CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Thursday, March 23, 2017
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT JOSEPH P. LOPES
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PRAYER LED BY:
REVEREND JOANNE LIMA, PASTOR, NEW SEASONS WORSHIP CENTER
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HEARINGS

1.     HEARING, on NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for location of one (1) Pole in HATHAWAY ROAD, East of Shawmut Avenue.

1a.     AN ORDER,

2.     HEARING, on NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for location of two (2) 4” Conduits in HATHAWAY ROAD, East of Shawmut Avenue.

2a.     AN ORDER,

MAYOR'S PAPERS

M1.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDINANCE, amending Chapter 15, Section 15-101 of the City Code pertaining to Wetland Protection.

 

M1a.    AN ORDINANCE,

M2.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER authorizing the Mayor and the Chairman of the Airport Commission to execute a lease amendment with Claremont Aviation, LLC on behalf of the City.

 

M2a.    AN ORDER,

M3.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER, that the Council acknowledges the Authority of the Mayor to execute Grant Assurances to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division and that the City Clerk be authorized to certify the Mayor’s authority on behalf of the City.

 

M3a.    AN ORDER,

M4.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell to City Council, submitting a renewal of a ONE YEAR WAIVER OF RESIDENCY for Staff Veterinarian, DR. WHITNEY GREENE, Dartmouth, MA; Dr. Greene has worked for the Buttonwood Park Zoo since June 2016.

M5.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER amending the order adopted by the City Council on June 23, 2016 and signed by the Mayor on June 30, 2016, which in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 44, Section 53E ½, authorized the revolving fund under the control of the Community Services Department known as the SENIOR TRAVEL REVOLVING FUND whose purpose is to support day trips for seniors, including reservations/tickets/meals, Recreation Leader’s salary and program supplies, whose revenues collected and amount limited at $113,000.00 is hereby authorized at $126,000.00 for FISCAL YEAR 2017.

 

M5a.    AN ORDER,

M6.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER, for the TRANSFER of $2,250.00 from CFO, SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, to CFO, SALARIES & WAGES in the amount of $850.00 and CFO, CHARGES & SERVICES in the amount of $1,400.00.

 

M6a.    AN ORDER,

M7.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $1,850.00 from ASSESSORS, SALARIES & WAGES, to ASSESSORS, SUPPLIES & MATERIALS.

 

M7a.    AN ORDER,

M8.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of WILLIAM E. JENNINGS, New Bedford, MA to the COUNCIL ON AGING, replacing Joan Halter; this term will expire May 2018.

M9.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of CAROL PIMENTAL, New Bedford, MA to the NEW BEDFORD HOUSING AUTHORITY, replacing Cynthia Edwards who has resigned; this term will expire December 2021.

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

 

M10a.  APPLICATION,

M11.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of DAVID MICHAEL SIMOES, New Bedford, MA, as a SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER.

 

M11a.  APPLICATION,

CHARTER RULED ITEM

CR1.     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. (CHARTER RULED by Council President Lopes - March 9, 2017.)

NEW BUSINESS

3.     REPORT, Committee on Appointments and Briefings, recommending to the City Council to Grant the Demolition of 1494 East Rodney French Boulevard (Map 12/Lot77.)

 

3a.     COMMUNICATION/DEMOLITION, New Bedford Historical Commission, to City Council, re: 1494 East Rodney French Boulevard, (Map 12, Lot 77), circa 1890 wood framed structure; the structure retains historical significance due to its association with New Bedford’s 20th century boat building industry and the widely recognized innovative boat design and manufacturing techniques attributed to Palmer Scott; the structure has been vacant for nearly a decade, has experienced a high level of deferred maintenance, and the level of rehabilitation required to meet current building code standards far exceeds the value of the property;  and therefore, in light of these findings, the New Bedford Historical Commission has determined that the structure at 1494 East Rodney French Boulevard is Historically Significant, but is not a Preferably Preserved Structure. (Referred to the Committee on Appointments and Briefings – December 08, 2016.)

4.     REPORT, Committee on Appointments and Briefings, recommending to the City Council to Grant a One-Year Waiver of Residency for STEPHANIE (HARRINGTON) SLOAN, Grants Administer in the Health Department, who resides in Fall River.

5.     REPORT, Committee on Appointments and Briefings, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of the APPOINTMENT of STEPHEN S. BROWN, New Bedford, MA 02740 to the ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, replacing James Mathes, who resigned from the Board on March 21, 2016; this term will expire December 2017.

6.     REPORT, Committee on Memorials and Dedications, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of the lot across from the High School between Ruggles and Greenwood Streets to be transformed into a dog park with the appropriate fencing, key system, play areas, trash barrels, doggie bags, stands and benches and that this dog park be named “The Captain Jack & Lynne Peterson Dog Park.”

 

6a.     MINUTES, dated June 15, 2016 from the Board of Park Commissioners Meeting UNANIMOUSLY APPROVING the naming of the Dog Park, “The Captain Jack Peterson Dog Park.”

7.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of the amended LOAN ORDER appropriating $21,608,000 for the purpose of financing the construction of the West End Sewer Separation Project – Phase 4, West End Sewer Separation Project – Phase 5, Deane Street Sewer Separation Project, Coggeshall Street Sewer Separation Project, Union Street Sewer Separation Project and general system improvements, and the planning costs related to the development of the CSO Long-Term Control Plan Update.

 

7a.     LOAN ORDER, (Referred to the Committee on Finance – February 23, 2017.)

8.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $1,008,667.00 from WATER FREE CASH, to WATER STABILIZATION FUND.

 

8a.     AN ORDER, (Referred to the Committee on Finance – February 23, 2017)

9.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $1,000,000.00 from WATER FREE CASH, to WATER, OTHER CHARGES.

 

9a.     AN ORDER, (Referred to the Committee on Finance – February 23, 2017.)

10.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Abreu, requesting, that the New Bedford City Council offer its full support to Somerset Selectman and Executive Chair of "Hyperloop Massachusetts," Holly McNamara, and Team Lead, John Myron as their "Hyperloop" Transportation Proposal for the State of Massachusetts and all of New England has become one of only 35 worldwide semi-finalists in the "Hyperloop One Global Challenge” which is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination, passengers or cargo are loaded into the Hyperloop vehicle, or pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube, said plan proposes a corridor for the "Hyperloop" that would go from Boston to Somerset, and then branch out around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the east coast. (To be Referred to Somerset Selectman and Executive Chair of "Hyperloop Massachusetts," Holly McNamara, "Hyperloop Massachusetts" Team Lead, John Myron and our State and Federal Delegation.)

11.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, that the Committee on Appointments and Briefings meet with the CEO or Director of CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Center, 92 Grape Street, to discuss neighborhood concerns and security issues around the facility, due to the number of complaints about illegal activity and sales on the premises; and further, that if the Management and Security cannot control what is going on at this facility, that the City request a Police Detail during business hours.

TABLED BUSINESS

NO ITEMS ON THIS AGENDA.