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Event takes place on August 01, 2017 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight St. City Hall, Council Chambers, Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
August 1,2017

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. JOURDAIN Ordered, that Ordered that the City Council appoint 3 members to the Community Preservation Committee.
—> Review applicants and select member to fill at-large seats on the Community Preservation Committee.
—> Motion was made and seconded to move to the first ballot,

On the first ballot Elaine Pluta received 10 votes (Jourdain, Lebron-Martinez, Lopez, McGee, McGiverin, Roman, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon, Valentin), Audra Bessette received 1 vote (Bresnahan). Andrew McMahon received 3 votes (Bartley, Greaney, Leahy). Elaine Pluta was elected to a 3 year term expiring January 31, 2020.

On the second ballot Andrew McMahon received 12 votes (Bresnahan, Greaney, Jourdain, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lopez, McGee, McGiverin, Sullivan, Tallman, Vacon, Valentin). Kevin Haarman received 1 vote (Bartley). Audra Bessette received 1 vote (Roman). Andrew McMahon was elected to a 2 year term expiring January 31, 2019.

On the the third ballot Kip Foley received 7 votes (Bartley, Jourdain, McGee, McGiverin, Sullivan, Vacon, Valentin). Audra Bessette received 7 votes (Bresnahan, Greaney, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lopez, Roman. Tallman).

On the fourth ballot Audra Bessette received 7 votes (Bresnahan, Greaney, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lopez, Roman, Tallman). Kip Foley received 6 votes (Jourdain, McGee, McGiverin, Sullivan, Vacon, Valentin). Kevin Haarman received 1 vote (Bartley).

On the fifth ballot Kip Foley received 7 votes (Bartley, Jourdain, McGee, McGiverin, Sullivan, Vacon, Valentin). Audra Bessette received 7 votes (Bresnahan, Greaney, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lopez, Roman, Tallman).

On the sixth ballot Audra Bessette received 7 votes (Bresnahan, Greaney, Leahy, Lebron-Martinez, Lopez, Roman, Tallman). Kip Foley received 6 votes (Jourdain, McGee, McGiverin, Sullivan, Vacon, Valentin). Kevin Haarman received 1 vote (Bartley).

A motion was made and seconded to table the seventh ballot.

2. that the sum of $1,500,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of tennis court reconstruction at Crosier Field, Jones Point and the High School, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project, provided that the amount of the authorized borrowing shall be reduced by the amount of such aid received prior to the issuance of bonds or notes under this order; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered: That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

Any material change to the description of projects included in this bond shall be subject to approval of the City Council.

The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Bond order of $1,500,000 to pay the costs of tennis court reconstruction at Crosier Field, Jones Point and the High School
have considered the same and Recommend that the order be adopted .

Committee Members:
Todd McGee
Peter R. Tallman
James M. Leahy
Linda L. Vacon
Diosdado Lopez
—> Report of Committee received and Denied on a call of the roll of the yeas and nays –Yeas 9 (Bartley, Bresnahan, Jourdain, Leahy, McGee, McGiverin, Sullivan, Tallman, Valentin)–Nays 4–Absent 2 (Lebron-Martinez, Lisi).

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

3. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: City Solicitor Appointment.

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re-appointing Ms. Sandra Parent, 347 Westfield Rd. to the Fairfield Avenue Historic District Commission Effective July 1, 2017: Ms. Parent will serve a three-year term; said term will expire July 1, 2020.

5. From Office of the City Solicitor letter re: Litigation and Receivership Update.

6. From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC City Clerk, List of budget cuts for Fiscal Budget FY18.

7. From Brenna Murphy McGee CMC, City Clerk, minutes of June 20, 2017.

8. From Alicia M. Zoeller, Administrator Office of Community Development, letter re: Final CDBG Allocations.

9. From Damian J. Cote, Building Commissioner, letter regarding 47 Liberty Street

10. From Board of Health minutes of June 1, 2017.

11. From Board of Fire Commissioners minutes of May 17, June 21, & June 29, 2017.

12. From Board of Public Works, Sewer Commission and Stormwater Authority, minutes of May 15, 2017.

13. From David W. Scruggs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Loomis House, Inc. letter re: Notice of Pending Change of Ownership.

14. From Kimberly A. Ferris, letter of resignation to the position on the Commission of Disability as of June 22, 2017.

15. From Marco Crescentini, 66 Fairfield Ave. letter of interest to the Community Preservation Act Committee.

16. From Thomas N. Wilson, letter stating withdrawing zone change requests at 79 and 83 Westfield Rd.

PETITIONS

17. Petition of David Greenberg (Pawn Depot), 448 Appleton St. for a renewal of a Pawn broker license.

18. Petition of David Greenberg, (Pawn Depot) 448 Appleton St. for a renewal of a second hand license.

19. Petition of Jose Ortiz for a street vendor license corner of Spring and Main Sts.

20. Petition of Martin Cardoza for a special permit for an extension of a non-conforming structure at 47 Liberty St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

21. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

21A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred City Council Street Vendor application of Agustin Ortiz to sell Ice Cones in the Holyoke area Recommend that the application be approve with the condition that Mr. Ortiz be allowed to sell Ice Cones from 9am to 8pm. 7 days a week and that all necessary permits are acquired. Permit extends to September 30th 2017.

21B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an that a handicap sign be placed in front of 3 Laurel St. for Adelaida Ramos. Recommend that the order be adopted

21C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 552 So Summer St. for Brenda Y. Lorenzi Recommend that the order be adopted

21D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the no parking sign in front of 61 Commercial St. be removed Recommend that the order be adopted

21E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order   that the ordinance committee look into increasing the fines on property owners who violate the ordinance when performing illegal car repair on their property. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

21F. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Order that the Ordinance Committee Review section 6.4.5  #5 signs-institutional use. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

21G. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Ordered that the handicap parking space at 39 Vernon St. be removed (disabled child moved out of the area) Recommend that the order be adopted

21H. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Order: Ordered that the City of Holyoke pass a moratorium on the approval of any recreational marijuana retailers, growers and distributors.   Moratorium would expire July 31, 2018. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

21I. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order Request per Lyman Terrace tenants that John Street , Oliver and  lower Hampden Street be  designated for those residents living within Lyman Terrace. Suggesting that tenants be provided with parking stickers per household since they feel parking becomes limited when those who come to work in downtown and park around the corridor. Recommend that the order be adopted

21J. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 372 Maple St. for Cynthia Hernandez Recommend that the order be adopted

21K. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the fine for overtime parking be increased from $10 to $20 as requested by the department, and other violations. Recommend that the order be adopted

21L. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Petition of Dennis Croteau for a zone change at 79 Lower Westfield Rd. from current zone BL to proposed zone BH. (Map 117 Block 00 Parcel 003)
Awaiting Disposition

21M. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Petition of Dennis Croteau for a zone change at 83 Lower Westfield Rd. from current zone R-1A to proposed zone BH (Map 117 Block 00 Parcel 004) Awaiting disposition

22. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

23. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

24. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

25A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred a Special Permit application from Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity for a Dimensional Variation 8.8.5 (DR) at 270 Pine Street (Assessors Map 004 Block 05 Parcel 15) Recommend that the order be adopted

25B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from Thomas Cusano to purchase a parcel of land and a building located at 1 Cabot Street for $200,000.  Said property is described by Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 048, Block 01, Parcel 010, containing approximately 2.289 acres with a building approximately 200,000 square feet in size. The property is more particularly described in Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 19236, Page 490 and further described in Book 9871-021.  The property is zoned General Industry (IG) and has an assessed value of $410,200.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council. Recommend that the order be adopted

25C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from United Material Management to purchase a parcel of land located at 689 Main Street for $30,000. Said Parcel contains approximately 0.47 acres and is described in Holyoke Assessors’ records as Map 055, Block 00, Parcel 009 and being more particularly described in deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 15715, Page 166 and further described in Book 5493, Page 108. The parcel is zoned General Industry (IG) and has an assessed value of $24,600.  Mayor’s acceptance letter and additional information has been submitted to the Council. Recommend that the order be adopted

26. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

27. Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

28. ROMAN — that a loading zone only parking spot be created around 305 Main Street, a nearby shelter for families as well as the restaurant are needed a loading zone space to allow families moving in and out of the facility as well as vendors to drop off. 

29. ROMAN — that the Chief of Police / Holyoke Police Department provide a detailed breakdown of “Operation Full Throttle,” and what streets/neighborhoods did these 400 arrests occur.   If information could be provided back to the City Council within 30 days.

30. ROMAN — that the DPW repaint parking lines on Main Street from 391.  - Main and Appleton Street.

31. ROMAN — Ordered that handicap parking space be placed at 615 South Summer St. for Mr. Jose Ortiz P60363198

32. ROMAN — that the Joint Committee of the City Council and School Committee review and make recommendations to the full City Council regarding the appropriation of funding for the “Accelerated Repairs Project,”  to repair Sullivan, Morgan and Kelly Schools.    This matter is time sensitive and needs to be approved before August 30th, 2017. 

33. SULLIVAN — That a Local Historic District (LHD) be established consisting solely of the parcel encompassing the Mater Dolorosa Church and Rectory. Further more that a study be undertaken by the Fairfield LHD and completed by September 1st. This building is of significant historical and architectural value and we must move quickly as demolition seems imminent. We have lost to much of our history to fires and the wrecking ball and MD offers tremendous potential for the continued revitalization of our center city.

34. SULLIVAN — Order That the Holyoke Police Department use their authority under M.G.L. Part 1, Title XVII, Ch. 123, Section 35 to protect any person who has lost the power of self control and is dangerously injuring their own health. This law allows for the commitment of an individual to a public or private facility by the court for care and treatment after a hearing.

35. SULLIVAN — Order That the Honorable Holyoke City Council present our representatives in Boston with a resolution in support of Sheriff Cocchi’s plans for a substance abuse and recovery facility at the Hampden County House of Correction. Current programs lack adequate follow up and none are located in Wmass.

36. VACON — that HG&E evaluate Cypress Road for an additional street light between  #6 and #8 and install the new light if warranted.  Filed at request of the neighbors.

37. JOURDAIN — that an ordinance be created or current ordinances
BARTLEY be amended to address the placement of memorials,
TALLMAN dedications, naming rights, and related matters on
public property in the City of Holyoke.

38. JOURDAIN — Ordered, that Holyoke City Council suspend rule 1
BARTLEY to move our 2nd September meeting from September 19
to September 20 with same time of 7pm so that we may
celebrate Holyoke Day at the Big E.
 

39. LEAHY — Ordered that the plaque that is inscribed: “In memory
GREANEY JR. of E. Denis Walsh. In grateful appreciation for your
vision and investment to improving downtown Holyoke”
be immediately moved from Veterans Park to another
location deemed appropriate by the Park and Recreation
Committee.

40. LEAHY — Ordered that:
That the city of Holyoke makes a major push towards recycling in public areas
by:
1. That all parks have a recycling container, a blue one on wheels,
labeled consistently city wide so they are recognized by the public.
2. That all school playgrounds and fields have recycling containers.
3. That any store, that request a DPW provided recycling container, be located at the entrance to promote recycling.

41. LISI — that the City of Holyoke pass a moratorium on the approval of any recreational marijuana retailers. Moratorium would expire July 31, 2018, or until when the City Council crafts a local ordinance.

42. LISI — that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana cultivation and production.

43. LISI — that the City Council Ordinance Committee hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on the creation of zoning ordinances related to recreational marijuana retail locations.

44. LOPEZ — That the Ordinance Committee create an Ordinance for the Adopt an Island (Medians) Program with the following interceptions in the City (near 391 and Main Street, Whiting Farm by Kmart, Entrance to the Mall, Hampden and Northampton St., Dwight Street and Northampton St, Beech and Northampton St., and others).
Also, that a $200.00 fine for trespassing, leaning against any City signs post or hanging anything to the signs plus a no litter sign be erected at all interceptions.
The program will be run or manage by the DPW with enforcement from the police.

45. MCGEE — that the speed limit on Bemis be reduced from 30 MPH to 20 MPH in order to better address the speed and public safety issue

46. MCGEE — that the police speed radar machine be placed at the following locations when time permits:
Pleasant Street
Madison Ave
Dartmouth Street
Vadnais Street
George Street
Jefferson Street
Allyn Street

47. MCGEE — Order that
Whereas there are several traffic light and cross walking signal failures throughout the city, in order to properly address the public safety issues with regard traffic light and cross walk intersection failures it is requested that:
the DPW and fire department provide different bonding options for replacing/repairing the traffic light/cross walks in the city.  The options should be provided to the city council ASAP.

48. MCGEE — Order that the DPW cut back the over grown lawn/trees under the bridge on Bemis.

49. MCGEE — Order that the DPW clean up the middle islands on Cherry where the flower barrels are located. 

50. MCGEE — Order that the Park and Rec department inspect all playscapes  at all parks in the city to make sure they are in good order.  Certain parks still have broken equipment, spray painted on, etc.  A report on the parks and their status is due back to the city council in 3 weeks.

 

 

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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