CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT JOSEPH P. LOPES
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PRAYER LED BY:
REVEREND LEONA FISHER, PASTOR, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHURCH
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HEARINGS

1.     HEARING, on NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for location of two (2) 4” Conduits and one (1) 30”x17”x18” Handhole in WEST RODNEY FRENCH BOULEVARD, North of Willard Street.

1a.     AN ORDER,

2.     HEARING, on NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for location of one (1) 4” Conduit and one (1) Handhole in COTTAGE STREET, South of Union Street.

2a.     AN ORDER,

3.     HEARING, on CELLCO PARTNERSHIP d/b/a Verizon Wireless for location of a Cloud Radio Access Network, adjacent to 500 LANTERN LANE.

3a.     AN ORDER,

4.     HEARING, on CELLCO PARTNERSHIP d/b/a Verizon Wireless for location of a Cloud Radio Access Network, adjacent to the intersection of WHITLOW STREET AND HATHAWAY ROAD.

4a.     AN ORDER,

MAYOR'S PAPERS

M1.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of POLICE CHIEF JOSEPH CORDEIRO as HARBORMASTER for a term of five (5) years in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 109 of the Acts of 2014; and requesting a WAIVER OF RESIDENCY as required under Chapter 109.

M2.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell to City Council, submitting a renewal of a WAIVER OF RESIDENCY for CHRISTINA MILLS, Management & Performance Analyst in the CFO’s Office, who resides in Charlestown, RI.

M3.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a ONE-YEAR WAIVER OF RESIDENCY for MICHELLE BORRELLO, Nursing Supervisor in the Health Department, who resides in Dighton, MA.

M4.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a ONE-YEAR WAIVER OF RESIDENCY for JULIETTE HOLT, Nursing Supervisor in the Health Department, who resides in Somerset, MA.

M5.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of REVEREND KEVIN T. TAYLOR, New Bedford, MA, to the HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION, replacing Reverend Paul Langston Daley whose term expired December 2016; this term will expire in December 2019.

M6.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of ALLEN W. RICHARDS, JR., New Bedford, MA, as a CONSTABLE.

 

M6a.    APPLICATION,

M7.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of JOSEPH M. GOULART, North Dartmouth, MA, as a CONSTABLE.

 

M7a.    APPLICATION,

M8.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of CHRISTOPHER CLOUGH, New Bedford, MA, as a SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER.

 

M8a.    APPLICATION,

M9.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of SHAWN MACFARLAND, New Bedford, MA, as a SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER.

 

M9a.    APPLICATION,

M10.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of THOMAS COBUZZI, New Bedford, MA, as a SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER.

 

M10a.  APPLICATION,

NEW BUSINESS

5.     REPORT, Committee on Memorials and Dedications, recommending to the City Council to declare August 7 as Purple Heart Day, Annually.

6.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council ADOPTION of the following ORDERS: TRANSFERRING $270,000 from FREE CASH to OPEB TRUST FUND; $900,000 from FREE CASH to SCHOOL DEPARTMENT, OTHER FINANCING USES; $200,000 from FREE CASH to POLICE DEPARTMENT, CAPITAL OUTLAY; $200,000 from FREE CASH to PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, CAPITAL OUTLAY; $40,000 from FREE CASH to TOURISM, CHARGES & SERVICES and $500,000 from FREE CASH to STABILIZATION FUND.

 

6a.     AN ORDER, FREE CASH to OPEB TRUST FUND - $270,000.00

 

6b.     AN ORDER, FREE CASH to SCHOOL DEPARTMENT, OTHER FINANCING USES - $900,000.00

 

6c.     AN ORDER, FREE CASH to POLICE DEPARTMENT, CAPITAL OUTLAY - $200,000.00

                                  FREE CASH to PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, CAPITAL OUTLAY - $200,000.00

                                     FREE CASH to TOURISM, CHARGES & SERVICES - $40,000.00

 

6d.     AN ORDER, FREE CASH to STABILIZATION FUND - $500,000.00

7.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Abreu and Winterson, requesting that Representatives of Washburn Realty, LLC  and B.S. Realty, appear before the Committee on Labor & Industry to discuss their economic and community development intentions regarding the old Building #19 property located on Hathaway Rd. (To be Referred to the Committee on Labor & Industry, and Liz Isherwood, spokesperson for the project, of Isherwood & Moore Communications.) 

8.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Winterson, requesting, that the Department of Public Infrastructure inspect and repair the massive deterioration of the roadway at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue. (To be Referred to the Department of Public Infrastructure.) 

9.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Morad and Oliveira, requesting that Airport Manager Scot Servis be asked to provide the Special Committee on the Airport with updates regarding the New Bedford Regional Airport 139FAA Certification process and the TSA Security Plan and further how these new regulations will affect operations at the airport and the Fixed Based Operators.  

10.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councilor Abreu and Council President Lopes, requesting that the Department of Public Infrastructure study the feasibility of installing a street light directly behind the property located at 170 Bellevue Street (which happens to be Ricketson Street), several of the constituents within that neighborhood have expressed a need for better lighting in and around that area abutting the "Poor Farm" as they have experienced a very large increase in litter, noise and other nefarious activities. (To be Referred to the Department of Public Infrastructure.)
11.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Martins, Winterson, Abreu, Rebeiro, Oliveira and Gomes, requesting, that the Committee on Ordinances review the current Ordinance, Chapter 22, Section 15, Snow and Ice-Removal from Sidewalks; Required, to possibly amend and clarify said Ordinance, to redefine the definition of “sidewalk” whether paved, grass or dirt and also to extend the time frame for which a homeowner is required to remove snow from their property to avoid a fine, due to the fact that many homeowners do not arrive home until the end of the day, long after the snow has stopped falling and should not be fined for not removing snow immediately from their sidewalk. (To be Referred to the Committee on Ordinances.)

12.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Carney, requesting that the City accept Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 90, Section 18B which allows Cities and Towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to establish Safety Zones and such safety zones shall be posted and enforced as having a speed limit of 20 miles per hour.

 

12a.     AN ORDER, ORDERED, that the City of New Bedford hereby accepts the provision of Section 18B of Chapter 90 of the General Laws.

 

12b.     COMMUNICATION, Councillor Carney, submitting a copy  of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 90, Section 18B -Establishment of Designated Safety Zones for Ways in City or Town; Violation. (To be Received and Placed on File.)

13.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Carney, requesting that the Traffic Commission establish Safety Zones focusing on our Senior Citizens and our City youth with posted 20 miles per hour signage starting with the following locations: Tabor Mill Area (Coffin Avenue starting at Ashley Boulevard, to Quansett Street and Dean Street from Purchase Street to Ashley Boulevard); Buttonwood Park Area (Brownell Avenue and Rockdale Avenue); Hazelwood Park Senior Citizens Area (Brock Avenue) and Brooklawn Park Avenue (Acushnet Avenue.) (To be Referred to the Traffic Commission.)

14.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting that Mr. Dennis Galvam or a Representative of NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy, come before the Committee on Appointments and Briefings to explain to the Council and City Residents the high cost of delivery charges appearing on the electrical bills and their request to the State Regulators for a rate increase. (To be Referred to the Committee on Appointments and Briefings.)

15.     COMMUNICATION, Anne Louro, Preservation Planner, to City Council, re: 1052 Leroy Street, (Map 137, Lot 41), circa 1930 one story wood framed structure, the structure is not located in a National Register Historic District and the structure is of no notable historic significance either recorded or found with the existing condition of the structure; and therefore, in light of these findings, the Preservation Planner has determined that the structure at 1052 Leroy Street is neither Historically Significant nor a Preferably Preserved Structure.

16.     COMMUNICATION, Maria Tomasia, Board of Election Commissioners, to City Council, submitting the list of locations designated as polling precincts for the upcoming Special Preliminary Election, scheduled for TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2017, and Special Municipal Election on TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017, for Councillor of Ward Three, to fill seat vacated by Councillor Henry G. Bousquet, the warrant needs to be signed by the majority of the City Council and be posted at all polling locations in Ward Three as mandated by M.G.L. c 43 §44A.

17.     COMMUNICATION, Aaron Iskowtiz, COO Urban Smart Growth, responding to a letter from Dennis W. Farias, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council regarding Urban Smart Growth providing the City with a economic development assessment. (To be Referred to the Committee on Labor and Industry; Copy all Councillors 03/03/2017.)

18.     COMMUNICATION, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs submitting copies of the Environmental Notification Form for the New Bedford State Pier Rehabilitation Project, work commencing on June 1, 2017 and estimated completion date of June 30, 2018. (To be Received and Placed on File.)

TABLED BUSINESS

NO ITEMS ON THIS AGENDA.