Chelsea, Massachusetts February 8,2010

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A Regular meeting of the Chelsea City Council was held. On Roll Call the following
Councilors were present: Councilors Robinson, Hatleberg, Cortell, Pellegrino,
MeKonnen, Barton, Bishop, Vega-Torres, and Maronski. Councilors Brown and
Bongiovanni were absent. President of the City Council Councillor Robinson presided
over the meeting. The meeting opened at 7:00 P.M.

Public Speaking:

The public speaking portion of the meeting opened at 7:02 P.M.

No one came forward to speak and the public speaking portion closed at 7:03 P.M.

The minutes of the City Council meetings dated January 20, 2010 and January 25, 2010
were accepted and filed at the request of Councillor MeKonnen under suspension.

Communications from City Manager Jay Ash:

The draft of the Capital Improvement Plan for the period FY’2011 was received from
City Manager Jay Ash. A motion from Councillor Hatleberg to move the draft to the Sub-
Committee on Conference was adopted under suspension.

The following communication was received from City Manager Jay Ash. A motion from
Councillor MeKonnen to accept and file was adopted under suspension.
The Honorable Chelsea City Council
500 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150

Re: Revised Section 7-35 of City Code of Ordinance

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Chelsea City Council:

Upon the recommendation of the Chelsea Fire Department, I am recommending adoption
of an ordinance revision that would require buildings that are considered a place of
assembly to have a master box installed and operational.

A master box ties directly into the City’s E911 system. The box has a combination of a
manual pull and an automatic alarm system. Currently, property owners have the option
of either an alarm system monitored by another entity or a master box. Problems have
arisen here and elsewhere when those privately monitored systems are no longer
monitored, perhaps for failure to pay the monitoring charges, or when a “lag” exists
between the time of the alarm and the monitoring entity forwarding the alarm E911.
There is a cost to a property owner for installing a master box. However, once that master
box is installed, the property owner could save as much as $1,000 a year in alarm
monitoring charges . This would be accomplished by dropping a private monitoring
service and paying a much lower fee (approximately $300) for the direct City connection.
If that was the case, the payback to the property owner would be 3-4 years. Not counted
in the payback calculation is any savings on insurance or savings on loss should the then-
quicker responding emergency service result in less damage. The Fire Department will
work with property owners to coordinate a timetable for compliance, should the
ordinance be revised.

Currently, many places of assembly and large businesses in Chelsea do not have master
boxes. Also, currently, many communities require a master box hook-up. The attached
revision of Section 7 of the Chelsea Code of Ordinances is a public safety measure I
believe is needed in Chelsea, and now is recommended nationally. I therefore urge your
adoption.

Very truly yours,
Jay Ash
City Manager


The following communication was received from City Manager Jay Ash. A motion from
Councillor Hatleberg to accept the communication and to affirm the appointment of Roy
Avellaneda by roll call passed 9-0-2-0. Voting yes were Councilors Robinson, Hatleberg,
Cortell, Pellegrino, MeKonnen, Barton, Bishop, Vega-Torres, and Maronski. Councilors
Brown and Bongiovanni were absent.
The Honorable Chelsea City Council
500 Broadway
Chelsea, MA 02150

Dear Honorable Council:

I would like to recommend your confirmation of the appointment of Roy Avellaneda of
122 Bellingham Street for the appointment to the Licensing Commission.

I know that Roy needs little introduction to the Council and his efforts on behalf of the
community have been extensive, well-documented and even more valued. In addition to
being a former City Councillor, Roy has served on several other boards and commissions
during his non-elected” years of service to the City. He has also aided organizations and
causes in the community with great care and distinction.

The Licensing Commission is a critical panel, working very closely with the Police
Department, Inspectional Services Department and others to ensure the integrity of the
community through the licensing Commission in protecting and enhancing the
community would surely be of value at this time when a new member must be appointed.
I am thrilled that Roy Avellaneda is willing to continue to serve his community once
again. I would therefore ask for you affirmation of his appointment.

Very truly,
Jay Ash
City Manager


Communications and petitions to the Council.

A late communication was received from City Clerk/Parking Clerk Deborah A. Clayman
with regards to the January 26, 2010 meeting held by the Traffic and Parking
Commission. A motion from Councillor Vega-Torres to accept and file was adopted
under suspension.

Unfinished Business:

The following request for reconsideration was requested by Councilors Barton and
Maronski. On Roll Call the reconsideration passed: 9-0-2-0. Voting yes were Councilors
Robinson, Hatleberg, Cortell, Pellegrino, MeKonnen, Barton, Bishop, Vega-Torres, and
Maronski. Councilors Brown and Bongiovanni were absent.

Ordered,        we are requesting a reconsideration on the motion to send to the Sub-
               Committee on Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining:
               1) Reappointment of Nancy C. Pantano.

Councillor Pellegrino requested that the amendment to send to the Sub-Committee on
Labor Relations that he requested be withdrawn. There were no objections.

The next amendment introduced by Councillor Hatleberg to extend the appointment of
Nancy Pantano to 3years and two months, was defeated 2-7-2-0. Voting yes were
Councilors Hatleberg and Pellegrino. Voting no were Councilors Robinson, Cortell,
MeKonnen, Barton, Bishop, Vega-Torres, and Maronski. Councilors Brown and
Bongiovanni were absent.

The following is the motion introduced by Councillor Robinson passed on roll call at the
request of Councillor Barton 9-0-2-0. Voting yes were Councilors Robinson, Hatleberg,
Cortell, Pellegrino, MeKonnen, Barton, Bishop, Vega-Torres, and Maronski. Councillors
Brown and Bongiovanni were absent.
ORDERED, that Nancy C. Pantano be re-appointed as the Administrative Assistant for
the Chelsea City Council for a three year term.

New Business:
The following Order was introduced by Councillor Pellegrino. A motion from Councillor
Pellegrino to send the Order to the Sub-Committee on Public Safety was adopted under
suspension.
WHEREAS, the City of Chelsea does not have a process or procedure for installing,
         removing, or changing the light output for streetlights,

WHEREAS, streetlights are an important asset of the City of Chelsea, are intended to
         reduce incidences of motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents from dusk to
         dawn, and are intended to reduce crime from dusk to dawn,

WHEREAS, the residents of the City of Chelsea should be afforded a means to address
         the streetlights within their neighborhoods and be afforded an opportunity
         to petition the City of Chelsea to install, remove, or change the light
         output of streetlights,

WHEREAS, a Committee comprised of City of Chelsea residents, the Director of the
         Department of Public Works, and the Police Chief, provides an efficient
         and fair method for the residents of the City of Chelsea to request changes
         to streetlights.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDERED that the attached proposed Section 6-153 be sent
                            the Subcommittee on Conference for its review
                            and report of findings to the Chelsea
                            City Council.



The following Order was introduced by Councillor MeKonnen. Councillor MeKonnen
moved the Order to a second reading under suspension.

                                           February 8, 2010

WHEREAS, the Chelsea City Council has authority to adopt ordinances to protect the
         health, safety and welfare of all residents of the City of Chelsea;

WHEREAS, the Chelsea City Council, the City Administration and the Chelsea Fire
         Department have all determined that a regulation requiring the installation
         of master boxes is a public safety measure which is need and a benefit to
         all residents, businesses and visitors of the City of Chelsea;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it Ordained that the Revised Code of the Ordinances of the City
of Chelsea as amended, be it further amended and adopted as follows:


      AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE II OF CHAPTER 7 OF THE
      CHELSEA CODE OF ORDINANCES REGULATING PUBLIC SAFETY


1).    Revise Sec.7-35 Definitions as new terms follows:
       Master Boxes - the words “Master Box” shall mean a combination box that can be
       manually operated (publicly accessible) and automatically activated by the
       auxiliary alarm system (auxiliary box). The master box is typically located outside
       on a pole or building.

       Places of Assembly – the words “Places of Assembly” shall mean and include any
       residential structure with 12 units or more; a church or place of worship, school,
       nursing homes, assisted living facilities, businesses and/or other structures which
       are required to have sprinkler systems pursuant to M.G.L. c. 148 and 148A.

2).    Add new subparagraph ( c ) to Section 7-60 as follows:

       (c) All Places of Assembly are required by the Fire Chief to install, upgrade and
           maintain Master Boxes that are connected to the City of Chelsea’s E911
           system pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Chelsea Fire Department
           and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
       (d) All Master Boxes shall be installed, tested and disconnected only with a
           permit issued by the Chelsea Fire Department.

3).    This Amendment shall take affect immediately upon publication.


The following Order was introduced by Councillor Robinson. A motion from Councillor
Hatleberg adopted the order under suspension.
ORDERED, that the Capital Improvement Program submitted by the City Manager be
moved to conference.

The following Order was introduced by Councillor Robinson. A motion from Councillor
MeKonnen to refer it to the Sub-Committee on Conference was adopted under
suspension.
ORDERED, that a Conference with the Traffic Commission be held to discuss Special
Placards for the City.

The following late Order was introduced by Councillor Robinson. A motion from
Councillor Hatleberg adopted the Order under suspension.
ORDERED, that the City Council hold a meeting with the Sub-Committee on
Conference regarding proposed retiree health insurance premium increases.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 P.M.
Respectfully submitted,



Paul G. Casino
Clerk of the Chelsea City Council

				
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