City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
City Council Chambers
John A. Michitson
Robert H. Scatamacchia, Vice President
Michael J. Hart
William H. Ryan
Sven A. Amirian
Michael S. McGonagle
William J. Macek
Colin F. LePage
Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien
Haverhill City Hall
4 Summer St
Haverhill, MA 01830
Present - President Michitson, Councillors Scatamacchia, Hart, Ryan, Amirian, McGonagle, Macek, LePage, and Daly O’Brien.
City Clerk – Margaret A. Toomey.
1. Approval of Records of the Previous Meeting
Minutes were approved.
2. Assignment of the minutes review for the next Meeting
Councillor Amirian was appointed to read the records.
3. Communications from the Mayor
4. Utility Hearing(s) and Related Order(s)
5.1 Confirming Appointments:
5.2 Non-Confirming Appointments:
5.2.1 Leonard Russo to the Forestry Management Committee; commission to expire
MOTION TO POSTPONE TO FEB 7, 2012 Yeas 9, Nays 0 1-O
Application was received from Ryan Wilson of Alfa Aesar requesting to modify Flammable
Storage License - limits of existing Flammable Storage at 30 Bond st COUNCIL HEARING TO BE HELD APR 10 2012 24
Renewal Application was received for Handicap Parking Sign from Carol Gaudette, 95 Bellevue av GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 25
Application was received for Handicap Parking Sign from Donna M Stasio,
16 Jackson st REFERRED TO PLANNING Yeas 9, Nays 0 25-B
Application was received for Handicap Parking Sign from Judith Francis,
64 Grove st
REFERRED TO PLANNING Yeas 9, Nays 0 25-C
Application was received for Handicap Parking Sign from Lester Karniej,
25 Hillside st
REFERRED TO PLANNING Yeas 9, Nays 0 25-D
Petition was received from Thomas B Hodgson/Livingston Development Corp requesting permission to open Birch av to install water & sewer hook-ups for 2 new single family homes PLACED ON FILE 19-C
ORDERED: That the City Council approve the request of Thomas Hodgson to Excavate on Birch
Ave at #39 for the purpose of installing water & sewer services to two new single family homes. Birch Ave has been rebuilt within the last 5 ears and in accordance with the Chapter 222, Section 11, Notice abutters; restrictions on future paving of the 1981 Municipal Ordinances. Council approval is necessary.
PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 19-CC
7. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees
Communication was received from Councillor Michitson requesting to introduce Mary Beth Maranto, Tilton School Principal & Diane Franz of Team Haverhill to discuss the youth mentoring program at Tilton School during National Mentoring Month PLACED ON FILE 12-J
Communication was received from Councillor Daly O’Brien requesting to introduce
members of the Haverhill High School Building Committee. POSTPONED TO FEB 7 2012 Yeas 9, Nays 0 12-K
Communication was received from Councillor Daly O’Brien requesting a discussion
regarding street signage on Merrill av.
On motion of Councillor Daly O’Brien to refer to Traffic & Safety Committee to see if adequate signage is in the area. Yeas 9, Nays 0 12-L
Communication was received from Councillor McGonagle requesting the removal
of a handicap parking space at 97 Laurel av. REFERRED TO PLANNING Yeas 9, Nays 0 12-M
8. Hearings and related Orders
Petition was received from William Pillsbury Jr Economic Development and Planning Director requesting a Zoning Amendment – Change Affordable Housing with William Pillsbury appearing in favor and no one in opposition, the hearing was closed. A favorable recommendation was received from the Planning Board. Mr. Pillsbury stated this was a minor technical amendment. They are in the process of reworking the affordable housing ordinance. This is an interim change.
ORDERED: An Ordinance Relating to Zoning Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Haverhill that Chapter 255, Section 97 of the Code of the City of Haverhill, as amended, being and is hereby further amended by adding the following:
§255-97. Affordable housing.
J. “Any of the above requirements for affordable housing may be waived by application to the City Council. Said applications shall only be granted for reasons of general and/or site specific economic conditions which make the imposition of these requirements overly burdensome and not in the best interests of the City.”
PASSED Yeas 8, Nays 0, Abstain 1 117-B/11
Petition was received Attorney Gary Sackrider for applicant Ken Stoll of White Cedar, LLC requesting Special Permit Modification for project granted in 2005 at 68-75 River st; to modify the 2005 parking arrangements.
Councillor Ryan stated that he was an abutter to this property and that he would be voting present.
The hearing was opened with Attorney Gary Sackrider, Ken Stoll and William Pillsbury
speaking in favor. Those opposed were Jim Doherty, Daniel Fasulo and Mike Schneider expressing concerns about the parking plan and usage of parking on Washington Street. The hearing was closed.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR SCATAMACCHIA TO APPROVE THE MODIFICATION TO THE SPECIAL PERMIT PASSED Yeas 8, Nays 0, Present/abstain 1 3
Application was received for Special Permit from Attorney Waldron for applicant Michael Lefevre to build multi family housing—9 residential condos Units for property on River st Assessors Map 534, block 4, Lot 19 with a related communication from Attorney Waldron requesting to continue hearing to April 10 2012.
MOTION TO CONTINUE TO APRIL 10 2012 GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 71/2011
Petition was received from Attorney Waldron for applicant Joseph DiPrimo requesting to Discontinue a portion of Naples rd with a related communication from Attorney Waldron requesting to continue hearing to April 10 2012.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 72/2011
9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings
Petition from Marie Shepard requesting City/North Shore Home Consortium release and remove the Affordable Housing Restrictions as recorded at the Essex South Registry of Deeds for her condo Unit 107 at 70 Washington st; Book 26415, Page 153 and Book 26864, Page 564 with a related communi-cation from William Pillsbury/Economic Development & Planning Director to approve the request to remove the Affordable Housing Restrictions as stated. POSTPONED TO FEB 28 2012 Yeas 9, Nays 0 20
10. Motions, Orders and Resolutions
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 240
An Ordinance Relating to Parking 35 Oak Terrace – Delete Handicap Parking (see document for complete text) PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 21-C
ORDERED: That the sum of $21,705.87 be appropriated and transferred from the Insurance Reimbursement Exceeding $20,000 to Capital Project – Fire Department Ladder Truck
PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 16-C
P R O C L A M A T I O N
National Mentoring Month, January 2012 (see document for complete text) ADOPTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 23-B
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 o’clock P.M. Yeas 9, Nays 0
Margaret A Toomey