Board of Aldermen
Regular Meeting
11/22/2011 7:00 PM
Aldermanic Chambers
City Hall   93 Highland Avenue   Somerville, MA 02143
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OPENING OF THE MEETING
Roll Call
1. 192229 : Call of the Roll.
2. 192230 : Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, October 27, 2011.
a. 10-27-2011
Minutes of Oct 27, 2011 7:00 PM
CITATIONS
3. 192231 : Commending Edward Reddin, who is retiring after more than 35 years of dedicated service as a Police Officer.
4. 192232 : Commending Peter St. Clair, Thomas Salemme, Vincent McLaughlin, Leslie Rentel, Robert Doherty, and James Powers, all retiring after dedicated careers as Firefighters.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
5. 192233 : Chief Assessor's Classification Hearing Report regarding adoption of Tax Levy Percentages for FY2012, including adoption of a minimum residential factor, a residential exemption, and an additional statutory exemption of up to 100%.
a. KMBT35020100705072218
ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS
6. 192234 : That this Board requests that Congressman Capuano, or a representative from his office, appear before this Board to discuss the nation's fiscal situation and the specific impacts of proposed federal cuts on Somerville in the coming year, and that the Governor and the State Delegation be invited to attend.
7. 192235 : That the Commissioner of Public Works advise this Board of the timeline for delivering single stream recycling totes to medium to large condo buildings.
8. 192236 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking inform this Board of the feasibility of painting a STOP LINE at the intersection of Park and College Avenues.
9. 192237 : That the Commissioner of Public Works and the Director of Traffic and Parking coordinate with the organizers of Midnight Madness in Davis Square to resolve any parking or traffic issues in advance.
10. 192238 : That the Commissioner of Public Works install a raised crosswalk at the intersection of Chester and Dover Streets.
11. 192239 : That the Director of Communications send a citywide Connect-CTY message informing residents of their remedy if they received extra single stream recycling totes.
12. 192240 : That the Commissioner of Public Works provide comments on the placement of the new crosswalk at Meacham Road and Orchard Street, as there may be a safety issue.
13. 192241 : That the Commissioner of Public Works contact NStar to repair the street lamp at 79 Willow Avenue.
14. 192242 : 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.
15. 192243 : That the Chief of Police, Superintendent of Inspectional Services, Director of Public Health and City Environmental Officer appear before the Committee on Public Health and Safety to address issues pertaining to the recent Oxford Street crystal meth lab incident.
16. 192244 : That the Chief Fire Engineer appear before the Committee on Public Health and Safety to discuss implementing the Fire Dept. study recommendations.
17. 192245 : That the Director of Finance appear before the Finance Committee to discuss the impact upon the City's budget from the City's notice to terminate the lease for the waste transfer facility.
18. 192246 : That the Director of SPCD inform this Board of plans for the two city owned lots on South Street, including whether the city has contracted to have work done there, and if so, what that work is.
19. 192247 : That the Commissioner of Public Works replace the curb and sidewalk panel at 7 Dickinson Street.
20. 192248 : That the Commissioner of Public Works trim the tree at 7 Dickinson Street and inform the Ward 2 Alderman on ways to alleviate the damage to private property and the safety hazard caused by its berries.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
21. 192171 : Commending Captain John Keane, Lt. Steven Ortolani, and Firefighters Michael Powers, Christopher Clark, Francis Sharpe, and John Donovan, each given the Thomas Chetham Award as Firefighter of the Year by American Legion Post 19.
22. 192172 : Commending Officers Alan Monaco and Steve St. Hilaire, each given the Alexander McQuestion Award as Police Officer of the Year by American Legion Post 19.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
23. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE
A. 192249 : Report of the Committee on Confirmation of Appointments, meeting on November 22, 2011.
a. Committee Report - C of A - 11-22-11
B. 192138 : Requesting the appointment of George Born to the Historic Preservation Commission for a term to expire May 15, 2015.
a. Born, George - Resume 2011
b. SHPC re-appts appt (staff report) 10-11
C. 192139 : Requesting the re-appointment of Eric Parkes to the Historic Preservation Commission for a term to expire May 15, 2015.
a. SHPC re-appts appt (staff report) 10-11
b. Eric S Parkes resume for SHPC 11-08
D. 192140 : Requesting the re-appointment of Derek Snare to the Historic Preservation Commission for a term to expire May 15, 2015.
a. SHPC re-appts appt (staff report) 10-11
b. derek snare resume
E. 192141 : Requesting the re-appointment of Tom DeYoung to the Historic Preservation Commission for a term to expire May 15, 2015.
a. SHPC re-appts appt (staff report) 10-11
b. deyoung resume
24. LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COMMITTEE
A. 192250 : Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting on November 17, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Leg Matters - 11-17-11
25. LICENSES AND PERMITS COMMITTEE
A. 192251 : Report of the Committee on Licenses and Permits, meeting on November 16, 2011.
a. Committee Report - L&P - 11-16-11
B. 191742 : That the City Clerk investigate whether mobile food vendors are prohibited from operating at specific locations, and if so, to provide a list of locations to the Committee on Licenses and Permits.
a. City Clerk's 9/7/11 response
b. City Clerk's 11/16/11 response
C. 192087 : Sign/Awning Permit, Sally O'Brien's, 335 Somerville Ave., one awning.
D. 192148 : New Fortune Teller License, Stacey Mitchell dba Astrology by Nina, 511 Medford St.
E. 192222 : New Extended Operating Hours License, Target Corp., 180 Somerville Ave., Opening "Black Friday," Nov 25, from 12 AM to 11 PM.
F. 192252 : That the City Solicitor draft an ordinance regulating mobile food vendors.
26. YOUTH SERVICES COMMITTEE
A. 192253 : Report of the Committee on Youth Services, meeting on November 16, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Youth - 11-16-11
B. 192254 : That this Board Committee on Youth Services supports Groundwork Somerville's use of the city controlled lot at 100 South Street for Green Team endeavors.
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MAYOR
27. 192255 : Requesting an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to establish minimum pervious area requirements on lots in certain zoning districts.
a. pervious zoning ordinance (ordinance) 1-27-11
b. Pervious surfaces - SZO (staff report) 1-27-11
28. 192256 : Requesting an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance amending Zoning Districts for the areas consisting of Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to the Somerville-Cambridge line at Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square, and amending the Floodplain Overlay District.
a. Porter Square Zoning (ordinance) 11-17-11
b. Porter and Wilson Square Rezoning - Staff Report 11-17-11 (4)
c. Attachments for Staff Report
d. Proposed Updated Zoning Maps
29. 192257 : Requesting an appropriation of $1,892,036 from the Receipts Reserved for Appropriation – Parking Meter Receipts Acct. to reduce the FY2012 tax levy.
30. 192258 : Requesting an appropriation of $100,000 from the Overlay Surplus declared by the Board of Assessors, to reduce the FY2012 tax levy.
a. overlaysurplusmayor
31. 192259 : Requesting a transfer of $20,000 in the Public Health Dept., from the Salaries Acct. to the Professional and Technical Services Acct., to fund the Healthy Dining Initiative Consultant.
32. 192260 : Requesting a transfer of $1,000 in the Public Health Dept., from the Salaries Acct. to the Professional and Technical Services Acct., to support the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
33. 192261 : Requesting the authorization of a Consolidated Gift Account for the Council on Aging.
COMMUNICATIONS OF CITY OFFICERS
NEW BUSINESS
34. 192262 : Public Event Permit, Davis Sq. Midnight Madness Zipcar Tent, Davis Sq. Statue Park, Dec 1, 4PM-Midnight.
35. 192263 : Public Event Permit, Union Sq. Winter Craft Market, Union Sq. Plaza, Dec 3, 9AM-6PM.
36. 192264 : Public Event Permit, College Ave United Methodist Church Connexion Christmas, Davis Sq. Statue Park, Dec 24, 4-5PM.
37. 192265 : New Drainlayer License, JNJ Sacca Inc.
38. 192266 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, Broadway Auto Sales, 525 Broadway, 11 autos out.
39. 192267 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, 429 Corp., 109-111 Prospect St., 5 autos.
40. 192268 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, Union Gulf Service, 231 Washington St., 6 autos.
41. 192269 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, Hillside Jaguar, 45 Mystic Ave., 10 autos.
42. 192270 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Au Bon Pain, 118 Holland St., 34 tables, 68 seats.
43. 192271 : Sign/Awning Permit, Ola Cafe, 112 Broadway, awning.
44. 192272 : New Outdoor Parking License, George Dilboy Post 529 VFW, 371 Summer St., 30 autos.
45. 192273 : Green Cab requesting consideration from this Board for a taxi fare increase.
a. Green Cab Taxi Fare Increase
46. 192274 : Green Cab requesting consideration from this Board and its Committees on Legislative Matters and Traffic and Parking for ways to facilitate taxi medallion financing.
a. Green Cab Taxi Financing
47. 192275 : 631 Somerville petitioners communicating their support for the proposed local hiring ordinance.
a. Petition Local Hiring Ordinance
SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS
48. 192276 : Report of the Caucus of the 2012 Board of Aldermen, meeting on November 22, 2011.
a. 2011 Caucus minutes
49. 192277 : Rescheduling to Tuesday, December 20, the Board meeting that had been previously scheduled for Thursday, December 22.
50. 192278 : That the City Clerk send a communication to Senator Patricia Jehlen and Representative Timothy Toomey, inquiring as to the status of the sound barrier along Route 93 and the Nunnery Grounds area.
51. 192279 : That this Board requests that NStar and National Grid create a policy to notify the Mayor’s Office, Communications Dept., Constituent Services Dept. and all affected Aldermen of scheduled outages, ensuring that a repeat of the November 16 incident, where only residents were notified, is not repeated.
52. 192280 : That the Chief of Police appear before this Board’s Committee on Public Health and Safety to address the recent house break-ins in the Ten Hills neighborhood.
53. 192281 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking and the city's Traffic Engineer appear before this Board’s Committee on Senior Services to address pedestrian safety concerns in Union Square.
54. 192282 : That the Water Superintendent explain to this Board the policy for a non-working residential water transponder and the homeowner's responsibility.
LATE ITEMS
55. 192283 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking post NO PARKING 6AM–6PM SATURDAY 11/26 on the City Hall Concourse, the Central Library parking lot (adjacent to the Brune Field House) and Highland Avenue from the Field House driveway to the CIty Hall Concourse, for the Annual SHS Craft Fair.
56. 192284 : That the Commissioner of Public Works install saw horse barriers at the entrance and exit of the City Hall Concourse and Brune Field House prior to 6AM Saturday 11/26, and supply 24 dozen orange traffic cones for crafters unloading into the Field House early Saturday morning.
57. 192285 : That this Board supports an MBTA Red Line mitigation plan for Davis Square, to include discount advertising and a "Shop in Somerville" advertising campaign.
58. 192286 : Amending Garage License, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, 182 Washington St., requesting to operate Sundays, 10AM-4PM.
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment



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