Chelsea, Massachusetts, April 9, 2012
A Regular Meeting of the Chelsea City Council was held. The meeting was held at the
Chelsea City Hall located at 500 Broadway, Chelsea. The following members were
present: Councilors Cunningham, Perlatonda, Frank, Robinson, Cortell, Murphy,
Recupero, Barton, Hatleberg, and Cataldo. Councillor Brown was absent. Councillor
Robinson, President of the Council presided over the meeting. The meeting opened at
Memoriums and celebratory resolutions:
The following Resolution was introduced by Councilors Cortel, Cunningham, and
Barton. A motion from Councillor Cortel to adopt under suspension was adopted.
Whereas, the Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation
of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945—six
million were murdered; Roma (Gypsies), people with disabilities, and Poles were also
targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons; and millions
more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political
dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny; and
Whereas, the history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral
responsibilities of individuals, societies, and governments; and
Whereas, we the people of the City of Chelsea should always remember the terrible
events of the Holocaust and remain vigilant against hatred, persecution, and tyranny; and
Whereas, we the people of the City of Chelsea should actively rededicate ourselves to
the principles of individual freedom in a just society; and
Whereas, the Days of Remembrance have been set aside for the people of the City of
Chelsea to remember the victims of the Holocaust as well as to reflect on the need for
respect of all peoples; and
Whereas, pursuant to an Act of Congress (Public Law 96-388, October 7, 1980), the
United States Holocaust Memorial Council designates the Days of Remembrance of the
Victims of the Holocaust to be Sunday, April 15, through Sunday, April 22, 2012,
including the Day of Remembrance known as Yom Hashoah, April 19, 2012;
Resolved, the Chelsea City Council hereby proclaims the week of Sunday,
April 15, through Sunday, April 22, 2012, as Days of Remembrance in memory of the
victims of the Holocaust and in honor of the survivors as well as the rescuers and
liberators, and further proclaim that we, as citizens of the City of Chelsea, should work to
promote human dignity and confront hate whenever and wherever it occurs.
No one came forward to speak. The public speaking portion opened at 7:12 P.M. and
closed at 7:13 P.M.
The minutes of the City Council Meeting dated March 26, 2012 were approved at the
request of Councillor Barton under suspension.
Communications from City Manager:
The following communication was read from City Manager Jay Ash. A motion from
Councilor Hatleberg to accept and file was adopted under suspension.
Honorable City Council
Chelsea City Hall
Chelsea, MA 02150
Re: Request to Expend FY’12 funds for a FY’11 Expense
Dear City Council:
It has come to our attention that a vendor expense incurred in FY’11 by the Treasury
Department, Central Billing and Research division, was not received timely during
FY’11. In order to make payment on this amount owed, Council authorization is needed
to use FY’12 funds for FY’11 amounts owed to the vendor.
The circumstances surrounding this situation are that during FY’11, the Treasury
Department changed the vendor that manages its water and sewer system from Tremblay
Associates to SoftRight. In accord with its contract, Tremblay was owed but did not
timely bill the City for the fiscal period covered by the contract through June 30, 2011.
These bills were presented to the City after the close of the fiscal year, and are now due
in the amount of $9,100.00.
The Treasury has sufficient funds in its FY’12 contract expenditure line to cover this
Fy’11 expense to Tremblay Associates-due primarily to the reduced cost of the new
vendor contract with SoftRight Management.
I have attached to this letter a proposed ORDER for your consideration.
Communications and petitions to the Council:
A copy of a communication was received from Deborah Clayman, City Clerk/Parking
Clerk, regarding the March 27, 2012 Traffic and Parking Commission meeting.
Councillor Barton moved to accept and file all of the items listed with the exception of
item #9- To post a STOP sign on Shawmut Street at Chester Avenue (creating a four-way
Stop) based on the request submitted by Councillor Perlatonda. Councillor Barton stated
that it should only have three stop signs instead of four. Item # 9 will be brought up once
again at the Meeting of the City Council dated April 23, 2012. All other items were
adopted under suspension.
A copy of a communication was received from Councillor Robinson regarding Chapter
90 local transportation aid funding for Fiscal Year 2013. A motion from Councillor
Hatleberg to accept and file was adopted under suspension.
A copy of a communication was received from Treasurer Robert Boulrice regarding the
issuance of refunding bonds to reduce interest costs and the use of the State Qualified
Bonds Program. A motion from Councillor Hatleberg to accept and file was adopted
The following Order was re-introduced and read for the second time by Councillor
Hatleberg. A motion from Councillor Hatleberg to adopt by roll call passed 10-0-1-0.
Voting yes were Councilors Cunningham, Perlatonda, Frank, Robinson, Cortell, Murphy,
Recupero, Barton, Hatleberg and Cataldo. Councillor Brown was absent.
Authorizing the Issuance of Refunding Bonds to Reduce Interest Costs and the Use
of the State Qualified Bonds Program
ORDERED, That the Treasurer is authorized to file application with the appropriate
officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the Commonwealth) to qualify under
Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all bonds of the City authorized by this
Council as of the date hereof, and to provide such information and execute such
documents as such officials of the Commonwealth may require in connection therewith.
FURTHER ORDERED: That in order to reduced interest costs, the Treasurer, with the
approval of the City Manager, is authorized to issue refunding bonds, at one time or from
time to time, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws, or pursuant to
any other enabling authority, to refund all or any portion of the City’s general obligation
bonds outstanding as of the date of adoption of this Order, and that the proceeds of any
refunding bonds issued pursuant to this vote shall be used to pay the principal ,
redemption premium and interest on the bonds of the City to be refunded, and costs of
issuance of the refunding bonds, and that the Treasurer is authorized to execute such
documents as may be necessary or desirable to carry out this transaction, including one or
more refunding trust agreements with a bank or trust company.
The following order was introduced by Councillor Barton. A motion from Councillor
Barton to adopt under suspension was adopted.
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Inspectional Services to
request Paul Revere Transportation (100 Eastern Avenue) to empty their dumpster more
frequently so as to seek compliance with our trash ordinances and to enclose the
The following order was introduced by Councillor Hatleberg. A motion from Councillor
Hatleberg to adopt under suspension was adopted.
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Public Works and the
Traffic Commission to review the intersection of Spruce and Beech Street for a possible
crosswalk or sidewalk improvement.
The following order was introduced by Councillor Robinson. A motion from Councillor
Cortell to adopt under suspension was adopted.
ORDERED, that a Public Hearing regarding the Capital Improvement Plan be
scheduled for May 7, 2012.
The following order was introduced by Councillor Hatleberg. A motion from Councillor
Hatleberg to refer the order to a second reading under suspension was adopted..
ORDERED, that in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 44, Section 64, budget management
procedures, whereby costs incurred in FY’11 was not paid and are owed to the vendor,
and to meet this obligation funds are required from the current year FY’12 budget, that
Council authorizes the expenditure of $9,100 from the Treasury, Central Billing and
Research expenditures line to satisfy the unpaid balance from the prior year.
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Paul G. Casino
Clerk of the Chelsea City Council.