Holyoke City Council Agenda Text Size
Event takes place on June 02, 2015 at 7:00 PM
City Council Chambers, City Hall, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA
AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
LAID ON THE TABLE
1. FY 2016 Municipal Budget
2. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred Zone Change Application from Helen Norris/Holyoke First from BG to RM-20 Map 116 Block 00 Parcel 001 Known as Whiting Farms Rd. 18 Acre Parcel Recommend that the zone change be denied
3. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Alexandra Puffer to serve as member of the Historical Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed
4. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Intiya Isaza-Figueroa to the Historic Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed
5. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Mr. Joseph Paul to serve as member of the Historical Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed
6. The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred Mayoral Appointment of Mr. Michael Dodge to serve as member of the Conservation Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed
7. From Irma Lopez, Assistant City Clerk and Ryan Allen, Admin. Asst to City Council, minutes of special meeting of May 14, and minutes of regular meeting of May 19, 2015.
8. From Bellamy H. Schmidt, Acting City Auditor Monthy Budget reports for the General Fund and Waste Water Treatment plant as of April 30, 2015.
9. From Cheryl A. Dugre, Executive Director, Holyoke Retirement Board letter re: acceptance of a FY 2016 Cost of Living Adjustment
10. From Office of the Attorney General re: settlement agreement between the City of Holyoke and former City Solicitor Heather G. Egan.
11. From Parks & Recreation Commission minutes from March 18, 2015
12. From Board of Health minutes of April 9, 2015.
13. From License Board Commission minutes of April 8, 2015.
14. From Holyoke Redevelopment Authority, minutes of February 18, 2015.
15. From Board of Public Works minutes from May 4, 2015.
16. From Sewer Commission minutes of May 4, 2015.
17. From Stormwater Authority minutes of May 4, 2015.
18. Petition of Gary Rome for a new special permit for Motor Vehicle repair garage located at Whiting Farms Road, Map 116-Lot 1.
19. Petition of Gary Rome for a new special permit for New and Used motor vehicles & trucks and marine & recreational vehicles.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
20. Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)
20A. 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 order be adopted as amended and written in legal language
20B. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred a special permit application for a flea market on 60 Jackson St. for Mr. David Roman Recommend that the application be approved under the following conditions:
1. Applicant shall obtain a license from the License Board.
2. Applicant shall obtain any necessary permitting for food from the Board of Health.
3. Prior to operating, the premises shall be inspected by the building and fire departments for code compliance.
4. Any signage shall comply with the City’s zoning ordinance.
5. The hours of operation for customers shall be Saturday and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vendors may arrive at 4:00 a.m. to set up.
20C. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that an ordinance be created that prohibits the Mayor, Treasurer or Clerk from taking on any other employment that would preclude their ability to be physically present during the normal working hours of city hall. If the full-time elected official is unable to be present during the normal working hours of city hall then upon request of a majority vote of the city council to cease such employment they fail to comply with this request their office may be declared vacant by a subsequent majority vote of the Council. recommend that the order has been complied with
20D. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council adopt an ordinance to reallocate the $4,000 stipends that were previously allocated to Geriatric Authority members to the volunteer members of the Planning Board. The dissolution of the Geriatric Authority frees up a small sum of money that may be used to compensate the members of the very active and labor intensive Planning Board recommend that the order has been complied with
20E. The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City Council review the ordinance related to longevity pay to see if they are still merited after the passage and implementation of the market, based salaries presented in the HRS Salary Plan Recommend that the order has been complied with
21. Finance Committee Reports (if any)
21A. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an application for a license to keep one pool table to be used for amusement merely and not for the purpose of gaming for money or for property in the store numbered 65 Commercial St. for Mr. Alexander Cruz Recommend that the license be granted
21B. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from Marcos A. Marrero Director Office of Planning & Economic Development & Massachusetts Historical Commission letter re: FY 2015 MHC Survey and Planning Grant Award. Recommend that the communication be received
21C. The Committee on Finance to whom was referred Communication from Marcos A. Marrero, Director Office of Planning & Economic Development & MassDevelopment letter re: Brownsfield recoverable remediation grant for the former Automania Site – 689 Main St.
Recommend that the communication be received
22. Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)
23. Public Service Committee Reports (if any)
24. Development and Governmental Relations Committee Reports (if any)
25. Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)
MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS
26. JOURDAIN – That the Park and Rec Commission and the DPW Superintendent come before the City Council to discuss the status of the Pouliot Pool, and the plan and costs for its repair or replacement.
27. JOURDAIN – That Ordinance 2-421 re: time for holding meetings, be expanded to close any possible loophole for certain boards such as the Retirement Board which is holding meetings at 9am.
28. JOURDAIN – That the Building Department, Board of Health & Law Dept. review the following addresses with abandoned homes for receivership: 56 Francis Avenue, 199-201 West Franklin Street, and 38-40 Florence Avenue.
29. MCGEE – that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “City of Holyoke Preservation Plan” 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.
30. MCGEE – that in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 44 Sec. 53A, the City Council hereby accepts the provisions of the “Environmental Cleanup at 689 Main St.” 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.
31. MCGEE – that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2015, Twenty thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($20,000) as follows: (Law Dept.)
*****-***** General Fund Free Cash $20,000
15101-53010 Special Counsel $20,000
32. MCGEE – Order that a “no parking sign from 8am to 4pm” be placed near 9 St James Ave.
33. VACON – That the position of volunteer Board Member for the Board of Assessors be posted and filled to bring the membership to three as recommended in a prior audit. The posting should note that the responsibility consists of one meeting per year and interested applicants are preferred to have experience, current or past as an assessor.
34. VACON – That our ordinances be reviewed to revise language to prevent panhandling at gateways to our City and other locations. This activity does not promote a business friendly environment. Consider adding language that panhandlers be required to obtain a permit from the municipal police department; that it is a crime to panhandle in commercial areas well as within 50 feet of any bank or automated teller machine and that it is a considered a crime for panhandlers to make false or untrue statements, or to disguise themselves, to solicit money, and to use money obtained for a claim of a specific purpose (e.g. food) to be spent on anything else.
35. VACON – That an update be provided as to the status of the Gandara lease at the old GA property and what the current monthly payments have been since January 2015.
36. VACON – If the owner of the Mt Tom Coal plant is interested in converting to a gas power generating plant, that HG&E be asked to offer any assistance and available infrastructure.
37. VACON – The Auditor provide a quarterly accounting of the costs of utilities (water, gas, sewer $ electric) any insurance and renovation costs to the property at the old GA that are being paid by taxpayers so that a determination can be made as to what extent the $45,000 per month rental fee paid by the Western Mass Correctional Addiction Center is a benefit to the city and taxpayers.
38. VALENTIN – That HG&E installs lighting in the alleyway behind 171 Beech St. to address safety concerns from residents
39. VALENTIN – That the City Engineer evaluates what options are available to make the corner of Hampshire and Beech safer for motorists and pedestrians. Visibility is limited and the traffic at this specific intersection has significantly increased since the Senior Center has been in operation
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
Posted on May 29, 2015 by Irma Lopez