On the Agenda: City Council - Tuesday, 2/13/18

On the Agenda: City Council - Tuesday, 2/13/18

Joined: 13 Aug 2005, 09:30

11 Feb 2018, 02:20 #1

Lots of Reappointment Confirmations for Management and Committee positions.

The packet includes a "Progress Review of MRI's 2009 Police Department Audit Recommendations," included for information only (no discussion).  This is basically a comparison of the current state of the department compared to the 2009 Audit findings.  No mention of an internal investigation ...

Also included as information only is an RFP for locations for the School Administration Offices and the City's pre-school, currently located at 2 Blackburn.  That lease expires August 14, 2018.

"The School Administration's use of the Blackburn site is inefficient and the cost of upkeep and maintenance is projected to drastically increase in the coming months and years."

"While the School Administration has made it clear that they do not want to move ..."

<insert head banging emoticon>

Under Standing Committee Reports included for Council Action is the Special P&D of 1/29/18 where P&D sent the hardship plea back to the Council asking the Council to send it back to the Administration to renegotiate ...

<insert 2 head banging emoticons>

Public Hearing on FMUV Permit to be continued to CC 2/27/18.

Public Hearing on a Loan Order in the amount of $3.7m to fund the Lanes Cove Breakwater Rehab Project is a go for Tuesday.


http://gloucester-ma.gov/ArchiveCenter/ ... /Item/8491
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15 Feb 2018, 00:52 #2

Well, that was quick. An IFB and an RFP were posted this morning:

RFP: Acquisition of Leased Space for the Gloucester Preschool and/or Gloucester Public Schools Administration Offices."

http://gloucester-ma.gov/bids.aspx?bidID=462

In the Times:

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... 483ce.html

(The Kirk blaming, deserved or not, is getting old.  The preschool and admin offices need to get out and be up and running somewhere else by August 15 - darn near school opening.  Pretty tight timeline, imo.)

And Lanes Cove Breakwater IFB:

http://gloucester-ma.gov/bids.aspx?bidID=463

"The City of Gloucester seeks sealed bids, IFB #18127 involves the removal and salvaging of granite block stones on the upper portion of the existing South Breakwater down to approximate Mean High Water (MHW) elevation, replacement of the breakwater structure with granite stone veneer and concrete core, repairs to the quay and granite block quay walls  at the North and South Breakwater, stone revetment improvements at the North and South Breakwater, stone chinking of above-water voids and underwater void repairs to the structures and landside wall and revetment improvements.  This project is bid pursuant to MGL Chap. 30, sec 39M. Massachusetts Prevailing Wage rates shall apply. A bid deposit in the amount of 5% of the total bid price must accompany each bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a Payment & Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid price. Bids are due and will be opened at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, 9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930 no later than Mar. 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Bid packages will be available at the Purchasing Office Feb.14, 2018 upon receipt of a $50.00 refundable dep.   If mailing is requested a $25.00 fee is required.   A prebid meeting will be held on Feb. 27 @ 1 pm @ DPW. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to accept that which is deemed in the best interest of the City. The City shall not be responsible for bids arriving late for any reason."

The Council voted to send the FMUV hardship issue back to the Administration for re-negotiation.  A bit of an oddity, I thought:  each item sent with a recommendation from a sub-committee to the full council for a vote is generally accompanied by some background and explanation from the sub-committee chair.  There wasn't really any discussion about the Fuller issue ....
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15 Feb 2018, 02:49 #3

Cathy (Admin) wrote: Well, that was quick. An IFB and an RFP were posted this morning:

RFP: Acquisition of Leased Space for the Gloucester Preschool and/or Gloucester Public Schools Administration Offices."

http://gloucester-ma.gov/bids.aspx?bidID=462

In the Times:

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/loc ... 483ce.html

(The Kirk blaming, deserved or not, is getting old.  The preschool and admin offices need to get out and be up and running somewhere else by August 15 - darn near school opening.  Pretty tight timeline, imo.)

And Lanes Cove Breakwater IFB:

http://gloucester-ma.gov/bids.aspx?bidID=463

"The City of Gloucester seeks sealed bids, IFB #18127 involves the removal and salvaging of granite block stones on the upper portion of the existing South Breakwater down to approximate Mean High Water (MHW) elevation, replacement of the breakwater structure with granite stone veneer and concrete core, repairs to the quay and granite block quay walls  at the North and South Breakwater, stone revetment improvements at the North and South Breakwater, stone chinking of above-water voids and underwater void repairs to the structures and landside wall and revetment improvements.  This project is bid pursuant to MGL Chap. 30, sec 39M. Massachusetts Prevailing Wage rates shall apply. A bid deposit in the amount of 5% of the total bid price must accompany each bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish a Payment & Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid price. Bids are due and will be opened at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, 9 Dale Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930 no later than Mar. 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM. Bid packages will be available at the Purchasing Office Feb.14, 2018 upon receipt of a $50.00 refundable dep.   If mailing is requested a $25.00 fee is required.   A prebid meeting will be held on Feb. 27 @ 1 pm @ DPW. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to accept that which is deemed in the best interest of the City. The City shall not be responsible for bids arriving late for any reason."

The Council voted to send the FMUV hardship issue back to the Administration for re-negotiation.  A bit of an oddity, I thought:  each item sent with a recommendation from a sub-committee to the full council for a vote is generally accompanied by some background and explanation from the sub-committee chair.  There wasn't really any discussion about the Fuller issue ....
Does the 330,000 come out of the school budget of out of the city side of the budget?
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16 Feb 2018, 02:24 #4

A few decades ago, after spending countless hours at City Council budget hearings where the auditorium was packed with residents so depressingly divided  (I am not kidding:   police and fire supporters to the right, school supporters to the left), I sent a letter to councilors asking if we could dismiss with the "city side" and "school side" rhetoric.  The schools are part of the city.
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16 Feb 2018, 18:38 #5

Cathy (Admin) wrote: A few decades ago, after spending countless hours at City Council budget hearings where the auditorium was packed with residents so depressingly divided  (I am not kidding:   police and fire supporters to the right, school supporters to the left), I sent a letter to councilors asking if we could dismiss with the "city side" and "school side" rhetoric.  The schools are part of the city.
yes, they are and they like other depts. have a budget but they can spend thousands more every year without it coming out of their budget like bonus money. All I am saying is if it came out of their budget they spend it more cautiously and not be so frivolous. Like one-year let's go to big schools then in a couple of years, let's go to smaller schools then a few years later let's go to bigger schools and let's make the brand new schools who is to say once they build two more schools they won't decide to go back to smaller schools.  
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