CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Thursday, November 8, 2018
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NOTE:
THE MEETING IS HELD AT 7 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS - ROOM 214, CITY HALL, 133 WILLIAM STREET, NEW BEDFORD, MA. FOR OFFICIAL POSTING, PLEASE SEE CITY'S WEBSITE
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DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY, THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2018, THE AGENDA WILL CLOSE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 AT 10 A.M. AND BE RELEASED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT LINDA M. MORAD
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PRAYER LED BY:
REVEREND KEVIN HARRINGTON ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PARISH
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
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MAYOR'S PAPERS
M1.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a ONE-YEAR WAIVER OF RESIDENCY for SHANNON C. SHREVE, Associate City Solicitor, with the Office of the City Solicitor, who currently resides in Sandwich, MA. 
M2.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, requesting a SEWER ABATEMENT for ISMAEL RODRIGUEZ, JR.,  New Bedford, MA,  02744, in the amount of $690.36.
M3.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, requesting a SEWER ABATEMENT for Helen Gajewski, New Bedford, MA,  02745, in the amount of $52.30.
M4.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the RE-APPOINTMENT of KERI COX, New Bedford, MA 02740, as an Alternate Member to the HISTORICAL COMMISSION; this term will expire February 2021.
M5.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of KIMBERLY FERREIRA, New Bedford, MA 02744, to the LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES; Ms. Ferreira will be replacing Dr. John J. Fletcher, who has resigned.; this term will expire April 2021.
M6.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of JENNIFER SMITH, New Bedford, MA 02740, as an Alternate Member to the HISTORICAL COMMISSION; Ms. Smith will be replacing Meghan Kish, whose term has expired; this term will expire March 2021.

M7.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of RICHARD ALFRED MONIZ, Dartmouth, MA, 02747, as a CONSTABLE.

 

M7a.    AN APPLICATION,

NEW BUSINESS

1.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council ADOPTION of AN ORDER for the appropriation of $800,000.00 from ORDINARY REVENUE AND MUNICIPAL RECEIPTS to SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. 

 

1a.     AN ORDER,

2.     REPORT, Committee on Ordinances, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of the ORDINANCE, RELATIVE TO THE ZONING OF ADULT DAY CARE FACILITIES.

 

2a.    AN ORDINANCE,

3.     REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending that the City Council recommends to the Mayor that the City continues to fund every new construction and/or reconstruction of traffic lights projects with surveillance cameras to provide public safety in the City of New Bedford.

 

3a.      REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending to the City Council to take “NO FURTHER ACTION” on a WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, once more, that any new construction and/or reconstruction of traffic lights installed at main intersections throughout the City be equipped with surveillance and traffic control cameras, this is to include any major road work presently getting started or being worked on throughout the City, projects like Phase II of Route 18 and the Coggeshall Street reconstruction; and further, this should be added to the cost of completing the project.

3b.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, once more, that any new construction and/or reconstruction of traffic lights installed at main intersections throughout the City be equipped with surveillance and traffic control cameras, this is to include any major road work presently getting started or being worked on throughout the City, projects like Phase II of Route 18 and the Coggeshall Street reconstruction; and further, this should be added to the cost of completing the project. (Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods – February 23, 2017.)

4.         REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending that the City Council write a letter in support of the Shannon Community Safety Initiative Application to address gang youth violence in the City of New Bedford and to address the letter to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Securities Office of Grants and Research. 

 

4a.     REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending that the City Council send a letter to the Mayor asking that he put into the budget a line item that matches the Shannon Grant so that we can increase our efforts to invest in young people and thereby investing in the City of New Bedford.

 

4b.     REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending to the City Council to take “NO FURTHER ACTION” on the WRITTEN MOTION Councillor Rebeiro, requesting that the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods invite the Shannon Grant Team to update the Committee Members on their plans to connect with young people in the City to increase engagement and public safety.

 

4c.       WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Rebeiro, requesting that the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods invite the Shannon Grant Team to update the Committee Members on their plans to connect with young people in the City to increase engagement and public safety. ( Referred to the Committee on Public safety and Neighborhoods – August 16, 2018.)

5.         REPORT, COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND NEIGHBORHOODS, recommending to the City Council to take “NO FURTHER ACTION” on the WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Gomes, Oliveira, Martins, Winterson, Bousquet, Alves, Coelho, Carney, Rebeiro, Council President Lopes and Councillor Morad requesting, that the New Bedford Police Union, Police Chief Provencher and Mayor Mitchell adopt the following wording “Loyalty, Integrity, Courage” uniformly placed on every Police vehicle, which will be a Mission Statement to the people and the City they serve, this will be the first time ever in the City of New Bedford that a statement in wording has ever been placed on Police Cruisers.

 

5a.       WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Gomes, Oliveira, Martins, Winterson, Bousquet, Alves, Coelho, Carney, Rebeiro, Council President Lopes and Councillor Morad, requesting that the New Bedford Police Union, Police Chief Provencher and Mayor Mitchell adopt the following wording “Loyalty, Integrity, Courage” uniformly placed on every Police vehicle, which will be a Mission Statement to the people and the City they serve, this will be the first time ever in the City of New Bedford that a statement in wording has ever been placed on Police cruisers. (Referred to Mayor Mitchell, Police Chief Provencher, New Bedford Police Union and the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods – September 11, 2014.)

6.         REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending to the City Council to take “NO FURTHER ACTION” on a WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Rebeiro, Abreu, Martins and Lopes, requesting, that Dr. Sam Tsemberis, Founder of the “Pathways Housing First Program”, Cecil Hickman, Director of the Dog Tags Program, a Representative of the Mayor’s Office, Health Director Dr. Brenda Weis, Blair Bailey, Tax Title Attorney, and Inspectional Services Commissioner Danny Romanowicz, meet with the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods to discuss the City adopting the “Pathways Housing First Program” in which the City would immediately place every individual identified as homeless, in foreclosed properties that meet the City Ordinances on quality of living with the goal of immediately ending the homeless problem.

 

6a.       WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Rebeiro, Abreu, Martins and Lopes, requesting, that Dr. Sam Tsemberis, Founder of the “Pathways Housing First Program”, Cecil Hickman, Director of the Dog Tags Program, a Representative of the Mayor’s Office, Health Director Dr. Brenda Weis, Blair Bailey, Tax Title Attorney, and Inspectional Services Commissioner Danny Romanowicz, meet with the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods to discuss the City adopting the “Pathways Housing First Program” in which the City would immediately place every individual identified as homeless, in foreclosed properties that meet the City Ordinances on quality of living with the goal of immediately ending the homeless problem.  (Referred to the Public Safety and Neighborhoods – November 22, 2016.)

7.         REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending to the City Council to take “NO FURTHER ACTION” on the WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, that the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods Chairman and the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods challenge the Police Department to participate in the National Lip-Sync challenge that has swept America; including our Fire Department, EMS and Emergency Management and more importantly the youth and adults of the community; and further that the Public Safety & Neighborhoods Chair along with any member of the Committee and the Public Relations Officer for the New Bedford Police Department, Lt. Nathaniel Rodriguez, work together to see this becomes a reality and puts the City and New Bedford’s Police Department and the Emergency Personnel in our community in the national spotlight and also the opportunity to showcase our community as one; and further, that Cable Access assist in the filming and editing if the City takes the opportunity.

 

7a.       WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, that the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods Chairman and the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods challenge the Police Department to participate in the National Lip-Sync challenge that has swept America; including our Fire Department, EMS and Emergency Management and more importantly the youth and adults of the community; and further that the Public Safety & Neighborhoods Chair along with any member of the Committee and the Public Relations Officer for the New Bedford Police Department, Lt. Nathaniel Rodriguez, work together to see this becomes a reality and puts the City and New Bedford’s Police Department and the Emergency Personnel in our community in the national spotlight and also the opportunity to showcase our community as one; and further, that Cable Access assist in the filming and editing if the City takes the opportunity. (Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods – August 16, 2018.)

8.         REPORT, Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods, recommending to the City Council to take “NO FURTHER ACTION” on the WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Abreu, Bousquet, Oliveira, Martins, Winterson, Coelho and Rebeiro, requesting, that in light of the recent discarded needle epidemic on our City streets, public parks and playgrounds, that the City of New Bedford engage the New Bedford Police Department, New Bedford Health Department, Neighborhoods United, Operation Clean Sweep representatives and representatives of both Southcoast Health System and Hawthorn Medical Associates about forming a “Neighborhood Needle Recovery” program similar to what is currently being instituted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the “Neighborhood Needle Recovery” Program recovers needles quickly and safely in a number of ways, including, supplying needle drop boxes throughout our Downtown and other high-traffic areas in the City, conducting regular needle sweeps on school grounds and parks and in locations affected by high volumes of discarded needles, recording where and how many needles are discarded in public places, and coordinating needle pick-up with community groups, the purpose of this program is to not only insure that our streets, public parks and playgrounds are safe and secure from potentially dangerous discarded needles, but that we also will have created a system which encourages intravenous drug users to discard needles appropriately.

 

8a.       WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Abreu, Bousquet, Oliveira, Martins, Winterson, Coelho and Rebeiro, requesting, that in light of the recent discarded needle epidemic on our City streets, public parks and playgrounds, that the City of New Bedford engage the New Bedford Police Department, New Bedford Health Department, Neighborhoods United, Operation Clean Sweep representatives and representatives of both Southcoast Health System and Hawthorn Medical Associates about forming a “Neighborhood Needle Recovery” program similar to what is currently being instituted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the “Neighborhood Needle Recovery” Program recovers needles quickly and safely in a number of ways, including, supplying needle drop boxes throughout our Downtown and other high-traffic areas in the City, conducting regular needle sweeps on school grounds and parks and in locations affected by high volumes of discarded needles, recording where and how many needles are discarded in public places, and coordinating needle pick-up with community groups, the purpose of this program is to not only insure that our streets, public parks and playgrounds are safe and secure from potentially dangerous discarded needles, but that we also will have created a system which encourages intravenous drug users to discard needles appropriately. (Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods – September 08, 2016.)

9.     AN ORDINANCE, amending Chapter 18, Section 18-1 of the Code of Ordinances, Relative to the Board of Park Commissioners. (Passed to a Second Reading - October 11, 2018.)

10.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Coelho, Lopes, Lima and Markey, ORDERED, That the New Bedford City Council approve additional Community Preservation Act funding for the “Acushnet Sawmill Expansion Project” in the amount of $167,500, this funding will provide full funding for the project and restore the formerly-reduced funding allocation from $370,000 to $202,500 by the Council, the Acushnet Sawmill Expansion Project was unanimously recommended for full funding by the City’s Community Preservation Committee and will provide tremendous benefits to the City, particularly in Ward One and adjacent areas of the North End.
11.     COMMUNICATION/DEMOLITION, Anne Louro, Preservation Planner and Secretary to the Historical Commission, to City Council, re: BUILDING DEMOLITION REVIEW of 248 PURCHASE STREET, (MAP 37/LOT 168), a Circa 1881 One-Story Wood Framed Storefront, advising that “the structure is not located in a National Register Historic District; the structure has historic significance due to its association with the growth of neighborhoods in response to the burgeoning textile industry in the late 19th century; the structure is in poor condition due to extensive deferred maintenance and there is no practical end-use for the building due to its location; restoration or preservation efforts would be impractical due to the existing condition of the structure, “in light of these findings, the Preservation Planner has determined that the structure at 248 Purchase Street is neither a Historically Significant nor a Preferably Preserved Structure.”
12.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Claudia Tabares, 205 Tinkham Street, Rear, New Bedford, MA 02746 d/b/a DANIEL’S TRANSPORTATION, 205 Tinkham Street, Rear, New Bedford, MA 02746, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL of a  PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expired October 26, 2018.)

13.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Renee DePina, 813 Belleville Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02745 d/b/a B&R TRANSPORTATION, INC., 303 Coggeshall Street, New Bedford, MA 02746, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL of a  PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expired October 26, 2018.)

14.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of TANYA DEPINA, 47 Lauren Drive, New Bedford, MA  02745, d/b/a COMFORT TRANSPORTATION LLC, 47 Lauren Drive, New Bedford, MA 02745, hereby submits a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL OF A PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expires October 29, 2018.)  

15.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Gabriel DaRosa, 56 Westwood Drive, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 d/b/a BLUEBIRD TRANSPORTATION, 458 Dartmouth Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL of a PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE, to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expired October 26, 2018.)

16.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Jenny Mejia, 88 Sagamore Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 d/b/a JENNY’S TRANSPORTATION, LLC, 88 Sagamore Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, hereby submitting a copy of the Application requesting a RENEWAL of a  PRIVATE LIVERY LICENSE to carry passengers for hire over the streets of New Bedford. (Current License expires December 14, 2018.)

TABLED BUSINESS

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