City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
City Council Chambers
John A. Michitson
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 Hall
4 Summer St
Haverhill, MA 01830
Present – President Scatamacchia, Councillors Hart, Macek, LePage, Daly O’Brien and Sullivan.
Absent – Councillors Michitson, Ryan, and McGonagle
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 LePage was appointed to read the minutes.
3. Communications from the Mayor
4. Utility Hearing(s) and Related Order(s)
Petition was received from Sven Amirian, President of Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce announcing: The Downtown Christmas Stroll; Saturday, December 8 from 4:00PMto 8:00PM on Merrimack st, Washington Square, Washington st, Columbus Park and Wingate st; also approval for several related requests for this event.
JEN CANTWELL REVIEWED THE DETAILS OF THE CHRISTMAS STROLL AND THE CHAMBER’S RELATED REQUESTS.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR HART TO APPROVE ITEMS 1-5.
GRANTED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 104
Notice of Filing and Public Hearing was received from Department of Public Utilities on petition of Mass Electric Co. & Nantucket Electric Co., each d/b/a National Grid for approval of its Three-Year Efficiency Plan for 2013 through 2015; to be held December 5, 2012
PLACED ON FILE 70-B
Notice of Filing and Public Hearing was received from Department of Public Utilities on petition of Boston Gas Co. and Colonial Gas Co., each d/b/a National Grid for approval of its Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan for 2013 through 2015; to be held December 5, 2012
PLACED ON FILE 70-C
Petition was received from William Pillsbury Jr., Economic Development & Planning Director/
City of Haverhill, requesting Hearing re: Zoning – Merrimack Street Gateway Renaissance Overlay District.
There was a related communication from Mayor Fiorentini.
COUNCIL HEARING TO BE HELD DEC 11 2012 105
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 255
Article XV. Merrimack Street Gateway Renaissance Overlay District (MSGROD)
It is the purpose of this article to establish a Merrimack Street Gateway Renaissance Overlay District and thereby to encourage additional smart growth in the downtown core, to foster a range of housing opportunities along with mixed use development components including, among others, distinctive retail, education and education-based uses, performing arts, media and graphics arts, offices, restaurants, public and private access to and use of the Merrimack River, which is now effectively cut off by a substantial and necessary flood wall, to spark the development of marine use facilities taking advantage of the navigable waters of the Merrimack River adjacent to downtown Haverhill, and to encourage private capital to invest in the design and construction of distinctive and attractive site development programs that promotes compact design, creation of vital urban open space, and take advantage of a variety of transportation options, including enhanced pedestrian access to employment and nearby rail access. (See document for complete text)
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 105-B
November 27, 2012
Annual License Renewals:
7. Hearings and Related Orders
8. Motions and Orders
ORDERED: That as part of the fiscal year 2013 annual budget the sum of $93,575.00 be appropriated to School Department from Additional Chapter 70 – School State Aid Receipts
PASSED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 61-F
ORDERED: That the sum of $650 be transferred from General Fund Budget Reserve to the General Fund Account, Police Department Expense for the purpose of a Gun Buy-Back Program
PASSED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 16-T
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 240
An Ordinance Relating to Parking 197 River Street – Handicapped Parking (see document for complete text)
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 21-M
9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings
ORDERED: That $6,061,000 is appropriated for the purpose of financing the cost of engineering services and construction related to flood control improvements including improvements to the Merrimack River floodwall, Little River conduit and the Marginal Pump Station including without limitation all costs thereof as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 29C of the General Laws, as most recently amended by St. 1998, c.78 (“Chapter 29C”); that to meet this appropriation the Treasurer with the approval of the Mayor is authorized to borrow $6,061,000 and issue bonds or notes therefor under Chapter 44 of the General Laws and/or Chapter 29C; that such bonds or notes shall be general obligations of the City unless the Treasurer with the approval of the Mayor determines that they should be issued as limited obligations and secured by local system revenues as defined in section 1 of Chapter 29C; that the Treasurer with the approval of the Mayor is authorized to borrow all or a portion of such amount from the Massachusetts Water Pollution abatement Trust (the “Trust”); and in connection therewith to enter into a loan agreement and/or a security agreement with the Trust and otherwise to contract with the Trust and the Department of Environmental Protection with respect to such loan and for any federal or state aid available for the project or for the financing thereof; that the Mayor is authorized to enter into a project regulatory agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection, to expend all funds available for the project and to take any other action necessary to carry out the project.
MR. STANKOVICH, PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, GAVE A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. HE DESCRIBED VARIOUS GRANT PROGRAMS TO ASSIST WITH PAYMENT FOR FLOODWALL IMPROVEMENTS*
PASSED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 32-D
AUTHORITY TO FILE
Whereas, the City of Haverhill, after thorough investigation, has determined that the work activity consisting of engineering services and construction related to flood control improvements including improvements to the Merrimack River floodwall, Little River conduit and the Marginal Pump Station is both in the public interest and necessary to protect the public health, and that to undertake this activity, it is necessary to apply for assistance; and Whereas, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (the “MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (the “Trust) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to Chapter 21 and Chapter 29C of the General Laws of the Commonwealth (“Chapter 21” and “Chapter 29C”) are authorized to make loans to municipalities for the purpose of funding planning and construction activities relative to Water Pollution Abatement Projects; (see document for complete text)
PASSED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 54-F
10. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees
Communications from Councillors:
Communication was received from Councillor Hart requesting a discussion regarding the removal
of a handicap parking space at 35 Arch av
PLACED ON FILE & REFERRED TO PLANNING Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 76-U
Communication was received from Councillor McGonagle requesting a discussion regarding roadway paving on Water and Main streets COUNCILLOR LEPAGE STATED THERE WERE DIPS IN THE ROAD & PROBLEMS WITH MANHOLE COVERS. MR. STANKOVICH WILL HAVE THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. DO ASPHALT PATCHES.
PLACED ON FILE 76-V
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MACEK TO SUSPEND THE RULES TO SCHEDULE A MAYOR/ COUNCIL CONFERENCE.
PASSED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3
THE PURPOSE OF A MAYOR/COUNCIL CONFERENCE IS TO DISCUSS LONG TERM PLANNING FOR WATER/WASTEWATER.
CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 10, 2012 IN CITY COUNCIL OFFICE 76-W
Communications from City Officers and Employees:
11. Resolutions and Proclamations
P R O C L A M A T I O N
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7, 2012
(see document for complete text)
ADOPTED Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3 23-X
*Doc. 32-D Handout from Michael Stankovich – Flood Wall System Certification
Meeting adjourned at 7:40 o’clock P.M. Yeas 6, Nays 0, Absent 3
Margaret A Toomey