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Event takes place on May 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chamber 536 Dwight St. Holyoke MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
May 21,2013

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Financial Transfer $3,508 from General fund free cash To: pay-Acting City Clerk

MUNICIPAL BUDGET

2.    Second Reading for FY 2014

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

3.    Previous City Council minutes from May 7, 2013

4.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter Re:  the order that the PR Salary Schedule of Section 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase the salary of the Administrative Assistance to the Office of the Mayor from PR 15 to PR 19

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re:  veto of ordinance in regards to Mayoral appointments to Fire Commission

6.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: veto of ordinance in regards to Mayoral Appointments to DPW Board

7.    From Heather G. Egan, City Solicitor, legal opinion re:  Procedural question from the Mayor regarding Ordinance committee.

8.    From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra letter re:  Canal Walk Phase II easement properties

9.    From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra, a bond order to pay costs of a feasibility study and schematic design work associated with the renovation of the McMahon School

10.    From City Treasurer, Jon D. Lumbra, letters re:  property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree,

624 South East St.
22 Main St.
123-125 Newton St.

11.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, April Appropriations Budget Report

12.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, General fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant appropriations Budget reports as of April 30, 2013

13.    From Brian G. Smith, City Auditor, FY 2012 Audited Financial Statements

14.    From Marcos A. Marrero, Planning Director letter re:  Office of Planning & Economic Development relocation towards City Hall Annex

15.    From Board of Fire commission minutes from April 3, 2013

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

PETITIONS

16.    Petition of Gerardo Matos, 275 Sargeant St. for a renewal of a special permit for a home occupation for wholesale of corals and marine fish

17.    Petition of Holyoke Turnverein for a renewal of 2 pool tables and 6 bowling alleys at 624 So. Bridge St.

18.    Petition of Ernest Sprague, for a renewal of a second hand license at 245 Whiting Farms Rd.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

19.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke change Pine Street from Hampshire Street to Sargeant Street from a one way to a two way St. Recommend that the order be adopted

19B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order an order that the City of Holyoke change Pine Street from Hampshire Street to Sargeant Street from a one way to a two way St. Recommend that the order be adopted

19C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order an order that the City of Holyoke change Pine Street from Hampshire Street to Sargeant Street from a one way to a two way St. Recommend that the order be adopted

19D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council considers the request from Congregation Sons of Zion for Handicap signage as many of their elders have limitations getting around Recommend that the order be adopted as amended to grant one handicap parking only space and two handicap spaces available Monday to Saturday from 7am to 3pm

19E.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that all appointed positions in the City of Holyoke that serve for a designated term of office be advertised and interviews held for qualified applicants prior to the end of the term, no less than three months prior to the end of the designated term of office for the current appointee.   Recommend that the order be adopted

19F.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred A special permit to allow a commercial drive thru restaurant  at 285 Maple Street Recommend that the special permit be granted with the condition that there be appropriate signage to direct vehicles to the drive thru and to the parking area

19G.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the PR Salary Schedule of Section 2 of the Code of Ordinances be amended to increase the salary of the Administrative Assistant to the office of the Mayor from PR 14 to PR 19 Refer to the Full Council without a recommendation

19H.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the Assistant City Clerk and Assistant City Treasurer 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. Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

20.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

21.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

22.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

23.    Redevelopment Committee Reports (if any)

23A.    The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred a Communication regarding Certified Project preliminary application for Tax Increment Financing for ETC Innovation LLC at 6 Appleton St. Recommend in favor of the resolution

23B.    The Committee on Redevelopment to whom was referred a Communication regarding Status of Sale for property at 170 Sargeant Street Communication received with a report back to the full City Council

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

24.    JOURDAIN    –    Holyoke Geriatric Authority be provided with a proclamation
    VACON        recognizing their 100 years of services to the elderly
            of Holyoke to celebrate nursing home week, as well
            as, their Joint Commission accreditation

25.    JOURDAIN    –    City Council also provide a proclamation recognizing
    VACON        the Glidden Family’s contributions to the city and
            congratulate them on the naming of the Glidden room
            at the Geriatric Authority

26.    JOURDAIN    –    City Council provide a proclamation congratulating Susan Carey for receiving the annual Human Relations Award by the Council for Human Understanding. On June 19, 2013, The Council for Human Understanding will be giving its annual Human Relations Award to Susan Carey in recognition of her personal involvement, dedication and many generous contributions to the community; her inspiring leadership, her untiring zeal, sense of humor and heartfelt concern for every individual regardless of race, color or creed, her faithful adherence to the principles that make this a better place for all to live work and learn.

27.    JOURDAIN    –    City Council provide a proclamation recognizing the significant and meaningful achievements and contributions of Dr. Catherine Dower-Gold of Holyoke to our community. The Council for Human Understanding is establishing a scholarship in her honor.

28.    JOURDAIN    –    the Computer person updating the city website work with our administrative assistant to ensure that City Councilor contact information specifically phone numbers and email addresses/websites be readily and prominently displayed on website for constituent ease of use. I am receiving numerous complaints and it is much more difficult to find this information now and then it was before. This needs to be handled asap.

29.    LISI    –    the City Council Committee on Ordinance review the existing PVTA and HCC bus stops in the City under 86-326 and delete and/or update that list as necessary (per request of the city engineer).

30.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Eighteen Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($18,000) as follows: (Personnel)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $18,000
        TOTAL:    $18,000
TO:
11522-53009    Contracted Professional Services        $18,000
        TOTAL:    $18,000

31.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Three Thousand Three Hundred & 00/100 Dollars ($3,300) as follows: (City Clerk)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $3,300
        TOTAL:    $3,300
TO:
11611-51203    Pay – Acting City Clerk        $3,300
        TOTAL:    $3,300

32.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Six Hundred Seven Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($607,355) as follows: (DPW)

FROM:
Fund-8810    Stabilization Fund        $607,355
        TOTAL:    $607,355
TO:
Fund-8999    State of Emerg. Storm Cleanup Fund        $607,355
        TOTAL:    $607,355

33.    MCGEE_T    –    that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Public Health Through Art” 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.

34.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Eleven Thousand Three Hundred Forty Five & 00/100 Dollars ($11,345) as follows: (Planning)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $11,345
        TOTAL:    $11,345
TO:
11752-57950    Land Takings & Easements        $11,345
        TOTAL:    $11,345

35.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Twenty Four Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Six & 00/100 Dollars ($24,986) as follows: (Planning)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $24,986
        TOTAL:    $24,986
TO:
11752-57950    Land Takings & Easements        $24,986
        TOTAL:    $24,986

36.    MCGEE_T    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2013, Four Hundred Forty Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($440,000) as follows: (Treasurer)

FROM:
*****-*****    General Fund Free Cash        $440,000
        TOTAL:    $440,000
TO:
19141-51999    Health Insurance        $440,000
        TOTAL:    $440,000

37.    MCGEE_T    –    That, in conformance with new independent auditing standards, a meeting be set through the City Council’s Finance Sub-committee with Malanson, Health & Co. to allow them to present the City’s FY2012 audited financial statements.

38.    SOTO    –    the record keeper to the flower fund for the city council, being council president Kevin Jourdain look into what was spent in the year 2012 in ad’s and flowers divided it by seventeen participants and return to me the remaining balance. That is due to me City Councilor Anthony Soto

39.    SOTO    –    City of Holyoke explore the possibility of creating a regional E911 dispatch call center with surrounding communities. Once implemented, this would save taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

40.    SOTO    –    the DPW move the handicap signage, from the side of 1421 Dwight St. Over to the front of 8 Ivy St where the applicant resides

41.    VACON    –    the City Engineer evaluate Lower Westfield Road and the small traffic circle near the Elks for traffic calming measures and provide appropriate remedies. Residents have reported an increase in traffic, high rates of speed and safety hazards for pedestrians.

42.    VEGA    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 14 and Section 78-83 of the City of Holyoke Code of Ordinances, vote to approve the Order of Taking for certain permanent and temporary easements and thus acquire by right of eminent domain, in consideration for just compensation unless previously waived, parcels identified as E-1 through E-5, E-8, and E-9, and as TE-1, TE-2, TE-4, and TE-9 on said plan titled “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plan of Land in the City of Holyoke Hampden County Showing Location of Permanent Easements for Roadway Improvements in the Department of Public Works” for the public purpose of completion of the Canalwalk Phase II Project.

43.    VEGA    –    The Honorable City Council, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 30B and the Holyoke Procurement Ordinance vote to accept the acquisition of the following four easements granted by the Holyoke Gas & Electric Company to the City of Holyoke for the construction and development of the Canalwalk Phase II Project:

Permanent Easement E-6 – A certain easement of approximately 523 square feet located at the northeasterly side of Appleton Street and north of the Second Level Canal on a parcel of land identified as Map 021, Block 01, Parcel 002 in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records.

Permanent Easement E-7 – A certain easement of approximately 25,265 square feet located at the northeasterly side of Appleton Street and northwesterly side of Race Street, including a steel bridge on a parcel of land identified as Map 021, Block 01, Parcel 001 and Parcel 002 in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records.

Temporary Easement TE-5 – A certain easement of approximately 280 square feet located at the northwesterly intersection of Race Street and Appleton Road, being Cabot Street, on a parcel of land identified as Map 020, Block 01, Parcel 001 in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records.

Temporary Easement TE-8 – A certain temporary easement of approximately 943 square feet of land located at the northeasterly of Appleton Street and north of the Second Level Canal on a parcel of land identified as Map 021, Block 01, and Parcel 002 in the Holyoke Assessor’s Records.

All three parcels being more particularly described as E-6, E-7, TE-5, and TE-8 on a plan titled “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Plan of Land in the City of Holyoke Hampden County Showing Location of Permanent Easements for Roadway Improvements in the Department of Public Works” dated May 13, 2013 by VHB, Inc., Registered Land Surveyor.

44.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council refer to its Ordinance Committee an ordinance change to create a “Police Only” parking space, with any appropriate signage, at the top of John St. on the north side of the street.  This is located near the High St. police substation.

45.    BARTLEY    –    Due to neighbors’ concerns, direct the DPW and City
    BRESNAHAN        Engineer to review whether the catch basin at Erie
            Ave. & Michigan Ave. is sufficient to collect storm
            run-off.  Neighbors assert that water does not adequately
            funnel into the catch basin, flows over the berm and
            into their backyards.

46.    BARTLEY    –    Order the DPW to re-stripe the stop lines and cross-walks at Brown Ave. where it intersects with Laurel St.  Order the Holyoke PD’s Traffic Enforcement bureau to monitor compliance with traffic laws at this intersection and to report violations to Public Safety committee in 60 days.

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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