City Council – 11/21/2006

DATE 11/21/2006
TIME 7:30 pm
LOCATION Council Chamber, Woburn City Hall, Common Street, Woburn, MA, United States

Meeting Agenda

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CITY OF WOBURN

NOVEMBER 21, 2006 – 7:30 P.M.

REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

Roll Call

                                                Ciriello                        Gately

                                                Denaro absent             Galvin

                                                            Drapeau                      Gonsalves

                                                Dwyer                         Mercer-Bruen

Doherty

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VOTED to dispense with the reading of the previous meeting’s Journal and to APPROVE, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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Motion made and 2nd to suspend the rules for the purposes of hearing from School Committee Member Denis Russell and to take a matter out of order, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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School Committee Member Denis Russell presented a commemorative 100 year old brick from the old Woburn High School to each of the Aldermen. Mr. Russell provided a written report entitled School Committee Report to the City Council. Mr. Russell reviewed each section of the report and stated in response to questions from the Aldermen that the windows at the Altavesta School are being replaced at this time and that a resource officer at the high school would come under the jurisdiction of the police department. Alderman Gately stated that there should be two or three resource officers at the high school to ensure the safety of the students and staff as well as to protect the building and property. Alderman Galvin stated that there is a need for resource officers at the high school but that he is reluctant to create new positions and would prefer to fill the positions in house, that the detail officers directing traffic on both sides of the high school four times a day is a waste of resources at this point, that there should be an on duty officer assigned by the police department for a half hour in the morning directing traffic, and that he understands the position of the School Committee with safety being an issue. Alderman Dwyer stated that with new technology at the high school the staff is able to monitor the safety of students in the corridor and that he is in support of a resource officer at the high school for many reasons.

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SPECIAL PERMITS:

 

On the petition by Joseph A. Pecora, Pecora Contracting Co. for a special permit pursuant to Section 5.1.57b of the 1985 Woburn Municipal Code, as amended, for accessory outside parking of commercial motor vehicle’s or contractor’s equipment in conjunction with the petitioner’s contracting business and office in Unit #6 at 5 Crescent Avenue, committee report was received “ought to pass with the following condition: 1. That the special permit is only for Joseph A. Pecora and is not transferable with the exception of a transfer to an immediate family member of Joseph A. Pecora.” Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Motion made by Alderman Galvin to reconsider his vote and 2nd, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Attorney John McElhiney, McElhiney and Matson, 607 Main Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 appeared for the petitioner and stated that it is common for an owner or petitioner to file a petition for a special permit in his own name but then purchase the property in a corporate name and that he asks that the condition be amended to allow that if the petitioner is the principal owner of the corporation or entity then a transfer of the special permit is not required. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, AS AMENDED with the amendment as follows: 1. That the

special permit is only for Joseph A. Pecora and is not transferable with the exception of a

transfer to an immediate family member of Joseph A. Pecora or an entity for which Joseph A. Pecora is the primary or principal owner, all in favor, 8-0-1.

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Motion made and 2nd to return to the regular order of business, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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MAYOR’S COMMUNICATIONS: 

 

ORDERED     That the sum of $30,000.00 be and is hereby appropriated as so stated from Free Cash Acct #01-356000 $30,000.00 to Woburn Redevelopment Authority Acct #0112252-538905 $30,000.00. Purpose: Engineering Fees.

 

I hereby approve the above. s/Thomas L. McLaughlin

I have reviewed the above. s/Gerald W. Surette, City Auditor

 

s/President Doherty (per request)

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

 

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ORDERED     That the sum of $3,675.00 be and is hereby transferred to Election and

Registration Workers  Account #0116251-512005 from Elections Voting Machine Maintenance Account #0116252-524905 $2,330.00, Elections Office Supplies Account #0116254-542000 $460.00, Election Printing and Automation Account #0116252-534305 $885.00.

 

I hereby recommend the above. s/Thomas L. McLaughlin, Mayor I hereby approve the above. s/William C. Campbell, City Clerk

I have reviewed the above. s/Gerald W. Surette, City Auditor

 

s/President Doherty

 

Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:  

 

On the petition by Prestige Motor Sales, 600 Broadway, Malden, Massachusetts 02148 for a special permit to allow alteration of a non-conforming use pursuant to Section 7.3 of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as Amended, to allow for used car sales at 546 Main Street. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. Appearing for the petitioner was Attorney Mark Salvati, 10 Cedar Street, Suite 26, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 and he stated that the petition has a location on Broadway in Malden with 140 cars and two other Malden locations with 40 cars and 15 cars each, that the petitioner is seeking to change a prior non-conforming use at the locus, that the change is from a glass repair facility to a used car lot not from an empty building to a used car lot, that this is a low impact use, that this is a location for people to come look at the cars, that there is a similar lot in Malden with fifteen cars that has one employee and two to three customers per day with three sales per month, that any other use will generate more traffic, that the vehicles will be parked not be moving in and out, that the petitioner does not have to start the cars every day, that two cars will be stored inside the building and the remainder will be stored outside the building, that the only traffic from the locus will be the one employee and an occasional test drive, that the prior use had outside storage of windshields, vehicles being worked on and vehicles parked on site overnight to be worked on, that the hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and no hours of operation on Sunday, that there will be eighteen cars on site with one employee car, that this will be a satellite facility, that it will be a parking lot, that there will not be balloons or sport lights, that these will be high end and high quality vehicles, that the matter has not been reviewed by the Planning Board yet and he would like to pursue their review and input, and that he asks that the City Council consider giving the matter leave to withdraw. Attorney Salvati offered a letter from Malden City Councilor John Furlong in support of the petition for the City Council to review. Motion made and 2nd that the document be received and made part of the record, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Alderman Galvin stated that this is a difficult location for any business, that even the prior use was not good for the locus, that there are too many used car lots in the city, that although there are appropriate locations in the city for used car lots this is not one of them, and that he will not support the petition. Alderman Dwyer stated that he is concerned about noise from the locus disturbing the residences that are located nearby, that he is concerned about vehicles exiting the lot for test drives backing into the street, that the is an old congested area of the city, that he cannot support the petition, and that during winter months the snow will cause issues with this use. Alderman Ciriello stated that visually this use at this location would not be acceptable and that the visual impact on the neighborhood would not be good. Alderman Gonsalves stated that this is a tough sell for this use at the locus. Alderman Gately stated that he lived in that area for fourteen years, that this is a well established neighborhood, that the neighbors are not happy with the proposed use, and that snow would have to be removed from the site because there is no on site snow storage. Alderman Drapeau stated that he cannot see any support on the City Council for this petition. IN FAVOR: Peter Carbone, Carbone Real Estate stated that he listed the property in July 2005 a month after the petitioner purchased the property, that he tried to find a compatible use, that a number of food stores, restaurants, auto repair and auto body uses have been proposed for the site, that the neighbors concerns for the locus in the past have been traffic, lights at night and late hours of operation, that nor of the other proposed uses addressed these issues, that there will be repairs on site, that there will be just a display of cars, that he visited the petitioner’s site in Malden, that if is difficult to change a non-conforming use in the S-1 zone, and that this building could be vacant for another ten years. OPPOSED: A communication dated November 6, 2006 was received from Anita L. Mason, 544 Main Street in opposition to the petition. Millie Polcaro stated that this is a mixed use zone with a good blend of offices and residences, that the only outside indication of the businesses in the area are signs for professional uses, that the Hammond Square residents have worked hard to protect the mix of the neighborhood, that they opposed a four story office building and national drug store chains that have been proposed in the area and condominiums were developed, that the businesses in the mixed use areas should have parking for their employees and customers, that she is concerned about the hours of operation, that the site plan on file indicated issues that concerned her, that there are six zones in the city that allows for motor vehicle sales with a special permit, that the petitioner likely will need sign variances in the future, and that she asks that the petitioner be denied. Anita Mason, 544 Main Street stated that a prior proposal of a convenience store was not approved for the site and that a use that complies with zoning should be proposed. Brenda Tedesco, Church Street stated that traffic in that area is horrendous, that this is not an appropriate location for this use, and that a two family house on the lot may be more appropriate for the site. Renee Parker, 13 Johnson Street stated that there are young children in the neighborhood, that traffic is horrendous in the neighborhood, and that she asks that the petition be denied. Dorothy McLaughlin, 11 Church Street stated that there is a used car lot across Main Street and the traffic in the area is dangerous. Ann Connor, Church Street stated that she abuts a gasoline station with used car sales, that another used car lot is not needed in the neighborhood, that she is concerned with security of the lot, that there are many children in the neighborhood, and that this is not the correct project for the neighborhood. Motion made and 2nd that the public hearing be closed, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED.  Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL PERMIT be DENIED for the reason that the use is not compatible with the neighborhood as required by Section 11.5.7 of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, and due to traffic, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

 

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On the petition by Richard O’Neil dba Masterwork Painting, Inc., 15 Temple Terrace. Bedford, Massachusetts 01730 for a special permit pursuant to Section 5.1.57b of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as Amended, for the accessory outside parking of commercial motor vehicles, in conjunction with the petitioner’s painting business and office in Unit 1 at 5 Crescent Avenue. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. A communication dated November 21, 2006 was received from Edmund P. Tarallo, Planning Director, as follows:

 

Re: Richard O’Neil, dba Masterwork Painting, Inc. – 5 Crescent Ave. Unit 1 – To allow for accessory outside parking of commercial motor vehicles

 

Dear Mr. Campbell and Members of the City Council:

 

At the Planning Board meeting held on November 14, 2006, the Board voted to forward a favorable recommendation to the City Council in accordance with the petitioner’s request for a Special Permit to allow for accessory outside parking of three commercial motor vehicles at 5 Crescent Avenue Unit 1.

 

If members of the City Council have any questions or concerns regarding the foregoing recommendation, please feel free to contact me.

 

Sincerely, s/Edmund P. Tarallo, Planning Director

 

Appearing for the petitioner was Attorney John D. McElhiney, McElhiney and Matson, 607 Main Street, Woburn, Massachusetts and he stated that the petitioner is renting property in Bedford now and will purchase a unit at the locus, that he will park up to three vehicles in three parking spaces directly in front of Unit 1, that the units have been marketed with three parking spaces, that the petitioner has two pick-up trucks, that there will be no ladders or staging stored on the vehicles overnight, that most of the interior space of the unit will be used for office and storage of painting equipment and staging, that there will be two pick-up trucks and two trailers with at most three parked outside and the fourth stored inside or off-site, that the use will not have impact on anyone, that the site is below grade, and that the vehicles will be registered in Woburn. Attorney McElhiney offered photographs of the trucks used by the petitioner for the City Council to review. Motion made and 2nd that the documents be received and made part of the record, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Richard O’Neil stated that the hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., that the employees will go direct to the job site, that there will be twelve employees, that a couple of employees will come to the site to pick up trucks and will park their vehicles in those parking spaces when they leave. Alderman Mercer-Bruen stated that she visited the locus again, that she checked with Bedford town officials on the petitioner’s business in that town, that she has no issue with pick-up trucks, that she has an issue with the site in general and the way it was developed, that she will take each petition on its own  but that if thirty vehicles are intended to be parked on the site there will be issues, that the Planning Board approved this with the understanding that vehicles would be parked inside and that the parking would be used by cars for those working there, and that she will request a condition against transferring the special permit. IN FAVOR: None. OPPOSED: None. Motion made and 2nd that the public hearing be closed, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED. Motion made and 2nd that the SPECIAL PERMIT be GRANTED, AS AMENDED with the conditions as follows: 1. That the vehicles associated with the business and stored on site shall be registered in the City of Woburn and 2. That the special permit is only for Richard O’Neil and is not transferable with the exception of a transfer to an immediate family member of Richard O’Neil or an entity for which Richard O’Neil is the primary or principal owner, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

 

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On the petition by Mishawum Properties, LLC, 215 Lexington Street, Woburn,

Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant all applicable sections of the 1985

Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as Amended, including with out limitation Section 12 and

Section 21, to allow for 210 elevator apartments, associated parking and access at Lot A, Mishawum Road. PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. A communication dated November 21, 2006 was received from Brett F. Gonsalves, Senior Engineer, as follows:

 

Subject: Mishawum Station Site Plan

 

This office is in the process of reviewing the above referenced materials and addition information that was submitted to this office on November 16th and will have comments for City Council and Planning Board by November 28, 2006.

 

If you have any questions concerning this information, do not hesitate to contact this office.

 

Appearing for the petitioner was Attorney James Mawn, Mawn and Mawn, 215 Lexington Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 and he stated that the proposal is for a redevelopment of the property referred to as Mishawum Station, that the property has been the subject of several prior hearings before various municipal boards and officers and has been well publicized in the local press, that the petitioner will redevelop the locus with a 50,000 square foot first class office building and four five-story high class residential buildings, that there will be underground parking, that there will be a reconstruction of entrances to the locus, that there will be a redevelopment of the railroad station with a kiss and ride facility, that the locus will have a park-like setting, that the petition addresses the impact on area roadways, that there will be less impact than the former use of the locus as a railroad station, that there is a substantial mitigation package, that the proposal has been designed in accordance with section 21 of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, and Smart Growth principles, that the apartment petition is for site plan review, that this is a special permit with a level of site plan review as a by right use, that they are awaiting input from the city engineer to material submitted to him for review, that smart growth developments are supported by the current and new gubernatorial administrations at the State House, that 200 residential units at the locus can get the MBTA back to the table to discuss the railroad station, that there is no guarantee that the railroad station will re-open but this can begin the discussion, that the residences will be owner occupied condominium units, that the last project proposed for the locus and this proposal are not Chapter 40R projects, that if this was a Chapter 40R project some zoning and other control would be abdicated to the State, that the condominium market is not as strong as when this project was conceived but the petitioners will make a commitment to develop what they represented previously and they intend to fulfill that commitment, that there is no plan to move the project onto Old Mishawum Road, that they have no agreement or control over the two properties on Old Mishawum Road, that the ordinance requires 10% of the residences dedicated to affordable housing, that most of the buildings are set back in excess of 100 feet, that the farthest westerly building is the closest point which is 33 feet from Old Mishawum Road/Mishawum Road terminus, that two driveways serve the lot, that the petitioner had the opportunity to purchase the first home on Mishawum Road and did so but they are not looking to purchase the other two houses, that something will be done with the home but not as part of this project, that the house was a mess when they purchased it but they have not done anything to this point as there was a potential that it may be incorporated into the larger project, and that they will look to improve that house. Attorney Mawn offered

the following documents to the City Council for review: 1. Transportation Study, Final Report prepared by Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc., 2. Development Impact Statement prepared by Allen & Major Associates, Inc., 3. Fiscal Impact Report prepared by Connery Associates, 4. Memorandum of the Woburn Fire Department, 5.

Memorandum of the Woburn Police Department, and 6. Project Summary. Motion made and 2nd that the documents be received and made part of the record, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). John Connery, Connery Associates, Melrose, Massachusetts stated that he prepared a fiscal impact statement for the locus based on the mixed use, that there will be a 50,000 square foot office building with visibility on Route 128, that this is a prime office space location, that the residences are a non-family oriented facility, that there are 25% one bedroom and 75% two bedroom units with no three bedroom units, that the units will be condominiums, that he analyzed the city’s school costs, that there will be approximately fifteen school age children residing in the residences, that $146,000.00 in school costs will be generated by the project, that they looked at other uses such as police, fire, election, city clerk and this resulted in $115,000.00 in general service costs, that there will be approximately $250,000.00 in costs to the community associated with the project, that based on an evaluation of revenue on sales the project will generate $519,000.00 in real estate tax revenue each year and $27,000.00 in motor vehicle excise tax, that approximately $546,000.00 of revenue will be generated each year from the project, that this provides approximately $300,000.00 in revenue for the community each year, that the residential component will always remain a net revenue gain, that the office project has a valuation of $76,000.00 net, that the project provides a net benefit to the community of approximately $375,000.00 per year, that there is a greater amount of revenue on the residences because there is more residential space in the project, that this is essentially a new tax source as this is currently a vacant lot, that there will be approximately $250,000.00 in permitting fees, that this will be a one time significant boost before the project is even started to be built, that the $64,000,000.00 value will be new growth for tax purposes, that the project will cost about 45¢ for every revenue dollar brought in by the project, that the project will always be a net fiscal benefit to the city, that this is not a strong location for all office use as it is a relatively small site of approximately seven acres, that a 150,000 square foot office building would generate approximately $218,000.00 net fiscal revenue to the city, that a mixed use produces approximately $375,000.00 net fiscal benefit to the city, that it would be difficult to market a 150,000 square foot office at the site, that a condominium development would be more marketable because of the transit opportunities, and that it is typically approximately $46,000.00 per parking space to construct underground parking. Joe San Clemente, Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc., 38 Chauncy Street, Boston,

Massachusetts 02111stated that he is the traffic consultant for the project, that they filed a revised study which look at the traffic impact of the project, that there will be 210 residential units and 50,000 square feet of office space, that there will be less impact on traffic than the former full service railroad station and airport shuttle drop-off service, that there will be less traffic than an all office project due to the mixed use component, that each intersection would not be adversely impacted incrementally by more than one letter grade, that there will be a signal installation at two locations and signal upgrades at three locations, that there will be a signal at the Mishawum Road/Industrial Parkway intersection, that they will widen the Mishawum Road approach to Industrial Parkway, that they will install a controller and video detection system at the intersection of School Street and Main Street and will signalize the Elm Street/Main Street intersection, that

70% to 75% of the traffic from the project will travel towards Industrial Parkway, that the Ryan Road/Industrial Parkway intersection is being used under capacity, that the traffic should be directed there rather than onto Mishawum Road, that 70% to 75% of the traffic will head east from the site, that the remaining 25% will be heading west, that this does not mean that all of the traffic will be heading to the highway but will be dispersed, that an all office use would be approximately 250 vehicle trips during the A.M. peak hour with 220 vehicles trips into the locus and 20 vehicles trips out of the locus, and that with a mixed use it would be approximately 210 vehicle trips during the A.M. peak hour with 100 vehicle trips into the locus and 100 vehicles trips leaving the locus. Tim Williams, Allen & Major Associates stated that they will close one curb cut and have two curb cuts which already exist on Mishawum Road, that there will be no interior ramps to the subsurface parking but rather they will use the surface grading to do so, that there will be an opportunity for shared parking on weekends, that there is no current discharge point, that there are currently drywells on the site, that they will be putting in three separate recharge systems which will reduce the runoff from the site, there is ample water capacity and water pressure servicing the site, and that there will be courtyards and hardscape treatments between the residential buildings. Alderman Ciriello stated that this is a good project for north Woburn, that it is hard not to compare this to the prior proposal for this locus which had 290 residences, a 200 room hotel and a fire station, that the last proposal had 1.2 parking spaces per residential unit and this project has two spaces per residential unit, that there was $550,000.00 in mitigation with the prior proposal and over $1,000,000.00 with this proposal, that the prior proposal would have buildings constructed right to the road but with this proposal the buildings will be built away from Mishawum Road, that he would not support a project if it would be detrimental to the neighborhood in north Woburn, that this is a quality project, that he would rather have a five story quality project than a four story poor quality project, and that there will be 10% affordable housing units in the development. Alderman Galvin stated that the prior proposal ended up being 290 residential units spread out over seven acres and a fire station, that the density of the proposal is the same, that most condominium residents leave the property in the morning and return at night which ahs the same impact as an office use, that the area would be much better off with all offices at the site, that this is not a State Chapter 40R project as there are only 10% affordable residential units and the state requires 20% affordable residential units, and Chapter 40R requires a higher density than is being considered with this proposal. Alderman Gonsalves stated that she has an open mind on this project because of the transit component, that she is not convinced that this is the final version of the proposal that she could support, and that she does not want an urban looking project but one that fits comfortably with the area. Alderman MercerBruen stated that there is no mitigation for Washington Street or Olympia Avenue in the proposal although these will be impacted by the development, and that the mitigation is far from being concluded for this project. Alderman Drapeau stated that this is a good project and he intends to support it. Alderman Gately stated that this will be a spectacular building and development, that he will support the project all the way through, that he is concerned about the six inch water main on Mishawum Road, and that he is looking for a water loop from Industrial Parkway back to Mishawum Road. IN FAVOR: William

Mulrenan, 4 Field Terrace stated that this is a good project, that the petitioner is a local businessperson, that the train station should be re-opened, and that the City Council should grant this special permit. Russ Richardson, 184 Mishawum Road stated that he is not in favor or against the proposal, that he is concerned with the proximity of the project to Old Mishawum Road, that nothing will be straightened out in the area until the Route 128/I-93 interchange is resolved, that the Route 128 traffic is diverted onto side streets such as Mishawum Road and Alfred Streets, and that the City Council should consider crosswalks with pedestrian lights. Bryan Melanson, 60 Glenwood Avenue stated that the project is worthy of a City Council vote, that nothing could improve this project, that downsizing could impact the potential railroad station, that there will be more control with the residential component, and that changing the project will only make it worse. OPPOSED: Patty Mistretta, 3 Woodside Terrance stated that she wants the City Council to look at reducing the density of the project, that the earlier petition stated that the cost per parking stall was $20,000.00 and this project is claiming a cost of $46,000.00 per parking stall, that she analyzed the cost of the project, that the profit on the project would be approximately $30,000,000.00, that the City Council can reduce the height of the buildings and the density to 170 units and there would still be a profit of approximately $20,000,000.00, and that there should be a commitment in writing from the MBTA on the railroad station. Ms. Mistretta offered a document to the City Council for review. Motion made and 2nd that the document be received and made part of the record, all in favor, 8-01 (Denaro absent). Ed Sullivan, 72 School Street stated that if the petitioner believes in the quality of the community then they will reduce the height of the buildings and the density. Paul Regan, 136 Mishawum Road stated that the MBTA is working to maximize use of Anderson Station, that they are losing money on parking at Anderson Station, and that they are unlikely to focus on marginal use at Mishawum Station to the detriment of Anderson Station. Pat Chisholm, 6 Forest Park Circle stated that this is a beautiful project on an empty lot, that this is a small area but 210 residential units and an office building are proposed, that once the condominium units are sold the petitioner will lose control, that there is no way to guarantee that 210 units will only result in twelve school age residents, that the traffic will be leaving and entering the site at all times of the day, and that she want to know the distance from Mishawum Road to the first building. Lori Medeiros, 9 Marietta Street stated that she wants to be on record expressing concern with the project, that this should not be a railroad flag stop but a full railroad stop, that mitigation should affect the surrounding area and she does not understand how mitigation is being dedicated to the Elm Street intersection, and that the project may be in Ward 6 but it will have a greater impact on Ward 4 and Ward 5. Pam Scribner, 1 Jan Terrace stated that she wants to know the intention of the petitioner regarding the three houses on Mishawum Road across from Jan Street, that the traffic starts at 6:30 a.m. and continues until 7:00 p.m., and that this project will be further detrimental to the traffic. Maria Hennessey, 6 Jan Street stated that she is concerned about the project and that she wants

the project scaled down. Motion made and 2nd that the PUBLIC HEARING be CONTINUED TO THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 2, 2007 AND THAT THE MATTER be REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL PERMITS FOR FURTHER REVIEW, all in favor 8-0-1

(Denaro absent).

 

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Motion made and 2nd that the public hearing on the prior petition and on the following petition be taken collectively, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

 

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On the petition by Mishawum Properties, LLC, 215 Lexington Street, Woburn,

Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to all applicable sections of the 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as Amended, including without limitation Section 11,

Section 12 and Section 5.30b to allow for a business, professional and general office over

15,000 square feet, associated parking and access at Lot B, Mishawum Road. PUBLIC

HEARING OPENED. SEE RECORD NOTES OF THE PRECEDING PUBLIC HEARING. Motion made and 2nd that the PUBLIC HEARING be CONTINUED TO

THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 2, 2007 AND

THAT THE MATTER be REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL PERMITS FOR FURTHER REVIEW, all in favor 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

POLICE AND LICENSE:

 

On the renewal of First Class Motor Vehicle Sales Licenses by Lannan Chevrolet-Olds, Inc.; Lannan Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Inc.; M&L Transit Systems, Inc.; and Woburn Foreign Motors, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORTS be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006     s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 28, 2006

 

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On the renewal of Second Class Motor Vehicle Sales Licenses by Capelo’s Auto Service,

Inc.; Francis Garbino dba Tom’s Auto Body; George J. Hamilton dba George’s Auto Body; J.C Auto Sales; Oliver McDermottroe and Bridget McDermottroe dba

McDermottroe Auto; Robert McSheffrey dba McSheffrey Auto Sales; McSheffrey Auto Sales, Inc.; Kenneth L. O’Connor dba City Line Motors; Jeffrey Pollock dba Exclusive

Automobiles; Donald J. Socorelis dba Woburn Glass Co.; Southside Associates, Inc. dba Burke’s Garage; Velozo Enterprises, Inc. dba Rogers Radiator; and Woburn Gas & Service, Inc., committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORTS be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006    s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 27, 2006, except for J.C. Auto Sales, George J. Hamilton dba George’s Auto Body, Francis Garbino dba Tom’s Auto Body and Capelo’s Auto Service, Inc. which were signed by His Honor the Mayor on November 28, 2006

 

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On the Order to transfer the sum of $6,267.00 from Medicare Match to Inspections Salary Temporary Help, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006     s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 27, 2006

 

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On the Order to appropriate the sum of $57,000.00 from Overlay Reserve to DPW, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006     s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 27, 2006

 

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On the Order to amend the 1989 Woburn Municipal Code, as amended, by adding a new Title 20 Sealer of Weights & Measures, committee report was received “ought to pass”. Motion made and 2nd that the COMMITTEE REPORT be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006     s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 27, 2006

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CITIZEN’S PARTICIPATION:  None.

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NEW PETITIONS:

 

Petitions for renewal of Second Class Motor Vehicle Sales Licenses by: Enterprise RentA-Car Company of Boston, Inc., 248 Mishawum Road; Joseph P. Mahoney Co., Inc., 293

Salem Street; and Ollies Service Center, 310 Main Street. Motion made and 2nd that the

MATTERS be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON POLICE AND LICENSES, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

 

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Petition for renewal of Third Class Motor Vehicle Sales License by Woburn Truck and

Auto, Inc., 1095R Main Street. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTERS be REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON POLICE AND LICENSES, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS:

 

A copy of a communication dated November 14, 2006 to the Massachusetts Historical Commission from Tracey A. Harwood, Chair, Woburn Historical Commission was received relative to submission of inventory forms for inclusion of six properties in the area of Woburn known as “Newbridge Village” on the State Register. Motion made and 2nd that the MATTER be RECEIVED AND PLACED ON FILE, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF PRECEDING MEETING:  None.

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APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTIONS:  None.

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MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS:

 

RESOLVED That the Traffic Commission implement traffic calming measures on Washington Street starting from the Mill Street/Washington Circle intersection to Salem Street as this is a residentially dense section of Washington Street and excessive speeds during off peak hours are common and dangerous.

 

s/Alderman Mercer-Bruen

 

Motion made and 2nd that the RESOLVE be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006     s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 27, 2006

 

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RESOLVED That the Traffic Commission re-study and resubmit traffic data for a reduction of the speed limit for motor vehicles on Washington Street abutting Leland Park.

 

s/Alderman Mercer-Bruen

 

Motion made and 2nd that the RESOLVE be ADOPTED, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent).

Presented the Mayor: November 22, 2006     s/Thomas L. McLaughlin Nov. 27, 2006 _________________________

 

Motion made and 2nd to ADJOURN, all in favor, 8-0-1 (Denaro absent). Meeting adjourned at 11:12 p.m.

 

A TRUE RECORD ATTEST:

 

 

 

William C. Campbell

City Clerk and Clerk of the City Council

 

 

 

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