City Council

DATE 05/16/2017
TIME 7:00 pm
LOCATION Council Chamber, Woburn City Hall, Common Street, Woburn, MA, United States

Meeting Agenda

  • Presentation of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
  • Ordered
    • The City of Woburn, in accordance with Section 31D of Chapter 44 of the Massachusetts General Laws, approve deficit spending that is in excess of appropriation for the removal of snow and ice. The budgeted appropriation for the removal of snow and ice for fiscal year 2017 amounted to $279,000. The additional amount to be expended, but not to exceed, is $750,000 ($1,029,000 total) for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017. The exact amount of the deficit shall be raised by taxation on the Fiscal Year 2018 tax recapitulation forms.
    • That the sum of $100,000.00 be and is hereby appropriated as so stated from DPW/Street Lights Acct #0142052-521104 $50,000.00, DPW/Gas Acct #0143054-548100 $50,000.00, Total $100,000.00 to DPW O/T Acct #0141151-513100 $90,000.00, DPW/Utilities Acct #0143552-521501 $6,000.00, DPW/Bldg Maintenance Acct #0143554-554701 $2,000.00, DPW/Repairs cct #0143554-554704 $1,000.00, DPW/Sand/Stone/Gravel Acct #0141754-553300 $1,000.00, Total $100,000.00
    • That the City of Woburn appropriates the sum of One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,300,000) to pay for the costs of acquiring a ladder truck, including the payment of costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said sum under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority. Any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.
  • Public Hearings
    • On the petition by Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless for a grant of right in a way pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 166, §§22 and 25A to install and maintain wireless equipment and all sustaining and protecting fixtures on an existing utility pole #120/3 located on a public way near 8 Dickie Road.
    • On the petition by Kiwanis Club of Woburn, 10 Cedar Street, Suite 26, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit to allow a carnival on June 16, 2017 and June 17, 2017 at Library Field, 0 Harrison Avenue
    • On the petition by Seaver Properties LLC, 215 Lexington Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit and site plan approval pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.1.3c, 5.1 Note 20, 11.3.2, 14, and Site Plan Approval pursuant to Sections 12.2.2 and 12.3.2 to allow for one hundred eighteen (118) residential townhouse units at 285, 287 and 299 Lexington Street
  • Ordinances
    • On the Order to amend the 1989 Woburn Municipal Code, as amended, Title 3 by adding a new Article VII, Section 3-35 Revolving Funds, committee report was received “back for action pending clarification from the City Solicitor as to the status of the Cable Television and Telecommunications Revolving Fund.” A communication date May 10, 2017 was received from City Solicitor Ellen Callahan Doucette
  • Public Safety & Licenses
    • On the petitions for renewal of Taxi Cab Licenses by SureRide, LLC; ABCE Taxi of Woburn; Woburn Cab Co. Inc.; and Checker Cab of Woburn, committee reports were received “ought to pass”
    • On the petition for renewal of Livery License by Checker Cab or Woburn, committee report was received “ought to pass”.
  • New Petitions
    • Petitions for renewal of Livery Licenses by Kelley Towncar, Inc., 888 Main Street, #2; and Harmony Transportation, Inc., 8 Conn Street for renewal of a Livery License.
    • Petition by ecoATM, LLC, 296 Mishawum Road for renewal of Secondhand Dealers and Secondhand Collectors License.
    • Petition by NStar Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for a grant of right in a way on Wyman Street southwesterly from pole 242/20 approximately 37 feet north of Brae Circle a distance of about 40 feet to install conduit, Wyman Street easterly from pole 242/21 approximately 25 feet west of Brae Circle a distance of about 22 feet to install conduit, and Brae Circle at and southerly at intersection of Wyman Street a distance of about 2274 feet to install conduit.
    • Petition by Crocker Sales Co. Inc., 9 High Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.1.57a, 5.1.57b and 15 for allow for parking of storage container, parking of commercial vehicles, and a new use from auto sales to business to business in the groundwater protection district at 20 High Street.
    • Petition by The Salem Street Consortium LLC, Paul Scribner Manager, 16 Bacon Road, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended Section 7.2 to allow for a 300 foot addition to a preexisting nonconforming use (auto repair) at 11R Salem Street.
    • Petition by C&C Realty Trust, Fred J. Cotreau and John J. Canney, Jr., Trustees, 64 Chestnut Street, Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.5 and 5.1.43 to allow for 2800 cubic yards of fill and for outside storage of building materials and equipment at 6 Draper Street.
    • Petition by Madison Woburn Holdings, LLC, 333 Newbury Street, Suite 201, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, as individual owning land to be affected by change or adoption pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 40A, Sec. 5, to amend the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Section 2 Definitions by amending the definition of Mixed Use Hotel/Restaurant as follows: “Mixed Use Hotel/Restaurant: A mix of hotel, restaurant or other permitted uses in one building or in separate building on one development lot.”
  • Communication & Reports:
    • A communication dated May 2, 2017 was received from Joanne Collins, Director, Woburn Council on Aging along with a copy of the Director’s Report and the minutes of the Council on Aging meeting for the month of April 2017.
    • A copy of a deed from Edward A. Hovsepian and Dean Kahr, Trustees of H&K Realty Trust to the City of Woburn relative to the property located at 455-465 Main Street and 467-471 Main Street.
    • A communication dated April 27, 2017 from Erik Scheier, P.E., MBTA Senior Project Manager, MassDOT, Ten Park Plaza, Suite 3910, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 requesting comments by May 19, 2017 relative to MBTA bus stop accessibility improvements on Cambridge Road.
    • A copy of the annual report of Communities United, Inc. which operates Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Woburn.
    • A communication dated May 11, 2017 was received from Juni Kobayashi, Artistic and Managing Director and Elaine Fong, President of the Board, Odaiko New England, 29 Montvale Avenuem #23, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 requesting support of the City Council for the operation of the performing arts center