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Event takes place on June 04, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chamber 536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
June 4,2013

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

1.    City Council minutes from previous meeting May 21, 2013

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Ms. Nicole McCluskey to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities; Ms. McCluskey will serve a three-year term; said term will expire on March 2016

3.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  2013 Medical Coverage for Active Retires January – June 2013 (Geriatric Authority of Holyoke)

4.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  2013 Medical Coverage for Active Retires January – June 2013 (Holyoke Retirement Board)

5.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  2013 Medical Coverage for Active Retires January – June 2013 (Holyoke Water Dept.)

6.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  2013 Medical Coverage for Active Retires, January – June 2013 (Gas & Elec. Dept.)

7.    From Suzanne Mead, City Clerk, re:  Preservation of Peace and Good order ordinance for the months of September – December 2012.

8.    From Suzanne Mead, City Clerk re:  Preservation of Peace and Good order ordinance for the months of January – April 2013.

9.    From Robert Judge, Personnel Administrator, letter re:  City of Holyoke Criminal Offender Record (CORI) Policy

10.    From Teresa Shepard, Director of Parks & Recreation, invitation to all City residents to a fitting tribute celebrating the re-opening of Veterans Park on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013 at 2:30PM

11.    From Board of Health minutes from April 8 and May 2, 2013

12.    From Dean Technical Science Lab, minutes from March 20, April 10, and May 8, 2013

13.    From McMahon Elementary School minutes from April 10 and May 8, 2013

14.    From Holyoke Local Cultural Council, minutes from March 5, 2013

15.    From Harry Xarras, Spartan Realty Trust, letter regarding his concern with the City of Holyoke’s intentions of taking a piece of property by eminent domain for the purpose of Phase II of the canal walk

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

PETITIONS

16.    Petition of MetroPCS, Massachusetts, LLC for a new wireless communication facility at 1 Country Club Road

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

17.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

17A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a 30 Minute Parking Only sign be placed in front of 566 South St.  Recommend that the order be adopted with the following amendment : That two 30 minute parking only signs be placed in front of 566 South St.

17B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Sec 54.12 of the Code of Ordinances be struck in its entirety, and replaced by a new section 4.6.5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance, and further: that Zoning Ordinance Sec 4.6 (Fences) be struck in its entirety and replaced by alternate text to be provided to the Council Recommend that the Order be adopted as amended

17C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 8.1 of the Zoning Ordinance, Floodplain Overlay District as well as the map of the overlay district, be amended to comply with the Federal regulations at 44 CFR 60.3 and the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map and Base Flood Elevations which take effect on July 16, 2013 Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Zoning Ordinance at Appendix A at Sections 6.4.5 (6) & 6.4.6 regulating political signs be amended by deletion or amendment in order to bring them into legal compliance if possible Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

17E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that DPW look into placing either a stop sign or yield sign at the crossroads of Homestead Ave. eastbound and Route 202 Southbound. Recommend that the order has been complied with

17F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DPW and City Engineer assess whether Taylor St. has the appropriate signage indicating that it is a Dead End and if it should have a lower speed limit than 30 miles per hour given that it is a Dead End street.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

17G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a special permit application for a zone change for 117-00-129 Lower Westfield Road from Current Zone RA to proposed zone R2 Recommend that the application be denied

17H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a special permit application for a zone change on 1789 Northampton St. from Current Zone R-2 to Zone RO Recommend that the application be denied

18.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

19.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council place a ballot question on the November 2013 election ballot “should the City of Holyoke allow a needle exchange program”
 Recommend that the order has been complied with

19B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Treasurer, Building Commissioner, and Purchasing Director come before the Public Safety Committee and explain their plan to clean up the site of the fire on Pine St. and how we can ensure faster clean up in the event of future fires Recommend that the order has been complied with

19C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Fire Department come before the City Council and provide updates on ongoing and settled cases regarding accidents involving traffic signal poles for January 1, 2012 to present Recommend that the order has been complied with

19D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred that the License Board review the fees it charges vendors, other than those dealing in alcohol-related businesses, for initial applications and renewals and report all fees to the City Council. Further, order the License board to survey and compare fees charged by our neighboring cities and towns an to provide recommendations to the City Council to either change the fees or keep them the same.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

19E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council send a letter to the undersecretary Aaron Gornstein thanking him regarding reducing the homeless population in hotels Recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

20.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

20A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Mr. Timothy Purington to serve as the Democratic Member for the Board of Registrar of Voters for the City of Holyoke Recommend that the Appointee  be confirmed

21.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

22.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    that the DPW look at Pena Park for repairs on swings and or clean up of the park/ trash bins (receptacles) and to make sure sprinklers have been fully repaired. It has come to attention that park needs to be fully repaired. Request  that DPW come before committee for an update

23.    LEBRON-MARTINEZ    –    Order that the City Council through the DPW consider having speed bumps placed on East Dwight. St. per request of constituents in Ward 1 for safety purposes. Also look into having signs that say slow down children crossing and or at play. This request is due to a recent accident that caused a fatality

24.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Three Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($3,000) as follows: (Bldg. Dept.)

FROM:
12402-57100    In-state Travel        $3,000
        TOTAL:    $3,000
TO:
12402-54200    Office & Professional Supplies        $3,000
        TOTAL:    $3,000

25.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Three Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($300) as follows: (Personnel)

FROM:
11522-54200    Office & Professional Supplies        $300
        TOTAL:    $300
TO:
11522-57100    In-state Travel        $300
        TOTAL:    $300

26.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Ten Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($10,000) as follows: (Personnel)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $10,000
        TOTAL:    $10,000
TO:
19131-51999    Unemployment Compensation        $10,000
        TOTAL:    $10,000

27.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that the Police Department do traffic reviews at the corner of Sargeant St. and Jerome. Cars are speeding through the 4 Stop sign intersection and there have been several car accidents during school bus drop off times

28.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that the DPW do a traffic count along Sargeant St. near the corner of Sargeant/ St. Jerome

29.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that the Police Department place the speed radar machine on Sargeant St. as it nears the Sargeant St. and Saint Jerome

30.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that a blinking RED LIGHT be installed at the intersection of Sargeant and Saint Jerome

31.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that DPW replace the speed limit signs on Sargeant St. as they have been painted on

32.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that a Handicap parking sign be installed at 137 Leary Drive

33.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that a Handicap parking sign be installed at 31 Leary Drive

34.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that DPW/ Engineering Dept. study the possibility of changing Canby St. to a one way street.

35.    MCGEE_T    –    Order that United Water and DPW look into the sink hole area in from of Nick’s Nest on Northampton St. Please report back to the City Council on how to fix the issue

36.    VACON    –    the DPW Engineer review the original design for the circle at the top of Mayer Drive (near #78), determine the city property line and complete the curb and road to the end of the property line to the street light .

37.    JOURDAIN    –    the DPW and Parks Department appear before the Finance Committee to discuss the future of the Scotts Tower and related parcels so that we can put into place a renovation project to utilize the precious city resource now that phase 1 of project is complete with the completion of Community Field renovations. Please be prepared to bring maps, and rough estimates to handle renovations. Please also provide a punchlist of needed work that needs to be done. Please also inform us of any permissions from the state or other authorities to complete the needed improvements.

38.    JOURDAIN    –    State Rep Vega please try to secure funding for sound barriers in Holyoke for areas along Route 91. This has been attempted many different times in the past without success and we need to keep trying.

39.    JOURDAIN    –    Ordinance be changed to eliminate 20% of DPW Superintendent salary from being paid out of Sewer Fund and pay whole salary from DPW General Fund budget.

40.    JOURDAIN    –        That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the Special State Election to be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

    ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Eleccion  Especial Estatal que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 25 de Junio 2013, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD ONE   BARRIO UNO
PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room  21 de la Calle Bowers

PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

WARD TWO   BARRIO DOS
PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

WARD THREE   BARRIO TRES
PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

PRECINCT B – Metcalf  School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

WARD FOUR   BARRIOS CUATRO
PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

WARD FIVE   BARRIOS CINCO
PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms    
 
WARD SIX   BARRIO SEIS
PRECINCT A&B – Sullivan School 400 Jarvis Ave.
RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

WARD SEVEN   BARRIO SIETE
PRECINCT A&B – E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
RECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

41.    JOURDAIN    –    that the Special State Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of Senator in Congress be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in the several polling places designated by the City Council.
       The polls will be opened at 7:00AM and remain open continuously thereafter until 8:00PM, when the polls will be closed and all the voters will in the several precincts in which they  are entitled to vote, between said hours, give their votes for:
SENATOR IN CONGRESS

ORDENA, Que la Eleccion Estatal Especial en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la seleccion de Senador del Congreso sea y al igual de por este medio llamado a que lleve a cabo el Martes, Junio 25, 2013, en los various lugares de votacion, como designado por el concejo municipal
      Las urnas seran abiertas a las 7:00AM y cerradas a las 8:00PM de dicho dia y todos tienen derecho a votar entredicha horas ceder sus votos para lo siguente:
SENADOR  DE CONGRESO

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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