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Event takes place on December 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM
City Hall, City Council Chambers, 536 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA 01040

AGENDA FOR THE CITY COUNCIL
December 20,2016

LAID ON THE TABLE

1.    Holyoke Board of Health minutes of September 8,  and October 13, 2016.

2.    From Board of Public Works minutes of October 17, 2016.

3.    From Sewer Commission minutes of October 17, 2016.

4.    From Stormwater Authority regular minutes and public hearing minutes of October 17, 2016.

PUBLIC COMMENT

COMMUNICATIONS

5.    From Mayor Alex B. Morse, letter appointing Ms. Patricia Duffy 18 Florence Ave. to serve as a member of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority: Ms. Duffy will fill the vacant seat left by Ms. Maria Ferrer  and will serve a two year term: said term will expire on November 1, 2018.

6.    From Sara J. Carroll, Assistant Solicitor, letter re:  Collective Bargaining Agreement with UPSEU Local 424, DPW Supervisors.

7.    From Brenna Murphy McGee, CMC, City Clerk and Ryan Allen Administrative Ass’t. to City Council, minutes of December 6, 2016.

8.    From Board of Assessors, letter re:  Appellate Tax Board case with the City of Holyoke for previous fiscal years.

9.    From John A. Pond, Fire Chief letter re:  review of the Holyoke MA, Hazard Mitigation Plan

10.    From Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission letter re:  Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2018.

11.    From Holyoke Board of Assessors minutes from tax Classification hearing of December 8, 2016.

12.    From Parks & Recreation minutes of November 1, 2016.

13.    From Board of Fire Commission minutes October 27, 2016.

14.    From Board of Public Works minutes of October 17, 2016.

15.    From Sewer Commission minutes of October 17, 2016.

16.    From Stormwater Authority minutes of regular meeting and public hearing of October 17, 2016.

PETITIONS

17.    Petition of Roland Madzunovic Jr. for a Motor Vehicle Repair Garage (7.2.13A) at 1584 Dwight St.

18.    Petition of Bryan A. Marcotte, for a new Motor Vehicle Repair (7.2.13A), for 1000 Main St. and 1010 Main St. (parcel #’s 116-00-011, 116-00-012, 116-00-013, 116-00-014, 116-00-015).

19.    Petition of Bryan A. Marcotte for outdoor sales lots for new and used motor vehicles and trucks, and marine and recreational vehicles (7.2.13) for 1000 Main St. and 1010 Main St. (parcel #’s 116-00-011, 116-00-012, 116-00-013, 116-00-014, 116-00-015).

20.    Petition of Karen Spear for a renewal of a home occupation at 778 Homestead Ave. for a Nail salon.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

21.    Ordinance Committee Reports (if any)

21A.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that any seasonal amusement attraction that will be in operation longer than 14 days wanting to operate in the City of Holyoke receive a special permit by the Holyoke City Council. This will ensure community input and conditions, if any, are included and protected.  Recommend that the order has been complied with

21B.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City Council consider an on-street parking ban for the winter months for certain streets that due to accumulated snowfall become too narrow and impeder prevent emergency vehicles from passing through  Recommend that the order be adopted

21C.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order That the City Council consider revising its ordinances relative to the funds provided to the Mayor’s office in lieu of providing a vehicle  Recommend that the order be adopted

21D.    The Committee on Ordinance to whom was referred an order that the City of Holyoke strengthen its residency requirements for employees, this includes all interim department heads and all non-union positions. Also that an interim department head shall only be allowed to be a non-resident for one (1) year after given the title and then must re-locate to the City of Holyoke in order to continue on in said position  Recommend that the order be adopted

22.    Finance Committee Reports (if any)

22A.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred a  Communication from Teresa Shepard, Parks & Recreation Director and Michael P. McManus, General Superintendent of DPW letter re:  Pouliot Pool Project Awaiting disposition

22B.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered that a representative of the DPW and Park and Rec come before the finance committee to provide a detailed break down of the bonding package for the fields (joints point, Roberts, etc). The representatives have to provide a breakdown of what is taking place at each location, timeline for each project and cost associated with each project, said report is due in two weeks. Awaiting disposition

22C.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order Ordered that: 1) That the Finance Committee invites the former DPW Superintendent Bill Fuqua to the next meeting in order to discuss and get answers to the 2015 Bond projects (Tennis Courts, McKenzie Field and Robert Field). Mr. Fuqua still under a contract with the City.  The current DPW Superintendent should help us with the invitation in a timely manner. Please invite the Parks and Rec Director and Parks and Rec Board of Commissioners. Awaiting disposition

22D.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order That the sum of $21,706,000.00 is appropriated for the capital projects on the list attached hereto, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to M.G.L. ch. 44 and Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1997, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore.  

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes. Awaiting disposition

22E.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that the sum of $2,000,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of designing and installing a Public Safety Radio Network, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and to meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore. Awaiting disposition

22F.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, One hundred thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($100,000) as follows: FROM: Free Cash TO: Special Counsel  Awaiting disposition

22G.    The Committee on Finance to whom was referred an order that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Two hundred forty thousand/100 Dollars ($240,000) as follows FROM: Stabilization Fund TO: Capital Outlay Police Cars

 Awaiting disposition

23.    Public Safety Committee Reports (if any)

23A.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order that the City Council invite the new DPW Superintendent to a future meeting of the Public Safety Committee Recommend that the order has been complied with

23B.    The Committee on Public Safety to whom was referred an order to Request  that the a representative from the Fire Dept., health Dept. and Building Dept., Planning dept. come before public safety committee to discuss the bed and breakfast that are currently in operation.  Seeing the process that Jays Bed and Breakfast just recently completed to be in compliance with any City or State laws, we need to ensure that other Bed and Breakfast that are currently advertising and are in operation within the City of Holyoke have any and all licenses, are properly zoned and are in fact legitimate.  Recommend that the order be given leave to withdraw

24.    Public Service Committee Reports (if any)

24A.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointment of Ellen Bernstein to the Conservation Commission  Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

24B.    The Committee on Public Service to whom was referred City Council review of Mayoral appointment Rosemary Arnold to the Conservation Commission Recommend that the appointee be confirmed

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

26.    Charter and Rules Committee Reports (if any)

27.    Joint City Council and School Committee Reports (if any)

MOTIONS, ORDERS AND RESOLUTIONS

28.    MCGEE    –    that the sum of $2,000,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of designing and installing a Public Safety Radio Network, including all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation the Treasurer, with the approval of the mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore.  Any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs in a like amount.
Further Ordered, that the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

29.    MCGEE    –     that the sum of $1,500,000 is appropriated to pay the costs of Pouliot Pool reconstruction, including the payment of all costs incidental and related thereto, and that to meet this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to borrow said amount under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7(1) of the General Laws, or pursuant to any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the City therefore; that the Mayor is authorized to contract for and expend any state aid available for the project, provided that the amount of the authorized borrowing shall be reduced by the amount of such aid received prior to the issuance of bonds or notes under this order; and that the Mayor is authorized to take any other action necessary to carry out this project.  

Further Ordered: That any premium received by the City upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount.

Further Ordered: That the Treasurer is authorized to file an application to qualify under Chapter 44A of the General Laws any and all of the bonds or notes authorized to be issued pursuant to this Order, and to provide such information and execute such documents as may be required for such purposes.

Further Ordered:  That in order to reduce interest costs, the City Treasurer, with the approval of the Mayor, is authorized to refinance any bonds issued pursuant to this Order and in connection therewith, to issue refunding bonds in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 21A of the General Laws.

30.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Two thousand six hundred sixty-eight and 39/100 Dollars ($2,668.39) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $2,668.39
        TOTAL:    $2,668.39
TO:
11612-53020    Ordinance Codification        $2,668.39
        TOTAL:    $2,668.39

31.    MCGEE    –    Pay $20,000 from Free Cash to compensate Jose Bou for damages incurred at 392 High St. in conjunction with the Essex House collapse.

32.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, Twenty-eight thousand two hundred fifty-nine and 93/100 Dollars ($28,259.93) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $28,259.93
        TOTAL:    $28,259.93
TO:
12101-51400    Longevity        $17,459.93
12101-51900    Clothing Allowance        6750.00
12101-51520    Holiday Differential        4,050.00
        TOTAL:    $28,259.93

33.    MCGEE    –    that there be and is hereby appropriated by transfer in the fiscal year 2017, FIve thousand two hundred seventy-three and 87/100 Dollars ($5,273.87) as follows:

FROM:
*****-*****    Free Cash        $5,273.87
        TOTAL:    $5,273.87
TO:
11381-51101    PAY-Chief Procurement Officer        $5,273.87
        TOTAL:    $5,273.87

34.    MCGEE    –    that a handicap sign be placed in front  of 1075 Hampden St. for Elvia Avendano.

35.    ROMAN    –    Ordered that the DPW place resident only parking signs in front of 318, 320, 322, 324, 326, and 328 Elm Street.  Residents are having to park three blocks away and walk to their homes, and do not have individual private driveways.  

36.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council invite our state delegation to an upcoming meeting of the DGR Committee.  This is pursuant to CC Rules.

37.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council consider amending the city ordinances or asking the state delegation to amend state law to require that city officials (i.e. department heads) provide official notice to ward councilors (at least) when any public notice is sent to abutters in the ward councilor’s jurisdiction.  I would suggest that when a councilor has an e-mail account a PDF copy would be sufficient to comply so as to not add to an applicant’s expense.  Notice requirements would apply to zone changes, special permits and license board laws, for example, but not be limited to them.  

38.    BARTLEY    –    The DPW Superintendent, Mayor and director and Parks & Recreation Dept. appear before the City Council to provide an update on the status of the $2M parks bond.  What was budgeted? What was planned? What was completed? What projects were not completed? When and how will planned but not completed projects be addressed? What funds remain?Etcetera.

39.    BARTLEY    –    The City Council consider revising/streamlining the City’s parking permit ordinance, Section 86-106, and any related schedules and establish permit parking for Beech St. if necessary.

40.    JOURDAIN    –    that the City Council set the minimum residential factor for FY 2017 for the purpose of determining the tax classification.

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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