Pittsfield City Council Meeting - February 26, 2019

Open Agenda

Item 1 00:01:22

Open Microphone


Item 2 00:15:49

A communication from Mayor Tyer reappointing June Hailer, David Twiggs and Laurie Mick to theCommission on Disabilities


Item 3 00:16:21

A communication from Mayor Tyer reappointing Julie Singley and Dawn Betters to the Human Services Advisory Council


Item 4 00:16:50

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Jay Lopez to the Human Rights Commission


Item 5 00:17:16

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Mackenzi Greer to the Commission on Tourism


Item 6 00:17:45

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Christine M. Gregory to the Council on Aging


Item 7 00:18:12

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing President Peter Marchetti as the Council appointee to the Traffic Commission


Item 8 00:18:39

A communication from Mayor Tyer reappointing Laura Catalano to the Board of Assessors


Item 9 00:19:11

A communication from Mayor Tyer appointing Bruce Stump, Drew Herzig, Rev. Sloan T. Letman, IV, Rev. Sheila Shales-Ross, Ivan Victoriano-Fontes, Kyreasia Solomon, Ellen Maxon, Michael Feldberg, Erin Sullivan, Alfred Barbalunga to the Police Advisory and Review Board


Item 10 00:26:43

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order accepting a grant of funds in the amount of $18,109.00 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division


Item 11 00:33:39

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order accepting an additional grant of funds in the amount of $130,000.00 from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative grant


Item 12 00:34:13

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order accepting a donation in the amount of $100.00 from Alliance Appliances Parts, Inc. of Pittsfield to the Pittsfield Police Department Explorers


Item 13 00:34:41

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order accepting a grant of funds in the amount of $8,254.00 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security


Item 14 00:35:12

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order accepting a grant of funds in the amount of $30,000.00 from the Massachusetts Executive for Administration and Finance for the Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices grant program


Item 15 00:45:55

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order rescinding $617,619.25 of authorized but unissued debt


Item 16 00:46:26

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order accepting a donation from Greylock Federal Credit Union in the amount of $1,750.00 to be used for three Recreation Program events


Item 17 00:46:59

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting three Orders relative to the change orders associated with the ongoing runway reconstruction project, 1. Further amending the borrowing authorizations for the reconstruction of the main runway at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport, 2. Accepting additional grant of funds from the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration in the amount of $76,025.00, 3. To accept additional grant of funds from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division in the amount of $4,224.00


Item 18 01:03:46

A communication from Mayor Tyer submitting an Order authorizing the City of Pittsfield to allocate $250,000.00 in Pittsfield Economic Development Funds to be used for the City of Pittsfield Exterior Home Improvement Loan Program


Item 19 01:04:38

A communication from Mayor Tyer on a presentation from Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. of their Annual Review


Item 20 01:19:47

A report from the Community Development Board on a petition from the Zoning Board of Appeals to amend the City Code, Chapter 23, Article 23-2 Section 2.2; Article 23-4 Section 4.202; Article 23-7 Section 7.737; Article 23-7 Section 7.855. To establish standards and reasonable regulations for the siting of solar energy generation facilities, recommending that the City Council adopt the proposed zoning amendment to City Code, Chapter 23


Item 21 01:20:58

A petition from Councilor Simonelli requesting stop signs be placed on Spaniol Street and Constitution Road where they intersect with Waubeek Road


Item 22 01:21:25

A petition from Edward Carmel, Councilors Simonelli and Morandi requesting to install a sign on Route 7 entering Pittsfield across from South Mountain Road to commemorate the 2017 Taconic High Baseball State Crown, the 2018 Pittsfield Little League State Championship and the 2018 U12 Pittsfield Girls Softball 3rd place National Championship


Item 23 01:30:36

Public hearing on a Special Permit Application from Raul Villalobos, Auto Tech Repair, Inc. for the construction of a new auto-body shop and paint spray booth located at 1335 West Housatonic St (Tabled from 9111118)


Item 24 01:51:37

A report from the Ordinance and Rules Committee on an Ordinance amending the City Code, Chapter 16, Personnel, Section 16-13, Adjustment of Compensation plan, unanimously recommending approval.


Item 25 01:52:43

A report from the Ordinance and Rules Committee on an Ordinance amending the City Code, Chapter 16, Personnel, Section 16-12(a), Definition and adoption of Compensation plan, recommending approval 3/2


Item 26 01:53:47

A report from the Ordinance and Rules Committee on an Ordinance amending the City Code, Chapter 8 Solid Waste Collection and Disposal, banning single use plastic bags recommending to approve as amended


Item 27 02:44:08

A report from the Finance Committee on an Order rescinding $5,370,395.97 of authorized but yet unissued debt, recommending it be approved 5-0


Item 28 02:46:09

A report from the Finance Committee on an Order to increase the approved FY19 Capital Budget for the Measure and List update by $50,000, recommending it be approved 5-0


Item 29 02:46:48

A report from the Finance Committee on a petition from Councilors Connell and Mazzeo requesting to establish a Road Construction Stabilization Fund using 50 percent of the marijuana tax collected, recommending referral to the Mayor.


Item 30 02:49:32

A report from the Public Works & Utilities Committee on a communication from SK Design Group, Inc. on a street acceptance package for Kara, Giovina and Karen Drive, recommending to accept the report unanimously 4-0


Item 31 02:52:30

A report from the Public Health and Safety Committee on a petition from Councilor Morandi requesting an update on Building 71 and Hill 78 with the Health Director and representatives from DEP, DPH, EPA and General Electric, recommending to accept the report and place on file


Item 34 02:53:07

A petition from Craig Gaetani asking the council to consider looking into the costs of the proposed sewer plant updates for removal of phosphorous only (Tabled from 1122119)


Item 37 02:56:45

A petition from Craig Gaetani requesting homeowners 66 years and older have their property tax frozen at their current rate