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Event takes place on April 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chamber 536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 16,2013

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    City Council minutes from previous meeting of April 2, 2013

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re:  Veto of zoning ordinance amendment to the definition of “Office, Professional”

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: veto of order to extend the reverter clause of the Victory Theater deed to MIFA

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse response to order regarding using a biennial bidding process to obtain outside legal services.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Ms. Theresa Cooper-Gordon 102 Linden St. to serve as a member on the commission for the Holyoke Housing Authority; Ms. Cooper-Gordon will be taking the place of Mr. Gilberto Sotolongo whose term expired on April 2013.

6.    From Suzanne Mead, City Clerk letter re: cost of printing & mailing of the 2011 Charter Commission Report.

7.    From Teresa Shepard, Director of Parks & Recreation, letter thanking all City Departments that contributed to the huge success of the Annual Spring Celebration which took place on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Complex.

8.    From Office of Planning & Economic Development letter re:  City Property at 170 Sargeant St. – Status of Sale

9.    From Building Department Electrical permit listing report between March 1, and April 3, 2013

10.    From Building Department listing of building permits for the Month of March 2013

11.    From Parks & Recreation Commission, minutes from February 28, 2013

12.    From License Board Commission, minutes from Feb. 13, and March 13, 2013

13.    From Board of Health Commission, minutes from March 11, 2013

14.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes from January 9, January 30 and February 13, 2013

15.    Letter from the Joint Commission to the Holyoke Geriatric Authority thanking the organization for participating in the accreditation process.

16.    From Holyoke Geriatric, first edition of there newsletter

17.    From Holyoke Youth Baseball League, invitation to its 61st Annual Baseball Jamboree on May 4, 2013

18.    From Rev. Timothy A. McDonnell letter regarding concerns on the Mater Dolorosa Church Building.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

PETITIONS

19.Petition of Antonio Robles Sr., for a renewal of Junk Collectors License.

20.    Petition of Nancy L. Marshall for a zone change at Lot 129 Lower Westfield Rd.

21.    Petition of Yasir Osman of Metro Taxi for 5 new taxi cab applications

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

22.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

22A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Sections 34-31 through 34-34 regarding the Board of Registrars of Voters be amended to reflect the fact that the acceptance of M.G.L. Ch. 51 Sec. 17 was revoked by the City in 2004 Recommend that the Order be adopted

22B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 78-141 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to require that private property owners clear snow and ice from any parking areas located on their property, in addition to the requirements to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.  Recommend that the Order has been complied with

23.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

24.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

25.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

25A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that all jobs/employment opportunities with the Government of the City of Holyoke, whether full or part time, temporary or seasonal, go through the Personnel Department. The hiring process must follow all normal hiring practices, adhere to all local ordinances/state laws, and include filing out an application and participating in an interview process. This order shall not be in conflict with any jobs that are directly appointed by the Mayor of the City of Holyoke or those positions that their hiring process explicitly defined or outlined in the charter Recommend that the Order has been complied with

25B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Donald D’Amato to the Historical Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

25C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that all elected officials appear on the Annual Official Government Portrait in the City Council  Recommend that the Order be given leave to withdrawal

26.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

26A.    The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to accept an offer from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by and through its department of Fish and Game to purchase two parcels of land located on Easthampton Rd. as follows, and to authorize the Mayor and/or tax title custodian to execute any documents in connection there with : 1. Map 211 Block 00, Parcel 002, consisting of approximately 4.0 acres for $8,000 and 2. Map 212 Block 00 Parcel 002, consisting of approximately 2.8 acres for $5,600  Recommend that the Order be adopted

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

27.    VEGA    –    accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 40C, Sec. 3, the City Council adopt an ordinance to establish the Polish Heritage Local Historic District, as recommended in the Final Report and shown on the map submitted by the Fairfield Ave Local Historic District Commission.

28.    BARTLEY    –    Ordered, that the PR Salary Schedule of Section 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase the salary of the Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Mayor from PR 14 to PR 19.

29.    BARTLEY    –    Order that the Chief of the Holyoke Police Dept. make available police officers to monitor vehicular speed on Hillside Ave. and Homestead Ave.  in Ward 3 and to report back to the City Council President within the next 60 days the number of tickets issued for excessive speed.

30.    BARTLEY    –    Order that the Holyoke Police Dept. monitor motorists’ adherence to the No Turn on Red sign at the intersection of Homestead and Cherry Sts. and report back to the City Council President within the next 60 days the number of tickets issued for any violations of this sign

31.    LEAHY    –    the  Department of Public Works puts a sign (similar to the one in the picture at every sports field in the city).  Please change number 4 to include ‘referees’.  Please have number 5 to read “Parents are Role Models”. At the bottom of the sign have it read Thank You The City of Holyoke.

32.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    City Council consider an order to support small business
    SOTO        in good faith who may ask to move because of vacant
            buildings next to their business that due to abandonment,
            or other reason due to public safety, that we assist
            the small business with relocation cost if needed
            due to no fault of their own.

33.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Sixty Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($60,000) as follows: (City Solicitor)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $60,000
        TOTAL:    $60,000
TO:
11512-53010    Special Counsel Services        $60,000
        TOTAL:    $60,000

34.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, One Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($1,000) as follows: (City Solicitor)

FROM:
11512-53430    Advertising        $1,000
        TOTAL:    $1,000
TO:
11512-57100    In-state Travel        $1,000
        TOTAL:    $1,000

35.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Three Thousand Five Hundred Eight & 00/100 Dollars ($3,508) as follows: (City Clerk)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $3,508
        TOTAL:    $3,508
TO:
11611-51203    Pay – Acting City Clerk        $3,508
        TOTAL:    $3,508

36.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, One Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Nine & 00/100 Dollars ($1,589) as follows: (Bldg. Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $1,589
        TOTAL:    $1,589
TO:
12401-51105    Pay – Plumbing & Gas Inspector        $1,589
        TOTAL:    $1,589

37.    MCGEE_T    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “EMD & Training” grant and authorizes the establishment of a Fund or other method appropriate for the accounting of the receipts and expenditures of all resources associated with the administration of said grant.

38.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Twenty Three Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($23,000) as follows: (Fire Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $23,000
        TOTAL:    $23,000
TO:
12202-52410    Rep. & Maint. – Vehicles        $23,000
        TOTAL:    $23,000

39.    SOTO    –    City Of Holyoke come up with a solution to keep bathrooms located in the lower floor of City Hall secure and safe for all who enter to use the facilities

Addendum:
The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting.  
Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law

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                  City Clerk


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