City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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, Michitson, Ryan, McGonagle, Macek, LePage, Daly O’Brien and Sullivan
City Clerk – Margaret A. Toomey
1. Approval of Records of the Previous Meeting
The minutes were approved.
2. Assignment of the minutes review for the next Meeting
Councillor Sullivan was appointed to read the minutes.
3. Communications from the Mayor
4. Utility Hearing(s) and Related Order(s)
Renewals for Drainlayer License 2013:
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 3-R
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 3-S
Petition was received from David Buckley on behalf of Buckley Variety, Inc. d/b/a DJ’s Variety
for a special event Block Party at 363 Washington St. on Saturday, June 15, 8:00AM to 10:00PM
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 52
New Application was received for license to Buy & Sell Used Gold & Silver from Cheryl Murach, 50 Washington St.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 45D
New Application was received for license to Buy & Sell Second Hand Articles from Cheryl Murach, 50 Washington St.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 45E
New Application was received for license to Buy & Sell Second Hand Articles from Elaine A. Drinkwater, 50 Washington St.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 45F
New Application was received for license to Buy & Sell Used Gold & Silver from Elaine A. Drinkwater, 50 Washington St.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 45G
Renewal Application was received for Junk Dealer License from James Smith, T.J.S. Metals, 23-43 Hale St.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 45H
7. Hearings and Related Orders
8. Motions and Orders
9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings
Revised Petition was received from Joan Parah; Program Manager, Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill Inc./Annual Rebuilding Day Program; with request to waive building permit fees and white goods disposal fees for this year’s event on Saturday, April 27
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MACEK TO WAIVE UP TO $250 IN PERMIT FEES GRANTED Yeas 8, Nays 0, Abstain 1 48
Communication was received from David Van Dam, Mayor’s Chief of Staff, requesting to give
an update to the Council on the progress of the alleyway lighting request by Councillor Daly O’Brien
MR VAN DAM REQUESTED 4 WEEK POSTPONEMENT TO MAY 21 GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 44
10. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees
Communications from Councillors:
Communication was received from Councillor Michitson wishing to introduce Donnie Cox
to speak about the Fletcher Community Farm.
MR. FLETCHER STATED HE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE COMMUNITY FARM. THIS YEAR’S FOCUS IS ON ROOT CROPS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.
PLACED ON FILE 9-V
Communication was received from Councillor Michitson wishing to award Bounce Imaging with the grand prize in the Haverhill Hardware Horizons Challenge for startups.
BOUNCE IMAGING WAS RECOGNIZED BY TIME MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE BEST 25 INVENTIONS IN 2012 AND RECEIVED RECOGNITION IN POPULAR MAGAZINE. CITATION AND $10,000 CHECK PRESENTED TO FRANCISCO AGUILAR
Communication was received from Councillor Daly O’Brien requesting a discussion regarding Riverside Park.
COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN SUGGESTED THE USE OF PET WASTE BAGS AT THE PARK AND REQUESTED TO HAVE THE WOODED AREA AROUND THE PARK CLEANED AND CLEARED PLACE ON FILE AND LETTER TO MAYOR 9-X
Communication from Councillor Ryan requesting a discussion regarding the placement of security cameras in urban and high crime areas in Haverhill.
COUNCILLOR RYAN REQUESTED A LETTER TO MAYOR ABOUT INVESTIGATING FEASIBILITY OF INSTALLING SECURITY CAMERAS AS ADVISED BY CHIEF DENARO. COUNCILLOR SULLIVAN SUGGESTED CAMERAS AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PARKS 9-Y
Communication was received from Councillor Macek requesting to remove Document 5-L/2010
from City Council Committee Study List.
COUNCILLOR MACEK STATED THIS ACTION ITEM WAS COMPLETED BY THE PLANNING DEPT.
PLACED ON FILE & ITEM REMOVED FROM COMMITTEE STUDY LIST 9-Z
Communications from City Employees:
11. Resolutions and Proclamations
P R O C L A M A T I O N
Armenian Martyrs’ Day; April 24, 2013 (see document for complete text)
ADOPTED Yeas 9, Nays 0, 24I
P R O C L A M A T I O N
Arbor Day; April 26, 2013
(see document for complete text)
ADOPTED Yeas 9, Nays 0, 24J
12. Council Committee Reports and Announcements
Council Committee Reports:
Meeting adjourned at 8:04 o’clock P.M. Yeas 9, Nays 0
Minutes of the Natural Resources and Public Property Committee Meeting held April 11, 2013
COUNCILLOR MACEK GAVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE DISCUSSION REGARDING IMPROVEMENTS TO WINNEKENNI PARK AND THE PLUG POND AREA. DISCUSSION WILL CONTNUE AT A DATE TO BE DETERMINED. COUNCILLOR MACEK REQUESTED A LETTER TO THE MAYOR INQUIRING ABOUT THE LEGALITY AND LIABILITY OF INSTALLING A SPRAY PARK AT TATTERSALL FARM AND OTHER PARKS.
PLACED ON FILE 11D
Margaret A Toomey