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Event takes place on October 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
1. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing, Mr. Bellamy Schmidt, 661 West Cherry St., Mr. George Mettey, 7 Hemlock Dr. Mr. Jeremy Smith, 485 Hillside Ave. to serve as members of the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke, they will serve a one-year term, which expires on February 2016. Also re-appointing Mr. Patrick T. Leahy, 9 Wyckoff Ave. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors, Mr. Leahy will serve a two-year term, which expires February 2017.
2. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter appointing Ms. Kelly Curran, 230 South St. to serve as a member on the Library Board of Directors for the City of Holyoke, Ms. Curran will fill the vacant seat of Mr. Wesley Kulig and will serve a two-year term; said term will expire on February 2017.
3. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter asking for support on the resolution approving the International Container Company, LLC (ICC) Certified Project and Tax Increment Financing Agreement.
4. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t to City Council, minutes from meeting of October 6, 2015.
5. From License Board Commission, minutes of September 9, 2015.
6. From Board of Public Works minutes from September 21, 2015.
7. From Sewer Commission minutes from September 21, 2015.
8. From Stormwater Authority minutes from September 21, 2015.
9. Petition of John Redmond, Shield Hotel Mgmt. new special permit to allow a Commercial Drive-In Window at 245 Whiting Farms Rd.
10. Petition of Lasca Hoey for a renewal of Home Occupation at 7 Line Rd. for a Massage Business.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
11. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
11A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 221 Elm St. for Ruben Duran Recommend that the order be adopted
11B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 35 North East St. for LoriAnn A. Bresnahan Recommend that the order be adopted
11C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Special permit application for installation of telecommunications antennas on the existing rooftop of the Delaney Inn at 1 Country Club Rd. Recommend that the application be approved
11D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City develop an Ordinance that creates a commercial kitchen program that the Fire Dept. can implement Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
12. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
12A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred that the City Council invite the Mayor’s Office and the City Clerk in to discuss the codification of our City ordinances and when the last time municode was updated. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended to say “Refer to Mayor’s office to adopt and restore funds for municode as stated in previous budget hearing.”
12B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Residents Petition RE: $45,000 Payment from Mayor to former City Solicitor Heather Egan Recommend that a letter be crafted by Council president to the State Ethics Commission subject to City Council review. Recommend that the petition has been complied with
12C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the City look into the purchase of a debit/credit card machines for the City Hall offices where cash is accepted Recommend that the order has been complied with
12D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the Legal Dept. please update the City Council on the status of the Munis system and the advances that were made. If the Legal Dept. no longer handles the Munis system then please forward to the appropriate dept. handling said matter. Recommend that the order has been complied with
12E. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Holyoke residents petition opposing proposed storm water run-off fee Recommend that the petition has been complied with
12F. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Holyoke residents petition opposing proposed storm water run-off fee Recommend that the petition has been complied with
12G. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness” 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.
Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw
12H. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer request of $7,250 from Utility Person and Secretary to: Energy- Gas and electric Recommend that the financial transfer be denied
12I. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Application to keep two pool tables for Monica Velez at 637 Summer St. Awaiting disposition
12J. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Ordered that in light of the FY14 Audit received by the City Clerk, the City Auditor as well as the City’s independent audit firm be invited to a Finance Committee meeting to answer questions and provide any updates awaiting disposition
12K. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Ordered that the City Council is provided with an update on recently settled cases by the legal dept. Awaiting disposition
12L. 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 “STATE HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAM” 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.
12M. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from City Auditor requesting approval of the establishment of a new revolving fund to house expenses and revenues for two School Resource Officers requested by the Holyoke Public Schools Awaiting disposition
12N. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from City Auditor RE: governance letter issued by Melanson Heath related to the FY14 Audit awaiting disposition
12O. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from City Auditor RE: Management Letter from Melanson Heath Related to City financial records for FY14 awaiting disposition
12P. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from Holyoke Water Works requesting meeting with City Council to discuss new Ultraviolet Disinfection facility and various other related water related topics Awaiting disposition
12Q. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial transfer request $64,463 FROM Demolition TO: Pay-Prop/Maint Demo Supervisor and Pay-Prop/Maint Demo Worker Awaiting disposition
12R. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Memoranda of Agreement between City of Holyoke and Professional Supervisors Association and the Dept. of Public Works Laborers UFCW Local 1459 Union Awaiting disposition
12S. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Pawnbroker License application of Tai W. Kang at 311 High St. Awaiting disposition
12T. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Second Hand License application for Brad Matthews Jewelers at 2225 Northampton St. awaiting disposition
12U. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Taxi cab license application for Mr. Fara Bahremand of 58 Timber Dr. East Longmeadow Awaiting disposition
13. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
14. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
15. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
16. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
17. BARTLEY – the City Council approve the Certified Project and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement for International Container Company/Searles Associates, LLC for its expansion at 122 Mosher St.
18. BRESNAHAN – the City Clerk, Economic Development Director in conjunction with the Public Service Committee, develop a survey attached to the business permit application, this survey will inquire how the application process was for the applicant and if the process is business friendly.
19. BRESNAHAN – In the hopes of a more transparent city government and a better system of checks in balances within our current government, order the law dept. provide a legal opinion on the powers the executive branch currently has within the city charter with respect to the mayor being the sole person to enter into contracts and using tax dollars to pay out for these contracts without any approval from city council or any body within the city. Further to report back to city council if an objective committee or board could be created in order to review contracts set forth by the executive branch to ensure that these monetary contracts the city is entering into is in the best interest of the city. This board could include the president of the city council, a member of the finance department within the city and members of the public appointed by city council
20. GREANEY JR. – to bring in a representative from Holyoke Police Department to the Public Safety Committee to discuss rules and regulations and laws regarding motor scooters & their use in the City of Holyoke
21. GREANEY JR. – to install speed limit signs on upper Hampden St. where businesses are located from Pleasant St. West to Northampton St.
22. JOURDAIN – the City of Holyoke look into allowing people on septic
GREANEY JR. tanks to dump their waste, have it collected in order
LEAHY for the City to collect there fees, instead of sending
MCGEE out of town.
23. LEBRON-MARTINEZ – the city councilor thru the appropriate committee addressed the issue of a tree with roots lifting up the property owners side walks and stairs of 65 Elm St. this tree belongs to Cramps Park a city park. There is also out grown branches over their electrical lines that will need to be taken care.
24. MCGEE – that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Bulletproof Vests Partnership” 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.
25. MCGEE – that the school department look into moving the school bus stop in front of People’s United Bank on Northampton Street to the side parking lot area. The current location is very unsafe for the children.
26. VACON – That the City Engineer evaluate Rt. 202 at Ashley Rd for installation of barriers to prevent drivers from crossing the double yellow line as they travel toward Homestead Ave. Drivers traveling toward Westfield or taking a left turn on to Ashley are experiencing drivers crossing the double yellow lines causing the possibility of head-on collisions.
27. VACON – That a large tree located on city property behind 36 Bray Park Rd that has been deemed a safety hazard by a city official according to the resident, be removed. The tree has had one main branch break off and another main branch is hollow and has a hole through it.
28. VACON – An article quoted Representative Vega: Vega said: “Some councilors were assuming that (a final House) review already took place. They were wrong. At this point House counsel does have concerns and those concerns have been communicated to the City Council on numerous occasions. There are no politics at play here.”
Please provide the City Council with copies of communications referred to by Rep. Vega regarding the Home Rule petition as there have been no communications received by the City Council to date.
29. VACON – That the acting auditor correct a material error in the City’s response to the recommendation from outside auditor Melanson Heath. The recommendation states “This plan should include the extent to which USER (emphasis added) charges may need to increase in order to finance sewer operations and capital improvements on an ongoing basis.
In the City’s Response it states that …..we would like to fund those upgrades by imposing a new Stormwater fee…..This recommendation is currently being reviewed by the City Council.
This is a mis-statement of fact. There is no storm water fee before the City Council and that statement should be deleted from the report that is dated June 18, 2015 and was received in the Clerk’s office on September 25, 2015.
30. VACON – That legal staff update the City Council regarding any response from Jon Lumbra regarding the repayment of more than $20,000 salary he collected after beginning full time employment with Loomis Communities. The City Council voted unanimously that he should repay this money.
31. VACON – the Mayor rescind his Executive Order that directs our Police Chief to ignore federal immigration laws for detaining illegal aliens. Our Mayor should not be directing our Police Chief to violate the law.
32. VACON – As long as taxpayers with private sewers (septic systems) are paying to subsidize the sewer fund ( which is supposed to be self supporting) and/or in the event that a citywide storm water fee is imposed, homeowners upon presentation of a valid septic service repair/improvement bill will be reimbursed up to $500.00 per year. That the city will determine the proper office and establish procedures to implement this reimbursement system.
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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