City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes
Tuesday, June 4, 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 Macek was appointed to read the minutes.
3. Communications from the Mayor
Communication was received from Mayor Fiorentini requesting to present the fiscal year 2014 City of Haverhill budget and also to present his annual budget message.
MAYOR FIORENTINI THANKED REPRESENTATIVE DEMPSEY FOR HIS EFFORTS TO SECURE $2.4 MILLION FROM THE STATE FOR HAVERHILL. HE GAVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. BUDGET INCLUDES FUNDING FOR RESERVE FUND
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4. Utility Hearing(s) and Related Order(s)
Patrick Driscoll was appointed to the Bradford Common Historic District Commission, effective immediately with appointment to expireJun 4, 2016.
MR. DRISCOLL INTRODUCED HIMSELF.
CONFIRMED Yeas 9, Nays 0 20R
Leota Sarrette was re-appointed to the Haverhill Cultural Council, effective immediately with appointment to expire June 4, 2016.
CONFIRMED Yeas 9, Nays 0 20S
Request was received from Cathy Hennessy and Kathy Fitts on behalf of Saint Vincent de Paul Society (All Saints and Saint John Parishes) for a 5K “Friends of the Poor” fundraiser walk to be held on Saturday, September 28th at 9:00AM; beginning and ending at Saint James Church.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR MACEK TO APPROVE SUBJECT TO POLICE APPROVAL GRANTED Yeas 0, Nays 0 37H
Annual License Renewals
7. Hearings and Related Orders
Petition was received from Ryan Guthrie for Stateside Realty Group LLC requesting Special Permit
to construct 9 rental residential apartment units consisting of (3) 2 bedroom units and (6) 1 bedroom units as well as 2 commercial spaces in an existing 4 story building located at 2 Washington st; being Assessor’s Map 308, Block 1, Lot 2; with location being in the Sub Zone D of the Downtown Smart Growth Overlay District (DSGOD). A favorable recommendationwith conditions /stipulations was received from Planning Board & Planning Director; based on assumption that all proposed conditions/stipulations be adopted and all items in the letters from the City Departments along with all requirements for special permits would be made part of the special permit for the project .
ATTORNEY MIGLIORI REPRESENTED THE PETITIONER AND RYAN GUTHRIE WAS PRESENT. THEY ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR HART TO GRANT THE SPECIAL PERMIT AND ALSO APPROVE THE REQUEST FOR THE WAIVER OF AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENT IN OUR CURRENT ORDINANCE FOR THE PROJECT WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS/STIPULATIONS THAT THE PROJECT COMPLY WITH ALL THE REQUIRMENTS OF ZONING CODE 255-94; COMPLY WITH CONDITIONS/STIPULATIONS AS STATED IN THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONS DATED MAY 31 2013 FROM WILLIAM PILLSBURY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING DIRECTOR; THAT ALL ITEMS IN THE LETTERS FROM CITY DEPARTMENTS ALONG WITH ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL PERMITS WOULD BE MADE PART OF THE SPECIAL PERMIT PROJECT AND THAT THE PROJECT IS GRANTED WITH ALL THE PROPOSED CONDITIONS/STIPULATIONS. (see letter for complete text)
AMENDMENT PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 and PASSED AS AMENDED Yeas 9, Nays 0 50
8. Motions and Orders
ORDERED: That the City appropriate $10,500 from Free Cash to Tree Planting Capital Account
PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 21L
ORDERED: That the sum of $527,543.10 be appropriated from Federal Medicaid Reimburse to the School Department FY13 Operating Budget
PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 21M
MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 240
An Ordinance Relating to Parking & Existing Ordinance
(Apple Street – No Parking & delete existing Parking Ordinance) (see document for complete text)
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9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings
Document 44, 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 alley way lighting request by Councillor
MR. VAN DAM STATED THAT EASEMENTS HAVE BEEN DRAFTED FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
AND THAT THE CITY WOULD FUND PURCHASE OF WALL PACKS AND INSTALL THEM AT SPECIFIED LOCATIONS. OWNERS WOULD PAY FOR ELECTRICITY. GOAL TO HAVE LIGHTS OPERATIONAL IN 4-8 WEEKS.
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MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 122
An Ordinance Relating to Building Maintenance of Vacant and Foreclosing Residential Properties (see document for complete text)
MAYOR FIORENTINI SPOKE ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE A SIMILAR ORDINANCE.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR LEPAGE TO AMEND AS STATED BY LETTER FROM SOLICITOR COX BY ADDING THE FOLLOWING:
122-6. Enforcement and Penalties.
“D. In the event the above fines are imposed and remain unpaid in excess of ninety (90) days, the City may place a lien upon the property to recover the unpaid fines, plus any other amounts which may be due and owing.”
122-3. Registration and Duty to Provide Written Notice.
“The duly appointed Personal Representative of any Estate having control and/or ownership of any property subject to the terms of this Chapter Shall not be required to comply with the Chapter for a period of one hundred and twenty (12) days after the issuance of Letters of Authority by the Probate Court, and, shall not be subject to the payment of the registration fees in any event. Inspectional Services may waive the registration fee when a property owner is able to demonstrate that the paying of said registration fee would be a financial hardship.”
122-12. Revolving Fund Established.
“There is hereby established a revolving fund, and the proceeds of which are to be used for the securing, repairing or maintaining of vacant and/or distressed properties, and, the hiring of personnel to administer and enforce this Chapter. All revenue collected under the provisions of this chapter shall be placed in said revolving fund. This revolving fund shall be kept separate from all other moneys by the City Treasurer and shall be expended by the Director of Inspectional Services as needed with approval of the Mayor. Any moneys expended shall be recoverable by placing a lien upon the property. Any expenditures from this fund for reasons other than those sated above shall be by appropriation recommended by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.”
AMENDMENT PASSED Yeas 9, Nays 0 and
PASSED AS AMENDED Yeas 9, Nays 0 63
10. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees
Communications from Councillors:
Communication from Councillor Daly O’Brien requesting a discussion regarding parking on Lewis Street. LYNN RICKETT OF 28 LEWIS ST. STATED THERE WAS VERY LIMITED PARKING ON LEWIS ST. ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN TO REFER TO TRAFFIC & SAFETY COMMITTEE AND POSTPONE TO JULY 9. Yeas 9, Nays 0 57C
Communication from Councillor Macek requesting a discussion regarding permits for Second Hand Clothing
REEFERRED TO ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE COMMITTEE Yeas 9, Nays 0 57D
Communications from City Employees:
11. Resolutions and Proclamations
12. Council Committee Reports and Announcements
Council Committee Reports:
Councillor LePage presented the Minutes of Administration & Finance Committee meeting
held on May 30, 2013 regarding proposed ordinance relating to Building Maintenance of Vacant and Foreclosing Residential Properties and offered the amendments recommended by the Committee.
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Meeting adjourned at 8:47 o’clock P.M. Yeas 9, Nays 0
*Doc. 44 – Handout from David Van Dam –Map of Washington/Wingate Area
Margaret A Toomey