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Event takes place on May 05, 2015 at 7:00 PM
536 Dwight Street, Holyoke MA

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
May 5,2015

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re:  veto of Agenda Item 33I, received and adopted, April 7, 2015, (Assistant City Clerk)

2.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial Transfer $95,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Overtime Recommend that the financial transfer be approved 

3.    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and increase the term of City Councilors from two (2) to four (4) years. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

4.    Ordered, that the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and increase the term of the Mayor from two (2) to four (4) years. This change would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election following passage by the voters at the November 2015 municipal election. See attached draft legislation.

5.    That the Mayor and City Council petition the General Court to enact legislation to amend the City Charter and change the Mayor form of Government to a City Manager form of Government.  This would not take effect until the date of the next regular city election.  Following passage by the voters at the November 2015 Municipal Elections.  (Legal will need to draft legislation to the City Clerk)

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

6.    From Kara Lamb Cunha, Assistant City Solicitor, legal Opinion re: City’s ability to reject school district receivership decision by the State

7.    From Sara J. Carroll Assistant Solicitor, letter re:  Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Supervisor’s Association

8.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk, minutes of previous City Council meeting of April 21, 2015

9.    From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor, Monthly Budget Reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment Plant as of March 31, 2015

10.    From Cheryl A. Dugre, Executive Director of the Holyoke Retirement Board, letter re: Memo from PERAC, on local option increase to Benefits Payable to Widows and Widowers of Disabled Public Employees under Sec. 101 (Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012).

11.    From Board of Public Works minutes of March 23, 2015.

12.    From Sewer Commission, minutes from March 23, 2015.

13.    From Stormwater Authority minutes from March 23, 2015.

PETITIONS

14.Petition of David L. Greenberg (Pawn Depot) for a renewal of a Pawnbroker license at 448 Appleton St.

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

16.    Petition of Charlene Johnson for a new application for a second hand license at 37 Myrtle Ave.

17.    Petition of Nasillokhuju Nuriddinov & Vugar Abdullayev for a new second hand license at 50 Holyoke St.

18.    Petition of Nasillokhuju Nuriddinov & Vugar Abdullayev  for a new Junk Dealer’s license at 50 Holyoke St.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

19.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

19A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that a handicap sign be placed in front of 282-284 Pine St. for Juan A. Collado
  Recommend that he order be adopted 

19B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that Section 2-35 of the Code of Ordinances, entitled “Classification and Compensation Plans” be amended to incorporate a new Classification and Compensation Plan, Elected Official Salary Ordinance and Miscellaneous Salary Schedule based upon the results of the HRS Salary Study, and that the current DH, PR and Miscellaneous Salary Schedules, as well as any other amendments previously adopted under this section be repealed.  Recommend that the City Council adopt the recommendations for Schedule A and C from the Mayors office and deny the recommendations for the Schedule B salary classification. 

19C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a Communication from Mayor Alex B. Morse letter re: naming of Jones Ferry River Access Center in honor of Sue Ellen Panitch  Recommend that the communication be amended into a resolution that the that the City rename the boat house at Jones Ferry to “Sue Ellen Panitch River Access Center at Jones Ferry” and that the resolution be adopted. 

20.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

20A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred  Financial Transfer Request of $375,000 FROM General Fund Free Cash TO: Snow Removal Services  awaiting disposition 

20B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Financial Transfer Request of $264,437.92 FROM: General Fund Free Cash TO: Capital Outlays- Vehicles and Capital Outlays- Other Equipment  awaiting disposition 

20C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Building Department Union Contract  awaiting disposition 

21.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order Order: That the Board of Health, Police Department and Planning staff update the City Council on the status of the Holyoke Hotel including any violations, the number of homeless people sheltered there, calls for service at that location and status of plans for development.  Awaiting disposition 

21B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that DPW and United Water ensure the drainage system near 207 Fairmont St. can handle the water run-off capacity and take any corrective measures necessary.  awaiting disposition  

21C.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Chief of Police, DPW, and Board of Health director be invited to come before the Public Safety Committee to discuss and or provide a safety plan on dealing with needles found by constituents.  awaiting disposition 

21D.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the City Engineer study the intersection of Magnolia and Mackenzie and determine if a stop sign, yield sign or other appropriate traffic sign be installed to address the traffic issues in that area.  awaiting disposition 

21E.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the DPW and United Water look into the catch basin drainage issues at the corner of Woods Ave. and Hillside Ave.  awaiting disposition 

21F.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the Holyoke Housing Authority and Legal Dept. determine if any space near the Wyatt Harper Park can be used towards expanding the Holyoke Housing Authority parking area  awaiting disposition 

21G.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order That the Superintendent of the Water Department and the commissioners come into the public safety come to discuss fluoride in our drinking water  awaiting disposition 

22.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

23A.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an  that the City Council in accordance with the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal plan “Connect. Construct. Create.” Vote to approve the transfer the of the properties listed below to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority for consideration of $1.00
718-722 Dwight St., 736 Dwight St., 772 Dwight St. 764 Dwight St., 780 Dwight St., 123 Pine St., 800 Dwight St., Parcel 006-06-001  Recommend that the order be adopted 

23B.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order Bartley: Ordered that the City Council vote to declare the following parcels of land “surplus property available for disposition” :
718-722 Dwight St., 736 Dwight St., 772 Dwight St. 764 Dwight St., 780 Dwight St., 123 Pine St., 800 Dwight St., Parcel 006-06-001  Recommend that the order be adopted 

23C.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred That the Council accept an easement from the Connecticut River Watershed Council that will grant the City of Holyoke the right to construct a pedestrian hiking trail on a parcel of land located off of Mountain Road identified within the City Assessor’s database as Map Block Parcel 194-00-004. Furthermore, order that the council authorize the Mayor to execute any and all documents necessary to accept said easement. Finally, this Easement shall be held under the custody and control of the Holyoke Conservation Commission under the authority granted it under MGL Chapter 40, Section 8C, to be managed for passive recreation only, under the rights and responsibilities of Article 97 of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”  Recommend that the order be adopted 

23D.    The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite Holyoke’s State delegation to give an update on bills, issues and matters pending in the State House and to provide other updates as necessary. Sen. Don Humason and Rep. Aaron Vega are invited to a future meeting of the Development and Government Relations Subcommittee  recommend that the order has been complied with 

24.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

25.    MCGEE    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2016, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53E1/2, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Support Revolving Fund.
    1.  Expenditures from the fund shall be specifically for the purposes of conducting CERT team training exercises and producing and distributing educational materials related to Holyoke CERT team efforts.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be proceesds from contributions toward the mission of the Holyoke CERT.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Chief of the Holyoke Fire Department.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2016 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2016 or $4,000 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 2015.

26.    MCGEE    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2016, 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 HPRG and the Holyoke Public Schools.
    2.  The source of receipts to be credited to the Fund shall be proceeds from the fee agreement with Holyoke PEG Access, Inc., contributions and other funds.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Superintendent of the Holyoke Public Schools.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2016 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2016 or $150,000 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 2015.

27.    MCGEE    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2016, 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 sponsorships and donations; various charges for admission to or use of the Wistariahust Museum or its property; program or other fees specific to the Wistariahurst Museum or its mission.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Director of Museums and Monuments.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2016 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2016 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 2015.

28.    MCGEE    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2016, 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 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 fees charged to housing facility owners or operators for health services provided to eligible residents.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Executive Director of the Holyoke Council on Aging.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2016 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2016 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 2015.

29.    MCGEE    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2016, 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 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 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; sales of products held for resale.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Director of the Holyoke Recreation Department.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2016 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2016 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 2015.

30.    MCGEE    –    that there is hereby authorized to be established and maintained for fiscal year 2016, 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 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 cell tower lease agreements between the City of Holyoke and authorized licensees related to the use of Scott Tower as a location for the installation and use of certain antenna facilities; sponsorships and donations; various charges for admission to or use of Community field Park property or its facilities; program fees specific to Community Field Park.
    3.  The officer authorized to expend from the Fund shall be the Director of the Holyoke Recreation Department.
    4.  The limit on the total amount which may be expended from the Fund during fiscal year 2016 shall be the lesser of actual receipts collected during fiscal year 2016 or $100,000 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 2015.

31.    MCGEE    –    That the compensation study company come before the ordinance committee to discuss their findings and provide a detailed report before the board outlining how they came to their numbers/recommendations. 

32.    MCGEE    –    that the City Council invite in and present a citation to the owners of Kay’s Pastry Shop on Lyman Street.

33.    SOTO    –    hat the Board of Health come before the City Council to discuss its plans to deal with opioid drug use in the City of Holyoke including prevention and treatment programs and coordination with other agencies and institutions. 

34.    VACON    –    that an evaluation and steps to improve the safety and traffic flow of the intersection of Lower Westfield Road, Holy Family Rd and the entrances to the old geriatric authority and the Congregate Housing be completed in light of the Mayor’s approval of a license for the Western Mass Correctional alcohol center.  According to the website the program will house 164 (men) and 18 (women) inmates. 

35.    VALENTIN    –    that the City Council issues Proclamations to Jimmy
    ALEXANDER        Oliver, Michael Westbrook, Cleveland Borden and Jose
    BARTLEY        Ruiz for their bravery and heroic actions on April
    BRESNAHAN        18, 2015.  Further ordered that these Proclamations
    CHATEAUNEUF        are presented to these citizens at the May 5, 2015
    LEBRON-MARTINEZ        City Council Meeting
    LISI
    MCGEE
    MCGIVERIN
    SOTO
    TALLMAN

36.    BARTLEY    –    That the Police Department monitor compliance with traffic ordinances in the South St./Northampton St. area and report back to City Council on the number of traffic infractions, especially citations for motorists running red lights on Northampton St. 

37.    BRESNAHAN    –    Whereas the City of Holyoke has received The recommendation for the second time from the Massachusetts Dept of Revenue and to be in compliance with Mass General Law chapter 41 section 24 as well as City Ordinance 82-36, Order that the City Council appoint a third member to the board of Assessors 

38.    LEAHY    –    Ordered that the Superintendent of Public Schools and the Chief of the Police department come before the Public Safety subcommittee. The topic that will be addressed is truancy in our public schools. The cities public schools were put into receivership because of test scores. Its unfair to blame is on the teachers. The truancy rate is unacceptable. Please be ready to discuss this and what are the next steps to decrease this statistic. 

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

    ______________________________
                  City Clerk

Irma L Lopez

Assistant City Clerk

536 Dwight St.

Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322-5520

lopeza@holyoke.org


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