Board of Aldermen meeting to look at financials, police residency violations

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Board of Mayor & AldermenMANCHESTER, NH – There’s a 400-page agenda attached to Nov. 18  Board of Aldermen meeting on the city’s website.

You can peruse it here.

Public participation begins at 7 p.m.

This meeting will take place in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall.

Here’s the 48-item agenda. Highlights should include: MTA discussion, the City’s financial report, given the recent Fitch downgrade, and budget projections; the $1.2 million upgrade to radio read meters;  and a request by Alderman Joe Kelly Levasseur to discuss residency requirements for police officers, which he says aren’t in compliance with city contracts.


1. Mayor Gatsas calls the meeting to order.

2. The Clerk calls the roll.
CONSENT AGENDA (ITEMS 3-26)

3. Mayor Gatsas advises if you desire to remove any of the following items from the
Consent Agenda, please so indicate. If none of the items are to be removed, one
motion only will be taken at the conclusion of the presentation.
Accept BMA Minutes

4. Minutes from the September 2, 2014 BMA meeting, the October 7, 2014
Road Hearing, the October 7, 2014 Public Participation meeting and the
October 7, 2014 BMA meeting.
Approve under supervision of the Department of Highways

5. Pole Petitions:
11-1481 (1) New York Street
12-0455 (1) Riddle Street November 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen

Approve under supervision of the Department of Highways, subject to funding
availability

6. Sidewalk Petitions:
153 Dartmouth Street
Information to be Received and Filed

7. Minutes from the August 26, 2014, MTA Commission meeting, the
September 30, 2014 MTA Commission meeting, the August and September 2014
Financial reports and the August and September 2014 Ridership report submitted
by Michael Whitten, MTA Executive Director.

8. Communication from Mayor Gatsas regarding the replacement of the City’s
safety radios.

9. Communication from Xfinity regarding installation rates.

10. Communication from the Human Resources Director regarding change to the
retirees over the age of 65 health insurance coverage.

REFERRALS TO COMMITTEES
COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION/INFORMATION SYSTEMS

11. Communication from Alderman Corriveau requesting an ordinance be drafted
permitting ridesharing in the City.
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

12. Bond Resolution:
“Authorizing Bonds, Notes or Lease Purchases in the amount of One Million
Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000) for the FY2015 712915 Upgrade
Meters to Radio Read Units.” November 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen

13. Resolutions:
“Amending the FY2015 Community Improvement Program, authorizing and
appropriating funds in the amount of Six Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars
($625,000) for the FY 2014 CIP 411615 COPS Hiring Grant.”
“Amending the FY2015 Community Improvement Program, authorizing and
appropriating funds in the amount of One Million Two Hundred Thousand
Dollars ($1,200,000) for the FY 2015 CIP 712915 Upgrade Meters to Radio Read
Units.”
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS, ENROLLMENT & REVENUE
ADMINISTRATION

14. Advising that the Finance Department reports:
• Accounts Receivable over 90 days
• Aging Report
• Outstanding Receivables
have been accepted.
(Unanimous vote with the exception of Alderman Osborne who was absent)

15. Advising that the City’s Monthly Financial Report (unaudited) for the third
month of fiscal year 2015, submitted by the Finance Director, has been accepted.
(Unanimous vote with the exception of Alderman Osborne who was absent)

16. Advising that the update on the MDC Revolving Loan Funds, has been accepted.
(Unanimous vote with the exception of Alderman Osborne who was absent) November 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen

17. Recommending that ordinances:
“Amending Chapter 52 of the Code of Ordinances to allow for combined
water and waste water bills.”
“Amending the City of Manchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 155
Zoning Code, by deleting the fees for appeals to the Board of
Adjustment” are properly enrolled.
(Unanimous vote with the exception of Alderman Osborne, who was absent)
COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION/INFORMATION SYSTEMS

18. Advising that the banner application submitted by the Palace Theatre for

November 3, 2014 – November 17, 2014 and November 17, 2014 –
December 2, 2014, for the Elm Street/Bridge Street location be approved.
(Unanimous vote)

19. Advising that the banner application submitted by the Manchester Marathon
Association for October 20, 2014 – November 3, 2014, for the Elm Street location
be approved.
(Unanimous vote)

20. Advising that the banner application submitted by Intown Manchester for
November 24, 2014 – December 8, 2014 for the Elm Street location be approved;
subject to receipt of the application fee and required insurance binder.
(Unanimous vote)

21. Recommending that the ordinance amendment:
“Amending Ordinance Section 150.068 RESPONSIBILITY FOR
INFESTATION CONTROL to provide for bed bug infestations.”
be approved and referred to the Committee on Bills on Second Reading for
technical review. (Unanimous vote) ovember 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen

COMMITTEE ON LANDS AND BUILDINGS

22. Advising that the request to purchase City-owned property at 173 Maplehurst
Avenue has been received and filed.

23. Recommending that a revocable license agreement be granted to Jutras Signs for
curbing in the City’s right-of-way at 531 Front Street.
(Unanimous vote)

24. Recommending that a revocable license agreement be granted for the parking
area that exists presently at the 696 Valley Street property.
(Unanimous vote)
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ENERGY CONTRACTS AND RELATED
ACTIVITIES

25. Recommending that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen support the
Memorandum of Understanding between the City and American Capital Energy,
Inc. for project development of solar PV facilities.
(Unanimous vote)

26. Recommending that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen support the contract
extension with Competitive Energy Services (CES) for energy purchasing.
(Unanimous vote)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HAVING READ THE CONSENT AGENDA, A
MOTION WOULD BE IN ORDER THAT THE CONSENT AGENDA BE
APPROVED.
REGULAR BUSINESS

27. Nomination(s) to be presented by Mayor Gatsas, if available. November 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen

28. Confirmation(s) to be presented by Mayor Gatsas:
Manchester Development Corporation
Adam Schmidt to succeed himself as a member, term to expire March 11, 2017
Fire Commission
Eric Sawyer to fulfill a vacancy as a member, term to expire May 1, 2017
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

29. Budget projections to be submitted by William Sanders, Finance Officer,
if available.

30. Communication from William Sanders, Finance Officer, regarding setting the
Tax Rate, if available.

31. Communication from the City’s Bright Ideas Committee requesting approval of
awards to two employees.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

32. Communication from Pamela Goucher, Deputy Director of Planning & Zoning,
requesting approval of a Release of Easement and an Easement Deed for
Dove Lane.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

33. A motion is in order to recess the meeting to allow the Committee on Finance to
meet.

34. Mayor Gatsas calls the meeting back to order.

35. Report(s) of the Committee on Finance, if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

36. Report(s) of the Committee on Accounts, Enrollment & Revenue Administration,
if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure? ovember 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen

37. Report(s) of the Committee on Bills on Second Reading, if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

38. Report(s) of the Committee on Community Improvement, if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

39. Report(s) of the Committee on Human Resources/Insurance, if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

40. Report(s) of the Committee on Joint School Buildings, if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

41. Report(s) of the Committee on Public Safety, Health and Traffic, if available.
Ladies and Gentlemen, what is your pleasure?

42. Ordinances: (A motion is in order to read by titles only.)
“Amending Chapter 52 of the Code of Ordinances to allow for combined water
and waste water bills.”
“Amending the City of Manchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 155 Zoning
Code, by deleting the fees for appeals to the Board of Adjustment.”
These ordinances having had their final readings by titles only, the question
is on passing same to be ordained.

43. Resolutions: (A motion is in order to read by titles only.)
“Amending the FY2015 Community Improvement Program, authorizing and
appropriating funds in the amount of Six Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars
($625,000) for the FY 2014 CIP 411615 COPS Hiring Grant.” ovember 18, 2014 Board of Mayor and Aldermen
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“Amending the FY2015 Community Improvement Program, authorizing and
appropriating funds in the amount of One Million Two Hundred Thousand
Dollars ($1,200,000) for the FY 2015 CIP 712915 Upgrade Meters to Radio Read
Units.”
A motion is in order that the resolutions ought to pass and be enrolled.

44. A motion is in order to recess the meeting to discuss strategy or negotiations
with respect to collective bargaining pursuant to the provisions of
RSA 91-A:2 I(a).

45. A motion is in order to enter into non-public session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3
II (d) for consideration of property acquisition, sale or lease of real or
personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party
or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.
A roll call vote is required.
NEW BUSINESS
TABLED ITEMS
(A motion is in order to remove any item from the table.)

46. Request from Alderman Levasseur for discussion regarding the police union
demographics.

47. Report of the Committee on Human Resources/Insurance
Recommending that the communication from AFSCME Local 298 be referred to
the board without recommendation; with the understanding that the Human
Resources Director return at the July 1, 2014 board meeting with cost estimates
on negotiations conducted by an external negotiator or external counsel.
(Unanimous vote)
ADJOURNMENT

48. If there is no further business, a motion is in order to adjourn.

 

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