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Event takes place on May 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers 536 Dwight street, Holyoke, MA

May 21,2013

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer
$3,508 from General fund free cash To: pay-Acting City Clerk

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

2. Second Reading for FY 2014

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. Previous City Council minutes from May 7, 2013

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter Re: the order that the PR Salary
Schedule of Section 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase
the salary of the Administrative Assistance to the Office of the Mayor
from PR 15 to PR 19

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: veto of ordinance in regards
to Mayoral appointments to Fire Commission

6. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: veto of ordinance in regards to
Mayoral Appointments to DPW Board

7. From Heather G. Egan, City Solicitor, legal opinion re: Procedural
question from the Mayor regarding Ordinance committee.

8. From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra letter re: Canal Walk Phase II
easement properties

9. From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra, a bond order to pay costs of a
feasibility study and schematic design work associated with the
renovation of the McMahon School

10. From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra, letters re: property awarded to
the City via Land Court Decree,

624 South East St.
22 Main St.
123-125 Newton St.

11. From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, April Appropriations Budget
Report

12. From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, General fund and Waste Water
Treatment Plant appropriations Budget reports as of April 30, 2013

13. From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, FY 2012 Audited Financial
Statements

14. From Marcos A. Marrero, Planning Director letter re: Office of
Planning & Economic Development relocation towards City Hall Annex

15. From Board of Fire commission minutes from April 3, 2013

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

PETITIONS

16. Petition of Gerardo Matos, 275 Sargeant St. for a renewal of a
special permit for a home occupation for wholesale of corals and marine
fish

17. Petition of Holyoke Turnverein for a renewal of 2 pool tables and 6
bowling alleys at 624 So. Bridge St.

18. Petition of Ernest Sprague, for a renewal of a second hand license
at 245 Whiting Farms Rd.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

19. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

19A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the
City of Holyoke change Pine Street from Hampshire Street to Sargeant
Street from a one way to a two way St. Recommend that the order be
adopted

19B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order an order
that the City of Holyoke change Pine Street from Hampshire Street to
Sargeant Street from a one way to a two way St. Recommend that the
order be adopted

19C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order an order
that the City of Holyoke change Pine Street from Hampshire Street to
Sargeant Street from a one way to a two way St. Recommend that the
order be adopted

19D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the
City Council considers the request from Congregation Sons of Zion for
Handicap signage as many of their elders have limitations getting
around Recommend that the order be adopted as amended to grant one
handicap parking only space and two handicap spaces available Monday to
Saturday from 7am to 3pm

19E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that all
appointed positions in the City of Holyoke that serve for a designated
term of office be advertised and interviews held for qualified
applicants prior to the end of the term, no less than three months
prior to the end of the designated term of office for the current
appointee. Recommend that the order be adopted

19F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred A special permit to
allow a commercial drive thru restaurant at 285 Maple Street Recommend
that the special permit be granted with the condition that there be
appropriate signage to direct vehicles to the drive thru and to the
parking area

19G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order 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 Refer to the Full Council without a
recommendation

19H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the
Assistant City Clerk and Assistant City Treasurer be removed as
political appointees of the Clerk (under Sec 2-85) and Treasurer (under
Sec 2-113) serving at their pleasure respectively but be converted to
career service positions or have 5 year terms of office appointed by
the Clerk or Treasurer. Recommend that the order be given leave to
withdraw

20. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

21. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

22. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

23. Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

23A. The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred a Communication
regarding Certified Project preliminary application for Tax Increment
Financing for ETC Innovation LLC at 6 Appleton St. Recommend in favor
of the resolution

23B. The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred a Communication
regarding Status of Sale for property at 170 Sargeant Street
Communication received with a report back to the full City Council

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

24. JOURDAIN — Holyoke Geriatric Authority be provided with a
proclamation
VACON recognizing their 100 years of services to the
elderly
of Holyoke to celebrate nursing home week, as well
as, their Joint Commission accreditation

25. JOURDAIN — City Council also provide a proclamation recognizing
VACON the Glidden Family’s contributions to the city and
congratulate them on the naming of the Glidden
room
at the Geriatric Authority

26. JOURDAIN — City Council provide a proclamation congratulating Susan
Carey for receiving the annual Human Relations Award by
the Council for Human Understanding. On June 19, 2013,
The Council for Human Understanding will be giving its
annual Human Relations Award to Susan Carey in
recognition of her personal involvement, dedication and
many generous contributions to the community; her
inspiring leadership, her untiring zeal, sense of humor
and heartfelt concern for every individual regardless of
race, color or creed, her faithful adherence to the
principles that make this a better place for all to live
work and learn.

27. JOURDAIN — City Council provide a proclamation recognizing the
significant and meaningful achievements and
contributions of Dr. Catherine Dower-Gold of Holyoke to
our community. The Council for Human Understanding is
establishing a scholarship in her honor.

28. JOURDAIN — the Computer person updating the city website work with
our administrative assistant to ensure that City
Councilor contact information specifically phone numbers
and email addresses/websites be readily and prominently
displayed on website for constituent ease of use. I am
receiving numerous complaints and it is much more
difficult to find this information now and then it was
before. This needs to be handled asap.

29. LISI — the City Council Committee on Ordinance review the
existing PVTA and HCC bus stops in the City under 86-326
and delete and/or update that list as necessary (per
request of the city engineer).

30. MCGEE_T — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in
the fiscal year 2013, Eighteen Thousand & 00/100 Dollars
($18,000) as follows: (Personnel)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $18,000
TOTAL: $18,000
TO:
11522-53009 Contracted Professional Services
$18,000
TOTAL: $18,000

31. MCGEE_T — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in
the fiscal year 2013, Three Thousand Three Hundred &
00/100 Dollars ($3,300) as follows: (City Clerk)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $3,300
TOTAL: $3,300
TO:
11611-51203 Pay – Acting City Clerk $3,300
TOTAL: $3,300

32. MCGEE_T — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in
the fiscal year 2013, Six Hundred Seven Thousand Three
Hundred Fifty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($607,355) as
follows: (DPW)

FROM:
Fund-8810 Stabilization Fund $607,355
TOTAL: $607,355
TO:
Fund-8999 State of Emerg. Storm Cleanup Fund
$607,355
TOTAL: $607,355

33. MCGEE_T — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the
City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the
“Public Health Through Art” 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.

34. MCGEE_T — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in
the fiscal year 2013, Eleven Thousand Three Hundred
Forty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($11,345) as follows:
(Planning)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $11,345
TOTAL: $11,345
TO:
11752-57950 Land Takings & Easements $11,345
TOTAL: $11,345

35. MCGEE_T — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in
the fiscal year 2013, Twenty Four Thousand Nine Hundred
Eighty Six & 00/100 Dollars ($24,986) as follows:
(Planning)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $24,986
TOTAL: $24,986
TO:
11752-57950 Land Takings & Easements $24,986
TOTAL: $24,986

36. MCGEE_T — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in
the fiscal year 2013, Four Hundred Forty Thousand &
00/100 Dollars ($440,000) as follows: (Treasurer)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $440,000
TOTAL: $440,000
TO:
19141-51999 Health Insurance $440,000
TOTAL: $440,000

37. MCGEE_T — That, in conformance with new independent auditing
standards, a meeting be set through the City Council’s
Finance Sub-committee with Malanson, Health & Co. to
allow them to present the City’s FY2012 audited
financial statements.

38. SOTO — the record keeper to the flower fund for the city
council, being council president Kevin Jourdain look
into what was spent in the year 2012 in ad’s and flowers
divided it by seventeen participants and return to me
the remaining balance. That is due to me City Councilor
Anthony Soto

39. SOTO — City of Holyoke explore the possibility of creating a
regional E911 dispatch call center with surrounding
communities. Once implemented, this would save taxpayers
millions of dollars a year.

40. SOTO — the DPW move the handicap signage, from the side of 1421
Dwight St. Over to the front of 8 Ivy St where the
applicant resides

41. VACON — the City Engineer evaluate Lower Westfield Road and the
small traffic circle near the Elks for traffic calming
measures and provide appropriate remedies. Residents
have reported an increase in traffic, high rates of
speed and safety hazards for pedestrians.

42. VEGA — The Honorable City Council, in accordance with
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 14 and
Section 78-83 of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances,
vote to approve the Order of Taking for certain
permanent and temporary easements and thus acquire by
right of eminent domain, in consideration for just
compensation unless previously waived, parcels
identified as E-1 through E-5, E-8, and E-9, and as
TE-1, TE-2, TE-4, and TE-9 on said plan titled “The
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plan of Land in the City
of Holyoke Hampden County Showing Location of Permanent
Easements for Roadway Improvements in the Department of
Public Works” for the public purpose of completion of
the Canalwalk Phase II Project.

43. VEGA — The Honorable City Council, in accordance with
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke
Procurement Ordinance vote to accept the acquisition of
the following four easements granted by the Holyoke Gas
& Electric Company to the City of Holyoke for the
construction and development of the Canalwalk Phase II
Project:

Permanent Easement E-6 – A certain easement of
approximately 523 square feet located at the
northeasterly side of Appleton Street and north of the
Second Level Canal on a parcel of land identified as Map
021, Block 01, Parcel 002 in the Holyoke Assessor’s
Records.

Permanent Easement E-7 – A certain easement of
approximately 25,265 square feet located at the
northeasterly side of Appleton Street and northwesterly
side of Race Street, including a steel bridge on a
parcel of land identified as Map 021, Block 01, Parcel
001 and Parcel 002 in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records.

Temporary Easement TE-5 – A certain easement of
approximately 280 square feet located at the
northwesterly intersection of Race Street and Appleton
Road, being Cabot Street, on a parcel of land identified
as Map 020, Block 01, Parcel 001 in the Holyoke
Assessor’s Records.

Temporary Easement TE-8 – A certain temporary easement
of approximately 943 square feet of land located at the
northeasterly of Appleton Street and north of the Second
Level Canal on a parcel of land identified as Map 021,
Block 01, and Parcel 002 in the Holyoke Assessor’s
Records.

All three parcels being more particularly described as
E-6, E-7, TE-5, and TE-8 on a plan titled “The
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plan of Land in the City
of Holyoke Hampden County Showing Location of Permanent
Easements for Roadway Improvements in the Department of
Public Works” dated May 13, 2013 by VHB, Inc.,
Registered Land Surveyor.

44. BARTLEY — The City Council refer to its Ordinance Committee an
ordinance change to create a “Police Only” parking
space, with any appropriate signage, at the top of John
St. on the north side of the street. This is located
near the High St. police substation.

45. BARTLEY — Due to neighbors’ concerns, direct the DPW and City
BRESNAHAN Engineer to review whether the catch basin at Erie
Ave. & Michigan Ave. is sufficient to collect
storm
run-off. Neighbors assert that water does not
adequately
funnel into the catch basin, flows over the berm
and
into their backyards.

46. BARTLEY — Order the DPW to re-stripe the stop lines and
cross-walks at Brown Ave. where it intersects with
Laurel St. Order the Holyoke PD’s Traffic Enforcement
bureau to monitor compliance with traffic laws at this
intersection and to report violations to Public Safety
committee in 60 days.

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

______________________________
City Clerk


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