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City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
City Council Chambers

Councilors
John A. Michitson , President
Robert H. Scatamacchia, Vice President
Michael J. Hart
William H. Ryan
Michael S. McGonagle
William J. Macek
Colin F. LePage
Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien
Thomas J. Sullivan

Haverhill City 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, McGonagle, Macek, LePage, Daly O’Brien and Sullivan.

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 Macek 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

Confirming Appointments:
No Schedule
Non-Confirming Appointments:
Rob Moore was appointed to the Zoning Code Review Committee, effective immediately.
PLACED ON FILE 77-J

Resignations:
No Schedule

6. Petitions

Petitions:
Hearing requested for further deliberation and consideration per: Land Court Remand Order of August 29, 2012: John Giordano v. Haverhill City Council Docket No. 11 MISC 453400; Document 100/2010; Special Permit to Build a single family residence Within 500’ of a Water Supply at 90 Amesbury rd; Assessor’s Map 465, Block 3, Lot 2A – Denied by City Council on August 23, 2011
REFERRED TO CONSERVATION COMMISSION
COUNCIL HEARING TO BE HELD OCTOBER 16, 2012 87
Applications:
Application was received for Tag Days from Hunking Middle School PTO for Nov 16, 17, & 18.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 42-I
Application was received for a One Day Alcohol License; Wine & Malt only from Cynthia Graham on behalf of the Haverhill Firefighting Museum for the annual Chili Cook-off at 75 Kenoza Ave; September 29 2012, 6:00PM to 9:00PM.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 58-K
Annual Licenses
A new License application was received from Joseph Janvier, Common Ground Thrift Store, 8 White St to Buy & Sell 2nd Hand Articles.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 73-B
A new License application was received from Joseph Janvier, Common Ground Thrift Store, 8 White St to Buy & Sell 2nd Hand Clothing.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 73-C

Application was received for New 2012 Drainlayer License was received from Christopher J. Nickerson.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 2-M

7. Hearings and Related Orders

No Schedule

8. Motions and Orders

MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 240
An Ordinance Related to Prohibited Turns
Prohibited Turns; Location: Washington Street at Consentino School Prohibited: Turn Left (onto Washington St) between 8:00AM & 3:00PM Monday through Friday
(see document for complete text)
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 88

9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings

Document 10-J
Petition was received from Janice Williams, Curator of Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St, requesting to hang a banner on the parking garage downtown, on Merrimack St; from November 26th thru December 9th, promoting their annual Festival of Trees event.
POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 Yeas 9, Nays 0 10-J

Document 21-K
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 240
An Ordinance Relating to Parking
131 Webster St.- Establish One Handicap Parking Space
(see document for complete text)
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 21-K

Document 32-C
ORDERED: That the City appropriates the amount of Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($800,000) for the purpose of paying costs of a feasibility study to consider construction of a new Hunking Middle School, or the reconstruction of the existing Hunking Middle School, at 98 Winchester Street, Haverhill, including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto, and for which City may be eligible for a grant from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (“MSBA”), said amount to be expended under the direction of School Committee. To meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G. L. Chapter 44, or pursuant to any other enabling authority. The City acknowledges that the MSBA’s grant program is a non-entitlement, discretionary program based on need, as determined by the MSBA, and any costs the City incurs in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA shall be the sole responsibility of the City, and that the amount of borrowing authorized pursuant to this vote shall be reduced by any grant amount set forth in the Feasibility Study Agreement that may be executed between the City and the MSBA.

FURTHER ORDERED: That in connection with the issuance of bonds or notes of the City pursuant to this Order, the Treasurer is authorized to file an application with the appropriate officials of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the “Commonwealth”) to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all bonds of the City issued pursuant to this order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as such officials of the Commonwealth may require in connection therewith.
MAYOR FIORENTINI STATED THAT THE FEASIBILITY STUDY COULD TAKE 12-18 MONTHS AND THAT THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO HIRE AN OWNER’S PROJECT MANAGER(OPM).
SUPERINTENDENT STATED THAT THERE WOULD BE A 68% TO 72% REIMBURSEMENT DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF “GREEN” USAGE. HE ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS.
PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 32-C

Document 77-G
Non-Confirming Appointments:
Mayor Fiorentini appointed Andrew Whittier as an Auxiliary Police Officer, effective immediately.
WITHDRAWN BY MAYOR FIORENTINI 77-G

Document 86
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 206
An Ordinance Relating to Senior Citizen Tax Incentive Program
Be it Ordained by the City Council of the City of Haverhill that the Code of the City of Haverhill, Chapter 206, as amended, is hereby further amended as follows:

§206-4. Description of program.

By deleting the figure “95” after the words “School Department”, and inserting in place thereof the figure “125”.
Also, by adding the following at the end of this section: “Any qualified senior citizen who is physically unable to provide services may propose a representative to provide such services to the city in their place. The representative must be approved and deemed qualified to provide services by the Human Resources Director.”
PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 86

10. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees

Monthly Reports
Abatement Report was received from the Board of Assessors for the month of August 2012.
PLACED ON FILE 11-I

Communications from Councillors:
Communication was received from Councillor Hart requesting a discussion regarding the removal of a handicap parking space at 11 Proctor Street.
PLACED ON FILE &
REFERRED TO PLANNING Yeas 9, Nays 0 76-J
Communication was received from Councillor Macek requesting a discussion regarding traffic and excessive speed on Route 97. COUNCILLOR MACEK SUGGESTED THE USE OF RADAR SIGN BOARDS TO INDICATE SPEED AND TO HAVE A PATROL CAR MONITOR THE AREA.
PLACED ON FILE &
LETTER TO CHIEF DENARO Yeas 9, Nays 0 76-K

11. Resolutions and Proclamations

P R O C L A M A T I O N
United Nations Day, October 24 2012
(see document for complete text)
ADOPTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 23-S

ORDERED: That the following Home Rule Petition be adopted by the City Council and forwarded to the General Court
Home Rule Petition

An Act Authorizing the City of Haverhill to Grant a License for the Sale of All Alcoholic Beverages Not To Be Drunk on The Premises to Ralph’s To Go, 8 Knipe Rd, Haverhill (see document for complete text)
SOLICITOR COX STATED THAT HE WAS PRESENT AT THE REQUEST OF ATTORNEY JAMES WALDRON BECAUSE HE COULD NOT ATTEND AND THAT THE HOME RULE PETITION SHOULD BE REFERED TO THE LICENSE COMMISSION AND THEN THE MATTER SHOULD COME BACK TO THE CITY COUNCIL.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR HART TO REFER THE PETITION TO THE LICENSE COMMISSION. Yeas 9, Nays 0 30-B

12. Council Committee Reports and Announcements

No Schedule

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 o’clock P.M. Yeas 9, Nays 0

Attest:
Margaret A Toomey
City Clerk

* Handout – Document 32-C – Loan Order: $800,000

 
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