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Event takes place on June 03, 2014 at until 7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St.

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
June 3,2014

LAID ON THE TABLE

1. Ordered, Pursuant to our authority under MGL CH 44, Sec. 33, that the Mayor be notified that the following items should be added to the new city budget that he did not place in the budget and as such if he does not within 7 days then we are notifying him that it is our intent by future subsequent vote to add them to the budget:
(1) that $1,900 be added to Line Item 53430 advertising for the City Council which he unfunded.
(2) that $1,300 be added to Line Item 53420 Postage for the Office of the Administrative Assistant of the City Council which he unfunded.

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

COMMUNICATIONS

2. Minutes of previous City Council meeting of May 20, 2014

3. From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter re: Veto of agenda Item #38, received and adopted May 20, 2014

4. From Brenna Murphy McGee, City Clerk report re: preservation of peace and good order ordinance

5. From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, letter re: request to rescind authorized but unissued borrowing amounts of $15,367,652

6. From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, re: property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree (356 R Maple St.)

7. From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, re: property awarded to the City via Land Court Decree (356 L Maple St.)

8. From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer, re: property awarded to the City via Land Court decree (47 Kaster St. (AKA Chapin St.)

9. From Jon D. Lumbra, City Treasurer letter re: property awarded to the City via land court decree (32 Greenwood Ave.)

10. From Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, minutes of the Board of Directors Special Meeting of May 15, 2014

PETITIONS

11. Petition of Antonio Robles Sr. for a renewal of a junk collectors license.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

12. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

12A. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That a stop sign be placed at the North intersection on Sullivan Rd. by the access road to Steven’s Roofing (Sullivan Rd. Extension) and the Sullivan Rd. Guard House to ISO New England Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

12B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order in an effort to protect the Quabbin Reservoir from wildlife caused contamination, the City Council adopt an ordinance making it illegal to feed gulls in public places. Recommend that the order be adopted as amended

12C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order the Planning & Economic Development do the proposed survey for the 18 acre parcel owned by the G&E on Whiting Farms Rd as promised previously at Ordinance Committee so the City Council has the most quality information possible for future use of the property.
Recommend that the order has been complied with

13. Finance Committee Reports (if any)

13A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “MA Gaming COMMISSION MGM #1″ 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. Recommend that the order be adopted

13B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “MA GAMING COMMISSION MGM #2″ 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.
Recommend that the order be adopted

13C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “H.H.C. Sub-recipient (INTF425HHC)” 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.
Recommend that the order be adopted

13D. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a Financial transfer $250 FROM: Advertising, TO: In-State Travel Recommend that the financial transfer be approved

14. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

15. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

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

16A. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to accept the acquisition of an easement granted by the Holyoke Gas & Electric Company to the City of Holyoke for the construction and development of the Passenger Rail Platform project. Said easement is over the land described in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Book 17843, Page 186 and as shown on the “Easement Plan, Plan of Land in Holyoke, MA, Hampden Registry, prepared for Michael Baker Corporation” dated 04-09-2014 and prepared by Northeast Survey Consultants, PC. A copy of the easement agreement is attached hereto. Recommend that the order be adopted

16B. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to approve the Order of Taking to acquire by eminent domain and in fee simple absolute a 9,382 square foot parcel and the building located thereon for the construction and development of the Passenger Rail Platform project, and to award damages for said taking in the amount of $113,500.00. Said parcel is MBP 033-05-007, as shown on the plan entitled Approval Not Required, Plan of Land in Holyoke, MA, Hampden Registry, prepared for Michael Baker Corporation” dated 04-09-2014 and prepared by Northeast Survey Consultants, PC. A copy of the Order of Taking and Offer are attached hereto.
Recommend that the order be adopted

16C. The Committee on Development and Governmental Relations to whom was referred an order that the City Council vote to approve the Consensual Order of Taking to acquire by eminent domain and in fee simple absolute a 5,660 square foot parcel for the construction and development of the Passenger Rail Platform project, and to award damages for said taking in the amount of $25,000.00. Said parcel is a portion of MBP 033-05-006, as shown on the plan entitled Approval Not Required, Plan of Land in Holyoke, MA, Hampden Registry, prepared for Michael Baker Corporation” dated 04-09-2014 and prepared by Northeast Survey Consultants, PC. A copy of the Consensual Order of Taking and Accepted Offer are attached hereto.
Recommend that the order be adopted

17. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

18. BRESNAHAN — The City law Department render a legal opinion on any and all liability exposed to the City of Holyoke with respect to privately owned buildings that are vacant, abandoned, tax delinquent and could pose any public health and safety issues to the general public.

19. BRESNAHAN — The DPW Director come before the City Council to determine if signs or fencing can be installed to stop and prevent the damage caused to their business (TAFT) by citizens gaining access to the skate park.

20. BRESNAHAN — The Law Department issue a legal opinion as to whether or not the 3 part time positions that were hired in the Treasurers Office met the posting requirements by statue. Two positions were posted, 1 full time and 1 part time, yet 3 part time positions were filled in that office. Postings were filed late 2013.

21. BRESNAHAN — The law department provide, after their legal consent, all applicants and resumes for the posted position of Deputy Treasurer if the law Department determines that the applicants for Deputy Treasurer is not of public nature, then the Law Department review all applicants and ensure that the hired person met the qualifications and requirements of this position and all other applicants did not..

22. BRESNAHAN — The law department render a legal opinion as to whether or not the hiring of the Deputy Director in the Treasurers Office was legal, with respect to the candidate, met the minimum requirements and experience as posted publically by the Personnel Office.

23. JOURDAIN — That an ordinance be created stating that all financial transfers including intra-departmental transfers from personnel to personnel, or expense to expense shall require City Council approval.  Therefore, the ordinance further state that no monies appropriated to a specific budgetary object code may be moved to any other budgetary object code without two-thirds approval of the City Council.

24. JOURDAIN — That the Mayor appear before the Finance Committee to discuss his legal authority to provide any employee an exit agreement and payments under such an agreement.

25. JOURDAIN — That Megan Sullivan please provide the Finance Committee with the list of specific questions she or other members of her office asked the Office of Bar Counsel regarding the Heather Egan exit agreement.  That they then reduce the answers from the Office of Bar Counsel to writing to the best of their ability.  It is confirmed that the Office of Bar Counsel will not provide a written opinion directly.

26. MCGEE — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, One Thousand One Hundred Fifty & 20/100 Dollars ($1,150.20) as follows: (Building)

FROM:
12402-52400 Rep. & Maint. – Office Equipment $270.00
12402-53010 Other Contracted Services 30.20
12402-53020 Demolition of Unsafe Buildings 800.00
12402-53410 Telephone Usage Charges 50.00
TOTAL: $1,150.20
TO:
12402-57100 In-state Travel $1,150.20
TOTAL: $1,150.20

27. MCGEE — that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “FY2014 C.E.R.T. Supplies” 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 — that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2014, Three Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand & 00/100 Dollars ($387,000) as follows:(Mayor’s )

FROM:
19191-51999 Police & Fire Indemnification $115,000
10002-59753 Transfer to Dental Insurance Trust Fund 87,000
14251-51301 Pay-Snow Removal Overtime 15,000
17524-59290 Interest on Short-term Debt 20,000
19121-51999 Workers’ Compensation 100,000
19131-51999 Unemployment Compensation 50,000
TOTAL: $387,000
TO:
19141-51999 Health Insurance $387,000
TOTAL: $387,000

29. MCGEE — Order that the DPW, and United Water look in to the
JOURDAIN catch basin drainage issues at the corner of Woods
TALLMAN Ave. and Francis Ave. During heavy rains water enters
the cellars of several residences on Woods Ave.

30. SOTO — Ordered that all property owners in the City of Holyoke remove graffiti off of their residence, property, or business

31. SOTO — Ordered that the U.S. Post Office remove any and all graffiti, stickers, or vandalism off of the postal mail boxes throughout the City of Holyoke

32. SOTO — That the Building Commissioner and the Law department come before the city council. To discuss what are plans in place to clear up properties that have experienced damage, whether natural causes or fire.

33. SOTO — Order that DPW replace the trees on 410 and 412 Maple Street

34. TALLMAN — Order that the DPW change the 30 mile per hour speed limit sign on the corner of Bemis Rd. and West Meadow View to 20 miles per hour. Also order that the DPW erect slow children signs at 192 Bemis Rd. and 1 Joanne Dr.

35. VACON — The City Council requests our State Delegation to
BARTLEY pursue the installation of sound barriers along the
JOURDAIN I-91 interstate where neighborhoods are having a negative
impact due to high noise levels. It is anticipated
that current decibel levels would indicate the need
for the barriers.

36. VALENTIN — that the registration fees for vacant buildings be reviewed to determine if an increase is warranted based on the numerous vacant properties throughout the City and the issues with noncompliance regarding Sec. 18-35 Regulation of blighted and vacant buildings.

37. BARTLEY — That the DPW install the street sign at Worcester
SOTO Place. The one near the corner of Commercial St.
is missing.

38. BARTLEY — That the Holyoke G & E install a street light on the
SOTO southwest corner of Worcester Place where the road
intersects Commercial St. This is a dark corner and
neighbors are concerned about ongoing illicit activity.
Further, Commercial St. is a gateway to the Holyoke
Boys and Girls Club as well as Heritage Park and the
Merry-go-round so it should be well-lighted.

39. BARTLEY — In honor of Holyoke’s veterans that the City of Holyoke
GREANEY JR. rename one of its prominent streets to “Purple Heart
JOURDAIN Way” or some similar street name. For example, that
TALLMAN Lower Westfield Rd. would be changed to the new name
VACON as it’s a prominent street in the city

40. BARTLEY — That the City of Holyoke amend Chapter 30 of its Code
JOURDAIN of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement
of outside legal counsel. Since Chapter 30B, Section
1(15), exempts procurement of legal services from
public bid laws, this Order would supersede state
law and increase consumer protection.

41. BARTLEY — That the City of Holyoke amends Chapter 30 of its Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement of ambulance service. Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(24), exempts procurement of ambulance services from public bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and increase consumer protection.

42. BARTLEY — That the City of Holyoke amends Chapter 30 of its
JOURDAIN Code of Ordinances to provide for the public procurement
of banking service. Since Chapter 30B, Section 1(23),
exempts procurement of banking services from public
bid laws, this Order would supersede state law and
increase consumer protection.

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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