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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Finance Committee Cleans House During Last Night's Meeting

Last night's Finance Committee meeting was more house cleaning than anything else as they completed work on a majority of issues facing them.

Alderman Maryann Heuston, Alderman-At-Large Bill White, and Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz flew threw the multi-item agenda, approving the following items:
191601: Recommend Requesting approval of a $9,000 grant from the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation to support the Arts Council’s Books of Hope program
191698: Recommend Requesting the acceptance of a $100,000 grant from the MA Dept. of Public Health for the Health Dept.’s Tobacco Control Program
190649: Recommend Requesting approval to establish the position of Youth & Volunteer Coordinator

The committee went on to deem the follows items completed:
189723: Discuss in Committee That the Director of Purchasing, the Director of Traffic and Parking and the City Solicitor Appear at the Next Meeting of the Finance Committee to Discuss the Kiosk Contracts.
190146: Discuss in Committee That the Director of SPCD provide the Committee on Finance with a current copy of the amended MaxPak covenant.
190700: Discuss in Committee That this Board requests that the Administration provide a mid-year report on the FY 2011 city budget, including an analysis of departmental spending, health insurance and overtime expenditures.
190744: Discuss in Committee That the Director of Finance appear before the Committee on Finance with the meals tax receipts (adjusted for the increase in the rate) over the past five years and discuss their impact, especially on the state of the restaurant business in Somerville.
191011: Discuss in Committee That the City Treasurer inform this Board of residents’ complaints about the timeliness of their receipt of excise tax bills, and that if the responsibility for the bills' tardiness lies with the City, that the City make restitution to those residents facing fines because their excise tax bills were not received in a timely manner.

One item was kept in committee due to no official invoice or description as to who this money was paying, as well as, recognizing the on-going investigation into the council currently being conducted.
191697: Recommend Requesting authorization to pay a prior year invoice of $272 in the Council on Aging.

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