Board of Aldermen
Regular Meeting
10/13/2011 7:00 PM
Aldermanic Chambers
City Hall   93 Highland Avenue   Somerville, MA 02143
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OPENING OF THE MEETING
Roll Call
1. 192037 : Call of the Roll.
2. 192038 : Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, September 8, 2011.
a. 09-08-2011
Minutes of Sep 8, 2011 7:00 PM
CITATIONS
3. 192039 : Congratulating John and Louise Ragno on the auspicious occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
4. 192040 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric to install 25 feet of conduit in Glen St., to provide service to 130 Broadway.
a. GOL NStar GLen St-130 Broadway
5. 192041 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric to install 161 feet of conduit in South St. and 215 feet of conduit in Medford St., to improve underground electric service reliability in this area.
a. GOL NStar South St-Medford St
ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS
6. 192042 : That the Commissioner of Public Works install big belly recycling and trash barrels in Union Square after conferring with the Ward Two Alderman on the locations.
7. 192043 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking stripe the roadway on North Street, from Broadway to the Medford line.
8. 192044 : That the Commissioner of Public Works replace the sidewalk at 33 College Hill Road.
9. 192045 : That the Commissioner of Public Works replace the sidewalk at 188 Boston Avenue.
10. 192046 : That the Director of SPCD dispatch the Neighborhood Inspection Team to 113-115 Hillsdale Road to examine the property for code violations.
11. 192047 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect 100-102 West Adams Street for overcrowding.
12. 192048 : That the City Solicitor contact the owner of 100-102 West Adams Street regarding overcrowding.
13. 192049 : That the Commissioner of Public Works install a GO SLOW - CHILDREN sign on Illinois Avenue, near Pennsylvania Avenue.
14. 192050 : That the Chief of Police and the Director of SPCD (ISD) respond to the attached list of problem addresses and be prepared to provide an update at this Board's October 24 Public Health and Safety Committee Meeting.
a. Ward One Property Issues
15. 192051 : That the City Solicitor advise this Board of the legality of changing city ordinances to hold property owners accountable for continuous public health and public safety issues on their properties.
16. 192052 : That this Board supports a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the resolution offered by State Senator Eldridge and others, Senate #01488.
a. Resolution - Const. Amendment
17. 192053 : That the Director of SomerStat establish a procedure between Inspectional Services and the Police to follow up on complaints made by ward aldermen, and to establish a more user-friendly process for residents to lodge complaints about properties.
18. 192054 : That the Clerk of Committees request a representative of the Housing Authority to appear at the October 24 Public Health and Safety Committee meeting (7 PM at the Cross Street Center) to address the Authority's ability to deal with tenants who hold Section 8 certificates and create neighborhood problems.
19. 192055 : That the Director of SPCD, or a representative, appear before the Committee on Housing and Community Development to address whether the lottery provisions for affordable housing should be changed to give preference to residents who have been displaced from the area in which the affordable unit(s) are from.
20. 192056 : That the Commissioner of Public Works, or his representative, attend the next meeting of the Public Health and Safety Committee to discuss further measures to reduce the noise of the freezer fan at the Winter Hill Community School.
21. 192057 : That the Director of Health appear before the Public Health and Safety Committee to provide an update on the proposed Municipal Domestic Violence Policy.
22. 192058 : That this Board requests that a representative from the Administration appear before the Public Health and Safety Committee to provide an update on the proposed Bicycle/Pedestrian Public Safety Campaign.
23. 192059 : That the Commissioner of Public Works trim the trees at 314 Lowell Street.
24. 192060 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the loose cobblestones in the tree aprons in Davis Square Plaza.
25. 192061 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the roadway between Grove Street and Liberty Road.
26. 192062 : That the Commissioner of Public Works mark the sidewalk adjacent to the catch basins on Winslow Avenue, between Grove Street and Villa Avenue, with a notice that vehicles leave a clearance space to allow access to the catch basin during heavy rain, to prevent street flooding.
27. 192063 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking re-stripe the crosswalk on Walnut Street at Bow Street.
28. 192064 : That this Board requests that the Director of the Arts Council assist local citizens working to promote the Irish Film Festival to be held in March, 2012.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
29. FINANCE COMMITTEE
A. 192065 : Report of the Committee on Finance. meeting on October 5, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Finance - 10-5-11
B. 191958 : Requesting approval for the Personnel Dept. to use FY 2012 funds to pay FY 2011 invoices totalling $7,133.
C. 191982 : Communicating to this Board regarding a Capital Projects planning update.
D. 192006 : Requesting an appropriation of $100,000 and authorization to borrow the same amount in a bond for various repairs to municipal buildings.
a. Appropriation Order (Somerville) Various Municipal BuildingsBULIDINGREPAIRS
E. 192007 : Requesting an appropriation of $55,000 and authorization to borrow the same amount in a bond to replace the apron at the Fire Dept. Headquarters.
a. Appropriation Order (Somerville) Fire Department (2)FIREAPRON
F. 192008 : Requesting an appropriation of $50,000 and authorization to borrow the same amount in a bond to repair the Dept. of Public Works roof.
a. Appropriation Order (Somerville) Department of Public WorksDPWROOF
G. 192009 : Requesting an appropriation of $50,000 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund for private way reconstruction work.
H. 192010 : Requesting an appropriation of $25,000 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund to fund the purchase of street benches and barrels.
I. 192011 : Request to pay prior year invoices in the Department of Public Works from the FY12 appropriation, totalling $11,031.75.
a. Prior year bil request #2 9.16.11
J. 192012 : Requesting acceptance of a grant of $31,809 from the Office of Justice Programs FY11 Byrne JAG Grant for the use of the Police Dept.
K. 192013 : Requesting the acceptance of an overtime reimbursement from Federal Realty to cover Police expenses associated with the Riverfest Fireworks event on September 17, 2011.
L. 192014 : Requesting approval of an $800 grant from the MetLife Foundation to support the Arts Council's Art in a Garden program.
a. MetLife_grant
30. LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COMMITTEE
A. 192066 : Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting on October 6, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Leg Matters - 10-6-11
B. 191924 : That this Board ordain the attached Nuisance Control Ordinance to protect the health, safety and welfare of the city's inhabitants.
a. Medford nuisance ordinance
C. 192018 : Asst. City Solicitor submitting a revised Rodent Control Ordinance.
a. Rodent Control
31. LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COMMITTEE
A. 192067 : Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting on October 11, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Leg Matters - 10-11-11
B. 189056 : An Ordinance Regarding Providing a Procedure for Reasonable Accommodation in the City's Land Use and Zoning and Building Regulations Pursuant to the Fair Housing Laws.
C. 189229 : Maryanne Manfra Submitting Comments Re: #188655, Amending the Local Historic District Ordinance (Group B).
D. 189880 : That the Environmental Programs Manager investigate creating a paper/plastic recycling initiative at fast food establishments.
E. 190445 : That the Director of SPCD meet with representatives from Federal Realty Investment Trust and the utility companies involved in Assembly Square on the Stretch Energy Code, and report back to the Committee on Legislative Matters on or before February 1, 2011.
F. 190446 : That the Director of SPCD consult the the Boston Society of Architects about building projects with the Stretch Energy Code and report back to the Committee on Legislative Matters with any recommendations.
G. 190686 : That the City Solicitor draft an ordinance requiring properties of a certain use and size, to obtain a permit before using an amplified sound system, and be soundproofed.
H. 190758 : That this Board amends Ordinance Section 2-355, aka The Responsible Employer Ordinance, as noted within. (see attachment)
a. Responsible Employer Ordinance Proposed Revisions
I. 191045 : Requesting an amendment to the Local Historic District Map to add 1 property to the existing Florence-Myrtle District (remaining unapproved property from Group D).
d. LHD Expansion_Group D not yet approved_Attachment IV_Ordinance
J. 191068 : That the City Solicitor, the Chief of Police and the Director of SPCD (ISD) draft amendments to the noise ordinance to deal with organizations using enhanced sound systems in RA and RB districts and report back to the Committee on Legislative Matters at its April 26th meeting.
K. 191351 : Sixty registered voters submitting a "Proposed Ordinance to Ensure that Development Financed with the Sale of DIF Bonds Yields Jobs for Somerville Residents."
a. Public Comm Proposed Ordinance re DIF
L. 191744 : Requesting an amendment to the Local Historic District Map to create 4 new Districts (Winter Hill, Hinckley-Magoun, College Ave. Corridor of Faith, and Teele Sq.) and add 17 properties to these Districts, and to add 1 property to an existing District (East Somerville) (Group E).
a. Group E Staff Report to Mayor - Final Draft
b. Att. I. Group E Narrative Report FINAL
c. Att II. Group E Survey Form B's - combined
d. Att. III. Responses Spreadsheet - Group E Final Draft
e. Att. IV. Group E Ordinance - Final Draft
f. Att V Final Report fr SHPC to BOA - Gp E- w SHPC Vote
g. Group E LHD Ordinance - Final Approved 10-13-11
M. 191788 : Requesting approval of a Home Rule Petition authorizing the increase of the number of liquor licenses that the Licensing Commission may issue.
a. Liquor License increase HRP Final Draft
N. 191931 : That the City Solicitor draft an ordinance fining homeowners and contractors who remove a Stop Work order posted by the City on buildings undergoing unauthorized construction work.
O. 192033 : William Campbell submitting comments re: H1972, An Act Regulating Election Primaries.
a. Public Comm William Campbell re H1972
P. 192068 : That this Board requests that the Licensing Commission consider amending its regulations to require that new liquor license applicants undergo training for the sale of alcohol to underage individuals.
32. PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
A. 192069 : Report of the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety, meeting on October 6, 2011.
a. Committee Report - PHPS - 10-6-11
B. 190439 : That the Chief of Police recommend to this Board, specific places on the community path where more lighting could be added.
C. 190682 : That the Commissioner of Public Works inform this Board on the most recent reconstruction and re-design of the Somerville Avenue, Elm Street and Wilson Square area, which was intended to address potential accidents.
D. 191362 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair or replace all damaged or missing bricks in Davis Square to eliminate the public safety hazards they create.
E. 191459 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) provide the Ward 2 Alderman with a status of the condemned building at 294 Beacon Street.
F. 191564 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect 20 Thorndike Street and take any action necessary to compel the owner to improve the property.
G. 191581 : That the Director of Constituent Services provide the Committee on Public Health and Safety with a list of calls to 311 over the past 2 years on the trash/dumpster problem at 64 Walnut Street.
H. 192034 : That the Chief of Police order directed patrols along Shore Drive, including the adjoining water front and wooded area.
I. 192070 : That this Board requests that the Administration work with DCR to obtain a maintenance agreement allowing the City to maintain the area between Shore Drive and the Mystic River, to address the overgrowth and issues of public safety.
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MAYOR
33. 192071 : Requesting approval of an MCC grant of $25,890 for the Arts Council's LCC grant program.
a. Somerville Arts CouncilLCC grant
34. 192072 : Requesting approval of an MCC grant of $7,500 for the Arts Council's Books of Hope program.
a. youthreach12
35. 192073 : Requesting approval of an MCC grant of $5,000 for the Arts Council's operations.
a. MCCoperation12
36. 192074 : Submitting the City's FY2012-2016 Capital Investment Plan.
a. FY12-16 CIP
COMMUNICATIONS OF CITY OFFICERS
37. 192075 : Assistant City Solicitor submitting a revised Rodent Control Ordinance.
a. Rodent Control Amended Oct 2011
38. 192076 : Assistant City Solicitor submitting a revised Nuisance Control Ordinance.
a. Nuisance Control SCO 9-97
NEW BUSINESS
39. 192077 : Public Event Permit, Bicycle Committee's "Tour de Somerville" bike ride, Citywide, Oct 15 10-1PM (raindate Oct 16).
40. 192078 : Public Event Permit, SomerStreets, Somerville Ave. from Washington St. to Beacon St., Oct 23, 10-6PM.
41. 192079 : Public Event Permit, Recreation Commission's "Haunted House," 19 Walnut St., Oct 28-29, 4-9PM.
42. 192080 : Public Event Permit, Hult International Business School Run in Blue Road Race, Mystic River area, Apr 22, 2012, 11AM.
43. 192081 : New Drainlayer License, Vanaria Brothers.
44. 192082 : New Drainlayer License, DeIulis Brothers.
45. 192083 : Renewing Lodging House License, Delta Tau Delta Foundation of Tufts University, 98 Professors Row, 27 residents.
46. 192084 : Renewing Lodging House License, Delta Upsilon Fraternity, 114 Professors Row, 23 residents.
47. 192085 : Renewing Lodging House License, ATO Associates Inc., 134 Professors Row, 20 residents.
48. 192086 : New Open Air Vendor License, Agassiz Preschool, 184 Summer St., selling Christmas trees and wreaths.
49. 192087 : Sign/Awning Permit, Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave., one awning.
50. 192088 : Sign/Awning Permit, Laundromax, 630 Somerville Ave., one sign.
51. 192089 : New Used Car Dealer License Class II, Mass Auto Brokers Inc., 631 Somerville Ave., 10 autos in, 5 out.
SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS
52. 192090 : Requesting an appropriation of $200,000 for additional renovations to the Public Safety Building and authorization to borrow $200,000 in a bond to meet said appropriation.
a. Appropriation Order (Somerville) $784157
53. 192091 : Requesting acceptance of a $10,120.20 grant from the Cambridge Health Alliance acting as agent for the MA Dept. of Public Health, for the Health Dept.'s tuberculosis prevention and control efforts.
54. 192092 : Asst. City Solicitor submitting a proposed ordinance regarding Providing Reasonable Accommodation in the City's Land Use and Zoning and Building Regulations pursuant to the Fair Housing Laws.
a. Reasonable Accommodation
55. 192093 : Public Event Permit, "Somerville Community Corporation Green Line Extension Now! Rally," High School Lawn, Oct 20, 6PM.
56. 192094 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Amethyst Chiropractic Center, 259 Elm St., sandwich board.
LATE ITEMS
57. 192095 : That the NStar principals involved in the May 17, 2011, Public Utilities and Works Committee meeting appear before this Board's Committee on Licenses and Permits on October 26, 2011, at 6 PM, to provide an update on the improvements and upgrades discussed at that meeting.
58. 192096 : That the Committee on Public Health and Safety place Albion Park and its related noise issues on the next possible agenda to discuss lighting and basketball play at all hours of the night.
59. 192097 : That the Commissioner of Public Works (Engineering) examine the sewer system on Mount Vernon Street, at Broadway, to determine why puddles of water accumulate, creating a safety hazard for pedestrians.
60. 192098 : That the Commissioner of Public Works install decorative trash barrels at both corners of the intersection of Mount Vernon Street and Broadway.
61. 192099 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the gate on the Otis Street side of the Edgerly School.
62. 192100 : That this Board requests that the Administration update this Board on actions proposed and taken regarding the negative impact of activities, lighting, and noise on the quality of life in the neighborhoods abutting Conway Park and the Skating Rink.
63. 192101 : That the Commissioner of Public Works notify NStar to repair the street lamp at the intersection of Broadway and Endicott Avenue.
64. 192102 : Communications Director responding to #191733 re: a July 7 phone outage in the Fire Dept.
65. 192103 : Acting SPCD Director responding to #191671 re: permitting shared-car parking in RA and RB zoning districts.
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment



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