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Event takes place on October 01, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chamber 536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
October 1,2013

PUBLIC HEARING

1.    Petition for pole and wire locations at Williams St.

2.    Petition for pole and wire locations for intersection of Shawmut & Lynwood Ave.

LAID ON THE TABLE

3.    Minutes of Previous City Council meeting of August 6, 2013

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

4.    Previous City Council minutes from September 3, 2013

5.    From Administrative Assistant to City Council minutes of previous City Council meeting of August 6 and September 3, 2013

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Mr. Josh Knox, 40 Morgan St. to serve  as a member of the Board of Appeals ; Mr. Knox will replace Mr. Dexter A. Gess and will serve a three year term; said term will expire on July 2016.

7.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Wilfredo Melendez, 471 Beech St. to serve as Director of Veteran’s Services, effective Wednesday, September 25, 2013:  this is a 1 year appointment and expires September 25, 2014.

8.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Jennifer D. Gilburg, 110 Lincoln St. to serve as a commissioner of the Parks & Recreation; Ms. Gilburg will serve a 3 year term; said term will expire on June 30, 2016.

9.    From Kara Lamb Cunha, 2nd Asst. City Solicitor, letter to Jeff Burkott, Principal Planner, re:  UWM Holdings, Inc. – 686 Main St.

10.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer re: property disposed of via Public Auction at 586-588 High St.

11.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, re:  property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree, Grandview St.

12.    From John D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re:  property disposed of via public auction at 405 High St.

13.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports (General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of August 31, 2013

14.    From Damian J. Cote, Building Commissioner, letter re: six month report on progress made within the department

15.    From Office of State Auditor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Official audit report for Geriatric Authority of Holyoke for the period of January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012

16.    From MA Department of Revenue certifying Holyoke’s free cash as of June 30, 2013, available for appropriations for the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014

17.    From Kathleen Bowler, Executive Director Council on Aging, letter regarding donations given to the Council on Aging.

18.    From Board of Health, minutes of July 15, 2013

19.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation minutes of June 17, 2013

20.    From Board of Fire Commissioner minutes of June 19, 2013

21.    From License Board Commission, minutes of August 7, 2013

22.    From Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, Board of Directors minutes from August 15, 2013

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

PETITIONS

23.Petition for a zone change at 161 Lower Westfield Rd. from IG to IP

24.    Petition for a Zone Change for Whiting Farms Rd. from BG to IP

25.    Petition of Kenrick Williams for a renewal of a home occupation for 97 Locust St. for a landscape and lawn care business.

26.    Petition of Lasca Hoey for a renewal of a special permit for a home occupation at 7 Line Rd. to conduct a massage business.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

27.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

27A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that SECTION 1.  Section 91 entitled “Permit:conduct of sale” of Chapter 66 entitled “Secondhand Goods” of the Revised Code of Ordinances of the city of Holyoke, MA, 1997, as amended, is hereby further amended by the following:
DELETING: The Word “seven” from the first sentence of subsection (b) AND ADDING IN ITS PLACE: The word “three”
DELETING: The word “two” from the third sentence of subsection (b) AND ADDING IN ITS PLACE: The word “three”
DELETING: The word “48″ from the last sentence of subsection (b) AND ADDING IN ITS PLACE: The word “24″
ADDING: After the last sentence of subsection (d)
“This section may be enforced in accordance with the non-criminal disposition procedures set forth in section 1-10 of this Ordinance. The City Reserves the right to deny any future tag sale permits due to prior violation(s) of this section. “
SECTION 2: All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed
Section 3: This ordinance shall take effect on the date of passage.
  Recommend that the order be adopted

27B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to accept the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 138 Section 12 paragraph 15. Which would enable the Holyoke License Board to grant a license to current Wine and Beer/Wine and Malt holding licensees to sell cordials at their respective establishments.  Recommend that the order be adopted

28.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

29.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

29A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to approve the operation of a Needle Exchange program in the City of Holyoke Recommend that the order be adopted

29B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Parks and Recreation Department replace the dilapidated, unsafe benches located at the baseball/soccer fields at McMahon Schools  Recommend that the order has been complied with

29C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Police Chief, Gas and Electric Superintendent , Parks and Rec director and any other departments that are pertinent in regards to making the “high rock” section of the Connecticut River safer. Recommend that the Order has been complied with

29D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the Police Department enforce the “do not block the box” ordinance at the intersection of Northampton St. with both Clark St. and Gilman St. and report back to the City Council Public Safety Committee on this Recommend that the Order has been complied with

30.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

30A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an application for a Special Permit for Home Occupation (Appendix A Zoning 4.8.2) Recommend that the application be granted with the condition that the Business operate only during the hours of 1:00PM to 9:00 PM and that there be a maximum of 20 lessons given during the week. The business is permitted to have a two foot by two foot sign.

30B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Personnel Dept. complete CORI checks and report to the City Council the Status of CORI checks on all city employees to ensure that each employee is currently eligible to hold his/her position in accordance with the law and city policies. Recommend that the order has been complied with

30C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Mr. Jason Garand to serve as a Commissioner of the Planning Board for the City of Holyoke Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

30D.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Ms. Kimberly A Ferris to serve as a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the City of Holyoke Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

31.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

32.    VACON    –    the City provide homeowners with a covered recycling bin in areas where traffic, wind or animals cause the contents of the open bins to become litter on the street.
That one bin is provided per household without charge

33.    VACON    –    a streetlight be added to pole #8 at the curve on Apremont Highway

34.    VACON    –    parking space lines be painted on Farnum Drive to maximize the use of limited parking
on that street.

35.    VEGA    –    Please remove the dead tree on the north side of Rock Valley Rd before the intersection (Stop sign) at Apremont Hwy.  This is a safety hazard as part of the tree has already fallen in the travel lane.

36.    ALEXANDER    –    Pursuant to two prior City Council orders that: 1) On April 2, 2013 declared the parcels identified below to be “surplus property available for disposition”; and 2) On April 16, 2013 authorized the transfer of such land to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, be it so ordered that the Honorable City Council accept a final offer from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by and through its Department of Fish & Game to purchase two parcels of land located on Easthampton Road for a sum of $14,000, as determined by a licensed appraiser, as follows, and to authorize the Mayor and/or tax title custodian to execute any documents in connection therewith:

1.)        Map 211, Block 00, Parcel 002, consisting of approximately 4.0 acres for $8,235.29; and

2.)        Map 212, Block 00, Parcel 002, consisting of approximately 2.8 acres for $5,764.71.

37.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas: The State has approved medical marijuana facilities within the state, and whereas the City has just implemented a moratorium on such facilities to allow for the development of appropriate zoning and other controls

Ordered: that the city council work with the planning and law departments to craft a zoning ordinance pertaining to medical marijuana and its associated facilities, protecting the public health and safety while remaining consistent with applicable state law.

38.    JOURDAIN    –    the DPW install additional warning signage in both directions alerting motorists that there is a school bus stop at the corner of Hampden St & Sylvia Ln.

39.    JOURDAIN    –    an ordinance be created establishing a stipend of
    TALLMAN        $4,000 per year for the Chairman of War Memorial Commission
            in consideration for all the additional time and work
            this position is required to perform in the day to
            day management of the War Memorial.

40.    JOURDAIN    –    The Biennial Municipal Election in the City of Holyoke for the choice of City Officers be and the same is hereby called to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 in all the several polling places as designated by the City Council.  The polls will be opened at 7:00AM in the forenoon and closed at 8:00PM in the evening of said day, and all the voters in the several precincts in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, may cast their votes by Accu-Vote and paper ballots for the election of:    

Que las Elecciones Bienal Municipal en la Ciudad de Holyoke, para el escojer de oficiales de la ciudad, sera llevado a cabo el Martes, 5 de Noviembre 2013 en los varios barrios, designados por la Asambleista Municipal.  Los precintos estaron abiertos a las 8:00AM de la manana y permanaceran abierto hasta las 8:00PM, cuando los precintos sean designado para votar en las horas dicha y habran dado sus votos por medio de Accu-Vote y papeletas de papel para la eleccion de:

Mayor, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
Alcalde, para servir por un termino de dos anos, desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

City Clerk, to serve the term of four years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
Escribiente de la Ciudad, para servir por un termino de cuatro anos desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

City Treasurer, to serve the term of four years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
Tesorero  Municipal de la Ciudad, para servir por un termino de cuatro anos, desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

Eight Councilors At-Large, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
Ocho Asambleistas En-General, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

One Councilor from Each Ward, by and from the voters of each ward to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
Un Asambleista de Cada Distrito, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir por el termino de dos anos, desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

One Member of the School Committee for Each Ward, by and from the voters of each ward, to serve for the term of two years, from the first Monday in January following their election, and until their successors are qualified.
Un Miembro de el Comite de Escuela de Cada Distrito, por los votantes de cada barrio, para servir un termino de dos anos, desde el primer Lunes de Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado

One Member of the School Committee At-Large to serve for the term of four years, from the first Monday in January following his/her election, and until his/her successor is qualified.
Un Miembro de el Comite De Escuela En-General, para servir por un termino cuatro anos, desde el primer Lunes en Enero, despues de las elecciones, O’hasta que su sucesor sea qualificado.

41.    JOURDAIN    –    the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the Municipal & State Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

    ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recintos en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Primarias Especial del Estado que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 5 de Noviembre 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 – Escuala Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

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

42.    JOURDAIN    –    Suspend Rule 1 of the Rules and Orders of the City Council in so far as it pertains to the regularly scheduled meeting of November 5, 2013 as it is the date of the Municipal & State Election and reschedule this meeting.

43.    JOURDAIN    –    DPW install a No Outlet or Dead End sign at beginning of Raymond Ave (many travellers think the road is connected and have to turn around).

44.    LISI    –    a STOP sign at the corner of Oak and Essex (heading
    FERREIRA        towards Appleton St.)
    VEGA

45.    LISI    –    a “PEARL ST.” sign be placed at the corner of Pearl
    FERREIRA        and Pleasant
    VEGA

46.    LISI    –    repairs be made to tree belt in front of 430 Pleasant
    FERREIRA        St. (constant flooding when it rains)
    VEGA

47.    LISI    –    tree branches be trimmed at 64 Taylor St. (tree is
    FERREIRA        in front of her home and branches are brushing against
    VEGA        her home)

48.    LISI    –    the G&E provide a light pole in back alley near 75
    FERREIRA        Linden St. to address/alleviate safety concerns)
    VEGA

49.    LISI    –    a mirror be placed on the lighting pole near O’Connor
    FERREIRA        Ave. and Hampden St (residents have concerns about
    VEGA        safety when driving from O’Connor onto Hampden)

50.    LISI    –    that the empty lot next to his house (267-269 Suffolk
    FERREIRA        St.) is “cleaned up” by DPW (major overgrowth)
    VEGA

51.    LISI    –    Ordered, that Chapter 74 be reviewed and amended as necessary to allow the Board of Health, DPW and Police to have the option to issue a non-criminal ticket for the first violation of provisions such as illegal dumping rather than having to issue a warning letter prior to a ticket.

52.    LISI    –    Ordered, that the enforcement of Chapter 74 (Solid Waste) be reviewed with the Board of Health, Police Department and DPW.

53.    MCGEE_T    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “JAG2013-DJ-BX-0937″ 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.(Police)

54.    MCGEE_T    –    that the amount of One Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($1,725.00) be authorized from the City Treasurer Department’s Register of Deeds Filings (11452-53055) appropriation in fiscal year 2014 for services rendered in fiscal year 2013 which were unencumbered at the 2013 fiscal year end.(Treasurer)

55.    MCGEE_T    –    that the amount of Three Hundred Seventy Five & 00/100 Dollars ($375.00) be authorized from the City Treasurer Department’s Register of Deeds Filings (11452-53055) appropriation in fiscal year 2014 for services rendered in fiscal year 2013 which were unencumbered at the 2013 fiscal year end.(Treasurer)

56.    MCGEE_T    –    that the amount of Ten Thousand Two Hundred Seventy Two & 11/100 Dollars ($10,272.11) be authorized from the City Treasurer Department’s Land Court Filings (11452-53050) appropriation in fiscal year 2014 for services rendered in fiscal year 2013 which were unencumbered at the 2013 fiscal year end. (Treasurer)

57.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, 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

58.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, One Hundred One Thousand Five Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($101,500) as follows: (Police)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $101,500
        TOTAL:    $101,500
TO:
12101-51107    Pay – Patrol Officers        $74,000
12101-51300    Pay – Overtime        6,000
12101-51400    Pay – Longevity        2,000
12101-51440    Pay – Sick Leave Bonus        500
12101-51520    Pay – Holiday Differential        4,000
12101-51590    Pay – Court Appearances        6,000
12101-51920    Pay – Quinn Bill Education Incentive        9,000
        TOTAL:    $101,500

59.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Forty Three Thousand One Hundred Fifty & 00/100 Dollars ($43,150) as follows: (City Clerk)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $43,150
        TOTAL:    $43,150
TO:
—    Please see attached list        $43,150
        TOTAL:    $43,150

60.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Seventy Three Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Seven & 00/100 Dollars ($73,727) as follows: (Bldg. Dept.)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $73,727
        TOTAL:    $73,727
TO:
12402-53020    Demolition of Unsafe Buildings        $73,727
        TOTAL:    $73,727

61.    MCGEE_T    –    that the amount of Three Thousand Eight Hundred Forty Six & 76/100 Dollars ($3,846.76) be authorized from the Police Department’s SSYI 2012 Grant-Purchase of Services (1010-52000) appropriation in fiscal year 2014 for services rendered in fiscal year 2013 which were unencumbered at the 2013 fiscal year end. (Police)

62.    MCGEE_T    –    Handicap sign at 40-42 Belvidere be removed, the person has moved

63.    MCGEE_T    –    the GAH come before the finance committee to go over the state audit report in detail

64.    MCGEE_T    –    the chief of police, DPW, and board of health director be invited to come before the public safety committee to discuss and/or provide a safety plan on dealing with needles found by constituents.  Several constituents have expressed concern that there is no procedure in place to deal with the proper and safe disposal of needles when needles are found on sidewalks or on/in park areas.

65.    SOTO    –    the Holyoke police and health department come before the city council and inform the council on what’s the plan if any regarding prostitution in the city.

66.    SOTO    –    Fire department representative come before the city council, to discuss the possibility of the city providing ambulance service through the Fire department

67.    SOTO    –    Mr Donald Wilcox ,come before the city council and explain how all these financial improprieties could be happening. While he was the chief financial officer of the Holyoke Geriatric Authority

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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