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Town Council's Meeting Minutes 01/17/06
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
JANUARY 17, 2006


        Under the Rules and Procedures of the Winthrop Town Council, President Reilly called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM in the Joseph Harvey Hearing Room.  All members were present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

MOTION by Councilor Letterie
2ND by Vice President Sanford


VOTED:  To approve the minutes of Town Council Meeting January 3, 2006.  

Motion by Councilor Letterie to recess the Town Council Meeting in order to hold a JOINT Meeting with the School Committee.
2nd by Councilor Gill
UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE

At 7:02 PM a joint meeting with the Winthrop School committee convened.

ADA COMPLIANCE
Discussion on ADA Compliance issues of the High School and Middle School.  Cost analysis, timing, design, construction and funding are some of the issues and concerns discussed.
Kevin Meagher reviewed and explained the Gienapp Design Associates Architects Accessibility Study and Design report submitted to the Winthrop Public Schools.

MOTION by Councilor Ferrino
2ND by Councilor Maggio
UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE
VOTED:  To refer this matter to the Capital Assets Committee to work with the School Committee representatives on the ADA Compliance at the High School and report back to both bodies at a later date.


ELECTION OF NORTHEAST METROPOLITAN REGIONAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER

MOTION by Councilor Letterie
2ND by Councilor Maggio
At the end of the second ballot the person receiving the least amount of votes be dropped from further consideration.

NOMINATIONS
1 Robert Capezza
2 Ronald V. Vecchia
3 Leila Dzedulionis

ROLL CALL VOTE                          Voted For

Councilor Boncore                                       Ronald V. Vecchia

Councilor Calla                                 Robert Capezza

Councilor DelVento                                      Ronald V. Vecchia               

Councilor Ferrino                                       Ronald V. Vecchia

Councilor Gill                                  Robert Capezza

School Committee Member Goldberg                Robert Capezza

School Committee Member Holden          Robert Capezza

Councilor Letterie                                      Ronald V. Vecchia

School Committee Member Macero          Robert Capezza

Councilor Maggio                                        Leila Dzedulionis

School Committee Member Martucci                Robert Capezza

School Committee Chairman Milano                Robert Capezza

School Committee Vice Chairman Osborne  Robert Capezza

Vice President Sanford                          Ronald V. Vecchia

President Reilly                                        Robert Capezza


Robert Capezza  9 Votes

Ronald V. Vecchia       5 Votes

Leila Dzedulionis       1 Vote

ADJOURN JOINT MEETING WITH SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND RE-CONVEIN TOWN COUNCIL’S MEETING

PUBLIC COMMENT

John Vitagliano commented and expressed his concerns about the underwater pipeline project.
Donald Simonini, Representative of the Historical Commission, commented on saving the Dalrymple School.
Frank Costantino suggested to the Council not to proceed to quickly in selling the Dalrymple School
_____________mentions the letter of interest regarding the Dalrymple Re-Use Study Committee.

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Under Rule 8 Council President Reilly presented the appointments of councilors to the standing committees.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Councilor Ferrino, Chairman
Councilor Letterie,
Councilor DelVento

RULES AND ORDINANCES COMMITTEE
Councilor Boncore, Chairman
Councilor Gill
Councilor Maggio

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Councilor Maggio, Chairman
Councilor Calla
Councilor Boncore

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE
Councilor Calla, Chairman
Councilor Maggio
Councilor DelVento

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Councilor Letterie, Chairman
Councilor Sanford
Councilor Gill

CAPITAL ASSETTS COMMITTEE
Councilor Gill, Chairman
Councilor Sanford
Councilor Ferrino

MOTION by Vice President Sanford
2ND by Councilor Ferrino

UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE

VOTED:  To approve the Council President’s appointments to the Standing Committees of the Council.


FINANCE COMMITTEE

MOTION by Councilor Ferrino
2ND by Councilor Letterie

UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE

VOTED:  To transfer $10,000 from General Insurance, $6,000 from Benefits and $6,000 from Worker’s Compensation to the new account for the Town Council in the sum of $22,000.00.

Councilor Ferrino also reported the Finance Committee met with Mike Bertino to discuss the 2006/2007 budgets.  Mike Bertino will present a budget to the Finance Committee once he has received all the Department Heads budgets.  The Finance Committee also requested a supplemental budget from each Department Head hoping to use any unexpended monies for the Departments that need the money to offset utility, oil, gas, etc… expenses.   Councilor Ferrino also suggested putting some money aside into a reserve fund for emergencies.  Councilor Ferrino said the Finance Committee should have a good handle on where the Union negotiations are and some of the pending suits, etc… so the Finance Committee can plan ahead.

President Reilly mentioned he would ask Howard Greenspan to attend one of the Town Council meetings to discuss the Collective Bargaining matters.

MASSA PLAYGROUND RECONSTRUCTION GRANT

Executive Secretary, Virginia Wilder and Barbara McNeil, Grants/Procurement Officer explains the need of the Massa Playground Reconstruction Grant. The Grants/Procurement office has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Division of Conservation Services urban Self-help Fund.

MOTION by Councilor DelVento
2ND by Councilor Ferrino

UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE

VOTED:  To refer this motion before the Council to the Finance Committee for their review.


COUNCIL PRESIDENT’S REPORT

President Reilly states the Council needs to meet and discuss setting goals and objectives.  The Charter requires that the budget each year begin with a process of setting goals and objectives for the Town for the coming year.  President Reilly said the Council will be meeting with the Town Manager to discuss goals and objectives and fiscal priorities for the fiscal year starting July 1st.

There was discussion amongst the Council on setting up a special meeting of the Council, an open forum, and a strategy session, which would be posted to the public.  This would give the Council an opportunity to openly discuss issues, goals and objectives.  No rules would apply to this meeting.  

MOTION by Councilor Ferrino
2ND by Councilor Maggio

AMENDMENT by Councilor DelVento
Time limit to not exceed 2.5 hours, starting time 7:00 PM.

UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE

VOTED:  To call a Special Meeting of the Council on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 (location to be announced) for the purposes to discuss strategies, goals and objectives.  Meeting will not be subject to the Rules of Procedure of the Council.  Time limit to not exceed 2.5 hours, starting time 7:00 PM.


OLD BUSINESS

NO OLD BUSINESS TO REPORT


NEW BUSINESS

The Town has received the Civil Service List for Firefighters.  There are 3 vacancies from the Civil Service List and 1 re-hire that previously worked for the Fire Department. Filling these positions will save the over-time expenditure.  In order to complete the hiring process it would require the approval of the Town Council.  

MOTION by Councilor Gill
2ND by Councilor Boncore

UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE

VOTED:  The Town Council approves the filling of 4 positions in the Fire Department.

Councilor Calla expresses the problems and concerns of parking issues during a snow emergency.  

Motion by Councilor Calla 2nd by Councilor Boncore
The Council request the Chief of the Fire Department, the Police, Department and Public Works Director to look into this issue of snow emergency and adequate parking for our residents and report back to the Town Council’s next meeting on February 7, 2006.

UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE



VOTED:  To send a letter of accommodation to Jerome Falbo on the occasion of his retirement as the President of the Justinian Law Society.

VOTED:  To refer the matter of procedures to the Committee on Rules and Ordinances.

VOTED:  To award citations of the Council to the recipients of Chambers Awards on January 27, 2006.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Resident David Osborne and Resident Dennis Gaucher made public comments.


UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE TO ADJOURN

Meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM




ATTEST:



Susan J. Duplin
Clerk





















 














 
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