The Regular Meeting of the 25th Board of Representatives of the City of Stamford will be held Monday, May 4, 1999 at 8:00 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers of the Board of Representatives in the Government Center, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, Connecticut.
The meeting was called to order at 8:30 p.m.
INVOCATION: Led by Rep. Poltrack.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG: Led by President Carmen L. Domonkos.
ROLL CALL: Conducted by Acting Clerk of the Board Ellen Mellis. There were thirty-five members present; the following representatives were excused: Reps. Summerville, DePina and Nanos; the following representatives were absent: Reps. Drucker and Gaztambide.
MACHINE TEST VOTE: The machine was in good working order.
FILLING OF VACANCY: President Domonkos read a letter of resignation from Rep. Drucker.
President Domonkos declared the seat in the 12th District open and asked for nominations.
Rep. Loglisci stated he was sorry to see Rachel leave as she was a very competent member of the Board. He stated that he is pleased to present for the Boards approval a distinguished gentleman with a wonderful reputation for competency, hard work and community help. Among his many activities, he has been a member of the Smith House Board of Directors since 1995, part of the medical director search committee, helped with the Stamford Health Department as acting Director of Health from October of 1998 until recently. He has been a member of the Health Commission, and has also been a coordinator with Dr. McBride on lead testing, asthma screening, pulmonary testing, health fairs and juvenile violence survey, among other things. He has been a very active member of the Council of Churches and Synagogues and the Glenbrook Memorial Church.
Some of his professional highlights include: he is the president of the Conrad Group, the publisher of Conrad Notes; the senior director for research at Purdue Frederick; assistant professor and visiting lecturer at New York Medical College from 1989 to 1998. He is also a member of many professional groups.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science from Holy Cross, a Master of Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Doctor of Philosophy from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Master of Public Health from New York Medical College. Rep. Loglisci added that his credentials will certainly be an asset to this Board. Rep. Loglisci stated he was pleased to introduce Dr. Eugene Conrad as Rep. Druckers replacement. Said motion was seconded. Upon motion duly made and seconded and approved by unanimous voice vote, the nominations were closed. Dr. Conrads nomination was approved by unanimous voice vote.
President Domonkos administered the oath of office. President Domonkos stated that Rep. Conrad will be voting from former Rep. Druckers seat.
MOMENTS OF SILENCE: For the late:
Upon motion duly made and seconded and approved by unanimous voice vote, the Steering Committee Report was waived.
Chair Esposito reported that the Appointments Committee met on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. Present were Committee Member Reps. Boccuzzi, Blackwell, Corelli, Esposito, Fortunato, and Mellis; Rep. Giordano; invited members of the Charter Revision Commission, Mr. Mallozzi, Callion, Lyons and Cuttita; members of the Parks & Recreation Commission, Mr. Martino and Mr. Corelli.
Chair Esposito reported that the Committee originally voted 5-0-1 to place this item on Consent, however, the committee is now recommending to hold the matter. Said motion was seconded and approved by unanimous voice vote.
Chair Esposito that members of the Charter Revision Commission were in attendance, and the item was placed on the Agenda as a result of reports the Committee received that this Commission felt it had no other function other than an advisory function. Chair Esposito forwarded a letter to Pat Broom, at the Committees recommendation, which everyone received a copy of. It was the Committees conclusion, based on what it heard from the Charter Revision Commission, that apparently the Operations Department has been running the Parks & Recreation function outside of the purview of charter-mandated requirements. Further, the Parks & Recreation Commission has the power to establish rules and regulations for the operation of the parks, and apparently, this has not been done.
The Committee invited Pat Broom to its next meeting on June 1, 1999, and members of the Parks & Recreation Commission and any members of the Board who are interested in attending to see how this situation can be rectified.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Consent Agenda, consisting of Item Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 6 through 9, was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Chair Martin reported that the Fiscal Committee met on Monday, April 19, 1999 for its regular monthly meeting. Present were Committee Member Reps. Martin, Owens, Mellis, DeLuca, Giordano, Loglisci and Poltrack.
Chair Martin reported that the amount submitted was $25,000, and the Fiscal Committee recommends approval of $15,000, by a vote of 6-2-0. Chair Martin moved the item; said motion was seconded. Chair Martin added that the primary reason the funds were required was an increase in the number of vacancies, and the size and quality of advertisements has gone up, but primarily due to the increased circulation using the Connecticut Post rather than the Stamford Advocate in order to reach a wider audience. For example, they were not getting an adequate number of responses for nurses at Smith House using just the Stamford Advocate.
At the meeting, Human Resources personnel admitted that they would only be using about $15,000 for the rest of the year.
The item was approved by voice vote, with Rep. DeLuca opposed.
Chair Martin stated that the Committee had a discussion with Director Hamilton and OPM Director Dena Diorio regarding the projected results of operations vs. the budget for the current fiscal year. The bottom line is that this time they are projecting an approximately $3 million surplus by year end, however, it is their anticipation that some of the seasonal funds are probably going to increase during the spring months. On the revenue side, the City is ahead by $662,000, primarily in "other" revenues, which is in fact coming from encumbrances. The larger issue is that we are down on revenues from projected with regard to tax appeals and transfer station revenue.
On the expense side, the City is running some very favorable savings in salaries, net of overtime, which is running ahead of budget. We are still approximately $1.8 to the black primarily from unplanned vacancies. We are also approximately $1.4 million ahead in costs for haulaway, which is offset for the most part by a reduction in revenue. Finally, the City is approximately $1.6 million ahead on the insurance primarily due to better management of the medical plans and workers compensation.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Consent Agenda, consisting of Item Nos. 2 through 5, 7 and 8, was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Chair Nakian reported that the Legislative & Rules Committee met on Monday, April 26, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. Present were Committee Member Reps. Nakian, MacInnis, Mitchell, Gasparrini, Skigen, Spandow, Day, Sherer and Fedeli. Rep. Lasko was excused. Also present were Reps. DeLuca, Giordano, Loglisci, White, Owens, Zelinsky; Stephen Dougherty, Executive Director, Laurel House.
Chair Nakian reported that a public hearing was held on No. 1, and no one from the public appeared to speak. Chair Nakian stated that the resolution should say: "Now, therefore, be it resolved, by the 25th Board of Representatives." The current document says the "24th Board."
The item was held while Corporation Counsel investigates the issue of enforcement of this ordinance.
Chair Nakian reported that this item is also being held pending additional information from the Law Department.
Rep. Shapiro stated that before tomorrow nights caucuses, any representative can go to the 9th Floor to view the room where the cameras are located.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Consent Agenda, consisting of Item Nos. 1 and 2, was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Chair Skigen reported that the Personnel Committee met on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. Present were Committee Member Reps. Loglisci, MacInnis, Fortunato and Skigen; Deputy Fire Chief Brown; Bill Stover, Tom Hamilton; and Fred Manfredonia.
Rep. Zelinsky stated that the term of employment is 35 months beginning March 15, 1999. Rep. Skigen stated it was a typographical error, and the new contract has a corrected start date of May 15, 1999. Rep. Zelinsky also stated that insurance was scheduled to start July 1, 1999, and he questioned if this date would still be correct. Rep. Skigen replied that the insurance date would not change. Rep. Zelinsky asked if everyone has a ninety day waiting period for insurance coverage to begin. Rep. Skigen explained that this employee actually started work on March 15, 1999. Rep. Zelinsky asked why the contract didnt come earlier, and Rep. Skigen replied that grant funds came available earlier than expected.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, Item No. P25.050 was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Upon motion duly made and seconded and approved by unanimous voice vote, the Secondary Committee Report was waived.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Consent Agenda, consisting of Item No. 2, was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Rep. Skigen reported that at the Personnel Committee meeting, an update of the AG Consulting contract was given. He stated that the Board President had requested that the administration keep both the Fiscal and Personnel Committees informed prior to the City agreeing to enter into Phase II of the AG contract. Tom Hamilton, Fred Manfredonia and John Lindquist as well as several representatives of AG reported on Phase I of the contract and discussed Phase II. Rep. Skigen stated that everyone should have received information in the mail about the HRIS PeopleSoft implementation that gives a broad description of what has been implemented and what will be implemented . The preliminary results have been good, and the administration is planning to go forward with Phase II. There were no strong objections by committee members, and since the Board approved the entire contract, no further action is required by this Board.
The Land Use Committee met on Monday, April 26, 1999, in conjunction with the Legislative & Rules Committee. Present were Committee Member Reps. Spandow, Shapiro, Loglisci, Nakian and White. The Committee considered (as secondary committee) the Legislative & Rules Item No. LR25.060, the resolution approving the purchase of 4.78 acres of property at Harbor Drive. This item was approved 5-0-0.
The Land Use Committee also met on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, in conjunction with Urban Redevelopment. The Committee considered (as secondary committee) the Urban Redevelopment Commissions actions regarding the Mill River. No vote was taken.
Chair Fortunato reported that the Public Safety & Health Committee had to cancel its meeting, and the items will be taken up next month.
Chair Mellis reported that the Education Committee met on Wednesday, April 21, 1999. Present were Committee Member Reps. Day, Giordano, Nabel, Poltrack and Mellis. Excused were Reps. Green-Carter and Esposito. Reps. Alswanger and Imbrogno were absent. Also present were Michael Nast, Linda Hautala, David Merkle, Joe Flick from Black & Veatch, Patricia Broom, Tony LoFaso, Dominick Garzone; Rep. Loglisci; Board of Education Members John Leydon, Bob King and Dudley Williams.
Rep. Mellis stated that a report has been provided to all representatives. She summarized the report by saying that Joe Flick of Black & Veatch outlined the purpose of the study and the feasibility of combining Board of Education and City services in the areas of information technology, financial services, buildings and grounds and human resources. Progress has been made in combining in the area of technology and buildings and grounds, however, there is still a lot of work to be done. Rep. Mellis recommended that her Committee re-visit this item in six months.
Chair Shapiro stated that the Urban Redevelopment Committee met on Tuesday, April 27, 1999. Present were Committee Member Reps. Shapiro, Gasparrini, Corelli, Martin, Nakian, ONeill and MacInnis.
Chair Shapiro reported that approximately one month ago the Urban Redevelopment Committee sent a list of items to the URC for clarification or revision. One of the items was a request for alternative sites for the senior housing that would be moved from 26 Main Street as well as some units on Greenwich Avenue. The seniors had repeatedly stated to the Committee that they did not like the sites the URC had picked out for them. (These sites were on either side of 22 Clinton Avenue.) Chair Shapiro circulated a list of the alternatives that the URC presented (attached to and made a part hereof).
Chair Shapiro stated that the URC came back with six alternatives. The Committee reviewed them, and immediately ruled out Options 2 and 6 as the seniors required accessibility to downtown but not be marginalized in an over-crowded and unfriendly environment. Option 3 did not comply with HUD requirements as there can be no retail on the main floor. The Committee felt Option 5 might be incongruous with the neighborhood as it backs up to 1 and 2 family housing, and a large building for seniors would not flow very well.
Chair Shapiro stated the URC presented the Committee with a speculative list of opportunity costs if any of the choices (other than their first choice) were selected. It was the Committees feeling that a society is known by how it takes care of its weakest members. These are senior citizens, many of whom are of limited means, and if we care for these people, we would be saying something very good about our community. So, opportunity costs aside, the Committee decided to look at some real alternatives for these residents. Therefore, the Committee felt that Lots 4 and 7 presented the best opportunity to do that. Lot 7 is caddy-corner to where the seniors are now, just across the river, and only a few hundred yards from where they are currently located. Similarly, Lot 4 is on the park, close to stores and downtown, and other tall buildings will be around it, but it is much more peaceful than on Clinton Avenue (choice 1).
Chair Shapiro stated the Committee will meet with the seniors along with the URC and Representative Summerville-McAllister a week from Friday to see what alternatives they choose.
Chair Mitchell reported that the Housing/Community Development/Social Services Committee met on Monday, April 19, 1999. Present were Committee Member Reps. Blackwell, Cannady, Green-Carter, Giordano, Mellis and Mitchell. The Committee also met on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. Present were Committee Member Reps. Blackwell, Giordano, Mellis and Mitchell.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the Consent Agenda, consisting of Item No. 1, was approved by voice vote (Rep. Sherer abstaining).
1. President Domonkos reminded all representatives to contact committee chairs if they are unable to attend a committee meeting.
2. President Domonkos reminded all representatives that tomorrow night would be the budget meeting; budget books were provided to all representatives this evening.
Upon motion duly made and seconded and approved by unanimous voice vote, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.
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