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August 28, 2007

Meeting of the City Council was held at 7:00 o’clock P.M.

Present,-President Hart, Councillors Hall, Hetel, Swartz, Daly O’Brien, Scatamacchia, Macek and Ryan

Absent,-Councillor Curtin

Records of the last meeting were approved.

Councillor Macek was appointed to read the records for the present week.

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Notice was received from Mayor Fiorentini of the appointment of Emily Boulger to the Cultural Council. Said appointment effective August 20 2007.
PLACED ON FILE 64-P

PETITIONS

Communication was received from Attorney Michael Migliori requesting a six-month Extension of a Special Permit granted on behalf of Emmaus Inc –Murray ct/How st/Welcome st previously
granted on October 3 2006.
EXTENSION GRANTED to APRIL 15 2008 Yeas 8, Absent 1 90

Petition was received from Clara Bettencourt of “Bettencourt Liquors”, requesting to hang a banner for their 1-year anniversary at 79 River st from September 1-30.

On motion of Councillor Hall to Table, the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and TABLED andOn motion of Councillor Macek to remove from the table, the yeas and nays were as follows: Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and On motion of Councillor Macek to postpone the Banner request to September 11th, the yeas and nays were as follows: Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and POSTPONED to SEPTEMBER 11 2007 55-F

Petition was received from Janet Donovan/Haverhill Downtown Association announcing the 4th Annual Italian Festival, Sunday, September 30th, and requesting use of the Riverfront Park
(including Bocce Court)and adjacent parking lot from 11:30 am to 6:00 PM, a sign in Columbus Park, the use of City Stage and waiving of City vendor fees for the event.

On motion of Councillor Hall to approve the requests, except the waiver of City Vendor fees and that the fee request be postponed to the next meeting on September 11th, the yeas and nays were as follows: Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and On motion of Councillor Ryan to Reconsider the fee provision that was postponed to September 11th, the yeas and nays were as follows: Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTOION PASSED and On motion of Councillor Ryan to waive the Vendor fees for the Italian Festival as requested, the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and GRANTED 91

COMMUNICATIONS

Communication was received from Councillor Hall requesting a discussion regarding the traffic situation in the City concerning traffic signals.
PLACED ON FILE 80-J

Communication was received from Councillor Swartz requesting a discussion regarding health & safety issues surrounding the railroad bridge on the Washington st gateway to downtown.
PLACED ON FILE and REFERRED to MAYOR 80-K

Communication was received from Councillor Hall requesting a discussion regarding the removal of a handicap parking space at 6 Fifth av as it is no longer needed.
PLACED ON FILE and REFERRED to PLANNING 80-L

HEARINGS (M.G.L. Ch. 166)

Hearing was held on Document 83, a petition from Verizon New England requesting a conduit location on Groveland rd. With Kathy Frazer appearing in favor and Anthony Sacco in opposition, the hearing was closed.
HEARING CLOSED 83

Hearing was held on Document 84, a petition from Verizon New England & MA Electric Co requesting a joint pole location on Groveland rd. With Kathy Frazer appearing in favor and William Copeland appearing in opposition, the hearing was closed.
HEARING CLOSED 84

Hearing was held on Document 85, a petition from National Grid requesting a conduit location on Hale st. With David Boucher appearing in favor and no one in opposition, the hearing was closed.
HEARING CLOSED

On motion of Councillor Daly O’Brien to suspend the rules to allow Janet Donovan to speak regarding the Italian Festival, the yeas and nays were as follows:

Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED

HEARINGS

Hearing was held on Document 69, a petition from Attorney James Waldron representing Ronald L Auclair requesting to amend the City Zoning Ordinance Chpt 255-8; property on West Lowell av be changed from RM (Residential Medium)to IP (Industrial Park); Assessor’s Map 581, Block 1, Lot 4. With Attorney James Waldron and Mark Andrews in favor and no one in opposition, the hearing was closed.
HEARING CLOSED & ORDINANCE PASSED 69


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Document 69-B MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance Relating to Zoning
West Lowell av - RM to IP
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 69-B

NEW BUSINESS

Councillor Macek introduced Document 83-B An Order Granting: Permission to Verizon New England for a conduit location on Groveland rd. (Located in the Book of Location Orders)

On the question of granting, the yeas and nays were as follows:

Yeas,-Councillors Swartz, Daly O’Brien, Scatamacchia, Ryan and President Hart 5,
Nays,-Councillors Hall, Hetel and Macek 3, Absent,-Councillor Curtin 1, and GRANTED 83-B

Councillor Ryan introduced Document 84-B An Order Granting: Permission to Verizon New England & MA Electric Co for a joint pole location on Groveland rd. (Located in the Book of Location Orders)

Yeas,-Councillors Swartz, Daly O’Brien, Scatamacchia, Ryan and President Hart 5, Nays,-Councillors Hall, Hetel and Macek 3, Absent,-Councillor Curtin 1, and GRANTED 84-B

Councillor Hall introduced Document 85-B An Order Granting: Permission to National Grid for a conduit location on Hale st. (Located in the Book of Location Orders).
GRANTED Yeas 8, Absent 1 85-B

Councillor Hall introduced Document 6-F To Wit: ORDERED: That the City Council authorize the Purchasing Department to proceed with the final disposition of the following list of obsolete surplus equipment.

  • CITY CLERK’S OFFICE
    • 24-Optech Voting Machines poor condition
    • 1-Optech Voting Machine cannot be repaired-can only be used for parts
    • 25-Optech Ballot Boxes poor condition

PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 6-F

Councillor Hetel introduced Document 44-M To Wit: ORDERED: Order authorize Mayor to sign/execute A lease on behalf of City with FC (Forest City) Haverhill, LLC for a Portion of Locke st Parking Lot. (see document for complete text)
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 44-M

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 8-D To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance re: Salaries Wastewater Treatment Plant/AFSCME Local 939
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 8-D

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 29-I To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER Ordinance re: Parking – Riverfront Promenade Parking Lot
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 29-I

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 29-J To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER Ordinance re: Parking – No Parking Downing av Extension, North side, from Primrose st to the dead end
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 29-J

Meeting adjourned at 8:12 o’clock P.M.
Yeas 8, Absent 1

Attest:
Margaret A Toomey
City Clerk

 
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