City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
192242
Work Completed
Jul 12, 2012 7:00 PM

II.10 That this Board requests that the Administration coordinate efforts with NStar to inventory the non-operating lights in West Somerville and make them operational as quickly as possible.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Six Alderman Rebekah L. Gewirtz
Category:ResolutionFunctions:Resolution

Body

That this Board of Aldermen requests that the Administration coordinate efforts with NSTAR to conduct an inventory of non-operating lights in West Somerville and take measures to have those lights made operational as quickly as possible.

 

Meeting History

Nov 22, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Dec 20, 2011 5:30 PM  Public Utilities and Public Works Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Walsh told the members that NSTAR has repaired 125 lights in the past three weeks, leaving and additional 75 to be repaired. Those remaining lights are expected to be fixed by January.

The committee approved Alderman Connolly's motion that NSTAR provide the committee with a list of the addresses of the lights repaired and awaiting repair, along with a definition of what NSTAR considers "repair" to mean. Additionally, the motion calls for the listing to indicate whether a ballast problem is indicated for each light.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jan 24, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Utilities and Public Works Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. MacEachern told the members that NSTAR’s performance was unacceptable. As an example, Mr. MacEachern used the lists of defective lights and lights repaired, provided by NSTAR’s Community relations Representative, Annmarie Walsh, to verify their accuracy. Although the list of repaired lights was found to be accurate, an additional 126 lights were found to be in need of repair, raising the number of inoperable lights to between 300 to 400.

Mr. Koty explained that NSTAR changed its procedure of dealing with inoperable lights to a 3 prong process, or a series of eliminating steps, thereby extending the repair time. The DPW will request that the Traffic and Parking Department’s PCO’s report any lights that are out and discovered during their rounds.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Feb 29, 2012 7:00 PM  Public Utilities and Public Works Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 4, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Utilities and Public Works Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Koty provided the committee with a list of inoperable lamps throughout the city and said that the city is negotiating to purchase the lights from NSTAR, adding that a purchase would not be made until all repairs have been completed. Mr. Zamparelli informed the members that some of the outages are long-standing due to underground wiring issues.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jun 21, 2012 6:00 PM  Public Utilities and Public Works Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. MacEachern and Mr. Zamparelli are working on this item.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Jul 12, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED