MINUTES FOR THE SPRINGFIELD RETIREMENT BOARD MEETING
70 TAPLEY STREET, SPRINGFIELD, MA 01104
HELD ON MAY 1, 2019 AT 5:00 P.M.
Present: Thomas Scanlon, Robert Moynihan, Patrick Burns, Philip Mantoni, Haskell Kennedy, Attorney Alfredo Vivenzio, Executive Director, Susana Baltazar, Judy Dziobek, Recording Clerk, Alberto Ayala
Chairman Scanlon called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M.
Agenda Item #1-Minutes
Motion made by Kennedy to approve the minutes of the meeting held on April 3, 2019, second by Moynihan and voted unanimously. Motion made by Kennedy to approve the minutes taken in Executive Session during the meeting held on April 3, 2019, second by Moynihan and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #2-Involuntary Accidental Disability Application-Alberto Ayala-Police Department
Motion made by Moynihan to accept the responses of the medical panel, the evidence of the Involuntary application for Accidental Disability benefits submitted by former Police Commissioner John Barbieri and Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and approve the disability benefits for Alberto Ayala, second by Kennedy and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #3-Accidental Disability Application-Margaret Cahillane-Facilities
Motion made by Moynihan to table the application for Accidental Disability benefits submitted by Margaret Cahillane as requested by her counsel, Attorney Thomas Downey, second by Kennedy and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #4-Superannuations
Motion made by Moynihan to accept the following Superannuations: Michael Cote, Firefighter, Fire Department with 31 years as of 5/10/19; Catherine Dagenais, Paraprofessional, School Department with 20 years and 1 month as of 4/23/19; Denis Desrosiers, LPN, School Department with 10 years as of 4/23/19; Brian Devivo, Working Foreman, Fire Department with 30 years and 6 months as of 4/20/19; Lawrence Fox, Dispatcher, Police Department with 14 years and 7 months as of 5/1/19; Danny Hall, Equal Opportunity Administrator with 30 years and 10 months as of 6/29/19; Alberto Hernandez, Plumbing Gas fitting Inspector, Building Department with 12 years and 1 month as of 4/27/19; Elizabeth Porchelli, Community Health Nurse with 27 years and 2 months as of 4/30/19, second by Burns and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #5-Warrants
Motion made by Burns to approve and reaffirm the following warrants: Warrant #18 Expenses in the amount of $2,215.58, Warrant #19 Transfers in the amount of $23,582.71, Warrant #20 Refunds in the amount of $128,766.53, Warrant #21 Expenses in the amount of $88,654.92, Warrant #22 Refunds in the amount of $4,142.98, Warrant #23 Retiree payroll in the amount of $6,566,959.33 and redemption
from the PRIT fund in the amount of $6,000,000.00, second by Moynihan and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #6-Refunds/Transfers to Other Systems
Motion made by Mantoni to approve the twelve (12) requests for refunds and transfers to other systems. The names have been submitted to their particular Department, the Law Department and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, second by Kennedy and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #7-Redeposit of Refunds and Makeup of Contributions
Motion made by Burns to approve the makeup of contributions and redeposit of refunds to: Steven Levierge, Senior Custodian, Facilities Department for 6 months of employment with the School Department; Lauren Stabilo, Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement Department for 5 months of employment with the Park Department; Garrett Sullivan, Administrative Officer, Fire Department, for 1 month of employment with the Park Department and Evan Cournoyer, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Department, for the refund from the Essex Regional Retirement System in 2004, second by Moynihan and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #8-Benefits under Section 101
Motion made by Moynihan to approve the survivor benefits to the beneficiary of Carmelo Serafino of the Fire Department-Deceased, second by Kennedy and voted unanimously.
Agenda Item #9-Director’s Report
Executive Director, Susana Baltazar, updated the Board on the Retirement Board Election. She stated that the Notices of Election were mailed to retirees and inactive members, and posted for all active members of the Springfield Retirement System. She also informed the Board that the PERAC approval for Section 9 benefits was received for the beneficiary of Gary Mitchell-Police Department. Ms. Baltazar also updated the Board on the PRIT year to date performance.
Agenda Item #10-Attorney’s Report
Attorney Vivenzio stated that he has a few cases pending and will update the Board accordingly.
Agenda Item #11-Old Business
Agenda Item #12-New Business
F. Y. I. PERAC Memos#13-Mandatory Retirement Board Member Training–2nd Quarter 2019, #14-Forfeiture of Retirement Allowance for Dereliction of Duty by Members, #15-Application for a Waiver of Education Restrictions, PERAC Pension News, March PRIT Fund Update, Trial Balance, Adjusting Entries, Receipts, Disbursements and General Ledger for the month of March, Treasurer’s Reconciliation for the months of December, January and February, Budget Balances as of April, Monthly Transfers for April, Recent Retiree Deaths, Monthly Cash flow
The correspondence and reports were received and reviewed by the Board Members and the Executive Director.
Motion made by Mantoni to adjourn at 5:30 P.M. second by Kennedy and voted unanimously.
Thomas M. Scanlon, Chairman
Robert P. Moynihan, Elected Member
Haskell Kennedy, Appointed Member
Patrick S. Burns, Appointed Member
Philip J. Mantoni, 5th Member