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Event takes place on April 07, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA (City Hall)

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
April 7,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and increase the term of City Councilors from two (2) to four (4) years. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

2.    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and increase the term of the Mayor from two (2) to four (4) years. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

3.    That the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and change the Mayor form of Government to a City Manager form of Government.  This would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election.  Following passage by the voters at the November 2015 Municipal Elections.  (Legal will need to draft legislation to the City Clerk)

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re:  naming of Jones Ferry River Access Center in honor of Sue Ellen Panitch

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: offer to purchase City -owned land at 170 Sargeant St.

6.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk minutes from previous City Council meeting of March 17, 2015

7.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of January 31, and February 28, 2015

8.    From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office of Community Development letter re:  FFY2015 Committee on Development and Governmental Relations Recommendations

9.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Director Office of Planning & Economic Development, letter re: 216 Appleton Street Brownfield Cleanup – Completion of Project.

10.    From William D. Fuqua, Superintendent Department of Public Works, letter re:  Parking Garage Revenue – St. Patrick’s Weekend.

11.    From John J. Ferriter, Esquire, letter re:  Holyoke Gas & Electric Department (HG&E) land on Whiting Farms Rd.

12.    From Board of Health, meeting minutes from November 3, 2014, November 18, 2014, February 10, 2015

13.    From Andrew Smith, Conservation Director, regular meeting minutes from January 8, 2015, January 22, 2015, February 12, 2015, and February 26, 2015

14.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority Minutes from Regular Meeting and Annual Meeting November 19, 2014

15.    From Board of Public Works, meeting minutes from February 10, 2015

16.    From Sewer Commission, meeting minutes from February 10, 2015

17.    From Stormwater Authority, meeting minutes from February 10, 2015

PETITIONS

18.    Petition of  Kenrick Williams for renewal of home occupation at 97 Locust St. for a Landscaping and Lawncare Business

19.    Petition of  Michael Mastroianni,  for renewal of Home Occupation permit at 12 Winterberry Circle  for computer and networking business

20.    Petition of David Hager for renewal of home occupation permit at 74 Lawler St. for a printing/brokering co.

21.    Petition of Lasca Hoey for a renewal of a Home Occupation permit at 7 Line Road for a Chair Massage Business

22.    Petition of First Baptist Church (Grandma’s Attic Thrift Store) at 1976 Northampton St. for renewal of Secondhand License

23.    Petition of Goodwill Industries, 235 South St., for a renewal of a Secondhand License

24.    Petition of ECOATM, Inc. located at 50 Holyoke St. for a renewal of a second hand license

25.    Petition of Mimi Mai, 83 Ridgewood Terrace, for a renewal of a second hand license

26.    Petition of Record Town Inc. FYE #725 at 50 Holyoke St. for a renewal of a second hand license

27.    Petition of Antonio Robles Sr. of 64 Magnolia Ave. renewal of a Junk Collectors license

28.    Petition from Ivory Billiards Lounge located at 151 Chestnut St. for a renewal of 19 Pool tables and 1 Billiard table

29.    Petition of Yasir Osman (Metro Taxi) for renewal of 5 Taxi Cab Licenses

30.    Petition of Faramarz Bahrehmand of Yellow Cab for 7 renewals of taxi cab licenses

31.    Petition of Faramarz Bahrehmand from Yellow Cab for 4 new taxi cab licenses

32.    Petition of David Roman for a new special permit for a flea market at 60 Jackson St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

33.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

33A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that in 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 District.  Recommend that the order be adopted

33B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an application for a Special Permit for a non-conforming use at 1553 Dwight St. for Pride Limited Partnership  Recommend that the special permit be granted

33C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 11 Temple St. for Christine Balise Recommend that the order be adopted

33D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a no parking sign be installed in the “dead end” area of Brown Ave. specifically, this is the are near #2 Brown Ave. and the house next door to 274 South St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

33E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that stop signs be placed at the end of Roberto Clemente St. at the intersection of Adams St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

33F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the no turn on red sign on Brown Ave and South St. be modified recommend that the order be adopted

33G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the no turn on red sign on Hitchcock St. and Northampton St. be modified  Recommend that the order be adopted

33H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that department head positions, appointed or elected, the Supervisory Group currently designated “no regular hours” be designated to be a minimum of 35 hours per week and be available to the public when City Hall is open.  Recommend that the order be amended to read ” Ordered that all elected or appointed supervisory and professional employees shall work a minimum of thirty-five hours per week. No elected or appointed supervisory or professional employee shall take on any outside employment that would interfere with their regularly scheduled hours at City Hall. Unless otherwise performing official City business or taking approved leave, all such employees shall generally be available to the public at their City Hall office during regular City Hall  hours. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

33I.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council change the Ordinance for Assistant City Clerk from PR 15 (Max) to PR 19 (Step 1) and that the Mayor initiate this change.  Recommend that the order be referred to the Full Council without a recommendation

33J.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred (Filed 11/18/14) an order That the City Council consider allowing parking as a principal use by special permit in each Zone presently in use in the downtown area, and craft permit criteria to properly regulate such use.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

33K.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred (filed 11/19/13) an order that the Council consider amending Zone SC to allow for certain other business types  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

33L.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred (filed 3/4/14) Ordered that the City create a Shopping Center Zoning Code designated for such large-scale districts, including but not limited to the Kmart Plaza (King St.) the South St. Plaza, the Holyoke Crossing Plaza, the Stop and Shop Plaza (Lincoln St.) taking into account both present tendencies and desired future development and use of such properties; and further that the City rezone all such properties into the new Shopping Center Zone Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

33M.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Order that the PR Salary Schedule be amended to increase the salary of the Office Manager of the Fire Dept. from PR 14 to PR 17 Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

34.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

34A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Naloxone Purchase” 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.
 Awaiting disposition

34B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  Ordered, that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “USA FIELD HOCKEY” 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.
 Awaiting disposition

34C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $12,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Motor Vehicle Fuel  Awaiting disposition

34D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $13,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash: TO: Data Maintenance, Care of Prisoners, and Office Supplies  Awaiting disposition

34E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $1,000 FROM Repair and Maintenance TO Overtime  Awaiting disposition

34F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $20,720 FROM City Solicitor, TO: Professional Services Special Counsel  Awaiting disposition

34G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $2,500 FROM Hearing Officer: TO: Purchase of Services  Awaiting disposition

34H.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $2,500 FROM Reverse 911 TO: Pay Clerk  Awaiting disposition

34I.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $43,000 FROM: General Fund Free Cash TO: Motor Vehicle Supplies, Motor Vehicle Repairs  Awaiting disposition

34J.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $440,000 FROM Workers Comp, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Medicare, P/F Indemnity TO: Unemployment  Awaiting disposition

34K.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $7,029.35 FROM Demolition, TO: Pay Plumbing and Gas inspector  Awaiting disposition

34L.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $95,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Overtime Awaiting disposition

34M.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an Application to keep 1 pool and billiards table on 65 Commercial St. for Mr. Alexander Cruz  Awaiting disposition

35.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

35A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Alarm Division provide the City with an accounting/cost request for repairing and or replacing the traffic lights in the City. The cost breakdown should focus on the intersections that are most in need of repair immediately and then a breakdown of the over all City traffic lights Recommend that the order has been complied with

35B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the City look into installing signage on Main St. informing truck drivers not to use engine braking  Recommend that the order has been complied with

35C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Dept. of Parks and Rec make available compostable/flushable dog waste bags at all locations where dog waste bags are provided and that appropriate signage including disposal regulations be clearly posted at each such location  Recommend that the order has been complied with

35D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the DPW install signage around City entrances stating “share the road with horses” Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

36.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

37.    Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)

37A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Development and Government relations recommendations for the Community Development Block Grant  Recommend that the Committee recommendations be adopted

38.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

39.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City Council give Fred Glidden a proclamation recognizing his service to the City of Holyoke where he has served as either a City Councilor or Commissioner continuously from 1970 to 2014.  The City Council thanks him for his 44 years of service and extends its best wishes to him and his family.

40.    JOURDAIN    –    That the City of Holyoke through the Mayor and his various departments reach out to the Sheriff’s department for the possibility of relocating the Howard Street program to the site of the former GAH building.  A long term tenancy could make very good economic sense for both them and us.  The state has approved them to receive in excessive of $1.2 million per year in lease costs.  This site would appear as a strong possibility and to make a lot of sense if there is public support for such a program as well as support from the Holyoke Police Department.  This program has been highly acclaimed and would appear to be an asset to the community financially as well serving an important need for alcohol and drug treatment.

41.    LISI    –    That the legal department look into whether the City has the ability to reject a receivership decision by the State.

42.    LISI    –    that the City Council consider making dimensional changes to the regulations for the BH zone (Table 5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance).

43.    LISI    –    Ordered that the City Council approve and ratify an agreement between the City of Holyoke and HPP MA II, LLC, and in accordance with Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 59, sec. 38H, for payment in lieu of taxes (“PILOT”) of certain personal property tax obligations for a solar installation located on the roof of privately-leased property at 49 Garfield Street, Holyoke, MA. 

44.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Three hundred seventy-five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($375,000) as follows: (Auditor)

FROM:
8810-59710    Transfer to General Fund        $375,000
        TOTAL:    $375,000
TO:
14252-53100    Snow Removal Services        $375,000
        TOTAL:    $375,000

45.    VACON    –    That the bus stop on Lower Westfield Road be moved to improve traffic flow and passenger safety per request of the PVTA.

Language to Remove:
 

Location
Side
From
To: Point
Lower Westfield Rd.
Southerly
Whiting Farms Rd.
50 feet easterly

 
 
Language to Add:

Location
Side
From
To: Point
Holyoke Street
Westerly
Holyoke Crossing  Driveway
50 feet southerly
Holyoke Street
Easterly
Valley Ingleside Center Driveway
50 feet northerly

46.    VALENTIN    –    That the 30 MPH sign located between 186 and 190 Pine St. be eliminated, as recommended by the Holyoke Police Department.

47.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council invites representatives of the Gold Star Mothers and Blue Star Mothers to an upcoming meeting of the D G & R committee.  Purpose is to hear from these organizations on services provided to Holyoke residents.  Copy to Veterans Services Dept.

48.    BARTLEY    –    Order to Declare Surplus
 The Honorable City Council,
    TALLMAN        in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter
            30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to
            declare the property located at 245 High Street “surplus
            property available for disposition.” On 01/26/2015
            the property was awarded to the City via Land Court
            Decree with a judgment recorded in Hampden County
            Registry of Deeds Book 20593, Page 446.   Said property
            is described in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records as
            Map 012, Block 03, Parcel 002, consisting of an approximate
            8,952 square foot office building situated on 2,265
            square feet of land, more or less, and is more particularly
            described in a deed recorded in Hampden County Registry
            of Deeds Book 17354, Page 459. The property is zoned
            as BC – Downtown Business and was previously assessed
            at $151,900.

49.    BARTLEY    –    , that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from Easthampton Savings Bank to purchase a parcel of land located at 170 Sargeant Street for $5,000. Said Parcel contains approximately 0.83 acres and is described in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 060, Block 03, Parcel 001 and being more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 857, Page 371. The parcel is zoned General Business (BG) and has an assessed value of $24,200.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council.

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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