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Event takes place on February 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
536 Dwight Street, Holyoke MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
February 19,2013

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. Ordinance Committee Report recommending a youth seat be added to the City Council 

2. Finance Committee report recommending denial of financial transfer $60,000 from General Fund Free Cash to: Claims and Damages General

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3. Minutes of the previous City Council meeting from February 5, 2013

4. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re-appointing Mr. Bellamy Schmidt, 661 West Cherry St. and Mr. Wesley Kulig, 63 Jarvis Ave. to serve as members on the Library Board of Directors, said term will expire two years from the first Board of Directors meeting.

5. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: Bond Anticipation Note (BAN) for Fire trucks

6. From William D. Fuqua, Superintendent of Department of Public Works, letter requesting that the City Council vote on removing from the Finance Committee two appropriation orders for funding snow removal operations.

7. From Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and Holyoke Taxpayers Association, letter re: Tax Classification

8. From Valley Health Systems, 20 Hospital Dr. Holyoke, MA, Annual Report – Raffles & Bazaars

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

9. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

9A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 2-86 entitled “Same-Duties” of Chapter 2 entitled “administration” of the Revised Code of Ordinances of the City of Holyoke, MA 1997 as amended is hereby further amended by the following:
ADDING During a prolonged absence of the City Clerk, the Assistant City Clerk shall serve as the Acting City Clerk and be entitled to additional compensation in the form of a stipend for the additional duties for which he or she is responsible. The stipend shall not exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000) per year, to be paid in bi-weekly increments and pro-rated accordingly during the absence of the City Clerk. The Assistant City Clerk shall be entitled to receive the stipend on the thirty-first day of the City Clerk’s absence. Recommend that the order be adopted

9B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That Section 86-321 entitled “schedule I: Parking” of Chapter 86 entitled “Traffic and Vehicles” of the Revised Code of Ordinances of the City of Holyoke MA 1997 as amended is hereby further amended by the following ADDING No Parking on Kane Rd. north side from A point 247 feet east of Homestead Ave. TO a point 209 feet farther east Recommend that the order be adopted

9C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the Chapter 82 entitled “Taxation” of the Revised Code of Ordinances of the City of Holyoke MA 1997, as amended, is hereby further amended by the following
ADDING: After section 82-4 Sec. 82-5 Veteran Tax work off program.Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

9D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council stipend that is given to the Clerk’s Office to cover City Council meetings should be given/applied to the “person” who covers the meetings the night of the Council meeting recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

10. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

11. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

12. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

12A. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City Council pursuant to the City Charter fill the vacancy in the position of City Clerk Recommend that the order has been complied with: one candidate interviewed, two candidates applied

12B. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the Personnel Director provide to the City Council all Non-Union members employed by the City of Holyoke and their pay scales Recommend that the order has been complied with

13. Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

13A. The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred an order a communication per request of Councilor Bartley that Linda McQuade provide the redevelopment Committee with an update on Holyoke’s Subsidized Housing Inventory Recommend that the communication has been received

13B. The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred an order that the City Council accept the attached list of properties acquired by MGL Chp. 60: 79-80B for non-payment of taxes and available for disposition at auctionRecommend that the order has been complied with

Recommend the following properties go to auction:
004-06-002/ 291 Walnut St.
004-06-005/ 307 Walnut St. 
006-09-005/ 131 Walnut St.
006-09-015/ 132 Pine St.
010-01-020/ 589-588 High St.
010-08-013 and 010-08-014/ 296 Chestnut St. and 290-294 Chestnut St.
011-07-003/ 405 High St. 
035-02-003/ No East St. 
051-01-009/ 28 Water St.
051-08-001/ 452 Appleton St.
062-03-002/ 123 Pine St.
062-03-004/ 131 Pine St.
062-03-006/ 139 Pine St.

Recommend the following inter-government transfer/non-auction
048-01-010/ 1 Cabot St.
211-00-002/ Easthampton Rd.
212-00-001/ Easthampton Rd.
212-00-002/ Rear Easthampton Rd.

Recommend the following remain on list
718-722 Dwight St.
748 Dwight St.
736 738 Dwight & Walnut St.
772 Dwight St.
84 Sargeant St.
Appleton Rd.
130 Appleton St.
193 Clemente St.
654 East St.
652 So. East St.
650 So. East St.
620 So. East St.
South East St.
44-48 Hamilton St.
Cabot St.
61-65 Cabot St.
37 Appleton St

13C. The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred an order that the City Council in accordance with MA general laws Chp 30B and the Holyoke procurement ordinance, vote to declare a parcel of land located at 294 Chestnut St. as surplus property available for disposition Recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

13D. The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred that the City Council in accordance with MA General Laws, Chp 30 B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare a parcel of land located at 296 Chestnut St. as surplus property available for disposition Recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

14. FERREIRA the City Engineer consider creating a well marked Cross Walk across Beech St at Hampshire St. There are a number of residents who use the Senior Center who cross Beech St. at this point and due to the increase in foot traffic resulting from the opening of the Senior Center, I feel a crosswalk at this location is justified.

15. FERREIRA the DPW replace the trees along Beech St. that have been lost or damaged over the past few years

16. FERREIRA the DPW fix the grass at Avery Field. The field was severely damaged in the October snow storm and the attempts to remedy this have not fixed the problem.

17. FERREIRA the DPW/ Park and Rec. install multiple garbage receptacles at Avery and Mitchell Fields which are attached to something so they cannot be tipped over or stolen and that once they are installed, that they are emptied on a weekly or regular basis. Many other City Parks, including Community Field and Kennedy Park have these and they are emptied on a regular basis. One, 35-year old, rusted out can at each park which is never emptied isn’t getting the job done.

18. FERREIRA the DPW trim the trees blocking the view at McNulty Park. This park has the potential to offer beautiful views up and down the CT river if a small number of trees are cut/ trimmed

19. JOURDAIN the Assistant City Clerk and Assistant City Treasurer
MCGIVERIN be removed as political appointees of the Clerk (under
Sec 2-85) and Treasurer (under Sec 2-113) serving
at their pleasure respectively but be converted to
career service positions or have 5 year terms of office
appointed by the Clerk or Treasurer

20. LISI the City Council recognize Elaine Pluta, Holyoke’s first female mayor, with a proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month (March)

21. MCGEE_T that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Seventy Three Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($73,000) as follows: (Police)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $73,000
TOTAL: $73,000
TO:
12102-54800 Motor Vehicle Fuel $73,000
TOTAL: $73,000

22. MCGEE_T that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Four Thousand Five Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($4,500) as follows:(voters)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $4,500
TOTAL: $4,500
TO:
11631-51250 Pay – Temporary/Seasonal $2,000
11631-51300 Pay – Overtime 2,500
TOTAL: $4,500

23. MCGEE_T that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Forty Seven Thousand Seven Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($47,700) as follows:(City Clerk)

FROM:
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $47,700
TOTAL: $47,700
TO:
— Please refer to attached list. $47,700
TOTAL: $47,700

24. MCGEE_T that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2013, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Wistariahurst Museum Activities Revolving Fund.
1. Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of providing labor, services and supplies in the act of executing special programs, events and maintenance which exclusively promote and preserve the Wistariahurst Museum and its mission.
2. The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from: sponsorships and donations; various charges for admission to or use of the Wistariahurst Museum property or its facilities; program or other fees specific to the Wistariahurst Museum and its mission.
3. The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Director of Museums & Monuments.
4. The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2013 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2013 or $60,000 which, when combined with all other such revolving funds authorized under M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2 under the direct control of the officer designated in 3., above, does not exceed 1% of the amount raised by taxation in 2012.

25. MCGEE_T that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Six Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($600) as follows:(City Clerk)

FROM:
11612-57100 In-state Travel $600
TOTAL: $600
TO:
11612-54200 Office & Professional Supplies $600
TOTAL: $600

26. MCGEE_T that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “2013 Shannon CSI” 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.

27. MCGEE_T that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “JAG2012-DJ-BX-0716″ 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.

28. MCGEE_T that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “JAG2011-DJ-BX-3365″ 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.

29. MCGEE_T the sum of $1,400,000 is hereby appropriated, to be expended in addition to the amounts appropriated under an Order of this Council, duly adopted on September 6, 2011, for the purpose of financing the demolition, remodeling, reconstruction and construction of various city parking facilities; and to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow $1,400,000 under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Sections 7(3) and 7(3A) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore, and that the Mayor is authorized to take any and all other action necessary to carry out this project.

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.

30. MCGEE_T the sum of $1,500,000 is appropriated to pay costs of purchasing and equipping fire trucks, 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 G.L. c.44, Sec. 7(9), or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore.

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.

31. SOTO “Ordered, that Section 78-141 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to require that private property owners clear snow and ice from any parking areas located on their property, in addition to the requirements to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.” 

32. VACON the City Council consider allowing an approved representative for persons physically unable to provide such services to the City for the Veterans Tax Work off Program 
the Director of Veterans Service must personally approve the exemption and the representative. 

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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