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OPENING OF THE MEETING - City of Somerville

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OPENING OF THE MEETING - City of Somerville ...

    City of Somerville, Massachusetts

    Matters of Business of the Board of Aldermen

    REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

    May 25, 2006, 7:00 PM

    Aldermanic Chambers

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     OPENING OF THE MEETING

    1. Call of the Roll.

    2. Approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of April

    27, 2006.

     CITATIONS

    3. Citation By Ald. Heuston, Commending Thomas G. Kelley, Grand

    Marshal of Somerville’s 2006 Memorial Day Parade.

    4. Citation By Ald. Heuston and the Entire Board, Commending Kevin

    O’Malley, who is resigning after 10 years of dedicated

    service to the City as a member of the Human Rights

    Commission.

    5. Citation By Ald. Taylor, Commending William Sloane, who is

    retiring after 34 years of dedicated service to the City in the

    Fire Dept.

     PUBLIC HEARINGS

    6. Grant of Loc. Boston Edison for a Grant of Location to install 5 ft. of

    conduit at 245 Beacon St. on Kent St.

    7. Grant of Loc. Boston Edison for a Grant of Location to install 95 ft. of

    conduit at 33 Glen St.

    8. Grant of Loc. Boston Edison for a Grant of Location to install 37 ft. of

    conduit on 28 Murdock St.

    9. Grant of Loc. Comcast for a Grant of Location to install 30 ft. of conduit

    on 26-28 Murdock St.

    10. Grant of Loc. RCN Becocom for a Grant of Location to install 30 ft. of

    conduit on 26-28 Murdock St.

    11. Grant of Loc. Verizon for a Grant of Location to install 30 ft. of conduit

    on 26-28 Murdock St.

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    12. Grant of Loc. Comcast for a Grant of Location to install 51 ft. of conduit

    on 140 Jaques St.

    13. Grant of Loc. RCN Becocom for a Grant of Location to install 51 ft. of

    conduit on 140 Jaques St.

    14. Grant of Loc. Verizon for a Grant of Location to install 51 ft. of conduit

    on 140 Jaques St.

    15. Grant of Loc. Comcast for a Grant of Location to install 35 ft. of conduit

    on 20 Cottage Ave.

    16. Grant of Loc. RCN Becocom for a Grant of Location to install ft. 35 of

    conduit on 20 Cottage Ave.

    17. Grant of Loc. Verizon for a Grant of Location to install 35 ft. of conduit

    on 20 Cottage Ave.

     ORDERS, ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS

     AND MOTIONS OF MEMBERS

    18. Order By Ald. Heuston, That the Commissioner of Public Works

    remove the shopping cart and computer monitor on

    Chestnut St. and the couch on Joy St.

    19. Order By Ald. Heuston, That the Commissioner of Public Works

    plant trees at 6 Oak St. and along Houghton St., from the

    corner of Houghton and Prospect Sts. to 12 Houghton St.

    20. Order By Ald. Heuston, That the City Clerk request that Robert

    Soetzel, MBTA Commuter Rail Chief, visit Somerville to

    review the condition of the MBTA tracks for graffiti, trash,

    debris and decaying trees, and that he meet with the Ward 2

    Alderman to discuss maintenance and clean-up.

    21. Order By Ald. Heuston, That the Director of SPCD inspect 296

    and 302 McGrath Hwy. and cite the owners for any and all

    health and building code violations.

    22. Order By Ald. Heuston, That the Director of SPCD inform the

    owners of the businesses on Joy, Linwood and Chestnut

    Sts., particularly Eastern Bus, U-Haul and Nick's Moving

    Company, that they must clean the sidewalks in front of

    and surrounding their businesses.

    23. Order By Ald. Roche, That the Commissioner of Public Works

    repair the sidewalk at 15 Flint St.

    24. Order By Ald. Roche, That the Director of SPCD instruct the

    owner of Highland Auto Parts to clean up the Otis St. side

    of their sidewalk.

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    25. Order By Ald. Roche, That the Director of Traffic and Parking

     monitor Pearl St. at Franklin St. for the installation of

    STOP signs and report back to the Ward 1 Alderman with

    his findings.

    26. Resolution By Ald. Roche, That this Board requests that DCR cut the

    grass and clean the area under the Otis St. pedestrian pass.

    (copy to be sent to State Delegation)

    27. Resolution By Ald. Roche, That this Board requests that DCR respond

    to the Ward 1 Alderman about having a representative at a

    neighborhood meeting on the evening of June 13, to

    discuss the pedestrian traffic signals along McGrath Hwy.

    at Broadway, Pearl St. and Medford St. (copy to be sent to

    State Delegation)

    28. Resolution By Ald. Provost and Desmond, That this Board requests

    that DCR Commissioner Steve Burrington attend a

    scheduled meeting with the East Somerville Neighborhood

    Association to discuss pedestrian safety on the McGrath

    Hwy. crosswalks in East Somerville, and that the MA

    Highway Dept. also send a representative to this meeting.

    29. Resolution By Ald. Provost and the Entire Board, That this Board

    requests that DCR and the MA Highway Dept. settle

    between themselves the question of which agency is

    responsible for conditions in the McGrath Hwy. corridor,

    and so inform this Board and the Administration in writing.

    30. Resolution By Ald. Provost and the Entire Board, That this Board

    requests that DCR and/or the MA Highway Dept. replace

    the missing signage at the intersection of McGrath Hwy.,

    Highland Ave. and Medford St., and landscape and

    maintain the patch of weeds in the "bump out" at this

    intersection.

    31. Order By Ald. Provost and the Entire Board, That the City Clerk

    send to the state delegation, copies of all resolutions

    directed towards DCR or the MA Highway Dept.

    32. Order By Ald. Provost, That the City Solicitor advise this Board

    in writing whether the Planning Board may lawfully refuse

    or neglect to advertise for public hearing, proposed zoning

    amendments submitted to this Board and referred to the

    Planning Board, and what legal recourse exists if the ndPlanning Board does not so advertise. (2 request)

    33. Order By Ald. Provost and Desmond, That the Commissioner of

    Public Works trim the tree at 7 Hudson St.

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    34. Order By Ald. Provost, Desmond and Gewirtz, That the Director

    of SPCD ensure that owners and contractors drain all pools

    of standing water from building sites in the city, and make

    recommendations concerning mosquito abatement.

    35. Order By Ald. White, That the Chief of Police appear in

    Executive Session before this Board to discuss the recent

    loss of evidence, the impact such loss may have had on

    existing cases, and the steps taken to ensure that such an

    event does not occur in the future.

    36. Order By Ald. White, That the Director of Communications

    appear before the Finance Committee to discuss the recent

    survey taken on behalf of the City, including the funding

    source, cost, questions asked, and how those questions

    were derived.

    37. Order By Ald. White, Indicating unanimous consent of the Board

    to withdraw only the zoning amendment that reinstates the

    provisions of the Assembly Sq. Interim Zoning District that

    previously was enacted on March 26, 2003. The zoning

    amendments proposing designation for Assembly Sq. as a

    smart growth zoning district and proposing a transit

    oriented development overlay district remain.

    38. Order By Ald. Pero, That the Commissioner of Public Works

    replace the bench at 383 Broadway.

    39. Order By Ald. Pero, That the Director of SPCD inspect North

    Star Linens for operating hours, and that the Chief of

    Police investigate noise complaints there.

    40. Order By Ald. O'Donovan, That the Chief of Police increase

    traffic enforcement at various times on Cedar St. between

    Highland Ave. and Summer St.

    41. Order By Ald. O'Donovan, That the Director of SPCD update the

    Ward 5 Alderman on the status of the investigation of

    illegal apartments on Lorenzo Way.

    42. Order By Ald. O'Donovan, That the Commissioner of Public

    Works trim the tree at 8 Nashua St.

    43. Order By Ald. Taylor, That the Director of Traffic and Parking

    evaluate the possibility of changing the times on the

    loading zone in front of the market at 22 Highland Ave.

    from 7 AM - 5 PM to 7 AM - 10 PM.

    44. Order By Ald. Taylor, That the Director of Traffic and Parking

    replace the signage at the intersection of Lowell and Crown

    Sts. relative to One Way, Stop and Fire Lane.

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    45. Order By Ald. Taylor, That the Chief of Police enforce the state

    regulations pertaining to bicycle riding on sidewalks,

    especially in the business areas and along Highland Ave.

    46. Order By Ald. Gewirtz, That the Director of SPCD contact the

    developer of the construction at Willow and Morrison

    Aves. to explain regulations around construction sites and

    instruct the developer to drain the water pit immediately.

    47. Order By Ald. Gewirtz, That the Chief of Police order a directed

    patrol in the Bay State Ave. area to watch for suspicious ndbehavior, vandalism, and theft. (2 request)

    48. Order By Ald. Gewirtz, That the Commissioner of Public Works

    contact the Ward 6 Alderman to discuss the potential

    timeline for the renovation of the West Branch Library

    restroom.

    49. Order By Ald. Gewirtz, That the Director of SPCD dispatch the

    Neighborhood Inspection Team to 52 Bay State Ave. to

    check for violations.

    50. Resolution By Ald. Gewirtz, That this Board hereby extends its

    congratulations to Sara Rosenfeld and Manuel Bonifacio,

    of 53 Francesca Ave., for receiving an award from the

    Historic Preservation Commission for their hard work

    restoring the exterior of their house.

    51. Resolution By Ald. Gewirtz, That this Board hereby extends its

    congratulations to Alan Ball and Gail Strickler, of 50

    Francesca Ave., for receiving an award from the Historic

    Preservation Commission for the excellent work done on

    their house.

     UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    52. Mayor’s Requesting approval to extend the recycling processing

    Request contract for KTI Co. (also known as FCR) for an additional

    year.

     REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

    53. Committee Report of the Committee on Legislative Matters, May 16.

    Report

    54. Committee Report of the Committee on Rodent Control, May 16.

    Report

    55. Committee Report of the Committee on Licenses and Permits, May 17.

    Report

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    56. Committee Report of the Committee on Land Use, May 18.

    Report

    57. Committee Report of the Committee on Public Health and Public

    Report Safety, May 23.

     COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MAYOR

    58. Mayor’s Requesting that the Board convene in Executive Session to

    Request receive an update on pending litigation.

    59. Mayor’s Requesting adoption of the attached resolution to comply

    Request with the grant application requirements of the MA School

    Building Authority.

    60. Mayor’s Requesting authorization to accept a land donation on

    Request Central St. from the Cambridge Health Alliance in order to

    extend the Community Path.

    61. Mayor’s Requesting acceptance of a $39,308.64 grant from the

    Request Boston Office of Homeland Security to the Fire Dept. to

    cover backfill and overtime costs for ICS-200 Training.

    62. Mayor’s Requesting acceptance of a $10,205 increase in the original

    Request grant of $45,000 from the MA Historical Commission to

    SPCD for the preservation of the Milk Row Cemetery.

    63. Mayor’s Requesting acceptance of a $2,500 grant from the Youth

    Request Council to the Women’s Commission to fund the “Teens

    Against Dating Abuse” program at the high school.

    64. Mayor’s Requesting approval of the appointment of Sean T. Tierney

    Request and Michael J. Anzalone as Lieutenants in the Fire Dept.

    65. Mayor’s Requesting approval of the appointment of Stephen Glines

    Request Jr. to the Historic Preservation Commission.

    66. Mayor’s Requesting approval of the appointment of James Moran as

    Request Constable.

    67. Mayor’s Requesting approval of the appointment of Martin

    Request Polignone as Constable.

    68. Mayor’s Proclaiming June 29, 2006, as Outreach Educator Day.

    Comm.

     COMMUNICATIONS OF CITY OFFICERS

    69. City Officer SPCD Director responding to various board orders.

    Comm.

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     NEW BUSINESS

    70. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Logan Post Poppy

    Drive, Broadway & McGrath Hwy, May 25-27.

    71. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, High School Painting

    and Decorating Class Graduation Celebration, Cross St.

    East Park, May 27, 3-6PM (Raindate June 3).

    72. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Girls Pride Basketball

    Canning Drive, Citywide, June 10-11, 8:30-2:30PM.

    73. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Little Sisters of the

    Poor Eucharistic Procession, 186 Highland Ave. to 179

    Summer St., June 11, 1:30-2:30 PM.

    74. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Roofers Union Local

    #33, Dollars for Diabetes Canning Drive, Broadway &

    McGrath Hwy, June 16.

    75. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Wallace Street Block

    Party, between Broadway and Holland St., June 17, 3-7PM.

    (Raindate June 18.)

    76. Pubic Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Susan G. Komen

    Breast Cancer Canning Drive, Broadway & McGrath Hwy,

    June 17 and July 1.

    th77. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Redbones 10 Annual

    Bike to Work Week Benefit, Chester St. in front of and

    inside Redbones, June 19. (Raindate June 26.)

    78. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Youth Hockey Car

    Wash, City Hall Concourse, Aug. 12 & 19, 9AM-2PM.

    79. Public Occ Public Property Occupancy Permit, Youth Hockey Canning

    Drive, various locations citywide, Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and

    Nov. 4, 9AM-2PM.

    80. Flamm. Lic. Renewal of Flammables License, Concord Auto Service,

    73 Summer St., 20,000 gallons.

    81. Flamm. Lic. Renewal of Flammables License, Green Automotive Inc.,

    85 Foley St., 27,000 gallons.

    82. Garage Lic. New Garage License, Pearl Street Auto, 180 Pearl St., 3

    vehicles in garage.

    83. Garage Lic. Renewal of Garage License, Mike’s Automotive Services,

    298 Somerville Ave., 20 autos.

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    84. Used Car Lic New Used Car Dealer License Class II, Damazio Auto

    Sales, 624-630 Somerville Ave., 8 autos outside.

    85. Outdoor Seat New Outdoor Seating License, LaContessa, 420 Highland

    Ave., 2 tables, 4 chairs.

    86. Outdoor Park Renewal of Outdoor Parking License, Green Cab. Co., 85

    Foley St., 80 vehicles.

    87. Drain Layer New Drain Laying License, Tascon Corp. 88. Taxi Med. Renewal of Taxicab Medallion, Bye Bye Cab Inc., Med.

    #86.

    89. Taxi Med. Renewal of Taxicab Medallion, Debaca Taxi Inc., Med. #1. 90. Taxi Med. Renewal of Taxicab Medallion, J & J Trans. Inc., Med.

    #74.

    91. Taxi Med. Renewal of Taxicab Medallion, Artie’s Taxi, Med. #57. 92. Taxi Med. Transfer of Taxicab Medallion, Meba Cab Inc. to Michael

    Cab Inc., Med. #88.

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