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					                                      CITY of BRIDGEPORT
                                   CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
                                 - PUBLIC SPEAKING SESSION-
                                      FEBRUARY 20, 2007
                                            6:30 P.M.

ATTENDANCE:            Council members: Mulligan, Curran, Colon, Pivirotto, *Walsh, McCarthy,
                       *Rodgerson, Lyons, Vizzo-Paniccia, Dye, Blunt, *DePara, Silva, Valle,
                       Ayala, Paoletto, Curwen, *Baker, *Holloway
* denotes - late

ABSENT:                Council member: Mojica

Council President Ayala called the public speaking session to order at 6:35 p.m.

The city clerk took the roll and announced there was a quorum.

Council President Ayala announced there were five speakers tonight. He stated that their
statements would be timed and he asked them to adhere to the five-minute time frame to speak.

THE FOLLOWING NAMED PERSONS HAVE REQUESTED PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE
CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2007, AT 6:30 P.M., IN THE CITY COUNCIL
CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, 45 LYON TERRACE, BRIDGEPORT, CT.

NAME                                                                SUBJECT

Richard Paoletto, Jr.                                      Illegal Signage
Councilman, D-138th District
321 Lynne Place
Bridgeport, CT 06610

Council member Paoletto said it was uncommon for him to speak during a public session, but there
was an issue that concerned him for years. He went on to say that later tonight they would vote on
a resolution for an issue that affects everyone regarding signs. He pointed out that there are
numerous signs posted everywhere in the city for varied purposes and they are very visible as you
drive down the streets. He further questioned why this nuisance was at an all time high. He spoke
about city resources to fight the problem, noting that the matter will be raised during committee, he
stressed that this problem was ruining the quality of life and affects every neighborhood. He
mentioned that over the last six years, he has personally removed signs and questioned owners
that live out of town, as to why they don’t put them up in their city. He urged his colleagues to also
question owners posting signs and to complain about the distraction that affects their business and
the city. He stated that from a political standpoint, as elected officials, they are sometimes asked
to put signs up. But he urged the Ordinance Committee and the Police Department to review
what’s on the books to help clean up the city.

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Ralph J. Cennamo                                           Candidates, Charter and
78 Palm Street                                             Recall
Bridgeport, CT 06610

Mr. Cennamo stated he has spoken before the council through the years about various subjects.
He said that since this was an election year, he intended to touch on a few topics. He mentioned a
100-car parking lot that was built on the coastal area and he asked that the city council get involved
to check the zoning rule that allowed this. As for developers, he said he felt they should require
them to provide ample open space, noting that overcrowded parking on city streets shouldn’t be
allowed. He also didn’t think they should be allowed to construct high-rise buildings that affect a
homeowner’s quality of life. He further spoke about recall and referred to an enactment in 1957
when recall wasn’t given. He noted that in 1985, there was a court case for recall and it was ruled
that it couldn’t be mandated by charter or ordinance, but requires an act by city legislature. He
mentioned local politicians and noted that they should insist that State Representative Caruso bring
the bill he was proposing up for rebuttal, emphasizing that it shouldn’t be done during committee.
He mentioned the problems with eminent domain. And the energy increases in electric bills that are
affecting residents in the city.

Cecil C. Young                                             Ethical Issue
99 Carroll Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607

Mr. Young once again asked the city council to investigate his allegations. He mentioned that he
served for 16 years at his prior employment, but because he filed a claim, he has been publicly
denounced in the press. He was also told he couldn’t perform any sheriff work. Although he was
vindicated from the Health Department issue, as for the sheriff work, he asked the city council to
help him restore respect and confidence in the public as it pertained to him getting sheriff work. He
recalled that he asked the council before to investigate the allegations. Mr. Young turned away
from the city council to address the audience. He continued his statements regarding being fired
and he stressed it was a serious problem and that he intended to let people know he was entitled
to due process. Council President Ayala asked Mr. Young to turn around to address the city
council.
Mr. Young went on to speak about the Reverend Williams dedication and he noted how sad it was
that they had to take a stand tonight regarding the matter. He expressed that he was in favor of the
dedication.
He returned to the matter of his being fired and stated that he wanted the people responsible
brought to justice. He was adamant that until the matter was investigated, he would continue until
he gets his day in court. He ended by saying that the Mayor should practice what he preached and
should look out for homeowners.


Mamie Dye Simmons                                          Dedication of Congress Street
245 Wells Street                                           in honor of the Rev. Reuben E.
Bridgeport, CT 06606                                       Williams


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 Ms. Simmons expressed that she was privileged to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of
 Messiah Baptist Church, Pastor Jones and the members of Messiah that were present. She began
 and spoke about the dedication of Reverend Williams, and expressed his excellent efforts and help
 to the Bridgeport community. She quoted Reverend Williams who said, “You can’t appreciate
 where we are, until we remember how far we came”! She further spoke about how Reverend
 Williams served longest at Messiah Baptist Church. She relayed some history when he retired, but
 always returned to the church to attend Reverend Williams Day. She said the church would be
 celebrating 120 years in Bridgeport history, noting there was an honorary display at the Bridgeport
 Public Library. She went on to note Reverend Williams many achievements through the years, not
 only having served as a pastor; but also being involved in the civil rights movement. She recalled
 that he served as the master of ceremonies for Dr. King when he spoke at the Klein Memorial
 years ago. She said Reverend Williams was also involved in and served on numerous committees
 and received several accolades for his achievements. He was also the recipient of many civic and
 charitable organizations and a great humanitarian who had love for god and all people. He
 performed work beyond the call of duty and he was an extraordinary man who improved conditions
 for many families. She expressed that there was only praise and gratitude for Reverend Williams.

 Ted Meekins                                               Dedication of Congress Street
 1149 Stratford Avenue                                     in honor of the Rev. Reuben E.
 Bridgeport, CT 06607                                      Williams

 Mr. Meekins asked if he could defer part of his speaking time to Reverend Jones. Council
 President Ayala said they could only allow time for the person that signed up to speak. Mr.
 Meekins asked then to defer his allotted time to speak to Reverend Jones. Council President Ayala
 agreed.
 Mr. Meekins submitted some letters for the record to be read.

 Reverend Tyrone Jones, of Messiah Baptist Church approached the council. He stated he was
 present to ask them to consider Reverend Williams for the honor. He expressed that it would be a
 travesty not to honor a great man who believed in Bridgeport and served religiously and in a civic
 manner. He read letters from: Mayor Fabrizi, Police Chief Norwood and Reverend Jones that
 highlighted their support in favor of the street naming, in honor of a person that had leadership and
 a vision for Bridgeport. He asked the members in the audience from Messiah Baptist Church to
 stand to be recognized - approximately (100) stood in support of what Reverend Williams stood for
 in the community. Reverend Jones urged the city council to move swiftly and quickly to honor a
 great man and humanitarian.

 *Council President Ayala thanked everyone for speaking and participating in the public speaking
 session.


The public speaking session was closed at 6:55 p.m.




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                                      CITY of BRIDGEPORT
                                     CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                                       FEBRUARY 20, 2007
                                            7:00 P.M.

ATTENDANCE:            Council members: Mulligan, Curran, Colon, Mojica, Pivirotto, Walsh,
                       McCarthy, Rodgerson, Lyons, Vizzo-Paniccia, Dye, Blunt, DePara, Silva,
                       Valle, Ayala, Paoletto, Curwen, Baker Holloway

A caucus was called at 7:04 p.m.
The caucus ended at 7:49 p.m.

Mayor Fabrizi called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m.

Prayer – was led by Reverend Tyrone Jones.

Pledge of Allegiance – Mr. Robles.

*There was a moment of silence for: State Representative Clemon’s father who passed away and
Attorney Lynch who also passed away.

Roll Call – the roll was taken by the city clerk who announced there was a quorum.


City Council Citation: Garth Trotta for his volunteer service to the West Side/West End

Mayor Fabrizi requested that the firefighters present join him in front of the council chambers.
Council members: Mojica, Ayala and Colon also approached. Mayor Fabrizi asked Garth Trotta to
join them.

Council member Mojica thanked everyone for being present. He began by expressing that he has
known Mr. Trotta since he was a crossing guard from the 131 st district. He knew him as a young
man that was obsessed with trucks, construction and the fire department. He further shared his
story of a young man that was always waiting to help the firefighters and who hoped to get a ride
on their truck and he was always there to help out during construction jobs. He said he thought it
was nice to recognize a special person and his family.

Council President Ayala read the citation presented to Mr. Trotta. He expressed Council member
Mojica’s sentiments and noted that Garth was also an avid softball fan. He congratulated him for
the fine work he has done, and he emphasized that he was an example of someone who truly
cared about Bridgeport.

Council member Colon stated that she was proud to have Mr. Trotta serve the city and she
thanked him for his service.


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Mayor Fabrizi introduced the Deputy Fire Chief who has been with the department for 30 years. He
relayed his congratulations to Mr. Trotta and thanked him on behalf of the department for all his
help and volunteer service and for assisting people without asking for anything in return. Mayor
Fabrizi shared that since he has been the mayor, and the times he has attended a fire, he was
always greeted by Garth. He said he also shared in the camaraderie of the fire personnel and he
was always there to help out. He said it was a tribute to have the fire chief, engine #1 and rescue-
5 present. And on behalf of the city council and the Mayor, he bestowed the honor of honorary
fireman to Garth Trotta.

Mr. Trotta shared the pleasure of how he served a few fire stations in the city. He acknowledged all
the fireman that stay up all hours to fight fires and how many lives are saved. He said he hoped to
serve five more years in the department helping out.

City Council Citation: Recognition of the winners in the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay
Contest

Mayor Fabrizi stated there were other presentations for the winners of the Martin Luther King Jr.
Essay Contest. He noted that the winners were present tonight.

Council President Ayala asked the winners to ready their essays. He asked everyone to bear
witness to the fine young folks who work hard in the school system. He noted that the essays were
written about “what MLK Jr. meant to them”. The first winner - John Pincero approached. Council
President Ayala read the citation for his winning entry. Council President Ayala said it was a great
honor to bestow the citation to John Pincero in recognition of black history month. John Pincero
asked his brother to read the essay. A picture of John and his family was taken.

The second winner – Shanae James approached. Council President Ayala also presented her
with the citation. He congratulated her on her efforts and expressed that he was very proud of her
and wished her continued success.

Council member Curran stated that it was good that young people were in our midst. She said it
was important to acknowledge them and she thanked the recipients and their parents for their
efforts, noting she was very proud of them. - Shanae read her essay before the city council.

Council member Holloway congratulated the two recipients. He noted that for the last sixteen
years, he has never seen one MLK Jr. Award given out. He expressed that when they give out
citations in the future, the seriousness should be there.

Mayor Fabrizi congratulated both recipients and their families!

Ratification of the Establishment of the City Council Special Committee on Reforms

Council member Ayala stated that this item dated back a couple of months when a special
committee was formed. He explained they inadvertently didn’t vote on the ratification of the
committee, so now they were looking to put the matter up and vote on it. He further stated that the
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committee has met on a continuous basis and they have done a lot of work to take measures for
the city to move forward. So the purpose was to appoint the Special Committee on Reforms and
give them the official charge to do work related to:
     Ethics reform
     Establish a city drug policy
     Establish methods of recall and charter revision
     Conduct a study and review of the city council rules

**      COUNCIL MEMBER AYALA MOVED RATIFICATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
        THE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON REFORMS
**      COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO SECONDED

Council member Holloway stated that on June 29, 2007, a caucus was held and the Special
Committee on Reforms was created with three charges that were: ethics, drug policy and recall.
Subsequently, it was found that the committee had never been ratified, and he had an issue with
them now trying to do housekeeping, pointing out it should have been done before the committee
was formed. However, the committee needs to be ratified. He stressed that it was formed illegally
and should be dispersed and recharged again. He further mentioned that if anyone voted for the
committee to continue, they should know it is being done the wrong way. He clarified for the record
that it wasn’t his intention to threaten action, but he was warning that action would be taken if the
committee wasn’t properly ratified. Again, he thought it was wrong to bring the matter before the
city council. He emphasized that that if they don’t follow rules, then everyone should just go
“helter/skelter”. He said he was asking for them to vote on the original motion to ratify the previous
committee and go back and appoint a brand new committee and have all the previous work done
discharged.

Council member DePara stated that things happen, but there was a lot of work done. He said
Council member Ayala was trying to correct the issues now. He mentioned Council member
Holloway’s threat to obtain legal services if they didn’t ratify the committee; he responded by saying
that Council member Holloway should do what he has to do!

Council member Mulligan stated that he thought the purpose was to start a new committee that
would be appointed tonight by the council president. And when they meet, they will have the
background information of what was previously discussed. But again, the purpose was to ratify a
new committee. He suggested that the names of the new committee submitted and read into the
record.

Council member Ayala said they were looking to establish the committee to move forward.
-Council member Ayala withdrew his motion-
-Council member Paoletto withdrew his second to the motion-
Council member Ayala stated he would submit the information in writing for the city clerk’s office.

**      COUNCIL MEMBER AYALA MOVED TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON
        REFORMS THAT WILL BE CHAIRED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS: CURWEN AND
        CURRAN AS CO-CHAIRS. THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHALL INCLUDE:
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        COUNCIL MEMBERS: DePARA, SILVA, LYONS, RODGERSON and DYE WHO WILL
        EXPLORE AND BRING BACK INFORMATION IN THE FORM OF RESOLUTIONS RE:
        DRUG POLICY, RECALL AND TO REVIEW CHANGES TO THE CITY COUNCIL RULES
**      COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO SECONDED

Mayor Fabrizi asked if this will be a recommendation to the executive branch. Council member
Ayala said that was correct.

Council member Holloway pointed out that the same committee members were appointed for the
same charge. He asked if all the minutes and 70-hours of work done during the prior sessions
would be used for the supposed new committee. Council member Ayala replied that the committee
would vote on any new item, but noting set forth in the past.

Council member Holloway repeated his question of whether all the minutes and 70-hours of work
done during the prior sessions would be used for the supposed new committee. Council member
Ayala said they would use whatever they needed to vote on the items. And then the item would be
referred to the city council in the normal manner.

Council member Holloway stated that according to Roberts Rules, they could not use any minutes
or material from a past committee meeting.

-A roll call vote was taken-
**       MOTION PASSED WITH THIRTEEN VOTES IN FAVOR; SIX VOTES IN OPPOSITION
         (COUNCIL MEMBERS: MOJICA, PIVIROTTO, WALSH, BLUNT, SILVA, BAKER and
         HOLLOWAY) AND ONE ABSTENTION (COUNCIL MEMBER RODGERSON)

*Council member Holloway left the meeting.

Approval of City Council Minutes: January 16, 2007

**      COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO MOVED TO ACCEPT THE MINTUES AS
        CORRECTED
**      COUNCIL MEMBER MOJICA SECONDED

Corrections
Page 9; 2nd paragraph, 2nd and 3rd sentences should read, This will be paid out of the grant and
there will also be punitive damages that the liability carrier will withdraw exclusion for
punitive damages that will be covered under the policy. But if there is liability for intentional
/acts exposure, it will come out of the general treasury.

Page 9; 3rd paragraph, 2nd sentence should read, Council member Mulligan stated it comes
out of the state grant.
**      MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

Mayor Fabrizi asked for a motion to approve pages 1 and 3 with the exception of item 68-06.
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**       COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO MOVED APPROVAL
**       COUNCIL MEMBER COLON SECONDED

               COMMUNICATIONS TO BE REFERRED TO COMMITTEES:

 67-06         Communication from Central Grants re Grant Application with the US Department
               of Justice Community Capacity Development Office, Weed and Seed Program -
               Hollow Target Site, referred to Public Safety and Transportation Committee.

 68-06         Communication from Health and Social Services re Professional Services
               Agreement with Connecticut Renaissance for Implementation of Underage
               Drinking Prevention (Promoting Positive Youth Development) FOR IMMEDIATE
               CONSIDERATION. – removed see below

 69-06         Communication from Mayor re Appointment of Anna C. Cruz (D) to the Police
               Commission, referred to Public Safety and Transportation Committee.

 71-06         Communication from Mayor re Appointment of David J. Sullivan, Jr. (R) to the
               Ethics Commission, referred to Miscellaneous Matters Committee.

 74-06         Communication from Mayor re Reappointment of Jose A. Rivera, Jr. (D) to the
               Water Pollution Control Authority, referred to Miscellaneous Matters Committee.

 75-06         Communication from City Attorney re Proposed Interlocal Agreement with the
               cities of Hartford and New Britain for the purchase of public safety software,
               referred to Public Safety and Transportation Committee.

               RESOLUTIONS REFERRED TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, ETC.:

 70-06         Resolution presented by Council member Paoletto re: Proposed amendment to
               the Municipal Code, Chapter 8.90 Regulation of the Marketing of Tobacco
               Products to Children, amend Section 8.90.020 Purpose of Chapter, referred to
               Ordinance Committee.

 72-06         Resolution presented by Council member Paoletto re: Proposal to request reports
               from Police and Zoning Departments concerning illegal placement of signage,
               referred to Ordinance Committee.

 73-06         Resolution presented by Council member Paoletto re: Proposal to request that the
               Urban Green Builders come before the E.C.D.& E Committee to provide an update
               on their projects and future phases, referred to Economic and Community
               Development and Environment Committee.
**             MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


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 68-06          Communication from Health and Social Services re Professional Services
                Agreement with Connecticut Renaissance for Implementation of Underage
                Drinking Prevention (Promoting Positive Youth Development) FOR IMMEDIATE
                CONSIDERATION.

Council member Ayala stated this item was brought before them from the Health Department. Ms.
Connie Perone was present to speak to the matter. She said she was present to submit a contract
between the city and a non-profit agency to implement a program to prevent underage drinking.

Council member Mulligan asked why the need for immediate consideration. Ms. Perone said there
was a time frame involved. Also, they have the money available from Oct. 1 through June 30, so to
provide services, there is a limited time to accomplish that. She pointed out that any day or week
the program isn’t in place, kids will continue to be serviced.
**      COUNCIL MEMBER AYALA MOVED TO APPROVE
**      COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO SECONDED
**      MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

                MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON (CONSENT CALENDAR):

The city clerk asked if there were any items to be removed.

Council member Pivirotto requested to remove the following items:
* 60-06       Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re MIDDLETOWN –
              NORWALK PROJECT: Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) Easement
              Purchase Offer for City-Owned Parcel located at 473-475 Lafayette Street;
              Permanent Easement.

* 65-06         Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re MIDDLETOWN –
                NORWALK PROJECT: Approval of Permanent Easement to United Illuminating
                Company (“UI”) for the Bus Terminal at 710 Water Street.

The city clerk read the remaining items into the record.

* 20-06         Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re Streetlight Installation on
                Kossuth Street, Pole # 2647.

* 21-06         Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re Streetlight Installation on the
                corner of Pembroke Street and Steuben Street, in front of Pembroke Grocery, Pole
                # 134.

* 30-06         Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re Reappointment of James
                Joseph McCullough (R) to the Police Commission.

* 37-06         Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re Permit Application for
                Driveways Closer together than 25 feet; 525 Saunders Avenue.
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* 60-06          Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re MIDDLETOWN –
                 NORWALK PROJECT: Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) Easement
                 Purchase Offer for City-Owned Parcel located at 473-475 Lafayette Street;
                 Permanent Easement. – removed and taken up below.

* 61-06          Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re Permit Application for
                 Driveways in Excess of 20 feet; Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Entrance.

* 65-06          Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re MIDDLETOWN –
                 NORWALK PROJECT: Approval of Permanent Easement to United Illuminating
                 Company (“UI”) for the Bus Terminal at 710 Water Street. - removed and taken
                 up below.

* 34-06          Contracts Committee report re Agreement with Sacred Heart University for Social
                 Work Field Placement.

* 35-06          Contracts Committee report re Professional Services Agreement with MATRIX
                 Public Health Consultants for expanding PATHS and PBIS in the Park City.

* 39-06          Contracts Committee report re Equipment Lease Agreement with Citicapital
                 Commercial Corporation regarding golf carts at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

* 40-06          Contracts Committee report re Service Agreement with Complus Data Innovations,
                 Inc. regarding Parking Ticket Enforcement System.

* 59-06         Committee on Economic and Community Development and Environment and
                Contracts joint report re Reallocation of CDBG funding from SADA to City of
                Bridgeport/Lease Authorization – 1043-57 East Main Street.
**        COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO MOVED TO APPROVE
**        COUNCIL MEMBER McCARTHY SECONDED
**        MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

The agenda returned to the items removed from the consent calendar:

* 60-06        Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re MIDDLETOWN –
               NORWALK PROJECT: Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) Easement
               Purchase Offer for City-Owned Parcel located at 473-475 Lafayette Street;
               Permanent Easement. – removed and taken up below.
**             COUNCIL MEMBER PIVIROTTO MOVED TO TABLE and VOTE ON AT THE
               NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING.
*comment: the committee didn’t have the proper map on record.
**             COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO SECONDED
**             MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


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* 65-06         Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re MIDDLETOWN –
                NORWALK PROJECT: Approval of Permanent Easement to United Illuminating
                Company (“UI”) for the Bus Terminal at 710 Water Street. - removed and taken
                up below.

Council member Pivirotto stated the item passed in committee, but they needed to send it back to
the Public Safety Committee per Barry Skinner’s questions regarding narrative.

**              COUNCIL MEMBER PIVIROTTO MOVED TO SEND THE ITEM BACK TO THE
                PUBLIC SAFETY COMMTITEE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDRESSING BARRY
                SKINNER’S QUESTIONS REGARDING THE NARRATIVE
**              COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO SECONDED
**              MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

                MATTERS TO BE ACTED UPON:

310-05          Public Safety and Transportation Committee report re Dedication of Congress
                Street as Reverend Reuben E. Williams Boulevard.

Council member Pivirotto stated the item passed in committee. The consensus was that since
there was no policy in place regarding the naming of streets, it was thought that the matter
shouldn’t be delayed as to not tarnish the good name of Reverend Reuben E. Williams.
**      COUNCIL MEMBER PIVIROTTO MOVED TO APPROVE
**      COUNCIL MEMBER RODGERSON SECONDED

Council member Dye thanked the committee for their diligent work on this issue. He said that
although the votes were up and down, he thought the dedication was a long time in coming and
people showed their support. He commended the council members for voting in favor. He
expressed that as matters such as this come to the city council, they will see the work of the city
being done and moved forward. He also thanked Messiah Baptist Church for their support.

Council member Walsh stated he added his support to the issue. He mentioned that Reverend
Williams was a long time resident of his district. And although he wasn’t on the city council when
Reverend Williams served; when he was asked what people thought of him, he was told that he
was a refined, gentlemanly, dignified and concerned. He further expressed when there is a
question of honor, and people turn out as they did tonight, as well as there being eleven (11)
council votes in favor, that was good enough for him.

Council member Dye also thanked Mayor Fabrizi for stepping up to the plate regarding the matter.
The audience members acknowledged the statement with applause.

Council member Blunt stated that he was in support of the item, emphasizing the time was now! he
said that although there were disagreements, this was a good thing and the fact that Reverend
William’s church family was behind it was a good thing.
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Council member Lyons stated that she wasn’t really big on naming streets after people because it
causes some confusion in the city, but hearing all Reverend Williams has done was great. She said
she would like to see that more guidelines are in place as to what needs to be done regarding a
street naming and she would like to see scholarships or other awards named after great men. She
felt that if there was something tangible to award, it would encourage a youth to strive for better
things. Audience response from Messiah members was that they had a scholarship in place at the
church.

Council member Rodgerson spoke about rules for naming a street that came from council
leadership. He explained that the matter came up a few times, but was pushed back and caused a
lot of ire within the city council. So every time the matter came up, there was no leadership in that
area. He thought the council needed to chose whether or not they will have rules in place and in
this case, where they are honoring a great man to give him the respect due, there is no guidance.
So they need to determine what they want to do, so they don’t have disputes such as this in the
future.

Council member Valle stated that the street naming controversy had nothing to do with Reverend
Williams personally. She recalled that back in January, the committee asked that the matter be
tabled because the street sign went up without the approval of the Public Safety Committee, she
pointed out they must follow protocol. At the January meeting, the city attorney asked why the sign
went up, so ultimately the decision was made without going through the Public Safety Committee
and the item was posted erroneously on the website. She subsequently asked that the item be
removed until research was done to find out why the sign went up. She further explained that at the
February meeting there were three agendas, but there were inconsistencies in them. Again, she
expressed that that she was distressed that protocol wasn’t followed.

Council member Baker stated that the matter involved honoring a man due his respect, who served
the city well. He stated that he would vote for approval of the item. He emphasized it was an issue
of respect.

Council member Blunt echoed Council member Baker’s sentiments that it was a good thing to
honor a good man. He noted that although they needed a process in place, now wasn’t the time to
do it and they shouldn’t let the process hold up a good thing.

Council member Ayala stated he wanted to set the record straight regarding Council member
Valle’s frustration. The matter involved how the sign went up arbitrarily and whether or not the item
had been voted on and approved. He explained the reason for her frustration was because
decisions were made before the city council ruled in accordance to the legislative branch, but
council leadership had nothing to do with it. He clarified that the issue of naming streets was not
new and a subcommittee was requested to be formed in the past, but it never came to fruition, so
that’s why the item went before the Special Committee on Reforms. However, council leadership
had no decision on what happened and it was done in committee. He said that although the item
may pass tonight and he intended to support it, he wanted to set the record straight.


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Council member Walsh pledged to work with Council member Valle to find out who overstepped
their authority in arbitrarily putting up the signs. However, he said there was still the matter of the
street naming and he didn’t feel it made sense to delay it further until the culprit could be found,
noting they may never get around to naming the street. He urged his colleagues to vote on the item
and move forward.

Council member Pivirotto submitted two letters into the record from:
        Ted Meekins, President of East End Community Council
        Police Chief Norwood
They were in favor of the dedication.

Council member Colon stated that in memory of Reverend Williams she would vote in favor. But
she was emphatic and stated that she thought the process of approval was unacceptable.

Council member Curran said it was interesting they had a Special Committee on Reforms that was
held to high standards, but now they were asking them to waive that process. She cautioned that
they should be aware of setting a precedent, noting there seemed to be two sets of standards.

Council member Paoletto commended everyone for coming out tonight. He also expressed that it
was important for anyone that heard this discussion, to understand that Council member Valle did
the honorable thing. And no matter who the street was named for, she took the matter of policy
seriously. He said he wanted to clarify that so there wouldn’t be any misinterpretations about the
decision Council member Valle made.

Council member Blunt asked that they move the item and not get bogged down in bureaucratic
policy at this time.

Mayor Fabrizi made a statement that they have spent a couple of months and now a couple of
hours discussing this matter. He stood up to address the council and the audience to state that it
was him that authorized that the sign get made. He made it clear, that indeed, there was no culprit
and that he requested the sign get made. He explained that when he received the call that the
signs inadvertently went up, they immediately came down. However, the one sign that did go up
will not come down. He agreed that a process should be put in place, but they shouldn’t belabor
the matter in the meantime.

     -   A roll call vote was taken –

**      MOTION PASSED WITH EIGHTEEN VOTES IN FAVOR and ONE VOTE IN
        OPPOSITION (COUNCIL MEMBER VIZZO-PANICCIA)
*noted for the record that Council member Holloway wasn’t present to vote on the item.

                 UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

318-05           Miscellaneous Matters Committee report re Recommendations directed to City
                 Clerk.
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**              COUNCIL MEMBER AYALA MOVED TO TABLE
**              COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO SECONDED
**              MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

49-06           Special Committee report re (Ref. # 83-04) Abandonment of a portion of Colorado
                Avenue; Approved: May 16, 2005.

Mayor Fabrizi updated that a Special Committee addressed this issue and it was approved on May
16, 2005. He asked if the item was on the agenda for the purpose of being noted for the record.
Attorney Howlett stated that the item needed to be voted on.
**      COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO MOVED TO APROVE
**      COUNCIL MEMBER CURRAN SECONDED
**      MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY
*noted for the record that Council member Holloway wasn’t present to vote on the item.

**      COUNCIL MEMBER WALSH MOVED TO SUSPEND THE RULES TO ADD AN ITEM
        FOR REFERRAL (ITEM # 76-06)
**      COUNCIL MEMBER PIVIROTTO SECONDED
**      MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

**      COUNCIL MEMBER WALSH MOVED TO REFER THE MATTER OF CREATING RE: A
        RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE A CITIZEN BASED
        FINANCIAL REVIEW and AUDIT COMMISSION TO THE ORDINANCE COMMITTEE
**      COUNCIL MEMBER DePARA SECONDED
**      MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY


                                         ADJOURNED

**      COUNCIL MEMBER PAOLETTO MOVED TO ADJOURN
**      COUNCIL MEMBER COLON SECONDED
**      MOTION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Diane Graham
Telesco Secretarial Services




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