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									                           Chelsea, Massachusetts, June 25, 2007


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 of the
Chelsea City Council were present: Councilors Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg,
Robinson, Nowicki, Vega-Torres, Brown, and MeKonnen. Councilors Barton and
Avellaneda arrived between 7:05 and 7:10 P.M. Councillor Troisi was absent. Councillor
Bongiovanni, President of the Council, presided over the meeting. The meeting opened at
7:00 P.M.

Memoriums and Celebratory Resolutions:


The following Resolution was introduced by Councilors Avellaneda, Vega-Torres, and
Bongiovanni. The form of the resolution was the same throughout and was presented to
Rosemary Lopez, Rita Bonilla, Miriam Resuleo, Marli Martinez, Yesenia Flores, Lidia
O. Agostini, Patricia Estrada, Jose Lara, Obeth Franco, Oneyda Rivera, Norma Lao,
Maria Elana F. Albono, Ada E. Rivera, and Neldy Y. MacKinnon. A motion from
Councillor Vega-Torres to adopt all the Resolutions under suspension was adopted.
                                     Resolution

Whereas,      Rosemary Lopez has taken the important step of becoming a
              naturalized citizen of the United States of America, and

Whereas,      Rosemary Lopez has demonstrated initiative and commitment to
              achieving this goal by enrolling in a citizenship preparation course
              offered by Centro Latino de Chelsea as part of its Citizenship for
              New Americans Program, and

Whereas,      Rosemary Lopez has successfully participated in the program
              which is coordinated in partnership with the City of Chelsea, and
              conducted at Chelsea City Hall, and

Whereas,      Rosemary Lopez looks forward to taking on the responsibility of
              citizenship and has demonstrated resolve to contribute to the
              development of their family, neighborhood, and community at
              large,

Therefore,    be it resolved, that the Chelsea City Council congratulates
              Rosemary Lopez on completing the Citizenship Preparation
              Course and offers its best wishes on this commendable endeavor
              to become a U.S. Citizen.
The following Resolution was introduced by Councillor Brown and all members of the
Chelsea City Council. A motion from Councillor Brown to adopt under suspension was
adopted.

                                           RESOLUTION


WHEREAS;             Sheila McMahon will be retiring from the Chelsea Community
                     Connections after working in Chelsea for some 25 years and 11
                     years as coordinator of Chelsea Community Connections and


WHEREAS;             Sheila McMahon began Kids Clothes Closet now serving 300
                     families with free clothing, shoes, toys, books, and baby equipment
                     and


WHEREAS;             Sheila McMahon started Fun Bus which provides field trips for
                     over 100 families each summer and


WHEREAS;             Sheila McMahon helped start and develop the Chelsea Latino
                     Education Group, helped start the Chelsea Nurturing
                     Program/Crianza con Carino providing bilingual parenting
                     information and support, now therefore be it


RESOLVED;            that we the members of the Chelsea City Council and the citizens
                     of Chelsea extend to you, Sheila McMahon, our congratulations on
                     your many accomplishments and also congratulate you on your
                     retirement and wish you many years of enjoyment.




The following Resolution was introduced by Councillor Robinson and all members of the
Chelsea City Council. A motion from Councillor Robinson to adopt under suspension
was adopted.
                                    RESOLUTION



Whereas,      The Attorney General’s Office, Safe Neighborhood Initiative Divisions,
              (SNI) Jobs for Youth Program is completing its’ 11th year and currently
              includes 12 sites across Massachusetts; and

Whereas,      The City of Chelsea, the Public Library and the Lewis H. Latimer Society
              site offers employment opportunities and job training to Bilal Barakati,
              Anthony Donatelli, Noel Valentin, Kelly Sanchez, Henry Morales and
              David Strassburger; and


Whereas,      Participants were employed in a variety of positions; peer leaders, tutors,
              library assistants, interns and administrative assistants; and


Whereas,     More than 90 youths in their teens and early twenties participated in the
             Attorney General’s Office Safe Neighborhood Initiative Division Jobs for
             Youth Program this year; and


Whereas,      The City of Chelsea has been a participant over the history of Safe
              Neighborhood Initiative Jobs; and


Whereas,     A Safe Neighborhood Initiative will thrive in any community where
             government services, business owners and residents commit; now,
             therefore be it


Resolved,    Leaders commit to working collaboratively to improve public safety and
             quality of life for those who live and work in the community.


The following Resolution was introduced by Councilor Bongiovanni and All members of the
Chelsea City Council. A motion from Councillor Bongiovanni to adopt under suspension
was adopted.
                                      Resolution


Whereas,      Excel Academy Charter Schools is a tuition-free, public middle school which
              provides academics to students from Chelsea, East Boston, Revere, Everett
              and Lynn; and

Whereas,      The Excel Academy prepares middle school students to succeed in high
              school and college; and

Whereas,      The Excel Academy students take 100 minutes of math and 100 minutes of
              English and writing every day; and

Whereas,      Of the students in the 2006 8th Grade class, 72% scored “advanced and
              proficient” in 8th Grade MCAS Math tests and 94% in 8th Grade English
              MCAS tests; and
Whereas,      This past year, The Excel Academy, had 180 students of whom 22% resided
              in Chelsea; and

Whereas,      In May 2007, The Center for Education Reform, the nation’s premiere
              education reform group, recognized Excel Academy Charter School as a
              National Charter School of the Year; and

Whereas,      This award was given to only 53 charter schools throughout the nation,
              where more than 3,940 charter schools exist; and

Whereas,      The award pays particular attention to a school’s ability to serve at-risk youth
              and achieve parental involvement in their child’s education; and

Whereas,      The Excel Charter Academy is another shining example of Chelsea children
              receiving top educations; now, therefore be it

Resolved,     That the Chelsea City Council congratulates The Excel Academy on being
              recognized as a National Charter School of the Year.



Public speaking:

The Public speaking portion of the meeting was opened at 7:45 P.M.
The following came forward to speak:

Dorothy Corea 77 Garland Street: spoke on the appointment of a new Director at the
Chelsea Senior Center.

Shaun Melvin 216 Belmont Street, Malden: spoke in favor of the Smithfield Resolution.

Marion Zucca, 105 Marion Street, Brookline: spoke in favor of the Smithfield
Resolution.

The Public speaking portion closed at 7:55 P.M.

The minutes of the City Council meeting dated June 4, 2007 were approved at the request
of Councillor Robinson under suspension.


Communications from City Manager.


The following communication was read from City Manager Jay Ash. A motion from
Councillor Vega-Torres to accept and file was adopted under suspension.
The Honorable City Council
City Hall
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150

Dear Honorable Council:

The City is partnering with developer John M. Corcoran and community activist Chelsea
Creek Restoration Partnership to under take a new and exciting park project as part of the
overall redevelopment of Chelsea Commons, the former Parkway Plaza.

To support that initiative, the City desires to apply for State funding to support a portion
of the cost of the park buildout, with the remaining funds coming from private donations.
The City does not anticipate spending any money on the park construction nor on the
annual park maintenance, as the latter will be performed by Corcoran. The City will bear
future obligations to replace certain aspects of the park equipment when necessary.

To advance this application, which is due to the State shortly, it is necessary for Council
to adopt a resolution in support of the potential project. I ask that you do so and join the
partners on this project in making a fabulous project. I ask that you do so and join the
partners on this project in making a fabulous new park available to local residents.

Very truly yours,
Jay Ash
City Manager


The following communications were received late from the City Manager Jay Ash.
Councillor MeKonnen moved to accept the late communications and have them read
under suspension. Councillor MeKonnen moved to have one roll call for the approval of
all the appointees to the Boards and Commissions.. The roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting
yes were Councilors Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton,
Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonnen, and Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent.
The Honorable City Council
City Hall
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150
Dear Honorable Council:

It is my great pleasure to recommend your approval of Ms. Jacquelyn “Jackie” Ruiz of 88
Willow Street for appointment to the Economic Development Board.

Currently employed by the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Jackie presents herself as an
emerging professional who is deeply interested in advancing the progress of her
community. I have had the opportunity to talk about economic development with Jackie
and believe she will be an excellent asset to the board. Jackie will replace Bob Boulrice,
who was recently appointed City Treasurer

In advance, thank you for considering Ms. Jackie Ruiz for appointment to the Economic
Development Board. Her service is sure to benefit our City and all its residents.
Very truly yours.
Jay Ash
City Manager


The Honorable Chelsea City Council
City Hall
Chelsea, MA 02150

Dear Honorable Council;

It is my great pleasure to recommend your approval of Mr. Gary Martel to serve on the
Planning Board.

Gary’s qualifications go beyond his experience; I was impressed with his commitment to
his neighborhood and community. He is knowledgeable in planning issues and he is has a
willingness to spend the time to examine cases and consider their individual and
community-wide impacts. I have included his resume for your review.

The appointment of Gary to the Planning Board, in place of the tenured and well-
respected Joseph Pompeo, will help maintain the quality of the Planning Board, as I strive
to do with all boards and commissions in the City. Thank you for your consideration of
Mr. Gary Martel for appointment to the Planning Board. Your approval of his candidacy
would be greatly appreciated.

Very truly yours,
Jay Ash
City Manager

It was requested in the form of an amendment by Councillor Avellaneda that the Social
Security Number and date of birth be removed from the resume of Mr. Gary Martel. It
was adopted under suspension.

The Honorable City Council
City Hall
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150

Dear Honorable Members:

It is my great pleasure to recommend your approval of Mr. Henry Roman of 27 County
Road for appointment to the Cultural Council.

Henry has extensive experience in a variety of areas that would be of value to the
Cultural Council, including organizing successful events and creating targeted media
plans. His work with non-profits, public television, youth and veterans also add
perspective so value for the Cultural Council. Interested in contributing to his
community, Henry is sure to be an asset to the Cultural Council and his community.

In advance, thank you for considering Mr. Henry Roman for appointment to the Cultural
Council. His service is sure to benefit our City and all its residents.

Very truly yours,
Jay Ash
City Manager


The Honorable Chelsea City Council
City Hall, Chelsea, MA. 02150

Dear Honorable Council:

It is my great pleasure to recommend your approval of Mr. Christopher Miller to serve on
the Board of health.

Christopher will bring valuable experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to the Board of
Health. His work in the Mental Health field and his dedication to improving the quality of
life of for adults and children will surely prove beneficial to the City. I have attached his
letter of interest, outlining his education and experience.

The Board of Health, like other boards and commissions, is an integral part of a healthy
community and candidates must reflect that importance. Thank you for your
consideration of Mr. Christopher Miller for appointment to the Board of Health. Your
approval of his candidacy would be greatly appreciated.

Very truly yours,
Jay Ash
City Manager


The Honorable City Council
City Hall
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150

Dear Honorable Council:

It is my great pleasure to recommend for your approval of Mr. Hassan Abdo Munye of 10
Bassett Street for appointment to the Conservation Commission.

Hassan has a wealth of experience from his native Somali, where he served as Vive
Minister of Agriculture. His work here in the United States has included service to the
Chelsea School Department and most recently the East Boston Neighborhood Health
Center. He has a wide breadth of knowledge and a keen interest in contributing further to
his community.

In advance, thank you for considering Mr. Hassan Abdo Munye for appointment to the
Conservation Commission. His service is sure to benefit our City and all its residents.

Very truly yours,
Jay Ash
City Manager


To:   TJ Hellman, Tony Hernandez, Mark Rossi, Val DiVito, Sergio Jaramillo, Laura
      Weiner
From: Jay Ash, City manager
Date: June 22, 2007
RE: Your appointment to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board

I am pleased to inform you that I am recommending you for appointment to the newly
created Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board. Congratulations and thank you for your
willingness to help provide leadership and support in our community on our important
affordable housing agenda.

I have attached a copy of the communication I have forwarded to the City Council to seek
its confirmation of your appointment. Should your schedule permit. I would encourage
you to attend the City Council meeting, this upcoming Monday night at 7:00 P.M. to be
in the audience as the Council takes up my recommendations. If you cannot attend, that is
okay. Please just let my office know of your availability.

Following the anticipated confirmation by the Council, you will receive a communication
from me formally notifying you of your appointment. Additionally, my office will
attempt to coordinate the schedules of all appointees to set up an initial meeting on a
Tuesday evening in July. The first order of business at that initial meeting will be to have
you all sworn in as members.

At your convenience, please email me your contact information, including your home,
work and cell phone numbers, your home work mailing address and any email addresses
you check regularly.

I look forward to your service and welcome the opportunity to work with you to promote
the mission of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board. Again, congratulations on your
appointment.

Communications and petitions to the Council:
A copy of a communication was received from Robert H. Bishop/City Clerk announcing
the dates of the Chelsea City Council meeting dates starting in September. A motion from
Councillor Robinson to accept and file was adopted under suspension.

A copy of a communication was received from Council President Bongiovanni regarding
the recent allegations made public at the council meeting of June 4, 2007. A motion from
Councillor Hatleberg to accept and file was adopted under suspension.

A copy of a communication was received from Neighbors Against Blight Crime Watch
dated June 14, 2007. A motion from Councillor MeKonnen to accept and file was
adopted under suspension.

A copy of a communication was received from N.A.B. addressed to City Manager Jay
Ash. A motion from Councillor MeKonnen to accept and file was adopted under
suspension.

A copy of a communication was received from Senator Kennedy addressed to Council
President Bongiovanni regarding immigration reform. A motion from Counciollor Vega-
Torres to accept and file was adopted under suspension.

A copy of a late communication was received from N.A.B. explaining the Addison &
Spruce Street, Spruce & Blossom Street illegal activities going on. A motion from
Councillor MeKonnen to accept and file was adopted under suspension.

A copy of a late communication was received from Councillor Brown, expressing good
wishes to Peoples African Methodist Episcopal Church and recognition of Reverend
Sandra G. Whitley a new arrival to Chelsea and the Church. A motion from Councillor
Nowicki to accept and file was adopted under suspension.

Committee Reports:

A copy of a report was received from the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Finance
and Accounts regarding the meeting on June 12, 2007 regarding the Administrative
Assistant’s salary. Councillor MeKonnen moved to approve the report by roll call. The
roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg,
Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonnen, and Avellaneda.
Councillor Troisi was absent.

A copy of a Report was received from Councillor Troisi, Delegate to the Chelsea School
Committee, dated June 24, 2007. A motion from Councillor Vega-Torres to accept and
file was adopted under suspension.

Unfinished Business:

The following Ordinance pertaining to the Condo Conversion was introduced by
Councillor MeKonnen and an Order to table for thirty days introduced by Councillor
MeKonnen at the second reading on May 7, 2007 brought the Ordinace to the floor for
further action. Councillor MeKonnen moved to adopt by roll call. Councillor Hatleberg
amended the Ordinance to have City Manager Jay Ash comment on the Ordinance before
the vote for adoption. Councillor MeKonnen objected to the amendment and a roll call on
the amendment was taken. The roll call passed 7-3-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors
Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Vega-Torres, and Avellaneda.
Voting no were Councilors Barton, Brown and MeKonnen. Councillor Troisi was absent.
Jay Ash gave his remarks, and Councillor MeKonnen moved to adopt by roll call the
Ordinance. The roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors Morgese,
Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonnen,
and Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Chelsea finds and declares that the
conversion of a multiple-unit commercial or residential property to a condominium form
of ownership may create administrative complications for maintaining and updating City
records; and

WHEREAS, the conversion of multiple-unit rental property to individually owned
condominium units may affect the property tax bills, water bills, sewer bills; and

WHEREAS, the conversion of multiple-unit rental property to individually owned
condominium units may complicate the accuracy and issuance of Certificates of
Municipal Lien for the original and subsequent transfers of ownership to the individual
condominium owners;

WHEREAS, a number of disputes have arisen due to the lack of notification causing
residents and the City inconvenience and expense to rectify;

WHEREAS, many of these complications may be alleviated by requiring notice be sent
to various city departments prior to the intended conversion;


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:


BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
CHELSEA, AS FOLLOWS:

       AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE V OF CHAPTER 3 OF THE
       CHELSEA CODE OF ORDINANCES REGARDING FINANCE AND
       TREASURY

That the Code of the City of Chelsea is hereby further amended by inserting a new
section entitled:
Section 3-130 Condominium Conversion

A.        Purpose.

       The purpose of this ordinance is to ensure that measures are taken by property
owners to notify the City of the conversion of residential rental units to condominium
units. This notification is alleviate the disruption in providing city services and the
determination of the appropriate assessments of properties within Chelsea.

B.      Condominium Unit, Defined. “Condominium” is hereby defined as the land or
the lessee's interest in any lease of such land which is submitted to the provisions of
M.G.L. Chapter 183A, the building or buildings, all other improvements and structures
thereon, and all easements, rights and appurtenances belonging thereto, which have been
submitted to the provisions of said Chapter 183A of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

C.        Notice of Intended Conversion to Condominium(s).

    I. Any person who (i) holds title to a multiple-unit rental property within the City of
Chelsea, (ii) who intends to take title to a multiple-unit rental property within the City of
Chelsea and convert said multiple-unit rental property to condominiums, as herein
defined, or (iii) any person who intends to establish a condominium within the City of
Chelsea, shall be required to send written notice by certified mail, return receipt
requested, to the following City Departments to be received by said City Departments at
least thirty (30) days prior to the filing of a master deed with the Suffolk County Registry
of Deeds:

     1.      Office of the City Clerk;
     2.      Office of the Tax Collector;
     3.      Office of the Assessor;
     4.      Department of Public Works;
     5.      Inspectional Services Department;
     6.      Office of Planning and Development;

     II. This notice shall include the following information:

          1. The property address as listed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds prior to
             the proposed conversion;

          2. The street address assigned by the Department of Public Works prior to the
             proposed conversion as to the final number of separate condominium units
             which shall result;

          3. The final number of units proposed post conversion and proposed square unit
             of each unit.
          4. Name and contact information for the Condominium Association, if already
             established.

     III. Any person required to send notice under Subsection (I), supra, is required to
     supplement said notice, if any of the information contained in the original notice
     becomes inaccurate prior to the recording of any Master Deed or Unit Deed.

D.        Notice of Intended Consolidation/Cancellation of Condominium(s)

    a. Any person who (i) holds title to condominium property within the City of
Chelsea or (ii) who intends to take title to a condominium property within the City of
Chelsea and convert said condominium(s) from the condominium form of ownership
interest to some other form of ownership interest, including but not limited to commonly
owned multiple-unit rental property, shall be required to send written notice by certified
mail, return receipt requested, to the following City Departments to be received by said
City Departments at least thirty (30) days prior to the filing of documentation with the
Suffolk County Registry of Deeds cancelling or converting the form of ownership interest
in the real property from condominium to such other form of ownership:

     1.      Office of the City Clerk;
     2.      Office of the Tax Collector;
     3.      Office of the Assessor;
     4.      Department of Public Works;
     5.      Inspectional Services Department;
     6.      Office of Planning and Development;


     b. This notice shall include the following information:

          1. The property addresses as listed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds prior
             to the proposed conversion;

          2. The street addresses assigned by the Department of Public Works, including
             unit numbers prior to the proposed cancellation/consolidation;

          3. The final number of separately owned units proposed post
             cancellation/consolidation and square footage of each unit;

          4. Title references at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds for all properties
             affected by the cancellation/consolidation.

          5. Name and contact information for the Condominium Association and its
             successor in interest.

     c. Any person required to send notice under Subsection (a), supra, is required to
        supplement said notice, if any of the information contained in the original notice
       becomes inaccurate prior to the recording of any documentation with the Suffolk
       County Registry of Deeds.

E.     Violations; Penalties.

           a. Fines/Penalties. Any present or former owner of property within the City
              of Chelsea who by the terms of this ordinance was required to comply
              with the provisions of this ordinance and who fails to do so in a timely
              fashion shall be fined ($100.00) for each violation.

           b. Violations. Each notice required under the provisions of this ordinance,
              shall constitute a separate notice. The failure to send any one of the
              required notices shall constitute a separate violation of this ordinance and
              is subject to a separate fine or penalty. Further, any notice required to be
              filed with pursuant to the terms of this ordinance which does not contain
              any of the content required as described above shall be deemed not to have
              been sent. Each such failure to send required notice shall constitute a
              separate violation.

F.      Enforcement. Any violation contained herein shall be deemed a criminal offense
pursuant to criminal enforcement. Or the City, at its sole discretion, may elect to pursue
any violation of this ordinance, non-criminally, pursuant to the provisions of the Revised
Ordinances of the City of Chelsea, Section 1-7, as amended, in which instance civil
tickets will be issued to the violators in accordance with the terms of this Ordinance,
herein. All fines and penalties issued pursuant to this ordinance shall be listed on the
Certificate of Municipal Liens and shall not be removed unless and until such fines or
penalties have been paid in full.

G.     Non-Criminal Disposition; Designated Enforcement Officers.

           a.          If the City elects to pursue this matter pursuant to Section 1-7 of the
                       Revised Ordinances of the City of Chelsea, civil tickets will be
                       issued to the violator(s) by the designated enforcement officers;
           b.          Designated enforcement officers:
                    i. All City of Chelsea Police Officers
                   ii. Director of Public Works or his designee
                  iii. Director of Inspectional Services or his designee. For the purposes
                        of this ordinance, City may deem the failure of any notice to any
                        required recipient by any person required to provide such notice
                        shall constitute a separate offense and shall be subject to a separate
                        fine.

H.      Applicability. The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to all multiple-unit
property whether commercial or residential in nature. The City of Chelsea does not
intend to regulate the form of ownership of these properties, but intends to ensure that the
City has adequate notice of any newly created condominium units or newly cancelled or
consolidated units to ensure the efficient and accurate information is available upon
request, including but not limited to the accuracy of any final water and sewer bills and
the accuracy of information provided on Certificates of Municipal Liens.

I.      Severability. The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any provision of
this ordinance or the application of said provision is held invalid, the invalidity shall not
affect the other provisions of this ordinance. The remaining provisions shall be given full
effect without the invalid provision or application thereof.

This Section shall be effective sixty (60) days from the date of adoption of this ordinance.
Statuary reference(s) - Mass.Gen.L.c, 183A.



Second Readings:

The following Order was introduced by Councillor Troisi and read for the second time. A
motion from Councillor Robinson to adopt by roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were
Councilors Morgese. Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres,
Brown, MeKonnen, and Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent.
Be It Hereby ORDERED by the City of Chelsea City Council, as follows:

That the amount of $4,210.00 be transferred from the Salary Reserve Account 0199959-
598000 to Account 0114151-510200 Assessors Department Regular Salary.

The following Order was introduced by Councillor Troisi and read for the second time. A
motion from Councillor Robinson to adopt by roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were
Councilors Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres,
Brown, MeKonnen, and Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent.
Be It Hereby ORDERED by the City of Chelsea City Council, as follows:

That the amount of $851.00 be transferred from the Salary Reserve Account 0199959-
598000 to Account 0111051-510200 Legislative Department Regular Salary.

The following Order was introduced by Counc illor Troisi and read for the second time.
A motion from Councillor Robinson to adopt by roll call passed 6-2-3-0. Voting yes were
Councilors Morgese, Hatleberg, Robinson, Vega-Torres, Brown, and MeKonnen. Voting
no were Councilors Bongiovanni and Barton. Councilors Troisi, Nowicki and Avellaneda
were absent.
Be It Hereby ORDERED by the City of Chelsea City Council, as follows;

That the amount of $53,904.00 be transferred from the Salary Reserve Account 0199959-
598000 to Account 0123051-510200 Emergency Management Department Regular
Salary.
The following Order was introduced by Councillor Troisi and read for the second time. A
motion from Councillor Robinson to adopt by roll call passed 8-2-1-0. Voting yes were
Councilors Morgese, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonnen,
and Avellaneda. Voting no were Councilors Bongiovanni and Barton. Councillor Troisi
was absent.
Be It Hereby ORDERED by the City of Chelsea City Council as follows;

That the City Council appropriate from Certified Free Cash at fiscal year 2006 year end
$104,018.00 to Emergency Management Overtime account number 0123051-510400.

New Business:

The following Order was introduced by Councillor Bongiovanni. A motion from
Councillor Robinson toe adopt by roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors
Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, Brown,
MeKonnen, and Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent.
ORDERED, that the warrant be approved for Special State Primary Election on
September 11, 2007.

The following Orders were all adopted under suspension:

RESOLVE introduced by Councillor Brown:
RESOLVE, Drivers and motorcycle riders are requested and reminded to curtail speed
and loud noise while driving through neighborhoods during the late hours of the evening.

Order introduced by Councillor Hatleberg:
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Public Works to inspect
the trees located at Chestnut Street between Williams and Second Street for overhanging
dead limbs and trim as needed.

Order introduced by Councillor Hatleberg;
ORDERED, that a Sub-Committee on Conferences be held to discuss the creation of an
ordinance to regulate the sale of alcohol nips.

Order introduced by Councillor Barton:
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Public Works to place
more tar around the sunken sewer cap opposite the entrance of 165 Cottage Street.

Order introduced by Councillor Barton:
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Inspectional Services to
contact the developers of the Gerrish Avenue and Library Street Project regarding rodent
control.

Order introduced by Councillor Barton:
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Inspectional Services to
contact all business owners on Eastern Avenue from Central Avenue to the railroad
tracks to clean overgrown vegetation and graffiti.

Order introduced by Councillor Barton;
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Public Works to contact
business owners in her district to replant dead shrubs.

Order introduced by Councillor Morgese;
ORDERED, that the City Manager instruct the Department of Public Works to
investigate low hanging utility wires on Pembroke Street and instruct the proper utility
companies to rectify the situation. Residents in Pembroke Street between Beacon and
Williams Streets are complaining the wires are less than 9 feet from the ground on certain
spots of this street. This is unsightly, but also has the potential to be a public safety
hazard.

Order introduced by Councillor Bongiovanni. A motion from Councillor Robinson to
adopt by roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors Morgese, Bongiovanni,
Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonnen, and
Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent.
OREDERED, that the warrant be approved for Special State Primary Election on
September 11,2007.

The following Resolution was introduced by Councilors Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki,
Bongiovanni, Brown, Avellaneda, MeKonnen, Vega-Torres, and Morgese. Councillor
Robinson moved to send to Conference. Councillor Hatleberg requested a roll call. The
roll call defeated the amendment 2-7-2-0. Voting yes were Councilors Robinson and
Nowicki. Voting no were Councilors, Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Barton, Vega-
Torres, Brown, and Avellaneda. Councilors Troisi and MeKonnen were absent.
Councillor Hatleberg moved to adopt by roll call. The roll call passed 9-0-2-0. Voting yes
were Councilors Morgese, Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres,
Brown, MeKonnen, and Avellaneda. Councilors Troisi and Robinson were absent.

               Resolution in Support of the Municipal Partnership Act


Whereas, a well-funded local government and high quality municipal services are
essential for the prosperity and vitality of the residents and economy of the City of
Chelsea, Massachusetts, and

Whereas, like the great majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts, Chelsea has not
fully recovered from the deep and painful municipal and school aid cuts imposed earlier
in this decade, and
Whereas, Chelsea’s reliance on the property tax has increased to historic levels, which
has placed a heavy property tax burden on many homeowners, and
Whereas, Chelsea, like many cities and towns across the Commonwealth, is facing
structural budget shortfall this year because existing municipal revenues and current
levels of local aid are. inadequate to maintain services and fund the high growth in
unavoidable local costs, including health insurance for public employees and retirees,
special education for disabled students, and rising fuel and energy expenses and

 Whereas, the Chelsea has gone to extraordinary lengths to encourage new
development, yet even the current rapid expansion of its tax base may not be enough to
resolve its structural shortfall in the future, and

Whereas, cities and towns in Massachusetts have far less autonomy under state law to
manage local revenues and costs than other states;

Therefore Be It Resolved , that the City of Chelsea hereby endorses the Municipal
Partnership Act and calls on the Massachusetts Legislature to enact the full scope of the
bill this year, as this municipal partnership legislation would give cities and towns
practical and meaningful tools to close local budget shortfalls and enhance stability in
municipal and school services; and

Be It Further Resolved,        that meaningful partnership legislation must include both
substantial revenue Self- reliance measures, such as the local option sales tax, expansion
of the room occupancy excise tax, and a closure of the telecommunications property tax
loophole in state law, as well as strong administrative cost-cutting opportunities in the
areas of health insurance and pension funding as proposed by the Governor in the
Municipal Partnership Act filed in February; and

Be it Further Resolved,      that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to the Honorable
Members of the Senate and House of Representatives for the City of Chelsea and be
placed in the public record.


This Resolution is hereby adopted by the Chelsea City Council on June 25, 2007.




The following Resolve was introduced by Councillor Robinson. A motion from
Councillor Robinson to adopt by roll call passed 9-0-1-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors
Morgese, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonnen, and
Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi was absent. Councillor Bongiovanni recused herself from
the vote.

     Whereas,         the Commonwealth of Massachusetts makes available funds for local
                      park development under the Urban Self-Help Grant Program; and
     Whereas,            the City’s Department of Planning and Development, in consideration of
                         the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan, has identified a one of a
                         kind open space project beneficial to the community and eligible for the
                         aforementioned funding; and

     Whereas,            Chelsea Creek Restoration Partnership (CCRP), a coalition of Chelsea
                         Green Space and Recreation Committee, Neighborhood of Affordable
                         Housing (in East Boston) and the Urban Ecology Institute have
                         succeeded in securing funding from private sources; and

     Whereas,            the project will be the development of an intergenerational, multi-use,
                         year-round recreational area with a “Discovering the Waterfront” theme;
                         and

     Whereas,            John M. Corcoran & Company has generously offered to donate a 1-acre
                         parcel of land to the City for development of and use of the above stated
                         park; and

     Whereas,            the said project will provide much needed open space and recreation for
                         the residents of multiple neighborhoods and compliment development in
                         the area; now, therefore, be it

     Resolved,           by this vote the City Council, upon transfer of the 1-acre parcel of land to
                         the City, in receipt of funding, endorses and approves the dedication of
                         the 1-acre parcel of land, referred to as “Creekside Commons,” as
                         parkland in perpetuity and the land shall be under the control and
                         management of the City with Corcoran & Company responsible for
                         maintenance as outlined in the signed Maintenance Agreement; and

     Resolved,           the City Council supports the application for Urban Self-Help funds by
                         the Department of Planning and Development for the “Creekside
                         Commons” project, and certifies its authority to enter into an agreement
                         for receipt of these funds and if successful in competing for the funds,
                         directs the City Manager to take any and all actions necessary to
                         accomplish the project.



     The following Resolution was introduced by Councilors Bongiovanni and Avellaneda.
     A motion from Councillor Avellaneda to adopt the Resolution under suspension was
     adopted.
                                            Resolution

Whereas,         The City of Chelsea is committed to the right of all workers to have dignity in their
                 lives, safe and appropriate working conditions and fair wages and compensation;
                 and

Whereas,         Smithfield Foods is the largest pork producer and processor in the world, the fourth
                 largest turkey processor and the fifth largest beef processor in the United States; and
Whereas,        The largest of Smithfield’s facilities is in Tar Heel, North Carolina where 5,500
                workers slaughter and process 32,000 hogs a day; and

Whereas,        Smithfield Foods has used violence against their workers, physically intimidated
                them and has fired injured workers and denied them workers’ compensation; and

Whereas,        Smithfield Foods was found liable for physically assaulting workers, threatening
                bodily harm, and causing the false arrest of workers for exercising their legal rights;
                and

Whereas,        The right to form trade unions has been recognized as a Human Right under the
                UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet it has been repeatedly ignored by
                Smithfield Foods. Since 1993, when workers first attempted to organize, Smithfield
                met their attempts with tactics that include violence and intimidation; and

Whereas,        In cities such as Chelsea, one can find Smithfield products in supermarkets,
                restaurants, corner stores, etc; now, therefore be it

Resolved,       That the Chelsea City Council supports the rights of the workers at all Smithfield
                Food locations; and we encouraging all supermarkets and vendors in Chelsea to
                boycott the sales of Smithfield meat products in their stores.




The following Order was introduced by Councillor Avelaneda. A motion from Councillor
Avellaneda to adopt by roll call passed 10-0-1-0. Voting yes were Councilors Morgese,
Bongiovanni, Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, Brown, MeKonen, and
Avellaneda. Councillor Troisi wa absent.
ORDERED, that the residency requirement pursuant to City Council Order establishing
the Chelsea Affordable Housing Trust Fund is hereby waived for the following City Manager
appointments to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board: Vidalia “Val” DiVito, Sergio
Jaramillo, Laura Weiner.

The following Order was introduced by Councillor Nowicki. A motion from Councillor
Nowicki to adopt by roll call passed 8-0-3-0. Voting yes were Councilors Bongiovanni,
Hatleberg, Robinson, Nowicki, Barton, Vega-Torres, MeKonnen, and Avellaneda.
Councilors Troisi, Morgese, and Brown were absent.
Whereas,      there are approximately seven Chelsea police officers who have served as
              police officers for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority;

Whereas,        the Chelsea Retirement Board may not have the authority to grant credible
                service to such officers;

Therefore be it Ordered, that the City Solicitor investigate the possibility of permitting these
officers with credible service for prior time served as a police officer for the MBTA;

Be It Further Ordered that the City Solicitor if necessary draft a home rule petition for
authorizing and directing the Chelsea Retirement Board to grant credible service to such
Chelsea Police Officers who have prior service as a police officer for the Massachusetts Bay
Transportation Authority.


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 Public Works to fill various
potholes at the following locations;

Maverick Street-opposite the store at #29, opposite the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, at the
intersection of Lynn Street; house addresses; #60, 68, 136, 150, 152, 164, 174

Highland Street-in front of #136 and #81. At intersection of Central Avenue, at the
intersection of Cottage Street and at the intersection of Bellingham Streets.

Central Avenue at the corner of Lynn Street.

Lynn Street at the numbers 16 and 20

Watts Street; numerous ones from Highland Street to Willow #98, 100,102,104, 106 from
Lynn to Highland #10, 12, 22 at the corner of Highland Street.

Library Street; numerous ones opposite 19, 43, 72, 84, 123.


The meeting adjourned at 9:20 P.M.




Respectfully submitted,




Paul G. Casino
Clerk of the Chelsea City Council

								
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