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November 20, 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, Ryan and Curtin.

Absent,-Councillor Macek

Councillor Macek was appointed to read the records for the last week and Councillor Ryan was appointed to read the minutes for the present week.

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Communication was received from Mayor Fiorentini requesting a Mayor/Council conference to give an updated report on the City’s finances including FY09 estimates.

PETITIONS

Applications were received for the following licenses:

  • Pedro Diego’s 35 Washington st 1 Coin-op 15-H
  • Skateland 19 Railroad av 9 Coin-ops 15-I
  • Cheerleaders Sports Bar & Grill 46 Washington st 5 Coin-ops 15-J
  • Skateland 9 Sundays 16-M
  • Cheerleaders Sports Bar & Grill 5 Sundays 16-N

GRANTED Yeas 8, Absent 1

Communication was received from the Haverhill Downtown Association announcing the Christmas Stroll; Sunday December 2nd from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Merrimack st, Washington sq, Washington st, Columbus Park and Wingate st; and also requesting permission for several other related items.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Absent 1 103

On motion of Councillor Daly O’Brien to suspend the rules to announce an open house for Community Action at the former Fox School, 75 Elm st, November 29t from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
MOTION PASSED and PLACED ON FILE 93-W

Petition was received from John Davidowicz/Davco Excavators requesting to open 25-43 Lafayette sq to install water service to the building.
PLACED ON FILE 50-B

COMMUNICATIONS

Communication was received from Councillor Hetel requesting a discussion regarding the appearance of the Gerson Furniture building at 181 Washington av.
PLACED ON FILE and REFERRED to PLANNING 93-U

Communication was received from Councillor Ryan requesting a discussion regarding the dangerous/deplorable conditions of the Rocks Village Fire Station.
PLACED ON FILE and REFERRED to PUBLIC SAFETY 93-V

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

Hearing was held on Document 100, a petition from Verizon New England and MA Electric Co requesting a joint pole location on Broadway-Rte 97. With Robert Grassia appearing in favor and no one in opposition, the hearing was closed.
HEARING CLOSED 100

Hearing was held on Document 101, a petition from Verizon New England and MA Electric Co requesting a conduit location on Broadway-Rte 97. With Robert Grassia appearing in favor and no one in opposition, the hearing was closed.
HEARING CLOSED 101

HEARING

Hearing was held on Document 102, a communication from the Board of Assessors for Tax Classification for FY 2008. Speaking to the issue were Stephen Gullo, Jefferson Davis and James Jajuga.
HEARING CLOSED 102

NEW BUSINESS

Councillor Ryan introduced Document 100-B An Order Granting: Permission to Verizon NE and MA Electric Co for Broadway/Route 97. (Located in the Book of Location Orders).
GRANTED Yeas 8, Absent 1 100-B

Councillor Curtin introduced Document 101-B An Order Granting: Permission to Verizon NE for a conduit location on Broadway/Route 97. (Located in the Book of Location Orders)
GRANTED Yeas 8, Absent 1 101-B

Councillor Hall introduced Document 102-B To Wit: ORDERED: That the residential factor for fiscal year 2008 be adopted as

On motion of Councillor Hall to adopt number as 91.480, the yeas and nays were as follows,
Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and PASSED 102-B

Councillor Hetel introduced Document 102-C To Wit: ORDERED: That the City shall adopt a commercial exemption
NOT PASSED Nays 8, Absent 1 102-C

Councillor Swartz introduced Document 102-D To Wit: ORDERED: That the City Council shall adopt a residential exemption
NOT PASSED Nays 8, Absent 1 102-D

Councillor Daly O’Brien introduced Document 102-E To Wit: ORDERED: That the City shall select an open space discount factor On the question of passage, the yeas and nays
were as follows:

Yeas,-Councillor Curtin 1, Nays,-Councillors Hall, Hetel, Swartz, Daly O’Brien, Scatamacchia, Ryan and President Hart 7, Absent,-Councillor Macek 1, and NOT PASSED 102-E

Councillor Scatamacchia introduced Document 102-F To Wit: ORDERED: That the City Council of City of Haverhill hereby accepts provisions of Mass Gen Laws, Chpt 59, Sect 5, Clauses 17E and 41D with respect to Permanent acceptance of annual C.P.I.index increase to tax exemptions for the elderly On the question of passage, the yeas and nays were as follows:

Yeas,-Councillor Curtin 1, Nays,-Councillors Hall, Hetel, Swartz, Daly O’Brien, Scatamacchia, Ryan and President Hart 7, Absent,-Councillor Macek 1, and NOT PASSED 102-F

Councillor Ryan introduced Document 102-G To Wit: ORDERED: That the City Council accept 100%of C.P.I. (Consumer Price Index) increase reported by the State for F.Y.2008 exemptions. The 2008 C.P.I. amount is 4.3%
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 102-G

Councillor Curtin introduced Document 50-C To Wit: ORDERED: That City Council grant permission to Davco Excavators to open 25-43 Lafayette sq to install water service for fire sprinklers (see document for complete text) On motion of Councillor Curtin that request be granted with condition that all unpaid taxes be paid, the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and PASSED WITH CONDITIONS 50-C

Councillor Hall introduced Document 6-H To Wit: ORDERED: That the City Council authorize the Purchasing Dept to proceed with the final disposition of list of obsolete surplus equipment
(see document for complete text)
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 6-H

Councillor Hetel introduced Document 74-F To Wit: ORDERED: That this order amends FY 2009 Budget Document 74 of June 26 2007 – reduce amount to be raised & appropriated
by $598,000 and replace by an appropriation from free Cash in amount of $598,000 and transfer to Debt Service On the question of passage, the yeas and nays were as follows:

Yeas,-Councillors Hall, Hetel, Swartz, Daly O’Brien, Scatamacchia, Ryan and President Hart 7, Nays,-Councillor Curtin 1, Absent,-Councillor Macek 1, and PASSED 74-F

Councillor Swartz introduced Document 74-G To Wit: ORDERED: That this Order rescinds previous Order Document 74-C of June 26 2007 and thereby reduce amount to be raised &
appropriated by $1,202,970
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 74-G

Councillor Daly O’Brien introduced Document 44-O To Wit: ORDERED: That the Mayor is authorized to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to retain consultant services for purposes of evaluating management structure, practices& operations of the Public Works Department
(see document for complete text)
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 44-O

On motion to suspend the rules to discuss the issue of an easement at 96 Blossom st, the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas 8, Absent 1, and MOTION PASSED and RULES SUSPENDED

Petition was received from David Gallessich for Annette Hendricks requesting to refer issue of easement for 96 Blossom st to Natural Resources and Public Buildings committee.
PLACED ON FILE and REFERRED to NATURAL RESOURCES & PUBLIC BUILDINGS COMMITTEE Yeas 8, Absent 1 45-B

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 29-M To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance Relating To Parking, Woodcock av No Parking, East side from Brook st South side for 425 ft to Driveway of 19 Woodcock av
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 29-M

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 29-N To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance Relating To Parking, Katsaros dr No Parking, both sides from Groveland st to Brown st
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 29-N

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 57-E To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance Relating To Stop Sign, Add stop sign at intersection of So Elm & South Prospect st
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 57-E

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 29-O To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance Relating To Parking, Amend – South Pleasant st, No Parking Ordinance to 30 Minute Parking (South Pleasant st @ South Main st, West for 62’ South side
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 29-O

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 104 To Wit: MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER An Ordinance Relating To Heavy Commercial Vehicles Restrict Truck traffic to 26,000 pounds (10 wheelers or smaller) on Lawrence rd at intersection of Salem st to intersection of Groveland rd
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 104

Meeting adjourned at 9:23 o’clock P.M.
Yeas 8, Absent 1

Attest:
Margaret A Toomey
City Clerk

 
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