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Event takes place on December 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. HOlyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 16,2014

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    That the Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the area on Hampden St. in front of 728 Hampden (between Clinton and O’Connor) be designated as a “No Parking” area.  That this change be implemented as soon as possible to eliminate the major visibility and safety issues for drivers exiting O’Connor Ave onto Hampden St.

2.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order, that the handicap parking spot placed at the corner of Hampden and O’Connor Ave., recently be moved to O’Connor Ave. as soon as possible to eliminate the major visibility and safety issues for drivers coming out of O’Connor Ave onto Hampden St.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3.    From City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee and Admistrative Assistant to the City Council Ryan Allen, minutes of previous City Council Meeting of December 2, 2014.

4.    From Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Public Employees Retirement Administration Commission, letter to the Holyoke Retirement Board re:  Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016

5.    From registered voters  request for a leave to withdraw without prejudice the application for a zone change for the Whiting Farms Rd. Parcel # 116-00-001 submitted to the City of Holyoke on September 3, 2013.

6.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Executive Director for the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, minutes from August 20 and October 29, 2014

7.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, minutes of June 19, July 9, July 24, Aug. 6, and Sept. 18, 2014

8.    From License Board Commission minutes November 5, 2014

PETITIONS

9.    Petition of Edward Glica, 19 Concord Ave. for a renewal of a special permit for a home occupation for a home remodeling business.

10.    Petition of  Helen F. Norris, application for a zone change at Whiting Farms Rd. Parcel # 116-00-001 from BG ( Business General ) to RM20 ( Multi family residence 20 units/acre )

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

11.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

11A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the city adopt the Complete Streets Ordinance drafted by the Holyoke Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee  Recommend that the order be adopted

11B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special Permit Application for a Motor Vehicle Repair Garage at 829 Main St. for Mr. Ismael Rivera  Recommend that the application be approved

11C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special Permit Application for a Special Permit to allow a commercial drive-thru at 1553 Dwight St. for Pride Limited Partnership  Recommend that the application be approved

11D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Special Permit application for Carmen Garcia for a new motor vehicle repair garage at 640 South Bridge St Recommend that the application be approved under the condition that a letter is received by the Council from the plumbing inspector confirming that the building does have the oil/gas separator (MDC trap)

11E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that prior to seizure of any building for back taxes or other debt, the Treasurer be present for approval to the Council documentation of the financial impact of such seizure, including any anticipated legal costs, rehab,/demo costs and expected revenue from resale of the property, as well as a summary of the rationale for such seizure.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

11F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition for a Zone Change for Whiting Farms Rd. from BG to IP Recommend that the zone change be denied

11G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Petition of the Holyoke First Residents to give zone change petition of Whiting Farms Road Parcel ID 116-00-001 Recommend to be given leave to withdraw without prejudice

12.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

13.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

14.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

15A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order That in accordance with the newly adopted Section 2-161 of the Code of Ordinances the City Council approve the Law Department’s representation of HEDIC and the HRA, as more specifically detailed in the communication from Mayor Morse.  Recommend that the order be adopted

15B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a communication from the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority RE: Next steps with regard to the recently approved act authorizing the City of Holyoke to issue additional liquor licenses  recommend that the communication be received

15C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order seeing how the former Shop Rite has remained vacant for at least 25 years, invite the Economic Development Director and the Assessor’s office into City Council to discuss how the city can work with the owners of K-Mart plaza to improve this area.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite the Conservation Commission to join the Committee on Development and Government Relations to present an update on their role in project review, current activities, longer term plans and other items.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15E.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council request the Citizen Advisory Group created last October to come in to update us in their progress in developing a re-use study for the Mount Tom Power Plant. The assessor and other City Departments related to the CAC should be invited to discuss next steps as well.  Recommend that the order be referred to the Full Council for a report and update then returned to Committee to receive future updates and information

15F.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Olde Holyoke Development Corporation, the Building Commissioner and the Board of Health work together to properly secure the Armory Building  Recommend that the order has been complied with

15G.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that now that the Mt Tom Quarry is closed what does the developer plan to do in terms of reclamation.  During the 1998-1999 discussions of this proposal, many promises were made as to how the property would look when the quarry was closed and how the property would be properly reclaimed.  Many beautiful illustrations were provided as to what it might look like.  I request the Development committee review this issue, invite key players in to discuss and learn what the future holds for the former quarry. Recommend that the order has been complied with

16.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

16A.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order That the City Council create a rule that the FY Budgets are acted upon in a Special Meeting rather than during full City Council meetings. Recommend the order be adopted and amended to create a new rule 67: The President shall call a special Meeting of the City Council for the purpose of considering all amendments and taking a final vote on the City’s Annual Budget.

16B.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  that the City Council change its rule related to City Council issued special permits for auto related uses (repair and sales) so that they are taken up in the Development and Government Relations Committee as opposed to Ordinance as there is no ordinance change associated with the granting and approval of these special permits
  Recommend that the order be adopted Amending Rule 32 Defining responsibilities of committees striking “Petitions of special permits (except home occupation” from the following the Ordinance committee shall have jurisdiction over matters relating to the adoption, amendment or deletion of any city ordinance; petitions for the establishment of telephone poles and wires; petitions for special permit (except home occupation) and petitions for zone changes.
AND ADDING”.  “The D&GR Committee shall have jurisdiction over all Council issued Special Permits (except for Home Occupation).” to the description of the Development and Government Relations Committee   
 

16C.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order  Whereas the City Solicitor has rendered an opinion that a voting majority consists of a member of those present at any meeting where a quorum of the body is present: Ordered that a rule of the Council be created stating this for purposes of clarity Recommend Rule 66 state
·    A Quorum of the Council or any of its committees shall consist of a simple majority of the entire membership.
·    All votes of the Council requiring a majority shall require a majority of the entire membership.
·    All votes of a Council Committee requiring a majority shall require a majority of those members present.
·    All votes of the Council or any of its committees requiring a 2/3 or more super majority shall require that same super majority of the entire membership.

16D.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order That all Committee Agendas include all items Tabled in that Committee
 Recommend that the order be adopted adding the language: “All items previously tabled in Committee shall be included on each subsequent Committee Agenda until voted out of Committee by a majority thereof, or until removed from Committee by a 2/3 vote of the full Council” to Rule 44A
 

16E.    The Committee on Charter and Rules to whom was referred an order that  the residency requirement for the DPW Director be given an exception due to the fact that he has served the City for over 25 years and that the requirement has never been enforced  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

17.    BARTLEY    –    City Council Rule 65 mandates Youth Ambassador serve
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ        on the Council.  Order that the City Council begin
            the process to fill this position so that a student
            is sworn to serve by July 1, 2015.  Refer to Joint
            Committee of council and School board to start the
            process.

18.    BARTLEY    –    Amend Ordinances to either remove the “No parking” sign on Lawler St. (near Barry Farrell’s) or move it closer to Northampton St.  Parking is limited in this area.  Refer to Ordinance with copy to Engineer.

19.    BRESNAHAN    –    That the City of Holyoke adopt a resolution in recognizing
    LEAHY        the term Christmas Tree and not Holiday Tree for our
    MCGEE        annual lighting of a  tree at City Hall used during
    SOTO        the Christmas season, and placed in front of the Holyoke
            City Hall.

20.    JOURDAIN    –    That all municipal officials (and contractors if at all possible) involved with the Essex House demolition please give the City Council an update and a projected timeline for completion.

21.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Ordinance committee review the procedures for building demolitions and determine if new ordinances can and need to be adopted to have greater transparency and accountability during the process.

22.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Two hundred fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($250) as follows: (building)

FROM:
12401-53410    Telephone        $250
        TOTAL:    $250
TO:
12401-51240    Pay – Temp Seasonal        $250
        TOTAL:    $250

23.    MCGEE    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Roving Archivist Strategic Assessment” 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.

24.    MCGEE    –    that the tree in front of 54-56 Beacon Ave be removed as the branches are falling regularly and have become a safety hazard.

25.    MCGEE    –    that the city request the Massachusetts department of public safety, state inspectors division come in and review and assess all buildings in the downtown area in order to develop a plan with regard to building demo.

26.    MCGEE    –    that the park and recreation department come in and provide an updated report regarding the Scott’s tower revitalization project.

27.    MCGEE    –    that the house at 22 Greenwood Ave, which the city took for tax title, be auctioned in order to get the house back in habitable living condition.

28.    SOTO    –    That the Wellness Center room at the Holyoke Senior Center be dedicated in honor of Mayor Michael J. Sullivan.

29.    VACON    –    That the treasurer’s office provide a status report on all tax repayment plans to date.  The Treasurer indicated in an email that there were over 40 active plans in September.

30.    VACON    –    That department head positions, appointed or elected, in 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.

31.    VALENTIN    –    That the Ordinance Committee work with the  relevant parties (Historical Commission, Office for Community Development, OPED,and Law Department) to develop ordinance(s) for  historic preservation. Please consider including the following: requirements  for protecting vacant buildings from the elements (specifically  water/moisture penetration) similar to those for securing buildings from vandalism; a system of mitigation to the City for losses of historic  property with revenues to be earmarked for historic preservation or  improvements within 1000 ft of the site of the loss; a system for  requiring insurance or bond on historic properties determined with  objective criteria to be at very high risk of loss and/or high risk of  injury (and explore possibility of transfer or carry-over if property  gets taken for tax title). Consider holding a public hearing to solicit  citizen input for further ideas and feedback, and consider any relevant  information from other communities or experts in the field.

32.    VALENTIN    –    That the Development & Governmental Relations Committee invite in the Historical Commission and Office of Community Development, and OPED to discuss what is needed to update the City’s Historic Inventory and foster development of a plan to accomplish this task.

33.    VALENTIN    –    That the Development & Governmental Relations Committee work with the Historical Commission,  Office of Community Development, Building Commissioner, and Fire  Department to develop a risk assessment tool with objective  criteria to determine the level of each property’s risk of loss and of  potential harm to neighbors or the public.  This assessment tool should  be performed on each property in the Historic Inventory. Such a tool  would facilitate a triage for intervention and allow prioritization for  attention.

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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