City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
194968
Placed on File
Jul 10, 2014 7:00 PM

Requesting approval of the attached Ordinance Regulating Campaign Contributions from Those Seeking Contracts, Zoning Relief, the Purchase of City Property, or Financial Assistance from the City.

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:City Councilor At Large William A. White Jr., Ward Six Alderman Rebekah L. Gewirtz, Ward Four Alderman Tony Lafuente, Alderman At Large Dennis M. Sullivan
Category:OrdinancePurposes:Aldermanic Ordinance

Attachments

  1. Ordinance - Campaign Contributions

Official Text

Ordinance Regulating Campaign Contributions from Those Seeking Contracts, Zoning Relief, the Purchase of City Property, or Financial Assistance from the City of Somerville.

 

Meeting History

May 23, 2013 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:REFERRED FOR RECOMMENDATION
Jul 9, 2013 6:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Sep 25, 2013 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Dec 3, 2013 6:30 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee of the Whole
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Feb 11, 2014 7:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 4, 2014 6:30 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Mar 25, 2014 6:30 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Grossman and Mr. Wright reviewed the proposals with the committee and noted the changes that were made. Ald. White questioned why the Administration added provisions that were not included in his original proposal. Ald. Connolly requested that a list of no bid contracts awarded in 2012 be provided

· Several issues were discussed, among them:

· The impact on city employees and those applying for city positions

· Exemptions for condo associations and owner occupied 1-2-3 family homes

· The effect on property improvement

· Practicality of enforcement and the use of affidavits discussed

· The 4-year look back period

· Sale of city property

· Civil service process

· Possible separate ordinance to apply to individuals applying for city jobs

· Union contributions

· Bid vs. no bid contracts

· Applicability to construction contractors

· Attribution rules

· Potential conflicts of interest

· Political problems of recommending a person for city employment

· Penalties for non disclosure

· Contribution refunds

· Prohibitions from applying for certain contracts and zoning relief

The following motions were made:

By Ald. White: To amend (ii) to read “seeking approval for a special permit with site plan review or approval of a planned unit development”

Motion approved

By Ald. _____ : to amend the financial assistance threshold to $50,000.

Motion approved

By Ald. McLaughlin: to remove (v)

By Ald. Gewirtz: to remove (b)

By Ald. Gewirtz: to strike “political action committee” and “special interest group” from (h)

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Apr 29, 2014 6:30 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEE
Jul 10, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:PLACED ON FILE