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City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
City Council Chambers

Councilors
John A. Michitson , President
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

City of Haverhill Seal

Weekly Meetings
Tuesdays
7:00 PM

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

Agenda

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 Daly O’Brien was appointed to read the records.

3. Communications from the Mayor

No Schedule

4. Utility Hearing(s) and Related Order(s)

No Schedule

5. Appointments

Tom DiPietro, resignation from Haverhill Historic Commission, effective immediately. PLACED ON FILE 1-U

Daniel Spurling, to Haverhill Historic Commission, effective immediately and to expire March 13, 2015. CONFIMRED Yeas 9, Nays 0 1-V

6. Petitions

Renewal Application for Coin-op: Laundry Day, 200 Main st, 1 Coin-Op GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 6-L
Renewal Application for Sunday License: Laundry Day, 1 Coin-Op GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 7-J

Tag Day application: HHS Boys & Girls Lacrosse Boosters, March 23, 24, 25 GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 6-L
Petition was received from Atty James Waldron for applicant MCL Contracting requesting to continue hearings on Document 71 (River Street Special Permit) and Document 72 (Discontinue portion of Naples Road) both previously continued to April 10 to a new date of April 24, 2012 GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 71-B

7. Hearings and related Orders

No Schedule

8. Motions, Orders and Resolutions

ORDERED: That the City of Haverhill hereby accepts the provisions of MGL Chapter 44, Section 53F1/2, a copy of which is attached and incorporated herein, relative to the establishment of an enterprise fund for the Water division of the Department of Public Works effective fiscal year 2013.
(see document for complete text)
COUNCILLORS DISCUSSED THE MERITS OF ESTABLISHING AN ENTERPRISE FUND. CHARLES BENEVENTO, ROBERT WARD AND MICHAEL STANKOVICH ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE COUNCILLORS. PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 35

ORDERED: That the City of Haverhill hereby accepts the provisions of MGL Chapter 44, Section 53F1/2, a copy of which is attached and incorporated herein, relative to the establishment of an enterprise fund for the Wastewater division of the Department of Public Works effective fiscal year 2013.
(see document for complete text)
COUNCILLORS DISCUSSED THE MERITS OF ESTABLISHING AN ENTERPRISE FUND. CHARLES BENEVENTO, ROBERT WARD AND MICHAEL STANKOVICH ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE COUNCILLORS. PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 36

9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings

Document 20
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
ANDREW HERLIHY, CDBG DIRECTOR, EXPLAINED THE CITY’S OBLIGATION STATING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) AND THE H.O.M.E. CONSORTIUM WOULD NOT APPROVE OF THE RELEASE OF THE AFFORDABILITY RESTRICTION.

ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR HART TO RELEASE AND REMOVE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING RESTRICTIONS. NOT PASSED Yeas 0, Nays 9 20

Document 32
ORDERED: That the City appropriates the sum of $400,000 to pay costs of emergency temporary repairs at the Caleb Dustin Hunking Middle School, located at 98 Winchester Street and, including
the payment of all costs associated therewith (the “Project”), which proposed Project would materially extend the useful life of the school buildings described above and preserve assets that
otherwise are capable of supporting the required educational program, said sum to be expended under the direction of the Superintendent; (see document for complete text)
SUPERINTENDENT SCULLY GAVE A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HUNKING PROJECT ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MACEK TO REDUCE THE BOND AMOUNT TO $349,300.
On the question of passage the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas,-Councillors Amirian, Macek and LePage 3 Nays, Councillors Scatamacchia, Hart, Ryan, McGonagle, Daly O’Brien and President Michitson 6, and NOT PASSED
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR RYAN TO APPROVE THE BOND ORDER

On the question of passage the yeas and nays were as follows:
Yeas,-Councillors Scatamacchia, Hart, Ryan, McGonagle, Macek, LePage, Daly O’Brien and President Michitson 8 Nays, Councillor Amirian 1, and PASSED 32

10. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees

Abatement Report from Board of Assessors for month of February 2012 PLACED ON FILE 11-C

Communication was received from Councillor McGonagle requesting to introduce Gabe Shipiro, Vice President of Next Step Living to explain Mass Save benefits to Haverhill residents
PLACED ON FILE 12-W

Communication was received from Councillor Ryan requesting a discussion regarding two 30-minute spaces in front of 158 White st REFERRED TO TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE Yeas 9, Nays 0 12-X

Communication was received from Councillor Macek requesting a discussion regarding need for a street light at 50 Newton rd and also installation of guardrails along Newton rd
LETTER TO WIRE INSPECTOR & LETTER TO DPW DIRECTOR Yeas 9, Nays 0 12-Y

Communication was received from Councillor Hart requesting to remove Documents 57 & 58/2011 from table to discuss establishment of enterprise funds for the Water and Wastewater Departments
NOT REMOVED FROM TABLE 12-Z

Document 57/2011, Order that City accepts provisions of MGL Chapter 44, Section 53F1/2, relative to the establishment of an enterprise fund for the Water division of the Department of Public Works effective fiscal year 2012

Document 58/2011, Order that City accepts provisions of MGL Chapter 44, Section 53F1/2, relative to the establishment of an enterprise fund for the Wastewater division of the Department of Public Works effective fiscal year 2012

11. Council Committee Reports and Announcements

Councillor Scatamacchia presented the revised Minutes of the Planning & Development Committee meeting held on March 1, 2012. COUNCILLOR SCATAMACCHIA STATED THAT THREE ITEMS WERE DISCUSSED.

  1. THE SANTA PARADE ROUTE. THE COMMITTEEE VOTED TO MAINTAIN THE CURRENT ROUTE.
  2. THE ORDER TO ADOPT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE WATER SUPPLY COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSED THE RECOMMENDATIONS.
  3. POSSIBLE REVENUE STREAM BY SUPPLYING WATER/WASTEWATER TO PLAISTOW AND OTHER COMMITTEE. A MOTION WAS MADE TO HAVE THE WATER SUPPLY COMMITTEE CONTINUE TO STUDY THE POSSIBILTY. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY AGREED.
    ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR SCATAMACCHIA TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PLANNING & DEVEOPMENT COMMITTEE. Yeas 9, Nays 0 33-B

Councillor LePage presented the Minutes of the Administration & Finance Committee meeting held March 8, 2012.

COUNCILLOR LEPAGE REVIEWED THE THREE ITEMS THAT WERE DISCUSSED.

  1. PEDDLING & SOLICITING/HAWKER PEDDLER LICENSES. A MOTION WAS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE AND PASSED UNANIMOUSLY TO REQUEST THE CITY SOLICITOR TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE SO THE ALL DOOR TO DOOR SALES PERSONS BE REQUIRED TO DISPLAY A PHOTO IDENTIFICATION BADGE AND PAY THE ASSOCIATED FEE. THE FEE IS TO BE DETERMINED.
  2. PETITION FROM MARLENE STASINOS REQUESTING TO HANG BANNER PROMOTING THEIR PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. THE COMMITTEE WILL GATHER ADDITIONAL INORMATION FROM SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. FUTURE MEETING TO BE SCHEDULED.
  3. ORDER THAT $34,623.00 BE TRANSFERRED FROM CAPITAL ACCOUNT-RAIL TRAIL TO NEW CAPITAL ACCOUNT- BACKUP GENERATOR. DPW DIRECTOR GAVE
    A PRESENTATION AND COUNCILLOR MCGONAGLE PRESENTED AN ESTIMATE FOR TWO PORTABLE GENERATORS.DPW DIRECTOR WAS ASKED TO GATHER ADDITIONAL INFOR-MATION. ITEM CONTINUED TO NEXT MEETING. DATE TO BE DETERMINED.
    ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR LEPAGE TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE COMMITTEE. Yeas 9, Nays 0 33-C

Meeting adjourned at 9:53 o’clock P.M. Yeas 9, Nays 0

Attest:
Margaret A Toomey
City Clerk

 
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