CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Thursday, September 24, 2015
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRIAN K. GOMES
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PRAYER LED BY:
REVEREND DAVID LIMA, PASTOR NEW SEASONS WORSHIP CENTER
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RESOLUTIONS
2.     RESOLUTION, Councillors Martins and Morad, honoring JOCLYNE NUNES, Miss New Bedford 2015.
3.     RESOLUTION, Councillor Coelho, honoring THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF NEW BEDFORD FOR THEIR SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING EFFORTS.
HEARINGS

1.     HEARING, on VERIZON NEW ENGLAND, INC. & NSTAR Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy, for location of one (1) POLE on NEMASKET STREET, at its intersection with the northerly end of Nemasket Place. (Hearing Open and Continued until September 24, 2015 at 7p.m.)

 

1a.     AN ORDER, (Hearing Open and Continued until September 24, 2015 at 7p.m.)

MAYOR'S PAPERS

M1.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a LOAN ORDER authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Master Lease Agreement in the amount not to exceed $13,505,000.00 for the financing of the costs of energy conservation measures and facility improvement measures to various municipal buildings and facilities pursuant to Master Energy Management Services Agreement between the City and Siemens Industry, Inc.

 

M1a.    LOAN ORDER,

M2.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $610,000.00 from WATER STABILIZATION, to WATER CAPITAL OUTLAY.

 

M2a.    AN ORDER,

M3.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $433,649.00 from STABILIZATION, to POLICE, SALARIES & WAGES in the amount of $427,451.00 and GENERAL GOVERNMENT UNCLASSIFIED, CHARGES & SERVICES in the amount of $6,198.00.

 

M3a.    AN ORDER,

M4.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER for the TRANSFER of $300,000.00 from OVERLAY RESERVE, to FIRE, CAPITAL OUTLAY in the amount of $100,000.00 and POLICE, CAPITAL OUTLAY in the amount of $200,000.00

 

M4a.    AN ORDER,

M5.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER authorizing the City to enter into a five (5) year lease with All American Investment Group, LLC for the purchase of sixteen (16) new snow removal vehicles and equipment.

 

M5a.    AN ORDER,

M6.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the appointment of WARREN GIBBONS, Marion, MA as the Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Curator of Aquatics; as a M9, Step 8 at $68,749.00 and further requesting a Waiver of Residency.

M7.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of JAMIE PONTE, New Bedford, MA, as a DEPUTY SHELLFISH WARDEN; this term will expire September 2018.

M8.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the APPOINTMENT of MEGAN COITO, New Bedford, MA, as a DEPUTY SHELLFISH WARDEN; this term will expire September 2018.

M9.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of THOMAS RINGUETTE, New Bedford, MA, as a DEPUTY SHELLFISH WARDEN; this term will expire November 2018.

M10.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of ROBERT GIARD, New Bedford, MA, as a DEPUTY SHELLFISH WARDEN; this term will expire November 2018.

CHARTER RULED ITEM

CR1.     COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, resubmitting a proposed ORDER authorizing the Mayor and the Chairman of appointment by the Airport Commission to execute a Lease with Claremont Aviation LLC on behalf of the City for approximately 45,600 sq. ft. of Airport property in conjunction with Claremont’s construction of a 12,000 sq. ft. hangar. (CHARTER RULED – September 10, 2015.)

 

CR1a.     AN ORDER, (CHARTER RULED – September 10, 2015.)

NEW BUSINESS

4.     REPORT, Committee on Memorials & Dedications, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of the request that the City Council name the City-owned plaza on the corner of Front Street and Union Street “Jack Markey Plaza,” in honor of the former eleven-year Mayor of the City of New Bedford and retired District Court Judge, the Honorable John A. Markey, in recognition of his leadership in advancing the City of New Bedford and protecting its interests in countless ways that our community still benefits from today, including the lasting impact Mayor Markey’s tenure has had on the Downtown New Bedford Historic District.

5.     REPORT, Committee on Memorials & Dedications, recommending to the City Council APPROVAL of the request to rename a section of Massachusetts Route 18, from Elm Street to Cove Street, from “John F. Kennedy Highway” to “John F. Kennedy Boulevard,” the purpose being to improve pedestrian access from our Downtown and South End neighborhoods to the Waterfront and to beautify the area.

6.     REPORT, Committee on Ordinances, recommending to the City Council ADOPTION of the ORDINANCE, AS AMENDED, Amending Chapter 16, Article VIII, Municipal Utilities and Services; and the ORDINANCES, amending Chapter 17, Section 17-18 Noncriminal Disposition of Violations of Certain Ordinances – (j) Relative to STORMWATER MANAGEMENT; Amending Chapter 17, Section 17-28, Chapter 40U of the Massachusetts General Laws.

 

6a.     AN ORDINANCE, Amending Chapter 16, Article VIII, MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AND SERVICES.

 

6b.     AN ORDINANCE, Chapter 17, Section 17-18 Noncriminal Disposition of Violations of Certain Ordinances – (j) Relative to STORMWATER MANAGEMENT.

 

6c.     AN ORDINANCE, Amending Chapter 17, Section 17-28, Chapter 40U of the Massachusetts General Laws.

7.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council ADOPTION of the ORDER, that a Betterment Sewer Extension Project will begin at an existing sewer manhole which is located 190’ west of the west line of Bartlett Street and extend 400’ westerly, a new 8” PVC sewer main will extend approximately 373’ to a new dead end manhole to which point, two service lines will connect, a total of five (5) new sewer connections have been estimated to connect to the new sewer main; further that the five (5) property owners that will benefit from this project are: Sheila E. Morris, Roland & Gertrude Robidoux, George & Robyn Santos, Kim Lavelle and Diane Doyle.

 

7a.     AN ORDER,

8.     REPORT, Committee on Finance, recommending to the City Council ADOPTION of the STA and TIF Applications and Resolutions for the following companies; DARN IT! INC.; PARALLEL PRODUCTS, INC.; RAW SEA FOODS; SHUSTER CORP AND SID WAINER & SON.

8a.     RESOLUTION, Approving Certified Project Application and Special Tax Assessment Agreement with FRIENDLY FRUIT, INC and FRIENDS REALTY INC.

 

8b.     RESOLUTION, Approving Certified Local Incentive Project Application and Authorizing the Tax Increment Financing Agreement with FRIENDLY FRUIT INC. and FRIENDS REALTY, INC.

8c.     RESOLUTION, Approving Certified Project Application and Special Tax Assessment Agreement with PARALLEL PRODUCTS OF NEW ENGLAND, INC., and SM REAL ESTATE LLC.

8d.     RESOLUTION, Approving Certified Local Incentive Project Application and Authorizing the Tax Increment Financing Agreement with RAW SEA FOODS, INC. or its nominee and HUTCHENS HOLDING II LLC.

8e.     RESOLUTION, Approving Certified Project Application and Special Tax Assessment Agreement with SHUSTER CORP. and HIGHLAND SAMUEL BARNET ASSOC. LIMITED.

8f.     REMOVED.

8g.     RESOLUTION, Approving Certified Project Application and Special Tax Assessment Agreement with DARN IT! INC. and DARN IT! LANDING LLC. (90 Hatch Street)

9.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Winterson, requesting, on behalf of The Greater New Bedford Track Club, that the following street(s) be CLOSED: LAKE STREET and LT. WALTER E. FULLER MEMORIAL PARKWAY, from 6:00 A.M. THROUGH 1:00 P.M. on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015, for the purpose of THE 37TH ANNUAL SPOONER 10K AND SPOOKY 5K RUN/WALK. NOTE: ALSO REQUESTING THAT THE DPI PROVIDE STREET CLOSURE BARRELS.
10.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Rebeiro, requesting, on behalf of the Marion Institute, that the following street(s) be CLOSED: PURCHASE STREET, from School Street to Union Street;  SPRING STREET, from Pleasant Street to Acushnet Avenue, and SCHOOL STREET, from Purchase Street to Acushnet Avenue, ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015, AT 9:00 P.M. THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015, AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT, for the purpose of Bioneers by the Bay Conference: Connecting for Change.
11.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Alves, requesting, on behalf of the New Bedford High School Marching Band, that the following street(s) be CLOSED: PARKER STREET, from Hathaway Boulevard to Hunter Street, ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2015, FROM 5:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M., for the purpose of the ANNUAL BAND COMPETITION.
12.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Rebeiro, requesting, on behalf of AHA!, that the following street(s) be CLOSED: ACUSHNET AVENUE, from Union Street to William Street, ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2015, FROM 2:00 P.M. TO 9:00 P.M., for the purpose of Down on the Farm.

13.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Lopes, Morad and Winterson, requesting that the ORDER regarding a stay on the issuance of Commercial Shellfish Commercial Dredging permits in the City of New Bedford be extended until December 31, 2015.

 

13a.     AN ORDER,

14.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Lopes, requesting that the Committee on Appointments and Briefings meet with the Acting Personnel Director Sandy Vezina to discuss and draft policies and procedures that would allow for Municipal employees to begin automatic payroll deductions since that the City is now doing direct deposit for all City employees. 

15.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Lopes and Morad, in light of the Fire Department’s announcement that the Department will not get a renewal of the SAFER Grant, requesting that Fire Chief Michael Gomes and CFO Ari Sky appear before the Committee on Finance, to discuss the 2016 Fire Department Budget and the report of excess to said Budget to cover salaries & wages.

16.     WRITTEN MOTION, Council President Gomes, requesting, 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.

17.     WRITTEN MOTION, Council President Gomes, requesting, that the Committee on Appointments Briefings meet with local banks, mortgage institutions and credit unions, along with all local realtors, for the purpose of putting together a strategic plan of action to maintain and protect any deterioration in the neighborhoods across the City dealing with the over 1000 bank-owned or homes in foreclosure; and further, more importantly to protect those homes from becoming part of a growing number of properties deteriorating within our neighborhoods across the City.

18.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Artur J. Medeiros, d/b/a AJM TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, 178 Deerfield Road, New Bedford, MA 02740 hereby submit a copy of the Application requesting a NEW Private Livery License, under the provisions of M.G.L. 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.
19.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of Claudia Tabares, d/b/a DANIEL’S TRANSPORTATION, 772 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 hereby submit a copy of the Application requesting RENEWAL of a Private Livery License, under the provisions of M.G.L. 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 expired September 23, 2015.)  

20.     COMMUNICATION, Councillor Lopes, submitting a copy of a letter from Bruce Duarte, Sr., Chairperson, Council on Aging Advisory Board, to Mayor Mitchell, regarding the Council on Aging Advisory Board’s request that Fort Taber and beach parking fees be waived for seniors and disabled residents. (To be Referred to Mary Rapoza, Director of Parks, Recreation and Beaches.)

21.     COMMUNICATION, Councillor Martins submitting an article from the Worcester Telegram entitled “Worcester officials willing to talk stadium deal with Pawtucket Red Sox.”

TABLED BUSINESS
03/27/2014    WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Rebeiro, requesting that the Department of Public Infrastructure which maintains the street lights provide the City Council with a report on the annual cost of upkeep including labor and materials; and further, whether it would be more cost efficient to contract the work to a private firm should be included in said report.
WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Rebeiro, Lopes, Martins  and Council President Gomes, requesting, that the City Council support the United Steelworkers (USW) and Rodney Metals (ATI) Union members in their fight for equitable wages and reasonable working hours, these employees perform valuable services and deserve to be compensated and treated fairly.