Board of Aldermen
Regular Meeting
3/8/2012 7:00 PM
Aldermanic Chambers
City Hall   93 Highland Avenue   Somerville, MA 02143
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OPENING OF THE MEETING
Roll Call
1. 192628 : Call of the Roll.
2. 192629 : Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, February 9, 2012.
a. 02-09-2012
Minutes of Feb 9, 2012 7:00 PM
CITATIONS
PUBLIC HEARINGS
3. 192630 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric to install 24 feet of conduit from a manhole to private property at 48 Highland Avenue.
a. GOL NStar Highland Ave
4. 192631 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric to install 11 feet of conduit from a pole to private property at 6 Beacon St.
a. GOL NStar Beacon St
5. 192632 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric to relocate a pole on Grove Street.
a. GOL NStar Grove St
6. 192633 : Grant of Location submitted by NStar Electric to install two poles and remove one pole on Lowell Street.
a. GOL NStar Lowell St
ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS
7. 192634 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking explain the increase of large truck traffic entering Magoun Square from the Medford and Route 93 areas.
8. 192635 : That the Chief Fire Engineer determine the cause of the recent fire at the MBTA shaft site, and, with the Director of SPCD, report whether this should have any bearing on recently approved plans for development at the site.
9. 192636 : That this Board requests that the Administration provide information about plans to support local grocery stores in our economic centers.
10. 192637 : That the Environmental Programs Manager report on the compact fluorescent light bulb program and advise if the city could feasibly implement something similar, and how the city could address the CFL disposal issues.
11. 192638 : That the Director of Communications place a reminder on the city cable wheel about trash pickup regulations.
12. 192639 : That the Chief of Police and the Director of Traffic and Parking create a traffic management plan for Kidder Avenue to slow traffic.
13. 192640 : That the Commissioner of Public Works place a trash barrel at the corner of Willow and Morrison Avenues.
14. 192641 : That this Board requests that the Administration provide a timeline for repairs to the West Branch Library and that the Commissioner of Public Works provide an update on repairs to interior walls that are peeling.
15. 192642 : That this Board requests that the Administration analyze improvements needed at the East Branch Library and provide this Board with a schedule for completion.
16. 192643 : That this Board requests that the Administration conduct a thorough review of the Public Library, including long-range planning to maintain the highest level of community services, and report back to this Board prior to the FY13 budget review.
17. 192644 : That the Commissioner of Public Works and the City Engineer inspect catch basins and roadway depressions on Adrian Street and take action to restore structural integrity and address problems of overflow.
18. 192645 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repave Adrian Street as part of the Spring 2012 paving program, and provide the Committee on Public Utilities and Works with the streets to be repaved in 2012.
19. 192646 : That this Board requests that the Administration budget funds for the meetings of certain boards and commissions to be recorded and broadcast via the city’s cable station.
20. 192647 : That the Commissioner of Public Works adjust the blinking traffic sign at the corner of Thurston Street and Evergreen Avenue so it blinks during school hours only.
21. 192648 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking install signs on Medford Street, at the corners of Thurston and Sycamore Streets, to slow down traffic.
22. 192649 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking install a NO U TURN sign on the westbound side of Broadway at School Street.
23. 192650 : That the Commissioner of Public Works repair the sinkhole and cracks on the mats at Grimmons Park.
24. 192651 : That the Director of SPCD dispatch the Neighborhood Inspection Team to 35-37 Jackson Road for possible building violations, health violations, illegal activity and disturbances.
25. 192652 : That the Director of SPCD dispatch the Neighborhood Inspection Team to 3-5 Walter Terrace for possible building violations, health violations, illegal activity, and disturbances.
26. 192653 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking install NO PARKING signs and a traffic mirror on Main Street, at the corner of Fremont Street.
27. 192654 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking install a NO PARKING sign in front of 12 Maple Avenue and paint the curb yellow from driveway to driveway.
28. 192655 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking install a DEAD END sign at the corner of Ash Avenue and E. Albion Street.
29. 192656 : That this Board offers its support of the 5th Annual White Ribbon Day campaign, advocating against domestic violence.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
30. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE
A. 192657 : Report of the Committee on Confirmation of Appointments, meeting on March 7, 2012.
a. Committee Report - C of A - 3-7-12
B. 192623 : Requesting the appointment of John O'Connor to the Fire Dept. Reserve List.
31. ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY SPECIAL COMMITTEE
A. 192658 : Report of the Committee on Environment and Energy, meeting on March 8, 2012.
a. Committee Report - E&E - 3-8-12
32. LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COMMITTEE
A. 192659 : Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting on March 6, 2012.
a. Committee Report - Leg Matters - 3-6-12
B. 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
33. LICENSES AND PERMITS COMMITTEE
A. 192660 : Report of the Committee on Licenses and Permits, meeting on March 7, 2012.
a. Committee Report - L&P - 3-7-12
B. 192579 : New Hawker Peddler License, The Tear Drop Inc., Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables Vendor.
34. PUBLIC UTILITIES AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
A. 192661 : Report of the Committee on Public Utilities and Public Works, meeting on February 29, 2012.
a. Committee Report - PUPW - 2-29-12
B. 190062 : That the Commissioner of Public Works Direct the Appropriate Utility to Remove the Double Pole at 29 Delaware Street and Check the Utility Lines for Safety as They Appear to be Touching the House.
C. 191674 : That the City Clerk request that representatives of NStar Gas and Electric appear before this Board’s Committee on Public Works and Public Utilities regarding the recent power outage in Magoun Square (June 14-15), ongoing repairs in West Somerville, and ongoing repairs and improvements citywide.
D. 191981 : That the City Clerk contact NStar Electric to request that a representative appear before this Board to explain the process for requesting commercial service.
E. 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.
F. 192523 : NStar Electric responding to #192310 re: street lights, double poles, power outages, and other items.
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b. 20120117100051286
c. 20120117100122049
G. 192662 : That the Commissioner of Public Works follow up on the information provided by NSTAR relative to the number of inoperable lights remaining to be repaired and follow up on a bi-weekly schedule on NSTAR's progress, in anticipation of completing the repairs within 60 days.
35. VETERANS AND PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE
A. 192663 : Report of the Committee on Veterans and Public Services, meeting on February 29, 2012.
a. Committee Report - Veterans - 2-29-12
B. 192664 : That this Board requests that the Administration consider asking former Veterans Services Directors Frank Senesi and Walter Pero to be co-Chairs of the Memorial Day Committee.
C. 192665 : That this Board requests that the Administration submit a request to purchase the appropriate equipment for dedications and ceremonies.
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MAYOR
36. 192666 : Requesting an appropriation of $375,000 from the Receipts Reserved for Appropriation Acct. to the Algonquin Gas Loop Project Stabilization Fund.
a. 6th Amendment
37. 192667 : Requesting the appropriation of $375,000 from the Algonquin Gas Loop Project Stabilization Fund to reconstruct roads and sidewalks.
38. 192668 : Requesting an appropriation of $75,000 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund for the purchase of Christmas and other seasonal decorations.
39. 192669 : Requesting an appropriation of $73,200 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund to purchase Police vehicles.
40. 192670 : Requesting authorization to increase the Council on Aging's Revolving Fund Cap for FY2012 from $90,000 to $130,000.
41. 192671 : Requesting approval to pay several prior-year invoices in the Traffic and Parking Dept. totalling $1,700.12.
a. FY11 Prior Year Invoices
42. 192672 : Requesting the use of FY12 funds in the Personnel Dept. to pay Arbitrator Richard Higgins for Arbitration Services on an Fiscal Year 2011 invoice totaling $600.
43. 192673 : Requesting the appointment of Peter Forcellese Jr. as City Treasurer and Collector of Taxes.
44. 192674 : Requesting the re-appointment of Edward Bean as City Auditor.
45. 192675 : Requesting the re-appointment of Angela Allen as Purchasing Agent.
46. 192676 : Requesting the re-appointment of Frank Wright as City Solicitor.
47. 192677 : Requesting the appointment of Sarah Kloos as Director of Personnel.
48. 192678 : Requesting the re-appointment of Robert King as City Engineer.
49. 192679 : Requesting the re-appointment of James DiFraia as Constable, for a term to expire December 31, 2012.
50. 192680 : Requesting the re-appointment of Michael Browne as Constable, for a term to expire December 31, 2012.
COMMUNICATIONS OF CITY OFFICERS
51. 192681 : City Clerk conveying a Resolution forwarded by the Chelsea City Council opposing the transportation of ethanol by rail to Revere.
a. Chelsea City Council Ethanol Resolution
52. 192682 : City Clerk conveying a Determination from the Attorney General re: the Open Meeting Law and participation at committee meetings.
a. OML 2012-6 Marlborough City Council Determination
53. 192683 : Licensing Commission responding to #192068 re: training requirements for licensees.
54. 192684 : Retirement Board responding to #192304 re: an increase in the Cost of Living Adjustment base for retirees.
55. 192685 : Director of Traffic and Parking responding to various Board Orders.
NEW BUSINESS
56. 192686 : Public Event Permit, Recreation Dept. Shape Up Somerville Road Race, High School Concourse, Apr 15, 10-1PM.
57. 192687 : Public Event Permit, Independent Film Festival of Boston Display, Davis Sq. Statue Park, Apr 25-30, 10AM-1AM.
58. 192688 : Public Event Permit, Davis Sq. Farmers Market, Day and Herbert Streets Parking Lot, Wednesdays May 23-Nov 21.
59. 192689 : Public Event Permit, "The Davis Flea" Open-Air Flea Market, Buena Vista Parking Lot, Sundays Jun 3-Oct 28.
60. 192690 : Public Event Permit, Gobble Gobble Gobble Road Race, Davis Sq. and surrounding area, Nov 22.
61. 192691 : Sign/Awning Permit, The Painted Burro, 219 Elm St., Sign.
62. 192692 : New Garage License, Mac's Auto Body Corp., 53 Russell St., mechanical repairs, auto body, spray painting, vehicle storage, 10 autos in, 8 out.
63. 192693 : New Fortune Teller License, Dolly Costello dba Spiritual New Age Boutique, 153 Washington St.
SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS
64. 192694 : Requesting approval of a Purchase and Sales Agreement with NStar Electric, for the purchase of NStar-owned street lights.
a. somerville ps
b. somerville la
c. Somerville DPRS Extract 2010
d. Street light Map
65. 192695 : Requesting acceptance of a donation from Christos Poutahidis in the amount of $10,000, for youth programming.
a. Christos Poutahidis - donation 2-21-12
66. 192696 : Requesting acceptance of a donation of $10,000 from D&R General Contracting, for community initiatives.
a. D+R General Contracting - 2-21-12
67. 192697 : Requesting acceptance of a donation of $10,000 from MetroPCS for youth programming and other community events.
a. MetroPCS 2-21-12
68. 192698 : Requesting acceptance of a donation of $1,000 from Robert B. King, local McDonalds owner-operator, for youth activities and community events.
a. Robert King-McDonalds 2-21-12
69. 192699 : Requesting the appointment of Marguerite Barrett as Superintendent of Water Works.
70. 192700 : Requesting the re-appointment of George Landers as Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds.
71. 192701 : Requesting the re-appointment of Steve MacEachern as Superintendent of Highways, Lines and Lights.
72. 192702 : Requesting the re-appointment of Robert McWatters as Clerk of Committees.
73. 192703 : Requesting the re-appointment of Charles Sillari as Assistant Clerk of Committees.
74. 192704 : Requesting the re-appointment of Peter Forcellese as Assistant Clerk of Committees.
75. 192705 : Requesting to discuss with this Board the status of Responsible Employer Ordinances in the State, in light of the UCANE v. Fall River case.
76. 192706 : Assistant City Solicitor responding to #192499 re: the rights of the city with respect to utility companies, specifically Verizon.
a. 192499 city rights vs utilities
LATE ITEMS
77. 192707 : That the City Solicitor research existing domestic violence ordinances in other communities and prepare a report for this Board's Committee on Legislative Matters.
78. 192708 : That the Commissioner of Public Works and the Director of Traffic and Parking post the appropriate speed limit on Shore Drive.
79. 192709 : That the Chief of Police post a traffic detail on Shore Drive to monitor traffic during rush hours.
80. 192710 : That this Board requests that the Traffic Commission consider restricting Shore Drive to residents only on weekdays, 7-9AM and 4-6PM.
81. 192711 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking determine if the parking lot at the Shore Drive Boathouse can be used by residents for overnight parking.
82. 192712 : Requesting the appointment of John O'Connor to the position of Permanent Firefighter.
83. 192713 : Requesting approval to amend the contract with Waste Management of MA Inc. regarding the Transfer Station.
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment



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