City Council Agenda
The City Council will also consider the following items when it meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Puchalski Municipal Building:
∎ An adjustment in the living wage for 2013 equal to $12.78 an hour. The council agreed in a 2009 resolution to recognize businesses and government entities that pay employees a living wage. That wage last year was equal to $12.52 an hour.
∎ A move to refer petitions to convert Bradford Street, Bright Avenue, Church Street, Glendale Avenue, Warner Row, Edgewood Terrace and Baker Hill Road from private ways into public streets to the Planning Board and Board of Public Works.
∎ A presentation from Mayor David J. Narkewicz and others about the city’s involvement in a municipal performance management program.
∎ A financial order that calls for the approval of a five-year contract with Verizon for telephone lines and related systems.
∎ A financial order to appropriate $112,354 from the city’s free cash account to cover expenses in five accounts, including $50,000 for legal services and $40,000 for unemployment. The rest of the money would go to the city clerk’s office to cover election-related expenses.
∎ A transfer of $20,000 from the mayor’s permanent salary budget to the mayor’s operation and maintenance budget to pay for contract services.
∎ A second vote to accept the donation for the planting of shade trees in public ways from residents Rob Postel, Andrew Putnam and other volunteers.
∎ Ordinance changes to remove the mayor from the Finance Committee and from the Committee on Economic Development, Housing and Land Use. Under the change to comply with the city’s new charter, the Finance Committee would include four councilors, while EDLU would include four councilors and a mayoral selection.
∎ A pair of ordinance changes involving parking on Henshaw Avenue.
∎ A zoning amendment that would merge two similar overlapping sections. The change would also clarify commercial uses allowed through special permit in cluster developments.
∎ An ordinance amendment that would rezone densely developed residential properties between Barrett Street and Bridge Road from urban residential B to urban residential C. The change will bring two large multi-family parcels closer to compliance with zoning rules.
— CHAD CAIN