Events

City Council Meeting Text Size

Event takes place on March 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chamber 536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA

1.    Minutes from the regular City Council meeting on February 19, 2013

2.    Minutes from the regular City Council meeting on March 5, 2013

3.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Mr. Joe Reynolds, 25 Howard St. Apt B to serve as a member of the Historical Commission, Mr. Reynolds will replace Mr. Glenn Sullivan and will serve the remainder of his term;  said term will expire on January 2014.

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Ms. Lauren Golden, 15 Willow St. Apt 2 to serve as a member of the Historical Commission, Ms. Golden will replace Mr. John T. Walsh and will serve the remainder of his term;  said term will expire on January 2015.

5.    From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer letter re:  Property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree, property of 263 Hampden St.

6.    From Damian J. Cote Building Commissioner, six month progress report for the Department of Codes and Inspections from March 19, – Sept. 21, 2012 and Sept. 22, 2012 to March 19, 2013.

7.    From Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, minutes from Jan. 2, and Feb. 7, 2013

8.    From Board of Public Works minutes from February 19, 2013

9.    From Sewer Commission minutes from February 19, 2013

10.    From Stormwater Authority public hearing minutes and regular meeting minutes from February 19, 2013

11.Petition of Eva M. O’Connell of 1222 Northampton St. for a renewal of a special permit for a home occupation for a business office for income tax preparation

12.    Petition of Martha J. May of 37 Clark St. for a renewal of a special permit for a home occupation to operate a machine quilting service business

13.    Petition of Faramarz Bahrehmand, from Yellow Cab for 12 renewals of taxi cabs.

14.    Petition of Faramarz Bahrehmand, from Yellow Cab, for 2 new taxi cab applications

15.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

15A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that footnote #6 (defining “maximum coverage:) to table 5.2 of the Zoning Ordinance be moved from its present location to the column header so it refers to all zones and, That footnote #6 have the “over 100 sq feet” qualifier removed.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

16.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

17.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

18.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

18A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment Patrick Leahy to Holyoke Library Board of Directors   Recommend that the Council confirm

18B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment: Heather Egan as Holyoke City Solicitor  Recommend that the Council confirm

18C.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to allow the moving of the ward 6A and 6B polling location from Lutheran school to the new Senior Center.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdrawal

19.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred Community Development Block Grant Recommend that the City Council approve the Mayor’s recommendation for the Community Development Block Grant

20.    MCGEE_T    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “HMEP – LEPC Supplies & Planning” 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.

21.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Forty Eight Thousand Three Hundred Ninety Three & 00/100 Dollars ($48,393) as follows: (fire)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $48,393
        TOTAL:    $48,393
TO:
12201-51500    Pay – Vacation/Personal Buyback        $11,968
12201-51510    Pay – Sick Leave/Incentive Buyback        36,425
        TOTAL:    $48,393

22.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Three Thousand Five Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($3,500) as follows: ((City Clerk)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $3,500
        TOTAL:    $3,500
TO:
11631-51250    Pay – Temporary & Seasonal        $2,000
11631-51300    Pay – Overtime        1,500
        TOTAL:    $3,500

23.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Composting Bins Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of the purchase of additional bins, advertising, administrative expenses and other such expenses as are directly related to furthering Holyoke’s home composting bin distribution program, or other uses as specifically outlined in the agreement between the city and the Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of MA.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from composting bin sales or donations to the bin program.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the General Superintendent of Holyoke Department of Public Works.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $3,000 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 2013.

24.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Government Access TV Channel Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of monitoring, programming, broadcasting and maintenance of the Holyoke community TV channel for HPEG based on an approved agreement between HPEG and the Holyoke Public Schools.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from the fee agreement with Holyoke PEG Access, Inc., contributions and other fees.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $75,000 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 2013.

25.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Ceramics Program Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of providing part-time instructional support for the Ceramics Program, purchasing of ceramics supplies and equipment, and repairs and maintenance of equipment used in the Ceramics Program.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from fees charged and sales of ceramic materials to participants of the Ceramics Program.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Executive Director of Holyoke Council on Aging.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $6,000 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 2013.

26.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Public Bus Transportation Passes Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of paying for public bus transportation passes provided for re-sale.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from the sales of public bus transportation passes.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Executive Director of Holyoke Council on Aging.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $5,000 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 2013.

27.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Elderly Health Services Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of providing labor, contracted services and supplies in the act of providing various health activities to support elder residents at various elderly housing facilities throughout Holyoke.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from fees charged to housing facility owners or operators for the health services provided to eligible recipients.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Executive Director of Holyoke Council on Aging.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $10,000 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 2013.

28.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Community Field Park Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of providing labor, contract services and supplies in the act of providing entertainment, recreation and program activities, and to support the care and maintenance of the Community Field Park.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from: cell tower lease agreements between the City of Holyoke and authorized lessees related to the use of Scott Tower as a location for installation and use of certain antenna facilities; sponsorships and donations; various charges for admission to or use of the Community Field Park property or its facilities; program fees specific to the Community Field Park.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Director of Holyoke Recreation Department.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $80,000 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 2013.

29.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Roberts Field Sports Complex Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of providing labor, capital equipment, contract services and supplies in the act of providing sports, entertainment and recreation activities, and to support the care and maintenance of the Roberts Field Sports Complex.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be the proceeds from donations, fees charged to users, operators, concessionaires and advertisers at the Roberts Field Sports Complex for sport, recreation and entertainment services provided to eligible recipients, and proceeds from the sales of products held for resale.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Director of Holyoke Recreation Department.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 or $125,000 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 2013.

30.    MCGEE_T    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2014, 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, contract 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 2014 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2014 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 2013.

31.    MCGIVERIN    –    that a handicap space be created at 94 Suffolk St.

32.    SOTO    –    the City of Holyoke explorer the possibility of providing the application process to apply for a US passport prefer location in the tax collection office

33.    VACON    –    all appointed positions in Holyoke that serve for a designated term of office be advertised and interviews held for qualified applicants prior to the end of the term. That the Personnel office place ads 6 months prior to the end of the term.

34.    VEGA    –    The Honorable 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 described as:
Parcel ID
Address
Current Use
Assessed Value
Zoning
Book / Page
Area #5
 
030-06-006
MAIN ST
Vacant Land
$21,900
IG
16674 / 122
033-04-011
24 MAIN ST
Vacant Land
$1,400
IG
1917 / 440
Area #6
 
020-02-007
REAR BOND ST
Vacant Building
$37,600
IG
19018 / 126
020-02-008
216 APPLETON ST
Vacant Building
$469,400
IG
19018 / 125
021-01-008
191 APPLETON ST
Vacant Land
$36,700
IG
9762 / 212
030-07-003
MAIN ST
Vacant Land
$20,600
BH

030-07-004
MAIN ST
Vacant Land
includes -003
BH

Area #7
 
 018-01-005
84 SARGEANT ST
Vacant Land/Building
$94,000
IG
19285 / 386

35.    VEGA    –    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 #5
 
030-06-006
MAIN ST
Vacant Land
$21,900
IG
16674 / 122
033-04-011
24 MAIN ST
Vacant Land
$1,400
IG
1917 / 440
Area #6
 
020-02-007
REAR BOND ST
Vacant Building
$37,600
IG
19018 / 126
020-02-008
216 APPLETON ST
Vacant Building
$469,400
IG
19018 / 125
021-01-008
191 APPLETON ST
Vacant Land
$36,700
IG
9762 / 212
030-07-003
MAIN ST
Vacant Land
$20,600
BH

030-07-004
MAIN ST
Vacant Land
includes -003
BH

Area #7
 
 018-01-005
84 SARGEANT ST
Vacant Land/Building
$94,000
IG
19285 / 386

36.    ALEXANDER    –    Whereas there are two small parcels of undevelopable land formerly part of the Edna Williams estate, which are adjacent to lands presently owned by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, and whereas the Department has made an offer to the city to purchase these parcels;

Ordered, that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to declare two parcels of land located on Easthampton Road “surplus property available for disposition.” Said parcels are described in Holyoke Assessor’s records as:

1.)    Map 211, Block 00, Parcel 002 consisting of approximately 4.0 acres and more particularly described at deeds recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 1751, Page 320; Book 8769, Page 237 and Book 16740, Page 125. The property is zoned RA and was previously assessed at $15,600.00; and

2.)    Map 212, Block 00, Parcel 002 consisting of approximately 2.8 acres and more particularly described in deeds recorded at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds in Book 3082, Page 516; Book 8769, Page 239 and Book 16740, Page 127. The property is zoned RA and was previously assessed at $39,900.00.

37.    ALEXANDER    –    Ordered, that the Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts
General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance, vote to accept an offer from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by and through its Department of Fish & Game to purchase two parcels of land located on Easthampton Road as follows, and to authorize the Mayor and/or tax title custodian to execute any documents in connection therewith:

1.)    Map 211, Block 00, Parcel 002, consisting of approximately 4.0 acres for $8,000.00; and

2.)    Map 212, Block 00, Parcel 002, consisting of approximately 2.8 acres for $5,600.00.

38.    BRESNAHAN    –    that the size of the city council be reduced to be more in line with the current population of Holyoke.

39.    JOURDAIN    –    That the Polling Places for each of the voting precincts in the City of Holyoke for the Special State Primary to be held Tuesday, April 30, 2013, be and the same are hereby designated as follows:

    ORDENA, que los lugares para cada recinto en la Ciudad de Holyoke para la Eleccion  Especial Estatal que se llevaran a cabo el Martes, 30 de Abril 2013, sea y al igual, por este medio designado lo siguente:

WARD ONE   BARRIO UNO
                      PRECINCT A – Rosary Towers Recreation Room 21 Bowers St..
                      RECINTO A—Rosary Towers Recreation Room  21 de la Calle Bowers

                      PRECINCT B—Prospect Heights Community Room, 41 Chestnut St.
                      RECINTO B—Prospect Heights, 41 de la Calle Chestnut

WARD TWO   BARRIO DOS
        PRECINCT A—Morgan School Gym, South Bridge St. Entrance only
        RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela Morgan, en la Calle So. Bridge solamente

        PRECINCT B – Falcetti Towers, 475 Maple St.
        RECINTO B – Falcetti Towers, 475 de la Calle Maple

WARD THREE   BARRIO TRES
        PRECINCT A – Elmwood Engine House, South St.
        RECINTO A – Elmwood Engine House, en la Calle South

        PRECINCT B – Metcalf  School Gym, 2019 Northampton St.
        RECINTO B –Gimnasio de la Escuela Metcalf, 2019 de la Calle Northampton

WARD FOUR   BARRIOS CUATRO
        PRECINCT A& B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, Appleton St.
        RECINTO A&B – St. Paul’s Church Parish Center, en la Calle Appleton

WARD FIVE   BARRIOS CINCO
        PRECINCT A – Lt. Elmer J. McMahon School Gym, Kane Rd.
        RECINTO A—Gimnasio de la Escuela McMahon, en la Calle Kane

        PRECINCT B – Maurice A. Donahue School Gym, Whiting Farms Rd.
        RECINTO B—Gimnasio de la Escuela Donahue, en la Calle Whiting Farms    
 
WARD SIX   BARRIO SEIS
        PRECINCT A&B – Sullivan School 400 Jarvis Ave.
        RECINTO A&B – Escuela Sullivan, 400 de la Calle Jarvis

WARD SEVEN   BARRIO SIETE
        PRECINCT A&B – E. N. White School Gym, 1 Jefferson St.
        RECINTO A&B– Gimnasio de la Escuela E. N. White, 1 de la Calle Jefferson

40.    JOURDAIN    –    that the Special State Primary for nomination of Senator in Congress to be filled  at the Special State Election on June 25, 2013, be and it is hereby called to be held in the City of Holyoke on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in the several polling places as designated by the City Council.  The polls will be opened at 7:00AM, and remain open continuously thereafter until 8:00PM when the polls will be closed, and all voters of political parties will in the several polling places in which they are entitled to vote, between said hours, give in their votes for the nomination of  the candidate of political party for the office of Senator in Congress

Ordenas, Que las Primarias Especial del Estato para la nominacion de Senador del Congreso sea llenado en la eleccion Especial Estatal el 25 de Junio 2013, que sea al igual convocada a llevarse a cabo en la Ciudad de Holyoke el Martes, 30 de Abril 2013, en los varios lugares de votacion como es designado por los asambleista municipal.  Las urnas seran abiertas a las 7:00AM, y permaneceran abiertas continuamente de alli en adelante hasta 8:00PM cuando las urnas sean cerradas, y todos los votantes de cada partido poltico en los various lugares de votacion en el cual tienen el derecho a votar,  entre dicha horas, den sus votos para la nominacion de el candidato de partido politico por la oficina de Senador en Congreso

41.    JOURDAIN    –    the City Treasurer provide Councilor Jourdain and the City Council the following information: For the calendar year 2012, annual totals of the number of hours & dollar amounts by pay type (regular, city overtime, court overtime, private detail overtime, vacation, sick time, etc.) with name and rank for the Holyoke Police Department. Please provide this information within 14 days of passage of this order. Please provide in Microsoft Excel format if possible.

 


Posted on March 15, 2013 by