Inaugural Exercises and Organizational Meeting

DATE 01/02/2012
TIME 7:00 pm
ADA Yes
LOCATION JOHN T. FLAHERTY AUDITORIUM, Woburn High School, Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA, United States

Meeting Agenda

INAUGURAL EXERCISES AND ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

JOHN T. FLAHERTY AUDITORIUM, WOBURN MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS

MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012 AT 7:00 P.M.

 

The following were present:

 

MAYOR-ELECT:  Scott D. Galvin

 

ALDERMEN-ELECT:

 

                              Michael D. Anderson                    Mark E. Gaffney

                              Paul J. Denaro                               Richard F. Gately, Jr.

                              Rosa DiTucci                                Richard M. Haggerty

                              Raymond B. Drapeau                   Darlene Mercer-Bruen

Michael L. Raymond

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE-ELECT

 

Patricia E. Chisholm                                 Frederick J. Metters

Christopher T. Kisiel                                Denis M. Russell

John M. Wells

 

 

CURRENT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Margarette F. Masotta                        Michael P. Mulrenan

 

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Master of Ceremonies was Larry Rideout and the Invocation was by the Rev. John R. McLaughlin, Fr. John McLaughlin, Boston University Catholic Center and Priest Campus Minister, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

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The official returns of the Municipal Election held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 were read by the City Clerk, William C. Campbell. The oaths of office were administered to the Mayor-Elect, the Aldermen-Elect and to the Members-Elect of the School Committee.

 

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I, Scott D. Galvin, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will support the Constitution thereof, so help me God.

 

I, Scott D. Galvin, do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as Mayor, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the rules and regulations of the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth, so help me God.

 

I, Scott D. Galvin, do solemnly swear that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that I will oppose the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of this Commonwealth, by force, violence or by any illegal or unconstitutional method, so help me God.

 

 

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Scott D. Galvin, Mayor

 

Sworn to before me, by the above-named Scott D. Galvin.

 

 

                                                                          __________________________________________

William C. Campbell, City Clerk

 

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I, Michael D. Anderson, Paul J. Denaro, Rosa DiTucci, Raymond B. Drapeau, Mark E.

Gaffney, Richard F. Gately, Jr., Richard M. Haggerty, Darlene Mercer-Bruen, Michael L.

Raymond do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will support the Constitution thereof, so help me God.

 

I, Michael D. Anderson, Paul J. Denaro, Rosa DiTucci, Raymond B. Drapeau, Mark E.

Gaffney, Richard F. Gately, Jr., Richard M. Haggerty, Darlene Mercer-Bruen, Michael L. Raymond do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as Alderman, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the rules and regulations of the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth, so help me God.

 

I, Michael D. Anderson, Paul J. Denaro, Rosa DiTucci, Raymond B. Drapeau, Mark E.

Gaffney, Richard F. Gately, Jr., Richard M. Haggerty, Darlene Mercer-Bruen, Michael L. Raymond do solemnly swear that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United

States of America and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that

I will oppose the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of this

Commonwealth, by force, violence or by any illegal or unconstitutional method, so help me God.

 

 

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Michael D. Anderson                                      Mark E. Gaffney

 

_________________________________      __________________________________

Paul J. Denaro                                                 Richard F. Gately, Jr. _________________________________      __________________________________

Rosa DiTucci                                                  Richard M. Haggerty

 

_________________________________      __________________________________

Raymond B. Drapeau                                     Darlene Mercer-Bruen

 

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Michael L. Raymond

 

 

Sworn to, before me, by the above named Michael D. Anderson, Paul J. Denaro, Rosa DiTucci, Raymond B. Drapeau, Mark E. Gaffney, Richard F. Gately, Jr., Richard M. Haggerty, Darlene Mercer-Bruen, Michael L. Raymond.

 

__________________________________                                                              William C. Campbell, City Clerk

and Clerk of City Council

 

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I, Patricia E. Chisholm, Christopher T. Kisiel, Frederick J. Metters, Denis M. Russell,

John M. Wells, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will support the Constitution thereof, so help me God.

 

I, Patricia E. Chisholm, Christopher T. Kisiel, Frederick J. Metters, Denis M. Russell, John M. Wells, do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as a member of the School Committee, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the rules and regulations of the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth, so help me God.

 

I, Patricia E. Chisholm, Christopher T. Kisiel, Frederick J. Metters, Denis M. Russell,

John M. Wells, do solemnly swear that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that I will oppose the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of this Commonwealth, by force, violence or by any illegal or unconstitutional method, so help me God.

 

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Patricia E. Chisholm                                        Frederick J. Metters

 

_________________________________      __________________________________

Christopher T. Kisiel                           Michael P. Mulrenan _________________________________      __________________________________

Margarette F. Masotta                                    Denis M. Russell

 

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John M. Wells

 

Sworn to, before me, by the above named Patricia E. Chisholm, Christopher T. Kisiel, Frederick J. Metters, Denis M. Russell, John M. Wells.

 

__________________________________                                                              William C. Campbell, City Clerk

and Clerk of City Council

 

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Former Mayor the Honorable Thomas L. McLaughlin, Former Mayor the Honorable

John C. Curran, Former Mayor the Honorable Robert M. Dever, and former Mayor the Honorable John F. Gilgun, Jr. were acknowledged and the Mayor presented his Inaugural Address. The Mayor’s Inaugural Address was as follows:

 

Thank you all for coming tonight.  I am honored to serve as our City’s Mayor.  I would like to begin by thanking the voters of Woburn for their confidence in my ability to serve a second term as Mayor.  I want to remind you that my door is always open.  Thanks to the members of my re-election committee, and all those who supported me during the recent municipal election.

 

A special thank-you to the Inaugural Committee for their tireless efforts in organizing tonight’s event.  Thanks also to Mark Donovan, Superintendent of Schools, and his staff for their assistance in the logistics of the evening.  And, thank you to the Woburn Memorial High School Band and A Cappella Choir for being here to share their musical talents tonight.

 

I am grateful to have Father John McLaughlin and Father Richard Clancy participate in tonight’s ceremony.  It’s safe to say everyone present knows these two men.  They were both presidents of their respective high school classes, model citizens and outstanding athletes at Woburn High School.  They would have been successful in any career path they chose.  They have dedicated their lives to the church and have helped people all over the world.

 

I would like to also congratulate the Aldermen and School Committee members on being re-elected and elected to their respective offices.

 

Finally, I want to thank my children and family for their support, and especially my wife Eileen for her love, friendship and sacrifices she has made over the years supporting my career.

 

Before we move forward to the next two years, I will reflect on our accomplishments over the past two years.

 

We successfully provided more recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.

 

We purchased more than 80 acres of open space consisting of a portion of the Spence Farm site and Whispering Hill. These two purchases represent more acquired open space than in the past 30 years combined.  These parcels will provide unlimited recreational opportunities in the coming years.

 

The Parks and Recreation Department redeveloped the Library Field/Police Station playground with a $100,000 appropriation, which was unanimously supported by the City Council.

 

We started the Woburn Farmer’s Market at Spence Farm—which regularly attracts large crowds on Sunday mornings and provides fresh local produce, foods, and specialty items.

 

We also launched the “Be Well Woburn” Initiative, which combines recreational and wellness to encourage healthier lifestyle options for students and residents.

 

Both the Spence Farm Farmer’s Market and Be Well Woburn initiatives have been spearheaded by extremely dedicated and talented committee members, whose participation and leadership have been instrumental in the early success of these two programs.

 

We have increased our use and reliance on new technologies, which has resulted in budgetary savings and has allowed the City to deliver services in a more streamlined, efficient manner.  Examples include the new in-house payroll system, use of GPS technology for snowplowing tracking and efficiency, a streamlined permitting system, and complaint tracker.

 

We were also designated a Green Community for our dedication to Energy Efficiency and were awarded a state grant of $230,000 to assist with energy upgrades.  Prior to receiving this grant/designation, the City was active in energy efficient upgrades, recently completing lighting and heating work at City Hall.

 

We have made a strong commitment to the continued revitalization of Woburn Center. The City is poised to begin construction of 60 new parking spaces on Magazine Hill, with the assistance of a $425,000 grant from the Woburn Development Corporation.  In addition, we took a major step toward the construction of a 150-space parking deck on Walnut Hill with the recent approval of a $450,000 appropriation by the City Council to fund designer and project manager contracts.

 

We were able to provide solid, consistent services to the residents of Woburn while maintaining an affordable real estate tax and water and sewer rate. In addition, we completed numerous capital projects including:

  • The Goodyear School
  • New roofs at the Joyce and Kennedy Middle Schools
  • The Water Treatment Plant
  • Most of the Year 5 relining of water distribution pipes
  • Rag Rock Water Tank

 

We negotiated and settled union contracts with Police, Teachers’, DPW, City Hall, and Library Unions.

 

And although the past two years were productive, we as a community suffered the devastating loss of City Solicitor John McElhiney—Woburn’s finest citizen who was the ultimate family man, friend and well-rounded professional.

 

We also mourned the tragic deaths of two highly respected police officers—Sergeant Paul Connolly and Patrolman Jack Maguire.  The loss of these three dedicated public servants will never be forgotten.

 

Moving forward, we will continue to build on the initiatives and accomplishments that have benefited the residents and taxpayers of the city.

 

Energy efficiency and savings will continue to be pursued aggressively.  I plan to present a proposal to the City Council and School Committee for their approval of the creation and funding of a new position of “Energy Facilities Director” responsible for analyzing, implementing, and managing energy efficiency initiatives in all public buildings, vehicles, and structures.

 

We will continue to explore and embrace advancements in IT technology that help us operate more efficiently and deliver better services to the residents of Woburn.

 

We will continue to support the enhancements of recreational and healthy lifestyle opportunities for residents of all ages, including:

 

Playground and walking trail upgrades, increased support for Be Well Woburn and Spence Farm Farmer’s Market.

 

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Woburn Redevelopment Authority and vital support of the City Council is helping to move forward downtown revitalization efforts.  The addition of 60 parking spaces on Magazine Hill is contracted to begin in February, followed by work toward construction of a 150-space parking deck on Walnut Hill.  I am confident both of these projects will be completed.

 

In addition, the collaboration between my office, the City Council and State Rep. Jim Dwyer resulted in the overwhelming approval by voters to allow for eight new beer and wine licenses for restaurants. The proposal now needs to be approved on Beacon Hill.

Approval of this joint collaboration will further assist with downtown revitalization.

We will continue with the commitment to update our water and sewer infrastructure started under Mayor Dever.  A number of projects that will enhance the delivery and quality of our water supply are in motion.  These projects include the year six water relining program, Dix Road pumping station and Shaker Glen Booster Station.

 

I will work with the School Committee and City Council to continue working toward elementary school parity.  At this time I would also like to acknowledge longtime School Committee member — Joe Crowley —who is retiring after 37 years of service.  Joe was an outspoken leader in the school rebuilding program that has made Woburn the envy of surrounding communities. Thank you, Joe.

 

In order to continue growing and prospering, we must capitalize on our strategic location at the intersection of 93/128.  In doing so, we will fortify our tax base and continue offering public services with a very affordable tax rate.

 

To aide in this mission it is important for the City to re-evaluate and update our Master Plan for Zoning.  I will seek City Council approval of an appropriation to fund this endeavor.

 

The men and women of the Woburn Police and Fire Departments protect the city of Woburn 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.  They quietly and professionally serve and protect our city, facing dangerous situations on a daily basis and in extreme weather conditions.  There is never a gap in protection.

 

The recent death of Peabody Fireman James Rice reminds us of the risks facing the men of the Woburn Fire Department every time they answer a call.  Bravery, professionalism, and dedication are the overwhelming character traits of the men of the Woburn Fire Department, both present and past.

 

Over the past year, the Woburn Police Department lost Officer Jack Maguire when he selflessly answered the call to stop an armed robbery. They also witnessed another Officer—Robert Dinapoli—shot and seriously wounded when he, too, answered the call to prevent an armed robbery.

 

These tragic events have inflicted severe pain on family members, the community and

Woburn Police Officers.  No words will bring back Officer Maguire, nor relieve Officer DiNapoli of the pain he continues to experience—but their bravery and service will never be forgotten by Our City.

 

We are proud of every Police Officer in the Department, both present and past.  Their actions, courage, demeanor and resilience in protecting the City following these tragedies have been heroic.

 

Each and every Police Officer in performing their daily actions has served as a strong role model for the youth of our city. For this, we thank you!

The public safety of city residents is a top priority of my administration and the City Council.  With the recent appointment of Police Chief Robert Ferullo, I am confident our City will be well-served and protected.

 

In furtherance of our commitment to public safety, I am pleased tonight to be promoting three new lieutenants, three new sergeants, three new patrolmen, and eleven new reserves to the Woburn Police Department.

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The Clerk administered the oath of office to the following individuals: Police Lieutenant David A. Magee, Police Lieutenant Steven R. Marshall, Police Lieutenant Christopher P.

Wackrow, Police Sargeant Timothy P. Donovan, Police Sargeant Edward Jolly, Police

Sargeant Arthur C. Tourkantonis, Jr., Police Officer Erik C. Hill, Police Officer Tomas

Morales, Police Officer David W. Ralli, Reserve Police Officer Andrew J. Albertelli,

Reserve Police Officer Cristina A. Bartolomeu, Reserve Police Officer Eric W. Bowe, Reserve Police Officer Stephen G. Campo, Reserve Police Officer Robert C. DeNapoli, Jr., Reserve Police Officer Fabricio C. DeSouza, Reserve Police Officer Daniel J.

Driscoll, Jr., Reserve Police Officer Kylee M. Lally, Reserve Police Officer Demarcus A. Lockett, Reserve Police Officer Robert Pruyne, and Reserve Police Officer Jeffrey W.

Stone.

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The Benediction was read by Rev. Richard F. Clancy, Campus Ministry, Massachusetts

Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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CITY COUNCIL

MEETING FOR ORGANIZATION

CONFERENCE ROOM, WOBURN MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS

JANUARY 2, 2012

 

Members Present

 

                              Michael D. Anderson                    Mark E. Gaffney

                              Paul J. Denaro                               Richard F. Gately, Jr.

                              Rosa DiTucci                                Richard M. Haggerty

                              Raymond B. Drapeau                   Darlene Mercer-Bruen

Michael L. Raymond

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Pursuant to Title 3, Section 11 of Chapter 172 of the Acts of 1897 of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as amended, known as the Charter of the City of Woburn, the City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council called to order the City Council.

 

Further, pursuant to said Act, the City Council proceeded to the election of a President by roll call vote.

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ROLL CALL: Anderson – Denaro, Denaro – Denaro, DiTucci – Denaro, Drapeau – Denaro, Gaffney – Denaro, Gately – Denaro, Haggerty – Denaro, Mercer-Bruen – Denaro, Raymond – Denaro.

 

On the first ballot, Alderman Denaro received nine (9) votes. Alderman Denaro, having received the necessary majority vote, was declared elected to the position of President of the City Council.

 

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I, Paul J. Denaro, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will support the Constitution thereof, so help me God.

 

I, Paul J. Denaro, do solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as President of the City Council, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the rules and regulations of the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth, so help me God.

 

I, Paul J. Denaro, do solemnly swear that I will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that I will oppose the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of this Commonwealth, by force, violence or by any illegal or unconstitutional method, so help me God.

 

 

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Paul J. Denaro

 

 

Sworn to before me, by the above-named Paul J. Denaro.

 

 

_________________________________                                                              William C. Campbell, City Clerk

and Clerk of the City Council

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ORDERED     That the Rules and Orders of the City Council of 2010-2011 be ADOPTED as the Rules of the present City Council until otherwise Ordered.

 

s/Alderman Denaro

 

Motion made and 2nd that the ORDER be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

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Motion made and 2nd to ADJOURN, all in favor, 9-0. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

A TRUE RECORD ATTEST:

 

 

 

William C. Campbell

City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council

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