City Council – 05/11/2011

DATE 05/11/2011
TIME 6:30 pm
ADA Yes
LOCATION Council Chamber, Woburn City Hall, Common Street, Woburn, MA, United States

Meeting Agenda

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CITY OF WOBURN

MAY 11, 2011 – 6:30 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, WOBURN CITY HALL

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

 

Roll Call

                                                      Anderson                         Gately

                                                      DiTucci                            Haggerty

                                                                  Drapeau                           Mercer-Bruen

                                                     Gaffney                             Raymond

Denaro

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Pursuant to Title III, Section 12 of the Charter of the City of Woburn, His Honor the Mayor has called a Special Meeting of the City Council to be held in the City Council Chambers on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving the FY2012 Municipal Budget.

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Mayor Scott D. Galvin appeared and read the following communication dated May 11, 2011 into the record:

 

Dear President Denaro and Distinguished Members of the Woburn City Council,

 

I am pleased to submit to the City Council for your review the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.  The total budget of $117,477,959.00 represents a 3.3 percent increase over the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget.  Spiraling increases related to pension liabilities and health insurance costs were primary contributors to this increase.

 

The budget as presented is well under the spending limits imposed by Proposition 2 ½.  A number of cost-saving initiatives started during my first year as Mayor have helped keep us under the limits of Proposition 2 ½, and resulted in savings to the City.  Those initiatives include the consolidation of the Woburn Redevelopment Authority and Planning Board; efficiency changes to payroll service; aggressive rebidding of contracts; and the implementation of a CitiStat Program.

 

We have started renegotiating the City’s electricity supplier contract for FY 2012, and are close to signing a contract with a vendor that will result in a budgetary savings in excess of $250,000.00.  In addition, we anticipate becoming certified as a Green Community early in FY 2012.  Using a combination of Green Communities grants and City funding, we will make energy efficient upgrades that will result in significant budgetary savings.

 

I have also been negotiating union contracts with every employee union in the City for the past few months.  I am pleased to report that the City has settled its first contract with the Police Superior Officer’s Union (see attachment for details).   I am confident that the City will be able to settle the remaining contracts in a fair and equitable manner, taking into account the needs and concerns of both taxpayers and employees.

 

The School Budget increased by $495,000.00, or slightly in excess of 1 percent.  This impressive fiscal effort was accomplished without layoffs, reduction in educational services, supplies, or maintenance.

 

Although the City continues to remain well within the spending constraints of Proposition 2 ½ due to our steady, strong fiscal management policies, we cannot ignore harmful budgetary restraints caused by the continued skyrocketing costs of health insurance.

 

I ask each City Council member to contact Woburn’s State Representatives and State Senators, and urge them to support Speaker DeLeo’s Bill, which allows cities and towns the right to make plan design changes to health insurance, including co-pays and deductibles, outside of collective bargaining.  This type of reform is critical in helping us to contain this growing problem.

 

I look forward to discussing the details of Woburn’s FY 2012 Budget with each of you during committee meetings.

 

Respectfully, s/Scott D. Galvin

 

Attached thereto was the following:

 

ORDERED     That for the purpose of defraying expenses for the fiscal year July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012 the following sums of money be and they are respectfully appropriated to the accounts and for the objects and purpose herein after stated and explained:

 

 

Page           Department                                  Dept Code #                                                   Summary         Total

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1 City  Council 0111 Salary 92,162.84
Maintenance 10,700.00 102,862.84
2 Mayor 0121 Salary 121,960.00
Maintenance 77,400.00 199,360.00
3 Community Services 0122 Maintenance 32,000.00 32,000.00
4 Auditor 0134 Salary 256,524.34
Maintenance 109,350.00 365,874.34
5 Purchasing 0136 Salary 154,393.88
Maintenance

2,700.00

157,093.88
6 Assessor 0137 Salary 441,235.36
Maintenance 71,600.00 512,835.36
7 Treasurer / Collector 0138 Salary 351,616.23
Maintenance 98,500.00 450,116.23
  1. Law         0151      Salary    126,990.00                                                        Maintenance   127,000.00           253,990.00

  1. Data Processing    0154      Salary    12,000.00                                              Maintenance        289,900.00           301,900.00

  1. City Clerk              0161      Salary    252,862.04

Maintenance 5,850.00     Outlays 500.00 259,212.04

  1. Election & Reg      0162      Salary    68,662.84

Maintenance 32,025.00     Outlays 0.00 100,687.84

  1. License Commission           0164      Salary    12,000.00

Maintenance                                  0.00     12,000.00

  1. Human Resources 0170      Salary    131,913.73                                            Maintenance        8,550.00               140,463.73

  1. Conservation         0171      Salary    97,096.43

Maintenance 6,400.00     Outlays 8,000.00 111,496.43

  1. Planning Bd/ Comm            0172      Salary    227,880.17

Devel

Maintenance                         50,525.00    278,405.17

  1. Board of Appeals 0173      Salary    22,000.00

Maintenance                                  0.00     22,000.00

  1. Sundry Boards      0174      Maintenance        39,600.00             39,600.00

 

18-21           Police                                                 0210               Salary                               7,816,523.82

22   Maintenance 747,875.00  23   Outlays 0.00 8,564,398.82

24-25 Fire 0220 Salary 5,458,839.75  26   Maintenance 298,550.00  27   Outlays 0.00 5,757,389.75

  1. Inspection Services              0251      Salary    480,470.65

Maintenance 9,600.00     Outlays 0.00 490,070.65

  1. Sealer of Weights 0254      Salary    15,848.56

Maintenance                              650.00     16,498.56

  1. Civil Defense        0291      Salary    36,534.75                                              Maintenance        1,500.00               38,034.75

  1. Woburn School     0300      Budget   47,230,977.00       31          Northeast Regional   0301      Budget   754,673.00

47,985,650.00

  1. Engineering           0410      Salary    263,537.31

Maintenance 23,525.00     Outlays 0.00 287,062.31

33-36 Public Works 0411 Salary 2,350,917.99  37 Public Works 0412 Administration 18,500.00  37 Public Works 0414 Tree Moth 28,500.00  38 Public Works 0416 Surface Drain 0.00  38 Public Works 0417 Street Maint 442,500.00  39 Public Works 0418 Snow Remove 279,000.00  39 Public Works 0419 Traffic Control 82,900.00  39 Public Works 0420 Street Lighting 335,000.00  40 Public Works 0421 Repair & resur 0.00  40 Public Works 0422 Sidewalk Rep 0.00  40 Public Works 0424 Comm. Events 14,000.00  40 Public Works 0425 Bridge Repair 0.00  40 Public Works 0426 Fence Repair     0.00  41 Public Works 0428 City Garage 0.00  41 Public Works 0429 Telephone 4,450.00

41 Public Works 0430 Gas  &  Oil        295,000.00  42 Public Works 0432 Trucks & equip 211,000.00  42 Public Works 0435 Public building 394,100.00

  1. Public Works 0436      Outlays 0.00

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  1. Total Public Works                Budget                  4,455,867.99

  1. Cemetery        0490      Salary          372,434.21
  2. Maintenance 0.00
  1. Outlays           10,000.00          382,434.21

  1. Board of Health            0512      Salary          334,139.86
  2. Maintenance 83,150.00

  1. Rubbish Removal         0495          Maintenance        2,957,500.00          3,374,789.86

  1. Council on Aging         0541      Salary          192,531.70                                                   Maintenance          81,450.00             273,981.70

  1. Veterans Benefits         0543      Salary          47,900.00

Maintenance                           2,500.00

Benefits                              189,000.00    239,400.00

  1. United Veterans            0544          Maintenance        10,850.00          10,850.00

  1. Public Library               0610      Salary          824,366.76
  2. Maintenance 223,290.00

1,047,656.76

  1. Recreation      0620      Salary          73,477.85

55                                                                                                Programs                              99,320.00

56-57                                                                                             Maintenance                         89,290.00    262,087.85

58 Parks 0630 Salary 372,657.95  59   Maintenance 81,650.00  59   Outlays 0.00 454,307.95

60               Historical Comm.               0650      Maintenance        1,000.00               1,000.00 61     Handicap Commission      0660      Maintenance        500.00   500.00

 

    1. Biotech Commission           0670      Maintenance        500.00   500.00

 

    1. Agricultural Commission    0675      Maintenance        1,000.00               1,000.00

 

    1. Be Well Woburn   0680      Maintenance        1,000.00               1,000.00

Committee

 

    1. Traffic Commission             0640      Maintenance        500.00   500.00

 

    1. Human Rights       0685      Maintenance        500.00   500.00

Commission

 

    1. Historical District 0690      Maintenance        1,000.00               1,000.00

Commission

 

    1. Maturing Debt       0710      Principal              815,000.00                                            Interest 631,425.53           1,446,425.53

 

    1. Interest Temp Loans            0715      Interest 330,000.00           330,000.00

 

    1. Woburn Retirement             0970      Salary&Maint      4,712,121.00        4,712,121.00

 

    1. Non Contributory 0970      Salary    26,860.99             26,860.99

Pensions

 

    1. Unemployment     0980      Maintenance        100,000.00           100,000.00

 

    1. Insurance               0980      Maintenance        16,984,662.17      16,984,662.17

 

    1. Medicare Tax        0980      Maintenance        730,000.00           730,000.00

 

Unsupported image type.                             TOTAL GENERAL FUND BUDGET                                                                                   101,316,448.71

75-76 Water & Sewer Enterprise Fund Budget    77-80  Water = 0450  7,007,306.51

81-85                                                               Sewer = 0440                                                   9,154,204.19

                                                                                                                Direct Charges to            16,161,510.70

Enterprise Fund

                                                                                                               Indirect Charges                1,563,369.84

Reflected in General fund

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Grand Total Fiscal 2012 Budget

 

 

s/President Denaro

 

Mayor Galvin stated that the valuation of properties for the next cycle are not known at this time and therefore it is difficult to determine the precise impact on the taxes however this budget should have little upward affect on the taxes, that the city is below Proposition 2½ restrictions but a few issues may bring the city closer to the Proposition 2½ limits, that health insurance costs have increased $1,800,000.00 which is a 15% increase, that the total cost of health insurance is $19,000,000.00 less employee contributions, that the retirement account is fully funded for this year, that there are two new funded Department of Public Works positions to bring the department to 52 employees, that when he took office as Mayor there were 53 Department of Public Works positions filled, that the Department of Public Works is getting to the point where additional manpower is needed, and that free cash will be equivalent to last year. Alderman Raymond stated that the School Committee is scheduled to meet with the Committee on Finance on Monday, May 16th, that this is not enough time to review the $43,000,000.00 budget, and that additional time is needed for review before the City Council will be ready to meet with the School Committee. Alderman Drapeau stated that the will reschedule the School Committee for another date. Motion made and 2nd that the proposed FY 2012 Municipal Budget Order be referred to Committee on Finance, as amended, with the amendments as follows: 1. That the School Department budget be submitted to the City Council for review no later than May 13, 2011, and 2. That the recap sheets be submitted to the City Council for review no later than May 13, 2011, all in favor, 9-0.

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Motion made and 2nd to ADJOURN, all in favor, 9-0. Meeting adjourned at 6:53 p.m.

 

A TRUE RECORD ATTEST:

 

 

 

William C. Campbell

City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council

 

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