATION,

NEW BUSINESS

2.     REPORT, Committee on Appointments and Briefings, recommending to the City Council approval of the APPLICATION on behalf of Jason Lobo d/b/a GOOD TIMES LIMO, 400 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02745, requesting a NEW PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159A, Section 1, and amendments thereto, and M.G.L. Chapter 270, Section 22 (Smoke Free Workplace Law) and all other laws applicable to such operation to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford.

 

2a.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Jason Lobo d/b/a GOOD TIMES LIMO, 400 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02745, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a NEW PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159A, Section 1, and amendments thereto, and M.G.L. Chapter 270, Section 22 (Smoke Free Workplace Law) and all other laws applicable to such operation to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Please note Mr. Lobo had a Livery License from 2008-2010; Referred to the Committee on Appointments and Briefings 09/22/2016.)

3.     LOAN ORDER, Ordered appropriating $63,000,000.00 to pay costs of construction of water distribution and treatment systems improvements including Quittacas Water Treatment Plant upgrades, High Hill Reservoir upgrades, a lead service abatement program, a water meter replacement and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) upgrade program and general system improvements. (Passed to a Second Reading, as amended 10/27/2016.)

4.     LOAN ORDER, Ordered appropriating $25,000,000.00 to pay costs of projects outlined in the City’s long term CSO Control and Integrated Capital Improvements Plan including supplemental integrated capital planning, wastewater collection system improvements, pumping station improvements, a wastewater collection system investigation program and MS4 permit compliance and reporting and general system improvements. (Passed to a Second Reading 10/27/2016.)

5.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Lopes, on behalf of concerned citizens, requesting that the Traffic Commission consider changing existing "NO PARKING" signs, on the eastern most side of East Rodney French Boulevard, starting at Ricketson Street, north to Nina Street to "BEACH PARKING ONLY" signs during the summer months. (To be Referred to the Traffic Commission.

6.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Coelho, requesting, that the City install Warning Signs along with Fines along the Harborwalk, relative to people not picking up after their dogs, there are dispensaries at the Harborwalk which are supposed to be stocked with supplies for cleaning up after pets; and further, bicycles are ridden over the piles of dog excrement not picked up, spreading it further and creating an additional mess; and further, this is in violation of City Ordinance Chapter 4, Section 28, which also carries a fine of fifty dollars, each incident, for failure to remove/dispose of animal feces.

7.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Carney, requesting that control of the Lots shown on City of New Bedford Assessors maps as Map 69, Lots 31, 53, 55, 61, 63, and 65 be placed under the control of the Park Board to be used for the purpose of a dog park, so called, for use by the public as an area for exercising dogs according to rules and regulations promulgated by the Park Board.

 

7a.     AN ORDER,  Ordered, that the care, custody, management, and control of six (6) parcels of land shown on City of New Bedford Assessor’s Maps as Map 69, Lots 31, 53, 55, 61, 63, and  65  be, and hereby are, transferred to the City of New Bedford Park Board for recreational purposes, specifically to be used for the purpose of a dog recreation area, for use by the public as an area for exercising dogs according to rules and regulations promulgated by the Park Board and in accordance with a certain MOU between the City of New Bedford and the Stanton Foundation, and specifically not for park purposes; intending to withhold said property from the operation of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution or having the property characterized as a park or park property so as to be subject to the operation of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution under any circumstances without further Order of the New Bedford City Council.

8.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Carney, requesting that the City accept the capital gift of $225,000.00 from the Stanton Foundation for the capital construction of a dog recreational space in the area of Greenwood Street and Hathaway Boulevard, as shown on City of New Bedford Assessor’s Maps as Map 69, Lots 31, 53, 55, 61, 63, and 65.

 

8a.     AN ORDER, ORDERED, that pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, section 53A, the City of New Bedford accept the monetary grant of two hundred twenty-five thousand ($225,000.00) Dollars from the Stanton Foundation for construction of a dog park in the area of Greenwood Street and Hathaway Boulevard in New Bedford on land more particularly described as the lots shown on City of New Bedford Assessor’s Maps as Map 69, Lots 31, 53, 55, 61, 63, and 65.  Said grant is accepted and is to be applied upon and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MOU between the Stanton Foundation and the City of New Bedford attached hereto.”  The Mayor of the City of New Bedford hereby is authorized to sign said MOU on behalf of the City of New Bedford, his signature to signify his acceptance and the acceptance of the City Council of the aforementioned grant.

9.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Coelho, Oliveira and Rebeiro, requesting, that our State Legislative Delegation join us and other communities across the Country and not deport masses of illegals in order to insure harmony and safety in our community and to not discriminate against a group of people.
10.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Jenny Mejia d/b/a Jenny’s Transportation, 88 Sagamore Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL of a PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159A, Section 1, and amendments thereto, and M.G.L. Chapter 270, Section 22 (Smoke Free Workplace Law) and all other laws applicable to such operation to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expires on December 17, 2016.)

11.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Maria Raposo, d/b/a T&R Transportation, 47 Elaine Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02745, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL of a  PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159A, Section 1, and amendments thereto, and M.G.L. Chapter 270, Section 22 (Smoke Free Workplace Law) and all other laws applicable to such operation to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expires on November 24, 2016.)

12.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Joseph Vargas, 60 Highland Drive, Centerville, MA 02672 & Dean Murphy 50 Son Hill Road, Centerville, MA 02668 d/b/a AIRPORT TAXI LLP, P.O. Box 36 Centerville, MA 02632, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a NEW PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159A, Section 1, and amendments thereto, and M.G.L. Chapter 270, Section 22 (Smoke Free Workplace Law) and all other laws applicable to such operation to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford.
13.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Imad Saker, 25 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA 02748 d/b/a I DRIVE, 384 Dartmouth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a NEW PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 159A, Section 1, and amendments thereto, and M.G.L. Chapter 270, Section 22 (Smoke Free Workplace Law) and all other laws applicable to such operation to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford.

14.     COMMUNICATION, Council President Morad, submitting a letter of support, dated November 14, 2016, to the Members of the Planning Board, regarding petitions for the Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program, Inc. and the Women’s Development Corporation. (To be Received and Placed on File.)

15.     COMMUNICATION/EMAIL, Councillor Winterson, submitting a copy of an email relative to a Proposed Parking Regulation regarding expired inspectional stickers on vehicles parked on City streets, whether these vehicles be operable or inoperable.  

16.       COMMUNICATION, Michael Heffernan, Commissioner of Local Services for Massachusetts Department of Revenue to New Bedford City Council President Linda Morad, sharing DOR’s Local Services Excess and Deficiency Report for public schools within the Greater New Bedford area.