Board of Aldermen Discuss Creating Finance Department

February 15, 2012
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At the Everett Board of Aldermen’s meeting on Monday night, Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Committee members discussed some of the changes in store for Everett. There is an order for a home rule petition to the State Legislature to allow the city of Everett to draft an ordinance creating a Department of Finance, mainly for the position of the Chief Financial Officer, whose duties will be to manage all the city’s financial planning, budgeting, and accounting.

As the most important job, next to the position of mayor, the Committee isn’t taking it lightly, and proposed to wait another two weeks to vote so they can ascertain an opinion from the City Solicitor.

A new “blue ribbon” panel was also discussed during the meeting. The panel, comprised of business leaders, community activists, and elected officials will serve to market the city of Everett to potential businesses. With such close proximity to Boston, the Committee members believe that there are clear benefits to opening a business in Everett. This proposal will be responded to by Mayor DeMaria at the next meeting.

Another impending change is the implementation of a quarterly burn rate at the beginning of each quarter of the Fiscal Year for all departments in the city of Everett., including public schools which seem to be vastly over budget. The goal of the burn rate is to gain more control of the expenditure of the city’s money, but Committee members were confused as to what public schools are spending their money on. Perhaps, it has to do with the explosion in the student body. Mid-year, Everett public schools have gained more new students than anticipated, and it is causing stress for the budget. The Committee members skirted the issue of a budget cut, but first needs a closer look at the root of the issue.

Other matters before the Board are as follows:

1. A0055-12

In accordance with Joint Rule of the City Council, that each meeting of the City Council shall allow up to ten (10) minutes for public participation and comment prior to commencement of the reading of communications from the Mayor.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND COMMENT HELD.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM HIS HONOR THE MAYOR

2.

A0062-12 Order/s/Alderman Joseph McGonagle, as President

Subject to confirmation by the Honorable Board of Aldermen, I hereby appoint the attached list of people, consisting of several pages of election officials, to serve for a period of one-year, to commence at the upcoming Presidential Primary, Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

ALL CONFIRMED

3.

A0070-12 Order/s/Alderman Joseph W. McGonagle, as President

To accept the local option of consolidated department of municipal finance, in accordance with M.G.L., C43C, S11. This local option allows the City to draft an ordinance creating a finance department headed by a director of municipal finance.

LAID ON TABLE TO NEXT MEETING TO GET CLARIFICATION ON THE LAW ACCORDING TO NEW CHARTER FROM THE CITY SOLICITOR.

4.

A0071-12 Order/s/Alderman Joseph W. McGonagle, as President

To accept the donation of listed and described furniture from Boston Coach to the City of Everett.

PASSED SENT DOWN FOR CONCURRENCE

PAPERS FROM THE COMMON COUNCIL

5.

C0029-12 Order/s/Councilor Daniel J. Napolitano, as President

This order is a home rule petition to the State Legislature to allow the City of Everett to draft an ordinance creating a Department of Finance and the position of the Chief Financial Officer; necessitated to orchestrate all the City’s financial planning, budgeting and accounting under one umbrella. (Passed sent up for concurrence (reconsideration failed)).

LAID ON TABLE TO NEXT MEETING TO GET LEGAL OPINION FROM CITY SOLICITOR FOR NEXT MEETING ON NEW CITY CHARTER.

6.

C0030-12 Order/s/Councilor Daniel J. Napolitano, as President

To accept a donation of $25.00 from Debbie Hartman McCulley to the City of Everett’s Office of Human Services Emergency Services Account.

PASSED IN CONCURRENCE AND LETTER OF THANKS BE SENT.

7.

C0031-12 Order/s/Councilor Daniel J. Napolitano, as President

To accept a donation of $665.00 from Bond Brothers to the City of Everett’s Office of Human Services Emergency Services Account.

PASSED IN CONCURRENCE AND LETTER OF THANKS BE SENT.

PETITIONS AND LICENSES

8.

A0056-12 Petition

2nd Class Motor Dealer License from Edgard V. Miranda D/B/A EVERETT MOTOR GROUP, INC. at 3 Everett Ave.

GRANTED

9.

A0059-12 Petition

2nd Class Motor Dealer License from AUTO GALLERY OF EVERETT, LLC at 1993 Revere Beach Parkway.

GRANTED

10.

A0060-12 Petition

2nd Class Motor Dealer License from EUROPEAN MOTORS at 511 Second Street.

GRANTED

11.

A0069-12 Petition

2nd Class Motor Dealer License from Richard Sully D/B/A PARKWAY MOTOR SALES, INC. at 2034 Revere Beach Parkway.

GRANTED

COMMUNICATIONS

12.

A0061-12 Communication

Permission requested from Ellen Carr, Assist. City Clerk, to advertise for a public hearing to revoke the auto repair-mechanical license for Paul S. DiNardo, Sr. D/B/A Everett Truck Repair, Inc., 99 Bow Street, as this business has not renewed their 2011 license, which expired on April 30, 2011 because of outstanding personal property taxes.

COMMUNICATION ACCEPTED, PERMISSION GRANTED TO CONDUCT A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT MEETING.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

13.

A0206-11

Committee on Licenses Report on Order offered by Madam Alderman Millie Cardello-That the operation of business described as Medrano’s Auto Repair at 172 Chelsea Street, Everett, conducting business and selling cars without a license by the Board of Aldermen, cease and desist from operating without a license.

COMMITTEE REPORT ACCEPTED REFERRED BACK TO SPONSOR.

14.

A0022-12

Committee on Licenses Report on 2nd Class Motor Dealer License from Regal Auto Sales, Inc. at 1800 Revere Beach Parkway.

COMMITTEE REPORT ACCEPTED, PETITION GRANTED.

15.

A0037-12

Committee on Licenses Report on Application for a Lodging House License from David A. Molle for the FENNO’S at 336 Broadway.

COMMITTEE REPORT ACCEPTED, FURTHER TIME GRANTED IN THE LICENSE COMMITTEE.

16.

A0042-12

Committee on Licenses Report on Application for 2nd Class Motor Dealer License from Tatiany Pinto for CARLOS USED CARS at 70 Chelsea Street.

COMMITTEE REPORT ACCEPTED, LICENSE ISSUED FOR 90 DAYS.

17.

A0050-12

Committee on Licenses Report on Application for 2nd Class Motor Dealer License from Alba DeSimone for STADIUM AUTO SALES at 35 Everett Ave.

COMMITTEE REPORT ACCEPTED, NO ACTION NECESSARY.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

18.

A0007-12 Resolution/s/Alderman Robert J. Van Campen

Relative to Comcast’s explanation on discounts that are available to Everett seniors.

REFERRED TO MR. LAIDLAW

19.

A0030-12 Resolution/s/Alderman Michael K. Marchese

That the Treasurer/Collector have a figure on the amount of excise tax that Fidelity Transportation will provide to Everett. (1/23/12 Referred to Collector’s Office and Assessor’s Office with a request for a response this meeting)

REFERRED BACK TO SPONSOR AND LETTER OF THANKS BE SENT TO SCOTT PORTER.

NEW BUSINESS

20.

A0054-12 Resolution/s/Madam Alderman Millie J. Cardello

That the Traffic Commission, City Engineer and City Services consider the feasibility of painting a line marking a right hand turn lane, and install a “Right Turn Only” sign at the intersection of Chelsea Street and Ferry Street, southbound side (even numbered side of street) where you can take a right on red.

REFERRED TO THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION

21.

A0057-12 Order/s/Alderman Joseph W. McGonagle, as President

That in accordance with the provisions of the General Law of Massachusetts, the City Clerk be and is hereby authorized and directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the City of Everett, qualified to vote as the law requires, to assemble at the several polling places, for and within the several precincts, where they are duly registered voters on TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012 for the PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, then and there to give in their votes for the election of political parties for the following offices: PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE, STATE COMMITTEE MAN, STATE COMMITTEE WOMAN, WARD COMMITTEE.

PASSED

22.

A0058-12 Order/s/Alderman Joseph W. McGonagle, as President

That the polls be opened from 7 o’clock in the morning to 8 o’clock in the evening and the City Clerk to cause all voting places to be properly fitted up for the PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, MARCH 6, 2012. Be it ordered further: That the following places be designated as polling places for the above mentioned

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY, MARCH 6, 2012:

Ward 1 Prec. 1 Armory, 90 Chelsea Street

Ward 1 Prec. 2 Parlin Library, 410 Broadway

Ward 2 Prec. 1 Keverian School, 20 Nichols Street

Ward 2 Prec. 2 Keverian School, 20 Nichols Street

Ward 3 Prec. 1 Community Center, 21 Whittier Drive

Ward 3 Prec. 2 Recreation Center Building, 47 Elm Street

Ward 4 Prec. 1 Lafayette School, Edith Street, enter from Bryant Street

Ward 4 Prec. 2 Glendale Towers, Ferry Street

Ward 5 Prec. 1 English School, 105 Woodville Street

Ward 5 Prec. 2 City Hall, Keverian Room, Third Floor, 484 Broadway

Ward 6 Prec. 1 English School, 105 Woodville Street

Ward 6 Prec. 2 Adams School, 78 Tileston Street

PASSED

23.

A0063-12 Resolution/s/Aldermen Robert Van Campen and Michael Marchese, Councilors Rosemary Miller, Rosa DiFlorio and Michael McLaughlin

That there be established a task force to study recent population increases in the Everett School Department and to identify solutions to slow this increase. Said task force shall consist of a designee of the Mayor, a designee of the Superintendent of Schools, two designees of the Board of Aldermen, two designees of the Common Council and two designees of the School Committee.

PASSED SENT DOWN FOR CONCURRENCE TO SEND TO HIS HONOR THE MAYOR, SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.

24.

A0064-12 Resolution/s/Aldermen Robert Van Campen, Michael Marchese and Sal Sachetta

That the City Council be provided with quarterly burn rates at the beginning of each quarter of the Fiscal Year for all departments in the City of Everett, to include the Everett Public Schools.

PASSED SENT DOWN FOR CONCURRENCE TO SEND TO HIS HONOR THE MAYOR.

25.

A0065-12 Resolution/s/Alderman Robert Van Campen and Councilor Michael McLaughlin

That the City of Everett establish a “blue ribbon” panel of business leaders, community activists and elected officials whose focus will be to seek out businesses wishing to do business in Greater Boston, and market the City of Everett to them.

REFERRED TO MAYOR WITH A REQUEST FOR A RESPONSE BACK NEXT MEETING TO THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN.

26.

A0066-12 Resolution/s/Aldermen Robert Van Campen and Councilor Rosemary Miller

In light of the transitional provisions contained therein, that the City Solicitor offer her opinion as to the legal status and effect of the recently ratified Everett City Charter.

REFERRED TO CITY SOLICITOR WITH A REQUEST FOR A WRITTEN RESPONSE NEXT MEETING.

27.

A0067-12 Order/s/Aldermen Robert Van Campen, Michael Marchese and Sal Sachetta

In order to address the impacts of residential overcrowding and its impact on already strained city services, including school-related services, that the City of Everett enact a moratorium on the issuance of permits for any new residential development in the City for a period of one year, and to link said moratorium to a study of the City’s long-term housing needs.

REFERRED TO MAYOR’S OFFICE WITH A REQUEST FOR A RESPONSE BACK NEXT MEETING.

28.

A0068-12 Resolution/s/Madam Alderman Millie Cardello

That ISD give proper notification of rules and regulations with notice that the rules will be enforced if not in compliance, with possibility of also utilizing ECTV’s Bulletin Board to get the word out.

REFERRED TO ECTV

29.

A0073-12

Worksheet Monday, February 13, 2012

1.Sponsor: Madam Alderman Millie J. Cardello-That the City Services Highway Division repair the pot holes on Rover and Robin Streets.

Referred to: Mr. Peter Pietrantonio, Director of City Services.

REFERRED TO DIRECTOR OF CITY SERVICES, MR. PETER PIETRANTONIO.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:15PM

Reminders:

2/15 6PM Bills & Accounts Committee

2/15 6PM Rules & Ordinances Committee

2/16 6PM Finance Committee

2/21 7PM (Tuesday) Common Council Meeting

2/22 6PM Public Safety Committee

2/27 7PM Board of Aldermen Meeting

2/29 6PM Rules & Ordinances Committee

Respectfully submitted,

Caroline McCorry

Admin. Assist. / Ofc. Mgr.

Everett City Council Office

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