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City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes

Tuesday, Novmember 29, 2011
City Council Chambers

Councilors
Michael J. Hart, President
Robert H. Scatamacchia, Vice President
William H. Ryan
Michael Young
David E. Hall
Colin F. LePage
Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien
Sven A. Amirian
William J. Macek

City of Haverhill Seal

Weekly Meetings
Tuesdays
7:00 PM

Haverhill City Hall
Room 202
4 Summer St
Haverhill, MA 01830


City of Haverhill November 29, 2011

Meeting of the City Council was held at 7:00 o’clock P.M., Room 202.

Present,-President Hart, Councillors Scatamacchia, Young, Hall, LePage, Daly O’Brien, Amirian and Macek.
Absent,-Councillor Ryan.

Records of the last meeting were approved.

Councillor Young was appointed to read the records for the present week.
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Communication was received from Mayor Fiorentini requesting permission to address Council to introduce members of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to make a presentation regarding a redevelopment plan for Downtown, particularly the Merrimack st corridor, former Urban Renewal & Waterfront areas.
POWERPOINT PRESENTATION WAS GIVEN BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
PLACED ON FILE 9-I

Mayor Fiorentini appointed Michael McGonagle to the CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT PARKING COMMISSION, effective immediately; to expire 11/29/12.
CONFIRMED Yeas 8, Absent 1 81-K

PETITIONS

Application for Tag Days was received from Greater Haverhill Pentucket Youth Hockey on December 15, 16 & 17.
GRANTED Yeas 8, Absent 1 27-N

AS AN INTRODUCTION TO COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN’S DISCUSSION ABOUT CHAPTER 69, ACTS OF 2011, AN ACT RELATIVE TO MUNICIPAL HEALTH INSURANCE AND THE PROCESS TO CHANGE HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS UNDER MGL C 32B §§ 21-23, CITY SOLICITOR COXREVIEWED WITH THE COUNCILTHE RECENT STATE ETHICS COMMISSION OPINION RELATIVE TO CERTAIN COUNCILLOR'S PARTICIPATION IN THIS MATTER.IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT THOSE COUNCILLORS WHO PARTICIPATE IN MUNICIPAL HEALTH INSURANCE OR EXPECT TO IN THE NEAR FUTURE WOULD HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHICH WOULDDISQUALIFYTHEM FROM PARTICIPATING. FIVE OF THE EIGHT COUNCILLORS PRESENT WERE IDENTIFIED AS HAVING SUCH A CONFLICT OF INTEREST DUE TO THEIR ENROLLEMENT IN MUNICIPAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, NAMELY COUNCILLORS HART, SCATAMACCHIA, RYAN, HALL, AMIRIAN AND MACEK.A QUORUM WAS LACKING TO ACT ON THE MATTER BEFORE THE COUNCIL. COUNCIL PRESIDENT HART INVOKED THE RULE OF NECESSITY TO ALLOW THE DISQUALIFIED COUNCILLORS TO PARTICIPATE IN DECIDING WHETHER TO ACCEPT THE CHAPTER AND TO ALLOW THE COUNCIL TO TAKE A VALID VOTE ON THE MATTER AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

Communication was received from Councillor Daly O’Brien requesting
a discussion regarding the provisions of Chapter 69, Acts of 2011, An Act Relative to Municipal Health Insurance and the process to change health insurance benefits under MGL c32B §§ 21-23. 97-L
Chairperson Councillor Daly O’Brien presented the Minutes of the Administration & Finance Committee meeting held November 17th to discuss Document 100. COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN STATED THERE WAS A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION BY PATRICK HARADEN, HEALTH CARE CONSULTANT TO THE CITY. THE
CITY PREFERS TO KEEP THE BLUE CROSS PRODUCT, NOT CHANGE TO GIC PLAN.
PLACED ON FILE 8-U

MAYOR FIORENTINI SPOKE ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR THE CITY AND INTRODUCED PATRICK HARADEN OF LONGFELLOW BENEFITS TO GIVE A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.

ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN TO REMOVE THE ORDER, DOCUMENT 100, FROM THE TABLE. Yeas 8, Absent 1

DOCUMENT 100
ORDERED: That the City of Haverhill hereby accepts the provisions of Chapter 69 of the Acts of 2011, An Act Relative to Municipal Health Insurance, a copy of which is attached and incorporated herein. Accordingly, the City of Haverhill elects to engage in the process to change health insurance benefits under M.G.L. c. 32B, §§ 21-23.

ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR YOUNG TO POSTPONE FOR TWO WEEKS. SECOND BY COUNCILLOR MACEK.

On the question of passage the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas,-Councillor Young 1, Nays,-Councillors Scatamacchia, Hall, LePage, Daly O’Brien, Amirian, Macek and President Hart 7,
Absent,-Councillor Ryan 1, and NOT PASSED

ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN TO PASS DOCUMENT 100

On the question of passage the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas,-Councillors Scatamacchia, Hall, LePage, Daly O’Brien, Amirian, Macek and President Hart 7, Nays,-Councillor Young 1, Absent,-Councillor Ryan 1, and PASSED 100

COMMUNICATIONS

Communication was received from Councillor Scatamacchia requesting a discussion about a Home Rule Petition on behalf of Mark J. Mangion.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR SCATAMACCHIA TO GO FORWARD WITH A REQUEST FOR HOME RULE PETITION FOR MARK MANGION FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 97-M

Communication was received from Councillor Hall requesting a discussion about the interior of City Hall.
CHIEF OF STAFF, DAVID VAN DAM, GAVE AN UPDATE ON THE INTERIOR WORK AT CITY HALL THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED WITH THANKS TO SHERIFF COUSINS AND THE CORRECTIONAL ALTERNATIVE CENTER GROUP, CAROL HOFFMAN-INTERIOR DESIGNER WHO VOLUNTEERED HER SERVICES FROM HASTINGS & HOFFMAN, TRIAD-WHO DONATED $16,000 IN GOODS AND SERVICES AND PETER BOISSELLE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. THANK YOU LETTERS WILL BE SENT TO ALL. PLACED ON FILE 97-N

Communication was received from Councillor Hall requesting to give an update on the Monument Square traffic pattern.
COUNCILLOR HALL STATED THAT ACCIDENTS OCCUR FREQUENTLY. REQUESTED LETTERS BE SENT TO COMMISSIONER DENARO AND HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. PLACED ON FILE 97-O

Communication was received from Councillor Hall requesting the removal of a handicap parking space at 3 Temple st.
PLACED ON FILE AND REFERRED TO PLANNING 97-P

Communication was received from Councillor Amirian requesting a discussion regarding the Santa Parade’s 2012 route and the possible impact of construction.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR AMIRIAN TO REFER TO PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE Yeas 8, Absent 1 97-Q

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Document 67-O
Theater - License Renewal application was received from Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 371 Lowell Av - 3 Screens
GRANTED Yeas 8, Absent 1 67-O

NEW BUSINESS

Councillor Amirian introduced Document 6-V To Wit:

P R O C L A M A T I O N
LEBANESE INDEPENDENCE DA – NOVEMBER 22
(see document for complete text)
ADOPTED Yeas 8, Absent 1 6-V


City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 34-J To Wit:

ORDERED: That the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to purchase on behalf of the City of Haverhill premises located at South Elm st (Assessor’s Map 710, Block 6, Lots 1, 7 & 8) containing 29,400 square feet, more or less, from Pan Am Systems Railways as a designated purchaser pursuant to M.G.L. c. 161C, §7 for a sum not to exceed $65,000.00, pursuant to the attached “Response Sheet” which is incorporated herein. Further, the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to execute any and all other documents as required to complete said purchase and comply with all of the terms of the sale.
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 34-J

City Clerk Toomey introduced Document 23-K To Wit:

MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 240
An Ordinance Relating to Parking – 76 South Prospect St.
(Lockwood Street North Side)Delete Handicap Parking
(see document for complete text)
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 23-K

Meeting adjourned at 10:19 o’clock P.M. Yeas 8, Absent 1

Attest:
Margaret A Toomey
City Clerk

 
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