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Event takes place on January 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, Holyoke, MA 01040

January 19,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    Petition of Verizon New England , Inc. to place one pole on the northerly side of Harvard St. at a point approximately one hundred seventy-three (173) feet Easterly from the center line of Pleasant St.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

2.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Ms. Dalila Hyry-Dermith, 37 Longfellow Rd. to serve as a commissioner of the Board of Health for the City of Holyoke, Ms. Hyry-Dermith will serve a three year term; said term will expire February 1, 2019.

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Mr. Seth R. Taylor, 408 Southampton Rd. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke; Mr. Taylor will serve a three-year term; said term will expire February 1, 2019.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Anja Ryan Duffy, 118 Sycamore St. to serve as a member of the Conservation Commission for the City of Holyoke; Ms. Duffy will serve a three-year term; said term will expire February 1, 2019.

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter asking the council to assemble a City Finance Team to construct a Budget reform package.

6.    From Kara Lamb Cunha, Asst City Solicitor Legal Opinion, re:  Use of Cemetery for an additional ” as of right ” use.

7.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk & Ryan Allen, Admin. Ass’t to City Council minutes from January 5, 2016.

8.    From Board of Health, minutes from November 12, 2015.

9.    From Holyoke Retirement Board minutes from October 13, October 20, October 28, & October 29, 2015.

10.    From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, minutes from October 21, 2015.

11.    From Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center minutes from  June 10, and Sept. 9, 2015.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

12.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

12A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that DPW install blinking crosswalk lights at the corner of Nonotuck and Lincoln as soon as possible  Recommend that the order be adopted

12B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order to add a stop sign at the end of Lynn Ann Dr. going easterly at Lower Westfield Rd. per recommendation of DPW/ Engineering  Recommend that the order be adopted

12C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that a handicap space be placed at 34 Congress Ave. for Josue Andujar  recommend that the application be approved

12D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order  that handicap sign be placed in front of 582 South Summer St. for Hector L. Velasquez  recommend that the application be approved

12E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 100 Beech St. for Phillip Manzi  Recommendation that the application  be approved

12F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 16 Clinton St. for Robert A. Fitzpatrick Jr.  recommend that the application be approved

12G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 195 Suffolk St. for Maria Vasquez  recommend that the application be approved

12H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City consider replacing the bus stop at the corner of Hampshire & Maple Sts. it was recently deleted, but serves as a busy connection between buses coming down Hampshire St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12I.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city council order removal of the handicap parking sign at 5-7 Martin St. The business at that address no longer requires it.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12J.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the speed limit on Lower Westfield Road be reduced from 30mph to 20 mph for the portion of the road from Homestead Ave. that leads to the Elks.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12K.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City remove the “no parking” sign in front of 70 Chestnut St.  Recommend that the order be adopted

12L.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 2-34 of the Ordinances be reviewed and amended as necessary to prevent any office of city hall from closing early or closing during normal business hours.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

12M.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the city council amend parking ordinance on Westfield Rd. near Blessed Sacrament that will allow for parking during weekend masses and will provide additional parking space.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

12N.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the DPW install appropriate signage stating local traffic only, no commercial vehicles on Lower Westfield Rd. from Whiting Farms Road to Holy Family and on Route 5 at the bottom of Lower Westfield Rd. The neighborhood has seen an increase of commercial vehicles (trucks).   Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

13.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

13A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  Financial Transfer request of $25,000 FROM Police Drug Testing TO: Police Overtime  awaiting disposition

13B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer request of $200,000 FROM Free Cash TO: Police Overtime   awaiting disposition

13C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order  that the City institute a hiring freeze for all departments until the City can better address the budget shortfalls and move forward with a plan as advised by bond counsel.  awaiting disposition

13D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Byrne Memorial JAG 2015″ 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  awaiting disposition

13E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Clean Energy Initiative ” 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.  awaiting disposition

13F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2016 911 Support” 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.  awaiting disposition

13G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order : Financial Transfer $692.31 FROM: Free Cash TO: Pay-assistant Clerk  awaiting disposition

14.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

15.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

16A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit Application for approval of a 199’ new wireless telecommunications facility inside the flood plain overlay district at 200 Northampton St. Holyoke MA MBP 227-00-005 Recommend that the application be approved

16B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred Special Permit applications for Sprint Spectrum, L.P (Sprint) and co applicant, T-Mobile Northeast, LLC (T-Mobile). 1. Application for a approval of a 199’ New Wireless Telecommunications Facility to be located at 200 Northampton St. Holyoke MA MBP 227-00-005.  Recommend that the application be approved

17.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

18.    BARTLEY    –    the City Council approve the Resolution approving the Certified Project and Special Tax Assessment (STA) Agreement for Aegis Energy Services, Inc. for  its expansion at 55 Jackson St. and 84 Sargeant St.

19.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare the following parcels of land “surplus property available for disposition.” Said parcels are located at:  501 S. Bridge St., 0 South Bridge St. (ID 031-01-016), 501 Bridge St., 299 Walnut St., and 307 Walnut St.

20.    BARTLEY    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” which was approved by the Holyoke City Council on December 4, 2012 and by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on February 5, 2013, vote to approve the transfer of the properties listed below to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00.

Parcel ID
Address
Current Use
Assessed Value
Zoning
Book / Page
Area #9
 
 031-01-015
501 SOUTH BRIDGE ST
Vacant Land
13,700.00
IG
20125 / 375
031-01-016
SOUTH BRIDGE ST
Vacant Land
12,600.00
IG
 20566 / 3
031-01-017
501 BRIDGE ST
Vacant Land
1,300.00                              
IG
20566 / 4
030-03-007
CABOT ST
Vacant Land
4,400.00
BH
16564 / 387
030-03-008
61 CABOT ST
Vacant Land
21,400.00
BH
16826 / 128
Area #3

004-06-009
163 SARGEANT ST
Vacant Building
$368,600.00
DR
19864 / 549
Area #10

047-01-011
160 MIDDLE WATER ST
Vacant Building
40,000.00
IG
11072 / 306

21.    BARTLEY    –    The city change Russell Terrace and Harrison Avenue from allowing one-way traffic to two-way traffic.  

22.    BARTLEY    –    With at least three traffic fatalities (New Year’s day at Chestnut/Hampshire Streets and Jan. 4 at Westfield Rd./Roosevelt Ave.) so far in 2016 and other close calls (Beech/Franklin St. crossing guard; and  South St.) with pedestrians being struck, the city council invite the Police Chief to a future Public Safety meeting to discuss traffic enforcement and mitigation efforts used and planned by HPD.  

23.    JOURDAIN    –    that a handicap sign be place in front of  148 Leary Dr. for Giovanni Correa.

24.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Zoning Section 7.1.1, 4 be amended as follows by adding the following clause, ” Parking lots or structures designed to serve these institutions and their accessory uses and buildings are allowed whether or not a fee is charged for their use; provided, that parking lots shall only be allowed by special permit of the City Council.” (Re-filed from 8/4/15 to comply with statutory time frames).

25.    LEAHY    –    In an effort to save money, the department of public works performs random moisture checks on salt they purchase for city streets. As we know the City of Holyoke purchases the salt and pays for it by the ton. Moreover the DPW performs this within  accordance to the regulations by the Mass Department of Transportation. Also they, the DPW, keep accurate records of these random moisture checks that could be reviewed at a later time.

26.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2016, Fifty-five thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($55,000) as follows: (Law Dept.)
FROM:
11511-51102    Assistant Solicitor        $55,000
        TOTAL:    $55,000
TO:
11512-53010    Prof Services – Special Counsel        $55,000
        TOTAL:    $55,000

27.    ROMAN    –    Ordered, that the City of Holyoke establish through
    VALENTIN        ordinance a Human Rights Commission, multi-member
            body of the City. The Commission shall advocate and
            be an information resource for the rights guaranteed
            pursuant to local, state, and/or federal law on the
            basis of race or color, gender, gender expression, physical
            or mental ability, religion, socio-economic status,
            ethnic or national origin, sexual identification or
            orientation, or age for all persons within the City
            of Holyoke.

28.    ROMAN    –    the City of Holyoke establish a three way stop sign at the intersection of Hampshire and Chestnut Streets.

29.    ROMAN    –    the City of Holyoke centralize, and consolidate within the fire department all lists of empty and abandoned buildings, providing access to its server to any and all other departments who need it.

30.    ROMAN    –    the DPW study the impact of adding a traffic light on the intersections of Main Street & St. Vincent’s Street, in order to slow the speed, and elevate the flow of traffic, also to make walking and crossing the streets safer for students attending William J. Dean Technical High School.

31.    SULLIVAN    –    to amend appendix B – Wetlands Protection
Section 1 – 1 Purpose
Section 1 – 2 Applicability
Section 2  Jurisdiction

To Add language that would recognize that the Canal System is not a part of the “Natural” wetlands or waterways of the region and are not in the jurisdiction of the conservation commission the canals are a mechanical component used in the “service of the Public” as described in Section 8 exceptions.

32.    SULLIVAN    –    the discard of hazardous or regulated waste be subject to fines of $2,500 – $5,000 reward leading to arrest and conviction of $500.  Examples would be asbestos, PCB’s, lead, mercury, Etc., This would include items containing hazardous materials, such as refrigerators, (freon), brake pads, floor tile (asbestos), paint and batteries (lead) light fixtures (PCB’s).

although DEP/EPA already have stringent rules and penalties this would aid in enforcement and further discourage this type of activity.

33.    SULLIVAN    –    the discard of refuse items on public or private property in excess of 2lbs.  constitutes an act of “Illegal Dumping”, examples are items such as mattresses, furniture, tires, bags of household trash, Etc.,  Penalty for such illegal disposal to be no less than $1,000 and up to $2,500 reward for arrest and conviction $250.00.

This action is being brought forward to differentiate between the act of simple littering and gross discard.  this is a leading sign of blight is our City and an expense to the DPW as well as a health concern.

34.    TALLMAN    –    That the Council consider an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to address wind power turbines and associated equipment; both in large-scale and residential installations.

35.    VACON    –    That “no dumping” signs be posted on Apremont Hwy near Rt. 202 with any fines noted.  The area is becoming a regular dumping area.  The area is believed to be Holyoke Waterworks property, near the entrance to the trail.

36.    VACON    –    At the point where Apremont Hwy turns right up the hill toward 202 and meets Rock Valley Road, that the intersection be re-configured into a “T” three- way stop.  There has been a long standing safety hazard with the current configuration of the roadways.  This is requested if our City Engineer finds it to be acceptable.

37.    VACON    –    That “no trespassing” on Holyoke Water Works right of way and surrounding areas off of Apremont Highway be enforced.  There is a high amount of erosion occurring due to high ATV travel in the area.

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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