CITY COUNCIL CALENDAR
Thursday, January 14, 2021
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NOTE:
THIS MEETING IS BEING HELD REMOTELY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS' MARCH 12, 2020 ORDER SUSPENDING CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE OPEN MEETING LAW G.L.C. 30A, SECTION 20 AND THE CITY COUNCIL'S VOTE TO WAIVE RULE 21A ON APRIL 7, 2020 AND AMENDED ON AUGUST 20 AND SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 -- THIS MEETING WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON NB CABLE ACCESS FACEBOOK PAGE
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OPENING OF SESSION BY:
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT JOSEPH P. LOPES
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
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MAYOR'S PAPERS

M1.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a LOAN ORDER appropriating $420,692.00 to pay the costs of improving Abolition Row Park Phase 2 for recreational purposes including patio pavement, lighting, interpretive walls and structures and other amenities and all other costs incidental and related thereto for which project the City has been awarded a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the amount of $294,484.00.

 

M1a.    LOAN ORDER,

M2.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting a LOAN ORDER appropriating $150,000.00 for the purpose of paying costs of a schematic design/feasibility study for the proposed accelerated repairs consisting of the potential replacement of the windows, doors and boiler at the Elwyn G. Campbell School located at 145 Essex Street.

 

M2a.    LOAN ORDER,

M3.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDINANCE, amending Chapter 9, ZONING, to create an Advanced Manufacturing Campus and allow for the redevelopment of approximately 100 acres at the site of Whaling City Golf Course property on Hathaway Road.

 

M3a.    AN ORDINANCE,

M4.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting two (2) ORDERS, approving the New Bedford Waterfront Redevelopment Plan: Focus Area North and New Bedford Waterfront Redevelopment Plan: Focus Area South; also submitting AN ORDINANCE, amending Chapter 9, Section 2110, replacing Wamsutta Mill Overlay District and WEDROD District with a Waterfront Mixed Use District and amending the Working Waterfront Overlay District and Hicks Logan Sawyer IPOD.

 

M4a.    AN ORDER, New Bedford Waterfront Redevelopment Plan: Focus Area North

 

M4b.    AN ORDER, New Bedford Waterfront Redevelopment Plan: Focus Area South

 

M4c.    AN ORDINANCE, amending Chapter 9, ZONING

M5.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER, authorizing the City to accept an Easement from the New Bedford Housing Authority to install and maintain sewer pipes on Acushnet Avenue and Manuel E. Costa Sr. Memorial Way, Assessors Map 42, Lot 26.

 

M5a.    AN ORDER,

M6.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER, authorizing the City to accept an Easement from Beta Realty, LLC to install and maintain drainage pipes or equipment located at 209 Theodore Rice Boulevard.

 

M6a.    AN ORDER,

M7.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting AN ORDER, authorizing the City to execute a Release of Easement with Community Action for Better Housing, Inc, to relocate the existing parking easement in order to rectify access issues for the new public safety building.

 

M7a.    AN ORDER,

M8.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the Appointment of LAURIE ALFONSO, as EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/PARKING CLERK OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION.

M9.      COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the Appointment of BROOKE VINAGRE, as the DIRECTOR OF TOURISM AND MARKETING.

M10.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of GREGORY S. KAMON, Fairhaven, MA 02719 as a CONSTABLE.

 

M10a.  AN APPLICATION,

M11.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of ABEL C. LEITE, New Bedford, MA 02745 as a CONSTABLE.

 

M11a.  AN APPLICATION,

 

M12.    COMMUNICATION, Mayor Mitchell, to City Council, submitting the REAPPOINTMENT of RENALD RUSSO, III, New Bedford, MA 02740 as a CONSTABLE.

 

M12a.  AN APPLICATION,

NEW BUSINESS
1.     AN ORDINANCE, Relative to Residency of City Personnel. (Passed to be Ordained- November 12, 2020; Vetoed by Mayor Mitchell – November 25, 2020; Veto Received and Ordered Spread on the Records – December 9, 2020.)
2.     WRITTEN MOTION, Council President Lopes, requesting that Rule 21A of the City Council Rules of Order be suspended until April 30, 2021, whereby members of the City Council will be able to participate and vote on matters in City Council and Committee meetings from remote locations by utilizing a suitable electronic means that establishes meaningful participation in any such meeting up to, but not after, said date.
3.     WRITTEN MOTION, Council President Lopes, requesting, the following locations be rezoned from Industrial “B’ to Mixed-Use Business: Map 21/Lots 42,1,2, and 4, West side Morton Court Street; Map 25/Lots 122,113,150,72,131,71 and 70, Part of the Right of Way to Route 18; Map 31/Lot 197, 371-383R South Front Street, Lot 142, 13 Rivet Street, Lot 143, 1 Rivet Street; Map 31/Lot 239 56 Potomska Street, Lot 232, 756 South Water Street; Map 31/Lot 245, 65 Potomska Street, Lot 241, Lot 248, 75 MacArthur Drive, (Warehouse I/Industrial “B”), Lot 255, WS MacArthur Drive, (Warehouse I/Industrial “B”); Lot 256, Lots 250 and 257, WS MacArthur Drive, Lot 242, 49 Potomska Street and Map 37-1/Lots 293 and 312, 39 South Street. (Proposed Zoning Change and Ownership Parcel List enclosed.) (To be Referred to the Committee on Ordinances, the Planning Board and Planning Office.)
4.     WRITTEN MOTION, Council President Lopes, requesting, on behalf of local cable subscribers, to go on record in opposition to the recent Comcast rate increase during the current global health crisis.
5.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillor Gomes, requesting, that the Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods meet with EMS Director Mark McGraw, for the purpose of discussing the overworked, overwhelmed EMS system and ambulance response service in the City of New Bedford; and further, that the EMS Director make available to the Committee the number of mutual aid ambulances that have been called to the City to service the residents since January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020; and further, that a breakdown of how much revenue is being lost, in addition to the time that it is taking for us to get mutual aid to the residents of the City; and further, to also re-look at how we are dispatching EMS Fire and Police during emergency medical calls.
6.     WRITTEN MOTION, Councillors Abreu, Lima, Council President Lopes, Councillors Giesta, Markey and Carney, requesting, that our Federal Delegation offer financial stimulus solutions and economic recovery pathways for New Bedford and Massachusetts-based businesses who opened after September 01, 2019, under the current terms of the "City of New Bedford COVID-19 Small Business Grant & Loan Program," is a Federally funded U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and its terms of eligibility are very specific, so the City of New Bedford has no authority to financially assist this particular business population through this mechanism. (To be Referred to Congressman William Keating, Senator Edward Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren).
7.     COMMUNICATION, City Clerk/Clerk of the City Council, to City Council, on behalf of ALI BOKHARI, 44 Liberty Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 d/b/a MAGIC TRANSPORTATION, LLC, 44 Liberty Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, 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. (Term of License July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2021.)
8.     COMMUNICATION, Brown and Caldwell, 1 Tech Drive, Andover, MA submitting a copy of the Environmental Notification Form for Remedial Activities at the former Aerovox property 700-740 Belleville Avenue and 74 Howard Street. (To be Received and Placed on File.)
TABLED BUSINESS

NO ITEMS ON THIS AGENDA.