City Council – 04/15/2014

DATE 04/15/2014
TIME 7:00 pm
ADA Yes
LOCATION Council Chamber, Woburn City Hall, Common Street, Woburn, MA, United States

Meeting Agenda

CITY OF WOBURN

APRIL 15, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

Roll Call

 

                                                Anderson Gaffney
                                                Concannon Gately
DiTucci Mercer-Bruen
Drapeau Raymond

Haggerty

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A moment of silence was held in observance of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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VOTED to dispense with the reading of the previous meeting’s Journal and to APPROVE, all in favor, 9-0.

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MAYOR’S COMMUNICATIONS: 

 

A communication dated April 9, 2014 with attachments was received from His Honor the Mayor Scott D. Galvin as follows:

 

Dear President Haggerty and Members of the Woburn City Council:

 

I have recently requested Auditor Surette to reconsider his decision to retire at the end of this month. I am pleased to report that he has decided to continue his employment with the City. Over the next 18 months, the City will be dealing with a number of financial issues that will benefit from the experience, knowledge and stability that Gerald Surette brings to the Auditor’s office.

 

I have submitted an order requesting that I be authorized by the Honorable Members of the City Council to enter an employment contract with Mr. Surette for the provision of services in accordance therewith.

 

I have attached the contract for your review. The contract will extend Auditor Surette’s employment until 9-30-2015, with the same terms and conditions of his current employment. The only change under the submitted employment contract allows him to receive his previously approved sick leave buy back on April 30, 2014.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to call.

 

Sincerely, s/Scott D. Galvin, Mayor

 

A communication dated April 9, 2014 was received from City Auditor Gerald W. Surette as follows:

 

Subject: Reconsideration of retiring from City Hall

 

At the request of Mayor Scott Galvin, I am submitting this letter to the Woburn City Council stating that I and Mayor Galvin have made a decision to continue with my employment as City Auditor for the City of Woburn.

 

For me, the decision to continue as City Auditor for the City of Woburn is not a very difficult one, but a decision that there is so much more to do for the City of Woburn.

 

I would hope that by vote of the Woburn City Council that I would receive the continued support of the City Council and allow me to continue with my employment as City Auditor for the City of Woburn.

 

Thank you all in advance for your consideration and support in this matter.

 

Sincerely and respectfully, s/Gerald W. Surette, City Auditor

 

Attached thereto was a contract entitled “City of Woburn – Personal Services Contract – City Auditor” dated April 15, 2014 and the following proposed Order:

 

ORDERED     Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Woburn that the mayor be authorized pursuant to M.G.L. c.41, §108N, to enter into an employment contact with Gerald W. Surette for the provision of City Auditor services in accordance therewith.

 

s/President Haggerty

Per request of the Mayor

 

President Haggerty stated that he had a conversation with the City Auditor Gerald Surette, the Mayor, the Committee on Personnel Chair and Members of the Committee on Personnel concerning this matter. Motion made and 2nd to suspend the rules to hear from His Honor the Mayor concerning this matter, all in favor, 9-0. Mayor Galvin stated that he has been in contact with the City Council President on a number of occasions concerning this matter, that the terms of the contract are identical to those for the position of City Auditor under the municipal code and State law, that the Mr. Surette would be allowed to receive his sick leave buy back with the City Council previously authorized, and that he spoke to the Aldermen previously about this issue. Alderman Raymond stated that the proposal makes sense. Alderman Gately asked why Mr. Surette does not just withdraw his earlier notice of retirement, and asked why there is a need for a contract. Mayor Galvin stated that the reason for the contract is to allow the additional benefit of the sick leave to be paid while the employee is working for the city, and that the Mr. Surette wants to remain working for the city and to receive his sick leave buyback at this time. Alderman Gately stated that the City Council has already begun receiving applications and has been soliciting applicants. Alderman Anderson stated that the sick leave buyback is the same as union department heads now receive. Mayor Galvin stated that the Mr. Surette is committed to working for the an additional eighteen months barring any unforeseen personal emergencies. Alderman Anderson stated that the sick leave is coming from the Free Cash account, and that if the money was not paid now the money could be paid out of the regular budget next year. Mayor Galvin stated that if the contract is approved the liability for the sick leave is retired, and that the contract also allows the Mr. Surette to get access to the money now. Alderman DiTucci stated that she has the highest regard for Mr. Surette, that the resignation of Mr. Surette caused the Committee on Personnel to engage in a thorough and rigorous process to find a replacement, that Mr. Surette had agreed to stay on as a consultant for as long as was needed to find the replacement, that she wanted to know why Mr. Surette changed his mind about retirement, and that the decision to retire is not one generally made lightly. City Auditor Gerald Surette stated that he came back as the request of the Mayor, and that the Mayor believed that he had enough financial problems and issues that the city would benefit with him staying in the position. Mayor Galvin stated that he has known Mr. Surette for sixteen years and has worked with him the past five years, that there is a new school being planned, a potential new library and a potential new fire station, that he met with bond counsel today and was told that it is beneficial for the bond rating to have a strong financial team, and that the opportunity is here to maintain stability and show a strong financial team. Alderman DiTucci stated that she did not believe that hiring a new City Auditor would bring instability. Mayor Galvin stated that the issues speaks for itself, that there will be no liability for sick leave if Mr. Surette does become ill, that the city would not pay Mr. Surette for days if he did not have sick leave or vacation time available, and that Mr. Surette accrues five weeks of vacation each year. Alderman Concannon stated that the option is to pay Mr. Surette at the end of the month when he retires or pay him at the end of the month and he remains as City Auditor, that either way the payment is made to Mr. Surette, that Mr. Surette will have the same responsibilities, the same duties and the same restrictions, that Mr. Surette is a seasoned veteran auditor, that he has assisted with big issues in the past such as building projects, that because of the unique situation no precedent is created, and that it is in the best interest of the city to pay Mr. Surette and have him remain in the position. Alderman Gately stated that it will benefit the city to keep Mr. Surette as City Auditor for another eighteen months. Alderman Gaffney stated that he is in favor of Mr. Surette remaining as City Auditor under contract. Motion made and 2nd to return to the regular order of business, all in favor, 9-0. Motion made and 2nd that the ORDER be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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ORDERED     That the amount of $200,000.00 be and is hereby appropriated from BLS/Ambulance Receipts Acct #31359-590000 $200,000.00 to

Fire/Overtime Acct #0122051-513100 $100,000.00, Fire/Ambulance Salary Acct #0122051-511500 $100,000.00, Total $200,000.00

 

I hereby recommend the above: s/Scott D. Galvin, Mayor

I hereby approve the above: s/Timothy J. Ring, Chief, Fire Department

I have reviewed the above: s/Gerald W. Surette, City Auditor

 

s/President Haggerty

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE and that the City Auditor and City Engineer attend the Committee on Finance Meeting, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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ORDERED     That the amount of $3,000.00 be and is hereby appropriated from Fire

Telephone Acct #0122052-534100 $3,000.00 to Fire/Fuel & Oil Acct

#0122052-521301 $3,000.00

 

I hereby recommend the above: s/Scott D. Galvin, Mayor

I hereby approve the above: s/Timothy J. Ring, Chief, Fire Department

I have reviewed the above: s/Gerald W. Surette, City Auditor

 

s/President Haggerty

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE and that the City Auditor and City Engineer attend the Committee on Finance Meeting, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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ORDERED      That the sum of $3,500,000.00 be and is hereby appropriated from Water

& Sewer Enterprise Retained Earnings Acct #642-359000 (Free Cash)

$3,500,000.00 to Water Meters Acct #630058-581269 $3,500,000.00 – Purpose: To use an alternate source of revenue as allowed by bond authorization.

 

I do hereby recommend the above: s/Scott D. Galvin, Mayor

I have reviewed the above: s/Gerald W. Surette, City Auditor

 

s/President Haggerty

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE and that the City Auditor and City Engineer attend the Committee on Finance Meeting, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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ORDERED     That the Order of this Council adopted on April 17, 2007, and approved by the Mayor on April 20, 2007, approving the borrowing of $33,850,000 to pay costs of the following water system improvement project, in the following amounts:

 

Project Amount
Shaker Glen Pump Station $     800,000.00
Rag Rock Tank $  5,900,000.00
Water Quality Capital Impr. $  5,378,000.00
Fire Protection Capital Impr. $  5,972,000.00
Water Treatment Plant Design $15,800,000.00
    and Construction  

 

Is hereby amended to permit the expenditure of funds authorized to be borrowed thereunder, but which are no longer needed to pay costs of completing certain of the projects described above, to pay additional costs of the Shaker Glen Pump Station Project in the amount of $300,000.00 and additional costs of the Water Quality Capital Improvement Project in the amount of $4,900,000.00

 

                                                                              s/Mayor Scott Galvin

 

s/President Haggerty

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE and that the City Auditor and City Engineer attend the Committee on Finance Meeting, all in favor, 9-0.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:  

 

On the petition to consider whether to lay out as public ways the following streets:

Mentas Circle and Josam Lane. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. A communication dated April 9, 2014 was received from Tina P. Cassidy, Planning Director, Woburn Planning Board as follows:

 

Re: Acceptance of Mentas Circle and Josam Lane as public ways

 

Dear Mr. Campbell and Members of the City Council:

 

At the Planning Board meeting held on April 8, 2014, the Planning Board vote to recommend to the City Council that Mentas Circle and Josam Lane be accepted as public ways in the City of Woburn.

 

If members of the City Council have any questions or concerns regarding the foregoing recommendation, please feel free to contact me.

 

Respectfully, s/Tina P. Cassidy, Planning Director

 

IN FAVOR: None. OPPOSED: None. Motion made and 2nd that the public hearing be closed, all in favor 9-0. Motion made and 2nd that MENTAS CIRCLE AND JOSAM LANE be ACCEPTED AS PUBLIC WAYS, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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On the petition by Peter Mamakos, 43 Almont Street, Medford, Massachusetts for a special permit to amend a special permit pursuant to Section 5.1.29 of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended to allow alteration of the floor plan and amend the plan of record at 487-489 Main Street. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. A report was received from the Committee on Special Permits as follows: “Ought to pass, as amended, with the conditions as follows:

 

  1. That the condition #11 of the Special Permit issued April 7, 2005 be stricken and in its place be inserted a new condition #11 as follows “11. That the special permit be limited to Peter Mamakos for “The Restaurant” and that the allowable occupancy may not exceed 117 persons as per the Building Code”.
  2. That all conditions of the City Council Special Permit issued on April 7, 2005 and amended on March 11, 2011 shall remain in full force and effect unless further modified by this decision.
  3. That the aforesaid Special Permit, as amended, be further amended to reflect plan dated 9/17/2013 Revised 2/24/2014, Prepared by Seger Architects, Inc. 10 Derby Square, Salem, MA
  4. That any additional changes to the existing floor plan of record shall require City Council approval.”

 

Appearing was the petitioner Peter Mamakos. IN FAVOR: None. OPPOSED: None.

Motion made and 2nd that the public hearing be closed, all in favor, 9-0. Alderman Drapeau stated that he does not agree with the proposed Condition 4 as the petitioner should not have to come back to the City Council to change his floor plan unless there is major construction. Alderman Gately stated that the intent is not because a table changes position, that the special permit was required when the project was originally permitted, that the petitioner is locked into having 117 seats, and that the petitioner does not have to come back to the City Council to move a table however if there are structural changes the petitioner has to come back to the City Council. Alderman Mercer-Bruen stated that the requirement that the petitioner return to the City Council protects the city and the petitioner by requiring City Council approval. Alderman Raymond stated that the Building Commissioner said that the petitioner moving chairs and tables could affect public safety with regards to access, and that if City Council approval is required of this petitioner then it should be required of other restaurants as well. Alderman Drapeau stated that the petitioner is subject to inspection by the Fire Department and is subject to other regulations regardless of what is in the special permit, and that the Building Inspector is going to require any changes to seating arrangements to be subject of a special permit amendment. Alderman Haggerty stated that the City Council could exempt seating arrangements from the special permit. Alderman Mercer-Bruen stated that if the tables are moved around there is no issue but if the petitioner is allowed to move the table out this could change the nature of the business from a restaurant to something else. Mr. Mamakos stated that under the requirements for liquor licenses he is required to have at least 100 seats. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL PERMIT be GRANTED, AS AMENDED with conditions as follows 1. That four conditions recommended by the Committee on Special Permits as further amended be conditions of the special permit, and 2. That proposed Condition 4 be amended to read: 4. That any additional changes to the existing floor plan of record, with the exception of the rearrangement of the  placement of tables and chairs, shall require City Council approval, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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On the petition by C.N. Wood Realty LLC, 200 Merrimac Street, Woburn, Massachusetts

01801 for a special permit pursuant to Section 7.3 of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, to allow an addition to be constructed on the existing building as an extension or alteration of a pre-existing non-conforming structure or use at 200 Merrimac Street. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. A report was received from the Committee on Special Permits as follows: “Ought to pass, as amended, with the conditions as follows:

 

  1. That the Plan of Record shall be “Building Addition for 200 Merrimac Street,

Woburn, MA 01801” Sheets Cover Sheet, ABB-1, ABB-2, EX-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, D-1, D-2 dated January 28, 2014 and Sheet C-1 dated March 6, 2014 prepared by Allen and Major Associates, Inc, 100 Commerce Way, Woburn, MA 01888; and

  1. That the Operation and Maintenance Plan shall be in accordance with and outlined within the “Development Impact Statement” prepared by Allen and Major Associates, Inc. dated January 28, 2014; and
  2. That the developer provide the Engineering Department with the mitigation fee as outlined in the Development Impact Statement dated January 28, 2014 by Allen and Major Associates prior to the issuance of a building permit; and
  3. That all dumpsters shall be enclosed by a sight impervious fence; and
  4. That the Engineering Department shall review and approve the drainage calculations submitted by the developer prior to the issuance of a building permit, and
  5. That all conditions outlined in the Development Impact Statement dated January 28, 2014 Prepared by Allen & Major Associates, Inc. be made part of the Special Permit.

 

Appearing for the petitioner was Attorney Brian D. McGrail, 599 North Avenue, Suite 7, Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880. IN FAVOR: None. OPPOSED: None. Motion made

and 2nd that the public hearing be closed, all in favor, 9-0. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL PERMIT be GRANTED, AS AMENDED with the six conditions recommended by the Committee on Special Permits be conditions of the special permit, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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On the petition by Boston Electrometallurgical Corp., 6C Gill Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Section 5.1.41 to allow for research and testing of master alloys at 6C Gill Street. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. A communication dated April 9, 2014 was received from Tina P. Cassidy, Planning Director, Woburn Planning Board as follows:

 

Re: Boston Electrometallurgical Corp. – 6C Gill Street – to allow for use of existing space for master alloys research and testing laboratory pursuant to Section 5.1.41

 

Dear Mr. Campbell and Members of the City Council:

 

At the Planning Board meeting held on April 8, 2014, the Planning Board vote to send a favorable recommendation to the City Council on the Special Permit application of Boston Electrometallurgical Corp. to allow for use of existing space at 6C Gill Street for a master alloys research and testing laboratory.

 

If members of the City Council have any questions or concerns regarding the foregoing recommendation, please feel free to contact me.

 

Respectfully, s/Tina P. Cassidy, Planning Director

 

Appearing for the petitioner was Attorney Mark Salvati, 10 Cedar Street, Suite 26, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 and he stated that the locus is located in the I-P zoning district, that the petitioner conducts research, and that the research involves testing metals by using a furnace. Matthew Humbert stated that the company is a start-up out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that the petitioner melts minerals and rocks with electricity, that the process allows the separation of oxygen from the metals, that the metal is allowed to cool into bars, that the furnace is about the size of a washing machine, that the metals are an alloy element for making steel and other alloy elements, that there is a lower concentration of steel and a higher concentration of alloying elements, that the principal element is manganese oxide and making steel from that material, that no other material has been found to be as acceptable to date, that having metals in a liquid format is the casting process, that volume of some is like arc welding with less toxic components, that the furnace process is self-contained with a high temperature chimney and a high temperature filter box which is HEPA certified, that there are currently three employees and this will increase to five or six employees by the end of the summer 2014, that the hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., that four permits have issued from the Fire Department for the operation, that the petitioner will manufacture hundreds of pounds of metal but this will not be of interest to entities dealing with hundreds of tons of metal, and that this is a small production facility that does some manufacturing with hopes to extend the scale of production. Alderman Raymond stated that he visited the site, that the Fire Department reviewed the facility, that a couple of professors at MIT developed the process that the petitioner will be using, that this use is a second phase with a little bigger oven, and that the next stage will be going into production. Motion made and 2nd that the public hearing be closed, all in favor, 9-0. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL PERMIT be GRANTED, AS AMENDED

with the amendment as follows: 1. That the hours of operation shall be between 7:00 a.m.

to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, all in favor, 9-0.

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CITIZEN’S PARTICIPATION:  None.

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COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

FINANCE:

 

On the Order to transfer the sum of $730.00 from Parks/Pick-Up Truck Acct to Parks Dept/Sod Cutter Acct, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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On the petition by St. Anthony Parish for a Special Event Permit, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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On the petitions for renewal of Taxi Cab Licenses by Ali A. Saleh dba Metro Cab, Maqsud Shaikh dba Bombay Taxi, and Woburn Cab Company, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, 8 in favor, 1 opposed (Drapeau opposed).

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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On the petitions for renewal of Livery Licenses by Patricia Porrazzo dba Hollywood

Limousine Service, and American Classic Limo Inc., committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, 8 in favor, 1 opposed (Drapeau opposed).

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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On the petition by TransAction Corporate Shuttles, Inc. on the petition for a new Common Carrier License, committee report was received “ought to pass, conditioned upon providing registrations.” Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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On the Order to further amend 1989 Woburn Municipal Code, as amended, Sections 15-5

Building Permit Fees, 15-6 Electrical Permit Fee and 15-14 Plumbing and Gas Permit

Fees, committee report was received “Ought to pass, as further amended by adding the words ‘and other remedies at law or equity’ at the end of Section 15-5 Miscellaneous (3), at the end of Section 15-6 Miscellaneous (6) and at the end of Section 15-14

Miscellaneous (3).” Alderman Drapeau stated that it was not demonstrated that the proposed increases were necessary, that the department is collecting double its expenses the last year, that the expense of the office is $500,000.00 and the income of the office is over $1,000,000.00, that fees are a back door tax if the city is collecting more than paying out in expenses, that this proposal is the city garnering more revenue, that making the case that other cities and towns charge more for the fees and that the city should charge the same is not acceptable, that he wants to keep the city affordable, that these permit fees paid by contractors will be passed on to the city’s residents when work is done, and that this is essentially a backdoor tax. Alderman Gately stated that there has to be a reason for a fee increase, that the city should not be raising fees unless they are losing money, that the city is not losing money, that there has been a significant increase in the costs of parts to contractors, and that these increases in parts along with an increase in permit fees will drive up the costs of work for the residents. Alderman Concannon stated that the fees should reflect the cost of service, that the city should not raise a fee simply because it can, that the city should not increase fees unless the city needs the revenue, that if you look at the amount of fees against the budget line item the city is in the black however the time of inspectors to do the work outweighs the revenue received, and that he believes that the need was demonstrated. Alderman Anderson stated that he initially felt this was a money grab, that the fees have not been increased in twenty years, that the cost of operating the city have increased over the last twenty years, that the Department of Public Works, Planning Department, City Engineer and City Solicitor are all departments that are also involved in the permit process particularly on the larger projects, that there are costs for these other departments that are not being recovered, that he is comfortable with the proposed amendment and the fees will still be lower than other communities, and that the City Council should approve the proposed amendment. Alderman Raymond stated that the city is not a fee for service business, that the city operates on a budget, that the funding comes from the budget not a fee for service, that fees collected are revenue for the city and these particular fees have not been raised for eighteen years, that the city may not need the money but the fees have not been raised for eighteen years, that other departments are involved in the permit review process, and that the city is operating at a loss when the other department time and expenses are included. Alderman Mercer-Bruen stated that the Building Commissioner outlined the costs of some larger projects, that there are hours of pre-work, and that the City Council should move forward with the amendment. Alderman Drapeau stated that the Alderman can try to dress this issue up but it is not pretty, that the State is raising fees at the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fund the shortfall at the MBTA, and that he has always looked at the citizens as a valuable asset and has tried to keep down these escalating costs. President Haggerty stated that the city is operating in the red when you look at all department costs. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, 7 in favor, 2 opposed (Drapeau, Gately opposed).

Presented to the Mayor April 17, 2014 and ten days having elapsed without same being approved, said License became effective without his signature on April 29, 2014.

 

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On the Order to amend Section 2-180 of the 1989 Woburn Municipal Code, as amended, relative to the salary of the Mayor, committee report was received “Ought to pass as amended, with the amendment as follows: ‘1. That the salary of Mayor be listed as follows: Effective January 15, 2016 $93,000.00, effective July 1, 2016 $103,000.00, effective July 1, 2017 $113,000.00, effective July 1, 2018 $123,000.00’.” Alderman Concannon stated that he supports the increase, that he supports the initial timing of increasing the salary beginning in January 2016 which is after the next election, that he believes that the next step increase should be set for January 2018, and that this process would not be as dramatic an increase as it proposed. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor April 17, 2014 and ten days having elapsed without same being approved, said License became effective without his signature on April 29, 2014.

 

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On the Order to amend Section 6-10 relative to late fee for dog registration, committee report was received “ought not to pass.” Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 9-0.

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NEW PETITIONS:

 

Petition by YMCA of Greater Boston-North Suburban Branch, 137 Lexington Street for a Special Event Permit to allow a road race on June 29, 2014 in the Horn Pond area. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT be GRANTED, all in favor, 9-

0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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Petition by Social Capital Inc., 165M New Boston Street, Suite #233 for a Special Event

Permit to allow a concert series on June 27, 2014, July 11, 2014, July 25, 2014, August 1, 2014, and August 22, 2014 with rain dates to be determined at the northern end of Horn Pond. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT be GRANTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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Petition by Boston Tours, Inc., 56 William Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02453 for renewal of Common Carrier License. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSES, all in favor, 9-

0.

 

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Petition by Checker Cab of Woburn, Inc., 289R Salem Street for renewal of Livery

License. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSES, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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Petition by Checker Cab of Woburn, Inc., 289R Salem Street for renewal of Taxi Cab License. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND LICENSES, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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Petition by City of Woburn, c/o Engineering Department for a special permit pursuant to 1989 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.1.79 and 15 to allow for construction of a bathroom/concession stand at Gonsalves Park and Groundwater Protection District. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO PUBLIC HEARING and that a communication be forwarded to the Mayor requesting a report as to the funding source for the project, all in favor, 9-0.

 

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Petition by New England Orienteering Club, Inc., 9 Cannon Road for a Special Event

Permit to allow map and compass orienteering event on August 24, 2014 in the Horn Pond Area. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT be GRANTED, all in favor, 9-0.

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

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COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS:

 

A communication dated March 31, 2014 was received from William Gibbons, PG, LSP,

Senior Project Manager, The Vertex Companies, Inc., One Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114 advising that pursuant to 310 CMR 40.0183(5) of the

Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) Joseph Blucher filed a Downgradient Property Status Opinion with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with regard to a release of oil and/or hazardous material at 24 Torrice Drive. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be RECEIVED AND PLACED ON FILE, all in favor, 9-0.

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF PRECEDING MEETING:  None.

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APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS: 

 

A communication dated April 3, 2014 was received from Director of Human Resources Jan Robbins Cox advising the City Council as her appointing authority of her intention to retire from the position of Woburn Director of Human Resources with an anticipated retirement date of September 10, 2014. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON PERSONNEL, all in favor, 9-0.

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MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

 

ORDERED     That the City Council Regular Meetings summer session shall be held on July 15, 2014 and August 12, 2014 and all other meetings scheduled for July 2014 and August 2014 are hereby canceled.

 

s/President Haggerty

 

Motion made and 2nd that the ORDER be ADOPTED, AS AMENDED with the

amendment as follows: 1. That the meetings shall begin at 6:30 p.m., all in favor, 9-0.

 

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ORDERED     That pursuant to 1989 Woburn Municipal Code, as amended, Title 3,

Article I, Section 3-6 the City Clerk is hereby authorized to dispose of a

Dell PC with serial number CN-0G1494-70821-343-33F8 which the City Clerk has determined is of no value to the department and which no other department has expressed an interest in obtaining.

 

s/President Haggerty

 

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

Presented to the Mayor: April 17, 2014                  s/Scott D. Galvin April 17, 2014

 

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ORDERED     Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Woburn that Title 2,

Administration and Personnel, Article XXVI, City Ambulance Service, Section 2-174 Rates of Service, of the Woburn Municipal Code be amended as follows (deletions in strikethrough, additions in bold):

 

2-174 Rates of service.

 

A. The following fees shall be charged for all persons transported to the hospital by the City ambulance service: Current Medicare Fee Schedule plus 300%.

 

s/President Haggerty

Per request of the Mayor

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON ORDINANCES, all in favor, 9-0.

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Motion made and 2nd to ADJOURN, all in favor, 9-0. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

 

A TRUE RECORD ATTEST:

 

 

 

William C. Campbell

City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council

 

 

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