Board of Aldermen
Regular Meeting
12/8/2011 7:00 PM
Aldermanic Chambers
City Hall   93 Highland Avenue   Somerville, MA 02143
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OPENING OF THE MEETING
Roll Call
1. 192287 : Call of the Roll.
2. 192288 : Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, November 10, 2011.
a. 11-10-2011
Minutes of Nov 10, 2011 7:00 PM
CITATIONS
3. 192289 : Commending High School Coach Mark Antonelli, the 2011 Division 1 North Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
4. 192290 : Commending Rashida Ellis, the USA Amateur Boxing Association's New England Champion for 2011.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
5. 192291 : Grant of Location submitted by Comcast, for 33 ft. of conduit from a pole on Buckingham St. to private property at 65 Beacon St.
a. GOL Comcast 65 Beacon
6. 192292 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric, to relocate a pole on Mountain Ave. to provide clearance for a new driveway at 8 Mountain Ave.
a. GOL NStar 8 Mountain
7. 192293 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric, to install 130 feet of underground conduit in Somerville Ave. between Bleachery Court and Garden Court, to support the new ice skating rink at Conway Park.
a. GOL NStar Skating Rink at Conway
ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS
8. 192294 : That this Board requests that a representative of the MBTA meet with this Board to discuss improvements at the MBTA station on College Avenue.
9. 192295 : That the Commissioner of Public Works inform this Board of the feasibility of extending the community garden further down the community path between Davis Square and Willow Avenue.
10. 192296 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) provide this Board with information on the status of the Cabot Farm building on Broadway, at the Powderhouse Rotary.
11. 192297 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) and the Chief Fire Engineer report to this Board the current status of the Dilboy Post and when it will be permitted to re-open, and that the Commander of the Dilboy Post be invited to appear before this Board at its next regular meeting.
12. 192298 : That the Commissioner of Public Works remove the two rusty rail pipes sticking out of the ground on the community path between Willow Avenue and Cedar Street.
13. 192299 : That this Board stands opposed to the establishment of the Somerville Progressive Charter School.
14. 192300 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the fence and gate attached to the rear of the Edgerly School on the Otis Street side.
15. Withdrawn
16. 192301 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) bait the catch basins on Everett Avenue, Otis Street, MacArthur Street, Bonair Street and Wigglesworth Street for rodents.
17. 192302 : That the Chief of Police and Director of SPCD (ISD) report to the Ward One Alderman on actions to control the ongoing abuse and disrespect resulting to the vacant building at 2 Broadway.
18. 192303 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the Iacoppucci dedication sign at the corner of Broadway and Glen Street.
19. 192304 : That this Board requests that the Retirement Board increase the cost of living adjustment base for retirees from $12,000 to $14,000.
20. 192305 : That the Commissioner of Public Works inspect, take appropriate action and report the findings to this Board for trees at the following locations: 99 Thurston Street, 11, 13 and 14 Rush Street.
21. 192306 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the unlit street lamps on Davis Square Plaza and on the corner of Winter Street and College Ave.
22. 192307 : That the Commissioner of Public Works make the necessary repairs to correct the steep sidewalk grade on some Windom Street homes.
23. 192308 : That the Commissioner of Public Works notify the appropriate utility to repair the street lamps on Winslow and College Avenues, adjacent to Ciampa Manor.
24. 192309 : That the Commissioner of Public Works arrange for all utilities with equipment on double poles to meet with the Committee on Public Utilities and Works early in 2012.
25. 192310 : That this Board requests that a representative from NStar's Community Relations Dept. appear before a regular meeting of this Board to discuss NStar's street lamp repair and replacement schedule.
26. Withdrawn
27. 192311 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the lights on the island between 252 and 255 Medford Street.
28. 192312 : That this Board requests that the US Postal Service return the mail box at 252 Medford Street.
29. 192313 : Acting as President, reporting on School Committee activities, with a special focus on the proposed Charter School and hearing on December 14th.
a. SC BOA 2011
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
30. 192231 : Commending Edward Reddin, who is retiring after more than 35 years of dedicated service as a Police Officer.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
31. FINANCE COMMITTEE
A. 192314 : Report of the Committee on Finance, meeting on December 5, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Finance - 12-5-11
B. 191883 : Requesting an appropriation of $48,000 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund for the purchase of 2 Ford Escapes for the Police Dept.'s narcotics and gang units.
C. 191885 : Requesting an appropriation of $30,000 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund for the purchase of handheld portable radios for the Police Dept.
D. 192135 : Requesting acceptance of a $42,000 grant from the Office of Emergency Preparedness for security improvements to the Public Safety Building.
E. 192183 : Requesting an appropriation of $30,000 and authorization to borrow that amount in a bond for renovations to the old Union Square Firehouse.
a. Appropriation Order (Somerville) $30000 11_9_11
F. 192188 : Requesting to pay prior year invoices in the Dept. of Public Works totalling $15,067.40.
a. 11.08.11 Prior year bil request
G. 192315 : That the Chief of Police provide this Board with a list of seized cash and property for the past five years, noting what has gone into the City’s account during that period.
32. LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COMMITTEE
A. 192316 : Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting on December 1, 2011.
a. Committee Report - Leg Matters - 12-1-11
B. 192275 : 631 Somerville petitioners communicating their support for the proposed local hiring ordinance.
a. Petition Local Hiring Ordinance
C. 192317 : That the proposed Local Hiring Ordinance be presented to this Board for further instruction.
33. LICENSES AND PERMITS COMMITTEE
A. 192318 : Report of the Committee on Licenses and Permits, meeting on December 7, 2011.
a. Committee Report - L&P - 12-7-11
B. 191617 : New Garage License, Chambers Motorcars, 71 Linwood St., Mechanical repairs, washing vehicles, storing vehicles, 9 autos in.
C. 192088 : Sign/Awning Permit, Laundromax, 630 Somerville Ave., one sign.
D. 192089 : New Used Car Dealer License Class II, Mass Auto Brokers Inc., 631 Somerville Ave., 10 autos in, 5 out.
b. 631 Somerville Avenue Licenses 2006-2011
E. 192147 : New Used Car Dealer Class 2 License, A/E Auto Repair, 13 Joy St., 8 autos in, 4 out.
F. 192286 : Amending Garage License, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, 182 Washington St., requesting to operate Sundays, 10AM-4PM.
G. 192319 : That the City Clerk notify the holder of the license for G E Auto Repair to appear before the Committee on Licenses and Permits to discuss the terms of the license.
34. PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
A. 192320 : Report of the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety, meeting on December 7, 2011.
a. Committee Report - PHPS - 12-7-11
B. 192321 : That the Commissioner of Public Works inspect the roof of the East Somerville Library, make the necessary repairs and report back to the Committee on Public Health and Safety.
C. 192322 : That the Chief Information Officer make recommendations for a centralized database so that information may be shared among various city departments when tracking problem properties, etc.
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MAYOR
35. 192323 : Requesting an appropriation of $150,000 and authorization to borrow that amount in a bond for renovations to the ISD Office.
a. Appropriation Order (Somerville) $150,000 12_2_11
36. 192324 : Requesting a transfer of $5,355 from the Salary Contingency Acct. to the Police Personal Services Crossing Guard Acct. to fund a collective bargaining agreement with the Crossing Guard Unit.
37. 192325 : Requesting approval to pay a prior year invoice in the Information Technology Dept. totalling $83.83.
a. SKMBT_C35311112023500
38. 192326 : Requesting the acceptance of $7,665 grant from the MA Dept. of Fire Services for the FIre Dept.'s Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) campaign.
a. FY 2012 SAFE
COMMUNICATIONS OF CITY OFFICERS
39. 192327 : Director of Traffic and Parking responding to various Board Orders.
40. 192328 : SPCD Director responding to various Board Orders.
a. Perry Park - 192121
b. Albion 191815
c. Groundwork 191578
d. Cross St_191556
NEW BUSINESS
41. 192329 : Public Event Permit, Vigil for Bradley Manning, Davis Sq. Statue Park, Fridays 1-2 PM from Dec 16 thru Jun 30, 2012.
42. 192330 : Renewing Drain Layer's License, C and K Trucking and Excavating.
43. 192331 : Renewing Automatic Amusement Devices License, Holiday Inn, 30 Washington St., 1 device.
44. 192332 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, Manny's Auto Center, 463 McGrath Hwy., 30 autos out.
45. 192333 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, LIens Auto Repair, 65 1/2 Bow St., 17 autos.
46. 192334 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, Dodakin's Auto Sales, 191 Beacon St., 4 autos in, 18 out.
47. 192335 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 2, Motorcycles and More LLC, 109 Bailey Rd., 0 autos.
48. 192336 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Pizzeria Posto, 187 Elm St., 10 tables, 20 chairs.
49. 192337 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, PJ Ryans, 239 Holland St., 8 tables, 16 chairs.
50. 192338 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Boston Burger Co., 37 Davis Sq., 5 tables, 10 chairs, 1 A-frame sign.
51. 192339 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Mr. Crepe, 51 Davis Sq., 5 tables, 10 chairs, 1 A-frame sign.
52. 192340 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm St., 1 bench.
53. 192341 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, Taipei Tokyo Cafe, 7 Holland St., 3 tables, 6 chairs.
54. 192342 : Renewing Outdoor Seating License, The Burren, 247 Elm St., 6 tables, 24 chairs.
55. 192343 : Congressman Capuano responding to #192234 re: the impact of proposed federal cuts on Somerville.
56. 192344 : MBTA Acting General Manager responding to #192285 re: Discounted advertising for Davis Sq. businesses during the Red Line track reconstruction project.
a. SKMBT_50011120607240
SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS
57. 192345 : That the Chief of Police advise this Board on the safety measures in place in the Lexington Park area of the community path with respect to dogs off leash.
58. 192346 : That the Chief Information Officer check, clean and secure all IT cables in the Committee Room and ensure that all IT equipment is working properly.
59. 192347 : Requesting acceptance of Section 20 of M.G.L. Chapter 32B allowing the City to establish a Trust Fund for Other Post Employment Benefit Liabilities (OPEB).
a. Accept 32B 20
60. 192348 : Requesting a transfer of $367,631 from the Salary Contingency Acct. to the DPW School Custodians Personal Services Acct. to fund a collective bargaining settlement.
61. 192349 : Requesting an appropriation of $27,518 from the Receipts Reserved for Appropriation-Parking Meter Receipts Acct. to the Traffic and Parking Credit Card Services Acct.
62. 192350 : City Solicitor responding to #192224 re: health insurance coverage for survivors under GIC.
a. Response to #192224
63. 192351 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 3, J. Talewsky and Son, 512 Columbia St.
64. 192352 : Renewing Used Car Dealers License Class 3, J. Talewsky and Son, 517 Columbia St.
LATE ITEMS
65. 192353 : Requesting a transfer of $976,469 from the Salary Contingency Acct. to the Police Personal Services Acct. to fund a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Somerville Police Employees Association from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2012.
66. 192354 : Public Event Permit, BA Events Jingle Bell Run, Davis Sq. area, Dec 18, 11AM.
67. 192355 : New Drain Layer's License, Manafort Brothers.
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment



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