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  • CITYCOUNCILMEETING

    MUNICIPALCOMPLEX PORTSMOUTH,NHDATE:MONDAY,NOVEMBER24,2008 TIME:7:00PM[orthereafter]

    At6:00p.m.,aJointWorkSessionwiththeSchoolBoardwasheldregardingtheMiddleSchool.

    I. CALLTOORDER

    MayorFerrinicalledthemeetingtoorderat7:35p.m.

    II. ROLLCALL

    Present: MayorFerrini,AssistantMayorBlalock,CouncilorsNovellineClayburgh,Dwyer,Smith,Kennedy,Spear,HejtmanekandPantelakos

    III. INVOCATION

    MayorFerriniaskedeveryonetojoininamomentofsilentprayer.

    IV. PLEDGEOFALLEGIANCE

    CouncilorHejtmanekledinthePledgeofAllegiancetotheFlag.

    MAYORSAWARD

    1. PortsmouthHighSchoolGirlsVolleyballTeamDivisionIIStateChampions

    MayorsAwards and shirtswere presentedbyMayorFerrini to thePortsmouthHighSchoolGirlsVolleyballTeamDivisionIIStateChampions.

    PROCLAMATION(NotonAgenda)

    1. BuyLocalFirstWeek

    Councilor Smith read the Proclamation declaring December 1, 2008 through December 7,2008asBuyLocalFirstWeek.

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    PRESENTATION

    1. ReportBackfromBlueRibbonCommitteeonHousing

    MayorFerrini thankedthemembersof thiscommittee for thelonghoursandhardwork theyhaveputintothisproject.HeturnedthemeetingovertoDavidMoore,AssistantCommunityDevelopmentDirectorforthepresentation.

    David Moore, Assistant Community Development Director, stated that the Citys greatesthousingchallengeistofindcreative,nonfederalsolutionstocreatehousingopportunitiesthatareaffordabletoPortsmouthsmiddleclasswageearners,earningbetween80%and120%ofmedianfamilyincome,orbetween$55,350and$83,484forafamilyofthree.Hestatedthatinrecognitionofthischallenge,earlythisyearthePortsmouthCityCouncilestablishedtheBlueRibbonCommitteeonHousingandchargedtheCommitteewithdevelopingaroadmap,orguidance document, on local housing options and issues identifying creative solutions toaddressthoseissuesanddevelopingashortlistofpolicyandactionitemsthatcouldbetakenbytheCityandotherstoincreaseaffordablehousingoptions. Hestatedthatthekeyfactsthatthecommitteeworkedwithare the jobshousingimbalance, therentalcostwage imbalance,thepurchasepricewageimbalanceandtheCitysverylimiteddevelopableland.Hespoketomany issues and solutions the committee had discussed and summarized with a list ofsolutions ranging fromhighpriority/immediate, shortterm,ongoingprioritiesand longer termpriorities.

    CouncilorDwyerstated that theCommitteesworkhas takenplacein thecontextof recentlyenactedStateWorkforceHousingLaw,whichrequires thatmunicipalitiesprovidereasonableandrealisticopportunities for thedevelopmentofworkforcehousingbycompellingcitiesandtowns to make regulatory changes at the local level such that workforce and multifamilyhousingispermitted.Shesaidthatnewstatelawdoesallowforexistinglocalhousingstocktobe considered in determiningwhether a community ismeeting its fair share of the regionalhousingneed. Shestated that these issuesare importantandeveryeffort shouldbemadecitywidetoidentifypracticalsolutions.

    V. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OCTOBER 6, 2008, OCTOBER 20, 2008 &NOVEMBER10,2008

    CouncilorSmithmovedtoapproveandaccepttheminutesoftheOctober6,2008,October20,2008andNovember10,2008CityCouncilmeetings.SecondedbyCouncilorPantelakosandvoted.

    CouncilorSmithspoke to theoutstanding jobdonebytheCityClerksoffice. Hestated thatCityClerkBarnabyhonoredtheCityofPortsmouthbyhostingaverysuccessfulNewEnglandAssociationofCityandTownClerksConferenceonNovember19th through21st,2008. Hestatedthatduetohercompassionandunderstandingoflocalgovernment,shewassworninasPresidentoftheNewEnglandAssociationofCityandTownClerks.

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    VI. PUBLICCOMMENTSESSION

    RobertHassoldspokeconcerningparkingmeterhours.Herequested that theCityrollbackthemeterhours from7:00p.m. to5:00p.m.asofJanuary1,2009. Hestated thatwiththeweakeconomy,themeterhoursdiscouragepeoplefromvisitingdowntownbusinesses.

    TomHolbrook,PresidentofSeacoastLocalspoke to theLetter fromVickiSimpson, (H)EATvolunteerandlocalrunnerandtheirproposed5KRoadRaceonNewYearsDay,January1,2009. He stated that this campaign is trying to raise $50,000 to help needy residents inPortsmouthandKitterytopayforfoodandhomeheatingthiswinter.Hesaidthat(H)EATwillberunningeventsallwintertoraisemoneyforthisproject.

    JoelCarpspokeregardingthepublichearingonthePortofNewHampshirescontractrenewaltobeheldbythePeaseDevelopmentAuthorityonNovember25,2008.HestatedthathehasbeentryingtogainCouncilsupporttodenythiscontractformanymonthsandhasbeentoldthat thereisnorealneedtodiscuss this furtherasnothingnew isgoingon. Hestated thatnothinghaschangedandheurgedpeopletocometothehearingtomorrowat4:00p.m.andvoicetheiroppositiontothiscontract.

    VII. APPROVALOFGRANTS/DONATIONS

    A. AcceptanceofDonationtotheCoalitionLegalFund TownofHebron$1,000.00

    CouncilorKennedymovedtoapproveandacceptthedonationfromtheTownofHebronintheamountof$1,000.00tobeplacedintheCoalitionLegalFund.SecondedbyCouncilorSmithandvoted.

    VIII. CONSIDERATIONOFRESOLUTIONSANDORDINANCES

    A. FirstreadingofOrdinanceamendingChapter7,ArticleIII,Section7.330NoParkingMiddleRoadNortherlysidefromSylvesterStreettoSwettAvenue

    CouncilorSmithmovedtopassfirstreadingandholdapublichearingandsecondreadingoftheproposedordinance,assubmitted,attheDecember15thCityCouncilmeeting. SecondedbyCouncilorPantelakosandvoted.

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    B. FirstreadingofOrdinanceamendingChapter7,ArticleIII,Section7.330NoParkingMechanicStreet:

    Southerlyside,fromMarcyStreettothePeirceIslandBridge Northerlyside,fromMarcyStreettothePeirceIslandBridgebetweenthe

    hoursof11:00p.m.and6:00a.m. Westerlyside,fromPeirceIslandRoadtoapoint86feetnorthofGates

    Street

    CouncilorSmithmovedtopassfirstreadingandholdapublichearingandsecondreadingoftheproposedordinance,assubmitted,attheDecember15thCityCouncilmeeting. SecondedbyCouncilorPantelakosandvoted.

    IX. CONSENTAGENDA

    (TherearenoitemsonthissectionoftheAgendathisevening)

    X. PRESENTATION&CONSIDERATIONOFWRITTENCOMMUNICATIONS&PETITIONS

    A. Letterfrom SarahHamillandresidents,regardingreplacementforAlumniField

    CouncilorPantelakosmovedtorefertotheCityManagerwithpower.SecondedbyCouncilorHejtmanekandvoted.

    B. LetterfromJohnRicci,ChairmanPortsmouthPlanningBoard,Re:ReappointmentofPlanningBoardMemberDonaldCoker

    CouncilorPantelakosmovedtoacceptandplaceonfile.SecondedbyCouncilorKennedyandvoted.

    C. LetterfromVickiSimpson,(H)EATvolunteerandlocalrunner,Re:RoadRace

    Councilor Smith moved to refer to the City Manager with power. Seconded by CouncilorPantelakosandvoted.

    CityManagerBohenkostatedthatsincethisis(H)EATsfirsttimesubmittingforaRoadRace,thathewoulddiscussallthesafetymattersinvolvedinhavingaRoadRaceinthewinter.

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    XI. REPORTSANDCOMMUNICATIONSFROMCITYOFFICIALS

    A. CITYMANAGER

    1. BartlettIslingtonStreetSewerSeparationProject

    CityManager Bohenko stated that in order to commence the BartlettIslington Street sewerseparationproject,staffrequiresinputfromtheCityCouncilregardingtheacquisition,ornot,ofcertain property interests for the project. He said that in February 2008 the City Councilauthorized the acceptance of all the remaining easements necessary for the project. HefurtherstatedthatastheCitystaffproceededwiththeproject,oneofthepropertyownershadachangeofheart.TheCitystaffhasincorporatedtherequiredconditionsintothisprojectandin spite of these efforts and at the 11th hour, the property owner requested financialcompensation for theeasement that theCitystaffbelieves is inexcessof fairmarket value.HeturnedthemeetingovertoPeterRice,CityEngineerforWater&SewerDivision.

    PeterRice,CityEngineer forWater&SewerDivision,stated thattheBartlettIslingtonStreetSewerSeparationProject isrequiredbytheEPAtoeliminateflooding.Hediscussedthesixalternatives that were reviewed. He stated that the best alternative was the north side ofBartlettStreet.Mr.Ricereviewedthestepsalreadytakeninthisprojectasthefollowing:

    Initial discussion with 653 Islington Street property owner indicated easement wasacceptablewithconditions

    Negotiatedothereasements Performed11,000sqfteasementtakingonrailroadproperty($20K) Negotiatedadditionaleasementtoensurealternativeaccessto653Islington Eleventh hour property owner had a changeof heart and requested compensation in

    excessofwhattheCitywaswillingtopay2,000sqfteasement.

    CityManager Bohenko stated that if we do not take this easement by eminent domain wewouldhavetocloseBartlettStreetfor90dayswhichwouldimpactmultiplebusinesses.CityAttorneyWoodwardstatedthattheCityCouncilcouldscheduleaPublicNecessityhearingforthe proposedacquisition in January 2009. She further stated thatwe are in the processofgettingafairmarketappraisalonthisproperty.CityManagerBohenkostatedthatduringthisprocess City staff will continue dialog with the property owner in an effort to secure theeasementwithouthavingtocompletethetaking.

    Councilor Pantelakosmoved to authorize theCityManager to schedule a Public NecessityhearingataJanuary2009meetingforthepurposeofacquiringthenecessaryeasementsoverthepropertyof653IslingtonStreet. SecondedbyCouncilorNovellineClayburgh.

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    CouncilorDwyeraskedwhattheexpensewouldbeforthisbusinessowner.PeterRicestatedthat the City has worked with various business owners to allow access to his property.CouncilorKennedyaskedhowlong this projectwould take. PeterRice stated that itwouldtakeabout30days,butwouldbecompletedinphasessoasnottoshuthisbusinessdown.Mr.Rice furtherstated that thereispresentlyaneasementunderhisproperty thathewillbegivenback.CityManagerBohenkostatedthateminentdomainisnotalwaysabadthingforthebettergoodofthecommunity. PeterRicestatedthattheyarestillplanningtheprojectforthebusinessownersoffseason.

    Motionpassed.

    2. RequesttoExtendtheDeckLeaseAgreementforPocoDiablo,Inc.

    CityManagerBohenkostatedthatPocoDiablo,Inc.isaskingtoextendtheDeckLeaseAgreementuntilNovember30,2013.HesaidthecurrentleaseexpiredNovember1,2008.HefurtherstatedthattheCityisnotinfavorofafiveyearextension.HesaidthatthecurrentplanforthisareaistoworkwithpropertyownersadjacenttotheCityownedparcelwherePocosdeckislocatedtodesignanumberofinfrastructureupgradesforthisarea.HestatedthattheseimprovementscannotproceeduntilthePocodeckisrelocatedanda5yearextensionwoulddelaythoseimprovementsforatleast5years.HesaidaoneyearextensionseemsappropriateinthatitwillallowtheCitytimetoworkwithadjacentpropertyownerstodesignandpermittheseimprovements.Hefurtherstatedthatwhileaoneyearextensionisnotofconcernintermsofissuingafoodservicepermit,staffbelievescostlydeckupgradeswouldbeneededoverthecourseofmultipleyearsinordertomeetfoodservicerequirements.

    AssistantMayorBlalockrescuedhimselfasheisabusinessownerinthisarea.

    CouncilorPantelakosmoved toholdanonpublicsessionwithCityAttorneySullivan,Mr.Golumb,President,PocoDiabloandMr.DiLorenzo,Propertyowner.SecondedbySmith.

    Councilor Kennedy stated that she agrees with Councilor Pantelakos. CouncilorNovellineClayburghsaid thatshe isconfusedabout thedeckand the landexchangeand would like a work session in order to better understand the circumstances.Councilor Smith stated that hewas in favor of awork session to discuss thismatterfurtherwiththeowners.

    CouncilorSmithmovedtosuspendtherulestoallowMr.Golumbtospeaktoadatethatwouldbeconvenienttobothowners. SecondedbyCouncilorNovellineClayburghandvoted.

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    JohnGolumb, President of PocoDiablo asked if the proposed datewas for January2009. Mayor Ferrini stated that it was. Mr. Golumb also asked if the Council wasrequestingbothhimandMr.Dilorenzo.MayorFerrinistatedthatthiswascorrect.Mr.GolumbrequestedthathebeallowedtocheckwithMr.DilorenzoandgetbackwiththeCouncilonanavailabledate.MayorFerrinistatedthatwouldbeacceptable. CouncilorSmith asked if the current expired lease would remain in place until this matter isresolved. CityManagerBohenkostatedthatitwould. CouncilorPantelakosrequestedif City Attorney Sullivan would explain how a Planning Board makes a decision thatsomething isdemolishedbeforeanypaperworkcanbepassed. CouncilorHejtmanekstated that if it stipulated that the deck has to be torn down before the land transfertakesplacehowMr.GolumbgetsapprovalsfromtheHistoricDistrictCommissionandthe Planning Board. City Manager Bohenko stated that he understands that Mr.Golumb has many of his approvals already. Mr. Golumb stated that he only haspreliminaryapprovals. CouncilorHejtmanekaskedifhecangettheapprovalswithoutowningtheland.CityManagerBohenkostatedthathecan. MayorFerrinistatedthatMr.Golumbmightwanttocompletethisprocess.

    MayorFerrini stated thatwearegoing to table thediscussionon thismatteruntil thefirstreasonablemeetinginJanuary2009. Motionpassed.

    3. FairPointProposedPilotofInternetProtocolTelevision(IPTV)Technology

    CityManagerBohenkostatedthatMr.Gregg,ChairoftheCableCommissionwasavailabletoansweranyquestionstheCouncilorsmighthave.

    CouncilorSmithmovedtosuspendtherulestohaveMr.GreggexplaintheProposedPilotofInternetProtocolTelevision(IPTV)Technology.SecondedbyCouncilorPantelakosandvoted.

    JohnGregg,Chair,CableCommissionstatedthattheCommissionhasbeentryingtointegratevideo/cableservicecompetitionintotheCity.HestatedthattheCommissionreachedouttoFairPointandtheyareaskingforpermissiontolaunchatrialprogramwithinPortsmouth.HestatedthatFairPointwasinthemidstofplanningtobringupavideoservicethatwouldbeacomplimenttotheinternetandthetelephoneservicethattheynowprovide. Hefurtherstatedthatifthisprojectdoesmoveforward,theCitywouldthenhaveprocuredcompetitionwithinthevideo/cableservicemarket.HeturnedthemeetingovertoRickPreti,SeniorVicePresident,Strategy&DevelopmentforFairPointCommunications.Mr.PretistatedthatthisproposedpilotwouldbeanopportunitytotestFairPointsprogramfor90days.HestatedthatPortsmouthwaschosenbecausethePortsmouthCableCommissionreachedouttoFairPoint.HestatedthatFairPointhastheexperienceinthisarea,butthistechnologyisneweventoFairPoint.Mr.Pretistatedthattheprogramwouldbeinstalledintoapproximately100homesandwouldbeprovidedatnochargetothecustomerortheCity.Hesaidthateachresidentwouldbeprovidedwiththeuseofaflatpanelhighdefinitiontelevision,asettoboxanddedicatedfiberconnectionfortrialviewing. HesaidthatthededicatedconnectionanduseoftheflatpanelHDTVisdesignedtopreventinterferenceordisruptionofservicesofexistinginternet,phone,cableand/orsatelliteservices.

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    CouncilorSmithmovedtoauthorizetheCityManagertotakesuchaction,includingthenegotiationandexecutionofaMemorandumofUnderstandingtoallowFairPointtoundertakeatrialofitsIPTVtechnologyasoutlinedinFairPointsletterofOctober23,2008.SecondedbyAssistantMayorBlalock.

    CouncilorSmithaskedifanybusinesseswouldbeabletobeapartofthistrial.JohnGreggstatedyes.HealsostatedthatFairPointispreparedtoinstallaTVandsettoboxinCityHalltoallowtheCitytoevaluatethetechnologythatmaybeofferedcommerciallyinthefuture.CouncilorSmithaskedhowtheresidentswouldbeselectedandwouldtheyhavetogiveuptheirpresentservice.Mr.Greggstatedthatitwouldbearandomprocessandwouldrelyonwhetherornotaspecifichousequalifiesfortheequipment.Hefurtherstatedthattheresidentswouldnothavetogiveuptheircurrentserviceandthatthenewequipmentwouldbeinstalledandtheoldequi...

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