CITY OF NORTH ADAMS City Clerk's Office July 26,2011 I hereby notify you that at twelve o'clock noon

today the following items of business have been filed with this office and will be acted upon at the meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, Tuesday evening July 26, 2011 at seven-thirty o'clock according to Section 8, Rules and Orders of the City Council. Marilyn Gomeau City Clerk REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL July 26,2011 Approval of the minutes of July lih. 11,149 Communication submitted by Council President regarding a street name change, Cascade School Supplies, which was postponed at the meeting of June 14th. Communication submitted by Council President regarding property on Lorraine Drive, which was referred to the Mayor's Office at the meeting of June 14th. Mayor's communication #38 regarding the property on Lorraine Drive which was referred to the Mayor's Office. Mayor's communication #30-a regarding reductions to the FY' 12 budget. An Order amending the FY'12 budget by reducing it to read $35,074,495.00. Mayor's communication #39 recommending the leasing of equipment for the DPW. A Resolution granting the Mayor to enter into a lease agreement with Steven Willand Inc for equipment for the DPW to expire FY ending 2016. Mayor's communication #40 recommending an increase to COLA. An Order granting a cost ofliving to the retirees from $12,000 to $13,000. Communication submitted by Councilor Harpin regarding Berkshire Works.

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CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

Office of the Mayor

Richard

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July 26,2011 #38

The North Adams City Council Re: Petition presented by Roland Gardner Dear Honorable Members: As you will recall, Roland Gardner of28 Lorraine Drive presented a petition to Council "In opposition of BF AIR operating a 24 hour mentally and physically disabled residential care facility located at 36 Lorraine Drive, North Adams." Council referred the petition to the City Solicitor for opinion. In that regard, I am attaching for your review an email to me from the Solicitor. The Solicitor opined that this is a permitted use therefore, I would ask the Council to file. Sincerely.

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CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS

Office of the Mayor

Richard

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July 26~ 2011 #39

The North Adams City Council Re: Equipment Lease Resolution Dear Honorable Members: We have had a terrible summer with 3 of our commercial mowers breaking down, two of which cannot be repaired. This Resolution gives authorization to enter into a lease agreement for the acquisition of an "all terrain" mower for DPW. This piece of equipment is being strongly recommended by Tim Lescarbeau as conventional lawn tractor mowers are unsafe when mowing many of the sloped areas most specifically around our watersheds. There have been several incidents with more traditional mowers that could have resulted in serious injury. Additionally, this mower will cut twice the grass in half the time allowing us to lease this one piece rather than replacing two units. Please note that this lease payment has been computed into the DPW expenses in the FY2012 budget so there is no need for further appropriation. I recommend adoption of the Resolution so that we can purchase this much needed piece of equipment.

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the CITY OF NORTH ADAMS is a validly existing political subdivision of the State of MASSACHUSETTS, existing as such under and by virtue of the Constitution, statutes of the State; and Whereas: the North Adams City Council has the power under the laws of the state to lease or purchase personal property for use by the City of North Adams; and the City Council has determined, and hereby determines, that it is in the best interests of the City to enter into a Municipal Lease Agreement with Steven Willand Inc. which lease will be assigned to General Electric Capital Corporation pursuant to an assignment by Lesser to Assignee for the purpose of financing the acquisition of the equipment described in Exhibit A to the lease, and that the use of such equipment is essential to the City's proper, efficient and economic operation; and "Whereas: the North Adams City Council has taken the necessary and appropriate steps under applicable law, including, without limitation, any public bidding requirements, to arrange for the acquisition and financing of the equipment under the lease; and Whereas: the lease terminates, and City's obligation there under are extinguished, if the City Council fails to appropriate money for the ensuring fiscal year for the payment due in such fiscal year; and Whereas; there has been presented to the North Adams City Council the form of the lease, including Exhibit A thereto, which the City of North Adams proposes to approve, enter into and deliver, as applicable, to effectuate the proposed financing of the equipment; and it appears that the lease and its exhibit A are in appropriate form and are appropriate instruments for the purpose intended. NOW, THEREFORE, FOLLOWS: BE IT RESOLVED BY THE NORTH ADAMS CITY COUNCIL AS

Section 1. That all actions of the Lessee in effectuating the Lease are hereby approved ratified and authorized pursuant to and in accordance with the transactions contemplated by the Lease. Section 2. That sums be and hereby are allocated from the budget of the City Council for the fiscal year ending 2016, sufficient to meet all obligations of the Lessee under the Lease, including without limitations annually in the amount of $8,546.78. Section 3. The North Adams City Council approves the acquisition by the Lessee of the equipment described in exhibit A to the Lease, such acquisition to be financed by Lesser/Assignee pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Lease, which will be a valid, legal and binding obligation of the Lessee enforceable in accordance with its terms. The form and content of the Lease are in all respects authorized, approved and confirmed and the Mayor of the City of North Adams of the Lessee, or his designee is authorized, empowered and directed to execute and deliver the Lease and the other documents (as defined in the lease) for and on behalf of the Lessee in substantially the form attached hereto, but with such changes, modifications, additions or deletions therein as shall to him seem necessary, desirable or appropriate. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this Resolution take effect from and after its passage.

FOR ACCTG. PURPOSES ONLY. DOES NOT REPRESENT A BUY OUT, CASUALTY OR TERMINATION VALVE. CUSTOMER AMOUNT RATE TERM ADVorARR PAYMENT NUMBER 1 2 3 4 6 TOTALS LESSEE INITIALS: DATE: _ NORTH ADAMS, CITY OF $39,030.00 4.75% 5

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BEGINNING BALANCE 39,030.00 30,483.22 23,384.42 15,948.43 8,159.21 INTEREST EXPENSE 0.00 1,447.99 1,110.79 767.57 387.57 $8,703.92 PRINCIPAL PAYMENT 8,546.78 7,098.79 7,436.00 7,789.21 8,159.21 $39,030.00 TOTAL PAYMENT 8,546.78 8,546.78 8,546.78 8,546.78 8,546.78 $42,733.92 ENDING BALANCE 30,483.22 23,384.42 15,948.43 8,169.21 0.00

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Office of the Mayor Richard J. Alcombright

July 26,2011 #40

The North Adams City Council Re: Increase in Retirement Cost of Living Amount (COLA)

Dear Honorable Members: Regarding this communication, please find a letter from the North Adams Contributory Retirement Board which shows their vote to accept alternative 3 schedule for FY2012 which includes an increase in the COLA base from $12,000 to $13,000. Additionally you will find an accompanying Order. This COLA base is the amount used to calculate cost of living increases for retirees and has not been increased since 1998. This means that any increases approved by the Retirement Board would be calculated on the first $13,000 of their benefit. Many retirees do not currently receive more than the current base of$12,000 so this increase will have little impact on the system ... .less than $4,000 annually. I recommend that the Council adopt this Order to increase the COLA base to $13,000. Sincerely,

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WHEREAS, Chapter 188 ofthe Acts of2010 amending section 103 of Chapter 32 enacted on July 27, 2010 allowed retirement systems to increase the maximum base amount upon which the cost of living adjustment for retiree pensions is calculated, in multiples of $1000; and WHEREAS, Pursuant to Chapter 188 of the Acts of2010 each increase in the maximum base amount shall be accepted by a majority vote ofthe board of such system, subject to the approval of the legislative body; and WHEREAS, The North Adams Retirement board voted at its June 29. 2011 meeting to increase the cost ofliving maximum base from $12,000 to 13,000; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDERED, That the North Adams City Council approves the increase of the maximum base amount upon which the retiree cost ofliving amount is calculated from $12,000 to $13,000.

CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASS.
CONTRIBUTORY RETIREMENT SYSTEM
85 Main Street, Room 322 P.O.Box 229 North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 663-5185 Fax (413) 664-9412

June 30, 2011

City of North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright 10 Main Street North Adams, MA 01247 RE: funding schedule Dear Mayor Alcornbright; The Board voted at their meeting held on June 29, 2011 to accept the alternative 3 schedule for FY 2012, and your support would be appreciated. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in regards to this matter.

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July 26, 2011 #30-a

The North Adams City Council Re: FY20 12 Budget Amendments to Council Paper 11,161

Dear Honorable Members: Tonight I put before you some $462,515 in additional cuts since you adopted the City Budget on June 14th. These cuts are as a result of the override failure. They clearly and definitively reflect and respect the will of the voters. During the override discussions I heard that people wanted local government to downsize spending, holding the line on a budget that is more reflective of a population that has been in decline for many years. Additionally, many wanted to utilize reserves to balance the budget rather than to grow reserves and strengthen our overall financial picture. I also heard from many who wanted to see continued strong funding for our schools and a commitment to public safety and services, essentially doing what needed to be done to maintain the status quo. I believe the additional reductions in the budget, along with a commitment to use reserves to fund the remaining deficit are clearly steps toward compromise and are reflected in the Order in front of you. The City cuts proposed are a result of additional fine tuning and should not result in any significant loss of services. The major cuts reflect reductions in salary dollars for seasonal help in Public Services, as well as not replacing a recently vacated position. Additionally, certain police salaries have been shifted to the Verizon 911 grant and our Unclassified Reserve account has been reduced taking away significant flexibility to deal with any unforeseen budget crisis. Superintendent Montepare reviewed the additional school cuts with the School Committee and I commend him and the administration for what they have done to preserve critical programming.

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As I have said many times, school funding is the only "investment" money that we spend. We desperately need, when times are better, to replace money cut from our schools to restore programming and reduce class sizes. This has to be a priority over the next several years. The budget has been reduced by an additional $462,515 since adoption in June. We received an additional $75,000 in state aid bringing our deficit down to $428,739 .... a far cry from the $950,000 deficit approved in June. To avoid deeper cuts I will be utilizing reserves to cover that shortfall. We currently have approximately $315,000 in Stabilization and $225,000 in Landfill and Parking Meter Reserve accounts. Our free cash calculation will be coming from the state soon and we have been informed of a boost in local aid in October. In addition, and I am very happy to report, we have received over $700,000 back from Blue CrosslBlue Shield from unused run out of the Medical Insurance Trust. This will eliminate the $680,000 obligation we had with the state and the remainder should flow to free cash. This is a huge accomplishment as we anticipated a payback over multiple years. All in all where we are today clearly defines and accentuates my mission, creating a stronger financial picture for our City. We have developed a budget that shows two years of significant cuts reflecting a 3.2% reduction (some $1.125 million) from when I took office through this FY2012 budget. Numbers that more clearly represent the government and school expenses needed to make this city run. The most dramatic results from our efforts can be clearly defined by the following: In December 2009, City Council moved $1.8 million in reserves to cover the budget. Last year we moved $1.2 million to balance and this year we will move $429,000 (less if the state comes through with its October funding). I am confident that we will end next fiscal year stronger with increases in state aid and healthier reserves. While the process has been painful, we are definitely making progress. We still have challenges. We will begin next year as we did this year with a structural deficit however some $800,000 less than last year. We still need to build reserves and I continue to maintain that our financial picture will not be healthy until we have grown our reserves. I have to work with the Council's Finance Committee on additional revenue sources such as a PILOT program. I have to continue to work with the Council's Public Safety Committee to fmd the best Public Safety models, ones that will preserve services and contain costs. I have to continue to find new ways to grow our economic base with the end result being jobs, growth and a lower commercial tax rate. I am expecting in the next couple of weeks, a letter from the Department of Revenue's Director of Accounts outlining the challenges that we still face and acknowledging the progress that we have made. I will be certain to share that with Council when received.

Finally, I want to thank the City Finance Team, Superintendent Montepare and the School Administration and the Council Finance Committee for all of your hard work and perseverance throughout this long and laborious process.

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That the following changes be and are hereby made in the FY2012 Municipal Budget as passed by the City Council on June 14,2011, Council Paper # 11,161, for the purpose of reducing the budget as follows: 1. GENERAL GOVERNMENT City Council Salaries Office of Tourism Expenses 2. DEPARTMENT Public Safety Salaries Expenses Police Salaries Expenses OF PUBLIC SAFETY reduced to increased to reduced to reduced to

increased to reduced to

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13,800.00 12,000.00

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56,973.00 34,726.00

$ 1,261,326.00 $ 83,850.00

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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICES Cemetery Salaries Highways Salaries Parks & Recreation Salaries SCHOOL DEPARTMENT School Department Salaries Expenses

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118,870.00 686,652.00 84,935.00

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reduced to reduced to

$11,543,765.00 $ 3,746,235.00

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PENSIONS North Adams Contributory Retirement System Salaries reduced to UNCLASSIFIED FICA General Insurance Historical Commission Human Services Reserve Account Youth Programs CAPITAL Expenses

$ 2,013,496.00

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1,138,843.00 4,321,140.00 2,786,141.00 15,290,000.00 2,018,496.00 6,835,046.00 921,150.00 470,616.00 1,293,063.00

AND BE IT FURTHERED ORDERED: That the sum of THIRTY-FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THIRTYSEVEN THOUSAND TEN ($35,537,010.00) AS IT APPEARS IN Council Paper # 11,161 be amended to read as fol1ows: THIRTY-FIVE MILLION SEVENTY-FOUR THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINETY -FrYE ($35,074,495.00) less the amount of estimated revenue to reduce the tax rate, be raised by taxation.

Office of the City Council City of North Adams
10 Main Street Room 109 North Adams, Massachusetts 01247 (413) 662-3015

Dear Fellow Councilor's; I would like to discuss the situation with Council regarding Berkshire Works in North Adams. I will be presenting you with a letter on Tuesday night regarding this matter. Sincerely, Councilor Marie Harpin

Office of the City Clerk City of North Adams
10 Main Street Room 109 North Adams, Massachusetts 01247 (413) 662-3015 City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL July 12,2011 A meeting of the North Adams City Council was held at 7:30pm in City Council Chambers with the following present: COUNCILORS PRESENT: Blackmer, Bloom, Boland, Bona, Bond, Boucher, Harpin, Lamarre, Marden. A moment of silent prayer was observed remembering Katherine "Kay" Duby English Teacher at Drury High School and Elizabeth Grande longtime election worker for the City. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. On motion of Councilor Harpin, duly seconded by Councilor Bond it was VOTED: to accept the minutes of June 28th. The President presented an Ordinance amending Chapter 9 of the Revised Ordinance entitled Hawkers, Peddlers and Transient Vendor, Section 9-2 entitled Same -Granting, which was referred to the Mayor's office and postponed to the meeting of July 12th. The Mayor had nothing to report at this meeting. On motion of Councilor Bloom, duly seconded by Councilor Bond it was VOTED: to postpone to the meting of August 9th. The President presented a communication submitted by Council President allowing Mr. Chalifoux to speak on the loss and lack of funding for our local Veterans, which was referred to the Community Development Committee and postponed to the meeting of July 1ih. Councilor Blackmer, chairman of the committee said that the committee has not meet as of yet. On motion of Councilor Marden, duI6' seconded by Councilor Harpin it was VOTED: to postpone to the meeting of August 91 • The President presented a communication submitted by the Traffic Commission regarding a crosswalk on Brickyard Court, which was referred to the Public Safety Committee at the meeting of June 14th.

Councilor Marden, chairman of the Public Safety Committee gave the report of the committee and the recommendations for both the crosswalk and the loading zone on Canal Street. Councilor Marden said that the Commissioner of Public Safety advised the committee without sidewalks on both sides of the street, a crosswalk could not be installed. The Commissioner said that there are plans to put in sidewalks. On motion of Councilor Marden, duly seconded by Councilor Bloom it was VOTED: to accept the committee report. On motion of Councilor Marden, duly seconded by Councilor Harpin it was VOTED: to refer this matter back to the Traffic Commission. The President presented a communication submitted by the Traffic Commission regarding a loading zone on Canal Street, which was referred to the Public Safety Committee at the meeting ili . of June 14 . On motion of Councilor Marden, duly seconded by Councilor Bloom it was VOTED: to in~tall a sign for a loading zone on the westerly side of Canal Street, and a crosswalk on the southerly end of Canal Street that intersects with Union Street. It was VOTED.: to send to the Mayor's office for implementation. The President presented Mayor's communication #32 recommending consideration of adopting a BYOB policy or City Ordinance. The Mayor explained that Big Shirl's Kitchen has requested some guide lines to follow for this practice, they would like to do this at their establishment. The President read the opinion of the City Solicitor and under the ABCC regulations establishments not holding a liquor license are permitted such a practice, as long as they do not handle liquor for the customer (by pouring, uncorking, providing containers, etc). Several Councilor's felt that Big Shirl's came to the Council in good faith and as long as there are no regulations in place, then they should be allowed to move forward with this. Councilor Lamarre expressed that the Council was moving way too fast on this issue and should be reviewed further before the Council acts on this matter. All Councilor's agreed that some rules and regulations should be put in place, but at this time it is permitted. Mark & Renee Lapiere owners of Big Shirl's expressed that they were only concerned about doing things right with the City, being allowed to do this would allow them to take advantage of the summer with their outdoor patio. They have a very nice establishment with good customers who would enjoy the BYOB, The Mayor feels that some regulations or permits should be in place. On motion of Councilor Bona, duly seconded by Councilor Blackmer it was VOTED: to refer to the General Government Committee and postpone to the meeting of August 9ili,

The President presented Mayor's communication #33 recommending the reappointment of Pearl Mullett to the North Adams Housing Authority.' On motion of Councilor Harpin, duly seconded by Councilor Bond it was VOTED: to confirm the reappointment. The President presentedMayor's communication #34 recommending Ross Jacobs to the Zoning Board to fill the unexpired term of Ernest Gamache. On motion of Councilor Bloom, duly seconded by Councilor Bond it was VOTED: to confirm the appointment. The President presented Mayor's communication #35 recommending the appointment of Gregory Roach as an alternate member to the Zoning Board to fill the unexpired term of Ross Jacobs. On motion of Councilor Harpin, duly seconded by Councilor Marden it was VOTED: to confirm the appointment. The President presented Mayor's communication #36 requesting permission to Ernie Dix of Clarksburg to connect the North Adams Sewer system. Without objection the President placed the communication on file. The President presented an Order granting Ernie Dix of Clarksburg to make connection to the North Adams Sewer system. On motion of Councilor Bloom, duly seconded by Councilor Harpin it was VOTED: to adopt the Order. The Order was adopted by yea and nay vote as follows: yea Councilor Blackmer, Bloom, Boland, Bona, Bond, Boucher, Harpin, Lamarre, Marden. Nay none The President presented Mayor's communication #37 informing Council of adjustments to the FY' 11 budget, which the Mayor presented that evening. Without objection the President placed the communication on file and asked Councils pleasure, if they would like a 10 minute recess to review the paper, due to the amount of money being transferred. On motion of Councilor Bond, duly seconded by Councilor Blackmer it was VOTED: to recess for 10 minutes.

The President presented an Order transferring the sum of$786,441.46 from several accounts to several accounts. On motion of Councilor Bloom, duly seconded by Councilor Blackmer it was VOTED: to adopt the order. The Mayor explained these amounts were unexpended monies from several departments which were being transferred to cover the shortfalls in several departments. In February departments were told there was a spending freeze and everyone did a wonderful job at keeping expenses to a

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Councilor Bona questioned why the amount was so high for the fire and police. The Mayor explained it was due to overtime, three officers were at the academy and four employees on disability. Councilor Blackmer asked if any of this transfer was from the salary of the Office of Tourism. The Mayor said money did come from that office. Council Marden commented that there was a big savings by taking over the water filtration plant. He also questioned why money was transferred to Council expenses. The City Clerk explained it was because during FY' 11 the Council had more than usual Ordinances before them, which needed to be published. The amount in that account was reduced by $1,000 for FY' 11. Mr. Robert Cardimino, 173 East Quincy Street questioned if this will balance the budget, why did we need prop 2 'l'2? He was reminded that that was FY' 12, not FY' 11. The Order was adopted by yea and nay vote as follows: yea Councilor Blackmer, Bloom, Boland, Bona, Bond, Boucher, Harpin, Lamarre, Marden. Nay none. The President presented an Order appropriating the sum of $50,000.00 from Landfill Reserve Account to Department of Public Safety. On motion of Councilor Marden, duly seconded by Councilor Harpin it was VOTED: to adopt the Order. The Order was adopted by yea and nay vote as follows: yea Councilor Blackmer, Bloom, Boland, Bona, Bond, Boucher, Harpin, Lamarre, Marden. Nay none. The President presented a communication submitted by Council President regarding the appointment of Councilor Marie Harpin as the State Member of the North Adams Housing Authority. Without objection the President placed the communication on file. City Clerk, Marilyn Gomeau administered the oath to Councilor Harpin.

The President presented a communication submitted by Council President regarding Mark Trottier's request to speak on "Policies and Procedures" during City Council meetings. Without objection the President placed the communication on file and allowed Mr. Trottier to speak to the Council. Mark Trottier, 131 Woodlawn Avenue read a letter of his concerns in regards to the City Council. Mr. Trottier's letter was submitted as part of the record. Councilor Boland said that it was a two way street between the Council and the public. He feels he was elected to represent the people of North Adams and be a voice for them. The public should not come to Council and attack anyone's character or creditability. Mr. Cardimino, 173 East Quincy Street thanked Mr. Trottier for his comments.

The President called for any Councilors Concerns, Councilor Blackmer reminded the public about the food festival on Sunday. Councilor Bona reminded residents about the beach party on Friday. Councilor Harpin expressed her concerns about the unemployment office closing in the City. Council President congratulated Bob Upton on his retirement with the City. He has served the City for 30 years. The President called for anyone wishing to speak in Open Forum, Robert Cardimino, 173 East Quincy Street was concerned why fishermen up at the lake are being charged to park their cars and on concert nights there is no charge. He also said the lake officials were telling people they had to wear life jackets, which is not true and the City has nothing on the books stating that. Robert Moulton, 985 Massachusetts Avenue stated that State law says you only need to have a flotation devise in your boat for each person. Mr. Trottier, 131 Woodlawn Avenue questioned what residents of the City could do to help out with the money crunch the City is facing. With not further business to come before the Council a motion to adjourn was in order. VOTED: to adjourn at 9: 17pm A True Record Attest,