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GLOUCESTER CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF GLOUCESTER 2019

CITY COUNCIL ORDER

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ORDERED that the Gloucester Code of Ordinances Chapter 11, Sec. 11-10(f) Special Events; transient vendors; parades be AMENDED by ADDING the

following sentence:
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Further, the Special Events Committee and/or licensing commission shall refer all special events/parades requests that involve the use of Stacy

Boulevard or Stage Fort Park to the City Council for final approval.
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FURTHER ORDERED that this matter be referred the Ordinances and Administration Standing Committee

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for review and recommendation to the City Council.

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Paul Lundberg

Councillor at Large

James O Hara Councillor at Large

Sean Nolan

Ward 5 Councillor

ORDER: CC 2019-014 COUNCILLORS: Paul Lundberg, James O Hara, Sean Nolan

DATE RECEIVED BY COUNCIL: 04/09/19 REFERRED TO: O A FOR COUNCIL VOTE:

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FOR COUNCIL VOTE:

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CITY OF GLOUCESTER 2019

CITY COUNCIL ORDER

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ORDERED that the Gloucester Code of Ordinances Chapter 22, Sec.22-281. Ten-Minute Parking be AMENDED by DELETING as follows:

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Angle Street, southerly side, beginning at a point 42 feet from its intersection with Middle Street for a distance of 22 feet in an easterly

direction.
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FURTHER ORDERED that this matter be referred to the Ordinances Administration Standing Committee for review and recommendation to the City Council.

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Steve LeBlanc Ward 3 Councillor

ORDER: CC 2019-015 COUNCILLORS: Steve LeBlanc

DATE RECEIVED BY COUNCIL: 04/09/2019 REFERRED TO: O A FOR COUNCIL VOTE:

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GLOUCESTER CITY COUNCIL MEETING Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Kyrouz Auditorium City Hall -MINUTES-

Present: Chair, Councilor Paul Lundberg; Vice Chair, Councilor Steven LeBlanc, Jr.; Councilor Melissa Cox; Councilor Valerie Gilman; Councilor

Kenneth Hecht; Councilor Jennifer Holmgren; Councilor Scott Memhard; Councilor Sean Nolan; Councilor James O Hara Absent: None. Also Present: Joanne Senos; Jim Destino; John Dunn; Amit Chhayani; Dr. Richard Safier; Jonathan Pope; Kathy Clancy; Melissa Teixeira; Fire Chief Eric Smith; Vanessa Krawczyk; Grace Poirier

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. The Council President announced that this meeting is recorded by video and audio in accordance with

state Open Meeting Law.
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Flag Salute Moment of Silence.

Oral Communications: Name: Joseph Orlando, Jr. Address: 6 Angle Street Subject: 1. Concern that the Building Department is being both the enforcement

arm and the administrator for determining that prima facie evidence has been made for a ZBA hearing which creates hesitancy in people coming forward. He recounted that the Council had discussed that a separate person would take on that role under the ZBA expressing it may be beneficial to name a person within the Administration to undertake that role to present evidence before the ZBA. 2. Concern for lack of a sidewalk from the corner of Western Avenue and Angle Street to the intersection of Angle and Middle Streets. Noting his family owns 1 Western Avenue, and his home is directly behind it on Angle Street with no sidewalk on that side of the street. He described the blind corner that pedestrians are crossing through creating a concerning public safety issue. Mentioning that this is one of the city s busiest intersections, and noting there had been a previous working plan to address that area, he asked the Council to discuss a solution as well as send it to the Traffic Commission for its recommendation along with the installation of a sidewalk from Angle Street and Western Avenue to Middle Street along the southerly side of Angle Streets.
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Presentations/Commendations:

Michele Rogers Brad Dore of Dore Whittier, Architects re: East Gloucester School Project

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Mr. Dore, a principal of Dore Whittier Architects and Ms. Rogers, Project Manager, conveyed the following information with a Power Point presentation

(on file) regarding the East Gloucester Elementary School (EGES) Project:
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There is a partnership between the Mass. School Building Authority (MSBA), the Designer, the Owner s Project Manager and the Owner (the city of

Gloucester School District), the Building Committee and members of the community. This is a highly proscribed process by the MSBA and that this is very early times -- no decisions have been made during a formal, transparent process with the state. The MSBA is a significant partner in the process as it is the state reimbursement funding agency for this project, and as with West Parish Elementary School, the city could be reimbursing up to possibly 48 to 50 for this new proposed project;
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The goals are to identify the educational and facility needs of the district and whether more buildings are suiting those needs looking at both the

EGLS and the Veterans Memorial Elementary School (VMES) because the MSBA okayed a determination also for a combined school and view two different enrollments; and from those assessments they then develop options to resolve the needs and goals that have been identified by the district - from those assessments there are ten different possible options because the MSBA has given them two options and the city has three proposed sites;
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Goals in understand the needs: Overcrowding; outdated facilities; lack of technology; failing facilities (building condition, old systems); options

to be developed for EGES only-- combined EGES VMES--
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VMES only: existing sites, new sites; renovation for additions/renovation or new; then pick a preferred solution. Solutions won t be chosen for

several more months.
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Overcrowding: EGES and VMES are about the same square footage; existing EGES according to MSBA guidelines would house 149 students --currently there

are 210 students there. Previous projections showed 245 in that school. The MSBA shows 230 in their long-range projections. Conclusion is that the current EGES cannot support that enrollment. With 210 students, the MSBA would be looking between 37,000 sq.ft. to 42,000 sq.ft. It is a similar situation at VMES which can house 175 students as it is currently configured. A previous projection for that school was 208 students and current enrollment is 217.
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Appropriate facility size: EGES gym is 50 undersized and serves also as a cafeteria; no art or music rooms; administration space is 20 of MSBA

guideline and undersized Special Education space; students are being pulled out to do work in the hallways at both EGES and VMES;
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Veterans School has a gym 50 undersized used also as a cafeteria and auditorium; no art room; Administration space is 25 of MSBA guideline and

undersized Special Education space;
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Existing Facility Conditions were reviewed - building envelope, architectural elements, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire

protection, site/civil, hazardous materials, technology communication, security, fixtures food services equipment, code compliance, accessibility, functional use of the building;
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Structural - any major renovation or addition(s) will require that the structure be updated to meet current Code for New Construction;

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Life Safety - Any major addition or renovation will require the entire building be equipped with an automatic fire alarm and suppression system -

EGES has no fire suppression system currently;

Accessibility - Any major addition or renovation estimated by a dollars per square foot threshold it is required that the structure be updated to

meet the current Code for New Construction - in EGES there is a variety of accessibility issues which is triggered even by the smallest of renovations of the building;
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Potential site options: The MSBA requires that they look at a capital improvements only; renovations/additions and renovations and new construction

either on the existing footprint or within the site which has to be done for each of the design elements they were given by the MSBA: 230 for the EGES only; EGES/VMES combined at 440 students; for the EGES site they d look at all options; with the VMES site, they would look at only the options for 440 students -- additions and renovation to house 440 students and new construction for 440 students.
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New construction is being explored for other sites -- the only site is the Green Street site off of School House Road and would look at both design

enrollments -- 230 students and 440 students;
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Site Review - East Gloucester site by aerial photograph was shown described as having wetlands on it; a new school would be 1.5 times larger than the

current school for 230 students and about two times as large for 440 students, with topography an issue as there is a steep hill;
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Veterans Memorial site is similar size comparison for 440 students, about two times larger as they are only looking at an enrollment of 440 students

for that site, and there is the issue of the existing ballfield;
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Green Street site is about 18-20 acres which would be accessed from Gloucester Crossing Road. They don t have a lot of information on the site yet;

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Work to date: Update on educational space summary/program; educational guiding principles developed by a leadership group of the district; initial

building diagrams; identified site constraints; sustainability objectives (noted that the MSBA will grant two extra percentage points by meeting certain sustainability goals); conducting the existing conditions investigations; several public meetings have been held to date including meeting with both schools PTO s;
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Next Steps: Gather more information about sites; traffic designs and patterns; site tests of buildings; soil testing; parking, drop offs and bus

turnaround and to divide the building to provide public access to the cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium while keeping other portions of the school solely for students and staff so it is more secure; development MSBA submissions and continue public meetings;
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Schedule: Preliminary Design Program (PDP) to be delivered August 19, 2019; Preferred Schematic Design Report December 23, 2019; Schematic Design

July 2020 (estimated date), and then back to the city for funding -- if all goes well the building would be completed around September 2023.
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Council President Lundberg recognized that Dr. Safier, Superintendent of Schools was present along with School Committee Chair, Jonathan Pope, and

School Committee members Melissa Teixeira and Kathy Clancy. He
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noted the invitation from the School Committee for the Council to come to their meeting the previous week with this presentation and expressed

appreciation for the offer to present to the Council.
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COUNCILOR QUESTIONS:

Councilor Cox, noting the 1.0 million authorized for this study, asked what it would cost to add another site to possibly locate a school. Mr. Dore

advised that the city authorized 1 million to proceed with the feasibility schematic design phase; that funding breaks down as: a portion is earmarked for Dore Whittier; a portion is earmarked for the Owner s Project Manager (OPM), and another portion goes into some of the geotechnical work and other necessary tests. As to the addition of another site, he indicated what they are trying at a high level to screen some of these sites for feasibility before spending money to do nitty gritty detail. He advised that the EGES site is tight site and topography is challenging with existing wetlands and narrow if it is feasible or does make sense to do all of the options MSBA will require for that site. He conveyed they re attempting to narrow down if it is feasible from a cost perspective to do all of the options that the MSBA will require for that site. They ll create a subset as to the type of schools, size of schools and whether they have all the proper title and deed for Green Street. With that they ll determine for Green Street if they have one site or up to three sites for that location. He pointed out that the VMES site to have 440 students at that site without impinging on the ballfield will be challenging. He noted that there is no additional cost from Dore Whittier s perspective and expressed he wasn t aware of other sites that are out there saying there is not a lot of open land the city already owns. The MSBA doesn t reimburse cities and towns for site acquisitions. He suggested that if they found a suitable site and had to acquire it, the city wouldn t be reimbursed. Councilor Cox questioned whether Dore Whittier had been told of another site that the city owns an entire lot of land that could fit all of the city s elementary schools. Mr. Dore responded, No, not at this point. Councilor Cox asked how the MSBA views neighborhood pushback. She advised she received a lot of emails and phone calls about pushback on the Green Street site as a possible location for a new school. Mr. Dore advised he can t speak for the MSBA but suggested that the MSBA would say that they re in the business of creating successful projects. He offered his personal opinion saying that having done a number of these types of projects, pushback has to do with not understanding what is happening. He noted that they don t know what is happening yet. The benefit of the process is to go through all these steps on what the potential options are which they re required to do. If ultimately there is a particular reason that a site doesn t make sense as to other options on the table that will come out through the proscribed process. They can only identify what makes the most sense, he pointed out, and adding that the School District defines what is acceptable and not acceptable as to functionality, educationally and politically. Councilor Holmgren asked if the process is accounting for possible increases in population if more young families move here noting that housing is being built in the district. Mr. Dore advised as part of the process the School District submitted to the MSBA a Statement of Interest and was invited into the eligibility period. He noted as part of that period they sit down and negotiate what enrollments are and those are defined on a scientific basis for a ten year period. He pointed out that student enrollment has moved a little bit over time in the last four years but not by much. Councilor Nolan asked about traffic and parking in formulation of plans are special evening school events taken into consideration for parking which he noted is a concern from past experience. He advised he wanted to make sure that it is being taken into account for future plans. Mr. Dore advised that issue has been raised saying that it is a balancing act and a compromise struck to objectives. Parking is in terms of the analysis. They know how many staff, and reasonable projection for visitors and know what the day to day numbers are and have to look for school plays and how many parents and cars for the event. Usually it is more significant than what is a daily basis. It becomes a cost question in terms of picking out the design point for the few events versus the additional cost and is a discussion for the city as the owner. The harder part is pick-up and drop off. When they looked into West Parish he noted they knew the constraints. They were able to accommodate some but not all of it, he conveyed, saying that they looked at purchasing an adjoining property for access but it became a cost issue. They are good about being aware of the issues, he highlighted, and have to figure out what is the right balance - cost versus dynamics. Councilor Nolan expressed his hope that the design is more favorable to the people and parents involved. Councilor Gilman asked how competitive it was for the MSBA round and how communities put in their Statement of Interest at the time Gloucester did. Mr. Dore advised there were 92 applicants at the time of the city s Statement of Interest of which only 17 were accepted, or about 1 in 5. He pointed out that the number of applications being accepted has been going down because of the number of large project and volume of funding capacity being taken up. He noted that the process itself is much proscribed, and once the option is selected and the
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vote on the funding is done, the MSBA approves it first then the city has 120 days to approve and fund the city s portion -- if not approved by the

city, Gloucester would go to the back of the line and start over. Responding to an additional question regarding renovation versus new school by Councilor Gilman, Mr. Dore advised that the MSBA will require a capital improvement program that encompasses if the city doesn t start knocking down walls even if the space in those areas is below the MSBA guidelines, they will still allow the consideration so long as it meets the district s educational program objectives. He pointed out that it may be undersized, but it would still be something the MSBA would consider. The building still needs to be compliant with Code requirements as previously outlined; and what will be done they ll evaluate what that may be like and what the associated costs are; they ll look at renovation only to meet educational program objectives; and will also look at a renovation/addition and look at new construction. The pros and cons will be weighed and presented and will determine costs based on total project cost, the MSBA reimbursement for eligible costs and how the incentive points add up. Then they ll compare them all, and ultimately a preferred option is chosen the city can then chose to move forward to present to the MSBA for their approval, he concluded. Councilor Gilman asked where the public can view this presentation and the minutes of the Building Committee. Dr. Richard Safier conveyed the school district s website has information on frequently asked questions, and are in the process of placing the minutes up on their website. For more illustrative information about the project go to: https://eastgloucesterbuildingproject.weebly.com Councilor Hecht, noting that he represents Ward 2, where VMES is located, and that Councilor Cox is the former Ward 2 Councilor, now Councilor At Large, he explained that the Green Street property is formerly an approved subdivision and asked what it means for title and survey and geotechnical work. He advised they both are getting a lot of pushback from the constituency. He asked what the next steps are for the Green Street site, and how this may not be feasible as a site. Mr. Dore explained that there are a number of parcels within the boundary of Green Street site. The city is investigating the ownership and titles within the boundary exists and is in order; and he explained that if they found out there is a glitch there, they would have to reconsider the situation to understand whether that location is something they can legitimately use as a school site. They re trying to go through this in rational manner and not start geotechnical testing if they don t have the opportunity to actually utilize the site. It is an on-going process, he advised, which is being worked on right now. Councilor Hecht asked if there was a timeframe. Mr. Dore advised there is a fair amount of research to be done to make it all come together. Councilor Hecht noted on the left side of the site there are electrical wires and asked if the lots are excluded because of that fact. Mr. Dore conveyed there is an easement issue and grade issues, but it s likely a sufficient area to site a school. Councilor Memhard, thanking the Building Committee and Ms. Rogers and Mr. Dore, he indicated it s an exciting time for East Gloucester to think of having a school become as great as the West Parish School. He asked what practical and functional flexibility they have to incorporate non-city owned parcels that abut the East Gloucester School site, and to what extent are they incorporating acquisition of vacant abutting land to make the site more functional. They ve made it work at the Davis Street Extension, and would be great to see the site utilized for a new school. Mr. Dore noted the biggest challenge at the East Gloucester site is grade; they are chasing a lot of grade on the site and are looking on test bits how they can make that accommodation and whether it is feasible or whether the city should consider those additional parcels. They haven t drawn any final conclusions, he noted. Councilor Memhard advised flexibility. Mr. Dore conveyed they have to think about getting in and out of the site, where cars will be parked, the grading, the accessibility of the building and whether or not the adjoining parcels are an option.
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Confirmation of New Appointments: Archives Committee Susan Roberts-Wright, Lois Hamilton, Sandy Williams TTE 02/14/22

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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Susan Roberts-Wright to the Archives Committee, TTE 02/14/22.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to appoint Susan Roberts-Wright

to the Archives Committee, TTE 02/14/22.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Lois Hamilton to the Archives Committee, TTE 02/14/22.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to appoint Lois Hamilton to the

Archives Committee, TTE 02/14/22.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Sandy Williams to the Archives Committee, TTE 02/14/22.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to appoint Sandy Williams to the

Archives Committee, TTE 02/14/22.
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Shellfish Advisory Committee Francena Monell-Simard TTE 02/14/22

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Francena Monell-Simard to the Shellfish Advisory Commission, TTE 02/14/22.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to appoint Francena

Monell-Simard to the Shellfish Advisory Commission, TTE 02/14/22.
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Consent Agenda:

CONFIRMATION OF REAPPOINTMENTS 1. Downtown Development Commission Robert K. Whitmarsh TTE 02/14/22

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MAYOR S REPORT 1. New Appointments: Records Management Advisory Board Carol A. Kelly TTE 02/14/21 (Refer O A) Tourism Commission Kimberly Voltero TTE

02/14/22 (Refer O A) 2. Memorandum from Director of Veterans Services re: acceptance of donations in the amount of 387 (Refer B F) 3. Memorandum, Grant Applicat5ion Checklist from the Planning Director re: FY2020 Green Communities Competitive Grant in the amount of 144, 331 with a 50,000 match from the City of Gloucester (Refer B F) 4. Memorandum from CFO re: loan authorization request in the amount of 190,000 for the Souther Road paving betterment (Refer B F) 5. Supplemental Appropriation-Budgetary Request (2019-SA-32) from the CFO (Refer B F) 6. Supplemental Appropriation-Budgetary Request (2019-SA-33) from the CFO (Refer B F)
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COMMUNICATIONS/INVITATIONS INFORMATION ONLY APPLICATIONS/PETITIONS

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1. SCP2019-004: Fuller Street 35, Map 168, Lot 14, GZO Secs. 1.9, 3.1.6, 3.2.2 and 1.7 for a special permit to exceed the maximum allowable building

height, decrease the minimum lot area per dwelling unit and decrease the minimum open space per dwelling unit in the NB/R-20 District (Refer P D)
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COUNCILORS ORDERS 1. CC2019-011 (LeBlanc): Amend GCO Ch. 4 Animals Sec. 4-22 Fees and penalties re: payment of past due dog licenses (Refer O A) 2.

CC2019-012(O Hara/Nolan/LeBlanc): request that the city Council request that the General Counsel and Board of Health, through the Mayor, describe the legislative and/or administrative steps necessary for the City of Gloucester to cease the addition of sodium fluoride into the city s public water supply (Refer Mayor, General Counsel Bd. of Health)
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APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS COUNCIL AND STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS 1. City Council Meeting: 03/12/2019 (Approve/File) 2. Special City Council

Meeting 03/19/2019 (Approve/File) 3. Joint P D Gloucester Historical Commission Meeting 03/13/2019 (Approve/File) 3. Standing Committee Meetings: B F 03/21/19 (under separate cover), O A 03/18/19, P D 03/20/19 (Approve/File)
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Unanimous Consent Calendar: 1. Update on the City of Gloucester Beach Parking and Traffic Ad Hoc Committee report of January 24, 2017 (Refer O A) 2.

CC2019-013 (Lundberg): Establishment of an Ad Hoc Advisory Committee re: Assisted Living Residence at Gloucester Crossing (Refer P D)
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Items to be added/deleted from the Consent Agenda Unanimous Consent Calendar:

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Council President Lundberg asked to remove Item 1 under Confirmation of Reappointment, Robert K. Whitmarsh, Downtown Development Commission, TTE

02/14/22. He noted that under Sec. 2-10(b) of the City Charter it says that no unelected appointee shall be appointed to more than one multiple member body unless said board or commission is interrelated. He noted that he holds great respect to Mr. Whitmarsh s service to the city who also sits on the city s Historic Commission. He asked that when the O A Committee deliberates such appointees and reappointees they take the Charter section into consideration.
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By unanimous assent of the Council, the Consent Agenda was accepted as amended, and by unanimous assent of the Council the Unanimous Consent Calendar

was accepted as presented.
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Committee Reports:

Budget Finance: March 21

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Councilor Cox prefaced the first two matters, grants from the Mass. Department of Fire Safety saying that they are annual grants that Fire Captain

Barbagallo writes, obtains these valuable grant funded outreach programs for the most vulnerable in the community - children and seniors.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, a FY2019 School-based Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant from the Mass. Department of Fire Services in the amount of 4,354 for the purpose of providing fire and life safety education to school-aged children.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Cox, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, a

FY2019 School-based Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant from the Mass. Department of Fire Services in the amount of 4,354 for the purpose of providing fire and life safety education to school-aged children.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, a FY2019 Senior Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant from the Mass. Department of Fire Services in the amount of 2,600 for the purpose of providing fire and life safety education to seniors.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Cox, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, a

FY2019 Senior Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) grant from the Mass. Department of Fire Services in the amount of 2,600 for the purpose of providing fire and life safety education to seniors.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, a FY2019 Earmark Grant line item 8000-0313, through the Mass. Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, in the amount of 75,000 for the purpose of upgrading the Police Department s communication infrastructure through the purchase of new public safety radio equipment. There is no match and grant expires June 30, 2019.
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DISCUSSION:

Councilor Cox explained that every year the city sends its state legislators a wish list for the state budget, and one of the items the city asked

for was for the Police Department to receive funds in order to upgrade their radios and some radio equipment for 75,000 which the state funded by an earmark grant.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Cox, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, a

FY2019 Earmark Grant line item 8000-0313, through the Mass. Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, in the amount of 75,000 for the purpose of upgrading the Police Department s communication infrastructure through the purchase of new public safety radio equipment. There is no match and grant expires June 30, 2019.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, cash donations from Barbara B. Berman in the amount of 75.00 and from Christopher J. McCarthy in the amount of 100.00 for a total of 175.00 for the Gloucester Archives Committee for the purpose of funding the Gloucester Archives Committee Donation Projects in Fund 3305.
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DISCUSSION: None.

MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Cox, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to accept under MGL c. 44, 53A,

cash donations from Barbara B. Berman in the amount of 75.00 and from Christopher J. McCarthy in the amount of 100.00 for a total of 175.00 for the Gloucester Archives Committee for the purpose of funding the Gloucester Archives Committee Donation Projects in Fund 3305.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council request that the city of Gloucester s state legislators file a Home Rule Petition on behalf of the city and based on said petition, that the General Court approve and enact a Special Act substantially as follows:
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Section 1. The General Court may make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the City Council approves amendments to the bill

before enactment by the General Court. The City Council is hereby authorized to approve amendments that shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of this petition.
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Section 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Gloucester, may, upon approval by the city council and mayor,

credit the total proceeds from the sale of the former Fuller School property to a stabilization fund to be used for municipal purposes.
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Section 3. The act shall take effect upon passage.

DISCUSSION:

Councilor Cox explained that a Home Rule petition is necessary in order to put the money (proceeds from the sale of the Fuller School property) in a

Stabilization Fund. It would normally go to the General Fund (in a specific account). John Dunn, CFO, advised that state statute says what they can do with proceeds from the sale of municipal real estate. What is proposed through the Home Rule Petition is to give the city more flexibility and for the presentation of the proceeds of the 4.1 million to appear on the city s balance sheet at the end of the fiscal year. The city, he noted, is asking that the proceeds be allowed to be placed in the city s General Stabilization Fund and by appearing in the General Fund balance it makes the city more financially viable. He pointed out that ratings agencies such as Moody s and Standard Poor s appreciate that. He advised this action is recommended.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted by ROLL CALL 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to request that

the city of Gloucester s state legislators file a Home Rule Petition on behalf of the city and based on said petition, that the General Court approve and enact a Special Act substantially as follows:
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Section 1. The General Court may make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the City Council approves amendments to the bill

before enactment by the General Court. The City Council is hereby authorized to approve amendments that shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of this petition.
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Section 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the city of Gloucester, may, upon approval by the city council and mayor,

credit the total proceeds from the sale of the former Fuller School property to a stabilization fund to be used for municipal purposes.
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Section 3. The act shall take effect upon passage.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council approve Supplemental Appropriation 2019-SA-31 in the amount of 35,000.00 (Thirty Five Thousand Dollars) from the Building Maintenance Stabilization Fund-Undesignated Fund Balance, Account 7700-359000, to School Pre-K and Administration Relocation Study, Account 770006-530006 for the purpose of funding a feasibility study for the relocation of the School Pre-K and Administration Offices.
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DISCUSSION:

Councilor Cox conveyed that this 35,000 appropriation from the Building Maintenance Stabilization Fund is for a further investigation as to what the

best location for the School Pre-K Program and School Department Offices for either the High School or O Maley Innovation Middle School and associated costs for renovation of the space or if the option to buy the current leased building is a better option. There are two more years left on the lease for the building now being used in the Blackburn Industrial Park, she pointed out which is why the timing is right to learn about the options for the future. Council President Lundberg commended the B F Committee and Councilor Cox for getting out ahead of this issue.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Cox, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted by ROLL CALL 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to approve

Supplemental Appropriation 2019-SA-31 in the amount of 35,000.00 (Thirty Five Thousand Dollars) from the Building Maintenance Stabilization Fund-Undesignated Fund Balance, Account 7700-359000, to School Pre-K and Administration Relocation Study, Account 770006-530006 for the purpose of funding a feasibility study for the relocation of the School Pre-K and Administration Offices.
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Ordinances Administration: March 18

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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council approve the Application of James Santapaola and Andrew Santapaola to construct and maintain a weir, pound net or fish trap in the tidal waters within the limits of the City of Gloucester.
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DISCUSSION:

Councilor LeBlanc explained that the Santapaolas application has been vetted extensively, having been reviewed by the O A Committee, the Waterways

Board and the Fisheries Commission, all of whom approved it. All the details were explained to the O A Committee. The Santapaola family has been utilizing this fishing method for the purpose of catching bait fish. Councilor Gilman confirmed with Councilor LeBlanc that the trap is about 600 feet long. Councilor LeBlanc advised the trap will be marked extensively for visual identification for boaters and fishermen to avoid it. The trap will be located at Black Bess, a rock pile between Ten Pound Island and the Breakwater directly off of Eastern Point.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to approve the Application of

James Santapaola and Andrew Santapaola to construct and maintain a weir, pound net or fish trap in the tidal waters within the limits of the City of Gloucester.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council permit the withdrawal of CC2019-010 to Amend GCO Ch. 21 Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places by
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DELETING Sec. 21-19 Removal of snow from sidewalks and Sec. 21-20 Removal or covering of ice on sidewalks without prejudice.

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DISCUSSION:

Councilor LeBlanc explained that there was a discussion at O A about this Council Order which was intended to prompt a discussion with the

Administration which transpired; and with a lack of support to move it forward for Council consideration, the Councilor decided to withdraw his Council Order.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor LeBlanc, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the City Council voted 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to permit the withdrawal of

CC2019-010 to Amend GCO Ch. 21 Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places by DELETING Sec. 21-19 Removal of snow from sidewalks and Sec. 21-20 Removal or covering of ice on sidewalks without prejudice.
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Planning Development: March 20

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There were no matters for Council action under this heading.

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Scheduled Public Hearings:

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1. PH2019-014: Loan Order 2019-001: Loan Authorization Request in the amount of 900,000 for the demolition and reconstruction of the Magnolia Pier

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This public hearing is opened at 8:09 p.m. Councilor Gilman left the dais at 8:09 p.m. and returned at 8:11 p.m. Those speaking in favor: Jim

Destino, CAO, advised that although he was before the Council to advocate for the rebuilding of the Magnolia Pier, he wanted to express his thanks especially to Councilor Nolan for leading the charge for the pier s rebuilding, to the Magnolia Pier Advisory Committee, and to the people of Magnolia who rallied to help the city get this done. He noted there is a good plan and had the city look at other surrounding issues such as the kayaks on the beach, moorings in that harbor; talking to the town of Manchester which strengthened the bond between the city and town. He pointed out this is a great thing for the city. Mark Nestor, 15 Long Hill Road, advised Magnolia is a great village in which to raise his family, citing that Magnolia Pier is a vital part of growing up for the children of Magnolia and Manchester. It is a project that benefits the entire city. It is an outstanding project, he conveyed, which showed how the citizens of Magnolia can come together. He gave the example of the fire on Ocean Avenue when 40 units burned to the ground recounting that Magnolia residents banded together, collected money, clothing, and made sure everyone burned out had a place to stay within a few short hours of the fire. That is the spirit of Magnolia, he highlighted, and requested the Council grants this application so his children and grandchildren can enjoy Magnolia Pier as everyone else has. Doug Shatford, 22 Flume Road, extended his thanks to the Administration for their support as well as for the support and hard work by Councilor Nolan. Colby Doran, 13 Oakes Avenue, noted he moved to Magnolia two years ago, advising that the Pier gave him the opportunity to develop friendships. He pointed out that the Pier is a chance to have a fun time for families and for the residents of Gloucester. Leslie Beaulieu, 10 Emily Lane, noted that her eldest wrote a college essay entitled, The Pier which spoke of an amazing night she brought her mother to Magnolia Pier to view in the water sparkling luminescent diatoms. She recounted that another daughter also wrote about the Pier for her college essay saying how it was important to the community. These are important stories, she pointed out. Thirty-one members of the audience raised their hands in support of the loan authorization. Those speaking in opposition: None. Communications: None. Councilor Questions: Councilor Hecht asked about design features of the Pier. Mr. Destino noted that in the end the final design is the same as the previous Pier design. He touched on the extensive conversations had between the Town of Manchester and the city regarding moorings in the harbor, and the installation of the kayak racks to get them off the beach.
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Councilor Gilman asked about preventative maintenance. Mr. Destino advised that the Pier is a city asset and as such the city will take care of any

necessary repairs. Councilor Memhard noted that GZA did an extensive engineering review and were able to explore a range of materials that were cost effective and supported the Pier s longevity which Mr. Destino confirmed. Councilor Cox and Mr. Destino touched on the mutual issues for the city and the Town of Manchester and how the conversations with Manchester have led to a greater understanding between the two municipalities and a higher level of cooperation. Councilor Cox suggested the Town of Manchester may be able to apply for their own CPA funding for their needs as to the recreational area. This public hearing is closed at 8:29 p.m.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 3 in favor, 0 opposed, to

recommend that the City Council approve the following a loan authorization of 900,000 as follows:
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Ordered: That the City of Gloucester appropriates Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars ( 900,000) to pay costs of the demolition of the existing and

reconstruction of a new Magnolia Pier, including costs incidental or related thereto. To meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 7(1), or pursuant to any other enabling authority. The Mayor and any other appropriate official of the city are authorized to apply for, accept and expend any grants or gifts that may be available to the City to pay costs of the projects. Any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.
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Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application with the Municipal Finance Oversight Board to qualify under Chapter 44A of

the General Laws any or all of the bonds authorized by this order and to provide such information and execute such documents as the Municipal Finance Oversight Board may require for these purposes.
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DISCUSSION:

Councilor Cox conveyed her appreciation for those who contributed private funds in support of the Magnolia Pier rebuilding and to Councilor Nolan for

working through the red tape for everyone to be able to make donations. She offered her thanks to the committee and everyone who donated at the recent special event. It is an amazing feat to pull together so much money in such a short period of time, she added. Councilor LeBlanc conveyed that Councilor Nolan did a great job and offered his support, adding his thanks to Mr. Shatford. Councilor Hecht expressed that he was appreciative of the passion of the community for the Pier, offering his support. Councilor Gilman noted she attended the fundraiser at the Manchester Bath Tennis Club, meeting many people from Ward 5, as well as the fundraising through Councilor Nolan s stint as a celebrity bartender at the Cape Ann Brewery. She acknowledged the folks present that came out in support of the Pier s rebuilding. She offered her support also. Councilor O Hara conveyed his support for the loan authorization, pointing out that the Pier is a city asset, not just a Magnolia asset, saying that it is something very special that people enjoy year round. He thanked the Administration, Councilor Nolan and DPW Director, Mike Hale for their support. Councilor Holmgren expressed she was pleased to support the vote for the loan authorization and thanked everyone for their support demonstrated this evening. Councilor Memhard, noting that Gloucester is blessed with unique geographic assets such as Lane s Cove, the quarries, the beaches, Dogtown, Magnolia Pier to name a few, saying such assets build the community s character and spirt. He noted it was appropriate they come together to take care of them. Council President Lundberg expressed his support conveying that this is a great example of a public/private partnership that they talk about in the city, but more importantly the sense of community, and pointing out that everyone knew their role to get this done. He offered his thanks to the Magnolia Pier Advisory Committee. Councilor Nolan, while acknowledging kudos from residents and Councilors alike, expressed his thanks to Gloucester citizens and the Administration for working together. He recounted that while attending the fundraiser
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held at the Manchester Bath Tennis Club he saw generations of families present, seeing people who hadn t been back to the city for years that came

back just to support the rebuilding of the Pier. This project is special he highlighted, and thanked everyone for their support and participation.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Cox, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the City Council voted by ROLL CALL 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to approve the

following a loan authorization of 900,000 as follows:
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Ordered: That the City of Gloucester appropriates Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars ( 900,000) to pay costs of the demolition of the existing and

reconstruction of a new Magnolia Pier, including costs incidental or related thereto. To meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 7(1), or pursuant to any other enabling authority. The Mayor and any other appropriate official of the city are authorized to apply for, accept and expend any grants or gifts that may be available to the City to pay costs of the projects. Any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.
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Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application with the Municipal Finance Oversight Board to qualify under Chapter 44A of

the General Laws any or all of the bonds authorized by this order and to provide such information and execute such documents as the Municipal Finance Oversight Board may require for these purposes.
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For Council Vote:

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1. Decision to Adopt: SCP2018-005: Gloucester Crossing Road 1 7, Map 262, Lots 13 37, for a retail drive-through pursuant to GZO Secs. 1.5.3(g)

Drive-Through Facilities and 5.17 Special Regulations; Drive-Through Facilities in the EB District
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Gilman, seconded by Councilor Holmgren, the City Council voted BY ROLL CALL 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to adopt the

decision (SCP2018-005) for Gloucester Crossing Road 1 7, Map 262, Lots 13 37, for a retail drive-through pursuant to Secs. 1.5.3(g) Drive-Through Facilities and 5.17 Special Regulations; Drive-Through Facilities in the EB District of the Gloucester Zoning Ordinance.
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2. Decision to Adopt: SCP2018-006: Gloucester Crossing Road 1 7, Map 262, Lots 13 37, for a coffee shop drive-through pursuant to GZO Secs. 1.5.3(g)

Drive-Through Facilities and 5.17 Special Regulations; Drive-Through Facilities in the EB District
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Gilman, seconded by Councilor Holmgren, the City Council voted BY ROLL CALL 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to adopt the

decision (SCP2018-006) for Gloucester Crossing Road 1 7, Map 262, Lots 13 37, for a coffee shop drive-through pursuant to Secs. 1.5.3(g) Drive-Through Facilities and 5.17 Special Regulations; Drive-Through Facilities in the EB District of the Gloucester Zoning Ordinance.
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3. Decision to Adopt: SCP2018-007: Gloucester Crossing Road 1 7, Map 262, Lots 13 17, for the modifications and reconfigurations of Building C and

Building E, the replacement of the proposed hotel with additional retail, a reconfiguration of the parking fields to eliminate underground parking and to comply with the requirements of two proposed drive-through facilities, pursuant to Secs. 1.5.3(c) CCS Special Permits and (d) Major Projects and 5.7 Major Project of the Gloucester Zoning Ordinance.
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MOTION: On a motion by Councilor Gilman, seconded by Councilor Holmgren, the City Council voted BY ROLL CALL 9 in favor, 0 opposed, to adopt the

decision (SCP2018-007) for Gloucester Crossing Road 1 7, Map 262, Lots 13 37, for the modifications and reconfigurations of Building C and Building E, the replacement of the proposed hotel with additional retail, a reconfiguration of the parking fields to eliminate underground parking and to comply with the requirements of two proposed drive-through facilities,
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pursuant to Secs. 1.5.3(c) CCS Special Permits and (d) Major Projects and 5.7 Major Project of the Gloucester Zoning Ordinance.

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Council President Lundberg noted that on the Unanimous Consent Agenda was his Council Order 2019-013 to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to look at the

Assisted Living Residence that was part of the original Gloucester Crossing proposal. That Ad Hoc Committee initiative will go forward through the P D Committee and get a status on what has been done by Sam Park Co. to date and what the potential is for such a facility, he advised.
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Unfinished Business: None. Individual Councilor s Discussion including Reports by Appointed Councilors to Committees: Update on the Stage Fort Park

Advisory Committee and Magnolia Woods Oversight Advisory Committee by City Council Representative, Councilor Nolan, highlighted the following matters:
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Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee: There has been acceptance of different materials for the restoration of cannons; grants have been written; the

DPW is working on a project by the tennis courts for redoing the landscaping in preparation for the Avis Murray Tennis Court renovation;
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Magnolia Woods Oversight Advisory Committee: The Committee is working to get a second gate for winter entry to the Woods and is hoped to go through

for next year; there are issues of drainage that are being examined and getting closer to closure.
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Councilors Requests to the Mayor: Councilor Holmgren wished Council President Paul Lundberg a Happy Birthday, presenting him with a card; and

Councilor Gilman offered a birthday treat for him. Councilor Holmgren noted that 2019 marks the North Shore Health Project s 30th anniversary, and announced that on Monday, May 13 at the Beauport Hotel the Health Project is honoring Gov. Baker as its10th Annual Community Activist. Councilor Memhard noting that the piping plovers have arrived at Good Harbor Beach. He offered thanks to the Mayor s office for the Piping Plover Plan, and highlighted that on Saturday at the Sawyer Free Library there is an educational program on the birds. Councilor Nolan reported the North Shore Health Project is a great community asset. He thanked Rev. Rona Tyndall for all she s done with the Grace Center and the city. Councilor Cox noted the following evening she s been asked to speak on CATV regarding elected women in office, sharing the segment with Denise Donnelly, member of the Board of Selectmen from Rockport and two women from neighboring communities. Councilor LeBlanc requested that the Mayor through the DPW Director install a sidewalk on Angle Street from its intersection with Western Avenue on southerly side to its intersection with Middle Street. The DPW is out doing potholes; he noted, and encouraged them to keep up the good work. Councilor Hecht requested that the Mayor through the Administration to intsall security cameras at Burnham s Field at a cost of 35,000. He then offered the following:
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The Boston Seafood Expo was a great success for the city and spoke to events that led to the city s success offering thanks to Director of Community

Development, Jill Cahill and Director of Economic Development, Sal DiStefano;
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Seaside Sustainability has asked him to serve on its Board; The Lobster Trap Christmas Tree fundraiser held at the Cape Ann Brewery which

successfully raised over
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1,000; Thirty-nine wrought-iron planters on Main Street are moving forward with the okay of the Mayor, and

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fundraising will be done for the project; Thanks were offered for those who attended the Gloucester Dog Park fundraiser held in his home; Discover

Gloucester had their annual meeting last evening; Attendance at a recent Life Sciences Symposium by GMGI.
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Councilor Gilman announced the reinstitution under the City Charter of Student Government Day which will take place on May 28, asking Councilors

volunteer to take on students so that they can shadow the Councilors; activities and offered a description of some of the plans for the Gloucester High School students that day. She announced that during May and June there will be a rebuilding of the sidewalk on the odd-numbered side of Reynard Street. She requested that the Mayor through the DPW Director along with other members of city staff, including but not limited to the Conservation Agent, Planning Director, several volunteer leaders on the Dogtown
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Advisory Commission, and Ward 4 City Councilor Gilman, form a working group to address various Dogtown matters, such as:

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Developing an updated Dogtown Management Plan and Ordinances Reviewing relevancy of outstanding issues identified in the North Gloucester Woods Study

of 2012 Recommending action plans on ways to protect and preserve Dogtown Exploring alternative venues/sites for municipal services as well as cost implications for the City.
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Councilor O Hara noted the following: The City Clerk on his behalf sent to Councilors an article about what the city of Quincy is doing to alleviate

the problem for seniors about snow removal in front of their homes which may be something for Gloucester to consider.

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The issue of private roads repairs and paving is ongoing. A thank you was extended to the DPW Director, Mike Hale who spoke to the abutters of

Strawberry Cove. He asked that Councilors put their heads together with the city s state legislators to clarify statute issues which he termed problematic for private road abutters to get their roads repaired and repaved.
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A lengthy letter in the Gloucester Daily Times recently was noted about the issues surrounding the city s harbor -- a plan needs to be made to start

making progress to fully utilize this city asset.
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Dogs are no longer welcome on Good Harbor Beach leashed or unleashed with the piping plovers now nesting.

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Thanks were extended to retiring Interim Police Chief John McCarthy. Council President Lundberg noted the observations voiced about three city assets

that the Council should be addressing and advised they will come up with some ideas to approach the issues in a meaningful way.
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A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Dana C. Jorgensson Clerk of Committees

DOCUMENTS/ITEMS SUBMITTED AT MEETING: None.

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Budget Finance Committee Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:30 p.m.

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1st Fl. Council Conference Room City Hall -Minutes-

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Present: Vice Chair, Scott Memhard; Councilor Ken Hecht Absent: Councilor Cox Also Present: Councilor Lundberg (entered the meeting at 5:48 p.m.);

Amit Chhayani; Jim Destino; John Dunn; Mike Hale Adam Curcuru; Vanessa Krawyck

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

1. Memorandum from Director of Veterans Services re: acceptance of donations in the amount of 387

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Adam Curcuru, Director of Veterans Services, advised that Cape Ann Veterans Services is in receipt of two donations, noting that they have great

support from the community for a total of 387.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 2 in favor, 0 opposed, 1

(Cox) absent, to recommend that the City Council accept under MGL c. 44, 53A, donations from members and business partners to the Cape Ann Office of Veterans Services for the purpose of supporting on-going efforts to serve Veterans and Active Duty military for a total of 387.00 as follows:
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Name/Entity Dollar Amount Date Received Andrew and Ann Kouiletis 100.00 02/01/2019 Third Annisquam Parish 287.00 01/14/2019 TOTAL: 387.00

2. Memorandum, Grant Application Checklist from the Planning Director re: FY2020 Green Communities Competitive Grant in the amount of 144,331 with a

50,000 match from the city (Grant Application)--for information only
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The application documentation for the FY2020 Green Communities Competitive Grant is for information only and was placed on file.

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3. Memorandum from CFO re: loan authorization request in the amount of 190,000 for the Souther Road paving betterment

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John Dunn, CFO, advised that this loan authorization is funding for the road paving betterment project for Souther Road which is the final part of

the Ordinance process. He noted that as is his practice, he rounded up the dollar amount for the loan authorization to allow leeway for any contingencies. He reminded the Committee that even though the city may allow betterment repayments up to a 10-year period, the city must pay the loan back over a five-year period which has to do with the change in borrowing laws. A number of abutters involved in these projects pay up front, about 30 to 50 , depending on the size of the assessment, he confirmed to Councilor Hecht. Mike Hale, DPW Director, responding to a series of questions from Councilor Hecht, advised that about ready to close out is the betterment project for Nashua Avenue at a cost of 200,000, Englewood Road and Lake Avenues are next up in the betterment queue at a cost of 300,000. He noted that Souther Road is joining the queue, and the Brier Neck neighborhood is still going through planning efforts to determine what needs to be done, which is complicated for a number of reasons, a few of which he touched on briefly. Additionally, Mr. Dunn described the complexity of the city s role in betterment financing noting that the city pays the cost up front. There are tax implications for the city on the back end of these projects, and that from an accounting standpoint, betterments are difficult to process and track. He cautioned the Committee about the number of projects they ve opened a door to as there will be a point where the city will have to reexamine just how many projects they can oversee and finance because of the accounting and financial implications for the city. Mr. Destino also participated in the conversation.
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Councilor Memhard conveyed the concern of the Souther Road abutters that the loan order was for 190,000 as they approved a project estimated at

157,000. Mr. Hale responded by saying that the original request was for a price for Souther Road and for a portion of Brier Road, the section of Brier Road that goes towards the water. His department provided an itemized price for Souther Road and then an add-on for Brier Road. He advised that all the correspondence he received from this group refers to the Souther Road/Brier Road project. Noting he was not at the meeting for the vote and not knowing that the abutters didn t take up Brier Road at all, the price would be 168,000 for Souther Road -- 158,000 for construction costs and 10,000 for contingencies, about 8 over the base cost which is the traditional hold for all paving projects. Mr. Dunn added that the betterment that gets assessed to the property owners is whatever the project costs. He pointed out that if they wanted it was okay for the Council to amend the loan order and reduce it to 168,000 but that means it s all the funding the city has for the project. If for any reason they re short of money, and several feet remain to be paved, they re done and it can t be helped. He reminded the Committee that he doesn t borrow the funds until Mr. Hale advises that a project is finished. If at the end of the project it comes to the total of 168,000 that is what he goes out and borrows for the final debt. The betterments will be 168,000. Councilor Memhard clarified that Mr. Hale and Mr. Dunn won t know what the final cost is until it is completed. The first bill to abutters will go out nine months to a year from completion, he indicated. Mr. Hale conveyed that in his estimation that abutters likely won t receive the betterment payment request until the first tax bill of 2021 based on the timing of this two-season project -- with binder laid down this year and the top laid next year. Mr. Dunn explained that the first betterment bill doesn t appear until the third- quarter tax bill of each year, which is by law. By way of example, the project ends in January; the first bill will be a year from then. It depends on the timing of when the project ends and when the recording is done at the Registry of Deeds, as well as how it works on the tax billing cycle. Betterments are difficult to administer from an administrative standpoint, he pointed out, but assured that the Treasurer/Collectors Office has it well in hand. Councilor Memhard noted these betterment projects reflect a great deal of work in terms of constituent meetings, management meetings, hands-on by city senior management because each road and neighborhood is unique and different for a variety of reasons. He expressed concern for the number of meetings that they ll be pulled into as this process expands and the demands made on city management moving forward. Mr. Destino also expressed several concerns, as well as the administrative burden the betterments entail.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 2 in favor, 0 opposed, 1

(Cox) absent, to recommend that the City Council approve the following a loan authorization of 190,000 as follows:
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Ordered: That the City of Gloucester appropriates One Hundred Ninety Thousand Dollars ( 190,000) to pay costs of permanent repairs, including paving

to Souther Road, a private way in the City, including costs incidental or related thereto. To meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 44, Section 7(5), or pursuant to any other enabling authority. Although any borrowing by the City to meet this appropriation shall constitute a general obligation of the City and a pledge of its full faith and credit, one hundred percent (100 ) of the amount needed to repay any borrowing pursuant to this order shall be raised in the first instance through the assessment of betterments upon the abutters of the private way, in accordance with MGL Chapter 80, and any other applicable authority. The Mayor and any other appropriate official of the city are authorized to take any and all actions necessary to assess the betterments described above, the term of which will not exceed 10 years, or such shorter time as proscribed by Massachusetts General Law. Any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.
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Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application with the Municipal Finance Oversight Board to qualify under Chapter 44A of

the General Laws any or all of the bonds authorized by this order and to provide such information and execute such documents as the Municipal Finance Oversight Board may require for these purposes.
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This matter is advertised for the City Council meeting of April 9, 2019.

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4. Supplemental Appropriation-Budgetary Requests (2019-SA-32 -33) from the CFO

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Mr. Hale reported that the O Maley Innovation Middle School building requires a fully functioning cooling system as the school has all fixed windows.

He described the system as having two separate chillers. He reported that when the DPW took over the maintenance of the city s schools one of the O Maley chillers didn t work, with the other chiller only working at one quarter of its capacity. The DPW rehabilitated the functioning chiller only to have other issues within the system. This past year through a loan authorization the DPW replaced all the pumps, controls and motors in the school s f HVAC system. This last piece is for a new chiller which will come on line as soon as this loan authorization is approved before the warm weather starts. They can t run the school without the system, he pointed out.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 2 in favor, 0 opposed, 1

(Cox) absent, to recommend that the City Council approve Supplemental Appropriation 2019-SA-32 in the amount of 90,000.00 (Ninety Thousand Dollars) from the Building Maintenance Stabilization Fund-Undesignated Fund Balance, Account 7700- 359000, to O Maley Innovation Middle School HVAC System Building Improvements, Account 770007- 582003 for the purpose of funding building maintenance improvements to the O Maley Innovation Middle School HVAC System.
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Mr. Dunn advised this request for appropriation came through the DPW Director which is presented in one appropriation due to timing for garden

improvements and an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) assessment. Mr. Hale noted that the western portion of Stacy Boulevard seawall project is now completed; the newly dedicated Avis Murray tennis courts are being reconstructed, and Generous Gardeners is taking over the Elizabeth Gordon Smith Garden, fundraising to redo the gardens. The city is offering labor to move trees and have obligated the city to install new walkways from the seawall up to Garden along with irrigation which is 50,000. He described the second piece at a cost of 40,000, for the completion of a 504 Transition Plan. He explained that the city is mandated by the federal government to have an ADA Transition Plan which reviews areas to see what is non-compliant and create a plan to bring them into ADA compliance. He advised that the city funded the first part of the study through Chapter 90 money last year which looked at areas in the downtown, some places of worship and some schools. The second part through this appropriation will get the city its completion of the plan. This plan will qualify the city for grant funding annually of up to 500,000 to aid in retrofitting some of these crosswalk ramps to make them compliant. With the plan, it makes the city a good candidate for the funding, he added, along with protection from lawsuits.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor Hecht, seconded by Councilor Memhard, the Budget Finance Committee voted 2 in favor, 0 opposed, 1

(Cox) to recommend that the City Council approve Supplemental Appropriation 2019-SA-33 in the amount of 90,000.00 (Ninety Thousand Dollars) from the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund-Undesignated Fund Balance, Account 7600-359000, to Stacy Boulevard Capital Projects Improvements Site Improvements, Account 760023-584000 for the purpose of funding various capital improvements that includes Stacy Boulevard walkway improvements, ADA assessment and garden irrigation.
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5. Memo from City Auditor regarding accounts having expenditures which exceed their authorization Auditor s Report and other related business

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Amit Chhayani, Assistant City Auditor, reviewed the previously submitted documentation with the Committee.

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A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 5:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Dana C. Jorgensson Clerk of Committees

DOCUMENTS/ITEMS SUBMITTED AT MEETING: None.

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Ordinances Administration Committee Monday, April 1, 2019 6:00 p.m.

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1st Fl. Council Conference Room - City Hall -Minutes-

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Present: Chair, Councilor Steven LeBlanc; Vice Chair, Councilor Jamie O Hara; Councilor Sean Nolan Absent: None. Also Present: Councilor Lundberg;

Councilor Memhard; Joanne M. Senos; Jim Destino

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. There was a quorum of the City Council.

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1. New Appointments:

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Capital Improvement Advisory Board Howard Ted Costa TTE 02/14/22

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Mr. Costa was not present at the meeting. Councilor LeBlanc recommended that the appointment of Mr. Costa move forward to Council. He noted that the

Committee all knew his capabilities well; recounting that Mr. Costa had already been interviewed when appointed to the Magnolia Pier Advisory Committee. Councilors O Hara and Nolan expressed their assent also.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Howard Ted Costa to the Capital Improvement Advisory Board, TTE 02/14/22.
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Records Management Advisory Board Carol A. Kelly TTE 02/14/21

Ms. Kelly recounted that she is a former librarian with archival training; has done digital archival scanning for many years working for the U.S.

Forest Services, noting she is also serves as a member of the City-Owned Cemeteries Advisory Committee.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Carol A. Kelly to the Records Management Advisory Board, TTE 02/14/21.
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Tourism Commission Kimberly Voltero TTE 02/14/22

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Ms. Voltero, owner/operator of Plugged In Tours, a sight-seeing company, advised she has lived in the city for seven years, and throughout that time

doing vacation rentals. She conveyed she is a member of the Tourism Council for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and a member of Discover Gloucester, and previously worked for Microsoft for 10 years. She expressed her interest in further helping the city through the Tourism Commission, saying that the current members are a vibrant group, ready to move forward. Councilor LeBlanc advised he d support Ms. Voltero s appointment noting they are both member of the Gloucester Elks, calling her an asset. Councilor Memhard recounted that Ms. Voltero spearheaded the neighborhood road betterment project for Starknaught Heights and expressed his support for her appointment. Ms. Voltero, conveying she would not be in the city for the Council s April 9 meeting which was pre-planned, was excused from attendance by Chair, Councilor LeBlanc, from attending that meeting.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor LeBlanc, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council appoint Kimberly Voltero to the Tourism Commission, TTE 02/14/22.
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2. CC2019-008 (Memhard): Amend GCO Ch. 22 Traffic and Motor Vehicles , Art. VI Traffic Schedules Sec. 22-269 Stop Intersections by adding Hillside

Rd. at its intersection with Grapevine Rd. (Cont d from 03/18/19)
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Councilor Memhard recounted that this installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Hillside Road and Grapevine Road was a request by

neighborhood residents as it is a public safety concern. He conveyed that the Traffic Commission reviewed this safety issue at its last meeting. He suggested streamlining the process for posting stop signs in the city by removing that action from the Code of Ordinances rather than having a three-step process of the Traffic Commission, then O A and then to a Council public hearing with a 31 day waiting period after the Council s vote. He mentioned this was also a suggestion of the DPW Director. Councilor LeBlanc advised that that if the Councilor wished to make a change in the Ordinance he can put in a Council Order to do so. He expressed agreement that this was a sensible installation of a stop sign. Councilor Nolan noted he was at the location the previous evening observing the traffic, and highlighted that both roads are private which spoke to parking enforcement, but that the stop sign was clearly needed. Councilor LeBlanc pointed out it was a matter of public safety than parking. Councilor Nolan advised that he was in favor of the stop sign installation as it is needed. Joanne M. Senos, City Clerk, reminded the Councilors that speed limits have been posted on private ways, and there are stop signs that assist in directing traffic. Councilor Lundberg suggested that private ways that are open to the public is something the Council, on matters of public safety, can control. Mr. Destino expressed agreement that private ways used by the public as through streets in matters of public safety enable the Council to take action.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council Amend GCO Ch. 22 Traffic and Motor Vehicles , Art. VI Traffic Schedules , Sec. 22-269 Stop Intersections by adding: Hillside Road at its intersection with Grapevine Road .
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This matter will be advertised for public hearing.

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3. CC2019011 (LeBlanc): Amend GCO Ch. 4 Animals , Sec. 4-22 Fees and penalties re: payment of past due dog licenses

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Councilor LeBlanc advised that in consultation with the City Clerk he put in this order with dog licensing season now underway. Ms. Senos conveyed

that what is before the Committee is modeled from the city of Salem s ordinance. She recounted the following: The City Clerk s office has issues with collecting on past due licenses, in this case from 2018. The dog licensing year runs April 30th to April 30th annually. She highlighted that after the summer season Animal Control does a great job giving warnings and citations to dog owners not licensing their dogs on time. There are still a few dog licenses that fall through the cracks. By the time those dog owners come in to license their dogs, it is January or February. Those owners refuse to pay for a 2018 license when there are only a few scant months before the 2019 licenses are issued. For 2019, a ruling was made to not issue those new licenses before March 1st in an attempt to get those reluctant dog owners to obtain their late 2018 licenses. It was indicated that some dog owners complied, but others complain asking where does this fall within the Code of Ordinances that they have to get a 2018 license before they re issued a 2019 license. It was pointed out that Salem goes back three years before a current license can be issued, learned through a study through the Mass. Municipal Clerks. Some cities and towns charge a monthly late fee for any late licensed dogs. It was also noted that there was some success with dog owners paying the 50 fine for not licensing their dog, those owners seemed to think that included their 2018 dog license fee, which, in fact, it did not. That 50 goes to the Police Department account. She advised she was requesting that the Council amend the Code of Ordinances so that she can refer dog owners to the Code of Ordinances, so that thereinafter the City Clerk s office will not be issuing a new dog license until they pay for a dog license for the previous year. Councilor LeBlanc pointed out this will keep people honest saying it is a good idea, saying that responsible dog owners will comply with the Ordinance. Ms. Senos noted that her office receives complaints that there are a lot of unlicensed dogs in the city, and this will aid her office in ensuring dogs are consistently licensed in the city.
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COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: On a motion by Councilor O Hara, seconded by Councilor Nolan, the Ordinances Administration Committee voted 3 in favor, 0

opposed, to recommend that the City Council Amend GCO Ch. 4 Animals , Sec. 4-22 Fees and penalties subsection (b) by adding a second sentence as follows:
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(b) Late penalty, effective April 30, 1993. The owner shall pay a penalty of 10.00 for any dog whose license fee has not been paid by April 30 of the

current licensing renewal year. Any dog not licensed for the previous year will need to pay for a previous year s license as well as the late fee of 10.00.
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This matter will be advertised for public hearing.

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4. Update on the City of Gloucester Beach Parking and Traffic Ad Hoc Committee Report of January 24, 2017

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Mr. Destino submitted to the Committee a document entitled, City of Gloucester Beach Parking and Traffic Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council s

Ordinances and Administration Committee, Established on 4/05/16, Draft of Recommendations developed from 4/29/16 through 11/26/16 which was placed on file (placed on file). He noted the Administration took all the recommendations seriously, and noted the responses of the Administration are viewed in red print, Items 1 through 38. He advised the city was able to implement a number of the suggestions; some are not feasible due to the costs involved. Most of the issues that make the most impact are around enforcement and having a police presence around certain areas at certain times. He conveyed the Administration has a meeting next week with the new Police Chief on this issue. He suggested that the majority of issues are at the height of the summer season, about 10 days. He highlighted that there is a limit to what they can do especially on Concord Street, and placement of police officers on overtime at locations such as the lights at Eastern Avenue, to assist traffic flow. He advised they d like to place a patrolman on Concord and Atlantic Streets to get people to turn around, but pointed out that they can t make vehicle owners turn around on a public street if they want to keep going even after they ve been told a beach parking lot is full. He conveyed the city sent out over 30 Cease and Desist Orders for people who were parking cars at Long Beach, and up in the Wingaersheek Beach area. They do what they can with the city s budget they have and put patrolmen where they can when they can, he pointed out. He advised that there was an audit on how they park cars, on how money is collected, noting the suggestion of allowing the use of credit cards for beach parking payment would speed the cars through the lines, but learned it would not. They will take another hard look at beach parking fees which were noted has not having been raised since 2016 ( 25 per vehicle weekdays, 30 per vehicle weekends) suggesting a 5 increase may be appropriate, and that they will take another look at the Ad Hoc Committee s recommendations as well as they do every year, he assured. Councilor LeBlanc mentioned the possibility the pre-purchase of parking passes for beach parking lots. Mr. Destino suggested that could cause more issues than it may be worth by creating the impression of a parking pass that entitles beachgoers to a reserved parking spot. As far as utilizing a shuttle, they don t see it as a viable option. The beaches are full, he pointed out especially during high tides -- when the parking lot is full, the beach is full, he pointed out. They followed up, he added, and will continue to talk about this; but it is about getting patrolmen out on the road and that people need to understand that when the parking lots are full there just isn t anywhere else to park. He mentioned former Ad Hoc Committee member Jeffrey Stonberg who resides near the bridge on Nautilus Road to Good Harbor Beach, a main entry way, who doesn t want anyone to park there. He suggested even banning parking in and around that spot or severely limiting it, without stationing a parking enforcement officer there at all times, it wouldn t happen. People will drop off and pick up in that location. He assured they followed up on these recommendations and would continue to do so. Councilor O Hara noted Item 26 regarding the large LED lighted sign asked to move it further south over the guardrail into the former Mt. Ann parking area to enable drivers to see the beach parking advisories sooner. Mr. Destino advised they look into it and ask MassDOT. He noted that the city now opens the beach parking lots earlier which help the situation. Councilor Lundberg advised he asked to review the Beach Parking Ad Hoc Committee recommendations this now, in light of a group of residents who came forward and spoke under Oral Communications last July 10th. He noted the answer the Administration gave was that they had the Ad Hoc Committee s recommendations and that some of them were implemented. He suggested what was implemented didn t work based on the number of residents who spoke about traffic. He conveyed he wanted to ensure that the city has done everything they can, so that Ward Councilors with the beaches in their wards can say to the citizens everything that can be done has been done. Mr. Destino suggested that there were a number of things implemented that did work. He pointed out that Concord Street is a long, winding roadway to a beach, and that the only thing they can do is to station someone there to tell drivers to turn around when the beach is full, place signage but that the road will not be widened nor made one way. He noted that it is an issue of traffic control. He pointed out that they are trying to shut down illegal beach parking lots, implement a higher level of traffic control in that area. Councilor O Hara brought up the matter of the non-resident fee for a seasonal beach parking pass, Item 28. Mr. Destino advised they are considering raising that fee.
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J.D. McEachern, former member of the Ad Hoc Committee, noted they came to a lot of conclusions, and that some people have to be realistic. He

mentioned Cressy Beach at Stage Fort Park is a beach covered in ballast stones and suggested the stones could be removed because they re not indigenous which would make that beach a more popular place to go. Mr. Destino highlighted that there would be a lot of permitting, especially with MassDEP, in order to remove those stones. Councilor LeBlanc highlighted the bulk of the issues are residents who live near the beaches being unable can t reasonably travel to and from their homes during the summer season. He agreed that busing people to the beach is a difficult proposition. Councilor O Hara pointed out that for Crane s Beach there are satellite parking lots in the Town of Ipswich and they shuttle beachgoers to that beach. Councilor Nolan pointed out that the issue is not Concord Street but Atlantic Street. The turnaround area is difficult, he conveyed. As to the private section of the Wingaersheek Beach area utilizing them as a throughway (part of the Ad Hoc recommendations), he advised he had spoken to four of the five associations, and that it will never happen. Referring to the turnaround concrete areas at the base of Concord and Atlantic Streets to remove them would make it more cost effective for traffic flow which in essence creates four traffic islands, he pointed out. Mr. Destino conveyed if there was a police officer to direct traffic it would help. They discussed the turnaround situation and how vehicles could be better directed at Concord Street. It was suggested they tell people before reaching Causeway Street that the parking lot is full which will give people more options. Councilor Nolan also talked about raising the fees for parking which he conveyed may make a difference. Councilor Memhard noted that progress has been made highlighting the increased penalties for on-street beach parking violations. Speaking to Mr. Stonberg s concerns, he described the two properties he owns adjacent to Nautilus Road, advised the gentleman witnesses some of the safety issues with drop off and pick up, children approaching ice cream trucks, etc., saying that a No standing zone, may make a difference for that area. Proper signage, communication, amendments to the Ordinance and enforcement were essential, he pointed out. Councilor Lundberg agreed that by providing the Councilors the opportunity to submit their suggestions and questions now, the Administration will be able have the opportunity to respond, and to decide if the suggestions can be implemented. Councilor O Hara pointed out that most of what may be suggested or implemented likely wouldn t happen until the following summer season. Councilor Memhard highlighted that the new Police Chief will perhaps offer a fresh perspective on these issues. At the request of the Chair, an email would be sent to the City Council with the documentation provided by Mr. Destino soliciting the Council s suggestions and questions to be submitted to Mr. Destino by April 30 th so that he may address those matters at the next O A Committee meeting on Monday, May 6th.
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A motion was made, seconded and voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 6:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Dana C. Jorgensson+

Clerk of Committees

DOCUMENTS/ITEMS SUBMITTED AT MEETING:

City of Gloucester Beach Parking and Traffic Ad Hoc Committee of the City Council s Ordinances and Administration Committee, Established on 4/05/16,

Draft of Recommendations developed from 4/29/16 through 11/26/16
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Planning Development Committee 04/03/2019 Page 1 of 5

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Planning Development Committee Wednesday, April 3, 2019 5:30 p.m.

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1st Fl. Council Committee Room City Hall -Minutes-

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Present: Chair, Councilor Valerie Gilman; Vice Chair, Councilor Jen Holmgren; Councilor Sean Nolan (Alternate) Absent: Councilor Lundberg Also

Present: None.

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.

1. RZ2019-001: Rockport Road 28, Map 178, Lot 28 from EB (Extensive Business to R-10 (Medium/High Density Residential) - Also referred to the

Planning Board (Cont d from 03/06/19 TBC 04/17/19)
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