City of Haverhill
City Council Minutes
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
City Council Chambers
Robert H. Scatamacchia
Michael J. Hart , Vice President
John A. Michitson
William H. Ryan
Michael S. McGonagle
William J. Macek
Colin F. LePage
Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien
Thomas J. Sullivan n
Haverhill City Hall
4 Summer St
Haverhill, MA 01830
Present – President Scatamacchia, Councillors Hart, Michitson, Ryan, McGonagle, Macek, LePage, Daly O’Brien and Sullivan.
Acting City Clerk – Heather Budrewicz
1. Approval of Records of the Previous Meeting
The 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
Communication was received from Mayor Fiorentini submitting Memorandum of Agreement with City’s Highway/Park Labor Group and also submits related Salary Ordinance
PLACED ON FILE 94 MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE CHAPTER
An Ordinance Relating to Salaries Highway/Park Department (see document for complete text)
PLACED ON FILE for at least 10 days 82B
4. Utility Hearing(s) and Related Order(s)
William L. Grad was appointed to the Benjamin and Eva C. Grad Family Trust
PLACED ON FILE 75G
Christian G. Sewell, Constable, Term to expire September 4, 2014
PLACED ON FILE 75H
Danielle Smida was appointed to the Friends of Bradford Rail Trail Committee
PLACED ON FILE 75I
Petition was received from Paul Arsenault, contractor for 12-13 High st Realty Trust, requesting
a Special Permit for 7 Unit Building Rehab on 12 High st ; Plat 515, Block 295, Lot 3– 7 rental units
REFERRED TO PLANNING BOARD COUNCIL HEARING NOVEMBER 12, 2013 95
Petition was received from Collean Combs, on behalf of Whittier Rehab Hospital, requesting a permit for the 4th Annual Dodo 5K Run/Walk fundraiser and also requests to use chalk on roads; on
Saturday, September 14, 9:00AM to 10:30AM starting at 145 Ward Hillav . The request to chalk the roads was withdrawn.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 37J
Petition was received from Edward Mahoney for One Day Liquor License; to sell Beer and Wine
for Tattersall Farm Charitable Foundation at Farm Day; at 542 North Broadway; 12:00Noon to 6:00PM,
on September 22 with rain date of September 29.
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 31H
Annual License Renewals: Pilgrim Lanes, 600 Primrose st,
THE FOLLOWING WERE GRANTED:
Bowling: 20 Lanes Yeas 9, Nays 0 96
Sunday Bowling: 20 Sunday lanes Yeas 9, Nays 0 70C
Pool Tables: 5 Tables Yeas 9, Nays 0 61F
Sunday Pool Tables: 5 Sunday Tables Yeas 9, Nays 0 70D
John Cardran - New application, Buy & Sell 2nd Hand Articles, VID/COMP, 161 Washington st,
GRANTED Yeas 9, Nays 0 64N
7. Hearings and Related Orders:
8. Motions and Orders
Ordinances (File 10 Days)
9. Unfinished Business of preceding Meetings
Communication was received from Mayor Fiorentini requesting to address Council concerning the
City’s pensions. There was a related communication from Mayor Fiorentini submitting Pension information along with “Haverhill Retirement System” Actuarial Valuation dated January 1, 2012 .*
Councillor Ryan recused himself and left the chambers.
ORDERED: That the City Council of the City of Haverhill accept the provisions of Chapter 188, Section 19, of the Acts of 2010 which would increase the Cost of living adjustment base in $1,000 increments each for FY 14, FY 15, and FY 16 such that any cost of living adjustment granted by the Haverhill Retirement Board will be based upon $13,000 for FY 14, $14,000 for FY 15 and $15,000 for FY 16
MAYOR FIORENTINI GAVE A POWER POINT PRESENTATION. HE EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN ABOUT THE FUTURE COSTS OF THE PENSION SYSTEM. HE INTRODUCED CINDER MCINERNEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FIRST SOUTHWEST; SOUTHWEST PROVIDES FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES TO THE CITY. SHE EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE UNFUNDED LIABILITIES (PENSIONS & HEALTHCARE) THAT THE CITY HAS TO ADDRESS IN THE FUTURE.
MR. LEWIS POORE, HAVERHILL RETIREMENT BOARD, DISPUTED THE INFORMATION THAT WAS PRESENTED BY THE MAYOR. *
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR DALY O’BRIEN TO REFER TO ADMINSTRATION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE Yeas 8, Absent 1 51B
ORDERED: That the City Council of the City of Haverhill accept the provisions of Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012, the so-called “widow’s pension,” which would amend the provisions of M.G.L. c. 32, § 101 to increase the benefit of the widow/widower of a member retired for accidental disability retirement before August 9, 1996 from $9,000 to $12,000 annually
PASSED Yeas 8, Absent 1 51C
Communication was received from Councillor Hart requesting to introduce David Tuttle, Commander Post 248, American Legion about petition for additional wording on the new Bates Bridge.
MR. TUTTLE STATED THAT HE HAD SPOKEN WITH SENATOR TARR ABOUT AMENDING THE NAME OF THE CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM H. BATES BRIDGE TO INCLUDE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE. HE SUGGESTED THAT MR. TUTTLE ENLIST THE COUNCIL’S SUPPORT.
MR. JAMES DOLE OF GROVELAND DISTRIBUTED A LETTER TO COUNCILLORS REQUESTING THAT A SEPARATE PLAQUE BE PLACED ON THE BRIDGE TO HONOR DECEASED VIET NAM VETERANS SGT. WILLARD R. RYAN AND SGT. STEPHEN EDWARD KRAJESKI. COUNCILLORS ADVISED HIM TO WORK WITH GROVELAND OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO ACHIEVE HIS GOAL.*
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR HART TO SEND A LETTER TO SENATORS TARR AND O’CONNOR IVES SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE WITH A LETTER TO THE MAYOR AND VETERAN SERVICES DIRECTOR REQUESTING THEIR
SUPPORT. Yeas 8, Absent 1 57R
10. Communications and Reports from City Officers and Employees
Communications from Councillors:
Communication was received from Councillor Daly O’Brien wishing to introduce Dave LaBrode
to discuss public signage.
MR. LABRODE IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH BRIGHTSIDE. HE SPOKE ABOUT THE CORRUGATED PLASTIC SIGNAGE (CORPLAST) THAT IS NOW BEING USED. HE QUESTIONED THE CITY’S SIGNAGE ORDINANCE/REGULATIONS AND ITS ENFORCEMENT.
ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR SULLIVAN TO REFER TO NATURAL RESOURCE AND PUBLIC PROPERTY COMMMITTE. Yeas 8, Absent 1 57S
Communications from City Employees:
11. Resolutions and Proclamations
12. Council Committee Reports and Announcements
Council Committee Reports:
Councillor Hart announced the Public Safety Committee meeting scheduled for September 16
To discuss the city’s problem with jay walking.
Councillor LePage announced the Administration & Finance Committee meeting scheduled for
September 18 to discuss the sale of second hand articles.
*Doc. 51-B – Handout from Mayor Fiorentini and Handout from Lewis Poore
*Doc. 57-R – Handout from James Dole
Meeting adjourned at 8:58 o’clock P.M. Yeas 8, Absent 1
Acting City Clerk