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Medford City Council

The Thirty-seventh Regular Meeting


Medford, Massachusetts
December 8, 2015

City Council
Frederick N. Dello Russo, Jr., President
Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Vice President
Paul A. Camuso
Richard F. Caraviello
Adam Knight
Michael J. Marks
Robert M. Penta
Council President Frederick N. Dello Russo, Jr., called the Thirty-seventh
Regular Meeting of the Medford City Council to order at 7:00 P.M at the Howard
F. Alden Memorial Auditorium, Medford City Hall.

ROLL CALL
SALUTE TO THE FLAG
RECORDS
The Records of the Meeting of December 1, 2015 were passed to Councillor
Caraviello
HEARINGS
15-757
TAX HEARING
LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
CITY OF MEDFORD
A Public Hearing will be held by the Medford City Council in the Howard F. Alden
Memorial Chambers, City Hall, Medford, MA., on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at
7:00 P.M.

The purpose of the hearing is to hear the Board of Assessors on the following
items for the purpose of allocation of the FY 2016 Property Tax.
1.
2.
3.
4.

To determine the residential factor to be used for FY 2016


Select an open space discount
Select a residential exemption
Select a small commercial exemption

Call 781-393-2425 for any aids/accommodations. T.D.D. 781-393-2516. The City


of Medford is an EEO/AA/504 Employer.
By Order of the Medford City Council
S/Edward P. Finn, City Clerk

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS


15-788-Offered by Councillor Knight
Be It Resolved a representative from Tufts University meet with the Council to
explain the function of TEMS. Be it further resolved representatives from the
Police Department, Fire Department, and Armstrong Ambulance be requested to
attend.
15-789- Offered by Councillor Knight
Be It Resolved that the Traffic Commission forward to the Council an update on
their deliberations regarding Citywide resident permit parking.
15-790- Offered by Vice President Lungo-Koehn
Be It Resolved that the office of energy and environment update the City Council
with regard to what has been done and what is scheduled to be done from the
city's standpoint regarding water conservation within city buildings
15-791- Offered by Councillor Penta
Be It Resolved that one's freedom to speak at or before a city council meeting be
discussed.
15-792- Offered by Councillor Penta
Be It Resolved that the matter of the school department cafeteria employees that
was discussed at our budget meetings be reviewed.
15-793- Offered by Councillor Penta
Be It Resolved that Medford residents Henry and Evelyne Milorin be awarded a
council citation for their continuing supporting work within the disability
community within Medford and with surrounding communities. Their efforts were
most recently recognized at the November meeting of ARC, a nationally
recognized organization that deals with the intellectual and physical disabilities of
those less fortunate.

15-795-Offered by Vice President Lungo-Koehn


Be It Resolved that the proposed tax levy be reduced by one million dollars,
which is less than half of the amount we put into free cash from last year's
budget.
PETITIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND SIMILAR MATTERS
15-794Petition by Andrew P. Castagnetti, 23 Cushing St, Medford, MA asking
the council to adopt M G L Ch 59, Sec 56 for owner occupied real estate exemption.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR


15-796December 3, 2015
To The Honorable President
and Members of he Medford City Council
City Hall
Medford, MA
Dear Mr. President and City Councillors:
I respectfully request and recommend that your Honorable Body approve the
transfers from overlay surplus to Revaluation account 010-141-5310 totaling
$250,000 as outlined in the attached memo from the City Assessor and the
Board of Assessors.
This amount will fund the state mandated revaluation of all real and personal
property in the City required by the Bureau of Local Assessment of the Dept. of
Revenue.
The City Assessor, Ed ONeil and City Auditor, Anne Baker are present this
evening to answer any questions you may have.
Very truly yours,
(SIGNATURE FILE/PAPER)
Michael J. McGlynn, Mayor

COMMITTEE REPORTS

15-784- Committee of the Whole Meeting Report from December 1, 2015 on


FY 16 Property Tax Rate

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

'15-605

Hearing National Grid & Verizon Canal St


IN CITY COUNCIL

'15-736

AUGUST 11, 2015

TABLED

Loan Order Winthrop Street Drainage Project $350,000


IN CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

TABLED

IN CITY COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 17, 2015

TABLED

IN CITY COUNCIL

DECEMBER 1, 2015

1ST READING
PASSED

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

COUNCIL PAPERS IN COMMITTEE


Reports Due/ Deadlines
Records:
The Records of the Meeting of December 1, 2015 were passed to
Councillor Caraviello
Adjournment: