Board of Aldermen
Regular Meeting
3/22/2012 7:00 PM
Aldermanic Chambers
City Hall   93 Highland Avenue   Somerville, MA 02143
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OPENING OF THE MEETING
Roll Call
1. 192714 : Call of the Roll.
2. 192715 : Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting, February 23, 2012.
a. 02-23-2012
Minutes of Feb 23, 2012 7:00 PM
CITATIONS
3. 192716 : Commending Somerville's Greek community on the occasion of Greek Independence Day, March 25.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
4. 192717 : Grant of Location submitted by the MWRA, for a water meter cabinet across the street from 65-67 Perkins St.
a. GOL MWRA Perkins
ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS
5. 192718 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect 11 Kensington Avenue for violations, especially those contributing to rodent problems.
6. 192719 : That this Board requests that the Administration ensure that rodent baiting for the Broadway streetscape project begin at least 30 days prior to any construction.
7. 192720 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect 191 Broadway for an illegal construction and painting business, storing ladders and staging in the yard and loading trucks as early as 5:30 AM.
8. 192721 : That the Commissioner of Public Works commence a 'pothole patrol' on all streets in Ward One.
9. 192722 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect the house at Otis and Wigglesworth Streets for excessive trash.
10. 192723 : That the Commissioner of Public Works install a bench on the bump-out at 252 Medford Street (Brady Towers).
11. 192724 : That the Director of SPCD (Planning) evaluate the appropriateness of the zoned height in the Union Square CBD (Washington Street to Bow Street) and report back to this Board by mid-April.
12. 192725 : That this Board’s Committee on Traffic and Parking work with the Traffic Commission to conduct a Public Hearing in late April or early May, to review the recent Traffic and Parking regulations targeting the major business districts.
13. 192726 : That the Environmental Programs Manager and the City Solicitor work with the Legislative Matters Committee to create an ordinance for recycling at fast food establishments.
14. 192727 : That this Board supports H-3838, An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.
a. H-3838 Description
15. 192728 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking provide this Board with data regarding truck traffic on Holland Street and provide an explanation if this traffic has increased.
16. 192729 : That this Board requests that the Administration, with this Board, consider a task force or committee to explore alternatives to WalMart, including ways to incentivize locally owned businesses.
17. 192730 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) examine Thorndike Street for any rat issues under the sidewalk.
18. 192731 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect 30 Wheatland Street for building code violations, rooming house activity, and the yard being used as a debris transfer station for a contractor living in the building.
19. 192732 : That the Commissioner of Public Works evaluate the removal of the coberneck light poles on Temple Street, now that the new light poles are working.
20. 192733 : That this Board requests that the Administration consider expanding WI-FI capabilities at all city parks and public areas.
21. 192734 : That this Board requests that the Administration work with this Board to develop streetscape improvements for the Broadway Corridor from McGrath Highway to Alewife Brook Parkway.
22. 192735 : That this Board requests that the Administration appear before this Board to provide updates on the former Winter Hill Star Market Land Court litigation.
23. 192736 : That this Board requests that the Middlesex Sheriff consider using a dedicated work crew to clean the Mystic River DCR recreational path and related park areas along the Mystic River and Route 93, from the Route 28 Bridge to Route 93 on the Somerville and Medford sides of the River.
24. 192737 : That this Board’s Committee on Public Health and Safety arrange for representatives of Riverside Community Care aka Somerville Mental Health Association, to appear before the Committee to explain where the programs are and how the City can assist them.
25. 192738 : That the Chief of Police monitor the outlet of Warwick Street for vehicles exiting in the wrong direction.
26. 192739 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) inspect 24 Bay State Ave. and 29 Lowden Ave. for the illegal storage of contractor trash and equipment.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
27. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE
A. 192740 : Report of the Committee on Confirmation of Appointments, meeting on March 21, 2012.
a. Committee Report - C of A - 3-21-12
B. 191087 : Requesting the Appointment of Derek Morrison as Constable.
C. 191602 : Requesting the appointment of Andres Calderone as Constable.
D. 192447 : Requesting the appointment of Donna Leon Pierre as Constable, for a term to expire December 31, 2012.
E. 192712 : Requesting the appointment of John O'Connor to the position of Permanent Firefighter.
28. FINANCE COMMITTEE
A. 192741 : Report of the Committee on Finance, meeting on March 21, 2012.
a. Committee Report - Finance - 3-21-12
B. 192261 : Requesting the authorization of a Consolidated Gift Account for the Council on Aging.
C. 192604 : Requesting the creation of a Bicycle Stabilization Fund and the acceptance of a mitigation payment of $2,178 from Mudflat Studios, to purchase a bicycle corral.
a. Bicycle Rack Fund (Letter to Mayor)
D. 192622 : Requesting the approval of the release of an obsolete drain easement in Assembly Square.
a. Release of Drain Easement - City of Somerville (2)
E. 192627 : Requesting a transfer of $55,000 from the Salary Contingency Acct. to fund a non-union wage study.
F. 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
G. 192667 : Requesting the appropriation of $375,000 from the Algonquin Gas Loop Project Stabilization Fund to reconstruct roads and sidewalks.
H. 192670 : Requesting authorization to increase the Council on Aging's Revolving Fund Cap for FY2012 from $90,000 to $130,000.
I. 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.
J. 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
K. 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
L. 192697 : Requesting acceptance of a donation of $10,000 from MetroPCS for youth programming and other community events.
a. MetroPCS 2-21-12
M. 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
N. 192742 : That the Chief Financial Officer provide the Committee on Finance with further clarification of how the City receives appropriations of funds for acceptance into the City’s General fund.
29. LAND USE COMMITTEE
A. 192743 : Report of the Committee on Land Use, meeting on March 12, 2012.
a. Committee Report - Land Use - 3-12-12
30. LAND USE AND LEGISLATIVE MATTERS COMMITTEES
A. 192744 : Report of the Committee on Land Use, meeting in Joint Session with the Committee on Legislative Matters, on March 21, 2012.
a. Committee Report - Land Use & Leg Matters - 3-21-12
B. 192745 : Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, meeting in Joint Session with the Committee on Land Use, on March 21, 2012.
a. Committee Report - Leg Matters & Land Use - 3-21-12
31. PUBLIC HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
A. 192746 : Report of the Committee on Public Health and Public Safety, meeting on March 19, 2012.
a. Committee Report - PHPS - 3-19-12
B. 190308 : That the Director of Traffic and Parking replace or secure the traffic signs at 204 Cedar Street that face traffic exiting from Clyde Street as they pose a potential safety hazard to pedestrians.
C. 192046 : That the Director of SPCD dispatch the Neighborhood Inspection Team to 113-115 Hillsdale Road to examine the property for code violations.
D. 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.
E. 192465 : That the Director of SPCD (ISD) and the City Solicitor direct the owner of 34 Glenwood Road to take appropriate measures to rectify any conditions that might pose a safety hazard to the surrounding neighborhood.
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MAYOR
32. 192747 : Requesting the dedication of 15-25 Cross Street East in perpetuity for park and recreation purposes.
a. Harris PARC BOA dedication of land in perpetuity_3_22
b. Cross St Assessors Map 2
33. 192748 : Requesting the appropriation of $375,000 to the Algonquin Gas Loop Project Stabilization Fund.
34. 192749 : Requesting an appropriation of $11,600 from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund to replace furniture in the Aldermanic Chambers and in the Aldermen's Committee Room.
35. 192750 : Requesting approval to transfer $59,500 from the DPW Snow Acct. to the DPW Buildings and Grounds Roof Repair and Maintenance Acct., for repairs to the East Branch Library Roof.
36. 192751 : Requesting approval to transfer $36,086 from the DPW Snow Acct. to The Buildings and Grounds Elevator Repair and Maintenance Acct., to repair the elevator at the Central Library.
a. BOA Central Library Elevator
37. 192752 : Requesting approval to transfer $35,000 from the DPW Snow Acct. to the Buildings and Grounds Equipment Acct., to purchase a lawnmower.
38. 192753 : Requesting the transfer of $9,600 from the DPW Snow Acct. to the DPW Administration Hazardous Waste Removal Acct., for the removal of the underground storage tank at the Public Safety Building.
39. 192754 : Requesting acceptance of a $2,000 grant from the Dept. of Public Heath for the Fire Dept.'s Mass Decontamination Unit.
a. MDU Grant
40. 192755 : Requesting approval for the DPW to pay a prior-year invoice of $131.25 from Signet, for clock/PA system maintenance.
41. 192756 : Requesting to declare as surplus equipment some unused parking meter housings and parking meter mechanisms in the Traffic and Parking Dept.
42. 192757 : Requesting the appointment of Joseph Cerqueira as Alternate Member of the Planning Board.
43. 192758 : Requesting the appointment of Heather MacIndoe to the Women's Commission.
44. 192759 : Requesting the appointment of Marie McBride to the Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
COMMUNICATIONS OF CITY OFFICERS
45. 192760 : City Treasurer/Tax Collector submitting his Treasurer and Tax Collector Public Official Bonds.
NEW BUSINESS
46. 192761 : Public Event Permit, Emerson College Student Film Shoot, Lexington Park Playground and Bike Path and 32 Clifton St., Mar 23-24, 8AM-5PM.
47. 192762 : Public Event Permit, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Exhibit, Davis Sq. Plaza, Apr 6, 9:30AM-3:30PM.
48. 192763 : Public Event Permit, Russell Rd. Block Party, May 20, 10AM-11PM.
49. 192764 : Public Event Permit, Swirl and Slice Union Sq. Gourmet Market, Union Sq. Plaza, Every Other Thursday, Jun 14-Sep 20, 4-9PM.
50. 192765 : Public Event Permit, Day of Portugal Parade, Praca Portuguesa at Concord Sq., Jun 17, 12-4PM.
51. 192766 : Public Event Permit, "Drag Race for a Cure" 100-Yard Race, Bike Path from Cedar St. to Grove St., Oct 20, 2-3PM.
52. 192767 : Sign/Awning Permit, Ace Wheelworks, Sign.
53. 192768 : NStar Electric updating this Board on providing the DPW access to NStar's double pole tracking system.
SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS
LATE ITEMS
54. 192769 : Requesting approval to transfer $21,600 from the DPW Snow Acct. to the DPW Buildings and Grounds Interior Building Repair Acct., for pipe removal and rug replacement.
55. 192770 : Public Event Permit, St. Benedict's Good Friday Procession, St. Benedict School and Parish area, Apr 6, 5:30-7PM.
ADJOURNMENT
Adjournment



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